Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2017


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 19, 2017           09.40 P.M.

 

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. 8 long and uninterrupted years! ]

 

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2016

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

Success Rate : 2016= = = = = 72.60 %

It is evident that my success rate is increasing every year. It is unprecedented.

2016 has been a watershed year in my career. In total 06 students of mine made debut in 2016 as lead actors.
2017 starts on a good note. I did workshop with YAMI GAUTAM for her role in “Kaabil”. She is my 1st student to hit the screen in 2017. JOYVEER GHOSH made appearance in a serial “Dil Se Dil Tak” on Colors TV.
Thus 02 students of mine made debut in the 1st month of 2017 itself. And yes, there are many more to come.
1 YAMI GAUTAM = [ 2017 Kaabil ]

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1 JOYVEER GHOSH – [ 2017 Dil Se Dil Tak – Serial ]

 

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Obituary :

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Om Puri

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An internationally acclaimed actor Om Puri died on January 06, 2017  at the age of 67.

Om Puri

18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017

He is best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.

Om Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States and Britain.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

I am sorry to say that during his last days, he courted controversy by attacking Indian Army and saying such things which can’t be reproduced here. It was sad to see him appear on several TV channels dead drunk and in pitiable condition begging for forgiveness. Sad end of an International star.

 
Naqsh Lyallpuri 
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A very popular lyricist of yesteryear Hindi cinema, Naqsh Lyallpuri died on January 22, 2017 in Mumbai. He was 89 years old at the time of his death.
Jaswant Rai Sharma a.k.a. Naqsh Lyallpuri
(24 February 1928 – 22 January 2017),
Popularly known by his pen name Naqsh Lyallpuri , he is best known for the songs “Rasm-e-Ulfat Ko Nibhayen” (Dil Ki Rahen, 1973), “Tumhe Ho Na Ho” (Gharonda, 1977), “Yeh Mulaqaat Ek Bahana Hai ” (Khandaan, 1979), “Pyar Ka Dard Hai” (Dard, 1981), and “Chitthiye Ni Dard Firaaq Vaaliye” (Henna, 1991).

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Hindi Films in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – January 06

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1 – Prakash Electronic ……………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

 

Second Week – January 13

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1 – OK Jaanu …………………………………………………………………………………. X

2 – Haraamkhor ……………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – January 20 
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1 – Coffee with D  ………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Fourth  Week – January 25 
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1 – Kaabil …………………………………………………………………… Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………………………… Yami Gautam

……………………………………………………………………………….. Urvashi Rautela

2 – Raees …………………………………………………………………… Pawni Pandey

 

In total ………..……… 06 ………..….. films got released in January 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 06 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 05 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 05 ………………… persons , …………… 04 ……… are actors and among the remaining …………. 01 ……………….. Pawni Pandey is the Play Back Singer of a song “Laila Main Laila, Aisi Main Laila………….” in  ” Raees “ .

 

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TV Trivia in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Joyveer Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Dil Se Dil Tak ” on Colors TV.



My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 ………….TV show .

 

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Commercials in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the Brand Ambassador of  ” TRESemme Conditioner & Shampoo ” .

2 – Kalki Koechlin is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Cottoworld “ .

3 – Yami Gautam is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Qutone imarble “ .

4 – Ranbir Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Asian Paints “ .

My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 04  …………… commercial campaigns .

 

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Summary of January 2017

My 05 students appeared in 03 films , 01 student in 01 TV show and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2017 comes to 10

 

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS

AWARDS 2017

1 – Sonam Kapoor got won Best Actor [ Female ] for ” Neerja “.

2 – Sonam Kapoor won “Editors’ Choice Best Actress”.

3 – Alvira Khan won Best Costume Designer for ” Sultan “.

4 – Varun Dhawan won ” Best Superstar of Next Generation”.

5 – Priyanka Chopra won  “Stardust Global Icon Award”.

DEBUTS

1 – Saiyami Kher won Best Debut [ Female ] Award for ” Mirzya “.

 

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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 10 students .

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

Unlike so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Institutes of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Trainers of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of the World”, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity and belligerence.

Surprisingly “Top Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Institutes of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Trainers of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of the World” are conspicuous by their absolute silence on this front.

 

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com 

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Remembering Sushilarani Patel


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 15, 2014           11.45 P.M.

 

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Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence, but an almost forgotten classical singer, died on July 24, 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 96.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

The name Sushilarani Patel is not going to evoke any memories.

The name Baburao Patel is also not going to evoke even faint recognition.

The name of a magazine called ” Filmindia “ is almost forgotten.

Film ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] does not exist for this generation.

Film ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] is unknown even to die-hard film connoisseurs.

The song ” … LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA … ” is a distant memory.

So why I am writing this obituary ?

Let me unravel the mystery one by one.

I am writing this blog to pay my obeisance to Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence. It is sad irony of fate that she is relatively unknown compared to her other illustrious colleague Kishori Amonkar, though they both are disciples of the same teacher.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

Baburao Patel was a Member of Parliament. But primarily he was a film critic and editor of a very popular film magazine called ” Filmindia “. Sushilarani Patel was married to him. She was his third wife. ” Filmindia “ was dreaded by the film industry folks of bygone era. It is infamous for its acerbic editorials. Just go through the views of Baburao Patel published in the magazine  ” Filmindia “ about ” Jwar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] , the debut film of Dilip Kumar :

Dilip Kumar, the new hero of Bombay Talkies is an anaemic addition to our film artistes. He needs lots of vitamins and a prolonged treatment of proteins before another picture can be risked with him. He looks gaunt and famished and strikes as a long ill-treated convict, who has escaped from a jail. His appearance on the screen creates both laughter and disappointment. His acting efforts in this picture amounts to nill. “

Can it be considered a critical analysis of a debut making young actor’s acting calibre? Do you think it is decent, sensible and appropriate to comment on looks and physicality of an artiste? But Baburao Patel was known for his scathing, acerbic and derogatory personal comments. And Sushilarani Patel was his wife, third wife. It is alleged that he was jealous of her. It is also rumoured that Baburao Patel was very possessive of extremely beautiful and young Sushilarani. So, it was natural that she starred and sang just in two films and then faded into oblivion. And the two films were directed by Baburao Patel himself. The two films in question were ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and Gwalan ” [ 1946 ]. These films tanked at the box office without any trace and Sushilarani’s career got an untimely and abrupt end.

 

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Draupadi

 

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

 

Any print of the film or any link of the songs she sang in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] is not available today. I copied the above picture of Sushilarani in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ]  from the internet and posted it above.

” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] , second film of Sushilarani Patel was also produced and directed by Baburao Patel. And Sushilarani Patel sang a duet in this film with legendary play back singer Mukesh. The song in question was tuned by Hansraj Bahl and lyrics were written by Indra Chandra. For lovers of old Hindi film songs ” …………………….. LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA ……………………. ” is a gem. Fortunately the song is available on YouTube. I am providing YouTube link of the song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcrVFUZLXE

Just two films ; ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] and that is all. That heralded the end. A sad end of a talented singer-actor. A talented artiste’s talent was allegedly crushed under the ego, obsessiveness, jealousy and whims of her husband. Sushilarani’s nephew and some of her students have confirmed these allegations in their interviews.

I think now you have all the answers of the questions , which I put forward in the beginning.

Baburao Patel died in 1982. And Sushilarani Patel could properly start her career only after her husband’s death. But at that time she was 62. Her prime was gone. Her other peer Kishori Amonkar became a legend in her own life time. They both started learning classical music from legendary Moghubai Kurdikar. Incidentally Moghubai was the mother of  Kishori Amonkar.

My student Alvira Khan, who is Salman Khan’s sister, was a student of Sushilarani Patel. So I know Sushilarani in a way. I empathized with her and after her demise, I am saddened.

 

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[ Information about Sushilarani Patel and Baburao Patel is taken from several newspapers, YouTube and also from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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My Association With ” O Teri “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2014           11.45 A.M.

 

I thought to write this blog and post it on March 28, 2014, when Atul Agnihotri produced film ” O Teri “ got released. But I was unable to accomplish my wish because of two factors. First was the coming national elections of the 16th Lok Sabha and the second was the incessant and gruelling work pressure of my acting institute.

2014 Indian general election  were conducted in 9 phases from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 2014 and the results of the election were declared on 16 May 2014. So watching evening and night news on various channels became a must and I was not able to sit and write my blog. Night after night, I sat in front of television set totally engrossed in the election news. As per my habit, I am not interested only in the new batch of my acting institute like few upstart and wannabe acting trainers. I have my social, political and national duties, commitments and obligation to fulfill too.

Then there were work related issues. These days I don’t even find time for lunch. Morning, evening and special classes take all my working hours and it is simply not possible to fit in some time for writing blogs in a  10 hour-long working day. So this much delayed blog is being posted today.

” O Teri “ got released on March 28, 2014 in approximately 1000 theatres across India. As per industry trade pundits it met with mixed response. But this Atul Agnihotri produced and Umesh Bist directed film is very close to my heart.

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With Mr. Atul Agnihotri, Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I am very close to producer Atul Agnihotri and his family. I have worked with his wife Alvira Agnihotri also. His sister-in-law Arpita Khan is also close to me. Atul ji is kind enough to call me whenever he wants an acting trainer for his actors. I worked with Hazel Keech for his ” Bodyguard “. I was again called by him to conduct acting workshop for the lead actors of his new venture  ” O Teri “. As required, I started acting workshop with Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi in Atul ji’s office.

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

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With Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I first trained Pulkit Samrat, when I was working with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor. After completion of the training, Pulkit was chosen for the role of  Lakshya in Ekta Kapoor’s mega serial  ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2006 ]. I, again worked with him privately in 2007 when he quit ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi “, and was searching for work. 6 years later, I worked with him briefly for ” Fukrey ” [ 2013 ]. So when I was called to train him for ” O Teri “, I was very happy. Thus with Pulkit Samrat, it is a 9-year old relationship. His fiance Shweta Rohira is also my student. Pulkit, unlike some other stars of his generation, is very hard-working and always smiling up – coming super star.

 

With Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

With my Wife, Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

 

Bilal Amrohi was new to me. I was pleasantly surprised, when I got to know that he is grandson of legendary producer – director late Kamal Amrohi. He is very emotional, yet he has impeccable comic – timing.

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With Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

” O Teri “ is special to me for one more reason. One day I came to know that my son’s friend G. J. Singh has been signed as the music director of ” O Teri “ and his brother Jas a.k.a. Jaspreet is singing songs in the film. They met me one day and made me listen one particular song. It immediately caught my attention because of its very catchy tune and peppy lyrics. Song in question was ” ………….. Ummbakkum Ummbakkum ……………… “. I asked them, “who has written the lyrics?”  They told me that the lyricist is none other but my son Abhinav Chaturvedi. I was surprised. My son made this baby step without my help. And thank God! he never allowed himself to be degraded for getting work. Unlike some uncouth revellers, who, to get a B-grade film, became factotum and doormat of their own student, he never allowed himself to become subservient to anyone.

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With my Son Abhinav Chaturvedi in 2011

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Irrespective of the box office verdict of ” O Teri “, I am happy to be associated with the film. Apart from Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Agnihotri, with whom I am so close, ” O Teri “ also has Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Jaspreet, G. J. Singh and my son Abhinav. They all are closely associated with ” O Teri “.

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With Playback Singer Jaspreet

” O Teri “ remains and will always remain a special film for me. To commemorate ” O Teri “, I made a video and up-loaded the same on YouTube.

Vidur Club News Video 3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” :

 

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VIDUR Editing Studio, VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to wish them well.

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2012


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obituary :

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : 

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

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

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

Bobby Singh :

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

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

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 07

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

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

Second Week – December 14

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

2 – Myoho …………………………………………………………..X

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

Third Week – December 21

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

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

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

Fourth Week  – December 28

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1 – Hansa ………………………………………………………….. X


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

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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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

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

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


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Theatre & Me :

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

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

 

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

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

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