Year End Musings : Vidur Acting Institute in 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 30, 2017           11.40 P.M.

End of a year is the time to make plan for the coming year. But it is also the time to take into account the year gone by. People often forget this and they remain unaware of their downward slide if there are any. And thus they fail to make amends.

This is precisely the reason, I started chronicling my accomplishments and write about the year gone by. Here I am chronicling some shinning achievements of the past and also what happened to me on the career front in 2016.

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4 generations of NEW AGE Hindi film actors are my students. They are :

HRITIK ROSHAN – KAREENA KAPOOR

RANBIR KAPOOR – KATRINA KAIF

VARUN DHAWAN – ALIA BHATT

PULKIT SAMRAT – URVASHI RAUTELA

Apart from them, I have trained modern-day Telugu super stars like ; ANUSHKA SHETTY , ALLU ARJUN , NAG CHAITANYA , RAM CHARAN & ALLU SHIRISH . Current Bengali super star DEV is also my student.

 

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2016

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %

Success Rate : 2016 = 72.60 %

 

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Films : Debut Till Date

Year ======== Actor’s Name ======== Film’s Name

[ From 2007  To 2016 ]

ARRMAAN RALHAN is the 24th student of Vidur Acting Institute, who is making debut as an Actor in a film called ” BEFIKRE “. It was released on December 09, 2016.

[ 24 Actors in 10 Years or more than 02 Actors every year ]

2007 = RANBIR KAPOOR – Saawariya // SONAM KAPOOR – Saawariya // NEIL NITIN MUKESH – Johnny Gaddar

2008 = ANUSHKA SHARMA – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

2010 = KATRINA KAIF – Raajneeti

2011 = KARTIK AARYAN – Pyaar Ka Punchnama – 1 // ZOA MORANI – Always Kabhi Kabhi

2012 = PULKIT SAMRAT – Bittoo Boss // VARUN DHAWAN – Student of the Year

2013 = KALKI KOECHLIN – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani // URVASHI RAUTELA – Singh Saab The Great

2014 = DAISY SHAH – Jai Ho // PREETI DESAI – One by Two // TANVI RAO – Gulab Gang // BILAL AMROHI – O Teri ! // AYESHA KHANNA – Dishkiyaoon // ARMAAN JAIN – Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

2015 = TINA AHUJA – Second Hand Husband // ELLI AVRAM – Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

2016 = SHEKHAR RAVJIANI – Neerja // PRAKASH JHA – Jai Gangaajal // SAIYAMI KHER – Mirzya // DIVYA SINGH – Ishq Junoon // ARRMAAN RALHAN – Befikre

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Serial : Total Debut

Year ======== Actor’s Name ======== Serial’s Name

[ From 2006 To 2016 ]

KRISH PATHAK is my 8th student to make debut in a serial in 11 years. It means more than 1 student every 2 years.

[ 08 Actors in 11 Years or more than 01 Actor every 2 years ]

2006 = PULKIT SAMRAT – KyunkiSaasBhiKabhiBahuThi

2008 = GURMEET CHOUDHARY – Ramayan

2013 = ELLI AVRAM – Bigg Boss [ Season 7 ]

2014 = ROHIT SHETTY – Khatron Ke Khiladi [ Season 5 ]

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali  // SAMRIDDHA BAWA – Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali

2015 = ROHIT SHETTY – Khatron Ke Khiladi [ Season 6 ]

2016 = KRISH PATHAK – P. O. W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke

 

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2014 = PAWNI PANDEY – Gulab Gang [ Playback Singer ]

[ sung the song ” ……… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ………. “  ]

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Bigg Boss [ Season – 1 to 10 ]

Total number of my students, who participated in Bigg Boss

Season – 1 to 10, is 25

Bigg Boss – Season – 1 : Amit Sadh / Ragini Shetty

Bigg Boss – Season – 2 : Monica Bedi / Zulfi Syed

Bigg Boss – Season – 3 : Aditi Govitrikar / Shamita Shetty

Bigg Boss – Season – 4 : Ashmit Patel / Samir Soni

Bigg Boss – Season – 5 : Mahek Chahal / Amar Upadhyay

Bigg Boss – Season – 6 : Niketan Madhok / Karishma Kotak

Bigg Boss – Season – 7 : Tanishaa Mukerji / Hazel Keech / Apurva Agnihotri / Elli Avram

But ” Bigg Boss – Season 8 “ surpasses all the other seasons. It has 5 participants who are my students :

Bigg Boss – Season – 8 : Karishma Tanna / Minissha Lamba / Aarya Babbar / Pritam Pyaare / Upen Patel

Bigg Boss – Season – 9 : Kishwar Merchant / Rimii Sen / Vikas Bhalla

Bigg Boss – Season – 10 : Rahul Dev

 

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WORKING STUDENTS in FILMS : 2016

In total 172 Hindi films got released in 2016. It is heartening that 125 actors trained by me have appeared in lead role in these films. This makes my success rate 72.60 % in 2016.

I am providing the complete list.

January = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 11

February = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 19

March = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 07

April = Films Released : 17 / My Students : 07

May = Films Released : 17 / My Students : 07

June = Films Released : 17 / My Students : 14

July = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 17

August = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 07

September = Films Released : 13 / My Students : 08

October = Films Released : 13 / My Students : 08

November = Films Released :  09 / My Students : 13

December = Films Released : 04 / My Students : 07

If anyone would like to cross check, they can refer to Vidur’s Film Diary from January 2016 to December 2016. They can get names of the films and release date also.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS STUDENTS : 2016

1 – TV = My 29 students worked in various serials on various channels in 2016.

2 – AD = My 40 students worked as Brand Ambassadors of various products in 2016.

3 – THEATRE = My 16 students appeared in various plays in 2016.

4 – REGIONAL FILMS = My 6 students did lead roles in regional  films in 2016.

Thus in total 91 students worked in TV, AD, THEATRE & REGIONAL FILMS. If you add 125 students of films , this number comes to a whopping  216. 01 more than 2015 .

 

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SPECIAL PROJECTS : 2016

1 – Did workshop with YAMI GAUTAM for the role of a blind girl in the film ” Kaabil ” in February 2016.

 

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100 CRORE CLUB : 2016

Till date 50 Hindi films have earned 100 crore or more at the box office. Out of these 50 films, my 47 students are there in 44 films. Only ” Ghajini “, ” Holiday ” , ” Ek Villain ” , ” M. S. Dhoni : The Untold Story ” , ” Shivaay ” & ” Dangal “ are the films, which have no students of mine. In this field my success rate is unbelievably whopping 94 % .

 

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LIST OF NATIONAL FILM AWARD WINNER STUDENTS

Till date my 10 students have won NATIONAL FILM AWARDS in different categories. Out of these 10 recipients, 04 are actors, 03 are directors, 02 are producers and 01 is screenplay writer. Prakash Jha won the awards thrice. 02 as director [ SONAL & GANGAAJAL ] and 01 as screenplay writer [ APAHARAN ].

1 – 49th NATIONAL AWARDS 2002 : Prakash Jha – Director SONAL

2 – 51st NATIONAL AWARDS 2004 : Prakash Jha – Director GANGAAJAL

3 – 52nd NATIONAL AWARDS 2005 : Saif Ali Khan – Actor HUM TUM

4 – 53rd NATIONAL AWARDS 2006 : Prakash Jha – Writer APAHARAN

5 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Priyanka Chopra – Actor Fashion

6 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Arjun Rampal – Actor ROCK ON

7 – 56th NATIONAL AWARDS 2009 : Jugal Hansraj – Director ROADSIDE ROMEO

8 – 58th NATIONAL AWARDS 2011 : Arbaaz Khan – Producer DABANGG

9 – 60th NATIONAL AWARDS 2013 : John Abraham – Producer VICKY DONOR

10 – 63rd NATIONAL AWARDS 2016 : Kalki Koechlin – Actor MARGARITA WITH A STRAW

 

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BATCHES : 2016

In 2016, Vidur Acting Institute churned out 07 Batches. [ 01 less than the previous year ] and 38 students got trained [ 05 less than previous year ] .

 

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES : 2014 to 2016

1 – Nagari Pracharini Sabha , Deoria conferred ” NAGARI SHRI ” Samman on September 14, 2014.

2 – Vishwa Hindi Sanstha, Canada gave ” SAMMAN PATRA ” on November 2015.

3 – M4U Entertainment , conferred  ” Top 50 Indian Icon Awards 2016 ” on July 29, 2016.

 

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Divya Singh : Aurangabad To Mumbai , A Journey Decoded


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MUMBAI          MAHARASHTRA          INDIA           NOVEMBER  20, 2016          11.45 P.M.

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Last week a film called ” ISHQ JUNOON ” got released. Critics were not kind to the film. In fact they were indifferent. And before general public could even know about it,  ” ISHQ JUNOON ” was out of theatres. It tanked. And I know, with it tanked many dreams.

So called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs want to see only results.

But for me story of the journey matters and I know the story of the journey. I can visualise the whole scene. I am going to portray the whole picture today.

People in India have no high regards for Bihar.

They may be even oblivious of a nondescript town known as Aurangabad.

But many years back the story began there. In the same nondescript town known as Aurangabad story of DIVYA SINGH started unfolding.

May be one day in the dead of night DIVYA visualised herself on the silver screen. May be one day in the bright morning she gathered all the courage at her command and informed her parents about her decision.

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl starts dreaming about a career in the film industry?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl gathers courage and informs her parents?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl decides to come to Mumbai and pursue a career in films?

Do they know the amount of ridicule someone , specially a girl faces in a small town?

Do they know the abuses a girl goes through in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is admonished, ridiculed and made fun of by their non caring, heartless, callous and crude relatives in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is looked down and sneered by her friends and neighbourhood acquaintances when she decides to join the film industry?

No sirs, you don’t.

Here a small town girl aimed for the Everest and tried against all odds.

So respect the struggle and not the outcome.

Outcome can change overnight and yes, it will change.

She is in an august ( Debut Film Flop ) club. Here is the list.

DILIP KUMAR – Jwaar Bhata – Flop

DEV ANAND – Hum Ek Hain – Flop

AMITABH BACHCHAN – Saat Hindustani – Flop

RANBIR KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop

KAREENA KAPOOR – Refugee – Flop

SONAM KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop

HARSHVARDHAN KAPOOR – Mirzya – Flop

SAIYAMI KHER – Mirzya – Flop

I would love to quote a song from a 1958 film called ” Phir Subah Hogi ” .

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी

इन काली सदियों के सर से जब रात का आंचल ढलकेगा
जब दुख के बादल पिघलेंगे जब सुख का सागर झलकेगा
जब अम्बर झूम के नाचेगा जब धरती नगमे गाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

जिस सुबह की ख़ातिर जुग जुग से हम सब मर मर के जीते हैं
जिस सुबह के अमृत की धुन में हम ज़हर के प्याले पीते हैं
इन भूखी प्यासी रूहों पर इक दिन तो करम फ़रमाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

Yes वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी .

It will come definitely. I won’t be there to see that morning. But today as I write this blog I can see that a painfully long, sad, cold and black winter night is about to end. I can see light emerging at the end of the tunnel. Sun is shinning with all its glory. It’s warmth will mitigate all the miseries and painful memories of past.

And in that shinning brightness I vividly see DIVYA SINGH, the same helpless, dreamy girl from Aurangabad, Bihar, standing and taking her rightful place. And that too without the help of a godfather or a godmother.

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A new NUTAN will be born on that day.

And yes, the world can ridicule her and make fun of her till then.

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           May 08 , 2016           11.00 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post, Vidur’s Film Diary completes 7th year of its existence in May 2016. June 2016 will mark the beginning of its journey in the 8th year. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. But do check the tall claims of so many other so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims.

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 7 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho “http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two “http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri “ & ” Main Tera Hero “
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 “
5 – ARMAAN JAIN
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Hindi Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – April 01

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1 – Ki & Ka ……………………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………………. Arjun Kapoor

2 – M.A. Pass ………………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Love Chakra ……………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Second Week – April 08

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1 – Club Dancer……….. …………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Hum Hain Wonder Boys  …………………………………………………………. X

3 – Love Games …………………………………………………………………………….. X

4 – The Blueberry Hunt ………………………………………………………………… X

5 – The Jungle Book ……………………………………………… Priyanka Chopra

 

Third Week – April 15 
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1 – Fan ………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Hum Bade Aashiq Mizaaj …………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – April 22
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1 – Jhamela …………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Lal Rang ……………………………………………………………… Akshay Oberoi

3 – Nil Battey Sannata …………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd. ……………………………………………… Vikas Bhalla

 

Fifth Week  – April 29
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1 – Aakhri Sauda – The Last Deal ………………………………………………….. X

2 – Baaghi ……………………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Shortcut Safaari ………………………………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

 

In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in April 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 06 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me . [ Priyanka Chopra did not act but only gave her voice for “Kaa” in ” The Jungle Book ” .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , …………… 06  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Shekhar Ravjiani [ Vishal – Shekhar fame ] is the Music Director of   ” Fan “ .

 

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Regional Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Telugu : Allu Arjun is playing male lead in the film  ” Sarrainodu “.

2 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is playing male lead in the film  ” Vaisakhi List “.

3 – Hollywood : Dev Patel is playing male lead in the film  ” The Man Who Knew Infinity “.

 

 My ……….. 03 ………. students in ……….. 03 ……….. regional films.

 

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TV Trivia in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Mishal Raheja is playing an important role in ” Ishq Ka Rang Safed “ on Colors TV.

2 – Sarwar Ahuja is playing an important role in ” Ganga “ on &TV.

3 – Aditi Sharma is playing an important role in ” Ganga “ on &TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 02 ……………. TV shows .

 

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Theatre in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Aditi Sharma is playing lead in ” Namaste “.

 

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

 

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Commercials in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Alia Bhatt is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Standard Fan “.

2 – Prithvi Pai is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Hundai Verna “.

3 – Anushka Sharma is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Ruparel Orion “.

4 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” VIP Bags “.

5 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Philips Aqua Touch “.

6 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Skybags “.

7 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Addiction Deo “.

8 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Lux “.

9 – Yami Gautam is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Emami 7 Oils “.

10 – Yami Gautam is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Fair & Lovely “.

11 – Seemta Choudhary is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Amul Lassi “.

12 – Soha Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Multani Rovaan “.

 

My ………….. 09 …………… students in …………… 12 …………… commercial campaigns .

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Summary of April 2016

My 07 students appeared in 06 films , 03 students in 03 regional films , 03 students in 02 TV shows , 01 student in 01 play and 09 students appeared in 12 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of April 2016 comes to 23

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS


ACCOLADES

1 – Priyanka Chopra appeared on the cover of  ” TIME “  . [ Among 100 Most Influential People of 2016 ] . She is the third Hindi film actor to appear on the cover. Parveen Babi & Aishwarya Rai are the 1st & 2nd respectively.


 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 23 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . I express gratitude. ]

 

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Vidur Acting Institute Spreads Across Two Generations


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 17, 2016           08.00 P.M.

In this ephemeral world of films , it is very difficult to survive for 25 years. Banners are stablished and one day they disappear. Film-makers start their journey and one day they cease to exist. Acting Training is also same. Since it is mostly ruled by unscrupulous, scheming liars, it withers before bloom. Since deceit is the pattern for majority of so-called famous acting trainers of Mumbai or India, it implode before becoming a long-living entity.

In this world of treacherous, unscrupulous and fraudulent scamsters, roaming around as best acting trainers of Mumbai, I always wonder how I survived for 26 long years. From 1990 to 2016, it seems an impossible journey. People become obsolete in 26 years. They become redundant after becoming old. They become cynics with advancing age. Finally, they slip into irrelevance. But this didn’t happen to me. It is God’s mercy. It is because of the fact that even after 26 years my students have faith on me. And this faith has made me AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS.

In the 26th year of my career, I have started my 100th batch on April 07, 2016. And this batch have a girl named SHINOVA SONI. Years ago, precisely 19 years ago, I trained her mother APARNA SONI also. Here is the complete story.

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

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1997           SHEETAL APARTMENT – JUHU           BOMBAY

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It was a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day in Bombay. The year was 1997. The place was ground floor hall of SHEETAL APARTMENT near CHANDAN CINEMA, JUHU. An acting batch started. It had KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. Apart from above mentioned names, the batch also had a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty. Her name was APARNA SONI.

That is the beginning of the story. No Acting Trainer can forget students like KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But one can easily forget APARNA SONI.

After mandatory 3 months period, the batch ended. Months came and gone. Seasons changed colours. Years passed. Age took me with all its ferocity and the vagaries of time engulfed me completely. I did remember KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But APARNA SONI doggedly refused to be obfuscated from my memory. She refused to be just another student, who came for 3 months and simply faded away. And the efforts for maintaining this relationship were always from her side.

One phone call a month ………………. few occasional messages here & there ……………………. season’s greetings ………………… festival wishes, she was always there. She always calls. She is always there if occasion arises. She always recommends students for my acting training institute. Once when I was hospitalised, she used to come daily. Till the time I was in hospital, she came every day without fail.

And thus THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED ……………………..

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2016           BUNGALOW NO. 52 – MHADA           MUMBAI

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With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

On March 22, 2016, I got a call from her. I thought that it is one of her regular calls. Next day on March 23, 2016, she came to meet me with her daughter. She wanted to admit her daughter in VIDUR Acting Institute .

It was again a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day. Only change is that now the city is not Bombay. And the year is not 1997. City is now rechristened Mumbai and the year is 2016. And yes the student is also not APARNA. The student is SHINOVA, who just like her mother, is also a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty

It never occurred to me that 19 year have passed since APARNA completed her training. In 1997, I never ever expected that after training APARNA SONI, one day I would be training her daughter also. I never imagined this even in my wildest dreams. But 19 year after training mother APARNA SONI, I am training her daughter SHINOVA SONI too.

It is not easy to become AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS. It is very rare chance. Apart from Shri Roshan Taneja, no other acting trainer of India can claim that they have trained two generations. Taneja Sir trained SHRI SHATRUGHAN SINHA & his son LUV SINHA.

 

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Year End Musings : Vidur Acting Institute in 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03, 2016           11.00 P.M.

I wrote Year End Musing in 2010 , 2011 & 2012. In those days I used to write about the Hindi films and Hindi film industry in general. Then I thought that there are many websites and many film analysts and trade pundits doing the same job. So what is the need of me writing the same stuff. Therefore I didn’t write Year End Musings in 2013 & 2014.

But this year it occurred to me that I should chronicle yearly success stories and accomplishments of Vidur Acting Institute. In this field, where veterans like Shri Roshan Taneja and Sushri Ashha Chandra are almost retired, there are only few genuine ones left doing their jobs ethically.

This arena is now dominated by few upstarts, who can go to any length to get their prey. They can make false claims, they can Photoshop some pictures and present it as the proof of their recent successes and accomplishments. They have various fee structures of the same course to lure and hoodwink gullible out-of-town students and finally they give free demo class, collect students, click pictures and post it as the new batch of their tottering institute. But it is their moral and ethical values. If they are not bothered, why should I?

I don’t have to compete with them. 4 generations of NEW AGE Hindi film actors are my students. They are :

HRITIK ROSHAN – KAREENA KAPOOR

RANBIR KAPOOR – KATRINA KAIF

VARUN DHAWAH – ALIA BHATT

PULKIT SAMRAT – URVASHI RAUTELA

Apart from them, I have trained modern-day Telugu super stars like ; ANUSHKA SHETTY , ALLU ARJUN , NAG CHAITANYA  & RAM CHARAN. Current Bengali super star DEV is also my student. Why should I lower my standard to the level of some foul-mouth skunks, if I have such an enviable list. I have decided to paint a true picture of my yearly accomplishments with facts and figures. So this year onwards I will keep on posting Year End Musings.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %

 

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DEBUTS : 2013 to 2015

11 actors / actresses / singers, who are trained by me made their debut from November 2013 to July 2015. Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja is the 11th and latest student of Vidur Acting Institute, who made debut as Lead Actor in a film called ” Second Hand Husband “. Here is the complete list.

2013 = URVASHI RAUTELA – ” Singh Saab The Great ” – 21 November 2013

2014 = DAISY SHAH – ” Jai Ho ” – 24 January 2014

2014 = PREETI DESAI – ” One by Two ” – 31 January 2014

2014 = TANVI RAO – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

2014 = BILAL AMROHI – ” O Teri ! ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = AYESHA KHANNA – ” Dishkiyaoon ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = ARMAAN JAIN – ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil ” – 4 July 2014

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial]

2014 = SAMRIDDHA BAWA – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial] – 17 November 2014

2014 = PAWNI PANDEY – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

[ sung the song ” ……… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ………. “  ]

2015 = TINA AHUJA – ” Second Hand Husband ” – 3 July 2015

 

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WORKING STUDENTS in FILMS : 2015

In total 162 Hindi films got released in 2015. It is heartening that 101 actors trained by me have appeared in lead role in these films. This makes my success rate 62.35 % in 2015.

I am providing the complete list.

January = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 12

February = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

March = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 11

April = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

May = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 08

June = Films Released : 06 / My Students : 06

July = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 10

August = Films Released : 08 / My Students : 09

September = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 13

October = Films Released : 23 / My Students : 05

November = Films Released :  10 / My Students : 03

December = Films Released : 07 / My Students : 06

If anyone would like to cross check, they can refer to Vidur’s Film Diary from January 2015 to December 2015. They can get names of the films and release date also.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS STUDENTS : 2015

1 – TV = My 45 students worked in various serials on various channels in 2015.

2 – AD = My 49 students worked as Brand Ambassadors of various products in 2015.

3 – THEATRE = My 15 students appeared in various plays in 2015.

4 – REGIONAL FILMS = My 5 students did lead roles in 4 Telugu films in 2015.

Thus in total 124 students worked in TV, AD, THEATRE & REGIONAL FILMS. If you add 101 students of films , this number comes to a whopping  215.

 

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SPECIAL PROJECTS : 2015

1 – Worked with Prakash Jha for his debut film ” Jai Gangaajal ” in November 2014.

2 – Abhishek Dogra made debut as director of ” Dolly Ki Doli ” in January 2015.

3 – Worked with Rohit Shetty for ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 ” in February 2015.

4 – Worked with Manish Dayal for ” Viceroy’s House ” directed by Gurinder Chaddha in September 2015.

5 – Nepali star Vinay Shreshtha‘s 2nd film ” Resham Filili ” was released in December 2015.

 

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100 CRORE CLUB : 2015

Till date 35 Hindi films have earned 100 crore or more at the box office. 1 film is in 3oo crore club, 1 in 250 crore, 3 in 200 crore, 7 in 150 crore and 23 are in 100 crore club. Out of these 35 films, my 81 students are there in 32 films. Only ” Ghajini “, ” Holiday ” & ” Ek Villain ” are the films, which have no students of mine. In this field my success rate is 92 % .

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BATCHES : 2015

In 2015, Vidur Acting Institute churned out 08 Batches. 43 students got trained and have started their struggle. There are several star-sons and star-daughters, but it is not proper to disclose their names at this juncture.

 

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AWARDS : 2015

1 – Nagari Pracharini Sabha , Deoria conferred ” NAGARI SHRI ” Samman on September 14, 2014.

2 – Vishwa Hindi Sanstha, Canada gave ” SAMMAN PATRA ” on November 2015.

 

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ACTING PARTNERSHIPS : 2015

 

1 – Vidur Acting Institute became acting partner of  ” VAAYU FEST 2015 “ of NMIMS, Mumbai.  4 more are coming in 2016.

As I finish this blog I am satisfied that victory march of Vidur Acting Institute is no less significant than previous years. 2015 ends with a heartening note. 2016 promises some more sunshine.

 

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Life As An Acting Trainer : 26 Years – 92% Success Rate


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2015           07.00 P.M.

 

Mumbai is flooded with acting institutes. Everyday a new acting institute mushrooms and starts claiming that it is the best one. There are few old ones also. Though, they have passed their prime but still claim to be in the race. Then there are few upstart trainers, who have delusion of grandeur and success. It is but natural that aspiring actors get confused and are hoodwinked by these con trainers. These “Bunty & Bablis” try every trick from the book and sometimes succeed also in trapping these aspirants.

Therefore it becomes imperative to chronicle true success stories to save gullible students from the clutches of unscrupulous and con acting trainers. I am writing this blog so that such ARVIND KEJARIWALS of acting training should get exposed and shouldn’t go unchallenged.

When ” Bajrangi Bhaijaan “ got released and took the box office by storm, there were several articles in the news papers. It collected 100 crores by the first weekend and thus became the 1st ever Hindi film to enter THE BIG CLUB so quickly.

Bombay Times, dated July 21, 2015, published an article about THE BIG CLUB. It chronicled all the 35 Hindi movies till date, which are the biggest earners.

Out of 35 films, there is 1 film in 300 Crore Club / 1 film in 250 Crore Club / 3 films in 200 Crore Club / 7 films in 150 Crore Club and 23 films in 100 Crore Club .

I am so happy to announce and stating this fact with great pride that out of these 35 block-buster films, there are only 3 films which have no students of mine [ JUST 3 FILMS ]. These films are ” Ghajini ” , ” Holiday ” and ” Ek Villain “ . Apart from these 3 films my students are there in all the remaining 32 films. This is unparalleled feat. This is unprecedented success story. This is so humbling as an acting trainer. I don’t think any other acting trainer can claim such humongous success story. Even FTII, Pune [ Film & television Institute of India ] can claim such success in recent times. FTII gave many luminaries to the film industry but that was eons ago. It was during Shri Roshan Taneja’s time. This so-called premier (?) acting institute’s recent accomplishments are negligible compared to mine.

I am giving the whole list of films published in the July 21, 2015 issue of Bombay Times. Name of my students working in these films are also mentioned. It is now for the discerning public to judge the facts.

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300 CRORE

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PK = Anushka Sharma / Ranbir Kapoor [ S.A.]

 

250 CRORE

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Dhoom 3 = Katrina Kaif / Uday Chopra

 

200 CRORE

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Kick = Jacqueline Fernandez

Chennai Express = Nikitin Dheer / Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani

3 Idiots = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

150 CRORE

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Ek Tha Tiger = Katrina Kaif

Happy New Year = Sonu Sood / Shekhar Ravjiani

Krrish 3 = Hritik Roshan / Vivek Oberoi / Priyanka Chopra

Yej Jawaani Hai Deewani = Ranbir Kapoor / Kalki Koechlin

Dabangg 2 = Arbaaz Khan / Kareena Kapoor / Flora Saini / Nikitin Dheer

Tanu Weds Manu Returns = Jimmy Sheirgill / Eijaz Khan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

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Bang Bang = Hritik Roshan / Katrina Kaif / Jimmy Sheirgill / Shekhar ravjiani

Boduguard = Kareena Kapoor / Hazel Keech / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Dabangg = Arbaaz Khan / Sonu Sood

Singham Returns = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Rowdy Rathore = Kareena Kapoor Khan [ S.A. ]

Agneepath = Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Ready = Arbaaz Khan / Arya Babbar / Nikitin Dheer / Kishan Kumar

RA.ONE = Kareena Kapoor / Arjun Rampal / Shekhar Ravjiani / Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Ghajini = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Housefull 2 = John Abraham / Jacqueline Fernandez / Shazahn Padamsee / Sajid Khan

Holiday = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Ram Leela = Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Don 2 = Priyanka Chopra / Kunal Kapoor / Hritik Roshan [ S.A. ]

Jai Ho = Daisy Shah / Genelia Deshmukh / Pulkit Samrat / Tulip Joshi / Vikas Bhalla / Ashmit Patel / Vatsal Sheth

Barfi = Ranbir Kapoor / Priyanka Chopra

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag = Sonam Kapoor / Divya Dutta

Golmaal 3 = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Jab Tak Hai Jaan = Katrina Kaif / Anushka Sharma

ABCD 2 = Varun Dhawan / Pooja Batra [ S.A. ]

2 States = Alia Bhatt / Arjun Kapoor

Bol Bachchan = Krushna Abhishek / Jeetu Verma / Rohit Shetty

Singham = Sudhanshu Pandey / Rohit Shetty

Ek Villain = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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In total my 81 students appeared in above mentioned 32 films. Out of these 81 students, ROHIT SHETTY, SAJID KHAN & ARBAAZ KHAN are film directors. KISHAN KUMAR & ARBAAZ KHAN are producers and SHEKHAR RAVJIANI [ Vishal-Shekhar fame ] is the music director. Rest are actors.

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 81 students .

May God bless them !!

[ I have taken the list of films from Bombay Times. I express my gratitude. S.A. in red stands for SPECIAL APPEARANCE. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 23, 2015           11.25 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marks the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

[  DECLARATION :  In my film diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept and regard my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who had releases this month but are not mentioned here, are the ones, who refuse to acknowledge me in any way . I can sense their abhorrence to my personality . I am not a sweet-talker. So I know that somewhere they were rubbed the wrong way . I also feel their attachment to some acting trainers , who claim to be the re-incarnation of Constantine Stanislavsky and are sweeter than any sweet delicacy on this earth . Such students are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! My journey continues without such students . It marches ahead without their support . It flourishes despite their criticism and false propaganda .]

[  PROCLAIMATION :  In my diary I have been posting above mentioned   DECLARATION  since May 2014. It is now 1 year and 2 months. I suddenly noticed that the ungrateful and disrespectful students are now without work and had no releases recently. They don’t seem to be having any future. So from this month onwards I will stop posting the said   DECLARATION . ]

In 2013 – 14 my success rate was 40% . In 2014 – 15 it is 55% . For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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 Sheila Ramani :

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Sheila Ramani (March 2, 1932 – July 15, 2015), also known as Sheila Kewalramani, was introduced into Bollywood by the film-maker Chetan Anand. She is known for her role in the movie Taxi Driver. She was born in Sindh and was one of the few actresses from Sindh to join the Indian film industry.

Sheila Ramani played the lead role in Funtoosh (1956) , another Navketan film opposite Dev Anand. But she remained embossed in memory for Taxi Driver (1954). According to Times of India, ” With her languid sway in a dark sari and shiny blouse in the song ” Dil jale to jale ” and her easy abandon in an off-shoulder dress to the dance track ” Dil se milake dil ” – she oozed spunk and sexuality, cool and control. Ramani was a precursor to the urban modern heroine we see today. She set the stage for them.”

 

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July 03

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1 – Second Hand Husband   …………………………………. Tina Ahuja

…………………………………………………………………………….. Geeta Basra

2 – Guddu Rangeela …………………………………………….. Amit Sadh

3 – Madmast Barkha …………………………………………… X

4 – Bezubaan Ishq ……………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – July 10

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1 – I Love NY ………………………………………………………. Krishan Kumar

2 – Bahubali …………………………………………………………. Anushka Shetty

3 – 2 Chehare …………………………………………………….. Krushna Abhishek

…………………………………………………………………………… Monalisa

4 – Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq ………………………………………………………. X

5 – S.P. Khan Ek Nayi Kranti ……………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – July 17
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1 -Bajrangi Bhaijaan …………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor Khan

2 – Bin Roye …………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – July 24
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1 – Aisa Yeh Jahaan ……………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Masaan …………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Fifth Week  – July 31
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1 – Drishyam …………………………………………………………… Ashok Beniwal

………………………………………………………………………………… Amita Pathak

 

In total …………… 14 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 14 ………… released films …….. 07 ……… films have …………… 10 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 10 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 02 ………… Krishan Kumar and Amita Pathak are the co-producers of  ” I Love NY ” and ” Drishyam ” respectively.

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Anushka Shetty is playing lead in  ” Bahubali “.

 

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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonu Sood is judging a show  ” Comedy Superstars “ on Sab TV .

2 – Ganesh Hegde is judginging a show  ” Jhalak Dikhla Ja “ on Colors TV .

3 – Shamita Shetty is participating in  ” Jhalak Dikhla Ja “ on Colors TV .

4 – Amar Upadhyay is doing a role in  ” Saath Nibhaana Saathiya “ on Sab TV .

 

My ……….………. 04 …………….….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Smita Bansal  is playing a role in  ” Hum Do Hamare Wo “.

 

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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Tetley Tea ” .

2 – Anushka Sharma is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Code by Lifestyle ” .

3 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Blenders Pride ” .

4 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Skybags ” .

5 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the  Brand Ambassador of  ”  Glares by Titan ” .

6 – Prithvi Pai is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Joyalukkas Jewellers ” .

 

 My ………….. 06 …………… students in …………… 06 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

My 10 students appeared in 07 films , 04 students in 03 TV show , 01 student in 01 regional film , 01 student in 01 play and 06 students appeared in 06 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July 2015 comes to 22. 22 is a good number considering the fact that I have eliminated names of so many students .

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 22 students .

May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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