Bhojpuri Language – 2 [ People , Literature & Script ]

Bhojpuri People

The Bhojpuri-speaking region, due to its rich tradition of creating leaders for building post-independence India such as first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad followed by many eminent politicians and humanitarians like Dr. Krishna Dev Upadhyaya, was never devoid of intellectual prominence which is evident in its literature. Apart from our first President Rajendra Prasad, two of our Prime Ministers : Lal Bahadur Shastri and Chandrashekhar, were also basically Bhojpuri speaking persons. Father of Total Revolution and eminent Socialist Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan was a Bhojpuri speaking person too.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, 1st President of India.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri

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Bhojpuri literature


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Bhojpuri became one of the basis of the development of the official language of independent IndiaHindi, in the past century. Bhartendu Harishchandra, who is considered the father of literary Hindi, was greatly influenced by the tone and style of Bhojpuri in his native region. Further development of Hindi was taken by prominent laureates such as Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi and Munshi Premchand from the Bhojpuri-speaking region. Bhikhari Thakur, known as the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri, has also given theater plays including the classics of Bidesiya. Pioneer Dr. Krishna Dev Upadhyaya from Ballia district devoted 60 years to researching and cataloging Bhojpuri folklore. Dr. H. S. Upadhyaya wrote the book Relationships of Hindu family as depicted in Bhojpuri folksongs (1996). Together they have cataloged thousands of Bhojpuri folksongs, riddles and proverbs from the Purvanchal U.P, Bihar, Jharkand and Chotta Nagpuri districts near Bengal.


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The Bhojpuri literature has always remained contemporary. It was more of a body of folklore with folk music and poems prevailing. Literature in the written form started in the early 20th century. During the British era, then known as the “Northern Frontier Province language”, Bhojpuri adopted a patriotic tone and after independence it turned to community. In later periods, following the low economic development of the Bhojpuri-speaking region, the literary work is more skewed towards the human sentiments and struggles of life.

A recent publication (2009) ‘Bhojpuri-Lok Sahitya: Lok Geeton Ki Samajik Sanskritik Sandarbh Evam Prishthbhumi” (Bhojpuri Folk Literature: Social and Cultural Landscape of Folk Songs) by Dr. Dharmveer Singh (Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Bhavan, P.O. Box 1160, Chowk, Varanasi-221001, India) contains an exhaustive research on the historical and social background of the origin and temporal development of this language in greatest detail. This book is exhaustive in its approach and is a gem for anyone who is interested in Bhojpuri as a language. The most impressive aspect of the book is the collection of folk-songs that the author has gleaned from various sources. With the advent of modern technology and effect of cinema, these folk-songs are becoming extinct. This book preserves not only the songs in a written form but also provides the context in which they should be viewed and appreciated.

  • Bhojpuri Writers – Viveki Rai Is a famous Bhojpuri writer. Bhikhari Thakur, Mahender Misir and Moti B. A. are other notable dramatists and poets. Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan also wrote some books in Bhojpuri.

Writing scripts

Bhojpuri over the course of time has been written in various scripts by various people. Bhojpuri until late 19th century was commonly written in Kaithi script as well as Nasta’liq (Persian) script.

Mention of Bhojpuri literature cannot be complete without Bhikhari Thakur and his immemorial Bidesia. However, it is unfortunate that no conscious attempt is being made to preserve his literature which is mainly in various folklore.

A recent publication ‘Bhojpuri – Lok Sahitya: Lok Geeton Ki Samajik Sanskritik Sandarbh Evam Prishthbhumi” (Bhojpuri Folk Literature: Social and Cultural Landscape of Folk Songs) by Dr. Dharmveer Singh (Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Bhavan, P.O. Box 1160, Chowk, Varanasi-221001, India) contains an exhaustive research on the historical and social background of the origin and temporal development of this language in greatest detail. This book is exhaustive in its approach and is a gem for anyone who is interested in Bhojpuri as a language. The most impressive aspect of the book is the collection of folk-songs that the author has gleaned from various sources. With the advent of modern technology and effect of cinema, these folk-songs are becoming extinct. This book preserves not only the songs in a written form but also provides the context in which they should be viewed and appreciated.


Kaithi script was used for administrative purposes in the Mughal era for writing Bhojpuri, Maithili, Bangla, Urdu, Magahi and Hindi from at least 16th century up to the first decade of 20th century. Government gazetteers report that Kaithi was used in a few districts of Bihar through the1960s.It is possible that Kaithi is still used today in very limited capacity in these districts and in rural areas of north India. The significance of Kaithi grew when the British governments of the Bengal Presidency (of which Bihar and some southern districts of Nepal was territory) and the NorthWestern Provinces & Oudh (hereafter, NWP&O) selected the script for use in administration and education. The first impetus of growth was the standardization of written Kaithi in 1875 by the government of NWP&O for the purpose of adapting the script for use in formal education. The second was the selection of Kaithi by the government of Bihar as the official script of the courts and administrative offices of the Bihar districts in1880.Thereafter; Kaithi replaced the Persian script as the writing system of record in the judicial courts of Bihar. Additionally, on account of the rate of literacy in Kaithi, the governments of Bihar and NWP&O advocated Kaithi as the medium of written instruction in their primary schools.


[ Bhojpuri story written in Kaithi script, written by Babu Rama Smaran Lal in 1898 ]

Nasta’liq (Persian)

Before 1880 all the administrative works in Bihar was done in this Persian script and possibly all the educated Muslims in the Bhojpuri speaking region wrote unofficial works in Nasta’liq script.


[ A letter written to the civil court in Patna in Nasta’liq script in 1825 ]


By 1894, official works were carried out in both Kaithi and Devanagari in Bihar which probably started giving way to replacement of Kaithi completely by Devanagari. At present almost all the Bhojpuri works are done in Devanagari even in the overseas islands where Bhojpuri is spoken.

Bhojpuri Media

  • In Bhojpuri many magazine and papers published from U P, Bihar West Bengal & Assam. The Sunday Indian, Bhojpuri is world’s only regular National News Magazine in Bhojpuri published by Planman Media, owned by Prof. Arindam Chaudhary and Edited by Onkareshwar Pandey. Sanesh this is a first quarterly magazine from north east Guwahati. Bhojpuri Lok Lucknow
  • Mahuaa TV and Hamar TV are the Bhojpuri Channel.
  • Bhojpuri Cinema news and movies trailers and release is available on

[ Like my previous blog about Bhojpuri Language, this one is also not my original writing. Major portions of this blog are taken from various sources on the internet. I am indebted and express my gratitude. This copy-paste was done for the readers , who are not net-savvy but they want to know about Bhojpuri Language and also for the future reference of myself. ]


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Bhojpuri Language – 1 [ Origin & History ]

Bhojpuri is a language spoken in parts of north-central and eastern India. It is spoken in the western part of state of Bihar, the northwestern part of Jharkhand, and thePurvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh(UP), as well as adjoining parts of the Nepal Terai. Bhojpuri is also spoken in GuyanaSurinameFijiTrinidad and Tobago and Mauritius. The variant of Bhojpuri of the Surinamese Hindustanis is also referred to as Sarnami Hindi or just Sarnami and has experienced considerable Creole and Dutch lexical influence. More Indians in Suriname know Bhojpuri compared to Guyana and Trinidad where the language is largely forgotten.

Distribution of Hindi languages.

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Bhojpuri is part of the Eastern-Hindi or Bengali continuum of languages which once extended from Assam and Bengal to Benaras. While the rest of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh slowly adopted the new Hindi standard (Khadi Boli), the language remained strong in the areas between Patna and Benaras.

Hindi proper, as outlined in this description.

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Bhojpuri and several closely related languages, including Maithili and Magadhi, are together known as the Bihari languages. They are part of the Eastern Zone group of Indo-Aryan languages which includes Bengali and Oriya.

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The scholar, polymath and polyglot Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan wrote some works in Bhojpuri. Other eminent writers include Viveki Rai. The number of Bhojpuri writers is small compared to the number of speakers. Some other notable Bhojpuri personalities are legendary freedom fighter Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, first president of India Rajendra PrasadManoj Bajpai, and former Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur ShastriChandra ShekharBihar Kokila Padma Shri Sharda Sinha is a famous Bhojpuri folk singer.

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Number of speakers

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According to an article published in Times of India, a total of 150 million people in India speak Bhojpuri. An estimated 70 million people in Uttar Pradesh and 80 million people in Bihar speak Bhojpuri as their first or second language. There are 6 million Bhojpuri speakers living outside of Bihar and Purvanchal. These areas include Nepal, especially BirgunjMauritiusFijiSurinameGuyanaUgandaSingaporeTrinidad & TobagoSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesGreat BritainCanada and the United States. This makes the total Bhojpuri speaking population in the world close to 90 million.  However, the official figures of the 2001 Indian Census are much lower, showing 33 million speakers of the Bhojpuri dialect under the Hindi language sub-family.

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Bhojpuri dialects, varieties, and creoles are also spoken in various parts of the world, including BrazilFijiGuyanaMauritiusSouth AfricaSuriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, many colonizers faced labor shortages and were unable to obtain slaves from Africa due to the abolition of slavery; thus, they imported many Indians as indentured servants to labor on plantations. Today, many Indians in the West IndiesOceania, and South America still speak Bhojpuri as a native or second language.

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The Bhojpuri language has been heavily influenced by other languages in many parts of the world. Mauritian Bhojpuri includes many Creole and English words, while the language spoken in Trinidad and Tobago includes Caribbean and English words.

The Sunday Indian, Bhojpuri Association of India and Global Bhojpuri Movement has launched a worldwide movement for the Recognition, Promotion and Preservation of Bhojpuri Language, Art, Culture, Literature and society.

[ This not my original writing. Major portions of this blog are taken from various sources on the internet. I am indebted and express my gratitude. This cut – paste was done for the readers , who are not net-savvy but they want to know about Bhojpuri and also for the future reference of myself. ]


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Adieu Nalini Jaywant !

Yesteryear actor Nalini Jaywant died on December 21, 2010 at her Chembur bungalow at the age of 84. Her body was found 3 days later by BMC people. They wrapped her in a bed-sheet and it was taken away for cremation.

Shobhna Samarth

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She became recluse after the death of her second husband, actor Prabhu Dayal, with whom she worked in many hit films. During her later years she  was confined to her room in her bungalow, not even seen by her neighbours. incidentally she was Nutan and Tanuja‘s aunt. [ She was the first cousin to actress Shobhana Samarth, their mother. Shobhana Samarth’s mother actress Rattan Bai was Nalini Jaywant’s father’s sister. ] So it is wrong to say that she had no relatives in Mumbai or that she had no one, who could have taken care of her.

Sunil Dutt

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She was a major star in 40s and 50s . ” Bahen “ [ 1941 ] , directed by Mehboob Khan was her first film. In those traditional times and orthodox era she was bold enough to make her debut in the film, which had incestuous story line. Later on she became a big star and worked with Ashok Kumar in many massive hit and cult films like ” Samadhi “ [ 1950 ] and ” Sangram “ [ 1950 ]. ” Samadhi “ film’s song Gore Gore O Banke Chhore sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Ameerbai Karnataki was immensely popular and is still remembered.  She worked with Dilip Kumar in ” Anokha Pyar ” [ 1948 ], and ” Shikast ” [ 1953 ] and with Dev Anand in  evergreen hits likeMunimji [ 1955 ] and ” Kala Pani ” [ 1958 ] . Songs like, Jeevan Ke Safar Me Rahi of ” Munimji ” and Nazar Lagi Raja Tore Bangale Pe of  ” Kala Pani “ are still popular and are still fresh in the memory of connoisseurs of old Hindi cinema. She also starred in ” Railway Platform “ [ 1955 ], Sunil Dutt’s debut film. Film’s swan song Basti Basti Parbat Parbat Gata Jaye Banjara still haunts me and echoes in the lonely corridors of my heart some times. Amitabh Bachchan starrer ” Nastik “ [ 1983] was her last film.

Amar (1954 film)

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She gave numerous hit films. She won Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for ” Kaala Pani “ in 1958 and at least her following 4 songs are evergreen and unforgettable hits of Hindi film industry : Gore Gore O Banke Chhore , Jeevan Ke Safar Me Rahi , Nazar Lagi Raja Tore Bangale Pe , and Basti Basti Parbat Parbat Gata Jaye Banjara, but she died this way. She died like a non-entity.

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It is sad and cruel that her death was completely ignored by the electronic media. Print media, though, reported the news but it was insignificant coverage for a star of her stature. All the websites related to film industry were also silent about the death. She died unwept, unheard and unsung. She was cremated by BMC people, though she has relatives like Tanuja and Mohnish Bahel [ Nutan’s son ]. Only Dev Anand , her ” Munimji “ and ” Kaala Pani “ co-star and ex-editor of Screen Bhawana Somaaya tweeted about her death. And that’s it.


Image via Wikipedia Nutan

I am saddened. I fail to understand this film industry. Is there no one who could have given her a decent cremation? Cant Nutan and Tanuja’s family be there for the last rights?  Is is improper to attend a relative’s last rights? Cant CINTA [ Trade Body of Cine & TV Artistes ] do something about the aged and lonely members of the fraternity ? Is is sin to be aged and all alone. No one wants to live like that. It is destiny and very cruel destiny indeed. All the younger members of the film fraternity, all the ” Badnam Munnis ” and ” Jawan Sheelas “ are going to be old and helpless and hapless one day. ” Sheela ki jawani “ is not eternal. So for God sake be sympathetic to the older members of the family.

All these questions will be unanswered, I know. I am too small a person to do something in this matter. I can only grieve in silence. And that I will do till my last breath.

Farewell Nalini Jaywant, the enchanting beauty !

May you live in peace in heaven with your husband .

May you never return to this heartless world and this cruel Film Industry.


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Meeting Mr. Dev Anand


Last week on December 17, 2010 I celebrated my 58th birthday. I wont be able to forget this year ever in my life. Before my birthday I was able to go to Lata Mangeshkar’s house on 7th December 2010 and finally, I was fortunate enough that I could talk to her on December 14, 2010. It was regarding a song for my Bhojpuri film ” Aber “.

Lata Mangeshkar playing a tanpura

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Then, after talking to Lata ji, I went to meet Mr. Dev Anand in his office on December 20, 2010. As I have stated earlier in my blog ” 60 Years of Navketan and Some More Years of Mr. Dev Anand ” on February 27, 2010, I am a huge fan of Dev Anand. First film of Dev Anand, which I watched in my native place Deoria, was ” Dushman “. I was a kid then but the debonaire hero of that film is still fresh in my mind. Usha Kiran and Kumkum were the female protagonists opposite Dev Anand. Its music was composed by legendary Husnlal-Bhagatram. Lootnewale Duniya Ko Ik Din Tu Bhi Lut Jayega sung by Mohammad Rafi , still kindles in my memory. It is still famous.

After this film, I was introduced to Dev Anand’s world through his mega hit and critically acclaimed classic ” Guide “. After that film, it was a regular affair. A new Dev Anand release and I have to be in the theatre first day, first show.

Unfortunately during my 21 years in Mumbai, I could not meet Dev Anand earlier. Though I could meet his elder brother, legendary Chetan Anand , several years back. I was training Rohit Kumar then and Chetan Anand was to direct his debut film. I met Chetan Sahab several times in Rohit Kumar’s house.

Several years later on the premier of Akshaye Khanna’s debut film ” Himalay Putra ” I bumped into Vijay Anand, Dev Sahab’s younger brother and a legendary director himself. I kept on bumping into him in several film functions. But Dev Anand was illusive, though not by any design or by any fault of mine.

Recently when I started preparation for my directorial venture, a Bhojpuri film ” Aber “, I decided to approach Dev Anand to invite him to give clap for the muhurat shot. To my utter surprise he immediately gave me time and I could meet him in his office.

Frankly speaking , when I entered the room and sat in front of him, I was in awe. I was sitting in front of a legend, one of the original triumvirate of Hindi cinema [ Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor are the other two ], a hero whose career span is 64 years and that too as a leading man [ unmatched and unequalled in the world ]. I was sitting in front of a indefatigable optimist. He started working in films before my birth. He made his debut 6 years before my birth and here I am sitting in front of him as a 58 years old man and Dev Anand was talking about his latest film “Chargesheet” and the coloured version of ”  Hum Dono “, his 1961 classic. He was full of new ideas, full of vibrating energy, full of future plans. Here was a man 30 years my senior, but still full of energy and brimming with new ideas. Needless to say that I was a change man after meeting Dev Anand. He was kind enough to bless me for my Bhojpuri film.

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It has become a norm these days to denigrate the seniors. To insult a hapless person in absentia is considered a sense of humour by today’s Dalda generation. Cynics are ruling the roost and megalomaniacs are roaming around as today’s super stars. In this scenario Dev Anand belongs to a vanishing breed of a bygone era. I feel myself lucky and fortunate that I could meet him in flesh and blood. I feel myself blessed that I shared the same room with him and could talk to him for some time.

Thank you Sir for making me feel special, making me feel important and not making me feel inferior or insignificant in any sense. I am not even a spec in the scheme of universe but you were generous enough to give me time and said some kind words. I know there could never be another Dev Anand ever. I shall cherish my meeting with you as long as I am alive.

Long live Dev Anand !

Long live the evergreen hero !


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My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [1]

I am reproducing here my fortnightly column ” KAL AUR AAJ ” . This is my first ever column and it is in Hindi. First article of the column was published  in the December 1st, 2010 issue of Bhojpuri City.

It comes and will keep on coming in ” BHOJPURI CITY ” , a Bhojpuri Film Trade Magazine. This fortnightly magazine is published from Mumbai.

  • Bhojpuri City – Cover of December 1st, 2010
  • Kal Aur Aaj - 1 December 1st, 2010

    Column - 1/2 Kal Aur Aaj December 1st, 2010


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    Bhojpuri Cinema : Random Facts


    Bhojpuri films are films in the Bhojpuri language, mainly watched by people from Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh in North India and Terai in southern Nepal.

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    Bhojpuri cinema is also watched in many parts of the world, where Indian diaspora has settled, including Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many colonizers faced labor shortages due to the abolition of slavery; thus, they imported many Indians, many from Bhojpuri-speaking regions. Today, some 200 million people in the West Indies, Oceania, and South America speak Bhojpuri as a native or second language and they also watch Bhojpuri films.

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    Bhojpuri cinema history begins in 1962 with the well-received film Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo , which was directed by Kundan Kumar. It was followed by Lagi Nahi Chhute Rama. Throughout the following decades, films were produced only in fits and starts. Films such as Bidesiya ( 1963, directed by S. N. Tripathi) and Ganga ( 1965, directed by Kundan Kumar) were profitable and popular, but in general Bhojpuri films were not commonly produced in the 1960s and 1970s.

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    There was a quantum leap in the production of Bhojpuri films since 2000/2001. Now almost 60/70 films are being produced in Bhojpuri language every year. 2011 will be notable year for me as I would be producing and directing my own Bhojpuri film, titled ” ABER “. It is scheduled to mount on sets on January 14, 2011 and apart from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Nepal, Kolkata, Mumbai, Punjab and Assam I am planning to release it world-wide. I intend to have world premier of  ” ABER ” in Mauritius.

    [ The information is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I am hugely indebted. ]


    Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2010


    In November, Box Office mayhem of October is still continuing. ” Golmaal – 3″ opens to bumper houses but ” Action Replayy “ ? It fails miserably. Is it not surprizing that from last Diwali to this Diwali, only 5 films clicked in a big way ? They are : ” 3 Idiots ”  , ” Dabangg ” , ” Avatar [ Dubbed ] ” , ” 2012 [ Dubbed ] ” and ” Peepli [Live] “. Out of these five films, two films are the dubbed versions of Hollywood blockbusters. All these films more than doubled the investment made in them. Apart from above mentioned five big hit film, there were 18-20 more films, which can be termed as hits. Guzaarish,  released in the last week of the month, also flopped and added to the woes and miseries of the industry. In totality month of November was bad for the industry.

    To emphasise my point of view and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :


    Midweek B.O.: ‘G-3’ has 33 cr wknd, ‘AR’ 16.75 cr wknd


    Overseas B.O.: ‘G-3’ gallops fast, ‘Action Replayy’ amongst Akshay’s lowest openers


    Biz Talk: ‘G-3’ is a success, ‘Action Replayy’ will entail losses

    B.O. update: ‘Guzaarish’ starts slow, ‘Harry Potter’ better


    Golmaal 3′: 2 week total exceeds Rs. 90 cr. nett in India. Should easily cross Rs. 100 cr. nett mark by next week.

    #Guzaarish Weekend Box Office collections: Quite Poor at Rs. 14.25 Crore nett. @koimoi

    Guzaarish’ in Overseas: Dull show!

    ‘Guzaarish’: Cost 60 cr. Money recovered 25 cr [Satellite + Music]. Balance 35 cr to be recovered from India & Oseas theatrical. Tough.


    Break Ke Baad is entertaining break ke pehle but not equally so break ke baad. Film is for the youth in the cities.

    Allah Ke Banday is a non-starter & will go largely unnoticed mainly as it has nothing new to offer.The film will bomb.

    Golmaal 3: Unaffected by new releases week after week. Has crossed Rs 100 cr nett in India alone. Blockbuster.

    ‘Guzaarish’ collects Rs. 22 crore at the box-office in its opening weekend in India; will entail huge losses for #UTV.


    Desh Mukherjee : A renowned art director of his time, Desh Mukherjee passed away on November 04, 2010 in NOIDA. Apart from art direction, he directed two films : ” Imaan Dharam “ and ” Aatank “. “Imaan Dharam” was one of the biggest multi-starrers of its time. Written by Salim-Javed , it had Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and several biggies of Hindi Cinema. It tanked at the box office and unfortunately sealed the fate of Desh Mukherjee.

    Vijay Kishore Dubey : Known in the industry as V. K. Dubey, he passed away on November 06, 2010 at the age of 84. In a career spanning 65 years, he had contributed tremendously to the Indian music industry. He started his career in All India Radio and then worked for Radio Ceylone. Few years later he started a publicity concern with ace publicist Bunny Reuben. Along with him he also produced Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed ” Aashiq “. It starred Raj Kapoor, Padmini and Nanda. His final assignment was as the Artiste & Repertoire Chief of HMV [ now Saregama ].



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    Pankaj Advani : A film maker of limited success, Pankaj Advani passed away at the young age of 45 on November 11, 2010. He was an editing graduate from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune but started his career as a writer in 1989 with Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa “. In 1993 he directed ” Sunday “, which won two National Awards but could not get commercial release. Then he moved to TV and produced popular shows like ” Bheja Fry “ and ” Toofan TV “. In 2000 Pankaj wrote and directed ” Urf Professor “, a digital movie co-produced by Shekhar Kapoor. In 2009 he wrote and directed  critically acclaimed ” Sankat City “, which is his only released film. It is sad that he died so young without getting recognition and his rightful dues from the film world.

    New Releases & Me

    First Week – November 05

    1 – Action Replayy……………………………………….x

    2 – Golmaal – 3……………………………………………..Kareena Kapoor

    Second Week – November 12

    1 – Dunno Y Naa Jaane Kyun…………………………..Kapil Sharma

    ………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

    …………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

    …………………………………………………………………Tara Sharma

    2 – A Flat…………………………………………………….Jimmy Sheirgill

    …………………………………………………………………Sanjay Suri

    ………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

    3 – Ramaa The Saviour……………………………………x

    Third Week – November 19

    1 – Guzaarish……………………………………………….Hritik Roshan
    ………………………………………………………………..Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

    2 – Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu…………………x

    3 – Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di………………………………..Sunny Gujral

    4 – Mere Gharib Nawaz…………………………………….x

    5 – Azaan – The Awakening Call………………………….x

    Fourth Week – November 26

    1 – Break Ke Baad…………………………………………….Imran Khan

    ……………………………………………………………………Shekhar [Vishal-Shekhar]

    2 – Khuda Kasam…………………………………………….x

    3 – Allah Ke Banday…………………………………………x

    In total ..13… films got released this month. Out of these..13….films , my ….13…….students were there in….6….films. Out of these …13…students ….12.. are actors,and …1….Shekhar [ Vishal – Shekhar ] is the music director. Hazel Croney and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal acted in two films.

    Hindi Film News This month :

    1 – Lata Mangeshkar got Life Time Achievement Award at GIMA.
    2 – Ranbir Kapoor got Teacher’s Award : Entertainer of the Year 2010.
    3 – Faridoon_S 

    Italian Govt is bestowing upon Kabir Bedi, Cavaliere (Knight) of the order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in early December

    T. V. Trivias This Month ;

    1 – Sami Soni, a very old student, got evicted and then took dramatic re-entry in ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 “.

    South Indian Film News This Month :

    1 – ” Orange ” [ Telugu ] was released this month. It has Ram Charan Tej, Genelia D’Souza and Shazahn Padamsee as main lead. They all are my students.


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