My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2011


NIGHT………………………………..12.15

After successful January , it is a dull month again. All the first week releases of February tanked badly. Month end release , though, did cheer up the mood of the industry.

To emphasise my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji garners Rs. 15 crore (nett) at the box-office in its 1st weekend. More: http://bit.ly/e9Qn68
taran adarsh
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Utt Pataang, United Six & Hum Dono Rangeen: Extremely poor opening
weekend.
Komal Nahta
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Patiala House: Ordinary fare. Will face an uphill task at the box-office. Has taken a very dull start. Review: http://bit.ly/gpKO1i
taran adarsh
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Patiala House’ appreciated, but numbers are missing http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
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Yeh Saali Zindagi: Remained rock-steady at urban centres in its 2nd wknd. Theatrical business: Above average.
taran adarsh
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Patiala House: Morn+noon shows were shockingly low, in 10%-15%-20% range, despite being a solo release, with no major film to contend with.
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Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
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7KM: Opened to thanda response across the country. Biz was shockingly low at single screens [8%-10%], slightly better at plexes [15%-20%].
Komal Nahta
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7 Khoon Maaf: It’s for the elite audience in the big cities only. The general masses will reject it. Review: http://bit.ly/ibeRDT
taran adarsh
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7KM: Collected Rs 11.53 cr nett in its opening weekend, which is below the mark. The breakup:- Fri 3.30 cr, Sat 3.51, Sun 4.72 cr.
taran adarsh
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Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
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7 Khoon Maaf: Satellite 9 cr + Music Rights 2 cr won’t help much. India theatrical biz is dull, while Oseas biz is dismal.
ETCBollywood Box office report: Patiala House -29.66 Cr, Angel – 0.24 Cr, Yeh Saali Zindagi -10 Cr , DTBHJ – 28 Cr
taran adarsh
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B.O. update: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ has respectable start in North, reports good http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu:Family entertainr tht hits bull’s eye.May b slow startr bt it’ll pickup by+ve wrd of mouth & bcome a hit http://bit.ly/g00ima
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu is going to prove a profitable venture for all concerned. Read more: http://bit.ly/fqshjh
taran adarsh
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Let’s begin the day with +ve news. As per initial trends, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is heading for 3.5 cr on Day 1. Better than Jessica & 7KM.
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ collects Rs. 11.05 cr in Wknd 1 http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
Obituary
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Tony Walker : Brother of legendary comedian Johny Walker, Kamaluddin Kazi aka Tony Walker passed away on 22nd February 2011 in Mumbai. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
A small time actor , he acted in films like ; ” Kaagaz Ke Phool ” , ” Gateway of India ” and ” Johny Walker “.
He was more successful as producer and made many big films like ;  Waheeda Rehman starrer ” Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya “ , Waheeda Rehman & Dharmendra starrer ” Baazi “ ,  Mala Sinha & Sanjay Khan starrer ” Dillagi “ and Mumtaz, Vinod Khanna & Shatrughan Sinha starrer ” Pyaar Ka Rishta “. In the last mentioned film he gave break to film maker Sultan Ahmad.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – February 04

1 – Yeh Saali Zindagi……………………………………………….x

2 – United Six…………………………………………………………x

3 – Utt Pataang……………………………………………………….x

4 – Tum Hi To Ho…………………………………………………….x

5 – Hum Dono – Rangeen……………………………………………x

Second Week  – February 11

1 – Angel……………………………………………………………….Maddalsa Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………..Nilesh Sahay

2 – Patiala House?????????????????????????????????????????

3 -Ashiqui.in…………………………………………………………x

Third Week – February 18
1 – 7 Khoon Maaf……………………………………………………Priyanka Chopra
…………………………………………………………………………..Neil Nitin Mukesh
…………………………………………………………………………..John Abraham
2 – Kaccha Limboo………………………………………………….x
3 – Kaho Na Kaho…………………………………………………….Sarwar Ahuja
4 – Masti Express……………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

Fourth Week – February 25

1 – Tanu Weds Manu…………………………………………………..Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………………Namrata Jani

2 – Satrangee Parachute………………………………………………..x

In total………….14…………. films got released this month. Out of these……………14…………….films , my………..…..10……………..students were there in…………..….5……………….films. Out of these………….10……..…students ……………..9………….  are actors,…..…1……………Namrata Jani is a Costume Designer.
NOTE : 1 [ Hum Dono – Rangeen is a different phenomenon. It was released 50 years back, when I was studying in Allahabad. Its coloured version was released this week. That is why I have included this film in this week’s releases ]

NOTE : 2 [ As I have stated earlier Anushka Sharma doesn’t accept the fact that she has been trained by us. So I don’t include her in my lists. Her starrer Patiala House got released this month. ]

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge completes 800 weeks at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai in the morning shows.

2 – Stardust , a film magazine published by Nari Hira completed 40 years .

T. V. Trivia This Month :

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1 – My student Hritik Roshan gets whopping 2 crores per episode for a TV show based on dance.

South Indian Film News This Month :

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[ This month there is nothing from the South Indian Film Industry ]


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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2010


Its August and like much-needed rains, it brought some cheers in the industry also. Dry spell of the first half of the year is broken. Last month saw some genuine hits and these hits came as a much-needed respite. ” I Hate Luv Storys “, ” Udaan “, ” Tere Bin Laden “ and ” Once Upon A Time In Mumbai “ became sleeper hits. August starts with the promising note as ” Aisha “ releases too much critical and commercial acclaim. Then Peepli [Live] “ changed the whole scenario.

Though all is not well because compared to Hindi films, Hollywood’s latest flick ” Inception “ garnered better share at the box office.

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 :

taran_adarsh

Inception has grossed Rs. 22.30 cr. in 17 days in India [English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu]. Better than most Hindi films. Wake up Bollywood

taran_adarsh

July has seen an upswing in business. IHLS, Tere Bin Laden, Udaan & OUATIM have infused blood in the veins of an ailing industry

taran_adarsh

Biggest hit of the year so far is ‘Raajneeti’. Films that ‘hit’ the industry badly are ‘Kites’ and ‘Raavan’.

taran_adarsh

Overseas, the biggest hit of 2010 is ‘MNIK’. ‘3 Idiots’ was the biggest hit of 2009 in India and Overseas.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 OUATIM has excellent Week 1, collects Rs. 34.20 cr. nett. Distributors’ share: approx. Rs. 18 cr. Excellent.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 ‘Aisha’ starts well at high-end multiplexes, dull at smaller centres/single screens

taran_adarsh

Compiling weekend figures of ‘Aisha’. High-end multiplexes are terrific. Sunday showed a big jump in business.

taran_adarsh

‘Aisha’ Fri 3.65 cr, Sat 4.48 cr, Sun 5.29 cr. Total Rs. 13.43 cr nett. Best at plexes of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and South.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 ‘Aisha’ has Rs. 17.4 cr. nett Week 1

taran_adarsh

‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ 2nd wknd: Rs. 9 cr. Total [10 days] Rs. 43.20 cr. nett. Excellent.

taran_adarsh

Peepli Live cost of prod 6 cr [excl P&A]. Recovered: Satellite 8 cr, Music 2 cr. Money from India theatrical + Oseas + Home Video is bonus.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’: Night shows packed at many places in advance/block bookings. Opening wknd is expected to be extra-ordinary. Reports v good.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 ‘Peepli Live’ is a profitable venture even without theatrical revenue

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ USA Update I: Fri US$ 112,000, Sat US$ 150,000. Higher than many star cast films.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ USA Update II: Fri & Sat numbers are higher than Aamir’s ‘Taare Zameen Par’ & ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ Gulf Update: Thu US$ 64,690 & Fri US $ 71,820. Excellent, despite limited release & also audience during Ramzan is limited.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ India Update: Friday was Rs 4 cr. + nett and Saturday looks like Rs 5 cr. + nett. Superb.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 ‘Peepli Live’ has Rs. 16 cr. nett weekend. Excellent. Monday is rock-steady as well.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/WyXIx Top 5: ‘Peepli Live’ has Rs. 22 cr. Week 1, extra-ordinary!

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/CjxWd ‘Lafangey Parindey’ opens decent at plexes, dull at places

taran_adarsh

B.O. Update: ‘Lafangey Parindey’ dips in some circuits on Saturday. Lower than Friday.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ Update II: Silver lining is its moderate costing. Cost of prod is Rs. 13 cr. and with P&A, it works out to Rs. 18 cr.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ Update III: YRF has recovered Rs 10 cr from Satellite & balance [Rs 8 cr] will be recovered from India and Overseas.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ IV: Returns from India theatrical [Week 2 onwards], Overseas, Music Rights & Home Video will contribute to YRF profits.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ III: Cost of prod Rs 18 cr [incl P&A]. Recovered: Satellite Rights Rs 10 cr + India theatrical Wk 1 share Rs 9 cr.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 New releases open to poor houses, but ‘Avatar’ leads

taran_adarsh

Multiplexes, Satellite TV rights, followed by Overseas, Music & Home Video Rights – the recoveries are possible from these avenues.

Obituary
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SURAJ PRAKASH :

He died on July 28 at the age of 79. His obituary should have been in the Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010. But I was not aware of his death, as national media ignored it completely and it was reported only in IMPPA Bulletin, Film Information and Screen. It is sad state of affair for a man , who gave ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” (1965 ) to the industry. He made his debut with Rajendra Kumar, Mala Sinha starrer ” Patang “. His second film ” Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath ” starring Shashi Kapoor and Nanda was the first solo hit of lyricist Anand Bkshi. His third film ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” changed the career graph of Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Anand Bakshi and Kalyanji Anandji. It was a block-buster of its time. After that he made several films like ” Aamne Saamne ” and ” Juari ” . He ghost-directed ” Bewafa Sanam” , officially a Gulshan Kumar directed film. His last film ” Mere Jeevan Sathi ” ( 2006 ) starring Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor and Amisha Patel was as a producer. It is sad that he went unsung.

KAMAL KAPOOR :

Veteran actor Kamal Kapoor died on August 02 in Mumbai. He was 90 years old. Today’s generation might not recognize him but once upon a time Kamal Kapoor was a very successful villain in Hindi films.

I saw him in ” Johar Mehmood In Goa ” for the first time. He played a Portuguese officer in the film. His menacing look and fierce demeanour is still fresh in my memory. One particular scene , where he puts his hand in the aquarium and lifts a fish from the water while torturing the freedom fighter, is still fresh in my memory. Fish was fighting for its life in his hands and freedom fighter was being tortured in front of him. He was so brilliant in the film and he performed so well in this particular scene, that no connoisseur of film will ever forget it.His face and his eyes were his assets and he used them for maximum effect. After Johar Mehmood In Goa I watched him in several films and he was always brilliant even in mediocre films.

He is survived by his children and grandchildren, producer Srishti Behl Arya and producer – director Goldie Behl. Incidentally my student Sonali Bendre is married to Goldie Behl.

New releases & Me :

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First Week – August 06

1 – Aisha……………………………….Sonam Kapoor
……………………………………………Sameer Malhotra

Second Week – August 13

1 – Peepli Live………………………..x

2 – Help…………………………………x

Third Week – August 20

1 – Lafangey Parindey………………Neil Nitin Mukesh
……………………………………………..Ashish Singh ( Executive Producer )

2 – Kis Hudh Tak………………………x

Fourth Week – August 27

1 – Aashayein…………………………..John Abraham

2 – Antardwand…………………………x

3 – Gumshuda…………………………..Priyanshu Chatterjee

4 – Hello Darling…………………………Divya Dutta

5 – Madholal Keep Walking………….x

6 – Soch Lo………………………………..x

In total ..11… films got released this month. Out of these…11…films my …….7….students were there in….3….films. Out of these ..7….students …6… are actors,and .1…Ashish Singh is the executive producer .

News This month :
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1 – yrfmovies

http://bit.ly/cDO4yL – Dil Bole Hadippa Wins “Best Film of 2009 Readers’ Choice Award”

Trivia
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1 – ” India’s Got Talent – Khoj 2 ” has three anchors – Kirron Kher , Sajid Khan and Sonali Bendre. Out of these three, two are my students. They are : Sajid Khan and Sonali Bendre.

2 – Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season – 3 ” , which will start soon will have 5 students of mine. Anchor Priyanka Chopra and four participants, Abhishek Kapoor, Dino Morea,Rahul Dev and Angad Bedi, all are my students .

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