Elizabeth Taylor First , Lauren Bacall Now


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18, 2014           00.05 A.M.

Lauren Bacall

September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall in Her Iconic Pose

Lauren Bacall in Her Iconic Pose

When Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011, I wrote a blog and posted it on April 02, 2011. She was my first Hollywood favourite. Elizabeth Taylor made her debut with ” National Velvet ” [ 1944 ] . Lauren Bacall, who died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89,  also made her debut in the same year, with Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not [ 1944 ].

In the library of my Deoria home, I have a book about all the great heroes and heroines of Hollywood. I first noticed Lauren Bacall in that book. Her typical posture, for which she was so famous, caught my fancy. ” THE LOOK ” , for which she was immortalized, was a seductive pose where she lowered her head and glanced up suggestively. I was hooked and my fancy remained intact even after her withdrawal from the limelight.

As stated earlier, she made her film debut with Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not [ 1944 ] . In this film she made sexy query to Humphrey Bogart , ” You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together – and blow.” With these innocuous lines she created history and found a permanent place in Hollywood echelon. She had another memorable line in the film, ” Anybody got a match?”.

Lauren Bacall in Her Famous Inviting Look

Lauren Bacall in Her Famous Inviting Look

She was known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. One more thing, which attracted me to her is the fact that she worked in many films with Humphrey Bogart and later on became his wife. Needless to say that I am a great Humphrey Bogart fan.

Lauren Bacall with Her Husband Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall with Her Husband Humphrey Bogart

She first appeared as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.

Lauren Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked 20th out of the 25 actresses on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars list by the American Film Institute.

 

Lauren Bacall with Honourary Oscar

Lauren Bacall with honorary Oscar

In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.

 

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[ Information about Lauren Bacall and the list of her films is taken from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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No Place For Old People In Young Party of New India


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 28 , 2014           11.55 P.M.

 

” Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much . ” – Margaret Willour

” Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them , for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members . ” – Pearl S. Buck

” In youth the days are short and the years are long : in old age the years are short and the days are long . ”  – Nikita Ivanovich Panin

” Growing old is mandatory ; growing up is optional . ” – Chili Davis

” Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man . ” – Leon Trotsky

” Inside every older person is a young person wondering what happened . ” – Jennifer Yale

 

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Election times are always strange times in India . One can witness many unusual happenings , many bizarre scenario . One such thing is clamour for young blood in politics . There is nothing wrong in the demand per se . In fact young blood is always welcome and it should be more than welcome in the arena of politics .

But what would you say when a 76-year-old Mr. Jaswant Singh is replaced by a young ( ? ) candidate Col. Sonaram Choudhary in Rajasthan , who is 71-year-old ? He is a Congress turncoat , and Shri Jaswant Singh is a loyal party worker and old party war – horse , but it becomes insignificant in the young party of new India . What would you say when there is a cacophonous clamour for the retirement of Shri Lal Krishna Advani from public life ? Several crooks are ruling the roost and Shri Advani has unblemished record of service in public life . His only fault is his age . Unfortunately he is 86 . Is old age sin in our country ? Is it a crime to get old or be old in new India ?

Not always . Former Communist Chief Minister of Kerala , Shri V. S. Achuthanandan [ Velikkakathu Sankaran Achuthanandan ] , the grand old patriarch of CPM is 90 and is still active .

M. Karunanidhi [ Muthuvel Karunanidhi ] , the DMK patriarch , also known as Kalaignar , is 89 . Both , far from saying good-bye to public life , are on election trail . Both are going through rigorous and tortuous daily routine during election time in this hot , unbearable Indian summer . They are yet to bid adieu .

Take the case of world leaders . Oldest ruling monarch is 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej , the King of Thailand . This year he completes 67 years as the King of Thailand .

Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom is 87 years old and she is firmly in the saddle . She ascended the throne in 1952 . This year she completes 62 years as the reigning queen . Far from retiring , these two monarchs are still calling the shots and are much respected and revered in their respective countries .

Let us take few examples from the world of cinema .

 

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1 ) – At 82 , Clint Eastwood is still very much involved in the movie making business. In 2012 he plays an aging baseball scout in “Trouble With The Curve ” [ 2012 ] .

Clint Eastwood  also keeps his plate full directing movies . His most recent films are ; ” Invictus ” [ 2009 ] , ” Hereafter ” [ 2010 ] , ” J. Edgar ” [ 2011 ] and ” Jeresy Boys ” [ 2014 ] . Thus from 1955 to 2014 , its 59 year-long and uninterrupted career .

2 ) – At 90 , Christopher Lee is still acting in Peter Jackson’s ” The Hobbit “ movies .

3 ) – At 96 , Kirk Douglas , the star who starred in ” Spartacus ” [ 1960 ] , worked last in ” Empire State Building Murders ” [ 2008 ] . From 1946 to 2008 , it is 62 year-long career .

4 ) – At 96 , Olivia de Havilland , who enthralled audiences world over in the classic ” Gone With The Wind ” [ 1939 ] , is still working . Her last film ” I Remember Better When I Paint ” [ 2009 ] . It is incredibly 74 year-long career which started in 1935 .

 

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1 ) – The ever – green Ashok Kumar’s career spanned for 61 long years . Right from ” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ]  to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] , Dada Muni , as he was fondly called , was working till he was 86 .

2 ) – Pran is another gem in the crown . He was active till the age of  83 . From ” Yamla Jat ” [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh ” [ 2003 ] , it was 63 year-long career .

3 ) – Dev Anand , another indefatigable legend , worked for 65 years . From ” Hum Ek Hain ” [ 1946 ] to ” Charge Sheet ” [ 2011 ] , it was an awe – inspiring 65 year-long journey of perennial glory and ever – lasting super – stardom . He was 88 when he died . He released his last film ” Charge Sheet ” same year , which was written, produced and directed by him . He also starred in it as the main protagonist . It is unbeatable record in the world of cinema in India .

There are such people in the world of literature also .

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1 ) – Khushwant Singh , the age – defying author ; novelist , historian and journalist , died at the age of 99 .  He wrote till he was 97 years old . ” The Mark Of Vishnu and Other Stories ” [ 1950 ] to “Agnostic Khushwant : There Is No God ” [ 2012 ] , he enjoyed 62 unquestioned active years as an author of repute .

2 ) – Maya Angelou , the American writer , poetess and civil rights activist , is writing since 45 years . She is 85 now . Yet to retire , she is widely respected and revered in the U.S.A.

 

So why this clamour for the retirement of Shri Lal Krishna Advani or denial of ticket to Shri Jaswant Singh ? I feel it is not related to age . This is power – struggle . New satraps want to remove old guards unceremoniously and they are taking positions behind the age factor . A person should be respected for his / her age and should not be despised . Age is a boon . When I read comments related to age I am peeved . A person serves his organization from the young age . He gives his life in the service of his party and organization . And suddenly one day a new ascending leader appears on the scene and simply orders the banishment of the old guard . Though the old person in question is not infirm or incapacitated . No one is questioning why Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not given a ticket . Everyone knows that he is bed – ridden and can’t even speak or recognize people . But Shri Lal Krishna Advani is still active and mentally alert .

” A man is not old untill regrets take place of dreams . ” – John Barrymore

No one can stop new leaders or younger people from ascending the firmament . But it does not mean curtain for older leaders , who are still fit and can still serve the country. I feel sad , when I see that contribution of Shri Lal Krishna Advani is being overlooked . Malicious , derogatory and abusive comments are continuously being posted on the various social networking sites , so that he should get dejected and retire . Suggestions are being dished out by so-called party – sympathisers that old people should accept the new order and should not crib or demand any special privilege . It was recently said by the alleged member of the alleged ” Club 160 “ said that old guard should learn to accept ” no ” to their demands and they should accept the dictate of younger dispensation with graceful silence . It was said that they should learn to get adjusted to the new , changed ways of the young party of the new India . It could be argued that it is true to some extent . But the tone and tenor of this statement was contemptuous , smug and full of hubris . It was disrespectful .

” Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much . ” – Margaret Willour

Then what is the solution . In my opinion there should be a fine balance between old and new generation . For every young Arjun , there has to be a sagacious Bhishma Pitamah and an experienced Dronacharya . For every imperious and bellicose Duryodhana , there has to be a sagely Vidur and a stoic Kripacharya . If this fine balance in the time of yore could not save us from a devastating Mahabharata , what will happen , if today we will have only inexperienced Arjuna and imperious , bellicose and belligerent Duryodhana in our mist ?

Think India , think ! And be afraid . Be very afraid !

” There is one more terrifying fact about old people : you are going to be one soon . ” – P. J. O’Rourke

 

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VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also pray for our beloved India and out age – old ethos .

 

[ I have taken information about world and Indian leaders from Wikipedia . For Hollywood actors , I have taken information from a website ; http://www.pajiba.com I am indebted ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 07 , 2013           01.45 P.M.
Month of October 2013 will always be infamously known and remembered for ” Besharam “ , a Ranbir Kapoor film , which is the biggest ever Hindi film release till date with over 3000 prints . It is also Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest flop till date . It is said to be the desi version of Lock , Stock And Two Smoking Barrels ” .
” Boss “ , a Akshay Kumar film , also bombed at the box office . Towards the end of the month , 05 films got released but they all failed to make mark in any way .
It is sad and unfortunate that 5 luminaries of Hindi film world left us for their heavenly abode this month . It made this month more gloomy and melancholic .

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Raj Tilak  : 

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Popular filmmaker of the 70s and 80s, and son-in-law of legendary B. R. Chopra , Raj Tilak passed away on October 06 , 2013 after suffering from septicaemia . He was 73 years old at the time of his death .

He made some highly popular films like ;  ” 36 Ghante ” [ 1974 ] , ” Mukti ” [ 1977 ] ,  ” Tumhare Liye ” [ 1978 ] and ” Chehre Pe Chehra ” [ 1981 ] .

His film ” 36 Ghante ” [ 1974 ] was based on William Wyler’s cult Hollywood film  ” The Desperate Hours ” [ 1955 ] . And ” Chehre Pe Chehra ” [ 1981 ]  was an Indian version of the famous novella of Robert Louis Stevenson ” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ”  .

Raj has directed bigwigs like Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha and Parveen Babi. He has been an active member of the Producers Guild too.

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India’s first true export to Hollywood and a producer – director of repute , Krishna Shah died on October 13 , 2013 in Los Angeles , U.S.A. at the age of 75 .

He produced and directed many successful films in Hollywood . His first Indian film was Dharmendra & Zeenat Aman starrer ” Shalimar ” [ 1978 ] . Incidentally it was also the debut film of Rex Harrison in Hindi . He later made a documentary on Indian cinema . It is called ” Cinema Cinema ” [ 1979 ] .

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

Adieu Krishna Shah http://wp.me/ptyXI-3b5

Randhawa :

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Younger brother of Dara Singh and a wrestler of repute , Randhawa died on 21 October 2013 in Mumbai .

He worked in many films along with his brother and also had few solo starrers . His better known films are ” Faulad ” [ 1963 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Henna ” [ 1991 ] and ” Duplicate ” [ 1998 ] .

He married Mallika , younger sister of Mumtaz and his son Shaad Randhawa made his debut in Mahesh Bhat’s  ” Woh Lamhe ” [ 2006 ] .

Manna Dey :

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After the sad demise of Mohammad Rafi , Mukesh , Kishore Kumar , Hemant Kumar and Talat Mehmood , the last of the titans in the field of Hindi playback singing , Manna Dey died on October 24 , 2013 in Bengaluru at the age of 94 .

Who can forget his immortal melodies like ; ” Ae Mere Pyare Watan ……… ” , ” Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua ……………… ” , ” Aa Ja Sanam Madhur Chandani Men Ham ………………. ” , ” Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen ……………….. ” , ” Qasme Waade Pyaar Wafa……………… ” ” Ik Chatur Naar Karke Singar ……………………….. ” ” Yaari Hai Eemaan Meraa ……………………. ” and ” Ye Dosti Ham Nahin Chhodenge …………………………. ” ?

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him as tribute :

Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai http://wp.me/ptyXI-3b7

K. P. Saxena :

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Noted Hindi writer and a satirist of repute , K. P. Saxena died on October 31 , 2013 in Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh due to cardiac arrest . He was 81 at the time of his death .

A Padma Shri awardee , he wrote dialogues for couple of Hindi films . Notable among them are ; ” Lagaan ” [ 2001 ] , ” Swades ” [ 2004 ] , ” Hulchul ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jodha Akbar ” [ 2008 ] . He was also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue Writer for ” Jodha Akbar ” [ 2008 ] .

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First Week – October  04 ( 02 )

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1 – Besharam …………………………………………………………… Ranbir Kapoor

Second Week – October  11

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1 – Baat Bann Gayi ……………………………………………………. X

2 – War Chhod Na Yaar ……………………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

Third Week – October  18 ( 16 )

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1 – Boss ………………………………………………………………….. Harry Josh

2 – Shahid ………………………………………………………………. Vaibhav Vishant

Fourth Week  – October  25

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1 – Dilli Gang …………………………………………………………… Vikas Bhalla

2 – Micky Virus ……………………………………………………….. X

3 – Sooper Se Ooper …………………………………………………. X

4 – Wake Up India ……………………………………………………. Chirag Patil

5 – Ishk Actually ………………………………………………………. Rayo Bakhirta

 

In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in October . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .



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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is doing a role in  ” Swabhoomi “.

2 – Bengali : Ashmit Patel is doing a role in ” Swabhoomi ” .


My ………….. 02 ………………. students in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Rohit Khurana is playing an important role in  ” Sasural Simar Ka ” on Colors TV .

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing an important role in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .

3 – Tara Sharma is anchoring a new season of ” The Tara Sharma Show – Diaries Of A New Mum “ on NDTV Good Times .


My ……………. 03 ……….. students in ………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Colgate  ” .

2 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Titan Raga Pearls ” .

3 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Sony Experia ” .

4 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Siyaram Suiting ” .

5 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nikon ” .


My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

As an acting trainer / acting tutor I had an average month . Not very satisfying indeed . My 07 students appeared in 07 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 02 students in 01 regional film , 03 students in 03 plays and 04 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of October 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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The Saga Turns A Year Older


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           30 OCTOBER , 2013           06.00 P.M.

As I write this blog , I remember and would like to remind all my readers that I have been training actors since 1990 . In such a long journey , I took several different paths , passed through various difficult routes . I achieved many milestones . I faced some disappointments . I missed few points here & there . But overall it was a satisfying journey indeed .

My job took me , apart from Mumbai , to Pune , Bengaluru and Nashik . It took me to the sets of several big and important films . From Bollywood to Hollywood , I worked with the best of actors and directors . In the process I got enriched and got their respect and love also .

As I complete one more year of my acting training career , I posted few thoughts regarding VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as VIDUR’S KREATING CHARAKTERS on the timeline of my facebook . Today I am posting all of them together in this blog so that one could find it easily and read it . I tried to follow a pattern and posting was done as per the progression of my thoughts .

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1 – [ 21 September 2012 – 21 September 2013 ]

एक बरस बीत गया ;
सींकचों में सिमटा जग , किन्तु विकल प्राण विहग ;
धरती से अम्बर तक , गूँज मुक्ति गीत गया ;
एक बरस बीत गया ॥
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2 – [ 21 September 2012 – 21 September 2013 ]

एक बरस बीत गया  A year of insult ended . A year of slander gone .

जब वक़्त पड़ा था गुलशन पर , मुझसे ही लहू का दान लिया ,
फिर मेरे लहू के छींटों से , होली भी मनाई लोगों ने ॥
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एक बरस बीत गया  A year of accusation ended . A year of allegation gone .
किस ने खेल खेला है , किस ने हिज्र झेला है ;
अब गुज़र गया जानम ,  सवाल का मौसम ॥
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एक बरस बीत गया  A year of deception ended . A year of conspiracy gone .
आने वाले किसी तूफ़ान का रोना रोकर ;
नाख़ुदा ने मुझे साहिल पे डुबोना चाहा ॥
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 एक बरस बीत गया  A year when the minority turned tormentors . A year when the majority turned onlookers .
खड़े हैं सांस रोके सब तमाशा देखने वाले ;
कि अब मज़लूम बस कुछ ही क़दम क़ातिल से आगे है ॥
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एक बरस बीत गया  Never cried for help . Never involved anyone in my struggle .
शोर -ए -मातम न हो , झनकार हो ज़ंजीरों की ;
चाहिए क़ौम के भीष्म को चिता तीरों की ॥
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एक बरस बीत गया  When I was threatened not to take a principled stand .
कुछ और ज़माना कहता है ,  कुछ और है ज़िद मेरे दिल की  ॥

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 एक बरस बीत गया  My 23-year-old journey took a new turn .
ग़लत को हमेशा ग़लत ही कहा है ; सही को हमेशा सही बोलते हैं ।

नहीं आँख जिनकी मिलाने की हिम्मत ; मेरे पीठ पीछे वही बोलते हैं ॥

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एक बरस बीत गया  A saga of uninterrupted 23 years reaches a new milestone .

यह उथल पुथल उत्ताल लहर , पथ से न डिगाने पायेगी ;
पतवार चलाते जायेंगे , मंज़िल आएगी आएगी

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एक बरस बीत गया  The voyage passed through Tumultuous Tempest . Blinding Blizzard . Windy Windstorm .

कहो नाख़ुदा से कि लंगर उठा दे ; मैं तूफाँ की जिद देखना चाहता हूँ

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एक बरस बीत गया  The voyage survived Quicksand . Overcame Pitfalls .
सुनूँ क्या सिंधु ! मैं गर्जन तुम्हारा , युग – धर्म का हुँकार हूँ मैं ।। =======================================================

 

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एक बरस बीत गया  A new hope dawned . A new dream unfolded .

नई मंज़िल , नई राहें , नया है मेहरबाँ अपना ;

न जाने जा के ठहरेगा , कहाँ अब कारवाँ अपना ।।

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एक बरस बीत गया  The saga still continues !
आज जाहिल भी हैं , आलिम का लबादा ओढ़े ;
ऐसे मुल्लाओं से ईमान बचाए रखना ॥
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एक बरस बीत गया Dust has now started settling down .

हटा कर तेरे सर से ताज , साबित कर दिया हमने ;

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एक बरस बीत गया  YEAR AT A GLANCE

Total Number of Batches = 10 // Total Number of Students = 59

Number of Current Students Working [ Only in Films ] = 22

Success Rate of Last Year = 40.00 % [ 37.20 % Precisely ]

Script Based Workshop Done = 7 Films

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एक बरस बीत गया  On the auspicious occasion of NAVAMI ; Unveiling The Insignia of Brand VIDUR
ये ज़मीन है बेवफ़ा , ये आसमाँ बेमेहर है ,
जी  में है अब इक नया आलम करें ईजाद हम ।।
 
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I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had one more very satisfying year . My success rate in 2012 – 2013 is 40% and believe me , this is unprecedented . No acting institute can claim to have such a track record .

When I say and talk about acting institutes , I don’t include Shri Roshan Taneja . As I have stated in my earlier blog , he is beyond any list . A man , who is training actors since 50 long years , is definitely an uncrowned king in this field .

I don’t include Madam Ashha Chandra also . She is my teacher and I have no audacity to compare myself with her . At least my upbringing , my SANSKAR does not permit me to do that .

But yes , when I talk about acting institutes , I do include all the other ones . Veterans and upstarts have become desperate after the advent of Vidur Acting Institute . A veteran has put up road signs with arrow mark at every nook and corner signalling and indicating his address . His inglorious and shameless disciples are making tall claims and revelling in false glory . They are audacious enough to make preposterous claims . They claim to have trained almost everyone , who are there in my student list . But despite all their deceitful and mischievous efforts , they are slipping . They are failing miserably . The beginning of the end has started for the GAALI GURUS of Facebook Acting School .

As per the famous quote of Abraham Lincoln – ” You can fool some of the people all of the time , and all of the people some of the time , but you can not fool all of the people all of the time . ”

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On the occasion of the anniversary of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I thank all the eminent people of the film industry , who helped me in my long and arduous journey .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to thank all our students , friends and well-wishers  for their support and condescending behaviour .

May God bless them all !

 

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Adieu Krishna Shah


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 24 , 2013           02.45 P.M.

Hollywood filmmaker of Indian origin , the first true Indian export to Hollywood ,   Krishna Shah , who wrote , directed and produced genre films such as  “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ] died on Oct. 13 , 2013 in Los Angeles , U. S. A.  He was 75 years old and had been ill since suffering a stroke last year.

Krishna Shah started his career directing Cicely Tyson , James Earl Jones and Lou Gossett Jr. in an adaptation of the play The River Niger ” [ 1976 ] .

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He wrote, directed and produced Hindi film “ Shalimar ” [ 1978 ] starring Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman .  It also marked the Bollywood debut of English actor Rex Harrison . In Bollywood he made a documentary on Indian movies , “ Cinema Cinema ” [ 1979 ] .
Besides “ Hard Rock Zombies ” [ 1985 ]  , he also produced  “ Evil Laugh ” [ 1986 ]  andTed & Venus ” [ 1991 ] . He also directed the comedy “ American Drive-In ” .

A graduate of UCLA and Yale , he initially co-wrote with Alan Paton and directed the short-lived South African play “ Sponano ” [ 1964 ] on Broadway .  Off Broadway he adapted Rabindranath Tagore’s “ The King of the Dark Chamber which won two Obies and ran almost a year. His other credits include directing Athol Fugard’s “ Bloodknot ” as well as Milton Hood Ward’s “ Kindly Monies ” in London.

In TV he wrote episodes of “ The Flying Nun ”  , “ Six Million Dollar Man ” and “ The Man From UNCLE ” among other shows.

After making an animated version of epic “ Ramayana ” [ 1992 ] , he started producing other Indian films including Nagesh Kukunoor’s debut  “ Hyderabad Blues ” [ 1998 ] . At the time of his death he was working on “ Sleepaway Camp IV : The Survivor ”  [ 2012 ] .

Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor

Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Krishna Shah ran his own production company Double Helix Films , a production , distribution and foreign sales company called MRI and later was a topper at Carnegie Film Group.

A member of the Writers Guild , he was assistant secretary in the Directors Guild and a member of the Academy .

He was the first true Indian export to Hollywood and should be respected for that .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Krishna Shah .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer homage to the near and dear ones of the departed soul .

[ Several details of his life and career is taken from the Wikipedia and various other sources from internet . I express my gratitude . ]

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Satyajit Ray v/s Steven Spielberg


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA -INDIA           MARCH 23, 2013           00.30 A.M.

Steven Spielberg came to India , he saw and he conquered . Every director worth his name in the Hindi film industry was present in the masterclass organized and arranged by Anil Ambani and chaired by none other than Amitabh Bachchan .

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Steven Spielberg at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His enviable body of work commands respect . Out of 31 films directed by him , 10 films are in the list of 30 all time greatest hits of Hollywood . I am providing the list :

Highest-grossing films of Steven Spielberg

This is a list of the top 10 highest grossing films which Spielberg directed. Spielberg’s films have grossed a total of more than $8.5 billion, with an average of $236 million per film.

Rank Title Worldwide gross Year
1 Jurassic Park $915 million 1993
2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $793 million 1982
3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $787 million 2008
4 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $619 million 1997
5 War of the Worlds $592 million 2005
6 Saving Private Ryan $482 million 1998
7 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $474 million 1989
8 Jaws $471 million 1975
9 Raiders of the Lost Ark $390 million 1981
10 The Adventures of Tintin $374 million 2011

Is it not impressive ? Is it not enviable ? Is is not unattainable ? Yes it is !

But then there is an old allegation made by none other than our own Satyajit Ray . In the early 80s , Satyajit Ray said that , ” Steven Spielberg would not have made ” E.T. “ and Close Encounters of the Third Kind , if in 1960 , I have not left behind copies of my script ” The Aliens “ with Hollywood film studios . ”

 

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The allegation is hard to prove , though it is supported by Arthur C. Clarke . In the March 17 , 2013 edition of Mumbai Mirror , eminent journalist Aseem Chhabra also claimed that in 1983 he had seen the script Of Satyajit Ray’s ” The Aliens “ and there were certain obvious similarities between ” E.T. ” and ” The Aliens ” .

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Potrait of Satyajit Ray, painted by Rishiraj Sahoo in 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aseem Chhabra also wrote that he interviewed Satyajit Ray at that time and his only regret was that after ” E.T. “ he could not make ” The Aliens “ , else he would have been accused of plagiarism .

I personally respect Satyajit Ray and Steven Spielberg , both . I don’t know what is the truth . It is for the historians to unearth the truth and bare the facts . But as a connoisseur , I cherished ” E.T. “ and ” Close Encounters of the Third Kind ” and would have loved ” The Aliens “ also .

I urge all my students of my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  to watch and savour the films of these two great masters of cinema .

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Ode – 8 : To Daniel Day-Lewis


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 27 , 2013           08.20 P.M.

Daniel Day – Lewis won the Oscar for the Best Actor [ Male ] for Steven Spielberg’s ” Lincoln ” [ 2012 ] and created history . He became the first and only male actor of Hollywood to get three Oscars in the main lead category . His other two Oscar-winning roles are My Left Foot ” [ 1989 ] and ” There Will Be Blood ” [ 2007 ] .

Daniel Day-Lewis

I first came to know about Daniel in 1989 . In 1989 I came to Mumbai and took admission in Ashha Chandra’s acting classes . That year’s Oscars were announced and Ashha Ji had a show of ” My Left Foot “ for all the students of her academy . We were watching the movie and were mesmerized by the performance of the lead actor Daniel Day – Lewis . It was my first encounter with Daniel  . After watching ” My Left Foot ” , I was forced to believe that the protagonist is paraplegic in his real life too . My perception changed when I saw his next movie , ” The Bounty “ . Later on I watched ” The Last of The Mohicans “ and ” Gangs of New York ” and I became a life-long fan of the actor . ” Lincoln “ only fortifies my admiration and regard for the actor . It speaks volumes that a British and Irish national Daniel , plays the most revered character of American history so convincingly .

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Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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He is one of the most acclaimed actors of this generation . His work has earned numerous awards, including five nominations for the Academy Awards, which resulted in three wins, respectively, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), a feat which makes him the only male actor in history to gather three wins in the leading category.

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Lewis has also been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, with four wins, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critic’s Choice Awards, as well as garnering seven Golden Globe nominations, winning twice.

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. The son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon , he was born and grew up in London . Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health .

He reportedly demanded and got 1 year for preparing the character of Abraham Lincoln . He read almost 100 books written about the president and gave new interpretation to the character . He made his voice high pitch instead of booming voice of Lincoln . Needless to say that his interpretation is totally accepted by the puritan critics and lapped by the discerning masses .

Filmography of Daniel Day-Lewis :

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1982 Gandhi Colin
1984 The Bounty John Fryer
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny
1985 A Room with a View Cecil Vyse
1986 Nanou Maxo
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas
1988 Stars and Bars Henderson Dores
1989 Eversmile, New Jersey Dr. Fergus O’Connell
1989 My Left Foot Christy Brown
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)
1993 The Age of Innocence Newland Archer
1993 In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon
1996 The Crucible John Proctor
1997 The Boxer Danny Flynn
2002 Gangs of New York Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting
2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Jack Slavin
2007 There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
2009 Nine Guido Contini
2012 Lincoln Abraham Lincoln

My admiration for him grows every time when I go through this filmography . Such variety and such array of histrionics is unparalleled in the annals of cinema .

As an acting tutor I wish and desire to produce at least one Daniel Day-Lewis in my life-time . My acting academy ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , would feel a sense of accomplishment if it could boast of at least one alumni like Daniel Day-Lewis . Until then it is endless wait .

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