Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 01 , 2011            00.25A.M.

This is the 30th edition of my film diary .

Films released in the beginning of this month failed to create any magic at the Box Office . Though ” Force “ collected some decent figures , but the magic of previous month was missing.

” Ra.One “ , released on Deepavali day , changed the scene completely. Though panned by critics , its collections were impressive .

From last Deepavali to this Deepavali , though 239 films got released but only 09 films were declared super hits . They are : ” Bodyguard ” , ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu  “ and ” Band Baaja Baaraat ” .

Some prominent disappointments were : ” Guzaarish ” , ” Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey ” , ” No Problem ” , ” Patiala House ” , ” 7 Khoon Maaf ” , ” Game ” , ” Aarakshan ” and ” Chatur Singh 2 Star ” .

Asha Bhosle has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of studio recordings – singles . She has recorded 11,000 solo and duets in more than 20 Indian languages .

Kareena Kapoor was immortalized in wax , when her wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at Blackpool , United Kingdom on October 27 , 2011 . She is the 6th Hindi film star to be having a wax statue at Madame Tussauds . Other 5 are  ; Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Hritik Roshan .

Komal Nahta
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LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI: The songs have become popular although the film has not really become hot property. Preview: http://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/love-breakups-zindagi-preview/
Komal Nahta
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FORCE nets Rs. 16 crore in 1st weekend. Box-office report: koimoi.com/box-office/for…
Komal Nahta
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RASCALS nets Rs. 7.50 – 8 crore on day 1. SOUNDTRACK and LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI open to dull houses. BO update: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-nets-7-5-cr-soundtrack-love-breakups-zindagi-open-poorly/
Komal Nahta
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LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI is a dull fare which will not get much love from the paying public. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/love-b…
Komal Nahta
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SOUNDTRACK is a good film but the 2nd half ought to have been far better. Will not do much at ticket windows. Review:
Komal Nahta
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RASCALS collections drop to Rs 6 cr on day 2; FORCE nets 23 cr in week 1; SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER nets 5 cr. Report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-makes-6-cr-on-day-2-force-nets-23-cr-in-week-1/
Komal Nahta
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AAZAAN may b a well-mounted & well-shot film bt it wont mk ne mark at d boxofice bcoz of d confusing screenplay. Review http://bit.ly/olYr9X
Komal Nahta
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MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE hs d merits 2 pick up by +ve word of mouth.Dull start & pre-Diwali days r a deterrent.Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mujhse-fraaandship-karoge-review/
Komal Nahta
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MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE weekend box-office: Low numbers but phenomenal pick up. Report: koimoi.com/box-office/muj
Komal Nahta
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RA.ONE box-office update: Rs. 15 cr net on day one. Full report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-ra-one-nets-rs-15-cr-at-opening-day-box-office/
Komal Nahta
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RA.ONE 3rd day collections (all versions combined): Rs. 16 – 16.5 crore (all-India net).
Komal Nahta
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 RA.ONE nets Rs. 16 – 17 cr on Sunday; 5-day total: Rs. 91 – 92 cr. New 1st weekend RECORD. More: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-breaks-salman-khan-s-weekend-box-office-record/
taran adarsh
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#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
taran adarsh
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#Force Fri 5 cr, Sat 4.75 cr, Sun 5.75 cr, Mon 2.5 cr, Tue 2.15 cr. Total: Rs 20.15 sc nett. Rock-steady!
taran adarsh
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#Rascals Thursday 7.15 cr, Friday 5.25 cr. Total Rs 12.40 cr nett.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

All 5 Hindi films this week open to poor houses. #MFK slightly better.
taran adarsh
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#MFK : Showed gradual improvement over the weekend. Collected Rs 2.18 cr nett. Fri 50.5 lacs, Sat 75.2 lacs, Sun 91.8 lacs.
taran adarsh
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#MFK – Biz on weekdays clearly signifies that the drop in collections was negligible. Has collected approx Rs 3.70 cr nett in Week 1.
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#Mod – Had a lukewarm start and remained extremely poor on subsequent days. Flop.
taran adarsh
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#Azaan – Will entail big losses due to expensive making & heavy expenditure incurred on P&A on one hand & negligible returns on the other.
taran adarsh
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My Friend Pinto – Has been rejected. Recorded poor collections in Week 1. Flop.
taran adarsh
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Latest Update – India figures: #RaOne *Hindi + Tamil + Telugu* Rs 18.25 cr nett. Thursday expected to be Rs 22 cr to Rs 25 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Jagjit Singh :
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Basically a Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh , sang for almost 40 films in his 4 decade long career. He was immensely and equally popular among the classes and masses due to his inimitable style.
He completely and single-handedly changed the world of Ghazals with the help of poignant  lyrics and modern orchestration.
Since I am a huge fan and his contribution to the music world is immense , I would be writing a separate blog about him .
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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :
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First Week  – October 07
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1 – Rascals …………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal
……………………………………………………………………………..Hiten Paintal
……………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Love Breakups Zindagi…………………………………………… Zayed Khan
3 – Soundtrack ………………………………………………………….Soha Ali Khan
……………………………………………………………………………..Mrinalini Sharma
……………………………………………………………………………..Adhir Bhat
………………………………………………………………………………DJ Aqeel
4 – 9 Eleven ………………………………………………………………x
Second Week  – October 14
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1 – Mod ……………………………………………………………………x
2 – My Friend Pinto …………………………………………………….Divya Dutta
3 – Aazaan…………………………………………………………………Arya Babbar
4 – Mujhse Fraaandship  Karoge ……………………………………..x
5 – Jo Dooba So P aar – Its Love In Bihar ……………………………x
Third Week  – October 21
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1 – Be – Careful ……………………………………………………………Rajniesh Duggall
………………………………………………………………………………..Zaid Hamid
………………………………………………………………………………..Tanishaa
2 – Ziyarat …………………………………………………………………..x
3 – Yeh Ishq……Nahin ……………………………………………………x
Fourth Week  – October 28
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1 – Ra.One ………………………………………………………………….Kareena  Kapoor
………………………………………………………………………………..Arjun Rampal
………………………………………………………………………………..Priyanka Chopra
………………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Damadamm ………………………………………………………….x
3 – Tell Me O Kkhuda ……………………………………………….??????
…………………………………………………………………………..Sudhanshu Pandey
Out of …………………….. 15  ……………………….. films released this month ……………………………  08.………………………..  films have  ………………….. 18 ……………  actors , who are my students , essaying either lead or important part. Out of these ……….. 18 ………………….. artistes …………………… 15 …………… are actors , and ………………..03 ……………… are working in different fields . Shekhar Ravjiyani [ mentioned twice ] is music director and Aqeel is a famous DJ  .
Actor Arjun Rampal is also mentioned twice , as he appeared in two films .
Esha Deol , the main female protagonist of ” Tell Me O Kkhuda “  , is not mentioned. Though she got trained by me but she refuses to acknowledge me as her trainer and I respect her choice .
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T. V. Trivia & Me :
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1 – Divya Sharma is essaying an important role in ” Ek Hazaron Me Hai Meri Behna “ on Star Plus .
2 – Aryaman Seth is essaying an important role in ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

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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