Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2009


2I posted previous blog on September 8th. Then I decided to take a brief sabbatical from film related posts and was intending to write exclusively on politics. But I could not write a single line. What was intended to be a brief and short sabbatical, turned out to be a long vacation. But I was not vacationing. I was very much in Mumbai and I was in the thick of action. First, surfeit of festivals in the month of October kept me busy. Then the 37th batch of my acting institute was getting over and I was busy shooting their show-reels. Some days I was shooting till 12 in the midnight. One day I finished class at 1.30 in the night. Apart from these hectic activities, we were in the process of shifting the institute to a bigger and better place and renovation work was going on in full swing. Along with these works, 38th, 39th and 40th batches were already there and training was going on vigorously. Last but not least, admissions were going on for the 41st batch. We started 41st batch on October 23rd and though my office and reception rooms are yet to be completed but there was some respite from the hectic schedule. So I am again at blogging and will post my blog today after 26 days. It is already November and it is time for my monthly film diaries.

Obituary
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Second consecutive month and there are no deaths in the industry. God is great and very kind.

New Releases and Me
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In total 11 films got released this month.

First Week – October 02

1- Wake Up Sid………………………Ranbir Kapoor
2- Do Knot Disturb…………………xxx

Second Week – October 09

1- Acid Factory………………………Dino Morea
…………………………………………….Fardeen Khan
…………………………………………….Neha Vajpaee
2- 3 Nights 4 Days.………………….Hrishitaa Bhatt
Third Week. – October 16

1- All The Best………………………….Fardeen Khan
2- Blue……………………………………Zayed Khan
……………………………………………..Katrina Kaif
……………………………………………..Rahul Dev
3- Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna………Kareena Kapoor
……………………………………………..Mahak Chahal
……………………………………………..Prem R. Soni

Fourth Week – October 23

1- Fruit & Nut…………………………xxx
2- Love Ka Tadka……………………Sameer Dattani

Fifth Week – October 30

1- Aladin……………………………….Jacqualine Fernandez
…………………………………………….Shekhar Ravjiani
2- London Dreams…………………xxx

Out of these 11 films, only three films don’t have my students. They are “ Do Knot Disturb” , “ Fruit & Nut ” and “ London Dreams ”. In remaining 8 films 15 students of mine are there in various departments. Out of these 15 students, 13 are actors, 1 is writer-director and 1 is music director. Prem R. Soni, the writer, director of “ Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna ” and Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is the music director of “ Aladin ”.

Once again October was a very satisfying month. Out of 11 films only 3 have absolutely no connection with me. Out of these 3, “ Fruit & Nut ” is a small film. “ Do Knot Disturb ” and “ London Dreams ” are big films indeed and they do remind me that I have yet to accomplish my dreams. Work is not over yet. I have to travel some more extra miles.

Television & Me

It is difficult to keep track of various shows on various channels. But reality shows are  few. So it is easy to keep track of them. Bigg Boss – Season 3 is currently on air. It has Aditi Govitrikar and Shamita Shetty as inmates. They both are my students.

News This Month
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1- This month IMPPA ( Indian Motion Picture Producer’s Association ) completed its 70th year.

2- Mr. Yash Chopra has been titled “ Asian Film Maker Of the Year ” by the 14th Pusan Film Festival. Previous recipients include Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang, Hong Kong’s Andy Lau and Kazakhstan’s Gulnara Sarsenova.

3- Yash Raj Film’s DDLJ ( Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ) completed 14 years of uninterrupted run at Maratha Mandir, Mumbai. It enters in 15th year in October.

4- Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra got engaged in October.

5- Mr. Subhash Ghai’s production house Mukta Arts completed 30 years in the industry and it enters in 31st year.

6- Lata Mangeshkar’s song in Jail will be played every day during the morning assembly at Tihar jail.

7- Famous play back singer Manna Dey got prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Awards for 2007.

8 Himesh Reshammiya has composed his 500th song. He accomplished this feat with his “ man ka radio ” song for his film “ Radio ”.

Happenings & Events
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1-This year’s MAMI film festival started on October 29th. It is now funded by Big Entertainment of Mr. Anil Ambani.

Vidur

http://www.vidur.co.in

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