Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2017


 

 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           August 30, 2017           07.10 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. 8 long and uninterrupted years! ]

 

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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 %

It is evident that my success rate is increasing every year. It is unprecedented.

 

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Actors, whom I trained and who hit the screen as lead actors [ Hero & Villain ] in films
 
January 2017 to April 2017 :
 

YAMI GAUTAM – Kaabil [ Hindi ]

MEHERENE KAUR PIRZADA – Phillauri [ Hindi ]

CHIRAG JANI – Rogue [ Telugu ]

VISHAL PATNI – Maa Abbai  [ Telugu ]

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Obituary :

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Kishori Amonkar

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A classical singer of repute, Kishori Amonkar died in Mumbai on April 03, 2017 at the age of 85 . A performer of classical music, she also excelled in khayal, Thumri & Bhajan singing.
She gave play back for only 2 Hindi films and in total sang just 6 songs. 1st was V. Shantaram’s ” Geet Gaya Patharon Ne ” [ 1965 ] , which was incidentally Jeetendra’s debut movie. She sang the title song in the film.
Her 2nd film was ” Dristi ” [ 1991 ]. She sang all the 5 songs and also composed music.
Vinod Khanna
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A mighty super-star during Amitabh Bachchan era, Vinod Khanna succumbed to cancer and died in Mumbai hospital on April 27, 2017. He was 71 at the time of his death.

He made debut as the main villain with ” Man Ka Meet ” [ 1968 ]. This film was directed by A. Subba Rao and produced by Sunil Dutt. Later on he acted in supporting roles; as an angry young man in the movie Mere Apneas the main villain in the super-hit movie Mera Gaon Mera Deshand as the military officer turned fugitive in the critically acclaimed movie Achanak .

After above mentioned films, Vinod Khanna played lead roles in many films and is best remembered for his performances in  Kuchhe DhaageGaddaarImtihaanMuqaddar Ka SikandarInkaarAmar Akbar AnthonyRajputThe Burning Train,  Qurbani,  Kudrat,  Parvarish, Khoon PasinaDayavanChandni and Jurm.

 In 1982, at the peak of his film career, he temporarily quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho  . After a 5-year hiatus, he returned to the Hindi film industry with two hit films; Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate.

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Hindi Films in April & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – April 07

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1 – Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana ….. Gurmeet Choudhary

2 – Mirza Juuliet ……………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mukti Bhawan …………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – The Mountains ………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – April 14

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1 – Begum Jaan ………………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Romeo – N – Bullet ………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Saanjh …………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – April 21 
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1 – Ajab Samajh Ki Gajab Kahani ………………………………………………….. X

2 – Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi …………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Maatr ………………………………………………………………………………………….. X

4 – Noor ……………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week – April 28
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1 – Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion ……………………………. Anushka Shetty

 

In total ………..……… 12 ………..….. films got released in April 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 12 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 03 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

 

 

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Summary of April 2017

My 03 students appeared in 03 films.

Total number of students working in the month of April 2017 is 03.

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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 03 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 am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Remembering Sushilarani Patel


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 15, 2014           11.45 P.M.

 

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Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence, but an almost forgotten classical singer, died on July 24, 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 96.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

The name Sushilarani Patel is not going to evoke any memories.

The name Baburao Patel is also not going to evoke even faint recognition.

The name of a magazine called ” Filmindia “ is almost forgotten.

Film ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] does not exist for this generation.

Film ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] is unknown even to die-hard film connoisseurs.

The song ” … LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA … ” is a distant memory.

So why I am writing this obituary ?

Let me unravel the mystery one by one.

I am writing this blog to pay my obeisance to Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence. It is sad irony of fate that she is relatively unknown compared to her other illustrious colleague Kishori Amonkar, though they both are disciples of the same teacher.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

Baburao Patel was a Member of Parliament. But primarily he was a film critic and editor of a very popular film magazine called ” Filmindia “. Sushilarani Patel was married to him. She was his third wife. ” Filmindia “ was dreaded by the film industry folks of bygone era. It is infamous for its acerbic editorials. Just go through the views of Baburao Patel published in the magazine  ” Filmindia “ about ” Jwar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] , the debut film of Dilip Kumar :

Dilip Kumar, the new hero of Bombay Talkies is an anaemic addition to our film artistes. He needs lots of vitamins and a prolonged treatment of proteins before another picture can be risked with him. He looks gaunt and famished and strikes as a long ill-treated convict, who has escaped from a jail. His appearance on the screen creates both laughter and disappointment. His acting efforts in this picture amounts to nill. “

Can it be considered a critical analysis of a debut making young actor’s acting calibre? Do you think it is decent, sensible and appropriate to comment on looks and physicality of an artiste? But Baburao Patel was known for his scathing, acerbic and derogatory personal comments. And Sushilarani Patel was his wife, third wife. It is alleged that he was jealous of her. It is also rumoured that Baburao Patel was very possessive of extremely beautiful and young Sushilarani. So, it was natural that she starred and sang just in two films and then faded into oblivion. And the two films were directed by Baburao Patel himself. The two films in question were ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and Gwalan ” [ 1946 ]. These films tanked at the box office without any trace and Sushilarani’s career got an untimely and abrupt end.

 

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Draupadi

 

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

 

Any print of the film or any link of the songs she sang in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] is not available today. I copied the above picture of Sushilarani in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ]  from the internet and posted it above.

” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] , second film of Sushilarani Patel was also produced and directed by Baburao Patel. And Sushilarani Patel sang a duet in this film with legendary play back singer Mukesh. The song in question was tuned by Hansraj Bahl and lyrics were written by Indra Chandra. For lovers of old Hindi film songs ” …………………….. LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA ……………………. ” is a gem. Fortunately the song is available on YouTube. I am providing YouTube link of the song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcrVFUZLXE

Just two films ; ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] and that is all. That heralded the end. A sad end of a talented singer-actor. A talented artiste’s talent was allegedly crushed under the ego, obsessiveness, jealousy and whims of her husband. Sushilarani’s nephew and some of her students have confirmed these allegations in their interviews.

I think now you have all the answers of the questions , which I put forward in the beginning.

Baburao Patel died in 1982. And Sushilarani Patel could properly start her career only after her husband’s death. But at that time she was 62. Her prime was gone. Her other peer Kishori Amonkar became a legend in her own life time. They both started learning classical music from legendary Moghubai Kurdikar. Incidentally Moghubai was the mother of  Kishori Amonkar.

My student Alvira Khan, who is Salman Khan’s sister, was a student of Sushilarani Patel. So I know Sushilarani in a way. I empathized with her and after her demise, I am saddened.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I offer my condolences.


[ Information about Sushilarani Patel and Baburao Patel is taken from several newspapers, YouTube and also from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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