Saga of an anonymous mother and coming of age of Nisarg Chaturvedi

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           December 13, 2020          07.00 P.M. 

I am always saddened whenever I attend a marriage function. It seems bizarre because marriage functions are for festivity and an occasion for celebrations. But for me it is a study of human emotions. I always watch girl’s mother and try to study her emotions. And without fail the expressions and emotions are always same.

On December 6, 2020 I attended my nephew Ishan’s marriage at Jabalpur. It was a grand occasion with lots of pomp and show. Everything was meticulously planned and executed.

Ishan Chaturvedi [ Towards my right ] and Nisarg Chaturvedi [ Towards my Left ]
Ishan Chaturvedi [ Towards my right ] and Nisarg Chaturvedi [ Towards my Left ]

On the last day we were assembled in a hall for farewell function. All the members of the family and our relatives , along with Ishan and his bride Punam, were present. There I saw Punam’s mother. She, with blank eyes and melted face, was silently giving presents to all of us. Her body was doing the chores as was required or as per the instructions but her soul was not there.

I was there watching her silently. She was obviously happy because she knew that her daughter got married into a good family. But she must be crying inside because she knew that today a part of her existence is getting permanently separated from her. She must be thinking about her daughter’s safety and well being. She was giving us gifts but grieving inside and was lost in her thoughts. Faded and forced smile on her face told the real story which I was able to see very clearly.

After the ceremony, when everyone was relishing the delicacies, I started searching for her. She was not there. I wanted to talk to her, wanted to assure that her beloved daughter is in safe hands [ Ishan could be anything but a tyrant or a bad husband. ] but she was nowhere to be seen. May be she was in her room all alone and lost in thoughts . Away from the prying eyes of us and even her own family members, a mother can only grieve in isolation. She must be sitting in her room and wailing silently because a mother would never like to spoil her daughter’s happiness. She simply left the hall without eating anything, without putting a single morsel into her mouth.

December 7, 2020 was the last day of her life when she was with her daughter. She will definitely meet her during family functions and other solemn occasions but things will not be same again. A mother knows that after marriage daughters become guests in her parent’s house. Daughter’s name and even gotra is also changed. A father gradually forgets his daughter. Brothers have their owns dreams and aspirations in life. So thought of a hapless sister married to an unknown man and living in a far away corner of the world is not of much importance for them. For male members of the family a daughter’s marriage is a goal accomplished, a duty finished and a task done and dusted. But a mother is a mother. No member of the family will ever notice but a part of mother’s mind always remains with her daughter. Unable to do anything or help in any way, still her soul hovers over her daughter’s world to see that everything is honky dory in her life. Even while sleeping silently a mother can never remove her daughter from her thoughts. During muggy afternoons of summer, wet evenings of monsoons and chilling , wintry nights of winter, when all the family members are busy with their daily chores and some mundane, asinine works, a part of mother’s mind and soul wanders away from her home and starts moving around with her daughter.

I searched for Punam’s mother in the hotel but in vain. May be she left for her native place with empty stomach and teary eyes.

Do you know what will happen next? Slowly years will pass. In this mortal world one day her journey will come to an end. In that distant future Punam will be leading her life happily. Surrounded by her own children and her husband she will lead a happy and blissful life and she will be totally oblivious of the fact that her aging, lonely and infirm mother always remembered her fondly. Each moment of the day, each day of the year and each year of her life she remembered her daughter, prayed for her safety and well-being and cried silently in her absence. Saga of an unknown mother will come to an end. One more mother will leave this world …. unknown, unheard and unsung.

Punam will fully understand this feeling when she will herself become mother of a girl child and one day in a distant future when her own daughter will get married – she will understand every word of this blog.

Alas!! this untold and unknown saga of an anonymous mother will wither away ingloriously for the world at large. World goes on like this.

This marriage is important for me for one more reason. This is coming of age of Nisarg Chaturvedi. A 25 year old boy, who is youngest in the family, was, for me, a revelation. He had a vision about the ceremony, conceived it and got it executed with minutest details, precision and perfection. He shouldered entire burden without grumbling and managed everything beautifully. Surrounded by a posse of his assistants [ known as SHADOWS ], he bestrode the venue like a benign dictator. I will narrate two examples of his management skill. On my arrival, I was surprised to see a wheelchair parked in front of my cottage. Nisarg knew that my wife is indisposed and got operated recently so she needs help to get up and walk. Therefore he arranged for a wheelchair. It is a small gesture but to remember this in the hustle bustle of a marriage ceremony speaks volumes about his care, eye for details and hunger for perfection. There is one more example. On the first day there were no sweets in the menu. I pointed out this shortcoming to him. From the next day there were variety of sweets available for us.

Nisarg was always ambitious. He has strong likes and dislikes but he is not bellicose, imperious or disobedient. He got this opportunity, rather snatched the opportunity from his father’s hand and came out with flying colours. I am happy for the fact that the younger generation of Krishna Kunj Chaturvedis will be worthy successors of their glorious ancestors. [ Not us but our father and grandfather. ]

Extended family members of Chaturvedis of Krishna Kunj, Deoria [ 5 absentees ]

A word of appreciation is also needed for Ishan, the groom. He is elder to Nisarg but willingly and happily followed each and every instruction of his younger brother. Ishan never complained, never cribbed and never made grumpy face that he is being kept under leash by his younger brother. These days when brothers are ready to fight a fratricidal war on slightest provocation, Ishan willingly acquiesced to his younger brother’s requests or rather orders.

Ishan in many ways is a replica of his great grand father Late Kunj Bihari Chaturvedi. But this subject needs a separate blog.





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Alvida ……… Kader Khan Saheb !!


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 05 , 2019           05.45 P.M. 


Kader Khan

[ 22 October 1937 – 31 December 2018 ]


Kader Khan Saheb was an Afghan-born Indian film actor and screenwriter,.

As an actor, he appeared in over 300 films.

His debut film was Daag [ 1973 ] starring Rajesh Khanna .

He was also a prolific screenwriter for Bollywood films in the period 1970s to 1999 and wrote dialogues for over 200 films.

Before entering the film industry in the early 1970s, he taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of EngineeringMumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.

I first noticed him in a Hindi movie called ” BAIRAAG ” [ 1976 ] . It was a Dilip Kumar starrer film . He played Superintendent of police in the film . At that time it never occurred to me that one day I will get a chance to meet him in person .

I can proudly say that I have met him 3/4 times in his Mumbai office at Hasnabad Lane , Santacruz – West .

Years ago , I trained his sons ; Sarfaraz and Shahnawaz . I use to go to Shahnawaz’s house at Hasnabad Lane , Santacruz . One day Shahnawaz ushered me into Kader Khan Saheb’s office . I was a bit apprehensive . He was a legend and I was simply a non entity . I entered into the room . And there he was , sitting behind a huge table. He welcomed me with a benign smile , offered me a chair and immediately put me at ease . I talked to him for some time and then took his permission and left the room .

I have so many nice and fond memories of these meetings.


Kader Khan Saheb with his sons : Sarfaraz & Shahnawaz

His two sons ; Sarfaraz Khan and Shahnawaz Khan , like their father , are so nice , gentle and down to earth. I have a photo of me with Sarfaraz . But I don’t have one with Shahnawaz. I am posting my photo with Sarfaraz.


With Kader Khan Saheb’s elder son Sarfaraz Khan

Kader Khan Saheb’s demise is a huge loss. The void will never be filled. I know his sons are brave and they will overcome this.

For an ordinary person like me it will always be a treasure that I was able to meet him and was fortunate enough to talk to him .

Thank you  Kader Khan Saheb , you never let me feel uncomfortable in your presence and never ever made me feel small in your company.

Rest in peace sir !! They don’t make people like you anymore .








On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kader Khan Saheb’s family and his near and dear ones.

[ Basic information about Kader Khan saheb has been taken from Wikipedia . His photo , posted here , is from Google,  I express gratitude .]




Mrinal Sen – The Last of the Triumvirate

Mrinal Sen

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 03, 2019           06.30 P.M. 

Mrinal Sen

[ 14 May 1923 – 30 December 2018 ]

Mrinal Sen was a Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata. Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, he was often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Bengali parallel cinema on the global stage. Like the works of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, his cinema was known for its artistic depiction of social reality. The three directors were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in so doing, they charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India.

Minal Sen first feature film, Raat Bhore  [ 1955 ] featured Uttam Kumar who was not yet the Major star of Bengali cinema that he became. The movie was a let-down. His next film, Neel Akasher Neechey  [ 1958) ] earned him local recognition, while his third film, Baishey Shravan [ 1960 ] was the first film that gave him international exposure.

After making five more films, he made a film with a shoestring budget provided by the Government of India. This film, Bhuvan Shome  [ 1969 ] finally launched him as a major filmmaker, both nationally and internationally. Bhuvan Shome also initiated the “New Cinema” film movement in India.

Mrinal Sen had been suffering from age related ailments for many years. He died on 30 December 2018 at the age of 95 at his home in Bhawanipore, Kolkata.


Funeral Procession of Mrinal Sen

I came to know about him when his film Bhuvan Shome [ 1969 ] was released. It was the year when I just finished intermediate from Government Inter College , Allahabad [ now PRAYAGRAJ ] and took admission in Allahabad University. I was curious about the film but I could not watch it. I became aware of Mrinal Sen because of the buzz around the film.


After  Bhuvan Shome , other gems like Interview [ 1971 ] , Ek Adhuri Kahani  [ 1971 ] , Calcutta 71  [ 1972 ] , Padatik [ 1973 ] , Chorus [ 1974 ] and Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] were released in quick succession.


Poster of MRIGAYAA

Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] became talk of the town . It introduced a naxalite as the protagonist. His name was Mithun Chakraborty. He got national award for the best actor for the film and soon became a sensation and later on came to be known as poor man’s Amitabh Bachchan.

Mrinal Sen was an ardent follower of Marxist philosophy. This is precisely the reason , I avoided watching his films. Till date I have watched none of his films . Neither Bhuvan Shome nor even Mrigayaa .

After his demise , I am thinking of watching all his films. List of awards , which his films won , tell us about his craft and his greatness.


National awards

National Film Award for Best Feature Film

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali

National Film Award for Best Direction

International awards 

Moscow International Film Festival – Silver Prize
1975 Chorus[13]
1979 Parashuram[14]
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
1977 Oka Oori Katha
Berlin International Film Festival
Interfilm Award
1979 Parashuram
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Grand Jury Prize[15]
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Cannes Film Festival – Jury Prize
1983 Kharij
Valladolid International Film Festival – Golden Spike
1983 Kharij
Chicago International Film Festival – Gold Hugo
1984 Khandhar
Montreal World Film Festival – Special Prize of the Jury
1984 Khandhar
Venice Film Festival – OCIC Award – Honorable Mention
1989 Ek Din Achanak
Cairo International Film Festival – Silver Pyramid for Best Director
2002 Aamar Bhuban








On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I offer my condolences and tribute. It is sad that because of the aversion of Marxism , I refrained from watching his films .

[ Basic information about Mrinal Sen has been taken from Wikipedia . His photo posted here is from Google,  I express gratitude .]



150th Birthday of ROSOGOLLA

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           December 31, 2018           05.45 P.M. 


It is 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi.

But few people know that it is 150th year of a Bengali sweet known and called ” ROSOGOLLA ” also.




But here lies the controversy. Rosogolla is always known as a Bengali sweet. But all of a sudden Odisha started claiming that Rosogolla is Odia.

I was perplex. For all my life I always knew and believed that Rosogolla is a Bengali sweet . Nobin Chandra Das , the famous Bengali , is credited to invent this sweet in 1868 . He , along with his family , used to live in the Baghbazar locality of northern Calcutta [ now known as Kolkata ] .


Columbus of Rosogolla – Nobin Chandra Das


Despite these known facts , some Odia zealots started claiming that Rosogoll has Odia origins. Watch the photos and realize that Bengalis have not only invented this sweet but they have become connoisseurs and gave several variations to Rosogolla, which is not common in Odisha .



Nolen Gurer Rosogolla


Khejur Gurer Rosogolla


Dry Rosogolla


Coloured Rosogolla


Creamy Baked Rosogolla


Chocolate Rosogolla


Payesh Rosogolla


This brazen and bizarre claim of Odisha was not supposed to be taken lightly in West Bengal . Matter was fiercely debated in Bengal and finally West Bengal government reached GI [ Geographical Indication ] . After a 26-month legal tussle, West Bengal government won the case on November 14, 2017 .

In 2018 Rosogolla became 150 years old and to commemorate the auspicious event West Bengal government issued a special stamp . It was launched at the inaugural function of ” Baghbazar-O-Rosogolla Utsab ” .

Earlier this year, the State government observed November 14 as Rosogolla Day to mark one year of obtaining the GI tag.

My tryst with Rosogolla in particular and other Bengali sweet in general started very early in my life . In my Deoria house , there was a shop of Bengali sweets , known as Jalojog . I tasted Rosogolla once and became a life-long fan and now I can proudly claim that I am a Rosogolla connoisseur . So I refused to believe that Rosogolla is in any way related to Odisha .

I am happy that finally this unnecessary controversy will be put to rest. Odisha has many good things to offer but Rosogolla is quintessential Bengali and it should remain so.






I have taken some facts and figures from Sunday edition of DNA – Daily News & Analysis , a popular news paper. Pictures of various Rosogollas have been taken from Wikipedia .

I express gratitude on behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise .




Alas ………. Eros Cinema is also gone !!

Eros Cinema Hall at Churchgate

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           December 29, 2018           04.45 P.M. 


I’m so sad , crestfallen and heartbroken today.

Last month on November 28, 2018, I wrote about closure of Rhythm House and Cafe Samovar . I felt deep sense of loss at that time.

Now comes news of closure of Eros Cinema hall. When I saw the photograph of the gate of this majestic building being locked, my heart melted.

Eros Cinema Hall at Churchgate being locked

I had so many warm memories of this particular cinema hall. In 1972, I went there to watch a Hollywood film ” KLUTE ‘ [ 1971 ] starring Jane Fonda , Donald Sutherland and Roy Scheider. Sylvester Stallone was also in the film but as an extra. Jane Fonda won an Academy Award for Best Actress. ” KLUTE ” was huge hit .

When I reached there to watch the movie, ticket windows were closed. I stood on the staircase and was very disappointed. There was a man in sky blue top and denim pants and he gently said, ” do you want to watch the film? ” I simply nodded. He gave me one ticket saying that he bought it for his friend but it seems he won’t be able to make it. So you take this ticket and enjoy the film. When I offered to pay the price, he politely refused. Few days later, I watched the same man in a Satyadev Dubey directed play ” AADHE ADHURE ” at Patkar Hall.

Three years later, while in my native place Deoria, Uttar Pradesh , I went to watch a Hindi movie ” SALAAKHEN ” [ 1975 ]. This Shashi Kapoor and Sulakshana Pandit starrer movie had a villain. I suddenly recognized the man. He was the same person who offered me a ticket of ” KLUTE ” and whom I watched in ” AADHE ADHURE “. Then I got to know his name. His name was Amrish Puri. Those days he was known as the younger brother of Madan Puri. Few years later he became a huge , gigantic star and later on a legend.

Many years later, when I became an acting trainer, I trained his grand-son Vardhan Puri , who is making his debut in a Hindi film called ” PAAGAL “.

Eros Cinema Hall at Churchgate

Later on I watched many Hollywood and Bollywood films at Eros. If I am remembering correctly, Amir Khan and Urmila Matondkar starrer film ” RANGEELA ” [ 1995 ] , was the last film , which I watched there. There after multiplex boom hit Mumbai and many swanky plexes sprung up in suburbs. So Sunday routine of watching film at South Mumbai single screen theatres lost its charm . And I got busy in my acting training activities and watching films at Eros and other single screen theatres was discontinued.

But when I heard the news of its closure and saw the gate being locked, I was devastated.


One more iconic place of my struggling days is going to be finished for ever.

There won’t be another Eros. There won’t be same movie watching experience again.

But journey of life moves ahead.








Peter O’Toole : An Icon Passes Away


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Peter O’Toole in the film Lawrence of Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter James O’Toole

 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           December 08, 2018           03.30 P.M. 


Peter James O’Tool aka Peter O’Tool was a British stage and film actor of Irish and Scottish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959.

He achieved international recognition playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for this award another seven times – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man(1980), My Favorite Year (1982), and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for acting without a win. In 2002, O’Toole was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements. He was additionally the recipient of four Golden Globe Awards, one British Academy Film Award and one Primetime Emmy Award.

Peter O’Tool with Richard Burton in ” BECKET “

I came to know about him in 1973. I was studying in Prayagraj [ then known as Allahabad ] , Uttar Pradesh. A Hindi film ” NAMAK HARAM ” was released in 1973 in Vishwambhar cinema hall. I, along with my friends, went to swatch it. It was huge hit and everyone was praising Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna’s acting. One day I read an article about ” NAMAK HARAM ” in Northern India Patrika, a popular daily of those days. It was written that this film is based on the iconic Hollywood film ” BECKET ” and how Richard Burton and Peter O’Tool were so brilliant. Richard Burton’s role was played by Rajesh Khanna and Peter O’Tool’s role was essayed by Amitabh Bachchan.

Soon ”  Becket ” was re-released in cinema halls and I saw the film. I had already watched many films of Richard Burton but this was my first brush with Peter O’Tool. I was awe-struck. Later on I watched his first film ”  Lawrence of Arabia “. My admiration for his craft grew manifold.

After completing my studies I left Prayagraj [ then named as Allahabad ] , and after spending 15 years in my native town Deoria, I settled in Mumbai [ then know as Bombay ] . Here in 1990 I watched his film ” THE LAST EMPEROR ” ( 1987 ) . One day while roaming around Hutatma Chowk, [ earlier known as Flora Fountain ] , I got his biography in a road side bookstore. After reading it , I became a life-long admirer.

So when I read about his death, I felt a vacuum in my life. Life is cruel. I got to know about Peter O’Tool in 1973. And in December 2013, I was reading his obituary. A relationship of 40 years came to a sudden end.

Movie business will go on. Many stars will come and fade away. But stars like Peter O’Tool are rare. As is the saying, they don’t make people like him any more.

Peter O’Tool in his sunset years

Peter O’Toole will never return to enthrall us by his histrionics in cinema. There will be many great actors but there will never be another Peter O’Tool.

[ Some personal information and nuggets about his career is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]


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100 Years of Government Inter College , Deoria



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           November 29, 2018           01.45 P.M. 





1912 – 2012

Government Inter College , Deoria


In hot and scorching month of April 2013, I visited my native place Deoria . I was passing through Kotwali road. Whenever I go to Deoria and walk through Kotwali road, I always watch my college KING EDWARD GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE, now known as GOVERNMENT INTER COLLEGE , DEORIA. A board on the main building of the college reminded me that my alma mater is 100 years old . In fact it is 106 years old now. It was established in 1912.

Apart from being alma mater of mine, it is alma mater of my father , my two brothers and my sons also .

When I saw the board announcing Centenary Year celebration of the college , a floodgate of memories got opened and various asinine incidents of my schooling days suddenly flashed on the faded firmament of my memory. Some obfuscated incidents started shinning and gushed into my memory lane . From July 1962 to March 1967 , it was my home away from my home . For 5 long years it was my world away from the outer world . Sitting on the staircase or roaming aimlessly in the long corridors or sprinting in the vast lawns of the college , I used to dream some beautiful dreams of my future. I have many sweet and sour memories of this opulent and grand building.

Eastern entrance of the college

Apart from me and my memories, this college also reminds me about my father Shri Lakshmi Kant Chaturvedi. During freedom struggle, while he was in High School , he climbed the top of the building , removed Union Jack and hoisted National Flag on the mast and proudly unfurled it. British Superintendent of police wanted a shoot at sight order from the then magistrate Raghubar Dayal. But he refused and said that this is not treason. This is childish prank, act of a small enthusiastic boy. So it should be overlooked. He ordered that Indian national flag should be removed and Union Jack should be hoisted again.

My Father Late Shri Lakshmi Kant Chaturvedi
[ 16 May 1908 – 27 February 1974 ]

British SP was furious and complained about the magistrate Raghubar Dayal. Raghubar Dayal, who later on became Justice Raghubar Dayal, paid the price and his subsequent promotion was cancelled.

This incident , which happened around 1922 , became folklore of Chaturvedi clan. It was narrated to me by the elders of the family. When I took admission in 6th standard and entered into the main building and saw the flag mast, I was filled with pride for my father. After 4 years , in 2022 , this incident will complete 100 years. May be future generations of my family will not remember it. But for me it is still fresh in my memory.

My father never ever boasted about his heroic act . He never claimed or demanded TAMRA PATRA , which so many freedom fighters took and flaunted it with pride. My father never claimed the monthly pension , which was given to every freedom fighter during Indira Gandhi’s regime. For him it was his national duty. He did it as his contribution to the freedom struggle and forgot it. Though like Raghubar Dayal, he also paid the price for this incident. He got selected for judicial services. But CID reported that he has nationalistic leanings and quoted this flag incident. Thus he was not selected. Later on he became immensely successful advocate in Deoria.

Life moves on. My father died in 1974. Now I am also an old man . But my college building , though older than both of us , still stands magnificently.

I think it will remain like that when I am also gone. And my future generation may walk past the same Kotwali road . But they will be oblivious of the glorious incident of my father, which once upon a time , was the talking point of my clan in the long wintry nights and hot and dull summer afternoons in my family home , the KRISHNA KUNJ.


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Life Without ” Rhythm House ” & ” Cafe Samovar “

RHYTHM HOUSE at Kala Ghoda

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           November 28, 2018           01.30 P.M. 


On November 29, 2015 I read in the newspapers that RHYTHM HOUSE ” , the iconic music shop at Kala Ghoda area of south Mumbai , is going to be closed.

It finally got closed in February 2016.

What is so special that even after 2 years I am forced by emotions to write about this shop. After all it was just a shop.

Today’s generation can’t imagine it’s importance. It was lifeline of Mumbai’s cultural world. Long before Bombay became Mumbai, it was a must visit place for all the connoisseurs and aficionados of music world. In Bombay city of early 70s, 80s and 90s , it was a happening place , where all the connoisseurs of music used to descend every day.

Interior of Iconic RHYTHM HOUSE


There are talks to revive this place but in today’s world, when you can download any song for free , who will go and buy LP, EP, records, cassettes and CDs.

I have so many fond memories of this place. Though I didn’t have much money those days but still I used to go there to buy cassettes and CDs of old Hindi films, old songs of Lata Mangeshkar, Bengali songs, Robindro Sangeet and song of  Elvis Presley. Alas! those days are just memory.

Rhythm House is not alone. In the same year when it got closed, another iconic south Mumbai place CAFE SAMOVAR also got close in March 2015. Started by Usha Khanna in 1964, Cafe Samovar in Jehangir Art Gallery has been an icon of Mumbai’s cultural landscape for decades.

One by one all the iconic places of old Bombay are becoming memories. After Bombay became Mumbai, I feel there is no love lost for old icons of the city. I feel sad . Government of the day should try to preserve the heritage of old city.

The new Mumbai doesn’t mean that old Bombay should fade away from the landscape.



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Remembering Alyque Padamsee


Alyque Padamsee

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           November 27, 2018           01.45 P.M. 


I’m posting this blog after 1 year and 3 months gap. My last blog was posted on August 30, 2017.

Reasons are many.  One is writer’s block. I never ever thought that one day I could also be a victim of this dreaded writer’s block. But it struck me with all ferocity.  Anyhow I fought a valiant battle and overcame that. So now I am ready with this much delayed blog.

Other reason is that during this period I was inundated with work. In this one year, apart from regular batches, I did workshop for 3 serials ; ” PORUS ” , ” RADHA KRISHNA ” & ” TANTRA “. I also did workshop for films ; ” KAABIL ” , ” STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2 ” , ” HUM CHAAR ” and 2 upcoming films of DHARMA PRODUCTIONS.

So it was 16 hour workdays for 15 long months. All the work took its toll on my time and body. I was left with no time. Hence this inordinate delay.

Last week when I heard about sudden death of Mr. Alyque Padamsee, I decided to leave my inertia and write something about him.

It was a cold November evening of 2009. I got a call. The person on the other side spoke in broken Hindi, ” Hi ! This is Alyque Padamsee. Am I talking to Mr. Vidur ? ” I was stunned. Am I really talking to the legend?

But yes. The person on the other side of phone was The legend himself. He wanted me to train his daughter Shazahn Padamsee.

I started training Shazahn for her debut film ” ROCKET SINGH : SALESMAN OF THE YEAR ” .



With Shazahn Padamsee in my office


And one day there I met the legend whom the world knew as Alyque Padamsee. He was so unassuming and soft spoken. I was taken aback. He talked to me for some time and then left.

It is almost 9 years but the memory refuses to fade.

He was Chief Executive of Lintas for 14 long years and created much acclaimed campaigns like ; Lalita ji for Surf, Cherry Charlie for Cherry Blossom, MRF Muscle Man , the Liril Girl in the waterfall and Hamara Bajaj.

I also liked him as Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough’s much acclaimed film ” GANDHI ” .

I still possess his signed autobiography , A Double Life : My Exciting Years In Theatres and Advertising.

Rest in peace sir ! There won’t be anyone like you.




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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I express my condolences . My sympathies are with Shazahn Padamsee. May God give her strength to bear this loss.




Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2017



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           August 30, 2017           07.10 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. 8 long and uninterrupted years! ]






SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2016

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = ==== = = 62.35 %

Success Rate : 2016= = = ==== = 72.60 %

It is evident that my success rate is increasing every year. It is unprecedented.



Actors, whom I trained and who hit the screen as lead actors [ Hero & Villain ] in films
January 2017 to April 2017 :

YAMI GAUTAM – Kaabil [ Hindi ]

MEHERENE KAUR PIRZADA – Phillauri [ Hindi ]

CHIRAG JANI – Rogue [ Telugu ]

VISHAL PATNI – Maa Abbai  [ Telugu ]



Obituary :


Kishori Amonkar


A classical singer of repute, Kishori Amonkar died in Mumbai on April 03, 2017 at the age of 85 . A performer of classical music, she also excelled in khayal, Thumri & Bhajan singing.
She gave play back for only 2 Hindi films and in total sang just 6 songs. 1st was V. Shantaram’s ” Geet Gaya Patharon Ne ” [ 1965 ] , which was incidentally Jeetendra’s debut movie. She sang the title song in the film.
Her 2nd film was ” Dristi ” [ 1991 ]. She sang all the 5 songs and also composed music.
Vinod Khanna
A mighty super-star during Amitabh Bachchan era, Vinod Khanna succumbed to cancer and died in Mumbai hospital on April 27, 2017. He was 71 at the time of his death.

He made debut as the main villain with ” Man Ka Meet ” [ 1968 ]. This film was directed by A. Subba Rao and produced by Sunil Dutt. Later on he acted in supporting roles; as an angry young man in the movie Mere Apneas the main villain in the super-hit movie Mera Gaon Mera Deshand as the military officer turned fugitive in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak .

After above mentioned films, Vinod Khanna played lead roles in many films and is best remembered for his performances in  Kuchhe DhaageGaddaarImtihaanMuqaddar Ka SikandarInkaarAmar Akbar AnthonyRajputThe Burning Train,  Qurbani,  Kudrat,  Parvarish, Khoon PasinaDayavanChandni and Jurm.

 In 1982, at the peak of his film career, he temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho  . After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry with two hit films; Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.


Hindi Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :



First Week – April 07


1 – Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana ….. Gurmeet Choudhary

2 – Mirza Juuliet ……………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mukti Bhawan …………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – The Mountains ………………………………………………………………………….. X


Second Week – April 14


1 – Begum Jaan ………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Romeo – N – Bullet ………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Saanjh …………………………………………………………………………………………. X


Third Week – April 21 

1 – Ajab Samajh Ki Gajab Kahani ………………………………………………….. X

2 – Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi …………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Maatr ………………………………………………………………………………………….. X

4 – Noor ……………………………………………………………………………………………. X


Fourth Week – April 28

1 – Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion ……………………………. Anushka Shetty


In total ………..……… 12 ………..….. films got released in April 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 12 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 03 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .




Summary of April 2017

My 03 students appeared in 03 films.

Total number of students working in the month of April 2017 is 03.


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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 03 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 

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]



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