Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  25 , 2013         05.00  P.M.

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2012 gave us only 10 super hits and some major flops .Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Agneepath ” , Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” Bol BachchanandTalash were declared hits . ” Talash “ could not make it to the 100 crore club . It earned only 93 crores . But all the other 9 movies earned more than 100 crores . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ became the most successful film of 2012 . It raked in 198 crores .

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Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times

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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Position Movie No.
Of Days to Reach 100 Crores
Total
Collections
1 Ek Tha Tiger
6  198
2 Dabangg 2
6 158.50
3 Bodyguard
8 142
4 3 Idiots
9 202
5 Ra.One
10 115
6 Dabangg 10 145
7 Agneepath
11 123
8 Rowdy Rathore
11 131
9 Jab Tak Hai Jaan
11 120.65
10 Ready
12  120
11 Don 2
13 106
12 Race 2
14 102*
13 Son Of Sardaar
16 105.03
14 Ghajini
16  114
15 Barfi!
17 120
16 Golmaal 3 17 107
17 Housefull 2
17 114
18 Singham 37 100
19 Bol Bachchan
45 102
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Top grosser of 2012 :
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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Bollywood 2012
 Box Office Positions

Movie

Lead Stars

Directors

India Nett Collection
in Crores

1

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Kabir Khan

198

2

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Arbaaz Khan

158.50

3

Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar, Nasser

Prabhu Deva

131

4

Agneepath

Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

Karan Malhotra

123

5

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh KhanKatrina KaifAnushka Sharma

Yash Chopra

120.65

6

Barfi!

Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Anurag Basu

120

7

Housefull 2

Akshay KumarJohn AbrahamMithun Chakraborty

Sajid Khan

114

8

Son Of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla

Ashwni Dhir

105.03

9

Bol Bachchan

Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan

Rohit Shetty

102

10

Talaash

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Reema Kagti

93

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Classification of Top grosser of 2012 :
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SUPER HITS :
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” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Student Of The Year ” , ” OMG Oh My God ! ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Raaz 3 ” , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Bol Bachchan ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Kahani ” & ” Agneepath “
HITS :
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” Talaash ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” 1920 Evil Returns ” , ” English Vinglish ” , ” Cocktail , ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Jannat 2 ” &  ” Paan Singh Tomar “
AVERAGE :
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” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” , ” Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 ” , ” Ferrari Ki Sawaari ” , ” Agent Vinod ” & ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu “
PLUS :
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” Khiladi 786 ” , ” Jism 2 ” , ” Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum ” & ” Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya “
So the final tally of hits in 2012 comes to 13 super hits , 8 hits , 5 average and 4 plus films .


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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2012
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2011 was definitely a cruel year for the Hindi film industry . In total 34 stalwarts left us for their final journey .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
2012 was equally harsh . In total 29 luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2012 . Except month of November , almost 2/3 people died every month . In just 2 years 33 stalwarts , who made indelible mark in the industry , left this world .
Actors :
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Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Taruni Sachdev , Gavin Packard , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti
Singer – Music Directors – Arrangers :
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Anthony Gonsalves , Anil Mohile , Ravi , Varsha Bhosle , Pandit Ravi Shankar
Producers – Directors :
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Darshan Sabharwal , Raj Kanwar , O. P. Dutta , Mona Kapoor , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra
Writers – Lyricists :
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Shahryar
Cinematographers :
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Ashok Mehta , Rajen Kothari , Bobby Singh
Art Directors :
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Ashish Lakhia
Editor :
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M. S. Shinde
Film Critic :
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Nikhat Kazmi , B. K. Karanjia
Theatre Personality :
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Dinesh Thakur

 

I deeply mourn the departed souls , who left us for their heavenly abode . I congratulate all the successful actors , producers and directors , who gave hits and super hits in 2012 . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  expresses happiness at the turn of events .

[ I have taken some of the facts & figures from http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude .]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2012


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  02, 2012           05.00 P.M.
Month of August had no surprises . Everything happened on the expected lines . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ came as a hurricane in 3300 cinema halls and multiplexes and devastated box office collections and wrote a new history .
It is the fastest film to earn 100 crore . It is the first film of  Yash Raj Banner to earn 100 crore . It is the 4th consecutive film of Salman Khan to earn 100 crore . And it is the 2nd biggest all time grosser Hindi film after 3 Idiots .
Re-posting some relevant tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Tweets

#Jism2 movie review: Sunny Leone is the USP, but lackluster screenplay and sluggish pace are deterrents http://bit.ly/NOxtK6 

‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ movie review: Regular love story that gets unbearable after a point! http://bit.ly/M8aaKb

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum has Rs 35.5 cr + Week 1, Excellent http://bit.ly/NPwtWb 

#Jism2 thanks to the total accumulated on Thu + Fri, the overall figure looks quite good: Rs 20 cr to Rs 21 cr nett, incl Thu previews.

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum got affected by #Jism2 wave on Friday, but consolidated its status on the subsequent days, especially on Sunday.

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum collected approx Rs 5.50 cr nett in Weekend 2, taking the 10-day total to approx Rs 40.70 cr nett. Very good!

EXCLUSIVE DATA: #Jism2 ranks amongst lowest openers in Overseas … #CarryOnJatta is a smash hit …http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/boxofficeoverseas/id/432 …

#GOW2 picked up during the course of the day, yesterday. Wednesday *early estimates* indicate 3 cr. May even cross 3 cr.

#EkThaTiger lots of people enquiring about Day 1 biz. Yashraj also compiling them. It’s a wide release, takes time. Seems 32 to 33 cr.

Those asking, yes, #EkThaTiger total of 32.92 cr is 11 cr HIGHER than the biggest opener #Agneepath [22 cr].

#EkThaTiger India *actuals* Wed 32.93 cr, Thu 14.50 cr, Fri 12.90 cr. Total: 60.35 cr nett.

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sat 16.75 cr. Total: 77.10 cr nett. Excellent growth on Saturday

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sun 23.06 cr. Total: 100.16 cr nett. SUPERB. Fastest 100 cr grosser ever – 5 days [Hindi films]. NEW RECORD!

#EkThaTiger is @BeingSalmanKhan ’s 4th century [100 cr], the other three being #Dabangg [147 cr], #Ready [122 cr] and #Bodyguard[148 cr].

#EkThaTiger is Yash Raj’s *first* film to cross 100 cr mark.

#EkThaTiger hits a ton, @BeingSalmanKhan ‘s 4th centuryhttp://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/887/date/2012-08-20 …

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Monday [Eid] 20.68 cr. Total:120.84 cr nett. NEW RECORD FOR MONDAY FIGURES.

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Tue 16.31 cr. Total: 137.15 cr nett. Excellent! All set to cross #Dabangg [147 cr] & #Bodyguard [148 cr].

#EkThaTiger *actuals* Wed 10.45 cr. Total: 147.60 cr nett. Crosses lifetime biz of #Dabangg [147 cr]. AMAZING!

#EkThaTiger India + Overseas combined biz *after 2nd Weekend* is Rs 210 cr +. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.

India Rankings TOP 3:- No 1 – #3Idiots [202 cr nett], No 2 – #EkThaTiger [175 cr nett, still counting], No 3 – #Bodyguard [148 cr nett].

#Joker Friday numbers are poor in India and international markets. Amongst @akshaykumar ‘s lowest openers.

#GOW2: Paid Previews: Rs. 35 lakhs, Wed: 2.75 crs and Thu 2.3 cr. So far 5.4 crores…

Exhibitors’ early estimates for 1st day ETT all-India net:30 crore plus!Yes,30 plus!!Some say, 32!B.O.history being written on historic day

Final: EK THA TIGER has collected 32.92 crore (nett) from 3300 Screens in India

ETT Day 3 all-India net: Rs. 12.9 crore. Total for 3 days: Rs. 60.3 crore


ETT day 4: Rs. 16.75 crore. Total: Rs. 77.1 crore! Wonderful

ETT: Sunday Rs. 23.06 crore. Total Rs. 100.16 crore. Outstanding!!

ETT Day 8:Rs.10.45 crore.Total Rs.147.6 crore.Lifetime collection of Dabangg(142 crore) and Bodyguard(146 crore) surpassed in 8 days.Great!

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Obituary :

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Ashok Mehta : 

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An iconic figure in the field of cinematography , Ashok Mehta died on August 15 , 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 65 . He was suffering from lung cancer .

 ” 36 Chowringhee Lane ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mandi ” [1983 ] , ” Utsav ” [ 1984 ] ,” Trikaal ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ijaazat ” [ 1987 ] , ” Ram Lakhan ” [ 1989 ] , ” Saudagar ” [ 1991 ] , ” Khalnaayak [ 1993 ] , ” Bandit Queen ” [ 1994 ] , ” Gaja Gamini ” [ 2000 ]  , ” Pukar ” [ 2000 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 2002 ] , ” Chalte Chalte ” [2003 ] and ” No Entry ” [ 2005 ] are some of his most famous and note – worthy films .

He wrote , produced and directed ” Moksha ” [2001 ] , debut film of Arjun Rampal and Kalpana Pandit . Incidentally both are my students .

A. K. Hangal :

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Avtar Krishna Hangal a.k.a. A. K. Hangal died on August 26 , 2012 at the age of 97 due to age related problems . Posting links of the two blogs which I had written about him :

1 -Wrote this blog when Hangal Sahab was alive : 

A. K. Hangal & His Communist Comrades wp.me/ptyXI-Rn via @VidurChaturvedi

2 – Wrote this blog as obituary after his death :  

Farewell Hangal Sahab : Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai ? wp.me/ptyXI-2ik


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 03

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1 – Jism 2 …………………………………………………… Dino Morea

2 – Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai ……………………………….. Aditya Samanta

Second Week – August 10

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1 – Gangs Of Wasseypur II …………………………….. X

2 – Overtime ………………………………………………. X

3 – Second Marriage Dot Com ………………………… X

4 – 5 Ghantey Mien 5 Crore ……………………………. X

Third Week – August 17

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1 – Ek Tha Tiger …………………………………………… Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………… Aashish Singh

2 – Shikaar Shikari Ka ………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – August 24

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1 – Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi …………………. Bela Bhansali Sehgal

………………………………………………………………… Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

2 – Delhi In A Day ……………………………………….. X

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Joker ……………………………………………………. Minissha Lamba [ Guest ]

………………………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

2 – Sonpari ………………………………………………… X

3 – I M 24 ………………………………………………….. X

4 – From Sydney With Love ………………………….. Reshmi Ghosh

5 – Dhama Chaukadi ……………………………………. X


In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 15 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….09 ……… persons , Dino Morea is producer of  ” Jism 2 “ , Ashish Singh is Executive Producer of ” Ek Tha Tiger ” and Bela Bhansali Sehgal is directer of ” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” . Remaining ……….. 06 ……. are actors .

 

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is essaying a prominent role in a TV Reality show ” Adalat “ on Sony TV .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is doing a prominent role in  ” Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga “ on Sahara One .

3 – Karishma Tanna is essaying a role in a TV Reality show ” Adalat “ on Sony TV .

4 – Zohaib Siddiqui is doing main lead in ” Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke “ on Zee TV .

5 – Mrunal Jain is essaying main lead in ” Uttaran “ on Colors .

6 – Nakuul Mehta is essaying an important role in ” Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara “ on Star Plus .

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 06 ……………. various shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Akriti Singh is playing main protagonist in a new play ” Ilhaam ” .

My …………… 01 ………….. student in ………….. 01 …………. play .

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Farewell Hangal Sahab : Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai ?


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 28, 2012           01.00 A.M.

Death of  Shri A. K. Hangal on August 26, 2012 at the age of 97 was almost expected . He was aged , frail and was suffering from multiple diseases . On August 13 , 2012 he fell in the bathroom of his flat and fractured his right femur bone . On August 16 he was admitted in Asha Parekh Hospital , Santacruz and after 10 days finally succumbed to his injury and other age related complications .

I wrote a blog about him when Hangal Sahab was alive . He hit the headlines for his poor health and penury . Industry people rushed to his succour . But his communist comrades , who are now shedding copious tears after his demise , kept distance and maintained stoic silence .

My Other Blog About Hangal Sahab : A. K. Hangal & His Communist Comrades wp.me/ptyXI-Rn via @VidurChaturvedi

Avtaar Veenit Kishan Hangal a.k.a. A. K. Hangal was an iconic father figure of Hindi cinema . He was first noticed in films like ; Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . I first saw him in ” Shagird “ , a Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu starrer .

Shagird

Cover of Shagird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Born in Sialkot , Pakistan , Hangal Sahab spent his childhood in Peshawar . He moved to Karachi before partition of India and was a tailor by profession . He joined theatre very early in his life . In 1949 he moved to India after spending 3 years in jail in Pakistan . In Mumbai he , along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi , joined IPTA [ Indian People’s Theatre Association ] and then in 1966 joined Hindi films at the age of 50 .

As stated earlier he started his film journey with ” Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . Later on he worked in films like ;Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , ” Guddi ” [ 1971 ] , ” Bawarchi ” [ 1972 ] , ” Abhimaan ” [ 1973 ] , ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] , ” Kora Kagaz ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , ” Balika Badhu ” [ 1976 ] , ” Aina ” [ 1977 ] , ” Satyam Shivam Sundaram ” [ 1978 ] , ” Basera ‘ [ 1981 ] , ” Kalyug ” [ 1981 ] , ” Kudrat ” [ 1981 ] , ” Naram Garam ” [ 1981 ] , ” Shaukeen ” [ 1982 ] , ” Avtaar ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sharaabi ” [ 1984 ] , ” Arjun ” [ 1985 ] , ” Bewafai ” [ 1985 ] , ” Meri Jung ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ram Teri Ganga Maili ” [ 1985 ] , ” Khoon Bhari Maang ” [ 1988 ] , ” Khalnayak ” [ 1993 ] and  ” Lagaan ” [ 2001 ] .

Rahim Chacha of Sholay

Rahim Chacha of Sholay

In Shaukeen with Ashok Kumar & Utpal Dutt

In Shaukeen with Ashok Kumar & Utpal Dutt

Lagaan - His Last Film

Lagaan – His Last Film

So from 1966 to his last film in 2001 , it was a 35 year-long and very successful film journey . He acted in almost 200 films .

During his last years , on February 08 , 2011 , he graced the ramp on a wheelchair for fashion designer Riyaz Ganji for his summer line .

Show Stopper for Riyaz Ganji

Show Stopper for Riyaz Ganji

His last appearance was a TV serial ” Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon ” [ 2012 ] . He gave his voice for Maharaja Ugrasen in animation film ” Krishna Aur Kans ” [ 2012 ] . So in a way his career span is 46 years .

The government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan in 2006 .

He lived an eventful life and must have left this world with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment .

Al-vidaah Rahim Chacha ! Your voice will always reverberate in my ears , ” Itna sannata kyon hai bhai ? ”

 

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A. K. Hangal & His Communist Comrades


Last month I was traveling. While going out of Mumbai, I came to know about pitiable condition of veteran actor Shri Avtar Krishn Hangal, aka A. K. Hangal. I was saddened and felt ashamed that such a veteran actor should be almost begging for his medical and other expenses. When I wrote an obituary to Nalini Jayawant, I mentioned that it is duty of CINTAA [ Cine & TV Artistes’ Association ] to look after its ailing members and aging veterans who have no one to look after them. Nalini Jayawant died in her bungalow and world came to know about it after 3 days. There was no one in her family and her body was wrapped in a bed sheet and was taken away by BMC people. CINTAA maintained an enigmatic silence, Now barely a month passed and tragedy struck the industry again. 90 years old actor A. K. Hangal’s son gave a statement and sought help for his ailing and aging father, who is unable to earn because of his advance age and failing health.

I saw Hangal Sahab’s photo and read about his economic condition and was aghast. Film fraternity ran to his rescue in full force. His colleagues and filmmakers, with whom he had worked , immediately donated money and pledged support. Some filmmakers also came forward to help, even though they hadn’t worked with Hangal Sahab.

It was very heartening and satisfying that the industry rose as one family and magnanimously helped one of its infirm and ailing veteran member, who is unable to earn because of his advancing age.. Government of Maharashtra also pitched in and a decent sum was given to Mr. Vijay Hangal, son of Hangal Sahab.

Flag, in style used by many South Asian Commun...

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Only worrying part in this episode was the behaviour of his communist colleagues. Hangal Sahab is a member of Communist Party of India. He was an active member of IPTA [ Indian Peoples Theatre Association ] also and worked in many plays for them. Throughout his active years he supported them wholeheartedly and they conveniently forgot him at the time of his need. There was no clamour for his help from the communists. No word of support at his hour of distress was heard from the comrades. There was baffling and intriguing silence in the camp of comrades. When this veteran actor was fighting for his survival, another prominent proletariat [ ? ] Shabana Azmi was busy organizing a fashion show with the help of a prominent fashion designer Manish Malhotra. Because of her standing in the industry, she was able to have 39 prominent Hindi film stars for her show. Bourgeoisie [ ? ] like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Aamir Khan rushed to help Hangal Sahab and a proletariat [ ? ] like Shabana Azmi was busy inviting 39 prominent stars to walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra.

Shabana Azmi

Image via Wikipedia - Shabana Azmi

May I ask the reason of this silence? May I know the cause for this apathy? It is shameful and disgusting. Communists are born opportunists. They use people and when they find them worthless, they dump them nicely. This what they have done to Hangal Sahab.

A dream never fulfilled

Image via Wikipedia - A Dream Never Fulfilled

Thank God ! India is yet to become a communist nation.  Thank God ! USSR [ Union of Soviet Socialist Republic ] does not exist any more. Thank God ! Lenin and Stalin have been nicely consigned to the dustbins of history. Thank God ! Dictatorship of the proletariat is not the norm in our society.

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