Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2012


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  02, 2012           05.00 P.M.
Month of August had no surprises . Everything happened on the expected lines . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ came as a hurricane in 3300 cinema halls and multiplexes and devastated box office collections and wrote a new history .
It is the fastest film to earn 100 crore . It is the first film of  Yash Raj Banner to earn 100 crore . It is the 4th consecutive film of Salman Khan to earn 100 crore . And it is the 2nd biggest all time grosser Hindi film after 3 Idiots .
Re-posting some relevant tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Tweets

#Jism2 movie review: Sunny Leone is the USP, but lackluster screenplay and sluggish pace are deterrents http://bit.ly/NOxtK6 

‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ movie review: Regular love story that gets unbearable after a point! http://bit.ly/M8aaKb

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum has Rs 35.5 cr + Week 1, Excellent http://bit.ly/NPwtWb 

#Jism2 thanks to the total accumulated on Thu + Fri, the overall figure looks quite good: Rs 20 cr to Rs 21 cr nett, incl Thu previews.

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum got affected by #Jism2 wave on Friday, but consolidated its status on the subsequent days, especially on Sunday.

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum collected approx Rs 5.50 cr nett in Weekend 2, taking the 10-day total to approx Rs 40.70 cr nett. Very good!

EXCLUSIVE DATA: #Jism2 ranks amongst lowest openers in Overseas … #CarryOnJatta is a smash hit …http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/boxofficeoverseas/id/432 …

#GOW2 picked up during the course of the day, yesterday. Wednesday *early estimates* indicate 3 cr. May even cross 3 cr.

#EkThaTiger lots of people enquiring about Day 1 biz. Yashraj also compiling them. It’s a wide release, takes time. Seems 32 to 33 cr.

Those asking, yes, #EkThaTiger total of 32.92 cr is 11 cr HIGHER than the biggest opener #Agneepath [22 cr].

#EkThaTiger India *actuals* Wed 32.93 cr, Thu 14.50 cr, Fri 12.90 cr. Total: 60.35 cr nett.

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sat 16.75 cr. Total: 77.10 cr nett. Excellent growth on Saturday

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sun 23.06 cr. Total: 100.16 cr nett. SUPERB. Fastest 100 cr grosser ever – 5 days [Hindi films]. NEW RECORD!

#EkThaTiger is @BeingSalmanKhan ’s 4th century [100 cr], the other three being #Dabangg [147 cr], #Ready [122 cr] and #Bodyguard[148 cr].

#EkThaTiger is Yash Raj’s *first* film to cross 100 cr mark.

#EkThaTiger hits a ton, @BeingSalmanKhan ‘s 4th centuryhttp://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/887/date/2012-08-20 …

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Monday [Eid] 20.68 cr. Total:120.84 cr nett. NEW RECORD FOR MONDAY FIGURES.

#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Tue 16.31 cr. Total: 137.15 cr nett. Excellent! All set to cross #Dabangg [147 cr] & #Bodyguard [148 cr].

#EkThaTiger *actuals* Wed 10.45 cr. Total: 147.60 cr nett. Crosses lifetime biz of #Dabangg [147 cr]. AMAZING!

#EkThaTiger India + Overseas combined biz *after 2nd Weekend* is Rs 210 cr +. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.

India Rankings TOP 3:- No 1 – #3Idiots [202 cr nett], No 2 – #EkThaTiger [175 cr nett, still counting], No 3 – #Bodyguard [148 cr nett].

#Joker Friday numbers are poor in India and international markets. Amongst @akshaykumar ‘s lowest openers.

#GOW2: Paid Previews: Rs. 35 lakhs, Wed: 2.75 crs and Thu 2.3 cr. So far 5.4 crores…

Exhibitors’ early estimates for 1st day ETT all-India net:30 crore plus!Yes,30 plus!!Some say, 32!B.O.history being written on historic day

Final: EK THA TIGER has collected 32.92 crore (nett) from 3300 Screens in India

ETT Day 3 all-India net: Rs. 12.9 crore. Total for 3 days: Rs. 60.3 crore


ETT day 4: Rs. 16.75 crore. Total: Rs. 77.1 crore! Wonderful

ETT: Sunday Rs. 23.06 crore. Total Rs. 100.16 crore. Outstanding!!

ETT Day 8:Rs.10.45 crore.Total Rs.147.6 crore.Lifetime collection of Dabangg(142 crore) and Bodyguard(146 crore) surpassed in 8 days.Great!

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Obituary :

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Ashok Mehta : 

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An iconic figure in the field of cinematography , Ashok Mehta died on August 15 , 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 65 . He was suffering from lung cancer .

 ” 36 Chowringhee Lane ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mandi ” [1983 ] , ” Utsav ” [ 1984 ] ,” Trikaal ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ijaazat ” [ 1987 ] , ” Ram Lakhan ” [ 1989 ] , ” Saudagar ” [ 1991 ] , ” Khalnaayak [ 1993 ] , ” Bandit Queen ” [ 1994 ] , ” Gaja Gamini ” [ 2000 ]  , ” Pukar ” [ 2000 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 2002 ] , ” Chalte Chalte ” [2003 ] and ” No Entry ” [ 2005 ] are some of his most famous and note – worthy films .

He wrote , produced and directed ” Moksha ” [2001 ] , debut film of Arjun Rampal and Kalpana Pandit . Incidentally both are my students .

A. K. Hangal :

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Avtar Krishna Hangal a.k.a. A. K. Hangal died on August 26 , 2012 at the age of 97 due to age related problems . Posting links of the two blogs which I had written about him :

1 -Wrote this blog when Hangal Sahab was alive : 

A. K. Hangal & His Communist Comrades wp.me/ptyXI-Rn via @VidurChaturvedi

2 – Wrote this blog as obituary after his death :  

Farewell Hangal Sahab : Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai ? wp.me/ptyXI-2ik


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 03

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1 – Jism 2 …………………………………………………… Dino Morea

2 – Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai ……………………………….. Aditya Samanta

Second Week – August 10

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1 – Gangs Of Wasseypur II …………………………….. X

2 – Overtime ………………………………………………. X

3 – Second Marriage Dot Com ………………………… X

4 – 5 Ghantey Mien 5 Crore ……………………………. X

Third Week – August 17

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1 – Ek Tha Tiger …………………………………………… Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………… Aashish Singh

2 – Shikaar Shikari Ka ………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – August 24

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1 – Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi …………………. Bela Bhansali Sehgal

………………………………………………………………… Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

2 – Delhi In A Day ……………………………………….. X

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Joker ……………………………………………………. Minissha Lamba [ Guest ]

………………………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

2 – Sonpari ………………………………………………… X

3 – I M 24 ………………………………………………….. X

4 – From Sydney With Love ………………………….. Reshmi Ghosh

5 – Dhama Chaukadi ……………………………………. X


In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 15 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….09 ……… persons , Dino Morea is producer of  ” Jism 2 “ , Ashish Singh is Executive Producer of ” Ek Tha Tiger ” and Bela Bhansali Sehgal is directer of ” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” . Remaining ……….. 06 ……. are actors .

 

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is essaying a prominent role in a TV Reality show ” Adalat “ on Sony TV .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is doing a prominent role in  ” Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga “ on Sahara One .

3 – Karishma Tanna is essaying a role in a TV Reality show ” Adalat “ on Sony TV .

4 – Zohaib Siddiqui is doing main lead in ” Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke “ on Zee TV .

5 – Mrunal Jain is essaying main lead in ” Uttaran “ on Colors .

6 – Nakuul Mehta is essaying an important role in ” Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara “ on Star Plus .

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 06 ……………. various shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Akriti Singh is playing main protagonist in a new play ” Ilhaam ” .

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

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Curtain Call for Pandit Satyadev Dubey


Pandit Satyadev Dubey

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER  28, 2011           02.30 A.M.

I never ever thought that in the last quarter of 2011 I would be writing so many tributes to the departed stalwarts of the field of art  , music and literature . I have already written obituary on Bhupen Hazarika , Shammi Kapoor , Dev Anand , Mario Miranda and Christopher Hitchens . Obituary of Jagjit Singh and Steve Jobs are half – written and yet to be posted . And now comes the news of the sad demise of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Pandit Satyadev Dubey

On December 25 , 2011 , when the world was celebrating birth of Jesus Christ , an eminent theater personality Pandit Satyadev Dubey bid adieu . Curtain finally came down and stage went empty . A stalwart , who bestrode the theatre world of Mumbai for 5 decades , Pandit Satyadev Dubey  finally left the stage at the age of 75 . He was sitting in Prithvi Cafe on September 19 , 2011 , when he slipped into coma and was rushed to the hospital . He never came back .

Born in Bilaspur , Chhattisgarh in 1936 , Dubey ji , as he was fondly called , came to Mumbai to become a cricketer . While studying in St. Xavier’s College Mumbai , he came into contact with Vijay Anand , who introduced him to Ebrahim Alkazi . Thus began Dubey ji’s life – long association with theatre . He also learnt from Marathi theatre guru Parshwanath Aaltekar , who taught him articulation and proper pronunciation . Dubey ji used to lisp in his younger days . Theatre Guru Aaltekar taught him how to overcome this short coming .

Dubey ji in His Younger Days

In his 5 decades long career Pandit Satyadev Dubey produced and directed plays like ; ” Yayati ” and ” Hayavadana ” written by Girish Karnad ; ” Aadhe Adhure ” written by Mohan Rakesh ; ” Gidhade ” , ” Shantata ! Court Chalu Aahe ” and ” Baby ” written by Vijay Tendulkar ; ” Evam Indrajit ” and ” Pagla Ghoda ” written by Badal Sarkar ; ” Raktapushpa ” written by Mahesh Elkunchwar ; ” Savlya ” written by Chetan Datar and ” Antigone ” written by Jean Anouilh . He also staged and directed a play ” Andha Yug “ written by Dharamvir Bharti for radio . He wrote and directed plays like ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” , ” Inshallah ” ” Ada Chautal ” and ” Bramha Vishnu Mahesh “ . In the career span of 50 years , he wrote , produced and directed more than 100 plays in Hindi , Marathi and English .

Apart from stage , his first love , he wrote screenplay and dialogues of films like ; ” Ankur ”  [ Screenplay – Dialogue ]” Nishant ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Bhumika “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Hira Aur Patthar ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vishwasghat ” [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Junoon ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Kalyug ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Akrosh ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vijeta ” [ Story – Screenplay – Dialogue ] and ” Mandi “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] .

Poster of Ankur

Poster of Nishant

Poster of Bhumika

Poster of Kalyug

Poster of Mandi

Dubey ji made 2 short films ; ” Aparichay Ka Vindhyachal ” and ” Tongue In Cheek ” .

Apart from staging play and writing scripts for films , he donned the avatar of a trainer and groomed many actors . He believed in natural dialogue delivery and discarded highly theatrical and loud dialogue delivery , which was in vogue before his advent . Amrish Puri , Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar are some of his most famous disciples . Amrish Puri was so indebted to Dubey ji that he would often say that , ” I can leave a film project for Dubey ji’s play , if I ever get a call ” .

A Young Amrish Puri in Dubey ji's Play

Young Naseeruddin Shah

Dubey ji With Ratna Pathak Shah

Naseeruddin Shah & Ratna Pathak Shah in Dubey ji's Last Play "Antigone"

Dubey ji got Madhya Pradesh government’s Shikhar Samman and Kalidas Samman . In 1971 he got prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award . In 2008 Prithvi Theatre paid tribute to him on completion of 50 years in theatre . Dubey ji received Padma Bhushan in January 2011 .

Prithvi Theatre's Tribute to Dubey ji in 2008

Receiving Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil

He won 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for ” Bhumika “ . In 1980 he got Filmfare Award for Best dialogue for ” Junoon ” .

Poster of Bhumika

During his later years he did many workshops for aspiring actors and people nick – named these workshops as NSD [ National school of Dubey ] .

When I first came to Mumbai in 1972 , I went to meet him at Tejpal Auditorium , Grant Road – West . He was busy staging his play ” Aadhe Adhure ” But still gave me time and told me to watch the play . He kindly gave me ticket also . Amrish Puri played main protagonist and if my memory is not failing me , Sulabha Deshpande was the female protagonist . I was stunned to watch their brilliant portrayals . Unfortunately I had to go to Allahabad to complete my post – graduation and lost the opportunity to work with him .

I came again in 1989 and went to meet him at his apartment at Phularani building in Sahitya Sahawas Colony , Bandra  – East . He told me to come to Karnataka Sangh , Matunga and watch his play ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” . Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah were playing the main protagonists . I was simply mesmerized by the sheer brilliance of Dubey ji’s writing and the acting of the main protagonists . I remember that I reached late for the play and was gently reprimanded by Dubey ji for that .

Later on I bumped into him several times at Prithvi Theatre .

He was maverick . He was eccentric . He was controversial . But he was definitely a genius and was dedicated to theatre .

He was a great acting Guru . Very strict , very disciplined and ruthless . I must admit that I imbibed some facets of Dubey ji as an acting trainer . I am strict . I am disciplined and I am ruthless . He loved natural acting and I also try to inculcate this thing in the psyche of my students .

But unlike him , I am not eccentric . I am not a maverick and I don’t use colourful language like him . But I am indebted to him and I openly express my gratitude for imbibing few facets of his personality as an acting trainer .

I won’t say Rest In Peace Dubey ji . It’s a custom to clap when the curtain comes down after a play . I would like to stand up and would love to clap at the final curtain call of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Thanks for the lovely plays Dubey ji . You will be sorely missed .

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