VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 04 , 2013           05.45 P.M.

VIDUR Club Newsletter [ 3 ]

[ September 2012 – August 2013 ]




Total Number of Batches = 10

Total Number of Students = 59

Number of Current Students Working [ Only in Films ] = 22

Success Rate of Last Year = 40.00 %

[ 37.20 % Precisely ]

Script Based Workshop Done = 7 Films


VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER - Training Students Since 1990

VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER – Training Students Since 1990



Companies have tradition of publishing Annual Progress Reports for their  share – holders . Acting Institutes have no such tradition . Not even one acting institute of the world has done it ever .

Acting Institutes have only brochures . But brochures are published in bulk and very often they carry old information . Therefore I decided to establish VIDUR Club and publish Newsletter [ Internet Version ] / Booklet of Achievements [ Print Version ] of the previous year for the perusal of our past , present and would be students , friends & well-wishers , who reside in the 158 countries of the world .

When some upstart acting trainers revel in deception , it is prudent to become upright in dealings . When some upstart acting trainers revel in dishing out false data , it is advisable to come out with true facts & figures . When some upstart acting trainers revel in preposterous claims to lure and hoodwink gullible students , it is ethical and natural to remain transparent .




Photographs of all the 10 Batches


In the previous year  VIDUR Acting Institute has churned out ………. 10 ……………. batches . Total number of students in all these batches were ………….. 59 ………….

Please go through the photographs .

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 76

Batch No. 76


Photographs of all the 22 Students , who are working in films


Out of all the ………….. 59 ………….. students of VIDUR Acting Institute , ……………. 22 ……………. students are working in films . And  thank God ! it is not blink & miss roles in some shelved , forgettable films or some nondescript , episodic serials . They are playing either lead or parallel lead in these films . Thus a little less than 40 %  students of VIDUR Acting Institute are working in films .

Please go through the photographs .

Neha Trivedi of Batch No. 67 is playing an important role in ” Highway “ . It is directed by Imtiaz Ali of ” Rockstar “ fame . She also did a commercial  campaign for Domino’s Pizza .

Neha Trivedi - Batch No. 67

Neha Trivedi – Batch No. 67

Miss Universe India 2012 Urvashi Rautela of Batch No. 68 is playing lead in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The film is directed by Anil Sharma of ” Gadar “ fame . [ The film releases this month – November 22 , 2013 ]

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

Manmeen Gala of Batch No. 69 is playing parallel lead in ” What Happens 6 To 6 ? “ . The film is being made in Telugu and is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Manmeen Gala - Batch No. 69

Manmeen Gala – Batch No. 69

Nitin Gowda of Batch No. 70 is a Kannadiga actor . He is playing lead in a Kannada movie ” Ringroad Shubha “ . The film is directed by debutante Priya Belliappa . It has unique distinction of being India’s first all-female-crew film .

Nitin Gowda - Batch No. 70

Nitin Gowda – Batch No. 70

Riya Thakur of Batch No. 71 [ She re-joined me ] is playing main lead in ” Shukla Ji Street “ . The film is directed by Anil Mattoo .

Riya Thakur - Batch No. 71

Riya Thakur – Batch No. 71

Zoa Morani of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Bhaag Johnny “ . It is directed by Shivam Nair and is written and produced by Vikram Bhatt .

Zoa Morani - Batch No. 75

Zoa Morani – Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria is of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Kapat ” . It is directed by debutant Milinnd Sagar .

Akriti Bisaria - Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria – Batch No. 75

Bhavna Chugani of Batch No. 76 is playing lead role in ” My Idol “ . It is directed by Amit Sharma . She hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Bhavna Chugani - Batch No. 76

Bhavna Chugani – Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani of Batch No. 76 is playing an important role in ” My Idol ” . It is directed by Amit Sharma . He also hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Mohit Pursani - Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani – Batch No. 76


Private Students Working in Films


Apart from above mentioned ………. 09 ……….. students from the batches , I also trained ………..13 ………… students privately for various films .

Please go through the photographs .

Tanvi Rao is doing a pivotal role in the film ” Gulaab Gang “ with Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla . The film is directed by Soumik Sen .

Tanvi Rao

Tanvi Rao

Bilal Amrohi is grandson of legendary Producer-Director Kamal Amrohi of iconic film  ” Pakeezah “ . He is doing parallel lead in ” O Teri ! “ . The film is produced by Atul Agnihotri and directed by debutant Umesh Bisht .

Bilal Amrohi

Bilal Amrohi

Sirish Allu is a Telugu actor , who made his debut in ” Gouravam “ . He is son of Movie Moghul Allu Aravind and brother of Telugu Super Star Allu Arjun . The film is written & directed by Radha Mohan . It is a Telugu , Tamil bilingual .

Sirish Allu

Sirish Allu

Mia Evonne Uyeda , a French-Canadian national , is a former MTV V.J. She is doing parallel lead in ” Tere Bin Laden – The Third ” . The sequel is being made by the team of ” Tere Bin Laden ” .

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Lakshmi Rao is playing lead in a Telugu film ” What Happens 6 to 6 ? ” . The film is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Lakshmi Rao

Lakshmi Rao

Armaan Jain , grandson of immortal Raj Kapoor and cousin of Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor , is making debut in the Untitled film of Illuminati Films . It is being produced by Saif Ali Khan and directed by Arif Ali , younger brother of Imtiaz Ali . A. R. Rehman is giving music in this untitled film . Incidentally all the 4 artistes mentioned above ; Kareena Kapoor , Ranbir Kapoor , Armaan Jain and producer Saif Ali Khan , are my students .

Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain

Brazilian beauty Nathalia Martins is doing main lead in ” Guns of Banaras ” . It is being produced by Shaina Nath and directed by Shekkhar Suri .

Nathalia Martins Pinheiro

Nathalia Martins

Apart from above mentioned ……… 07 ………. students , whom I trained privately ,  ……….. 02 ……… more private students of mine ; Sohoni Paul and Preeti Deasi are working in films .

Sohoni Paul is daughter of Tapas Paul , the superstar of Bengali films . She is doing ” Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa “ opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui . The film is directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta .

Miss Great Britain 2006 Preeti Desai is currently working in ” One by Two “ opposite Abhay Deol . The film is directed by Devika Bhagat , the screenplay writer of ” Ladies vs Ricky Bahl ” and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” .

I privately trained ………….. 02 ………… more students for various projects . They are :

Anupama Chopra [ Film Critic & TV Host of ” The Front Row “

Ganesh Hegde [ The Choreographer ].

I am also privately training ………….. 02 …………… more student for Diction . They are ;  Alia Bhatt and Aadar Jain , younger brother of Armaan Jain .

Thus the grand total of recent students , who are working in films is 22 .


Photographs of all the 7 films , for which workshop has been done


Apart from training above mentioned …………. 22 …………. students , last year I also did script-based workshop for …………. 07 ………… films . These films are ; Karan Johar’s ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” , Atul Agnihotri’s  ” O Teri ! ” , Anil Mattoo’s  ” Shukla Ji Street ” , Vikram Bhatt’s ” Bhaag Johnny ” , Rikku ji’s ” Guns of Banaras ” , Amit Sharma’s ” My Idol “ and Milinnd Sagar’s ” Kapat ” .

Please go through the photographs .

Kalki Koechlin in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Kalki Koechlin in ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of "O Teri !"

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of “O Teri !”

Workshop Team of " Gangs of Benaras "

Workshop Team of ” Guns of Banaras “

Workshop Team of " My Idol "

Workshop Team of ” My Idol “

To further substantiate my standing as the acting trainer of India of 23 years of standing , here are links of the 21 newspaper articles , links of 04 online postings and links of 8 TV interviews :

Link of Articles in News Papers :

1 – DNA article about Neil : #DNA

2 – Katrina Kaif perfects accent in 20 days- Hindustan Times: via @addthis

3 – Screen article about Katrina :
Getting trained: via @addthis

4 – Times of India, Crest Edition article about Vidur :

5 – List on :

6 – Mumbai Mirror article about Vidur , Hazel & Bodyguard :’s-Hazel.html

7 – Deccan Chronicle article about Vidur :

8 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Katrina Kaif :

9 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Dev Patel : Hindustan Times

10 – SHOWBIZ SPY article about Vidur & Dev Patel :

11 – THE GUARDIAN WEEKLY – LONDON article about Vidur & Dev Patel :

12 – THE SIYASAT DAILY  article about Vidur & Hazel Keech : via @AddThis

13 – DNA Article about Vidur : Of bhaiyyas, Bhojpuri and Bollywood connection – Entertainment – DNA

14 – Indian Express Article about Vidur : Actors’ Laboratory – Indian Express: via @AddThis

15 – Sunday Indian Express Article about Vidur : Hindi Lessons for Chikni Chameli – Indian Express: via @AddThis

16 – HT Cafe Article No. 1 about Vidur : Ram Charan trains in Hindi for Zanjeer remake – Hindustan Times

17 – HT Cafe Article No. 2 about Vidur : Learning the desi lingo – Hindustan Times

18 – Screen Article about Vidur : Going Desi Cool –

19 – Dainik Bhaskar Article in Hindi about Vidur :

20 – Divya Bhaskar Article in Gujarati about Vidur :

21 – Mumbai Mirror Article about Vidur :

Link of Online Postings :

1 – A new post about Vidur :

2 – IBNLive posting about Vidur :

3 – DIGITAL SPY – LONDON posting on Vidur : Dev Patel takes Indian accent lessons via @digitalspy


Link of Videos on YouTube :

1 – DD NEWS :


3 – E 24 Coverage (1st) :

4 –  ZOOM Coverage on Neil:

5 – India TV News :
Katrina’s Hindi Guru

6 – E 24 Coverage (2 nd) :

7 – ZOOM Coverage on Katrina :

8 – Sahara Samay Coverage on Katrina :

I hope this Newsletter will make matter easier for my past , present & future students as well as friends & well-wishers , who reside in 158 countries of the world . I have tried to make my point clear . For the hard copy [ Booklet of Achievements ] , you can contact my office in Mumbai . You can either collect it personally or it will be sent to you by courier .

I am not basking in the past glory . I am not listing shared legacy as my own . I am not resting on the previous laurels . Even after 23 years of continuous work and training artistes uninterruptedly , my journey has not reached saturation point . It continues unabated . It marches ahead vigorously . It still strives for excellence .

For me :

The past is a springboard , not a hammock ………….

The voyage has just started …………………………………

The saga still continues ………………………….

And Yes :

Dust has now started settling down …………………


Insignia of BRAND VIDUR

Insignia of BRAND VIDUR

With this copy of VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ] , I make myself accountable to one and all and voluntarily submit myself  even for legal scrutiny .

I will see you very soon with VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 4 ] .



19th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2013

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 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  I express my gratitude . ]



Box Office Blues – December 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03 , 2013           11.55 P.M.

This is the 3rd blog in this category .

Only 7 Hindi films got released in December , 2012 . Winter chill in the north , public outcry and support for the unfortunate rape victim of Delhi and finally new year celebrations took its toll on box office and December 2012 had frosty effect on the box office collections .

Khiladi 786 ” and ” Dabangg 2 “ were only exceptions . These two films garnered nice collections and in the final reckoning ” Dabangg 2 “ became the winner .

I am particularly pleased with the success of ” Dabangg 2 “ because it is produced and directed by my student Arbaaz Khan . Its costume designer Alvira Khan Agnihotri is also my student .

First Week – December 07


1 – Khiladi 786 : This new film from the famous ” Khiladi “ franchise of Akshay Kumar earned 62 crores world – wide . It was made with the budget of 30 crores , so it almost earned double its investment . Thus it became the first hit of December 2012 .

This film was directed by Ashish R. Mohan . It is the 8th installment in the franchise after ” Khiladi ” [ 1992 ] . Other Khiladi films are ; ” Main Khiladi Tu Anadi ” [ 1994 ] , ” Sabse Bada Khiladi ” [ 1995 ] , ” Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi ” [ 1996 ] , ” Mr. & Mrs . Khiladi ” [ 1997 ] , ” International Khiladi ” [ 1999 ] and ” Khiladi 420 ” [ 2000 ] .

2 – 10 ML Love : This forgettable film directed by Sharat Kataria , has Tara Sharma as one of the female protagonists . She is daughter of Late Pradeep Sharma and a dear and old student of mine .

This film is a liberal adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream ” .

Second Week – December 14


1 – Cigarette Ki Tarah : This romantic thriller has Prashant Narayanan as one of the protagonists . This film was directed by Akashaditya Lama .

2 – Myoho : A dud of December . Myoho means Mystic Law . It was directed by Ranjan Shandilya .

3 – Four Two Ka One : A disappointing film of Jimmy Sheirgill . He is my student . I trained him for Aditya Chopra directed ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] of Yash Raj Films .

Third Week – December 21


1 – Dabangg 2 : It is the biggest hit of December 2012 . It is the sequel of  its earlier avatar ” Dabangg ” . Arbaaz Khan made his debut as a director with this film . This is the 5th consecutive 100 crore earner of Salman Khan . Film’s budget was 40 crore . Thus according to trade analysts it is a block – buster .

Nikitin Dhir played the antagonist and Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of this film . Arbaaz , Alvira and Nikitan are my students . I am so happy for them .

This film also has Kareena Kapoor and Flora Saini in guest appearances . They both are my students . Thus ” Dabangg 2 “ has 5 students of mine . One super – hit and 5 students . It is heartening .

Fourth Week  – December 28


1 – Hansa : A small film from the stable of Manav Kaul , a known theatre personality .

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 .

Kareena Kapoor and Flora Saini made guest appearances in ” Dabangg 2 ” . They are my students too .

I am happy for ” Dabangg 2 ” and all the 7 students of my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

May they achieve greater success in 2013 .



Ah ! Captain Saurabh Kalia , We Are Ungrateful

Saurabh Kalia

Captain Saurabh Kalia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 31, 2012           05.00 P.M.

Very few people in India remember Captain Saurabh Kalia or even know about him . It is shame , but it is true . Captain Saurabh Kalia was captured by Pakistani army during Kargil war of 1999 and was mercilessly murdered after brutal and inhuman torture . He was just 22 years old at the time of his death .

I have nothing new to say on Captain Saurabh Kalia’s case . I am re-tweeting some relevant tweets about Captain Kalia’s case from the twitter handle of Andhra Pradesh BJP IT Cell . I hope , for discerning and nationalist people , it will be a gentle and tearful reminder about the martyr . For heartless and emotionless brutes , nothing matters . For Congress , the Indian National Congress , the next election is more important and Captain Kalia can’t assure them victory . So for them he is not that important .

Andhra Pradesh BJP IT Cell , in fact , tweeted the verses of Venki . I was moved while going through the lines .

Lets Hang our head in shame while we read these Verses by Venki about Capt Saurab Kalia’s Sacrifice 1/15

They didn’t just pluck your eyes out, Capt Saurabh Kalia, They gouged out ours too. 2/15

Or would we have been blind to your father’s agony, His cry for ‘justice’ for all these years? 3/15

They didn’t just pierce your eardrums, Capt Kalia, They poured hot oil in ours too. 4/15


Or would we be deaf to your mother’s fitful sobs And her pitiful cry of anguish? 5/15

They didn’t just burn your chest, Capt Kalia, They carved out our bleeding hearts too. 6/15

Or would we, as a nation, have been so heartless As to forget our Kargil war hero? 7/15

They didn’t just mangle your private parts, Capt Kalia, They castrated an entire nation. 8/15

Or would we be so impotent that we yearn for aman While they plot yet more jihadi crimes? 9/15

When they ambushed you in the Kargil heights, Capt Kalia, They waylaid every one of us. 10/15

But you died so that we may live Our shameless, ungrateful lives. 11/15

We sent you to war at age 22, Capt Kalia, Which is no viable diable age. 12/15

And yet, we have failed to honour you The way your father sought. 13/15



Shame on us – and , Mother India, That you would send your son to war And yet not collect his martyred ashes Or even shed a silent tear. 14/15

It is shameful that we have almost forgotten Captain Saurabh Kalia , a 22-year-old captain of our army and a martyr of 1999 Kargil war .


I have been often asked , why I keep on writing about matters other than actors , acting and acting institute ? My simple answer is that I want my students to know , apart from films , about our great nation , about the history of India and about the struggle of our national heroes . I am unable to think only about the next batch of my acting school or the coming films of my acting students .

I want my acting students to know about Captain Saurabh Kalia , a martyr , who sacrificed his today for our better tomorrow . On behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I pay my homage to the brave son of Bharat Mata .

Alas ! we have almost forgotten him .



Death of Delhi’s Girl Child : ” A Candle In The Wind “


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 29 , 2012           05.00 P.M.

Woke up today to the sad news of the death of  the unfortunate girl , who got gang raped in Delhi in a moving bus . She battled for her life for few days and finally succumbed to her wounds , physical and mental both .

I became numb . Shame and guilt engulfed me . In our religion we worship 51 SHAKTIPEETHAS , temples of goddess Durga , yet this happened . In our country even rivers and animals are called MATA , yet this happened . In our literature women are eulogized , yet this happened . Eons ago Manusmriti eulogized women as :

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते , रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ,

यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते , सर्वास्तत्रा  क्रिया अफलाः ।।

[ That house becomes abode of Gods , where women are worshipped . Everything fails in the place , where they get insulted . ]

Jay Shankar Prasad , a Hindi poet , also wrote about women in his epic book ” Kamayani ” :

नारी तुम केवल श्रद्धा हो , विश्वास रजत नग पगतल में ,

पीयूष स्रोत सी बहा करो , जीवन के  सुन्दर समतल में ।।

English: Durga puja at Burdwan

Durga puja at Burdwan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it all seems in vain . Women are , in their daily life , subjected to rape , insult , verbal abuse and teasing . Their whole existence is at stake at their working places . In public transport they have to face leery looks of lecherous men .Voyeurism is prevalent in our culture and we do take voyeuristic pleasure while gaping at women . We eulogize women as Goddesses but the reality is pathetic .

English: Beggar Girl at one of New Delhi's bus...

Beggar Girl at one of New Delhi’s busy Metro Rail Stations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is unfortunate . Whatever happened was very unfortunate . But more unfortunate was the behaviour of our ruling oligarchs . Sheila Dikshit , the woman Chief Minister of Delhi , looked helplessly . Sonia Gandhi , the Chairperson of UPA and President of Congress made a pretence of meeting protesters . It is now alleged that they were members of NSUI , the student wing of Indian National Congress . Youth icon Rahul Gandhi is maintaining stoic silence . He does some drama of going to villages and eating and sleeping in the houses of Harijans whenever elections are round the corner . But a 23 old girl’s plight couldn’t move him . Most unfortunate behaviour came from Sushil Kumar Shinde , the Home Minister . He is a Dalit but was unable to empathise with the other weaker section , the hapless girl . President Pranab Mukherjee’s son is another nut case . His very unfortunate remark about some ”  …..dented and painted ……. women coming for few second’s fame ” is deplorable . Sanjay Nirupam also came to chip in . His remarks against Smriti Irani shows his male chauvinism .

Chief Minister of Delhi

Sheila Dikshit , Chief Minister of Delhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician, pres...

Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: , from a photograph showing a meeting...

Rahul Gandhi . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician, ...

Pranab Mukherjee, current President of India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sanjay Nirupam

Sanjay Nirupam , Congress MP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the girl wanted to live , she is now dead . The ruling oligarchy is trying every trick in the book to save their skin . Delhi has become a war zone . India Gate is beyond reach of common people . Members of Congress are shedding copious tears . But everyone knows that these male chauvinist are just trying to gain time . Public memory is short and elections are still 2 years away . These morons know that by the time next general election is announced , this hapless girl child will be a forgotten news .

Today , when I was reading all the comments about this girl , I suddenly remembered Elton John’s song ” A Candle In The Wind ” . He had originally made it in 1973 for Marilyn Monroe  . He re – wrote the song in 1997 for Princess Diana . I am giving the original version . Words are still relevant , even though 39 years have passed and it was written for another person and in totally different circumstances :

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude
Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe
These ominous words still haunt you . They are still relevant . I end my blog with agony , pain and head bowed in shame .
Good bye , young one ! You were destiny’s unfortunate child …….
And it seems to me , you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in

I have nothing more to say . If you stand for a girl child , I know what you can face . Whole system will gang up against you . Male chauvinist , their accomplices and their pathetic factotum , sycophants and fawning parasites will try to muzzle your voice . And voyeuristic India will only look with glee and sadistic pleasure . None will come forward to help . It will become a lonely , personal fight , an uneven , unequal battle .

But without caring for male chauvinist , I will try to inculcate these views of mine among the students of my acting school ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . So that , if needs be , they could be of some help to a girl child and just won’t be a moot spectator .




Understanding Tamil Nadu – [ 4 ]


CHENNAI – TAMIL NADU – INDIA           DECEMBER 26 , 2012           11.55 P.M.


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)


After four days stay , I left Vaitheeswaran Koil in the afternoon and reached Chennai in the night . Sitting in the room of my hotel Golden Tower , I am writing the 4th installment of ” Understanding Tamil Nadu ” .

In my last 3 blogs I have tried to explain some of the misconceptions about Tamil Nadu , its leaders and general public . For the large sections of North Indian people the image of Tamil Nadu of 1965 is hard to forget . I think I have explained everything in detail about Tamil Nadu of 1965 .

Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai , Muthuvel Karunanidhi , Marudhur Gopal Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa Jayaram have dominated the Tamil Nadu scene since 1967 . They all jointly left Dravid Kazhagam led by Erode Venkata Ramasamy Naicker ” Periyar ” a.k.a. E. V. Ramasamy Naicker ” Periyar ” and formed Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam a.k.a. D.M.K. in 1949 .


English: M. G. Ramachandran, K. A. Mathialagan...

M. G. Ramachandran, K. A. Mathialagan, C. N. Annadurai, C. Rajagopalachari, M. Karunanidhi at a private function in Jan 1968 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai a.k.a. C. N. Annadurai led D.M.K. to victory in 1967 elections and became the first non – Congress leader to form a majority government in any Indian state . He left Dravid Kazhagam and formed a new party because he was not willing to be part of anti national forces . He was against vivisection of India and was in favour of fighting elections under Indian Constitution . Atheism and anti – Hindi sentiments were the only two things which he accepted and borrowed from Dravid Kazhagam . He was instrumental in dropping the demand of independent Dravid Nadu of Periyar and berrying it forever in the pious land of Tamil Nadu .

C. N. Annadurai's House in Kanchipuram

C. N. Annadurai’s House in Kanchipuram

Anna Durai Memorial at Marina Beach

Anna Durai Memorial at Marina Beach

After his death in 1969 the post of chief minister went to Muthuvel Karunanidhi a.k.a. M. Karunanidhi . He followed almost same principles of C. N. Annadurai and atheism and anti – Hindi rhetoric still continues to be his credo .

But he has participated in the N.D.A. as well as U.P.A. governments of centre and his earlier bellicose attitude does not exist any more . A five time chief minister of Tamil Nadu is not the same M. Karunanidhi of yore . He is a changed man .

English: K. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tam...

M. Karunanidhi, ex Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1972 Marudhur Gopala Ramachandran a.k.a. M. G. Ramachandran split the D.M.K. and formed Anna D.M.K. It was later on rechristened as All India Anna Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam a.k.a. A.I.A.D.M.K. He is the only chief minister of Tamil Nadu , who holds the record of winning three consecutive terms as the chief minister . Though he followed atheism initially , but he was a practising Hindu and a follower of Bhagawan Muruga . During his regime , animosity towards North India disappeared and he followed a policy of no confrontation towards centre .

MGR Memorial

MGR Memorial

His successor Jayalalitha jayaram is a Hindu Brahmin and though she has not said anything openly but she is not an atheist . She is the only leader of prominence from Tamil Nadu , who can speak fluent Hindi . In my personal opinion she is only leader from Tamil Nadu who is capable of becoming the Prime Minister of India . I must say that she could , rather she should become the Prime Ministar of this nation . That day will be a red-letter day in our history and it will be a final blow to some of the misguided policies of E. V. Ramasamy Naicker ” Periyar ” .

Tamil Nadu legislative assembly election, 2011

Jayalalithaa , Incumbent Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thus in Tamil Nadu of today a different picture emerges these days . Gone are the days of unnecessary bellicose attitude of Tamil politicians . Credit for this goes to Bharat Ratna M. G. Ramachandran . Again a personal opinion , but I think he would have been an excellent Prime Minister of India . But alas he died young . 70 is no age to go .

I will again say that Tamil Nadu is changing fast . Or it has already changed ?

I am waiting to narrate these findings to all the current students of  my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .



Ameen Sayani Turns 80 Today


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 21 , 2012           04.35 P.M.

Ameen Sayani , the name may not be very familiar for the present day generation of Radio listeners , but for the people of my generation he was the biggest ever star of ” Aawaz Ki Duniya ” .

It is so heartening that he turns 80 today .

Ameen Sayani

Ameen Sayani

HisBinaca Geet mala ” , later on re-christened as ” Cibaca Geet Mala ” , was integral part of our growing years . Wednesdays were not the same for us after this famous radio programme got closed . This iconic show was first aired in 1952 and continued till 1988 on Radio Ceylon . Then it started coming on Vividh Bharti from 1989 and continued till 1994 . This was the first Radio Countdown show of film songs in India and had 42 years of run on airwaves . Ameen Sahab is synonymous with this show .


Apart from ” Binaca Geet Mala ” , he used to produce various other programmes for radio . ” S. Kumar Ka Filmy Muqaddama “ was another trend setter .


Ameen Sayani started his announcing career from Radio Ceylone , which later on came to be known Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation . Contrary to all the RJs of today , he has his own distinct style . He always started his announcements with  ” …………… Behno aur bhaiyon …………………………. ” and ” ………………Awaaz ki duniya ke mere dosto ………………………. ” . People of my generation are so familiar with his inimitable style and distinct voice that no one can miss it .


In films likeBhoot Bangla ” [ 1965 ] andTeen Devian ” [  1965 ] he appeared on-screen also as himself .

His body of work can still be enjoyed through this compilation .



He , apart from several other awards , was also awarded Padma Shri in 2009 . We are fortunate that this iconic figure is completing 8o years and still among us .

Years ago I first met him through Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . After that I met him three times till date . First it was marriage ceremony of Vikas Kalantri‘s sister . Then I was invited to Neil Nitin Mukesh‘s sister marriage reception and Ameen Sahab was also there. I met him last at the music release function of film ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] , Luv Sinha’s debut film .

I , on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , wish Ameen Sahab many more successful years ahead .




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