My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Yash Chopra : ” Waqt ” Stopped ; ” Silsila ” Snapped


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Yash Chopra at Suzanne Roshan’s The Charcoal Project Launch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 23, 2012           11.59 P.M.

Yash Chopra , the eternal romantic died on October 21 , 2012 . He was 80 years young at the time of his death .

On Sunday night , I was sitting in my study and was writing blog about Karan Johar’s  film ” Student Of The Year “ , I suddenly checked my twitter handle and was shocked beyond words . There were spate of tweets about the demise of legendary film maker Yash Raj Chopra .

Within moments several posters of his films , many scenes of his all – time classics rushed to the firmament of my memory lane . Though unaware of his greatness then , first Yash Chopra film , which I watched was ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] . I watched it in Amarjyoti Talkies , Deoria . During my years in Allahabad , I watched many of his films and became aware of his greatness . This ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] continued till Veer Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Waqt (1965 film)

Waqt (1965 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kaala Patthar

Kaala Patthar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silsila (film)

Silsila (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Dil To Pagal Hai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I have nothing new to say about Yash Chopra . Everything is there in news papers . What I would like to say is , I had honour and privilege to meet Yash ji , as he is fondly called, several times .

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I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 new – comers of  ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . One day when I finished class with Jimmy Sheirgill , Uday Chopra , Jugal Hansraj , Shamita Shetty , Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma and came out of the room , I saw Yash ji sitting there in the outer room . I rushed to greet him . He fondly shook hand with me and said , ” I am hearing great things about you .” I was overwhelmed . ” Mohabbatein “ was my first big film . And Yash Raj Films was my first big banner , I was sure that after the release of this film I would be able to come out of my obscurity . And here was a legend complimenting me about my training , I felt ecstatic .

It was not a compliment by some wannabe . It was from The Legend himself . To understand my feelings and elated state after Yash ji’s compliment just look at his credentials .

FILMS AS DIRECTOR :

” Dhool Ka Phool ” [ 1959 ] , ” Dharmputra ” [ 1961 ] , ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ittefaq ” [ 1969 ] , ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] , ” Joshila ” [ 1973 ] , ” Deewar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Kabhi Kabhie ” [ 1976 ] , ” Trishul ” [ 1978 ] , ” Kaala Patthar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Silsila “[ 1981 ] , ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ] , ” Faasle ” [ 1985 ] , ” Vijay ” [ 1988 ] , ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] , ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] , ” Parampara ” [ 1992 ] , ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] , ” Dil To Pagal Hai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] .

FILMFARE AWARDS :

1965 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Waqt “

1969 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Ittefaq “

1973 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Daag “

1975 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Deewar “

1991 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Lamhe “

1975 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “

1997 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2004 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Veer – Zaara “

2006 , Filmfare Power Award

2007 , Filmfare Power Award

2008 , Filmfare Power Award

NATIONAL FILM AWARDS :

1998 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2005 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Veer – Zaara “

AWARDS & HONOURS :

2001 , Dadasaheb Phalke Award

2005 , Padma Bhushan

2008 , Officier de la Legion d’Honneur

FILMS AS PRODUCER :

When I was working with Uday Chopra as his private tutor , I used to go to Yash ji’s iconic bungalow in Juhu . I bumped into him several times . He was always gracious , always kind . Though he was a legend and I was not even a spec in the scheme of universe .

Once , years later , I went to meet Uday Chopra at Yash Raj Studio . I came out of his office after meeting him and approached the lift . Yash ji was standing there . Door of lift opened . Yash ji went in . I hesitated to enter and was standing still in front of the door . To my utter surprise Yash ji told me to come in . I went in and was almost numb that I am standing so close to him . I am sharing the space with him . Any other person of his stature would have ignored a non – entity like me . But Yash ji , in spite of being a legend , was kind enough to gesture me to come in . I will never forget that moment .

I am honoured that I got an opportunity to work with his banner . It was an experience to remember . Today as I am writing this blog , I remember several fond memories of the legend , who was so kind , ever smiling and always benevolent .

Apart from Mr. Dev Anand , Mr. Yash Raj Chopra is the most important factor in my life . He , along with Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra , helped an obscure Acting Trainer and thus made me what I am today .Vidur’s Kreating Charakters ,  as an Acting Institute and Acting Trainer Vidur , as a person owe their existence to Yash ji and his Yash Raj Films .

Thank you sir ! I will always be grateful to you because you never made me feel small in your presence . I always got love from you , though I deserved none . You were always condescending , though I was not worthy of anything . You were always kind , though I was just a pigmy in front of a titan like you .

Rest in peace sir !

[ List of his films have been taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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Achala Sachdev : The ” Zohara Jabeen ” of ” Waqt ” Fades Away


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           May 07 , 2012           00.55         A.M.

I was busy writing my pending travel diaries of Madhya Pradesh visit , when the news came of the death of Achala Sachdev . She died in Pune on April 30 , 2012 at the age of 91 .

She was not the leading actor but was a very popular character artiste and did many significant and important films in her illustrious career spanning 64 years [ ” Fashionable Wife ” 1938 toNa Tum Jaano Na Hum ” 2002 ] . In total she did 130 films . I came to know her through Yash Chopra directed film ” Waqt ‘ [ 1965 ] .

I still remember the first encounter with her on-screen . The year was 1967 . The cinema hall was Amarjyoti Talkies , Deoria . A film called ” Waqt “ was being screened there . Every one in the town was going gaga over it . So I decided to watch it . One fine evening I went  , bought ticket and entered the auditorium . Film started and the first scene was greeted with claps , loud uproar and whistles . Soon Balraj Sahni appeared on-screen and started crooning  in the voice of Manna Dey ‘ Aye meri zohra jabeen ; tujhe maloom nahin ; Tu abhi tak hai haseen aur main jawan , tujh pe qurban meri jaan , meri jaan ………………. ” . Throughout the song sequence , close – up of a lady , who was smiling coyly , continuously appeared on-screen in intercut . My film pundit friends informed me that name of the lady is Achala Sachdev .

Waqt (1965 film)

Waqt (1965 film)

Opening Scene of " Waqt "

Opening Scene of ” Waqt “

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” Waqt ” – Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen Song Sequence

Last week , when I read about her sad demise , a floodgate of memories got opened and I was transported to my home town Deoria in Uttar Pradesh . Evening of that day in 1967 appeared on my mental firmament . Even after 45 years , the first encounter of Achala Sachdev is not obfuscated even a bit . It is so uncanny that music director Ravi , who created ” Aye meri zihra jabeen …….. for her , also died last month .

After ” Waqt “ , I started following her career and watched some of the important films . Out of all the 130 films , her most memorable films are :” Foot Path ” [ 1953 ] , ” Pardesi ” [ 1957 ] , ” Miss Mary ” [ 1957 ] , ” Adalat ” [ 1958 ] , ” Char Dil Char Rahen ” [ 1959 ] , ” Kalpana ” [ 1960 ] , ” Manzil ” [ 1960 ] , ” Nazrana ” [ 1961 ] , ” Meri Surat Teri Aankhen ” [ 1963 ] , ” Dil Ek Mandir ” [ 1963 ] , ” Shagun ” [ 1964 ] , ” Sangam ” [ 1964 ] , ” Raj Kumar ” [ 1964 ] , ” Haqueeqat ” [ 1964 ] , ” Chitralekha ” [ 1964 ] , ” Arzoo ” [ 1965 ] , ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , ” Mere Sanam ” [ 1965 ] , ” Janwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Himalaya Ki God Mein ” [ 1965 ] , ” Bahu Beti ” [ 1965 ] , ” Akashdeep ” [ 1965 ] , ” Shagird ” [ 1967 ] , ” Hamraaz ” [ 1967 ] , ” Sapno Ka Saudagar ” [ 1968 ] , ” Mere Hamdam Mere Dost ” [ 1968 ] , ” Kanyadaan ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Bandhan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Prem Pujari ” [ 1970 ] , ” Mera Naam Jokar ” [ 1970 ] , ”  Heer Ranjha ” [ 1970 ] , ” Hare Rama Hare Krishna ” [ 1971 ] , ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ] , ” Paraya Dhan ” [ 1971 ] , ” Kal Aaj Aur Kal ” [ 1971 ] , ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] , ” Kora Kagaz ” [ 1974 ] , ” Geeta Mera Naam ” [ 1974 ] , ” Julie ” [ 1975 ] , ” Laila Majnu ” [ 1976 ] , ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] , ” Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ” [ 1995 ] , ” Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham ” [ 2001 ]  and ” Na Tum Jaano Na Hum ” [ 2002 ] .

Poster of Nazrana

Poster of Nazrana

Dil Ek Mandir

Poster of Dil Ek Mandir

Poster of Sangam

Poster of Sangam

Poster of Rajkumar

Poster of Rajkumar

Poster of Chitralekha

Poster of Chitralekha

Poster of Arzoo

Poster of Arzoo

Himalaya Ki God Mein

Poster of Himalaya Ki God Mein

Poster of Mere Hamdam Mere Dost

Poster of Mere Hamdam Mere Dost

Aadmi Aur Insaan

Poster of Aadmi Aur Insaan

Poster of Kora kagaz

Poster of Kora kagaz

Geeta Mera Naam

Poster of Geeta Mera Naam

Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

Poster of Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

Out of her 64 – year – long career ; 3 particular years ; 1964 [ 5 films ] ; 1965 [ 7 films ] and 1971 [ 6 films ] could be considered her most successful years in films . After ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] she disappeared from the films for 6 years . She again returned with Yash Chopra’s ” Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ” [ 1995 ] . And after 6 years gap , she again gave a super hit ” Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham ” [ 2001 ] .

Born in Peshawar in 1920 , she started her career as child artiste . She did her first film ” Fashionable Wife ” [ 1938 ] at the age of 18 years . She rose to prominence at the age of 45 years with ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , a film produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by Yash Chopra . She worked with Ashok Kumar , Dilip Kumar , Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand . Then she worked with Shammi Kapoor , Rajendra Kumar , Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra . Generations changed but she continues to play stellar roles . She , during her later years , worked with Amitabh Bachchan , Rishi Kapoor , Shah Rukh Khan and Hritik Roshan also . She was there in ” Sapno Ka Saudagar ” [ debut of Hema Malini ] , ” Prem Pujari ” [ debut of Dev Anand as director ] , ” Mera Naam Joker ” [ debut of Rishi Kapoor ] , ” Paraya Dhan ” [ debut of Rakesh Roshan as actor ] , ” Kal Aaj Aur Kal ” [ debut of Randhir Kapoor as actor and directed ] , ” Daag ” [ debut of Yash Raj Films ] , ” Geeta Mera Naam ” [ debut of Sadhna as director ] and above all ” Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ” [ debut of Aditya Chopra as director ] .

She worked , before partition , for All India Radio , Lahore and after partition for All India Radio , New Delhi .

During her later years she married Clifford Douglas Peters and settled in Pune . From there she occasionally came to Mumbai for Yash Chopra’s films .

i3 Phases of Achala Sachdev

3 Phases of Achala Sachdev

In 2011 she fell in her kitchen and since then was admitted in a Pune hospital . Her end came on April 30 , 2012 .

Beginning & End of Achala Sachdev

Beginning & End of Achala Sachdev

I was saddened to see her these two photos . A young Achala Sachdev of ” Waqt “ and a bed – ridden Achala Sachdev befor her death . Her only son from her first marriage is settled in U. S. A. and had no time for her . I am no one to comment on his relationship with his mother but it is heart – wrenching to know that Achala Sachdev died a lonely death . From September 2011 to April 2012 , she was bed – ridden with fractured leg , total paralysis and loss of vision and her only son was leading a comfortable life in U. S. A. with his nuclear family . I have no authority to say anything to him but I know that I would not have abandoned my mother like this .

Achala Sachdev on Death Bed

Achala Sachdev on Death Bed

I can only offer my prayers for Achala Sachdev ji . May God give her peace and tranquility .

Farewell ” ZOHRA JABEEN ” !!  You are gone but ” star – like glitter of your forehead ” shall always remain with us .

As long as we have prints of  ” Waqt “ , you will live in our heart .

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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 :

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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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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 – August 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 07 , 2011             06. 00 P.M.

This is the 28th edition of my film diary.

Priyanka Chopra has become a singer and her debut album was released by Universal Music Group and Desi Hits.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge entered 825th week of uninterrupted run in the first week of August.

After some box office duds , Salman Khan starrer ” Boduguard “ took the nation by storm. It is now the biggest first day grosser of all times as for as Hindi films are concerned .

As usual , to show trends of the industry , 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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CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is a dull fare which will nt b able to repeat its success story of d small screen. Review: http://bit.ly/p5mhUf
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Bodyguard nets a record breaking Rs. 21 cr on opening day. It will easily cross d 70 cr mark in 1st weekend. Report: http://goo.gl/KLa3a
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Bodyguard box-office: The Salman Khan starrer nets a superb Rs. 83.50 crore over the 1st weekend. Report – http://bit.ly/qkLJjg
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 Business Talk with Taran Adarsh: ‘Singham’ & ‘Z.N.M.D.’ emerge gigantic hits bit.ly/3Ozjuw
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 Overseas B.O.: ‘Z.N.M.D.’ continues to dominate… ‘Aarakshan’ & ‘Bodyguard’ keenly awaited bit.ly/CmbT0
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Not A Love Story: Started on a weak note. Business did increase marginally at few places, but the jump was missing. Overall, poor.
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Chatur Singh 2 Stars: Despite starring well-known stars, fetched a shockingly low start and remained poor all through the weekend. Flop.
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Like I had predicted yesterday afternoon, the 1st day estimates of ‘Bodyguard’ are 20 cr + nett. Almost 21 cr, as per early tracking.
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Okay, here are the *actual* figures of ‘Bodyguard’ in India on Wednesday: Rs 21.51 cr nett. That’s a new record!
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#Bodyguard – Friday *rough estimates* Rs 13.5 cr. 3-day total stands at Rs 54.5 cr nett. Sat should be big, Sun should be bigger.
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Bodyguard actuals: Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 14.08 cr, Sat 15.07 cr, Sun 18.68 cr. Total 88.93 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Shammi Kapoor : On August 14 , 2011 , with the death of Shammi Kapoor , not only an artiste was dead , but an era ended. This glorious era started in 1953 with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” , a film which he signed first but ” Rail Ka Dibba  “ was released first in the same year. This era will soon be part of history with the release of ” Rockstar “ in 2011 .
I am just mentioning about Shammi ji here . I will soon write a separate blog on him and his 58 year long career.
Shanti Das :  Well known art director Shanti Das died in Mumbai on August 14 , 2011 . He had worked with Shammi Kapoor in many films and its an uncanny coincidence that he died on the same day .
In his 40 year long career he worked in 200 films with stalwarts like ; Raj Kapoor , Bimal Roy , Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Subodh Mukherjee . Shammi Kapoor’s ” Junglee “ was his first big hit . He won many Filmfare award for his films and he got Dada Sahab Phalke Award also in 2000.
Samir Chanda : Another eminent art director Samir Chanda died on August 18 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was only 54 at the time of his death. He began his career with Subhash Ghai’s ” Ram Lakhan “ and continued till “ Black & White ” . His other works were ” Raavan ” , ” Rang De  Basanti “ and ” Delhi 6 ” . It is sad that a promising life ended at such a young age .

Shandar Amrohi : The elder son of film – maker Kamal Amrohi and step son of legendary Meena Kumari died in Goa on August 21 , 2011 at the age of 68.
Shandar Amrohi worked as an actor in ” Razia Sultan “ , a film directed by his father Kamal Amrohi . Though his acting career was short – lived. At the time of his death he was in Goa shooting a music vedio in memory of his stepmother Meena Kumari .
Barkha Roy was penning his biography ” Nowhere To Somewhere ” , which is now complete .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 05

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1 – I Am Kalam……………………………………………….x

2 – Chala Mussaddi – Office Office……………………….Vinay Jain

3 – Hair Is Falling…………………………………………….x

4 – Mr. Majnu………………………………………………….x

5 – Aagaah The Warning…………………………………….x

6 – Just 47 – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai…………………………x

Second Week – August 12

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1 – Aarakshan…………………………………………………..Saif Ali Khan

2 – Phhir………………………………………………………….Rajneesh Duggal

3 – Milta Hai Chance By Chance……………………………x

Third Week – August 19

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1 – Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande………………………………..Preeti Jhangiani

………………………………………………………………………..Narendra Jetley

2 – Chatur Singh – Two Star……………………………………x

3 – Not A Love Story…………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – August 26

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1 – Shabri…………………………………………………………x

2 – Yeh Dooriyan……………………………………………….x

3 – Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey…………………………….x

4 – Stand By……………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Bodyguard…………………………………………………….Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………..Hazel Keech

………………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………..Alvira Agnihotri

2 – Bol………………………………………………………………..x

3 – Mummy Punjabi………………………………………………Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………Viraf Patel

………………………………………………………………………….Urvashi Gandhi

………………………………………………………………………….Michael Joseph

4 – That Girl In Yellow Boots……………………………………x

5 – Bas Ek Tamanna………………………………………………..Samir Aftab

In total ……………………. 21 ………………. films got released in September. Out of these ………………………..21 ………………. films , ………………. 15 …………………… actors trained by me were working  in………………… 08 ………………..films . Out of these …………………… 15 ………… students  ………..14 .……………….are actors and ………………………….01 ……………. Alvira Agnihotri is co – producer of Bodyguard .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sameer Soni is appearing in a new show ” Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka “ on Colors TV .

2 – Aryamann Seth is appearing in a show ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Akshay Sethi is appearing in a new show ” Sasural Genda Phool “ on Star Plus.

4 – Umar Wani is appearing in a show ” Dharampatni “ on Imagine TV .

5 – Ashmit Patel is anchoring a show ” Bindass Buddies “ on UTV Bindass.

Out of many shows running on various channels , above mentioned  ……………. 05 ………………….shows have  ………………… 05 ……………….. students trained by me . Out of them  …………………. 04 ……………… are serials and ………….. 01 ……….. is reality show .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Perizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in ” Dinner With Friends  ”  , a play by Feroz Abbas Khan .

2 – Manav Gohil and Asif Ali Beg are working in ” Kennedy Bridge  “ , a play by Khalid Mohamed .

3 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan Kanhaiya “ with Paresh Rawal .

4 – Adhir Bhatt is working in  ” Bus Itna Sa Khwab ”  , a play by Chandrakant Kulkarni .

5 – Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal and Sonali Sachdev are working in  ” The Vagina Monologue ” , a play directed by Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal .

Above mentioned ……………….. 05 …………………. new and repeat plays have ……….  08 ……………… students of mine .

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An Evening With Shweta Pandit


 

January 09, 2011. What a Sunday ! After a long time , almost after five years, on this very cold , windy and dreary Sunday of Mumbai, I got an opportunity to meet famous playback singer Shweta Pandit. Her brother Yash Pandit is my student and because of him I know her personally. I am a huge admirer of her grand-uncle Pandit Jasraj ji, who is the real brother of her grandfather Pandit Pratap Ji.

Indian singer Pandit Jasraj at the launch of h...

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I used to like her Bua Sulakshan Pandit, who was a famous singer-actor of her time. I am a huge fan of her famous uncles and notable music director duo Jatin-Lalit also. Who is not a fan of hit musical scores of blockbuster films like ” Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ” , ” Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai ” and ” Mohabbatein ” . All these films have Jatin-Lalit compositions. Recent hit ” Munni Badnam Hui ” of ” Dabangg ” is also a creation of Lalit Pandit. Shweta Pandit’s  father Mandhir Pandit gave music for some of Dev Anand films under the name of Mandhir-Jatin.

Mohabbatein

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” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] reminds me of Shweta Pandit because it was her debut film. She sang two songs – ” Sab Darwaze Kar Lo Band, Dekho Aaye Aaye Chor  ” and  ” Chalte Chalte Yun Hi ” at the age of 12. It was a Yash Raj film. It was Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan starrer. She gave voice to Shamita Shetty in this film. As a trainer ” Mohabbatein ” was a big and important film for me too. I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 artistes, who were making their debut with this film. They were – Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj, Jimmy Sheirgill, Shamita Shetty, Priti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma. That time I didn’t know that Shweta Pandit is also making her debut with this film. ” Mohabbatein “ changed my life completely. From being an unknown and insignificant player in the field of acting training, I became a known figure in this field. And from being a 12 years old debutant singer, Shweta Pandit became an international sensation, who hops around the world along with A. R. Rehman for his concerts.

 

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Shweta called me on Saturday night to inform me that she would be coming to my institute on Sunday. It was nice seeing her after 5 years. She is same courteous, vibrant and energetic girl, who met me years ago with his brother Yash Pandit and who had now matured as a singer and as an international performer.

It was nice meeting you Shweta. We both started our major film journey from ” Mohabbatein “. It is an eleven year old relationship. We share a kind of professional umbilical cord. I pray to God that this umbilical cord should not and would never be snapped.

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