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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Times Celebex Ranking For The Year 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 15, 2015           01.45 A.M.

 

Times Celebex, a monthly rating index of the stars of Hindi cinema, was started by Times of India in September 2012. Data is collected from 60+ publications and 250+ TV channels. It is being published in Bombay Times on the monthly basis. After end of the year, an annual list is also published.

I have already written 2 blogs about my students, who got featured  in Times Celebex. From this year I have decided to write on it on yearly basis. So this the 1st blog about 2014, the year gone by.

In 2014, my 12 students figured in the list of 50 male stars.  They are : HRITIK ROSHAN , RANBIR KAPOOR , SAIF ALI KHAN , ARJUN KAPOOR , VARUN DHAWAN , IMRAN KHAN , JOHN ABRAHAM , EMRAAN HASHMI , ARJUN RAMPAL , SONU SOOD , KUNAL KAPOOR & JIMMY SHERGILL .

They stand at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 41st & 42nd position respectively.

 

So my success rate in 2014 is 24% among the male stars.

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my student ARJUN KAPOOR stands 3rd.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 3rd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students RANBIR KAPOOR, HRITIK ROSHAN & SAIF ALI KHAN stand 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Top 50 Male Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Salman Khan 1 552.8
Shah Rukh Khan 2 440.3
Amitabh Bachchan 3 363.6
Akshay Kumar 4 344.5
Hrithik Roshan 5 299.7
Ranbir Kapoor 6 295.9
Aamir Khan 7 295.3
Saif Ali Khan 8 240.1
Arjun Kapoor 9 209.8
Abhishek Bachchan 10 201.9
Varun Dhawan 11 191.4
Ajay Devgn 12 183.4
Ranveer Singh 13 179.5
Farhan Akhtar 14 173.5
Shahid Kapoor 15 150.6
Sidharth Malhotra 16 138.9
Anupam Kher 17 138.8
Riteish Deshmukh 18 138.7
Imran Khan 19 132.2
John Abraham 20 129.5
Boman Irani 21 115.7
Emraan Hashmi 22 104.6
Arjun Rampal 23 96.2
Randeep Hooda 24 96
Sonu Sood 25 93.3
Sanjay Dutt 26 89.9
Yo Yo Honey Singh 27 88.6
Tiger Shroff 28 83.5
Ayushman Khurrana 29 83.3
Rajinikanth 30 82.8
Ali Zafar 31 82.4
Anil Kapoor 32 82
Irrfan Khan 33 81.6
Ram Kapoor 34 76.8
Vir Das 35 70
Dhanush 36 67.4
Govinda 37 66.9
Aditya Roy Kapur 38 65.4
Sushant Singh Rajput 39 61.9
Sunny Deol 40 60.6
Kunal Kapoor 41 56.4
Jimmy Shergill 42 50.6
Rajkummar Rao 43 50.1
Arshad Warsi 44 49
Fawad Khan 45 48.7
Himesh Reshammiya 46 48.3
Jackky Bhagnani 47 42.9
Abhay Deol 48 41.9
Siddharth 49 40.1
Manoj Bajpayee 50 39.1

In 2014, my 10 students figure in the list of 50 female stars.  They are : PRIYANKA CHOPRA , KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR , ALIA BHATT , SONAM KAPOOR , ANUSHKA SHARMA , JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ , SOHA ALI KHAN , KALKI KOECHLIN & SONALI BENDRE .

They stand at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 24th, 33rd, 38th & 50th position respectively.

So my success rate in 2014 is 20% among the female stars.

Top 50 Female Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Deepika Padukone 1 476.3
Priyanka Chopra 2 389.2
Katrina Kaif 3 381.3
Kareena Kapoor 4 378.2
Alia Bhatt 5 292.5
Sonakshi Sinha 6 262.6
Sonam Kapoor 7 258.8
Madhuri Dixit 8 256.1
Anushka Sharma 9 243.7
Parineeti Chopra 10 237.8
Yami Gautam 11 218.7
Aishwarya Rai 12 212.9
Vidya Balan 13 209.4
Sunny Leone 14 203.7
Shraddha Kapoor 15 193.4
Kangana Ranaut 16 184.9
Juhi Chawla 17 171.1
Kajol 18 160.6
Nargis Fakhri 19 151.3
Bipasha Basu 20 151.1
Shilpa Shetty 21 145.2
Hema Malini 22 138.8
Ileana Dcruz 23 137
Jacqueline Fernandez 24 117
Preity Zinta 25 110.4
Tamannaah Bhatia 26 100.7
Karisma Kapoor 27 100
Kajal Aggarwal 28 96.2
Rani Mukherjee 29 93.4
Huma Qureshi 30 84.1
Shruti Haasan 31 80.1
Sridevi 32 71.1
Soha Ali Khan 33 65.4
Neha Dhupia 34 63.5
Poonam Pandey 35 63.3
Raveena Tandon 36 61.1
Sushmita Sen 37 59.1
Kalki Koechlin 38 58.9
Neha Sharma 39 58.8
Diana Penty 40 56.1
Hansika Motwani 41 53.9
Mallika Sherawat 42 53.4
Veena Mallik 43 52.8
Kriti Sanon 44 51.6
Sherlyn Chopra 45 50
Aditi Rao Hydari 46 49.6
Rekha 47 48
Tabu 48 47.2
Chitrangada Singh 49 46.1
Sonali Bendre

 

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my 2 students ANUSHKA SHARMA & JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ stand 1st & 2nd respectively.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student KATRINA KAIF stands 2nd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my 2 students PRIYANKA CHOPRA & SONAM KAPOOR stand 2nd & 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR & PRIYANKA CHOPRA stand 1st , 2nd & 4th.

 

Thus my 12 students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 MALE STARS  and 10  students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 FEMALE STARS in 2014 .

Thus total percentage of students , who worked in the year 2014  and featured in the TIMES CELEBEX LIST FOR THE YEAR 2014 , comes to 22% . 

22%  is an impressive percentage considering the fact that every day numerous acting institutes are mushrooming in Mumbai and many of them have no quam in adopting unethical means. Several upstarts are also there, crowing their neck out and cawing loudly to get heard and counted.

 

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May God bless them to attain more success in the coming year !!

 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

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

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

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

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Times Celebex : India’s 1st Celebrity Rating Index [ 2 ]


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 22, 2013           10.00 P.M.

This is my 151st Blog in the category of FILMS . And 2nd one about TIMES CELEBEX List .

July 2013 TIMES CELEBEX LIST

Success Ratio 25 % .

[ 25 students in the list of 100 celebrities ]

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I wrote 1st blog about ” TIMES CELEBEX ” in October 2012 . TIMES CELEBEX is the first ever ranking index of Hindi film stars done by Times of India and is powered by Zoom . As per their claim it is ” most definitive and scientific ranking system ……….. robust ranking system based on data collected from 200+ publications and 250+ TV channels ……………” .

1st TIMES CELEBEX List September 2012 

Success Ratio 35 % .

[ 07 students in the list of 20 celebrities ] 

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1 year later I am writing this 2nd blog . This time my success ratio is 25 % . [ 25 students in the list of 100 celebrities ] . Numerically this time success ratio is 10 % less than the past year but this time list is bigger and all – inclusive also . And 25 % is still higher , compared to many Acting Institutes [ Upstarts , Gaali Gurus of Facebook Acting School and Veterans included ] . And when I mention Acting Institutes , I don’t include Shri Roshan Taneja . He is like Dilip Kumar , beyond the list . And I don’t include Assha Chandra ji also . She is my teacher and , unlike Gaali Gurus of Facebook Acting School , I have respect for my teacher .

List of The Actors As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Shah Rukh Khan / 2 – Salman Khan / 3 – Farhan Akhtar / 4 – Amitabh Bachchan

/ 5Ranbir Kapoor /  6 – Akshay Kumar / 7 – Aamir Khan / 8 – Sanjay Dutt  / 9 –

Arjun Rampal / 10 – Hritik Roshan / 11 – Saif Ali Khan / 12 – Prateik / 13 – Imran

Khan /  14 – John Abraham / 15 – Ranbeer Singh / 16 – Emraan  Hashmi  / 17 –

Rishi Kapoor / 18 – Tusshar / 19 – Girish Kumar / 20 – Dhanush / 21 – Irrfan Khan /

22 – Shahid Kapoor / 23 – Varun Dhawan / 24 – Kunal Kapoor / 25 – Ajay Devgn / 26

– Anil Kapoor / 27 – Abhishek Bachchan / 28 – Siddharth Malhotra / 29 – Abhay Deol

/ 30 – Manoj Bajpayee / 31 – Arshad Warsi / 32 – Vivek Oberoi / 33 – Sunny Deol / 34

– Ram Kapoor / 35 – Arjun Kapoor / 36 – Sushant Singh Rajput / 37 – Riteish

Deshmukh / 38 – Randeep Huda / 39 – Sonu Sood / 40 – Ayushmann Khurrana / 41

– Rajnikant / 42 – Neil Nitin Mukesh / 43 – R Madhavan / 44 – Ali Zafar / 45 – Anupam

Kher / 46 – Boman Irani / 47 – Paresh Rawal / 48 – Siddharth / 49 – Aditya Roy

Kapoor / 50 – Jimmy Shergill

Out of these 50 actors , I can say it with pride and utter humility that 15 are my students . They are ; Ranbir Kapoor , Arjun Rampal , Hritik Roshan , Saif Ali Khan , Imran Khan , John Abraham , Emraan Hashmi , Girish Kumar , Varun Dhawan , Kunal Kapoor , Vivek Oberoi , Arjun Kapoor , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh and Jimmy Shergill .

They rank 5th , 9th , 10th , 11th , 13th , 14th , 16th , 19th , 23rd , 24th , 32nd , 35th , 39th , 42nd and 50th respectively .

List of The Actresses As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Katrina Kaif / 2 – Sonam Kapoor / 3 – Sonakshi Sinha / 4 – Kareena Kapoor / 5 –

Priyanka Chopra / 6 – Deepika Padukone / 7 Anushka Sharma  / 8 – Madhuri

Dixit / 9 – Vidya Balan / 10 – Parneeti Chopra / 11 – Hema Malini / 12 – Kajol / 13 –

Shilpa Shetty / 14 – Karishma Kapoor / 15 – Yaami Gautam / 16 – Vipasha Basu / 17

– Sunny Leone / 18 – Prachi Desai / 19 – Alia Bhatt / 20 – Shruti Haasan / 21 – Amyra

Dastur / 22 – Kajal Aggarwal / 23 – Huma Qureshi / 24 – Sonali Bendre / 25 – Nargis

Fakhri / 26 – Diana Penty / 27 – Ileana D’cruz / 28 – Aishwarya Rai / 29 – Kangana

Ranaut / 30 – Rekha / 31 – Jacqueline Fernandez / 32 – Sridevi / 33 – Shriya Saran /

34 – Mallika Sherawat / 35 – Neha Sharma / 36 – Sherlyn Chopra / 37 – Juhi Chawla /

38 – Amrita Rao / 39 – Urmila Matondkar / 40 – Minissha Lamba / 41 – Shraddha

Kapoor / 42 – Rani Mukherjee / 43 – Preity Zinta / 44 – Poonam Pandey / 45 –

Ameesha Patel / 46 – Neha Dhupia / 47 – Hansika Motwani / 48 – Soha Ali Khan / 49

– Esha Gupta / 50 – Sushmita Sen .

Out of these 50 actresses , I can say it with pride and utter humility that 10 are my students . They are ;  Katrina Kaif , Sonam Kapoor , Kareena Kapoor , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Alia Bhatt , Sonali Bendre , Jacqueline Fernandez , Minissha Lamba and Soha Ali Khan .

They rank 1st , 2nd , 4th , 5th ,7th , 19th , 24th , 31st , 40th and 48th respectively .

After achieving 25 % success ratio , I am happy as an acting trainer [ some with questionable knowledge of English call me tutor , as if it is derogatory ] .

My 23 – year – long journey as an acting trainer seems to be fruitful and satisfactory . I am proud of my students . I am proud that they are working in their chosen field . They don’t have to become a broker to help me in my voyage . I don’t encourage my students to roam around in the lanes and pimp around in search of new clients to further my business .

And thank God ! I don’t have the ignominy of becoming a door-mat of my student , so that I can also revel in revelries of the film industry .

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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 my above mentioned 25 succesful students .

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

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Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

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Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

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A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

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Joy Mukherjee : Some Sepia – Toned Memories


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 16 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

Joy Mukherjee , a popular actor of yesteryear , mainly 60s , died on March 09 , 2012 in a Mumbai hospital at the age of 73 .

Let me admit in the beginning that I was never a fan of Joy Mukherjee . But I do admit that Joy Mukherjee was one of the successful stars of  Hindi film industry during my school , college and university days . And his death brings to my memory many discussions , many heated arguments with friends , about his position in the film industry , which was dominated by a triumvirate ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor .

I have many dog – eared magazines in my Deoria house , which carries articles and photos of Joy Mukherjee . I suddenly remembered some of his silver jubilee hits like ; ” Love In Shimla ” [ 1960 ] ,  ” Hum Hindustani ” [ 1960 ] , ” Ek Musafir Ek Hasina ” [ 1962 ] , ” Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon ” [ 1963 ] , ” Ziddi ” [ 1964 ] , ” Door Ki Awaaz ” [ 1964 ] , ” Bahu Beti ” [ 1965 ] , ” Saaz Aur Awaaz ” [ 1966 ] , ” Love In Tokyo ” [ 1966 ] , ” Shagird ” [ 1967 ] ” Humsaya ” [ 1968 ] , ” Ek Kali Muskai ” [ 1968 ] and ” Ek Bar Muskura Do ” [ 1972 ] .

” Haiwan ” [ 1977 ] was his last film .

Love In Simla

Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon

Ek Musafir Ek Hasina

Ek Musafir Ek Hasina

Some of his films have wonderful songs , which are still popular . Who can forget songs like ;

Aap yun hi agar hamse milte rahe , dekhiye ek din pyaar ho jayega …….. ,

Bahut shukriya hai badi meharbani , meri zindagi men huzur aap aaye ……….

Dil vil pyaar vyaar , main kya janoo re ……………..

O bade miyan deewane , aise na bano …………………..

Wo hain zara khafa khafa ……………………..

Raat ka sama , jhoome chandrama , dil mora nache re jaise bijuria ………..

Ye meri zindagi , ek pagal hawa , aaj idhar , kal udhar …………………

Lakhon hain nigah men , zindagi ki raah men , sanam haseen jawan …………

Banda parwar tham lo jigar , banke pyar phir aaya hoon ………………….

Aanchal men saja dena kaliyan , zulfon men sitare bhar dena ………………

Humdam mere khel na jaano , chahat ke iqarar ko ……………………

Le gayi dil , gudia japan ki , pagal mujhe kar gayee ………………….

Sayonara , sayonara , kal phir aoongi sayonara ………………..

Na tum bewafa ho , na ham bewafa hain ……………………….

Wo haseen dard de do , jise main gale laga loon …………………….

Dil ki awaaz bhi sun , mere fasane pe na jaa …………………….

When his innings as lead actor ended , he produced and directed ” Hum Saya ” [ 1968 ] with himself in the lead . Unfortunately film bombed at the box office . He , later on directed ” Chhaila Babu ” [ 1977 ] and ” Fifty Fifty “ with Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman .

He , in 2009 , also worked in a TV serial ” Ae Dil – E – Nadaan “ .

He was son of Ashok Kumar‘s sister , who was married to producer and studio owner Sashadhar Mukherjee . So Ashok Kumar , Kishore Kumar and Anup Kumar were his maternal uncles .

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar

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

Joy Mukherjee's Nani & Three Mamas ; Ashok Kumar , Kishore Kumar , Anoop Kumar

Famous film makers Subodh Mukherjee and Ram Mukherjee are his paternal uncles .

English: Picture of Subodh Mukherjee

Subodh Mukherjee

Rani Mukherjee With Her Father

Rani Mukherjee With Her Father

Famous Hindi film actors ; Rani Mukhejee , Kajol and Sharbani Mukherjee are his nieces .

English: Bollywood actress Kajol

Kajol

Rani Mukherjee

Rani Mukherjee

English: Sharbani Mukherjee at a press event

Sharbani Mukherjee

Deb Mukherjee is his younger brother , whose son , Ayan Mukherjee directed ” Wake Up Sid “ and now directing ” Yeh Jwaani Hai Deewani “ . Ayan’s sister and Deb Mukherjee’s daughter is married to Ashutosh Gowarikar .

Deb Mukherjee

Deb Mukherjee

He belonged to an illustrious family . He had very successful innings as a lead actor . During his hey – days , he was known as Shammi Kapoor of poor producers .

I had privilege to visit his residence at Yari Road during Durga Pooja . I had trained his son , Boy Mukherjee , also , who made his debut with Mala Sinha’s daughter Pratibha . It was an honour to meet him .

Joy Mukherjee in his Later Years

Joy Mukherjee in his Later Years

It is sad that one more symbol of my younger days is gone . A chapter of my life is finally closed .

[ I started writing this blog immediately after Joy Mukherjee’s death . But I went to Manali on March 18 for Ayan Mukherjee’s film ” Yeh Jwaani Hai Deewani “ and since there was no network in Manali , I could not complete this blog . I could complete it today and posting it . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA              OCTOBER 02 , 2011                0 1 . 15 A.M.

Presenting 29th edition of my film diary .

Victorious march of “Bodyguard “ continued even in this month of September. ” Singham “ also got into the prestigious 100 crore club . Now 7 films , which have earned 100 crore or more , are there in this exclusive club.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was signed for a Hollywood film ” The Great Gatsby “ by director Baz Luhrmann, who made films like ; ” William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet ”  [ 1996 ] , ” Moulin Rouge ! [ 2001 ] and ” Australia ” [ 2008 ]  .

As per my tradition , I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

taran adarsh
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#Singham joins 100 cr club, 2nd film of Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn to reach the mark.
taran adarsh
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#Bodyguard 1st week [9 days] *actual figure* Rs 114.47 cr. Blockbuster.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

100cr Club: 3Idiots 202 cr, Dabang 145 cr, Ready 120 cr, Ghajini 115 cr, Bodyguard 114.47 cr [still playing], Golmaal3 108 cr, Singam 100 cr
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Bodyguard [2nd week] Fri 3.53 cr, Sat 4.25 cr [estimates], total: Rs 122.25 cr nett. Crosses ‘Ready’ [120 cr] & ‘Ghajini’ [115 cr].
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Bodyguard: Collected approx Rs 5.62 cr nett in Weekend 3. Total so far: Rs 141.63 cr nett. Blockbuster.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#MBKD: Collected approx Rs 12.1 cr nett in Weekend 2. Total so far: approx. Rs 50 cr nett. Hit.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

In terms of economics and B.O., both #MBKD and #Bodyguard are smash hits.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Bodyguard [3rd week] Wednesday Rs 65.78 lacs. Total so far: Rs 144.26 cr nett. Nears #Dabangg mark [Rs 145 cr].
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Mausam – Collected approx Rs 28 cr to Rs 29 cr nett in Week 1. The film crashed on weekdays, sliding drastically from Monday onwards.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#MBKD – Collected Rs 4.09 cr in Week 3. Total so far: Rs 58.7 cr nett. Hit.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Bodyguard – Collected Rs 1.78 cr in Week 4. Total so far: Rs 148.86 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Hum Tum Shabana’ – Has had one of the best promotional campaigns. Started on a lukewarm note. Opening shows were in 10% to 15% range.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Tere Mere Phere’ & ‘Chargesheet’ – Had a gloomy start. In fact, the opening figures of both the films are dismal.
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard is the fastest grosser of Bollywood. Box-office report: bit.ly/pn3BVA
Komal Nahta
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 25.75 crore over weekend. Full report: http://bit.ly/nQr1GR
Komal Nahta
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 38 crore in week 1; Bodyguard faces steep fall after bumper 1st week. Report: http://bit.ly/paDBhi
Komal Nahta
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MAUSAM lacks the heart-warming quality of a love story. However, it will do above-average business at the BO. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mausam-review/

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Obituary :

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Jagmohan Mundhra :

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A director , who directed actors like ; Sanjeev Kumar , Shabana Azmi , Deepti Naval , Nandita Das and Aishwarya Rai , but was still not included in the A listers of Hindi film industry , Jagmohan Mundhra , died in Mumbai of cardiac arrest on September 04 , 2011 at the age of 62 .

He made films like Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi starrer ” Suraag ” [ 1982 ] , Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval starrer ” Kamla ” [ 1985 ] , Nandita Das starrer ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] and Aishwarya Rai starrer  ” Provoked  ” [ 2007 ] . In between he made several horror and erotic movies in Hollywood . Those movies tarnished his image , which he retrieved to some extent with ” Provoked ” and ” Bawandar “.

In some of his films , he worked as an actor also .

Shaikh Shafique :

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Though not a regular actor , Shaikh Shafique played main protagonist in Anurag Kashyap’s yet to be released  ” Malegaon Ka Superrman “ . 28 years old Shafique was suffering from throat cancer and was unable to speak or move . He died on September 07 , 2011 .

Gautam Rajadhyaksh :

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Eminent photographer and a portraitist , who shot most of the star – kids’ first ever profile photographs , Gautam Rajadhyaksh died in Mumbai on September 13, 2011.

After completing his diploma in advertizing and public relations , he joined the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd. in 1974. He joined the company as a copywriter and later on took charge of photography department.

He also wrote screenplay of  ” Bekhudi “ [ 1992 ] , Kajol’s debut film incidentally  Saif Ali khan was also signed to make debut with this film but he was dropped from the film and finally Kamal Sadana did the lead opposite Kajol. His second scripted film ” Anjaam “ prsented Madhuri Dixit in a challenging role.

In 1997, he published his coffee – table book ” Faces “ , featuring Divas of Hindi film industry.

At the time of his death , he was busy in setting up a faculty of photography at Symbiosis , Pune.

Surinder Kapoor :

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Father of Boney Kapoor , Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor and producer of several films , Mr. Surinder Kapoor died of cardiac arrest on September 24 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was 86 at the time of his death.

He was assistant to Late K. Asif during ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and later on became secretary of Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor.

Later on he turned producer and made films like ; ” Woh 7 Din ” , ” Hum Paanch ” and ” Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan ” .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 02

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[ Films , due on September 02 , got released on 31st of August because of Eid festival . So they are mentioned in my August Diary . ]

Second Week  – September 09

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1 – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan …………………………………….Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………………….John Abraham

………………………………………………………………………….Ashish Singh

………………………………………………………………………….Shweta Pandit

Third Week  – September 16

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1 – Rivaaz……………………………………………………………..x

2 – Jaana Pehchana………………………………………………..x

Fourth Week  – September 23

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1 – Mausam……………………………………………………………Sonam Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………Aditi Sharma

2 – Speedy Singhs……………………………………………………x

3 – U R My Jaan………………………………………………………Preeti Soni

……………………………………………………………………………Darshan Rathod

Fifth Week  – September 30

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1 – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster……………………………………….Jimmy Shergill

2 – Chargesheet………………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………..Riya Sen

3 – Hum Tum Shabana……………………………………………….Minissha Lamba

……………………………………………………………………………..Pooja Batra

……………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar

4 – Fource……………………………………………………………….John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………..Genelia D’Souza

5 – Tere Mere Phere…………………………………………………..Riya Sen

6 – Aadi Shakti………………………………………………………….x

In total ……………..12 …………… films got released this month. Out of these …………….. 12 ………………. film ………….. 18 ……………….. students of mine worked in …………… 08 …………… films. Out of the ……………. 18 ……………….. students ; John Abraham and Riya Sen are mentioned twice. So the number comes to ………….. 16 …….. Out of these …………. 16 ……… students ………….. 13 ………… are actors , and …………… 03 ……….. are working in various other fields . Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is Music Director , Ashish Singh is Executive Producer and Shweta Pandit is singer.

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Soni Barring is essaying an important role in “Mayakkam Enna “.

2 – Marathi : Amitriyan Patil is playing main lead in ” Manya ” .

3 – Marathi : Milind Gawali is playing main lead in ” Durga Mhanatyat Mala ” .

4 – Marathi : Poonam Jhawar produces ” Sansarchi Maya ” .

Out of various regional languages of India ; my ………….04 ………………. students worked in .………… 04 …………….. regional films. Out of these …………. 04 ………….. Ponnam Jhawar is producer and other  ……………… 03 ……………. are actors .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Gaurav Bajaj is playing an important role in ” Sapno Se Bhare Naina “ on Star Plus TV .

2 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing main lead in ” Shobha Somnath Ki “ on Zee TV.

3 – Divya Dutta is anchoring a show ” Extraaa Shots Challenge “ on Max TV.

4 – Kunal Madhiwala is working in a comedy show ” Don’t Worry Chachu “ on Sab TV.

Out of numerous shows , …………………… 04 …………………. students are there in …………….. 04 ……………….. shows . Divya Dutta is anchor and the rest ………….. 03 ………………. are actors .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Hazel Keech is playing main lead in English Play ” The Real Inspector Hound ” .

2 – Raunaq Ahuja is playing an important role in ” Mohenjo-Daro ” .

3 – Anukampa Harsh is playing lead in ” Zangoora ” .

My ……… 03 ……….. students are working in ………… 03 ………. shows .

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