Jiah Khan , A Life Snapped Abruptly


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 09 , 2013           11.45 P.M.

Sitting in my study in Mumbai and trying to remember Jiah Khan is not easy at this juncture . I met Jiah 7/8 months back . I was approached by her manager and he requested me to train her as she was about to sign couple of big projects soon .

Maxim Magazine (December 2008) - Jiah Khan

Maxim Magazine (December 2008) – Jiah Khan

I had seen few scenes of Nishabd ” [ 2007 ] , her debut film . Then I watched  Ghajini ” [ 2008 ] . I had watched Housefull ” [ 2010 ] also . That was it . But that is her complete filmography . Just 3 films in 4 years . And it was not a conscious decision . She waited for 3 years for her next break . But the wait was in vain .

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Ghajini (2008 film)

Ghajini (2008 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After getting call from her secretary , I called Jiah next day . Her mother answered the call . I went to meet Jiah Khan next day . I vividly remember her building , Sagar Sangeet in Juhu . I went to her first floor flat and was ushered in by Jiah’s mother . I sat on the sofa and then few moments later Jiah slowly walked in and sat in front of me .

As has been said by many , she was not a conventional beauty . But I found her stunning , very charming and elegant . She offered me tea and we talked about the modalities of the training . She requested me to start from the coming week .

I came out . But that coming week never came . She kept on postponing the classes . She always messaged me a day prior that since she is under weather , she wont be able to start classes. It went for a couple of weeks .

Finally I lost patience . And when she finally called me one day to start the class , I didn’t answer the call . I curtly messaged back that I have taken another tuition , as I was tired of waiting endlessly . She simply messaged back , ” Oh sorry , but I was really under the weather . ”

Then I lost contact with her . I never cared to call back . I took her to be  another spoiled brat . But when I read about her suicide , I immediately remembered above mentioned event .

A sense of remorse engulfed me . Now I am feeling guilty . May be she was true . May be she was really not well . May be she needed people in her life . I would have been a positive anchor in her life . A caring teacher is sometimes more than a caring father . Had I been her tutor , may be the fate would have been different . But it was not destined to be .

I am sorry but I do have fiery temper . Not knowingly or consciously but I have made some mistakes in my life because of my temper . Saying no to Jiah Khan seems to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life . May be the troubled girl child needed an emotional anchor and I know that I could have been a very positive anchor in her life . But as I have said earlier , it was not destined to be .

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to Jiah’s family . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also join me in expressing grief . I apologise to her mother , who was so nice to me when I first met her on that day .

I still have Jiah Khan’s cell number but I have no gumption to call her mother . I have no courage to say sorry to her . Today , on a wet Sunday night , I am writing this obituary to express my guilt to one and all .

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I don’t know whether I deserve it or not but I seek forgiveness . Jiah’s eyes and her smiling face haunts me and it will torment me throughout my life . As a tutor I should have been more condescending , more understanding and more accommodating . I am 60 years old and she was just 25 .

Farewell destiny’s troubled child . I feel ashamed that I am also in the list of few people , who failed you .

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010


Its July and half the year is gone. First half of the year ended and there is not a very heartening news for the industry.. Industry suffered losses to the tune of 300 crores. ” RAAVAN “,  “KITES “, ” VEER “, ” PRINCE “, ” TEEN PETTI ” and ” RANN “ were some of the notable flops. From January to june 81 Hindi films were released.Out of these, only 10 films managed to make some profit. First quarter ie January to march saw only two hits : ” PAA ” and ” LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA “. Second quarter saw only three films hitting the bulls eyes. They were : ” HOUSEFULL “, ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ and ” RAAJNEETI “. Rest 5, somehow barely recovered the cost.

As for as July releases are concerned, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: Youth luves ‘Luv Storys’, film starts with a bang

‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-solid on Saturday. Fri. Rs. 7 cr. nett & Sat. Rs. 7.5 cr. nett. Sunday should be better than Fri. & Sat.
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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ gets Thumbs Up in U.S.A., U.K., Australia, Gulf, Pakistan

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Monday update: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-steady, despite Bharat Bandh

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Milenge Milenge’, ‘Red Alert’ are dull

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Inception’ fetches better & bigger start than Bollywood releases

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http://bit.ly/WyXIx Midweek B.O.: ‘Inception’ leads, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ & ‘Udaan’ pick up, ‘Lamhaa’ fails

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Week 1 nett figures: ‘Inception’ 9.6 cr, ‘Lamhaa’ 8.5 cr, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ 5.61 cr, ‘Udaan’ 2.5 cr

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‘Lamhaa’ is rejected, will entail losses; ‘TBL’ is a success, returns from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues should ensure profits.

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‘Udaan’ total cost 5 cr. UTV will recover 6.25 cr. Profit of 1.25 cr. Profit includes 3.5 cr revenue from Colors for Satellite rights.

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‘Tere Bin Laden’ Update: Satellite, Home Video and Music rights have fetched Rs. 4.25 crores.

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o ‘Khatta Meetha’ is Akshay Kumar’s lowest opener in U.K., U.S.A.

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http://bit.ly/cctlka Domestic B.O.: Not Khatta, not Meetha, just Pheeka

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Khatta Meetha’ Week 1 Rs. 32 cr. nett, slided heavily on weekdays

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts slow, picks up, reports terrific

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As per early tracking [rough estimates], Day 1 of ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ is between Rs. 7.5 cr. and Rs. 8 cr. nett. Very good!

Obituary :
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MANOHARI SINGH :

Hindi Film’s most sought after saxophone player, Manohari da died on July 13, 2010 following a cardiac arrest. He was chief assistant of S. D. Burman and R. D. Burman. This legendary saxophone player adorned many hindi film songs such as my all time favourites – Dil Jo Na Keh Saka from ‘ BHEEGI RAAT ” and evergreen Gata Rahe Mera Dil from ” GUIDE “. He was awarded Radio Mirchi’s Musical Award in 2009.

To show his popularity and respect he commands, I am pasting here many tweets of eminent people :

mangeshkarlata

a very good saxophone player,great arranger,and a fabulous human being,,manohari da passed away..my heartfelt condolences to his family.

SrBachchan

@mangeshkarlata Oh gosh lata ji .. very sad news. I was just some months ago at a function where he played .. condolences and prayers

shwetapandit7

had the blessing of working with Manohari uncle in my first film song Mohabbatein, deepest condolences! He was so encouraging. Will miss him

SATISH BHATNAGAR :

An eminent screenplay and dialogue writer, Satish Bhatnagar died on July 07, 2010. He used to write screenplay for Late B. R. Chopra, along with Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza. Last film which he wrote for him was BAGHBAN. For others, he wrote very successful films such as ” Maryada “, ” Seeta Aur Geeta “, ” Himalay Se Ooncha “, ” Satte Pe Satta “, and Prakash Mehra”s ”  Hera Pheri “.
It is extremely sad that he died in penury and did not have money to pay his hospital bills. He could survive with The Film Writer’s Association’s financial aid.

RAVI BASWANI :

Acclaimed comrdian Ravi Baswani died in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on July 27th, where he had gone to scout locations for his directorial venture. An extremely talented actor, Ravi Baswani shall always be remembered for films like ” Chashme Badoor “ and ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron “. Chashme Badoor ( 1981) , was directed by Sai Paranjpe was his first film. Then he acted in his most successful film ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron ” ( 1983 ) directed by Kundan Shah. He was recently seen in ” Bunty Aur Babli ” ( 2005) , and ” Yun Hota To Kya Hota ” ( 2006 ). The last film, Naseeruddin Shah’s first directorial venture, is now his last film.

Baswani also acted on television and was very popular in Doordarshan’s 1980s hit serial  ” Idhar Udhar ” .

Incidently for his cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron , he won Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He was dean of acting in Film & Television Institute of India also, where he leant acting years ago. From Chashme Buddoor ( 1981 ) to Yun Hota To Kya Hota ( 2006 ) , a career spanning 35 years, he acted in 30 films.

New Releases & Me

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First Week – July 02

1 – I Hate Luv Storys…………….Imran Khan

………………………………………Sonam Kapoor,

……………………………………….Sammir Dattani,

………………………………………..Samir Soni,

……………………………………….Aamir Ali,

………………………………………..Punit Malhotra (Director)

………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director)

2 – Swaha……………………………x

Second Week – July 09

1 – Milenge Milenge………………Kareena kapoor,

………………………………………..Sarfaraz Khan

2 – Red Alert-The war Within……Sameera Reddy

Third Week –  July 16

1 – Lamha………………………Kunal Kapoor

2 – Udaan………………………..Sanjay Singh (Producer)

3 – Tere Bin Laden.…………..x

Fourth Week – July 23

1 – Khatta Meetha………………………….Urvashi Sharma

Fifth Week – July 30

1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai…….Emraan Hashmi
In total 09 films got released this month. Out of these 09 films my students were there in 07 films. There were 14 students of mine working in these 07 films.. Out of these 14 students 11 are actors, 01 Punit Malhotra is director of ” I Hate Luv Storys “, 01 Sanjay Singh is producer of ” Udaan ” and 01 Shekhar Ravjiani of the famous Vishal-Shekhar duo, the music director of  ”  I Hate Luv Storys ” . A satisfying month, I can say .

News This month :
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1 – Hritik Roshan will play the part originally played by Amitabh Bachchan in ” Agnipath “.

2 – Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood movie ” Broken Horses ” will roll in September 2010.

3 – Hritik Roshan will be the 5th Hindi film actor, after Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan,Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan, to have his wax statue featured at the Madame Tussaud’s wax museun in London.

4 –Sudhir Mishra and Ketan Mehta were conferred French government’s award ARTS ET LETTERS.
TRIVIA :
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1 – Filmfare’s power list of 2009 is out and it consists 10 names. Out of these 03 are production companies and remaining 07 are human beings :

1 – Aamir Khan
2 – Shah Rukh Khan
3 – Rajkumar Hirani
4 – A. R. Rahman
5 – Dharma Productions
6 – Yash Raj Films
7 – Aamir Khan Productions
8 – Kareena Kapoor
9 – Hritik Roshan
10 – Katrina Kaif

Out of these 10 powerful entities, 03 = Kareena Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are my students. They stand at 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.It is nice  to have three students in this august list.

I am ending this month’s diary at this promising note. I am happy for my achievements , but I know that I have still to cover many more miles and milestones.

God willing I will do that !

Vidur

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2010


After two successive and consecutive hits in the form of ” HOUSEFULL” and ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ , last month’s ” KiITES ” was a major disappointment. Month of June started with the spactacular opening of Prakash Jha’s ” RAAJNEETI” . But ” RAAVAN “ again dampened the spirit. I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Raajneeti’ takes fantastic start, reports excellent

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Australia update: ‘Raajneeti’ takes bigger start than ‘3 Idiots’

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j India update: ‘Raajneeti’ collects Rs. 10.5 cr. on Friday

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Raavan’ is a damp squib in U.K., U.S.A., Australia

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Midweek B.O.: ‘Raavan’ rejected, has below-the-mark weekend, crashes on Monday

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Raavan’ is a disaster, collects 23-24 cr. nett in Week 1, will entail heavy losses

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Krantiveer – The Revolution’ opens to dull houses, all eyes on ‘I Hate Luv Storys’


Obituary :
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Viveka Babajee :

I was thinking that this month, as it is coming to an end, there wont be any tragedy. I was hoping for the best but got shock of my life when I read a tweet of Priyanka Chopra on the morning of June 26. She condoled the suicide of Viveka Babajee. I was shocked to read that. I was introduced to Viveka Babajee, when she was signed for a film ” Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat ” in 2002. It was being produced by the father of a student of mine.Govinda’s nephew Krushna Abhishek, another student of mine, was playing the main lead.
She was born in Mauritius and was crowned Miss Mauritius in 1993. In 1994 she represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant. She lost and incidentally Sushmita Sen won the coveted crown. She came to India and shot to fame when she featured in the Kama Sutra advertisements. For the next 10 years she remained one of the top models of the country.
I used to meet her during the shooting of ” Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat “. Then bumped into her at the release function of the film. After that I lost touch. It is alleged that her failed relationship with Gautam Vora is the cause for her suicide. Whatever is the reason,It is sad to hear about her demise and that too at a young age of 37.

Saurabh Usha Narang :

He shall ever be remembered as the director of  ” Vaastu Shastra “, a film produced by Ram Gopal Verma. He directed this Sushmita Sen starrer in 2004. He was trying to make a film  ” Return Gift ” with rajeev Khandelwal. He was suffering from stomach cancer and had gone to Sri Lanka for treatment. He died at Colombo. At the time of his death, he was just 37 years old. Another young life ended so soon.

It is strange coincidence that both the persons died at the age of 37. A bizarre coincidence.

New Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 04

1 – Raajneeti…………………………………………….Ranbir Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Arjun Rampal

Second Week – June 11

1 – Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De………………..x

Third Week – June 18

1 – Raavan……………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – June 25

1 – Krantiveer – The Revolution……………………….Samir Aftab, Hiten Paintal

2 – Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta………………………………x

3 – http://www.love.com………………………………………Jai Kalra

In total 6 films got released this month. out of these 6 films my students were there in 3 films. All 6 students are actors.

News This month :

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1 – Amitabh Bachchan is back on television. He is to host ” KAUN BANEGA CROREPATI – Season 4 ” on Sony TV.

2 – Javed Akhtar is to play SUTRADHAR ( narrator ) for the Star Plus show ” CHAND CHHUPA BADAL MEIN “. Years ago ASHOK KUMAR played SUTRADHAR in ” HUM LOG ” on DD and started the trend.

3 – Kiran Rao’s directorial venture ” DHOBI GHAT ” , an Aamir Khan production , has signed  a composer who got Oscar for his score in ” BROKEBACK MOUNTAINS “.

4 – Resul Pookutty becomes member of the Academy of Motion Pictures.He is the first Asian sound technician to become member of the Academy.

5 – Amitabh Bachchan shot for his first malayalam film with Mohan Lal.

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2010


Month of May started at the promising note. Sajid Khan’s laugh riot opened to bumper houses. After the drought of nearly two months because of IPL, news of house full boards outside cinema halls screening “ House Full ” are heartening.

RT @taran_adarsh: Day 1 stats: House Full is lower than 3 Idiots, but bigger than MNIK. 3 Idiots was released during Christmas, while HF non-vacation period…

RT @taran_adarsh: Eros has sent me the official figure for Friday of ‘House Full’ in India: Its 10 crores nett. This is @akshaykumar biggest opening ever ..

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Badmaash Company’ starts off very well

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: ‘Kites’ takes fantastic start, but reports negative

Obituary
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Govind Moonis : He died on May 05, 2010. Present generation of film goers may not be familiar with his name but for many connoisseurs and buffs of films, he was the man who introduced Madhuri Dixit in a film called “ Abodh ” , a Rajshri Productions film, which was scripted and directed by him. The film, when got released, tanked badly and it was forgotten as a dud. But without doubt it established a legend and Govind Moonis shall always be remembered for this. He started his career as assistant director to legendary Ritwik Ghatak. Later on he assisted Satyen Bose in classics like “ Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi ” and “ Dosti ”. He co-scripted “ Raat Aur Din ”, the last film of legendary Nargis. He wrote films like “ Uphar ” and “ Jeevan Mrityu ” also for Rajshri Productions. He has to his credit “ Nadiya Ke Paar”, one of the greatest hits of Hindi cinema as a director. This film was later re made by Sooraj Barjatya as “ Hum Aapke Hain Kaun?”. In between he made several successful and not so successful films. He was a lyricist also and wrote lyrics for many films.

Mac Mohan : Mohan Makhijani AKA Mac Mohan died of cancer on 10th May 2010. The immortal Sambha of “ Sholay ” was 71 years old. He started his acting career with Chetan Anand’s “ Haqeeqat ” in 1964 and acted in almost 175/200 films. After several inconsequential roles, gradually he started getting important assignments. In 1975 he got his most famous role of Sambha in a film called “ Sholay ”. Though he had just one dialogue in the film and that dialogue had just three words but it made him famous and almost immortal. The dialogue, “ Poore Pachas Hazar ” refuses to fade away from public memory even today.

Lalita Phadke : She was a playback singer from yesteryears. She sang for Ashok Kumar starrer ” Saajanand Dilip Kumar starrer ” Nadiya Ke Paar ” In both the films lyrics writer was Moti B. A. I know Moti B. A. personally and used to visit his place quite often. He, like me , was from Deoria.  In ” Nadiya Ke Paar” , Lalita Bai gave playback for Kamini Kaushal.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – May 07

Badmaash Company…………………………….Aashish Singh, Anushka Sharma
Ek Second….Jo Zindagi Badal De…………….x

Second Week – May 14

Bumm Bumm Bole……………………………….x
Admissions Open………………………………..x
Do Dilon Ke Khel Mein…………………………x
Kushti………………………………………………Naveen Prabhakar
Vroom………x……………………………………..x

Third Week – May 21

Kites………………………………………………..Hritik Roshan

Fourth Week – May 28

Ashok Chakra……………………………………x

In total 9 films got released this month. Out of these 9 , my students are working in 3 films. There are 4 students in # films. 1 Ashish Singh is Executive Producer and rest 3 are actors. Out of these 3, only Hritik Roshan accepts me as his trainer. Anushka Sharma and Naveen Prabhakar refuse to acknowledge me. So it is safe and dignified to say that only 2 students are working in 3 films. A not so heartening scenario this month.

News This Month
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1 – Lata Mangeshkar sang a song hailing virtues of the land when Maharashtra was formed on May 01, 1960. She sang same song again at the Silver Jubilee celebration. She created history, when she again sang the same song on May 01, 2010 at the Golden Jubilee function of the state.

2 – 63rd Cannes Film Festival started on May 12, 2010.

3 – Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty launched his autobiography on 13th May.

4 – Stand-up comedian Raju Srivastav became the first Hindi film actor, whose autobiographical lesson is included as a chapter in the Hindi text books of the CBSE curriculum of 8th standard.

5 – “ Kites ” got biggest release ever. 2300 prints were released worldwide. It is the biggest release of any Hindi film till date.

6 – “ Kites : The Remix ” an English version released in 85 screens in USA and in 30 screens in UK.

7 – Waheeda Rehman turned 75 on May 14.

8 – Hritik Roshan debuted as a singer with “ Kites ”.

9 – Sonali Kulkarni married Nachiket Pantvaidya on May 24th.

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