Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           June 14, 2015           12.45 P.M.

[ DECLARATION : With my April, 2015 Film Diary, I completed 6th year of Vidur’s Film Diary. May 2015 is the beginning of the 7th year of Vidur Film Diary.

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 Stanislavski 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 . 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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 Sudha Shivpuri :

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Sudha Shivpuri , known as BAA of ” Kyunki …… Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 – 2008 ], died on May 20th , 2015 in Mumbai. She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

She made her film debut with Basu Chatterjee‘s ” Swami ” [ 1977 ] and went on to act in films like ” Insaaf Ka Tarazu “, ” Hamari Bahu Alka “, ” Sawan Ko Aane Do “, ” Sun Meri Laila “, ” The Burning Train “, ” Vidhaata ” and ” Maya Memsaab ” [ 1993 ].

Thereafter she shifted to television and acted in serials like ” Aa Bail Mujhe Maar “, ” Rajni ” [ 1985 ], ” Missing “, ” Rishtey ” , ” Sarhadein ” and ” Bandhan “. Her big break in television came in 2000, when she was asked to perform the role of ‘Baa’, the old mother-in-law, in the TV serial Kyunki ………. Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

She has done other shows like Kasamh Se, and Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil.

In 2003 she acted in the Hindi film Pinjar, based on Amrita Pritam‘s famous novel.

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009 for her Acting in Theatre.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 01

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1 – Gabbar Is Back ……………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………… Narendra Jetley

2 – Sabki Bajegi Band ………………………………………………………………….. X

Second Week – May 08

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1 – Piku …………………………………………………………………. Akshay Oberoi

2 – Kuch Kuch Locha Hai …………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Makad Jaala ………………………………………………………………………….. X

Third Week – May 15
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1 -Bombay Velvet ………………………………………………….. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………….. Anushka Sharma

Fourth Week  – May 22
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1 – Tanu Weds Manu Returns ……………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………. Eijaz Khan

2 – Main Hoon ( Part Time ) Killer ………………………………………… X

3 – Surkhaab …………………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Extraordinaari …………………………………………………………………. X

Fifth Week  – May 29
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1 – Welcome 2 Karachi ……………………………………………………….. X

2 – P Se PM Tak ………………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

3 – I Love Desi ……………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Chor Bazaari ………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Madmast Barkhaa …………………………………………………………. X

6 – Ishqedarriyaan ……………………………………………………………… X

In total …………… 16 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 16 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 08 ……… persons , ………. 07 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 01 ………… Dhaval Gada is the co-producer of  ” P Se PM Tak ” .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Katrina Kaif  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Vimal Paan Masala ” .

2 – Saif Ali Khan  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Spunk ” .


My ………….. 02 …………… students in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaign .

My 08 students appeared in 05 films and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads . Thus total number of students working in the month of May 2015 comes to 10. 

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

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My Association With ” O Teri “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2014           11.45 A.M.

 

I thought to write this blog and post it on March 28, 2014, when Atul Agnihotri produced film ” O Teri “ got released. But I was unable to accomplish my wish because of two factors. First was the coming national elections of the 16th Lok Sabha and the second was the incessant and gruelling work pressure of my acting institute.

2014 Indian general election  were conducted in 9 phases from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 2014 and the results of the election were declared on 16 May 2014. So watching evening and night news on various channels became a must and I was not able to sit and write my blog. Night after night, I sat in front of television set totally engrossed in the election news. As per my habit, I am not interested only in the new batch of my acting institute like few upstart and wannabe acting trainers. I have my social, political and national duties, commitments and obligation to fulfill too.

Then there were work related issues. These days I don’t even find time for lunch. Morning, evening and special classes take all my working hours and it is simply not possible to fit in some time for writing blogs in a  10 hour-long working day. So this much delayed blog is being posted today.

” O Teri “ got released on March 28, 2014 in approximately 1000 theatres across India. As per industry trade pundits it met with mixed response. But this Atul Agnihotri produced and Umesh Bist directed film is very close to my heart.

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With Mr. Atul Agnihotri, Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I am very close to producer Atul Agnihotri and his family. I have worked with his wife Alvira Agnihotri also. His sister-in-law Arpita Khan is also close to me. Atul ji is kind enough to call me whenever he wants an acting trainer for his actors. I worked with Hazel Keech for his ” Bodyguard “. I was again called by him to conduct acting workshop for the lead actors of his new venture  ” O Teri “. As required, I started acting workshop with Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi in Atul ji’s office.

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

With Mr. Atul Agnihotri in His Office

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With Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

I first trained Pulkit Samrat, when I was working with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor. After completion of the training, Pulkit was chosen for the role of  Lakshya in Ekta Kapoor’s mega serial  ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2006 ]. I, again worked with him privately in 2007 when he quit ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi “, and was searching for work. 6 years later, I worked with him briefly for ” Fukrey ” [ 2013 ]. So when I was called to train him for ” O Teri “, I was very happy. Thus with Pulkit Samrat, it is a 9-year old relationship. His fiance Shweta Rohira is also my student. Pulkit, unlike some other stars of his generation, is very hard-working and always smiling up – coming super star.

 

With Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

With my Wife, Pulkit Samrat & Amit Kapoor in a Party

 

Bilal Amrohi was new to me. I was pleasantly surprised, when I got to know that he is grandson of legendary producer – director late Kamal Amrohi. He is very emotional, yet he has impeccable comic – timing.

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With Bilal Amrohi in the office of Mr. Atul Agnihotri

” O Teri “ is special to me for one more reason. One day I came to know that my son’s friend G. J. Singh has been signed as the music director of ” O Teri “ and his brother Jas a.k.a. Jaspreet is singing songs in the film. They met me one day and made me listen one particular song. It immediately caught my attention because of its very catchy tune and peppy lyrics. Song in question was ” ………….. Ummbakkum Ummbakkum ……………… “. I asked them, “who has written the lyrics?”  They told me that the lyricist is none other but my son Abhinav Chaturvedi. I was surprised. My son made this baby step without my help. And thank God! he never allowed himself to be degraded for getting work. Unlike some uncouth revellers, who, to get a B-grade film, became factotum and doormat of their own student, he never allowed himself to become subservient to anyone.

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With my Son Abhinav Chaturvedi in 2011

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Abhinav Chaturvedi in April 2014

Irrespective of the box office verdict of ” O Teri “, I am happy to be associated with the film. Apart from Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Agnihotri, with whom I am so close, ” O Teri “ also has Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Jaspreet, G. J. Singh and my son Abhinav. They all are closely associated with ” O Teri “.

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With Playback Singer Jaspreet

” O Teri “ remains and will always remain a special film for me. To commemorate ” O Teri “, I made a video and up-loaded the same on YouTube.

Vidur Club News Video 3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” :

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned students and the team of ” O Teri “.

VIDUR Editing Studio, VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise would also like to wish them well.

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER  01, 2012           00.30 A.M.
Throughout September , Ek Tha Tigerkept on raking money , though the fury was subsided . The film is almost nearing the lifetime collection of3 Idiots ” .
Month of September , apart from ” Ek Tha Tiger ” ,  gave us 2 superhit films .Raaz 2 was first hit of the month . AndBarfi was a critical and commercial success . 3 super hits in a row and in a month is such a good thing for crisis ridden Hindi film industry .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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Now good news! #Joker may be a disaster of epic proportions everywhere, but it’s breaking records in Fiji. Bigger hit than #Don2 there!

#EkThaTiger [Week 3] Tue 87 lacs. Total: 193.09 cr nett.

#Murder2 *1st Week* 36.5 cr… #Jannat2 *1st Week* 35.55 cr…#Raaz3 expected to collect 33 cr – 36 cr in just *opening weekend*. Bravo

#Raaz3 collected Rs 55.25 cr nett in Week 1, which is *higher* than the lifetime business of several Emraan Hashmi hits. Wow!

#EkThaTiger 4th Week: Fri 42 lacs, Sat 77 lacs, Sun 1.12 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 31 lacs, Wed 30 lacs, Thu 28 lacs. Grand total: 198.39 cr.

#EkThaTiger heads towards 200 cr… #Raaz3 is biggest hit of Bhatts… #Barfi opens to fab response… Bollywood shining!

#Barfi earns the respect of the audience and critics. #Barfi wows Boxoffice. #Barfi stakes claim on awards. Salute!

#Barfi Fri *est* 9.20 cr nett. Limited shows at plexes. Excellent!

#Raaz3 [2nd Week] Fri *est* 2.25 cr. Grand total: 57.50 cr nett.

#Barfi Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr. Total: 20.70 cr nett. Sat witnesses 30% to 40% jump in several circuits. Limited shows at plexes. Superb!

#Raaz3 is a Blockbuster, in view of nominal costs on one hand and revenue generated from India theatrical+Sat+Music+Overseas on the other.

#Barfi *revised* Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr, Sun 13.90 cr. Total: 34.60 cr nett.

In exactly a month, Bollywood witnesses 3 major Hits – #EkThaTiger, #Raaz3 and now #Barfi. Bollywood Shining!

#EkThaTiger collected 72 lacs in its 5th Week. Grand total: 199.11 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.

#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.

#Heroine Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr. Total: Rs 32 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.10 cr. Grand total: 82.55 cr nett.

#Heroine Weekend 25 cr, Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr, Wed 2.7 cr, Thu 2.4 cr. Total: 37.1 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Weekend 17.1 cr, Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.1 cr, Wed 2.6 cr, Thu 2.5 cr. Grand total: 87.15 cr nett.

Barfi! opens to excellent houses in multiplexes.

Opening of Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal horrifyingly poor. Shows in multiplexes of raipur had to be canceld due to absence of audience!!

Bad times for Bollywood. Heroine entails 10 crore loss; KDM proves a big disaster; OMG fails to pick up at many centres after a dull start.

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Obituary :

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Dinesh Thakur : 

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An iconic figure in the world of Hindi stage , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 .

During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

He starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

Posting a link of the blog , which I have written as his obituary : Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call wp.me/ptyXI-2kx

 

Rajen Kothari :

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 An ace cameraman of films like ; ” Hip Hip Hurray ” [ 1984 ] , ” Damul ” [ 1985 ] , ” Dacait ” [ 1987 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1988 ] , ” Ghayal ” [ 1990 ] , ” Ghatak ” [ 1996 ]  , ” Zubeidaa ” [ 2001 ] , ” Bose , The Forgotten Hero ” [ 2005 ] , and ” Welcome To Sajjanpur ” [ 2008 ] , Rajen Kothari died of cardiac arrest on September 27 , 2012 .

He was 60 at the time of his death . His son Pratik Kothari is my student .

 

M. S. Shinde :

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M. S. Shinde , an editor , who edited immortal classic ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , died in penury on September 28, 2012 at the age of 83 .

Apart from ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , he edited more than 100 hit films like ; ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Seeta Aur Geeta ” [ 1972 ] , ” Sagar ” [ 1985 ] and ” Ram Jaane ” [ 1995 ] .

It is very sad that he had to spend his last days in PMGP colony Dharavi and had to face financial troubles .


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 07

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1 – Raaz 2 …………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Chal Pichchur Banate Hain ………………………… X

3 – Riwayat …………………………………………………. X

Second Week – September 14

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1 – Barfi ………………………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Qayamat Hi Qayamat ………………………………… X

3 – Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal ……………………………. Hazel Crowney

4 – The Lost Tape ………………………………………….. X

Third Week – September 21

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1 – Heroine …………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………… Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………… Divya Dutta

Fourth Week  – September 28

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1 – OMG  Oh My God ! ………………………………………. Poonam Jhawar

2 – Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal ………………………….. X



In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. actors , who are trained by me .


 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Veebha Anand  is appearing in a TV show ” Kairi “ on  Colors TV.

2 – Atishri Sarkar is appearing in a TV show ” Savdhan India “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in  ” Some Times ” .

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

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Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  23, 2012           11.55 P.M.

An iconic figure of the world of Hindi theatre , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 due to kidney failure .

Born , brought up and educated in Delhi , he moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and started working in films . During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

Mere Apne

Mere Apne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajnigandha

Rajnigandha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kalicharan

Kalicharan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meera

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fiza

Fiza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He also starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

Play - Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

Play – Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

I am lucky that I had a personal relationship with Mr. Dinesh Thakur . I approached him for work during my struggling days . He was kind enough to give me roles in two plays . They were ” Azar Ka Khwab ” and ” Tughlaq ” . I got much exposure in stage craft while working with him . Apart from being a wonderful director , he used to design his sets also . I particularly remember sets of his play ” Tughlaq ” .

Even after I stopped working with him , I kept on bumping into him quite often . Last I met him in 2011 in the house of a student during Ganapati festival . He was looking frail and was not keeping well but he greeted me warmly . Little did I realize that I was meeting him for the last time . One year later during this Ganapati in 2012 , he is gone forever .

Rest In Peace sir ! You taught me some finer points in acting and stage craft . It is sad that one more titan is lost forever . Going to Prithvi Theatre will never be same again .

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