Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 07 , 2016           08.20 P.M.

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

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 is now 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 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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Obituary :

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Rajesh Vivek  :

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Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, a.k.a. Rajesh Vivek will always be known as “GURAN”, one of the most popular characters of “Lagaan” [ 2001 ]. He later played various other famous characters like the postmaster in “Swades” [ 2004 ] .

He was first noticed and gained popularity as Ved Vyas in “Mahabharata” [ 1988 ]. His first film was Shyam Benegal’s “Junoon” [ 1978 ]. He also played Dr. Rajendra Prasad in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” [ 1982 ].

He died on January 13, 2016 at the age of 66 at Hyderabad, Telangana due to massive heart attack.

 

Anil Ganguly :

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 A very successful film director of 70s & early 80s, Anil Ganguly directed films like Jaya Bhaduri starrer “Kora Kagaz” [ 1974 ] , “Tapasya” [ 1975 ] . Both the films got National Award. His other famous film is  Anil Kapoor starrer ” Saaheb” [ 1985 ].
He died after brief illness on January 14, 2016 at the age of 82. His daughter Rupali Ganguly is famous TV actor.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 01

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1 – Jee Lene Do Ek Pal …………………………………………………………………. X

2 – School Teacher ……………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Tere Jism Se Jaan Tak ……………………………….. ………………………… X

4 – 27th December 1987 Final Match …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – January 08

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1 – Chauranga ……………………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

2 – Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure …………………………………….. X

3 – Private Teacher ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Rasik Balma ……………………………………………………………………………. X

5 – Wazir ……………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Nasirr Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. John Abraham [ S.A. ]

 

Third Week – January 15 
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1 -Apne Apne Phanday ………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Chalk N Duster ………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………………. Sameer Soni

………………………………………………………………………………….. Aarya Babbar

………………………………………………………………………… Divyajyotee Sharma

3 – Rebellious Flower …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Fourth Week  – January 22
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1 – Airlift  …………………………………………………………………. Ferena Wazeir

…………………………………………………………………………………. Kishan Kumar

2 – Jugni ………………………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 …………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

 

Fifth Week  – January 29
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1 – Mastizaade ……………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saala Khadoos ………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ye Kaisa Pal Do Pal Ka Pyaar …………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in January . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 05 ……………………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 11 ………………… persons , …………… 10  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Airlift ” .

Sanjay Suri , who is mentioned as an actor , is also the producer of ” Chauranga “.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Sankat Mochan Bal Hanuman “ on Sony TV .

2 – Danish Pandor is playing an important role in  ” Agent Raghav “ on & TV.

3 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in  ” Chakravartin Ashok Samrat “ on Colors TV.

 

 

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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Priyank Sharma  is playing a role in  ” Nuclear Sher “.

2 – Zoa Morani is playing a role in ” Nuclear Sher “.

3 – Rituka Tandon is playing a role in ” Mann Rangiya “.

4 – Asif Ali Beg is playing a role in ” The Dancing Donkey “.

 

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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Khalid is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Shan-E-Punjab ” .

2 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” KUV 100 ” .

 

My ………….. 02 …………… students in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of January 2016

My 11 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 04 student in 03 plays and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2016 comes to 20

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

PADMA SHRI

This year in 2016 my student Priyanka Chopra got Padma Shri. She is my second student to get this honour . Saif Ali Khan , who got it in 2010 , was the first.

SANSUI COLORS STARDUST AWARDS 

1 – Kartik Aryan : Best Actor in a Comic Role

2 – Varun Dhawan : Entertainer of the Year

 

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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 20 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’s Film Diary – October 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 07 , 2013           01.45 P.M.
Month of October 2013 will always be infamously known and remembered for ” Besharam “ , a Ranbir Kapoor film , which is the biggest ever Hindi film release till date with over 3000 prints . It is also Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest flop till date . It is said to be the desi version of Lock , Stock And Two Smoking Barrels ” .
” Boss “ , a Akshay Kumar film , also bombed at the box office . Towards the end of the month , 05 films got released but they all failed to make mark in any way .
It is sad and unfortunate that 5 luminaries of Hindi film world left us for their heavenly abode this month . It made this month more gloomy and melancholic .

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Obituary :

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Raj Tilak  : 

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Popular filmmaker of the 70s and 80s, and son-in-law of legendary B. R. Chopra , Raj Tilak passed away on October 06 , 2013 after suffering from septicaemia . He was 73 years old at the time of his death .

He made some highly popular films like ;  ” 36 Ghante ” [ 1974 ] , ” Mukti ” [ 1977 ] ,  ” Tumhare Liye ” [ 1978 ] and ” Chehre Pe Chehra ” [ 1981 ] .

His film ” 36 Ghante ” [ 1974 ] was based on William Wyler’s cult Hollywood film  ” The Desperate Hours ” [ 1955 ] . And ” Chehre Pe Chehra ” [ 1981 ]  was an Indian version of the famous novella of Robert Louis Stevenson ” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ”  .

Raj has directed bigwigs like Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha and Parveen Babi. He has been an active member of the Producers Guild too.

Krishna Shah :

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India’s first true export to Hollywood and a producer – director of repute , Krishna Shah died on October 13 , 2013 in Los Angeles , U.S.A. at the age of 75 .

He produced and directed many successful films in Hollywood . His first Indian film was Dharmendra & Zeenat Aman starrer ” Shalimar ” [ 1978 ] . Incidentally it was also the debut film of Rex Harrison in Hindi . He later made a documentary on Indian cinema . It is called ” Cinema Cinema ” [ 1979 ] .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Adieu Krishna Shah http://wp.me/ptyXI-3b5

Randhawa :

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Younger brother of Dara Singh and a wrestler of repute , Randhawa died on 21 October 2013 in Mumbai .

He worked in many films along with his brother and also had few solo starrers . His better known films are ” Faulad ” [ 1963 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Henna ” [ 1991 ] and ” Duplicate ” [ 1998 ] .

He married Mallika , younger sister of Mumtaz and his son Shaad Randhawa made his debut in Mahesh Bhat’s  ” Woh Lamhe ” [ 2006 ] .

Manna Dey :

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After the sad demise of Mohammad Rafi , Mukesh , Kishore Kumar , Hemant Kumar and Talat Mehmood , the last of the titans in the field of Hindi playback singing , Manna Dey died on October 24 , 2013 in Bengaluru at the age of 94 .

Who can forget his immortal melodies like ; ” Ae Mere Pyare Watan ……… ” , ” Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua ……………… ” , ” Aa Ja Sanam Madhur Chandani Men Ham ………………. ” , ” Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen ……………….. ” , ” Qasme Waade Pyaar Wafa……………… ” ” Ik Chatur Naar Karke Singar ……………………….. ” ” Yaari Hai Eemaan Meraa ……………………. ” and ” Ye Dosti Ham Nahin Chhodenge …………………………. ” ?

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him as tribute :

Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai http://wp.me/ptyXI-3b7

K. P. Saxena :

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Noted Hindi writer and a satirist of repute , K. P. Saxena died on October 31 , 2013 in Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh due to cardiac arrest . He was 81 at the time of his death .

A Padma Shri awardee , he wrote dialogues for couple of Hindi films . Notable among them are ; ” Lagaan ” [ 2001 ] , ” Swades ” [ 2004 ] , ” Hulchul ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jodha Akbar ” [ 2008 ] . He was also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue Writer for ” Jodha Akbar ” [ 2008 ] .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – October  04 ( 02 )

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1 – Besharam …………………………………………………………… Ranbir Kapoor

Second Week – October  11

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1 – Baat Bann Gayi ……………………………………………………. X

2 – War Chhod Na Yaar ……………………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

Third Week – October  18 ( 16 )

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1 – Boss ………………………………………………………………….. Harry Josh

2 – Shahid ………………………………………………………………. Vaibhav Vishant

Fourth Week  – October  25

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1 – Dilli Gang …………………………………………………………… Vikas Bhalla

2 – Micky Virus ……………………………………………………….. X

3 – Sooper Se Ooper …………………………………………………. X

4 – Wake Up India ……………………………………………………. Chirag Patil

5 – Ishk Actually ………………………………………………………. Rayo Bakhirta

 

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



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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is doing a role in  ” Swabhoomi “.

2 – Bengali : Ashmit Patel is doing a role in ” Swabhoomi ” .


My ………….. 02 ………………. students in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Rohit Khurana is playing an important role in  ” Sasural Simar Ka ” on Colors TV .

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing an important role in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .

3 – Tara Sharma is anchoring a new season of ” The Tara Sharma Show – Diaries Of A New Mum “ on NDTV Good Times .


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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Colgate  ” .

2 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Titan Raga Pearls ” .

3 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Sony Experia ” .

4 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Siyaram Suiting ” .

5 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nikon ” .


My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

As an acting trainer / acting tutor I had an average month . Not very satisfying indeed . My 07 students appeared in 07 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 02 students in 01 regional film , 03 students in 03 plays and 04 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of October comes to 19 .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students .

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

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Farewell Hangal Sahab : Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai ?


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 28, 2012           01.00 A.M.

Death of  Shri A. K. Hangal on August 26, 2012 at the age of 97 was almost expected . He was aged , frail and was suffering from multiple diseases . On August 13 , 2012 he fell in the bathroom of his flat and fractured his right femur bone . On August 16 he was admitted in Asha Parekh Hospital , Santacruz and after 10 days finally succumbed to his injury and other age related complications .

I wrote a blog about him when Hangal Sahab was alive . He hit the headlines for his poor health and penury . Industry people rushed to his succour . But his communist comrades , who are now shedding copious tears after his demise , kept distance and maintained stoic silence .

My Other Blog About Hangal Sahab : A. K. Hangal & His Communist Comrades wp.me/ptyXI-Rn via @VidurChaturvedi

Avtaar Veenit Kishan Hangal a.k.a. A. K. Hangal was an iconic father figure of Hindi cinema . He was first noticed in films like ; Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . I first saw him in ” Shagird “ , a Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu starrer .

Shagird

Cover of Shagird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Born in Sialkot , Pakistan , Hangal Sahab spent his childhood in Peshawar . He moved to Karachi before partition of India and was a tailor by profession . He joined theatre very early in his life . In 1949 he moved to India after spending 3 years in jail in Pakistan . In Mumbai he , along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi , joined IPTA [ Indian People’s Theatre Association ] and then in 1966 joined Hindi films at the age of 50 .

As stated earlier he started his film journey with ” Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . Later on he worked in films like ;Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , ” Guddi ” [ 1971 ] , ” Bawarchi ” [ 1972 ] , ” Abhimaan ” [ 1973 ] , ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] , ” Kora Kagaz ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , ” Balika Badhu ” [ 1976 ] , ” Aina ” [ 1977 ] , ” Satyam Shivam Sundaram ” [ 1978 ] , ” Basera ‘ [ 1981 ] , ” Kalyug ” [ 1981 ] , ” Kudrat ” [ 1981 ] , ” Naram Garam ” [ 1981 ] , ” Shaukeen ” [ 1982 ] , ” Avtaar ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sharaabi ” [ 1984 ] , ” Arjun ” [ 1985 ] , ” Bewafai ” [ 1985 ] , ” Meri Jung ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ram Teri Ganga Maili ” [ 1985 ] , ” Khoon Bhari Maang ” [ 1988 ] , ” Khalnayak ” [ 1993 ] and  ” Lagaan ” [ 2001 ] .

Rahim Chacha of Sholay

Rahim Chacha of Sholay

In Shaukeen with Ashok Kumar & Utpal Dutt

In Shaukeen with Ashok Kumar & Utpal Dutt

Lagaan - His Last Film

Lagaan – His Last Film

So from 1966 to his last film in 2001 , it was a 35 year-long and very successful film journey . He acted in almost 200 films .

During his last years , on February 08 , 2011 , he graced the ramp on a wheelchair for fashion designer Riyaz Ganji for his summer line .

Show Stopper for Riyaz Ganji

Show Stopper for Riyaz Ganji

His last appearance was a TV serial ” Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon ” [ 2012 ] . He gave his voice for Maharaja Ugrasen in animation film ” Krishna Aur Kans ” [ 2012 ] . So in a way his career span is 46 years .

The government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan in 2006 .

He lived an eventful life and must have left this world with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment .

Al-vidaah Rahim Chacha ! Your voice will always reverberate in my ears , ” Itna sannata kyon hai bhai ? ”

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 16 , 2012           05.00 P.M.

It is 35th edition of my film diary . Next month my film diary will complete 3 uninterrupted years .

I normally post my film diaries on the 1st of every month . This time I was in Manali and there was no network there, so could not post it as per my norm .

Re-producing tweets from the twitter-handle of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya *India* Fri 1.9 cr, Sat 2.5 cr, Sun 3.4 cr, Mon 1.5 cr, Tue 1.4 cr, Wed 1.2 cr. Total: Rs 11.9 cr nett. Rock-steady!

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya [Week 2] is maintaining very well, despite reduction in screens/shows. Fri 82 lacs. Total: Rs 13.82 cr nett.

Midweek BO: #PaanSinghTomar eclipses all releases, emerges winner! bit.ly/z7dlVX

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya collected Rs 3.77 cr nett, taking 10-day total to Rs 16.77 cr nett. Fri 87 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.7 cr. Rock-steady!

#JodiBreakers had a drastic fall in Weekend 2. Will entail heavy losses. Flop.

‘Will You Marry Me?’ has had an extremely poor opening weekend. Flop.

Despite reduction in shows on Thu [due to Holi], #PaanSinghTomar and #TNLHG were better/at par with Mon figures. Excellent!

#Kahaani 3rd weekend 5.5 cr. Total so far: Rs 48.55 cr nett. Extra-ordinary!

Overseas: #AgentVinod is a big disappointment http://bit.ly/Haomgv

#AgentVinod has Rs 38.65 cr nett Week 1, below the mark http://bit.ly/tsob

#Kahaani collected Rs 8.5 cr nett in Week 3, taking the 3-week total to Rs 51.55 cr nett. Super Hit.

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA review: bit.ly/w2iTxi – The entertaining 2nd half & hit music save it & make it a plus fare for Tips & UTV.

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA: Rs. 12.5 cr, JODI BREAKERS: Rs. 9 cr, AGNEEPATH crosses Rs. 125 cr. Box-Office wrap: bit.ly/yHvClL

Agent Vinod opens dull at many centres. Given the weak reports, seems headed for losses. Cost too high, collections low in comparison

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Obituary :

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Ravi

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A music director , who never got his rightful due , Ravi Sharma gave us some of the all time hits of Hindi film music .

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about Ravi Saheb :

Joy Mukherjee

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A popular star of 60s , Joy Mukherjee died in Mumbai recently .

Posting the link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

Joy Mukherjee : Some Sepia – Toned Memories http://wp.me/ptyXI-1Sd

Ashish Lakhia :

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Art director of films like ; ” Holi ” [ 1984 ] , ” Mirch Masala ” [ 1985 ] and ” Maya Memsaab ” [ 1992 ] , Ashish Lakhia died on March 11 , 2012 in Ahmedabad . He was 49 at the time of his death .

Aditya Lakhia [ Kachra of ” Lagaan ” ] is his brother and director Apoorva Lakhia is his cousin .

Apart from art direction of above mentioned films directed by Ketan Mehta , he made several documentary films also .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March  02

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1 – London Paris Newyork ……………………………………….. x

2 – Will You Marry Me ?  …………………………………………..x

3 – Paan Singh Tomar ……………………………………………… x

4 – Diary Of A Butterfly …………………………………………….. Udita Goswami

Second Week – March 09

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1 – Chaar Din Ki Chandni …………………………………………… Kulraj Randhawa

…………………………………………………………………………….. Samir Karnik

2 – Kahaani …………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiyani

Third Week – March 16

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1 – Zindagi Tere Naam ………………………………………………. x

2 – Anjunaa Beach ……………………………………………………. x

3 – Say Yes To Love ………………………………………………….. x

4 – Akkad Bakkad Bam Be Bol ……………………………………… x

5 – Love Possible ………………………………………………………. Shrishti Sharma

Fourth Week – March 23

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1 – Agent Vinod ………………………………………………………… Saif Ali Khan

………………………………………………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor

Fifth Week – March 30

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1 – Blood Money ……………………………………………………….. Mia Evonne Uyeda

2 – Bumboo ……………………………………………………………… x

3 – Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmi Bai …………………………………….. x


Out of all the  …………15 ………. films released in March  , there were …………. 08 ………. actors trained by me working in …….. 06 ……… films . Out of these ………. 08 ……….. students ……… 06 …….. are actors. ……… 01 ……..Samir Karnik is director and ……… 01 ………. Shekhar Ravjiyani is music director .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Mrunal Jain is playing an important role in ” Hitler Didi ”  on  Zee TV .

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My Association with ” Dhobi Ghat “


Today , on January 21, 2011 Aamir Khan‘s film Dhobi Ghat is releasing worldwide. Aamir Khan is known for his quality work and penchant for perfection. But Kiran Rao is unknown as for as her working style is concerned. So when I got a call from Advait Chandan , Kiran Rao’s Associate Director , for supervising the dubbing of the film, I was apprehensive initially. I was wary of a star wife, who is making her debut. I didn’t jump at the offer. But since Aamir Khan’s name was involved and in the credits of the film , he is billed as the producer as well as lead actor , I agreed to be part of the film.  After all, who will not be tempted to work with Aamir Khan ?

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I reached a studio in Bandra and met Kiran Rao. I must admit that after meeting her all my apprehensions disappeared and I was pleasantly surprised . Kiran Rao is so unassuming and easy-going girl that I developed an instant admiration for her. She introduced herself to me and then introduced me to her artiste Kriti Malhotra and other assistants and members of her technical team. I started my work. Kriti Malhotra started dubbing her part. You can see the studio and Kriti’s photo on the monitor in following photos.

Kiran Rao’s penchant for perfect accent of Uttar Pradesh and her insistence on details was a revelation. She was very particular about Urdu pronunciation also. She was insistent that accent of Uttar Pradesh should come clearly and prominently in the dialogues of Kriti , as she is playing a muslim girl from Uttar Pradesh. I am posting my photo with Kriti Malhotra.

I must admit that Kriti Malhotra is very hard-working girl, though she is not an actor by profession. She is a costume designer and lives in Pune and has never visited Uttar Pradesh. Despite the obvious handicaps, she worked hard and mastered the accent. I must say that Kiran Rao should also be congratulated because she had guts to cast a rank newcomer [ who is basically not an actor by profession ] in her debut film as a director.

From Bandra to Versova, dubbing continued in various dubbing studios and I got opportunity to know Kiran Rao personally. Now I admire her as a film maker.

Her Sound Designer and the whole technical team was fabulous. It was a nice working experience. I shall always be proud of the fact that I have an association with this amazing film called ” Dhobi Ghat .” I am yet to watch it completely, but I have gut feeling that after ” Lagaan ” , ” Taare Zameen par ” and ” Peepli [ Live ] ” , Aamir Khan has again a winner in his hands.

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Ode – 4 : To Anusha Rizvi


 

I wanted to write about Anusha Rizvi and her film ” Peepli [ Live ] ” ever since I watched the film. My initial reaction was of shock and awe. I was unable to believe that a journalist-turned-director, who is a first timer, can make such a poignant film about rural India. It is so well-written and treated with such a sensitive way that after the film gets over, you are unable to believe that the story of Natha is over. It speaks volumes about the legendary conviction of Aamir Khan also, who backed the film to the hilt and saw to it that it gets a mainstream release. But had the film been a mediocre one, any amount of publicity, any amount of hype would have been gone awry. So in my opinion, the stupendous success does not stand only at the door of  the producer of ” Peepli [Live ] ” . Aamir Khan deserves full marks for agreeing to produce the film. He should be congratulated for having implicit faith in a debutante and a wannabe director Anusha Rizvi. But Anusha Rizvi also deserves distinction marks because she could justify the faith imposed in her by her star producer and his banner.

 

THE PRESENT BANNER OF AAMIR KHAN PRODUCTIONS

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She becomes the second Indian, after Satyajit Ray, whose debut film is going to the Oscars. Isn’t it incredible? ” Pather Panchali ” and ” Peepli [ Live ] ”  have few things in common. Both the films are the debut films of their directors and both the films depict the story of rural India. Recent Hindi films have been city centric and since the new crop of the directors are ignorant of our rural ethos, their films are based in urban India and they cater to urban people only. ” Peepli [ Live ] ” beaks this rule and that too quite poignantly and successfully. Like Satyajit Ray’s ” Pather Panchali ” it portrays rural India’s poverty, misery and simple way of life. It portrays the forgotten village life of India’s approximately 5,75,000 villages.

 

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Rural India has fascinating stories to tell and this debutante director Anusha Rizvi decides to tread the unbeaten path and succeeds impressively like her predecessor legendary Satyajit Ray.

 

Satyajit Ray.

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Aamir Khan is also unique in a way that his first film as a producer ” Lagaan ”  was a village-centric film. It was India’s official entry to the Oscars and it was selected also in the foreign films category. Only 5 Indian films have qualified for the Oscars so far. incidentally ” Peepli [ Live ] ”  is Aamir’s 4th film, which is selected for the Oscars – ” Lagaan” ,  ” Rang De Basanti “,  ” Taare Zameen Par ” and now ” Peepli [ Live ] “.

 

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I have become a huge fan of Anusha Rizvi and wish her all the success !

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2010


Its September and ” Dabangg “ is creating history at the box office.It becomes the second highest grosser of all times. It is next only to ” 3 Idiots “.

To emphasise my points and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Midweek B.O.: ‘We Are Family’ under-performs, has Rs. 14.2 cr. weekend

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‘We Are Family’ Update II: Thu: Rs. 2.7 cr., Fri: Rs. 3 cr., Sat: Rs. 4 cr., Sun: Rs. 4.5 cr. The jump in business is missing.

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Okay, for those curious to know how many screens ‘Dabangg’ opens in India, well, the number is 1584 screens.

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‘Dabangg’ Update: Biggest opening so far [amongst 2010 releases] in Rajasthan.

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UAE Update: ‘Dabangg’ 1 million Dirhams. Creates history.

FRIDAY TOTAL: ‘Dabangg’ Rs. 14.5 cr. ‘3 Idiots’ Rs. 13 cr.

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‘Dabangg’ I: Has shattered all records and emerged the biggest opener ever. Has crossed the opening weekend business of ‘3 Idiots’.

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‘Dabangg’ Monday Rs. 10 cr., Fri to Mon total Rs. 58.5 cr. nett. ‘3 Idiots’ Thu previews to Monday was Rs. 52 cr. nett.

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Dabangg emerges the biggest opener ever of Hindi cinema. Collected approx Rs 81 cr. nett in Week 1, overtaking the Week 1 total of 3 Idiots

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‘Inception’ is Incredible. Has set a new record for Hollywood films at Indian boxoffice. Completed 50 days at 45 plexes across the country.

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Luckily there were no deaths in the industry this month.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – September 03

1 – We Are Family……………………………………….Kareena Kapoor
………………………………………………………………Arjun Rampal

2 – The Film Emotional Atyachar………………………x

3 – Mallika………………………………………………..Sammir Dattani
……………………………………………………………..Himanshu Mallik
……………………………………………………………..Pooja Ballutia

Second Week – September 10

1 – Dabangg………………………………………………Sonu Sood
……………………………………………………………..Arbaaz Khan

Third Week – September 17

1 – Life Express……………………………………….Divya Dutta

Fourth Week – September 24

1 – Ek Aadat……………………………………………x

In total ..6… films got released this month. Out of these..6….films , my …..8……students were there in….4….films. Out of these ..8….students …7… are actors,and …1…..Arbaz Khan is the producer & actor both.

News This month :
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1 – Amitabh Bachchan got National Award for ” Paa ” as Best Actor . His 4th after ” Saat Hindustani “, ” Agnipath ” and ” Black ” .

2 – The Film Federation of India selected Aamir Khan‘s ” Peepli [ Live ] “ as India’s official entry for the oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.

3 – ” Peepli [ Live ] ” is the fourth Aamir Khan film that is going to the Oscars after ” Lagaan ” , ” Rang De Basanti ” and ” Taare Zameen Par ” .

4 – ” Peepli [Live ] “ got Best Feature Film Award at the Durban Film Festival.

5 – ” Peepli [ Live ] ” had won Anusha Rizvi the Best Debutante Director Award at the Sundance Festival .

6 – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences have approached Prakash Jha for acquiring the sceenplay of ” Raajneeti ” .

7 – Mani Ratnam was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmaker Award at the 67th Venice Film Festival for ” Raavanan ” , the Tamil version of ” Raavan ” .

8 – The government has lifted the ban on Satyajit Ray’s 1971 documentary film on Sikkim, after almost 35 years after its imposition.

9 – ONV Kurup [ Lyricist of Malayalam films like ” Madhanolsavam ” and his latest ” Pazhasi Raja ” ] and Shahryar [ Lyricist of ” Umrao Jaan ” & ” Gaman ” ] got Jnanpith Award for the year 2007 and 2008 respectively.

10 – Udan wins Best Film Award at the Houston Film Festival.

Trivia
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1 – Dev Anand , Yash Chopra , Lata Mangeshkar and Ranbir Kapoor celebrated their birthday this month.

National Awards & Me
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57th National Film Awards were announced on September 16th . None of my students won National Awards this year. But there are 3 films, which got awards and in these films my 5 students were there as actors. I am proud to be part of following 3 National Award winning films. These films are :

1 – ” 3 Idiots ” [ Most Popular Film ]…………..Kareena Kapoor

2 – ” Delhi 6 ” [ National Integration ]…………Sonam Kapoor

3 – ” Well Done Abba ” [ Social Issues ]………………….Sammir Dattani ,
………………………………………………………………………..Minissha Lamba ,
………………………………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

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