Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE  07, 2013          08.30 P.M.
Our Success Ratio in MAY , 2013
175 %
[ 15 ACTORS / 01 Director / 01 E.P. / 01 Music Director
Working in 11 RELEASED FILMS  ]
Month of May 2013 is important for Indian cinema . On May , 1913 first full-length feature filmRaja Harishchandra was released in Coronation Cinema , Girgaon , Mumbai [ then Bombay ] . India cinema celebrates its 100 years of existence this month .
It is sad that in the year when Indian cinema is celebrating its 100th years , world of Indian films lost 5 luminaries in this month .
It was not a very significant month either for Hindi films as for as box office collections are concerned . Out of all 11 released films , only ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ hits the bull’s-eye . ” Shootout At Wadala ” , ” Go Goa Goneand ” Aurangzeb “ were average hits . Rest 07 were flops .

Tweets

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta , Mr. Taran Adarsh , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. SHOOTOUT AT WADALA opening in single-screens good, picked up very well in later shows.Opening in many multiplexes below the mark.

  2. SAW has lots for masses in Mahrshtra (mainly)but little for women,families & classes.Not universal.Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/shootout-at-wadala-review/ …

  3. BOMBAY TALKIES is well-intentioned but with bleak chances at the b.o. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/bombay-talkies-review/ …

    1. #GoGoaGone collected Rs. 4.25 cr on Sat & Rs. 3.75 cr on Fri (approx). Total around Rs. 8 cr for two days….

    2. GIPPI is a non-starter. It has opened dull and is not likely to pick up. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/gippi-review/

    3. GoGoaGONE is entertaining for a section of the public only.But that may not be enough to sail safe.Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/go-goa-gone/ …

    1. Aditya Roy Kapur shines in YJHD. Kalki Koechlin springs the biggest surprise. Pritam no less a hero of the film.

    2. Ranbir stakes claim to be called superstar after the flying start of YJHD and his extraordinary performance. Deepika is mind-blowing.

    3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a highly entertaining film which will set the b.o. on fire. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/yeh-jawaani-hai-deewani-review/ …

    1. #BombayTalkies Friday *early estimates* 1.25 cr to 1.5 cr.

    2. #ShootoutAtWadala opens at No 11 position in UK. Despite 18 certificate by British censors. That says it all!

    3. Surprise! Surprise!! Overseas biz pouring in and for a film that’s got an 18 cert, the opening day biz of #ShootoutAtWadala is very good!

    4. #ShootoutAtWadala Fri 10.1 cr… Amongst the top openers of the year!

    5. #Gippi is straight from the heart. Brings back childhood memories. Sweet, simple, emotionally engaging, heart-warming cinema.

  1. As per *early estimates* #ShootoutAtWadala crosses Rs 45 cr mark in Week 1. Excellent!

 

  1. #Gippi Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 40 lacs. Total: 3.40 cr.

  2. #ShootoutAtWadala [2nd Week] Fri 2.02 cr, Sat 2.33 cr, Sun 2.57 cr, Mon 1.20 cr. Grand total: 53.94 cr.

  3. #GoGoaGone Fri 3.75 cr, Sat 4.25 cr, Sun 4.90 cr, Mon 2.05 cr. Total: 14.95 cr.

  1. In Overseas, Ranbir Kapoor is right next to the 3 Khans: SRK, Salman, Aamir. #Barfi and now #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani have cemented his status!

  2. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani UAE *revised* Thu AED 900,000 … #Barfi Thu was AED 600,000 and #Rockstar Thu was AED 500,000.

  3. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani *initial trends* suggest 18 cr Friday. Humungous opening!

  4. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes a Blockbuster start in UAE. Thu AED 800,000. #Barfi Thu was AED 450,000.

  5. #Aurangzeb 2nd Week: 4.16 cr. Grand Total: 23.85 cr.

  6. As per trends, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should be Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest opener – Day 1, opening weekend and Week 1.

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Obituary :

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Dulari  : 

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From dancing on 2 peppy numbers ” Aana Meri Jaan , Meri Jaan , Sunday Ke Sunday “ and ” Jawani Ki Rail Chali Jaye Re “ in ” Shehnai ” [ 1947 ] to playing poor mother in numerous films , Dulari had a 56 year-long career in Hindi film industry .

She died in Pune on January 18 , 2013 at the age of 85 .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her .

  1. Dulari Ji Is Gone; Unwept, Unheard , Unsung ! http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Vg


Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar :

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Though not a film music director in true sense of the term , Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar made just one exception . He gave background music for Film-maker Mani Kaul’s film ” The Cloud Door “ [ 1994 ] .

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Jagdish Mali :

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When I came to Mumbai in 1989 , there were only three photographers of repute . Gautam Rajadhyaksha , Jagdish Mali and Rakesh Shreshtha . Two of this triumvirate are now gone .

Jagdish Mali died on May 13 , 2013 in Mumbai in very tragic situation . Few months back he was found in semiconscious condition on the streets of Mumbai in tattered clothes .

Sulabha Mantri :

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Sulbha Mantri, an actress who was active on Marathi stage & serials and also worked in some Hindi serials like; “Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai”, “Uttaran” & “Kuchh Khoya Kuchh Paya”, died on May 12, 2013 at the age of 63.

She worked in Marathi serials like ; “Damini” & “Amchi Mati Amchi Manas”.

Rituparno Ghosh :

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Renowned film maker Rituparno Ghosh passed away on May 30, 2013 morning in Kolkata at the age of 49.

He won Multiple National Awards for his Bengali films. He also directed some Hindi films like; “Raincoat” [2004] , “The Last Lear” [2007] & “Sunglass” [2012]

It is painful to know about the demise of a hugely talented and young film-maker. RIP

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Rituparno Ghosh ; Gone Too Soon http://wp.me/ptyXI-2XS

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May  03

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1 – Shootout At Wadala …………………………………………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………………………………………. Sonu Sood

…………………………………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Bombay Talkies ………………………………………………………. Katrina Kaif

Second Week – May 10

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1 – Gippi ……………………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Go Goa Gone …………………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………………………………….. Soha Ali Khan

3 – Four Two Ka One …………………………………………………… Jimmy Shergill

Third Week – May 17

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1 -Aurangzeb ……………………………………………………………. Arjun Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………………. Sikander Kher

………………………………………………………………………………. Ashish Singh

2 – I Don’t Luv U ……………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – May 24

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1 – Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke …………………………………………… Priya Pareira

2 – Ishkq In Paris ……………………………………………………… Prem Raj

3 – Zindagi 50 50 ……………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

……………………………………………………………………………… Riya Sen

 

Fifth Week – May 31

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1 – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………… Kalki Koechlin

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 10 ………… films have …………… 18 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 18 ……… persons , Prem Raj is the Director of  ” Ishkq In Paris ”  , Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of  ” Aurangzeb “ and Shekhar Ravjiani is the music director of  ” Gippi ” .

Remaining ………. 15 ………. are actors . Saif Ali Khan doubles as actor / producer of  ” Go Goa Gone ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Punjabi : Jimmy Shergill  is playing main lead in ” Rangeelay “.


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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Rohit Khurana  is playing an important role in   Dil Ki Nazar Se Khoobsurat on Sony TV .

on Star Plus .

2 – Manish Naggdev is playing an important role in ” Savdhaan India “ on Life OK .


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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Pratik Kothari is playing an important role in  ” Mummy ! Tu Aavi Kevi ” ?

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing lead in ” The ugly One ” .

3 – Vikrant Sharma is playing an important role in ” Clowns @ Play ” .

 

 My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Hritik Roshan is the brand ambassador of Ground Zero Products .

My ………….. 01 …………… student in …………… 01 …………… commercial campaign .

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 18 students appeared in 10 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 03 students in 03 plays and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of May comes to 25 .

Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-appointed most famous acting institute of India and self-anointed most famous acting academy of bollywood are nowhere in the scene .

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NEWS LETTER

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also wishes them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , our acting institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Legendary ? Oh My God !!


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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 .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY  03 , 2013          11.35 P.M.
Month of April started with a surprise hit ” Chashme Baddoor ” . For the first time in the history of Indian cinema two films ; the original ” Chashme Buddoor ” and the new ” Chashme Baddoor ” got simultaneous theatrical release and the new version became hit and got appreciation from the critics and public alike .

Tweets

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :

#Himmatwala day 1 net collections 10.5 cr. Considering super wide release & good Friday holiday, collections are below the mark.

Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta31 Mar

#Himmatwala collections drop badly. Day 2: Rs. 7.5 crore only. Total: Rs. 18 crore only. Sunday collections below d mark..

Expected loss in HIMMATWALA: Rs. 20 crore at least. May be more!

Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta5 Apr

CHASHME BADDOOR is a fair entertainer for the young at heart. Read my complete review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/chashme-baddoor-review/ …

 Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta5 Apr

For those of u who want to read my review of CHASHME BADDOOR in Hindi, u can do so at http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/entertainment/2013/04/130405_chashme_baddoorreview_pkp.shtml …

Early estimates suggest that day one for #chashmebaddoor is 5~ 5.25cr!
First day net collection of #Commando Rs 3.75 cr. & #NautankiSaala Rs. 3.25
  1. Ek thi Dayaan: fri – 5.25 cr. Collections on the lower side considering that it stars Emraan Hashmi.

  1. #Himmatwala collected approx. Rs 44.89 cr nett in Week 1. Rejected!

  2. #MereDadKiMaruti [3rd Week]: 1.05 cr to 1.10 cr. Grand total: approx Rs. 12.20 cr to 12.25 cr.

  3. #ChashmeBaddoor is off to a super start in India. North India and Mumbai circuits leading. Even mass-dominated belt very good!

  4. #ChashmeBaddoor *early estimates* should cross 5.5 cr. May even touch 6 cr. Data still pouring in. Super start!

  1. #ChashmeBaddoor *revised total* Fri 5.18 cr, Sat 6.27 cr, Sun 7.85 cr, Mon 3.30 cr. Total: Rs 22.60 cr. Rock-steady!

  1. #MereDadKiMaruti collected approx. Rs 34 lacs in Week 4. Grand total: Rs 12.54 cr. Above average.

    #NautankiSaala review: Uncontaminated, witty, amusing. Offers an interesting premise with plenty of good laughs! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/563926 …

  2. #ChashmeBaddoor collected approx. Rs 30 cr nett in Week 1 [domestic BO]. The Overseas total stands at approx. Rs 5 cr. HIT.

    #Commando Fri 3.75 cr. Excellent at single screens of mass circuits.

    #ChashmeBaddoor [2nd Week] Fri 1.50 cr. Total: 31.50 cr.

    1. #ChashmeBaddoor collected approx Rs 6 cr nett in Weekend 2. Breakup: Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2 cr, Sun 2.50 cr. Grand total: Rs 36 cr nett. Hit.

    2. #Commando collected approx Rs 11.18 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Fri 3.69 cr, Sat 3.39 cr, Sun 4.10 cr.

    3. #NautankiSaala collected approx Rs 13.25 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Fri 3.25 cr, Sat 4.75 cr, Sun 5.25 cr.

      1. #EkThiDaayan collected approx Rs 18.07 cr in its opening weekend. Breakup: Fri 6.24 cr, Sat 5.63 cr, Sun 6.20 cr.

        #Shree movie review: Has a fascinating premise, but the erratic writing plays the spoilsport! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/590335 …

        1. One of those rare Fridays when two new releases have notched solid numbers. Good films can co-exist, #Aashiqui2 and #IronMan3 prove it!

        2. #IronMan3 is on a record-smashing spree. Numbers being compiled, but it’s a stupendous start. Biggest Hollywood opener? Let’s wait!

        3. #Aashiqui2 has had a fantastic start. Though numbers still being compiled, it’s one of the biggest starts for a film starring newcomers!

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Obituary :

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P. B.Sreenivas  : 

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A Legendary playback singer P. B. Sreenivas a.k.a. PBS died on April 14, 2013 in Chennai . He made his début in 1952 in Gemini’s Hindi film “ Mr Sampat ”, where his song “Aji hum Bharat ki naari”, a duet with Geeta Dutt, became popular.

He sang his most popular duet in Hindi “Chanda Se Hoga Wo Pyaara” with Lata Mangeshkar in the film “ Main Bhi Ladki Hoon ” in 1964 . Years later , after a gap of 37 years , he again came to Hindi film and sang super-hit number ” Kaisi Hai Ye Rut Ki Jisme Phool Banke Dil Khile ” in ” Dil Chahta Hai ” [ 2001 ] .

Though PBS had hit numbers in all the languages that he sang, it was in the Kannada Film Industry that he sang the highest number of songs and delivered the highest number of hits. P. B. Sreenivas ruled the Kannada Industry for over three decades and was the voice for Super Star Dr. Rajkumar .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

P. B. Sreenivas : The Golden Voice Is No More http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sj

Shamshad Begum :

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Iconic playback singer Shamshad Begum died in Mumbai on April 23 , 2013 at the age of 94 .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her  :

  1. Shamshad Begum : छोड़ बाबुल का घर, आज पी के नगर, मोहे जाना पड़ा http://wp.me/ptyXI-2TF


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – April 05

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1 – Chashme Baddoor …………………………………………………. Ayaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………………. Divyendu Sharma

2 – Rise of the Zombie ………………………………………………… X

Second Week – April 12

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1 – Commando – A One Man Army………………………………… X

2 – Nautanki Saala …………………………………………………….. Krishan Kumar

Third Week – April 19

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1 – Ek Thi Daayan …………………………………………………….. Emraan Hashmi

…………………………………………………………………………….. Kalki Koechlin

2 – Saanwariya ………………………………………………………… Ashmit Patel

Fourth Week  – April 26

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1 – Aashiqui 2 …………………………………………………………. Krishan Kumar

2 – Shree ……………………………………………………………….. Hussain Kuwajerwala

3 – Kya Yaaron ……………………………………………………….. X

4 – Life Mein HUngama Hai ……………………………………….. X

 

 

In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in April . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , Krishan Kumar is the Co-Producer of  ” Nautanki Sala  ” and ” Aashiqui 2 “ .

Remaining ………. 06 ………. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Sirish Allu  is making his debut in ” Gauravam “.


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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Aamir Ali  is playing an important role in   ” Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga “ on Sahara One .

2 – Gaurav S. Bajaj is playing lead in ” Kaisa Ye Ishq Hai , Ajab Sa Risk Hai “ on Life OK .

3 – Rajnish Gore is playing a role in ” Chidiya Ghar “ on SAB TV .

4 – Sachin Chhabra is playing an important role in ” Ek Ghar Banaunga “ on Star Plus .


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

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Viraf Patel is playing an important role in ” Bombay Talkies ” .

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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Hritik Roshan is the brand ambassador of Mountain Dew of PepsiCo .

2 – Mahima Chaudhary is the brand ambassador of Pioneer Herbals .

My ………….. 02 …………… student in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaigns .

I am happy as an acting trainer or acting tutor because my 07 students appeared in 06 films , 04 students in 04 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 01 student in 01 play and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads also . Thus total number of my students working in the month of April comes to 15 . On the contrary self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood are busy celebrating blink and miss roles of their alumni .

I congratulate all my above mentioned students on behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , VIDUR Acting Institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL  04, 2013          00.20 A.M.
Month of March 2013 will be remembered for the average run of films . In the beginning of the month onlySaheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” got favourable response from the critics and the public . ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” and ” Jolly LLB “ had slow starts but picked up miraculously with positive word of mouth . ” Himmatwala “ came towards the end of the month and bombed miserably .
The first quarter of 2013 can boast of only 7 hits and average hit films . They are : ” Jolly LLB ” , ” Special 26 ” , ” ABCD ( Any Body Can Dance ) ” , ” Kai Po Che ” , ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” , ” Table No. 21 ” and ” Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” .

Tweets

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta , Mr. Taran Adarsh and Ms. Bhawana Somaaya , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. JOLLY LLB has some entertainment but ltd. b.o. potential.Read my review on at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/jolly-llb-review/ …

  2. #meredadkimaruti : what an entertainer!! Entire team deserves a huge hug. Poor start but WILL pick up…

  1. #IMeAurMain had a lacklustre weekend and maintained low figures on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 7.90 cr nett in Week 1.

  2. ‘The Attacks Of 26/11’ performed slightly better in pockets of Maharashtra and South India, but remained below the mark elsewhere.

  3. #KaiPoChe [revised] collected approx Rs 16.42 cr nett in Week 2. Grand total: approx Rs 45.52 cr nett.

    Update: #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns has tepid start in morning shows! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/313/date/2013-03-08 …

    1. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns collected approx Rs 12.75 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 3.50 cr, Sat 4.25 cr, Sun 5 cr.

    2. #KaiPoChe collected approx Rs 4.15 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: approx Rs 49.67 cr nett.

    3. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns, #KaiPoChe Boxoffice report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/946 …

      1. ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’ collects Rs 18.25 cr in Week 1 – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/947/date/2013-03-15 …

#JollyLLB picked up substantially in evening/night shows across the nation. Collects *early estimates* Rs 3.12 cr on Friday.

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  1. #JollyLLB witnesses 40%-50% jump at plexes on Saturday. Collects 4.23 cr on Sat. Total: Rs 7.35 cr.

    1. ‘Jolly LLB’ 19.52 cr, ‘MDKM’ 8.09 cr, ‘3G’ 5.82 cr – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/949/date/2013-03-22 …

    2. #3G collected approx Rs 5.82 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.10 cr, Sat 1.12 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 66 lacs, Tue 61 lacs, Wed 52 lacs, Thu 41 lacs.

    3. #MereDadKiMaruti collected Rs 8.09 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.03 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 2.05 cr, Mon 89 lacs, Tue 91 lacs, Wed 90 lacs, Thu 80 lacs.

    4. #JollyLLB Collected approx Rs 19.52 cr in Week 1. Fri 3.12 cr, Sat 4.23 cr, Sun 5.16 cr, Mon 1.90 cr, Tue 1.83 cr, Wed 1.76 cr, Thu 1.52 cr.

      1. #Rangrezz movie review: Impressive first half, loses focus in post-interval portions. One definitely expected more! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553635#.UUvyDQd6xDg.twitter …

      2. #Aatma movie review: Stands on a weak script. Besides, there are hardly any scares here. Disappointing! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553290#.UUvwMTLL2iw.twitter …

  1. Saheb Biwi Gangster Returns Day 1 collections: 3.25 CR. Weekend collection: 11.5 CR. Full week collection: 17 CR. Budget of film: only 4 CR

  2. Jolly LLB Fri collection:2.35 CR.Sat collection:3.10 CR.Wk end collection: 5.45 CRMere Dad ki Maruti Fri 2.5 CR. Sat 4.0 CR. Sun 4.8 CR nett

  1. Finally Monday ka Mantra: Aatmaa Fri 1.5 cr Sat 1.6 cr Sun 1.9 cr. Total 9cr. Rangrezz fri 1 cr Sat 1.2 cr Sun 1.3 Total 3.5 cr.

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Obituary :

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B. M. Vyas  : 

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A veteran actor of mythological films and some social films , Shri B. M. Vyas died on March 11 , 2013 at the age of 93 .

Famous for his portrayal of Ravan in several mythological films , Vyas started his career with Chetan Anand’s ” Neecha Nagar “ but was noticed with Raj Kapoor’s ” Barsaat ”  in 1949 . He acted in over 300 mythological and social films including films like ” Baiju Bawra ” , ” Do Aankhen Barah Haath “ and ” Sarawasti Chandra ” . His last big film was Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Oh Darling Yeh Hai India ” .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March 01

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1 – I , Me Aur Main ……………………………………………………… John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………….. Sameer Soni

……………………………………………………………………………….. Raghav Sachar

2 – Bloody Isshq ………………………………………………………… Daisy Shah

3 – The Attacks of 26/11 ……………………………………………… X

Second Week – March 08

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1 – Saheb , Biwi Aur Gangster Returns …………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

2 – Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga ………………………………………… X

Third Week – March 15

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1 -3G ……………………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

……………………………………………………………………………. Mrinalini Sharma

2 – Jolly LLB …………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mere Dad Ki Maruti ……………………………………………… X

Fourth Week  – March 22

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1 – Rangrezz …………………………………………………………… X

2 – Aatma ……………………………………………………………… Amita Pathak

3 – Sona Spa …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Zindagi 50-50 …………………………………………………… Riya Sen

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

Fifth Week – March 29

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1 – Himmatwala …………………………………………………….. Sajid Khan

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 12 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….12 ……… persons , Daisy Shah made guest appearance in ” Bloody Isshq ” . Raghav Sachar is the music director of ” I , Me Aur Main “ , Amita Pathak is the Ex. Co-Producer of ” Aatma “ and Sajid Khan is the director of  ” Himmatwala “ .

Remaining ………. 08 ………. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat  is playing main lead in ” Blade Babji “.

2 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Inkosaari ” .

3 – Tamil : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Newtonin Moondram Vidhi ” .

4 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is playing an important role in ” Shunya Awnko ” .

 

My ………….. 02 ………………. student in ……….. 04 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging  ” India’s Best Dramebaaz “ on Zee TV .

2 – Vivek Oberoi  is judging ” India’s Best Draembaaz “ on Zee TV .

3 – Monica Bedi is playing an important role in ” Saraswatichandra “ on Star Plus .

4 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Savitri “ on Life OK .

5 – Eijaz Khan is playing an important role in ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

6 – Apurva Agnihotri is playing an important role in ” Aasman Se Aage “ on Life OK .

7 – Manav Gohil is doing ” Buddy Project “ on Channel V .

8 – Sandesh Gour is playing an important role in ” Sarawatichandra “ on Star Plus .

9 – Smita Pawar is playing an important role in ” Tujh Sang Preet Lagayi Sajna “ on Sahara One .

My ……………. 09 ……….. students in ………… 07 ……………. shows on different channels .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhat is playing one of the leads in  ” Gasha ” .

2 – Bhavna Pani is playing supporting role in ” So Many Socks ” .

3 – Veebha Anand is playing lead in ” Rishto Ka Live Telecast ” .

 

 My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

It was such a satisfying month for me as an acting trainer or acting tutor [ as my detractors call me ] . My 12 students appeared in 07 films , 09 students in 07  TV serials , 02 students in 04 regional films and 03 students appeared in 03 plays also . Thus total number of students working in the month of March comes to 25 . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-annointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood will fail miserably on this count .

I congratulate all my above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , our acting institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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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 .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Life at 60 : No Retirement At The Age Of Retirement


In My Office at Vidur's Kreating Charakters

In My Office at Vidur’s Kreating Charakters

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 17 , 2012           11.59 P.M.

Yesterday I got a call from my younger brother , Atul  . He was calling from Lucknow and reminded me that today I would be completing 60 years of my existence . Tomorrow 61st year will start and according to government rule , it is time to retire and take rest .

I was bemused . It suddenly dawned on me that all my childhood friends are now leading a retired life and are busy in asinine activities with their grand-children .

Today , when I returned from my acting institute , I got a call from my younger brother , Devesh . He was calling from Jabalpur and he too gently reminded me that it is very important day of my life and now it is time to slow down .

Throughout the day I got calls and messages from my nephews and nieces . Their calls were also a silent and wordless reminder that they have grown up and yes , I am getting old . Or I am rather old .

Life at 60 is definitely different .

It is the time when you become feeble and vulnerable .

It is the time when any uncouth , uncultured and abusive upstart can abuse and threaten you with impunity .

It is the time when you are looking for help , another muscular accomplice keeps a vigil at the door , so that you can’t get any timely succour .

It is the time when you would like to react but have no physical strength to fight or even oppose the brute , his accomplice and his factotum .

It is the time when a person , unworthy of even becoming your peon or a scavenger in your house , can sent you an abusive message on facebook and you have to behave stoically because you are unable to give a tight slap on his abominable face .

It is the time when people working for you and who are family , can be abused and beaten up , and you are unable to protect them and you have to look the other way .

It is the time when you can be called fake by some people who are themselves unscrupulous and unethical .

It is the time when all the credits are usurped and blames are put on your door-steps.

I laughed at turning 60 . When my friends and peers are leading a retired life , I am waging a relentless struggle for my survival .

When my class-mates are leading peaceful life and enjoying fruits of their hard-earned money , I have to wager my house and other belongings and start my professional life from scratch .

When people of my age are playing with their grand children , I am risking my existence , my reputation and 23 years of my life as an acting trainer , tutor or whatever you can call me , and trying to shield myself from continuous and unabated onslaught of a brute , his accomplice and his factotum .

And then I remember phone calls of my brothers . Is it really a day to plan retirement ? Is it time to call it a day ?

No , my work is not over yet . I have to wager my existence , my whole life and prepare for a new Mahabharat . Sound of Krishna‘s Panchajanya is reverberating in my mind . His voice beseeching relentless war against lie and untruth is filling my psyche . As I am writing this blog Robert Frost’s lines are coming to soothe my frayed tempers :

My horse must think it queer ,

To stop without a farm-house near ,

Between the woods and frozen lake ,

The darkest evening of the year .

The woods are lovely dark and deep ,

But I have promises to keep ,

And miles to go before I sleep ,

And miles to go before I sleep !!

I know that I am in minority but I know that I am not alone . Conspirators have their accomplices but I have my benefactors . Children of a lesser God stood with me in my darkest hour . Apart from these 6 people shown in the photograph , 2 more have joined me in my was against lie and injustice .

Children Of A Lesser God

Children Of A Lesser God

Bhishma Pitamah stood to fight , when he was 120 years old . I am half his age . Time is not yet ripe for retirement .

Krishna fought when he was in minority . Chankya fought when was alone . But they defeated mightiest of armies .

I thank all my extended family at Vidur’s Kreating Charakters for standing with me . At the age of 60 , when I have become feeble and vulnerable , they stood with me , became my shield , braced all the hardships , worked without money and still they never complained .

I have to re-pay their debt . So even though government decides to retire people at the age of 60 , I won’t be able to take this luxury .

Battle goes on . The Saga still continues .

VIDUR

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