Vidur Acting Institute Spreads Across Two Generations


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 17, 2016           08.00 P.M.

In this ephemeral world of films , it is very difficult to survive for 25 years. Banners are stablished and one day they disappear. Film-makers start their journey and one day they cease to exist. Acting Training is also same. Since it is mostly ruled by unscrupulous, scheming liars, it withers before bloom. Since deceit is the pattern for majority of so-called famous acting trainers of Mumbai or India, it implode before becoming a long-living entity.

In this world of treacherous, unscrupulous and fraudulent scamsters, roaming around as best acting trainers of Mumbai, I always wonder how I survived for 26 long years. From 1990 to 2016, it seems an impossible journey. People become obsolete in 26 years. They become redundant after becoming old. They become cynics with advancing age. Finally, they slip into irrelevance. But this didn’t happen to me. It is God’s mercy. It is because of the fact that even after 26 years my students have faith on me. And this faith has made me AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS.

In the 26th year of my career, I have started my 100th batch on April 07, 2016. And this batch have a girl named SHINOVA SONI. Years ago, precisely 19 years ago, I trained her mother APARNA SONI also. Here is the complete story.

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

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1997           SHEETAL APARTMENT – JUHU           BOMBAY

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It was a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day in Bombay. The year was 1997. The place was ground floor hall of SHEETAL APARTMENT near CHANDAN CINEMA, JUHU. An acting batch started. It had KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. Apart from above mentioned names, the batch also had a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty. Her name was APARNA SONI.

That is the beginning of the story. No Acting Trainer can forget students like KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But one can easily forget APARNA SONI.

After mandatory 3 months period, the batch ended. Months came and gone. Seasons changed colours. Years passed. Age took me with all its ferocity and the vagaries of time engulfed me completely. I did remember KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But APARNA SONI doggedly refused to be obfuscated from my memory. She refused to be just another student, who came for 3 months and simply faded away. And the efforts for maintaining this relationship were always from her side.

One phone call a month ………………. few occasional messages here & there ……………………. season’s greetings ………………… festival wishes, she was always there. She always calls. She is always there if occasion arises. She always recommends students for my acting training institute. Once when I was hospitalised, she used to come daily. Till the time I was in hospital, she came every day without fail.

And thus THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED ……………………..

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2016           BUNGALOW NO. 52 – MHADA           MUMBAI

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With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

On March 22, 2016, I got a call from her. I thought that it is one of her regular calls. Next day on March 23, 2016, she came to meet me with her daughter. She wanted to admit her daughter in VIDUR Acting Institute .

It was again a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day. Only change is that now the city is not Bombay. And the year is not 1997. City is now rechristened Mumbai and the year is 2016. And yes the student is also not APARNA. The student is SHINOVA, who just like her mother, is also a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty

It never occurred to me that 19 year have passed since APARNA completed her training. In 1997, I never ever expected that after training APARNA SONI, one day I would be training her daughter also. I never imagined this even in my wildest dreams. But 19 year after training mother APARNA SONI, I am training her daughter SHINOVA SONI too.

It is not easy to become AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS. It is very rare chance. Apart from Shri Roshan Taneja, no other acting trainer of India can claim that they have trained two generations. Taneja Sir trained SHRI SHATRUGHAN SINHA & his son LUV SINHA.

 

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From Drop to A Pearl : Journey of Narendra Jetley


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 10, 2016           10.00 P.M.

With Narendra Jetley in my Office

With Narendra Jetley in my Office

If my memory is not failing me, the year must have been 2010. Narendra Jetley was a students of Batch No. 32. [ Technically he is not a student of VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE ].

I still remember his first few tentative baby – steps in the class. Confused but eager to correct himself ………… doubtful but always ready to remove doubts …………………. prone to mistakes but always willing to make amends. It was a normal journey of a budding actor. He, at that time, was just an ephemeral, inconsequential drop of water in the seamless, endless ocean of FINE ARTS.

It has been 5 years now. And if I look back and try to analyse, the same ephemeral, inconsequential drop of water has miraculously metamorphosed as an immortal, precious pearl.

And let me make it clear. It is his personal victory. All his accomplishments are fruits of his own tireless efforts. No acting trainer or acting institute can make that kind of transformation in any actor.

Just look at his body of work and variety of roles, which he essayed in his ads.

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In between he has done variety of roles in few films also. It’s just a start. His zenith has yet to come.

 

Movies / Serials / Telefilms :
 
 
1) One Night Stand, (Dir – Jasmine D’Souza)
   StarringSunny Leone,Tanuj Virwani
2) Ishq Click, (Dir – Anil Ballani)
   StarringAdhyayan Suman,Sara Loren
3) Gabbar, (Dir – Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi,krish)
    Starring: Akshay Kumar,Kareena Kapoor,Shruti Hasan
4) Raja Natwarlal,(Dir – Kunal Deshmukh)
    Starring: Emraan Hashmi,Humaima Malik,Paresh Rawal
5) Hum Tum Shabana, (Dir – Sagar Ballary of Bheja Fry)
   Starring: Tushar Kapoor,Shreyas Talpade,Minisha Lamba
6) Ur my jaan, (Dir – Aron Govil)
   Starring: Mikaal Zulfikar,Aman Verma
7) Don Bhaisahab, (Dir – Virag Mishra)
  Starring: Vinay Pathak,Mona Singh,Satish Kaushik
8) Powder,TV Series by Yash Raj Films (Dir – Atul Sabharwal)
9) Punaah, Telefilm (Dir – Shashant Shah)
   Starring: Ranvir Shourey
10) Aftermath, (Dir – Rama Rau)
      Screened at Cannes Film Festival 2011

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In these 5 years, Narendra Jetley worked hard and made his mark. He had no connections of any kind in the world of films. But he made his place in the industry with sheer grit, tenacity and will power.

Today when I look back and watch his growth an a thinking actor, I feel so proud.

I see a very bright future for him and wish him all the best.

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           April 03 , 2016           11.00 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. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed 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.

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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

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 “
5 – ARMAAN JAIN
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Obituary :

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Ashok Gaikwad :

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Ashok Gaikwad was a Hindi film director who has directed several hit films. His first notable film was Qatil (1988) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sangeeta Bijlani. He was prominent in the 1990s with many Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff starrers.

Some of his notable films are : Qatil [ 1988 ] , Doodh Ka Karz [ 1990 ] , Izzat [ 1991 ] , Police Officer [ 1992 ] , Sarphira [ 1992 ] , Phool Aur Angaar [ 1993 ] , Krishan Avtaar [ 1993 ] , Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat [ 1997 ] , Gair [ 1999 ] & Maa Kasam [ 1999 ] .

Some of his lesser known films are : “Gunehgar Kaun” [ 1991 ] , “Qurbani Rang Layegi” [ 1991 ] , “Hasti” [ 1993 ] , “Parwane” [ 1993 ] , & “Fauj” [ 1994 ] .

He was the man who directed Rani Mukherjee in her debut film ” Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat ” [ 1997 ].

Ashok Gaikwad died on March 28, 2016.

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Hindi Films in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – March 04

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1 – Jai Gangaajal ………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………………………… Prakash Jha

………………………………………………………………………………………. Jagat Singh

2 – Zubaan ……………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Second Week – March 11

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1 – Darling Don’t Cheat ………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Dirty Boss ……………………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Global Baba ……………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Murari The Mad Gentleman ……………………………………………………. X

5 – 1982 A Love Marriage …………………………………………………………….. X

6 – Teraa Surroor ………………………………………………………… Monica Dogra

 

Third Week – March 18 
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1 – Awesome Mausam …………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Cute Kameene …………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Dare You …………………………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Miss Teacher …………………………………………………………………………… X

5 – Mumbai Central ………………………………………………………………………. X

6 – Ok Mein Dhokhe ………………………………………………………………………. X

7 – Kapoor & Sons ………………………………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

 

Fourth Week  – March 24/25
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1 – Crime Affair Aur Badla ……………………………………………………………… X

2 – Tann Mann Aur Dhan  ………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Rocky Handsome  ………………………………………………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………………………………………… Nathalia Kaur

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in March 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 04 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , Prakash Jha, apart from acting, also wrote the screenplay and directed  ” Jai Gangaajal “ .

 


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TV Trivia in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Pritam Singh is playing an important role in ” Comedy Nights Bachao “ on Colors.

2 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in ” Crime Petrol “ on Sony TV.

3 – Karishma Tanna is playing an important role in ” Woh Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle “ on Sab TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. student in ………………… 03 ……………. TV show .

 

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Theatre in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Nasir Khan is playing lead in ” 3 Bandar “.

2 – Kishwer Merchant is playing lead in ” 3 Bandar “.

3 – Urvashi Sharma Joshi is playiny a role in ” Selfie “.

My …………. 03 ………….. students in ………… 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Sonam Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Kalyan Jewellers “.

2 – Sonal Sachdev is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Amazon.in “.

3 – Kartik Aaryan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Envy 1000 Crystal “.

4 – Tanisha Gupta is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Dabur Meswak “.

5 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Attraction “.

6 – Saif Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Ekta World “.

 

My ………….. 06 …………… students in …………… 06 …………… commercial campaigns .

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Summary of March 2016

My 04 students appeared in 07 films , 03 student in 03 TV show , 03 student in 02 plays and 06 students appeared in 06 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of March 2016 comes to 16

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS


63rd NATIONAL FILM AWARDS 2016

1 – Kalki Koechlin : Special Jury Award for “Margarita With A Straw”

DEBUTS

1 – Praksh Jha made his debut as a main lead in a Hindi film ” JAI GANGAAJAL “ on March 04, 2016.

 

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In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the above mentioned facts and can check and verify them.

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

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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 16 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 http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . Information about Late Ashok Gaikwad is taken from Wikipedia. I express gratitude.]

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