A Moment for Malala Yousafzai


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 15 , 2012           00.50 A.M.

I know some Acting Trainers of Mumbai or Acting Trainers of India must be puzzled to hear the name of Malala Yousafzai . They are totally oblivious of her existence . Almost all the owners of Acting Schools of India only think about the next batch and their constant thought is centered around the number of new admissions . Barring a microscopic minority , no Bollywood Acting Trainer thinks about the country or spares a moment to ponder about our neighbouring countries .

According to me this is unholy . One may be the owner of the Most Famous Acting School of Mumbai , but he or she can’t be oblivious of the happenings of the world .  But it depends on the individual . Morons are in majority .

I think that whether I would be able to form my next batch or not , whether I am called an Acting Tutor , who is unworthy of becoming an Acting Trainer , whether Vidur’s Kreating Charakter is successful or failure , it is my pious duty to follow the happenings of my country and the world and to spare some moment for these things .

So naturally I was aghast by the dastardly act of shooting a 14-year-old girl Malala Yousafzai by the Talibans . To make my readers aware of the incident , I am posting tweets of  Iranian activist Saloumeh Z :

Malala, 14 year old shot by a Taliban coward, has been speaking out on behalf of girls banned from education by Taliban.

A Taliban coward sneaked into Malala’s schoolbus and shot her in front of other children for calling for girls’ rights.

Malala’s crime? She called for Pakistani girls to have the right to go to school. #TalibanCoward

Photos of Malala, ninth grade Pakistani student shot by Taliban coward http://ow.ly/i/10A7G  http://ow.ly/i/10A7T 

Taliban claim credit for their Satanic act of violence against Malala. They are proud of their evil.

@gr8ofq8 Malala is a 14 year old girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Taliban means the student . And it is bizarre that students of Islamic studies are trying to prevent girls from getting educated . Malala Yousafzai is a 14 years old activist for the education of girls of Pakistan . She is a blogger also . She is running a campaign for the education of girl child in the Swat valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan .

English: Map showing the location of Swat Dist...

Map showing the location of Swat District (highlighted in yellow) within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Montage of various Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

Montage of various Khyber Pakhtunkhwa images. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan on July 12 , 1997 , she is a ninth grade student . 3 years back , Malala came into prominence when she blogged about promoting education for girl child in Swat Valley . She never hesitated to make her views public against the Talibans , who had banned girl education in Swat Valley after taking full control of the district .

For her activities she won International Children’s Peace Prize also .

She was shot in the head by a Taliban activist , while she was returning from the school by bus . Since then she is lying unconscious in a hospital in Peshawar and her condition is still critical .

Undaunted , Chief Spokesperson of Taliban , Ehsanullah Khan took the responsibility for this dastardly act . He has gumption to say that if she survives , they will shoot her again . Flag of Taliban bears the Islamic Aayat , ” La Ilah illallah , Mohammadurasoolillah ” [ There is one Allah and Mohammad is his prophet . ] But they , apart from this apparent slogan , don’t follow any tenets of Islam .

Flag of Taliban

Flag of Taliban (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map showing areas and presence of the...

Map showing areas and presence of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World rose in disgust against this heinous crime . World leaders condemned the barbaric act . intelligentsia is indignant . Girls of Pakistan are openly proclaiming support for Malala Yousafzai . Thinking people of India are unanimously condemning this heinous crime .

Though I am insignificant spec in the scheme of the things , I am also voicing my protest . I unequivocally condemn Talibans and their religious bigotry . In our busy life let us spare a moment for this brave 14-year-old girl , who is fighting for her life for no fault of her own .

May ALL MERCIFUL , ALL BENEVOLENT bless you my child !








70 Years of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 14 , 2012           00.45 A.M.

Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on October 11 , 2012 . I am following the news since 2 / 3 days and it seems to be a never-ending saga . On that day almost all the luminaries attended his birthday bash at Film City , Mumbai . It became a national , rather international news .

English: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I have stated in my earlier blog , which I wrote when he completed 40 years in the Hindi Film Industry , I was not his fan initially. But gradually when I grew and when I started understanding cinema , I started appreciating his work more .

I must admit here that I am yet to watch ” Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , his first film . His first film , which I watched was ” Anand ” [ 1971 ] . A Dilip Kumar fan , who was getting used to Rajesh Khanna , any liking for Amitabh Bachchan was not possible . Though I must admit here that he was very good in that film . Then I watched ” Reshma Aur Shera ” [ 1971 ] . He was definitely very good in that film also . But the era belonged to Rajesh Khanna .

Then I watched ” Ek Nazar ” [ 1972 ] . Sitting in a cinema hall of Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , I was not impressed or mesmerized by his persona on the screen . I vividly remember some adverse or inimical comments made by public . I was startled because I was watching the film in Allahabad and it being his home town , I was expecting some favourable cheering . But he was being booed . ” Bansi Birju ” [ 1972 ] was another debacle . ” Raste Ka Patthar ” [ 1972 ] , ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and ” Bandhe Haath ” [ 1973 ] couldn’t make matter easier for Mr. Bachchan .

Though things started getting changed in 1973 . ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] got released and things changed for Mr. Bachchan . ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] fortified his position . From 1973 onwards Rajesh Khanna’s historical debacle started and stupendous ascendency of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan began . ” Deewar ” [1975 ] and ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] came in quick succession and juggernaut of Amitabh Bachchan became unstoppable . So from ” Zanjeer ” [1973 ] to ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] and ” Department ” [ 2012 ] , it was and it is Amitabh Bachchan tsunami .

After ” Khuda Gawah ” [ 1992 ] he took sabbatical . It was self – imposed semi retirement . He did few film after 5 years but old spark was missing . He again got his lost empire back with ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] and from 2000 to 2012 he is again numero uno .

2000 is very important year for him because apart from ” Mohabbatein “ , he decided to host ” Kaun Banega Crorepati “ on television . And after that he never looked back till today.

I have tried to chronicle his journey as an actor because he almost forced me to like and appreciate him . I am a self-confessed Dilip Kumar fan . Later on I started liking Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor . My liking and appreciation for Amitabh Bachchan was slow . But now it is complete . Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor are gone . Dilip Kumar doesn’t work anymore . ” Qila ” [ 1998 ] was his last appearance on screen . So naturally Amitabh Bachchan is the only icon , only actor of relevance available .

As Acting Trainer of Mumbai , I need to give example to my students and films of Amitabh Bachchan are my reference point . Almost all the Acting Trainers of India give reference from his films . All the Acting Schools of Mumbai or Bollywood Acting Schools have his photos prominently placed in their premises .

I am lucky that I have chance to bump into him several times . I first saw him at the music release function of  K. C. Bokadia’s film ” Pyar Zindagi Hai ” [ 2001 ] . It starred my students Vikas Kalantri and Ashima Bhalla . This film is also noted because it was K. C. Bokadia’s 50th film . Mr. Bachchan came for the music release function at The Club and I got chance to see him .

I admire him as a man , as an actor and as a public figure . I have got inspired by him and started dabbling in internet . He also inspired me to write blog . So in a way , this blog is my tribute to him .

Wish you a very long life Mr. Bachchan !








The 100 Crore Club of Hindi Films

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 06, 2012           01.40 A.M.

All the Acting Trainers of Mumbai want successful students . Its natural . Some Acting Trainers of India even make false claims about their student actors to show the world that they are very successful . Its deceit . Almost all Bollywood Acting Trainers have lists of their students , who are now very much successful in Hindi film industry . Some are genuine , some are fake .

In fact all the Film Institutes of Mumbai dish out list of their students , whose films are there in the 100 Crore Club . In olden days Silver Jubilee , Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee used to be the hallmark of a successful films . But now 100 Crore earning films are considered successful .

Till date only 15 films have earned 100 Crore or more . I am reproducing the list of films of all the 15 films of 100 Crore Club from Wikipedia .

The Bollywood 100 Crore Club
Year Film No. of Days Net Gross
2008 Ghajini 18 INR115 crore (US$21.74 million)
2009 3 Idiots 9 INR202 crore (US$38.18 million)
2010 Dabangg 10 INR140 crore (US$26.46 million)
2010 Golmaal 3 17 INR108 crore (US$20.41 million)
2011 Ready 14 INR121 crore (US$22.87 million)
2011 Singham 37 INR100 crore (US$18.9 million)
2011 Bodyguard 7 INR141 crore (US$26.65 million)
2011 Ra.One 11 INR115 crore (US$21.74 million)
2011 Don 2 16 INR115 crore (US$21.74 million)
2012 Agneepath 11 INR120 crore (US$22.68 million)
2012 Housefull 2 17 INR112 crore (US$21.17 million)
2012 Rowdy Rathore 10 INR131.56 crore (US$24.86 million)
2012 Bol Bachchan 20 INR106 crore (US$20.03 million)
2012 Ek Tha Tiger 6 INR186 crore (US$35.15 million)
2012 Barfi! 19 INR100 crore (US$18.9 million)

Out of these 15 films , there are 10 films which have my students are protagonists [ male and female both ] and antagonists . When I go through the list , I feel satisfied that as an Acting Trainer , I have 18 students of mine whose films are there in the 100 Crore Club . I am not blowing my own trumpet but no Bollywood Acting Trainer has such a long list .

I am giving the name of the artistes , who are my students  :

1 – KAREENA KAPOOR  : “3 Idiots”, “Golmaal 3”, “Bodyguard”, “Ra.One”

2 – PRIYANKA CHOPRA : “Don 2” , “Agneepath” & “Barfi”

3 – ARBAAZ KHAN : ” Dabangg “

4 – SONU SOOD : ” Dabangg “

5 – HAZEL KEECH : ” Bodyguard “

6 – ARJUN RAMPAL : ” Ra.One “

7 – KUNAL KAPOOR : ” Don 2 “

8 – HRITIK ROSHAN : ” Agneepath “

9 – SAJID KHAN : ” Housefull 2 ” [ As Director ]

10 – JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ : ” Housefull 2 “

11 – SHAZAHN PADAMSEE : ” Housefull 2 “

12 – KATRINA KAIF : ” Ek Tha Tiger “

13 – RANBIR KAPOOR : ” Barfi “

Out of these 13 students , Kareena Kapoor tops the list with 4 films . She is followed by Priyanka Chopra with 3 films . Rest 11 have 1 film each in their kitty. Out of these 13 students , 12 are actors and 1 Sajid Khan is the director of ” Housefull 2 ” .

Kareena Kapoor was the first to enter in this illustrious club and Ranbir Kapoor is the latest . Both are my student and they both belong to Kapoor family , the first family of Hindi Film industry .

As an Acting Trainer of Bollywood , who runs a Famous Acting Class in Mumbai , known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , it is a very satisfying journey indeed .

Any Acting Trainer of India can do anything to have such a list .









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