There is no end to learning feels Micckie Dudaaney. Making the most use of the lockdown, the actor had completed a screenwriting course from Michigan State University. Well, things don’t end here. He also did a course on direction from Whistling Woods International. Happy having added two new skills to his repertoire, Dudaaney is working towards fulfilling his scriptwriting and direction dreams. “I came to Mumbai around 2002 for my graduation and in 2004 I bagged my first show Saarrthi. Since then all these years have been an amazing ride. While I enjoy acting, I’ve also been intrigued about what happens behind the camera. The two things I really wanted to know more about were scriptwriting and direction,” he says.
Dudaaney always had this knack for writing and had penned down few concepts. But somehow he was not been able to put it in the correct scriptwriting format. “I am 35, I think there is no end or age limit to learning new things. So I decided to learn as much as possible and signed up for the screenwriting course. And I also got done with my course on the direction. The lockdown period worked for me as I had enough time at hand to pursue my other interests. Both these courses have been amazing learning experiences for me. There’s so much I learnt. My practical experience on the sets is only adding to that,” he adds. The actor wants to begin by assisting directors to brush his skills. He admires filmmaker Rohit Shetty and hopes to collaborate with him. Meanwhile, he has already started penning his first script.
“Niranjan Iyengar (screenwriter and lyricist) is a dear friend. I feel lucky to have people like him in my life, I’m in safe hands. He has agreed to be my script doctor. The moment I finish writing my script I will be sending it to him. He will guide me through. Once my script is ready I plan to get into direction. Something that I have been dreaming for long,” says the actor known for shows, Chotti Bahu, Sammaan Ek Adhikaar and Santoshi Maa – Sunayein Vrat Kathayein.
Not ready to reveal the genre he wants to start his directorial journey with, Dudaaney says he is up for all kinds of challenges. “Both scriptwriting or directing a film requires patience and tenacity. Filmmaking is a team effort. It’s lot more practical. There are decisions that need to be taken on the sets, you need to be a quick thinker and of course you ought to be creatively bent so as to churn one idea after the other. You need to be receptive, have a sorted mind. I’m preparing myself for all these,” he says.