Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director


English: Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. Deutsc...

Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 13 , 2012           11.59 P.M.

Pandit Ravi Shankar , a Sitar maestro par excellence , an unofficial ambassador of Indian classical music , the first India Rock Star in true sense of the term , died yesterday on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , U. S. A.

Apart from classical music , he had given music for some feature films also .

Hindi Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Neecha Nagar [ 1946 ]

This Chetan Anand directed film was his debut film as well as debut film of Pandit Ravi Shankar also . It starred Kamini Kaushal , Uma Anand and Zohra Sehgal . It was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas .

2 – Dharti Ke Lal [ 1946 ]

This Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed film was his debut film and the second film of Pandit Ravi Shankar . It starred Balraj Sahni , Tripti Mitra , K. N. Singh , Zohra Sehgal , David and Sombhu Mitra . It was written by Kishan Chander .

3 – Anuradha [ 1960 ]

This film was produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . This film had lyrics by Shailendra and several gems sung by Lata Mangeshkar . It starred Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu .

4 – Godan [ 1963 ]

This Trilok Jetley directed film was based on Munshi Premchand’s immortal novel of the same name . It had some immortal melodies . It starred Raj Kumar , Kamini Kaushal , Mehmood and Shashikala .

5 – Meera [ 1979 ]

This Gulzar directed film had several Meera Bhajans tuned by Pandit ji . It starred Hema Malini and Vinod Khanna .

Bengali Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Pather Panchali [ 1955 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was his debut film . It is the first part of Apu Trilogy .

2 – Aparajito [ 1956 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was the second part of Apu Trilogy .

3 – Kabuliwala [ 1957 ]

This is the Bengali film based on Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story .

4 – Paras Pather [ 1958 ]

A social satire directed by Satyajit Ray .

5 – Apur Sansar [ 1959 ]

Third and final part of Apu Trilogy .

6 – Genesis [ 1986 ]

This Mrinal Sen directed film starred Shabana Azmi , Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri was the last film of Pandit Ravi Shankar as music director .

English Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Gandhi [ 1982 ]

This Richard Attenborough film had Ben Kingsley in the title role as Gandhi .

I made this list for the connoisseurs of film music and for the benefit of the acting students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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100 Years of Ashok Kumar : First Super – Star of Hindi Films


Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 10 , 2011           03.00 P.M.

It is centenary year of Ashok Kumar , the first real Super – Star of Hindi cinema . He made his debut in 1936 , just after 5 years of the release of ‘ Alam Ara ” [ 1931 ] , the first talkie of Hindi cinema .

Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguli alias Ashok Kumar

October 13 , 1911       –      December 10 , 2001

Born as Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguli in Bhagalpur city of the then Bengal Presidency [ Now Bihar ] , Ashok Kumar spent his early life in Khandwa , Madhya Pradesh , where his father was a practicing advocate . He was educated at The Presidency College of Calcutta [ Now Kolkata ] . His two younger brothers ; Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar were also singer actors .

The Ganguly brothers - Anoop Kumar, Ashok Kuma...

Three Ganguli Brothers with Their Mother

After graduation , he came to Mumbai [ Then Bombay ] and started working as lab assistant in Bombay Talkies , where his brother – in – law Sashadhar Mukherjee was working with the owner Mr. Himanshu Rai . He , accidentally , started his acting career in 1936 with the Bombay Talkies film ; ” Jeevan Naiya ” . As the story goes , the original hero Najam Ul Hassan eloped with Devika Rani , the heroine of the film and wife of Himanshu Rai . indignant Himanshu Rai was furious and dismissed Najam Ul Hassan from Bombay Talkies . One day he saw Ashok Kumar and decided to make him the new hero of ” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] . Another film , ” Achhut Kanya ” , which also came in the same year , was super hit and with this success Ashok Kumar was catapulted to super – stardom .

English: Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani in Achhut Kanya

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After ” Achhut Kanya ” [ 1936 ] , Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani were paired again in hit films like ” Izzat ” [ 1937 ] , ” Savitri ” [ 1937 ] and ” Nirmala ” [ 1938 ] .

Later on he was paired with Leela Chitnis in super hits like ; ” Kangan ” [ 1939 ] , ” Bandhan ” [ 1940 ] and ” Jhoola ” [ 1941 ] .

He played Hindi cinema ‘s first anti – hero role in ” Kismat ” [ 1943 ] , which ran for 3 continuous years in the Roxy cinema of Calcutta . [ Now Kolkata ] . This record was broken by ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , which ran in Minerva of Mumbai for 5 years .

Before ” Kismat ” [ 1943 ] , he sang all his songs in films , as was the norm and churned out some outstanding numbers . I have a cassette of the songs sung by him in his earlier films . Years later , he again sang in ” Aashirvad ” [ 1968 ] . His song ” Railgaadi …..chhuk , chhuk , chhuk ……… railgaadi “ was a rage and is considered  the first Rap song of Hindi cinema .

After ” Mahal ” [ 1949 ] , he left Bombay Talkies and started his career as freelance artiste .

He started playing character roles from late 60s . Even as a character artiste , he churned out many marvellous films with some stellar performances .

” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] was his last film . Thus , from ” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] , he had a career span of 61 years as an actor . This is unparalleled in the motion picture history . It was a record , which got eclipsed recently . Dev Anand , who died on December 04 , 2011 , had career span of 65 years as an actor . In his 61 year-long acting career , Ashok Kumar acted in 301 films .

With the advent of television , he whole – heartedly accepted the new medium and in fact was the first major cine – artiste , who appeared in serials . First he anchored ” Hum Log “ and then did title roles in TV serials like ; ” Bahadur Shah Zafar ” and ” Bheem Bhawani ”  His last TV serial was Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed ” Ujale Ki Ore “ . I also did a very insignificant role in it and can say that I have shared screen space with Evergreen , iconic and gigantic super star , Padma Bhushan Ashok Kumar , who was affectionately called , by one and all , Dadamoni , meaning elder brother .

He , apart from acting in 301 films , produced 4 films . They are ; ” Mahal ” [ 1949 ] , ” The Fiancee ” [ 1953 ] , ” Kalpana ” [ 1960 ] and ” Lal Chunariyaa ” [ 1983 ] .

He even directed ” Eight Days ” [ 1946 ] but due to some reasons refused to take credit . He is not billed as a director in the credits .

He also contributed in music department of 4 films . They are ; ” Aashirwad ” [ 1968 ] , ” Kangan ” [ 1971 ] , ” Khubsoorat ” [ 1980 ] and ” Shaukeen ” [ 1982 ] .

In ” Krorepati ” [ 1961 ] and ” Guddi ” [ 1971 ] , he is billed as guest artiste and played himself . It means , he did not play any character but played super – star Ashok Kumar .

Apart from acting , his other passions were painting and Homoeopathy . He was a practicing homeopath . In 1950s , he also became owner of iconic Bombay Talkies , when Devika Rani sold her share and left the studio . He was a linguist and apart from English , Hindi and his mother tongue Bengali , was fluent in Marathi and French . In his film ” Gumrah ” [  1963 ] , he even used French in dialogues .

Devika Rani

Devika Rani

A career span of 61 years , 301 films in Hindi , Bengali and Marathi , various ads and corporate films and half a dozen TV serials , apart from numerous film songs to his credit , this gigantic , iconic Super – star of Hindi films died on December 10 , 2001 in his Chembur residence . He was 90 years old at the time of his death .
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First film of Ashok Kumar , which I watched was ” Bahu Beti ” . I was in school and went to watch this Joy Mukherjee and Mala Sinha starrer . Ashok Kumar , who was not the hero of the film , was there prominently on the poster and his name came  first in the billing . I got curious . How come an actor , who is playing father in the film , got the top billing ? My cousins , my maternal uncle and some more knowledgeable friends told me about Ashok Kumar and I started watching his films and started following his career .

Initially I was a fan of Dilip Kumar .  I am still a fan but slowly I started veering towards Ashok Kumar and Dev Anand . When I came to Mumbai to pursue career in films I watched Ashok Kumar and Dev Anand from close quarters . I found them humane , warm and without any trappings of a star . I wanted to be close to my icons and these two stars ; Ashok Kumar and Dev Anand permit you to be there in their world . So I became a huge fan of Ashok Kumar and will remain till my death .

This is centenary year of Ashok Kumar . It is sad and appalling that nothing was done to commemorate the occasion . There was just one article in Times of India . Congress government at centre is more interested to preserve the legacy of Nehru – Gandhi family . They have no time for Ashok Kumar . But alas ! Hindi film industry too forgot its first Super Star . MAMI Film Festival also forgot to give him honour in his centenary year .

His contribution is enormous .He ushered in natural style of acting and freed Hindi cinema from the clutches of theatrical style of dialogue delivery . He experimented a lot and did variety of roles . But life is such …………

I am a small man and I have no reach . Still I wanted to write a blog about Ashok Kumar . Through my blog , which is not widely read , I wish to remember Dadamoni Ashok Kumar and paying my unflinching respect to the first real super star of not only Hindi cinema but of Indian films .

Adieu Dadamoni ! You shall always be remembered by a fan like me and your incredible body of work will always be there to enthrall the connoisseurs of world cinema .

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My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 6 ]


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            SEPTEMBER 10, 2011                 11 . 55 P. M.

This is the 6th article of my Hindi column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” . It comes in Bhojpuri City , a fortnightly Bhojpuri film trade magazine published from Mumbai .

Though I intend to write one article for my column every fortnight but this time there was a gap of almost two and half months. My last , 5th article was published in the May 1st issue of Bhojpuri City and now this 6th article comes in the September 1st issue. This , regretfully , happened because of my incessant travels and recent illness of my wife.

This article is about the pitiable and woefully pathetic condition of the various famous and legendary film studios of Mumbai.

I am reproducing here the cover page of the current issue of Bhojpuri City and 3 pages of the article. This is my longest article till date .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘3 Thay Bhai’ spoils the party, ‘Thank You’ distributors will lose money, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ wide release in India, Oseas http://bit.ly/cctlka
Komal Nahta
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3 Thay Bhai weekend box-office collections: Rs. 2 crore: http://bit.ly/hO86Z4
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

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

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


Obituary :

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

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

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

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

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – April 01

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

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

Second Week – April 08

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

………………………………………………………………….Rimi Sen

Third Week – April 15

1 – Teen Thay Bhai…………………………………………x

Fourth Week –  April 22

1 – Dum Maaro Dum……………………………………….x

2 – Zokkomon………………………………………………..x

Fifth Week – April 29

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

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

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

4 – Shor In The City…………………………………………x

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

 Film News This Month :

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


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

New Regional Films & Me :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Theatre & Me :

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

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

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

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

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Farewell Sachin Bhowmick !


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

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

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

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

Balraj Sahni

Balraj Sahni

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

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

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Aa Ab Laut Chalen

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

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

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

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

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Sunset Boulevard ( 5 ) : Alvida Kamalistan


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

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

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

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

Alvida Kamalistan !

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

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

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