Arun [ The Last ] Nehru


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GURGAON – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION – INDIA           AUGUST 25 , 2013           11.50 A.M.

Today as I am sitting in Gurgaon , Haryana [ National Capital Region ] and waiting for the cab to arrive and take me to Indira Gandhi International Airport , New Delhi , I cannot miss the irony of the situation .

It is uncanny that this blog , which is an obituary of Shri Arun Gandhi , is being written in Gurgaon . Shri Arun Nehru died in Gurgaon . This blog is being written on August 25 , 2013 . Shri Arun Nehru died exactly one month before . He breathed his last on July 25 , 2013 in Gurgaon .

Arun Nehru

24 April 1944 – 25 July 2013

I would say that he was a reluctant politician and after retiring as a politician , he became a columnist and he was an excellent columnist .

He was member of the 7th and 8th Lok Sabhas from Rae Bareli on an Indian National Congress ticket . He , after resigning from the Congress , was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Bilhaur as a Janata Dal leader.

Arun Nehru was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and had worked in business for 17 years , before he entered politics . He was president of the Jenson and Nicholson group at the time when his aunt , Indira Gandhi, persuaded him to change career .

As a representative of the Indian National Congress , Shri Arun Nehru was a member of Parliament in the 7th Lok Sabha (1980-84) and 8th Lok Sabha (1984-89) . Aside from sitting on various consultative committees during this time , he was Union Minister of State for Energy (December 1984—September 1985,) and for Home Affairs (September 1985—October 1986) .

Later due to some differences with his cousin Shri Rajiv Gandhi , he left the Indian National Congress for Janata Dal and was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha, where he was Union Minister for Commerce and Tourism (December-November 1990) .

During his tenure as minister in the Home department in 1985-86, he was allegedly involved in the Czech pistol case, where a deal with a Czechoslovakian firm Merkuria Foreign Trade Corp. had resulted in a loss of around INR25 lakh . But it is not the time to discuss such issues . We should be respectful to the departed soul . A man should not be criticized , when he is not there to defend himself .

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I used to read his columns and was fan of Arun Nehru , the columnist . It is sad that he is gone and gone too soon .

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I deeply mourn the death of Shri Arun Nehru .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also joins in expressing grief over the sad and early demise of Shri Arun Nehru , the Last Nehru .

Adieu Shri Arun Nehru , perhaps the Last Nehru in Indian politics .

[ Personal details of Shri Arun Nehru and his alleged involvement in Czech Pistol Case has been taken from Wikipedia . I express gratitude . ]

 

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Janata Party Merges With BJP , An Era Ends


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GURGAON – NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION – INDIA           AUGUST 23 , 2013           10.45 P.M.

There was an innocuous news in the national newspapers last week . Subramanian Swamy merged his Janata Party with the Bharatiya Janata Party . There were some sarcastic remarks about the defunct party merging with BJP . Some chose to ignore the news . And some kept silence after initial taunt . But for me it opened floodgate of memories of some bygone era . Some cherished memories of my young days came to knock at my  door . I became nostalgic and started remembering those eventful days in the history of our nation .

Raj Narain, a socialist leader, had filed a legal writ alleging electoral malpractice against Indira Gandhi in 1971. On 12 June 1975, Allahabad High Court found her guilty of using corrupt electoral practices in her 1971 election victory over Narain in the Rae Bareli constituency. She was barred from contesting any election for the next six years. Economic problems, corruption and the conviction of Gandhi led to widespread protests against the Congress ( I ) government, which responded by imposing a State of Emergency in the country . The rationale was that of preserving national security.

However, the government introduced press censorship, postponed elections and banned strikes and rallies. Opposition leaders such as Jayaprakash Narayan, Jivatram Kripalani and Morarji Desai were imprisoned, along with thousands of other political activists.

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Indira Gandhi is elected as the first female Prime Minister of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the State of Emergency was lifted and new elections called in 1977, opposition political parties such as the Congress (O), Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Bharatiya Lok Dal as well as defectors from the Congress ( I ) , known as Congress For Democracy ( CFD ) joined to form the Janata party, which won a sweeping majority in the Indian Parliament. Raj Narain defeated Indira Gandhi at Rae Bareilly in those elections.

Constituent Parties of Janata Party

Congress (Urs) leaders like Devaraj Urs joined Janata Party in the later stage.

In the general election held after the end of the state of emergency in 1977, the Janata party defeated Congress ( I ) to form the first non-Congress government in the history of the Republic of India. I heard the news of formation of Janata Party , defeat of Indira Gandhi and the Congress on radio . I still remember , I didn’t sleep a wink , and kept on listening the news throughout the night . Even today I am unable to forget that feeling after listening that Invincible Indira Gandhi got defeated and the Congress will no longer going to rule us .

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Prime Minister Morarji Desai in New Delhi, signing the “New Delhi” declaration during a visit by US president Jimmy Carter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Janata Party formed the government with Morarji Desai as prime minister. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had become the leader of the Jana Sangh after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s death in 1967, was appointed as the external affairs minister in the new government.

The new Janata-led government reversed many Emergency-era decrees and opened official investigations into Emergency-era abuses. Although several major foreign policy and economic reforms were attempted, continuous in-fighting and ideological differences made the Janata government unable to effectively address national problems. By mid-1979, Prime Minister Morarji Desai was forced to resign and his successor Chaudhary Charan Singh failed to sustain a parliamentary majority as alliance partners withdrew support. Popular disenchantment with the political in-fighting and ineffective government led to the resurgence of Gandhi and her new Congress (I) party, which won the general election called in 1980.

The Janata government did not last long, though. Morarji Desai resigned as prime minister, and the Janata party was consequently dissolved.

Bharatiya Janata Party (1980-)

In 1980, the leaders and workers of the former Bharatiya Jana Sangh, founded the Bharatiya Janata Party with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as its first president .

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Election Symbol of Bharatiya Janata Party

Election Symbol of Bharatiya Janata Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although the original Janata Party fragmented and eventually dissolved, modern political parties continue to invoke its legacy. Subramanian Swamy kept the name Janata Party , and was the National President of the party .

The irony of the situation or fate is that Bharatiya Jan Sangh members were forced to leave Janata Party on the pretext of dual membership . They chose to remain loyal to RSS ideology and left Janata Party and formed Bharatiya janata Party in 1980 . Quirk of the fate forced the same Janata Party to merge itself with the Bharatiya Janata Party . In August 2013, when the news came that the party was merged with the Bharatiya Janata Party , I just smiled .

Destiny plays strange games . Sometimes even bizarre games . BJP was formed after several swayamsevaks came out of Janata Party on the issue of dual membership and 33 years later , the parent body came and merged itself with the BJP .

Issue of Dual membership and the cacophony that followed , is finished forever . Socialists , who raised the issue , are extinct now . And last but not the least , Janata Party ceases to exist .

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Very soon I am going to tell the tale of this bizarre chapter of our history to the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  and  VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre .

[ To maintain the chronological order of the events of formation of Janata Party , I relied on Wikipedia and quoted from it . I express my gratitude . ]

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Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18 , 2013           11.50 P.M.

        Mani Rabadi

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month on August 06 , 2013 . She was older sister of yesteryear actress Nargis Rabadi a.k.a. Shammi or Shammi aunty .
   

Much before the advent of Manish Malhotra and Neeta Lulla , long before Anna Singh and Anaita Shroff Adajania and eons ago Niharika Khan , there was Mani Rabadi , who along with Bhanu Athaiya , became couturier to the stars in the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema.

Making her debut in 1967 with the Dev Anand starrer Jewel Thief , she worked all the way in to the 90s ending her career with the mega hit ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ” .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Farz ” [ 1967 ] , ” Sapnon Ka Saudagar ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 1968 ] , ” Duniya ” [ 1968 ] , ” Mahal ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ek Phool Do Mali ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Prince [ 1969 ] , ” The Train ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] , ” Gambler ” [ 1971 ] , ” Victoria No. 203 ” [ 1972 ] , ” Kachche Dhaage ” [ 1973 ] , ” Jheel Ke Us Paar ” [ 1973 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Trimurti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Aap Ki Kasam ” [ 1974 ] , ” Amir Garib ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kasauti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sanyasi ” [ 1975 ] , ” Rafoo Chakkar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] , ” Hera Pheri ” [ 1976 ] , ” Don ” [ 1978 ] ,  ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , ” Aasha ” [ 1980 ] , ” Kaalia ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mard ” [ 1985 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] , ” Maine Pyar Kiya ” [ 1989 ] , ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ! ” [ 1994 ]  are her famous and most successful films .

She also won National Film Award , along with Ramilla Patel , for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] .


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Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . She worked for 27 long years in this unpredictable and risk-driven industry . She successfully withered changing times , fluid tastes and all the changing patterns from ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] till ” Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

Jewel Thief

Jewel Thief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Evening in Paris

An Evening in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar Akbar Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Born as Mani Rabadi in a family of Parsi priests , she was only a kid when her father died . Her mother made a living by cooking at religious functions. Later on , along with her younger sister Shammi , Mani Rabadi worked in toy factories after school to source their tuition fees. After school time, they worked at offices, ran a magazine and did odd jobs. Mani also worked with the Indian People’s Theatre Association and did some Gujarati films.

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Here is a gallery of her designs from the movies we all love :

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An Evening in Paris (1967)

Sharmila actually plays a dual role in the film. The villainous side incidentally always shows her tummy–just to help the audience keep things straight.

Uhh, what precisely are you looking at Pran?

Cutsy hair clip that’s bigger than my nose? Don’t mind if I do.

Jewel Thief (1967)

I’ve talked a lot about my feelings for Helen in a chicken suit from this film, but this picture definitely deserves one more mention.

Yup, those are cotton balls puffing out of that red sari like polka dots. Just saying, it takes a bold and confident woman to try and pull that off.

Dev Anand poses as a French jewelry importer. Can’t you tell by the beret?

Aradhana (1969)

Who can forget Rajesh Khanna’s tall Nepali hat as he bellows “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” on a hillside?

Rajesh Khanna in a blue suit with a hot red turtleneck during “Kora Kaagaz Tha” is the epitome of suave.

Unarguably the most famous scene from Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore makes a sari out of a flimsy blanket…and the rest is history.

Bobby (1973)

Youth and freedom must mean a tight leather jacket!

Umm, ok Dimple Kapadia, where did the rest of your shirt go though?

Cute but completely arbitrary villager costume for “Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate.”

Farz (1967)

Nice ascot, Jeetendra.

Oh, those tight white pants that made you who you were. It’s no wonder Jeetendra was nicknamed “Jumping Jack”!

Prince (1969)

Did someone say “hep cat”?!

Helen and Vijayantimala dance off in “Muqabla Humse Na Karo.”

Kati Patang (1970)

Asha briefly portrays a 70s bride before running away from the ceremony.

Bindu makes a spectacle of herself in comparison to Asha’s stark white sari..

Amar Akbar Anthony (1979)

Rishi Kapoor dresses as a qawwal by night.

There actually aren’t really words for this.

Moss green leather jacket with religious bling.

You are wearing a fedora? Clearly, you have become a millionaire.

Don (1978)

Nothing says “bad boy” like a big red bow tie.

Don’t mess with her scarf.

Or his.

Helen rocks an overly slitted dress for “Yeh Mera Dil” in Don (1978)

The bottom line here is , could Jeetendra have seized Bombay by storm without his famous tight white pants ? Could Dimple Kapadia have shot to stardom without costumes that only covered half of the minimum required? Her polka dots top for ” Bobby ” is still remembered . Vyjayantimala’s red saree from ” Jewel Thief ” is still fresh in our memories . Amitabh Bachchan’s tuxedo in the song My name is Anthony Gonsalves from the film ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” or Rishi Kapoor’s costumes from the same film are still there in our memory lane . Polka dot waist – coat of Amitabh Bachchan in ” Don ” is unforgettable . You remember his iconic song Khai ke paan Banaraswalla …… from the film and you will surely remember his polka dot waist-coat . You will never forget any costume of legendary Helen . Mani Rabadi designed innumerable costumes for her in films . They were revealing but not vulgar .

Her work is so diverse, so eye-catching, and so unpredictable . Mani Rabadi is unarguably genius. It is sad that her death is not widely reported in newspapers . Today , when Parsi community is celebrating Navroz [ thier new year ] , I am writing this obituary of Mani Rabadi , one of the prominent member of Parsi community .

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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 the bereaved family and specially Shammi aunty who is left alone to bear this loss at the age of 84 .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer heartfelt sympathies at the sad demise of the legendary but almost forgotten dress designer of the golden era of the Hindi films .

[ It is sad that I could know about her death after a week through the latest issue of ” Screen ” weekly . I found material about her in magazines like ” Screen ” , ” Parsi Khabar ” and ” Mid Day ” . For her photographs and her volume of work , I had to refer to online posting of ” Mr. & Mrs. 55 – Classic Bollywood Revisited ” . I express my profound gratitude to all of them . ]

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Jagdish Raj ; Final Transfer of The Cop


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 13 , 2013           09.10 P.M.

 

Jagdish Raj - The Quintessential Cop

Jagdish Raj – The Quintessential Cop

Jagdish Raj Khurana

1928 – 28 July 2013

Jagdish Raj , the permanent and quintessential cop of Hindi films , passed away on July 28, 2013 at his Juhu residence following respiratory ailment. He was 85.

He was born in 1928 in the town of Sargodha, now in Pakistan. His daughter Anita Raj was also a Bollywood actress.

Jagdish Raj - World's Most Typecast Actor

Jagdish Raj – World’s Most Typecast Actor

Jagdish Raj - The Quintessential Cop & Occasional Bad Man

Jagdish Raj – The Quintessential Cop & Occasional Bad Man

Jagdish Raj - The Quintessential Cop & Occasional Good Man

Jagdish Raj – The Quintessential Cop & Occasional Good Man

Though Jagdish Raj occasionally played a villain and a couple of times essayed the role of a judge, he was best known for being cast a record 144 times as a police officer.

He holds a Guinness World Record record for being the most type-cast actor. He played  police inspector in 144 films.

Filmography :

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Funtoosh  (1954 ) , Kala Bazaar  (1960)  , Hum Dono  (1961)  , Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai  (1969) , Johny Mera Naam  (1970) , Gambler  (1971) , Do Chor  (1972) , Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka  (1975) , Deewar  (1975) , Aaina  (1977) , Immaan Dharam  (1977) , Paapi  (1977) , Dream Girl  (1977) , Ram Kasam  (1978) , Besharam  (1978) , Magroor  (1979) , Suhaag  (1979) , Silsila  (1981) , Deedar-E-Yaar (1982) , Sawaal  (1982) , Gopichand Jasoos  (1982) , Dil-E-Nadan (1982) , Agnee Pareeksha  (1982) , Dulha Bikta Hai  (1982) , Mazdoor (1983) , Hum Se Na Jeeta Koi  (1983) , Jeene Nahin Doonga  (1984) , Raj Tilak  (1984) , Mehak  (1985) , Ram Tere Kitne Naam  (1985) , Salma  (1985) , Zulm Ka Badla  (1985) , Ram teri ganga maili  (1985) , Mera Karam Mera Dharam  (1987) , Aag Hi Aag  (1988) , Paap Ka Anth  (1989) , Aasman Se Ooncha  (1989) , Khule Aam  (1992) , Apradhi  (1992) and Deedar  (1992)

Young Jagdish Raj

Young Jagdish Raj

I have seen many films of Jagdish Raj . But I first noticed him in a commercial campaign . It was for CHARMINAR Cigarette . He was playing a press photographer in that campaign and his tag line is still ringing in my mind – ” MEHNAT JAB KARTA HOON , TO TASALLI POORI CHAHTA HOON . ”

I can still describe the scene of his ad for a discerning connoisseur of films . With a camera on his shoulder and sweat on his face , he was running on the roads of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and clicking photos . He stops at a signal , lights a cigarette and says , ” MEHNAT JAB KARTA HOON , TO TASALLI POORI CHAHTA HOON . ” His sweat-filled face is still fresh in my memory .

I , later on , came to know that he is Jagdish Raj . Gradually I saw many of his films and became acquainted with his body of work .

It sad that he is gone . Though he played his innings well and completed his journey satisfactorily but departure of a known figure of our films is sad .

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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 the bereaved family . My heart goes to Anita Raj .

Anita Raj

Anita Raj

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also join in expressing profound grief .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ I have taken list of his films from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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150-Crore Club of Hindi Films


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 13, 2013           01.45 A.M.

Day before yesterday on 11 August I was sitting in my study in the night and was going through the bunch of newspapers . Suddenly I noticed a front page news in Bombay Times of Sunday Times of India . It was about 150 Crore Film Club . It was an intriguing article . And it definitely was a new revelation .

Till date there are only 4 Hindi films in this club . They are :

1 – 3 Idiots = 2009 …………………………… 202.57 Crore ……… Kareena Kapoor

2 – Ek Tha Tiger = 2012 …………………… 185.28 Crore………. Katrina Kaif

3 – Dabangg 2 = 2012 ……………………… 150.61 Crore ………. Arbaaz Khan

4 – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani = 2013 ……. 179.48 Crore …. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………….. Kalki Koechlin

Earlier there used to be a 100 Crore Film Club . 22 Hindi films are there in this club . ” Ghajini ” [ 2008 ] , ” 3 Idiots ” [ 2009 ] , ” Dabangg ” [ 2010 ] , ” Golmaal 3 ” [ 2010 ] , ” Ready ” [ 2011 ] , ” Singham ” [ 2011 ] , ” Bodyguard ” [ 2011 ” , ” Ra.One ” [ 2011 ] , ” Don 2 ” [ 2011 ] , ” Agneepath ” [ 2012 ] , ” Housefull 2 ” [ 2012 ] , ” Rowdy Rathod ” [ 2012 ] , ” Bol Bachchan ” [ 2012 ] , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” [ 2012 ] , ” Barfi ! ” [ 2012 ] , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] , ” Son Of Sardar ” [ 2012 ] , ” Dabangg 2 ” [ 2012 ] , ” Race 2 ” [ 2013 ] , ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ] , ” Bhaag Mikha Bhaag ” [ 2013 ] and ” Chennai Express ” [ 2013 ] .

In this exclusive club , I have 7 students of mine . They are ; Kareena Kapoor [ 4 Films ] , Priyanka Chopra [ 3 Films ] , Katrina Kaif [ 2 Films ] , Ranbir Kapoor [ 2 Films ] , Hritik Roshan [ 1 Film ] , Anushka Sharma [ 1 Film ] and Kalki Koechlin [ 1 Film ] .

Director Sajid Khan [ 1 Film ] and Music Director Shekhar Ravjiani [ 1 Film ] are also there in this club .

Thus out of 22 films in 100 Crore Club , my students are there in 14 films . It is unprecedented . And it comes to a whopping 64 % success ratio . Out of 12 actors , who are there in this club , 7 are my students . It brings my success ratio to 59 % in this category too .

But seems to be passe now . 100 Crore Club is now common . The latest benchmark is 150 Crore Film Club . And till date it has only 4 members . And hold your breath , my students are there in all the 4 films . God ! it comes to 100 % success ratio .

” 3 Idiots ” [ 2009 ] has Kareena Kapoor . ” Ek Tha Tiger ” [ 2012 ] has Katrina Kaif . ” Dabangg 2 ” [ 2012 ] has Arbaaz Khan and ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ] has Ranbir Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin .

And they are there in all the categories . Among 3 actors , there is Ranbir Kapoor . Among 4 directors , there is Arbaaz Khan . And among 5 actresses , there are Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin .

I am bringing out above facts with all the humility at my command . It’s not like blowing one’s own trumpet . In this field of film acting training , some acting trainers have become experts in false claims . Thus it becomes necessary to post facts for the gullible public . In this field where some acting trainers have metamorphosed into pathological liars , it has become imperative to make general public aware of the facts . So I am presenting the facts .

I know that fringe-players will cringe again and immediately start their vitriolic campaign . Upstarts will start hurling abuses . Uncouth will unfurl their flag of arrogance . Stone -pelters will be active again . And I will be subjected to choicest cuss words by uncultured and self-appointed descendents of Stanislavski . But It hardly matters .

I just posted my thought of the day , ” A lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep .”

I agree with the saying in toto .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST  11, 2013          11.20 P.M.
Month of July 2013 will always be associated with  ” Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ” . The film got rave reviews and was a winner at the box office too .
A new face , Girish Kumar , also came into limelight this month with  ” Ramaiya Vastavaiya ” . This scion of Tips , made his debut with the film . He was praised for his acting skills and the film did decent business at the box office .

Tweets :

 

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is fast racing towards the 100 crore mark. Overall, Super Hit [Blockbuster in North circuits]

     

    1. RAMAIYA 1st week actual net collections: Rs. 22.2 crore. D-DAY 1st week figure: Rs. 15.75 crore. BMB reaches Rs. 82 crore in 2 weeks. Wow!

    2. LUV U SONIYO fails to get the audience’s love or attention. Read my review of the film, starring two new faces, at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/luv-u-soniyo-review/ …

    3. ISSAQ is too boring to make people fall in love with it! Read my review of the Prateik-Amyra starrer at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/issaq-review/ …

    4. All releases of today open to dull houses. Shows of some films cancelled at some centres due to absence of audience!

    5. BAJATEY RAHO, a comedy thriller, is a dull fare, devoid of good comedy and exciting thrills. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/bajatey-raho-review/ …

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Obituary :

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Sudhakar Bokade : 

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Once a prolific film maker , Sudhakar Bokade died on July 07 , 2013 at the age of  57 . He came to limelight after the stupendous success of his third venture ” Saajan ” [ 1991 ] .

He produced many films like : ” Izzatdaar ” [ 1990 ] , ” Nyay Anyay ” [ 1990 ] , ” Saajan”  [ 1991 ] , ” Prahaar ” [ 1991 ] , ” Sapne Sajan Ke ” [ 1992 ] , ” Dhanwaan ” [ 1993 ] , ” Kanyadaan ” [ 1993 ] , ” Sauda ” [ 1995 ] , ” Yeh Pyaar Hi To Hai ” [ 2000 ] , ” Sanam Teri Kasam ” [ 2000 ] and incomplete and yet to be released film ” Kalinga ” [ 1996 ] , a directorial debut of Dilip Kumar .

He also produced few Marathi films like ;  ” Patli Re Patli ” [ 1991 ] , ” Mailek ” [ 1995 ] and ” Padkar ” [ 1995 ] .

 

Pran :

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Legendary actor Pran bid us adieu on July 12 , 2013 . He was 93 at the time of his death .

I have written two blogs about him . One was written when he was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the second was written as obituary after his death .

I am posting links of both the blogs :

Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sa

……. And Pran !! Never Before ; Never Again http://wp.me/ptyXI-32J

 

Jagdish Raj :

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Jagdish Raj , the famous police officer of Bollywood, passed away on July 28, 2013 at his Juhu residence following respiratory ailment. He was 85.  Jagdish Raj was born as Jagdish Raj Khurana in 1928 in the town of Sargodha , which is now in Pakistan.

He holds a Guinness World Record record for being the most type-cast actor. He played a police inspector in 144 films. Though he occasionally played a villain .

His daughter Anita Raj was also an actress. He is survived by two daughters and a son.

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July  05

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1 – Lootera ……………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

2 – Policegiri ………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – July  12

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1 – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ………………………………… Sonam Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

2 – Boyss To Boyss Hain ……………………………….. Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………. Tejaswini Kolhapure

3 – Sixteen ………………………………………………………. X

4 – Tara ……………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – July 19

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1 – Ramaiya Vastavaiya …………………………………. Girish Kumar

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

…………………………………………………………………………… Jacquline Fernandez

2 – D Day ………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal

 

Fourth Week  – July 26

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 1 – Luv U Soniyo ……………………………………………. Amaan Khan

2 – Issaq ………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Nasha ………………………………………………………… X

4 – Bajatey Raho …………………………………………….. X

 

In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 10 ……… persons , Divya Dutta worked in 3 films .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sudhanshu Pandey is playing an important role in   ” Ek Veer Ki Ardaas……… Veera  “ on Star Plus TV  .


My ……………. 01 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin is playing lead in  ” Hamlet – The Clown Prince ” .

2 – Asif Ali Beg is playing main lead in ” All In The Timing ” .

3 – Juhi Babbar is playing main lead in ” Ji , Jaisi Aapki Marzi ” .

4 – Nakuul Mehta is playing an important role in ” Cock ” .


 

 My …………… 04 ………….. students in ………….. 04 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Aneet Kaur Siddhu  is modelling for Dove soap .

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

 

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 10 students appeared in 06 films , 01 student in 01 TV Serial ,  04 students in 04 plays and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July 2013 comes to 16 .

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NEWS LETTER

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 would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field !!

 

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