My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 4 ]


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA         MARCH 29 , 2011             11.45 P. M.

I am reproducing here the latest article of my fortnighly Hindi column, which comes in ” Bhojpuri City “ . It is a Bhojpuri Film Trade magazine , which is being published from Mumbai.

This article is the 4th in the series and it is published in the Holi edition of the said magazine.

Cover of Bhojpuri City , March 2nd , 2011

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Wilting Traditions – 1 : Holi & Hindi Cinema


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 26, 2011                   12. 2O A.M.

We just celebrated Holi. Indian festivals, specially North Indian festivals always played major roles in the Hindi films of yesteryears. Once upon a time Holi , Deewali , Makar Sankranti and  Raksha Bandhan used to be part of the story and were filmed lavishly and portrayed prominently in Hindi films. There used to be hit songs in films celebrating these festivals. And they are still remembered.

When I started watching films, I vividly remember Mehboob Khan‘s films , where Holi was always a part of the story and he used to picturize it lavishly. His first colour film ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] had a memorable Holi song – khelo rang hamare sang aaj din rang rangeela aaya…………..It was filmed on Dilip Kumar , Nimmi and large number of junior artistes.

Mother India

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Mehboob Khan’s another timeless classic in colour was Mother India ” [ 1957 ] . It had immensely popular Holi number – holi aayi re kanhayee rang chhalke suna de jara bansuri………It was filmed on Nargis , Sunil Dutt , Rajendra Kumar , Kumkum and large number of junior artistes. Its canvass was vast and it carried the story forward with the help of intercuts and flash-backs . This song is my personal favourite. Mehboob Khan had earlier made ” Mother India ” in Black & white as ” Aurat ” [ 1940 ] and it too had Holi number filmed on Sardar Akhtar , Surendra and Yakub. Incidently ” Aurat “ also had an artiste named Arun [ father of present day star Govinda ]. So in total Mehboob Khan had 3 memorable Holi songs to his credit in classic films like – ” Aurat ” , ” Aan ” and ” Mother India. ”

After Mehboob Khan’s ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] , Dilip Kumar had another memorable Holi number picturized on him in S. U. Sunny’s ” Kohinoor” [ 196 0 ] . It was – man rang lo ji aaj tan rang lo , khelo umang bhar rang pyar ke le lo…………….During his later years Dilip Kumar did a film Mashaal ”  [ 1984 ] for Yash Chopra and it too had a hit and lovely Holi number – o dekho holi aayi ………….

Cover of

Cover of Mashaal

It is noteworthy that all the above mentioned numbers were composed by Naushad and were written by Shakeel Badayuni. Only ” Aurat ” and ” Mashaal “ numbers are exceptions. ” Aurat ” Holi number was composed by Anil Biswas and ” Mashaal “ was composed by Hriday Nath Mangeshkar and was written by Anand Bakshi.

After Mehboob Khan , Dilip Kumar , Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni another filmmaker who filmed magnificient Holi scenes and songs , was veteran V. Shantaram. His ” Navrang ” [ 1959 ] had a wonderful Holi number – arre ja re arre natkhat………………..

Among the yesteryear filmmakers , strangely , Raj Kapoor never filmed a single Holi song or scene in his directorial ventures. Though in real life , his larger than life Holi celebrations were talk of the film industry and are still envied and remembered by many.

Another curious case is Dev Anand’s. His suave and urbane personality was not fit for such kind of rustic and robust celebrations but he has one memorable exception. His immortal film ” Guide ” [ 1965 ] had a popular dance number – piya tose naina lage re , naina lage re…………….In this particular song there was one para dedicated to Holi. It was – aayi holi aayi , sab rang layi , bin tere holi bhi na bhaye………………….. Though Dev Anand was not shown in the song . It was magnificently picturized on Waheeda Rehman by director Vijay Anand. It was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and was written by Shailendra.

After above mentioned artistes and specially after Dilip Kumar , Amitabh Bachchan had most number of memorable Holi songs to his credit. His immortal classic ” Sisila ” [ 1981 ] had a song – rang barse bheege chunar wali rang barse ………… It is a cult song even today. One of his recent hits ” Baghbaan ” [ 2003 ] had another memorable number – holi khelen raghubeera awadh men holi khelen raghubeera……… .. According to me , Amitabh Bachchan has the dubious distinction of having one of the worst Holi number in the history of Hindi cinema to his credit. His later year hit ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” [ 2005 ] had a number composed by Anu Malik – do me a favour lets play holi……………….. Unfortunately this worst Holi song  is the last Holi number in Hindi films till date.

Yash Chopra , director of ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , is the second filmmaker after Mehboob Khan , who has filmed large number of memorable Holi songs in his films. After ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , he picturized a melodious Holi song on Dilip Kumar , Anil Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ]. The song was – o dekho holi aayi……………..After ” Mashaal “ he made ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] and once again gave us a hit song – mohe chhedo na……………His another classic ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] had another lovely song – ang se ang lagaana sajan mohe aise rang lagaana………………….It was picturized on Shah Rukh Khan , Sunny Deol and Juhi Chawla. So Yash Chopra has 4 Holi songs to his credit , while Mehboob Khan has 3.

In between Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan , for a brief period of time , Rajesh Khanna was the reigning deity. His one of the early successes ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] had a memorable Holi number – aaj na chhodenge bas hamjoli……………It was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and was written by Anand Bakshi. Incidently same composer – lyricist duo gave us another Holi chart-buster in ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ]. It was – holi ke din dil khil jaate hain…………..Though ” Sholay “ was made in the tradition of western cowboy films but it’s Holi song was so wonderfully woven in the story and it was filmed so beautifully that it is remembered even today .

Among today’s stars Aamir Khan had a wonderful song in ” Mangal Pandey  – The Rising [ 2005 ] . It is – dekho aayi holi………….. It is quirk of the matter that worst Holi song of Hindi films , do me a favour , lets play holi……… also came in the same year [ 2005 ] in ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” .

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There are some other films also which have some good Holi songs . Rajshri Productions massive hit ” Nadiya Ke Paar ” [ 1982 ] had a catchy number – jogi ji wah jogi ji…………. but it was an exception rather than a rule. After 2005, it is sad that all the recent released films have not portrayed Holi or any other festivals prominently. There are several causes for this scenario.

A – Delhi – UP has ceased to be a prominent territory for Hindi films. Now younger filmmakers make films for metropolitan cities and for overseas markets. So this rustic , robust festival of colours is not finding favours.

B – Younger filmmakers are not familiar with the hinterlands of our country. They seldom go to villages and are unaware of the circumstances of our middle and lower middle class population.

C – Story line of recent films have become city – centric. Rampaging consumerism has changed the scenario beyond recognition and this is being reflected in the recently released films.

D – Rise of television is another root cause for this change. Since films are being made for the overseas territories and for metropolitan centers, so various channels started catering to the rural masses and started beaming village – centric serials. So filmmakers are now not bothered for the masses of hinterlands.

E – Rise of Bhojpuri films are another nail in the coffin. These films specially cater to North Indian public and most of them are still village – centric . So they picturize Holi songs on lavish scale . Recently released hit Bhojpuri film ” Diljale ” [ 2011 ] has a memorable Holi song.

There might be other reasons too, but I am sad that slowly and firmly our festival of colours is coming to a virtual neglect in Hindi films.

It is sad , very sad !

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80 – Year – Old ” New Theatres “


EVENING…………………………..6.00

Yesterday when I was writing about 80 years of  ” ALAM ARA “ , first Hindi talkie , rather Indian talkie , I came across an article in Screen which states that B. N. Sircar’s legendary film production company ” New Theatres “ also completed 80 years on February 10 , 1931 . It was one month and four days before the epoch making ” ALAM ARA “ , that this legendary production company was launched . ” New Theatres ,   Calcutta [ now Kolkata ] was founded by producer B. N. Sircar a.k.a. Birendranath Sircar, the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award of 1970.

Logo of New Theatres , Calcutta

Logo of New Theatres , Calcutta

The logo of ” New Theatres ” has an elephant in a circle with a quote from  Upnishads . It was like the famous logo of Hollywood’s production company MGM where a lion used to roar in the same kind of circle . Moto of New Theatres was – Jivatang Jyotiretu Chhayam means [ Light infusing shadows with life ]

Like Ardeshir Irani’s Imperial Movietone , New Theatres of Calautta [ now Kolkata ] produced ” Dena Paona,  the first Bengali talkie. It was released in 1931,  and was directed by Premankur Atarthi . Famous musician Raichand Boral composed music for this movie.

Scene from Dena Paona, 1931 - first Bengali Talkie

Scene from Dena Paona, 1931 - first Bengali Talkie

After first Bangla talkie, ” Dena Paona “ , ” New Theatres ” produced another path breaking film ” Devdas “ in 1935.  P.C. Barua directed and acted in ” Devdas , based on Saratchandra Chatterjee‘s novel ” Devdas and this film became phenomenally successful in the industry.

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935.

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935.

In 1935, playback singing was first used in India in the New Theartes production Bengali film ” Bhagya Chakraby Nitin Bose. The singers were K C Dey, Parul Ghosh and Suprabha Sarkar. ” Dhoop Chhaon Hindi remake of this film, was the first Hindi film to use playback singing. It was another feather in New Theaters’ cap .

Kanan Devi was the first popular star actress, who appeared in many films produced by ”  New Theatres “ . Also there was a group of talented actors with New Theatres like K.L. Saigal, K. C. Dey, Prithviraj Kapoor, Chhabi Biswas, Bikash Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Basanta Choudhury.

Top directors like Premankur Atarthi, P.C. Barua, Debaki Bose and Nitin Bose worked in New Theatres films. The Famous musicians who worked there include R. C. Boral, Pankaj Mullick and Timir Baran.

New Theatres used to make commendable films till 1955. From 1931 to 1955 , it was a 24 year long and illustrious journey . During this period New Theatres produced 150 path breaking films. Many of them are considered classics today . Name of some of the films , which are considered milestone , are given below :

Of the above mentioned films , I have seen two classics ; Pramathesh Barua directed ” Mukti “ [ 1937 ] and ” Devdas” .  Bimal Roy directed ” Udayer Pathe “ [ 1944 ] was later made in Hindi as ” Naya Zamana  ” starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini. I have seen the Hindi version.

Among all the illustrious directors , who worked in ” New Theatres ” , I was fortunate enough to meet Phani Majumdar and was able to take his blessings. Phani da made his debut with ” Street Singer “ , a Kundan Lal Sehgal starrer. It had famous Sehgal song – BABUL MORA NAIHAR CHHUTO HI JAY .  Later on he directed successful films like ” Aarti “ [ first film of Rajshri banner ] , ” Akashdeep ” and ” Oonche Log ” . I was fortunate enough to meet his actress wife Monice Desai also. Phani da died in 1994, when I was starting my acting training career.

After 55 years ” New Theatres ” , the legendary banner , is again producing a new film.

Ami Aadu (Upcoming Film, 2011) – Directed by Somnath Gupta

[I have taken some portions of this blog from the internet sites like Wikipedia and reproduced it here . Some facts are taken from Screen weekly. I express my gratitude .]

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80 Years of ” Alam Ara ” : India’s First Talkie


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On March 14 , 1931 Indian cinema created history . First Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA “ made by Ardeshir Irani was released on this very day in the Majestic cinema of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] Though , ” RAJA HARISCHANDRA ” , first ever full – length silent feature film of India was made by Dada Saheb Phalke , the pioneer of Indian cinema , in 1913.

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

It took almost 18 years to produce a talkie film and Ardeshir Irani became the pioneer. ” ALAM ARA ” made under the banner of Imperial Movietone had Master Vithal and Zubeida as the leading stars of the film and the movie had 7 memorable songs including DE DE KHUDA KE NAAM PAR sung by Wazir Mohammad Khan , who also played a faqir in the film . In those early years of talkie era there were no system of recording the song , Ardeshir Irani recorded it live with harmonium and tabla . This particular song is considered as the first ever song of not only Hindi films but Indian films as well. Music of ” ALAM ARA “ was given by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani .When released in the Majestic cinema hall of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] it created history . Public frenzy was to be seen to be believed , and finally police had to be summoned to control the crowd .

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Ardeshir Irani recording a Song of Alam Ara

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. David later served as a writer at Irani’s film company. The story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister Adil. The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him and exiles his daughter, Alam Ara (Zubeida). In exile, Alam Ara is brought up by Gypsies. Upon returning to the palace at Kumarpur, Alam Ara meets and falls in love with the charming young prince (Master Vithal). In the end, Adil is released, Dilbahar is punished and the lovers marry.

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara, t...

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara

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A Scene fron Alam Ara

After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

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Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara

The name of the actors , who played major role in ” ALAM ARA ” , is worthy of notice for the today’s film connoisseurs. Apart from Master Vithal and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir [ known as Zubeida ] , it had singer Wazir Mohammad Khan as a faqir. Three prominent actors , who were part of the cast of ” ALAM ARA ” and who played major role in the talkie era and are known to today’s generation also , were Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Jillo Bai and L. V. Prasad .

Prithvi Raj Kapoor went on to play major roles in many films , won many awards and created an empire. His legacy was carried forward by his sons ; Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kpoor. Later on legacy was carried forward by his grandsons ; Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor. Now fourth generation of Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s family is working in films. They are Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s daughter manages Prithvi Theatre , made to commemorate  Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s memory.

Jillo Bai was seen as Madhubala’s mother in ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and as mother – in law of Nargis in ” Mother India “ .

Case of L. V. Prasad is more curious. He worked as an actor in first Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA ” , first Tamil talkie ” KALIDAS ” and first Telugu talkie ” BHAKT PRAHLAD ” , all released in 1931. Later on he stablished a major production company named as Prasad Productions and made hits like ; ” SHARDA ” , ” CHHOTI BAHAN ” , ” BETI BETE ” , ” DADI MAA ” , ” MILAN ” , ” JEENE KI RAH ” , ” RAJA AUR RANK ” ,  ” KHILONA ” and ” EK DUJE KE LIYE ” .

It is sad that no print of the epic movie ” ALAM ARA “ is available today. This part of our history is lost for ever and no one is bothered . Ardeshir Irani’s path-breaking film is lost forever.

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani died in 1969 , when I was studying in intermediate and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir a.k.a. Zubeida died in 1988, one year before I came to Mumbai to make a career in films.

Zubeida, a silent era actress in Indian Cinema...

Zubeida, a silent era actress

[ Synopsis of ” ALAM ARA “ is taken from Wikipedia. I have not seen the film , so for the story I have to rely on Wikipedia. I express my gratitude . ]

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Arjun Singh : End of A Pseudo-Secular


NIGHT…………………………………………………..11.30

It is said , do not to speak bad about the deceased. Those who are gone from this world should be respected. We should not mention their bad deeds. Agreed . So why we still rant about Ravana, Kans or Duryodhan ? Or why we still speak about / against Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini ? Or nearer home about / against Nathu Ram Godse ? There are people whose legacy is tainted, whose life was controversial, whose actions affected the vast populace in a wrong way. So whether alive or dead, they can’t escape public wrath. Arjun Singh belonged to this august ( ? ) category .

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Arjun Singh died on March 04, 2011 in Delhi at the age of 80 . He belonged to Churhat Jagir under ex-princely state of Rewa. His father Rao Shiv Bahadur Singh was also a Congressman and was Union Minister of Industries under Jawahar Lal Nehru. He was convicted of forging documents favouring a diamond business and was sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment. He eventually died in prison.

Arjun Singh was the worthy ( ? ) son of his equally worthy ( ? ) and illustrious ( ? ) father. Father a convicted prisoner and the son a scamster. I am giving lists of his scams and cases, which I have taken from Wikipedia :

CONTROVERSIES

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Churhat Lottery Case and Kerwa Dam Palace :

While Arjun Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, he was involved in the scandal which was called by some the Churhat Lottery case. The Churhat Children Welfare Society was floated in 1982 by relatives of Singh, and permitted to raise funds via lottery, and also given tax relief as a charity. However, there were widespread allegations that a substantial sums were siphoned off and used to construct the lavish Kerwa Dam palace near Bhopal. The donations to the society included a Rs 150,000 donation from Union Carbide, whose chief Warren Anderson was permitted to leave the country after the gas leak, allegedly by Arjun Singh’s office.

At a public litigation hearing the high court observed that “Arjun Singh owed an explanation to the nation about the costs and sources of construction of the palatial mansion in Bhopal”. While Singh had claimed the value of the palace was Rs 18 lakh, the IT Department estimated the cost at above Rs one crore. However, a one-judge commission investigating the scandal gave a clean chit to Arjun Singh. The case was re-opened however, after the Jain Hawala case, and Singh was asked to submit fresh re-estimates of the palace cost. In court, the case was argued by Kapil Sibal and the order for re-examination was squashed on the grounds that it had been issued in a haste and “had not applied his mind”.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy :

Arjun Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh when the deadly gas leak from the Union Carbide factory occurred. It is widely alleged that on the fateful night between December 2, 1984 and December 3, 1984 , when the gas leak occurred, Arjun Singh fled to his Kerwa Dam palace (outside Bhopal) to save himself from deadly effects of leaked gas and was not available to manage the crisis or lead the administration. Subsequently the Arjun Singh government’s mishandling was criticized by the court in the 7 June 2010 verdict on Bhopal Gas Disaster pronounced by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Bhopal. The media raised serious questions about his role in the release of Warren Anderson.. In particular, the pilot of the aircraft in which Warren Anderson flew out of India after the gas leak, has recorded that the final sanction to permit the flight came from Arjun Singh’s office.

Reservation Controversy :

Additional controversy was created in 2005 by drafting the proposed 104th Amendment Bill to the constitution, which subsequently became the 93rd Amendment. According to this amendment, which has yet to pass the ‘Basic Structure‘ test of constitutionality by the Supreme Court, all private unaided educational institutes could be asked by their State Governments to reserve seats for designated Other Backward Classes. In early 2006, Singh also sought to increase caste-based reservation quotas for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the internationally reputed Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management, along with other Indian central government-run institutes of higher studies, from 22.5% to 49.5%. Arjun Singh planned to impose quotas not just in 32 Central institutions, but also in over 100 deemed universities.

He noted, in the context of Dalit Muslim reservations that “the UPA is entirely committed towards the cause of Muslims”.

Other Controversies :

1 – After the Mumbai train bombings of 2006, he reportedly quoted at a Cabinet meeting the statements of a former judge of the Maharashtra High Court that an earlier attempt on the headquarters of the Hindu revivalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Nagpur had been a plot set into motion by the Sangh itself. This followed his denouncement of the Ekal Vidyalayas, one-teacher schools run for the benefit of the tribals of India by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad., as communal.

2 – A case under the Anti-Dowry Act has been registered against Arjun Singh. Mayawati government has decided to seek CBI inquiry into dowry harassment case.

3 – Arjun Singh was accused of irregularities and corruption in the grant of Deemed University status to private for-profit educational institutions which did not meet requisite educational standards, during his tenure as Minister for Human Resources Development. The Government of India initiated proceedings to repeal the “Deemed University” status of 44 such institutions in Jan 2010.

He was of the opinion that he is the best person to lead this nation , if there is no Nehru-Gandhi scion on the throne. So every person other than Nehru-Gandhi clan, who became Prime Minister, is a usurper. So he thought , it is his divine duty to conspire against them. P. V. Narsimha Rao , who according to him , was the usurper and this willy Thakur of Churhat conspired against Rao throughout his tenure, though Rao was legally and constitutionally elected Prime Minister. He broke away from the Congress and formed All India Indira Congress [ Tiwari ] and led an open revolt against P. V. Narsimha Rao. And his revolt was to convince Sonia Gandhi, a reluctant widow , to enter politics. If he can’t be the Prime Minister so no one else should be allowed to continue. Let there be a Nehru-Gandhi scion. He was ready to be a doormat.

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He was 3 times Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. He was Union Cabinet Minister under Man Mohan Singh from 2004 – 2009. During Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure he was Governor of Punjab also and is widely credited for Rajiv – Longwal Accord. But his image of being a shrewd politician preceded him . He trusted none and no one ever trusted him. He used to record even his normal conversations.

Ironically , he died on the day he was dropped from the Congress Working committee by Sonia Gandhi , for whom he fought relentlessly with P. V. Narsimha Rao. Such is life !

I am not happy that he died. But I am not sad either. He was very controversial politician of our time. He was tainted and he was a psedo-secular. Above all he was a known Hindu-baiter.

But still I pray that his soul rest in peace !

And this prayer comes from the heart of a Hindu , a secular Hindu. And to be a secular I don’t need to berate my religion like Arjun Singh.

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[ I have taken many factual details of Arjun Singh and his father  from WIKIPEDIA. I express my gratitude ]

My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [3]


NIGHT……………………………….11.30

I am reproducing here my fortnightly Hindi column ” KAL AUR AAJ ” . This is the third article of my first ever Hindi column . First article of the column was published  in the December 1st, 2010 issue of Bhojpuri City. This third article of the column was published in the GOLDEN JUBILEE ISSUE [February 2nd & March 1st , 2011 ] of Bhojpuri City on the occasion of the golden jubilee of Bhojpuri cinema.

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

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2011


NIGHT………………………………..12.15

After successful January , it is a dull month again. All the first week releases of February tanked badly. Month end release , though, did cheer up the mood of the industry.

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 :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji garners Rs. 15 crore (nett) at the box-office in its 1st weekend. More: http://bit.ly/e9Qn68
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Utt Pataang, United Six & Hum Dono Rangeen: Extremely poor opening
weekend.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Patiala House: Ordinary fare. Will face an uphill task at the box-office. Has taken a very dull start. Review: http://bit.ly/gpKO1i
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Midweek B.O.: ‘Patiala House’ appreciated, but numbers are missing http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Yeh Saali Zindagi: Remained rock-steady at urban centres in its 2nd wknd. Theatrical business: Above average.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Patiala House: Morn+noon shows were shockingly low, in 10%-15%-20% range, despite being a solo release, with no major film to contend with.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran ada
Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7KM: Opened to thanda response across the country. Biz was shockingly low at single screens [8%-10%], slightly better at plexes [15%-20%].
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
7 Khoon Maaf: It’s for the elite audience in the big cities only. The general masses will reject it. Review: http://bit.ly/ibeRDT
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7KM: Collected Rs 11.53 cr nett in its opening weekend, which is below the mark. The breakup:- Fri 3.30 cr, Sat 3.51, Sun 4.72 cr.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7 Khoon Maaf: Satellite 9 cr + Music Rights 2 cr won’t help much. India theatrical biz is dull, while Oseas biz is dismal.
ETCBollywood Box office report: Patiala House -29.66 Cr, Angel – 0.24 Cr, Yeh Saali Zindagi -10 Cr , DTBHJ – 28 Cr
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B.O. update: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ has respectable start in North, reports good http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
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Tanu Weds Manu:Family entertainr tht hits bull’s eye.May b slow startr bt it’ll pickup by+ve wrd of mouth & bcome a hit http://bit.ly/g00ima
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Tanu Weds Manu is going to prove a profitable venture for all concerned. Read more: http://bit.ly/fqshjh
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Let’s begin the day with +ve news. As per initial trends, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is heading for 3.5 cr on Day 1. Better than Jessica & 7KM.
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ collects Rs. 11.05 cr in Wknd 1 http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
Obituary
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Tony Walker : Brother of legendary comedian Johny Walker, Kamaluddin Kazi aka Tony Walker passed away on 22nd February 2011 in Mumbai. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
A small time actor , he acted in films like ; ” Kaagaz Ke Phool ” , ” Gateway of India ” and ” Johny Walker “.
He was more successful as producer and made many big films like ;  Waheeda Rehman starrer ” Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya “ , Waheeda Rehman & Dharmendra starrer ” Baazi “ ,  Mala Sinha & Sanjay Khan starrer ” Dillagi “ and Mumtaz, Vinod Khanna & Shatrughan Sinha starrer ” Pyaar Ka Rishta “. In the last mentioned film he gave break to film maker Sultan Ahmad.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – February 04

1 – Yeh Saali Zindagi……………………………………………….x

2 – United Six…………………………………………………………x

3 – Utt Pataang……………………………………………………….x

4 – Tum Hi To Ho…………………………………………………….x

5 – Hum Dono – Rangeen……………………………………………x

Second Week  – February 11

1 – Angel……………………………………………………………….Maddalsa Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………..Nilesh Sahay

2 – Patiala House?????????????????????????????????????????

3 -Ashiqui.in…………………………………………………………x

Third Week – February 18
1 – 7 Khoon Maaf……………………………………………………Priyanka Chopra
…………………………………………………………………………..Neil Nitin Mukesh
…………………………………………………………………………..John Abraham
2 – Kaccha Limboo………………………………………………….x
3 – Kaho Na Kaho…………………………………………………….Sarwar Ahuja
4 – Masti Express……………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

Fourth Week – February 25

1 – Tanu Weds Manu…………………………………………………..Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………………Namrata Jani

2 – Satrangee Parachute………………………………………………..x

In total………….14…………. films got released this month. Out of these……………14…………….films , my………..…..10……………..students were there in…………..….5……………….films. Out of these………….10……..…students ……………..9………….  are actors,…..…1……………Namrata Jani is a Costume Designer.
NOTE : 1 [ Hum Dono – Rangeen is a different phenomenon. It was released 50 years back, when I was studying in Allahabad. Its coloured version was released this week. That is why I have included this film in this week’s releases ]

NOTE : 2 [ As I have stated earlier Anushka Sharma doesn’t accept the fact that she has been trained by us. So I don’t include her in my lists. Her starrer Patiala House got released this month. ]

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge completes 800 weeks at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai in the morning shows.

2 – Stardust , a film magazine published by Nari Hira completed 40 years .

T. V. Trivia This Month :

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1 – My student Hritik Roshan gets whopping 2 crores per episode for a TV show based on dance.

South Indian Film News This Month :

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[ This month there is nothing from the South Indian Film Industry ]


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