My Association With ” O Teri “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2014           11.45 A.M.

 

I thought to write this blog and post it on March 28, 2014, when Atul Agnihotri produced film ” O Teri “ got released. But I was unable to accomplish my wish because of two factors. First was the coming national elections of the 16th Lok Sabha and the second was the incessant and gruelling work pressure of my acting institute.

2014 Indian general election  were conducted in 9 phases from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 2014 and the results of the election were declared on 16 May 2014. So watching evening and night news on various channels became a must and I was not able to sit and write my blog. Night after night, I sat in front of television set totally engrossed in the election news. As per my habit, I am not interested only in the new batch of my acting institute like few upstart and wannabe acting trainers. I have my social, political and national duties, commitments and obligation to fulfill too.

Then there were work related issues. These days I don’t even find time for lunch. Morning, evening and special classes take all my working hours and it is simply not possible to fit in some time for writing blogs in a  10 hour-long working day. So this much delayed blog is being posted today.

” O Teri “ got released on March 28, 2014 in approximately 1000 theatres across India. As per industry trade pundits it met with mixed response. But this Atul Agnihotri produced and Umesh Bist directed film is very close to my heart.

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With Mr. Atul Agnihotri, Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I am very close to producer Atul Agnihotri and his family. I have worked with his wife Alvira Agnihotri also. His sister-in-law Arpita Khan is also close to me. Atul ji is kind enough to call me whenever he wants an acting trainer for his actors. I worked with Hazel Keech for his ” Bodyguard “. I was again called by him to conduct acting workshop for the lead actors of his new venture  ” O Teri “. As required, I started acting workshop with Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi in Atul ji’s office.

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

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With Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I first trained Pulkit Samrat, when I was working with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor. After completion of the training, Pulkit was chosen for the role of  Lakshya in Ekta Kapoor’s mega serial  ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2006 ]. I, again worked with him privately in 2007 when he quit ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi “, and was searching for work. 6 years later, I worked with him briefly for ” Fukrey ” [ 2013 ]. So when I was called to train him for ” O Teri “, I was very happy. Thus with Pulkit Samrat, it is a 9-year old relationship. His fiance Shweta Rohira is also my student. Pulkit, unlike some other stars of his generation, is very hard-working and always smiling up – coming super star.

 

With Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

With my Wife, Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

 

Bilal Amrohi was new to me. I was pleasantly surprised, when I got to know that he is grandson of legendary producer – director late Kamal Amrohi. He is very emotional, yet he has impeccable comic – timing.

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With Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

” O Teri “ is special to me for one more reason. One day I came to know that my son’s friend G. J. Singh has been signed as the music director of ” O Teri “ and his brother Jas a.k.a. Jaspreet is singing songs in the film. They met me one day and made me listen one particular song. It immediately caught my attention because of its very catchy tune and peppy lyrics. Song in question was ” ………….. Ummbakkum Ummbakkum ……………… “. I asked them, “who has written the lyrics?”  They told me that the lyricist is none other but my son Abhinav Chaturvedi. I was surprised. My son made this baby step without my help. And thank God! he never allowed himself to be degraded for getting work. Unlike some uncouth revellers, who, to get a B-grade film, became factotum and doormat of their own student, he never allowed himself to become subservient to anyone.

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With my Son Abhinav Chaturvedi in 2011

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Irrespective of the box office verdict of ” O Teri “, I am happy to be associated with the film. Apart from Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Agnihotri, with whom I am so close, ” O Teri “ also has Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Jaspreet, G. J. Singh and my son Abhinav. They all are closely associated with ” O Teri “.

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With Playback Singer Jaspreet

” O Teri “ remains and will always remain a special film for me. To commemorate ” O Teri “, I made a video and up-loaded the same on YouTube.

Vidur Club News Video 3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” :

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned students and the team of ” O Teri “.

VIDUR Editing Studio, VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to wish them well.

 

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I Denounce Sanjay Nirupam’s Comment


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VAITHEESWARANKOIL – NAGAPATTINAM – TAMIL NADU           DECEMBER 22, 2012           10.15 P.M.

 

I came to know about Sanjay Nirupam‘s comment about Smriti Irani through twitter . All of sudden there were outrage against Sanjay Nirupam and he started trending for few days .

English: Sanjay Nirupam

Sanjay Nirupam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was originally with Shiv Sena . Then he left the Sena and joined Congress , the Indian National Congress . I don’t think it is change of heart . He definitely joined Congress for greener pastures .

English: Smriti Irani at BIG Awards Jury Press...

Smriti Irani at BIG Awards Jury Press Meet. Photo: FilmiTadka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smriti Irani is a member of BJP , the Bharatiya Janata Party . She is a popular actress of television and essayed role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor‘s mega serial ” Kyonki ….. Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” .

Flag of the Indian National Congress

Flag of the Indian National Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a na...

Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sanjay Nirupam and his other friends of Congress were definitely frustrated on the day when Gujarat election results were declared . Huge electoral gains for Narendra Modi made them a frustrated lot . So when both ; Sanjay Nirupam and Smriti Irani were participating in a debate on a popular news channel , Sanjya Nirupam commented , ” Aap Bhi To Paise Ke Liye TV Par Thumke Lagati Theen ……….. ” . This uncalled for slur expectedly drew widespread public outcry .

Instead of taking defeat gracefully and instead of showing sympathy for Delhi Rape Victim , Congress leaders like Sanjay Nirupam showed his petty mind and deep-rooted prejudices against female members of the society .

Narendra Modi has been elected by the public . There is no need for not accepting this verdict . If BJP can gracefully accept defeat in Himachal Pradesh , then why can’t Congress in Gujarat ?

And I or any conscientious citizen of India will say that rape is a slap on the face of humanity. So what if it happened in a Congress ruled Delhi ? Every leader of Congress should condemn this barbarous act .

But leaders like Sanjay Nirupam of Indian National Congress are giving went to his frustration and expressed their inner most feelings towards women on National television .

But what can you expect from the Congress , the Indian National Congress ? Here are some glaring examples :

1 – 80 plus Narayan Dutt Tiwari [ Ex Chief Minister of UP and Uttarakhand , Ex Union Minister holding very important portfolios and the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh ] , was allegedly indulging in sexual escapades in the Raj Bhawan of Hyderabad . You can find some videos of this orgy on YouTube .

2 – A middle – aged Abhishek Manu Sanghvi [ Supreme Court lawyer and spokesperson of Congress ] was allegedly seeking favour from another fellow female lawyer for making her a judge . Again CD is easily available and it can be viewed on YouTube .

3 – Paras Nath Maderna’s case is too recent and widely reported in the newspapers . So no need to say anything about it .

So Sanjay Nirupam is doing nothing new or unique . He , in fact , was following footsteps of his other more famous and illustrious leaders . Narayan Dutt Tiwari , Abhishek Many Sanghvi and Paras Nath Maderna are the flag – bearers of Congress , the Indian National Congress .

But irrespective of Congress culture , I condemn Sanjay Nirupam for his comment . You should be ashamed Mr. Nirupam .

At least you can say sorry even now .

I am sorry and saddened that film fraternity is maintaining stoic silence on the insult of one of its fellow member .

 

But I am not going to be silent . I denounce Sanjay Nirupam’s comment and seek an unconditional apology from him . I don’t want to involve my students and staff of my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  in this . Because these days you could be arrested for expressing your feelings on internet .

I am posting this blog in my personal capacity and am ready to face the consequences . Mr. Sanjay Nirupam , I denounce you in no uncertain term .

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Vidur’s Telly Tales – 10 : 20 Years of ZEE TV


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 16 , 2012           00.35 A.M.

I came to Mumbai in 1989 . It was October 1989 precisely . That era belonged to Doordarshan a.k.a. DD . Fresh from the success of serials like ;  ” Ramayan ” and ” Mahabharat “ , DD almost became omni – present . It’s all – pervading reach in India was unparalleled . For audience , it dished out various other popular programmes but there was clamour for more . Zee TV was the first to fill the void .

 

Zee TV's very first logo used from 1 October 1...

Zee TV’s very first logo used from 1 October 1992 until 16 June 2000. Wikipedia)

 

 

Zee TV's second logo used in India from 17 Jun...

Zee TV’s second logo used in India from 17 June 2000 until 26 March 2005. Wikipedia)

 

 

Zee TV's third logo used from 27 March 2005 un...

Zee TV’s third logo used from 27 March 2005 until 18 June 2011. Wikipedia)

 

 

Zee TV's fourth logo unveiled on 19 June 2011....

Zee TV’s fourth logo unveiled on 19 June 2011. Wikipedia)

 

It was India’s first satellite channel . It was launched in October 1992 with 3 hours of prime time programming . It started with some immensely popular non – fiction shows .

SAANP SEEDI [ 1992 ] : This show was hosted by Mohan Kapoor . It was based on the famous game for kids .

ANTAKSHIRI [ 1993 ] : This show was hosted by Anu Kapoor along with Renuka Shahane and some others .

KHANA KHAZANA [ 1993 ] : Its 15 years run is unparalleled .

AAP KI ADALAT [ 1993 ] : This Rajat Sharma anchored show was a trend setter . It was a must – watch on Sundays .

SA RE GA MA PA [ 1995 ] : It is one of the Zee TV’s longest running show . Its several seasons spread over almost 18 years .

DANCE INDIA DANCE [ 2009 ] : In the last 3 years it became one of the biggest and most succesful non – fiction show .

INDIA’S MOST WANTED : It is the new non – fiction show of Zee TV .

Apart from above mentioned non – fiction shows , Zee TV became a trend – setter with some of its fiction shows also .

TARA [ 1993 ] : This woman oriented show was first of its kind and it ran for almost 5 years . This Raman Kumar and Vinita Nanda show is considered a trend – setter even today . It was very bold for its time .

BANEGI APNI BAAT [ 1993 ] : It ran for 4 years and is the longest running weekly show on satellite channel .

PARAMPARA [ 1993 ] : Mohan Bhandari played main lead in this family drama .

ZEE HORROR SHOW [ 1993 ] : first of its kind , the show was hugely popular .

CAMPUS [ 1994 ] : This weekly college based serial revolved around the teacher and students .

HUM PAANCH [ 1995 ] : This Ekta Kapoor show will always be remembered because it is longest running weekly comedy show and Vidya Balan played one of the sisters .

SAILAAB [ 1995 ] : It was a shocker of its time because of its story of extra – marital affair .

AMANAT [ 1997 ] : It was the first family drama which was hit and set trend for the future family dramas .

Apart from above mentioned hugely successful shows , Zee TV’s recent shows are also very popular . They are ; SAATH PHERE , JHANSI KI RANI , AGLE JANAM MOHE BITIYA HI KIJO and PAVITRA RISHTA .

Initially Zee was number one but lost its numero Uno position to Star Plus when the latter came with ” Kaun Banega Crorepati “ .  Zee TV’s current position oscillates between no. 2 and no. 3 . But there no denying the fact that Zee was a trend – setter and should be congratulated for that .

 

Several of my students had featured in various shows of Zee . I congratulate Zee TV on behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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