Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18 , 2013           11.50 P.M.

        Mani Rabadi

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month on August 06 , 2013 . She was older sister of yesteryear actress Nargis Rabadi a.k.a. Shammi or Shammi aunty .
   

Much before the advent of Manish Malhotra and Neeta Lulla , long before Anna Singh and Anaita Shroff Adajania and eons ago Niharika Khan , there was Mani Rabadi , who along with Bhanu Athaiya , became couturier to the stars in the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema.

Making her debut in 1967 with the Dev Anand starrer Jewel Thief , she worked all the way in to the 90s ending her career with the mega hit ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ” .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Farz ” [ 1967 ] , ” Sapnon Ka Saudagar ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 1968 ] , ” Duniya ” [ 1968 ] , ” Mahal ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ek Phool Do Mali ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Prince [ 1969 ] , ” The Train ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] , ” Gambler ” [ 1971 ] , ” Victoria No. 203 ” [ 1972 ] , ” Kachche Dhaage ” [ 1973 ] , ” Jheel Ke Us Paar ” [ 1973 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Trimurti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Aap Ki Kasam ” [ 1974 ] , ” Amir Garib ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kasauti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sanyasi ” [ 1975 ] , ” Rafoo Chakkar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] , ” Hera Pheri ” [ 1976 ] , ” Don ” [ 1978 ] ,  ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , ” Aasha ” [ 1980 ] , ” Kaalia ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mard ” [ 1985 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] , ” Maine Pyar Kiya ” [ 1989 ] , ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ! ” [ 1994 ]  are her famous and most successful films .

She also won National Film Award , along with Ramilla Patel , for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] .


English: Scanned photograph of my grandmother,...

Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . She worked for 27 long years in this unpredictable and risk-driven industry . She successfully withered changing times , fluid tastes and all the changing patterns from ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] till ” Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

Jewel Thief

Jewel Thief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Evening in Paris

An Evening in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar Akbar Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Born as Mani Rabadi in a family of Parsi priests , she was only a kid when her father died . Her mother made a living by cooking at religious functions. Later on , along with her younger sister Shammi , Mani Rabadi worked in toy factories after school to source their tuition fees. After school time, they worked at offices, ran a magazine and did odd jobs. Mani also worked with the Indian People’s Theatre Association and did some Gujarati films.

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Here is a gallery of her designs from the movies we all love :

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An Evening in Paris (1967)

Sharmila actually plays a dual role in the film. The villainous side incidentally always shows her tummy–just to help the audience keep things straight.

Uhh, what precisely are you looking at Pran?

Cutsy hair clip that’s bigger than my nose? Don’t mind if I do.

Jewel Thief (1967)

I’ve talked a lot about my feelings for Helen in a chicken suit from this film, but this picture definitely deserves one more mention.

Yup, those are cotton balls puffing out of that red sari like polka dots. Just saying, it takes a bold and confident woman to try and pull that off.

Dev Anand poses as a French jewelry importer. Can’t you tell by the beret?

Aradhana (1969)

Who can forget Rajesh Khanna’s tall Nepali hat as he bellows “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” on a hillside?

Rajesh Khanna in a blue suit with a hot red turtleneck during “Kora Kaagaz Tha” is the epitome of suave.

Unarguably the most famous scene from Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore makes a sari out of a flimsy blanket…and the rest is history.

Bobby (1973)

Youth and freedom must mean a tight leather jacket!

Umm, ok Dimple Kapadia, where did the rest of your shirt go though?

Cute but completely arbitrary villager costume for “Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate.”

Farz (1967)

Nice ascot, Jeetendra.

Oh, those tight white pants that made you who you were. It’s no wonder Jeetendra was nicknamed “Jumping Jack”!

Prince (1969)

Did someone say “hep cat”?!

Helen and Vijayantimala dance off in “Muqabla Humse Na Karo.”

Kati Patang (1970)

Asha briefly portrays a 70s bride before running away from the ceremony.

Bindu makes a spectacle of herself in comparison to Asha’s stark white sari..

Amar Akbar Anthony (1979)

Rishi Kapoor dresses as a qawwal by night.

There actually aren’t really words for this.

Moss green leather jacket with religious bling.

You are wearing a fedora? Clearly, you have become a millionaire.

Don (1978)

Nothing says “bad boy” like a big red bow tie.

Don’t mess with her scarf.

Or his.

Helen rocks an overly slitted dress for “Yeh Mera Dil” in Don (1978)

The bottom line here is , could Jeetendra have seized Bombay by storm without his famous tight white pants ? Could Dimple Kapadia have shot to stardom without costumes that only covered half of the minimum required? Her polka dots top for ” Bobby ” is still remembered . Vyjayantimala’s red saree from ” Jewel Thief ” is still fresh in our memories . Amitabh Bachchan’s tuxedo in the song My name is Anthony Gonsalves from the film ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” or Rishi Kapoor’s costumes from the same film are still there in our memory lane . Polka dot waist – coat of Amitabh Bachchan in ” Don ” is unforgettable . You remember his iconic song Khai ke paan Banaraswalla …… from the film and you will surely remember his polka dot waist-coat . You will never forget any costume of legendary Helen . Mani Rabadi designed innumerable costumes for her in films . They were revealing but not vulgar .

Her work is so diverse, so eye-catching, and so unpredictable . Mani Rabadi is unarguably genius. It is sad that her death is not widely reported in newspapers . Today , when Parsi community is celebrating Navroz [ thier new year ] , I am writing this obituary of Mani Rabadi , one of the prominent member of Parsi community .

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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 bereaved family and specially Shammi aunty who is left alone to bear this loss at the age of 84 .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer heartfelt sympathies at the sad demise of the legendary but almost forgotten dress designer of the golden era of the Hindi films .

[ It is sad that I could know about her death after a week through the latest issue of ” Screen ” weekly . I found material about her in magazines like ” Screen ” , ” Parsi Khabar ” and ” Mid Day ” . For her photographs and her volume of work , I had to refer to online posting of ” Mr. & Mrs. 55 – Classic Bollywood Revisited ” . I express my profound gratitude to all of them . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2012


 –MUMBAI MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 03 , 2012           08.00 P.M.

This is 34th film diary . 2 more to go and it will complete 3 momentous years . As usual I am re-posting some relevant tweets of the eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

GALI GALI CHOR HAI collected Rs. 3 – 3.25 crore (approx. all-India net) at the box-office over the weekend.

EK MAIN AUR EKK TU opens to dull houses. Report: bit.ly/xoH50e

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA review: bit.ly/w2iTxi – The entertaining 2nd half & hit music save it & make it a plus fare for Tips & UTV.

Update: ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ has poor start, #Agneepath continues to dominate bit.ly/AxAnDk

Okay, those asking, #Agneepath is No 3 biggest opener of all times, after #Bodyguard and #RaOne.

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#Agneepath is the latest entrant in 100 cr nett Club. Collected Rs 15.25 cr nett in Wknd 2, taking total to Rs 106.3 cr nett. Super Hit

#Agneepath had an impressive Week 2. Collected Rs 24 cr nett [approx] in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to Rs 115 cr nett. Super Hit.

#GaliGaliChorHai had a disastrous opening weekend. Collected approx Rs 3.25 cr nett [early estimates] in its first three days. Flop.

Update: #EkMainAurEkkTu has below the mark start, but should pick up over weekend bit.ly/xn69ho

#EkMainAurEkkTu *India* Fri 5.25 cr, Sat 7.5 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 2.75 cr, Tue [Valentine’s Day] 4.5 cr. Total: Rs 28.25 cr nett.

#Agneepath *India* 3-week total: Rs 122.5 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EkkDeewanaTha *India* Friday Rs 55 lacs. Disastrous start!

#EkkDeewanaTha collected 1.03 cr on Fri, 1.19 cr on Sat and 1.34 cr on Sun, taking the opening weekend total to Rs 3.56 cr. Very poor.

India *early estimates*: #JodiBreakers Fri Rs 1.55 cr nett …#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri Rs 1.75 cr nett.

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri 1.75 cr, Sat 2.50 cr. Total: Rs 4.25 nett …#JodiBreakers Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2 cr. Total: Rs 3.50 cr nett.

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Obituary :

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Anil Mohile

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Last month music arranger Anthony Fernandes left us . In the month of February another music arranger Anil Mohile bid us adieu .

He died on February 01 , 2012 at the age of 71 in Mumbai . In a career spanning 5 decades , he worked with Sachin Dev Burman , Kalyanji – Anandji ,  Khayyam , Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Srinivas Khale .

He was arranger for Lata Mangeshkar’s public concerts also .

Raj Kanwar :

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Raj Kanwar , maker of ” Deewana ” [ 1992 ] ,  ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] , ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] , ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] , ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] , ” Dhaii Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] , ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] , ” Ab Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] , ” Andaaz [ 2003 ] ,  ” Humko Deewana Kar Gaye ” [ 2006 ]  and ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] died on February 03 , 2012 in Singapore at the age of 51 .

He has unique distinction of launching Shah Rukh Khan , Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar and Luv Sinha .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Mr. Raj Kanwar :

Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan ” wp.me/ptyXI-1JD

O. P. Dutta :

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Father of filmmaker J. P. Dutta , and himself a filmmaker and dialogue writer of repute , O. P. Dutta died on February 09 , 2012 in Mumbai . He was 90 years old .

Maker of films like ;  ” Pyar Ki Jeet ” [ 1948 ] , Ek Nazar ” [ 1951 ] ,  ” Malkin ” [ 1953 ] and ” Lagan ” [ 1955 ] , he directed films till 1959 and made 9 films . Later on he started writing screenplay and dialogues . He wrote dialogues for ” Ghulami ” [ 1985 ] , ” Yateem ” [ 1988 ] , ” Hathyar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Kshatriya ” [ 1993 ] , ” Border ” [ 1997 ] , ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] , ” LOC Kargil ” [ 2003 ] and ” Umrao Jaan ” [ 2006 ] . All the above mentioned films were directed by his son , filmmaker J. P. Dutta .

He won Lifetime Achievement Award i 2006 .

Shahryar :

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A renowned poet of Urdu language , Shahryar a.k.a. Akhlaq Mohammad Khan , who also won Jnanpith Award in 2008 for his contribution to Urdu literature , died on February 13 , 2012 in Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh . He was suffering from lung cancer .

He , apart from writing ghazals and nazms , also wrote lyrics for highly successful films like ;  ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Umrrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] and ” Anjuman ” [ 1986 ] , all directed by Muzaffar Ali .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Shahryar Sahab :

Al – Vidaa Shahryar Saheb ! wp.me/ptyXI-1NR

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – February 03

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1 – Gali Gali Chor Hai ……………………………………………… Akshaye Khanna

Second Week – February 10

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1 – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ……………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Sonia Mehra

2 – Valentine’s Night ……………………………………………….. x

Third Week – February 17

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1 – Ekk Deewana Tha ……………………………………………….. x

2 – Married 2 America …………………………………………….. x

3 –  ? ( Question Mark )  …………………………………………….. x

Fourth Week – February 24

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1 – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya ……………………………………….. Genelia D’souza

2 – Jodi Breakers …………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

In total …….. 08 …………….. films got released this month . Out of these ……………… 08 ………. films …………….. 06 ……………. students of mine , worked in ………….. 04 ………… films .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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Bhojpuri :  Swati Varma is doing an important role in ” Kehu Hamse Jeet Na Paai ” .

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T.V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Pawan Shankar is essaying very important charactor in ” Kya Hua Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ejaz Khan is essaying very important charactor ib ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

New Accomplishments :

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1 – 18th Annual Colors Screen Award 2012. My 5 students got 6 awards :

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor Male ] for ” Rockstar “
Saif Ali Khan [ Best Supporting Actor male ] for ” Aarakshan “
Priyanka Chopra [ Best Actor in Negative Role Female ] for ” 7 Khoon Maaf “
Hritik Roshan & Katrina kaif [ Ensemble Cast ] for ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara “
And again Priyanka Chopra [ Jodi Award ] .
2 – Zee Cine Awards 2012 , my 2 students got the Awards.

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor – Rockstar ]

Katrina Kaif – [ International Icon -Female ]

3 – Filmfare 2012 Award , my 2 students won 3 Awards . They are :

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  • Best Actor Popular – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actor Critics – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actress Critics – Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
4 – 10th Max Stardust Award , my 2 students got 2 awards :

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Best Actor — Drama: Hrithik Roshan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Best Actress — Comedy/ Romance: Anushka Sharma (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)

5 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2011 ” list , there are 9 girls , who are my students.

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They are : Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Jacqueline Fernandez , Genelia D’Souza , Sonam Kapoor , Sameera Reddy & Shazahn Padamsee.

[ Published in Today’s Bombay Times February 04 , 2012 ]

6 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable men of 2011 ” list , there are 11 actors , who are my students.

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They are : Ranbir Kapoor , Hritik Roshan , John Abraham , Imran Khan , Arjun Rampal , Saif Ali Khan , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh , Emraan Hashmi , Kunal Kapoor & Dino Morea

[ Published in Sunday’s Bombay Times February 05 , 2012 ]

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Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan “


Mr. Raj Kanwar

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 05 , 2012           11.15 P.M.

Death is always painful . It is more painful if a young life is lost . I was shocked when I heard about the sad demise of Mr. Raj Kanwar . He died on February 03 , 2012 at the age of  51 in Singapore . He was suffering from kidney ailment from the past year . It is uncanny that his elder brother Mr. K. Pappu also died of kidney ailment  and that too almost at the same age .

He started his film journey as an assistant to Shekhar Kapur and Raj Kumar Santoshi . He started as independent director with ” Deewana ” [1992 ] , a Rishi Kapoor , Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharti starrer . This film is Shah Rukh Khan’s first and major hit in Hindi film industry .

After stupendous success of ” Deewana “ [ 1992 ] , he made another blockbuster ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] . And then followed ” Kartavya ” [ 1995 ] .

After 3 hits in a row , he made ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] and ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] . Both the films were released in 1996 .

Next year , he returned with 2 films ;  ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] and ” Itihaas ” [ 1997 ] .

” Itihaas “ was followed by ” Daag : The Fire ” [ 1999 ] and ” Badal ” [ 2000 ] .

2000 was the only year in the entire career of Mr. Raj Kanwar , when he made 3 films . Apart from ” Badal “ , he made Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] andDhaai Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] .

” Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke “ shall always be remembered by the connoisseurs of Hindi films because it brought Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai together on the screen for the first time . After this film , he came with ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] .

After ” Farz “ , he returned withAb Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] . Unfortunately this film bombed at the box office . In this film he introduced Aarya Babbar and Amrita Rao . Incidentally , Aarya babbar is my student .

Ab Ke Baras

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After ” Ab Ke Baras “ , he came with ” Andaaz ” [ 2003 ] , one of the biggest hits of his career . He introduced Priyanka Chopra  and Lara Datta in this film . And again incidentally Priyanka Chopra is my student .

After 3 years hiatus , he returned with ” Humko Deewana Kar gaye ” [ 2006 ] .

Then again he returned after a gap of  4 years with ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] . It is sad that his last film bombed badly . Despite all the brickbats it got , it will always be close to my heart because it introduced 2 of my students ; Luv Sinha and Ferena Wazeir .

In total he made 16 films in a career spanning 20 years . He gave break to many new comers . Among his discoveries 4 are my students . They are ; Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar , Luv Sinha and Ferena Wazeir .

During the making of ” Sadiyaan “ , I met him in his office . He wanted to know about Ferena’s progress and I went to meet him along with Ferena . I still remember the evening I spent with him .

Then again I met him at the music launch of  ” Sadiyaan “ at The Club . I never knew that it was my last meeting with him .

At The Music Launch of Sadiyaan

Rest In Peace Sir ! You will be missed .

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