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 !

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2012           00.50 A.M.

Month of May ended without too many big or important films . Out of all the 11 films , which were released in May , only 2 could be called hits .Jannat 2 of Mahesh Bhatt and ” Ishaqzaade “ of Yash Raj Films are the sole exceptions .

” Ishaqzaade “ is released byYash Raj Films . It also marks the debut of Arjun Kapoor , son of Bony Kapoor and Late Mona Kapoor .

As usual , re – posting some of the relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

Tweets

#Jannat2 starts with a bang, Friday trends looks at Rs 9 cr + nett, 3rd biggest opener after #Agneepath & #Housefull2 http://bit.ly/Jwcl35

#DangerousIshhq movie review: No patch on Vikram Bhatt’s earlier achievements. Epic disappointment! http://bit.ly/JGo1T3

#Jannat2 collects Rs 35.55 cr in Week 1 … #VickyDonor 3-week total Rs 32 cr http://bit.ly/IHTBQ3

#VickyDonor added another Rs 6.5 cr nett to its total, taking the 3-week total to Rs 32 cr nett. Super Hit.

Update: #Ishaqzaade starts very well, one of the best starts of 2012 … #DangerousIshhq unexciting http://bit.ly/J2NlXU

#Ishaqzaade *actuals* Fri 4.54 cr, Sat 5.15 cr, Sun 6.22 cr, Mon 2.77 cr, Tue 2.64 cr. Total Rs 21.32 cr nett. Excellent.

#Ishaqzaade Wknd 2: Fri 1.77 Cr, Sat 2.40 Cr, Sun 3.21 Cr, Mon 1.43 Cr. Total: 8.81 Cr. Grand total: Rs 34.54 Cr nett. Fantastic.

#Ishaqzaade collected Rs 4.34 cr in Wknd 3, taking the total to Rs 42.52 cr nett. Fri 1.08 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 1.75 cr. Super Hit.

Jannat 2 off to a fantastic start.Poised to be a big hit.Emraan, Randeep, Kunal, Pritam, Bhatt brothers, Fox, Shagufta, Masoom deserve kudos

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Obituary :

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Taruni Sachdev :

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A lovely child artiste and child model of repute , Taruni Sachdev died on May 14 , 2012 in a plane crash in Nepal . She was only 14 years old at the time of her death .

Her most famous commercial was Rasna campaign with tag – line ” I Love You Rasna ” . Colgate , ICICI Bank , Reliance Mobile , LG , Saffola and Kesar Badam Milk are her other big and successful commercials . She was the highest paid child model with more than 50 commercials to her credit .

Her filmography includes 2 super hit Hindi films  : ” Koi Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] and ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] , 2 Malayalam films ” Vellinakshatram ” [ 2004 ] and ” Sathyam “ [ 2004 ] and 1 Tamil film ” Vetriselvan ” [ 2012 ] .

Gavin Packard :

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A British by birth and an Indian because of his connection with the Hindi film industry , Gavin Packard died on May 18 , 2012 in Vasai , Mumbai . He died at the age of 48 because of respiratory disorder .

He worked in many Hindi block – busters like ;  ” Tridev ” [ 1989 ] , ” Sadak ” [ 1991 ] , ” Mohra ” [ 1994 ]  and ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] .

He is considered a pioneer in body – building and trained and initiated many stars into body – building .  Sanjay Dutt is one of them .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 04

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1 – Jannat 2 …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Fatso ……………………………………………….. x

Second Week – May 11

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1 – Ishaqzaade ………………………………………… Arjun Kapoor

…………………………………………………………….. Ashish Singh

2 – Dangerous Ishq …………………………………… Rajniesh Duggall

…………………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………….. Aarya Babbar

Third Week – May 18

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1 – Department …………………………………………. x

2 – Mr. Bhatti On Chutti ………………………………. x

Fourth Week  – May 25

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1 – Chutki Bajaa Ke …………………………………….. x

2 – Love Recipe …………………………………………. x

3 – MLA …………………………………………………… x

4 – Rakhtbeej …………………………………………….. x

5 – Yeh Khula Aasmaan ………………………………. x

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………………. 07 ………………. actors , who are my students . Out of …………. 07 ………… students ; Ashish Singh is an executive producer . So the tally comes to …………… 06 …………….. actors and the remaining ………. 01 ………… is from the other field of film – making .


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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Divyajyoti Sharma is essaying an important role in Amrit Manthanon Star Plus .

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