Ode – 8 : To Daniel Day-Lewis


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 27 , 2013           08.20 P.M.

Daniel Day – Lewis won the Oscar for the Best Actor [ Male ] for Steven Spielberg’s ” Lincoln ” [ 2012 ] and created history . He became the first and only male actor of Hollywood to get three Oscars in the main lead category . His other two Oscar-winning roles are My Left Foot ” [ 1989 ] and ” There Will Be Blood ” [ 2007 ] .

Daniel Day-Lewis

I first came to know about Daniel in 1989 . In 1989 I came to Mumbai and took admission in Ashha Chandra’s acting classes . That year’s Oscars were announced and Ashha Ji had a show of ” My Left Foot “ for all the students of her academy . We were watching the movie and were mesmerized by the performance of the lead actor Daniel Day – Lewis . It was my first encounter with Daniel  . After watching ” My Left Foot ” , I was forced to believe that the protagonist is paraplegic in his real life too . My perception changed when I saw his next movie , ” The Bounty “ . Later on I watched ” The Last of The Mohicans “ and ” Gangs of New York ” and I became a life-long fan of the actor . ” Lincoln “ only fortifies my admiration and regard for the actor . It speaks volumes that a British and Irish national Daniel , plays the most revered character of American history so convincingly .

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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He is one of the most acclaimed actors of this generation . His work has earned numerous awards, including five nominations for the Academy Awards, which resulted in three wins, respectively, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), a feat which makes him the only male actor in history to gather three wins in the leading category.

Cover of

Cover of My Left Foot (Special Edition)

Cover of

Cover of There Will Be Blood [Blu-ray]

Lewis has also been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, with four wins, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critic’s Choice Awards, as well as garnering seven Golden Globe nominations, winning twice.

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. The son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon , he was born and grew up in London . Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health .

He reportedly demanded and got 1 year for preparing the character of Abraham Lincoln . He read almost 100 books written about the president and gave new interpretation to the character . He made his voice high pitch instead of booming voice of Lincoln . Needless to say that his interpretation is totally accepted by the puritan critics and lapped by the discerning masses .

Filmography of Daniel Day-Lewis :

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1982 Gandhi Colin
1984 The Bounty John Fryer
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny
1985 A Room with a View Cecil Vyse
1986 Nanou Maxo
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas
1988 Stars and Bars Henderson Dores
1989 Eversmile, New Jersey Dr. Fergus O’Connell
1989 My Left Foot Christy Brown
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)
1993 The Age of Innocence Newland Archer
1993 In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon
1996 The Crucible John Proctor
1997 The Boxer Danny Flynn
2002 Gangs of New York Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting
2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Jack Slavin
2007 There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
2009 Nine Guido Contini
2012 Lincoln Abraham Lincoln

My admiration for him grows every time when I go through this filmography . Such variety and such array of histrionics is unparalleled in the annals of cinema .

As an acting tutor I wish and desire to produce at least one Daniel Day-Lewis in my life-time . My acting academy ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , would feel a sense of accomplishment if it could boast of at least one alumni like Daniel Day-Lewis . Until then it is endless wait .

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200 Years of ” Pride And Prejudice “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 10 , 2013           11.40 P.M.

Few days back I read news that iconic and timeless classic ” Pride and Prejudice ” , a novel written by Jane Austen , has completed 200 years of its journey . Immediately my mind went into flashback . The year was 1972 and the place was English department of Allahabad University . I had taken admission in the English department for my post graduation in English Literature and thus got introduced to the world of Jane Austen as this novel ” Pride and Prejudice ” was in my course .

I frankly admit that at that time I was unable to understand the novel completely . I was not able to comprehend the intricacies of 19th century England and thus was unable to appreciate the novel . But I was aware of its iconic status and was told by my professors that it is a timeless classic . I decided to read it again in future but was unable to fulfill my resolution due to lack of time . And now in 2013 , when I am engulfed in the activities of my acting institute , ” Pride and Prejudice ” has silently completed 200 years of its existence .

Title page from the first edition of the first...

Title page from the first edition of the first volume of Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of ‘most loved books’ such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.

As Anna Quindlen wrote, “Pride and Prejudice is also about that thing that all great novels consider, the search for self. And it is the first great novel to teach us that search is as surely undertaken in the drawing-room making small talk as in the pursuit of a great white whale or the public punishment of adultery.”

Adaptations

Film, television, and theatre

Pride and Prejudice (1940 film)

Pride and Prejudice (1940 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Cropped screenshot of Greer Garson from the trailer for the film Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Pride and Prejudice has engendered numerous adaptations. Some of the notable film versions include that of 1940 starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, (based in part on Helen Jerome’s 1936 stage adaptation) and that of 2005 starring Keira Knightley (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Matthew Macfadyen.Notable television versions include two by the BBC: the popular 1995 version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and a 1980 version starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. A 1936 stage version was created by Helen Jerome played at the St. James’s Theatre in London, starring Celia Johnson and Hugh Williams. First Impressions was a 1959 Broadway musical version starring Polly Bergen, Farley Granger, and Hermione Gingold.In 1995, a musical concept album was written by Bernard J. Taylor, with Peter Karrie in the role of Mr Darcy and Claire Moore in the role of Elizabeth Bennet. A new stage production, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The New Musical, was presented in concert on 21 October 2008 in Rochester, New York, with Colin Donnell as Darcy.

Bride and Prejudice, a movie by Gurinder Chadha, starring Aishwarya Rai, is a Bollywood adaptation of the novel; while Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy (2003), starring Kam Heskin and Orlando Seale, places the novel at a Mormon university in modern times. The Off-Broadway musical I Love You Because reverses the gender of the main roles, set in modern-day New York City. The Japanese comic Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio, in which the wealthy, arrogant and proud protagonist, Doumyouji Tsukasa, falls in love with a poor, lower-class girl named Makino Tsukushi, is loosely based on Pride and Prejudice. A 2008 Israeli television six-part miniseries set the story in the Galilee with Mr Darcy a well-paid worker in the high-tech industry.

Pride and Prejudice has also crossed into the science fiction and horror genres. In the 1997 episode of science fiction comedy Red Dwarf entitled “Beyond a Joke“, the crew of the space ship relax in a virtual reality rendition of “Pride and Prejudice Land” in “Jane Austen World”. The central premise of the television miniseries Lost in Austen is a modern woman suddenly swapping lives with that of Elizabeth Bennet. In February 2009, it was announced that Elton John‘s Rocket Pictures production company was making a film, Pride and Predator, based on the story, but with the added twist of an alien landing in Longbourn. Also in production is the movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies based on the book of the same name written by Seth Grahame-Smith, where the village of Longbourn is terrorized by zombies.

The book has also been adapted for modern times in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a mixed media web show created by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The video blog follows Lizzie Bennet, a graduate student in mass communications, and includes companion video blogs, Twitter accounts, and tumblrs for many of the other characters.

This summer, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of the novel in 1813, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London will be performing Simon Reade’s stage adaptation. The production will be directed by Deborah Bruce.

It is amazing that this novel’s popularity refuses to ebb . And it is sad that I am yet to redeem my pledge to read and appreciate this immortal and timeless classic called ” Pride and Prejudice ” . On the 200 anniversary , I am again promising myself to read this novel soon . Though my time is consumed by my acting academy Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , but still I intend to read the novel soon .

[ Some facts and data about ” Pride and Prejudice ” has been taken from Wikipedia . I am indebted . ]

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19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 13 , 2013           06.30 P.M.
Award season for Hindi films of 2013 has started . Screen Weekly , published by Indian Express group , was the first to announce its prestigious awards in various categories . Screen Awards 2013 was just held in Mumbai on January 12 , 2013 .
Among the winners there are 3 actors , who are my students . Ranbir Kapoor won the Best Actor [ Male ] Award for ” Barfi ! ” . He , along with Priyanka Chopra , also won Best Jodi of the Year Award . And Katrina Kaif won the Most Popular Actor [ Female ] Award for ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” and ” Ek Tha Tiger ” .
With Ranbir Kapoor before " Saawariya "

With Ranbir Kapoor before ” Saawariya “

With katrina Kaif In Her Apartment

With katrina Kaif In Her Apartment

19th Colors Screen Awards 2013

Winners

 

Winners 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013

” Barfi! “ has been the movie of the year getting maximum awards .

Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor were the best jodi of the year 2012 – 2013.

Salman Khan won the most popular actor (male) award .

Katrina Kaif won the most popular actor (female) award.

Here is the complete winners list :

Best Film

  • Barfi!
  • Paan Singh Tomar

Best Actor (Male)

  • Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
  • Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar)

Best Actor (Female)

  • Vidya Balan (Kahaani)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Talaash)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)

  • Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor)

Best Background Score

  • Pritam Chakraborty (Barfi!)

Best Editing

  • Namrata Rao (Kahaani)

Popular Choice (Male)

  • Salman Khan (Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2)

Popular Choice (Female)

  • Katrina Kaif (Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger)

Best Sound Design

  • Sanjay Maurya, Allwin Rego (Kahaani)

Best Production Design

  • Kaushik Das, Subrata Barik (Kahaani)

Best Animation

  • Delhi Safari

Best Marketed Film

  • Barfi!

Best Action

  • Shyam Kaushal (Gangs Of Wasseypur)

Best Costume

  • Anaita Shroff Adajania (Cocktail)

Ramnath Goenka Award

  • Gangs Of Wasseypur

Best Actor In A Comic Role (Male/Female)

  • Abhishek Bachchan (Bol Bachchan)
  • Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)

Best Lyrics

  • Javed Akhtar – Muskanein Jhoothi Hai (Talaash)

Best Story

  • Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita (Kahaani)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Yash Chopra

Best Choreography

  • Prabhu Dheva (Go Govinda, OMG: Oh My God!)

Most promising Newcomer (Male)

  • Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor)

Most promising Newcomer (Female)

  • Ileana DCruz (Barfi!)

Most promising Debut Director

  • Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)

Best Screenplay

  • Sanjay Chouhan, Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)

Best Jodi

  • Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)

Best Dialogue

  • Bhavesh Mandalia (OMG: Oh My God!)

Best Music

  • Pritam Chakraborty (Barfi!)

Special Award

  • Amitabh Bachchan

Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Javed Ali – Ishaqzaade (Ishaqzaade)

Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Shalmali Kholgade – Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade)

Best Child Artiste

  • Mohammad Samad (Gattu)

Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male)

  • Tigmanshu Dhulia (Gangs Of Wasseypur)

Best Ensemble Cast

  • Gangs Of Wasseypur

I have no audacity to declare my acting academy as the best acting academy of Mumbai or the best acting institute of India . It is definitely not the best acting school of Bollywood . My acting class is one among the many acting classes of Mumbai .

And also I have no time to celebrate the success of 3 /4 years old serials . I don’t have time for remembrances . At Vidur’s Kreating Charakters the Saga still continues . Through this blog I would like to celebrate the success of my students , Ranbir Kapoor , Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif , who got awards in January 2013 and are destined to rule the film industry for many more years to come .

I , on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , congratulate all the above mentioned award-winning personalities and my students.

May they shine in their chosen field .

[ I have taken the list of the winners from the blog posting of Nikhil on http://www.bollywoodtadka.com  I express my gratitude . ]

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Latest Game of Paid Media & R.S.S.


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 06 , 2013           11.15 P.M.

Congress , the Indian National Congress commands enviable sway over the Indian media . During olden days , when print media ruled the country , they always had their way . And gullible masses knew nothing about it . These days , when electronic media has become all – powerful and has almost become omni – present , Congress has devised a new strategy . It is alleged that a vast section of electronic media is getting paid and thus to oblige their masters they have become a mere tool in their hands .

The game started in the newly independent India . Jawahar Lal Nehru and later on his daughter Indira Gandhi , both used print media to malign R.S.S. [ Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ] . I have followed political scenario of the country since the days of Jawahar Lal Nehru , the first Prime Minister of India . Shri Golwalkar a.k.a. Guru Ji was demonized by him and the sycophant print media helped him to accomplish his nefarious goals . His designs went unnoticed because of the gullible public of those nascent days . Same was the case during Indira Gandhi’s regime . She always maligned R.S.S. and the 3rd Sarasanghachalak Shri Madhukar Dattatreya Deoras a.k.a. Bala Saheb Deoras and no one got the hint because the people of freshly independent country were still naive .

The old tactic of maligning and demonizing R.S.S. [ Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ] is still continuing unabated with the help of pliable , sycophant and ready – to – help allegedly paid media .

English: Dr. Hedgewar

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar – 1st Sarasanghachalak of R.S.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Guruji Golwalkar

Guruji Golwalkar – 2nd Sarasanghachalak of R.S.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Madhukar Dattatreya Deoras - 3rd Sarasanghachalak 0f R.S.S.

Madhukar Dattatreya Deoras – 3rd Sarasanghachalak 0f R.S.S.

Rajendra Singh - 4th Sarasanghachalak 0f R.S.S.

Rajendra Singh – 4th Sarasanghachalak 0f R.S.S.

Kuppahalli Sitaramayya Sudarshan (born June 18...

Kuppahalli Sitaramayya Sudarshan – 5th Sarasanghachalak of R.S.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Mohan Madhukar Bhagawat is the sixth Sarsa...

Dr. Mohan Madhukar Bhagawat – 6th Sarasanghachalak of R.S.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mohan Madhukar Bhagawat , the 6th Sarasanghachalak of R.S.S. , unwittingly became the latest whipping boy of paid media . Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was never their favourite but to take innocuous line from a speech and twisting it to further their nefarious designs is deplorable . It is unfortunate .

But now the days are changed . All – pervading , all – encompassing electronic media can’t be a tool of only the Congress . Through internet and various forums of social media people can know the truth and can educate others also . Gone are the days of servile media , which was always ready to help their masters . Now public can know and verify the truth . So within hours of the statement of Shri Mohan Bhagawat , paid media twisted and misquoted it to help their Congress masters , who were facing worst crisis because of the deplorable case of Delhi girl child . So Shri Mohan Bhagawat became the target . But it backfired .

People watched the speech on YouTube and twitter – handles were used to remove the misinformation . You can go through the tweets of eminent journalist Kanchan Gupta and can yourself decide . I am re – tweeting the relevant tweets :

Tweets

1. Just spoke to impeccable top RSS source. Story on Mohanrao Bhagwat’s alleged comment on marriage and role of man/woman total fabrication.

2. Mohanrao Bhagwat was speaking on differences between Western and Indian concepts of marriage.

 

3. Mohanrao Bhagwat pointed out in West marriage is a ‘social contract’. In India it is a ‘sacred institution’.

 

4. Mohanrao Bhagwat explained man-woman role per ‘social contract’ and NOT per Indian experience or institution of marriage.

 

5. A studio-edited bite has been used by TimesNow and HT to create false impression that Mohanrao Bhagwat spoke in Indian context.

 

6. Top RSS source: “The RSS does NOT believe women should stay at home and do household chores.”

 

7. There is a concerted move by media to deliberately misquote Mohanrao Bhagwat and shift focus away from real issues that hurt Congress.

 

8. Top RSS source: This is a malacious and motivated attack. Media trying to forge anti-RSS discourse by taking recourse to fabrications”.

 

9. I am told RSS has pointed out to Arnab Goswami that byte on TimesNow is studio-edited to mislead viewers on what Mohanrao Bhagwat said.

 

10. Canard and calumny about RSS nothing new. Old trick of Congress to raise bogey whenever in trouble. Media complicit partner.

 

I am posting above mentioned facts for the politically conscious students of my acting academy Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . Many Acting schools of Mumbai are blowing their own trumpet and declaring themselves as the best acting school / best acting institute / best acting academy of India / Mumbai / Bollywood . I don’t want to join the chorus . I don’t wish to declare my acting institute as the best acting school / best acting institute / best acting academy of India / Mumbai / Bollywood . I wish and want my students to become a better citizen of India . I want them to be a socially conscious citizens of this country .

Thus I keep on posting blogs on different topics .

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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 .

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Tamil Nadu : 25 Years Without M. G. R.


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 28 , 2012           05.35 P.M.

Marudhur Gopala Ramachandran or M. G. Ramachandran or simply M. G. R. needs no introduction in Tamil Nadu . Though he died 25 years ago , still his popularity refuses to wane . I always knew about his phenomenal sway over the masses in Tamil Nadu but I personally experienced it during my recent visit to the state .

English: MGR with Kerala politician K.Karunaka...

MGR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One morning when I came out of my room in Subam Lodge , Vaitheeswaran Koil , I noticed that arched are being erected on the streets and photos of M. G. R. are being garlanded everywhere . Old hit songs of the films of M. G. R. were being played . People in large number were queuing in front of his photos and paying respect .

On 25th Death Anniversary , MGR Being Rememberedin a Village of Thanjavur

On 25th Death Anniversary , MGR Being Remembered in a Village of Thanjavur

I was astonished . I was astounded by the fact that it is his 25th death anniversary and still people are remembering him . To know the height of his popularity , please go through the description of his death scene , which I am quoting from Wikipedia :

” M.G.R. died on December 24, 1987 after his prolonged illness. He was 70. His death sparked off a frenzy of looting and rioting all over the state of Tamil Nadu. Shops, movie theatres, buses and other public and private property became the target of violence let loose all over the state. The police had to resort issuing shoot-at-sight orders. Tamilians from Bangalore rushed to Madras in trains to see the mortal remains of MGR. Govt had announced free train facility for this visit. The violence during the funeral alone left 29 people dead and 47 police personnel badly wounded. This state of affairs continued for almost a month all over the state of Tamil Nadu. Around one million people followed his remains, around 30 followers committed suicide and people had their heads tonsured.

After his death, his political party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, split between his wife Janaki Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa; they later merged in 1988.

In 1989 Dr. M. G. R. Home and Higher Secondary School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired was established in the erstwhile Residence MGR Gardens, Ramapuram, in accordance with his will dated January 17, 1986. His official residence at 27, Arcot Street, T.Nagar is now MGR Memorial House and is open for public viewing. His film studio, Sathya Studios has been converted into a women’s college. “

English: New emblem for All India Anna Dravida...

New emblem for All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Party, designed by B. Balamanigandan email:bbm@drmgr.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now non – Tamil people can understand his impact and popularity among the masses . It was well – crafted image with the help of his films . He was the first major film star of India , who became Chief Minister of any state and won 3 consecutive elections in 1977 , 1980 and 1984 . He became Chief Minister in 1977 and remained in office till his death in 1987 . In 1984 assembly elections , though he was in the hospital for treatment and could not participate in electioneering , still he led his party to unprecedented victory . His images , from his hospital bed in the U.S.A. , were broadcast through cinema halls . And his party A.I.A.D.M.K. got 56% of assembly seats .

How he created this larger – than – life political image ? You can watch the song  “…….. neenga nalla irukkanum ……… ” of his film ” Idhayakkani ” [ 1975 ] . In the  ……neenga nalla irukkanum ……… song , he pays homage to his mentor Annadurai , whose image is clearly visible on the screen . His party flag is also fluttering in air and you could see that in the song itself his screen character is doing his philanthropic work . ” Idhayakkani “ was released 2 years before he became the Chief Minister . His last released film was ” Madurai Meeta Sundara Pandian ” [ 1978 ] .  This was his 136th film .  It was released 1 year after he became the Chief Minister . So through his 136 films , he created this kind of image , which is unheard of anywhere in the world . After becoming CM , the ongoing project ” Anna En Theivam “ was stopped and later on it was released by Bhagyaraj with modified story in which Bhagyaraj was the hero.

Apart from M.G.R. , no one in India or in world could replicate this kind of success . He was the first and till date only actor turned politician , who got this kind of mass popularity and could generate mass hysteria of this magnitude . N.T.R. or Nandamoori Tarak Ramarao was also an actor in Telugu film industry and he did succeed in Andhra Pradesh but his success was short – lived as he was soon toppled by his own son – in – law . President of U.S.A. , Ronald Reagan was also an actor in Hollywood but he was not a major star.

On my previous visit to Chennai in 2011 , I visited memorial of M.G.R. at Marina Beach to show my respect . In December 2012 , when I visited Chennai again , I was again able to pay respect to him on his 25th death anniversary .

At MGR Memorial , Marina Beach , Chennai

At MGR Memorial , Marina Beach , Chennai

With Poster of MGR in a Small Town

With Poster of MGR in a Small Town

It is sad that he died when he was only 70 . And 70 is not the age to leave the world . Had he been alive he would have been a formidable Prime Minister of India . In these days of coalition politics it would have been a real possibility .

Alas ! We lost him too early and too soon .

I think it would be fascinating to tell his story to all the students of my acting academy , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . Who knows ? They might replicate M.G.R. story in their lives also .

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Understanding Tamil Nadu – [ 1 ]


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VAITHEESWARAN KOIL – TAMIL NADU – INDIA           DECEMBER 23 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

When I landed at Chennai Airport on December 21 , 2012 , it marked my 3rd visit to the Southern metropolis . On December 22 , 2012 , when I drove to Vaitheeswaran Koil in the morning , it marked my 2nd visit to the hinterlands of Tamil Nadu .

The political state of Tamil Nadu in India was...

The political state of Tamil Nadu in India was created in 1969 when erstwhile Madras State was renamed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People of my generation always view Tamil Nadu and Tamil people through the prism , which was created in 1967 , when the first Dravidian government was formed in Tamil Nadu under the leadership of C. N. Annadurai .

But if you want to understand Dravid Movement of Tamil Nadu , you have to study the history of Self Respect Movement and Justice Party stablished by E. V. Ramasamy Naicker a.k.a. Periyar . It all started in 1925 , much before 1967 , when Annadurai led D.M.K. [ Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam ] formed the first non – Congress government in Tamil Nadu .

In the history of India , 1925 seems to be a very unique year . In the Tamil Nadu E. V. Ramasamy Naicker ” Periyar ” started his Self Respect Movement and in the same year in Nagpur Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar started R.S.S. [ Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ] . Periyar’s movement is considered separatist and anti national by many and Dr. Hedgewar’s movement is perceived ultra nationalist by the majority . But it is uncanny that both the movements were started in 1925 .

English: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Periyar E.V. Ram...

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on 06-Jan-1940 at Jinnah’s residence in Bombay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Dr. Hedgewar

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar , Founder of R.S.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is said that Periyar was peeved by the superiority of Brahmins and their dominance in all the departments and strata of Tamil culture and life . He started this movement called Sel Respect and started espousing the cause of non – Brahmin castes of Tamil Nadu . He started breaking idols in the temple , advocated atheism , despised JANEU , the sacred thread and finally gave a call for the boycott of Brahmin priests in the marriages . His espousal of Self Respect Marriage had far – reaching repercussions and he became quite unpopular in rest of the country . His anti – Brahmin crusades drew wide – spread indignation and his opposition of Hindu deity worship was considered as anti Hindu and finally anti India .

Both the Tamilian parties ; Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam [ DMK ] and All India Anna Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam [ AIADMK ] owe their existence to E. V. Ramasamy Naicker ” Periyar ” and his movement . And thus atheism and anti North India and anti Hindi credo became their life lines . And when DMK came to power in 1967 , Anna Durai accepted many things which were espoused by Periyar . Thus in the rest of India people became suspicious and majority started disliking DMK and it anti Hindi , anti God and anti North India policies .

I was definitely misguided by this prism , which I got while studying in Allahabad from 1967 to 1974 . My recent visits have changed my perception of Tamil Nadu , Tamil people and Tamil politics of Dravidian parties .

I will complete this ” Understanding Tamil Nadu ” series in my next blog and would like to share it with all the current students of my acting academy Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  after my return from Tamil Nadu .

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