50 Years of A Friendship


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 24, 2016           11.00 P.M.

With My Friend Mohd. Masood Saheb at His Lucknow Residence

With My Friend Mohd. Masood Saheb at His Lucknow Residence

 

After a month-long wet and rainy monsoon season in Mumbai, sky is clear today. Warmth of July sun, after a month-long continuous rain, is pleasant.

As I sit in my study watching sunrays slowly and victoriously taking over the Mumbai skyline from hovering clouds, my mind takes me back to my Allahabad days. 50 years back it was same bright, sunny July in 1967. The place was Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

In that year after passing High School, I left my native place Deoria, Uttar Pradesh and reached Allahabad to take admission in the Government Inter College. I got admission in the college and was lucky to find a place in the hostel too, which was in the same campus.

Shy and reticent as I was in those days, it took some time before I got acquainted with my class-mates. PRAMOD VAJPAYEE, MOHD. MASOOD & SHEEL BHADRA DIKSHIT were few names, which are still there with me. Of the three, SHEEL BHADRA DIKSHIT died before he could complete intermediate. PRAMOD VAJPAYEE, MOHD. MASOOD and myself passed intermediate and went to Allahabad University. We took English Literature as our subject so our friendship continued.

After completing graduation in 1972, I came to Mumbai [ then Bombay ] . After spending one year in Mumbai, I returned to Allahabad and completed post graduation in English Literature. Before I could embark on my new journey, my father died. I returned to Deoria.

When I returned from Allahabad after my father’s demise, I thought that now I have lost forever all the friends and acquaintances from Allahabad. SHEEL BHADRA DIKSHIT gone to his eternal journey, PRAMOD VAJPAYEE untraceable and now MASSOD Saheb will also be lost on the long, tortuous, unknown and speedy highways of life.

One day door-bell of my Deoria residence rang. I came out and to my utter surprise, I saw Masood Saheb standing there. He was getting married and his would be wife’s family lived in Deoria.

Destiny! ………………….. O Destiny!! …………………. Unknown are thy ways!!!

I attended his marriage and since he used to come to Deoria quite often, our friendship continued. Whenever I used to visit Lucknow, I always used to go to his Aminabad office and used to have chat with him over a cup of tea.

In October 1989, I left Deoria again and came to Mumbai. Masood Saheb visited Mumbai once and we met.

I go to my native place Deoria once or twice in a year. These days I take Mumbai – Lucknow flight and then take a taxi to Deoria. My younger brother and sister are based in Lucknow so I stay there for few days. Since Masood Saheb is now retired and settled in Lucknow, it has become a habit to visit him too.

This year in May, when I paid a visit to his house, he reminded me that we first met in July 1967 and that July 2016 is the 50th year of our friendship.

When I revisit our 50 long year association, I find very few similarities between us. I was a right-winger Hindu nationalist and Masood Saheb was a left-winger Muslim nationalist. We both are same even now. So where is the meeting point?

As I try to find out, our meeting points are HUMAN VALUES, RATIONAL NATIONALISM, LOVE for URDU LANGUAGE & LITERATURE and RESPECT for EACH OTHER’S CORE VALUES.

I remember, I used to write him letters in Urdu on RSS letterhead. And he used to send Urdu newspaper AZAYEM from Lucknow to Mumbai for me.

And so, our friendship endured all the bygone 50 years. As I said earlier I met him this year in May 2016 in Lucknow. He was frail as usual but his indomitable spirit is still there. And his love for books , literature and Urdu language still continues. And yes, he is still a LEFT-WINGER MUSLIM NATIONALIST.

May God permit him to be so!!!

May God give him a long, happy and active life!!!

Amen!!!!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           July 10 , 2016           07.30 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post, Vidur’s Film Diary enters in the 8th year of its existence. In all these 8 years, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity, belligerence and bellicosity. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. I have full faith that ” Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood. ”

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

But do check the tall claims of so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. Hold a second, they can even claim that they are the “Best Acting Trainers of the World”. My God ! anything is possible in the unethical world of ACTING TRAINING in India.

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 8 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 / 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 , please watch my videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the link : www.youtube.com/ividur

Link of the latest and 6th video is posted below :

1 – ” JUNOONIYAT “ : https://youtu.be/IZBLxUy4IOI
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Obituary :

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Razak Khan :

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Razak Khan, who died on June 01, 2016 in Mumbai following a heart attack, was noted for supporting and comic roles.

Razak Khan began his onscreen journey with a small role in the famous television show, Nukkad (1986–87), and made his Hindi film debut with Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja [ 1993 ]. His other noteworthy performances were in Raja Hindustani (1996), comic role of Manikchand in the Abbas-Mustan directed film Baadshah [ 1999 ] as Ninja Chacha in the film Hello Brother [ 1999 ] and as Takkar Pehelwan in Akhiyon Se Goli Maare [ 2002 ].

He acted in more than 90 films during his 23-year-long career. He was last seen in Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 [ 2016 ]. He was also there in the prequel Kyaa Kool Hain Hum  [ 2012 ].

He also appeared in famous TV show  Comedy Nights with Kapil as Golden Bhai [ 2014 ].

 

Sulabha Deshpande :

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Sulabha Deshpande, an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress and theatre director died on June 04, 2016 after prolonged illness.

Apart from Marathi theatre as well as Hindi theatre in Mumbai, she has acted in over 73 mainstream as well as art house cinema, like Bhumika [ 1977 ], Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan [ 1978 ] and Gaman [ 1978 ].

A leading figure in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, she was associated with Rangayan, and personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971 she co-founded, theatre group, Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and also started its children’s wing, Chandrashala, which continues to perform professional children theatre.

In recent years she acted in serials like Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, “Asmita” and films like English Vinglish.

 

Sattee Shourie :

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Sattee Shourie, who was Arjun Kapoor’s maternal grandmother, passed away on June 11, 2016 due to a prolonged illness.

She had produced films like Farishtay [1991] with Dharmendra , Vinod Khanna , Sridevi and Rajinikanth. The film was directed by Anil Sharma.

She also produced television series Sheesha [ 1986 ].

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Hindi Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – June 03

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1 – Housefull 3 ………………………………………………… Jacqueline Fernandez

…………………………………………………………………………………… Nikitin Dheer

2 – Project Marathwada  ……………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Shaukeen Kaminay ………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – June 10

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1 – Do Lafzon Ki Kahani  ……………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

2 -Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai …………………………………………………………. X

3 – TE3N ……………………………………………………………………………………… X

 

Third Week – June 17 
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1 – Bhouri …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Dhanak ……………………………………………………………………… Flora Saini

3 – Home Stay – Stay Alive  …………………………………………………… Sayali Bhagat

………………………………………………………………………………………………. Ashmit Patel

4 – Luv U Alia …………………………………………………………. Sameer Dattani

5 – Udta Punjab …………………………………………………………………….. Alia Bhatt

………………………………………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

Fourth Week  – June 22 / 24
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1 – 7 Hours To Go  ………………………………………………… Himanshu Mallik

2 – A Scandall  ……………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Junooniyat  …………………………………………………………. Yami Gautam

………………………………………………………………………………….. Pulkit Samrat

………………………………………………………………………………….. Hrishita Bhatt

4 – Kriti ……………………………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Raman Raghav 2.0 …………………………………………………………………. X

6 – Rough Book ………………………………………………………………. Vinay Jain

 

In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in June 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 09 ……………………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 14 ………………… persons , …………… 13  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Dhaval Gada is the Producer of   ” Do Lafzon Ki Kahani “ .

 

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TV Trivia in June & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Tara Sharma is presenting “Tara Sharma Show – Season 4” on Star World.

2 – Maheck Chahal is doing an important role in “Kavach … Kali Shaktiyon Se” on Colors TV.

3 – Urvashi Sharma is doing title role in “Amma” on Zee TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. TV shows .

 

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Summary of April 2016

My 14 students appeared in 09 films & 03 students in 03 TV shows .

Thus total number of students working in the month of June  2016 comes to 17


 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 17 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . Information about Late Razak Khan, Sulabha Deshpande and Sattee Shourie is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           June 19 , 2016           10.15 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post of May 2016, Vidur’s Film Diary completes 7th year of its existence. June 2016 will mark the beginning of its journey in the 8th year. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. I have full faith that ” Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood. ”

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

But do check the tall claims of so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. Hold a second, they can even claim that they are the “Best Acting Trainers of the World”. My God ! anything is possible in the unethical world of ACTING TRAINING in India.

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 7 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

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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Suresh Chatwal :

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Suresh Chatwal, who died on May 28, 2016 in Mumbai, made his acting debut in the year 1969 with “Rakhi Rakhi”. He was also seen  in films like “Uphaar” [ 1971 ] , “Piya Ka Ghar” [ 1972 ] , “Mili” [ 1975 ] , “Swami” [ 1977 ] , “Saaransh” [ 1984 ] , “Phool Aur Kaante” [ 1991 ] , “Karan Arjun” [ 1995 ] , “Koyla” [ 1997 ]  , “Munna Bhai MBBS” [ 2003 ] & “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge” [ 2010 ] . In the same year he was last seen on the big screen in “Nakshatra” [ 2010 ].

During later years of his career, he was very popular for his roles in TV serials like ” Rajni “, “Nukkad” [ 1986 – 1987 ] & “F.I.R.” [ 2013 ].

 

Vikas Mohan :

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Vikas Mohan, Editor-in-chief and Printer-Publisher of Super Cinema, India’s leading film trade magazine, died in Mumbai on May 31, 2016.
He was producer of “Libaas” [ 1988 ] & Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Saif Ali Khan starrer “Aarzoo” [ 1999 ].

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Hindi Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – May 06

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1 – 1920 London …………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Mission 36 Garh ……………………………………………………………………… X

3 – One Night Stand ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Traffic ………………………………………………………………. Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta

 

Second Week – May 13

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1 – Azhar …………………………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 -Aakhri Sauda – The Last Deal ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Buddha In A Traffic Jam …………………………………………………………. X

4 – Chudail Story …………………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Dear Dad ………………………………………………………………………………… X

6 – Khel To Ab Shuru Hoga ………………………………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – May 20 
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1 – Aman Ke Farishte …………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saat Kadam ………………………………………………………………. Amit Sadh

3 – Sarbjit ……………………………………………………………….. Krishan Kumar

 

Fourth Week  – May 27
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1 – Frederick …………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Phobia …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Veerappan …………………………………………………………………… Lisa Ray

4 – Waiting ……………………………………………………………….. Kalki Koechlin

 

In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in May 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 06 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , …………… 06  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Krishan Kumar is the Producer of   ” Sarbjit “ .

 

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Regional Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Punjabi : Karishma Kotak is playing female lead in the film  ” Kaptaan “.

 

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

 

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Commercials in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Amir Ali is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” LG Fridge “.

2 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Appy Fizz “.

3 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Mahindra KUV “.

4 – Pulkit Samrat is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Tuborg Beer “.

5 – Pulkit Samrat is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Yamaha SalutoRX Motorcycle “.

6 – Sonu Sood is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Baba Signature Undergarments “.

 

 

My ………….. 05 …………… students in …………… 06 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

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Summary of April 2016

My 07 students appeared in 06 films , 01 student in 01 regional film and 05 students appeared in 06 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of May 2016 comes to 13

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS


63rd AWARDS 2016 [ South ]

1 – Allu Arjun got award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) (Telugu) for Rudhramadevi.

2 – Anushka Shetty got award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) (Telugu) for Rudhramadevi.


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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 13 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com .

Information about Late Suresh Chatwal and Vikas Mohan is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I express gratitude. ]

 

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Vidur Acting Institute & 10 National Film Awards


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           May 22 , 2016           11.00 P.M.

With this post, I want to tell the world that VIDUR Acting Institute  has a wonderful presence in the arena of NATIONAL FILM AWARDS.

This year in 2016 my student Kalki Koechlin won Jury Best Actor Award for her film ” MARGARITA WITH A STRAW “. When I read the news and started counting , I was surprised to note that till date my 10 students have won NATIONAL FILM AWARDS in different categories.

With Kalki Koechlin on the terrace of her apartment

With Kalki Koechlin on the terrace of her apartment

Out of these 10 recipients, 04 are actors, 03 are directors, 02 are producers and 01 is screenplay writer. Prakash Jha won the awards thrice. 02 as director [ SONAL & GANGAAJAL ] and 01 as screenplay writer [ APAHARAN ].

With Prakash Jha at the launch party of Jai Gangaajal

With Prakash Jha at the launch party of Jai Gangaajal

As I have decide to be truthful in all my reporting, I would like to confess that out of 10 NATIONAL FILM AWARD winning personalities, I have to share credit of 05 with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as I trained them there as their personal acting coach. They are : Saif Ali Khan , Priyanka Chopra , Arjun Rampal , Arbaaz Khan & John Abraham . 

But the remaining 05 are my own students. They are : Prakash Jha [ 03 Time Winner ] Jugal Hansraj & Kalki Koechlin .

Kalki is a wonderful actor and her portrayals are always very poignant and sensitive. After her debut film ” Dev D ” , she was memorable in ” Margarita With A Straw “.

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Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, VIDUR Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, VIDUR Acting Institute  has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go to the National Film Award website and can check and verify the below mentioned names of winners and their films. But do check the tall claims of so many other so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. That is the reason I say ;

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

LIST OF NATIONAL FILM AWARD WINNERS

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1 – 49th NATIONAL AWARDS 2002 : Prakash Jha – Director SONAL

2 – 51st NATIONAL AWARDS 2004 : Prakash Jha – Director GANGAAJAL

3 – 52nd NATIONAL AWARDS 2005 : Saif Ali Khan – Actor HUM TUM

4 – 53rd NATIONAL AWARDS 2006 : Prakash Jha – Writer APAHARAN

5 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Priyanka Chopra – Actor Fashion

6 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Arjun Rampal – Actor ROCK ON

7 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Jugal Hansraj – Director ROADSIDE ROMEO

8 – 58th NATIONAL AWARDS 2011 : Arbaaz Khan – Producer DABANGG

9 – 60th NATIONAL AWARDS 2013 : John Abraham – Producer VICKY DONOR

10 – 63rd NATIONAL AWARDS 2016 : Kalki Koechlin – Actor MARGARITA WITH A STRAW

Kalki Koechlin receiving award from President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Kalki Koechlin receiving award from President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee

I am so happy that my students are winning National Film Awards in such a large numbers. These awards are prestigious and are very much respected. Presence of my students in this list make me humble and motivates me to work hard and keep on reinventing myself again and again.

 

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[ List of the award-winning films and actors has been taken from the website of National Film Awards. I express gratitude. ]

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100 Years of Lalita Pawar – Hindi Cinema’s Unforgettable Doyenne


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 15, 2016           08.00 P.M.

 

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 - 24 February 1998 ]

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998 ]

On April 18, 2016, Lalita Pawar would have been 100 years old, had she been alive. There were not much coverage in the media. I read just one article in DNA. That’s it.

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Present day media Mughals don’t know her importance. In a career spanning 68 years, she did 700 plus films. She was the only one in Indian film industry, who could play a scheming mother-in-law and a golden-hearted matriarch with equal finesse. She was always portrayed prominently in the posters of her films, though she was not playing the lead. Apart from Lalita Pawar, Ashok Kumar was the only other character artiste, who used to appear prominently in the poster of his films.

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

 

Poster of Anari

With Raj Kapoor & Nutan in Anari

Apart from her, there were only 3 other Hindi film actors, who worked more than 6 decades. They, apart from Lalita Pawar, are Dev Anand, Pran and evergreen Ashok Kumar. Only these 4 Hindi Film Artists worked till the last breath of their lives.

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

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LALITA PAWAR : 68 Working Years – 700 Films

” Raja Harishchandra “ [ 1928 ] to ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ]

DEV ANAND : 65 Working Years – 113 Films

Hum Ek Hain “ [ 1946 ] to ” Chargesheet ” [ 2011 ]

PRAN : 63 Working Years – 350 Films

” Yamla Jat “ [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh “ [ 2003 ]

ASHOK KUMAR : 61 Working Years – 301 films .

” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ]

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Among all the 4 history making stars, Lalita Pawar was the senior most. Pran was junior to her by 12 years. And the indomitable Dev Anand was her junior by 18 years. Even grand old man of Hindi cinema, the evergreen Ashok Kumar, was her junior by 8 years. Coincidently their last films came in the same year, 1997. Lalita Pawar’s ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ] & Ashok Kumar’s ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] were their last film. Two immortal legends ended their glorious film journey in the same year.

My first association with her started somewhere in mid 60s. I don’t remember the film correctly, but either it was ” Sampoorna Ramayan ” or ” Jis Desh Me Ganga Bahti Hai “. Later on I saw several films of her and became an ardent admirer.

I am giving list of some of her unforgettable films, which I have seen and fail to forget even today.

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Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , Dahej  [ 1950 ] , Daag  [ 1952 ] , Parchhain  [ 1952 ] , Shri 420 [ 1955 ] , Mr & Mrs 55  [ 1955 ] , Nau Do Gyarah  [ 1957 ] , Anari  [ 1959 ] , Sujata  [ 1959 ] , Hum Dono  [ 1961 ] , Sampoorna Ramayana  [ 1961 ] , Professor  [ 1962 ] , Sehra  [ 1963 ] , Grahasti  [ 1963 ] , Ghar Basake Dekho  [ 1963 ] , Khandan  [ 1966 ] , Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti  [ 1967 ] , Aabroo  [ 1968 ] , Anand  [ 1970 ] , Pushpanjali  [ 1970 ] , Gopi  [ 1970 ] ,  Doosri Sita  [ 1974 ] , Tapasya  [ 1976 ] , Aaina  [ 1977 ] , Yaarana  [ 1080 ] , Kali Ghata  [ 1980 ] , Phir Wohi Raat  [ 1980 ] , Sau Din Saas Ke  [ 1980 ] , Naseeb  [ 1981 ] , Bhai  [ 1997 ] .

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It is pertinent to note that apart from Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , where she played heroine, she played character roles in all above mentioned films. But no film connoisseur can ever forget her. Who can forget GANGAMAI of  Shri 420 [ 1955 ] or Mrs. D’Sa of  Anari  [ 1959 ] , both with Raj Kapoor?

Amba Laxman Rao Shagun from Yeola, Nashik made her debut in 1929 with ” Raja Harishchandra “. At the age of 16, she co-produced and acted in a silent film ” Kailash ” [ 1932 ]. She played a triple role in that film. A triple role in a silent film !! It was 44 years before DILIP KUMAR’s ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] & 51 years before AMITABH BACHCHAN’s ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ]. Both these legends played triple role much later in their respective careers and when they were very mature. DILIP KUMAR made debut in 1944 and played triple role in 1976. That is 32 years after his debut. AMITABH BACHCHAN made debut in 1969 and played triple role in 1983. That is 19 years after his debut. But LALITA PAWAR played triple role in the beginning of her career. 3 years after her debut and that too in a silent film.

Poster of Silent Film "The Lord of the Jungle"

Poster of Silent Film “The Lord of the Jungle”

Poster of "Himmat-e-Marda" [ 1935 ]

Poster of “Himmat-e-Marda” [ 1935 ]

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

1942 was an epoch-making year in Lalita Pawar’s career. As a part of the scene in a film ” Jung-E-Azadi ” , Bhagwan Dada of ” Albela ” fame was to slap her. Being a new-comer, he accidentally slapped her hard. It resulted in facial paralysis and a vein of her left eye got burst. This incident left her with a defective left eye. But the treatment took 3 years. She lost many lead roles and after her treatment was over, she switched to character roles. The defective left eye, which ended her acting career in lead roles, helped her play cruel, wicked and cussed characters with aplomb.

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Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar has left us. She no longer exist. But she is still present in the form of her films where she played several unforgettable characters. I offer my tribute and regards to the unforgettable doyenne of Hindi cinema.

 

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[ List of Lalita Pawar’s released films,  dates and other information is taken from Wikipedia. I , on behalf of VIDUR Acting Institute ,  express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           May 08 , 2016           11.00 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post, Vidur’s Film Diary completes 7th year of its existence in May 2016. June 2016 will mark the beginning of its journey in the 8th year. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. But do check the tall claims of so many other so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims.

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 7 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

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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Hindi Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – April 01

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1 – Ki & Ka ……………………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………………. Arjun Kapoor

2 – M.A. Pass ………………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Love Chakra ……………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Second Week – April 08

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1 – Club Dancer……….. …………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Hum Hain Wonder Boys  …………………………………………………………. X

3 – Love Games …………………………………………………………………………….. X

4 – The Blueberry Hunt ………………………………………………………………… X

5 – The Jungle Book ……………………………………………… Priyanka Chopra

 

Third Week – April 15 
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1 – Fan ………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Hum Bade Aashiq Mizaaj …………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – April 22
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1 – Jhamela …………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Lal Rang ……………………………………………………………… Akshay Oberoi

3 – Nil Battey Sannata …………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. ……………………………………………… Vikas Bhalla

 

Fifth Week  – April 29
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1 – Aakhri Sauda – The Last Deal ………………………………………………….. X

2 – Baaghi ……………………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Shortcut Safaari ………………………………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

 

In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in April 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 06 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me . [ Priyanka Chopra did not act but only gave her voice for “Kaa” in ” The Jungle Book ” .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , …………… 06  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Shekhar Ravjiani [ Vishal – Shekhar fame ] is the Music Director of   ” Fan “ .

 

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Regional Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Telugu : Allu Arjun is playing male lead in the film  ” Sarrainodu “.

2 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is playing male lead in the film  ” Vaisakhi List “.

3 – Hollywood : Dev Patel is playing male lead in the film  ” The Man Who Knew Infinity “.

 

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

 

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TV Trivia in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Mishal Raheja is playing an important role in ” Ishq Ka Rang Safed “ on Colors TV.

2 – Sarwar Ahuja is playing an important role in ” Ganga “ on &TV.

3 – Aditi Sharma is playing an important role in ” Ganga “ on &TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 02 ……………. TV shows .

 

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Theatre in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Aditi Sharma is playing lead in ” Namaste “.

 

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

 

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Commercials in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Alia Bhatt is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Standard Fan “.

2 – Prithvi Pai is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Hundai Verna “.

3 – Anushka Sharma is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Ruparel Orion “.

4 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” VIP Bags “.

5 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Philips Aqua Touch “.

6 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Skybags “.

7 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Addiction Deo “.

8 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Lux “.

9 – Yami Gautam is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Emami 7 Oils “.

10 – Yami Gautam is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Fair & Lovely “.

11 – Seemta Choudhary is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Amul Lassi “.

12 – Soha Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Multani Rovaan “.

 

My ………….. 09 …………… students in …………… 12 …………… commercial campaigns .

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Summary of April 2016

My 07 students appeared in 06 films , 03 students in 03 regional films , 03 students in 02 TV shows , 01 student in 01 play and 09 students appeared in 12 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of April 2016 comes to 23

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS


ACCOLADES

1 – Priyanka Chopra appeared on the cover of  ” TIME “  . [ Among 100 Most Influential People of 2016 ] . She is the third Hindi film actor to appear on the cover. Parveen Babi & Aishwarya Rai are the 1st & 2nd respectively.


 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 23 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . I express gratitude. ]

 

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Vidur Acting Institute Spreads Across Two Generations


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 17, 2016           08.00 P.M.

In this ephemeral world of films , it is very difficult to survive for 25 years. Banners are stablished and one day they disappear. Film-makers start their journey and one day they cease to exist. Acting Training is also same. Since it is mostly ruled by unscrupulous, scheming liars, it withers before bloom. Since deceit is the pattern for majority of so-called famous acting trainers of Mumbai or India, it implode before becoming a long-living entity.

In this world of treacherous, unscrupulous and fraudulent scamsters, roaming around as best acting trainers of Mumbai, I always wonder how I survived for 26 long years. From 1990 to 2016, it seems an impossible journey. People become obsolete in 26 years. They become redundant after becoming old. They become cynics with advancing age. Finally, they slip into irrelevance. But this didn’t happen to me. It is God’s mercy. It is because of the fact that even after 26 years my students have faith on me. And this faith has made me AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS.

In the 26th year of my career, I have started my 100th batch on April 07, 2016. And this batch have a girl named SHINOVA SONI. Years ago, precisely 19 years ago, I trained her mother APARNA SONI also. Here is the complete story.

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

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1997           SHEETAL APARTMENT – JUHU           BOMBAY

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It was a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day in Bombay. The year was 1997. The place was ground floor hall of SHEETAL APARTMENT near CHANDAN CINEMA, JUHU. An acting batch started. It had KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. Apart from above mentioned names, the batch also had a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty. Her name was APARNA SONI.

That is the beginning of the story. No Acting Trainer can forget students like KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But one can easily forget APARNA SONI.

After mandatory 3 months period, the batch ended. Months came and gone. Seasons changed colours. Years passed. Age took me with all its ferocity and the vagaries of time engulfed me completely. I did remember KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But APARNA SONI doggedly refused to be obfuscated from my memory. She refused to be just another student, who came for 3 months and simply faded away. And the efforts for maintaining this relationship were always from her side.

One phone call a month ………………. few occasional messages here & there ……………………. season’s greetings ………………… festival wishes, she was always there. She always calls. She is always there if occasion arises. She always recommends students for my acting training institute. Once when I was hospitalised, she used to come daily. Till the time I was in hospital, she came every day without fail.

And thus THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED ……………………..

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2016           BUNGALOW NO. 52 – MHADA           MUMBAI

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With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

On March 22, 2016, I got a call from her. I thought that it is one of her regular calls. Next day on March 23, 2016, she came to meet me with her daughter. She wanted to admit her daughter in VIDUR Acting Institute .

It was again a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day. Only change is that now the city is not Bombay. And the year is not 1997. City is now rechristened Mumbai and the year is 2016. And yes the student is also not APARNA. The student is SHINOVA, who just like her mother, is also a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty

It never occurred to me that 19 year have passed since APARNA completed her training. In 1997, I never ever expected that after training APARNA SONI, one day I would be training her daughter also. I never imagined this even in my wildest dreams. But 19 year after training mother APARNA SONI, I am training her daughter SHINOVA SONI too.

It is not easy to become AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS. It is very rare chance. Apart from Shri Roshan Taneja, no other acting trainer of India can claim that they have trained two generations. Taneja Sir trained SHRI SHATRUGHAN SINHA & his son LUV SINHA.

 

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