Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2010


On a forced holiday because of Holi, I am spending a lazy day at my home. In the morning I finished some pending works, then for a while I was on internet, then finished some unread news papers. Then I thought that though it is the first day of the month, I must write and post my monthly film diary of February 2010.

OBIYUARY :
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Tahir Hussain : Father of Aamir Khan and younger brother of film maker Nasir Hussain and himself a producer/director, Mr. Tahir Hussain died on February 03, 2010. He started as an actor and did bit roles in his brother’s films like ; “ Dil Deke Dekho ” and “ Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai ”. He was also an assistant to his brother in films like “ Tumsa Nahin Dekha ” and “ Dil Deke Dekho ”. He was production executive in films like ; “ Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai ”, “ Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon ” and “ Teesari Manzil” . After this he branched out and made several successful films as producer. He started with immensely successful “ Caravan ” and then made films like ; “ Anamika”, “ Zakhmee”, “ Locket ” and “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke ”. His last release as a producer was “ Madhosh ”. This was his son Faisal Khan’s debut film, which failed at box office and thus ended his prolific career. Apart from producing, he also directed a film, “ Tum Mere Ho ”, starring Aamir and Juhi Chawla. I mourn his death and pray for him.

Sujit Kumar : Just two days after the death of Tahir Hussain, Hindi film world lost another veteran. Sujit Kumar died on February 05, 2010. Like me he was a Bhojpuri speaking person and in fact was the first superstar of Bhojpuri cinema. He started his career with super hit Bhojpuri film “ Bidesiya ”. Later on he acted and produced many Bhojpuri films. If I am not forgetting “ Dangal ” was his last Bhojpuri film. Apart from Bhojpuri, he acted in many successful Hindi films also. “ Aankhen”, “ Aradhana” and “ Bairag ” are some of the blockbusters. He was producer of big films like ; “ Khel ”, “ Champion ” and “ Aetbaar ”. I met him once at his Juhu bungalow. His son Jatin Kumar and daughter Henna are my students. May God give them strength and courage to bear this loss.

Nirmal Pandey : He made his debut with internationally acclaimed “ Bandit Queen ” and secured a place in history. After that he worked in films like ; “ Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin ” and “ Godmother ”. He was a National School of Drama alumni and probably only actor of the world to have won the best actress award in 1997 at the Valenciennes Film Festival, France. It is sad he died at the young age of 48.

New Releases & Me :
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First Week  – February 05

1 – Phaans- Ek Jasoos Ki Kahani…………………………………………………x
2 – London Calling…………………………………………………………………..x
3 – Striker………………………………………………………………………………x
4 – The Hang man……………………………………………………………………x

Second Week  – February 12

1 – Don’t Break My Heart- Aashiqon Ko Jalana Burii Baat Hain…………..x
2 – Pyar Ka Funda……………………………………………………………………x
3 – Mu Name Is Khan………………………………………………………………Jimmy Sheirgill

Third Week  – February 19

1 – Aakhari Decision………………………………………………………………x
2 – Click……………………………………………………………………………..Dhruv Bhandari
3 – Toh Baat Pakkii……………………………………………………………….Vatsal Seth

Fourth Week  – February 26

1 – Aahat- Ek Ajib Kahani………………………………………………………x
2 – Karthik Calling Karthik…………………………………………………….x
3 – Teen Patti………………………………………………………………………x

In total, 13 films got released this month. Out of these 13 films, 3 students of mine are working in 3 films. Its not a heart warming ratio but when a 36 years old film is suddenly resurrected and gets theatrical release, you are definitely outwitted.

News This Month :
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1 – “ Aahat-Ek Ajib Kahani ” was released this month after 36 years. Its protagonist and antagonist : Vinod Mehra and Amrish Puri, both are dead. Its producer also is no more in this world. Its lead actress Jaya Bachchan’s son and daughter-in-law are now working in films and the film is being released. It never happened before.

2 -Veteran actor Pran turned 90 on February 12, 2010.

3 – “ My Name Is Khan” becomes the biggest grosser ever in overseas territory. It got theatrical release in 45 counties.

4 – Delhi-6 album sweeps Radio Mirchi’s Airtel Mirchi Music Awards 2009.

5 – Gulzar got Lifetime Achievement Award at the same function.

6 – A. R. Rahman won two Grammy Awards in L. A.

Filmfare Awards & Me :
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Every year popular magazine Filmfare give awards in 10 categories. Out of these10 categories, 6 categories are directly related to acting. This year there were 36 nominations in these 6 categories. Out of these 36 nominations, 13 are my students.

My student , Ranbir Kapoor got Best Male Actor – Critics Award for “ Wake Up Sid ”, “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani ” and “Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year ”.

This is all for this month.

Vidur

http://www.vidur.co.in

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