Visiting Lar After 22 Years


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA           JUNE 30 , 2013           08.30 P.M.

Yesterday on June 29 , 2013 I visited Lar , a small town in Deoria district . It was a visit which happened after almost 22 years . So naturally when I was passing through the rain – washed roads of Lar , several floodgates of memory suddenly got opened and I was inundated with myriads thoughts , various feelings – some fresh , some a little bit obfuscated .

Main Road Lar - Deoria

Main Road Lar – Deoria

I vividly remember my first visit of the town , which I visited 39 years back . My father died in February 1974 and then I started managing my ancestral properties . In that connection I paid visit to Sohagara , a village in Bihar on the bank of river Gandak , which is the village of my forefathers . It was noon time in April 1974 . I alighted from the bus in the blistering heat and proceeded for my onward journey to Sohagara . Since there were no pucca roads or any vehicles to ferry me to Sohagara ,  I started my journey on foot .

I passed through the market . It was first time that I saw Lar town and the bazar , which is situated on the both sides of a narrow pathway . I crossed the bazar and took the road connecting Lar to Chanuki Ghat . After crossing Gandak river I set foot on the dusty road of Sohagara village .

Chhoti Gandak River- Sohagara is on the right of the river

Chhoti Gandak River- Sohagara is on the right of the river

Main Road of Sohagara

Main Road of Sohagara

It happened 39 years back but visuals are still fresh in my memory as if it all happened recently . After that day it became almost a monthly ritual to pass through Lar for onwards journey to Sohagara . In those days I had no friends or acquaintances in Lar . Barring a Mithai / tea shop near Bus Station , I had no place to even sit for some time .

After few years , around 1985 I started working in social field . Now  my visits to Lar became more frequent . From monthly visit to the town , it became almost weekly . I started interacting with people . During my those social service days , I got to know Shri Bhanu Ji and various other people of Lar .

Suddenly life took an unknown turn . It took another route ; a route less travelled , a route not well-known , a route very daunting , a road full of pitfalls . I left Deoria for Mumbai [ then Bombay ] in 1989 and after that my association with Lar was snapped abruptly . I was not able to visit Lar . I did visit Sohagara but I always took another road through Majhauli . Relationships , friendships and all the connections got frozen and they remained in frozen state since then . Lar did remain in my memory but as I said earlier everything remained frozen , dormant .

I was busy in Mumbai . Running acting institute is not an easy task . It took most of my time . Because of the nature of my work , I got used to internet and became active on various social networking sites . Suddenly and unexpectedly life again took another turn and a turn for better . Bhanu Ji’s son Suryendu Kumar caught hold of me through facebook . Ice started melting suddenly . As if ice – age ended and warmth of  life was there again for everyone to feel . Relationships came out of deep-freezer and once again got fresh lease of  life .

In June 2013 I reached Deoria for my annual trip and Bhanu Ji and his son Suryendu Kumar came to meet me . They were kind enough to invite me to inaugurate the new session of their school , ANJANEYA PUBLIC SCHOOL .

I readily accepted the invitation . I started in the morning from Deoria , reached Lar around 8.30 . The town has changed drastically . Chanuki Mod , which was a desolate corner 39 years ago , is bustling with activity and is changed beyond recognition .


I had tea at Bhanu Ji’s house . Then we proceeded for Matiyara .

Fate is strange . Destiny is mysterious . They play curious games with hidden hands . Once again I was travelling on the same road , which I took 39 years ago for my journey to Sohagara . When I left Deoria , I thought that I would never be able to see the road again . But as I said , destiny plays strange and curious games . 39 years ago it was blistering heat of April and I was walking on the dusty road . And this time it was wet , rain – washed June and I was travelling in a car . But the road was same .

Anjaneya Public School , Matiyara , Lar , Deoria

Anjaneya Public School , Matiyara , Lar , Deoria

I am happy that I agreed to go for the function . It was nice to meet bright boys and girls of ANJANEYA PUBLIC SCHOOL . It was heart-warming to meet some old acquaintances . It was nostalgic to travel on the same road after 22 years .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I wish the boys and girls of ANJANEYA PUBLIC SCHOOL a very bright future .VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .



Rastra Dharma Rakshak : A Denunciation


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 17 , 2013           00.30 A.M.

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it .”  – Voltaire

I was closely following the political turmoil which gripped BJP after its Goa National executive Committee meet . I was particularly peeved when some disgruntled youth protested in front of Advaniji’s house in New Delhi . The banners they used informed us that they belonged to a little known organization called Modi Sena .

One can draw the inference that officially BJP or Shri Narendra Modi has nothing to do with it . But I remember one more protest of the same nature against Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee . When there was a rebellion against Shri Keshu Bhai Patel , Atalji went to Gandhi Nagar to broker peace . Keshu Bhai Patel was removed and Suresh Mehta was anointed as Chief Minister of Gujarat . There were protests against Atalji . When he was heading for airport , his car was gheraoed by few slogan shouting youth . At that time also protesters shouted obscene slogans against him . At that time also we were informed that they were some disgruntled youth and they don’t belong to the party . And we believed .

But some disgruntled youth again appeared and shouted slogans against Advaniji . Coincidence can’t happen again and again . Who is responsible for this act . How come few disgruntled youth appear on the scene when something happens which is not liked by someone . And yes , they have audacity to protest against Atalji and Advaniji and that too with impunity .

Apart from the protesting disgruntled youth , there is one organization called Rastra Dharma Rakshak also in the arena . If you write or say anything against a leader which is not liked by them , they will hurl abuses and post extremely obscene comments on facebook . You can visit their facebook page to get first hand knowledge :

I am curious to know about the Rastra Dharma Rakshak and Shri Dhiraj Desmukh , who seems to be heading this organization . They proclaim to admire Shri Anna Hazare , Baba Ramdev and Shri Narendra Modi . But in order to admire above mentioned great personalities , you need not ridicule or insult the other ones .

English: Hon. Anna Hazare in Nanded , Maharastra .

Hon. Anna Hazare in Nanded , Maharastra . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Photo of Baba Ramdev taken by me whil...

Baba Ramdev (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World E...

Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Previously they used to post obscene comments and insulting  pictures of Shri Manmohan Singh and Shrimati Sonia Gandhi . In democracy you can oppose any person or leader and even criticize them . But it should be done in a decent , civilized way . To Photoshop any leader’s photo and then posting it on social networking sites is unethical .

Their bent of  mind is puzzling . Is it necessary to support everyone whom they support ? Are we duty bound to acquiesce to their dictates ? If it is so , is it good for democracy ? Or it is democracy at all ?

If Advaniji says that he is not well , so he is not well . If he doesn’t want to go to a particular meet , it is his choice . He doesn’t need Rastra Dharma Rakshak’s nod for that or their permission to skip the meet . Any one wanting to know their bent of mind can send them friend request on facebook and see what they write . It is filthy . It is vulgar . It is uncouth . It is demeaning to even reproduce those postings here .

English: cropped photograph of L K Advani with...

Shri Lal Krishan Advani

Yesterday the man to be abused was Shri Lal Krishan Advani . Today the goal-post has changed . It is now turn of Shri Nitish Kumar . I also wish that in the interest of the nation BJP and JD ( U ) should work together . But if  JD ( U ) wants to break the relationship , it is their choice . But all of a sudden according to Rastra Dharma Rakshak , Nitish Kumar is supposed to be getting money from Pakistan . May I demand to know  why was it not reported earlier ?

English: Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In politics it is your right to criticise . But to rebuke , ridicule or insult is neither your right or your prerogative .

I denounce Rastra Dharma Rakshak . They have no place in democracy . Their autocratic behaviour poses dangerous signal . I do respect Shri Anna Hazare , Shri Narendra Modi and Baba Ramdev . But I won’t allow myself to be forced to like or admire them . In fact years ago , when the embers of Gujarat riots were still hot and burning , I wrote two blog post in support of Shri Narendra Modi . Anyone can visit the Political Category of my blog post and can read the blogs .

1 – In Defence of Narendra Modi : March 24 , 2010

2 – Narendra Modi & His Detractors : December 20 , 2012

There was another post which I wrote when Kokrajhar riots happened :

1 – Kokrajhat & Tyranny of Distance : September 06 , 2012

But I refused to be dictated by Rastra Dharma Rakshak and its patron Shri Dhiraj Desmukh . To admire Shri Narendra Modi , I need not be ridiculing Shri Advaniji . As I have written in the beginning :

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it .”  – Voltaire

If it is right of Rastra Dharma Rakshakt to admire someone , then it applies to me also . They cannot dictate terms or force me into subjugation . I may be small . I may be alone . I may be in minority but I still have the mind of my own which refuses to be cowed down by a Rastra Dharma Rakshak . I finish my blog by remembering a poem written by Dr. Dharam Vir Bharti .

रथ का टूटा हुआ पहिया हूँ
लेकिन मुझे फेंको मत !

क्या जाने कब
इस दुरूह चक्रव्यूह में
अक्षौहिणी सेनाओं को चुनौती देता हुआ
कोई दुस्साहसी अभिमन्यु आकर घिर जाय !

अपने पक्ष को असत्य जानते हुए भी
बड़े-बड़े महारथी
अकेली निहत्थी आवाज़ को
अपने ब्रह्मास्त्रों से कुचल देना चाहें
तब मैं
रथ का टूटा हुआ पहिया
उसके हाथों में
ब्रह्मास्त्रों से लोहा ले सकता हूँ !
मैं रथ का टूटा पहिया हूँ

लेकिन मुझे फेंको मत
इतिहासों की सामूहिक गति
सहसा झूठी पड़ जाने पर
क्या जाने
सच्चाई टूटे हुए पहियों का आश्रय ले !

…………………… धर्मवीर भारती ……………………



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , and on behalf of VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre I express my voice in favour of personal freedom and against dictatorial tendency of few uncouth , sycophant paper tigers . They proclaim to be admirers of few great souls whom even I admire but not  the way they wish me to admire them .



My Association With ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 16 , 2013           01.55 A.M.

” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ got released in the last week of May 2013 and it took the nation by storm . It was , though , expected to do good business at the box office but success of this gigantic proportion was not expected .

It collected 62.11 crore in the opening weekend itself . It went on to collect 100 crore in the first week of its release and now it is the 2nd fastest 100 crore earner till date . Its overseas weekend collection stands at 22.10 crore . It is Ranbir Kapoor‘s biggest opener in overseas . It is the biggest opener of 2013 till date .

It is the 3rd biggest all-time grosser in the history of Hindi cinema .

Top 3 grossers in India: #3Idiots – 202 cr, #EkThaTiger – 199 cr, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – 155.28 cr [still counting].

Because of the humongous success of ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ , Ranbir Kapoor has become the biggest star in overseas after 3 Khans ; Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Aamir Khan .

I have every reason to celebrate this success . My name appears in the titles of the film .  I am billed as Diction Coach . My elder son Abhinav Chaturvedi’s name is also there in the credits .

I spent almost a month in Manali with the unit . Ranbir Kapoor is my old student . During this period I worked extensively with Kalki Koechlin and briefly with some others stars .

With Ranbir Kapoor before " Saawariya "

With Ranbir Kapoor before ” Saawariya “

Kalki Koechlin in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Kalki Koechlin in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”

It has become the norm for acting trainers to revel in fake successes . Revellers beg their friends to promote their film on social networking sites so that they get more shows . And in spite of the limited shows , they brag about its so-called stupendous success . If a film collecting a paltry 50 Lakh is cause to revel for revellers , then I should be ecstatic  because ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ is the 3rd highest grosser of all time . At the time of writing of this blog it has garnered 155.28 crore and it is still going strong .

To present its step by step and day-to-day success , I am re-producing some relevent tweets from the twitter-handle of Shri Taran Adarsh , one of the most respected film journalist of our country . It is for the sceptics , who love to blow their cacophonous trumpets :

  1. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr, Tue 12 cr, Wed *est* 11 cr. Total: 98.11 cr. Nears 100 cr mark!

  2. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd NZ$ 80,648, Mon NZ$ 25,535, Tue NZ$ 16,256, Wed NZ$ 5,415. Total: NZ$ 127,854 [Rs 57.71 lacs]. Super

  3. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd A$ 268,224, Mon A$ 38,125, Tue A$ 54,276, Wed A$ 21,459. Total: A$ 382,084 [Rs 2.06 cr]. Wonderful!

  4. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd £ 408,491, Mon £ 42,015, Tue £ 57,321, Wed £ 70,971. Total: £ 578,798 [Rs 5.08 cr]. Excellent!

  5. So #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani will achieve its target of 100 cr today [Thu]. Before Week 1 comes to a close… Super!

  6. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wednesday *early estimates* seem like 10 cr +. Wait-n-watch!

  7. At the rate it is faring, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should touch 100 cr mark by Thu noon. Before Week 1 comes to a close!

  8. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr, Tue 12 cr. Total: 87.11 cr. MONSTROUS HIT!

  9. Incidentally, #HumTum [2004], #BuntyAurBabli [2005] and #Fanaa [2006] were also released in the last week of May.

  10. Last week of May/first week of June – Here’s yet another week producers can eye while planning the release of their film/s. Think about it!

  11. There’s something about this week. 4 June 2010 – #Raajneeti, 3 June 2011 – #Ready, 1 June 2012 – #RowdyRathore, 31 May 2013 – #YJHD

  12. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd NZ$ 80,648, Mon NZ$ 25,535, Tue NZ$ 16,256. Total: NZ$ 122,439 [Rs 55.54 lacs]. Fantastic!

  13. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd A$ 268,224, Mon A$ 38,125, Tue A$ 54,276. Total: A$ 360,625 [Rs 1.96 cr]. Terrific!

  14. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd £ 408,491, Mon £ 42,015, Tue £ 57,355. Total: £ 507,861 [Rs 4.39 cr]. Superb!

  15. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Tuesday trends indicate 11.5 cr. Humungous. Wait-n-watch!

  16. At the rate it is faring, don’t be surprised if #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani touches 100 cr mark in Week 1 itself. BLOCKBUSTER.

  17. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is rewriting the rules of the game. A double digit [13 cr] Monday? Most biggies don’t reach that number on Sunday…

  18. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani passes Monday test with distinction marks. Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr. Total: 75.11 cr.

  19. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Overseas *weekend total* stands at approx. $ 3.9 million [Rs 22.10 crores].

  20. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is super-strong on Monday. Early trends indicate 9.5 cr to 11 cr, taking 4-day total to 70 cr+. Wait-n-watch!

  21. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani collected Rs 62.11 cr nett in opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr. Outstanding!

  22. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – New Zealand: Collected NZ$ 80,648 [Rs. 36.33 lacs] on 10 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 5 position.

  23. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – Australia: Collected A$ 267,920 [Rs. 1.46 crores] on 17 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 5 position.

  24. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – UAE & GCC: Collected AED 3,000,000 [Rs. 4.61 crores]… Note:- Thu to Sat figures. Sun data yet to be updated.

  25. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – USA & Canada: Collected $ 1,651,000 [Rs. 9.33 crores] on 162 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 9 position.

  26. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – UK: Collected £ 405,784 [Rs. 3.49 crores] on 88 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 8 position.

  27. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has also emerged Ranbir and Deepika’s biggest opener in Overseas, overtaking #Barfi [Ranbir] by a good margin.

  28. OVERSEAS: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has emerged the year’s biggest opener [so far], crossing #Race2 in key markets.

  29. EXCLUSIVE OVERSEAS DATA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is a smash hit. Xclusive *weekend data* of UK, USA, UAE, Aus & NZ …

  30. Oh yes, it’s a 60 cr+ opening weekend for #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani. Data being compiled…

  31. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has a superb Sunday. Much better than Fri and Sat. Data pouring in, but trends indicate 23 or 24 cr. Wait-n-watch!

  32. #YJHD Fri-Sat: USA-Canada $ 1.1 million, UAE AED 3 million, UK £ 280,000, Aus $ 180,000. Overseas total: $ 2.6 million [Rs 14.71 cr].

  33. #YJHD Fri-Sat Overseas total: $ 2.6 million [Rs 14.71 cr].

  34. #YJHD crosses $ 1 million mark in USA. Sat $ 607,000. Total: $ 1.07 million. Debuts at No 9 at USA BO. OUTSTANDING!

  35. Looking at Sun trends, a 60 cr + weekend is on the cards for #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani. Week 1 may close at 80 cr+, if the momentum continues!

  36. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Sunday trends: Seems bigger and better than Friday and Saturday!

  37. At the rate it’s faring, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani will cross $ 1 million mark in USA-Canada by Sunday noon itself.

  38. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri NZ$ 20,028, Sat NZ$ 25,845. Total: NZ$ 45,873 [Rs 20.60 lacs]. SUPER… #Race2 [wknd] was NZ$ 71,341.

  39. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri A$ 69,501, Sat A$ 104,632. Total: A$ 174,133 [Rs 94.15 lacs]. EXCELLENT… #Race2 [wknd] was A$ 183,750.

  40. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri £ 118,150, Sat £ 160,468. Total: £ 278,618 [Rs 2.39 cr]. SUPERB… #Race2 [wknd] was £ 356,258.

  41. INDIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr. Total: Rs 39.61 cr. FANTABULOUS… #Race2 [wknd] was Rs 51.35 cr.

  42. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is all set to emerge the BIGGEST *wknd opener* of 2013 in India & Overseas, overtaking #Race2 by a margin…

  43. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani data being compiled, but Saturday biz looks in the same range as Friday. Could be 19 cr, 20 cr or more. Wait-n-watch!

  44. YJHD Overseas gross US $ 1.4mn. USA $400k. UAE 2.1mn Dirhams. UK £120k. AUS $70k. Balance ROW. Extraordinary.

  45. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani USA-Canada Fri $ 334,678 from 119 locations. 43 locations yet to report. MIND-BOGGLING!

  46. Now this is a super start! #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani USA-Canada data still pouring in, but the film opens at No 9 position. Fabulous!… contd.

  47. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri NZ$ 20,028 … #Barfi NZ$ 22,815 [wknd], #Rockstar NZ$ 21,547 [wknd].

  48. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri A$ 69,501 … #Barfi A$ 138,257 [wknd], #Rockstar A$ 99,676 [wknd].

  49. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri £ 118,159 … #Barfi £ 229,783 [wknd], #Rockstar £ 184,592.

  50. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is on a record-shattering spree in India and Overseas. Here are the figures…

  51. Those asking, #Dabangg2 holds the record of No 1 *non-holiday* opener. Will #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani emerge the biggest opener? Wait-n-watch!

  52. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes not just India, but Overseas markets by storm. Is all set to beat #Barfi and #Rockstar by a big margin!

  53. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani data being compiled. Like I said earlier, Ranbir’s BIGGEST opener. Will be 2013’s biggest opener too [so far]!

  54. In Overseas, Ranbir Kapoor is right next to the 3 Khans: SRK, Salman, Aamir. #Barfi and now #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani have cemented his status!

  55. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani UAE *revised* Thu AED 900,000 … #Barfi Thu was AED 600,000 and #Rockstar Thu was AED 500,000.

  56. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani *initial trends* suggest 18 cr Friday. Humungous opening!

  57. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes a Blockbuster start in UAE. Thu AED 800,000. #Barfi Thu was AED 450,000.

  58. As per trends, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should be Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest opener – Day 1, opening weekend and Week 1.

  59. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani opens to a Fantabulous start. Huge opening!

  60. Looking at the craze and screen count of #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani, the film should have a record-breaking start across India on Friday!

  61. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani review: A wonderful cinematic experience. Watch this celebration of love and get mesmerized! …

  62. Ranbir and UTV = Lucky combo. #WakeUpSid, #Raajneeti and #Barfi, all Ranbir-UTV films, have been Hits. Will they strike gold with #YJHD?

As an acting trainer / acting tutor I am happy with the accomplishment . This time though I am writing about my association with ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ but I am fortunate enough to have associated with all the 3 all time biggest hits of Hindi cinema . ” 3 Idiots “ has Kareena Kapoor , ” Ek Tha Tiger “ has Katrina Kaif and now ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ has Ranbir Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin . All four are my students .

Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-appointed most famous acting institute of India and self-anointed most famous acting academy of bollywood , along with some revellers have only a 50 Lakh grossing film to brag about .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate the cast and crew of ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to congratulate them for this stupendous success .

It was a nice experience to be associated with the biggest hit of 2013 and the 3rd biggest hit of all time .

[ I have quoted tweets of Shri Taran Adarsh from his twitter handle . I express my gratitude . ]



Thinking About Advaniji !!


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 13 , 2013           01.15 A.M.

On June 10 , 2013 , while sitting in my institute’s office , I suddenly heard a TV anchor’s voice . He said , ” Lal Krishna Advani resigns from all the posts of Bharatiya Janata Party [ BJP ] .”

English: cropped photograph of L K Advani with...

Shri Lal Krishna Advani outside his residence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was shocked and dumbfounded . BJP without Advaniji or Advaniji without BJP is not comprehensible . I left every work and was glued to the TV set for a while . I watched the news for sometime and then started recollecting the incidents of past few days .

In BJP since almost 1 year there was a clamour for bigger role for Shri Narendra Modi . No sane person can find fault with this . But the picture was being painted as if Advaniji was against this . The fact of the matter is that Advaniji was solely responsible for Shri Narendra Modi’s elevation to the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat and he also saved Gujarat strongman from being sacked in the aftermath of Gujarat riots of 2002 . Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to remove him from the post . So how can he be against Shri Modi ?

Every BJP leader , who were assembled at Goa for the party’s National Executive Committee  meeting , took a decision to appoint Shri Narendra Modi as the Chairman of  The Campaign Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha election . Since Advaniji didn’t attend the National Executive meet , he was painted as a villain , a greedy old man who was hankering for power and pelf. There was even a demonstration in front of his New Delhi house by some organization called Modi Sena .

I was pained by the sight . It was unbelievable and unthinkable few years back . No sane BJP worker will demonstrate against Advaniji . But some Modi Sena staged protest and instead of condemning it immediately and wholeheartedly , BJP leaders simply distanced themselves from it . That is all for this deplorable act .

Then , when asked about Advaniji’s health , BJP spokes-person Prakash Javdekar said in Goa , ” jab mausam badalta hai to log beemar pad jaate hain ” . I simply ask , is it fair ? ” …………….. mausam badalta hai ……………. ” indicates some connotation and it carries unambiguous meaning in the given present context . A Prakash Javdekar commenting like this and sarcastically taunting Advaniji , is deplorable . In my opinion it all started after the 2009 Lok Sabha defeat .

The then former Goa chief minister Shri Manohar Parrikar reportedly told a local news channel Prudent Media, “Pickle tastes good when it is left to mature for a year. But if you keep it for more than two years, it turns rancid…Advaniji’s period is more or less over. Another couple of years and after that he should act as a guardian or mentor for the party.  It’s like Sachin Tendulkar.  However mature an innings he may play, he will have to stop playing sometime.”

Parrikar said though he respected Advani for his integrity, the party should give importance to younger leaders. “I am not against elders, but the BJP should give prominence to leaders who are between 40 and 60 years.”

[ I have taken this above quoted piece from DNA of September 22 , 2009 . ]

Therefore there seems to be a conspiracy against Advaniji . I think that is the reason he took a painful decision of resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party , which he nurtured whole of his life . He resigned on Monday , that is on June 10 , 2013 .

What followed afterwords is more sinful and shameful . Verbal abuse on twitter was unleashed . Obnoxious postings on facebook by some Rastra Dharma Rakshak and it’s patron Dhiraj Desmukh started with ferocity . This Rastra Dharma Rakshak supports Shri Narendra Modi and posts obscene comments about  Advaniji . Some comments are not even worthy of writing . Again a deafening silence by BJP on such posts is baffling .

A day after his resignation , when efforts were on to persuade Advaniji to take back his resignation , a certain  Prabhat Jha , the vice Prsident of BJP , said that one individual is not above the party . In fact this sermon is being dished out from several other sources also . Can I ask why the party was not above the individual when it got just 2 seats in 1984 ? From 2 seats in 1984 to a first BJP led government in 1998 , and to 182 seats in 1999 , Advaniji worked tirelessly . May I know why party was not above the individual in those momentous but dark and futureless 14 /15 years ?

He is accused to be driven by personal agenda . From 2 seats to 182 seats , from a party on the periphery , to the ruling party at the centre , he led BJP to unimaginable glories and when the clamour for him to become the Prime Minister was reaching a crescendo , he proposed Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name . And the same person is now called by some minions and upstarts as driven by ambition and self – agenda .

Corrected few errors.

Map of Indian Provinces as Ruled by Political Parties (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even today BJP rules 4 provinces [ Gujarat , Madhya Pradesh , Chhattisgarh and Goa ] on its own and 3 provinces [ Punjab , Bihar and Nagaland ] as dominant coalition partner . But votaries of new order say that BJP lost 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections and its seat tally came down . It won only 138 seats in 2004 and 116 seats in 2009 . But such people conveniently forget the gradual ascent of the BJP . 2 seats in 1984 , 89 seats in 1989 , 120 seats in 1991 , 161 seats in 1996 , 178 seats in 1998 , 182 seats in 1999 , 138 seats in 2004 and 116 seats in 2009 . Even if seat tally came down to 116 in 2009 , it was much better than 2 seats in 1984 .

But political calculations are driven by convenience . And the current convenience is winning parliamentary elections in 2014 . And some people feel that for this task you need Shri Narendra Modi’s face .

It is absolutely fine . Every one welcomed the decision . But to anoint a new leader , you need not ridicule and mock the aging patriarch . This is India and respecting elders is our tradition . That is precisely the reason that people cutting across part line are supporting Advaniji and showing sympathy. Not only Indian National Congress but even CPI and CPI-M showed empathy towards him . Urdu press , which is not favourably dispensed towards Advaniji , was sympathetic and supportive . They called this behaviour of sidelining him unfaithfulness and betrayal of an aging senior .

I am a non entity . But I was saddened by the turn of events . I am only trying to raise my voice against the ridicule , insult and mocking of Advaniji , who is now 85 . We should not left him in the cold . To play a Balraj Madhok on him is not possible in this age of social media and if some one , driven by personal agenda , is trying to do this , he should be condemned .

I am raising my voice fully knowing that I may be in minority . But  TRUTH ALWAYS WINS .



NEWS LETTERI , along with my above mentioned institutions , wholeheartedly condemn the verbal attacks on Advaniji . After writing this blog I am relieved of my guilt . At least I have raised my voice against the insult being heaped on the aging patriarch of the family .

I am happy Advaniji , I am not in the list of people , who failed you at this juncture of your life .



Jiah Khan , A Life Snapped Abruptly


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 09 , 2013           11.45 P.M.

Sitting in my study in Mumbai and trying to remember Jiah Khan is not easy at this juncture . I met Jiah 7/8 months back . I was approached by her manager and he requested me to train her as she was about to sign couple of big projects soon .

Maxim Magazine (December 2008) - Jiah Khan

Maxim Magazine (December 2008) – Jiah Khan

I had seen few scenes of Nishabd ” [ 2007 ] , her debut film . Then I watched  Ghajini ” [ 2008 ] . I had watched Housefull ” [ 2010 ] also . That was it . But that is her complete filmography . Just 3 films in 4 years . And it was not a conscious decision . She waited for 3 years for her next break . But the wait was in vain .

Cover of

Cover of Nishabd

Ghajini (2008 film)

Ghajini (2008 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After getting call from her secretary , I called Jiah next day . Her mother answered the call . I went to meet Jiah Khan next day . I vividly remember her building , Sagar Sangeet in Juhu . I went to her first floor flat and was ushered in by Jiah’s mother . I sat on the sofa and then few moments later Jiah slowly walked in and sat in front of me .

As has been said by many , she was not a conventional beauty . But I found her stunning , very charming and elegant . She offered me tea and we talked about the modalities of the training . She requested me to start from the coming week .

I came out . But that coming week never came . She kept on postponing the classes . She always messaged me a day prior that since she is under weather , she wont be able to start classes. It went for a couple of weeks .

Finally I lost patience . And when she finally called me one day to start the class , I didn’t answer the call . I curtly messaged back that I have taken another tuition , as I was tired of waiting endlessly . She simply messaged back , ” Oh sorry , but I was really under the weather . ”

Then I lost contact with her . I never cared to call back . I took her to be  another spoiled brat . But when I read about her suicide , I immediately remembered above mentioned event .

A sense of remorse engulfed me . Now I am feeling guilty . May be she was true . May be she was really not well . May be she needed people in her life . I would have been a positive anchor in her life . A caring teacher is sometimes more than a caring father . Had I been her tutor , may be the fate would have been different . But it was not destined to be .

I am sorry but I do have fiery temper . Not knowingly or consciously but I have made some mistakes in my life because of my temper . Saying no to Jiah Khan seems to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life . May be the troubled girl child needed an emotional anchor and I know that I could have been a very positive anchor in her life . But as I have said earlier , it was not destined to be .

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to Jiah’s family . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also join me in expressing grief . I apologise to her mother , who was so nice to me when I first met her on that day .

I still have Jiah Khan’s cell number but I have no gumption to call her mother . I have no courage to say sorry to her . Today , on a wet Sunday night , I am writing this obituary to express my guilt to one and all .



I don’t know whether I deserve it or not but I seek forgiveness . Jiah’s eyes and her smiling face haunts me and it will torment me throughout my life . As a tutor I should have been more condescending , more understanding and more accommodating . I am 60 years old and she was just 25 .

Farewell destiny’s troubled child . I feel ashamed that I am also in the list of few people , who failed you .



Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2013

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE  07, 2013          08.30 P.M.
Our Success Ratio in MAY , 2013
175 %
[ 15 ACTORS / 01 Director / 01 E.P. / 01 Music Director
Working in 11 RELEASED FILMS  ]
Month of May 2013 is important for Indian cinema . On May , 1913 first full-length feature filmRaja Harishchandra was released in Coronation Cinema , Girgaon , Mumbai [ then Bombay ] . India cinema celebrates its 100 years of existence this month .
It is sad that in the year when Indian cinema is celebrating its 100th years , world of Indian films lost 5 luminaries in this month .
It was not a very significant month either for Hindi films as for as box office collections are concerned . Out of all 11 released films , only ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ hits the bull’s-eye . ” Shootout At Wadala ” , ” Go Goa Goneand ” Aurangzeb “ were average hits . Rest 07 were flops .


Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta , Mr. Taran Adarsh , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. SHOOTOUT AT WADALA opening in single-screens good, picked up very well in later shows.Opening in many multiplexes below the mark.

  2. SAW has lots for masses in Mahrshtra (mainly)but little for women,families & classes.Not universal.Read my review at …

  3. BOMBAY TALKIES is well-intentioned but with bleak chances at the b.o. Read my review at …

    1. #GoGoaGone collected Rs. 4.25 cr on Sat & Rs. 3.75 cr on Fri (approx). Total around Rs. 8 cr for two days….

    2. GIPPI is a non-starter. It has opened dull and is not likely to pick up. Read my review at

    3. GoGoaGONE is entertaining for a section of the public only.But that may not be enough to sail safe.Read my review at …

    1. Aditya Roy Kapur shines in YJHD. Kalki Koechlin springs the biggest surprise. Pritam no less a hero of the film.

    2. Ranbir stakes claim to be called superstar after the flying start of YJHD and his extraordinary performance. Deepika is mind-blowing.

    3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a highly entertaining film which will set the b.o. on fire. Read my review at …

    1. #BombayTalkies Friday *early estimates* 1.25 cr to 1.5 cr.

    2. #ShootoutAtWadala opens at No 11 position in UK. Despite 18 certificate by British censors. That says it all!

    3. Surprise! Surprise!! Overseas biz pouring in and for a film that’s got an 18 cert, the opening day biz of #ShootoutAtWadala is very good!

    4. #ShootoutAtWadala Fri 10.1 cr… Amongst the top openers of the year!

    5. #Gippi is straight from the heart. Brings back childhood memories. Sweet, simple, emotionally engaging, heart-warming cinema.

  1. As per *early estimates* #ShootoutAtWadala crosses Rs 45 cr mark in Week 1. Excellent!


  1. #Gippi Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 40 lacs. Total: 3.40 cr.

  2. #ShootoutAtWadala [2nd Week] Fri 2.02 cr, Sat 2.33 cr, Sun 2.57 cr, Mon 1.20 cr. Grand total: 53.94 cr.

  3. #GoGoaGone Fri 3.75 cr, Sat 4.25 cr, Sun 4.90 cr, Mon 2.05 cr. Total: 14.95 cr.

  1. In Overseas, Ranbir Kapoor is right next to the 3 Khans: SRK, Salman, Aamir. #Barfi and now #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani have cemented his status!

  2. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani UAE *revised* Thu AED 900,000 … #Barfi Thu was AED 600,000 and #Rockstar Thu was AED 500,000.

  3. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani *initial trends* suggest 18 cr Friday. Humungous opening!

  4. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes a Blockbuster start in UAE. Thu AED 800,000. #Barfi Thu was AED 450,000.

  5. #Aurangzeb 2nd Week: 4.16 cr. Grand Total: 23.85 cr.

  6. As per trends, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should be Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest opener – Day 1, opening weekend and Week 1.


Obituary :


Dulari  : 


From dancing on 2 peppy numbers ” Aana Meri Jaan , Meri Jaan , Sunday Ke Sunday “ and ” Jawani Ki Rail Chali Jaye Re “ in ” Shehnai ” [ 1947 ] to playing poor mother in numerous films , Dulari had a 56 year-long career in Hindi film industry .

She died in Pune on January 18 , 2013 at the age of 85 .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her .

  1. Dulari Ji Is Gone; Unwept, Unheard , Unsung !

Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar :


Though not a film music director in true sense of the term , Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar made just one exception . He gave background music for Film-maker Mani Kaul’s film ” The Cloud Door “ [ 1994 ] .

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Jagdish Mali :


When I came to Mumbai in 1989 , there were only three photographers of repute . Gautam Rajadhyaksha , Jagdish Mali and Rakesh Shreshtha . Two of this triumvirate are now gone .

Jagdish Mali died on May 13 , 2013 in Mumbai in very tragic situation . Few months back he was found in semiconscious condition on the streets of Mumbai in tattered clothes .

Sulabha Mantri :


Sulbha Mantri, an actress who was active on Marathi stage & serials and also worked in some Hindi serials like; “Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai”, “Uttaran” & “Kuchh Khoya Kuchh Paya”, died on May 12, 2013 at the age of 63.

She worked in Marathi serials like ; “Damini” & “Amchi Mati Amchi Manas”.

Rituparno Ghosh :


Renowned film maker Rituparno Ghosh passed away on May 30, 2013 morning in Kolkata at the age of 49.

He won Multiple National Awards for his Bengali films. He also directed some Hindi films like; “Raincoat” [2004] , “The Last Lear” [2007] & “Sunglass” [2012]

It is painful to know about the demise of a hugely talented and young film-maker. RIP

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Rituparno Ghosh ; Gone Too Soon


New Hindi Film Releases & Me :


First Week – May  03


1 – Shootout At Wadala …………………………………………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………………………………………. Sonu Sood

…………………………………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Bombay Talkies ………………………………………………………. Katrina Kaif

Second Week – May 10


1 – Gippi ……………………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Go Goa Gone …………………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………………………………….. Soha Ali Khan

3 – Four Two Ka One …………………………………………………… Jimmy Shergill

Third Week – May 17


1 -Aurangzeb ……………………………………………………………. Arjun Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………………. Sikander Kher

………………………………………………………………………………. Ashish Singh

2 – I Don’t Luv U ……………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – May 24


1 – Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke …………………………………………… Priya Pareira

2 – Ishkq In Paris ……………………………………………………… Prem Raj

3 – Zindagi 50 50 ……………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

……………………………………………………………………………… Riya Sen


Fifth Week – May 31


1 – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………… Kalki Koechlin

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 10 ………… films have …………… 18 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 18 ……… persons , Prem Raj is the Director of  ” Ishkq In Paris ”  , Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of  ” Aurangzeb “ and Shekhar Ravjiani is the music director of  ” Gippi ” .

Remaining ………. 15 ………. are actors . Saif Ali Khan doubles as actor / producer of  ” Go Goa Gone ” .



New Regional Films & Me :


1 – Punjabi : Jimmy Shergill  is playing main lead in ” Rangeelay “.

My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .


TV Trivia & Me :


1 – Rohit Khurana  is playing an important role in   Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat on Sony TV .

on Star Plus .

2 – Manish Naggdev is playing an important role in ” Savdhaan India “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on different channels .



Theatre & Me :


1 – Pratik Kothari is playing an important role in  ” Mummy ! Tu Aavi Kevi ” ?

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing lead in ” The ugly One ” .

3 – Vikrant Sharma is playing an important role in ” Clowns @ Play ” .


 My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .


Commercials & Me :


1 – Hritik Roshan is the brand ambassador of Ground Zero Products .

My ………….. 01 …………… student in …………… 01 …………… commercial campaign .

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 18 students appeared in 10 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 03 students in 03 plays and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of May comes to 25 .

Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-appointed most famous acting institute of India and self-anointed most famous acting academy of bollywood are nowhere in the scene .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also wishes them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , our acting institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .



Rituparno Ghosh ; Gone Too Soon


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 06 , 2013           08.30 P.M.

Rituparno Ghosh

31 August 1963 – 30 May 2013

English: Rituparno at MAMI festival

Rituparno at MAMI festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was shocked beyond words to hear about the sad demise of Rituparno Ghosh . He was my favourite director of Bengali cinema post Satyajit Ray era . He died on 30 May 2013 in Kolkata after suffering a massive heart attack . He was 49 years old at the time of his death .

He started his career as a creative artist in advertisement agency. In 1992, his debut filmHirer Angti got released. In 1994 his next film Unishe April  “ released and it won National Film Award for Best Feature Film . In his career spanning almost two decades he won 12 national and some international awards .

The first film of Rituparno Ghosh , which I saw , wasBariwali ” [ 1999 ] . It moved me immensely . Kirron Kher’s poignant portrayal of a lonely housewife , who rents her old house for shooting and as shooting progressed , she falls for the director of the film and finally her fancy comes crashing when the cast and crew of the film leaves her house after last day of the shooting . She was devastated that the directors has no feelings for her . ” Bariwali ” is still fresh in my memory and it is etched permanently in my mind . It’s not for nothing that Kirron Kher got National Award for her performance .

This was my first brush with the world of Rituparno Ghosh .

The I watched Chokher Bali ” [ 2003 ] . During my adolescent years in Deoria , I had read the Hindi translation of the novel . It was named ” Aankh Ki Kirkiri ” . Character of female protagonist in the novel was very difficult . Ritu da , as he was fondly called , not only filmed the story beautifully , but he also extracted remarkable performance from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan .

Then I watched ” The Last Lear ” [ 2007 ] . It was very unusual film by typical bollywood standard . A remarkable performance by Amitabh Bachchan made this film important .

Out of all 24 films , which he made as a director or writer or producer , I have watched only 3 films . But even then Ritu da’s impact fails to get obfuscated from my psyche .

Here is the complete list of his films .


” Hirer Angti ” [ 1992 ] , ” Unishe April ” [ 1994 ] , ” Dahan ” [ 1997 ] , ” Bariwali ” [ 1999 ] , ” Asukh ” [ 1999 ] , ” Utsab ” [ 2000 ] , ” Titli ” [ 2002 ] , ” Shubho Mahurat ”  [ 2003 ] , ” Chokher Bali ” [ 2003 ] , ” Katha Deithili Ma ” [ 2003 ] , ” Raincoat ” [ 2004 ] , ” Antarmahal ” [ 2005 ] , ” Dosar ” [ 2006 ] , ” The Last Lear ” [ 2007 ] , ” Khela ” [ 2008 ] , ” Shob Charitro Kalponik ” [ 2008 ] , ” Abohoman ” [ 2010 ] , ” Noukadubi ” [ 2010 ] , ” Arekti Premer Golpo ” [ 2011 ] , ” Memories In March ” [ 2011 ] , ” Sunglass ” [ 2012 ] , ” Chitrangada ” [ 2012 ] , ” Jiban Smriti ” [ 2012 ] & ” Satyanveshi  ” [ 2013 ]

Unishe April

Unishe April (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bariwali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shubho Mahurat

Shubho Mahurat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poster for the movie ''Chokher Bali

Poster for the movie ”Chokher Bali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shob Charitro Kalponik

Shob Charitro Kalponik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Abohoman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arekti Premer Golpo

Arekti Premer Golpo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am shocked beyond belief to say anything else about the most prolific director of post Satyajit Ray era . On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , VIDUR Editing Studio and VIDUR Club I offer my heartfelt condolences .

May his soul rest in peace .



Farewell Ritu da. 49 is not the age to leave the world . But destiny has different and sometimes unexplainable plans .




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