Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY  02 , 2013          11.30 A.M.
Month of November 2012 was dominated by ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” and ” Son Of Sardar ” . December 2012 will be remembered for Aamir Khan‘s suspense triller ” Talaash ”  , Akshay Kumar‘sKhiladi 786 ” and Salman Khan‘sDabangg 2 ” .
Out of all the films released last month , ” Dabangg 2 “ easily entered in the 100 crore club . It is Salman Khan’s 5th consecutive 100 crore earner .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets


#Talaash Fri 13.5 cr, Sat 15.5 cr, Sun 18.1 cr. Total: Rs 47.1 cr nett.


Update: #Khiladi786 super at single screens, low at plexes… The details! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/302/date/2012-12-07 …

#Khiladi786 biz analysis: Akshay Kumar can look back on 2012 with a smile on his face! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/562/date/2012-12-12 …

#Khiladi786 collected Rs 10.75 cr nett in Weekend 2. Grand total: Rs 63.25 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 2.63 cr, Sat 3.37 cr, Sun 4.75 cr.

#Talaash collected Rs 5.04 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: Rs 89.86 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.76 cr, Sun 2.23 cr.


Those asking, here’s the review of #Dabangg2: This one will rewrite the rules of the game. Sure shot Blockbuster! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542696 …

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 24 cr to 25 cr [estimates; final total could vary]. Total: Rs 64/65 cr nett. OUTSTANDING!

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 25 cr, Mon 12 cr. Total: Rs 77.16 cr nett. Excellent!


What a superb jump! TALAASH Day 3: Rs. Little more than 18 crore!! First day was 13 plus. Day 2: 15.25. Total: 46 crore plus. Super!!

KHILADI 786 is not funny enough to satisfy the size of audience needed for it to make money… Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/khiladi-786-review/ …

Latest reports: Opening of K786 not upto the mark in many multis.Delhi multis 50-60% only.After morning shows,U.P. cinema coll. r not good.

Punjab opening of K786 is very ordinary. Rajasthan collections after morning shows are okay, not bad but not very good either.

DABANGG 2 may be routine and may have its flaws but it will be a b.o. blockbuster. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/dabangg-2-review/ …

D2. All india nett. Fri. 21.10.. Sat. 19.06.

D2 Thursday estimate: around Rs. 5.75 – 6 crore. Total: approx. 106 crore!

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Obituary :

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : 

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Apart from being a Sitar maestro , Pandit Ravi Shankar gave music for 5 Hindi and 6 Bengali feature films also . His Bengali films include Satyajit Ray’s ” Apu Trilogy ” : ” Pather Panchali ” , ” Aparajito ” and ” Apur Sansar ” . He also gave music for ” Gandhi ” , a film made by Richard Attenborough .

Wrote two blogs about Pandit Ravi Shankar . Posting the links :

Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director http://wp.me/ptyXI-2yf

Bobby Singh :

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Bobby Singh , the D.O.P. of films like ; ” Gangster ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Woh Lamhe ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Life In A Metro ” [ 2007 ]  , ” Dirty Picture ” [ 2011 ] , ” Jannat 2 ” [ 2012 ]  , and the upcoming film  ” Special Chabbis “ died at 38 in Goa following an asthma attack .

It is sad that such a talented cameraman dies so young .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 07

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1 – Khiladi 786……………………………………………………. X

2 – 10 ML Love ………………………………………………….. Tara Sharma

Second Week – December 14

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1 – Cigarette Ki Tarah …………………………………………… X

2 – Myoho …………………………………………………………..X

3 – Four Two Ka One …………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

Third Week – December 21

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1 – Dabangg 2 ……………………………………………………… Arbaaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………… Nikitin Dheer

………………………………………………………………………… Alvira Khan Agnihotri

Fourth Week  – December 28

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1 – Hansa ………………………………………………………….. X


In total …………… 07 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 07 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………… 05 ……………. personalities , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….05 ……… persons , Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of  ” Dabangg 2 ” and Arbaaz Khan , apart from being an actor is also the producer & director of ” Dabangg 2 ” . Remaining ……… 03 ……. are actors .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Dinesh Soni  is playing an important role in ” 26/12 ” on Life OK .

2 – Abhishek Tiwari is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Divya Dutta is playing female lead in  ” Teri Amrita ” .

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in ” Gasha ” .

 

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

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting academy ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Box Office Blues – November 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 04 , 2012           11.40 P.M.

Second blog in this category [ Box Office Blues ] is delayed by 4 days . I promised to write it on the last day of every month . But November was too hectic . I was in the process of starting Batch No. 69 of my Acting Institute in Mumbai and thus I missed the dateline .

Anyhow I am posting it today .

First Week – November 02

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1 –Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana : This film has Kunal Kapoor in the main lead and it also had Anangsha Biswas in a small role . Both my students were appreciated in this modest hit .

2 – 1920 Evil Returns : This famous franchisee of Vikram Bhatt was a major hit .

3 – Ata Pata Laapata : This film by Rajpal Yadav was a major disaster and was a damp squib at the box office .

4 – Le Gaya Saddam : This film was unmitigable disaster . I will always  be a bit special for me because Chirag Patil , a very old student of mine , played a major role in the film . Chirag is incidentally cricketer Sandip Patil’s son .

5 – Future To Bright Hai Ji : Future of this film was definitely not bright at the box office . It tanked without trace .

Second Week – November 09

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1 – Its Rocking Dard – E – Disco : Aryeman Ramsay is also my student . He made his debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ” Family ” . This flop film will be known for the music director Bappi Lahiri , who made his acting debut .

Third Week – November 16 [ 13 Deepawali ]

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1 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan : This directorial venture of Yash Chopra will always be remembered as his last swan – song . It has Shah Rukh Khan in the main lead . It has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma as the two female protagonists . Both are my students , though Anushka does not acknowledge .

It has one more student of mine . His name is Aashish Singh . He is the Executive Producer of the film .

This film is a huge hit . It has garnered more than 117 crore till now . Apart from ” Ek Tha Tiger “ , this is the second Yash Raj Films to garner more than 100 crore this year .

2 – Son Of Sardaar : This Ajay Devgn starrer clashed with the above mentioned film .  Tanisha Mukerjii , again a very old student , was associated with this film as the Executive producer .

Jeetu Verma , another old student , played an important role in it .

This film also entered in the 100 crore club , collecting more than 101 crore at the box office .

Fourth Week  – November 23

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1 – Operation Mumbai : …………………………………………………. This Kunal Kapoor starrer failed at the box office .

Fifth Week – November 30

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1 – Talaash : This Aamir Khan starrer was a much – awaited film . Apart from Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee , it also has Kareena Kapoor . She was my student before she signed ” Refugee ” .

2 – Jeet Lengey Jahaan : It failed to win anything and tanked without trace .

Out of above mentioned ………….. 11 ………… films ….. 07 …… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

I , on behalf of me and my Acting School in Mumbai Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , congratulate the box office winners and wish best of luck to the rest one .

May the victorious journey of films and the students of my acting class in Mumbai continue !!


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Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER  01, 2012           01.00 A.M.
Month of November 2012 will always be remembered for the release of ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , the last directorial venture of Yash Chopra .
November 2012 will also be special for the clash of the titans . ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” of Late Yash Chopra and ” Son Of Sardar “ of Ajay Devgn clashed at the box office . Though both the films came out as winners .
November 2012 is also marked because of the release of Aamir Khan‘s much – awaited ” Talaash ” .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets

#LuvShuvTeyChickenKhurana movie review: A joyride from start to end. This delectable dish ought to be savoured! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/548826 …

‘1920 – Evil Returns’ movie review: Scares and shocks in bits and spurts. Writing plays the spoilsport! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/547818 …


Update: ‘1920 Evil Returns’ starts well, ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ is slow http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/300/date/2012-11-02 …

#1920EvilReturns passes the ‘Monday test’. Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 3.88 cr, Sun 4.34 cr, Mon 2.01 cr. Total: 14.28 cr nett. Excellent!

#1920EvilReturns is rock-steady. Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 3.88 cr, Sun 4.34 cr, Mon 2.06 cr, Tue 1.72 cr. Total: 16.05 cr nett. Excellent!

#1920EvilReturns collected approx Rs 3.75 cr nett in its Weekend 2, taking the total to Rs 22.86 cr nett. HIT.

#SOTY collected approx Rs 2.35 cr nett in its Weekend 4, taking the total to approx Rs 70 cr nett. HIT.

#JTHJ movie review: Love stories will come and go. But no one will make them like Yash Chopra! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/548942 …

#SOS *actuals* Tue 10.72 cr nett.

#JTHJ *actuals* Tue 15.23 cr nett.

Overseas Update: #JTHJ is ahead of #SOS by a BIG margin.

INDIA Boxoffice – Tuesday: #JTHJ 15.23 cr [2500 screens] … #SOS 10.72 cr [2000 screens].

#JTHJ creates HISTORY in New Zealand. First Hindi film to open at No 1 position, overtaking *all* Hollywood films on *Wednesday*.

#SOS is better than @ajaydevgn starrers released in the past in Overseas, but the clash with @iamsrk has hit the film hard.

#JTHJ has raced ahead by a massive margin. Is faring exceptionally well in U.K., U.S.A., U.A.E. and Australia.

#SOS [India] Tue 10.72 cr, Wed 16.21 cr. Total: 26.93 cr nett. SUPERB.

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ 80.73 cr, ‘Son Of Sardaar’ 66.02 cr… Detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/914/date/2012-11-19 …

DIWALI BUSINESS: #JTHJ *Worldwide* Rs 122.43 crores + #SOS *Worldwide* 76.81 crores. Total: Rs 199.24 crores [Tue to Sun total].

Those asking, the total business of #EkThaTiger in *Overseas* is $ 10.75 million [Rs 59.63 cr]. As of today.

#EkThaTiger *Worldwide business* stands at Rs 258.93 cr. India: Rs 199.3 cr. Overseas: Rs 59.63 cr.

2012 is significant year for YRF. #EkThaTiger *Worldwide biz* Rs 258.93 cr + #JTHJ *Worldwide biz* 150.41 cr [still counting] = Rs 409.34 cr

And if we include #Ishaqzaade India biz, YRF’s total stands at Rs 456.58 cr. 2012 has been the most successful year for YRF.

#JTHJ [2nd Week] Fri 2.75 cr. Total: 101.16 cr nett. CROSSES 100 cr MARK IN INDIA.

#JTHJ [2nd Week] Fri 2.75 cr, Sat 3.62 cr, Sun 4.66 cr. Total: Rs 109.44 cr nett. Note: India business only.

Far from bright… That’s what the future of FUTURE TO BRIGHT HAI JI at the box-office is! Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/future-to-bright-hai-ji-review/ …

This chicken dish is not very tasty… Read my review of LUV SHUV TEY CHICKEN KHURANA at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/luv-shuv-tey-chicken-khurana-review/ …

1920 – EVIL RETURNS chills and thrills. Lovely start, good reports. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/1920-evil-returns-review/ …

JAB TAK HAI JAAN is not a film, it is CINEMATIC HISTROY! Read my review of the box-office blockbuster at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/jab-tak-hai-jaan/ …

SOS is an entertainer and a good festive watch. Read complete review at http://bit.ly/UEiRLe

Both films open very well at most places. JTHJ full at many many cinemas. SOS 70-90% at many centres. Happy Diwali indeed for trade!

Small centres audience going crazy over SOS. Collections of the kind never seen before!!!!

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has collected Rs 15.23 crore on Day 1 in India. Brilliant!!

Night shows of SOS fantastic despite Diwali pooja in Hindu households. Great!

JTHJ 5th Day: 10.38 Crore. 6th Day: 9.96 Crore. Total: 80.73 Crore

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November 02

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1 –Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana ……………………………….. Kunal Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………………. Anangsha Biswas

2 – 1920 Evil Returns …………………………………………………. X

3 – Ata Pata Laapata …………………………………………………… X

4 – Le Gaya Saddam ……………………………………………………. Chirag Patil

5 – Future To Bright Hai Ji …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – November 09

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1 – Its Rocking Dard – E – Disco …………………………………….. Aryeman Ramsay

 

Third Week – November 16 [ 13 Deepawali ]

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1 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan ……………………………………………………. Katrina Kaif

……………………………………………………………………………….. Aashish Singh

2 – Son Of Sardaar ………………………………………………………. Tanisha Mukerjii

……………………………………………………………………………….. Jeetu Verma

 

Fourth Week  – November 23

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1 – Operation Mumbai …………………………………………………. Kunal Kapoor

 

Fifth Week – November 30

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1 – Talaash ……………………………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

2 – Jeet Lengey Jahaan ………………………………………………. X

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in November . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….10 ……… persons , Tanisha Mukerjii is Executive Producer of  ” Son Of Sardar  “ and Ashish Singh is Executive Producer of  ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” . Remaining ……….. 08 ……. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is playing lead role in ” Paanch Adhyay ” .

 

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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vijay Badlani is playing Narad in ” Ramayan – Sabke Jeevan Ka Aadhar “ on Zee TV .

2 – Gurmeet Choudhary is playing lead in ” Punar Vivaah – Zindagi Milegi Dobara “ on Zee TV .

3 – Mrunal Thakur made her debut in ”  Khamoshiyan “ on Star Plus .

4 – Sudhanshu Pandey is essaying an important role in ” Veera “ on Star Plus .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on several channels .

 

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Times Celebex : India’s 1st Celebrity Rating Index [ 1 ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28, 2012           10.45 P.M.

On this Sunday evening , while going through bunch of news papers , which I subscribe , I found an interesting write-up in Bombay Times of Times Of India . It was about ” TIMES CELEBEX ” . This is first ever ranking index of Hindi film stars . Since it is done by Times of India and is powered by Zoom , it has to be quite authentic .

In Hindi film industry , or in any film industry of the world in general , fortunes change every Friday , when the new films hit the screen in theatres . So fixing the rating and ranking is not an easy task . But since it is done by Times of India and as per their claim it is ” most definitive and scientific ranking system ……….. robust ranking system based on data collected from 200+ publications and 250+ TV channels ……………” , one has to believe and take note of this list .

List of The Actors As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Salman Khan

2 – Akshay Kumar

3 – Shah Rukh Khan

4 – Ranbir Kapoor

5 – Amitabh Bachchan

6 – Emraan Hashmi

7 – Ajay Devgn

8 – Saif Ali Khan

9 – Aamir Khan

10 – Hritik Roshan

Out of these 10 actors , I can say it with pride that 4 are my students . They are ; Ranbir Kapoor , Emraan Hashmi , Saif Ali Khan and Hritik Roshan . They rank 4th , 6th , 8th and 10th respectively .

English: Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Emraan Hashmi Promoting his film Murd...

Emraan Hashmi Promoting his film Murder 2 at Khar, Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan at the 201...

Saif Ali Khan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: In this image Hritik Roshan is standi...

Hritik Roshan standing with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum of London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

List of The Actresses As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor

2 – Katrina Kaif

3 – Priyanka Chopra

4 – Bipasha Basu

5 – Aishwarya Rai

6 – Sonakshi Sinha

7 – Vidya Balan

8 – Deepika Padukone

9 – Anushka Sharma

10 – Asin

Out of these 10 actresses , 3 are my students . They are ; Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra . They rank 1st , 2nd and 3rd respectively .

Kareena Kapoor

KATRINA KAIF-GHOST

KATRINA KAIF

TIFF 09: Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Anushka Sharma , who stands at 9th position , is also my student . But as I have stated earlier she refuses to acknowledge that she was trained by me , so I don’t think it would be ethical to take any credit .

Batch No. 19 - Anushka 1st Row Extreme Right

Batch No. 19 – Anushka 1st Row Extreme Right

It is heartening for an Acting Trainer that his 7 students are present in the list of 20 high-ranking stars . It comes to 1/3 share . Barring Mr. Roshan Taneja no other Acting Trainer of Mumbai can claim to have this kind of illustrious list . Any Acting Trainer of India would give his right or left arm to get such successful students .

I congratulate all the 7 students on behalf of me and my Acting Institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters family is proud of their achievement  .

May they grow in stature and may their success and fame be everlasting !

VIDUR

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In Memoriam Rajesh Khanna : Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli , Hai!


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 24 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

Dara Singh died on July 12 , 2012 . Within a week another luminary of the Hindi film industry bid adieu to this world . Rajesh Khanna died on July 18 , 2012 .

In Glass Casket

In Glass Casket

Akshay Kumar with the Dead Body In Glass Casket

Akshay Kumar with the Dead Body In Glass Casket

Let me state honestly . I am not his fan . In fact I was never ever a fan or admirer of Rajesh Khanna , the actor or the man . Though I have watched many of his films . I do admire some of his cult films . I definitely remember and hummed many of his iconic songs . I am very much aware of his stupendous super stardom , which , once upon a time , engulfed the film industry like a hurricane or tornado or tsunami . I am witness to those years when every star  was dwarfed in front of him . I am well aware of  those momentous days when everyone or everything became insignificant in his presence . His blitzkrieg darkened all the other objects . His tumultuous rise momentarily eclipsed all the other stars and consigned some of the mightiest stars into the trash bin of history . I am witness to those days . I was living in that era . I am privy to those happenings . In 1972 I was here in Bombay [ now Mumbai ] . I have seen the crowd in front of his bungalow Aashirwaad . I have witnessed the fan adulation . But still , I was not his fan or admirer .

But I was saddened beyond words when I heard the news of his demise . My wife , again not his fan , cried profusely when she watched his funeral procession . So the question arises , what happened to us ? Why we felt for Rajesh Khanna so deeply ? Is it not enigmatic ? Is it not ironical ? No , it is not . Just watch these pictures posted below and notice the horrific changes in his personality down the years and you will fully understand the reason of our empathy .

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From a dashing , charming young superstar to a pale shadow of his own self , these photos tell us a very tragic and pathetic story . For present day generation of movie – goers , his popularity during his heydays is unknown and unimaginable . I am presenting some of the milestones of his life’s journey one by one .

Aakhri Khat

Aakhri Khat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1966 : Made debut with ” Aakhri Khat ” .

1967 : Made his mark with ” Raaz ” .

1969 : Attained Super stardom with ” Aaradhana ”

1969 : ” Bandhan ”

1969 : ” Do Raste ”

1969 : ” Doli ”

1969 : ” Khamoshi ”

1969 : ” Ittefaq ”

[ 6 super hits in 1969 ]

1970 : ” Aan Milo Sajna

1970 : ” Safar ”

1970 : ” Kati Patang ”

1970 : ” The Train ”

1970 : ” Sachcha Jhootha ”

[ 5 super hits in 1970 ]

1971 : ” Anand ”

1971 : ” Haathi Mere Saathi

1971 : ” Dushman ”

1971 : ” Mehboob Ki Mehndi

[ 4 super hits in 1971 ]

1972 : ” Amar Prem ”

1972 : ” Apna Desh ”

[ 2 super hits in 1972 ]

Within 3 years of making his debut , he attained unimaginable , unheard of and unprecedented super stardom in 1969 with ” Aradhana “ and gave 15 consecutive super hits till 1972 , a record still unbroken . ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] and  ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] were also big hits . But 1973 was a watershed moment in his career . He was eclipsed by Amitabh Bachchan in ” Namak Haraam “ . Amitabh Bachchan’s career defining film ” Zanjeer “ also came in 1973 . And thus began the well – known downward slide of mighty Super Star Rajesh Khanna .

Alarmed by his waning popularity , he married much younger Dimple Kapadia and made headlines temporarily.

Though in 1974 he gave 2 super hits like ;Aap Ki Kasamand ” Roti “ but the slide was visible and evident . The era now clearly belonged to Amitabh Bachchan , who once played second fiddle to him in super hit , iconic cult films like ; ” Anand ” and ” Namak Haraam ” .

Poster of Anand

Poster of Anand

Poster of Namak Haraam

Poster of Namak Haraam

Poster of these two films can give you Amitabh Bachchan’s position in the industry in those days vis-a-vis Rajesh Khanna . But alas , the cruel hands of fate had started writing some unknown and inglorious chapters of his life with indelible ink .

In 1975 Amitabh Bachchan gave ” Deewar ” and ” Sholay ” . Rajesh Khanna’s mentor and lucky mascot Shakti Samanta made ” Mehbooba ” [ 1975 ] . ” Deewar ” and ” Sholay “ were super hits and became ageless cult classics . While ” Mehbooba “ was a resounding flop and sealed Rajesh Khanna’s fate finally. After 8 years gap and some insignificant films in between , in 1983 , he again came with 2 mega hits like ; ” Avatar ” and ” Soutan “ but the magic was missing . Even these massive hits could not salvage his lost position in the industry . His turbulent career affected his personal life also . In 1984 came the tragic separation from Dimple Kapadia .

From 1983 [ his last hits ] to 2012 [ his death ] ,  29 years of his eventless , colourless career and lonely personal life proved fatal for him . It is regrettable and cruel irony that a c-grade movie ” Wafaa ” [ 2010 ] is his last film .

In between he dabbled in TV also . In total he worked in 4 TV serials . ” Apne Paraye [ B4U TV – 2001 ] , ” Ittefaq ” [ Zee TV – 2002 ] , ” Bhabhima ” [ 2008 ] andRaghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi ” [ DD 1 – 2008 ] . But none could touch the popularity of Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati ” [ Star Plus – 2000] .

It is a well-known secret that the title superstar was coined for him by his publicists ; Devyani Chaubal and K. Razdan . But the mass hysteria which he generated in those days and that too without the help of internet , twitter and facebook , is unimaginable , unfathomable and still unattainable . It is regrettable that his stardom or superstardom lasted just for 4 years . 15 successive super hits in a row and then 7 consecutive super flops in a row defines Rajesh Khanna’s strange film career . Compare his 4 year tenure with other stars :

DEV ANAND : 65 Years [ 1946 Hum Ek Hain – 2011 Chargesheet ]

ASHOK KUMAR : 61 Years [ 1936 Jeevan Naiya – 1997 Aankhon Me Tum Ho ]

DILIP KUMAR : 54 Years [ 1944 Jwar Bhata – 1998 Qila ]

AMITABH BACHCHAN : 40 Years [ 1973 Zanjeer – 2012 Bol Bachchan ]

Stars of this generation SHAH RUKH KHAN , SALMAN KHAN and AAMIR KHAN are reigning kings even after almost 20 years . HRITIK ROSHAN has 12 years of stardom behind him . Even DARA SINGH survived for 45 years [ 1962 King Kong – 2007 Jab We Met ] . But alas ! Rajesh Khanna vanished from the stardom and was banished from the film industry just after 4 years . Though he did 165 films and played solo lead in 107 films but was forgotten by the masses and ignored by the friends and the same film industry , which once said , ” Upar aaqa ; neeche Kaka .”

It is sad . It is heart – wrenching . People say many things about him . I , myself know many stories about him , which are said to be the cause of his downfall . But I don’t want to write those stories after his death . After all he was human and to err is human . Just re – think about some facts of his life . He debuted when he was 24 . He attained superstardom when he was 27 and lost his empire when he was just 31 . After that , till his death , it was 38 year – long wait for regaining his lost empire . It was 38 year – long wait for The Knock at his door by any producer or director . It was 38 year – long wait for the crowd to assemble again at his doorstep . It was 38 year – long wait for the same mass – hysteria , same mass adulation which was once his right and he thought it was his birth right  .

Mass hysteria , mass adulation did happen again but alas , it happened only after his death . See these pictures of his funeral procession and then watch the  crowd in front of his bungalow Aashirwaad and you will be able to feel the irony of fate . I wish , this attention should have happened a year before ……….. or a week before ……… or even a day before ………… he would have died a happy and contented man . But strange are the ways of destiny.

Crowd at Funeral Procession

Crowd at Funeral Procession

Crowd at Funeral Procession

Crowd at Funeral Procession

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

Crowd at Aashirvad on July 22

I agree , he did make some mistakes . He did err like a human and for that mistake , for that error destiny punished him with all its might , with all its ferocity , with all its lethal cruelty . He , for his mistakes , never got same benevolence by destiny , which others easily got for their sins . Fate was condescending to others , not to him .

He was like quintessential Greek tragic hero . You can only feel sorry for him . You can empathise with him . And you could hum his memorable song …. zindagi kaisi hai paheli , hai ; kabhi ye hasaye , kabhi ye rulaye ……. Ek din sapno ka rahi , chala jaye sapno se aage kahan ………..

Phenomenon , known as Rajesh Khanna , regained some of his glory once again but alas , only after his death . He had gone forever and had gone even beyond his dreams .

As I finish my blog , I feel , I must express my admiration and gratitude to his son in  law Akshay Kumar and his long – time friend Anju Mahendru , who took every care to give him comfort during his last days . Though it seems futile , but still , it was because of them that a befitting funeral could be arranged for this forgotten phenomenon , fallen Super Star and a lonely icon , who once ruled supreme . Thank you Mr. Akshay Kumar , thank you Madam Anju Mahendru , I bow my head in gratitude ! May God bless you two !

My heart also goes for Rinke Khanna , my student , who was very close and was very much attached to her father .

If I could feel so much without being his fan or admirer , then you can imagine the pain and pathos of his fans and near and dear ones .

Rest In Peace Sir ! Destiny was cruel to you . Better luck in next life .

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Ode – 5 : To Satyamev Jayate [ B ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE  03, 2012           11.10 P.M.

Let me make it clear in the beginning . This is not my original blog . Mr. Arsh Jaikrishan , a friend of mine , send me this on BBM . I got this today , when I finished watching the 5th episode of today’s Satyamev Jayate ” .

I was peeved at the response of some of the critics of the show . You have every right to disagree with the format and content of the show . You have every right to not watch the show .You have every right to dislike Mr. Aamir Khan as an actor  . But attacking him on personal front and on his personal life is crass , crude and vulgar .

I am happy that Mr. Arsh Jaikrishan and people like him are spreading a right and positive message . ” Satyamev Jayate “ is a path-breaking show and it must be encouraged in every possible way .

As for I am concerned , I have already written a blog on ” Satyamev Jayate ” . I am providing the link :

Ode – 5 : To Satyamev Jayate http://wp.me/ptyXI-20W


Aamir Khan with The Logo of Satyamev Jayate

Aamir Khan with The Logo of Satyamev Jayate

” Satyamev Jayate “

By

Mr. Arsh Jaikrishan

” Rather than Appreciating Aamir , Majority of Doctors are taking on his personal life and his earnings . So Let me make it very clear about the money and Sacrifices hez put into making SATYAMEVJAYATE !

1.) Aamir Khan (AKP) spent 32 cr in d making , research n promotions of SMJ.

2.) Aamir ended the contracts with 6 brands worth Rs. 116 cr.

3.) Aamir Paid 23 cr to the brands as a penalty of the breach of contract.

4.) In return he will get 46 cr (3.5 cr per episode) from Star plus , which also includes the pay of AKP team of around 500 members.

5.) He could ve easily earned 3 cr per episode by doing a quiz show

6.) Delayed the 45 cr most awaited film of 2012,Talaash.

7.) He did Satymev jayate becoz he wanted to make it and not for money.

8.) We never said that Satyamev jayate is a perfect show,its an honest effort thats it : Aamir Khan.

The Reason all these things are’nt out in media coz He is not a self praising person!

Share if You Truly Respect AAMIR KHAN’S SINCERE EFFORT. “

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Ode – 5 : To Satyamev Jayate [ A ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 30 , 2012           01.15 A.M.  

In this age of television almost all the stars of Indian silver – screen have already made their television debut . Aamir Khan was the only exception . On May 06 , 2012 he also made his TV debut with his Talk ShowSatyamev Jayate and created history .

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The present banner of Aamir Khan Productions

Aamir Khan with The Logo of Satyamev Jayate

Aamir Khan with The Logo of Satyamev Jayate

His television show ” Satyamev Jayate “ was aired simultaneously on Star Plus and other channels within Star Network along with  D.D. National . In the history of Indian Television , it is the first show to achieve this feat . Apart from Hindi , it is dubbed in Tamil , Telugu , Malayalam , Marathi and Bengali .

Till date 4 episodes have been out and they dealt with various burning social issues :

1st Episode – May 06, 2012 –  ” Daughters Are Precious ” [Female Foeticide

2nd Episode – May 13, 2012 –  ” Break The Silence ”  [Child Sexual Abuse]

3rd Episode – May 20, 2012 – ” Marriage or Marketplace ” [Dowry] 

4th Episode – May 27 , 2012 – ” Every Life Is Precious ” [Medical Malpractices]  

6 May , 2012  - 1st Episode

6 May , 2012 – 1st Episode

13 May - 2nd Episode

13 May – 2nd Episode

As expected the show garnered 4.27 TRP . First episode was viewed by 9 crore people .Riding on the wave of public sympathy and word of mouth publicity , ” Satyamev Jayate “ , topped the popularity chart . It created positive buzz and generated public outcry on the issues it dealt with .

As expected , rivals and critics and jealous friends and die – hard nay – sayers panned the show . They started finding faults with everything related to the show .

A minister in Rajasthan government lashed at Aamir Khan and said that instead of hosting the show , he should come to Rajasthan and work for the people . May I ask what is his job ? Why is he elected ? Aamir Khan brought an issue in his notice . Instead of acting with alacrity and acting against the culprits , he is finding faults with the show .

There was some comments in the press that Aamir Khan is charging fee for hosting the show . May I ask why should he not charge his professional fee ? Instead of hosting some inane show like his contemporaries , he is hosting a show which is bringing some burning social issues for public debate .

A journalist tweeted that Aamir Khan should think about his first wife and only then talk about these issues . May I ask why is he so concerned about Aamir Khan’s first wife ? Two adults mutually decide to terminate their marriage without acrimony and bickering and moreover his first wife is not accusing Aamir Khan for cruelty or anything , then why is this journalist raking up a private issue ?

A journalist of Hindustan Times wrote that instead of making people cry , Aamir Khan should try to create laughter . 4th episode was not weepy at all . It was entertaining and at the same time informative  . Her criticism about the near perfect reaction and well – timed teary eyes also fail to impress . When you are narrating a personal tragedy , you don’t need acting skills . Tears come naturally and reaction is instantaneous . Her criticism is cussed and lacks sensitivity .

According to me above mentioned criticisms are result of some jealous minds and envious rivals . ” Satyamev Jayate “ exposed their mediocrity and they are now naked in the open . So their factotum and some paid – journos are fanning the falsehood .

There was a news item that the show failed to generate viewership and that the TRP is only 3.01 . But soon final verdict was out and now it is a known fact that the actual TRP is 4.27 . According to Television Audience measurement the show reached out to 4.96 million people . 1 lakh people tried calling Aamir Khan during the show .

Several topics related to the show were trending on twitter and were among top 5 . Even before the first episode ended , it got 2,254 tweets on micro – blogging site ,  twitter . Due to huge and unprecedented traffic the official website ; http://www.satyamevjayate.in crashed as soon as the first episode ended . On Google Trends also the show was top search in India . The show’s official page on Facebook has received more than 9,71,000 likes .

Hindustan Times conducted an online poll where 88% viewers have voted that they liked the show . 7% remained undecided and only 5% felt that the show failed to impress .

6th May 2012 - !st Episode of Satyamev Jayate

6th May 2012 – !st Episode of Satyamev Jayate

Need I say anything more ? But there were some honest and saner voices also .

Some eminent personalities like ; Siddharth Basu and Newspapers like ; Hindustan Times and Wall Street Journal have compared the show with Oprah Winfrey Show . To compare ” Satyamev Jayate “ with Oprah Winfrey Show is a great honour . I totally agree with the view .

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Winfrey on the first national broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 15 , 2012           02.15  A.M.

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2011 ended on a mixed note .  A very disturbing trend emerged in 2011 . Revenue from theatres went down . Revenue from other sources like ; audio , video and satellite rights are accruing to the overall earning of a film and making it profitable . Subsidies from foreign countries are also very substantial .

As usual 2012 looks promising . Film historian and critic Bhawana Somaaya tweets :

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2011 proved a lucrative year for cinema. 2012 has some more to look forward to. Abbas Mastan known for craft n suspense start with Players
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Top grosser of 2011 :
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Bodyguard ………………………………… 3.15
Ready ……………………………………….  2.80
Singham …………………………………….  2.40
Ra.One ………………………………………  2.30
The Dirty Picture …………………………  1.65
Yamla Pagla Deewana …………………..  1.35
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ………………..  1.25
Rockstar …………………………………….  1.20
Murder 2 ……………………………………  1.15
Delhi Belly ………………………………….  1.15
Double Dhamaal ………………………….  1.10
Desi Boyz …………………………………..  1.00
Haunted ……………………………………  0.80
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Classification of Top grosser of 2011 :
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AA – SUPER HIT : ” Bodyguard “
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A 1 – HIT : ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” The Dirty Picture “
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A – SEMI HIT : ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Ragini MMS “
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B B – OVERFLOW :Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl “
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B 1 / B B – COMMISSION EARNER TO OVERFLOW : ” Delhi Belli ” , ” Don 2 ” , ” Ra.One ” , ” Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge ” , ” Double Dhamaal “
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B 1 – COMMISSION EARNER :Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Haunted ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” Pyaar Ka Panchnama “
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B / B 1 – COVERAGE TO COMMISSION EARNER : ” Desi Boyz ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Yeh Saali Zindagi ” , ” Saheb Biwi Aur gangster ” , ” Stanley Ka Dibba ” , ” Damadamm “
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B – AVERAGE : ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Force ” , ” Dil To Baccha Hai Ji “
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So in 2011 total 229 films were released . And out of 229 film , only 38 films were money earners . Rest 191 were flops . Success ratio of the films released in 2011 is 17 % .  It means 83 % films were flop . This year’s 229 films are less in numbers than 250 films of 2010 . It is 21 less than last year .
According to trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh following is the ranking of stars in 2011 :
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – Aamir Khan , 2 – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 3  – @iamsrk  ,  4  – Ranbir  , 5  – @ajaydevgn  , 6  – @iHrithik  , 7  – @akshaykumar … contd.
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Emraan Hashmi  , 9  –  Saif  , 10  – Imran Khan  , 11 – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – John Abraham  , 13  – @juniorbachchan
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – @iamsrk  , 2  – Aamir Khan  , 3  – @iHrithik  , 4  – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 5  – Saif  , 6  – Ranbir  , 7  –  @akshaykumar … contd.
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Imran Khan  , 9  – @ajaydevgn  , 10  – John Abraham  , 11  – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – @juniorbachchan  , 13  – Emraan Hashmi
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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2011
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So many luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2011 .
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 .
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Highlights / Achievements of 2011
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1 – In 2011 Yash Raj Productions ‘ ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ” completed 850 weeks in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai .
2 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched a New Banner Y Films . It will cater to youth films .
3 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched another banner , Yash Raj Entertainment . It will cater to Hollywood films .
4 – In 2011 Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , London .
[ Some of the statistics of this blog are taken from ” Film Information ”  , a trade magazine . I express my gratitude . ]
[ I have quoted tweets of Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Mr. Taran Adarsh to illustrate my point of view . I am indebted . ]
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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   AUGUST 01 , 2011                05.30 P. M.

This is the 27th edition of my Film Diary.

First six months of 2011 are over and it was fairly successful. Second half started with a bang with a path-breaking film Delhi Belly . ” Ready “ and ” Singham “ continued the dream run at the box office. Please go through the twitter handles of  eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta for better understanding of the trade picture.

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B.O. update: ‘Delhi Belly’ opens very well, ‘Bbuddah H.T.B.’ starts slow bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Bbuddah HTB’: Weekend 1 business stands at Rs 7.06 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.91 cr, Sat 2.45 cr, Sun 2.70 cr.
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 ‘Delhi Belly’: Weekend 1 numbers [Rs 26.15 cr nett] are amongst the highest. Breakup:- Fri 7.15 cr, Sat 8.25 cr, Sun 10.75 cr.
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 Opening wknd of Aamir Khan‘s last 3 films. ‘Taare ZP’ 15 cr. ‘Peepli L’ 16 cr. ‘Dhobi G’ 10.05 cr. Expecting ‘Delhi Belly’ to be 22 cr +.
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Bbuddah HTB’: Picked up over the weekend and remained steady on the lower side on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 11.55 cr nett in Week 1.
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Top 3 openers of 2011 *so far*: 1. Ready. 2. Delhi Belly. 3. Double Dhamaal.
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B.O. update: ‘Murder 2′ starts very well, ‘Chillar Party’ depends on word of mouth bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Murder 2’: Stiff competition at plexes from ‘DelhiB’. Yet, M2 should fetch impressive numbers over wknd since reports are extremely +ve
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 Friday: ‘Murder 2’ is phenomenal at single screens, ranks second best after ‘Ready’. At plexes, has limited shows, doing good to very good.
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 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara‘ Week 1: Fri 8 cr, Sat 9.25 cr, Sun 11 cr, Mon 5 cr, Tue 4.5 cr, Wed 4 cr, Thu 3.65 cr. Total: Rs 45.4 cr nett.
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 B.O. update: #Singham roars, greeted with ceetees, taalis, standing ovation bit.ly/CjxWd
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 Singham’ Mon 6.10 cr, Tue 5.52 cr, Wed 4.95 cr. Total 47.42 cr nett. Superb.
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‘Singham’ Tue 5.40 cr. Total 42.47 cr nett. Fabulous. Should easily cross Rs 50 cr mark in Week 1 itself.
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Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 1) Dabangg 81 cr, 2) 3 Idiots 80 cr, 3) Ready 68 cr, 4) Ghajini 64 cr [8 days], 5) Golmaal-3 62 cr … contd.
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 Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 6) Raajneeti 52 cr, 7) Singham 51.25 cr, 8) MNIK 47.5 cr, 9) Housefull 47 cr, 10) Tees Maar Khan 46 cr.

Komal Nahta

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 Weekend BO: Delhi Belly – Rs. 23.25 cr & Bbuddah… – Rs. 6.65 cr (all-India nett). More: bit.ly/ivvf7X
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MURDER 2 has taken a flying start and will, therefore, get profits for everyone. Review: http://bit.ly/n5J3cF
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Chillar Party will not be able to do much at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rjqqRl

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Obituary :

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Daan Singh :

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A talented music composer Daan Singh died last month. But the news came late and I was not aware of his death , so could not write about him last month in my June Diary.

Daan Singh passed away on June 18 , 2011 in Jaipur after a long illness. He was 78 at the time of his death.

He gave music for many films but only three films got released. ” Toofan ” [ 1969 ] , ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] and ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] . Among these three films ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] is his most famous film. This Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Kapoor starrer has some beautiful melodies written by Anand Bakshi , which are still remembered by the connoisseurs of film music. Two songs of Mukesh ; Zikr hota hai hai jab qayamat ka , tere jalvon ki baat hoti hai………. and Woh tere pyar ka gham………….. and one of Mohammad Rafi ‘s ; O my love panchi wango………… are still famous . Dara Singh starrer stunt film ,  ” Toofan ” [ 1968 ] also had some melodies. Zindagi men aaya toofan………………  sung by Mohammad Rafi is still famous and I am unable to forget this song even though I watched the film years ago .

His yet to be released film ” Bhool Na Jaana “ [ 1973 ] fortunately got its music released. Mukesh gems like ;  Gham – E – Dil kisse kahoon …………….. Pukaro mujhe naam lekar pukaro [ Lyrics Gulzaar ]……………… and Gora gora mukhada [ Lyrics Gulzaar ] are still famous. Geeta Dutt’s Mere hamnasheen Mere hamnawa …………… is available on YouTube and is favourite of music lovers.Incidentaly this film had a child artiste called Tutu Sharma , who is now known as Pradeep Sharma , a producer and is married to Padmini Kolhapure. Producer of ” Bhool Na Jaana “ Jagan Sharma was incidentally Tutu Sharma’s father.

It is sad that a talented music director like Daan Singh left this world unwept , unheard and unsung.

Mani Kaul :

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An Avant-Garde film-maker , and an alumni of Film & Television Institute of India , Mani Kaul , died of cancer in his Delhi residence on July 06 , 2011. He was 66 at the time of his death.

He made films like ; ” Uski Roti ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ashadh Ka Ek Din ” [ 1971 ] , ” Duvidha ” [ 1973 ] , ” Ghashiram Kotwal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Satah Se Uthata Admi ” [ 1980 ] , ” Nazar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Idiot ” [ 1992 ] , ” The Cloud Door ” [ 1995 ] , ” Naukar Ki Kameez ” [ 1999 ] and  ” Bojh ” [ 2000 ] . In between he also made documentaries like ; ” Dhrupad ” [ 1982 ] , ” Mati Manas ” [ 1989 ] and ” Siddheshwari ” [ 1989 ] . Incidentally , Shah Rukh Khan was the star of ” Idiot “ , a fact , strangely , he never acknowledged. Mani Kaul’s ” Duvidha ” was also remade by Shah Rukh Khan as ” Paheli ” .

Filmfare  instituted a new award known as Critics Award for Best Film and ” Uski Roti “ was the first recipient of this award. His most notable work was his documentary ” Siddheshwari ” , which won the National Award for Best Documentary film in 1989.

Mani Kaul , apart from being a path-breaking film-maker and writer , was also a teacher of cinema and used to teach cinema in colleges of  U. S. A. and Netherlands. He was a trained Dhrupad singer and a versatile painter. He also acted in Basu Chatterjee’s ” Saara Akash ” .

I don’t know whether it is proper to tell or not but in 1972 when I came to  Mumbai to struggle in films , I once went to his apartment to ask for work . I got rebuked and was told by his wife in very insulting and terse tone not to come ever again without proper appointment.I had gone to many places , met many legendary people and asked for work but never got rebuked or insulted. I was a huge fan of Mani Kaul’s work so this behaviour came as a shock.

Rasika Joshi :

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A prolific stage , film and television actor Rasika Joshi died of cancer on July 07 , 2011 in Mumbai.She was only 39 at the time of her death.

Basically a Marathi stage and film actor Rasika Joshi was seen in few Hindi films and serials also. Ram Gopal Varma’s ” Ghayab ”  , ” Darna Zaroori Hai ” , ” Vaastu Shastra ” , ” Ek Haseena Thi “ and Priyadarshan’s ” Malamaal Weekly ” and ” Bhool Bhulaiyaa “ were her some memorable films. She also worked in Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Billu “ and Ekta Kapoor’s serial ” Bandini “ . Ram Gopal Varma’s soon to be released ” It’s Not A Love Story “ is her last Hindi film.

Bhagwan Das Garga :

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Renowned film historian and documentary film maker Bhagwan Das Garga, died on 18th July , 2011 in Patiala. He was country’s most renowned film historian.

He was assistant to legendary film maker V. Shantaram. Afterwards he made his first documentary ” Storm Over Kashmir “ in 1948. In total he wrote , produced and directed more than 50 documentaries. He was also a member of Government of India’s film advisory board. He earlier worked at the Mosfilm Studios in Moscow.

He wrote a book ” From Raj To Swaraj : The Non-Fiction Film In India “ in 2007. This book won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He wrote two more books ; ” The Art of Cinema : An Insiders Journey Through Fifty Years Of Film History “ and the last one ” Indian Cinema : A Passage To Bollywood ” .

Sunil Rege :

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A popular Hindi and Marathi actor Sunil Rege died on July 27th , 2011 at the age of 63 in Pune.

His films are : ” Aashiqui ” , ” Aks ”  ,  ” Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo  ” , ” Devdas ” and ” Shikhar ” .

Serials , he worked in , are : ” Tara  ” , ” Darar ”  , ”  Kurukshetra ” , ” Raahat ” , ” Andaz ” and ” Saath Saath ” .

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New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week  – July 01

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1 – Delhi Belly……………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

………………………………………………………………….Anusha Dandekar

2 – Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap……………………………Sonu Sood

………………………………………………………………….Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ]

Second Week – July 08

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1 – Murder 2…………………………………………………Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………….Jacqueline Fernandez

………………………………………………………………….Sudhanshu Pandey

………………………………………………………………….Yana Gupta

2 – Chillar Party…………………………………………….Ranbir Kapoor

Third Week – July 15

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1 – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…………………………….Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

…………………………………………………………………..Nandinii Sen

2 – Pyar Mein Aisa Bhi…………………………………….x

Fourth Week – July 22

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1 – Singham……………………………………………………Sudhanshu Pandey

……………………………………………………………………Harry Josh

Fifth Week – July 29

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1 – Khap………………………………………………………..Ashok Kumar Beniwal

2 – Bubble Gum………………………………………………x

3 – Gandhi To Hitler…………………………………………x

In total…………. 10 ……….films got released this month. Out of these ……………………. 10 ……….films , my ………………. 16  ……………. students appeared in …… 07  ……. films. Out of these…….. 16 ……………. students ………………… 15 …………… are actors and ………… 01  …………….. Shekhar  [ Vishal – Shaekhar ] is the music director .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : PriyangshuChatterjee is essaying an important role in ” Iti Mrinalini ” .

2 – Bhojpuri : Swati Varma is playing an important role in ” Dushmani ” .

3 – Telugu :  Allu Arjun and Anushka Shetty got Best Actor Male and Female Filmfare Award respectively for ” Vedam “ .

Daisy Shah is doing main lead in ” Bhadra “ .

Ram Charan Teja starrer ” Magadheera “ completes 2 years [ 730 weeks ] uninterrupted run in Hyderabad.

Out of various regional films , my students were there in  ……….. 03 ……….. regional languages. In total …………….. 03 …………….. actors trained by me are working in these films.

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Lisa Ray is anchoring a show , ” Oh My Gold ! “ on TLC .

2 – Sonali Bendre Behl is judgeing the show ” India’s Got Talent , Season – 3 “ again on Colours T.V. She was a judge in Season – 2 also.

Out of many serials running on various channels …………. 02 …………. shows have ………………….02  ……………… students of mine essaying anchor’s  roles . Both the serials are reality shows.

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   JULY 01, 2011                  06.00 P.M.

This is the 26th edition of my Film Diary.

It seems drought of the industry is over. Big films are now being released as the IPL is finished and cricket mania finally subsides. First big release of the month of June , ” Ready “ took box office by storm. It has become the third biggest grosser of all times. Last release of the month ” Double Dhamaal is also a top grosser.

First half of 2011 is heartening . In total 13 films were hits. ” Ready ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Haunted ” , ” Double Dhamaal ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Ragini MMS ” ,”  Dil To Baccha Hai Ji ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” and ” Pyar Ka Punchnama “ made handsome profits for their producers.

It is extremely sad that actor Raj Kiran , who was presumed dead , was found in a mental asylum in Atlanta , U. S. A.

Since I was travelling and was out of Mumbai , I might have missed some of the activities of the Film industry. Therefore I am unable to give details of Regional Film Industry and happenings in the Theatre World this month.

As usual I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta, eminent trade analysts.

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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: Collected approx Rs 3.68 cr nett in Week 2. Total so far: Rs 9 cr nett. Excellent.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ strikes like hurricane, fetches mindboggling start http://bit.ly/CjxWd
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Latest Update – UAE: ‘Ready’ beats ‘Dabangg‘. Thu figures: Dabangg 490,000 Dirhams, Ready 740,000 Dirhams.
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 @BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
taran adarsh
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 Top 5 opng wknds:- [1] Dabangg 48.5 cr, [2] Ready 40.65 cr, [3] 3 Idiots 40 cr, [4] Tees Maar Khan 38 cr, [5] Golmaal-3 36 cr.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’ [2nd week]: Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr, Mon 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 93 cr nett. Racing towards Rs 100 cr mark.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Shaitan’: Fri 83 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr, Mon 65 lacs. Total: Rs 4.08 cr nett. Business doesn’t match the appreciation for the film.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: 1st wk 5.56 cr, 2nd wk 3.6 cr, 3rd wk 1.5 cr, 4th wknd 45 lacs. Total: Rs 11.11 cr. Rock-steady, despite ‘Ready’.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Shaitan’: Collected Rs 3.41 cr in opng wknd. Fri 81 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr. Film has been appreciated, but jump in numbers is missing
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’: Collects Rs 19.45 cr nett in Wknd 2. Breakup:- Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr. Total so far: Rs 88.75 cr nett. Blockbuster
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

@BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Ready’ dominates, ‘Bin Bulaye Baraati’ leads amongst new releases
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

 Ready’ has crossed ‘Golmaal 3’ & ‘Ghajini’. Emerges 3rd biggest grosser after ‘3 Idiots’ & ‘Dabangg’. ‘Ready’ lifetime should be 120 cr +.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Top 5: ‘Double Dhamaal’ is second biggest opener, after ‘Ready’, collects Rs 36.59 cr nett http://t.co/SESgRQu
Komal Nahta
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Opening report: @BeingSalmanKhan‘s magic in full view; ‘Ready’ stomps box-office http://bit.ly/mPYx8i
Komal Nahta
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 Always Kabhi Kabhi neither has warmth & emotions of teenage love story nor entrtainmnt & music of romantic drama.Review http://bit.ly/jx0iag
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Bheja Fry 2 is not at all a worthy sequel. Designed as a comedy, it does not create too much laughter. Review: http://bit.ly/llLtC1
Komal Nahta
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Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is a dull fare wd some chances in pockets of Bombay only bt bleak chances in rest of India. Review: http://bit.ly/krgPvB
Komal Nahta
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Bin Bulaye Baraati is a poor fare as it has precious little to offer except a few song-dances. Review: http://bit.ly/kptcXQ
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Obituary :
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Maqbool  Fida  Husain :
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Though not a regular producer or director , Maqbool Fida Husain used to paint posters of Hindi films in the 30s. He also made a film ” Through The Eyes Of A Painter ” [ 1967 ] . It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on he made two films : ” Gaja Gamini ” with Madhuri Dixit and ” Meenaxi : A Tale Of Three Cities ” with Tabu  .
He died in London at the age of 95 and was buried there.
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New Hindi Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 03
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1 – Ready…………………………………………………………….Arya Babbar
………………………………………………………………………….Arbaaz Khan
………………………………………………………………………….Eva Grover
………………………………………………………………………….Nikitin Dheer
………………………………………………………………………….Kiran Ahuja
………………………………………………………………………….Krishan Kumar
2 – A Srange Love Story………………………………………….Riya Sen
Second Week – June 10
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1 – Shaitan……………………………………………………………Elizabeth Pereira
2 – Love Express……………………………………………………Nandinii Sen
Third Week – June 17
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1 – Always Kabhi Kabhi…………………………………………..Zoa Morani
2 – Bheja Fry 2………………………………………………………Minissha Lamba
…………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar
…………………………………………………………………………..Mukul Deora
3 – Bin Bulaye Baraati………………………………………………Priyanka Kothari
4 – Bhindi Baazaar Inc……………………………………………..x
5 – Cycle Kick…………………………………………………………Gurmeet Choudhary
……………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal
6 – Meri Marzii……………………………………………………….x
Fourth Week – June 24
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1 – Double Dhamaal…………………………………………………x
In total ………..11……………films got released this month. Out of these ………..11……… films ………….16…………… students trained by me were there in …………11…………… films. Out of these …………..16…………….. students …………..13……………. are actors and ……………..03………… are working in other fields of film making. Krishan Kumar is the co-producer of ” Ready “ , Mukul Deora is the producer of ” Bheja Fry 2 “ and Elizabeth Pereira is the AD of ” Shaitan “
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T V Trivia & Me :
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1 – Eva Grover is working in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain…… “ on Sony TV.
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