MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA APRIL 01 , 2011 12 . 3O A.M.
After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry . And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .
To illustrate 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 :
GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.
His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.
He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.
NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.
He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.
” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.
He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .
BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .
New Releases & Me
First Week – March 04
1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x
Second Week -March 11
NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP
Fourth Week – March 25
1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta
2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x
3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x
4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna
Hindi Film News This month :
1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.
2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.
3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .
4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .
T. V. Trivia This Month :
1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.
2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.
3 – My student Sudhanshu Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .
4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.
Regional Film News This Month :
1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .
2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like : ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .
3 – Bangla : My two students ; Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .
4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.
5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .
6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.
Theatre This Month :
1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.
2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
Filed under: Film Diaries Tagged: | Abdullah, Acting Trainer, Agneepath, Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Shetty, Asha Bhonsle, Band Baaja Baaraat, Bangla Films, Bhojpuri Films, Bigg Boss, Bob Christo, Bollywood, Box office, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Diction Trainer, Dinner With Friends, Film, Film Diaries, Goga Kapoor, Gujarati Films, Hanste Zakhm, Haryanavi Films, Hema Malini, Hindi Teacher, India, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Kaalia, Kamal Nayan Chaturvedi, KBC, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Komal Nahta, Kurbani, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Maharashtra, Mard, Mr. India, Mumbai, Nag Chaitanya, Namak Halal, Navin Nischol, Parwana, Perizaad Zorabian, Priyanka Chopra, Ram Charan Teja, Sanjay Khan, Sawan Bhadon, Sudhanshu Pandey, Tamil Films, Tanu Weds Manu, Taran Adarsh, Telugu Films, The Vagina Monologue, Victoria No. 203, Vidur, Vidur Chaturvedi, Vidur in News, Vidur's Blog, Vidur's Diaries, Vidur's Students, Viraf Patel, Yaana Gupta, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Yash Raj Films, Yash Raj TV, Yeh Saali Zindagi