Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 28, 2017           11.50 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. In all these 8 years, unlike so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Institutes of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Trainers of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of the World”, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity and belligerence.

Surprisingly “Top Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Institutes of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Trainers of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of the World” are conspicuous by their absolute silence on this front.  ]

 

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 / 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 , please watch my videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the link : www.youtube.com/ividur

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2016 is gone. It has been a watershed year in my career. In total 06 students of mine made debut in 2016 as lead actors. 05 in films and 01 student made debut in a serial. Here is the list :
1 – SHEKHAR RAVJIANI = [ 2016 Neerja ]
2 – PRAKASH JHA  = [ 2016 Jai Gangaajal ]
3 – SAIYAMI KHER = [ 2016 Mirzya ]
4 – DIVYA SINGH = [ 2016 Ishq Junoon ]
5 – ARRMAAN RALHAN = [ 2016 Befikre ]

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1 – KRISH PATHAK  – [ 2016 P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke – Serial ]

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Obituary :

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Ajit Varman

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Also known as Ajit Singh Varman or Ajit Verman, was a talented Hindi film music director, who died on December 15, 2016 at the age of 69.
He worked with Govind Nihlani in films like; “Aakrosh” [ 1980 ] , “Vijeta” [ 1982 ] & “Ardh Satya” [ 1983 ] and with Mahesh Bhatt in films like; “Saaransh” [ 1984 ] & “Janam” [ 1985 ].
 
Abis Rizvi
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On December 31, 2016 , when the world was celebrating the arrival of 2017, this young film maker and builder was gunned down by terrorists in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, where he went to usher in new year.
Abis Rizvi was the CEO of Rizvi Builders. He also produced a Hindi film called; ” Roar : Tigers of the Sunderbans ” [ 2014 ].

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Hindi Films in December & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – December 02

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1 – Kahani 2 ……………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………………………… Jugal Hansraj

 

Second Week – December 09

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1 – Befikre ……………………………………………………………… Arrmaan Ralhan

………………………………………………………………………………… Shekhar Ravjiani

 

Third Week – December 16 
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1 – Wajah Tum Ho …………………………………………………. Rajneish Duggall

………………………………………………………………………. Gurmeet Chaoudhary

………………………………………………………………………………… Krishan Kumar

 

Fourth  Week – December 23 
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1 – Dangal …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

In total ………..……… 04 ………..….. films got released in December 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 04 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , …………… 05 ……… are actors and among the remaining …………. 02 ……………….. Shekhar Ravjiani is the Music Director of ” Befikre “ and Krishan Kumar is the Co-Producer of  ” Wajah Tum Ho ” .

 

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TV Trivia in December & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Samriddha Bawa is playing lead in ” Ek Shringaar Swabhimaan ” on Colors TV.

2 – Vinay Jain is playing an important role in ” Ek Shringaar Swabhimaan ” on Colors TV.



My …………. 02 ………….. students in ………… 01 ………….TV show .

 

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Commercials in December & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Varun Dhawan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Buffalow ” fashion brand.

1 – Hritik Roshan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Nirma “ washing powder.

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

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Summary of December 2016

My 07 students appeared in 03 films , 02 students in 01 TV show and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of December 2016 comes to 11

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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 11 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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FTII : Skeletans Tumble Down


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 12, 2015           11.50P.M.

Till date I have written 3 blogs about FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] Pune. I think this prestigious (?) and premier (?) institute will not be my topic again, at least not in recent future. But if it is prestigious (?) and premier (?) , how can it not seek my attention?

Gajendra Singh row refuses to subside. Each day a new celebrity crows his neck out and dishes out his pious views on this prestigious (?) and premier (?) institute, which has dubious distinction of spearheading more than 50 strikes till date.

Today, while watching news, I came across valuable (?) view of Raj Kumar Rao, who used to be Raj Kumar Yadav. May be according to him being Yadav is not upmarket or glamorous enough, so he got a brand new nomenclature. He opined that students of FTII deserve a Chairman, whom they should look up to.

Wow !! My memory went few years back and intruded into the holy precincts of FTII, when Mr. Rao, as a worthy alumnus of this prestigious (?) and premier (?) institute, used to roam around in the campus. In those pious and holy days Shri Paintal was Head of Department of Acting. He used to call many past alumnus / alumna as guest lecturers. Shri Paintal even called two of my students, who were novice, upstart and inexperienced. Mr. Rao or his other worthy friends never raised their voices against them. All the vocal commies and their friends from AISA were also silent. Mr. Rao also have no objection when these two upstarts mention his name in their website and claim that he has been trained by them in their Mumbai based institute. Mr. Rao and his friends can look up to novices roaming around as Acting Trainers but they can’t tolerate a Chairman , who according to them is a symbol of saffronisation. I denounce these bunch of hypocrites. If they agitate for better trainers, I can understand. But don’t want to even listen to them if they poke their nose in administrative matters.

These filmi Che Guevaras should be weeded out of this breeding ground of communism, known as FTII.

After I finished writing, I read this old news item published in India Express. It substantiates my point. So I am putting it here. Links of my 3 previous blogs are also given here.

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For 13 years, no convocation held at FTII

For over 13 years now, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has not held any convocation to give away degrees. The premier film institute of the nation held its last one December 14, 1997. An RTI query by The Indian Express reveals.Since the last convocation, 177 students have passed FTII courses and though all of them got their certificates, none received them at a podium, at a convocation. In fact, in the last 50 years, only 21 convocations have been held.

Confirming this, FTII director Iftikar Ahmed says, “The set-up at FTII is different. A mere convocation doesn’t decide the merit of students who complete courses here. The main objective is to provide the best training and we have been doing that. Convocation is a minor aspect. In fact, we issue degrees even to students who leave courses midway.”

Ahmed reminds that even before the last convocation in 1997, there was an eight-year hiatus. “The 21st convocation, which was the last, was marred by an unpleasant incident where students wore black armbands and carried placards on stage. It prompted director Mahesh Bhatt to resign as FTII president and veteran actor Dilip Kumar to lash out against ‘this blatant washing of dirty linen in public,'” said Ahmed.

He agrees though that there have been a lot of issues over the last 12 years that have pushed the convocation to the background. “The most important is expansion at FTII. Eight new courses have been introduced in the last 13 years and faculty members have come down. Back then, we had four courses and 55 teachers. Now, for all the courses, we have 20 teachers. During the transition after introduction of new courses and a change in the management, issues like convocation were pushed aside.”

Retired professor of the Film Appreciation Course, Suresh Chabbria, feels that a convocation gives an institute an academic feel and the fact that it has not been held for so long is something that needs to be looked into. “In fact, back in the 60s and 70s, they were regular. Things did change later with courses being overshot and students leaving midway,” he said.

National award winner Dilip Ghosh, former president of the GraFTII, the alumni association, says it is wrong for the institute to punish an entire batch for a few students who did not complete their courses on time. “In 1981, when I was studying direction at the institute, we had a proper convocation. It would be unfair for anyone to say convocations do not happen as courses are delayed or even for that matter students do not ask for them.”

Students of the current batches at the institute say that with issues like completion of the courses on time and shortage of equipment and infrastructure they face, convocation is an issue they have not raised. “That doesn’t mean we do not want one,” says former president of the student body and winner of the national award for direction course, Tathagatha Singha. “It’s just that with these other issues we deal with, the convocation takes a backseat.” he adds.

Actor Mohan Aghashe, who was the director of the institute when the last convocation was conducted, says the attitude of students also needs to be questioned. “When they come here after beating scores of other applicants, they should ask for convocations at the end of the course.”

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May God bless them with some intellect so they can read the writing on the wall. If according to them, it is saffronisation, they should learn to live with it.

[ I have quoted an old article of Indian Express. I express gratitude. ] 

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An Open Letter To FTII Alumna / Alumnus


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 18, 2015           00.30 A.M.

Dear Alumna / Alumnus of FTII, Pune !

I have already written 2 blogs about the FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] , Pune. 1st blog was written on March 28, 2010. It was about the declining and deteriorating standards of FTII. The 2nd one was written on October 28, 2012. It was about hubris and high-handed behaviour of students of FTII. Today I am forced to write 3rd blog about FTII.

I am reading in newspapers that alumnus of this so-called premier institute are agitated against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, the newly appointed FTII Chief. Nearly 150 students boycotted classes today and continued their protest for the 5th day.

According to Harishankar Nachimuthu, the President of Student’s Union of FTII, Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment is a conspiracy to saffronise this prestigious ( ? ) institute. He states that he is not going to accept Shri Gajendra Chauhan as Chief of FTII. May I demand to know, who is seeking his acceptance or concurrence?

I came to know that several past students [ who are jobless since time immemorial ] are holding meeting in Mumbai and threatening central government that they will fight against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, “a Narendra Modi stooge” till the end. According to them he lacks stature and administrative experience. May I demand to know, who the hell are they to decide, whether Shri Chauhan has the required stature or not?

In the past Mr. Shyam Benegal, Mr. Mrinal Sen, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, Mr. Girish Karnad, Mr. Vinod Khanna, Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy and Mr. Saeed Mirza have served as Chairman of the Governing Council of FTII.  They were appointed by the government of the day. Shri Gajendra Chauhan is also appointed by present central government.

I fail to understand, how can students demand to have a say in the appointment of Chief of FTII. Moreover, what stake do past students have in the affairs of their Alma Mater? Why are they agitated? Why are they threatening to “fight till the end”?

Students and alumnus of this so-called prestigious institute should realize that their job is to get trained and not to decide about the governing council chief or other administrative matters of the institute. They must realize that the golden days of Shri Roshan Taneja are over. Their activism fails to produce a single actor of the calibre of ASHOK KUMAR, MOTI LAL, DILIP KUMAR, BALRAJ SAHNI, SANJEEV KUMAR, AMITABH BACHCHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, AMIR KHAN, HRITIK ROSHAN or RANBIR KAPOOR. None of the above mentioned actors are the alumnus of FTII. I also fail to find among your alumna, any actress of the stature of NARGIS, MEENA KUMARI, MADHUBALA, GEETA BALI, VYJAYANTIMALA, WAHEEDA REHMAN, REKHA or KAJOL. And you people are talking about the calibre of Gajendra Chauhan.

I appeal to the alumnus of FTII to first become a world-class actor and then try to be an activist. The most important FTII alumnus and your biggest inspiration NASEERUDDIN SHAH is busy doing “world-class” ( ? ) films like “Sona Spa” and ” Jackpot” and you people are pontificating on the calibre of Shri Gajendra Chauhan and threatening Shri Narendra Modi.

And now a word for failed ex students of FTII. You have no business to meddle in the affairs of your alma mater if you are still struggling to make a mark. No one needs your activism. You roam around in the alleys of Mumbai with stinking body, wilting faces, faded attires and dead and gloomy eyes. I pity your rancid existence and failed journey of life. The government of the day doesn’t need or seek your approval. Leave your hubris. You are not doing any favour to us or humanity if you are an ex students of FTII.

Let me make it clear that your agitation is politically motivated. All the right thinking people know it. If it is not so, why people like Anand Patwardhan and other known left-liberals are joining your band wagon? Why students of JNU [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University ] , a breeding ground of leftist and pseudo seculars, are joining your protest? What stake have they in the FTII?

Instead of protesting against Gajendra Chauhan, try to check the deterioration in the quality of the institute. May I demand to know why “for a 3 year programme, there have been students floating around the campus since 2008? May be they will graduate only when their creative juices start flowing.[ verbatim quote from Hindustan Times – Dated June 17, 2015 – Page 11 / also read the editorial ” The World’s not a stage at the FTII – Page 12]

You resist every change and want to run the institute as per your whims and fancies. When UPA appointed committee suggested running the institute on public-private partnership, you people protested. When UPA tried to make the syllabus more contemporary, you started indefinite strike. UPA government headed by Congress was not saffronising the institute. So it is clear that protests and strikes are in your DNA.

Dear alumnus, if you feel or suspect that the appointment of Shri Gajendra Chauhan is a conspiracy to saffronise FTII, I suggest that you should learn to live with it as soon as possible. It will be better for your future, your health and your well-being.

We have seen enough of your hubris. We have tolerated enough of your pseudo intellectual hypocrisy. It is time to say, ” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH “.

 

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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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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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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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A Tale of Two Acting Institutes : FTII & NSD


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

I start my blog with salutations to Shri Roshan Taneja , Ex Head of FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] and Ebrahim Alkazi , Ex Head of NSD [ National School of Drama ] .

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

Then I proceed to submit that apart from above mentioned two giants of Acting Training , I don’t like the present dispensation of these so-called premiere acting institutes of India .

Let me take their case one by one .

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA :

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This so-called premiere school boasts of the alumni , which could be the dream of any Acting Trainer of India . This famous theatre training institute was established in 1959 in New Delhi by the Sangeet Natak Akademi . In 1975 it became an independent school .

National School of Drama

National School of Drama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First batch of NSD was passed out in 1961 . After this Ebrahim Alkazi took over the reigns and helmed the affair of the school from 1962 to 1977 . It was the golden period of NSD .

In 2008 , though the NSD celebrated its Golden Jubilee , but the shine  , the sheen had gone . I fail to understand the attitude of the present day students of NSD . They think that since they have done an acting course from NSD , so the whole world should invariably acknowledge their eminence . They behave as if whole universe is indebted to them because they have done two years training in NSD . Their immortal arrogance precede their mortal body . This is precisely the reason that they are not very successful in Hindi Film Industry .

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This premier film acting institute was established in 1960 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Government of India . The present campus is situated in the holy precincts of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company , Pune .

Notable alumni

I do agree that this an enviable list . Any Acting Trainer of India can die for such illustrious students . But what is the present condition ? Why this institute is unable to churn such illustrious students any more ? What happened after Shri Roshan Taneja’s departure ?

Can any one answer ? NSD and FTII were successful with enviable record during the tenure of Shri Ebrahim Alkazi and Shri Roshan Taneja respectively . After their departure mediocrity started ruling and these glorious institutions became just buildings , just structures .

Great institutions are governed by great minds , giant personalities . They can’t be run by upstarts and dwarfs . I can’t comment much about NSD but I know the root cause of the deterioration and subsequent demise of FTII . After departure of Shri Roshan Taneja , every Tom , Dick & Harry rushed to FTII and became Acting Trainers . In front of 10 / 20 captive students they proclaimed themselves as the incarnation of Constantin Stanislavski . People managing the affairs of FTII had and have no vision . They employed every wannabe , every upstart , every so-called veteran actors as Acting Coach and these frustrated Dilip Kumars and Amitabh Bachchans ruined the great FTII .

The decadence is apparent , degeneration is palpable and death is imminent . I have one student in the current batch of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , who has completed two years acting course from FTII . She is beautiful and is definitely talented . But because of wrong training , she is struggling in my class . She is not at fault . Fault lies at the door of their trainers , who proclaim themselves as the reincarnation of Constantin Stanislavski and dish out half – baked knowledge . It never happened during the tenure of Shri Roshan Taneja .

Is there any remedy ? Will these two institutes be able to come out of ICU ? Can there be another Ebrahim Alkazi and Roshan Taneja ?

On behalf of myself and on behalf of all the students of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters and whole family of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray to the almighty for the long life of NSD and FTII ! May the future be more glorious and shining than the illustrious past !

[ List of the alumni of FTII is taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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Sunny Leone & Jism 2 : The Unkown Truth


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 03 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

Today on August 03 , 2012 , Sunny Leone made her much publicized , much-anticipated Hindi film debut in Jism 2 “ . She created lots of curiosity and got huge media coverage . I came to know about her when she appeared as one of the inmates in ” Bigg Boss – Season 5 ” in 2011.

Porn star Sunny Leone at the 2007 Adult Entert...

Sunny Leone at the 2007 Adult Entertainment Expo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During her stay in ” Bigg Boss – Season 5 “ , Mahesh Bhatt approached her and signed her for ” Jism 2 ” . And immediately after that , an orchestrated publicity juggernaut started . I got information through news papers that she is a Punjabi girl born to Sikh Punjabi parents in Sarnia , Ontario , Canada in 1981 .

Her mother was from Himachal Pradesh , India and died in 2008 . Her father , who was born in Tibet , died in 2010 .

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One fine morning Dino Morea , who is my student , and with whom I worked during his debut film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi ” [ 1999 ] , called me and asked me whether I would like to train Sunny Leone ? I immediately agreed because for me a student is only a student and a girl child is like a daughter , nothing more , nothing less . While accepting students , I don’t think about their personal lives or antecedents . I simply don’t care about their so-called past reputation . For me a mega star or a porn star makes no difference , provided he or she is willing to work hard and is ready to accept me as his or her trainer . So I was more than happy to train Sunny Leone and said yes without any hesitation or second thought .

I had another reason to say yes to Dino Morea . I like Dino , because even after getting trained by Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor , he called me for personal training and till today he approaches me , if he needs my help . In his debut film ” Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi ” [ 1999 ] , he worked with Rinke Khanna , who is also my student and just like Dino , a dear one too . So the bonding with him is special .

English: Dino Morea at the Gladrags Mega Model...

Dino Morea at the Gladrags Mega Model Manhunt contest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian film actress

Rinke Khanna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unfortunately , I could not train Sunny because of a misunderstanding . A journalist from Indian Express approached me for an interview and asked me , whether I would like to train Sunny Leone also ? I answered , ” if approached , why not ! ” That interview appeared in Sunday Eye . Wordings were framed in such a way that it gave hint that I am training Sunny Leone . It was far from truth . My fee was quoted as 1,00,000.00 [ INR One Lakh ] . Each and every student of mine can vouch that I don’t charge this much amount . My fee is on the lower side . It amply shows that the said interview had some truths and many fictions . But Ms. Pooja Bhatt thought otherwise . It was understandable because she doesn’t know me personally .

At the same time I got an offer from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions to train Kalki Koechlin for ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” . I grabbed the offer and left for Manali to train Kalki Koechlin . I duly informed Dino about this .

I am stating this episode just to make it clear that I did not ditch Sunny Leone for Kalki Koechlin . I thought that after reading that interview Ms. Pooja Bhatt would not contact me for training Sunny Leone , so I took another offer . It is just that .

Jism (film)

Bipasha Basu in Jism 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Jism 1 ” [ 2003 ] had Bipasha Basu and that was a huge hit . Now 9 years later Sunny Leone makes her debut in ” Jism 2 “ this Friday . I wish her all the success and same kind of success .

This film is produced by Dino Morea . This is his maiden venture . I wish him success and good luck too .

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2012           00.50 A.M.

Month of May ended without too many big or important films . Out of all the 11 films , which were released in May , only 2 could be called hits .Jannat 2 of Mahesh Bhatt and ” Ishaqzaade “ of Yash Raj Films are the sole exceptions .

” Ishaqzaade “ is released byYash Raj Films . It also marks the debut of Arjun Kapoor , son of Bony Kapoor and Late Mona Kapoor .

As usual , re – posting some of the relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

Tweets

#Jannat2 starts with a bang, Friday trends looks at Rs 9 cr + nett, 3rd biggest opener after #Agneepath & #Housefull2 http://bit.ly/Jwcl35

#DangerousIshhq movie review: No patch on Vikram Bhatt’s earlier achievements. Epic disappointment! http://bit.ly/JGo1T3

#Jannat2 collects Rs 35.55 cr in Week 1 … #VickyDonor 3-week total Rs 32 cr http://bit.ly/IHTBQ3

#VickyDonor added another Rs 6.5 cr nett to its total, taking the 3-week total to Rs 32 cr nett. Super Hit.

Update: #Ishaqzaade starts very well, one of the best starts of 2012 … #DangerousIshhq unexciting http://bit.ly/J2NlXU

#Ishaqzaade *actuals* Fri 4.54 cr, Sat 5.15 cr, Sun 6.22 cr, Mon 2.77 cr, Tue 2.64 cr. Total Rs 21.32 cr nett. Excellent.

#Ishaqzaade Wknd 2: Fri 1.77 Cr, Sat 2.40 Cr, Sun 3.21 Cr, Mon 1.43 Cr. Total: 8.81 Cr. Grand total: Rs 34.54 Cr nett. Fantastic.

#Ishaqzaade collected Rs 4.34 cr in Wknd 3, taking the total to Rs 42.52 cr nett. Fri 1.08 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 1.75 cr. Super Hit.

Jannat 2 off to a fantastic start.Poised to be a big hit.Emraan, Randeep, Kunal, Pritam, Bhatt brothers, Fox, Shagufta, Masoom deserve kudos

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Obituary :

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Taruni Sachdev :

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A lovely child artiste and child model of repute , Taruni Sachdev died on May 14 , 2012 in a plane crash in Nepal . She was only 14 years old at the time of her death .

Her most famous commercial was Rasna campaign with tag – line ” I Love You Rasna ” . Colgate , ICICI Bank , Reliance Mobile , LG , Saffola and Kesar Badam Milk are her other big and successful commercials . She was the highest paid child model with more than 50 commercials to her credit .

Her filmography includes 2 super hit Hindi films  : ” Koi Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] and ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] , 2 Malayalam films ” Vellinakshatram ” [ 2004 ] and ” Sathyam “ [ 2004 ] and 1 Tamil film ” Vetriselvan ” [ 2012 ] .

Gavin Packard :

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A British by birth and an Indian because of his connection with the Hindi film industry , Gavin Packard died on May 18 , 2012 in Vasai , Mumbai . He died at the age of 48 because of respiratory disorder .

He worked in many Hindi block – busters like ;  ” Tridev ” [ 1989 ] , ” Sadak ” [ 1991 ] , ” Mohra ” [ 1994 ]  and ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] .

He is considered a pioneer in body – building and trained and initiated many stars into body – building .  Sanjay Dutt is one of them .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 04

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1 – Jannat 2 …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Fatso ……………………………………………….. x

Second Week – May 11

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1 – Ishaqzaade ………………………………………… Arjun Kapoor

…………………………………………………………….. Ashish Singh

2 – Dangerous Ishq …………………………………… Rajniesh Duggall

…………………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta

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

Third Week – May 18

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1 – Department …………………………………………. x

2 – Mr. Bhatti On Chutti ………………………………. x

Fourth Week  – May 25

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1 – Chutki Bajaa Ke …………………………………….. x

2 – Love Recipe …………………………………………. x

3 – MLA …………………………………………………… x

4 – Rakhtbeej …………………………………………….. x

5 – Yeh Khula Aasmaan ………………………………. x

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………………. 07 ………………. actors , who are my students . Out of …………. 07 ………… students ; Ashish Singh is an executive producer . So the tally comes to …………… 06 …………….. actors and the remaining ………. 01 ………… is from the other field of film – making .


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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Divyajyoti Sharma is essaying an important role in Amrit Manthanon Star Plus .

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