My Association With ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 16 , 2013           01.55 A.M.

” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ got released in the last week of May 2013 and it took the nation by storm . It was , though , expected to do good business at the box office but success of this gigantic proportion was not expected .

It collected 62.11 crore in the opening weekend itself . It went on to collect 100 crore in the first week of its release and now it is the 2nd fastest 100 crore earner till date . Its overseas weekend collection stands at 22.10 crore . It is Ranbir Kapoor‘s biggest opener in overseas . It is the biggest opener of 2013 till date .

It is the 3rd biggest all-time grosser in the history of Hindi cinema .

Top 3 grossers in India: #3Idiots – 202 cr, #EkThaTiger – 199 cr, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – 155.28 cr [still counting].

Because of the humongous success of ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ , Ranbir Kapoor has become the biggest star in overseas after 3 Khans ; Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Aamir Khan .

I have every reason to celebrate this success . My name appears in the titles of the film .  I am billed as Diction Coach . My elder son Abhinav Chaturvedi’s name is also there in the credits .

I spent almost a month in Manali with the unit . Ranbir Kapoor is my old student . During this period I worked extensively with Kalki Koechlin and briefly with some others stars .

With Ranbir Kapoor before " Saawariya "

With Ranbir Kapoor before ” Saawariya “

Kalki Koechlin in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Kalki Koechlin in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”

It has become the norm for acting trainers to revel in fake successes . Revellers beg their friends to promote their film on social networking sites so that they get more shows . And in spite of the limited shows , they brag about its so-called stupendous success . If a film collecting a paltry 50 Lakh is cause to revel for revellers , then I should be ecstatic  because ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ is the 3rd highest grosser of all time . At the time of writing of this blog it has garnered 155.28 crore and it is still going strong .

To present its step by step and day-to-day success , I am re-producing some relevent tweets from the twitter-handle of Shri Taran Adarsh , one of the most respected film journalist of our country . It is for the sceptics , who love to blow their cacophonous trumpets :

  1. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr, Tue 12 cr, Wed *est* 11 cr. Total: 98.11 cr. Nears 100 cr mark!

  2. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd NZ$ 80,648, Mon NZ$ 25,535, Tue NZ$ 16,256, Wed NZ$ 5,415. Total: NZ$ 127,854 [Rs 57.71 lacs]. Super

  3. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd A$ 268,224, Mon A$ 38,125, Tue A$ 54,276, Wed A$ 21,459. Total: A$ 382,084 [Rs 2.06 cr]. Wonderful!

  4. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd £ 408,491, Mon £ 42,015, Tue £ 57,321, Wed £ 70,971. Total: £ 578,798 [Rs 5.08 cr]. Excellent!

  5. So #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani will achieve its target of 100 cr today [Thu]. Before Week 1 comes to a close… Super!

  6. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wednesday *early estimates* seem like 10 cr +. Wait-n-watch!

  7. At the rate it is faring, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should touch 100 cr mark by Thu noon. Before Week 1 comes to a close!

  8. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr, Tue 12 cr. Total: 87.11 cr. MONSTROUS HIT!

  9. Incidentally, #HumTum [2004], #BuntyAurBabli [2005] and #Fanaa [2006] were also released in the last week of May.

  10. Last week of May/first week of June – Here’s yet another week producers can eye while planning the release of their film/s. Think about it!

  11. There’s something about this week. 4 June 2010 – #Raajneeti, 3 June 2011 – #Ready, 1 June 2012 – #RowdyRathore, 31 May 2013 – #YJHD

  12. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd NZ$ 80,648, Mon NZ$ 25,535, Tue NZ$ 16,256. Total: NZ$ 122,439 [Rs 55.54 lacs]. Fantastic!

  13. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd A$ 268,224, Mon A$ 38,125, Tue A$ 54,276. Total: A$ 360,625 [Rs 1.96 cr]. Terrific!

  14. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Wknd £ 408,491, Mon £ 42,015, Tue £ 57,355. Total: £ 507,861 [Rs 4.39 cr]. Superb!

  15. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Tuesday trends indicate 11.5 cr. Humungous. Wait-n-watch!

  16. At the rate it is faring, don’t be surprised if #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani touches 100 cr mark in Week 1 itself. BLOCKBUSTER.

  17. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is rewriting the rules of the game. A double digit [13 cr] Monday? Most biggies don’t reach that number on Sunday…

  18. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani passes Monday test with distinction marks. Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr, Mon 13 cr. Total: 75.11 cr.

  19. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Overseas *weekend total* stands at approx. $ 3.9 million [Rs 22.10 crores].

  20. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is super-strong on Monday. Early trends indicate 9.5 cr to 11 cr, taking 4-day total to 70 cr+. Wait-n-watch!

  21. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani collected Rs 62.11 cr nett in opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr, Sun 22.5 cr. Outstanding!

  22. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – New Zealand: Collected NZ$ 80,648 [Rs. 36.33 lacs] on 10 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 5 position.

  23. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – Australia: Collected A$ 267,920 [Rs. 1.46 crores] on 17 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 5 position.

  24. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – UAE & GCC: Collected AED 3,000,000 [Rs. 4.61 crores]… Note:- Thu to Sat figures. Sun data yet to be updated.

  25. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – USA & Canada: Collected $ 1,651,000 [Rs. 9.33 crores] on 162 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 9 position.

  26. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani – UK: Collected £ 405,784 [Rs. 3.49 crores] on 88 screens in opening weekend… Debuts at No. 8 position.

  27. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has also emerged Ranbir and Deepika’s biggest opener in Overseas, overtaking #Barfi [Ranbir] by a good margin.

  28. OVERSEAS: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has emerged the year’s biggest opener [so far], crossing #Race2 in key markets.

  29. EXCLUSIVE OVERSEAS DATA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is a smash hit. Xclusive *weekend data* of UK, USA, UAE, Aus & NZ …

  30. Oh yes, it’s a 60 cr+ opening weekend for #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani. Data being compiled…

  31. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has a superb Sunday. Much better than Fri and Sat. Data pouring in, but trends indicate 23 or 24 cr. Wait-n-watch!

  32. #YJHD Fri-Sat: USA-Canada $ 1.1 million, UAE AED 3 million, UK £ 280,000, Aus $ 180,000. Overseas total: $ 2.6 million [Rs 14.71 cr].

  33. #YJHD Fri-Sat Overseas total: $ 2.6 million [Rs 14.71 cr].

  34. #YJHD crosses $ 1 million mark in USA. Sat $ 607,000. Total: $ 1.07 million. Debuts at No 9 at USA BO. OUTSTANDING!

  35. Looking at Sun trends, a 60 cr + weekend is on the cards for #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani. Week 1 may close at 80 cr+, if the momentum continues!

  36. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Sunday trends: Seems bigger and better than Friday and Saturday!

  37. At the rate it’s faring, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani will cross $ 1 million mark in USA-Canada by Sunday noon itself.

  38. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri NZ$ 20,028, Sat NZ$ 25,845. Total: NZ$ 45,873 [Rs 20.60 lacs]. SUPER… #Race2 [wknd] was NZ$ 71,341.

  39. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri A$ 69,501, Sat A$ 104,632. Total: A$ 174,133 [Rs 94.15 lacs]. EXCELLENT… #Race2 [wknd] was A$ 183,750.

  40. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri £ 118,150, Sat £ 160,468. Total: £ 278,618 [Rs 2.39 cr]. SUPERB… #Race2 [wknd] was £ 356,258.

  41. INDIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri 19.45 cr, Sat 20.16 cr. Total: Rs 39.61 cr. FANTABULOUS… #Race2 [wknd] was Rs 51.35 cr.

  42. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is all set to emerge the BIGGEST *wknd opener* of 2013 in India & Overseas, overtaking #Race2 by a margin…

  43. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani data being compiled, but Saturday biz looks in the same range as Friday. Could be 19 cr, 20 cr or more. Wait-n-watch!

  44. YJHD Overseas gross US $ 1.4mn. USA $400k. UAE 2.1mn Dirhams. UK £120k. AUS $70k. Balance ROW. Extraordinary.

  45. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani USA-Canada Fri $ 334,678 from 119 locations. 43 locations yet to report. MIND-BOGGLING!

  46. Now this is a super start! #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani USA-Canada data still pouring in, but the film opens at No 9 position. Fabulous!… contd.

  47. NEW ZEALAND: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri NZ$ 20,028 … #Barfi NZ$ 22,815 [wknd], #Rockstar NZ$ 21,547 [wknd].

  48. AUSTRALIA: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri A$ 69,501 … #Barfi A$ 138,257 [wknd], #Rockstar A$ 99,676 [wknd].

  49. UK: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani Fri £ 118,159 … #Barfi £ 229,783 [wknd], #Rockstar £ 184,592.

  50. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is on a record-shattering spree in India and Overseas. Here are the figures…

  51. Those asking, #Dabangg2 holds the record of No 1 *non-holiday* opener. Will #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani emerge the biggest opener? Wait-n-watch!

  52. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes not just India, but Overseas markets by storm. Is all set to beat #Barfi and #Rockstar by a big margin!

  53. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani data being compiled. Like I said earlier, Ranbir’s BIGGEST opener. Will be 2013’s biggest opener too [so far]!

  54. In Overseas, Ranbir Kapoor is right next to the 3 Khans: SRK, Salman, Aamir. #Barfi and now #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani have cemented his status!

  55. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani UAE *revised* Thu AED 900,000 … #Barfi Thu was AED 600,000 and #Rockstar Thu was AED 500,000.

  56. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani *initial trends* suggest 18 cr Friday. Humungous opening!

  57. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani takes a Blockbuster start in UAE. Thu AED 800,000. #Barfi Thu was AED 450,000.

  58. As per trends, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani should be Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest opener – Day 1, opening weekend and Week 1.

  59. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani opens to a Fantabulous start. Huge opening!

  60. Looking at the craze and screen count of #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani, the film should have a record-breaking start across India on Friday!

  61. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani review: A wonderful cinematic experience. Watch this celebration of love and get mesmerized! …

  62. Ranbir and UTV = Lucky combo. #WakeUpSid, #Raajneeti and #Barfi, all Ranbir-UTV films, have been Hits. Will they strike gold with #YJHD?

As an acting trainer / acting tutor I am happy with the accomplishment . This time though I am writing about my association with ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ but I am fortunate enough to have associated with all the 3 all time biggest hits of Hindi cinema . ” 3 Idiots “ has Kareena Kapoor , ” Ek Tha Tiger “ has Katrina Kaif and now ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ has Ranbir Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin . All four are my students .

Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-appointed most famous acting institute of India and self-anointed most famous acting academy of bollywood , along with some revellers have only a 50 Lakh grossing film to brag about .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate the cast and crew of ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to congratulate them for this stupendous success .

It was a nice experience to be associated with the biggest hit of 2013 and the 3rd biggest hit of all time .

[ I have quoted tweets of Shri Taran Adarsh from his twitter handle . I express my gratitude . ]



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 :

taran_adarsh 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.
taran_adarsh Overseas B.O.: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ gets Thumbs Up in U.S.A., U.K., Australia, Gulf, Pakistan

taran_adarsh Monday update: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-steady, despite Bharat Bandh

taran_adarsh Overseas B.O.: ‘Milenge Milenge’, ‘Red Alert’ are dull

taran_adarsh B.O. Update: ‘Inception’ fetches better & bigger start than Bollywood releases

taran_adarsh Midweek B.O.: ‘Inception’ leads, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ & ‘Udaan’ pick up, ‘Lamhaa’ fails

taran_adarsh Week 1 nett figures: ‘Inception’ 9.6 cr, ‘Lamhaa’ 8.5 cr, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ 5.61 cr, ‘Udaan’ 2.5 cr


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


‘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.


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

taran_adarsh ‘Khatta Meetha’ is Akshay Kumar’s lowest opener in U.K., U.S.A.

taran_adarsh Domestic B.O.: Not Khatta, not Meetha, just Pheeka

taran_adarsh Top 5: ‘Khatta Meetha’ Week 1 Rs. 32 cr. nett, slided heavily on weekdays

taran_adarsh B.O. Update: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts slow, picks up, reports terrific


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 :


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 :


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


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


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


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.


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


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 :

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.

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 !




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