Sainthood in Death? – A Kashmiri Pandit remembers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2016           07.45 P.M.

Two time Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and first Muslim Home Minister of India, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 07, 2016 in New Delhi of multiple organ failure. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in his native village Bijbehara of Anantnaag district.

With due respect to the departed soul, his political journey could be termed as colourful and sheer opportunistic. From Congress to Jan Morcha, and then again to the Congress, it was without any stated principles. Finally he, along with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, formed PDP and remained there till his death.

His two terms as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir could also be termed as maverick and opportunistic.

2002 = Though he had resigned from the Indian National Congress but without any qualm took their support to become Chief Minister. He had only 16 MLAs in the house of 87.

2008 = His PDP won 21 seats. But this time he prefered to sit in the opposition. It again defies logic. With 16 MLAs, he chose to become Chief Minister. But with 21 MLAs, he prefered to sit in the opposition.

2014 = He formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and became Chief Minister for the second time.  This time he had 28 MLAs, up 7 from the 21 last election.

From Congress to BJP, many people can frown but for him it was a smooth journey.

Here is the list of the milestones of his political journey.

Indian National Congress = 1972 to 1987

Jan Morcha = 1987 to 1990

Indian National Congress = 1990 to 1999

People’s Democratic Party = 1999 to 2016

Leader Congress Legislative Party = 1975

Union Minister of Tourism = 1986

Home Minister of India = Dec. 1989 – Nov. 1990

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = Nov. 2002 – Nov. 2005

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = March 2015 – Jan. 2016

It is in our culture to give respect to the departed soul. One is not supposed to be disparaging about the person after the he is gone. But in my opinion history is supposed to be unbiased. History should be loyal to the truth only. History is and should be cruel.

Therefore I thought to reproduce an article written by Anupama Handoo , a Kashmiri Pandit, which presents a totally different picture of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. —————————————————————————————————-

On 7 January 2016, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took his last breath. News feeds since then are full of eulogies for the supposed saint, nationalist and statesman.

Every paean takes me back to that fateful month of December in 1989 when Mufti’s youngest daughter Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped by (Yasin Malik’s) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. The nation was held to ransom for the daughter of the Union Home Minister who had taken oath just a few days ago. Bypassing the elected state government led by Farooq Abdullah, Mufti misused his power and influence to engineer the release of five dreaded terrorists. Local population in the valley and friends were confident that Rubaiya was at home or at least in a safe house where she was safe and well taken care of, all the time. This drama of hostage rescue is the watershed event in Kashmir terrorism. Encouraged by weakness of the state and central administration, terrorism took hold in the valley. General population started to believe that ‘Azadi from India’ and ‘Pakistan with Pandit women and without the men’ is just around the corner. December 1989 and January 1990 was when lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to become refugees in their own country. For me and lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus that was the last time we saw home and for that we have Mufti to thank for.

1989 was not the first time when the ugly head of communal militancy reared its head in Kashmir Valley. Political experts maintain that Mufti orchestrated the infamous 1986 Anantnaag riots in which hysterical Muslim mobs took out violent processions, desecrated and destroyed more than 40 temples, and killed and looted the helpless Hindu population. In Mufti’s constituency Brijbehara alone, two temples were looted, ancient idols stolen and broken. Kashmiri Hindus should have anticipated what was to come.

One word that comes closest to describing Kashmiri politicians in general and Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in particular, is chameleon. No, it’s not a kind word. I don’t intend to be kind – the pain is still raw. I call him a chameleon because he switched loyalties like clothes, seizing opportunities to promote himself and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. With subsequent stints in Democratic National Conference, Congress, and Jan Morcha and later on by launching his own People’s Democratic Party he bargained for more power and more influence with each stepping stone.

He first became Chief Minister in 2002, backed by Congress on a meagre strength of 16 in an 87 member strong State Assembly. In 2008 elections, he chose to stay in the opposition even with 21 seats and in 2015 he chose to form alliance with BJP on a strength of 28. Ambition is not a bad thing, manipulating masses for one’s own end is objectionable. While in opposition he engineered coups; in 1977, twice in 1986, in 1990 and in 2008; ushering the Governors’ rule every time. This marginalised the democratically elected parties and sowed seeds of discord in the electorate. He founded the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 for which he used the electoral symbol of ‘green flag and pen-inkpot’ of the Muslim United Front (MUF) the Jamaat-e-Islami-led conglomerate of anti-India parties.

He kept everyone happy … happily in the dark. To the central government he played the role of a ‘Nationalist’ who was trying to bring ‘healing touch’ to the battered communities through peace and dignity. But the modus operandi of this healing touch was far from nationalist. He was a firm believer in Kashmiris’ right to ‘self-rule’. Ceasefire on the Pakistan border, disbanding of instruments like Special Task Force and Special Operation Group of Police, scrapping of The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and release of political prisoners was all part of his arsenal. He facilitated bringing the separatists leaders (read Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) to a tripartite political dialogue with India and Pakistan. He recommended free trade and travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied J&K. His latest preposterous proposal was that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to transact their business in the Indian as well as the Pakistani currency. Looking at these steps in totality – these were ploys to weaken the State influence in Law and Order issues and dilute the army control on borders. Making borders with Pakistan porous, Mufti’s strategy was to pave the way for uninterrupted smuggling of currency, arms and drugs as well as infiltration of terrorists.

Kind obituaries are flooding in about the greatness of the man now dead. People are calling him a statesman and a visionary. He surrounded himself with wise people and those wise people (often Kashmiri Pandits) must undoubtedly believe in his secular and nationalist credentials. As a common person who never broke bread with him, I am entitled to judge his greatness by his impact and legacy. I will remember the man as someone who stepped on corpses for his political ambition. For this I cannot wish him peace in afterlife.

Cse Khoda rut karun, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, magar kari na zaahn.

[ May the almighty look after you Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but I seriously doubt He will. ]

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As stated above, I have taken this article from . They have printed this disclaimer towards the end of the article. I fail to understand the logic. Everyone has freedom of expression. And if a Kashmiri Pandit feels this way, she has every right to express her opinion.


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[ I express my gratitude to & the writer Anupama Handoo for this article. ]


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Year End Musings : Vidur Acting Institute in 2015


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03, 2016           11.00 P.M.

I wrote Year End Musing in 2010 , 2011 & 2012. In those days I used to write about the Hindi films and Hindi film industry in general. Then I thought that there are many websites and many film analysts and trade pundits doing the same job. So what is the need of me writing the same stuff. Therefore I didn’t write Year End Musings in 2013 & 2014.

But this year it occurred to me that I should chronicle yearly success stories and accomplishments of Vidur Acting Institute. In this field, where veterans like Shri Roshan Taneja and Sushri Ashha Chandra are almost retired, there are only few genuine ones left doing their jobs ethically.

This arena is now dominated by few upstarts, who can go to any length to get their prey. They can make false claims, they can Photoshop some pictures and present it as the proof of their recent successes and accomplishments. They have various fee structures of the same course to lure and hoodwink gullible out-of-town students and finally they give free demo class, collect students, click pictures and post it as the new batch of their tottering institute. But it is their moral and ethical values. If they are not bothered, why should I?

I don’t have to compete with them. 4 generations of NEW AGE Hindi film actors are my students. They are :





Apart from them, I have trained modern-day Telugu super stars like ; ANUSHKA SHETTY , ALLU ARJUN , NAG CHAITANYA  & RAM CHARAN. Current Bengali super star DEV is also my student. Why should I lower my standard to the level of some foul-mouth skunks, if I have such an enviable list. I have decided to paint a true picture of my yearly accomplishments with facts and figures. So this year onwards I will keep on posting Year End Musings.



SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %




DEBUTS : 2013 to 2015

11 actors / actresses / singers, who are trained by me made their debut from November 2013 to July 2015. Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja is the 11th and latest student of Vidur Acting Institute, who made debut as Lead Actor in a film called ” Second Hand Husband “. Here is the complete list.

2013 = URVASHI RAUTELA – ” Singh Saab The Great ” – 21 November 2013

2014 = DAISY SHAH – ” Jai Ho ” – 24 January 2014

2014 = PREETI DESAI – ” One by Two ” – 31 January 2014

2014 = TANVI RAO – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

2014 = BILAL AMROHI – ” O Teri ! ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = AYESHA KHANNA – ” Dishkiyaoon ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = ARMAAN JAIN – ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil ” – 4 July 2014

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial]

2014 = SAMRIDDHA BAWA – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial] – 17 November 2014

2014 = PAWNI PANDEY – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

[ sung the song ” ……… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ………. “  ]

2015 = TINA AHUJA – ” Second Hand Husband ” – 3 July 2015






In total 162 Hindi films got released in 2015. It is heartening that 101 actors trained by me have appeared in lead role in these films. This makes my success rate 62.35 % in 2015.

I am providing the complete list.

January = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 12

February = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

March = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 11

April = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

May = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 08

June = Films Released : 06 / My Students : 06

July = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 10

August = Films Released : 08 / My Students : 09

September = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 13

October = Films Released : 23 / My Students : 05

November = Films Released :  10 / My Students : 03

December = Films Released : 07 / My Students : 06

If anyone would like to cross check, they can refer to Vidur’s Film Diary from January 2015 to December 2015. They can get names of the films and release date also.






1 – TV = My 45 students worked in various serials on various channels in 2015.

2 – AD = My 49 students worked as Brand Ambassadors of various products in 2015.

3 – THEATRE = My 15 students appeared in various plays in 2015.

4 – REGIONAL FILMS = My 5 students did lead roles in 4 Telugu films in 2015.

Thus in total 124 students worked in TV, AD, THEATRE & REGIONAL FILMS. If you add 101 students of films , this number comes to a whopping  215.






1 – Worked with Prakash Jha for his debut film ” Jai Gangaajal ” in November 2014.

2 – Abhishek Dogra made debut as director of ” Dolly Ki Doli ” in January 2015.

3 – Worked with Rohit Shetty for ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 ” in February 2015.

4 – Worked with Manish Dayal for ” Viceroy’s House ” directed by Gurinder Chaddha in September 2015.

5 – Nepali star Vinay Shreshtha‘s 2nd film ” Resham Filili ” was released in December 2015.





100 CRORE CLUB : 2015

Till date 35 Hindi films have earned 100 crore or more at the box office. 1 film is in 3oo crore club, 1 in 250 crore, 3 in 200 crore, 7 in 150 crore and 23 are in 100 crore club. Out of these 35 films, my 81 students are there in 32 films. Only ” Ghajini “, ” Holiday ” & ” Ek Villain ” are the films, which have no students of mine. In this field my success rate is 92 % .




BATCHES : 2015

In 2015, Vidur Acting Institute churned out 08 Batches. 43 students got trained and have started their struggle. There are several star-sons and star-daughters, but it is not proper to disclose their names at this juncture.





AWARDS : 2015

1 – Nagari Pracharini Sabha , Deoria conferred ” NAGARI SHRI ” Samman on September 14, 2014.

2 – Vishwa Hindi Sanstha, Canada gave ” SAMMAN PATRA ” on November 2015.







1 – Vidur Acting Institute became acting partner of  ” VAAYU FEST 2015 “ of NMIMS, Mumbai.  4 more are coming in 2016.

As I finish this blog I am satisfied that victory march of Vidur Acting Institute is no less significant than previous years. 2015 ends with a heartening note. 2016 promises some more sunshine.


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Vinay Shreshtha & My Nepal Connection


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 02, 2016           09.40 P.M.


Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

On December 17, 2015, I got a message from Vinay Shreshtha wishing me on my birthday. He also told me about his Nepali movie  Resham Filili [ 2015 ] [ रेशम फिलिली ] .

I was surprised to know that apart from Nepal, it also got released in India. This Nepali Comedy is in fact Vinay Shreshta’s 2nd movie. His 1st was  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] .

He was a student of Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Lab, Mumbai. I don’t exactly remember the year but it must have been between 2000 & 2005. During those years I was working with Mr. Kapoor and Vinay Shreshtha joined the batch.

After completing the course, he returned to Nepal but kept in touch. In 2008 / 2009 he came to visit me when I started my own institute. He was planning  Visa Girl  at that time. He gifted me a replica of PASHUPATI NATH TEMPLE. I still have that gift in my Mumbai office. It always reminds me of Vinay Shreshtha and Nepal.




 Visa Girl [ 2012 ]

Nepali Movie 

Starring – Reecha Sharma, Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Raymon Das Shrestha, Saloni Rajbhandari, Menuka Pradhan, Reema Bishowkarma etc.

Director – Prachanda M. Shrestha

Producer – CG Entertainment [ Entertainment wing of Chaudhary Group. The owner of Chaudhary Group, Binod Chaudhary was declared the first billionaire in Nepal . ]

The much publicized Nepali movie  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] couldn’t do good business in Nepal. On the occasion of Christmas December 25, 2012, the movie was premiered in Gangtok, Sikkim also. The lead actors in ‘Visa Girl’, Vinay Shrestha and Richa Sharma are also the co-producers of the film.

Visa Girl  is a story of three boys named Aditya, Riyaj and Sandesh eager to go abroad at all cost. They have enough of their life in Kathmandu and are trying their best to go USA. In a charity program they met a beautiful girl named Stuti, a green card holder, who was going  back to the USA soon. The trio named Stuti the Visa Girl and start trying their best to impress her.


After  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] , Vinay Shreshtha’s 2nd Nepali release was Resham Filili [ 2015 ]  .




Resham Filili [ 2015 ]

 Nepali Movie  [ रेशम फिलिली ]

Resham Filili  is nepali comedy movie directed by Pranab Joshi. The movie was in limelight after the release of title song Jaalma on YouTube , which became instant hit. I am posting the YouTube link :



Starring – Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Kameshwor Chaurasiya and Menuka Pradhan.

Writer and Director – Pranab Joshi.

Producer – Madhav Wagle

Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is produced under the banner of Actor Vinay Shrestha’s production company V Motion Pictures. This is the second venture of Vinay’s production company,  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] being the first.

Resham Filili was released on April 24, 2015, the day before Nepal earthquake . Earthquake had huge impact on the earning of the film. However,the film earned about 71 lakhs gross in just one day.

The film was then re-released on August 28, 2015 nationwide. It was released in India in December 2015.




In fact my Nepal connection started with Jal Shah, a heroine of Nepali films, who was very popular during the 90s.  From 1996 to 2005, she acted in about 50 Nepali film and is now settled in USA with her family.

Though Jal Shah was my first Nepal connection, but Vinay Shreshtha will always be special because he maintained the relationship. I am happy for him and his film career in Nepal. He is very down to earth and well-behaved even after doing two films. Whenever he talks, he is very courteous and gentle. Though he can throw starry arrogance but he never did it even once.

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

May God give him all the success and glory , which he so rightly deserves. He started his journey with  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] and Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is going to be only his next step before he attains international fame and eternal glory as a bright shining super – star of Nepal.


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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate Vinay Shreshtha and pray for his bright future.

May God bless him !

[ List of released films,  dates and other information of Vinay Shreshtha and Jal Shah have been taken from Wikipedia . I express gratitude. ]



Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2015


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 01 , 2016           08.15 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I am noticing that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho “
2 : ” One By Two “
3 – ” O Teri “ & ” Main Tera Hero “
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 “


Obituary :



Sadhana :


One of the most popular heroines of 1960s and 1970s, Sadhana died on December 25, 2015. She was 74 at the age of her death.

I wrote and posted a blog about her. Posting the link here.



Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!


New Hindi Film Releases & Me :


First Week – December 04


1 – Angry Indian Goddess ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Hate Story 3 ……………………………………………………………. Daisy Shah

………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

3 – Kajarya ………………………………………………………………………………….. X


Second Week – December 11


1 – Sorry Daddy …………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – The Silent Heroes …………………………………………………………………… X


Third Week – December 18

1 -Dilwale ………………………………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

………………………………………………………………………………… Ganesh Hegde

2 – Bajirao Mastani ………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra


Fourth Week  – December 24

X …………………………………………………………………………………………………. X


In total ………..……… 07 ………..….. films got released in December. Out of these ……………..….. 07 …………………… released films ………………….. 04 ……………………… films have …………… 06 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 06 ………………… persons , …………… 05 ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Ganesh Hegde is the choreographer of  ” Dilwale ” .



New Regional Films & Me :


1 – Nepali : Vinay Shreshtha is playing male lead in  ” Resham Filili “.


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



TV Trivia & Me :


1 – Arbaaz Khan is hosting a show ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ashmit Patel is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

3 – Amir Ali is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

4 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

5 – Rahul Dev is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

6 – Mehak Chahal is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

7 – Teejay Siddhu is doing a show  ” Santoshi Maa “ on & TV.

8 – Aditi Sharma is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

9 – Samridha Bawa is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

10 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is doing a show  ” Nagin “ on Colors.


My ……………. 10 …………..….. students in ………………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .



Theatre & Me :


1 – Adhir Bhatt  is playing a role in  ” Natkhat Krishna “.

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing a role in ” Rafta Rafta “.


My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 02 …………. plays .



Commercials & Me :


1 – Emraan Hashmi is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Meglow ” .

2 – Arbaaz Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Paras Paan Masala ” .

3 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Marvel Tea ” .


  My ………….. 03 …………… students in …………… 03 …………… commercial campaigns .


Summary of December 2015

My 06 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 regional film , 10 students in 04 TV shows , 01 student in 02 plays and 03 students appeared in 03 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of December 2015 comes to 21


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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 21 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from . I express gratitude. ]





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