Under – 30 Over – Achiever Stars of Hindi Films


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 29 , 2012           01.45 A.M.

In the Hindustan Times of August 25 , 2012 , there was an article in HT Cafe section . It is about 8 stars of Hindi cinema , who are currently ruling the box office and yet are below 30 years of age . Their names are ; Ranbir Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Priyanka Chopra , Imran Khan , Sonam Kapoor , Deepika padukone , Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Sharma .

It is very heartening to note that out of these 8 stars , 5 are my students and were trained by me during different phases of my career .

RANBIR KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” to ” Rockstar “

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With Ranbir Kapoor before "Saawariya"

With Ranbir Kapoor before “Saawariya”

I trained him before his debut film ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] . I used to go to his Pali Hill bungalow and work with him . I am happy to see his rise to the dizzying heights of super – stardom . I also attended the premier of his first film ” Saawariya “ at the Imax theatre , Wadala in Mumbai .

Cover of

Cover of Saawariya

After 7 years of gap , I again met him at Manali in March 2012 . He had gone there for ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “ , a film being produced by Karan Johar and Dharma Productions . I was also there to train Kalki Koechlin for the same film . Much has been changed since his ” Saawariya “ days . From a confident newcomer , he has now become a super – confident super – star . I was ushered into his room in Manu Allaya , a 5 star hotel in Manali by Kalki Koechlin . I was sceptical . Whether he would recognize me or not ? When Kalki told him about a visitor , he came forward , recognized me immediately and warmly hugged me .

As per trade grapevine he charges INR 8 – 10 crore per film . For ads he charges 1 – 2 crore per ad per day .

His major endorsements are ; Panasonic , Pepsi , Tata Docomo , Nissan , Ronco Leone Shoes , Hero Moto Corp and Lenovo .

KATRINA KAIF : ” Boom ” to ” Ek Tha Tiger ”

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With katrina Kaif In Her Apartment

With katrina Kaif In Her Apartment

She is again a rising super star among female artistes . Coming from a non – filmy background and without much knowledge of  Hindi language , she climbed the stairs of stardom and is now the most successful female star of Hindi film industry .

I was called by Yash Raj Films to train her for ” New York ” [ 2009 ] . I worked with her briefly for that film . Later on she again called me for Prakash Jha’s film  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010 ]  . I worked on her accent . Results are there for everyone to see . She is tremendously hard-working girl .

As per trade analysts , she charges INR 3 – 4 crore per film . For ads she gets 1 – 1.5 per ad per day .

Her major endorsements are ; Barbie , Choc – On , Linc Uniball , Lux , Nakshatra , Olay , Panasonic , Pantene , Slice , Titan , Wrigleys , Yardley and Veet .

PRIYANKA CHOPRA : ” The Hero ” to ” Agneepath ”

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Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are my personal students . I used to go to their houses . But Priyanka Chopra was my student in Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor’s classes ,  with whom I was working those days .

She joined the class after being crowned Miss World in 2000 . She made her acting debut with Tamil film ” Thamizhan ” [ 2002 ] . Her first Hind film was ” The Hero ” [ 2003 ] . She gained superstardom with ” Andaaz ” [ 2003 ] .

Till date she has got 1 National Award and 4 Filmfare Awards .

As per trade pundits , she charges INR 2 – 3 crores per film . For ads she charges INR 65 – 75 lakh per ad per day .

Her major endorsements are ; Nokia , Dabur , Dabur Amla , Garnier , Samsung , Bru , Nikon , Hero Honda and Asmi .

IMRAN KHAN : ” Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na ” to ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ”

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He , also , is not my personal student . He became my student when he joined Kishore Namit Kapoor’s classes .

He made his debut with ” Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na ” [ 2008 ] . His last release was ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ” [ 2012 ] . Though he is only 8 films old , he , among the stars of his age , is considered bankable . Incidentally his heroine Genelia D’Souza in his debut film is also my student .

As per industry grapevine he charges INR 5 – 7 crores per film . For ads he demands INR INR 1 – 1.5 crore per ad per day .

His major endorsements are Levis and Coke .

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” to ” Mausam ”

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One day I got a call from Mr. Anil Kapoor . He wanted me to come to his house . I immediately rushed and to my surprise I found that he wanted me to train his daughter , who was making her debut in ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] with Ranbir Kapoor . I trained her for the film . She is , contrary to her image , very warm – hearted girl . She is style icon and a philanthropist .

She is only 7 films old , but is considered as one of the rising stars among the girls of her age .

According to trade pundits , she gets INR 50 – 75 lakh per film . For ads she demands INR 25 – 50 lakh per ad per day .

Her major endorsements are ; L’Oreal , Spice Mobile , Mont Blanc , Electrolux , Indian Gems and Jewellery Exibition .

[ So out of these 5 stars , 3 are my personal students and remaining 2 were my students in Mr. Kapoor’s class . ]

DEEPIKA PADUKONE and SONAKSHI SINHA are not my students . So there is not much to write about them .

ANUSHKA SHARMA : “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” to “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”

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Batch No. 19 of The Institute

Batch No. 19 of The Institute

Her case is peculiar . She was in the Batch No. 19 of Kreating Charakters . But she constantly refuses to accept this . She says that she is not trained . So let it be . If she does not accept me as her teacher , so I cannot force myself to be her teacher . May God bless her in her journey !

In the photograph you can see her sitting in the front row , [ Extreme Right ]. Second from the left in the front row is Veebha Anand of the ” Balika Badhu ” fame .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 01 , 2012           01.00 A.M.

First half of 2012 is over . There are few sterling successes and some significant emerging new trends in the Hindi film industry . Big budget films like ;  Agneepath ” , ” Houseful 2 “ and  Rowdy Rathore  earned mega bucks and entered in the prestigious 100 crore club . Small budget films like ;  ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Kahaani ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Paan Singh TomarandGangs of Wasseypur won praise and made money also . ” Ishaqzaade ”  marks entry of a fresh face Arjun Kapoor , who is making waves . ” Gangs Of Wasseypur “ heralds emergence of new Hindi cinema .

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

Tweets

Straight B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R! That’s what Rowdy Rathore is!! Next 100-crore film? All chances!

RR 1st day 15 crore; 2nd day 14.5 crore; 3rd day 18.5 crore. Total weekend: an astounding 48 crore!

@enter10meAnt Shanghai opens to poor houses. Too Class-appealing, too Confusing, hence not Commercial. Losing venture

Dull opening for Shanghai. Multiplexes around 15-30%. Single-screen cinemas terribly low. Sad!

Opening of Ferrari on lower side. In premium multiplexes, opening is fair

Ferrari Ki Sawaari 1st day about 2.9 to 3 crore. Today should be better than Friday

TMK 1st day: a little over 5 crore. GOW: around 2.75 crore. Both openings below the mark

#Shanghai [Week 2]: Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 25 lacs. Total: 21.10 cr nett. Disappointing!

#RowdyRathore opening is fantabulous at single screens, plexes are good, should be great by noon/evening. Trends indicate Rs 15 cr Friday.

#RowdyRathore is @akshaykumar ‘s #Dabangg. His biggest opener!

#RowdyRathore *India* Fri 15.10 cr nett. Biggest non-holiday Friday opener. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-

#RowdyRathore is the third biggest opener ever, after #Agneepath and #Bodyguard. Incidentally, all three films are remakes

#RowdyRathore has biggest non-holiday weekend, collects Rs 48.5 cr + nett http://bit.ly/Mb3dpw

#RowdyRathore has smashed previous records by a big margin. Collects a colossal Rs 48.3 cr + nett in its first 3 days… contd.

#RowdyRathore biz is *better* than this year’s first Blockbuster #Agneepath, if one compares Friday to Sunday numbers… contd.

#RowdyRathore Breakup:- Fri 15.1 cr, Sat 14.7 cr, Sun 18.5 cr +. Total: Rs 48.5 cr + nett. Biggest non-holiday weekend. Fantabulous

#Ishaqzaade Week 4 – Rs 1.46 cr. Total: Rs 47.19 cr nett. Fantastic!

#RowdyRathore smashed previous records in many circuits. Has performed exceptionally well at single screens and plexes… contd

Update: #Shanghai opens to dull response http://bit.ly/Ls3u92

#RowdyRathore has crossed Rs 100 cr nett mark at the end of Weekend 2. Has performed exceptionally well at single screens as well as plexes.

#RowdyRathore joins the Rs 100 crore club: @taran_adarsh on IBN Live http://bit.ly/KyN1KM

#Shanghai started slow, but showed decent growth at hi-end multiplexes on Sat and Sun. However, the overall business is below the mark.

#RowdyRathore is unstoppable. Remains first choice of moviegoers. Collected a humungous Rs 35 cr nett in Week 2. Total: Rs 114.5 cr nett.

Update: #FerrariKiSawaari is decent at select screens, reports positive, should grow over the weekend http://bit.ly/rCkwLY

#RowdyRathore [Week 3]: Fri 2.25 cr, Sat 2.90 cr, Sun 4.50 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.70 cr. Total: 127.6 cr nett. Blockbuster.

#FerrariKiSawaari [Week 1]: Fri 3.04 cr, Sat 4.50 cr, Sun 6.37 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.60 cr. Total: 17.26 cr nett. Steady at plexe

#Shanghai [Week 2]: Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 25 lacs. Total: 21.10 cr nett. Disappointing!

Update: Both #TeriMeriKahaani and #GOW are showing an upward trend. At some places, #GOW is leading, at some #TeriMeriKahaani.

#FerrariKiSawaari fared the best in Mumbai-Maharashtra belt and Delhi. Collected Rs 20.96 cr nett in Week 1. Satisfactory numbers!

#RowdyRathore emerges the fourth highest grosser in India, after #3Idiots, #Bodyguard and #Dabangg.

#GOW *actuals* Fri 3.03 cr, Sat 3.60 cr, Sun 4.37 cr, Mon 1.95 cr. Total: Rs 12.95 cr nett. Rock-steady!

#GOW *actuals* Fri 3.03 cr, Sat 3.60 cr, Sun 4.37 cr, Mon 1.95 cr, Tue 1.80 cr. Total: Rs 14.75 cr nett. Excellent on weekdays!

Biz Talk: #GOW floats, #TeriMeriKahaani sinks http://bit.ly/MA6jlo

#FerrariKiSawaari is holding well, despite new releases. Week 2: Fri-Sun – 5.04 cr, Mon – 65 lacs, Tue – 60 lacs. Total: Rs 27 cr + nett.

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Obituary :

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B. K. Karanjia : 

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Renowned film journalist and editor of famous film magazines like ; ” Filmfare ” , ” Screen ” and ” Movie Times “ died in Pune on June 22 , 2012 at the age of 92 .

He was founder of Film Financing Corporation and later on became chairman of the National Film Development Corporation .

I am posting link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

B. K. Karanjia : A Priceless Pen Put To Rest http://wp.me/ptyXI-26i

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – June 01

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1 – Rowdy Rathore …………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor [ Guest ]

Second Week – June 08

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1 – Shanghai ……………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………………. Kalki Koechlin

………………………………………………………………………. Shekhar Ravjiani

Third Week – June 15

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1 – Ferrari Ki Sawaari …………………………………………x

2 – Qasam Se Qasam Se ……………………………………… x

3 – Chakradhaar ………………………………………………. Urvashi Sharma

…………………………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

Fourth Week  – June 22

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1 – Gangs of Wasseypore …………………………………… x

2 – Teri Meri Kahaani ……………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

Fifth Week  – June 29

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1 – Maximum ………………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

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

…………………………………………………………………….. Arya Babbar

…………………………………………………………………….. Amit Sadh

2 – Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai …………………………….. x

In total …………… 09 …………….. films got released in June . Out of these ………….. 09 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. actors , who are my students . Out of …………. 11 ………… students ; Shekhar Ravjiani is music director . So the tally comes to ………. 10 ………. actors and the rest ………. 01 ……….. is from the other field of film – making .


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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Allu Arjun is playing main lead in ” Julayi ” .

My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Umar Wani is appearing in a reality show ” CRUNCH 2  “ on MTV .

2 – Pawan Shankar is appearing on a TV show ” Kya Huaa Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

3 – Nandinii Sen is appearing on a TV show ” Kya Huaa Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

4 – Apoorva Agnihotri is appearing on a TV show ” Aasaman Se Aage “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. various shows on several channels .


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B. K. Karanjia : A Priceless Pen Put To Rest


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 29 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

Another icon of my youth faded into oblivion last week . One more titan of my growing years now ceases to exist . A priceless , mighty pen is put to rest .

Renowned film journalist and former chairman of the National Films Development Corporation [ NFDC ] , Burjor K. Karanjia , popularly known as ‘BK’ ,  passed away at the Jehangir hospital , Pune at 1.15 pm on June 22 , 2012 . He was 92 years old at the time of his death .

He is survived by two daughters ; Routton and Delshad  and a son Yuzud.

From Mumbai , Karanjia had moved to Pune in 2007 . He was staying in a flat at Sopan Baug . He had suffered a hip fracture in 2010 and had undergone a surgery and recovered miraculously.

He was a loner and would prefer to read a lot .

The Karanjia family moved to India from Quetta , Balochistan , Pakistan after Partition . He had named his south Mumbai residence as ” Quetta Terrace ” , which stood a short distance away from the historic Jinnah House.

English: Quetta City

Quetta City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quetta Railway Station, Quetta, Balochistan, P...

Quetta Railway Station, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karanjia’s elder brother , Russy K. Karanjia , also a well-known journalist , had died five years ago .

Karanjia had qualified for the Indian Civil Services . However , he chose to pursue entertainment and film journalism , while Russy pursued investigative journalism .  After doing stints as a reporter , he went on to become the editor of  ” Filmfare ” , ” Screen ” , ” Cine Voice ” and ” Movie Times ” .

Filmfare magazine February 2006 edition

Filmfare magazine February 2006 edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karanjia was the founder of the Films Financing Corporation . He later became chairman of the NFDC and set a precedent to finance low-budget movies for new and talented filmmakers .

B. K. Karanjia authored several books on the entertainment industry.

I used to admire his style of writing in Filmfare . I became a regular subscriber of Filmfare only because of him . In my younger days he became synonymous with Filmfare . It is sad that he is no more .
I mourn his demise deeply .

[ I have taken all the information from various articles available on the internet . ]

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