Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2014           01.15 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned, are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

May 2014 and June 2014 were bad for my career. Number of students trained by me plummeted drastically. But it again became rosy and sky-rocketed to the earlier position from July 2014. The reason is stated above.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 .
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Dharmesh Tiwari  : 

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The man who would always be known as Kripacharya of B. R. Chopra’s epic serial ” Mahabharat “ , Dharmesh Tiwari, died on August 06, 2014 in Chandigarh at the age of 63.

He was General Secretary of CINTAA [ Cine & TV Artistes Association ] at the time of his death. He was also President of FWICE [ Federation of Western India Cine Employees.

 

Rajendra Ojha :

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Publisher of ” Screen World “ , a Film Directory of 33 years of standing and a former employee of Rajshri Productions, Rajendra Ojha died on July 26, 2014 at the age of 67 years. He was suffering from throat cancer.
He also wrote ” 100 Years of Cinema “, a highly acclaimed book about Hindi films from 1913 to 2013.
Sushilarani Patel :
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Basically a classical singer, who acted and sang in two films, Sushilarani Patel died on July 24, 2014 at the age of 96.
Posting link of the blog, which I wrote about her :

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 01

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1 – Lateef : The King Of Crime …………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – August 08

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1 – Entertainment …………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

……………………………………………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

……………………………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

 

Third Week – August 15

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1 – Singham Returns ………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

 

Fourth Week  – August 22
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1 – Mad About Dance ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Mardaani ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Mumbai Connection …………………………………… X

4 – Life Is Beautiful ! ……………………………………….. X

5 – Katiyabaaz ……………………………………………….. X

 

 

Fifth Week  – August 29
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1 – Identity Card …………………………………………….. X

2 – Raja Natwarlal …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………. Shweta Pandit

3 – Trip To Bhangarh ……………………………………….. X

 

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………. 05 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 02 ………… Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in ” Entertainment “. And Dhaval Gada is the co-producer of  ” Raja Natwarlal ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Marathi : Milind Gawali  is doing prominent role in  ” Samarthya “.

2 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is doing lead role in ” Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De”.

3 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Bindaas “.

4 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Buno Haansh “.

 

My ………….. 03 ……………. students in ……….. 04 ………….. regional films .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre is the Narrator of a   ” Mission Sapne “ on Zee TV.

2 – Vatsal Sheth is playing an important role in ” Ek Hasina Thi “ on Star Plus.

3 – Mishal Raheja is doing ” Encounter “ on MTV.

4 – Sai Deodhar is playing an important role in ” Udann – Sapnon Ki ” on Colors TV.

 

 

 

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Colour Blind “.

2 – Kalki Koechlin is playing lead in the play ” Trivial Disasters “.

3 – Eijaz Khan is doing lead in a play ” Bollywood Dreams “.

 

My …………. 02 ………….. students in ………… 03 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Vivek Oberoi  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Zeel Rainwear ” .

2 – Amit Sadh is the Brand Ambassador of ” Wildstone Deo “.

3 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Sansui “.

4 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” I Ball “.

 

 

My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 04 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

As an acting trainer my 07 students appeared in 04 films , 04 students in 04 TV serials , 03 students in 04 regional films , 02 students in 03 plays and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of August comes to 20. It was 27 in July 2014. And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of life.

 

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May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Adieu Sir Richard Attenborough !


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 26, 2014           11.55 P.M.

Sir Richard Attenborough

Sir Richard Attenborough

Richard Samuel Attenborough

29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014

Last night when I was watching the evening news, I came to know about the demise of Richard Attenborough at the age of 90. Though it was expected because of his failing health and advancing age, still I felt sad when I saw the news of his death.

Long before he became famous in India and became a household name among cinema lovers of our country, I became a fan of Richard Attenborough, the actor, after watching Satyajit Ray directed first Hindi film ” Shatranj Ke Khilari  ” [ 1977 ]. He played Lt. General Outram in that film and played it so beautifully and with such elan that even a novice like me could not miss the finer points.

Then came Gandhi  ” [ 1982 ] and it permanently changed the scenario for him. From a little-known actor of ” Shatranj Ke Khilari  ” [ 1977 ], Richard Attenborough, as I have already written , became a household name in India. He produced and directed the Academy Award winning film  Gandhi  ” [ 1982 ]

Richard Attenborough with Oscars

Richard Attenborough with Oscars

Later on I watched him as an actor in Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park ” [ 1993 ] and the film’s sequel, The Lost World : Jurassic Park ” [ 1997 ]. In Jurassic Park ” [ 1993 ] and ” The Lost World : Jurassic Park ” [ 1997 ] he appeared as the eccentric developer John Hammond.

As a film director and producer, he won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in ” Brighton Rock “, ” The Great Escape “, ” 10 Rillington Place “, ” Miracle on 34th Street ” and ” Jurassic Park “.

He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

In the late 1950s, Attenborough formed a production company, Beaver Films, with Bryan Forbes and began to build a profile as a producer on projects including ” The League of Gentlemen ” [ 1959 ] , The Angry Silence ” [ 1960] and ”  Whistle Down the Wind ” [ 1961 ], appearing in the cast of the first two films.

His feature film directorial debut was the all-star screen version of the hit musical Oh! What a Lovely War ” [ 1969 ] . He later directed two epic period films : Young Winston ” [ 1972 ], based on the early life of Winston Churchill, and A Bridge Too Far ” [ 1977 ], an all-star account of Operation Market Garden in World War II.

Richard Attenborough also directed the screen version of the musical A Chorus Line ” [ 1985 ] and the anti-apartheid drama Cry Freedom ” [ 1987 ], based on the life and death of prominent anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko and the experiences of Donald Woods. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for both films.

His most recent films as director and producer include Chaplin ” [ 1992 ] starring Robert Downey, Jr., as Charlie Chaplin and Shadowlands ” [ 1993 ], based on the relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham , the star of the latter was Anthony Hopkins.

Between 2006-07, he spent time in Belfast, working on his last film as director and producer, Closing the Ring ” [ 2007 ] , a love story set in Belfast during the Second World War and starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Pete Postlethwaite.

His acting career started with ” In Which We Serve ” [ 1942 ] and it ended with Closing the Ring ” [ 2007 ] . He was an actor in his first film and a producer and director in his last film. It was a fascinating 65 year-long career.

 

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Farewell sir! India will always remember you as the maker of a masterpiece film called Gandhi  ” [ 1982 ] .

[ Information about Sir Richard Attenborough and the list of his films is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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Elizabeth Taylor First , Lauren Bacall Now


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18, 2014           00.05 A.M.

Lauren Bacall

September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall in Her Iconic Pose

Lauren Bacall in Her Iconic Pose

When Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011, I wrote a blog and posted it on April 02, 2011. She was my first Hollywood favourite. Elizabeth Taylor made her debut with ” National Velvet ” [ 1944 ] . Lauren Bacall, who died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89,  also made her debut in the same year, with Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not [ 1944 ].

In the library of my Deoria home, I have a book about all the great heroes and heroines of Hollywood. I first noticed Lauren Bacall in that book. Her typical posture, for which she was so famous, caught my fancy. ” THE LOOK ” , for which she was immortalized, was a seductive pose where she lowered her head and glanced up suggestively. I was hooked and my fancy remained intact even after her withdrawal from the limelight.

As stated earlier, she made her film debut with Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not [ 1944 ] . In this film she made sexy query to Humphrey Bogart , ” You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together – and blow.” With these innocuous lines she created history and found a permanent place in Hollywood echelon. She had another memorable line in the film, ” Anybody got a match?”.

Lauren Bacall in Her Famous Inviting Look

Lauren Bacall in Her Famous Inviting Look

She was known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. One more thing, which attracted me to her is the fact that she worked in many films with Humphrey Bogart and later on became his wife. Needless to say that I am a great Humphrey Bogart fan.

Lauren Bacall with Her Husband Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall with Her Husband Humphrey Bogart

She first appeared as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.

Lauren Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked 20th out of the 25 actresses on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars list by the American Film Institute.

 

Lauren Bacall with Honourary Oscar

Lauren Bacall with honorary Oscar

In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.

 

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[ Information about Lauren Bacall and the list of her films is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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Remembering Sushilarani Patel


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 15, 2014           11.45 P.M.

 

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Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence, but an almost forgotten classical singer, died on July 24, 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 96.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

The name Sushilarani Patel is not going to evoke any memories.

The name Baburao Patel is also not going to evoke even faint recognition.

The name of a magazine called ” Filmindia “ is almost forgotten.

Film ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] does not exist for this generation.

Film ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] is unknown even to die-hard film connoisseurs.

The song ” … LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA … ” is a distant memory.

So why I am writing this obituary ?

Let me unravel the mystery one by one.

I am writing this blog to pay my obeisance to Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence. It is sad irony of fate that she is relatively unknown compared to her other illustrious colleague Kishori Amonkar, though they both are disciples of the same teacher.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

Baburao Patel was a Member of Parliament. But primarily he was a film critic and editor of a very popular film magazine called ” Filmindia “. Sushilarani Patel was married to him. She was his third wife. ” Filmindia “ was dreaded by the film industry folks of bygone era. It is infamous for its acerbic editorials. Just go through the views of Baburao Patel published in the magazine  ” Filmindia “ about ” Jwar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] , the debut film of Dilip Kumar :

Dilip Kumar, the new hero of Bombay Talkies is an anaemic addition to our film artistes. He needs lots of vitamins and a prolonged treatment of proteins before another picture can be risked with him. He looks gaunt and famished and strikes as a long ill-treated convict, who has escaped from a jail. His appearance on the screen creates both laughter and disappointment. His acting efforts in this picture amounts to nill. “

Can it be considered a critical analysis of a debut making young actor’s acting calibre? Do you think it is decent, sensible and appropriate to comment on looks and physicality of an artiste? But Baburao Patel was known for his scathing, acerbic and derogatory personal comments. And Sushilarani Patel was his wife, third wife. It is alleged that he was jealous of her. It is also rumoured that Baburao Patel was very possessive of extremely beautiful and young Sushilarani. So, it was natural that she starred and sang just in two films and then faded into oblivion. And the two films were directed by Baburao Patel himself. The two films in question were ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and Gwalan ” [ 1946 ]. These films tanked at the box office without any trace and Sushilarani’s career got an untimely and abrupt end.

 

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Draupadi

 

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

 

Any print of the film or any link of the songs she sang in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] is not available today. I copied the above picture of Sushilarani in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ]  from the internet and posted it above.

” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] , second film of Sushilarani Patel was also produced and directed by Baburao Patel. And Sushilarani Patel sang a duet in this film with legendary play back singer Mukesh. The song in question was tuned by Hansraj Bahl and lyrics were written by Indra Chandra. For lovers of old Hindi film songs ” …………………….. LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA ……………………. ” is a gem. Fortunately the song is available on YouTube. I am providing YouTube link of the song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcrVFUZLXE

Just two films ; ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] and that is all. That heralded the end. A sad end of a talented singer-actor. A talented artiste’s talent was allegedly crushed under the ego, obsessiveness, jealousy and whims of her husband. Sushilarani’s nephew and some of her students have confirmed these allegations in their interviews.

I think now you have all the answers of the questions , which I put forward in the beginning.

Baburao Patel died in 1982. And Sushilarani Patel could properly start her career only after her husband’s death. But at that time she was 62. Her prime was gone. Her other peer Kishori Amonkar became a legend in her own life time. They both started learning classical music from legendary Moghubai Kurdikar. Incidentally Moghubai was the mother of  Kishori Amonkar.

My student Alvira Khan, who is Salman Khan’s sister, was a student of Sushilarani Patel. So I know Sushilarani in a way. I empathized with her and after her demise, I am saddened.

 

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[ Information about Sushilarani Patel and Baburao Patel is taken from several newspapers, YouTube and also from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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Chacha Choudhary Is No More !


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 13, 2014           11.55 P.M.

 

If I mention that Pran Kumar Sharma died on August 05, 2014, only few will take notice. But if I mention that creator of CHACHA CHOUDHARY died in Gurgaon on August 05, 2014 at the age of 75, thousands will mourn.When I read about the sad demise of creator of CHACHA CHOUDHARY, I felt a personal loss. He was suffering from Colon cancer.

Pran began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi based newspaper Milap with comic strip Daabu. Apart from Daabu, Indian comics scenario was largely based on reprints of The Phantom and Superman. In 1969, Pran sketched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous. Pran has also created other cartoon characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channi Chachi and others, which are regularly published in Indian magazines. Pran reached lakhs of Kannadigas through his Putti, Raman that were published in Kannada daily Prajavani and Shrimathi which publishes in Kannada magazine Sudha.

He was included in People of the Year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India. In 1983, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi released Pran’s comics “Raman – Ham Ek Hain” which promoted national integration. Pran received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001, from Indian Institute of Cartoonists. Pran has also given lessons in cartooning at the Pran’s Media Institute, run by his son Nikhil.

Maurice Horn notes that Pran has been given the title of “Walt Disney of India” in The World Encyclopedia of Comics. The Chacha Chaudhary strips find permanent place in International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA.

Pran Kumar Sharma with His Creation CHACHA CHOUDHARY

Pran Kumar Sharma with His Creation CHACHA CHOUDHARY

 

Since my childhood days in Deoria, I was a huge fan of Mandrake The Magician and Phantom. Both the comic strips used to be published daily in a popular Hindi daily of those days ” AAJ “. Mandrake became Mandareek and Phantom became Van Bhairav in Hindi. My day never began unless I read these two syndicated comic strips in ” AAJ “.

 

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Mandrake the Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk . Its publication began June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip’s illustrator, while Falk continued to script. The strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate.

Davis worked on the strip until his death in 1964, when Falk recruited current artist Fred Fredericks. With Falk’s death in 1999, Fredericks became both writer and artist. The Sunday Mandrake strip ended December 29, 2002. The daily strip ended mid-story on July 6, 2013 when Fred Fredericks retired,

 

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After hugely popular Mandrake the MagicianLee Falk , created another adventure comic strip , The Phantom . A popular feature adapted into many media, including television, film and video games, it stars a costumed crime fighter operating from the fictional African country Bangalla.

 

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The Phantom is the 21st in a line of crime fighters that originated in 1536, when the father of British sailor Christopher Walker was killed during a pirate attack. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father’s murderer to fight evil, Christopher started the legacy of the Phantom that would be passed from father to son, leaving people to give the mysterious figure nicknames such as The Ghost Who Walks”, “The Man Who Cannot Die” and “Guardian of the Eastern Dark”, believing him to be immortal.

 

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Unlike many fictional costumed heroes, the Phantom does not have any superpowers, and relies on his strength, intelligence, and fearsome reputation of being an immortal ghost to defeat his foes. The 21st Phantom is married to Diana Palmer, whom he met while studying in the United States; they have two children, Kit and Heloise. Like all previous Phantoms, he lives in the ancient Skull Cave, and has a trained wolf, Devil, and a horse named Hero.

The series began with a daily newspaper strip on February 17, 1936, followed by a color Sunday strip on May 28, 1939; both are still running as of 2014. At the peak of its popularity, the strip was read by over 100 million people each day.

Lee Falk continued work on The Phantom until his death in 1999. Today the comic strip is produced by writer Tony DePaul and artists Paul Ryan (Monday-Saturday) and Terry Beatty (Sunday).

New Phantom stories are published in comic books in different parts of the world, among them by Dynamite Entertainment in the United States, Egmont in Sweden, Norway and Finland, and Frew Publications in Australia.

The Phantom was the first fictional hero to wear the skin-tight costume that has now become a hallmark of comic book superheroes, and was also the first shown wearing a mask with no visible pupils, another superhero standard.

 

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Being a fan of above mentioned two comic strip heroes; Mandrake The Magician and Phantom, I was skeptical , rather dismissive when I read about cartoonist Pran and his Desi Comic strip hero CHACHA CHOUDHARY. What can a mustachioed elderly man do in front of such powerful heroes like Mandrake and Phantom? But I was wrong.

CHACHA CHOUDHARY As We All Know

CHACHA CHOUDHARY As We All Know

When I read adventures of CHACHA CHOUDHARY in Diamond Comics , I became a life-long fan.The bond with CHACHA CHOUDHARY, BINNI CHACHI and SABU is unbreakable. I still remember and will always remember the famous tagline “…….. Chacha Choudhary ka dimag, computer se bhi tez chalta hai ………”.

CHACHA CHOUDHARY and SABU

CHACHA CHOUDHARY and SABU

 

According to a Diamond Comics press release, the Indian kids in the age group 10–13 years ranked Chacha Chaudhary as their most recognizable comic book character.

He has also been featured as a guest in other Diamond Comics series, with Billoo, Pinki and Lucky.

With the sad demise of cartoonist Pran, CHACHA CHOUDHARY wont be same again. May be he will also die soon.One more part of my adolescent , growing years is lost forever.

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CHACHA CHOUDHARY is a part of my growing years. His memory is firmly etched in my psyche.

[ Information about Mandrake The Magician, Phantom and their creator Lee Falk is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish all my above mentioned students all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 01, 2014           08.15 P.M.

[ DECLARATION : After May, 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students in my diary, who respect me and accept my humble contribution in their journey of cinema. All the other students, who, though, worked this month but deny my contribution and refuse to even acknowledge me, are not mentioned. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM! ]

After a dull May 2014 and June 2014, July 2014 brought happy news on my career front and it became a month of celebration. A new, significant and important film  ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil “ was released on July 04. Armaan Jain, grandson of legendary Raj Kapoor, made his debut in the said film. He is my student.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 till July.
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Zohra Sehgal  : 

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The grand old lady of Indian film and theatre world died in New Delhi on July 10, 2014 at the age of 102. From Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, she worked with 4 generation of Kapoors. An incredible feat indeed.

To commemorate her remarkable journey, I am re-posting the blog, which I wrote when she turned 100 years young in 2012.

Wrote this on 100th BD of Zohra Sahgal. Posting it again after her death. Zohra Sahgal : A Glorious Century of Life

 

Sona :

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A starlet of Hindi films, a look-alike of Madhubala, who did several insignificant films and then married Haji Mastan and faded away from public memory, died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 65.

 

Arun Dutt

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Son of legendary actor-producer-director Guru Dutt and playback singer Geeta Dutt, Arun Dutt passed away on July 26, 2014 at the age of 58 due to multiple organ failure.

As a producer he made an action film ” Khule Aam ” [ 1992 ] .


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July 04

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1 – Lekar Hum Deewana Dil …………………………. Armaan Jain

………………………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

………………………………………………………………. Shweta Pandit

2 – Bobby Jasoos ………………………………………. X

3 – The Dirty Dances ………………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – July 11

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1 – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania ……………………. Varun Dhawan

……………………………………………………………….. Alia Bhatt

2 – Bollywood Villa …………………………………….. X

3 Munna Mange Memsaab …………………………… X

 

Third Week – July 18

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1 – Amit Sahni Ki List …………………………………. X

2 – Hate Story 2 ………………………………………… X

3 – Pizza ………………………………………………….. Akshay Oberoi

4 – Bazar-E-Husn ……………………………………… Reshmi Ghosh

5 – Riyasat ………………………………………………. Aryeman Ramsay

6 – Aaj Ka Fashion Trend …………………………… Atishri Sarkar

 

Fourth Week  – July 25
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1 – Kick …………………………………………………. Jacqueline Fernandez

……………………………………………………………. Alvira Agnihotri

 

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 11 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 03 ………… Saif Ali Khan is the co-producer of “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in the above mentioned film. And Alvira Agnihotri is the costume designer of “Kick” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bhojpuri : Anjani Kumar Chaturvedi  is doing lead role in  ” Benam Badshah “.


My ………….. 01 ……………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging ” Cine Stars Ki Khoj “ on Zee TV .

2 – Ankur Nayyar is playing an important role in ” Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap “ on Sony TV.

 

 


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Hamlet The Clown Prince “.


My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 …………. play .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Ranbir Kapoor  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Hero Scooters ” .

2Ranbir Kapoor is the face of ” Ask Me ” .

3 – Pulkit Samrat is the face of  ” Snapdeal.com ” .

4 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Purer’r Shot ” .

5 – Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Colgate Visible White”.

6 -Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” L’OREAL “.

7- Arjun Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Philips Pro Skin Trimmers “.

8 – Shazahn Padamsee is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Ketomac “.

9 – Alia Bhatt is the Brand Ambassador of ” Hero Motocorp ” .

10 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambasador of ” Denver Deo “.

11 – Katrina Kaif is the face of ” Lux ” .

12 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Panasonic “.

13 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Rajnigandha Elaichi “.

14 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Slide “.

15 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Lakme “.

16 – Arjun Rampal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nivea Men “.

 


My ………….. 12 …………… students in …………… 16 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , July 2014 was a remarkable month for me.  My student Armaan Jain made his debut as a lead actor. My 11 students appeared in 07 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 01 student in 01 play and 12 students appeared in 16 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July comes to 27 . And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of cinema.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 27 students .

May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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