Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 01 , 2011            00.25A.M.

This is the 30th edition of my film diary .

Films released in the beginning of this month failed to create any magic at the Box Office . Though ” Force “ collected some decent figures , but the magic of previous month was missing.

” Ra.One “ , released on Deepavali day , changed the scene completely. Though panned by critics , its collections were impressive .

From last Deepavali to this Deepavali , though 239 films got released but only 09 films were declared super hits . They are : ” Bodyguard ” , ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu  “ and ” Band Baaja Baaraat ” .

Some prominent disappointments were : ” Guzaarish ” , ” Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey ” , ” No Problem ” , ” Patiala House ” , ” 7 Khoon Maaf ” , ” Game ” , ” Aarakshan ” and ” Chatur Singh 2 Star ” .

Asha Bhosle has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of studio recordings – singles . She has recorded 11,000 solo and duets in more than 20 Indian languages .

Kareena Kapoor was immortalized in wax , when her wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at Blackpool , United Kingdom on October 27 , 2011 . She is the 6th Hindi film star to be having a wax statue at Madame Tussauds . Other 5 are  ; Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Hritik Roshan .

Komal Nahta
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LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI: The songs have become popular although the film has not really become hot property. Preview: http://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/love-breakups-zindagi-preview/
Komal Nahta
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FORCE nets Rs. 16 crore in 1st weekend. Box-office report: koimoi.com/box-office/for…
Komal Nahta
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RASCALS nets Rs. 7.50 – 8 crore on day 1. SOUNDTRACK and LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI open to dull houses. BO update: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-nets-7-5-cr-soundtrack-love-breakups-zindagi-open-poorly/
Komal Nahta
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LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI is a dull fare which will not get much love from the paying public. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/love-b…
Komal Nahta
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SOUNDTRACK is a good film but the 2nd half ought to have been far better. Will not do much at ticket windows. Review:
Komal Nahta
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RASCALS collections drop to Rs 6 cr on day 2; FORCE nets 23 cr in week 1; SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER nets 5 cr. Report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-makes-6-cr-on-day-2-force-nets-23-cr-in-week-1/
Komal Nahta
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AAZAAN may b a well-mounted & well-shot film bt it wont mk ne mark at d boxofice bcoz of d confusing screenplay. Review http://bit.ly/olYr9X
Komal Nahta
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MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE hs d merits 2 pick up by +ve word of mouth.Dull start & pre-Diwali days r a deterrent.Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mujhse-fraaandship-karoge-review/
Komal Nahta
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MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE weekend box-office: Low numbers but phenomenal pick up. Report: koimoi.com/box-office/muj
Komal Nahta
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RA.ONE box-office update: Rs. 15 cr net on day one. Full report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-ra-one-nets-rs-15-cr-at-opening-day-box-office/
Komal Nahta
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RA.ONE 3rd day collections (all versions combined): Rs. 16 – 16.5 crore (all-India net).
Komal Nahta
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 RA.ONE nets Rs. 16 – 17 cr on Sunday; 5-day total: Rs. 91 – 92 cr. New 1st weekend RECORD. More: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-breaks-salman-khan-s-weekend-box-office-record/
taran adarsh
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#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
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#Force Fri 5 cr, Sat 4.75 cr, Sun 5.75 cr, Mon 2.5 cr, Tue 2.15 cr. Total: Rs 20.15 sc nett. Rock-steady!
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#Rascals Thursday 7.15 cr, Friday 5.25 cr. Total Rs 12.40 cr nett.
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All 5 Hindi films this week open to poor houses. #MFK slightly better.
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#MFK : Showed gradual improvement over the weekend. Collected Rs 2.18 cr nett. Fri 50.5 lacs, Sat 75.2 lacs, Sun 91.8 lacs.
taran adarsh
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#MFK – Biz on weekdays clearly signifies that the drop in collections was negligible. Has collected approx Rs 3.70 cr nett in Week 1.
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#Mod – Had a lukewarm start and remained extremely poor on subsequent days. Flop.
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#Azaan – Will entail big losses due to expensive making & heavy expenditure incurred on P&A on one hand & negligible returns on the other.
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My Friend Pinto – Has been rejected. Recorded poor collections in Week 1. Flop.
taran adarsh
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Latest Update – India figures: #RaOne *Hindi + Tamil + Telugu* Rs 18.25 cr nett. Thursday expected to be Rs 22 cr to Rs 25 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Jagjit Singh :
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Basically a Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh , sang for almost 40 films in his 4 decade long career. He was immensely and equally popular among the classes and masses due to his inimitable style.
He completely and single-handedly changed the world of Ghazals with the help of poignant  lyrics and modern orchestration.
Since I am a huge fan and his contribution to the music world is immense , I would be writing a separate blog about him .
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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :
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First Week  – October 07
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1 – Rascals …………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal
……………………………………………………………………………..Hiten Paintal
……………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Love Breakups Zindagi…………………………………………… Zayed Khan
3 – Soundtrack ………………………………………………………….Soha Ali Khan
……………………………………………………………………………..Mrinalini Sharma
……………………………………………………………………………..Adhir Bhat
………………………………………………………………………………DJ Aqeel
4 – 9 Eleven ………………………………………………………………x
Second Week  – October 14
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1 – Mod ……………………………………………………………………x
2 – My Friend Pinto …………………………………………………….Divya Dutta
3 – Aazaan…………………………………………………………………Arya Babbar
4 – Mujhse Fraaandship  Karoge ……………………………………..x
5 – Jo Dooba So P aar – Its Love In Bihar ……………………………x
Third Week  – October 21
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1 – Be – Careful ……………………………………………………………Rajniesh Duggall
………………………………………………………………………………..Zaid Hamid
………………………………………………………………………………..Tanishaa
2 – Ziyarat …………………………………………………………………..x
3 – Yeh Ishq……Nahin ……………………………………………………x
Fourth Week  – October 28
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1 – Ra.One ………………………………………………………………….Kareena  Kapoor
………………………………………………………………………………..Arjun Rampal
………………………………………………………………………………..Priyanka Chopra
………………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Damadamm ………………………………………………………….x
3 – Tell Me O Kkhuda ……………………………………………….??????
…………………………………………………………………………..Sudhanshu Pandey
Out of …………………….. 15  ……………………….. films released this month ……………………………  08.………………………..  films have  ………………….. 18 ……………  actors , who are my students , essaying either lead or important part. Out of these ……….. 18 ………………….. artistes …………………… 15 …………… are actors , and ………………..03 ……………… are working in different fields . Shekhar Ravjiyani [ mentioned twice ] is music director and Aqeel is a famous DJ  .
Actor Arjun Rampal is also mentioned twice , as he appeared in two films .
Esha Deol , the main female protagonist of ” Tell Me O Kkhuda “  , is not mentioned. Though she got trained by me but she refuses to acknowledge me as her trainer and I respect her choice .
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T. V. Trivia & Me :
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1 – Divya Sharma is essaying an important role in ” Ek Hazaron Me Hai Meri Behna “ on Star Plus .
2 – Aryaman Seth is essaying an important role in ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01 , 2011                   12 . 3O A.M.

After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry .  And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .

To illustrate my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu has dn well in spite of opposition of World Cup cricket & exams with Rs. 14cr at the box-office: http://bit.ly/hdkCSr
ETC
Box office report:Tanu Weds Manu Rs 19.8Cr,7 Khoon Maaf Rs 18.63Cr, Patiala House Rs 36.66 Cr,Yeh Saali Zindagi Rs 11 Cr, DTBHJ Rs.29Cr
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
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At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
taran adarsh
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‘Tanu Weds Manu’: Collected Rs 5.11 cr nett in its 2nd wknd [Fri: 1.26 cr, Sat: 1.95 cr, Sun: 1.90 cr]. Total so far: Rs. 23.67 cr nett.
Komal Nahta
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If cricket affects films, how has Tanu Weds Manu clicked at the box-office? http://bit.ly/emuCcz
taran adarsh
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While most movies don’t last beyond opng wknd, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ will complete 100 days at theatres next week [15 weeks]. Bravo!
taran adarsh
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Tanu Weds Manu: Collected Rs. 8.55 cr nett in its Week 2. Total so far: Rs. 27.08 cr nett. Hit.
taran adarsh
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At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
Komal Nahta
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The dull spell at the Bollywood box-office continues, Tanu Weds Manu being the sole exception. http://bit.ly/eu6E8b
taran adarsh
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Next major opponent: Will IPL hit film business hard in April & May http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran adarsh
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‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ successfully completes 50 days at theatres. Crossed Rs 33 cr, surpassing Madhur’s biggest hit ‘Fashion’ [26 cr].
Obituary
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GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.

His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.

He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.

NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.

He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.

” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.

He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .

BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .

New Releases & Me
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First Week – March 04

1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x

Second Week  -March 11

NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP

Third Week – March 18

1 – My Target I. A. S………………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – March 25

1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta

2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x

3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x

4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna

In total just ………..06………………. films got released this month. And there were just ………..02………….. students of mine ,  in ………02………. films.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.

2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.

3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .

4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd  in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.

2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.

3 – My student Sudhanshu  Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .

4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.

Regional Film News This Month :
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1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .

2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like :  ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .

3 – Bangla : My two students ;  Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .

4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.

5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .

6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.

Theatre This Month :

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1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.

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