An Open Letter To FTII Alumna / Alumnus


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 18, 2015           00.30 A.M.

Dear Alumna / Alumnus of FTII, Pune !

I have already written 2 blogs about the FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] , Pune. 1st blog was written on March 28, 2010. It was about the declining and deteriorating standards of FTII. The 2nd one was written on October 28, 2012. It was about hubris and high-handed behaviour of students of FTII. Today I am forced to write 3rd blog about FTII.

I am reading in newspapers that alumnus of this so-called premier institute are agitated against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, the newly appointed FTII Chief. Nearly 150 students boycotted classes today and continued their protest for the 5th day.

According to Harishankar Nachimuthu, the President of Student’s Union of FTII, Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment is a conspiracy to saffronise this prestigious ( ? ) institute. He states that he is not going to accept Shri Gajendra Chauhan as Chief of FTII. May I demand to know, who is seeking his acceptance or concurrence?

I came to know that several past students [ who are jobless since time immemorial ] are holding meeting in Mumbai and threatening central government that they will fight against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, “a Narendra Modi stooge” till the end. According to them he lacks stature and administrative experience. May I demand to know, who the hell are they to decide, whether Shri Chauhan has the required stature or not?

In the past Mr. Shyam Benegal, Mr. Mrinal Sen, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, Mr. Girish Karnad, Mr. Vinod Khanna, Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy and Mr. Saeed Mirza have served as Chairman of the Governing Council of FTII.  They were appointed by the government of the day. Shri Gajendra Chauhan is also appointed by present central government.

I fail to understand, how can students demand to have a say in the appointment of Chief of FTII. Moreover, what stake do past students have in the affairs of their Alma Mater? Why are they agitated? Why are they threatening to “fight till the end”?

Students and alumnus of this so-called prestigious institute should realize that their job is to get trained and not to decide about the governing council chief or other administrative matters of the institute. They must realize that the golden days of Shri Roshan Taneja are over. Their activism fails to produce a single actor of the calibre of ASHOK KUMAR, MOTI LAL, DILIP KUMAR, BALRAJ SAHNI, SANJEEV KUMAR, AMITABH BACHCHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, AMIR KHAN, HRITIK ROSHAN or RANBIR KAPOOR. None of the above mentioned actors are the alumnus of FTII. I also fail to find among your alumna, any actress of the stature of NARGIS, MEENA KUMARI, MADHUBALA, GEETA BALI, VYJAYANTIMALA, WAHEEDA REHMAN, REKHA or KAJOL. And you people are talking about the calibre of Gajendra Chauhan.

I appeal to the alumnus of FTII to first become a world-class actor and then try to be an activist. The most important FTII alumnus and your biggest inspiration NASEERUDDIN SHAH is busy doing “world-class” ( ? ) films like “Sona Spa” and ” Jackpot” and you people are pontificating on the calibre of Shri Gajendra Chauhan and threatening Shri Narendra Modi.

And now a word for failed ex students of FTII. You have no business to meddle in the affairs of your alma mater if you are still struggling to make a mark. No one needs your activism. You roam around in the alleys of Mumbai with stinking body, wilting faces, faded attires and dead and gloomy eyes. I pity your rancid existence and failed journey of life. The government of the day doesn’t need or seek your approval. Leave your hubris. You are not doing any favour to us or humanity if you are an ex students of FTII.

Let me make it clear that your agitation is politically motivated. All the right thinking people know it. If it is not so, why people like Anand Patwardhan and other known left-liberals are joining your band wagon? Why students of JNU [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University ] , a breeding ground of leftist and pseudo seculars, are joining your protest? What stake have they in the FTII?

Instead of protesting against Gajendra Chauhan, try to check the deterioration in the quality of the institute. May I demand to know why “for a 3 year programme, there have been students floating around the campus since 2008? May be they will graduate only when their creative juices start flowing.[ verbatim quote from Hindustan Times – Dated June 17, 2015 – Page 11 / also read the editorial ” The World’s not a stage at the FTII – Page 12]

You resist every change and want to run the institute as per your whims and fancies. When UPA appointed committee suggested running the institute on public-private partnership, you people protested. When UPA tried to make the syllabus more contemporary, you started indefinite strike. UPA government headed by Congress was not saffronising the institute. So it is clear that protests and strikes are in your DNA.

Dear alumnus, if you feel or suspect that the appointment of Shri Gajendra Chauhan is a conspiracy to saffronise FTII, I suggest that you should learn to live with it as soon as possible. It will be better for your future, your health and your well-being.

We have seen enough of your hubris. We have tolerated enough of your pseudo intellectual hypocrisy. It is time to say, ” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH “.

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2014   04.25 P.M.
Month of December 2013 will be remembered for ” Dhoom 3 “ , the highest grosser film of Hindi film industry. It earned 250 crores within 14 days and dashed all previous box office records . It is still going strong as I  write and publish this blog. It’s total domestic collection till date is INR 272.50 crores. ” Dhoom 3 “ has become all-time blockbuster.
” Krrish 3 “ , a Hritik Roshan film , stands second with the All – India net collection of INR 243.24 crore in India and INR 300.00 crore worldwide . ” Chennai Express “ stands third with the collection of INR 226.70 crore.
It is so uncanny that all the Hindi films of 200 crore club have my students working in various fields. Here is the list :
1 – ” 3 Idiots “ [ 200.57 crores ] ………………………….. Kareena Kapoor
2 – ” Chennai Express “ [ 226.56 crores ] …………… Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani / Nikitin Dheer
3 – ” Krrish 3 “ [ 244.60 crores ] ………………………… Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Vivek Oberoi
4 – ” Dhoom 3 “ [ 272.50 crores & still counting ] ……… Uday Chopra / Katrina Kaif / Ashish Singh
[ My 10 students in all the 04 films of 200 crore club ]

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Obituary :

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Vinay Apte : 

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A Hindi and Marathi film and stage actor, Vinay Apte died on December 07, 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 62.

Apart from several Marathi films, he worked in Hindi films like; ” Chandni Bar ” [ 2001 ], ” Ek Chalis Ki Last Local ” [ 2007 ], ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010 ] and ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ].

 

Dinesh Gandhi

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A Hindi Film financier and diamond merchant Dinesh Vasant Gandhi, 65, and his wife, Devyani, 65, were among those killed in the fire in the Mont Blac building at Kemps Corner on Friday.

Dinesh Gandhi financed over 15 films, including ” Tezaab “, ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” and ” Bezubaan “, long before studios started putting in the money. While both ” Bezubaan ” and ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” were made by producer Pranlal Mehta, it was during the shooting of ” Bezubaan ” that Gandhi met producer-director N Chandra and agreed to finance his film ” Tezaab “.

 

Farooque Sheikh

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A gentleman actor Farooque Sheikh died on December 27, 2013 in Dubai at the age of 65. He will always be remembered for his sensitive portrayals in classic and cult films like ; ” Gaman “, ” Noorie “, ” Umrao Jaan ” and ” Chashme Buddoor “.
Posting link of the blog which I wrote about him :

Farooque Sheikh : Har Mulaqat Ka Anjam Judai Kyon Hai? http://wp.me/ptyXI-3fd

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December  06

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1 – R…Rajkumar …………………………………………………. Sonu Sood

2 – Club 60 ………………………………………………………… X

3 – Jai Mahalaxmi ……………………………………………….. X

4 – Tu Bewafa Hai ……………………………………………….. X

Second Week – December  13

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1 – Jackpot ……………………………………………………….. Raina Sachiin Joshi

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

………………………………………………………………………. Kulraj Randhawa

3 – What The Fish ……………………………………………… X

4 – Shringaar ……………………………………………………. X

Third Week – December  20

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1 – Dhoom 3 …………………………………………………….. Uday Chopra

……………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif

……………………………………………………………………… Ashish Singh

Fourth Week  – December  27

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1 – Mahabharat ……………………………………………….. X

2 – Bhadaas …………………………………………………….. X

3 – Moksh ………………………………………………………. X


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………… 05 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 02 ……. Raina Sachin Joshi is the producer of  ” Jackpot “ and Ashish Singh is the Executive – producer of  ” Dhoom 3 ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Punjabi : Teejay Siddhu is doing lead role in  ” Luv u Soniyo “.


My ………….. 01 ……………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Shweta Pandit is playing a cameo in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .


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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin is  doing main lead in  ” Colour Blind “.



My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 …………. play .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not a very significant and satisfying month , but still I am happy .  My 07 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 TV serial , 01 student in 01 regional film , and 01 student in 01 play. Thus total number of students working in the month of December comes to 10 .

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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 10 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 the field of fine arts !

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