Sunset Boulevard ( 9 ) : ” A Streetcar Named Ambassador “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 17, 2014           00.20 A.M.

AMBASSADOR

1958 – 25 May 2014

It pains me a lot and saddens me to no end as I write this blog about the demise of Ambassador car. It was owner’s pride once upon a time. It was a car of power once upon a time. It was object of desire once upon a time. People of my generation affectionately used to call it ” Amby “, a streetcar named “Amby”. And it is sad to know that my ” Amby ” now ceases to exist . Today, while I am writing this blog, I am grief-stricken and numb.

But I have now become immune. It is the 9th blog about vanishing objects of my younger days, my growing years, my formative period. My first blog in the Sunset Boulevard section was about ” Bajaj Scooter “. I wrote it on December 28, 2009. One fine morning I read in the news paper that HAMARA BAJAJ wont be manufactured any more. The year was 2009. Within 5 years [ from 2009 to 2014 ] , 08 more objects of my growing years left me for ever, leaving a flood of sweet-sour memories to remember and mourn. They just cease to exist now. After ” HAMARA BAJAJ ” it was the turn of ” FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM “. Then it was the turn was of ” VANISHING GRAVES “, ” CASSETTE WALKMAN “, ” KAMALISTAN STUDIO “, ” CHAVANNI “, ” ROAD MILESTONES ” and ” LAKSHMI TALKIES “, a cinema hall of Allahabad.

Now I know that anything will disappear any time and will cease to exist. Ambassador car is the 9th to walk into the sunset but certainly it is not going to be the last one. Few more things of my younger years will vanish soon and will become memory and history. One day I myself will walk into the sunset boulevard. But as long as I am alive, it hurts me as I find that a particular object of my life, a part of my being, an integral paraphernalia of my younger days will be no more with me. Ambassador is the 9th but definitely not the last one. With Ambassador, a part of my life is gone forever.

Ambassador - The Symbol 0f Power

Ambassador – The Symbol of Power

 

The Ambassador was a car manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It has been in production since 1958 with few improvements or changes and is based on the Morris Oxford III model, first made by the Morris Motors Limited at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom from 1956 to 1959.

Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called “The grand old lady of Indian roads”. The automobile is manufactured by Hindustan Motors at its Uttarpara plant near Kolkata, West Bengal. All the prominent Indian politicians of yore used the Ambassador. Some like  Sonia Gandhi, used the Ambassador till now.

As of 25 May 2014, the Hindustan Motors has suspended the production of the Ambassador

Decline & Fall of Ambassador

Decline & Fall of Ambassador

My father was fond of Chevrolet cars. So we never possessed the Ambassador in Deoria. But I do remember the red-beacon fitted Amby of the ruling class of my generation, which used to inspire awe and admiration in me. Years have passed. Ambassador slowly lost the glory and power attached to it. It, in its later avatar , became popular as a taxi. What a sad fall of the grand old Ambassador! And now it passes into oblivion. Its journey is complete.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I mourn the death of my Amby.

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RIP ! my Amby. Your enviable fortune got changed in the changing times. Alas ! Time is cruel.

 

[ I have quoted some facts about Ambassador from Wikipedia. I am indebted. ]

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 06, 2014           08.05 P.M.

This is the 61st edition of Vidur’s Film Diary. 5 long, momentous and eventful years have passed since I started writing Vidur’s Film Diary to chronicle my monthly achievements in the film industry. I post Vidur’s Film Diary in the first week of every month. I am ecstatic that I did not miss a single month till date.

On this historic day, I must express it with profound sadness that the 61st month, i.e. May 2014 is the worst month of my acting training career till date. Though 17 films got released in May, but representation of my students is negligible. For the first time only 04 students of mine got work in this month. But what can one do if  ” JHAND ” films are being made? What can one do if a ” JHAND ” newcomer hits the screen, becomes butt of  jokes and is universally panned and ridiculed by critics and general public alike for his ” JHAND ” acting, but is praised to the skies by his equally ” JHAND ” trainers? In such ” JHAND ” times it is advisable to keep quiet and wait for one of the biggest debuts of 2014 and 4 most outstanding debuts of 2015.

I am posting links of 4 Vidur Club News Videos. They provide a pictorial testimony of my unprecedented accomplishments in 2014 :

1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 

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Obituary :

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Sudhir  : 

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A known character artiste of many hits and super hit films, Sudhir a.k.a. Bhagwandas Mulchand Luthria died in Mumbai.

He died on 12 May 2014 at the age of 70. He had long been suffering from a lung infection. I am posting link of the blog, which I have written about him as a tribute :

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 02

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1 – Kya Dilli Kya Lahore ………………………………………. X

2 – Purani Jeans ………………………………………………… X

3 – The Dirty MMS ……………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – May 09

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1 – Hawaa Hawaai …………………………………………….. X

2 – Khwaabb ……………………………………………………. X

3 – Koyelaanchal ……………………………………………… X

4 – Love U Crazy Girl ………………………………………… X

5 – Mastram ……………………………………………………. X

6 – Manjunath …………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………….. Anjori Alagh

7 – Yeh Hai Bakrapur ……………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – May 16

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1 – Children Of War …………………………………………. X

2 – M3 – Midsummer Midnight Mumbai ………………. X

3 – The Xpose …………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – May 23
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1 – Heropanthi ………………………………………………. X

 

Fifth Week – May 30

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1 – Citylights …………………………………………………. X

2 – Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi ……………………. X

3 – Tum Ho Yaara ………………………………………….. Ganesh Venkatraman

………………………………………………………………….. Kalpana Pandit

 

In total …………… 17 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 17 ………… released films ……….. 02 ………… films have …………… 04 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 04 ……… persons , all the  ………… 04 ……….. are actors . Kalpana Pandit, apart from acting, is also the Co- Producer of   ” Tum Ho Yaara ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Nag Chaitanya  is doing lead role in  ” Manam “.


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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Mrunal Thakur is playing an important role in ” Kumkum Bhagya “ on Zee TV .

2 – Kishwer Merchantt is playing an important role in ” Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon “ on Colors TV.

 


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Saif Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Denver Deo ” .


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

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor it was the worst month of my career in 5 years. My 04 students appeared in 02 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of  May comes to just 08 . It is all time low.

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VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Remembering Sudhir


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 03, 2014           11.50 P.M.

 

Bhagwandas Mulchand Luthria aka Sudhir

1944 – 12 May 2014

Noted character artiste of yesteryear Bhagwandas Mulchand Luthria or Sudhir as he was lovingly called, passed away after battling through a prolonged lung illness. He died on 12 May 2014 at the age of 70. He had long been suffering from a lung infection.

What is most shocking is the fact nobody in the film industry is even talking about his sad demise. A bachelor throughout his life, he stayed at a bungalow in Lokhandwala, Andheri. A few days post his demise, Shah Rukh Khan took on to twitter and wrote, ”My prayers and may his soul rest in peace. Wonderful co-actor Sudhirji. Feel bad didn’t get to have dinner at his house.”

I know that Sudhir’s name wont ring a bell in the ears of many film lovers. Even keen connoisseurs of Hindi cinema would scratch their heads, might try to figure out or unsuccessfully try to remember and then fail to recognize the persona and identity of an actor called Sudhir. Nothing much is available about his body of work or about his personal life in the print or electronic media. But if  film lovers happen to see some of his pictures, they will immediately recognize him. He was quite popular figure among the movie-goers. Who can fail to recognize him in the pictures posted below?

 


A still from the film ‘Satte Pe Satta’ – His most iconic film


Sudhir’s acting was always complimented with his dramatic outfits.


A still from the film ‘Dharmatma’


A still from the film ‘Dharmatma’


A still from the film ‘Dharmatma’

 

He was best known for his role in the film Satte Pe Satta with Amitabh Bachchan. He acted in over 200 films in a career spanning from 1962 to 2009. He was one of Bollywood’s best known baddies from the 1970s through to the 1990s.

He would usually play the second-in-command sidekick to villains Ajit, Premnath and Pran or the torturous police inspector or a sleazy man. He was most known for his shrill voice, long moustache and sideburns. He starred in at least a dozen Amitabh Bachchan movies, such as Satte Pe Satta and Shaan. His biggest claim to fame was probably in Feroz Khan’s 1974 hit Khote Sikkay, as the handicapped thief in Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) and in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Baadshah (1999). His recent and last film appearances were in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) and Victoria House (2009).

He was also filmmaker Milan Luthria’s paternal uncle.


Few films gave him decent screen time and well-etched characters. Feroz Khan’s superhit Khote Sikkay ” [ 1974 ]  was an exception. Here Sudhir got a chance to show his acting skills. Later, they did sequel of the film Khote Sikkay called ” Kachche Heere “, where Sudhir reprised his earlier role. But the film did not work at the Box Office.

 

Sudhir was also a regular in almost every Navketan Film after 1970s. Sudhir even worked with Ravi Tandon in hit films like ” Muqaddar ” andMajboor “.

 

Though his illness distanced him from everyone in the film fraternity, his contribution to the movies cannot be ignored. It is surely a loss for his fans.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I offer my condolences and prayers to the departed soul.

VIDUR Editing Studio, VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to express profound grief.

[ For this blog, I have taken materials from Wikipedia and a website called http://www.businessofcinema.com 

All the photos of Sudhir ji have been copied from a website called http://www.ibnlive.in.com

I express my gratitude. ]

 

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My Association With ” O Teri “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2014           11.45 A.M.

 

I thought to write this blog and post it on March 28, 2014, when Atul Agnihotri produced film ” O Teri “ got released. But I was unable to accomplish my wish because of two factors. First was the coming national elections of the 16th Lok Sabha and the second was the incessant and gruelling work pressure of my acting institute.

2014 Indian general election  were conducted in 9 phases from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 2014 and the results of the election were declared on 16 May 2014. So watching evening and night news on various channels became a must and I was not able to sit and write my blog. Night after night, I sat in front of television set totally engrossed in the election news. As per my habit, I am not interested only in the new batch of my acting institute like few upstart and wannabe acting trainers. I have my social, political and national duties, commitments and obligation to fulfill too.

Then there were work related issues. These days I don’t even find time for lunch. Morning, evening and special classes take all my working hours and it is simply not possible to fit in some time for writing blogs in a  10 hour-long working day. So this much delayed blog is being posted today.

” O Teri “ got released on March 28, 2014 in approximately 1000 theatres across India. As per industry trade pundits it met with mixed response. But this Atul Agnihotri produced and Umesh Bist directed film is very close to my heart.

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With Mr. Atul Agnihotri, Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I am very close to producer Atul Agnihotri and his family. I have worked with his wife Alvira Agnihotri also. His sister-in-law Arpita Khan is also close to me. Atul ji is kind enough to call me whenever he wants an acting trainer for his actors. I worked with Hazel Keech for his ” Bodyguard “. I was again called by him to conduct acting workshop for the lead actors of his new venture  ” O Teri “. As required, I started acting workshop with Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi in Atul ji’s office.

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

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With Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I first trained Pulkit Samrat, when I was working with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor. After completion of the training, Pulkit was chosen for the role of  Lakshya in Ekta Kapoor’s mega serial  ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2006 ]. I, again worked with him privately in 2007 when he quit ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi “, and was searching for work. 6 years later, I worked with him briefly for ” Fukrey ” [ 2013 ]. So when I was called to train him for ” O Teri “, I was very happy. Thus with Pulkit Samrat, it is a 9-year old relationship. His fiance Shweta Rohira is also my student. Pulkit, unlike some other stars of his generation, is very hard-working and always smiling up – coming super star.

 

With Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

With my Wife, Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

 

Bilal Amrohi was new to me. I was pleasantly surprised, when I got to know that he is grandson of legendary producer – director late Kamal Amrohi. He is very emotional, yet he has impeccable comic – timing.

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With Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

” O Teri “ is special to me for one more reason. One day I came to know that my son’s friend G. J. Singh has been signed as the music director of ” O Teri “ and his brother Jas a.k.a. Jaspreet is singing songs in the film. They met me one day and made me listen one particular song. It immediately caught my attention because of its very catchy tune and peppy lyrics. Song in question was ” ………….. Ummbakkum Ummbakkum ……………… “. I asked them, “who has written the lyrics?”  They told me that the lyricist is none other but my son Abhinav Chaturvedi. I was surprised. My son made this baby step without my help. And thank God! he never allowed himself to be degraded for getting work. Unlike some uncouth revellers, who, to get a B-grade film, became factotum and doormat of their own student, he never allowed himself to become subservient to anyone.

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With my Son Abhinav Chaturvedi in 2011

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Irrespective of the box office verdict of ” O Teri “, I am happy to be associated with the film. Apart from Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Agnihotri, with whom I am so close, ” O Teri “ also has Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Jaspreet, G. J. Singh and my son Abhinav. They all are closely associated with ” O Teri “.

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With Playback Singer Jaspreet

” O Teri “ remains and will always remain a special film for me. To commemorate ” O Teri “, I made a video and up-loaded the same on YouTube.

Vidur Club News Video 3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” :

 

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