Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 07 , 2011             06. 00 P.M.

This is the 28th edition of my film diary.

Priyanka Chopra has become a singer and her debut album was released by Universal Music Group and Desi Hits.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge entered 825th week of uninterrupted run in the first week of August.

After some box office duds , Salman Khan starrer ” Boduguard “ took the nation by storm. It is now the biggest first day grosser of all times as for as Hindi films are concerned .

As usual , to show trends of the industry , I am reproducing relevant tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh.

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CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is a dull fare which will nt b able to repeat its success story of d small screen. Review: http://bit.ly/p5mhUf
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Bodyguard nets a record breaking Rs. 21 cr on opening day. It will easily cross d 70 cr mark in 1st weekend. Report: http://goo.gl/KLa3a
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Bodyguard box-office: The Salman Khan starrer nets a superb Rs. 83.50 crore over the 1st weekend. Report – http://bit.ly/qkLJjg
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 Business Talk with Taran Adarsh: ‘Singham’ & ‘Z.N.M.D.’ emerge gigantic hits bit.ly/3Ozjuw
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 Overseas B.O.: ‘Z.N.M.D.’ continues to dominate… ‘Aarakshan’ & ‘Bodyguard’ keenly awaited bit.ly/CmbT0
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Not A Love Story: Started on a weak note. Business did increase marginally at few places, but the jump was missing. Overall, poor.
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Chatur Singh 2 Stars: Despite starring well-known stars, fetched a shockingly low start and remained poor all through the weekend. Flop.
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Like I had predicted yesterday afternoon, the 1st day estimates of ‘Bodyguard’ are 20 cr + nett. Almost 21 cr, as per early tracking.
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Okay, here are the *actual* figures of ‘Bodyguard’ in India on Wednesday: Rs 21.51 cr nett. That’s a new record!
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#Bodyguard – Friday *rough estimates* Rs 13.5 cr. 3-day total stands at Rs 54.5 cr nett. Sat should be big, Sun should be bigger.
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Bodyguard actuals: Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 14.08 cr, Sat 15.07 cr, Sun 18.68 cr. Total 88.93 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Shammi Kapoor : On August 14 , 2011 , with the death of Shammi Kapoor , not only an artiste was dead , but an era ended. This glorious era started in 1953 with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” , a film which he signed first but ” Rail Ka Dibba  “ was released first in the same year. This era will soon be part of history with the release of ” Rockstar “ in 2011 .
I am just mentioning about Shammi ji here . I will soon write a separate blog on him and his 58 year long career.
Shanti Das :  Well known art director Shanti Das died in Mumbai on August 14 , 2011 . He had worked with Shammi Kapoor in many films and its an uncanny coincidence that he died on the same day .
In his 40 year long career he worked in 200 films with stalwarts like ; Raj Kapoor , Bimal Roy , Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Subodh Mukherjee . Shammi Kapoor’s ” Junglee “ was his first big hit . He won many Filmfare award for his films and he got Dada Sahab Phalke Award also in 2000.
Samir Chanda : Another eminent art director Samir Chanda died on August 18 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was only 54 at the time of his death. He began his career with Subhash Ghai’s ” Ram Lakhan “ and continued till “ Black & White ” . His other works were ” Raavan ” , ” Rang De  Basanti “ and ” Delhi 6 ” . It is sad that a promising life ended at such a young age .

Shandar Amrohi : The elder son of film – maker Kamal Amrohi and step son of legendary Meena Kumari died in Goa on August 21 , 2011 at the age of 68.
Shandar Amrohi worked as an actor in ” Razia Sultan “ , a film directed by his father Kamal Amrohi . Though his acting career was short – lived. At the time of his death he was in Goa shooting a music vedio in memory of his stepmother Meena Kumari .
Barkha Roy was penning his biography ” Nowhere To Somewhere ” , which is now complete .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 05

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1 – I Am Kalam……………………………………………….x

2 – Chala Mussaddi – Office Office……………………….Vinay Jain

3 – Hair Is Falling…………………………………………….x

4 – Mr. Majnu………………………………………………….x

5 – Aagaah The Warning…………………………………….x

6 – Just 47 – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai…………………………x

Second Week – August 12

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1 – Aarakshan…………………………………………………..Saif Ali Khan

2 – Phhir………………………………………………………….Rajneesh Duggal

3 – Milta Hai Chance By Chance……………………………x

Third Week – August 19

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1 – Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande………………………………..Preeti Jhangiani

………………………………………………………………………..Narendra Jetley

2 – Chatur Singh – Two Star……………………………………x

3 – Not A Love Story…………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – August 26

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1 – Shabri…………………………………………………………x

2 – Yeh Dooriyan……………………………………………….x

3 – Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey…………………………….x

4 – Stand By……………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Bodyguard…………………………………………………….Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………..Hazel Keech

………………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………..Alvira Agnihotri

2 – Bol………………………………………………………………..x

3 – Mummy Punjabi………………………………………………Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………Viraf Patel

………………………………………………………………………….Urvashi Gandhi

………………………………………………………………………….Michael Joseph

4 – That Girl In Yellow Boots……………………………………x

5 – Bas Ek Tamanna………………………………………………..Samir Aftab

In total ……………………. 21 ………………. films got released in September. Out of these ………………………..21 ………………. films , ………………. 15 …………………… actors trained by me were working  in………………… 08 ………………..films . Out of these …………………… 15 ………… students  ………..14 .……………….are actors and ………………………….01 ……………. Alvira Agnihotri is co – producer of Bodyguard .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sameer Soni is appearing in a new show ” Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka “ on Colors TV .

2 – Aryamann Seth is appearing in a show ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Akshay Sethi is appearing in a new show ” Sasural Genda Phool “ on Star Plus.

4 – Umar Wani is appearing in a show ” Dharampatni “ on Imagine TV .

5 – Ashmit Patel is anchoring a show ” Bindass Buddies “ on UTV Bindass.

Out of many shows running on various channels , above mentioned  ……………. 05 ………………….shows have  ………………… 05 ……………….. students trained by me . Out of them  …………………. 04 ……………… are serials and ………….. 01 ……….. is reality show .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Perizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in ” Dinner With Friends  ”  , a play by Feroz Abbas Khan .

2 – Manav Gohil and Asif Ali Beg are working in ” Kennedy Bridge  “ , a play by Khalid Mohamed .

3 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan Kanhaiya “ with Paresh Rawal .

4 – Adhir Bhatt is working in  ” Bus Itna Sa Khwab ”  , a play by Chandrakant Kulkarni .

5 – Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal and Sonali Sachdev are working in  ” The Vagina Monologue ” , a play directed by Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal .

Above mentioned ……………….. 05 …………………. new and repeat plays have ……….  08 ……………… students of mine .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2011


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA                 JUNE 01, 2011                    01.00 P.M.

In this 25th edition of Vidur’s Film Diary, I would like to take stock of the first quarter of the year 2011. Hindi film industry suffered losses of over 200 crores in this first quarter. Of the 67 releases so far [ including dubbed ones ] , only 06 films made it to the hit list. This is a paltry 10% success ratio. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA “, ” YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA “, ” DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI “, ” DHOBI GHAT “, ” TANU WEDS MANU ” and ” F.A.L.T.U. ” could be called hits. Certainly not a very healthy . rosy picture indeed. But industry is celebrating because the first quarter of 2011 is better than the first quarter of the previous year.

May 2011 will be remembered for the fact that Yash Raj Films launched its new banner for the young generation, called Y Films. Maiden venture of this banner ” Luv Ka The End ”  was released in the first week of this month. It is good that such a prestigious banner announces a banner exclusively for the new comers and youngsters.

This month 3 of my students walked down the red carpet at the 34th Cannes Film Festival. They are : Saif Ali Khan , Sonam Kapoor and Minissha Lamba.

Micro – blogging site Twitter has become the latest in thing. There are three celebrities who have more than 1 Million followers on twitter. After Sachin Tendulkar and Shashi Tharoor, my student Priyanka Chopra became the third celebrity to attain this status. She is closely followed by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

On Facebook also there was a good news. Ranbir Kapoor became the 4th most popular actor of Hindi film on Facebook after Aamir Khan , Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Of these 4 celebrities , 2 are my students. They are Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor.

58th National Awards were announced this month. ” Dabangg ” got award as the film providing wholesome entertainment. It was produced by my student Arbaz Khan and has Sonu Sood , another student of mine , as the main antagonist.

I am re-producing tweets of Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , two eminent trade analysts of the industry, so that you can have a clear picture of the month just gone by.

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Midweek B.O.: ‘Chalo Dilli’ picks up, ‘Shor In The City’ remains low, rest fail http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
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 International Boxoffice: ‘Chalo Dilli’ disappoints, ‘I Am’ is a debacle, ‘DMD’ falls http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Morn & noon shows 10% – 20%. Was expected to open better at big city plexes. Let’s hope biz picks up from Friday evening.
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‘Haunted’: Released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. Opened v well in 3D, garnering 60% – 70% start, while 2D was 30%. Combined occupancy 45% – 55%.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs. Total: 1.35 cr nett on 391 theatres.
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Believe it or not, a few shows of ‘Luv Ka The End’ were cancelled as enough audience did not turn up!
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‘Haunted’: Showed healthy escalation with each passing day. Breakup:- Fri 2.67 cr, Sat 3.06 cr, Sun 3.60 cr.
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Started on a slow note, but picked up gradually. Breakup:- Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr.
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Haunted’ collects 9.33 cr, ‘Luv Ka The End’ 2.35 cr in opng wknd http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
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Luv Ka The End’: Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr, Mon 35 lacs. Total: Rs 2.70 cr nett.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ economics: Cost Rs 5 cr + P&A Rs 4.5 cr. Total Rs 9.5 cr. India 4 day biz: Rs 2.85 cr nett. Oseas wknd collects $ 50,000.
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 Luv Ka The End: Showed healthy escalation in weekend, steady on weekdays. Liked by its target audience. Collects Rs 4.28 cr nett in Week 1[‘
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 Haunted: Is a success. Fared v well in weekend, rock-steady on weekdays. Revenue from 3D was optimum. Collected Rs 14.63 cr nett in Week 1
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‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs, Tue 37 lacs. Total: Rs 2.11 cr nett. Excellent!
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Shagird’: Fri 34 lacs, Sat 42 lacs, Sun 46 lacs, Mon 20 lacs. Total: Rs 1.42 cr. Disappointing
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‘Haunted’ [Week 2]: Fri 92 lacs, Sat 1.22 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 82 lacs. Total so far: Rs 19.02 cr nett. Rocking!
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 ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs [better than Friday]. Total: Rs 1.74 cr nett. Rock-steady!
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 Ragini MMS scares the daylights out of u. Lots of horror, enough of sex! Deadly combination to make Ragini rock at box-office
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Love U… Mr. Kalakaar! is a non-starter & looks so dated that it has nothing to merit a pick-up. Review: http://bit.ly/lvbR9D
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Ragini MMS will b loved by youngsters 4 the sex & horror. It’ll prove 2 b a good earning proposition 4 all. Review: http://bit.ly/m9tkPQ
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 Stanley Ka Dabba is a well-made film but has limited commercial prospects unless supported by schools.Review: http://bit.ly/jwZYhK
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Shagird is a well-made film but it will sink at the box-office. Review:http://bit.ly/myATsn

Obituary :

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Somak Mukerjee : A FTII graduate of 2004 batch, this brilliant cinematographer died in a freak motorcycle accident in Kolkata on April 25, 2011 at the age of 37. He was cameraman for films like : ” Pankh ” , ” Black And White ” and ” Ugly Aur Pagli ” . ” Pankh ” , incidently , was his debut film.

Mala Sen : Though not a full-time film writer, she was instrumental in writing the script of Shekhar Kapur’s internationally acclaimed film ” Bandit Queen ”  [ 1994 ] . She met Phoolan Devi in jail and interviewed her several times and then wrote a book on her , based on the interviews. Later on she wrote the script for the film ” Bandit Queen ” . She died on May 23, 2011 at the age of 64. She was suffering from cancer and breathed her last at Tata Memoreal Hospital , Mumbai.

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 06

1 – Luv Ka The End………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

……………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………….Aashish Singh

2 – Haunted…………………………………………………….x

Second Week – May 13.

1 – Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! …………………………………Jai Kalra

2 – Stanley Ka Dabba…………………………………………Divya Dutta

3 – Ragini MMS………………………………………………..x

4 – Shagird………………………………………………………Rimmi Sen

……………………………………………………………………..Hrishitaa Bhatt

Third Week -May 20

1 – Kashmakash…………………………………………………Riya Sen

2 – 404…………………………………………………………….x

3 – Pyaar Ka Punchnama……………………………………..Sonalli Sehgall

Fourth Week – May 27

1 – Kucch Luv Jaisaa…………………………………………..Neetu Chandra

2 – Hum Do Anjaane……………………………………………x

3 – College Campus……………………………………………..x

4 – Barood…………………………………………………………x

5 – Sheeta Bhabhi.Com…………………………………………x

6 – Me Mamu & 7…………………………………………………x

7 – Just 47…………………………………………………………x

In total ………16………….films got released this month. Out of these …….16……… films…………10……………students trained by me were there in ………07………….. films. Out of these ……..10……….students……….08…………are actors , and………..02…………. are in various other fields of film making. Ashish Singh is associate producer of ” Luv Ka The End “ . Shenaz Treasuryvala , apart from being actor , also wrote screenplay and dialogues of the same film.

Film News This Month :

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1 – After ” Slumdog Millionaire ” and ” Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol ” , Anil Kapoor will star in “Cities ” , another Hollywood flick.

New Regional Film & Me :

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1 – Bangla : Priyagshu Chatterjee is doing main lead in ” Vorer Alo ” .

2 – Tamil : Sonu Sood is playing villain in ” Osthi – The Cool Cop ” , a remake of Hindi ” Dabangg ” .

Neetu Chandra is essaying an important role in ” Aadhi Bhagavan “.

Out of numerous regional films , …………03…………regional films got released  in………..02………… regional languages , which has …………….. 03…………….. actors trained by me.

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1 – Kajal Singh is appearing in ” Jis Aangan Na Hoye Bitiya ” on Mahua T V .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is appearing in ” Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli “ on Zee T V.

3 – Rohit Khurana is appearing in ” Maayke Se Bandhi………DOR “ onStar Plus T V .

4 – Kunal Sudhir Madhiwala is appearing as participant in the reality show ” Swayamvar – Season 3 [ Ratan Ka Rishta ] ”  on Imagine T V .

There are many TV serials on various channels. This month ……….04………. students trained by me are essaying important roles in ………..04…………. shows. Of these shows……………03…………… are serials and ……………01……… is reality show.

Theatre & Me :

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1 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan v/s Kanhaiya ” . He is currently touring USA and UK with the play .

2 – Manav Gohil is working in a play ” Kennedy Bridge “ , being directed by Khalid Mohammad .

Theatre is showing robust growth in every language. This month there were……….02………….  new productions.  Out of these …….02………. productions ………..02…………. students trained by me are working in………02……….. shows.

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