Vidur’s Open Letter – 8 : To Armaan Jain



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 17, 2014           00.15 A.M.

Hi Armaan,

It is nice to get in touch with you at the time when you have made your debut and your first film has been released. As I am writing this blog, I am remembering all the Sundays which I spent at your South Mumbai residence when I used to come for the classes. It was years ago but it seems as if it happened just yesterday. I particularly remember your illustrious parents; reticent Manoj Ji and larger than life and exuberant Rima Ji. Rima Ji was always nice and kind to me. Whenever I talked to her, I felt, as if I am talking to legendary and immortal Raj Kapoor.

With Armaan Jain's Proud Parents at their Home

With Armaan Jain’s Proud Parents at their Home


I do remember my first day with you. It was a hesitant but confident start. I am unable to forget your child-like innocence even after so many years. Your “Rishi Kapoor of Bobby” kind of look is still fresh in my memory.

After many months, classes got a break when you started assisting Karan Johar in his film  “Student Of The Year”.



I started with you once again before commencement of shooting of  your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. It was a sweet surprise to watch a more confident and mature avatar of yours.

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

Because of this long association, I was very excited and was eagerly waiting for your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. And finally it got released on July 04, 2014.

I am yet to see the film. But I am getting the news that it is not doing well at the box office. As per trade circles it is not going to make its producers happy. Though it is not a good or encouraging news for a newcomer, such things do happen. And in this industry it even happened to some of our greats, rather the greatest.

Armaan, I must make you aware that the first film of RK Films “Aag”, made by your illustrious maternal grandfather Late Raj Kapoor, was also a disastrous flop. “Jwaar Bhata”, the first film of legendary Dilip Kumar , was a dud at the box office. Your cousin Kareena Kapoor’s first film “Refugee” got lukewarm response. Your other cousin Ranbir Kapoor‘s debut film “Saawariya” was also a resounding flop.  So you seem to be in an august company.



Armaan, a film’s box office run is not the only criteria of success. Though the first milestone of a long  journey is important but ultimately what matters is the completion of the journey. And your remarkable journey did not start in 2014. It started in 1929 with the release of  “Cinema Girl” and got prominence in 1931 with the first Indian talkie “Alam Ara”. Shri Prithvi Raj Kapoor starred in both the films. It happened 85 years ago. You are the latest torch-bearer of an illustrious legacy, a shinning 85-year-old saga. Just one smeared milestone is not going to tarnish the unparalleled and never seen before cinematic journey. The 85-year-old saga has found a new mascot in you and you have to be ready for that responsibility.

I have made a video celebrating the saga of 85 years of Kapoors. For me this saga is not going to be diminished by just one film. Do watch the video and let me know your reaction :

Vidur Club News Video -5 [ ARMAAN JAIN ] :

Armaan, I am happy that I wrote my first open letter to your cousin Ranbir Kapoor on November 29, 2009. Exactly after 5 years I am writing my latest open letter to you.


Vidur Acting Institute Logo


I congratulate you on the occasion of the release of your first film. On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish you all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

Waiting for your next film and promise to meet you on the eve of release of your next film.

Yours ,




Urvashi Rautela , Singh Saab The Great & A Poetic Justice


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 28 , 2013           07.10 P.M.

URVASHI RAUTELA ; Miss Universe India 2012 / Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2011 World / Miss Asian supermodel 2011 / Miss Teen India 2009

All the above mentioned titles belong to Urvashi Rautela , my student , who just made her debut in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The movie is directed by Anil Sharma , who earlier made Gadar – Ek Prem Katha ” [ 2001 ] .

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

She was sent to me by Rikku ji and joined my acting institute in November 2012 and was in batch no. 68 . When she joined , she was on the verge of signing the film ” Singh Saab The Great ” . There was no time for the stipulated 4 months course . She had just 2 months . So I told her to attend morning and evening both the batches . To my amazement, she did that dutifully and completed the course . Sun or rain she used to come for the class religiously and worked hard , worked very diligently .

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

When shooting started she got busy in that . In November 2013 I read that the film is complete and one day suddenly I got the message and was given a link of the title song of her film . I watched the song and was greatly impressed . It was spectacular .

Last week she invited me for the trial of her film ” Singh Saab The Great “ at Sunny Super Sound . I watched the film and liked it . I was particularly impressed by her bewitching screen presence and confident acting . She was opposite Sunny Deol and she is much younger also , still there was no trace of nervousness or discomfort .

” Singh Saab The Great “ got released on November 22 , 2013 and got positive reviews . I am posting relevant tweet from the twitter-handle of trade analyst Taran Adarsh :

#SSTG review: Clapworthy dialogue, undercurrent of emotions should appeal to those who relish desi fares! …

To know about Urvashi Rautela , you can click the above mentioned link and read about her debut making film and about her performance .

Along with ” Singh Saab The Great “ another big film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein was also released on the same date . But that Karan Johar film was rejected by the critics and public alike . ” Singh Saab The Great “ had only Sunny Deol while ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ had Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan . Punit Malhotra directed this film , while the music was provided by Vishal-Shekhar . Karan Johar’s name was also associated with the film .

Incidentally Kareena Kapoor , Imran Khan , Punit Malhotra ( Director ) and Shekhar Ravjiani ( Music Director Vishal-Shekhar ) of ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ are my students too . I was praying for their success also . But ” Singh Saab The Great “ is special to me and will always remain special because it stars Urvashi Rautela . She is the first student of VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE  to hit the Hindi Film World . I am not obliged or forced to share her success with anyone else .

For any newcomer , success of the debut film is very important . I don’t want to brag about the collections of ” Singh Saab The Great “ . I would only post few postings from a website : :


1 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Friday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Team

Singh Saab The Great on its opening day at the box office kicked off with a good start, better than this Friday’s other release [ Gori Tere Pyaar mein ] . Mainly a single screen film, the film on its 1st Friday made an earning in the range of 5.50 crores to 6 crores, as per early estimates.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The film with great mass value fared the best in U.P, Delhi and Punjab circuits. Being set in the same region, the reliability factor will work in the favor. Though the film’s performance was dismal in Southern states and Bengal, good performance in Bihar, Rajasthan and C.I will help the film’s box office tempo.


2 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Saturday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Saturday showed a marginal pick up at the box office. According to early estimates, the film earned in the range of 10 crores to 12 crores on Saturday. While the film’s first day performance wasn’t exemplary, this one was specifically fashioned keeping in mind tastes of single screen audiences. The film has so far earned in the range of 15 crores to 17 crores at the domestic box office. Though the official figures are still being compiled, the numbers will remain in the same range.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol’s association has always worked wonders at the box office. This time too, the duo have tried to create magic by keeping the film simple and impactful. Though the box office performance of the film won’t be mesmeric, it will surely be on the better side.


3 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Weekend Box Office Collections

November 25th, 2013 by Team

Singh Saab The Great made 16.25 Crores on its first weekend at the domestic box office. The movie has done pretty well compared to the other release this weekend Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The GreatSunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The movies daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday: 5.50 Crores

Saturday: 5 Crores

Sunday: 5.75 Crores

With Sunny Deol’s brilliant stunt execution on-screen, the film has a rustic appealing flavor to it which is making it ring with most in mass-based circuits of Punjab, U.P, Delhi-NCR, C.I-Berar and even Rajasthan. Though the film failed dismally in the Southern States as well as West Bengal, it can be expected to hold on well on the weekdays for its popularity in the single screens.


4 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Monday Box Office Collections

November 26th, 2013 by Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Monday at the box office saw a customary weekday drop in its numbers. The film which has been faring substantially well so far went on to make 2.75 crores on its 1st Monday. Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 19 crores after the lapse of four days at the box office.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Being a mass catering venture, Singh Saab The Great scored over the other release because of its great hold over single screens. Performing well in many circuits, the film’s primary target at the moment will be recovering its investment from the box office.


6 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Tuesday Box Office Collections

1 hour ago by Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Tuesday again witnessed a 10% drop in its numbers as it made only 2 crores at the box office. With that the film’s total domestic collections now rests at 21 crores at the domestic box office.

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Though the film saw a decent beginning, trade insiders were hopeful that due to Sunny Deol‘s presence and the film’s strong ability to ring with the single screen audiences, the film will fare well. However, Singh Saab The Great could not soar up to its expected amount because of the overpowering performance of Ramleela remained consistent in both single screens and multiplexes even in its second week.


The film was made with a moderate budget of 30 crores . And it garnered 21 crores in just 5 days . It is on the verge of becoming a moderate hit .

Singh Saab The Great : daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday : 5.50 Crores

Saturday : 5.00 Crores

Sunday : 5.75 Crores

Monday : 2.75 Crores

Tuesday : 2.00 Crores

Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 21.00 crores .


As an acting trainer / acting tutor I am proud and feeling happy for Urvashi Rautela . Apart from her , ” Singh Saab The Great “ , has 2 more students of mine . They are Alan Kapoor and Asseem Merchant . Co-producer of the film Dhaval Gada is also my student . But as I said earlier , Urvashi Rautela is the fist student of my new dispensation . I am very happy for her and satisfied with the results .

I am also satisfied and happy because ” Singh Saab The Great “ did offer some poetic justice to my detractors . Some upstarts , who never miss a chance to denigrate me , always make false , fake , preposterous and misleading claims about their non-existent and imaginary success . With , ” Singh Saab The Great “ I celebrate the debut of its leading lady and main female protagonist Urvashi Rautela , who is my student and with the same film , they , the GAALI GURUS  of Facebook Acting School , are celebrating 2 blink-and-miss roles of their students . It is poetic justice . It is God’s way of showing them their place under the sun . The repositories of  the ” craft ” , the crafty craftsmen have fallen flat . I congratulate GAALI GURUS  for their blink and miss success . May they always achieve such negligible milestones !

The Date November 22 , 2013 , The Film , ” Singh Saab The Great “ and The New Star on the Horizon Urvashi Rautela will always be etched in my mind till my last breath .

” Singh Saab The Great “ settles down dust and makes matter clear . Since the release of , ” Singh Saab The Great “ there is virtual deluge of old students to my new office . They must have watched the writing on the wall .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate Urvashi Rautela for her debut and success .

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

May she shine radiantly and reach the zenith of stardom .

[ I have quoted extensively from the twitter-handle of Taran Adarsh and from the website . I express my gratitude . ]



Sony – Max Stardust Awards 2013


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA           JANUARY 28 , 2013           00.10 A.M.

January is always known as the month of awards in the film industry . After Screen Awards and Filmfare Awards , it was the turn of Stardust Awards , the third most important and famous film award of the industry.

Sony – Max Stardust Awards were announced on January 26 , 2013 . As I have stated in my two earlier blogs , this year my 3 students got the Screen Awards and 2 got Filmfare Awards . But Stardust Awards topped the list . My 7 students got 8 awards . Priyanka Chopra got two awards for the same film . Below is the list of my award-winning students :

Priyanka Chopra got two awards for ” Barfi ! “ . Kareena Kapoor Khan got Best Actress – Editor’s Choice Award for ” Heroine ” . Anushka Sharma got Best Actress Comedy/Romance Award for Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” . Best Debut Male Award went to Varun Dhawan for ” Student of the Year “ . Arjun Kapoor got Superstar of Tomorrow (Male) Award for ” Ishaqzaade ” . Award for Best Actor (Drama) went to Hrithik Roshan for ” Agneepath ” . Shazahn Padamsee won the award for Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Female) for ” Housefull 2 ” .

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan

Shazahn Padamsee

Shazahn Padamsee

Here is the Stardust Awards 2013 winners’ list:


Star of the Year – Female – Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)

Star of the Year – Male – Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Best Actress – Drama – Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!) and Sridevi (English Vinglish)

Film of the Year – Barfi!

Best Actor – Thriller / Action – Akshay Kumar (Rowdy Rathore / Khiladi 786)

Best Actress – Thriller / Action – Vidya Balan (Kahaani)

Style Icon of the Year – Bipasha Basu

Best Actor – Comedy / Romance – Abhishek Bachchan (Bol Bachchan)

Star of the Century – Amitabh Bachchan

Best Actor – Editor’s Choice: Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Best Actress – Editor’s Choice: Kareena Kapoor Khan (Heroine)

Best Actress Comedy/Romance: Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Best Actor in a Negative Role: Sanjay Dutt (Agneepath)

Best Debut Male – Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra (Student Of The Year)

Superstar of Tomorrow (Male) – Arjun Kapoor (Ishaqzaade)

Superstar of Tomorrow (Female) – Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade)

Best Debut Director – Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)

Best Actor – Manoj Bajpayee (Gangs of Wasseypur) – Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor)

Best Actress – Farah Khan (Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi)

Best Film – Vicky Donor

Best Director – Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor)

Best Actor (Drama) – Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath)

Best Actress (Thriller / Action) – Vidya Balan (Kahaani)

Dream Director – Karan Johar (Student Of The Year)

Best Debut Music Director – Ajay-Atul (Agneepath)

Best Lyricist – Habib Faisal and Kausar Munir (Ishaqzaade)

Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Male) – Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs Of Wasseypur) and Prosenjit Chatterjee (Shanghai)

Breakthrough Supporting Performance (Female) – Shazahn Padamsee (Housefull 2)

New Musical Sensation Singer (Male) – Ayushmann Khurrana (Pani da – Vicky Donor)

New Musical Sensation Singer (Female) – Shalmali Kholgade (Pareshaan – Ishaqzaade and Daru desi – Cocktail)

Hottest Film Producer – Kahaani (Kushal Kantilal Gada)

Hottest New Filmmaker – Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger).

My 07  students got 08 Sony – Max Stardust Awards . Thus the complete number of my award-winning students in 2013 comes to 12 . And it is just the beginning of the year .

Now tell me . Which is the best acting school of Mumbai ? Which institute should be called the best acting institute of Bollywood ? Which acting class is the most famous acting class of India ? I leave it to my readers to decide .

I have always maintained that such things are decided by people and they do take time . So let us wait for the dust to settle . In the mean time I congratulate all the above mentioned award-winning students of mine on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .



Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2012

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER  01, 2012           00.45 A.M.
Month of October ended without any big surprises . Shridevi’s come back film ” English Vinglish “ was a surprise hit but Rani Mulherjee’s film ” Aiyyaa “ failed miserably . Karan Johar‘s ” Students of The Year “ introduced 3 new comers , who were appreciated . Film is a big hit among youngsters .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .


#OMG collected approx Rs 18.5 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup [estimates]:- Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.75 cr.


#Heroine fell sharply in Weekend 2. Collected Rs 3.5 cr nett in Weekend 2, taking 10-day total to Rs 40.6 cr nett.


#KamaalDhamaalMalamaal is a disaster. Ranks amongst the lowest openers of the year.


#Barfi *India biz* Rs 96.3 cr nett till Sunday. Tomorrow [Gandhi Jayanti holiday], the film should cross 100 cr nett mark.

UTV is on a roll with two back to back 100 cr films – #RowdyRathore and #Barfi.

#Barfi [3rd Week] Tue 4.25 cr. Grand total: 103.05 cr nett.

#OMG Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.9 cr, Mon 4.6 cr, Tue *est* 8 cr. Total: 31.25 cr nett. Excellent!

#Barfi Wed 1.5cr, total 104.55cr nett … #Heroine Wed 62 lacs, total 42.95cr nett.

#Barfi 3-week total stands at approx Rs 105.65 cr nett. Super Hit.

#Heroine 2-week total stands at Rs 43.45 nett. Plus film, if one adds the revenue generated from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues.

#EnglishVinglish movie review: A remarkable motion picture. Strongly recommended! …

#OMG collected Rs 36.94 cr nett in Week 1. Breakup:- Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.9 cr, Mon 4.6 cr, Tue 7.37, Wed 3.32 cr, Thu *est* 3 cr.

#OMG *revised figures* [2nd Week] Fri 3 cr, Sat 4.68 cr, Sun 6.33 cr. Grand total: Rs 51 cr nett.

#Chittagong movie review: A genuine effort that needs to be encouraged, appreciated and applauded! …

#EnglishVinglish *est* Fri 2.51 cr, Sat 4.5 cr, Sun 6.27 cr, Mon 2.05 cr, Tue 2 cr, Wed 1.9 cr. Total: Rs 19.23 cr nett. Rock-steady!

#Aiyyaa movie review: Arresting, amusing, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable! …

#BhootReturns review: Is amongst Ramgopal Varma’s weakest films! …

#OMG collected approx Rs 23.5 cr nett in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to approx Rs 60 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EnglishVinglish collected Rs 21 cr nett in Week 1. Fri 2.51 cr, Sat 4.5 cr, Sun 6.27 cr, Mon 2.05 cr, Tue 2 cr, Wed 1.9 cr, Thu 1.7 cr.

#OMG is unaffected by new releases. Collected approx Rs 13 cr nett in Week 3, taking the 3-week total to approx Rs 73 cr nett. Super Hit.

Update: #SOTY proves KJo’s BO power, clout amongst audience, film opens BIG …

#SOTY passes the ‘Monday test’ with flying colors. Collects *approx* 5 cr nett on Monday. Excellent

#Barfi 4th Week – 11 cr, 5th Week – 4 cr. Total: 120.62 cr nett. 3rd biggest grosser of 2012. Overtakes #Agneepath in India and Overseas.

#Barfi is the 3rd highest grosser of 2012, after #EkThaTiger and #RowdyRathore. Both #Barfi and #RowdyRathore are UTV films… contd.

#Rush movie review: Looks like a rushed job. Comes across as a half-baked product! …

Amongst new releases, #AjabGazabbLove has an edge. Opening is better than other new releases.

All of today’s releases open to horifyingly poor houses.Colections in 100s of rupees,not even 1000s,at many cinemas.Shows cancelled at some.

BHOOT RETURNS…but RGV’s horror magic doesn’t return.Few chills,few thrills,excitement gets killed. Read my review at …

Lovely gaane,excellent Rani..but a weak backbone (script) make AIYYAA a boring film..Opening dull.. Read my review at …

TAI KE NAAM is a terribly boring film about land-grabbing. Read my review ar …

Fun, frolic, full masti! That’s what the newest hit, SOTY, is. KJo is the Maker Of The Year! Read my review at …

In spite of Navratri,Durga pooja,SOTY day 1 is aprox.9.25 crore(this is not final figure).FANTASTIC for a film with no establishd lead star!

Dull, dry, drab and devoid of entertainment… That’s CHAKRAVYUH. Read my review at …

Rush takes poor start. Ajab Gazabb Love opening good at places,dull at places.Collections of SOTY better than new films at many centres!


Obituary :


Varsha Bhosle : 


A well – known figure in the world of internet blogging and daughter of legendary Asha Bhosle , Varsh Bhosle committed suicide on October 08, 2012 . She was 56 years old at the time of her death .

I am posting link of the obituary , which I have written on my blog space about her :

Sad End of Varsha Bhosle

Yash Chopra :


Iconic film – maker , eternal romantic Yash ji died on October 21 , 2012 . Never imagined that I would be writing obituary about him so soon .

But life is cruel . He too left us . Posting link of the obituary :

Yash Chopra : ” Waqt ” Stopped ; ” Silsila ” Snapped

Jaspal Bhatti :


A satirist , an actor , a producer and director Jaspal Bhatti died at the age of 57 in a road accident . His car rammed into a tree on October 24 , 2012 when he was returning after promoting his latest film ” Power Cut ” .

Posting link of my obituary :

Jaspal Bhatti : This Is Not Funny Sir Ji !


New Hindi Film Releases & Me :


First Week – October 05


1 – English Vinglish …………………………………………….. X

2 – KLPD ……………………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

Second Week – October 12


1 – Aiyyaa …………………………………………………………. X

2 – Chittagong ……………………………………………………. X

3 – Bhoot Returns ………………………………………………..X

4 – In The Name Of .. Tai ………………………………………. X

5 – Prem Mayee ………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

6 – Login …………………………………………………………… X

Third Week – October 19


1 – Student of The Year ………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

………………………………………………………………………… Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Janleva 555 …………………………………………………… Kalpana Pandit

3 – Delhi Safari ……………………………………………………. Akshaye Khanna [ Voice ]

4 – Shudra – The Rising …………………………………………. X

Fourth Week  – October 26


1 – Chakravyuh ……………………………………………………. Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………………. Sameera Reddy

2 – Rush ………………………………………………. ……………. Emraan Hashmi

3 – Ajab Gazabb Love ……………………………. …………….. Arjun Rampal

In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in October . Out of these ………….. 15 ………… released films ……….. 08 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….09 ……… persons , Shekhar Ravjiani is the music director of ” Student Of The Year ” . Remaining ……….. 08 ……. are actors . Arjun Rampal has 2 releases , so he is mentioned twice .



TV Trivia & Me :


1 – Priyamvada Pandey is doing an important role in ” Niyati “ on  Sahara One .

2 – Rajneesh Duggal is playing Ram in ” Ramleela “ on Life OK .

3 – Vikas Bhalla is doing an important role in ” Uttaran “ on Colors .

4 – Sonali Bendre is anchoring a show ” Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on several channels .


Theatre & Me :


1 – Sid Makkar is playing main lead in  ” Where Did I Leave My Purdah ” .

2 – Raju Hanchanale is playing an important role in ” Deorala 1987 ” .

3 – Sonali Sachdev is enacting a role in ” The Vagina Monologues ” .

4 – Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is enacting a role in ” The Vagina Monologues ” .

My …………… 04 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .



Ode – 7 : To Ranbir Kapoor & ” Barfi ”

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 27 , 2012           00.45 A.M.

Few days back I wrote a blog about my association with Karan Johar’s latest movie Student Of The Year ” . Whole film industry is celebrating its super success . I , as an Acting Trainer or Acting Tutor , was also happy for my personal students Varun Dhawan and Shekhar Ravjiani . Twitter handle of Taran Adarsh amplifies the super success of ” Student Of The Year ” :

taran adarsh taran adarsh ‏@taran_adarsh

#SOTY has 48 cr Week 1, superb! …

” Student Of The Year “ is still continuing its stupendous run at the box office worldwide . Today I got one more happy news about my another student Ranbir Kapoor’s latest hit filmBarfi ” . It was released last month . Apart from being India’s official entry at the Oscars , ” Barfi “ garnered 100 crore at the box office and entered 100 Crore Club of Hindi Films .
Through the twitter handle of Mr. Taran Adarsh I got to know that ” Barfi “ has now become the third biggest grosser of 2012 . It has surpassed ” Agneepath “ and is third only to ” Ek Tha Tiger “ and ” Rowdy Rathore ” .

#Barfi is the 3rd highest grosser of 2012, after #EkThaTiger and #RowdyRathore. Both #Barfi and #RowdyRathore are UTV films… contd.

Oct taran adarsh taran adarsh ‏@taran_adarsh

#Barfi 4th Week – 11 cr, 5th Week – 4 cr. Total: 120.62 cr nett. 3rd biggest grosser of 2012. Overtakes #Agneepath in India and Overseas.

It is rare distinction . Ranbir Kapoor deserves special mention for the choice of his films and portraying different and difficult characters with conviction and rare finesse . I am simply amazed with his brilliance . His understanding of life is amazing . Still he gave me this note , while I was working with him as his private tutor for Saawariya , his debut film .

Ranbir Kapoor's Hand - Written Note to Me

Ranbir Kapoor’s Hand – Written Note to Me

He has written ” looking forward to learn life from you “ . It is sheer humility . He knows life better than me and some morons , who claim to know everything . Still he wanted to give credit to me . It shows his impeccable upbringing and sense of respect for his Acting Coach , Acting Tutor or Acting Trainer , whatever title you would like to proffer me .

Success of ” Barfi “ is remarkable because ” Ek Tha Tiger “ and ” Rowdy Rathore “ are mass entertainers . They are typical Hindi pot – boilers . But ” Barfi “ is different . It is not a box office masala film . It is not that kind of entertainer . Still it is this year’s third biggest grosser . It shows Ranbir Kapoor’s rising super – stardom . I am so happy for him . From ” Saawariya “[ 2007 ]  to ” Barfi “[ 2012 ] , his 5-year-old journey is meticulous and well strategize journey in the hazardous killer field known as Hindi Film Industry .

With Ranbir Kapoor before " Saawariya "

With Ranbir Kapoor before ” Saawariya “

I would like to congratulate Ranbir Kapoor on behalf of  all the current students of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters and Vidur’s Kreating Charakters family on this occasion and for this well – deserved super success . It is very proud moment for an ordinary Acting Trainer of Mumbai like me .



Yash Chopra : ” Waqt ” Stopped ; ” Silsila ” Snapped

English: Yash Chopra at Suzanne Roshan's The C...

Yash Chopra at Suzanne Roshan’s The Charcoal Project Launch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 23, 2012           11.59 P.M.

Yash Chopra , the eternal romantic died on October 21 , 2012 . He was 80 years young at the time of his death .

On Sunday night , I was sitting in my study and was writing blog about Karan Johar’s  film ” Student Of The Year “ , I suddenly checked my twitter handle and was shocked beyond words . There were spate of tweets about the demise of legendary film maker Yash Raj Chopra .

Within moments several posters of his films , many scenes of his all – time classics rushed to the firmament of my memory lane . Though unaware of his greatness then , first Yash Chopra film , which I watched was ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] . I watched it in Amarjyoti Talkies , Deoria . During my years in Allahabad , I watched many of his films and became aware of his greatness . This ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] continued till Veer Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Waqt (1965 film)

Waqt (1965 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kaala Patthar

Kaala Patthar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silsila (film)

Silsila (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dil To Pagal Hai

Dil To Pagal Hai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I have nothing new to say about Yash Chopra . Everything is there in news papers . What I would like to say is , I had honour and privilege to meet Yash ji , as he is fondly called, several times .


Mohabbatein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 new – comers of  ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . One day when I finished class with Jimmy Sheirgill , Uday Chopra , Jugal Hansraj , Shamita Shetty , Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma and came out of the room , I saw Yash ji sitting there in the outer room . I rushed to greet him . He fondly shook hand with me and said , ” I am hearing great things about you .” I was overwhelmed . ” Mohabbatein “ was my first big film . And Yash Raj Films was my first big banner , I was sure that after the release of this film I would be able to come out of my obscurity . And here was a legend complimenting me about my training , I felt ecstatic .

It was not a compliment by some wannabe . It was from The Legend himself . To understand my feelings and elated state after Yash ji’s compliment just look at his credentials .


” Dhool Ka Phool ” [ 1959 ] , ” Dharmputra ” [ 1961 ] , ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ittefaq ” [ 1969 ] , ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] , ” Joshila ” [ 1973 ] , ” Deewar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Kabhi Kabhie ” [ 1976 ] , ” Trishul ” [ 1978 ] , ” Kaala Patthar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Silsila “[ 1981 ] , ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ] , ” Faasle ” [ 1985 ] , ” Vijay ” [ 1988 ] , ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] , ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] , ” Parampara ” [ 1992 ] , ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] , ” Dil To Pagal Hai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] .


1965 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Waqt “

1969 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Ittefaq “

1973 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Daag “

1975 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Deewar “

1991 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Lamhe “

1975 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “

1997 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2004 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Veer – Zaara “

2006 , Filmfare Power Award

2007 , Filmfare Power Award

2008 , Filmfare Power Award


1998 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2005 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Veer – Zaara “


2001 , Dadasaheb Phalke Award

2005 , Padma Bhushan

2008 , Officier de la Legion d’Honneur


When I was working with Uday Chopra as his private tutor , I used to go to Yash ji’s iconic bungalow in Juhu . I bumped into him several times . He was always gracious , always kind . Though he was a legend and I was not even a spec in the scheme of universe .

Once , years later , I went to meet Uday Chopra at Yash Raj Studio . I came out of his office after meeting him and approached the lift . Yash ji was standing there . Door of lift opened . Yash ji went in . I hesitated to enter and was standing still in front of the door . To my utter surprise Yash ji told me to come in . I went in and was almost numb that I am standing so close to him . I am sharing the space with him . Any other person of his stature would have ignored a non – entity like me . But Yash ji , in spite of being a legend , was kind enough to gesture me to come in . I will never forget that moment .

I am honoured that I got an opportunity to work with his banner . It was an experience to remember . Today as I am writing this blog , I remember several fond memories of the legend , who was so kind , ever smiling and always benevolent .

Apart from Mr. Dev Anand , Mr. Yash Raj Chopra is the most important factor in my life . He , along with Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra , helped an obscure Acting Trainer and thus made me what I am today .Vidur’s Kreating Charakters ,  as an Acting Institute and Acting Trainer Vidur , as a person owe their existence to Yash ji and his Yash Raj Films .

Thank you sir ! I will always be grateful to you because you never made me feel small in your presence . I always got love from you , though I deserved none . You were always condescending , though I was not worthy of anything . You were always kind , though I was just a pigmy in front of a titan like you .

Rest in peace sir !

[ List of his films have been taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]




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