Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 05 , 2014           00.45 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who got work this month but are not mentioned belong to the other category. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

May 2014 and June 2014 were not very significant for my career. Number of students trained by me plummeted drastically. But it was 27 in July, 2014 and 20 in August, 2014.  In September 2014 number of students again jumped to 22. The reason is stated above.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 .
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Bapu  : 

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A prominent film maker of Telugu language, Bapu died on August 31, 2014 at the age of 80 of cardiac arrest.

Born as Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayan, Bapu made few notable Hindi films also. He was instrumental in launching Anil Kapoor’s career. His prominent Hindi films are : ” Hum Paanch ” [ 1980 ] , ” Woh Saat Din ” [ 1983 ] , ” Mohabbat ” [ 1985 ] and ” Prem Pratigya ” [ 1989 ] .

He was awarded Padma Shri by government of India.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September  05

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1 – Mary Kom ………………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

 

 

Second Week – September 12

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1 – Creature ………………………………………………. Krishan Kumar

2 – Finding Fanny ………………………………………. Arjun Kapoor

3 – Spark ………………………………………………….. Rajneish Duggall

4 – Khota Sikka ………………………………………….. Aatri Kumar

………………………………………………………………. Nilufer Salehi

………………………………………………………………. Riddhii Bansal

 

Third Week – September 19

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1 – Ugly ……………………………………………………. Tejaswini Kolhapure

2 – Khoobsurat ………………………………………….. Sonam Kapoor

3 – Pocket Gangsters …………………………………… X

4 – Daawate-e-Ishq ……………………………………… Aashish Singh

 

Fourth Week  – September 26
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1 -Chaarfutiya Chhokare ………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

2 – Desi Katte ……………………………………………… Harry Josh

………………………………………………………………… Ashok Beniwal

3 – Beyond The Third Kind ……………………………. X

4 – Balwinder Singh …. Famous Ho Gaya ………….. X

5 – Mainu Ek Ladki Chahiye ……………………………. X

6 – Mumbai Delhi Mumbai ……………………………… X

7 – Dear VS Bear …………………………………………… X

8 – 3 A.M. ……………………………………………………. X

9 – Sarfaroshi – A War Against System ………………. X

 

 

In total …………… 18 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 18 ………… released films ……….. 10 ………… films have …………… 13 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 13 ……… persons , ………. 11 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 02 ………… Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of  ” Daawat-e-Ishq  “. And Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Creature ” .

 

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Karishma Tanna  is a participant in  ” Bigg Boss-Season 8 “ on Colors.

2 – Minissha Lamba  is a participant in  ” Bigg Boss-Season 8 “ on Colors.

3 – Aarya Babbar  is a participant in  ” Bigg Boss-Season 8 “ on Colors.

4 – Pritam Pyaare  is a participant in  ” Bigg Boss-Season 8 “ on Colors.

5 – Upen Patel  is a participant in  ” Bigg Boss-Season 8 “ on Colors.

 

 

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Katrina Kaif   is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Johnson Bathroom ” .

2 – Hrishitaa Bhatt is the Brand Ambassador of ” Exide Life Insurance “.

3 – Alka Verma is the Brand Ambassador of ” Tata Swach “ water purifier.

4 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Expert Liquid Wash “.

 

My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 04 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

My 13 students appeared in 10 films , 05 students in 01 TV show and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of September comes to 22. It was 27 in July 2014 and 20 in August . And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of life.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 22 students .

May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish all my above mentioned students all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 24, 2014           05.55 P.M.

Since I started writing my blogs, this is the first month when posting a blog, specially the Film Diary, is so delayed. It happened because of the ongoing elections of the 14th Lok Sabha and also because of the stupendous amount of work of my acting institute.

April was absolutely an uneventful month. Only 3 films, ” Main Tera Hero ” , ” 2 States ” and ” Bhootnath Returns “ were declared hits. ” 2 States “ is the latest member of 100 crore club of Hindi films.
As per my latest norm, I share 3 VIDUR CLUB NEWS VIDEOS, which amply illustrate my recent successes :
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” :

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – April 04

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1 – Main Tera Hero ………………………………………. Varun Dhawan

2 – Jal ……………………………………………………….. X

3 – Honour Killing ……………………………………….. X

4 – Ibn-e-Batuta ………………………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – April 11

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1 – 2 States ……………………………………………….. Arjun Kapoor

………………………………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

2 – The Dark Secrets of Tonhi ………………………. X

3 – Bhootnath Returns ……………………………….. Kishan Kumar

………………………………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

 

 

Third Week – April 18

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1 – Dekh Tamasha Dekh ……………………………… Vinay Jain

2 – Lucky Kabootar …………………………………… Eijaz Khan

……………………………………………………………… Kulraj Randhawa

 

 

Fourth Week  – April 25
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1 – Revolver Rani …………………………………….. X

2 – Kanchi ………………………………………………. Hazel Croney

…………………………………………………………….. Mahima Choudhary

3 – Samrat & Co ……………………………………….. Madalsa Sharma

…………………………………………………………….. Priyanshu Chatterjee

…………………………………………………………….. Rajniesh Duggal

 

 

 

In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in April . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 13 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 13 ……… persons , ………… 12 ……….. are actors . And the remaining ………. 01 ……. , Kishan Kumar is the Co-Producer of   ” Bhootnath Returns ” .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vikas Manaktala is playing an important role in ” Main Na Bhoolungi “ on Sony TV .


My ……………. 01 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Smita Bansal is  doing main lead in  ” Hum Do Humare Woh “.

2 – Samir Soni is doing main lead in ” Anything But Love “.


My …………. 02 ………….. students in ………… 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Fardeen Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Provogue ” .

2 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the Brand Ambassador of ” The Body Shop “.

3 – Sid Makkar is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Ford ” .



My ……… 03 ……… students in ………. 03 ……….. commercial campaign .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , I bid adieu to month of April with satisfaction that my 13 students appeared in 07 films , 01 student in 01 TV serial , 02 students in 02 plays and 03 students appeared in 03 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of April comes to 19 .

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned 19 students .

VIDUR Editing Studio, VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 19, 2014   02.30 P.M.
2014 is the 25th year of my acting training career. In the Silver Jubilee year of my acting training career, I am posting …..57 th ……edition of Vidur’s Film Diary.
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Month of January 2014 saw the unabated victorious march of ” Dhoom 3 “ , the highest all-time grosser of Hindi film industry. It earned 272 crores within 04 weeks and created a new record after dashing all previous box office records and finally collected 284.27 crores.
” Krrish 3 “ , a Hritik Roshan film , stands second with the All – India net collection of INR 244.92 crore in India and INR 300.00 crore worldwide . ” Chennai Express “ stands third with INR 227.13 crores .
” Jai Ho “, a Salman Khan starrer,  was released in the 4th week of January 2014 it and finally ended the long march of ” Dhoom 3 “. It is the new member of 100 crore club. It finally earned INR 110.78 crores.
The Silver Jubilee year of my acting training career is also important and significant for one more reason.  ” Jai Ho “ becomes the first ever film to have 8 students of mine in one film . DAISY SHAH , GENELIA DSOUZA , ASMIT PATEL , PULKIT SAMRAT , TULIP JOSHI , VATSAL SHETH , & VIKAS BHALL are the actors and ALVIRA AGNIHOTRI is the Costume Designer of the film .
I am posting links of the two videos, which were made to commemorate the occasion :

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Obituary :

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Suchitra Sen : 

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Legendary reclusive actor of Bengali films, Suchitra Sen died on January 17 , 2014 at the age of 82 in Kolkata. In a career spanning 25 years , she did 60 Bengali and Hindi films. She will always be remembered by Hindi film connoisseurs for her 07 Hindi films

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Suchitra Sen : Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi…… http://wp.me/ptyXI-3fY

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First Week – January 03

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1 – Sholay 3D …………………………………………………. X

2 – Mr. Joe B. Carvalho ……………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. Geeta Basra

…………………………………………………………………….. Karishma Kotak

Second Week – January 10

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1 – Dedh Ishqiya ………………………………………….. X

2 – Yaariyan ……………………………………………….. Sayali Bhagat

…………………………………………………………………. Krishan Kumar

Third Week – January 17

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1 – Karle Pyaar Karle …………………………………… X

2 – Miss Lovely …………………………………………… X

3 – Paranthe Wali Gali ………………………………….. X

4 – Strings of Pasion …………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – January 24

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1 – Jai Ho ………………………………………………….. Daisy Shah

……………………………………………………………….. Genelia Dsouza

……………………………………………………………….. Ashmit Patel

……………………………………………………………….. Pulkit Samrat

……………………………………………………………….. Tulip Joshi

……………………………………………………………….. Vatsal Sheth

……………………………………………………………….. Vikas Bhalla

……………………………………………………………….. Alvira Agnihotri

Fifth Week – January 31

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1 – One By Two …………………………………………. Preeti Desai

………………………………………………………………. Amit Kapoor

In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in January . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 15 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 15 ……… persons , ………… 12 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 03 ……. Amit Kapoor and Krishan Kumar are the producers of  ” One By Two ” and ” Yaariyan “ respectively . Alvira Agnihotri is the Costume Designer of  ” Jai Ho ” .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Viraf Phiroz Patel is playing an important role in ” Ek Boond Ishq “ on Life OK TV .

2 – Manish Naggdev is playing an important character in ” Pavitra Rishta “ on ZEE TV .


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of ” J. Hampstead ” .



My ………….. 01 …………… student in …………… 01 …………… commercial campaign .

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not a very significant and satisfying month , but still I am happy .  My 15 students appeared in 04 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2014 comes to 18 .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned 18 students .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Urvashi Rautela , Singh Saab The Great & A Poetic Justice


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 28 , 2013           07.10 P.M.

URVASHI RAUTELA ; Miss Universe India 2012 / Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2011 World / Miss Asian supermodel 2011 / Miss Teen India 2009

All the above mentioned titles belong to Urvashi Rautela , my student , who just made her debut in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The movie is directed by Anil Sharma , who earlier made Gadar – Ek Prem Katha ” [ 2001 ] .

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

She was sent to me by Rikku ji and joined my acting institute in November 2012 and was in batch no. 68 . When she joined , she was on the verge of signing the film ” Singh Saab The Great ” . There was no time for the stipulated 4 months course . She had just 2 months . So I told her to attend morning and evening both the batches . To my amazement, she did that dutifully and completed the course . Sun or rain she used to come for the class religiously and worked hard , worked very diligently .

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

When shooting started she got busy in that . In November 2013 I read that the film is complete and one day suddenly I got the message and was given a link of the title song of her film . I watched the song and was greatly impressed . It was spectacular .

Last week she invited me for the trial of her film ” Singh Saab The Great “ at Sunny Super Sound . I watched the film and liked it . I was particularly impressed by her bewitching screen presence and confident acting . She was opposite Sunny Deol and she is much younger also , still there was no trace of nervousness or discomfort .

” Singh Saab The Great “ got released on November 22 , 2013 and got positive reviews . I am posting relevant tweet from the twitter-handle of trade analyst Taran Adarsh :

#SSTG review: Clapworthy dialogue, undercurrent of emotions should appeal to those who relish desi fares! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/549451 …

To know about Urvashi Rautela , you can click the above mentioned link and read about her debut making film and about her performance .

Along with ” Singh Saab The Great “ another big film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein was also released on the same date . But that Karan Johar film was rejected by the critics and public alike . ” Singh Saab The Great “ had only Sunny Deol while ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ had Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan . Punit Malhotra directed this film , while the music was provided by Vishal-Shekhar . Karan Johar’s name was also associated with the film .

Incidentally Kareena Kapoor , Imran Khan , Punit Malhotra ( Director ) and Shekhar Ravjiani ( Music Director Vishal-Shekhar ) of ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ are my students too . I was praying for their success also . But ” Singh Saab The Great “ is special to me and will always remain special because it stars Urvashi Rautela . She is the first student of VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE  to hit the Hindi Film World . I am not obliged or forced to share her success with anyone else .

For any newcomer , success of the debut film is very important . I don’t want to brag about the collections of ” Singh Saab The Great “ . I would only post few postings from a website : http://www.koimoi.com :

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1 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Friday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its opening day at the box office kicked off with a good start, better than this Friday’s other release [ Gori Tere Pyaar mein ] . Mainly a single screen film, the film on its 1st Friday made an earning in the range of 5.50 crores to 6 crores, as per early estimates.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The film with great mass value fared the best in U.P, Delhi and Punjab circuits. Being set in the same region, the reliability factor will work in the favor. Though the film’s performance was dismal in Southern states and Bengal, good performance in Bihar, Rajasthan and C.I will help the film’s box office tempo.

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2 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Saturday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Saturday showed a marginal pick up at the box office. According to early estimates, the film earned in the range of 10 crores to 12 crores on Saturday. While the film’s first day performance wasn’t exemplary, this one was specifically fashioned keeping in mind tastes of single screen audiences. The film has so far earned in the range of 15 crores to 17 crores at the domestic box office. Though the official figures are still being compiled, the numbers will remain in the same range.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol’s association has always worked wonders at the box office. This time too, the duo have tried to create magic by keeping the film simple and impactful. Though the box office performance of the film won’t be mesmeric, it will surely be on the better side.

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3 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Weekend Box Office Collections

November 25th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great made 16.25 Crores on its first weekend at the domestic box office. The movie has done pretty well compared to the other release this weekend Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The GreatSunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The movies daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday: 5.50 Crores

Saturday: 5 Crores

Sunday: 5.75 Crores

With Sunny Deol’s brilliant stunt execution on-screen, the film has a rustic appealing flavor to it which is making it ring with most in mass-based circuits of Punjab, U.P, Delhi-NCR, C.I-Berar and even Rajasthan. Though the film failed dismally in the Southern States as well as West Bengal, it can be expected to hold on well on the weekdays for its popularity in the single screens.

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4 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Monday Box Office Collections

November 26th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Monday at the box office saw a customary weekday drop in its numbers. The film which has been faring substantially well so far went on to make 2.75 crores on its 1st Monday. Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 19 crores after the lapse of four days at the box office.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Being a mass catering venture, Singh Saab The Great scored over the other release because of its great hold over single screens. Performing well in many circuits, the film’s primary target at the moment will be recovering its investment from the box office.

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6 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Tuesday Box Office Collections

1 hour ago by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Tuesday again witnessed a 10% drop in its numbers as it made only 2 crores at the box office. With that the film’s total domestic collections now rests at 21 crores at the domestic box office.

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Though the film saw a decent beginning, trade insiders were hopeful that due to Sunny Deol‘s presence and the film’s strong ability to ring with the single screen audiences, the film will fare well. However, Singh Saab The Great could not soar up to its expected amount because of the overpowering performance of Ramleela remained consistent in both single screens and multiplexes even in its second week.

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The film was made with a moderate budget of 30 crores . And it garnered 21 crores in just 5 days . It is on the verge of becoming a moderate hit .

Singh Saab The Great : daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday : 5.50 Crores

Saturday : 5.00 Crores

Sunday : 5.75 Crores

Monday : 2.75 Crores

Tuesday : 2.00 Crores

Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 21.00 crores .

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As an acting trainer / acting tutor I am proud and feeling happy for Urvashi Rautela . Apart from her , ” Singh Saab The Great “ , has 2 more students of mine . They are Alan Kapoor and Asseem Merchant . Co-producer of the film Dhaval Gada is also my student . But as I said earlier , Urvashi Rautela is the fist student of my new dispensation . I am very happy for her and satisfied with the results .

I am also satisfied and happy because ” Singh Saab The Great “ did offer some poetic justice to my detractors . Some upstarts , who never miss a chance to denigrate me , always make false , fake , preposterous and misleading claims about their non-existent and imaginary success . With , ” Singh Saab The Great “ I celebrate the debut of its leading lady and main female protagonist Urvashi Rautela , who is my student and with the same film , they , the GAALI GURUS  of Facebook Acting School , are celebrating 2 blink-and-miss roles of their students . It is poetic justice . It is God’s way of showing them their place under the sun . The repositories of  the ” craft ” , the crafty craftsmen have fallen flat . I congratulate GAALI GURUS  for their blink and miss success . May they always achieve such negligible milestones !

The Date November 22 , 2013 , The Film , ” Singh Saab The Great “ and The New Star on the Horizon Urvashi Rautela will always be etched in my mind till my last breath .

” Singh Saab The Great “ settles down dust and makes matter clear . Since the release of , ” Singh Saab The Great “ there is virtual deluge of old students to my new office . They must have watched the writing on the wall .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate Urvashi Rautela for her debut and success .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish her well in her glorious journey ahead .

May she shine radiantly and reach the zenith of stardom .

[ I have quoted extensively from the twitter-handle of Taran Adarsh and from the website http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 02, 2013          08.05 P.M.
Month of September 2013 was not of any great significance for Hindi films .  Remake of the 1973 classic ” Zanjeer “ got released and bombed . ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ from the Yah Raj Films was a sleeper hit . But the real winner of the month was an adult comedy Grand Masti ” , a film directed by Indra Kumar .

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Obituary :

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Vitthal Bhai Patel : 

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Lyricist of Raj Kapoor’s ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] and former Congress minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Vitthal Bhai Patel died on September 06 , 2013 in Bhopal .

He became famous after ” Jhoth Bole Kauwwa Kate …….. “ , a song from ” Bobby “ became super hit . This extremely popular song of Rishi Kapoor’s debut film made Vitthal Bhai Patel a household name . Though other songs of ” Bobby “ were written by Anand Bakshi , but this one song of Vitthal Bhai became almost a national anthem of the youth of that time .

He wrote lyrics for other films also but unfortunately could not replicate success of ” Bobby “ .



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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September  06

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1 – Zanjeer …………………………………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………………….. Ram Charan

2 – Shuddha Desi Romance ……………………………….. Ashish Singh

3 – Zindagi Jalebi ………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – September  13

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1 – Grand Masti ……………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

……………………………………………………………………………….. Karishma Tanna

……………………………………………………………………………….. Darshan Rathod

2 – John Day …………………………………………………………. X

3 – Horror Story ………………………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – September  20

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1 – The Lunch Box ………………………………………………. X

2 – Phata Poster Nikhala Hero …………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – September  27

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1 – Super Model ………………………………………………… Ashmit Patel

2 – Maazii ……………………………………………………………. X

3 – Prague …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Warning ………………………………………………………… X

5 – Raqt ………………………………………………………………. Sheena Shahabadi

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 08 ……… persons , ………… 06 ……………… are actors . Among the rest ……………….. 02 ………………. Ashish Singh is the Ex. Producer of  ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ and Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is the music director of  ” Grand Masti “ .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Tanisha Mukerji is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

2 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

3 – Hazel Keech is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .


My ……………. 03 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Gurinder Pawar is playing lead in  ” Sounds of Silence ” .

2 – Neha Sareen is playing lead in ” Sounds of Silence ” .

3 – Nasirr Khan is playing lead in ” Happily Married .. Phir Bhi Doubt Hota Hai ”


My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is in the Brand Ambassador of ” Heads & Shoulders ” .

2 – Sonali Bendre is the Brand Ambassador of ” Oriflame ” .

3 – Anushka Sharma is the Brand Ambassador of ” Clear Shampoo ” .

4 – Rajneesh Duggal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Raymond ” .

5 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Bru Coffe ” .

My ………….. 05 …………… student in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaign .

 

Though not very satisfying month for me but still my 08 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 01 TV show , 03 students in 02 plays and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of September 2013 comes to 19 .

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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 congratulate all my above mentioned students .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Wilting Traditions – 1 : Holi & Hindi Cinema


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 26, 2011                   12. 2O A.M.

We just celebrated Holi. Indian festivals, specially North Indian festivals always played major roles in the Hindi films of yesteryears. Once upon a time Holi , Deewali , Makar Sankranti and  Raksha Bandhan used to be part of the story and were filmed lavishly and portrayed prominently in Hindi films. There used to be hit songs in films celebrating these festivals. And they are still remembered.

When I started watching films, I vividly remember Mehboob Khan‘s films , where Holi was always a part of the story and he used to picturize it lavishly. His first colour film ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] had a memorable Holi song – khelo rang hamare sang aaj din rang rangeela aaya…………..It was filmed on Dilip Kumar , Nimmi and large number of junior artistes.

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Mehboob Khan’s another timeless classic in colour was Mother India ” [ 1957 ] . It had immensely popular Holi number – holi aayi re kanhayee rang chhalke suna de jara bansuri………It was filmed on Nargis , Sunil Dutt , Rajendra Kumar , Kumkum and large number of junior artistes. Its canvass was vast and it carried the story forward with the help of intercuts and flash-backs . This song is my personal favourite. Mehboob Khan had earlier made ” Mother India ” in Black & white as ” Aurat ” [ 1940 ] and it too had Holi number filmed on Sardar Akhtar , Surendra and Yakub. Incidently ” Aurat “ also had an artiste named Arun [ father of present day star Govinda ]. So in total Mehboob Khan had 3 memorable Holi songs to his credit in classic films like – ” Aurat ” , ” Aan ” and ” Mother India. ”

After Mehboob Khan’s ” Aan ” [ 1951 ] , Dilip Kumar had another memorable Holi number picturized on him in S. U. Sunny’s ” Kohinoor” [ 196 0 ] . It was – man rang lo ji aaj tan rang lo , khelo umang bhar rang pyar ke le lo…………….During his later years Dilip Kumar did a film Mashaal ”  [ 1984 ] for Yash Chopra and it too had a hit and lovely Holi number – o dekho holi aayi ………….

Cover of

Cover of Mashaal

It is noteworthy that all the above mentioned numbers were composed by Naushad and were written by Shakeel Badayuni. Only ” Aurat ” and ” Mashaal “ numbers are exceptions. ” Aurat ” Holi number was composed by Anil Biswas and ” Mashaal “ was composed by Hriday Nath Mangeshkar and was written by Anand Bakshi.

After Mehboob Khan , Dilip Kumar , Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni another filmmaker who filmed magnificient Holi scenes and songs , was veteran V. Shantaram. His ” Navrang ” [ 1959 ] had a wonderful Holi number – arre ja re arre natkhat………………..

Among the yesteryear filmmakers , strangely , Raj Kapoor never filmed a single Holi song or scene in his directorial ventures. Though in real life , his larger than life Holi celebrations were talk of the film industry and are still envied and remembered by many.

Another curious case is Dev Anand’s. His suave and urbane personality was not fit for such kind of rustic and robust celebrations but he has one memorable exception. His immortal film ” Guide ” [ 1965 ] had a popular dance number – piya tose naina lage re , naina lage re…………….In this particular song there was one para dedicated to Holi. It was – aayi holi aayi , sab rang layi , bin tere holi bhi na bhaye………………….. Though Dev Anand was not shown in the song . It was magnificently picturized on Waheeda Rehman by director Vijay Anand. It was composed by Sachin Dev Burman and was written by Shailendra.

After above mentioned artistes and specially after Dilip Kumar , Amitabh Bachchan had most number of memorable Holi songs to his credit. His immortal classic ” Sisila ” [ 1981 ] had a song – rang barse bheege chunar wali rang barse ………… It is a cult song even today. One of his recent hits ” Baghbaan ” [ 2003 ] had another memorable number – holi khelen raghubeera awadh men holi khelen raghubeera……… .. According to me , Amitabh Bachchan has the dubious distinction of having one of the worst Holi number in the history of Hindi cinema to his credit. His later year hit ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” [ 2005 ] had a number composed by Anu Malik – do me a favour lets play holi……………….. Unfortunately this worst Holi song  is the last Holi number in Hindi films till date.

Yash Chopra , director of ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , is the second filmmaker after Mehboob Khan , who has filmed large number of memorable Holi songs in his films. After ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] , he picturized a melodious Holi song on Dilip Kumar , Anil Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ]. The song was – o dekho holi aayi……………..After ” Mashaal “ he made ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] and once again gave us a hit song – mohe chhedo na……………His another classic ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] had another lovely song – ang se ang lagaana sajan mohe aise rang lagaana………………….It was picturized on Shah Rukh Khan , Sunny Deol and Juhi Chawla. So Yash Chopra has 4 Holi songs to his credit , while Mehboob Khan has 3.

In between Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan , for a brief period of time , Rajesh Khanna was the reigning deity. His one of the early successes ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] had a memorable Holi number – aaj na chhodenge bas hamjoli……………It was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and was written by Anand Bakshi. Incidently same composer – lyricist duo gave us another Holi chart-buster in ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ]. It was – holi ke din dil khil jaate hain…………..Though ” Sholay “ was made in the tradition of western cowboy films but it’s Holi song was so wonderfully woven in the story and it was filmed so beautifully that it is remembered even today .

Among today’s stars Aamir Khan had a wonderful song in ” Mangal Pandey  – The Rising [ 2005 ] . It is – dekho aayi holi………….. It is quirk of the matter that worst Holi song of Hindi films , do me a favour , lets play holi……… also came in the same year [ 2005 ] in ” Waqt – Race Against Time ” .

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There are some other films also which have some good Holi songs . Rajshri Productions massive hit ” Nadiya Ke Paar ” [ 1982 ] had a catchy number – jogi ji wah jogi ji…………. but it was an exception rather than a rule. After 2005, it is sad that all the recent released films have not portrayed Holi or any other festivals prominently. There are several causes for this scenario.

A – Delhi – UP has ceased to be a prominent territory for Hindi films. Now younger filmmakers make films for metropolitan cities and for overseas markets. So this rustic , robust festival of colours is not finding favours.

B – Younger filmmakers are not familiar with the hinterlands of our country. They seldom go to villages and are unaware of the circumstances of our middle and lower middle class population.

C – Story line of recent films have become city – centric. Rampaging consumerism has changed the scenario beyond recognition and this is being reflected in the recently released films.

D – Rise of television is another root cause for this change. Since films are being made for the overseas territories and for metropolitan centers, so various channels started catering to the rural masses and started beaming village – centric serials. So filmmakers are now not bothered for the masses of hinterlands.

E – Rise of Bhojpuri films are another nail in the coffin. These films specially cater to North Indian public and most of them are still village – centric . So they picturize Holi songs on lavish scale . Recently released hit Bhojpuri film ” Diljale ” [ 2011 ] has a memorable Holi song.

There might be other reasons too, but I am sad that slowly and firmly our festival of colours is coming to a virtual neglect in Hindi films.

It is sad , very sad !

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