Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2016



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           June 19 , 2016           10.15 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post of May 2016, Vidur’s Film Diary completes 7th year of its existence. June 2016 will mark the beginning of its journey in the 8th year. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. I have full faith that ” Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood. ”

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

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

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

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

But do check the tall claims of so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. Hold a second, they can even claim that they are the “Best Acting Trainers of the World”. My God ! anything is possible in the unethical world of ACTING TRAINING in India.

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 7 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.



SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %


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

1 : ” Jai Ho “
2 : ” One By Two “
3 – ” O Teri “ & ” Main Tera Hero “
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 “


Obituary :


Suresh Chatwal :



Suresh Chatwal, who died on May 28, 2016 in Mumbai, made his acting debut in the year 1969 with “Rakhi Rakhi”. He was also seen  in films like “Uphaar” [ 1971 ] , “Piya Ka Ghar” [ 1972 ] , “Mili” [ 1975 ] , “Swami” [ 1977 ] , “Saaransh” [ 1984 ] , “Phool Aur Kaante” [ 1991 ] , “Karan Arjun” [ 1995 ] , “Koyla” [ 1997 ]  , “Munna Bhai MBBS” [ 2003 ] & “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge” [ 2010 ] . In the same year he was last seen on the big screen in “Nakshatra” [ 2010 ].

During later years of his career, he was very popular for his roles in TV serials like ” Rajni “, “Nukkad” [ 1986 – 1987 ] & “F.I.R.” [ 2013 ].


Vikas Mohan :


Vikas Mohan, Editor-in-chief and Printer-Publisher of Super Cinema, India’s leading film trade magazine, died in Mumbai on May 31, 2016.
He was producer of “Libaas” [ 1988 ] & Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Saif Ali Khan starrer “Aarzoo” [ 1999 ].


Hindi Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :


First Week – May 06


1 – 1920 London …………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Mission 36 Garh ……………………………………………………………………… X

3 – One Night Stand ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Traffic ………………………………………………………………. Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta


Second Week – May 13


1 – Azhar …………………………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 -Aakhri Sauda – The Last Deal ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Buddha In A Traffic Jam …………………………………………………………. X

4 – Chudail Story …………………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Dear Dad ………………………………………………………………………………… X

6 – Khel To Ab Shuru Hoga ………………………………………………………….. X


Third Week – May 20 

1 – Aman Ke Farishte …………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saat Kadam ………………………………………………………………. Amit Sadh

3 – Sarbjit ……………………………………………………………….. Krishan Kumar


Fourth Week  – May 27

1 – Frederick …………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Phobia …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Veerappan …………………………………………………………………… Lisa Ray

4 – Waiting ……………………………………………………………….. Kalki Koechlin


In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in May 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 06 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , …………… 06  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Krishan Kumar is the Producer of   ” Sarbjit “ .



Regional Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :



1 – Punjabi : Karishma Kotak is playing female lead in the film  ” Kaptaan “.


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



Commercials in April & Vidur Acting Institute :


1 – Amir Ali is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” LG Fridge “.

2 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Appy Fizz “.

3 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Mahindra KUV “.

4 – Pulkit Samrat is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Tuborg Beer “.

5 – Pulkit Samrat is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Yamaha SalutoRX Motorcycle “.

6 – Sonu Sood is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Baba Signature Undergarments “.



My ………….. 05 …………… students in …………… 06 …………… commercial campaigns .



Summary of April 2016

My 07 students appeared in 06 films , 01 student in 01 regional film and 05 students appeared in 06 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of May 2016 comes to 13



63rd AWARDS 2016 [ South ]

1 – Allu Arjun got award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) (Telugu) for Rudhramadevi.

2 – Anushka Shetty got award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) (Telugu) for Rudhramadevi.



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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 13 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from .

Information about Late Suresh Chatwal and Vikas Mohan is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I express gratitude. ]




Most Promising Newcomers of 2013 & Me



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 28, 2014           00.30 A.M.

Two days back, on July 26, 2014 in the Mumbai edition of Times of India, I read about an on-line poll conducted by Times of India group. It was about the most promising male and female newcomers of 2013. The result of this poll is based on the votes received by Times of India on

The list includes 10 female and 10 male lead actors of Hindi film industry. I am happy to announce that in the list of 20 debut making stars of the Hindi film industry, I have 04 students. Among the female actors, Urvashi Rautela made her debut in ” SINGH SAAB THE GREAT ” and among the males, Girish Kumar , Ram Charan and Hussain Kuwajerwala made their debut in ” RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA ” , ” ZANJEER ”  and ” SHREE ” respectively.

I am posting here the article from Times of India :

Scores of newcomers enter Bollywood every year, but only a few manage to create a place for themselves in this industry where fate changes every Friday.

After considering the votes we received on and our votes, here is our list of the most promising female newcomers of  2013.



1 – VAANI KAPOOR = ” Shuddh Desi Romance ”

2 – TAMANNAAH = ” Himmatwala ”

3 – TAAPSEE PANNU = ” Chashme Baddoor ”

4 – AMYRA DASTUR = ” Issaq ”

5 – RHEA CHAKRABORTY = ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ”

6 – POONAM PANDEY = ” Nasha ”


8 – ELLI AVRAM = ” Mickey Virus ”

9 – NEHA HINGE = ” Love U Soniyo ”

10 – PALLAVI SHARDA = ” Besharam ”

I am posting photo of Urvashi Rautela with me. It was clicked after the completion of training.


Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Vidur Acting Institute – Batch No. 68 alumna Urvashi Rautela With Me in My Office



Scores of newcomers enter Bollywood every year, but only a few manage to create a place for themselves in this industry where fate changes every Friday.

After considering the votes we received on and our votes, here is our list of the most promising male newcomers of  2013.

1 – DHANUSH = ” Raanjhanaa ”


3 – MANISH PAUL = ” Mickey Virus ”





8 – JITIN GULATI = ” Warning ”

9 – KARAN KUNDRA = ” Horror Story ”

10 – TANUJ VIRWANI = ” Love U Soniyo ”

I am posting my photo with Ram Charan, which I got clicked in his vanity van during the location shooting of his Hindi debut film ” ZANJEER “. I am also posting links of 2 Hindustan Times articles. It appeared in Hindustan Times during the training, while the shooting was still going on.


With Ram Charan in his van - During Shooting of "Zanjeer"

With Ram Charan in his van – During Shooting of “Zanjeer”


Link of Articles about Me & Ram Charan in News Papers :

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

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


At present I don’t have any photo of Girish Kumar and Hussain Kuwajerwala with me. But Girish Kumar did speak about me and my training. I am posting link of an interview of him, which was published in Screen on the eve of the release of ” RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA” .


Link of Article about Me & Girish Kumar in News Paper :

Screen Article about Vidur & Girish Kumar : Going Desi Cool –

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I would like to congratulate my above mentioned 04 students .

May God bless them in abundance !

[ List of the MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER – MALE & FEMALE and other information have been taken from Times of India ( July 26, 2014 ). I express my gratitude. I would also like to thank Ms. Priya Gupta and Ms.Garima Sharma of Times of India for giving us this valuable piece of information. ]



Legendary ? Oh My God !!


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 05 , 2013           07.00 P.M.

As an acting trainer [ some upstarts call me acting tutor – as if it is derogatory . They also mis-spelt tutor ] I run an acting institute in Mumbai . It is VIDUR Acting Institute known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . And to communicate with my acting students , friends & well-wishers around the world , I regularly write blogs , tweet quite frequently and update my activities on facebook account and facebook like page . I am also active on various other social net-working sites . But blog is my most potent tool , most favourite medium of expression .

Almost all the other acting trainers of India have their facebook pages . One gentleman has twitter account also . But no one is an active blogger . Recently some upstarts have started writing blogs .

Since writing blogs is not my sole prerogative , so any one can write blogs after creating  blog-space . But for that you have to know the language . You should know at least basics of the grammar . You should take care that your spelling is correct . But these upstarts are masters of bad English and wrong spelling . They have dearth of matter so abusing me is the only topic they know . They claim to be veterans but the fact of the matter is that they were my students once upon a time .

In one of their recent blog they used the adjective ” LEGENDARY ” for a B-Grade actor . The said actor , in one of his film , played second fiddle to an animal . As for his acting calibre , a video on YouTube can be watched . The so-called ” legendary ” [ ? ] actor was supposed to mouth few lines . He failed repeatedly and instead of being ashamed , he was laughing uproariously and was openly dishing out choicest cuss words and expletives .

So why this generosity to honour such a person with the word ” LEGENDARY ” . It is a syndrome . I call this Pakistan syndrome . Pakistan is just 66-year-old state . So she desperately needs national heroes . Since they don’t have any so they started importing names from Afghanistan . They invoke names of Ghazni and Ghori . Though Mehmood of Ghazni and Mohammad Ghori were the warlords of Afghanistan and they both invaded India to loot and plunder . But Pakistan appropriated them because she was in search of national icons . In the same manner these upstarts need icons for themselves . And they don’t have any . So in desperation they are calling this B-Grade hero ” LEGENDARY ” so that they can feel satisfied that they also have some one in their kitty .

In the process they are insulting the true legends . Only age or seniority cannot be the deciding factor in determining the legends . Ashok Kumar is a legend but Rashid Khan is not . Dilip Kumar is a legend but his contemporary Rajan Haksar is not . Amitabh Bachchan is a legend but Krishna Dhawan is not . Madhubala is a legend but Fariyal is not . Helen is a legend but Lakshmi Chhaya is not .

It is one thing to proclaim his / her acting institute as the most famous acting school of Mumbai , or the most famous acting institute of India , or the most famous acting academy of bollywood , but it is totally different to become the real one . One can blow one’s own rickety and rotten trumpet and proclaim to run the most famous acting school of the world . But this cacophony will not succeed . Time has come and dust is settling down . Soon , very soon , everything will be clear . Till then , abuse me profusely you uncouth morons . It shows your class and upbringing .

I thank God that for becoming famous or for self-glorification  VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters   is not resorting to such tactics .

God is kind . God is great .



West Bengal Needs Mamata Banerjee


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 06 , 2013           11.40 P.M.

It is hard to defend a death . It is difficult not to sympathise with the grieving family of a 23 year – old boy Sudipto Gupta . It is suicidal to swim against the tide . It is politically wrong to support a government , which is accused by one and all , for murdering a young boy . But still there is a case in favour of Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress . Before getting swayed away by the orchestrated public outcry , before being inundated by the flood of tears of cunning comrades , pause for a moment and think properly .

English: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Baner...

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The dead boy belonged to SFI [ Student Federation of India ] . This so called youth organization is affiliated to CPI-M [ Communist Party of India – Marxist ] . And it is prudent to recall that CPI-M ruled West Bengal for almost 4 decades . And then came Mamata Banerjee and she single-handedly defeated the mighty ,  invincible comrades . And the comrades are not supposed to give up power easily and willingly. Comrades are desperate to dislodge Mamata Banerjee since then .

Every politician can falter . May be Mamata Banerjee made some mistakes . But she is an elected Chief Minister of West Bengal . She should be allowed to rule for 5 years and that too peacefully. CPI-M should understand this , and if they are not willing to understand then they should be forced to see the writing on the wall . It should be drilled into their dark , empty heads .

I am forced to remember happenings from the day one , when Mamata Banerjee took charge of West Bengal . She went to inspect a hospital and the doctor on duty questioned her presence in the hospital . Is it not proper for an elected Chief Minister of a state to visit a hospital ? Should a people’s representative seek doctor’s permission before visiting a hospital ? The answer is a definite no . But CPI-M , through their committed card-holder members , wanted to show the world that Mamta Bannerjee is a persona – non – grata in her own state .

They , forgetting their own blood-drenched past , are now shedding copious tears on national television after Sudipto Gupta’s death . I could feel a sense of glee in the hearts of comrades . Apparently Sitaram Yechuri was showing grief at the demise of SFI member but he seemed to be quite pleased that at least now they have got a stick to beat the formidable foe .

Their selective amnesia should be brought in the public view . Comrades are adept in annihilating their political opponents . They have killed thousands of RSS [ Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ] workers in Kerala . They have brutally murdered their political opponents in West Bengal . Ask any CPI-M deserters . They will tell you the gruesome story . In the hinterlands of West Bengal , comrades used to hang a white sari in front of the house of the person , who voted or even participated in the political activities of opposition parties . White sari symbolised the impending widowhood to the wife of the deserter .

National media knows everything but they are myopic and inadvertently helping CPI-M . And shrewd comrades are exploiting the situation and enjoying the moment . They are shedding copious tears on the national television but in the privacy of their offices they must be having orgasm . At least no one can support West Bengal government of Mamata Banerjee on this point .

Death is sad . Death of a young man is shattering for the family . But may I ask why these comrades are on rampage since their defeat in West Bengal ? Why the comrades are not willing to wait for 5 years ? If their commitment for democracy is so unflinching , they should wait for the next general election . They should desist from unleashing their cadres on the streets and on police . When they were ruling West Bengal , it is alleged that they tried to annihilate Mamata Banerjee . They insulted her . They dragged her on the streets by catching hold of her hair . But a hypocrite like Sitaram Yetury , who is shedding tears now , was silent then . Even late Jyoti Basu , who is considered a BHADROLOK [ gentlemen ] by the media , remained a passive and silent onlooker like the mythological Dhritarashtra .

Jyoti Basu (8 July 1914 – 17 January 2010) or ...

Jyoti Basu (8 July 1914 – 17 January 2010) or Jyotirindra Basu was an Indian politician belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from West Bengal, India. He served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1977 to 2000, making him the longest-serving Chief Minister of any Indian state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not from Bengal . I can’t be accused of having any personal interest in the politics of Mamata Banerjee . I am not going to gain anything by supporting her and that too at this juncture . But I know the cunning comrades . I just felt that even at this juncture India and the discerning public should know the truth and they should not be swayed away by temporary and fluid situations and emotions . It would be fatal to play in the hands of comrades . These murderers are waiting for the opportunity and we should not do anything to help them . Their dream of ruling India is shattered . Their secret wish to paint India red lies in shambles . Any effort to demonize Mamata Banerjee would be like inviting the killers in our house .

A dream never fulfilled

A dream never fulfilled (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I feel for the family of the dead boy . I sympathise with the near and dear ones . But I refuse to criticize Mamata Banerjee for this death . Because I also remember the killings and annihilation of political opponents done by the communists of India .

Police claims that Sudipto Gupta died because of accident . Comrades are crying foul . You should remember ACP Dhoble of Mumbai police . He was accused of murdering a hawker in Mumbai and was subsequently transferred . Now it is known to all after enquiry that the hawker died of cardiac arrest . What if same case is repeated in Kolkata ? Think and think properly .

Famous acting schools of Mumbai , famous acting institutes of India and the famous acting academy of bollywood have no time for such topics . My acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  think that apart from imparting acting training , it is also our duty to make our students aware of such happenings .

English: Flag of All India Trinamool Congress

Flag of All India Trinamool Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Assembly election results map (by dis...

Assembly election results map (by district). Light green denotes the districts won by Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, and Red denotes those won by the CPI(M). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mamata Banerjee supporters

West Bengal needs Mamata Banerjee . In fact the nation needs her . And yes , we don’t need CPI-M or CPI at all . They should be consigned in the trash-bins of history .



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 . ]



New Female Playback Singers of Hindi Films

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2012           00.35 A.M.

When ” Alam Ara ” , the first Indian talkie , hit the screen in 1931 , an era started , which could easily be called the era of singing stars . All the actors sang their own songs on the screen . Well known female stars of that era were no exception . From Devika Rani to Leela Chitnis and from Kanan Devi to lesser known starlets, every heroine worth the name sang their own songs .

English: Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani in a Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi (Photo credit: tonymitra)

Then came the era of Noor Jahan and Suraiya . Both were immensely popular stars and huge singers of their generation . Their songs and their films are still popular . Their retirement from the films finally brought an end to the glorious era of singing stars . Salma Agha , another singing star , came in ” Nikah ” [ 1982 ]  but it was an exception . Singing stars era had ended much earlier .

After the end of singing stars era , playback singing in films became popular . Rajkumari Dubey could be called the first female playback singer . She started her singing career in 1940 . Her songs with Mukesh in ” Bawre Nain “[ 1950 ]  are still famous and they are memorable . Modern day movie goer are familiar with her song from ” Pakeeza “[ 1972 ]  . It is ….. najaria ki mari mari more saiyan …….

Another playback singer from that era was Shamshad Begum . She rose to prominence with ” Khazanchi ” [ 1941 ] and ” Khandaan ” [ 1942 ] . Her career suffered major set back with the advent and subsequent supremacy of Lata Mangeshkar andAsha Bhosle . Amirbai Karnataki was another famous playback singer from that era .

Then began an era which is known as Lata Mangeshkar Era . She , along with her younger sibling Asha Bhosle , dominated the playback scene of Hindi films like a colossus for almost 5 decades .

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian singer Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During their era many singers came and went into oblivion . Geeta Dutt , Suman Kalyanpur , Kamal Barot ,  Sudha Malhotra , Mubarak Begum and Sharda came and eclipsed quickly without leaving a mark .

In 70s , while Lata Mangeshkar was still reigning supreme , again a new crop of female playback singers emerged . Alka Yagnik , Sadhana Sargam , Kavita Krishnamurty andAnuradha Paudwal came , gave some memorable hits and faded into oblivion . Lata Mangeshkar still ruled and gave memorable hits like ; Yash Chopra directed  ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Now a new crop of playback singers are hovering on the horizon . Shreya Ghoshal has become numero Uno like Lata Mangeshkar and Sunidhi Chauhan has almost taken Asha Bhosle’s place . But there are other female playback singers  also . They are fast emerging on the scene .

ADITI SINGH SHARMA : With chart – busters like ; ” Aali Re …. ” & ” Dilli , Dilli …… ” in ” No One Killed Jessica “ and ” Chhoomantar ….. ” in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan , she became a singer to watch in future .

ALYSSA MENDONSA : Daughter of Loy Mendonsa of Shankar – Ahsan – Loy fame , she sang ” Uff Teri Ada ……. ” in ” Karthik Calling Karthik “ and immensely popular ” Khwabon Ke Parindey ….. ” in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara .

ANUSHKA MANCHANDA : She sang re-mix version of ” Dum Maro Dum …… ” with a rare conviction and forced everyone to take notice of her talent .

HARSHDEEP KAUR : With ” Katiya Karoon ….. ” of  ” Rockstar “ and ” Jugni ………….. ” of ” Cocktail “ , she hit big and is surely on her way to the top .

MAHALAXMI IYER : She hit the bull’s-eye with ” Ae Ajnabee ……….. ” in ” Dil Se ” , ” Sadka Kiya ………… ” in ” I Hate Luv Storys “ and hugely popular Punjabi numbers like ; ” Laung Da Lashkara ……. ” & ” Rola Pe Gaya …….. ” in ” Patiala House ” .

NEHA BHASIN : ” Kuchh Khas Hai …….. ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Dhunki Dhunki ……. ” in ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan “ brought her on the top .

SHIPLA RAO : In a hit number like : ” Khuda Jane …………… ” of ” Bachna Ae Haseenon “ , she found her moorings .

SHRUTI PATHAK : With ” Marjaawan …………… ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Payaliya ………… ” in ” Dev D “ , she arrived and made her presence felt .

SHWETA PANDIT : She made her debut in Yash Raj Films ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . From ” Mohabbatein “ to ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” [ 2011 ]  , she had sung several hits in Hindi . She regularly performs with A. R. Rehman‘s stage shows also . She is extremely popular singer in Telugu films also .

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

In a way she is my student . Though she never took admission in my Acting Institute and didn’t come to my regular batch . But still she come to my institute whenever she is free and participates in the improvisation classes of my institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

I am happy for her and wish her greater success . I am sure in years to come she will be top playback singer of India .

I am happy that I have at least one student in playback singing field also .



Being Veteran ( ? ) Acting Trainer

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 30 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

I am amused . I am very much amused . In this ephemeral world people try to project their young image . People hide their age . People loath to become old . In Hindi ” Buddha ” has become a cuss word .

Acting Training field seems to defy this norm . Here every Acting Trainer of Mumbai is trying to project that they are old . Everyone is trying to tell the world that they are veterans . They are the true Thespians . They are doing this job since time immemorial .

You go through my blogs , my websites and other material on the net . Everywhere I have mentioned that I came to Mumbai [ then Bombay ] in 1989 . I joined Ashha Chandra ji immediately . Then in 1990 I joined Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Diction Trainer . Within a year I started supervising Acting Classes also . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Acting / Diction Trainer for 14 long years . So from 1990 to 2012 , I have completed 22 momentous years as Acting Trainer .

Among Acting Trainers of India , Shri Roshan Taneja is the senior most person . He is imparting training since 50 years . Then comes Madam Ashha Chandra . She is doing this job since almost 40 years . Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor comes third . His tenure extends to almost 25 years . I am 4th in the hierarchy with 22 years of standing . All the other Acting Trainers of India came after me in this field , even though they might be older than me .

I find it curious that now everyone is imparting training since 22 / 23 years . Now every Acting Trainer is veteran . Everyone is Thespian . Taneja Sahab is now 80 years old . So it is certain that he is training aspiring actors since 50 years . So is the case with Ashha Chandra ji and Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . They are old enough to be trainers of 40 years and 25 years of standing . I am 60 years old . So 22 years of standing as Acting Trainer seems possible . But I am amused that now everyone is veteran of 23 years .

Another claim , which amuses me to no end that every Acting Trainer worth his salt has trained Hritik Roshan . There are almost every Acting Trainer of Mumbai , who claim to have helped him in his journey . If you make these Acting Trainers of India stand before Hritik Roshan , he would faint . Even he can’t imagine to have so many worthy Acting Gurus .

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

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

This charade of being Hritik Roshan’s Acting Coach should end . It is becoming too much . It is a clever ploy to hoodwink aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is deceit . Within a month I am going to meet Hritik Roshan and will urge him to mention all the names of his Acting Trainers of Mumbai . Mark my words , many Acting Trainers will have to eat crow . Many Gurus will have eggs on their faces .

You can’t make false claims in public arena . You can’t dish out exaggerated list of your students to aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is unscrupulous . But being unethical and unscrupulous has become a norm among Acting Trainers of Mumbai . I am much junior to Shri Roshan Taneja , so I should accept it gracefully . Ashha Chandra ji is my Acting Coach , so I must acknowledge this in public . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor for 14 long years . So I should not be ashamed to accept this fact . But making false claim just to overshadow someone or to enroll students by hook or by crook is criminal . It is sin .

I , as an Acting Trainer of Mumbai , an Acting Coach of Stars , a Personal Acting Trainer of Star Kids , proclaim in front of the world that please verify every claim of mine . Please go and ask every star whom I have mentioned in my brochure or website . Rummage through my blogs and try to find out a single false claim . If  you can single out even one false claim , I will publicly acknowledge that I am a liar . Foundation of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters are not laid on falsehood . It is laid on solid and true claims .

Let every Acting Trainer be a veteran , a Thespian . Let every Acting Trainer of India have standing of 23 years , I have no objection . But I am aghast that every upstart is claiming to be Acting Guru , Acting Coach of Hritik Roshan and many more super stars . This bubble should burst .

God willing it will burst very soon . Really soon .



A Tale of Two Acting Institutes : FTII & NSD

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

I start my blog with salutations to Shri Roshan Taneja , Ex Head of FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] and Ebrahim Alkazi , Ex Head of NSD [ National School of Drama ] .

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

Then I proceed to submit that apart from above mentioned two giants of Acting Training , I don’t like the present dispensation of these so-called premiere acting institutes of India .

Let me take their case one by one .



This so-called premiere school boasts of the alumni , which could be the dream of any Acting Trainer of India . This famous theatre training institute was established in 1959 in New Delhi by the Sangeet Natak Akademi . In 1975 it became an independent school .

National School of Drama

National School of Drama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First batch of NSD was passed out in 1961 . After this Ebrahim Alkazi took over the reigns and helmed the affair of the school from 1962 to 1977 . It was the golden period of NSD .

In 2008 , though the NSD celebrated its Golden Jubilee , but the shine  , the sheen had gone . I fail to understand the attitude of the present day students of NSD . They think that since they have done an acting course from NSD , so the whole world should invariably acknowledge their eminence . They behave as if whole universe is indebted to them because they have done two years training in NSD . Their immortal arrogance precede their mortal body . This is precisely the reason that they are not very successful in Hindi Film Industry .



This premier film acting institute was established in 1960 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Government of India . The present campus is situated in the holy precincts of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company , Pune .

Notable alumni

I do agree that this an enviable list . Any Acting Trainer of India can die for such illustrious students . But what is the present condition ? Why this institute is unable to churn such illustrious students any more ? What happened after Shri Roshan Taneja’s departure ?

Can any one answer ? NSD and FTII were successful with enviable record during the tenure of Shri Ebrahim Alkazi and Shri Roshan Taneja respectively . After their departure mediocrity started ruling and these glorious institutions became just buildings , just structures .

Great institutions are governed by great minds , giant personalities . They can’t be run by upstarts and dwarfs . I can’t comment much about NSD but I know the root cause of the deterioration and subsequent demise of FTII . After departure of Shri Roshan Taneja , every Tom , Dick & Harry rushed to FTII and became Acting Trainers . In front of 10 / 20 captive students they proclaimed themselves as the incarnation of Constantin Stanislavski . People managing the affairs of FTII had and have no vision . They employed every wannabe , every upstart , every so-called veteran actors as Acting Coach and these frustrated Dilip Kumars and Amitabh Bachchans ruined the great FTII .

The decadence is apparent , degeneration is palpable and death is imminent . I have one student in the current batch of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , who has completed two years acting course from FTII . She is beautiful and is definitely talented . But because of wrong training , she is struggling in my class . She is not at fault . Fault lies at the door of their trainers , who proclaim themselves as the reincarnation of Constantin Stanislavski and dish out half – baked knowledge . It never happened during the tenure of Shri Roshan Taneja .

Is there any remedy ? Will these two institutes be able to come out of ICU ? Can there be another Ebrahim Alkazi and Roshan Taneja ?

On behalf of myself and on behalf of all the students of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters and whole family of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray to the almighty for the long life of NSD and FTII ! May the future be more glorious and shining than the illustrious past !

[ List of the alumni of FTII is taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]




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