Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 07 , 2016           08.20 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

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 is now 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 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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Obituary :

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Rajesh Vivek  :

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Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, a.k.a. Rajesh Vivek will always be known as “GURAN”, one of the most popular characters of “Lagaan” [ 2001 ]. He later played various other famous characters like the postmaster in “Swades” [ 2004 ] .

He was first noticed and gained popularity as Ved Vyas in “Mahabharata” [ 1988 ]. His first film was Shyam Benegal’s “Junoon” [ 1978 ]. He also played Dr. Rajendra Prasad in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” [ 1982 ].

He died on January 13, 2016 at the age of 66 at Hyderabad, Telangana due to massive heart attack.

 

Anil Ganguly :

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 A very successful film director of 70s & early 80s, Anil Ganguly directed films like Jaya Bhaduri starrer “Kora Kagaz” [ 1974 ] , “Tapasya” [ 1975 ] . Both the films got National Award. His other famous film is  Anil Kapoor starrer ” Saaheb” [ 1985 ].
He died after brief illness on January 14, 2016 at the age of 82. His daughter Rupali Ganguly is famous TV actor.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 01

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1 – Jee Lene Do Ek Pal …………………………………………………………………. X

2 – School Teacher ……………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Tere Jism Se Jaan Tak ……………………………….. ………………………… X

4 – 27th December 1987 Final Match …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – January 08

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1 – Chauranga ……………………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

2 – Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure …………………………………….. X

3 – Private Teacher ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Rasik Balma ……………………………………………………………………………. X

5 – Wazir ……………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Nasirr Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. John Abraham [ S.A. ]

 

Third Week – January 15 
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1 -Apne Apne Phanday ………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Chalk N Duster ………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………………. Sameer Soni

………………………………………………………………………………….. Aarya Babbar

………………………………………………………………………… Divyajyotee Sharma

3 – Rebellious Flower …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Fourth Week  – January 22
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1 – Airlift  …………………………………………………………………. Ferena Wazeir

…………………………………………………………………………………. Kishan Kumar

2 – Jugni ………………………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 …………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

 

Fifth Week  – January 29
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1 – Mastizaade ……………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saala Khadoos ………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ye Kaisa Pal Do Pal Ka Pyaar …………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in January . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 05 ……………………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 11 ………………… persons , …………… 10  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Airlift ” .

Sanjay Suri , who is mentioned as an actor , is also the producer of ” Chauranga “.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Sankat Mochan Bal Hanuman “ on Sony TV .

2 – Danish Pandor is playing an important role in  ” Agent Raghav “ on & TV.

3 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in  ” Chakravartin Ashok Samrat “ on Colors TV.

 

 

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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Priyank Sharma  is playing a role in  ” Nuclear Sher “.

2 – Zoa Morani is playing a role in ” Nuclear Sher “.

3 – Rituka Tandon is playing a role in ” Mann Rangiya “.

4 – Asif Ali Beg is playing a role in ” The Dancing Donkey “.

 

My …………. 04 ………….. students in ………… 03 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Khalid is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Shan-E-Punjab ” .

2 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” KUV 100 ” .

 

My ………….. 02 …………… students in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of January 2016

My 11 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 04 student in 03 plays and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2016 comes to 20

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

PADMA SHRI

This year in 2016 my student Priyanka Chopra got Padma Shri. She is my second student to get this honour . Saif Ali Khan , who got it in 2010 , was the first.

SANSUI COLORS STARDUST AWARDS 

1 – Kartik Aryan : Best Actor in a Comic Role

2 – Varun Dhawan : Entertainer of the Year

 

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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 20 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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Sainthood in Death? – A Kashmiri Pandit remembers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2016           07.45 P.M.

Two time Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and first Muslim Home Minister of India, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 07, 2016 in New Delhi of multiple organ failure. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in his native village Bijbehara of Anantnaag district.

With due respect to the departed soul, his political journey could be termed as colourful and sheer opportunistic. From Congress to Jan Morcha, and then again to the Congress, it was without any stated principles. Finally he, along with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, formed PDP and remained there till his death.

His two terms as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir could also be termed as maverick and opportunistic.

2002 = Though he had resigned from the Indian National Congress but without any qualm took their support to become Chief Minister. He had only 16 MLAs in the house of 87.

2008 = His PDP won 21 seats. But this time he prefered to sit in the opposition. It again defies logic. With 16 MLAs, he chose to become Chief Minister. But with 21 MLAs, he prefered to sit in the opposition.

2014 = He formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and became Chief Minister for the second time.  This time he had 28 MLAs, up 7 from the 21 last election.

From Congress to BJP, many people can frown but for him it was a smooth journey.

Here is the list of the milestones of his political journey.

Indian National Congress = 1972 to 1987

Jan Morcha = 1987 to 1990

Indian National Congress = 1990 to 1999

People’s Democratic Party = 1999 to 2016

Leader Congress Legislative Party = 1975

Union Minister of Tourism = 1986

Home Minister of India = Dec. 1989 – Nov. 1990

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = Nov. 2002 – Nov. 2005

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = March 2015 – Jan. 2016

It is in our culture to give respect to the departed soul. One is not supposed to be disparaging about the person after the he is gone. But in my opinion history is supposed to be unbiased. History should be loyal to the truth only. History is and should be cruel.

Therefore I thought to reproduce an article written by Anupama Handoo , a Kashmiri Pandit, which presents a totally different picture of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. —————————————————————————————————-

On 7 January 2016, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took his last breath. News feeds since then are full of eulogies for the supposed saint, nationalist and statesman.

Every paean takes me back to that fateful month of December in 1989 when Mufti’s youngest daughter Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped by (Yasin Malik’s) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. The nation was held to ransom for the daughter of the Union Home Minister who had taken oath just a few days ago. Bypassing the elected state government led by Farooq Abdullah, Mufti misused his power and influence to engineer the release of five dreaded terrorists. Local population in the valley and friends were confident that Rubaiya was at home or at least in a safe house where she was safe and well taken care of, all the time. This drama of hostage rescue is the watershed event in Kashmir terrorism. Encouraged by weakness of the state and central administration, terrorism took hold in the valley. General population started to believe that ‘Azadi from India’ and ‘Pakistan with Pandit women and without the men’ is just around the corner. December 1989 and January 1990 was when lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to become refugees in their own country. For me and lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus that was the last time we saw home and for that we have Mufti to thank for.

1989 was not the first time when the ugly head of communal militancy reared its head in Kashmir Valley. Political experts maintain that Mufti orchestrated the infamous 1986 Anantnaag riots in which hysterical Muslim mobs took out violent processions, desecrated and destroyed more than 40 temples, and killed and looted the helpless Hindu population. In Mufti’s constituency Brijbehara alone, two temples were looted, ancient idols stolen and broken. Kashmiri Hindus should have anticipated what was to come.

One word that comes closest to describing Kashmiri politicians in general and Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in particular, is chameleon. No, it’s not a kind word. I don’t intend to be kind – the pain is still raw. I call him a chameleon because he switched loyalties like clothes, seizing opportunities to promote himself and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. With subsequent stints in Democratic National Conference, Congress, and Jan Morcha and later on by launching his own People’s Democratic Party he bargained for more power and more influence with each stepping stone.

He first became Chief Minister in 2002, backed by Congress on a meagre strength of 16 in an 87 member strong State Assembly. In 2008 elections, he chose to stay in the opposition even with 21 seats and in 2015 he chose to form alliance with BJP on a strength of 28. Ambition is not a bad thing, manipulating masses for one’s own end is objectionable. While in opposition he engineered coups; in 1977, twice in 1986, in 1990 and in 2008; ushering the Governors’ rule every time. This marginalised the democratically elected parties and sowed seeds of discord in the electorate. He founded the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 for which he used the electoral symbol of ‘green flag and pen-inkpot’ of the Muslim United Front (MUF) the Jamaat-e-Islami-led conglomerate of anti-India parties.

He kept everyone happy … happily in the dark. To the central government he played the role of a ‘Nationalist’ who was trying to bring ‘healing touch’ to the battered communities through peace and dignity. But the modus operandi of this healing touch was far from nationalist. He was a firm believer in Kashmiris’ right to ‘self-rule’. Ceasefire on the Pakistan border, disbanding of instruments like Special Task Force and Special Operation Group of Police, scrapping of The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and release of political prisoners was all part of his arsenal. He facilitated bringing the separatists leaders (read Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) to a tripartite political dialogue with India and Pakistan. He recommended free trade and travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied J&K. His latest preposterous proposal was that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to transact their business in the Indian as well as the Pakistani currency. Looking at these steps in totality – these were ploys to weaken the State influence in Law and Order issues and dilute the army control on borders. Making borders with Pakistan porous, Mufti’s strategy was to pave the way for uninterrupted smuggling of currency, arms and drugs as well as infiltration of terrorists.

Kind obituaries are flooding in about the greatness of the man now dead. People are calling him a statesman and a visionary. He surrounded himself with wise people and those wise people (often Kashmiri Pandits) must undoubtedly believe in his secular and nationalist credentials. As a common person who never broke bread with him, I am entitled to judge his greatness by his impact and legacy. I will remember the man as someone who stepped on corpses for his political ambition. For this I cannot wish him peace in afterlife.

Cse Khoda rut karun, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, magar kari na zaahn.

[ May the almighty look after you Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but I seriously doubt He will. ]

– See more at: https://www.myind.net/sainthood-death-kashmiri-pandit-remembers-mufti-sayeed#.VpFMysSkQaw.gmail

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As stated above, I have taken this article from http://www.myind.net . They have printed this disclaimer towards the end of the article. I fail to understand the logic. Everyone has freedom of expression. And if a Kashmiri Pandit feels this way, she has every right to express her opinion.

WHY THIS DISCLAIMER ?

“Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. MyIndMakers is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of MyindMakers and it does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.”

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[ I express my gratitude to http://www.myind.net & the writer Anupama Handoo for this article. ]

 

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Year End Musings : Vidur Acting Institute in 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03, 2016           11.00 P.M.

I wrote Year End Musing in 2010 , 2011 & 2012. In those days I used to write about the Hindi films and Hindi film industry in general. Then I thought that there are many websites and many film analysts and trade pundits doing the same job. So what is the need of me writing the same stuff. Therefore I didn’t write Year End Musings in 2013 & 2014.

But this year it occurred to me that I should chronicle yearly success stories and accomplishments of Vidur Acting Institute. In this field, where veterans like Shri Roshan Taneja and Sushri Ashha Chandra are almost retired, there are only few genuine ones left doing their jobs ethically.

This arena is now dominated by few upstarts, who can go to any length to get their prey. They can make false claims, they can Photoshop some pictures and present it as the proof of their recent successes and accomplishments. They have various fee structures of the same course to lure and hoodwink gullible out-of-town students and finally they give free demo class, collect students, click pictures and post it as the new batch of their tottering institute. But it is their moral and ethical values. If they are not bothered, why should I?

I don’t have to compete with them. 4 generations of NEW AGE Hindi film actors are my students. They are :

HRITIK ROSHAN – KAREENA KAPOOR

RANBIR KAPOOR – KATRINA KAIF

VARUN DHAWAH – ALIA BHATT

PULKIT SAMRAT – URVASHI RAUTELA

Apart from them, I have trained modern-day Telugu super stars like ; ANUSHKA SHETTY , ALLU ARJUN , NAG CHAITANYA  & RAM CHARAN. Current Bengali super star DEV is also my student. Why should I lower my standard to the level of some foul-mouth skunks, if I have such an enviable list. I have decided to paint a true picture of my yearly accomplishments with facts and figures. So this year onwards I will keep on posting Year End Musings.

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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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DEBUTS : 2013 to 2015

11 actors / actresses / singers, who are trained by me made their debut from November 2013 to July 2015. Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja is the 11th and latest student of Vidur Acting Institute, who made debut as Lead Actor in a film called ” Second Hand Husband “. Here is the complete list.

2013 = URVASHI RAUTELA – ” Singh Saab The Great ” – 21 November 2013

2014 = DAISY SHAH – ” Jai Ho ” – 24 January 2014

2014 = PREETI DESAI – ” One by Two ” – 31 January 2014

2014 = TANVI RAO – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

2014 = BILAL AMROHI – ” O Teri ! ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = AYESHA KHANNA – ” Dishkiyaoon ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = ARMAAN JAIN – ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil ” – 4 July 2014

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial]

2014 = SAMRIDDHA BAWA – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial] – 17 November 2014

2014 = PAWNI PANDEY – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

[ sung the song ” ……… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ………. “  ]

2015 = TINA AHUJA – ” Second Hand Husband ” – 3 July 2015

 

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WORKING STUDENTS in FILMS : 2015

In total 162 Hindi films got released in 2015. It is heartening that 101 actors trained by me have appeared in lead role in these films. This makes my success rate 62.35 % in 2015.

I am providing the complete list.

January = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 12

February = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

March = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 11

April = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

May = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 08

June = Films Released : 06 / My Students : 06

July = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 10

August = Films Released : 08 / My Students : 09

September = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 13

October = Films Released : 23 / My Students : 05

November = Films Released :  10 / My Students : 03

December = Films Released : 07 / My Students : 06

If anyone would like to cross check, they can refer to Vidur’s Film Diary from January 2015 to December 2015. They can get names of the films and release date also.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS STUDENTS : 2015

1 – TV = My 45 students worked in various serials on various channels in 2015.

2 – AD = My 49 students worked as Brand Ambassadors of various products in 2015.

3 – THEATRE = My 15 students appeared in various plays in 2015.

4 – REGIONAL FILMS = My 5 students did lead roles in 4 Telugu films in 2015.

Thus in total 124 students worked in TV, AD, THEATRE & REGIONAL FILMS. If you add 101 students of films , this number comes to a whopping  215.

 

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SPECIAL PROJECTS : 2015

1 – Worked with Prakash Jha for his debut film ” Jai Gangaajal ” in November 2014.

2 – Abhishek Dogra made debut as director of ” Dolly Ki Doli ” in January 2015.

3 – Worked with Rohit Shetty for ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 ” in February 2015.

4 – Worked with Manish Dayal for ” Viceroy’s House ” directed by Gurinder Chaddha in September 2015.

5 – Nepali star Vinay Shreshtha‘s 2nd film ” Resham Filili ” was released in December 2015.

 

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100 CRORE CLUB : 2015

Till date 35 Hindi films have earned 100 crore or more at the box office. 1 film is in 3oo crore club, 1 in 250 crore, 3 in 200 crore, 7 in 150 crore and 23 are in 100 crore club. Out of these 35 films, my 81 students are there in 32 films. Only ” Ghajini “, ” Holiday ” & ” Ek Villain ” are the films, which have no students of mine. In this field my success rate is 92 % .

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BATCHES : 2015

In 2015, Vidur Acting Institute churned out 08 Batches. 43 students got trained and have started their struggle. There are several star-sons and star-daughters, but it is not proper to disclose their names at this juncture.

 

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AWARDS : 2015

1 – Nagari Pracharini Sabha , Deoria conferred ” NAGARI SHRI ” Samman on September 14, 2014.

2 – Vishwa Hindi Sanstha, Canada gave ” SAMMAN PATRA ” on November 2015.

 

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ACTING PARTNERSHIPS : 2015

 

1 – Vidur Acting Institute became acting partner of  ” VAAYU FEST 2015 “ of NMIMS, Mumbai.  4 more are coming in 2016.

As I finish this blog I am satisfied that victory march of Vidur Acting Institute is no less significant than previous years. 2015 ends with a heartening note. 2016 promises some more sunshine.

 

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Vinay Shreshtha & My Nepal Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 02, 2016           09.40 P.M.

 

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

On December 17, 2015, I got a message from Vinay Shreshtha wishing me on my birthday. He also told me about his Nepali movie  Resham Filili [ 2015 ] [ रेशम फिलिली ] .

I was surprised to know that apart from Nepal, it also got released in India. This Nepali Comedy is in fact Vinay Shreshta’s 2nd movie. His 1st was  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] .

He was a student of Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Lab, Mumbai. I don’t exactly remember the year but it must have been between 2000 & 2005. During those years I was working with Mr. Kapoor and Vinay Shreshtha joined the batch.

After completing the course, he returned to Nepal but kept in touch. In 2008 / 2009 he came to visit me when I started my own institute. He was planning  Visa Girl  at that time. He gifted me a replica of PASHUPATI NATH TEMPLE. I still have that gift in my Mumbai office. It always reminds me of Vinay Shreshtha and Nepal.

 

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 Visa Girl [ 2012 ]

Nepali Movie 

Starring – Reecha Sharma, Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Raymon Das Shrestha, Saloni Rajbhandari, Menuka Pradhan, Reema Bishowkarma etc.

Director – Prachanda M. Shrestha

Producer – CG Entertainment [ Entertainment wing of Chaudhary Group. The owner of Chaudhary Group, Binod Chaudhary was declared the first billionaire in Nepal . ]

The much publicized Nepali movie  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] couldn’t do good business in Nepal. On the occasion of Christmas December 25, 2012, the movie was premiered in Gangtok, Sikkim also. The lead actors in ‘Visa Girl’, Vinay Shrestha and Richa Sharma are also the co-producers of the film.

Visa Girl  is a story of three boys named Aditya, Riyaj and Sandesh eager to go abroad at all cost. They have enough of their life in Kathmandu and are trying their best to go USA. In a charity program they met a beautiful girl named Stuti, a green card holder, who was going  back to the USA soon. The trio named Stuti the Visa Girl and start trying their best to impress her.

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After  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] , Vinay Shreshtha’s 2nd Nepali release was Resham Filili [ 2015 ]  .

 

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Resham Filili [ 2015 ]

 Nepali Movie  [ रेशम फिलिली ]

Resham Filili  is nepali comedy movie directed by Pranab Joshi. The movie was in limelight after the release of title song Jaalma on YouTube , which became instant hit. I am posting the YouTube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6eO7oweFJU

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Starring – Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Kameshwor Chaurasiya and Menuka Pradhan.

Writer and Director – Pranab Joshi.

Producer – Madhav Wagle

Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is produced under the banner of Actor Vinay Shrestha’s production company V Motion Pictures. This is the second venture of Vinay’s production company,  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] being the first.

Resham Filili was released on April 24, 2015, the day before Nepal earthquake . Earthquake had huge impact on the earning of the film. However,the film earned about 71 lakhs gross in just one day.

The film was then re-released on August 28, 2015 nationwide. It was released in India in December 2015.

 

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In fact my Nepal connection started with Jal Shah, a heroine of Nepali films, who was very popular during the 90s.  From 1996 to 2005, she acted in about 50 Nepali film and is now settled in USA with her family.

Though Jal Shah was my first Nepal connection, but Vinay Shreshtha will always be special because he maintained the relationship. I am happy for him and his film career in Nepal. He is very down to earth and well-behaved even after doing two films. Whenever he talks, he is very courteous and gentle. Though he can throw starry arrogance but he never did it even once.

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

May God give him all the success and glory , which he so rightly deserves. He started his journey with  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] and Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is going to be only his next step before he attains international fame and eternal glory as a bright shining super – star of Nepal.

 

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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 Vinay Shreshtha and pray for his bright future.

May God bless him !

[ List of released films,  dates and other information of Vinay Shreshtha and Jal Shah have been taken from Wikipedia . I express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 01 , 2016           08.15 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I am noticing 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.

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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Sadhana :

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One of the most popular heroines of 1960s and 1970s, Sadhana died on December 25, 2015. She was 74 at the age of her death.

I wrote and posted a blog about her. Posting the link here.

 

 

Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 04

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1 – Angry Indian Goddess ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Hate Story 3 ……………………………………………………………. Daisy Shah

………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

3 – Kajarya ………………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – December 11

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1 – Sorry Daddy …………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – The Silent Heroes …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Third Week – December 18
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1 -Dilwale ………………………………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

………………………………………………………………………………… Ganesh Hegde

2 – Bajirao Mastani ………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

 

Fourth Week  – December 24
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X …………………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 07 ………..….. films got released in December. Out of these ……………..….. 07 …………………… released films ………………….. 04 ……………………… films have …………… 06 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 06 ………………… persons , …………… 05 ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Ganesh Hegde is the choreographer of  ” Dilwale ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Nepali : Vinay Shreshtha is playing male lead in  ” Resham Filili “.

 

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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Arbaaz Khan is hosting a show ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ashmit Patel is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

3 – Amir Ali is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

4 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

5 – Rahul Dev is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

6 – Mehak Chahal is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

7 – Teejay Siddhu is doing a show  ” Santoshi Maa “ on & TV.

8 – Aditi Sharma is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

9 – Samridha Bawa is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

10 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is doing a show  ” Nagin “ on Colors.

 

My ……………. 10 …………..….. students in ………………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhatt  is playing a role in  ” Natkhat Krishna “.

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing a role in ” Rafta Rafta “.

 

My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Emraan Hashmi is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Meglow ” .

2 – Arbaaz Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Paras Paan Masala ” .

3 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Marvel Tea ” .

 

  My ………….. 03 …………… students in …………… 03 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of December 2015

My 06 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 regional film , 10 students in 04 TV shows , 01 student in 02 plays and 03 students appeared in 03 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of December 2015 comes to 21

 

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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 21 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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Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!


Sadhana - During Her Hey Days

Sadhana ji – During Her Hey Days

 

An Old & Feeble Sadhana - A Year Before Her Death

An Old & Feeble Sadhana ji – A Year Before Her Death

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 31, 2015           10.15 P.M.

 

On December 25th, 2015, when the world was celebrating Christmas, I read a news and suddenly all around me my world crumbled. I read that SADHANA ji bid adieu to this ephemeral world. My memories took me away from the metropolitan Mumbai of 2015 and ushered me into the dark, humid hall of Amarjyoti Talkies, Deoria. The year was 1965 and the film I went to watch was ” Waqt “, Yash Chopra directed 1st multi-starrer of India. Passing through the pan-strewn gate and boundary walls of Amarjyoti Talkies, I fought a valiant battle to get the ticket and entered the hall.

Film started and drama gripped the audience. As film progressed, SADHANA ji made entry and her entry was greeted with thunderous applause and whistles. In the film she lip-synced famous Asha Bhosle songs like ;

कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी ……………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90C7QT0cbOo ]

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है ………………………

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cQ_KiQLGNk ]

and

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए …………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndFruvW688U ]

Her fringe hairstyle, tight Choodidar & Kurta and enchanting smile threw a spell over my adolescent mind. I still vividly remember my first screen encounter with SADHANA ji .

As Christmas 2015 night progressed, I remembered her other famous songs. Even after so many years, they are still mint fresh in my memory. They are ;

ओ सजना , बरखा बहार आयी – परख

अभी न जाओ छोड़कर , कि दिल अभी भरा नहीं – हम दोनों

याद में तेरी जाग – जाग के हम , रात भर करवटें बदलते हैं – मेरे महबूब

नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम – वो कौन थी?

आजा आई बहार दिल है बेक़रार , ओ मेरे राजकुमार, तेरे बिन रहा न जाये – राजकुमार

अजी रूठ कर अब कहाँ जाइयेगा – आरज़ू

बेदर्दी बालमा तुझको मेरा मन याद करता है – आरज़ू

तू जहाँ जहाँ चलेगा , मेरा साया साथ होगा – मेरा साया

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कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी – वक़्त

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है  – वक़्त

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए – वक़्त

Death has snatched her away from me and my memories. But her spell will live with me forever. On the last day of 2015, as the world is busy celebrating advent of 2016, I am sitting in my study in Mumbai and writing this obituary and paying homage to one of the most beautiful actor of my time.

Sadhana Shivdasani

September 2, 1941 – December 25, 2015

Born in 1941, SADHANA ji migrated to India from Karachi during the post-partition riots. Her dad was influenced by cinema. In fact he had named his daughter Sadhana after the famous actress Sadhana Bose. [ Sadhona Bose was an Indian actress and a dancer. She acted in movies like Meenakshi, where she played the lead. A contemporary of Uday Shankar, in the 1930s she staged a number of ballets in Kolkata, including Bhookh on Bengal famine which was a pioneering work in presenting contemporary themes on stage. ]

Sadhana Shivdasani, better known mononymously as Sadhana, was one of the top actresses in the 1960s and the early-1970s. In 1955 she started her career and played a chorus girl in the song “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh Mud Mud Ke” in Raj Kapoor‘s Shree 420.

When she was 15 years old, she was approached by some producers who had seen her act in a college play. They cast her in India’s first Sindhi language film titled Abaana (1958), where she played the role of Sheila Ramani‘s younger sister. Her remuneration was INR 1.00 , yes, One rupee only.

Sadhana - Before Her Famous Fringe Hair Style

Sadhana ji – Before Her Famous Fringe Hairstyle

A photograph of her publicizing the film appeared in a movie magazine Screen. It was then that Sashadhar Mukherjee, one of Hindi cinema’s producer, noticed her. She joined Mukherjee’s acting school along with her debutant co-star and S. Mukherjee’s son Joy Mukherjee . R. K. Nayyar, who had previously worked as assistant director on few films, directed this film. He also created her trademark look, called Sadhana cut, inspired from British actress Audrey Hepburn. The Filmalaya Production banner thus introduced Joy, Sadhana and her iconic hairstyle in their 1960 romantic film Love in Simla. The film was a hit at the box office and was listed in the top 10 films of 1960. Sadhana played the role of a simple, bespectacled girl who is transformed by her grandmother into a beautiful woman and encouraged to pursue the hero. In the film, Sadhana wins a beauty contest and is awarded a three-year film contract with Filmalaya, which was the case in real life too.

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

 

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

She, in a career spanning 39 years, appeared in 33 famous and hit films. These filma are ; Shree 420 [ 1955 ] , Abana [ 1958 ] , Love in Simla [ 1960 ] , Parakh [ 1960 ] , Hum Dono [ 1961 ] , Prem Patra [ 1962 ] , Man-Mauji [ 1962 ] ,  Ek Musafir Ek Hasina [ 1962 ] , Asli-Naqli [ 1962 ] , Mere Mehboob [ 1963 ] , Woh Kaun Thi?  [ 1964 ] , Rajkumar  [ 1964 ] , Picnic [ 1964 ] , Dulha Dulhan [ 1964 ] , Waqt [ 1965 ] , Arzoo [ 1965 ] , Mera Saaya [ 1966 ] , Gaban [ 1966 ] , Budtameez [ 1966 ] , Anita [ 1967 ] , Sachaai [ 1969 ] , Intaquam [ 1969 ] , Ek Phool Do Mali [ 1969 ] , Ishq Par Zor Nahin [ 1970 ] , Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee [ 1971 ] , Dil Daulat Duniya [ 1972 ] , Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ]

Picnic [ 1964 ] was not released and Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] got delayed releases.

In 1966, she married R K Nayyar, director of her first film Love in Simla . SADHANA ji had health issues due to her thyroid, and after the release of Anita [ 1967 ] ,  she got treated in Boston. After returning from the USA, she starred in the successful movies like ;  Sachaai [ 1969 ],  Intaquam (1969), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972) and Geeta Mera Naam (1974).

In Intaquam she played the role of a revengeful woman, who allures the son of her own boss who cheated her to be put behind the bars for a crime she did not commit.

In 1974 her directorial venture Geeta Mera Naam released. Produced by her husband, the film had herself playing the lead actress along with Sunil Dutt and Feroz Khan .

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She also became famous as Mystery Girl with her three suspense thriller films namely Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967), all directed by Raj Khosla.

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Sadhana ji was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for films Woh Kaun Thi? and Waqt in 1965 and 1966 respectively.

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After release of  Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , her career virtually ended. Though she did 6 more films like; Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] but due to her failing health the charishma was missing.

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

During her last days, she had a beautiful relationship with 3 heroines of yesteryear. She had company of Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji and Helen ji. I am a fan of all the 4 above mentioned Divas of Hindi film industry. It is sad that 2 are now gone. And the remaining 2 are old and feeble. When I saw the below posted photograph, I remembered a song of Waheeda ji’s film ” काग़ज़ के फूल ” .

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम , हम रहे न हम , तुम रहे न तुम ,

बेक़रार दिल इस तरह मिले , जिस तरह कभी हम जुदा न थे ,

हम भी खो गए , तुम भी खो गए , राह  पर इसी , चल के दो क़दम ,

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम ……………….

From Left to Right : Nanda, Waheeda Rehman, Helen & Sadhana

From Left to Right : Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji, Helen ji & Sadhana ji

 

Sadhana ji - The Last Journey

Sadhana ji – The Last Journey

But this is life…………… It marches ahead………………… With our dear ones………………… and even without our dear ones…………………

It will only stop when our own journey is completed.

So let it be.

Good bye Sadhana ji ! We shall surely meet in another world. Praying for your eternal peace and salvation !!

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[ Name of films, few facts of Sadhana ji’s life and information about Sadhona Bose’s life and career has been taken from Wikipedia and is quoted in this blog. I express profound gratitude. ]

 

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This Is Not Fair Niranjan Bhai ….


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 20, 2015           08.00 P.M.

Hi Niranjan Bhai !

What you did is not fair! Yes I am complaining.

It was the night of December 16th. As the clock struck 12.00, date changed and it was beginning of December 17, 2015. It was my birthday. 63rd birthday. From 12.01 AM onwards, I started getting messages of greeting. On 12.10 AM I received a message from your son Gautam Shah. He always wishes me so I thought it was a birthday wish. But it was not. I read and was shocked beyond belief . The message which I got on WhatsApp was :

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At this hour of sudden sad demise of My beloved Father, Mr. Niranjan T Shah , I want to inform you that his Condolence Prayers (Prathna Sabha) is scheduled today on 17th Dec 2015, Thursday, from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm at :

PAWANDHAM
Mahavir Nagar, Opp. B.C.C.I Ground (also known as MCA Ground), Kandivali – West.
Mumbai -400067.

Gautam Shah & Family.
CFP – USA
MDRT – USA
RPG Wealth Maximizer.
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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I was shocked. You called me on Diwali to wish me and my staff. You did tell me about your illness but you also talked about my printing work. I thought that I would you meet you soon. But it was not meant by fate and destiny was scheming some wicked scheme.

Niranjan Bhai, it was a 10 year-old association.

I first met you in 2005 in your Ballard Pier office regarding my acting institute’s brochure. We worked late in the night to complete the work. And it was not one or two days. It was for almost a month. You never complained though you lived in Borivli, far away from Ballard Pier.

Our association grew. You were perfectionist and I like clean and well designed work. I remember, on many occasions even if I said that everything is flawless and you can go for printing, you always said, “no I will give you one more dummy and then we shall proceed for printing.

In 2012, when I contacted you for the new brochure, diction book and other materials for VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE, you again did my work with perfection. I paid you after almost a year but you never called me even once for the payment. You knew that I was struggling with my finance and wont be able to pay immediately. You cooperated without making me say so.

In December 2014, when I again printed my new brochure, notepad and some other things, the bill was huge. You said without me saying a word that since the amount is big you can pay me in installments.

Niranjan Bhai, I am indebted to you for your cooperation during my struggling days and moreover without making me feel guilty for not being able to pay.

It is not about payments only. In 2012 I wanted to print something in my diction book. You told me that it is bad in taste and I should not do it. You were rather adamant that I desist from doing it. In retrospect I think, you were absolutely right. I feel fortunate that I took your advice.

Niranjan Bhai, like a true friend you stood like a rock in my support.

But I am sad that you left this world on my 63rd birthday. In the morning I cut the cake, which was brought by my students and in the evening I rushed to PAWANDHAM, Mahavir Nagar for your prayer meeting.

At the PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting of Niranjan Bhai

At the PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting of Niranjan Bhai

I never thought that one day I will only see your portrait and not you in person. But this is life.

 

PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting - 1

PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting – 1

 

PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting - 2

PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting – 2

 

I met your son Gautam but could not utter a word. I sat in the rear row and saw your photo. Memories of our first meeting in 2005 came rushing down in torrential form.

Portrait of Niranjan Bhai at PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting

Portrait of Niranjan Bhai at PAWANDHAM Prayer Meeting

 

What more can I say? I lost a true friend and supporter.

Rest in peace Niranjan Bhai!

We shall surely meet again in our next life.

Good bye till then. Good bye Niranjan Bhai!

 

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