Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2010


It’s the 1st week of 2011. And this is the 20th edition of my Monthly Film Diary, one year and eight months precisely. I never imagined that I would be here writing my monthly Film Diaries for so long. That I could be posting my film diaries so regularly and so consistently. I started blogging  in 2009 and my first blog was posted on 5th April, 2009. My first Film Diary was posted one month later, in May 2009. It still continues, though the format has changed considerably. Apart from Hindi Film News, it now consists South Indian Film News, T V trivia and re-tweeted Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta. At the end of the blog there are internet links of the few related articles also for the discerning readers.

December is gone.  For the Hindi film industry, Box Office still behaves mercilessly. All the releases of December opened to dismal and pathetic houses.

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

taran_adarsh

box-office continues to be as unpredictable as ever, recording robust business in one week & generating dismal returns in subsequent week.
KomalNahta 

Review:Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is an unmitigated disaster. It has opened 2dull houses & has nothing 2warrant a pick-up http://bit.ly/hC4OuR
KomalNahta 

Rakht Charitra 2 is ordinary fare. Review: http://bit.ly/gDZsuE The film has little chance apart from some single-screens & small centres.
taran_adarsh 

‘KHJJS’, ‘RC2’ & ‘PGRO’ open to extremely poor houses across the nation. Occupancy as low as 10% to 15% [at places, even lower].
taran_adarsh 

Midweek B.O.: ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ disaster, ‘Rakht Charitra 2’ fails, ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ picks up http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
KomalNahta 

Review: No Problem is Anil Kapoor’s 4th production venture and, like the previous ones, it is a flop. http://bit.ly/hfRPe7

taran_adarsh

What they got:- ‘No Problem’ 14 cr [only Satellite], ‘Break Ke Baad’ 18 cr [all electronic rights], ‘Guzaarish’ 25 cr [Satellite + Music]
KomalNahta 

#TeesMaarKhan is definitely a disappointment; but it will bring back the invested money & a bit more. http://bit.ly/hbbHbA
taran_adarsh 

‘Band Baaja Baaraat’: Week 2 total stands at Rs. 7.68 cr nett [Week 1 was Rs. 9.40 cr nett]. Total so far: Rs. 17.08 cr. nett. Excellent
‘Tees Maar Khan : Is the 3rd biggest opener [DABANGG 48.5 cr, 3 IDIOTS/3 days 40 cr, TMK 38.25 cr, GOLMAAL-3 35 cr and RAAJNEETI 33 cr].
taran_adarsh 

B.O. update: ‘Tees Maar Khan’ continues to slide downwards http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
taran_adarsh 

Top 5: ‘Tees Maar Khan’ under-performs, ‘Toonpur Ka Superrhero’ poor, ‘Isi Life Mein’ disaster http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
taran_adarshBiggest duds of 2010 [so far]: Kites, Raavan, Action Replayy, Guzaarish, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Unmitigated disasters! 

Obituary
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Manish Acharya : Once again a young and promising director left us for his last journey. First it was Saurabh Narang, last month it was Pankaj Advani and now this month it is Manish Acharya. He made immensely likable and critically acclaimed film ” Lions of Punjab Presents “. This film was his directorial debut and remains the only one. He also worked as an actor in ” Luck By Chance “ .

A graduate from New York University, he went to Matheran for vacation with his family, fell from his horse and succumbed to his injuries.

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. They wrapped her in a bed-sheet and it was taken away for cremation. She became recluse after the death of her second husband, actor Prabhu Dayal and was confined to her room in her bungalow. incidentally she was Nutan and Tanuja’s aunt. [ First cousin to actress Shobhana Samarth, their mother ].

She was a major star in 40s and 50s . ” Bahen “ [ 1941 ] , directed by Mehboob Khan was her first film. In those traditional times and era she was bold enough to make her debut in a film with incestuous content. Later on she became a big star and worked with Ashok Kumar in many massive hits 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 like ” Munimji “ [ 1955 ] and ” Kala Pani ” [ 1958 ] . 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.

She gave numerous hit films 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.

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 tweeted about her death. And that’s it. Such is life.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – December 03

1 – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey…………………………Sikandar Kher

…………………………………………………………………Manindar Singh

2 – Rakht Charitra – 2……………………………………..Vivek Oberoi

3 – Phas Gaye Re Obama………………………………….????

Second Week – December 10

1 – Band Baaja Baaraat…………………………………….????

2 – No Problem……………………………………………..Akshaye Khanna

………………………………………………………………….Neetu Chandra

………………………………………………………………….Jeetu Verma

Third Week – December 17 

1 – 332 Mumbai To India…………………………………Amit Riyaan
…………………………………………………………………..Monty Bakshi
…………………………………………………………………..Vijay Mishra
…………………………………………………………………..Kishwar Merchant
2 – Pay Back………………………………………………….x
3 – Mirch………………………………………………………x
4 – Kaalo……………………………………………………….Dhaval Gada

Fourth Week – December 24

1 -Tees Maar Khan………………………………………….Katrina Kaif

…………………………………………………………………..Akshaye Khanna

…………………………………………………………………..Arya Babbar

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

2 – Isi Life Mein……………………………………………..Akshay Oberoi

…………………………………………………………………..Veebha Anand

3- Toonpur Ka Superhero………………………………..x

Fifth Week – Decenber 31

1 – Ada……A Way of Life………………………………….x

2 – Bhoot and Friends……………………………………..x

In total ..14… films got released this month. Out of these…14…films , my …..17……students were there in….7….films. Out of these ..17…students …15…  are actors, …1…..Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ] is the music director and ….1……Dhaval Gada is Associate Producer.
NOTE : 1 – Phas Gaye Re Obama – Many students and colleagues of mine are there in this film. But when people are touchy and extremely sensitive, it is prudent to keep mum.
NOTE : 2 – Band Baaja Baaraat – Anushka Sharma is a student of Kreating Charakters. But she does not acknowledge  us. And Ranbeer Singh came to me just for two days and that too before the release of the film. So it is better not to take credit.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – My student Arbaaz Khan bags Rajiv Gandhi Achiever’s Award for Best Debutant Producer http://bit.ly/g1pkgf

2 – Ranbir Kapoor got New Talent of the Decade Award at the Big Star Entertainment Awards.

3 – My student Arbaaz Khan, producer of Dabangg , bagged 5 out of 7 Awards at the Big Star Entertainment Award : Best Film, Best Actor, Besr Director, Best Male Singer [ Rahat Ali – Mast Mast Do Nain ] and Best Entertaining Song [ Munni Badnam Hui ].

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – Both my students  – Samir Soni and Ashmit Patel survived in Bigg Boss – 4 till the end. Samir Soni got evicted last week.

South Indian Film News This Month :
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1 –  Malayalam : My student Ganesh Venkatraman is playing an important role in Malayalam film ” Kandahar “. It stars Mohan Lal and Amitabh Bachchan in stellar roles.

2 –  Tamil : Rajnikant’s ” Robot ” [ Endhiran ] is now a part of IIM – Ahmedabad syllabus.

3 – Telugu : According to Southscope [ Only English South Indian Film Magazine ] there are almost a dozen new superstars in Telugu industry. Out of these rising superstars, 4 are my students : Allu Arjun, Ram Charan Teja, Nag Chaitanya and Anushka Shetty.

Awards This Month :

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This years Big Star Entertainment Award – 2010 are now over. In Male Actor category there were 6 nominations. Out of  them 2 – Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” were my students.

In Female Actor category out of 6 nominations again 2 – Kareena kapoor for ” Golmaal 3 ” and Katrina Kaif for ” Raajneeti ” were my students.

Out of 5 nominations in Music Director category 1 – Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is my student too.

There were 4  nominations for Best Television Actor Male category. Out of them Mishal Raheja, who was nominated for ” Laagi Tyjhse Lagan ” is my student too.

Out of 6 nominated shows of T V , 2 shows has scores of my students. ” Khataron Ke Khiladi – 3 ” had  5 students of mine and ” Bigg Boss – 4 ” has 2 of my students.

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