Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  25 , 2013         05.00  P.M.

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2012 gave us only 10 super hits and some major flops .Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Agneepath ” , Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” Bol BachchanandTalash were declared hits . ” Talash “ could not make it to the 100 crore club . It earned only 93 crores . But all the other 9 movies earned more than 100 crores . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ became the most successful film of 2012 . It raked in 198 crores .

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Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times

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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Position Movie No.
Of Days to Reach 100 Crores
Total
Collections
1 Ek Tha Tiger
6  198
2 Dabangg 2
6 158.50
3 Bodyguard
8 142
4 3 Idiots
9 202
5 Ra.One
10 115
6 Dabangg 10 145
7 Agneepath
11 123
8 Rowdy Rathore
11 131
9 Jab Tak Hai Jaan
11 120.65
10 Ready
12  120
11 Don 2
13 106
12 Race 2
14 102*
13 Son Of Sardaar
16 105.03
14 Ghajini
16  114
15 Barfi!
17 120
16 Golmaal 3 17 107
17 Housefull 2
17 114
18 Singham 37 100
19 Bol Bachchan
45 102
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Top grosser of 2012 :
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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Bollywood 2012
 Box Office Positions

Movie

Lead Stars

Directors

India Nett Collection
in Crores

1

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Kabir Khan

198

2

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Arbaaz Khan

158.50

3

Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar, Nasser

Prabhu Deva

131

4

Agneepath

Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

Karan Malhotra

123

5

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh KhanKatrina KaifAnushka Sharma

Yash Chopra

120.65

6

Barfi!

Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Anurag Basu

120

7

Housefull 2

Akshay KumarJohn AbrahamMithun Chakraborty

Sajid Khan

114

8

Son Of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla

Ashwni Dhir

105.03

9

Bol Bachchan

Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan

Rohit Shetty

102

10

Talaash

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Reema Kagti

93

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Classification of Top grosser of 2012 :
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SUPER HITS :
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” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Student Of The Year ” , ” OMG Oh My God ! ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Raaz 3 ” , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Bol Bachchan ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Kahani ” & ” Agneepath “
HITS :
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” Talaash ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” 1920 Evil Returns ” , ” English Vinglish ” , ” Cocktail , ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Jannat 2 ” &  ” Paan Singh Tomar “
AVERAGE :
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” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” , ” Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 ” , ” Ferrari Ki Sawaari ” , ” Agent Vinod ” & ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu “
PLUS :
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” Khiladi 786 ” , ” Jism 2 ” , ” Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum ” & ” Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya “
So the final tally of hits in 2012 comes to 13 super hits , 8 hits , 5 average and 4 plus films .


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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2012
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2011 was definitely a cruel year for the Hindi film industry . In total 34 stalwarts left us for their final journey .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
2012 was equally harsh . In total 29 luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2012 . Except month of November , almost 2/3 people died every month . In just 2 years 33 stalwarts , who made indelible mark in the industry , left this world .
Actors :
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Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Taruni Sachdev , Gavin Packard , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti
Singer – Music Directors – Arrangers :
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Anthony Gonsalves , Anil Mohile , Ravi , Varsha Bhosle , Pandit Ravi Shankar
Producers – Directors :
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Darshan Sabharwal , Raj Kanwar , O. P. Dutta , Mona Kapoor , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra
Writers – Lyricists :
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Shahryar
Cinematographers :
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Ashok Mehta , Rajen Kothari , Bobby Singh
Art Directors :
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Ashish Lakhia
Editor :
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M. S. Shinde
Film Critic :
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Nikhat Kazmi , B. K. Karanjia
Theatre Personality :
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Dinesh Thakur

 

I deeply mourn the departed souls , who left us for their heavenly abode . I congratulate all the successful actors , producers and directors , who gave hits and super hits in 2012 . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  expresses happiness at the turn of events .

[ I have taken some of the facts & figures from http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude .]

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 15 , 2012           02.15  A.M.

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2011 ended on a mixed note .  A very disturbing trend emerged in 2011 . Revenue from theatres went down . Revenue from other sources like ; audio , video and satellite rights are accruing to the overall earning of a film and making it profitable . Subsidies from foreign countries are also very substantial .

As usual 2012 looks promising . Film historian and critic Bhawana Somaaya tweets :

Bhawana Somaaya
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2011 proved a lucrative year for cinema. 2012 has some more to look forward to. Abbas Mastan known for craft n suspense start with Players
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Top grosser of 2011 :
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Bodyguard ………………………………… 3.15
Ready ……………………………………….  2.80
Singham …………………………………….  2.40
Ra.One ………………………………………  2.30
The Dirty Picture …………………………  1.65
Yamla Pagla Deewana …………………..  1.35
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ………………..  1.25
Rockstar …………………………………….  1.20
Murder 2 ……………………………………  1.15
Delhi Belly ………………………………….  1.15
Double Dhamaal ………………………….  1.10
Desi Boyz …………………………………..  1.00
Haunted ……………………………………  0.80
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Classification of Top grosser of 2011 :
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AA – SUPER HIT : ” Bodyguard “
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A 1 – HIT : ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” The Dirty Picture “
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A – SEMI HIT : ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Ragini MMS “
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B B – OVERFLOW :Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl “
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B 1 / B B – COMMISSION EARNER TO OVERFLOW : ” Delhi Belli ” , ” Don 2 ” , ” Ra.One ” , ” Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge ” , ” Double Dhamaal “
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B 1 – COMMISSION EARNER :Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Haunted ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” Pyaar Ka Panchnama “
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B / B 1 – COVERAGE TO COMMISSION EARNER : ” Desi Boyz ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Yeh Saali Zindagi ” , ” Saheb Biwi Aur gangster ” , ” Stanley Ka Dibba ” , ” Damadamm “
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B – AVERAGE : ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Force ” , ” Dil To Baccha Hai Ji “
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So in 2011 total 229 films were released . And out of 229 film , only 38 films were money earners . Rest 191 were flops . Success ratio of the films released in 2011 is 17 % .  It means 83 % films were flop . This year’s 229 films are less in numbers than 250 films of 2010 . It is 21 less than last year .
According to trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh following is the ranking of stars in 2011 :
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – Aamir Khan , 2 – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 3  – @iamsrk  ,  4  – Ranbir  , 5  – @ajaydevgn  , 6  – @iHrithik  , 7  – @akshaykumar … contd.
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Emraan Hashmi  , 9  –  Saif  , 10  – Imran Khan  , 11 – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – John Abraham  , 13  – @juniorbachchan
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – @iamsrk  , 2  – Aamir Khan  , 3  – @iHrithik  , 4  – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 5  – Saif  , 6  – Ranbir  , 7  –  @akshaykumar … contd.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Imran Khan  , 9  – @ajaydevgn  , 10  – John Abraham  , 11  – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – @juniorbachchan  , 13  – Emraan Hashmi
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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2011
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So many luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2011 .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
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Highlights / Achievements of 2011
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1 – In 2011 Yash Raj Productions ‘ ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ” completed 850 weeks in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai .
2 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched a New Banner Y Films . It will cater to youth films .
3 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched another banner , Yash Raj Entertainment . It will cater to Hollywood films .
4 – In 2011 Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , London .
[ Some of the statistics of this blog are taken from ” Film Information ”  , a trade magazine . I express my gratitude . ]
[ I have quoted tweets of Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Mr. Taran Adarsh to illustrate my point of view . I am indebted . ]
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Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA              DECEMBER 05 , 2011            03.15 P.M.

This is the 31st edition of my Film Diary.

” Ra.One “ was released with fabulous response due to Deepavali and holiday period but could not sustain during week days and collections dropped menacingly. In overall reckoning , it collected more than 100 crore and after ” 3 Idiots ” , ” Bodyguard ” , ” Dabangg ” , ” Ready ” , ” Ghajini ” , ”  Golmaal 3 ” and ” Singham “ , is the 8th member of 100 crore club of films .

This month ” Rockstar “ also created history as the biggest solo Ranbir Kapoor grosser .

As usual , I am reproducing relevant tweets from the twitter – handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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LOOT is a poor fare which will fare poorly at the box-office. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/loot-review/
Komal Nahta
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 MILEY NAA MILEY HUM lacks the merits to work at the box-office. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/miley-naa-miley-hum-review/
Komal Nahta
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 RA.ONE recovers cost in week 1; but week 2 starts weak. Full report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-ra-one-recovers-cost-in-week-1-week-2-starts-weak/
Komal Nahta
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 ROCKSTAR will meet wd a mixed response. Given its high cost & lovely start,crossing d avg mark shdnt b a problem Review http://bit.ly/sDT139
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 ROCKSTAR opening day nett: Rs. 11cr, excellent! Full report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/ranbir-kapoor-s-rockstar-nets-rs-11-cr-on-friday/
Komal Nahta
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 ROCKSTAR nets Rs. 35 Cr over weekend. Report:koimoi.com/box-office/roc…
Komal Nahta
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Komal Nahta
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 SHAKAL PE MAT JA is a poor show from start to finish and will meet with a disastrous fate. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/shakal-pe-mat-ja
Komal Nahta
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 DESI BOYZ opens to mixed response at box-office. Report: koimoi.com/box-office/des…
Komal Nahta
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 DESI BOYZ nets Rs. 40 cr in week 1. Profits have already come in. Report: http://j.mp/v1KOTB
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 Update: ‘Loot’ was slightly better at some single screens [15% to 20%]. ‘Miley Naa Miley Hum’ was as low as 5% to 10%.
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 #RaOne: Had a rocking opening weekend [5 days; Wed to Sun], but started declining from Mon onwards. Fall was alarming from Tue onwards.
taran adarsh
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 #RaOne [Wknd 2] slided downwards at most centres, but Monday being a holiday will stand to benefit. Total so far: approx Rs 107 cr + nett
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 Top 5: #RaOne collects Rs 14 cr in Week 2, total Rs 112 cr nett http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/index.html
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 #RaOne – Eros has recovered costs and will make profits, but few distributors, who paid huge prices, may stand to lose a couple of crores.
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 100 cr Club: 3I 202 cr, Bodyguard 151 cr, Dabangg 145 cr, Ready 120 cr, Ghajini 115 cr, Ra.One-Hindi 112 cr, Golmaal3 108 cr, Singham 100 cr
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 Midweek: #Rockstar has Rs 34 cr nett opng weekend, fantasticbollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/ind…
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 #Rockstar – Business at single screens [of heartland] was strictly average. The Weekend 1 business stands at approx Rs 34 cr nett.
taran adarsh
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 Midweek: #Rockstar has Rs 34 cr nett opng weekend, fantastic http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/index.html
taran adarsh
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 #Rockstar – Despite dip in biz, Week 1 is an impressive Rs 50 cr nett. Plexes are exceptional, while single screens are ordinary to dull.
taran adarsh
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 #Rockstar *revised India figures* Week 1: Rs 48 cr nett. Week 2 – Fri 2 cr, Sat 2.75 cr, Sun 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 56.75 cr nett.
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 #Rockstar declined quite substantially in Week 2. Collected approx Rs 14 cr nett, taking the 10-day total to approx. Rs 62 cr nett.

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Obituary :

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K. K. Singh :

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A prolific story – screenplay writer of Hindi films , who has some biggest hits to his credits , died last month. But since the news came late , I am reporting about this in the November edition of my film diary .

K. K. Singh , who wrote ” Ram Teri Ganga Maili “ , biggest hit of Raj Kapoor‘s career , died on October 30 , 2011 in his sleep at his Chembur residence. He was 58 at the time of his death .

Apart from writing screenplay and dialogues , he once dabbled in direction also with Salman Khan starrer ” Veergati “ . The film bombed at box office and after this debacle , K. K. Singh lost it forever .

Bhupen Hazarika :

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Dr. Bhupen Hazarika belonged to Assam and initially composed music for Assamese films. He got many National Awards in the capacity of music director for his Assamese films .

But later on he gave music for various Hindi films , like ; ” Ek Pal ” [ 1986 ] , ” Rudaali ” [ 1993 ] , ” Darmiyan ” [ 1997 ] , ” Saaz ” [ 1998 ] , ” Gaj Gamini ” [ 2000 ] , ” Daman ” [ 2001 ] and ” Kyon ? ” [ 2003 ] .

Due to his enormous contribution to the music world , I have written a separate blog about him .

Subal Sarkar :

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Ace choreographer of Marathi films , who has done few Hindi films also , Subal Sarkar died on November 12 , 2011 at the age of 75 .

In his career , he choreographed songs of 350 Marathi and Hindi films .

His famous and well – known films are ; ” Pandu Hawaldar ” , ” Ram Ram Gangaram ” , ” Bot Laavin Tithe Gudgulya ” and ” Maherchi Saadi ” ,

He had won Maharashtra Government’s Best Choreographer Award 9 times .

Pratap Sharma :

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Actor , writer Pratap Sharma died on November 30 , 2011 in Mumbai at the age of 72 .

As an actor , he worked in few are important , like ; ” Phir Bhi ” , ” Andolan ”  , ” Tyag Patra ” , ” Pehla Kadam ” and ” Nehru – The Jewel of India ” .

He won National Award for ” Phir Bhi ” .

I used to go to his apartment to train his daughter Tara Sharma and met him couple of times .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November 04

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1 – Loot …………………………………………………………………Kim Sharma

2 – Miley Naa Miley Hum ………………………………………….x

3 – Tension Doooor …………………………………………………x

4 – Lady Dabangg Aaj Bbhi …………………………………………Anusha Jain

Second Week – November 11

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1 – Rockstar …………………………………………………………… Ranbir Kapoor

Third Week – November 18

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1 – Shakal Pe Mat Ja ………………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

2 – Ye Stupid Pyar ……………………………………………………x

3 – Who Is There Kaun Hai Wahan ……………………………….x

4 – Cutting Chai ………………………………………………………..x

Fourth Week – November 25

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1 – Desi Boyz …………………………………………………………… John Abraham

In total ……………… 10 ……………. films got released this month . Out of these ………………… 10 ……………. films , ………… 05 …………. films have ………………… 05 …………. artistes , who were trained by me . Hrishitaa Bhatt , along with acting in ” Shakal Pe Mat Ja ” , is also the producer of this film .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Atishri Sarkar is essaying lead character in ” Muawaza “ on D. D .

2 – Tara Sharma is hosting a show ” The Tara Sharma Show  – Ek Nayi Ma Ka Safar “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Tarun Khann is playing an important part in ” Shobha Somnath Ki “ on Zee TV .

4 – Arjun Rampal is hosting a show ” Love U Hate U “ on Star World .

These ……………. 04 …………… artistes trained by me are working in the above mentioned serials . Out of these ……………… 02 …………….Tara Sharma and Arjun Rampal are hosting the shows .

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You Too Left Us Bhupen Da ……. !!!


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA          NOVEMBER  09, 2011           03 .45 P.M.

Today in the morning Bhupen Da’s mortal remains were consigned to flames . I was watching live telecast of Bhupen Hazarika’s cremation from Guwahati , I was choked with emotions . When his footprints were taken and were shown to grieving millions , I too , sitting in the hall of my apartment , paid my obeisance . Bard of North – East is gone . Ballade singer of mighty Brahmaputra is silenced forever . The greatest icon of Assam is no longer with us .

Guwahati was supposed to bid farewell to Bhupen Hazarika on Tuesday . But his funeral was differed by one more day , so that unending stream of people  could pay respect to the departed icon . More than 1 million turned to the Judges Field , where his body was kept in glass casket , to pay respect . There were three km. long serpentine queues of grieving people , willing to stand for hours , for the last darshan of the most famous Indian of Assam . Shops and other business establishments were closed as mark of respect for Bhupen Da . Since buses and other modes of transport were not plying on roads of Guwahati  ,  people walked several km. to reach Judges Field for the last glimpse of Bhupen Da .

All the roads of Guwahati were full of grieving people since Monday morning. His hearse took seven hours to cover 30 km . distance before it could reach his ancestral home from Guwahati airport .

Bhupen Da died on November 05 , 2011 , at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital , Mumbai due to Pneumonia and multiple organ failure. He was 85 years old at the time of his death . His mortal remains were flown to Guwahati on Monday and cremation took place today . Government of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have declared State mourning and closure of offices for the day . Assam government decided to cremate him with full state honours .

Born on September 08 , 1926 in Sadiya , Assam ,  Bhupen Da sang his first song , ”  BISHVO BIJOY NOJAWAN …………..  ” in Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s film ” Indramalati ” , at the age of 12 in 1939 . He also acted in the film and thus made his debut as a child actor at the age of 12 years .

After completing his intermediate from Cotton College , Assam in 1942 , he went to Benaras Hindu University for Graduation and Post – Graduation . In 1949 , he moved to New York for his PhD and got his degree in 1952 .

While in New York , Bhupen Da became close friends with Afro – American singer and civil rights activist Paul Robesan . Bhupen Da was greatly influenced by Black Pride movement of Robeson and Robeson’s song ” Ole Man River ” made lasting impression on him . And years later Bhupen Da created his own ode to river Ganga ; ” BISTIRNO PARORE ”  in Assamese and ” O GANGA BEHTI HO KYON ”  in Hindi .

In 1956 Bhupen Da moved to Mumbai to work in IPTA [ Indian Peoples’ Theatre Association ] and worked with Balraj Sahni and other Communist comrades.

He produced , directed , gave music and sung for numerous Assamese films like ;Era Bator Sur ” [ 1956 ] , ” Mahut Bandhu Re ” [ 1958 ] , ” Shakuntala ” [ 1960 ] , ” Pratishwani ” [ 1964 ] , ” Ka Swariti ” [ 1964 ] , ” Loti Ghoti ” [ 1967 ] , and ” Chick Mick Bijuli ” [ 1971 ] . For ” Shakuntala ” , ” Pratidhwani ” and ” Lotighoti ” , he won National Award also for music .

He directed a colour Documentary, ” For Whom The Sun Shines ” [ 1974 ] on Tribal Folk Music and Dance of Arunachal Pradesh . He also produced , directed and composed music for ” Mera Dharam Meri Maa ” [ 1977 ] , first Hindi colour feature film of Arunachal Pradesh .

He produced and composed music for critically acclaimed Hindi feature film ;  ” Ek Pal ” [ 1986 ] ,  Later on he composed music for films like ; ” Rudali ” [ 1993 ] , ” Darmiyan ” [ 1997 ] , ” Saaz ” [ 1998 ] , ” Gaja Gamini ” [ 2000 ]  , ” Daman ” [ 2001 ] and ” Kyon ” [ 2003 ] .

During his earlier years , he edited two magazines in Assamese ; ” Amar Pratinidhi ” and  ”  Pratidhwani  ”  .

He was member of Legislative Council of Assam [ MLC ] from 1967 to 1972 and President of Sangeet Natak Academy from 1999 to 2004. He even contested Lok Sabha election on BJP ticket in 2004 .

He got Padma Shree in 1977 , Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1993 , Padma Bhushan in 2003 and Asom Ratna in 2009 .He was awarded Muktijoddha Padak , Highest Civilian Award of Bangladesh , posthumously in 2011 .

His last song was for the film ” Gandhi To Hitler ” [ 2011 ]  , where he sang ” Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye …… ” .

I am extremely fortunate that I met him once . In early 90s , I went to meet Ms. Kalpana Lajmi for some work in her under – production film . There I saw a man , who was looking very similar to Bhupen Da . I said , ” Sir , aap Bhupen Da jaise dikhte hain . ” To my utter shock and amazement that man smiled and said , ” Beta , Main Bhupen Da hi hoon . ” He kept on smiling and looked at me very tenderly . I was petrified . I stood up immediately and prostrated in front of him and touched his feet . I apologized profusely . He simply said , ” koi baat nahin . ”  Any other person in his place would have felt offended . But Bhupen Da was kindness personified . I consider myself fortunate that I got his blessings .

He wrote and sang more than 1000 songs . Of all his songs , I like ” SAMAY O DHEERE CHALO … DOOB GAYI RAH KEE NAO …. DOOR HAI PEE KA GAON ” ,  ” DIL HUM HUM KARE ……… ” , ” DOLA RE DOLA ……. ” , ” MANUSH MANUSHER JANYE ….. ” , ” AAMI EK JAJABOR …… ”  and his immortal ode to river Ganga ” O GANGA BEHTI HO KYON ……… ” and its Bengali and Assamese versions ” BISTEERNO DUPARE ……. ” .

You have to listen to his Immortal ode to Ganga to know the impact it created throughout Assam and entire North East region . I am giving below the lyrics :

विस्तार है अपार, प्रजा दोनो पार, करे हाहाकार, निःशब्द सदा, ओ गंगा तुम, ओ गंगा तुम          ओ गंगा… बहती हो क्यूँ ..

  • नैतिकता नष्ट हुई, मानवता भ्रष्ट हुई, निर्लज्ज भाव से बहती हो क्यूँ. . . .

    इतिहास की पुकार, करे हुंकार, ओ गंगा की धार, निर्बल जन को सबल संग्रामी, समग्रगामी. . बनाती नही हो क्यूँ. . . .

    विस्तार है अपार, प्रजा दोनो पार, करे हाहाकार, निःशब्द सदा, ओ गंगा तुम, ओ गंगा तुम. .. ओ गंगा… बहती हो क्यूँ . ..

  • अनपढ़ जन अक्षरहीन अनगिन जन खाद्यविहीन निद्रवीन देख मौन हो क्यूँ ?

    व्यक्ति रहित व्यक्ति केन्द्रित सकल समाज व्यक्तित्व रहित निष्प्राण समाज को छोडती न क्यूँ ?

    रुतस्विनी क्यूँ न रही ? तुम निश्चय चितन नहीं प्राणों में प्रेरणा प्रेरती न क्यूँ ?

    उन्मद अवनी कुरुक्षेत्र बनी गंगे जननी नव भारत में भीष्म रूपी सूत समरजयी जनती नहीं

  • Bhupen Hazarika
  • Much is said about his leftist leanings . If a person is writing odes to Mother Ganga and bemoaning about fate of current India and clamours for the rebirth of a warrior like Bhishma Pitamah , can he be called a leftist ? Bhupen Da was a true nationalist and Communists simply tried to appropriate his legacy but failed . During Chinese attack on India in 1962 , he sang KATO JAWANOR MRITYU HOL …… ( so many soldiers have died ) and bemoaned about shatrur poshuttwo ( barbarity of enemy ) . Can he be called a communist ? No way !
  • Even ULFA [ United Liberation Front of Asom ] tried to appropriate him . Bhupen Da sang during Quit India movement ” AGNIJUGOR FIRINGOTI MOI……… ” ( I am a spark in the age of fire … ) . and later on SURYODAY JODI LAKKHYA  AMAR , SURYASTOR PINEY DHABOMAN KIYO ……… ( if sunrise is what we seek , then why are we reacting towards sunset ) . Can he be called ULFA sympathiser because rising sun is ULFA symbol ? Then , rising sun is the symbol of Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam also . Does it mean that Bhupen Da was a DMK sympathiser or card – holder ? Utter nonsense .

  • In June my wife was admitted in ICU of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Bhupen Da was in the adjacent room. That was the last I saw him .

Farewell Bhupen Da ! Your mortal remains are gone but through your songs and music , you shall always be with us . There shall never be another Bhpen Hazarika ever .

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