My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 6 ]


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            SEPTEMBER 10, 2011                 11 . 55 P. M.

This is the 6th article of my Hindi column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” . It comes in Bhojpuri City , a fortnightly Bhojpuri film trade magazine published from Mumbai .

Though I intend to write one article for my column every fortnight but this time there was a gap of almost two and half months. My last , 5th article was published in the May 1st issue of Bhojpuri City and now this 6th article comes in the September 1st issue. This , regretfully , happened because of my incessant travels and recent illness of my wife.

This article is about the pitiable and woefully pathetic condition of the various famous and legendary film studios of Mumbai.

I am reproducing here the cover page of the current issue of Bhojpuri City and 3 pages of the article. This is my longest article till date .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 07 , 2011             06. 00 P.M.

This is the 28th edition of my film diary.

Priyanka Chopra has become a singer and her debut album was released by Universal Music Group and Desi Hits.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge entered 825th week of uninterrupted run in the first week of August.

After some box office duds , Salman Khan starrer ” Boduguard “ took the nation by storm. It is now the biggest first day grosser of all times as for as Hindi films are concerned .

As usual , to show trends of the industry , I am reproducing relevant tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh.

Komal Nahta
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CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is a dull fare which will nt b able to repeat its success story of d small screen. Review: http://bit.ly/p5mhUf
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Bodyguard nets a record breaking Rs. 21 cr on opening day. It will easily cross d 70 cr mark in 1st weekend. Report: http://goo.gl/KLa3a
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard box-office: The Salman Khan starrer nets a superb Rs. 83.50 crore over the 1st weekend. Report – http://bit.ly/qkLJjg
taran adarsh
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 Business Talk with Taran Adarsh: ‘Singham’ & ‘Z.N.M.D.’ emerge gigantic hits bit.ly/3Ozjuw
 taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh

 Overseas B.O.: ‘Z.N.M.D.’ continues to dominate… ‘Aarakshan’ & ‘Bodyguard’ keenly awaited bit.ly/CmbT0
taran adarsh
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Not A Love Story: Started on a weak note. Business did increase marginally at few places, but the jump was missing. Overall, poor.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Chatur Singh 2 Stars: Despite starring well-known stars, fetched a shockingly low start and remained poor all through the weekend. Flop.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Like I had predicted yesterday afternoon, the 1st day estimates of ‘Bodyguard’ are 20 cr + nett. Almost 21 cr, as per early tracking.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Okay, here are the *actual* figures of ‘Bodyguard’ in India on Wednesday: Rs 21.51 cr nett. That’s a new record!
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Bodyguard – Friday *rough estimates* Rs 13.5 cr. 3-day total stands at Rs 54.5 cr nett. Sat should be big, Sun should be bigger.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Bodyguard actuals: Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 14.08 cr, Sat 15.07 cr, Sun 18.68 cr. Total 88.93 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Shammi Kapoor : On August 14 , 2011 , with the death of Shammi Kapoor , not only an artiste was dead , but an era ended. This glorious era started in 1953 with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” , a film which he signed first but ” Rail Ka Dibba  “ was released first in the same year. This era will soon be part of history with the release of ” Rockstar “ in 2011 .
I am just mentioning about Shammi ji here . I will soon write a separate blog on him and his 58 year long career.
Shanti Das :  Well known art director Shanti Das died in Mumbai on August 14 , 2011 . He had worked with Shammi Kapoor in many films and its an uncanny coincidence that he died on the same day .
In his 40 year long career he worked in 200 films with stalwarts like ; Raj Kapoor , Bimal Roy , Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Subodh Mukherjee . Shammi Kapoor’s ” Junglee “ was his first big hit . He won many Filmfare award for his films and he got Dada Sahab Phalke Award also in 2000.
Samir Chanda : Another eminent art director Samir Chanda died on August 18 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was only 54 at the time of his death. He began his career with Subhash Ghai’s ” Ram Lakhan “ and continued till “ Black & White ” . His other works were ” Raavan ” , ” Rang De  Basanti “ and ” Delhi 6 ” . It is sad that a promising life ended at such a young age .

Shandar Amrohi : The elder son of film – maker Kamal Amrohi and step son of legendary Meena Kumari died in Goa on August 21 , 2011 at the age of 68.
Shandar Amrohi worked as an actor in ” Razia Sultan “ , a film directed by his father Kamal Amrohi . Though his acting career was short – lived. At the time of his death he was in Goa shooting a music vedio in memory of his stepmother Meena Kumari .
Barkha Roy was penning his biography ” Nowhere To Somewhere ” , which is now complete .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 05

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1 – I Am Kalam……………………………………………….x

2 – Chala Mussaddi – Office Office……………………….Vinay Jain

3 – Hair Is Falling…………………………………………….x

4 – Mr. Majnu………………………………………………….x

5 – Aagaah The Warning…………………………………….x

6 – Just 47 – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai…………………………x

Second Week – August 12

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1 – Aarakshan…………………………………………………..Saif Ali Khan

2 – Phhir………………………………………………………….Rajneesh Duggal

3 – Milta Hai Chance By Chance……………………………x

Third Week – August 19

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1 – Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande………………………………..Preeti Jhangiani

………………………………………………………………………..Narendra Jetley

2 – Chatur Singh – Two Star……………………………………x

3 – Not A Love Story…………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – August 26

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1 – Shabri…………………………………………………………x

2 – Yeh Dooriyan……………………………………………….x

3 – Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey…………………………….x

4 – Stand By……………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Bodyguard…………………………………………………….Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………..Hazel Keech

………………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………..Alvira Agnihotri

2 – Bol………………………………………………………………..x

3 – Mummy Punjabi………………………………………………Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………Viraf Patel

………………………………………………………………………….Urvashi Gandhi

………………………………………………………………………….Michael Joseph

4 – That Girl In Yellow Boots……………………………………x

5 – Bas Ek Tamanna………………………………………………..Samir Aftab

In total ……………………. 21 ………………. films got released in September. Out of these ………………………..21 ………………. films , ………………. 15 …………………… actors trained by me were working  in………………… 08 ………………..films . Out of these …………………… 15 ………… students  ………..14 .……………….are actors and ………………………….01 ……………. Alvira Agnihotri is co – producer of Bodyguard .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sameer Soni is appearing in a new show ” Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka “ on Colors TV .

2 – Aryamann Seth is appearing in a show ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Akshay Sethi is appearing in a new show ” Sasural Genda Phool “ on Star Plus.

4 – Umar Wani is appearing in a show ” Dharampatni “ on Imagine TV .

5 – Ashmit Patel is anchoring a show ” Bindass Buddies “ on UTV Bindass.

Out of many shows running on various channels , above mentioned  ……………. 05 ………………….shows have  ………………… 05 ……………….. students trained by me . Out of them  …………………. 04 ……………… are serials and ………….. 01 ……….. is reality show .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Perizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in ” Dinner With Friends  ”  , a play by Feroz Abbas Khan .

2 – Manav Gohil and Asif Ali Beg are working in ” Kennedy Bridge  “ , a play by Khalid Mohamed .

3 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan Kanhaiya “ with Paresh Rawal .

4 – Adhir Bhatt is working in  ” Bus Itna Sa Khwab ”  , a play by Chandrakant Kulkarni .

5 – Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal and Sonali Sachdev are working in  ” The Vagina Monologue ” , a play directed by Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal .

Above mentioned ……………….. 05 …………………. new and repeat plays have ……….  08 ……………… students of mine .

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Irom Sharmila’s 11 Years v/s Anna Hazare’s 12 Days


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA             SEPTEMBER 06, 2011           08.30 P.M.

I am all for eradication of corruption. And if Anna Hazare is spear-heading a movement and went for a 12 days fast for the cause , it is a welcome sign and it should get wholehearted support of the nation and people. Government of the day and the parliament took cognizance of his endeavour and parliamentarians cutting across party line went into huddle and passed the resolution for the Lokpal bill , as was demanded by Team Anna . Vilas Rao Deshmukh , a central minister , was dispatched to the Ramlila ground with the letter of the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh , informing him that the resolution is passed by the parliament and that he should now break his fast. Very next day Ana Hazare ended his fast and the nation was relieved.

I fail to understand the mindset of our national and regional parties. If Anna’s fast can galvanize whole nation and everyone was concerned for his life, why this concern is not shown to Irom Sharmila Chanu , 38 , who is fasting since November 02 , 2000. She stopped eating when Assam Rifles troopers , while chasing militants , killed 10 villagers at Malom village . She was subsequently arrested and now being force – fed through a nasal tube in a hospital. It is now 11 year-long hunger strike and no one is concerned. The central government , political parties of all hue and colours , the electronic and print media , the intellectuals and conscience – keepers of our country and various NGOs , working in different sectors , all , either ignored her or didn’t show concern . National Human Rights Commission [ NHRC ] and National Commission for Women [ NCW ] are intriguingly silent too . Why ? Is it because she hails from North East India or more precisely from Manipur ? is her life not precious enough ? Is she a child of a lesser God ? Is she not even a speck in the scheme of the nation called India ?

Irom Sharmila Chanu

Irom Sharmila Chanu

India’s neglected North East Region and our so-called love for our motherland is a conundrum. Assam , Arunachal Pradesh , Meghalaya , Nagaland , Manipur ,Tripura and Mizoram are called 7 sisters and they are part of  North East India. Now Sikkim is also  part of the North East and should be included in the group . This makes total 8 provinces in the region.

Political boundary of Assam in the 1950s.

Political boundary of Assam in the 1950s.

Apart from Assam , two other provinces of North East ; Manipur and Tripura were in existence even at the time of independence . Later on Nagaland was created in 1963 and finally in 1972 during Indira Gandhi‘s tenure Arunachal Pradesh , Meghalaya and Mizoram came into existence and thus 7 sisters were born. Sikkim also became a part of India in 1975 during Indira Gandhi’s tenure.

Map of the Seven Sister States of North East India & Sikkim

Map of the Seven Sister States of North East India & Sikkim

NAGALAND :

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Soon after independence , people in Nagaland and Mizoram started agitation for independence. Armed struggle is being carried on since then. The Nagas were the first one to demand a sovereign nation for Nagas. Their leader Angami Zapu Phizo formed Naga National Council and on August 14, 1947 started armed struggle for independent Nagalim. In 1963 central government gave statehood to Nagaland as the 16th state of Indian Union and started peace talks. In 1980 National Socialist Council of Nagalim was formed by T. Muivah , Isak Swu and S. Khaplang and they are still fighting in Nagaland , though now they are devided into two separate factions.; NSCN [ I – M ] and NSCN [ Khaplang ] . So far more than 25,000 lives have been lost in the bloody struggle of Nagaland.

MIZORAM :

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Laldenga and his Mizo National Front waged war for independence in Mizoram. In 1986 after the Mizo Accord, though,  insurgency ended but Hmar People’s Convention – Democratic and The Bru National Liberation Front have kept the flame alive.

MEGHALAYA :

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Meghalaya , though , relatively peaceful have two organizations fomenting trouble . They are ; The Achik National Volunteer Council formed in 1995 for an Achik Land in Garo Hills and  The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council formed in 1992 to free state from Garo and non – tribal Indian domination.

TRIPURA :

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At the end of 1970 several insurgent groups emerged in Tripura and started fight for the safeguard of tribal rights and end of the dominance of Bengalis from mainland India. Main among them are : National Liberation Front of Tripura formed in 1989 and All Tripura Tigers Force formed in 1990 .

ASSAM :

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The biggest state of North East India is troubled because of porous borders with Bangladesh . Anti – foreign agitation of 1980 spawned many insurgent groups in Assam. Main among them are : United Liberation Front of Asom formed in 1979 to establish a sovereign , independent Assam , National Democratic Front of Bodoland formed in 1989 to establish autonomous region of Bodoland , Karbi Longri N.C. Hills Liberation Front  formed in 2004 to fight for the cause of Karbi tribes and United People’s Democratic Solidarity formed in 1999 to fight for self-rule of Karbi trbes of Karbi Anglong. At present Assam is the most disturbed state of North East.

MANIPUR :

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State of Meiteis , who are Vaishnavites by faith , is also troubled and it started when some Naga organizations gave call to include Naga inhabited areas of Manipur into Greater Nagaland. Most important insurgent group of Manipur is Peoples Liberation Army formed in 1978 with the sole aim of liberating Manipur from India . The second one ; United National Liberation Front was created in 1964 and it also demands independence . Third important group ; Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak is also an organization of some importance demanding independence from Indian rule.

Above mentioned facts are very basic and known history of the insurgency in the North Eastern Region. To counter these movements and armed struggles , Government of India promulgated AFSPA  , [ Armed Forces Special Powers Act ] of 1958 in the region. This act gives sweeping powers to armed forces. It gives them license to kill . Currently AFSPA is in force in Assam , Nagaland , Manipur [ barring some areas in and around Imphal , the capital of the state ] , 2 districts of Arunachal Pradesh [ Tirap and Changlang ] and some areas of Tripura .

People of North East resent the draconian AFSPA and they want its removal . Removal of AFSPA is demanded in Jammu & Kashmir also. I am intrigued that  removal of AFSPA is being considered sympathetically by the central government in Jammu & Kashmir but when it comes to Manipur or other areas of North East it is refused point blank. Recently Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram visited Manipur and said that since there is no consensus , so AFSPA cant be removed. Was there consensus about Anna Hazare’s demand in the beginning ? Everyone sat and consensus emerged. If consensus could be manufactured in Anna’s case , why can’t it be done in the case of Irom Sharmila Chanu ? Anna’s fast is hailed as the democratic right of citizen of this country and his subsequent victory is heralded as the sign of vibrant democracy but Irom Sharmila’s fast is viewed as sedition. Anna got all the sympathy and Irom Sharmila got indifference.

Is it sign of vibrant democracy that people of Manipur had to agitate for the creation of a new district ; Sadar Hills ? Mayawati , the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh , creates districts at her whims and fancies and central government acquiesces. But in Manipur a tribal organization resorted to economic blockade for creation of Sadar Hills and no one took cognizance. A sense of outrage engulfed me when I saw a photo of a group of women protesting naked for the removal of AFSPA. Still no cognizance was taken. Insensitive central government ignores all the above mentioned demands , though the method was pure Gandhian , but the same government is willing to talk to the militants of Jammu & Kashmir for the removal of AFSPA . Can anyone explain me the cause for this partiality? If central government has no qualms in talking to Syed Ali Shah Geelani , Yasin Malik or other leaders of separatist Hurriyat Conference , then what is the hitch in talking to Irom Sharmila Chanu , who is not a militant or not resorting to armed struggle ? Of late talks are going on with ULFA leaders of Assam and NSCN [ I – M ] of Nagaland , who are waging armed struggle against Indian Union, but the silent , non – violent and peaceful movement of Irom Sharmil and the other women of Manipur is completely ignored.

I am pained , aggrieved and outraged . I can’t do much because I am too insignificant. But I firmly believe that if central government can talk to separatists of Hurriyat Conference of Jammu & Kashmir , then it can talk to Irom Sharmila Chanu also. If government of India can work out modalities for the breaking of the fast of Anna Hazare , then it can work out something for Irom Sharmila also. If consensus was evolved for Anna’s cause , it could be evolved for Irom Sharmila’s cause also. 12 days of Anna’s fast is too much but 11 years of Irom Sharmila’s fast is a lifetime.

Something should be done and it should be done soon.

Irom Sharmila Chanu

Irom Sharmila Chanu

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