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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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   MAY 01 , 2011                       00.45 A.M.

This particular edition is the 24th edition of  ”  Vidur’s Film Diaries “ . Two long years , two momentous years and these uninterrupted  notes of the diary about my students and their work in Indian films , TV serials and Theatre productions. A very satisfying  journey indeed. Through the work of my students , I also gauge my own standing in this ever slippery world of entertainment.

April’s first two releases opened as expected. Third release ” Thank You “ also couldn’t cheer the mood. Fate of the other releases were no better.

Twitter handles of trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta express the mood , trends and box office results of the month gone by ;

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Game is a weak film with dull chances. Review: http://bit.ly/eL741Y
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
B.O. update: ‘F.A.L.T.U.’ starts with a bang, ‘Game’ with a whimper http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
FALTU wins the Friday Game: http://bit.ly/gm1UiT
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh9 am to 11.15 am morning show trends: ‘Game’ opening 3% to 5% to maximum 10%. ‘Faltu‘ opening 50% to 70% to 80%

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Box Office: FALTU scores over Game over the weekend. Faltu Rs. 10.5 crore , Game Rs. 2.8 crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/gmh7jL
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Overseas B.O.: ‘Thank You’ is amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
‘Thank You’ makes Rs. 19.2 crore (in all India net collection) over the first weekend. http://bit.ly/fJVCcA
ETC
Box office collection : FALTU Rs 17 Cr , Game Rs 5 Cr
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Overseas B.O.: ‘Thank You’ is amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
3 Thay Bhai is a weak fare which will go down in box-office history as a non-starter. Review: http://bit.ly/ibAuIZ
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ starts on disastrous note [4% to 7% range] http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘3 Thay Bhai’ spoils the party, ‘Thank You’ distributors will lose money, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ wide release in India, Oseas http://bit.ly/cctlka
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

3 Thay Bhai weekend box-office collections: Rs. 2 crore: http://bit.ly/hO86Z4
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ opens to dull houses http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Zokkomon’ is an unmitigated disaster in U.S. Punjabi film ‘Dharti’ emerges super-success in U.S.A. & Australia, but not as strong in U.K.


Obituary :

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Sachin Bhowmick : Most prolific and one of the most successful and versatile writer of Hindi films , Sachin Bhowmick breathed his last in Mumbai on April 12, 2011 at the age of 80.

He started with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer ” Lajwanti ” [ 1958 ]. After this he churned out numerous hits like ; ” Anuradha ” [ 1961 ] , ” Ziddi ” [ 1964 ] , ” Ayee Milan Ki Bela ” [ 1964 ] , ” Majboor ” [ 1964 ] , ” Jaanwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Love In Tokyo ” [ 1966 ] , ” Aaye Din Bahar Ke ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ]  , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aan Milo Sajna ” [ 1970 ] , ” Carvan ” [ 1971 ] , ” Dost ” [ 1974 ] , ” Khel Khel Men ” [ 1975 ] , ” Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin ” [ 1977 ] , ” Golmaal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Karz ” [ 1980 ] , ” Do Aur Do Paanch ” [ 1980 ] , ” Bemisal ” [ 1982 ] , ” Nastik ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sahab ” [ 1985 ] , ” Karma ” [ 1986 ] , ” Khalnaayak ” [ 1993 ] , ” Main Khiladi Tu Anari ” [ 1994 ] , ” Yeh Dillagi ” [ 1994 ] , ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] , ” Koyla ” [ 1997 ] , ” Dushman ” [ 1998 ] , ” Soldier ” [ 1998 ] , ” Aa Ab Laut Chalen ” [ 1999 ] , ” Taal ” [ 1999 ] , ” Koi….. Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] , ” Kisna ” [ 2006 ] , ” Krrish ” [  2006 ] and ” Yuvvraj ” [ 2008 ].

He also directed, apart from scripting , Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore starrer ” Raja Rani ” [ 1973 ]. In total he wrote story and screenplay of more than 100  films.

Rami Reddy : A versatile actor and successful villain of Telugu and Hindi cinema died on April 14, 2011 in Hyderabad at the age of 52  . His made his debut in 1990 in Telugu hit ” Ankusam “ . Same year he essayed a successful character in Chiranjeevi and Juhi Chawla starrer ” Pratibandh “ . Later on he worked in Hindi films like : ” Gunda ” , ” Waqt Hamara Hai ” , ” Khuddar ” , ” Jaanwar ” and ” Talash ” .

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – April 01

1 – Game…………………………………………………….Jimmy Sheirgill

2 – F.A.L.T.U……………………………………………….Angad Bedi

Second Week – April 08

1 – Thank You………………………………………………Sonam Kapoor

………………………………………………………………….Rimi Sen

Third Week – April 15

1 – Teen Thay Bhai…………………………………………x

Fourth Week –  April 22

1 – Dum Maaro Dum……………………………………….x

2 – Zokkomon………………………………………………..x

Fifth Week – April 29

1 – Chalo Dilli………………………………………………..Yaana Gupta

2 – I Am……………………………………………………….Sanjay Suri

3 – Naughty @ 40…………………………………………..Sayali Bhagat

4 – Shor In The City…………………………………………x

In total ……….10…………….films got released this month. Out of these ……10………. films …………07……………. students of mine have worked in ………..06………… films.

 Film News This Month :

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1 – Jungfrau Railways in Switzerland recently inaugurated a train named after Mr. Yash Chopra with his signature and name on a signboard. A deluxe suite of the Victoria – Jungfrau Grand Hotel has also been named after Mr. Yash Chpora.


2 – Mr. K. Balachander
gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2010.

New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Sameera Reddy and Kelly Dorji are working in a film called ” Aasal ” .

2 – Telugu : Allu Arjuna is playing lead in a film called  ” Badrinaath “.

3 – Malayalam :  Genelia D’Souza is playing lead in a film called ” Urumi “.

4 – Bangla :  Riya Sen is playing lead in Bangla / Hindi bilingual ” Nauka Dubi ” / ” Kashmakash ” .

5 – Nepali :  Monica Bedi is playing lead in a film called ” Parichay “ .

6 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is playing lead in a film called ” Dharti “.

In the above mentioned ………..06 ………regional films in ……. …06…………. various languages , there are …………07…………. students of mine working in them.

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 –  Shaleen Bhanot is appearing in a T V serial ” Bheend Banoonga Ghodi Chadhoonga  ” .

2 – Hritik Roshan is making his debut on T V in a reality show ” Just Dance ” on Star Plus T V .

3 –  Mrunal Jain is appearing in ” Looteri Dulhan ” on Imagine T V . 

4 –  Gurmeet Choudhary is appearing in ” Geet……….Hui Sabse Parayi “ on Star One T V .

5 –  Neil Bhatt is appearing in ” Gulal ” on Star Plus T V .

6 –  Yash Pandit is appearing in ” Tere Mere Sapne ” on Star Plus T V.

7 –  Aamir Ali is appearing in ” F I R “ on SAB T V .

8 – Vikas Bhalla is appearing in ” Sanjaog Se Bani Sangini “ on Zee T V .

9 – Jai Kalra and Eva Grover are appearing in ” Bade Acche Lagte Hai Ye Dharti Ye Nadiya Ye Raina Aur Tum “ on Soni T V.

10-  Smita Bansal and Mia Evonne Uyeda are appearing in ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 4 ” on Colours T V.


In the above mentioned ………….10………..T V shows on various channels, there are…………….12…………….students of mine working in them. Out of these ……….12………..students, …………….09…………..are working in Serials and …………….03……………. are working in Reality shows.

Theatre & Me :

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1 –  Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal is reviving her play ” Love Is In The Air ” . She produces the play .

2 –  Juhi Babbar is reviving her play ” Ji Jaisi Aapki Marzi ” .   She acts in the play as main lead .

3 –  Pratik Kothari stages his new play ” Mummy Tu Aavi Kevi “. He acts in this Gujarati play apart from hosting it.

In the above mentioned …………….03…………….theatre productions, there are …………….03………………students of mine working in them.

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Farewell Sachin Bhowmick !


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA              APRIL 16, 2011                    11.55 P.M.

Life is cruel. Sometimes it is very cruel. It was illustrated once more this time. Hindi film industry’s most prolific and one of the most successful and versatile writer, Sachin Bhowmick breathed his last in Mumbai on April 12, 2011 at the age of 80.

In this film world , where it is difficult to survive even for few years, Sachin da , as he was fondly called , survived for more than 50 years and that too successfully. From Nargis , Asha Parekh and Saira Banu to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , Kajol and Priyanka Chopra and from Balraj Sahni , Shammi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan ,  Hritik Roshan ,and Akshay Kumar ,  he had written story and screenplay for almost everyone. He was virtually a writer of three generations.

He began as a travel writer in 1959 and slowly and gradually stablished himself as a successful story and screenplay writer in Hindi films. He started with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer ” Lajwanti ” [ 1958 ]. Who can forget the immortal Asha Bhosle gem ; ……. koi aaya dhadkan kahti hai………..

Balraj Sahni

Balraj Sahni

After this he wrote another memorable hit like ; ” Anuradha ” [ 1961 ] . This Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed film won President’s Gold Medal.

After this it was literally an avalanche of hits and super hit films. ” Ziddi ” [ 1964 ] , ” Ayee Milan Ki Bela ” [ 1964 ] , ” Majboor ” [ 1964 ] , ” Jaanwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Love In Tokyo ” [ 1966 ] , ” Aaye Din Bahar Ke ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ]  , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aan Milo Sajna ” [ 1970 ] , ” Carvan ” [ 1971 ] , ” Dost ” [ 1974 ] , ” Khel Khel Men ” [ 1975 ] , ” Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin ” [ 1977 ] , ” Golmaal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Karz ” [ 1980 ] , ” Do Aur Do Paanch ” [ 1980 ] , ” Bemisal ” [ 1982 ] , ” Nastik ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sahab ” [ 1985 ] , ” Karma ” [ 1986 ] , ” Khalnaayak ” [ 1993 ] , ” Main Khiladi Tu Anari ” [ 1994 ] , ” Yeh Dillagi ” [ 1994 ] , ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] , ” Koyla ” [ 1997 ] , ” Dushman ” [ 1998 ] , ” Soldier ” [ 1998 ] , ” Aa Ab Laut Chalen ” [ 1999 ] , ” Taal ” [ 1999 ] , ” Koi….. Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] , ” Kisna ” [ 2006 ] and ” Krrish ” [  2006 ] .

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Aa Ab Laut Chalen

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He directed, apart from scripting , Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore starrer ” Raja Rani ” [ 1973 ]. In total he wrote story and screenplay of moer than 100 films.

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He worked with Hrishikesh Mukherjee , Shakti Samanta , Pramod Chakraborty , Bhappi Soni , J . Om Prakash , Nasir Hussain , Subhash Ghai and Rakesh Roshan. Such was his calibre that he was repeated by all the above mentioned film makers several times.

Life is ephemeral. One , however high and mighty, has to go. So Sachin da can’t be an exception. He left us for his final journey. Pen has stopped. Ink has been dry. Nib is broken by the cruel fate. But saga continues. The mortal body of Sachin Bhowmick is gone forever but the immortal films and scripts live on.

Farewell Sachin da ! I was fortunate that I could see you several times when I was training Hritik Roshan and you visited his apartment for story sessions.

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Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2010


 

In November, Box Office mayhem of October is still continuing. ” Golmaal – 3″ opens to bumper houses but ” Action Replayy “ ? It fails miserably. Is it not surprizing that from last Diwali to this Diwali, only 5 films clicked in a big way ? They are : ” 3 Idiots ”  , ” Dabangg ” , ” Avatar [ Dubbed ] ” , ” 2012 [ Dubbed ] ” and ” Peepli [Live] “. Out of these five films, two films are the dubbed versions of Hollywood blockbusters. All these films more than doubled the investment made in them. Apart from above mentioned five big hit film, there were 18-20 more films, which can be termed as hits. Guzaarish,  released in the last week of the month, also flopped and added to the woes and miseries of the industry. In totality month of November was bad for the industry.

To emphasise my point of view and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

taran_adarsh

Midweek B.O.: ‘G-3’ has 33 cr wknd, ‘AR’ 16.75 cr wknd http://goo.gl/TMRq

taran_adarsh

Overseas B.O.: ‘G-3’ gallops fast, ‘Action Replayy’ amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o

taran_adarsh

Biz Talk: ‘G-3’ is a success, ‘Action Replayy’ will entail losses http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran_adarsh 

B.O. update: ‘Guzaarish’ starts slow, ‘Harry Potter’ better http://bit.ly/aQZHc9

taran_adarsh

Golmaal 3′: 2 week total exceeds Rs. 90 cr. nett in India. Should easily cross Rs. 100 cr. nett mark by next week.
KomalNahta 

#Guzaarish Weekend Box Office collections: Quite Poor at Rs. 14.25 Crore nett. @koimoi http://bit.ly/d8yjju
taran_adarsh 

Guzaarish’ in Overseas: Dull show! http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
taran_adarsh 

‘Guzaarish’: Cost 60 cr. Money recovered 25 cr [Satellite + Music]. Balance 35 cr to be recovered from India & Oseas theatrical. Tough.

KomalNahta

Break Ke Baad is entertaining break ke pehle but not equally so break ke baad. Film is for the youth in the cities. http://bit.ly/fVey1v
KomalNahta 

Allah Ke Banday is a non-starter & will go largely unnoticed mainly as it has nothing new to offer.The film will bomb. http://bit.ly/h9Gb3R
taran_adarsh 

Golmaal 3: Unaffected by new releases week after week. Has crossed Rs 100 cr nett in India alone. Blockbuster.
KomalNahta

‘Guzaarish’ collects Rs. 22 crore at the box-office in its opening weekend in India; will entail huge losses for #UTV. http://bit.ly/gvxoL0

Obituary
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Desh Mukherjee : A renowned art director of his time, Desh Mukherjee passed away on November 04, 2010 in NOIDA. Apart from art direction, he directed two films : ” Imaan Dharam “ and ” Aatank “. “Imaan Dharam” was one of the biggest multi-starrers of its time. Written by Salim-Javed , it had Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and several biggies of Hindi Cinema. It tanked at the box office and unfortunately sealed the fate of Desh Mukherjee.

Vijay Kishore Dubey : Known in the industry as V. K. Dubey, he passed away on November 06, 2010 at the age of 84. In a career spanning 65 years, he had contributed tremendously to the Indian music industry. He started his career in All India Radio and then worked for Radio Ceylone. Few years later he started a publicity concern with ace publicist Bunny Reuben. Along with him he also produced Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed ” Aashiq “. It starred Raj Kapoor, Padmini and Nanda. His final assignment was as the Artiste & Repertoire Chief of HMV [ now Saregama ].

 

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Pankaj Advani : A film maker of limited success, Pankaj Advani passed away at the young age of 45 on November 11, 2010. He was an editing graduate from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune but started his career as a writer in 1989 with Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa “. In 1993 he directed ” Sunday “, which won two National Awards but could not get commercial release. Then he moved to TV and produced popular shows like ” Bheja Fry “ and ” Toofan TV “. In 2000 Pankaj wrote and directed ” Urf Professor “, a digital movie co-produced by Shekhar Kapoor. In 2009 he wrote and directed  critically acclaimed ” Sankat City “, which is his only released film. It is sad that he died so young without getting recognition and his rightful dues from the film world.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – November 05

1 – Action Replayy……………………………………….x

2 – Golmaal – 3……………………………………………..Kareena Kapoor

Second Week – November 12

1 – Dunno Y Naa Jaane Kyun…………………………..Kapil Sharma

………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

…………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………Tara Sharma

2 – A Flat…………………………………………………….Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………………Sanjay Suri

………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

3 – Ramaa The Saviour……………………………………x

Third Week – November 19

1 – Guzaarish……………………………………………….Hritik Roshan
………………………………………………………………..Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

2 – Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu…………………x

3 – Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di………………………………..Sunny Gujral

4 – Mere Gharib Nawaz…………………………………….x

5 – Azaan – The Awakening Call………………………….x

Fourth Week – November 26

1 – Break Ke Baad…………………………………………….Imran Khan

……………………………………………………………………Shekhar [Vishal-Shekhar]

2 – Khuda Kasam…………………………………………….x

3 – Allah Ke Banday…………………………………………x

In total ..13… films got released this month. Out of these..13….films , my ….13…….students were there in….6….films. Out of these …13…students ….12.. are actors,and …1….Shekhar [ Vishal – Shekhar ] is the music director. Hazel Croney and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal acted in two films.
 

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Lata Mangeshkar got Life Time Achievement Award at GIMA.
2 – Ranbir Kapoor got Teacher’s Award : Entertainer of the Year 2010.
3 – Faridoon_S 

Italian Govt is bestowing upon Kabir Bedi, Cavaliere (Knight) of the order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in early December

T. V. Trivias This Month ;
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1 – Sami Soni, a very old student, got evicted and then took dramatic re-entry in ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 “.

South Indian Film News This Month :
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1 – ” Orange ” [ Telugu ] was released this month. It has Ram Charan Tej, Genelia D’Souza and Shazahn Padamsee as main lead. They all are my students.

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Sunset Boulevard ( 5 ) : Alvida Kamalistan


Few days back I read a terrible news. It was about the closure of Kamalistan Studio of Mumbai.  One by one all the film studios of Mumbai are downing shutters. Swanky malls ,  shopping complexes and residential buildings are taking their place in this tinsel town. Great and historical Bombay Talkies at Malad ceases to exist. Its ruins are still there and they silently tell the glorious past history of the once so famous and premier studio of India. My heart wept when once I read in news papers that big fire gutted the extensive part of the remains of Bombay Talkies. I also saw photo of the dilapidated bungalow, which once was the residence of immortal Devika Rani and her husband and owner of Bombay Talkies, Himanshu Rai. Legendary Ranjit Movietone , though the building still exists at Dadar, is also defunct. Shree  Sound and Roop Tara Studios, both at Dadar,  gave way to commercial complexes. Seth Studio of Andheri – East closed few years back. Its neighbour, Guru Dutt Studio also closed some years back. Situated near by, Natraj Studio, also transformed into commercial complex. Asha Studio of Chembur, situated near R. K. Studio, which belonged to Bhagwan Dada Palav once, was gutted in fire and was later sold. And now news comes about the Kamalistan Studio of legendary film-maker Kamal Amrohi. His descendants sold it to some builders of Pune.

Logo of Bombay Talkies

Logo of Bombay Talkies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In mid 50s, Kamal Amrohi bought 223 acres of land situated on Jogeshwari – Vikhroli Link Road for 2.50 lakh. It was not utilized for many years. After stupendous success of ” Pakeezah ” in 1972, Kamal Amrohi started construction work on this land for his ambitious forthcoming project ” Razia Sultan ” in 1983. Sets erected for the film ” Razia Sultan “, are now part of the Kamalistan Studio. Elaborate sets erected for ” Razia Sultan ” were later used for sevsral successful films like : Dharam Veer ( 1977 ), Suhag ( 1979 ), Naseeb ( 1981 ), Coolie ( 1983 ), Raaj Tilak ( 1984 ),  Mard ( 1985 ), Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! ( 1994 ), Hum Saath Saath Hain ( 1999 ), Jab We Met ( 2007 ) and all the three Golmaal series films.

Over the years, barring 16 acres, rest of the land was either sold or taken over by the government for public utilization. But remaining 16 acres were there and it was not a loss making proposition either. Kamalista Studio was the biggest film studio of Mumbai after Film City. But all these things are now the things of the past. Soon it will be razed to make way for swanky residential complex.

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have personal fondness for Kamalistan Studio and some sweet memories are also there to linger on in the dark corridors of my existence. Almost two decades ago when I was struggling to find a foothold in the industry, I shot here for a serial ” Ujale Ki Ore “,directed by legendary Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The cast of the serial was headed by legendary and immortal Ashok Kumar. I could watch Ashok Kumar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee working here. Today I consider myself fortunate because they don’t make people like Ashok Kumar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee any more. One more serial , written by me ,was shot here, but it did not see the light of the day. I went through elaborate make-up test for a film here, though the role was scuttled subsequently. Later on for 5 long years I lived near Kamalistan Studio and used to pass through the road many times. I personally know Tajdaar Amrohi, the son of Kamal Amrohi, who visited me at my institute few years back. He is such a nice human being. But alas ! Everything is always changing in this ephemeral world.

With Mr. Shandaar Amrohi - Elder Son Of Late Shri Kamal Amrohi

With Mr. Shandar Amrohi – Elder Son Of Late Shri Kamal Amrohi

Kamalistan Studio wont be there any more. And it will happen sooner than later. Definitely I will pass through Jogeshwari – Vikhroli Link Road several times in future, and every time I will remember legendary Ashok Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and some sweet memories of my nascent , insignificant and non-existent acting career.

Alvida Kamalistan !

Thou shall be part of my life as long as I will live. R. I. P.

[ Mumbai August 04 , 2012 = I wrote this blog in 2010 . I made a factual mistake , though inadvertently . I have mentioned that Mr. Tajdar Amrohi visited my institute . Gentleman in the photo posted above is Late Shandar Amrohi and not Mr. Tajdar Amrohi . I came to know about this through Bilal Amrohi , who is Mr. Tajdar Amrohi’s younger son and is currently getting trained by me . I regret my unintentional error and offer my apologies . ]

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