Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010


Its July and half the year is gone. First half of the year ended and there is not a very heartening news for the industry.. Industry suffered losses to the tune of 300 crores. ” RAAVAN “,  “KITES “, ” VEER “, ” PRINCE “, ” TEEN PETTI ” and ” RANN “ were some of the notable flops. From January to june 81 Hindi films were released.Out of these, only 10 films managed to make some profit. First quarter ie January to march saw only two hits : ” PAA ” and ” LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA “. Second quarter saw only three films hitting the bulls eyes. They were : ” HOUSEFULL “, ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ and ” RAAJNEETI “. Rest 5, somehow barely recovered the cost.

As for as July releases are concerned, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: Youth luves ‘Luv Storys’, film starts with a bang

‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-solid on Saturday. Fri. Rs. 7 cr. nett & Sat. Rs. 7.5 cr. nett. Sunday should be better than Fri. & Sat.
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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ gets Thumbs Up in U.S.A., U.K., Australia, Gulf, Pakistan

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Monday update: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-steady, despite Bharat Bandh

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Milenge Milenge’, ‘Red Alert’ are dull

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Inception’ fetches better & bigger start than Bollywood releases

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http://bit.ly/WyXIx Midweek B.O.: ‘Inception’ leads, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ & ‘Udaan’ pick up, ‘Lamhaa’ fails

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Week 1 nett figures: ‘Inception’ 9.6 cr, ‘Lamhaa’ 8.5 cr, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ 5.61 cr, ‘Udaan’ 2.5 cr

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‘Lamhaa’ is rejected, will entail losses; ‘TBL’ is a success, returns from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues should ensure profits.

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‘Udaan’ total cost 5 cr. UTV will recover 6.25 cr. Profit of 1.25 cr. Profit includes 3.5 cr revenue from Colors for Satellite rights.

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‘Tere Bin Laden’ Update: Satellite, Home Video and Music rights have fetched Rs. 4.25 crores.

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o ‘Khatta Meetha’ is Akshay Kumar’s lowest opener in U.K., U.S.A.

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http://bit.ly/cctlka Domestic B.O.: Not Khatta, not Meetha, just Pheeka

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Khatta Meetha’ Week 1 Rs. 32 cr. nett, slided heavily on weekdays

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts slow, picks up, reports terrific

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As per early tracking [rough estimates], Day 1 of ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ is between Rs. 7.5 cr. and Rs. 8 cr. nett. Very good!

Obituary :
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MANOHARI SINGH :

Hindi Film’s most sought after saxophone player, Manohari da died on July 13, 2010 following a cardiac arrest. He was chief assistant of S. D. Burman and R. D. Burman. This legendary saxophone player adorned many hindi film songs such as my all time favourites – Dil Jo Na Keh Saka from ‘ BHEEGI RAAT ” and evergreen Gata Rahe Mera Dil from ” GUIDE “. He was awarded Radio Mirchi’s Musical Award in 2009.

To show his popularity and respect he commands, I am pasting here many tweets of eminent people :

mangeshkarlata

a very good saxophone player,great arranger,and a fabulous human being,,manohari da passed away..my heartfelt condolences to his family.

SrBachchan

@mangeshkarlata Oh gosh lata ji .. very sad news. I was just some months ago at a function where he played .. condolences and prayers

shwetapandit7

had the blessing of working with Manohari uncle in my first film song Mohabbatein, deepest condolences! He was so encouraging. Will miss him

SATISH BHATNAGAR :

An eminent screenplay and dialogue writer, Satish Bhatnagar died on July 07, 2010. He used to write screenplay for Late B. R. Chopra, along with Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza. Last film which he wrote for him was BAGHBAN. For others, he wrote very successful films such as ” Maryada “, ” Seeta Aur Geeta “, ” Himalay Se Ooncha “, ” Satte Pe Satta “, and Prakash Mehra”s ”  Hera Pheri “.
It is extremely sad that he died in penury and did not have money to pay his hospital bills. He could survive with The Film Writer’s Association’s financial aid.

RAVI BASWANI :

Acclaimed comrdian Ravi Baswani died in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on July 27th, where he had gone to scout locations for his directorial venture. An extremely talented actor, Ravi Baswani shall always be remembered for films like ” Chashme Badoor “ and ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron “. Chashme Badoor ( 1981) , was directed by Sai Paranjpe was his first film. Then he acted in his most successful film ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron ” ( 1983 ) directed by Kundan Shah. He was recently seen in ” Bunty Aur Babli ” ( 2005) , and ” Yun Hota To Kya Hota ” ( 2006 ). The last film, Naseeruddin Shah’s first directorial venture, is now his last film.

Baswani also acted on television and was very popular in Doordarshan’s 1980s hit serial  ” Idhar Udhar ” .

Incidently for his cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron , he won Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He was dean of acting in Film & Television Institute of India also, where he leant acting years ago. From Chashme Buddoor ( 1981 ) to Yun Hota To Kya Hota ( 2006 ) , a career spanning 35 years, he acted in 30 films.

New Releases & Me

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First Week – July 02

1 – I Hate Luv Storys…………….Imran Khan

………………………………………Sonam Kapoor,

……………………………………….Sammir Dattani,

………………………………………..Samir Soni,

……………………………………….Aamir Ali,

………………………………………..Punit Malhotra (Director)

………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director)

2 – Swaha……………………………x

Second Week – July 09

1 – Milenge Milenge………………Kareena kapoor,

………………………………………..Sarfaraz Khan

2 – Red Alert-The war Within……Sameera Reddy

Third Week –  July 16

1 – Lamha………………………Kunal Kapoor

2 – Udaan………………………..Sanjay Singh (Producer)

3 – Tere Bin Laden.…………..x

Fourth Week – July 23

1 – Khatta Meetha………………………….Urvashi Sharma

Fifth Week – July 30

1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai…….Emraan Hashmi
In total 09 films got released this month. Out of these 09 films my students were there in 07 films. There were 14 students of mine working in these 07 films.. Out of these 14 students 11 are actors, 01 Punit Malhotra is director of ” I Hate Luv Storys “, 01 Sanjay Singh is producer of ” Udaan ” and 01 Shekhar Ravjiani of the famous Vishal-Shekhar duo, the music director of  ”  I Hate Luv Storys ” . A satisfying month, I can say .

News This month :
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1 – Hritik Roshan will play the part originally played by Amitabh Bachchan in ” Agnipath “.

2 – Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood movie ” Broken Horses ” will roll in September 2010.

3 – Hritik Roshan will be the 5th Hindi film actor, after Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan,Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan, to have his wax statue featured at the Madame Tussaud’s wax museun in London.

4 –Sudhir Mishra and Ketan Mehta were conferred French government’s award ARTS ET LETTERS.
TRIVIA :
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1 – Filmfare’s power list of 2009 is out and it consists 10 names. Out of these 03 are production companies and remaining 07 are human beings :

1 – Aamir Khan
2 – Shah Rukh Khan
3 – Rajkumar Hirani
4 – A. R. Rahman
5 – Dharma Productions
6 – Yash Raj Films
7 – Aamir Khan Productions
8 – Kareena Kapoor
9 – Hritik Roshan
10 – Katrina Kaif

Out of these 10 powerful entities, 03 = Kareena Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are my students. They stand at 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.It is nice  to have three students in this august list.

I am ending this month’s diary at this promising note. I am happy for my achievements , but I know that I have still to cover many more miles and milestones.

God willing I will do that !

Vidur

Mumbai

www.vidur.co.in

Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2010


After two successive and consecutive hits in the form of ” HOUSEFULL” and ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ , last month’s ” KiITES ” was a major disappointment. Month of June started with the spactacular opening of Prakash Jha’s ” RAAJNEETI” . But ” RAAVAN “ again dampened the spirit. I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Raajneeti’ takes fantastic start, reports excellent

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Australia update: ‘Raajneeti’ takes bigger start than ‘3 Idiots’

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j India update: ‘Raajneeti’ collects Rs. 10.5 cr. on Friday

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Raavan’ is a damp squib in U.K., U.S.A., Australia

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Midweek B.O.: ‘Raavan’ rejected, has below-the-mark weekend, crashes on Monday

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Raavan’ is a disaster, collects 23-24 cr. nett in Week 1, will entail heavy losses

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Krantiveer – The Revolution’ opens to dull houses, all eyes on ‘I Hate Luv Storys’


Obituary :
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Viveka Babajee :

I was thinking that this month, as it is coming to an end, there wont be any tragedy. I was hoping for the best but got shock of my life when I read a tweet of Priyanka Chopra on the morning of June 26. She condoled the suicide of Viveka Babajee. I was shocked to read that. I was introduced to Viveka Babajee, when she was signed for a film ” Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat ” in 2002. It was being produced by the father of a student of mine.Govinda’s nephew Krushna Abhishek, another student of mine, was playing the main lead.
She was born in Mauritius and was crowned Miss Mauritius in 1993. In 1994 she represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant. She lost and incidentally Sushmita Sen won the coveted crown. She came to India and shot to fame when she featured in the Kama Sutra advertisements. For the next 10 years she remained one of the top models of the country.
I used to meet her during the shooting of ” Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat “. Then bumped into her at the release function of the film. After that I lost touch. It is alleged that her failed relationship with Gautam Vora is the cause for her suicide. Whatever is the reason,It is sad to hear about her demise and that too at a young age of 37.

Saurabh Usha Narang :

He shall ever be remembered as the director of  ” Vaastu Shastra “, a film produced by Ram Gopal Verma. He directed this Sushmita Sen starrer in 2004. He was trying to make a film  ” Return Gift ” with rajeev Khandelwal. He was suffering from stomach cancer and had gone to Sri Lanka for treatment. He died at Colombo. At the time of his death, he was just 37 years old. Another young life ended so soon.

It is strange coincidence that both the persons died at the age of 37. A bizarre coincidence.

New Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 04

1 – Raajneeti…………………………………………….Ranbir Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Arjun Rampal

Second Week – June 11

1 – Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De………………..x

Third Week – June 18

1 – Raavan……………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – June 25

1 – Krantiveer – The Revolution……………………….Samir Aftab, Hiten Paintal

2 – Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta………………………………x

3 – http://www.love.com………………………………………Jai Kalra

In total 6 films got released this month. out of these 6 films my students were there in 3 films. All 6 students are actors.

News This month :

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1 – Amitabh Bachchan is back on television. He is to host ” KAUN BANEGA CROREPATI – Season 4 ” on Sony TV.

2 – Javed Akhtar is to play SUTRADHAR ( narrator ) for the Star Plus show ” CHAND CHHUPA BADAL MEIN “. Years ago ASHOK KUMAR played SUTRADHAR in ” HUM LOG ” on DD and started the trend.

3 – Kiran Rao’s directorial venture ” DHOBI GHAT ” , an Aamir Khan production , has signed  a composer who got Oscar for his score in ” BROKEBACK MOUNTAINS “.

4 – Resul Pookutty becomes member of the Academy of Motion Pictures.He is the first Asian sound technician to become member of the Academy.

5 – Amitabh Bachchan shot for his first malayalam film with Mohan Lal.

Vidur

http://www.vidur.co.in

Vidur’s Telly Tales – 5


I wrote my 4th and last ” Telly Tales “ on January 29, 2010. As May ended, I suddenly realized that there are 12 serials in Hindi and 1 in Marathi, which are currently on air and they have my students playing main protagonists in them. When I wrote 4th part of  my ” Telly Tales “ , I thought that for a very long period, I wont be writing the 5th part. But my thinking was wrong. I am forced to write this 5th part just after 4 months. I can’t ignore 13 serials, which are ruling the airwaves currently. Let us take stock of my 14 students, who are working in these 13 serial.

RANJEET JOG in ” OLAKH “ : This Marathi serial is currently on air on STAR PRAVAH. Ranjeet Jog is a very old student of mine and he recently informed me about this serial.His father played the role of Bharat in the mega serial ” RAMAYAN ” , directed by late and legendary Ramanand Sagar. Ranjeet, apart from this serial, is working in many Marathi films also. An extremely talented and well-behaved boy from Nagpur , he is slowly and steadily making his place in the Marathi film industry. I am happy for him. He has everything going for him; personality, talent and good behaviour.

ROHIT KHURANA in ” UTTARAN “ : This highly popular Hindi serial is currently on air on COLORS. I used to watch this serial quite often, but I was unable to recognize Rohit, who is playing Vansh in ” UTTARAN “ . The day, when ZOOM was airing my interview on Katrina Kaif in their programme ” Planet Bollywood ” , I got a call and an unknown number flashed on the screen of my mobile. The caller introduced himself as Rohit Khurana and said, ” sir, I am an old student of yours ” . A floodgate of memories got opened and I was completely submerged in the sepia toned , obfuscated past remembrances. of this particular student of mine. Years ago, I met him in Food Inn, a famous food joint in Lokhandwala. He was new and had no work. He told me very respectfully that he wants to be trained by me only and would like to start his journey in this tinsel town as a student of mine. I was touched by his sincerity and started training him. After completing the training , he started his struggle. Gradually , he started getting works but I lost touch. That day while watching my interview on ZOOM, he called me and said that like Katrina Kaif, one day he would also make me proud. I was so touched by his feelings. Years had gone but his love and respect for me was not diminished at all. In this materialistic world, who cares for a poor and ordinary acting/diction trainer? But here was a boy, who is now famous, who is now popular and still he felt the need to call me and congratulate me on my achievements and promised me that one day he would also make me proud. I then watched ” UTTARAN “ and was happy to see him enacting his role so well. Rohit has grown as an actor and now he is well entrenched in TV industry.

SARWAR AHUJA in ” KESHAV PANDIT “ :  He participated in ZEE CINESTAR KI KHOJ ( Season 1 ) and won the coveted title. I used to go to train him for the show. After winning the title, as per the contract, he signed Mr. Subhash Ghai’s film ” KHANNA AND AIYAR ” and worked in that film with another co-winner Aditi Sharma. The film got released and bombed miserably. Later on he signed another film ” HUM PHIRR MILENGE ” with Ms. Tabassum’s grand-daughter Kkhushi. This film also tanked and thus seemingly it looked like the end of a bright journey. But you can’t put down a real talent. Sarwar fought valiantly and slowly people took notice. Now he is working in ” KESHAV PANDIT  “ being aired on ZEE TV. He is very grounded and in spite of the initial failures, never felt defeated. He has good sense of humour, which never deserted him even in his rainy days.

MISHAL RAHEJA in ” LAAGI TUJHSE LAGAN “ : I used to go to his South Mumbai flat to train this immensely talented boy. He lives in his opulent apartment near Breach Candy. His place is far away from my working place but as is my habit, I was moved by his behaviour and deep sense of respect for me. He completed his training and started working in TV serials. Currently he is portraying a negative character in ” LAAGI TUJHSE LAGAN” being aired on COLORS.

SMITA BANSAL in ” BALIKA VADHU “ : Years ago she was a famous artiste in television industry. Eventually , she got married and quit the industry. Few years back, she made comeback and is currently working in ” BALIKA VADHU “ as the mother in law of the female protagonist Anandi.

AKRITI SINGH in ” MRS. & MR. SHARMA ALLAHABADWALE “ :  She was in the 2nd Weekend batch of Kreating Charakters. This extremely talented girl is currently working in ” MRS. & MR. SHARMA ALLAHABADWALE “on SUB TV. I never knew that she has such a fantastic sense of humour.

AMIT BHARGAD in ” TUM DENA SAATH MERA : He was in Batch No. 2 of Kreating Charakters. Like Ranjeet Jog he is also from Nagpur. After years of struggle, he got this serial, which is currently being aired on DD 1. Batch No. 2 is very close to my heart. Had this batch not been formed, there would have never been a Kreating Charakters. We, in fact, inherited Batch No. 1, so it was with Batch No. 2, that our journey started. And Amit Bhargad belongs to that batch.

VEEBHA ANAND in ” BALIKA VADHU ” : She created history in this serial as Sugana. Whole nation cried with her, when she became the widow. She became an overnight national sensation and was very popular among female audience. She was in the 19th batch of Kreating Charakters and since I have written about her in my earlier Telly Tales, I wont go in details this time. I am only mentioning her because she has recently made re-entry in the serial. In between she did another serial ” STREE ” also. Apart from this serial she is working as a second lead in a Rajshri Production movie called ” ISI LIFE MEIN “. Incidently, she was the batch mate of ” RAB NE BANA DI JODI ” and ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ fame Anushka Sharma. She has great sense of loyalty and respect for her alma mater. She has absolute faith in me as a trainer and she always acknowledges that. I wish her great success and long life. May God bless this noble soul. She is bound to scale dizzy heights of stardom. She has a rare combination of talent and exemplary behaviour, a dwindling commodity these days.

Raunaq Ahuja

RAUNAQ AHUJA in ” DO SAHELIEYAN “ : He was in Batch No. 23 of Kreating Charakters. His other batch-mate was Kush Sinha. Raunaq is extremely talented and is one of the most deserving students of Kreating Charakters. He had slight speech problem, when he joined the batch. But being a hard-working boy he overcame this slight impediment and now he is working in this highly successful serial ” DO SAHELIEYAN ” on ZEE TV. This serial is one of the top ranking serials of ZEE TV. I do remember his initial days in the class. Because of his speech impediment, sometimes he had to face laughter of his class-mates. But he continued his training without being bothered about this and finally he was able to silence his critics and overcame his problem.

VIJAY MISHRA in ” BITTO “ : This Bhojpuri speaking boy was in the Batch No. 28 of Kreating Charakters. He is currently working in a serial called ” BITTO ” on COLORS. This newly started serial is based on the rural background of Uttar Pradesh and depicts feudal and archaic tradition of the rustic hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh. Vijay Mishra belongs to a business family and didn’t know anything about films. Since he hails from Uttar Pradesh, this was another drawback. He overcame everything, surmounted all the odds and slowly started his journey in the tinsel town. Initially he worked in few Bhojpuri serials and then got this break. He has worked in a film also. “332 ANDHERI TO KURLA ” is now complete and is scheduled for July release. Vijay Mishra is playing an important part in this Sangeet Sivan film.

MANIT JOURA in ” 12/24 KAROLE BAGH “ : Manit Joura was in the Batch No,32 of Kreating Charakters. His other batch mate was Narendra Jetley, who is also very busy as an actor and as a model. Manit Joura’s serial was a popular serial of ZEE TV. He is an intense and thinking actor. His popularity was phenomenal , when his part was on air. To shoot this serial, he was in Delhi for months. Now he is back and is currently working in a YASH RAJ FILMS movie with Ranbir Singh and Anushka Sharma. People have this wrong notion that after doing a serial one is barred from films permanently. Manit Joura is proving them wrong. I foresee a bright future for him.

ARCHANA TAIDE in ” MAAN RAHE TERA….. PITAAH “ : She was in the Batch No. 35 of Kreating Charakters. I particularly remember this batch, because this batch had some of the worst students of my career. This batch had politicians, liars but actors. There were only few exceptions and Archana was one of them. She didn’t give in to her politician batch-mates and always gave me due respect. Before joining the batch, she was working as an anchor with E 24 channel. After completing the course she got a serial called ” SWARG” . She was popular in that serial . This new serial of hers started this week with much fanfare on SONY. She is the main female protagonist and I was so proud of her achievement when I saw her photos in every national news papers. This serial is very well mounted and its popularity is growing with each passing day. Her politician batch-mates are still running around and she got this huge break.

SACHIN CHHABRA in ” DO HANSON KA JODA “ : He was in Batch No. 37 of Kreating Charaketrs. He was already a famous model when he joined the batch. His ad films and campaigns were very famous and are still popular. Now he has got this serial of Rajshri Productions named ” DO AHNSON KA JODA “ . This serial is currently on air on NDTV IMAGINE. It has similar story line and characterization of ” RAB NE BANA DI JODI ” . He is playing the über cool Shah Rukh Khan’s character of the movie in this serial. In between he did a film also. Its name was ” RUSLAAN “. Sachin played one of the important roles in the movie which will be remembered as the debut film of Moushumi Chatterji’s daughter Meghaa Chatterji. Though RUSLAAN bombed but Sachin’s forward journey went unhindered. His serial is a popular serial.

SHEEHAN DIXIT in ” KARAM YODDHA “ : He was in the Batch No. 40 of Kreating Charakters. He came for the admission along with his father and grandfather. I was very touched when his aging grandfather told me that I have full faith in you and I know that under your guidance my grandson will be a transformed boy. I could see that the aging gentleman had immense faith in me and in his grandson. I was very happy when Sheehan got this serial ” KARAM YODDHA “ , which is currently on air on DD 1. His grandfather faith in him is intact. Thank God !! Sheehan’s family’s support could be gauged from the fact that his father came to help him for his show-reel. While looking at his photograph,  you can feel the numerous , various dreams of this boy, which are floating in his wide eyes.

It is very heartening that all the 14 students, who  are so successful and, are not from the filmy background. From Batch No. 2 to Batch No. 40 , students from almost every batch are working. Currently Batch No. 44, and Batch No. 45 are under training.We started Batch No. 46 today, i. e. on June 4, 2010. It means students of only Batch No. 41, 42 and 43 are yet to get work. But they completed the training only recently.

As I have mentioned in my website, the voyage has just started, the saga has just begun. Amen !!! Amen !!!


Vidur

http://www.vidur.co.in

Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2010


Month of May started at the promising note. Sajid Khan’s laugh riot opened to bumper houses. After the drought of nearly two months because of IPL, news of house full boards outside cinema halls screening “ House Full ” are heartening.

RT @taran_adarsh: Day 1 stats: House Full is lower than 3 Idiots, but bigger than MNIK. 3 Idiots was released during Christmas, while HF non-vacation period…

RT @taran_adarsh: Eros has sent me the official figure for Friday of ‘House Full’ in India: Its 10 crores nett. This is @akshaykumar biggest opening ever ..

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Badmaash Company’ starts off very well

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Kites’ takes fantastic start, but reports negative

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Govind Moonis : He died on May 05, 2010. Present generation of film goers may not be familiar with his name but for many connoisseurs and buffs of films, he was the man who introduced Madhuri Dixit in a film called “ Abodh ” , a Rajshri Productions film, which was scripted and directed by him. The film, when got released, tanked badly and it was forgotten as a dud. But without doubt it established a legend and Govind Moonis shall always be remembered for this. He started his career as assistant director to legendary Ritwik Ghatak. Later on he assisted Satyen Bose in classics like “ Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi ” and “ Dosti ”. He co-scripted “ Raat Aur Din ”, the last film of legendary Nargis. He wrote films like “ Uphar ” and “ Jeevan Mrityu ” also for Rajshri Productions. He has to his credit “ Nadiya Ke Paar”, one of the greatest hits of Hindi cinema as a director. This film was later re made by Sooraj Barjatya as “ Hum Aapke Hain Kaun?”. In between he made several successful and not so successful films. He was a lyricist also and wrote lyrics for many films.

Mac Mohan : Mohan Makhijani AKA Mac Mohan died of cancer on 10th May 2010. The immortal Sambha of “ Sholay ” was 71 years old. He started his acting career with Chetan Anand’s “ Haqeeqat ” in 1964 and acted in almost 175/200 films. After several inconsequential roles, gradually he started getting important assignments. In 1975 he got his most famous role of Sambha in a film called “ Sholay ”. Though he had just one dialogue in the film and that dialogue had just three words but it made him famous and almost immortal. The dialogue, “ Poore Pachas Hazar ” refuses to fade away from public memory even today.

Lalita Phadke : She was a playback singer from yesteryears. She sang for Ashok Kumar starrer ” Saajanand Dilip Kumar starrer ” Nadiya Ke Paar ” In both the films lyrics writer was Moti B. A. I know Moti B. A. personally and used to visit his place quite often. He, like me , was from Deoria.  In ” Nadiya Ke Paar” , Lalita Bai gave playback for Kamini Kaushal.

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First Week – May 07

Badmaash Company…………………………….Aashish Singh, Anushka Sharma
Ek Second….Jo Zindagi Badal De…………….x

Second Week – May 14

Bumm Bumm Bole……………………………….x
Admissions Open………………………………..x
Do Dilon Ke Khel Mein…………………………x
Kushti………………………………………………Naveen Prabhakar
Vroom………x……………………………………..x

Third Week – May 21

Kites………………………………………………..Hritik Roshan

Fourth Week – May 28

Ashok Chakra……………………………………x

In total 9 films got released this month. Out of these 9 , my students are working in 3 films. There are 4 students in # films. 1 Ashish Singh is Executive Producer and rest 3 are actors. Out of these 3, only Hritik Roshan accepts me as his trainer. Anushka Sharma and Naveen Prabhakar refuse to acknowledge me. So it is safe and dignified to say that only 2 students are working in 3 films. A not so heartening scenario this month.

News This Month
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1 – Lata Mangeshkar sang a song hailing virtues of the land when Maharashtra was formed on May 01, 1960. She sang same song again at the Silver Jubilee celebration. She created history, when she again sang the same song on May 01, 2010 at the Golden Jubilee function of the state.

2 – 63rd Cannes Film Festival started on May 12, 2010.

3 – Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty launched his autobiography on 13th May.

4 – Stand-up comedian Raju Srivastav became the first Hindi film actor, whose autobiographical lesson is included as a chapter in the Hindi text books of the CBSE curriculum of 8th standard.

5 – “ Kites ” got biggest release ever. 2300 prints were released worldwide. It is the biggest release of any Hindi film till date.

6 – “ Kites : The Remix ” an English version released in 85 screens in USA and in 30 screens in UK.

7 – Waheeda Rehman turned 75 on May 14.

8 – Hritik Roshan debuted as a singer with “ Kites ”.

9 – Sonali Kulkarni married Nachiket Pantvaidya on May 24th.

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