Being Veteran ( ? ) Acting Trainer


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 30 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

I am amused . I am very much amused . In this ephemeral world people try to project their young image . People hide their age . People loath to become old . In Hindi ” Buddha ” has become a cuss word .

Acting Training field seems to defy this norm . Here every Acting Trainer of Mumbai is trying to project that they are old . Everyone is trying to tell the world that they are veterans . They are the true Thespians . They are doing this job since time immemorial .

You go through my blogs , my websites and other material on the net . Everywhere I have mentioned that I came to Mumbai [ then Bombay ] in 1989 . I joined Ashha Chandra ji immediately . Then in 1990 I joined Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Diction Trainer . Within a year I started supervising Acting Classes also . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Acting / Diction Trainer for 14 long years . So from 1990 to 2012 , I have completed 22 momentous years as Acting Trainer .

Among Acting Trainers of India , Shri Roshan Taneja is the senior most person . He is imparting training since 50 years . Then comes Madam Ashha Chandra . She is doing this job since almost 40 years . Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor comes third . His tenure extends to almost 25 years . I am 4th in the hierarchy with 22 years of standing . All the other Acting Trainers of India came after me in this field , even though they might be older than me .

I find it curious that now everyone is imparting training since 22 / 23 years . Now every Acting Trainer is veteran . Everyone is Thespian . Taneja Sahab is now 80 years old . So it is certain that he is training aspiring actors since 50 years . So is the case with Ashha Chandra ji and Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . They are old enough to be trainers of 40 years and 25 years of standing . I am 60 years old . So 22 years of standing as Acting Trainer seems possible . But I am amused that now everyone is veteran of 23 years .

Another claim , which amuses me to no end that every Acting Trainer worth his salt has trained Hritik Roshan . There are almost every Acting Trainer of Mumbai , who claim to have helped him in his journey . If you make these Acting Trainers of India stand before Hritik Roshan , he would faint . Even he can’t imagine to have so many worthy Acting Gurus .

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In this image Hritik Roshan is standing with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum of London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This charade of being Hritik Roshan’s Acting Coach should end . It is becoming too much . It is a clever ploy to hoodwink aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is deceit . Within a month I am going to meet Hritik Roshan and will urge him to mention all the names of his Acting Trainers of Mumbai . Mark my words , many Acting Trainers will have to eat crow . Many Gurus will have eggs on their faces .

You can’t make false claims in public arena . You can’t dish out exaggerated list of your students to aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is unscrupulous . But being unethical and unscrupulous has become a norm among Acting Trainers of Mumbai . I am much junior to Shri Roshan Taneja , so I should accept it gracefully . Ashha Chandra ji is my Acting Coach , so I must acknowledge this in public . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor for 14 long years . So I should not be ashamed to accept this fact . But making false claim just to overshadow someone or to enroll students by hook or by crook is criminal . It is sin .

I , as an Acting Trainer of Mumbai , an Acting Coach of Stars , a Personal Acting Trainer of Star Kids , proclaim in front of the world that please verify every claim of mine . Please go and ask every star whom I have mentioned in my brochure or website . Rummage through my blogs and try to find out a single false claim . If  you can single out even one false claim , I will publicly acknowledge that I am a liar . Foundation of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters are not laid on falsehood . It is laid on solid and true claims .

Let every Acting Trainer be a veteran , a Thespian . Let every Acting Trainer of India have standing of 23 years , I have no objection . But I am aghast that every upstart is claiming to be Acting Guru , Acting Coach of Hritik Roshan and many more super stars . This bubble should burst .

God willing it will burst very soon . Really soon .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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50 Years of Cuban Missile Crisis


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 30, 2012           00.45 A.M.

Year 1962 in general and October 1962 in particular is permanently etched and engraved in my memory for two historical events . First is Chinese invasion of India and the second one is Cuban Missile Crisis .

I was 10 years old boy living in Deoria , Uttar Pradesh . My adolescent mind was getting awakened to the happenings of the world . I was curious . I was eager to gather knowledge . I was fascinated by the twists and turns of history . And these two epoch – making chapters of history opened in front of my eyes . I will write a separate blog about Chinese Invasion of India . Let me concentrate here on Cuban Missile Crisis .

 

U.S. reconnaissance photograph of soviet missi...

U.S. reconnaissance photograph of soviet missile sites on Cuba, taken from a Lockheed U-2 spy plane following the Cuban missile crisis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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CIA reference photograph of Soviet medium-range ballistic missile (SS-4 in U.S. documents, R-12 in Soviet documents) in Red Square, Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Two main protagonists of the drama are now gone . J. F. Kennedy , the then President of U.S.A. got assassinated and Nikita Khrushchev , the then Premier of U.S.S.R. was deposed and subsequently died a natural death . But Comrade Fidel Castro , the then President of Cuba is still alive . His brother Raul Castro , who held parley with Nikita Khrushchev , is now President of Cuba . Let me unveil the incidents of the crisis , which might have escalated into World War III .

 

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John F. Kennedy meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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EXCOMM meeting at the White House Cabinet Room during the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 29, 1962. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Soviet Union sending nuclear warheads to Cuba followed the 1958 deployment by the United States of Thor IRBMs in the UK (Project Emily) and Jupiter IRBMs to Italy and Turkey in 1961 – more than 100 US-built missiles having the capability to strike Moscow with nuclear warheads. After provocative political moves and the failed US attempts to overthrow the Cuban regime (Bay of Pigs, Operation Mongoose), in May 1962 Nikita Khrushchev proposed the idea of placing Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba to deter any future invasion attempt. During a meeting between Khrushchev and Raúl Castro that July, a secret agreement was reached and construction of several missile sites began in the late summer. These preparations were noticed, and on 14 October an US U-2 aircraft took several pictures clearly showing sites for medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic nuclear missiles (MRBMs and IRBMs) under construction. These images were processed and presented on October 15, which marks the beginning of the 13-day crisis from the US perspective.

The United States considered attacking Cuba via air and sea, but decided on a military blockade instead, calling it a “quarantine” for legal and other reasons. The US announced that it would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba, demanded that the Soviets dismantle the missile bases already under construction or completed, and return all offensive weapons to the USSR. The Kennedy administration held only a slim hope that the Kremlin would agree to their demands, and expected a military confrontation.

On the Soviet side, Premier Nikita Khrushchev wrote in a letter from October 24, 1962 to President John F. Kennedy that his blockade of “navigation in international waters and air space” constituted “an act of aggression propelling humankind into the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war”.However, in secret back-channel communications the President and Premier initiated a proposal to resolve the crisis. While this was taking place, several Soviet ships attempted to run the blockade, increasing tensions to the point that orders to US Navy ships to fire warning shots and then open fire were sent out. On 27 October a U-2 was shot down by a Soviet missile crew, an action that could have resulted in immediate retaliation from the Kennedy crisis cabinet, according to Secretary of Defense McNamara‘s later testimony. However, in the event itself, Kennedy stayed his hand and the negotiations continued.

 

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The engine of Lockheed U-2 which has been brought down above Cuba in Museum of the Revolution in Havana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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Nikita Kruschev letter to President Kennedy stating that the Cuban Missile Crisis quarantine “constitute[s] an act of aggression propelling humankind into the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The confrontation ended on October 28, 1962,when Kennedy and United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for an US public declaration and agreement never to invade Cuba. Secretly, the US agreed that it would dismantle all US-built Jupiter IRBMs deployed in Turkey and Italy.

 

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Adlai Stevenson II shows aerial photos of Russian missiles in Cuba to the United Nations Security Council in the presence of USSR ambassador Valerian Zorin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am quoting the events of the crisis from Wikipedia . Because , though I vividly remember the crisis but day-to-day events in chronological order have been almost obfuscated from my memory .

While I was sitting in the office of my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I suddenly remembered those fateful days and decided to write a blog on the topic in the night .

I still wonder , what would have been fate of the world in general and India in particular , had the crisis been not diffused in 1962 ?

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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