Mrinal Sen – The Last of the Triumvirate


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 03, 2019           06.30 P.M. 

Mrinal Sen

[ 14 May 1923 – 30 December 2018 ]

Mrinal Sen was a Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata. Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, he was often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Bengali parallel cinema on the global stage. Like the works of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, his cinema was known for its artistic depiction of social reality. The three directors were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in so doing, they charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India.

Minal Sen first feature film, Raat Bhore  [ 1955 ] featured Uttam Kumar who was not yet the Major star of Bengali cinema that he became. The movie was a let-down. His next film, Neel Akasher Neechey  [ 1958) ] earned him local recognition, while his third film, Baishey Shravan [ 1960 ] was the first film that gave him international exposure.

After making five more films, he made a film with a shoestring budget provided by the Government of India. This film, Bhuvan Shome  [ 1969 ] finally launched him as a major filmmaker, both nationally and internationally. Bhuvan Shome also initiated the “New Cinema” film movement in India.

Mrinal Sen had been suffering from age related ailments for many years. He died on 30 December 2018 at the age of 95 at his home in Bhawanipore, Kolkata.

 

Funeral Procession of Mrinal Sen

I came to know about him when his film Bhuvan Shome [ 1969 ] was released. It was the year when I just finished intermediate from Government Inter College , Allahabad [ now PRAYAGRAJ ] and took admission in Allahabad University. I was curious about the film but I could not watch it. I became aware of Mrinal Sen because of the buzz around the film.

Poster of BHUVAN SHOME

After  Bhuvan Shome , other gems like Interview [ 1971 ] , Ek Adhuri Kahani  [ 1971 ] , Calcutta 71  [ 1972 ] , Padatik [ 1973 ] , Chorus [ 1974 ] and Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] were released in quick succession.

 

Poster of MRIGAYAA

Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] became talk of the town . It introduced a naxalite as the protagonist. His name was Mithun Chakraborty. He got national award for the best actor for the film and soon became a sensation and later on came to be known as poor man’s Amitabh Bachchan.

Mrinal Sen was an ardent follower of Marxist philosophy. This is precisely the reason , I avoided watching his films. Till date I have watched none of his films . Neither Bhuvan Shome nor even Mrigayaa .

After his demise , I am thinking of watching all his films. List of awards , which his films won , tell us about his craft and his greatness.

 

National awards

National Film Award for Best Feature Film

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali

National Film Award for Best Direction

International awards 

Moscow International Film Festival – Silver Prize
1975 Chorus[13]
1979 Parashuram[14]
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
1977 Oka Oori Katha
Berlin International Film Festival
Interfilm Award
1979 Parashuram
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Grand Jury Prize[15]
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Cannes Film Festival – Jury Prize
1983 Kharij
Valladolid International Film Festival – Golden Spike
1983 Kharij
Chicago International Film Festival – Gold Hugo
1984 Khandhar
Montreal World Film Festival – Special Prize of the Jury
1984 Khandhar
Venice Film Festival – OCIC Award – Honorable Mention
1989 Ek Din Achanak
Cairo International Film Festival – Silver Pyramid for Best Director
2002 Aamar Bhuban

 

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[ Basic information about Mrinal Sen has been taken from Wikipedia . His photo posted here is from Google,  I express gratitude .]

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Peter O’Toole : An Icon Passes Away


 

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Peter O’Toole in the film Lawrence of Arabia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter James O’Toole

 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013

 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           December 08, 2018           03.30 P.M. 

 

Peter James O’Tool aka Peter O’Tool was a British stage and film actor of Irish and Scottish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959.

He achieved international recognition playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for this award another seven times – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man(1980), My Favorite Year (1982), and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for acting without a win. In 2002, O’Toole was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements. He was additionally the recipient of four Golden Globe Awards, one British Academy Film Award and one Primetime Emmy Award.

Peter O’Tool with Richard Burton in ” BECKET “

I came to know about him in 1973. I was studying in Prayagraj [ then known as Allahabad ] , Uttar Pradesh. A Hindi film ” NAMAK HARAM ” was released in 1973 in Vishwambhar cinema hall. I, along with my friends, went to swatch it. It was huge hit and everyone was praising Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna’s acting. One day I read an article about ” NAMAK HARAM ” in Northern India Patrika, a popular daily of those days. It was written that this film is based on the iconic Hollywood film ” BECKET ” and how Richard Burton and Peter O’Tool were so brilliant. Richard Burton’s role was played by Rajesh Khanna and Peter O’Tool’s role was essayed by Amitabh Bachchan.

Soon ”  Becket ” was re-released in cinema halls and I saw the film. I had already watched many films of Richard Burton but this was my first brush with Peter O’Tool. I was awe-struck. Later on I watched his first film ”  Lawrence of Arabia “. My admiration for his craft grew manifold.

After completing my studies I left Prayagraj [ then named as Allahabad ] , and after spending 15 years in my native town Deoria, I settled in Mumbai [ then know as Bombay ] . Here in 1990 I watched his film ” THE LAST EMPEROR ” ( 1987 ) . One day while roaming around Hutatma Chowk, [ earlier known as Flora Fountain ] , I got his biography in a road side bookstore. After reading it , I became a life-long admirer.

So when I read about his death, I felt a vacuum in my life. Life is cruel. I got to know about Peter O’Tool in 1973. And in December 2013, I was reading his obituary. A relationship of 40 years came to a sudden end.

Movie business will go on. Many stars will come and fade away. But stars like Peter O’Tool are rare. As is the saying, they don’t make people like him any more.

Peter O’Tool in his sunset years

Peter O’Toole will never return to enthrall us by his histrionics in cinema. There will be many great actors but there will never be another Peter O’Tool.

[ Some personal information and nuggets about his career is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2017


 

 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           August 30, 2017           07.10 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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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.

 

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Actors, whom I trained and who hit the screen as lead actors [ Hero & Villain ] in films
 
January 2017 to April 2017 :
 

YAMI GAUTAM – Kaabil [ Hindi ]

MEHERENE KAUR PIRZADA – Phillauri [ Hindi ]

CHIRAG JANI – Rogue [ Telugu ]

VISHAL PATNI – Maa Abbai  [ Telugu ]

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Kishori Amonkar

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A classical singer of repute, Kishori Amonkar died in Mumbai on April 03, 2017 at the age of 85 . A performer of classical music, she also excelled in khayal, Thumri & Bhajan singing.
She gave play back for only 2 Hindi films and in total sang just 6 songs. 1st was V. Shantaram’s ” Geet Gaya Patharon Ne ” [ 1965 ] , which was incidentally Jeetendra’s debut movie. She sang the title song in the film.
Her 2nd film was ” Dristi ” [ 1991 ]. She sang all the 5 songs and also composed music.
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A mighty super-star during Amitabh Bachchan era, Vinod Khanna succumbed to cancer and died in Mumbai hospital on April 27, 2017. He was 71 at the time of his death.

He made debut as the main villain with ” Man Ka Meet ” [ 1968 ]. This film was directed by A. Subba Rao and produced by Sunil Dutt. Later on he acted in supporting roles; as an angry young man in the movie Mere Apneas the main villain in the super-hit movie Mera Gaon Mera Deshand as the military officer turned fugitive in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak .

After above mentioned films, Vinod Khanna played lead roles in many films and is best remembered for his performances in  Kuchhe DhaageGaddaarImtihaanMuqaddar Ka SikandarInkaarAmar Akbar AnthonyRajputThe Burning Train,  Qurbani,  Kudrat,  Parvarish, Khoon PasinaDayavanChandni and Jurm.

 In 1982, at the peak of his film career, he temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho  . After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry with two hit films; Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

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Hindi Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – April 07

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1 – Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana ….. Gurmeet Choudhary

2 – Mirza Juuliet ……………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mukti Bhawan …………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – The Mountains ………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – April 14

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1 – Begum Jaan ………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Romeo – N – Bullet ………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Saanjh …………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – April 21 
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1 – Ajab Samajh Ki Gajab Kahani ………………………………………………….. X

2 – Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi …………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Maatr ………………………………………………………………………………………….. X

4 – Noor ……………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week – April 28
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1 – Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion ……………………………. Anushka Shetty

 

In total ………..……… 12 ………..….. films got released in April 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 12 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 03 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

 

 

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Summary of April 2017

My 03 students appeared in 03 films.

Total number of students working in the month of April 2017 is 03.

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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 03 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

http://www.bollywoodhungama.com 

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Divya Singh : Aurangabad To Mumbai , A Journey Decoded


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MUMBAI          MAHARASHTRA          INDIA           NOVEMBER  20, 2016          11.45 P.M.

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Last week a film called ” ISHQ JUNOON ” got released. Critics were not kind to the film. In fact they were indifferent. And before general public could even know about it,  ” ISHQ JUNOON ” was out of theatres. It tanked. And I know, with it tanked many dreams.

So called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs want to see only results.

But for me story of the journey matters and I know the story of the journey. I can visualise the whole scene. I am going to portray the whole picture today.

People in India have no high regards for Bihar.

They may be even oblivious of a nondescript town known as Aurangabad.

But many years back the story began there. In the same nondescript town known as Aurangabad story of DIVYA SINGH started unfolding.

May be one day in the dead of night DIVYA visualised herself on the silver screen. May be one day in the bright morning she gathered all the courage at her command and informed her parents about her decision.

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl starts dreaming about a career in the film industry?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl gathers courage and informs her parents?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl decides to come to Mumbai and pursue a career in films?

Do they know the amount of ridicule someone , specially a girl faces in a small town?

Do they know the abuses a girl goes through in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is admonished, ridiculed and made fun of by their non caring, heartless, callous and crude relatives in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is looked down and sneered by her friends and neighbourhood acquaintances when she decides to join the film industry?

No sirs, you don’t.

Here a small town girl aimed for the Everest and tried against all odds.

So respect the struggle and not the outcome.

Outcome can change overnight and yes, it will change.

She is in an august ( Debut Film Flop ) club. Here is the list.

DILIP KUMAR – Jwaar Bhata – Flop

DEV ANAND – Hum Ek Hain – Flop

AMITABH BACHCHAN – Saat Hindustani – Flop

RANBIR KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop

KAREENA KAPOOR – Refugee – Flop

SONAM KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop

HARSHVARDHAN KAPOOR – Mirzya – Flop

SAIYAMI KHER – Mirzya – Flop

I would love to quote a song from a 1958 film called ” Phir Subah Hogi ” .

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी

इन काली सदियों के सर से जब रात का आंचल ढलकेगा
जब दुख के बादल पिघलेंगे जब सुख का सागर झलकेगा
जब अम्बर झूम के नाचेगा जब धरती नगमे गाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

जिस सुबह की ख़ातिर जुग जुग से हम सब मर मर के जीते हैं
जिस सुबह के अमृत की धुन में हम ज़हर के प्याले पीते हैं
इन भूखी प्यासी रूहों पर इक दिन तो करम फ़रमाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

Yes वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी .

It will come definitely. I won’t be there to see that morning. But today as I write this blog I can see that a painfully long, sad, cold and black winter night is about to end. I can see light emerging at the end of the tunnel. Sun is shinning with all its glory. It’s warmth will mitigate all the miseries and painful memories of past.

And in that shinning brightness I vividly see DIVYA SINGH, the same helpless, dreamy girl from Aurangabad, Bihar, standing and taking her rightful place. And that too without the help of a godfather or a godmother.

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A new NUTAN will be born on that day.

And yes, the world can ridicule her and make fun of her till then.

 

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An Open Letter To FTII Alumna / Alumnus


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 18, 2015           00.30 A.M.

Dear Alumna / Alumnus of FTII, Pune !

I have already written 2 blogs about the FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] , Pune. 1st blog was written on March 28, 2010. It was about the declining and deteriorating standards of FTII. The 2nd one was written on October 28, 2012. It was about hubris and high-handed behaviour of students of FTII. Today I am forced to write 3rd blog about FTII.

I am reading in newspapers that alumnus of this so-called premier institute are agitated against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, the newly appointed FTII Chief. Nearly 150 students boycotted classes today and continued their protest for the 5th day.

According to Harishankar Nachimuthu, the President of Student’s Union of FTII, Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment is a conspiracy to saffronise this prestigious ( ? ) institute. He states that he is not going to accept Shri Gajendra Chauhan as Chief of FTII. May I demand to know, who is seeking his acceptance or concurrence?

I came to know that several past students [ who are jobless since time immemorial ] are holding meeting in Mumbai and threatening central government that they will fight against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, “a Narendra Modi stooge” till the end. According to them he lacks stature and administrative experience. May I demand to know, who the hell are they to decide, whether Shri Chauhan has the required stature or not?

In the past Mr. Shyam Benegal, Mr. Mrinal Sen, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, Mr. Girish Karnad, Mr. Vinod Khanna, Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy and Mr. Saeed Mirza have served as Chairman of the Governing Council of FTII.  They were appointed by the government of the day. Shri Gajendra Chauhan is also appointed by present central government.

I fail to understand, how can students demand to have a say in the appointment of Chief of FTII. Moreover, what stake do past students have in the affairs of their Alma Mater? Why are they agitated? Why are they threatening to “fight till the end”?

Students and alumnus of this so-called prestigious institute should realize that their job is to get trained and not to decide about the governing council chief or other administrative matters of the institute. They must realize that the golden days of Shri Roshan Taneja are over. Their activism fails to produce a single actor of the calibre of ASHOK KUMAR, MOTI LAL, DILIP KUMAR, BALRAJ SAHNI, SANJEEV KUMAR, AMITABH BACHCHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, AMIR KHAN, HRITIK ROSHAN or RANBIR KAPOOR. None of the above mentioned actors are the alumnus of FTII. I also fail to find among your alumna, any actress of the stature of NARGIS, MEENA KUMARI, MADHUBALA, GEETA BALI, VYJAYANTIMALA, WAHEEDA REHMAN, REKHA or KAJOL. And you people are talking about the calibre of Gajendra Chauhan.

I appeal to the alumnus of FTII to first become a world-class actor and then try to be an activist. The most important FTII alumnus and your biggest inspiration NASEERUDDIN SHAH is busy doing “world-class” ( ? ) films like “Sona Spa” and ” Jackpot” and you people are pontificating on the calibre of Shri Gajendra Chauhan and threatening Shri Narendra Modi.

And now a word for failed ex students of FTII. You have no business to meddle in the affairs of your alma mater if you are still struggling to make a mark. No one needs your activism. You roam around in the alleys of Mumbai with stinking body, wilting faces, faded attires and dead and gloomy eyes. I pity your rancid existence and failed journey of life. The government of the day doesn’t need or seek your approval. Leave your hubris. You are not doing any favour to us or humanity if you are an ex students of FTII.

Let me make it clear that your agitation is politically motivated. All the right thinking people know it. If it is not so, why people like Anand Patwardhan and other known left-liberals are joining your band wagon? Why students of JNU [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University ] , a breeding ground of leftist and pseudo seculars, are joining your protest? What stake have they in the FTII?

Instead of protesting against Gajendra Chauhan, try to check the deterioration in the quality of the institute. May I demand to know why “for a 3 year programme, there have been students floating around the campus since 2008? May be they will graduate only when their creative juices start flowing.[ verbatim quote from Hindustan Times – Dated June 17, 2015 – Page 11 / also read the editorial ” The World’s not a stage at the FTII – Page 12]

You resist every change and want to run the institute as per your whims and fancies. When UPA appointed committee suggested running the institute on public-private partnership, you people protested. When UPA tried to make the syllabus more contemporary, you started indefinite strike. UPA government headed by Congress was not saffronising the institute. So it is clear that protests and strikes are in your DNA.

Dear alumnus, if you feel or suspect that the appointment of Shri Gajendra Chauhan is a conspiracy to saffronise FTII, I suggest that you should learn to live with it as soon as possible. It will be better for your future, your health and your well-being.

We have seen enough of your hubris. We have tolerated enough of your pseudo intellectual hypocrisy. It is time to say, ” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH “.

 

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Times Celebex Ranking For The Year 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 15, 2015           01.45 A.M.

 

Times Celebex, a monthly rating index of the stars of Hindi cinema, was started by Times of India in September 2012. Data is collected from 60+ publications and 250+ TV channels. It is being published in Bombay Times on the monthly basis. After end of the year, an annual list is also published.

I have already written 2 blogs about my students, who got featured  in Times Celebex. From this year I have decided to write on it on yearly basis. So this the 1st blog about 2014, the year gone by.

In 2014, my 12 students figured in the list of 50 male stars.  They are : HRITIK ROSHAN , RANBIR KAPOOR , SAIF ALI KHAN , ARJUN KAPOOR , VARUN DHAWAN , IMRAN KHAN , JOHN ABRAHAM , EMRAAN HASHMI , ARJUN RAMPAL , SONU SOOD , KUNAL KAPOOR & JIMMY SHERGILL .

They stand at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 41st & 42nd position respectively.

 

So my success rate in 2014 is 24% among the male stars.

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my student ARJUN KAPOOR stands 3rd.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 3rd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students RANBIR KAPOOR, HRITIK ROSHAN & SAIF ALI KHAN stand 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Top 50 Male Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Salman Khan 1 552.8
Shah Rukh Khan 2 440.3
Amitabh Bachchan 3 363.6
Akshay Kumar 4 344.5
Hrithik Roshan 5 299.7
Ranbir Kapoor 6 295.9
Aamir Khan 7 295.3
Saif Ali Khan 8 240.1
Arjun Kapoor 9 209.8
Abhishek Bachchan 10 201.9
Varun Dhawan 11 191.4
Ajay Devgn 12 183.4
Ranveer Singh 13 179.5
Farhan Akhtar 14 173.5
Shahid Kapoor 15 150.6
Sidharth Malhotra 16 138.9
Anupam Kher 17 138.8
Riteish Deshmukh 18 138.7
Imran Khan 19 132.2
John Abraham 20 129.5
Boman Irani 21 115.7
Emraan Hashmi 22 104.6
Arjun Rampal 23 96.2
Randeep Hooda 24 96
Sonu Sood 25 93.3
Sanjay Dutt 26 89.9
Yo Yo Honey Singh 27 88.6
Tiger Shroff 28 83.5
Ayushman Khurrana 29 83.3
Rajinikanth 30 82.8
Ali Zafar 31 82.4
Anil Kapoor 32 82
Irrfan Khan 33 81.6
Ram Kapoor 34 76.8
Vir Das 35 70
Dhanush 36 67.4
Govinda 37 66.9
Aditya Roy Kapur 38 65.4
Sushant Singh Rajput 39 61.9
Sunny Deol 40 60.6
Kunal Kapoor 41 56.4
Jimmy Shergill 42 50.6
Rajkummar Rao 43 50.1
Arshad Warsi 44 49
Fawad Khan 45 48.7
Himesh Reshammiya 46 48.3
Jackky Bhagnani 47 42.9
Abhay Deol 48 41.9
Siddharth 49 40.1
Manoj Bajpayee 50 39.1

In 2014, my 10 students figure in the list of 50 female stars.  They are : PRIYANKA CHOPRA , KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR , ALIA BHATT , SONAM KAPOOR , ANUSHKA SHARMA , JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ , SOHA ALI KHAN , KALKI KOECHLIN & SONALI BENDRE .

They stand at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 24th, 33rd, 38th & 50th position respectively.

So my success rate in 2014 is 20% among the female stars.

Top 50 Female Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Deepika Padukone 1 476.3
Priyanka Chopra 2 389.2
Katrina Kaif 3 381.3
Kareena Kapoor 4 378.2
Alia Bhatt 5 292.5
Sonakshi Sinha 6 262.6
Sonam Kapoor 7 258.8
Madhuri Dixit 8 256.1
Anushka Sharma 9 243.7
Parineeti Chopra 10 237.8
Yami Gautam 11 218.7
Aishwarya Rai 12 212.9
Vidya Balan 13 209.4
Sunny Leone 14 203.7
Shraddha Kapoor 15 193.4
Kangana Ranaut 16 184.9
Juhi Chawla 17 171.1
Kajol 18 160.6
Nargis Fakhri 19 151.3
Bipasha Basu 20 151.1
Shilpa Shetty 21 145.2
Hema Malini 22 138.8
Ileana Dcruz 23 137
Jacqueline Fernandez 24 117
Preity Zinta 25 110.4
Tamannaah Bhatia 26 100.7
Karisma Kapoor 27 100
Kajal Aggarwal 28 96.2
Rani Mukherjee 29 93.4
Huma Qureshi 30 84.1
Shruti Haasan 31 80.1
Sridevi 32 71.1
Soha Ali Khan 33 65.4
Neha Dhupia 34 63.5
Poonam Pandey 35 63.3
Raveena Tandon 36 61.1
Sushmita Sen 37 59.1
Kalki Koechlin 38 58.9
Neha Sharma 39 58.8
Diana Penty 40 56.1
Hansika Motwani 41 53.9
Mallika Sherawat 42 53.4
Veena Mallik 43 52.8
Kriti Sanon 44 51.6
Sherlyn Chopra 45 50
Aditi Rao Hydari 46 49.6
Rekha 47 48
Tabu 48 47.2
Chitrangada Singh 49 46.1
Sonali Bendre

 

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my 2 students ANUSHKA SHARMA & JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ stand 1st & 2nd respectively.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student KATRINA KAIF stands 2nd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my 2 students PRIYANKA CHOPRA & SONAM KAPOOR stand 2nd & 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR & PRIYANKA CHOPRA stand 1st , 2nd & 4th.

 

Thus my 12 students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 MALE STARS  and 10  students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 FEMALE STARS in 2014 .

Thus total percentage of students , who worked in the year 2014  and featured in the TIMES CELEBEX LIST FOR THE YEAR 2014 , comes to 22% . 

22%  is an impressive percentage considering the fact that every day numerous acting institutes are mushrooming in Mumbai and many of them have no quam in adopting unethical means. Several upstarts are also there, crowing their neck out and cawing loudly to get heard and counted.

 

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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 22  students .

May God bless them to attain more success in the coming year !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 03, 2015           01.30 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my film diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who are grateful and respect me as their teacher and accept and regard my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned here are the ones, who refuse to acknowledge me in any way. I am bound to reciprocate their feelings of disrespect. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

 

For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 / 2014 – 2015, I am posting links of the 05 videos.
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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 Amit Mehra :

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Amit Mehra, son of legendary producer-director Prakash Mehra died on February 28, 2015 in the morning after suffering a cardiac attack. He was just 40.

He, in 2013, re-made Prakash Mehra’s super hit classic cult film ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] . Though Amitabh Bachchan, Pran and Jaya Bachchan starrer original ” Zanjeer “ was a super hit but the Ram Charan, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra starrer remake was an astounding flop.

His other siblings are Sumeet and Puneet Mehra.

Ajay Wadhavkar :
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Veteran Hindi and Marathi actor Ajay Wadhavkar, who last played the role of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father in the TV show Pavitra Rishta, passed away in Pune. Ajay, who shot to fame as Ganpat Hawaldar with DD’s Nukkad, was suffering from throat cancer and diabetes and was under treatment at Nanavati hospital in Mumbai.

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First Week – February 06

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1 – Hum Tum Dushman Dushman ……………………… Sohani Paul

2 – Bachpan Ek Dhokha ………………………………………. X

3 – Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan …………………………………….. X

4 – Shamitabh ……………………………………………………… X

 

 

Second Week – February 13

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1 – Night ………………………………………………………………. X

2 – Jee Chahta Hai ……………………………………………….. X

3 – My Best Friend ………………………………………………. X

4 – MSG – The Messenger Of God ……………………… Jay Singh Rajpoot

……………………………………………………………………………. Flora Saini

5 – Roy ……………………………………………………………….. Ranbir Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………… Jacqueline Fernandez

……………………………………………………………………… Arjun Rampal

………………………………………………………………………. Kishan Kumar

 

Third Week – Febuary 20
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1 – Koi Aae Na …………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Qissa ……………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Monsoon ………………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Badlapur ………………………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

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

 

Fourth Week  – February  27
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1 – Dum Laga Ke Haisha ……………………………………………………. X

2 – Ab Tak Chhappan 2 ……………………………………………………… X

 

 

In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in February . Out of these ………….. 15 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 09 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 01 ………… Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Roy ” .

 

In February 2015 just  09 students appeared in 04 films . Thus this month becomes one of the worst  months of my career.

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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 congratulate my above mentioned 09 students .

May God bless them always !

 

VIDUR

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