Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           August 28 , 2016           10.30 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post, Vidur’s Film Diary enters in the 8th year of its existence. In all these 8 years, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity and belligerence. ]

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In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them.

But do check the tall claims of so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. Hold a second, they can even claim that they are the “Best Acting Trainers of the World”. My God ! anything is possible in the unethical world of ACTING TRAINING in India.

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world.

 

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 / 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 , please watch my videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the link : www.youtube.com/ividur Link of the latest video is posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho “http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two “http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri “ & ” Main Tera Hero “
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 “
5 – ARMAAN JAIN
6 – ” JUNOONIYAT “ : https://youtu.be/IZBLxUy4IOI
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Obituary :

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Omprakash Sonik :

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Omprakash Sonik , better known as Omi, of the well-known duo Sonik-Omi passed away on July 07, 2016 in a private hospital following cardiac arrest.

A widower, he was 77 and is survived by his son Som and daughter Sudha.

 Omi was the nephew of the blind music director Master Sonik and together they formed the noted Sonik-Omi team which provided music to nearly 125 Bollywood movies in the 1950-1980s.

Born and raised in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), they moved to India after Partition in 1947 and lived mostly in Delhi.

In 1950, the visually challenged but great singer Master Sonik arrived in Mumbai with his young nephew in tow, hoping to make a career in the film industry which was on the threshold of what was later known as ‘golden era’ of its music.

With many stalwarts already holding sway over the listening audiences, the Sonik-Omi duo faced an uphill struggle, fighting near-starvation at times, Omi even joined in a female chorus group to afford a square meal and the uncle-nephew lived in a tiny slum room on the outskirts of Thane.

In the early 1950s, Master Sonik got a break to direct music for films like Mamta, Mehfil and Ishwar Bhakti, but their music failed to catch the ears of the listeners.

They were reduced to near-paupery and doing odd jobs merely to survive, till a few years later when the late Madan Mohan offered Master Sonik the crucial job of music arranger and the late S. D. Burman also followed suit.

The young Omi also got an opportunity to assist the legendary composer Roshan for films like Taj Mahal, Aarti, Barsaat Ki Raat and many others.

The big break came in 1965 from film-maker G. L. Rawal of Rawal Films, for his new venture, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya and the musical track composed by the Sonik-Omi team became a rage. AAJA RE PYAR PUKARE ……… by Lata Mangeshkar / DIL NE PHIR YAAD KIYA …… by Mohammed Rafi , Mukesh & Suman Kalyanpur / KALIYON NE GHOONGHAT KHOLE …….by Mohammed Rafi / YE DIL HAI MOHABBAT KA PYASA ……. by Mukesh / LO CHEHRA SURKH SHARAB HUA …….. by Mohammed Rafi are still loved by music connoisseurs.

A couple of years later, Rawal offered them for Aabroo whose music also proved immensely popular and Sonik-Omi became a noted name in Bollywood.

Later, they composed music for films like “Mahua” (with the haunting Dono ne kiya tha pyar magar), “Dharma” (the famous qawwali Raaz ki baat keh doon to, jaane mehfil me phir kya ho), “Raftaar” (Sansar Hai ik Nadiya, Dukh Sukh Do Kinare Hain),  Truck Driver, Mehfil, Beti, Dharti Ki God Mein, Umar Qaid, Chowki No. 11 (which had the memorable hit number sung by Shobha Gurtu, Kahin ho na mohalle me halla) and Ladki Pasand Hai.

Over the years, the uncle-nephew pair made a formidable reputation for themselves with compositions in over 125 movies.

While Master Sonik passed away in 1993, Omi continued to compose music and his last musical track was for the film Biwi No. 2 in 2000, after which he eased into retirement.

In the past few years, Omi largely remained away from Bollywood but composed certain non-film and private albums, religious music and other genres of music.

 

Mubarak Begum  :

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Mubarak Begum, an acclaimed play back singer started her career with light music recitals performed for All India Radio. Her career as a playback singer began in 1949 with the Indian, Hindi-language film Aaiye. It was the Indo-Pakistani composer Nashad who gave Mubarak Begum her first break. The first song she recorded for films was “Mohe Aane Lagi Angrayi, Aja Aja Balam” (Aaiye, 1949). She also sang a duet with the then upcoming Lata Mangeshkar in the same film. A major hit in her career was the song “Kabhi Tanhaiyon Mein Yun” for composer Snehal Bhatkar in Kidar Sharma‘s film Hamari Yaad Aayegi which is, till this day, regarded as a classic rendition.

Mubarak Begum died on 18 July 2016 at her residence in Jogeshwari after a prolonged illness.

List of most popular songs recorded by Mubarak Begum.

Mubarak Begum has sung a total of 178 songs for Hindi films during her career, and the total number of films where her songs have appeared is 115.

  • “Mujh ko Apne Gale Lagalo, Aye Mere Hamrahi” (Hamrahi, 1963)
  • “Kabhi Tanhaiyon Mein Yun, Hamari Yaad Aayegi” (Hamari Yaad Aayegi, 1961)
  • “Neend Ud Jaaye Teri, Chain se Sone Wale” (Juaari, 1968)
  • “Woh na aayenge palat ke” (Devdas, 1955)
  • “Hum haal-e-dil sunayenghe” (Madhumati, 1958)
  • “Wada humse kiya, dil kisi ko diya” (Saraswatichandra, 1968)
  • “Be-murawwat bewafa begana-e dil aap hain” (Susheela, 1966)
  • “Ae dil bataa hum kahan aa gaye” (Khooni Khazana, 1965)
  • “Kuchh Ajnabi se aap hain” (Shagun, 1964)
  • “Ayji ayji yaad rakhna sanam” (Daku Mansoor)
  • “Shama Gul Karke Na Jao Yun” (Arab Ka Sitara, 1961)
  • “Sanwariya teri yaad men ro ro marenge hum” (Ramu Toh Deewana Hai, 1980)
  • “Humein Dum Daike” with Asha Bhosle (Yeh Dil Kisko Doon, 1963)
  • “Yeh moonh aur masoor ki daal” with Sharda (Around The World, 1967)

 

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Hindi Films in July & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – July 01

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1 – Shorgul ………………………………………………………………. Jimmy Sheirgill

……………………………………………………………………………………….. Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………………………. Sanjay Suri

………………………………………………………………………………….. Hrishita Bhatt

2 – Dil To Dewaana Hai ……………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Hawas Ki Inteha ………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Hot Teri Deewangi …………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Kerry on Kutton ………………………………………………………………………… X

Second Week – July 06

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1 – Sultan ……………………………………………………………… Anushka Sharma

………………………………………………………………………………………… Amit Sadh

……………………………………………………………………………… Shekhar Ravjiani

 

Third Week – July 15 
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1 – Great Grand Masti ………………………………………………… Vivek Oberoi

……………………………………………………………………………….. Urvashi Rautela

……………………………………………………………………………….. Darshan Rathod

 

Fourth Week  – July 22
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1 – Madaari …………………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

2 – Ishq Click ………………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – M Cream …………………………………………………………………………………. X

Fifth Week  – July 29
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1 – Dishoom ……………………………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

…………………………………………………………………………………. John Abraham

………………………………………………………………………………… Akshay Khanna

……………………………………………………………………………………….. Rahul Dev

………………………………………………………………………. Jacqueline Fernandez

2 – Love Ke Funday ………………………………………………………. Shaleen Bhanot

3 – Mission Tiger ………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Thunder Madhuri …………………………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 14 ………..….. films got released in July 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 14 …………………… released films ………………….. 06 ……………………… films have …………… 17 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 17 ………………… persons , …………… 15  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 02 ……………… Shekhar Ravjiani & Darshan Rathod are Music Directors of  ” Sultan ” & ” Great Grand Masti “ respectively.

 

 

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TV Trivia in July & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Archana Taide is acting in “Santoshi Maa” on QTV.

2 – Manav Gohil is acting in “Khidki” on Sab TV.

3 – Amar Upadhyay is acting in “Saath Nibhana Saathiya” on Star Plus.

4 – Nakkul Mehta is acting in “Ishqbaaaz” on Star Plus.

5 – Angad Bedi is acting in “24” on Colors TV.

6 – Sikander Kher is acting in “24” on Colors TV.

7 – Kamalika Guh Thakurta is acting in “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” on  Star Plus.

8 – Akasa Singh is acting in “Angels Of Rock” on MTV.

9 – Shekhar Ravjiani is judging “The Voice India Kids” on & TV.

10 – Jacqueline Fernandez is judging “Jhalak Dikhla Ja” on Colors TV.

11 – Ganesh Hegde is judging “Jhalak Dikhla Ja” on Colors TV.

12 – Karishma Tanna is judging “Jhalak Dikhla Ja” on Colors TV.

 

My ……………. 12 …………..….. students in ………………… 09 ……………. TV shows .

 

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Theatre in July & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Daisy Shah is playing lead in ” Ek Aur Begumjaan “.

2 – Amita Pathak is playing lead in ” Mr. & Mrs. Murarilal “.

3 – Payal Goga Kapoor is playing lead in ” Hello Darling “.

4 – Kishwer Merchant is playing lead in ” Selfie “.

 

My …………. 04 ………….. students in ………… 04 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials in July & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Sonali Bendre is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Revital “.


My ………….. 01 …………… student in …………… 01 …………… commercial campaign .

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Summary of July 2016

My 17 students appeared in 06 films , 12 students in 09 TV shows , 04 students in 04 plays and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad .

Thus total number of students working in the month of July  2016 comes to 34

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 34 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com 

Information about Late Mubarak Begum & Late Omi is taken from Wikipedia & http://www.news18.com

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Suchitra Sen : Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi……


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 18, 2014           09.20 P.M.

Mahanayika Suchitra Sen

Mahanayika Suchitra Sen

The year was 1967 or 1968. The city was Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. And the cinema hall , if my memory is not failing me , was Ajanta Talkies at Zero Road. I , along with few of my friends, went to watch a Dilip Kumar starrer black & white film ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] . I had read Sharat Chandra written immensely popular novel of the same name during my adolescent age in Deoria. I read it so many times and I was so infatuated, fascinated by the character of Devdas that even after so many decades , I vividly remember each and every thing about the novel and all the details of all the characters. In 1967 – 1968, when I went to watch the film, I could even recite the dialogues and paragraphs from the novel.

I had heard about myriads film avatars of Devdas, which were made in several Indian languages.  Naturally Dilip Kumar starrer and Bimal Roy directed ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] in Hindi was on the top of my list. It had Dilip Kumar portraying the male protagonist to the perfection. I had read various articles about his portrayal of the character. I also knew that Paro is being played by a Bengali actress called Suchitra Sen .

I entered and took my seat in the Ajanta cinema hall. Film started and Dilip Kumar’s arrival on the screen was greeted with thunderous applause. I got totally engrossed in the histrionics and persona of the thespian, the legendary tragedy king of Hindi cinema, ( the ) Dilip Kumar. I was waiting for Suchitra Sen to appear on the screen. Young Paro was played by baby Naaz. I was waiting with curiosity for Suchitra Sen to appear on the screen. She appeared on the screen …………

………….and behold !!!

I was smitten by her eyes. I was hooked to her beauty. I was enamoured by her personality. I was hypnotized by her voice. I was captivated for life by her screen persona. Apart from Waheeda Rehman, I have never admired any other actress so much.

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas with Dilip Kumar

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas with Dilip Kumar

Later on I watched Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen starrer ” Bombai Ka Baboo ” [ 1960 ] . Though an ordinary film but the climax of the film refused to fade away from my psyche for days and months. After so many decades , even today, it refuses to get obfuscated. Ah, her serene elegant persona, her haunting tear-filled eyes and the back-ground song in the voice of legendary Mukesh, ” Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche ; Kajra Na Beh Jayen Rote Rote ………. “ shook me permanently and became an eternal part of my being. Every drop of tear on her cheek is still fresh in my memory.

Vintage Suchitra Sen

Vintage Suchitra Sen

After above mentioned two films , I watched ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] .1966 – 67 is the important year of my life. I passed high school. I left Deoria and went to Allahabad for higher studies. Slowly I started coming out of my cocoon. I started watching films regularly and started appreciating them also. I started spending hours and hours with my friends discussing films. And one day , I watched ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] . I was a fan of Ashok Kumar. I was a fan of Suchitra Sen . And she was essaying a double role of mother and daughter in this film. She played it with perfection. It was one year before Dilip Kumar’s highly successful and much acclaimed double role in the film ” Ram Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] .

Suchitra Sen in Mamta

Suchitra Sen in Mamta

Needless to say that much later I watched ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] also . It is her last Hindi film. She was marvellous as usual. 3 years after the much acclaimed film ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] , she retired in 1978 and slowly faded from public life.

Suchitra Sen in Andhi

Suchitra Sen in Andhi

From ” Sharey Chuattor ” [ 1953 ] to ” Pronoy Pasha ” [ 1978 ] , she worked in 60 films in a career spanning 25 years. Out of her total 60 films , her Hindi films are only 7. These films are : ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] , ” Musafir ” [ 1957 ] , ” Champakali ” [ 1957 ] , ” Bombai Ka Baboo ” [ 1960 ] , ” Sarhad ” [ 1960 ] , ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] and ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] . Of all the 7 Hindi films of her, I have watched 4 films.

Her important and memorable Bengali films are : ” Sharey Chuattor ” [ 1953 ] , ” Sabar Uparey ” [ 1955 ] , ” Mejo Bou ” [ 1955 ] , ” Shilpi ” [ 1956 ] , ” Harano Sur ” [ 1957 ] , ” Pathe Holo Deri ” [ 1957 ] , ” Deep Jwele Jaai ” [ 1959 ] , ” Smriti Tuku Thaak ” [ 1960 ] , ” Saptapadi ” [ 1961 ] , ” Saat Paake Badha ” [ 1963 ] , ” Uttar Phalguni ” [ 1963 ] , ” Grihadaha ” [ 1967 ] , ” Alo Amaar Alo ” [ 1972 ] , ” Haar Maana Haar ” [ 1972 ] , ” Devi Chaudhurani ” [ 1974 ] , ” Datta ” [ 1976 ] and ” Pronoy Pasha ” [ 1978 ].

I have seen many of these films. I will specially mention Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen starrer ” Saptapadi ” [ 1961 ] . One number of this film is considered all time great romantic song ever in Bengali films. It is ” Ei poth jodi na shesh hoi …………….. Uttam Kumar on the bike and Suchitra Sen as pillion rider singing the immortal ” ………………. Ei poth jodi na shesh hoi ………………. ” .

"Saptapadi" -Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi ......

“Saptapadi” -Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi ……

Years later when I came to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and became acting trainer, one day I got a call from Riya Sen. She wanted to get trained by me. I was ecstatic that I would be training legendary Suchitra Sen’s grand-daughter. I immediately went to her Juhu residence. I worked with her for few months. I met her sister Raima and mother Moon Moon Sen also. But I could not get a chance to meet legendary Suchitra Sen. Though I wanted to meet her desperately. But it was not destined.

She became recluse by each passing year. She came out of her house when Uttam Kumar died on July 24, 1980. After that day no one had seen her ever. It was 34 year-long reclusive life. It was 34 year-long self – imposed exile. But instead of fading from memory, it made her personality more enigmatic. Even after 34 years the aura remained undiminished. She went away from public gaze but never faded from public memory.

Enigmatic Suchitra Sen

Enigmatic Suchitra Sen

Ethereal Suchitra Sen

Ethereal Suchitra Sen

Impish Suchitra Sen

Impish Suchitra Sen

One of her many avatars

One of her many avatars

I used to ask Riya many questions about her grandmother. I wanted to know more and more mortal details about immortal Suchitra Sen. Riya was nonchalant. Initially her nonchalance baffled me, disappointed me. It never occurred to me that for me Suchitra Sen is an idol , an icon but for Riya , she is her grandmother. So her answers never matched my enthusiasm. I think she must have felt awkward by my intrusion.

Alas ! as is the inevitable for every human being, Suchitra Sen left this world for her celestial journey on January 17, 2014 . She died in Kolkata aged 82.

Suchitra Sen : Last Journey

Suchitra Sen : Last Journey

Mortal Remains of Immortal Suchitra Sen

Mortal Remains of Immortal Suchitra Sen

I was saddened beyond words. I am still numb. I was unable to write about her immediately, though I wanted to write desperately. Suchitra Sen is gone and with her departure my world of adolescent years has gone forever. It has crumbled. This void is not going to be filled easily. A world without Suchitra Sen is not the world for me. But ….. nothing could be done. Life will meander to complete its course. Life will slither with saddened soul.

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I express my profound sorrow and grief. Life goes on and it will go on. But without Suchitra Sen, it will not be same again.

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer condolences and express solidarity with Moon Moon Sen, Raima Sen and Riya Sen in this hour of grief.

As they say, they won’t make people like Suchitra Sen any more.

[ List of Suchitra Sen’s films  is taken from Wikipedia. I express gratitude. ]

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A. Nageswara Rao Garu : From Paddy Field to Super Stardom


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 02 , 2014           04.45 P.M.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao

20 September 1923 – 22 January 2014

A. Nageswara Rao , a.k.a. ANR Garu died on January 22 in Hyderabad at the age of 91 . I was saddened and distraught after hearing the news. It opened floodgates and brought many memories of ANR Garu to my mind. In 1990, when I was training his grandsons; Nag Chaitanya and Sushanth Anumolu, I came to know many intimate stories about him , became privy to many chapters of his life and thus became an ardent fan and a lifelong admirer.

Later on I also met his son Nagarjuna, the super-star of Telugu film. He presented me a DVD of ” Devadasu ” [ 1953 ] , the Telugu film version of Sharat Chandra’s immortal classic ” Devdas “.  I watched the film. The admiration for ANR Garu got fortified.
 

With ANR Garu's son Nagarjuna & His grandson Nag Chaitanya in My Institute

With ANR Garu’s son Nagarjuna & His grandson Nag Chaitanya in My Institute

ANR Garu with His Son Nagarjuna & Grandson Nag Chaitanya

ANR Garu with His Son Nagarjuna & Grandson Nag Chaitanya

I first came to know about ANR Garu during my Allahabad days. I read a comment made by none other than Dilip Kumar. I watched Bimal Roy’s ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] and was mesmerized by Dilip Kumar’s performance . Dilip Kumar played Devdas and became immortal as the tragedy king of Hindi cinema. When a journalist asked him about his brilliant portrayal of Devdas, he said, ” there is only one Devadasu, and that is Nageswara Rao.” I was mesmerized by Dilip Kumar’s performance and here he is saying that there is only one Devdas and that is A. Nageswara Rao . I was puzzled.

I started searching about ANR Garu but in those pre – google days it was not very easy. With great difficulty I gathered some knowledge. I came to know that he played Devdas in Telugu film ” Devadasu ” [ 1953 ]. It was two years before Dilip Kumar’s ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] .

ANR Garu, along with NTR Garu [ Nandamuri Tarak Rama Rao ] , dominated the Telugu cinema and Telugu film scene like a colossus. From paddy fields, he strode into the field of fine arts through theatre. He became a famous stage artiste, specialising, in playing female characters, because women at that time were prohibited from acting.

Young ANR Garu

Young ANR Garu

Middle-Aged ANR Garu

Middle-Aged ANR Garu

An Old ANR Garu

An Old ANR Garu

A. Nageswara Rao Garu was discovered, by chance, by the prominent film producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah, at the Vijayawada railway station. He was then cast in the film Dharmapatni. Since then, he starred in several films of various genres during his 75-year acting career.

Rao won three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards during his acting career. He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema, and is a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

Manam - Last Film of ANR Garu [ ANR Garu with His Son & Grandson]

Manam – Last Film of ANR Garu [ ANR Garu with His Son & Grandson]

Incidentally ” Manam “ , his last film has his grandson Nag Chaitanya playing a stellar role along with his grandfather and his father Nagarjuna .

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VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to join in mourning.

May his soul Rest In Peace!

[ I have quoted some portions of this blog from Wikipedia. I express my debt. ]

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……. And Pran !! Never Before ; Never Again


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            JULY 24, 2013           04.45 P.M.

On April 16, 2013 , I wrote a blog about Pran saheb . He was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award . And I posted my admiration for the man . I am posting the link of that blog :

 

Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sa

Little did I know that within 3 months , I would be sitting in my office and writing this obituary . Life is unpredictable and its hidden hands play strange and unfathomable games .

On July 12 , 2013 while I was sitting in my study in the night , I suddenly saw a post on the timeline of my facebook – ” RIP Pran Saheb ” . I was stunned . But I know that sometimes facebook postings are wrong and erroneous . So I approached my twitter-handle and it was flooded with the news of his death . Now there was no doubt . It was confirmed . It was true that Pran Saheb left us for his last journey . He was 93 at the time of his death .

I cannot put my grief in words . My association with the persona of Pran Saheb started with films like ;  ” Khandan ” [ 1965 ] , ” Shaheed ” [ 1965 ] , ” Dil Diya Dard Liya ” [ 1966 ] andRam Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] . I saw these films in quick succession in Deoria and Allahabad and started admiring him as an actor . ” Tere Mere Sapne ” [ 1999 ] was the last film of Pran Saheb which I watched in Mumbai . Thus it was a 34-year-long association of a fan with the legend .

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Pran in Zanjeer (Photo credit: Kaddele)

His stupendous innings started in 1940 . He hit the screen 4 years after Ashok Kumar and exactly 4 years before Dilip Kumar . Generations got changed . Times and fashion changed . Era of stars and super-stars came and went away . From Ashok Kumar to Dilip Kumar , from Dilip Kumar to Rajesh Khanna and from Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan , several film stars came , ruled and then either retired or faded into oblivion or simply died . But era of Pran never ebbed , never receded , never ended . He never went away . From Ashok Kumar to Arshad Warsi , and from Suraiya to Sri Devi , he worked with every star worth his name .

In my earlier blog I have given complete list of his 350 films . Here I am giving list of important films of his career . In the list of Pran Saheb’s important films , there are 144 films . In 1940s there were 6 films . In the 50s 14 films , in the 60s 44 films , in the 70s 51 films , in the 80s 24 films , in the 90s 4 films and even in 2000s there was 1 important film . It is incredible . FromYamla Jat ” [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh ” [ 2003 ] , it was a 63-year-long journey of excellence and stardom , rather super-stardom .

1940s

  • Yamla Jat (1940)
  • Khajanchi (1941)
  • Khandaan (1942)
  • Ziddi (1948)
  • Grahasti (1948)
  • Badi Bahen (1949)

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

  • Kiska Dosh (2003)
I am fortunate that out of his above mentioned 144 important films , I have seen 120 films . May be I am missing one or two films . But even 120 is a decent number and it shows my admiration for Pran Saheb .
Pran Saheb is now gone . His billing in the titles of films always used to be ………………………………….and Pran . And even in his death it is there . It is uncanny . In 2011 and 2012 several stalwarts of film world left this world for their final and eternal journey . If you go through the list, it is eerie . It is uncanny . The list will be :
Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi , Mani Kaul , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain , Shandar Amrohi , Sachin Bhowmick , Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti , Ravi , Pandit Ravi Shankar , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra ……………………… and PRAN
 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the family of Pran Saheb .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer prayers for the departed soul .

Rest in peace Sir !

In the world of films there will never be anyone like you . And on the silver screen , I will never see  ………………. and Pran .

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Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 16 , 2013           00.10 A.M.

I was happy to read the news that Pran Saheb was awarded Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012 . As a veteran actor , who has worked in more than 400 films , he deserved much better . He should have got the award long back . But Pran Saheb , the gentleman villain of Hindi film industry got it very late . If you count his active years in films , he stands second in the hierarchy . Dev Anand [ Hum Ek Hain – 1946 to Chargesheet – 2011 === 113 films === 65 active years ] . Pran [ Yamla Jat – 1940 to Kiska Dosh – 2003 === 400 films === 63 active years ] . Legendary Ashok Kumar comes third . From [ Jeevan Naiya – 1936 to Aankhon Me Tum Ho – 1997 === 301 films === 61 active years ] . These three are the only Indian actors who can boast of such long and illustrious innings in Hindi films . In seniority he is second and second only to Ashok Kumar . Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor came much later .

I have seen his films and in his films invariably Pran Saheb’s name used to come at the end . He used to be billed as ……………. and Pran . It is uncanny that this happened to him this time also .

Pran

Pran (Photo credit: Kaddele)

In his prolific career , he did more than 400 films . I am fortunate that I have seen more than100 films of Pran Saheb . I am posting names of important films of his career .

1940s

  • Yamla Jat (1940)
  • Chaudhry (1941)
  • Khajanchi (1941)
  • Khandaan (1942)
  • Sahara (1943)
  • Dasi (1944)
  • Kaise Kahun (1945)
  • Ragini (1945)
  • Pardesi Balam (1945)
  • Badnami (1946)
  • Khamosh Nigahen (1946)
  • Paraye Bas Mein (1946)
  • Rehana (1946)
  • Shahi Lutera (194?)
  • Gupt Raj (194?)
  • Do Saudagar (194?)
  • Arsi (1947)
  • Mohini (1947)
  • But Tarash (1947)
  • Barsat Ki Ek Raat (1948)
  • Birhan (1948)
  • Chunaria (1948)
  • Nek Dil (1948)
  • Ziddi (1948)
  • Grahasti (1948)
  • Aparadhi (1949)
  • Badi Bahen (1949)
  • Roshani (1949)
  • Janmapatri (1949)
  • Rakhi (1949)

1950s

  • Biwi (1950)
  • Putli (1950)
  • Lajawab (1950)
  • Sangeeta (1950)
  • Sheesh Mahal (1950)
  • Afsana (1951)
  • Bahar (1951)
  • Daman (1951)
  • Sabz Baag (1951)
  • Pyar ki baaten (1951)
  • Bewafaa (1951)
  • Chham Chhama Chham (1952)
  • Sanskar (1952)
  • Sindbad The Sailor (1952)
  • Zamane Ki Hawa (1952)
  • Moti Mahal (1952)
  • Aah (1953)
  • Alif Laila (1953)
  • Ansoo (1953)
  • Baagi (1953)
  • Farmaish (1953)
  • Malkin (1953)
  • Rahbar (1953)
  • Biraj Bahu (1954)
  • Pehli Jhalak (1954)
  • Pilpili Saheb (1954)
  • Sheeshe Ki Diwar (1954)
  • Angaarey (1954)
  • Lakeeren (1954)
  • Meenar (1954)
  • Toofan (1954)
  • Aab-e-Hayat (1955)
  • Amanat (1955)
  • Azad (1955)
  • Baradari (1955)
  • Chingari (1955)
  • Bahu (1955)
  • Jashan (1955)
  • Kundan (1955)
  • Munimji (1955)
  • Devdas (1956)
  • Aan Baan (1956)
  • Chori Chori (1956)
  • Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956)
  • Hotel (1956)
  • Halaku (1956)
  • Kar Bhala (1956)
  • Inspector* (1956)
  • Naya Andaz (1956)
  • Tankhah (1956)
  • Ek Jhalak (1957)
  • Miss India (1957)
  • Asha (1957)
  • Champakali (1957)
  • Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
  • Mr.X (1957)
  • Chandu (1958)
  • Adalat (1958)
  • Amar Deep (1958)
  • Daughter Of Sindbad (1958)
  • Madhumati (1958)
  • Raj Tilak (1958)
  • Chandan (1958)
  • Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane (1959)
  • Daaka (1959)
  • Do Gunde (1959)
  • Guest House (1959)
  • Madam X.Y.Z. (1959)
  • Pyar Ki Rahen (1959)
  • Jaalsaaz (1959)

1960s

1970s

1980s

  • Aap Ke Deewane (1980)
  • Bombay 405 Miles (1980)
  • Desh Drohi (1980)
  • Dhan Daulat (1980)
  • Dostana (1980)
  • Jwalamukhi (1980)
  • Jal Mahal (1980)
  • Karz (1980)
  • Patthar Se Takkar (1980)
  • Khuda Kasam (1980)
  • Zalim (1980)
  • Kaalia (1981)
  • Khoon Ka Rishta (1981)
  • Krodhi (1981)
  • Ladies’ Tailor (1981)
  • Naseeb (1981)
  • Man Gaye Ustad (1981)
  • Waqt Ki Deewar (1981)
  • Jiyo Aur Jeene Do (1982)
  • Takdir Ka Badshah (1982)
  • Partner (1982)
  • Taaqat (1982)
  • Andha Kanoon (1983)
  • Daulat Ke Dushman (1983)
  • Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983)
  • Film Hi Film (1983)
  • Janwar (1983)
  • Laalach (1983)
  • Naukar Biwi Ka (1983)
  • Souten (1983)
  • Woh Jo Hasina (1983)
  • Nastik (1983)
  • Bade Dilwala (1984)
  • Insaaf Kaun Karega (1984)
  • Farishta (1984)
  • Haisiyat (1984)
  • Jagir (1984)
  • Laila (1984)
  • Raja Aur Rana (1984)
  • Rajtilak (1984)
  • Duniya (1984)
  • Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
  • Sharaabi (1984)
  • Inquilab (1984)
  • Durga (1985)
  • Hoshiyar (1985)
  • Bewafai (1985)
  • Karamyudh (1985)
  • Maa Kasam (1985)
  • Sarfarosh (1985)
  • Yudh (1985)
  • Paatal Bhairavi (1985)
  • Dosti Dushmani (1986)
  • Dilwala (1986)
  • Dharam Adhikari (1986)
  • Jeeva (1986)
  • Love & God (1986)
  • Ricky (1986)
  • Suhaagan (1986)
  • Dilruba Tangewali (1987)
  • Goraa (1987)
  • Insaf Kaun Karega (1987)
  • Imaandar (1987)
  • Kudrat Ka Kanoon (1987)
  • Hifazat (1986)
  • Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987)
  • Maa Beti (1987)
  • Sitapur Ki Gita (1987)
  • Dharam Shatru (1988)
  • Paap Ki Duniya (1988)
  • Sherni (1988)
  • Aurat Teri Yahi Kahani (1988)
  • Dharma Yudh (1988)
  • Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988)
  • Kasam (1988)
  • Shahenshah (1988)
  • Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988)
  • Ram O Rama (1988)
  • Bade Ghar Ki Beti (1989)
  • Chingari (1989)
  • Jaadugar (1989)
  • Mitti Aur Sona (1989)
  • Nigahen (1989)
  • Shukriya (1989)
  • Toofan (1989)
  • Zooni (1989)

1990s

  • Azaad Desh Ke Ghulam (1990)
  • Pyar Ka Toofan (1990)
  • Roti Ki Keemat (1990)
  • Sanam Bewafaa (1990)
  • Lakshman Rekha (1991)
  • Banjaran (1991)
  • Jigarwala (1991)
  • Mashooq (1992)
  • Meera Ka Mohan (1992)
  • Do Hanson Ka Joda (1992)
  • Bewafa Se Wafa (1992)
  • Panah (1992)
  • Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992)
  • Chandramukhi (1993)
  • Dosti Ki Saugandh (1993)
  • Gurudev (1993)
  • Kohra (1993)
  • Aaja Meri Jaan (1993)
  • Bhagyawaan (1993)
  • 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  • Hum Hain Bemisal (1994)
  • Saajan Ki Bahon Mein (1995)
  • Vaapsi saajan Ki (1995)
  • Lalchi (1996)
  • Dadagiri (1997)
  • Gudia (1997)
  • Lakha (1997)
  • Luv Kush (1997)
  • Kaun Rokega Mujhe (1997)
  • Mrityudaata (1997)
  • Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997)
  • Badmash (1998)
  • Tere Mere Sapne (1999)
  • Jai Hind (1999)

2000s

  • Dosh (2002)
  • Ek Hidustani (2002)
  • Mohabbat Pehli Nazar Mein (2002)
  • Suryakant (2002)
  • Tum Jiyo Hazaron Saal (2002)
  • Deewan Tere Pyar ka (2003)
  • Kiska Dosh (2003)

If my memory is not failing me , the first movie of Pran Saheb , which I watched was ” Khandan ” [ 1965 ] . It was in Vijay Talkies , Deoria and perhaps the year was 1966 . Same year I watched ” Dil Diya Dard Liya “ and my admiration for Pran Saheb , in the garb of hate , began . Next year I watched ” Ram Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] in Pushparaj Talkies , Allahabad and it fortified my admiration for him and since then I am a die-hard fan of this legendary actor .

I may not be running most famous acting school of Mumbai , or most famous acting institute of India or most famous acting class of bollywood or most famous acting academy of world but I think it is my duty to offer my greetings to the legend .

I congratulate Pran Saheb on behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur Acting Institute , which is known as  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May God give long and healthy life to the legend called Pran Krishna Sikand , a.k.a. Pran.

Dada Saheb Phalke Award was instituted in 1969 . Till date 43 luminaries have got this prestigious award . Pran Saheb is 44th .

Devika Rani got it in 1969

…………………….. and  Pran in 2012

[ List of his flms is being re-produced from Wikipedia . I express profound gratitude . ]

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My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 6 ]


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            SEPTEMBER 10, 2011                 11 . 55 P. M.

This is the 6th article of my Hindi column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” . It comes in Bhojpuri City , a fortnightly Bhojpuri film trade magazine published from Mumbai .

Though I intend to write one article for my column every fortnight but this time there was a gap of almost two and half months. My last , 5th article was published in the May 1st issue of Bhojpuri City and now this 6th article comes in the September 1st issue. This , regretfully , happened because of my incessant travels and recent illness of my wife.

This article is about the pitiable and woefully pathetic condition of the various famous and legendary film studios of Mumbai.

I am reproducing here the cover page of the current issue of Bhojpuri City and 3 pages of the article. This is my longest article till date .

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80 – Year – Old ” New Theatres “


EVENING…………………………..6.00

Yesterday when I was writing about 80 years of  ” ALAM ARA “ , first Hindi talkie , rather Indian talkie , I came across an article in Screen which states that B. N. Sircar’s legendary film production company ” New Theatres “ also completed 80 years on February 10 , 1931 . It was one month and four days before the epoch making ” ALAM ARA “ , that this legendary production company was launched . ” New Theatres ,   Calcutta [ now Kolkata ] was founded by producer B. N. Sircar a.k.a. Birendranath Sircar, the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award of 1970.

Logo of New Theatres , Calcutta

Logo of New Theatres , Calcutta

The logo of ” New Theatres ” has an elephant in a circle with a quote from  Upnishads . It was like the famous logo of Hollywood’s production company MGM where a lion used to roar in the same kind of circle . Moto of New Theatres was – Jivatang Jyotiretu Chhayam means [ Light infusing shadows with life ]

Like Ardeshir Irani’s Imperial Movietone , New Theatres of Calautta [ now Kolkata ] produced ” Dena Paona,  the first Bengali talkie. It was released in 1931,  and was directed by Premankur Atarthi . Famous musician Raichand Boral composed music for this movie.

Scene from Dena Paona, 1931 - first Bengali Talkie

Scene from Dena Paona, 1931 - first Bengali Talkie

After first Bangla talkie, ” Dena Paona “ , ” New Theatres ” produced another path breaking film ” Devdas “ in 1935.  P.C. Barua directed and acted in ” Devdas , based on Saratchandra Chatterjee‘s novel ” Devdas and this film became phenomenally successful in the industry.

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935.

Pramathesh Barua and Jamuna Barua in Debdas, 1935.

In 1935, playback singing was first used in India in the New Theartes production Bengali film ” Bhagya Chakraby Nitin Bose. The singers were K C Dey, Parul Ghosh and Suprabha Sarkar. ” Dhoop Chhaon Hindi remake of this film, was the first Hindi film to use playback singing. It was another feather in New Theaters’ cap .

Kanan Devi was the first popular star actress, who appeared in many films produced by ”  New Theatres “ . Also there was a group of talented actors with New Theatres like K.L. Saigal, K. C. Dey, Prithviraj Kapoor, Chhabi Biswas, Bikash Roy, Pahari Sanyal, Basanta Choudhury.

Top directors like Premankur Atarthi, P.C. Barua, Debaki Bose and Nitin Bose worked in New Theatres films. The Famous musicians who worked there include R. C. Boral, Pankaj Mullick and Timir Baran.

New Theatres used to make commendable films till 1955. From 1931 to 1955 , it was a 24 year long and illustrious journey . During this period New Theatres produced 150 path breaking films. Many of them are considered classics today . Name of some of the films , which are considered milestone , are given below :

Of the above mentioned films , I have seen two classics ; Pramathesh Barua directed ” Mukti “ [ 1937 ] and ” Devdas” .  Bimal Roy directed ” Udayer Pathe “ [ 1944 ] was later made in Hindi as ” Naya Zamana  ” starring Dharmendra and Hema Malini. I have seen the Hindi version.

Among all the illustrious directors , who worked in ” New Theatres ” , I was fortunate enough to meet Phani Majumdar and was able to take his blessings. Phani da made his debut with ” Street Singer “ , a Kundan Lal Sehgal starrer. It had famous Sehgal song – BABUL MORA NAIHAR CHHUTO HI JAY .  Later on he directed successful films like ” Aarti “ [ first film of Rajshri banner ] , ” Akashdeep ” and ” Oonche Log ” . I was fortunate enough to meet his actress wife Monice Desai also. Phani da died in 1994, when I was starting my acting training career.

After 55 years ” New Theatres ” , the legendary banner , is again producing a new film.

Ami Aadu (Upcoming Film, 2011) – Directed by Somnath Gupta

[I have taken some portions of this blog from the internet sites like Wikipedia and reproduced it here . Some facts are taken from Screen weekly. I express my gratitude .]

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