In a first large-scale attempt to professionalise recruitment
in films, an online placement agency for strugglers
titled Talentube.com will launch on 30 April.
Supported by filmmakers like Mahesh Manjrekar, Sudhir
Mishra and Sangeeth Sivan, the agency will build a database
both of aspiring actors, singers, dancers as well as
of positions available.
Unlike the sector's existing agencies where there are
several recruiting agencies which dont follow
ground rules, talenttube.com will operate in a transparent
manner, according to its founders. Applicants can register
for a small fee, of not more than Rs 1,000 and then
send in their work, which a panel of experts will screen
before finally setting up interviews.
found that the casting couch is very much a reality
- for both women and men. With our portal, job seekers
do not have to meet anyone until the final stages,
thereby minimising the chances of exploitation,"
Vinod Nair, one of the three founders, said.
The founders that include Nair, Ravi Nagpurkar and
Rakesh Sreekumar have already identified 25,000 people
whom directors and other talent seekers feel can be
selected among the aspirants.
The online agency will start operating from 30 April.