Kekoo Gandhy : A connoisseur Par Excellence


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 11 , 2012           11.20 P.M.

Kekoo Gandhy, co-founder of Mumbai’s Gallery Chemould , one of the oldest commercial art galleries of India , passed away in Mumbai on November 10 , 2012 . He was 92 at the time of his death .

He , along with his wife Khorshed , opened his Gallery Chemould in 1963 at the first floor of Jehangir Art Gallery . Last month on October 17 , 2012 , Jehangir Art Gallery completed 60 years of its existence . It is ironical that Kekoo Gandhy died within a month of this historic event .

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Jahangir Art Gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have written a blog about the 60th year of Jehangir Art Gallery . I am posting the link :

60 Years of Jahangir Art Gallery http://wp.me/ptyXI-2nj

Kekoo Gandhy is considered one of the most significant figures in shaping India’s modern art . He established Chemould Frames, his frame manufacturing business through which he started his association with Mumbai’s first group of post-modern painters like ; Maqbool Fida  Husain , Syed Haider Raza , Tyeb Mehta and Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar , a.k.a. K. K. Hebbar .

When there were practically no venues in Mumbai for showing modern art , Gandhy would use his showroom window as an informal exhibiting space for budding artists and also seek prospective clients for them.

“Despite being such a huge figure on the art circuit, he was never intimidating to young artists . He was known to be friendly and approachable though he belonged to a different generation ,” said painter Atul Dodiya , who has held several shows at Gandhy’s gallery.

In 2007, Gallery Chemould moved out of Jehangir Art Gallery to a larger, state-of-the-art space . It is now headed by his daughter Shirin Gandhy .

I am not a connoisseur of modern art . It is not because of lack of appreciation but because of my penury . I don’t have money to buy paintings or a huge space to display them properly . But whenever I visit South Mumbai , I do visit Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda . I love to be there .

I don’t know Kekoo Gandhy in personal capacity . I knew him through the columns of news papers . I do know that he is considered a father – figure in the field of modern art . His demise is really an irreparable loss .

I express my condolences . On behalf of me and my Acting Institute , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray for the departed soul .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ Since I had no contacts with Kekoo Gandhy , I have quoted relevant facts of his life from news papers like , Times Of India and Indian Express . I am indebted . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   JULY 01, 2011                  06.00 P.M.

This is the 26th edition of my Film Diary.

It seems drought of the industry is over. Big films are now being released as the IPL is finished and cricket mania finally subsides. First big release of the month of June , ” Ready “ took box office by storm. It has become the third biggest grosser of all times. Last release of the month ” Double Dhamaal is also a top grosser.

First half of 2011 is heartening . In total 13 films were hits. ” Ready ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Haunted ” , ” Double Dhamaal ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Ragini MMS ” ,”  Dil To Baccha Hai Ji ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” and ” Pyar Ka Punchnama “ made handsome profits for their producers.

It is extremely sad that actor Raj Kiran , who was presumed dead , was found in a mental asylum in Atlanta , U. S. A.

Since I was travelling and was out of Mumbai , I might have missed some of the activities of the Film industry. Therefore I am unable to give details of Regional Film Industry and happenings in the Theatre World this month.

As usual I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta, eminent trade analysts.

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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: Collected approx Rs 3.68 cr nett in Week 2. Total so far: Rs 9 cr nett. Excellent.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ strikes like hurricane, fetches mindboggling start http://bit.ly/CjxWd
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Latest Update – UAE: ‘Ready’ beats ‘Dabangg‘. Thu figures: Dabangg 490,000 Dirhams, Ready 740,000 Dirhams.
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 @BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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 Top 5 opng wknds:- [1] Dabangg 48.5 cr, [2] Ready 40.65 cr, [3] 3 Idiots 40 cr, [4] Tees Maar Khan 38 cr, [5] Golmaal-3 36 cr.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’ [2nd week]: Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr, Mon 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 93 cr nett. Racing towards Rs 100 cr mark.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Shaitan’: Fri 83 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr, Mon 65 lacs. Total: Rs 4.08 cr nett. Business doesn’t match the appreciation for the film.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: 1st wk 5.56 cr, 2nd wk 3.6 cr, 3rd wk 1.5 cr, 4th wknd 45 lacs. Total: Rs 11.11 cr. Rock-steady, despite ‘Ready’.
taran adarsh
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‘Shaitan’: Collected Rs 3.41 cr in opng wknd. Fri 81 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr. Film has been appreciated, but jump in numbers is missing
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’: Collects Rs 19.45 cr nett in Wknd 2. Breakup:- Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr. Total so far: Rs 88.75 cr nett. Blockbuster
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

@BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Ready’ dominates, ‘Bin Bulaye Baraati’ leads amongst new releases
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

 Ready’ has crossed ‘Golmaal 3’ & ‘Ghajini’. Emerges 3rd biggest grosser after ‘3 Idiots’ & ‘Dabangg’. ‘Ready’ lifetime should be 120 cr +.
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taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Top 5: ‘Double Dhamaal’ is second biggest opener, after ‘Ready’, collects Rs 36.59 cr nett http://t.co/SESgRQu
Komal Nahta
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Opening report: @BeingSalmanKhan‘s magic in full view; ‘Ready’ stomps box-office http://bit.ly/mPYx8i
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 Always Kabhi Kabhi neither has warmth & emotions of teenage love story nor entrtainmnt & music of romantic drama.Review http://bit.ly/jx0iag
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Bheja Fry 2 is not at all a worthy sequel. Designed as a comedy, it does not create too much laughter. Review: http://bit.ly/llLtC1
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Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is a dull fare wd some chances in pockets of Bombay only bt bleak chances in rest of India. Review: http://bit.ly/krgPvB
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Bin Bulaye Baraati is a poor fare as it has precious little to offer except a few song-dances. Review: http://bit.ly/kptcXQ
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Obituary :
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Maqbool  Fida  Husain :
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Though not a regular producer or director , Maqbool Fida Husain used to paint posters of Hindi films in the 30s. He also made a film ” Through The Eyes Of A Painter ” [ 1967 ] . It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on he made two films : ” Gaja Gamini ” with Madhuri Dixit and ” Meenaxi : A Tale Of Three Cities ” with Tabu  .
He died in London at the age of 95 and was buried there.
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New Hindi Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 03
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1 – Ready…………………………………………………………….Arya Babbar
………………………………………………………………………….Arbaaz Khan
………………………………………………………………………….Eva Grover
………………………………………………………………………….Nikitin Dheer
………………………………………………………………………….Kiran Ahuja
………………………………………………………………………….Krishan Kumar
2 – A Srange Love Story………………………………………….Riya Sen
Second Week – June 10
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1 – Shaitan……………………………………………………………Elizabeth Pereira
2 – Love Express……………………………………………………Nandinii Sen
Third Week – June 17
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1 – Always Kabhi Kabhi…………………………………………..Zoa Morani
2 – Bheja Fry 2………………………………………………………Minissha Lamba
…………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar
…………………………………………………………………………..Mukul Deora
3 – Bin Bulaye Baraati………………………………………………Priyanka Kothari
4 – Bhindi Baazaar Inc……………………………………………..x
5 – Cycle Kick…………………………………………………………Gurmeet Choudhary
……………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal
6 – Meri Marzii……………………………………………………….x
Fourth Week – June 24
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1 – Double Dhamaal…………………………………………………x
In total ………..11……………films got released this month. Out of these ………..11……… films ………….16…………… students trained by me were there in …………11…………… films. Out of these …………..16…………….. students …………..13……………. are actors and ……………..03………… are working in other fields of film making. Krishan Kumar is the co-producer of ” Ready “ , Mukul Deora is the producer of ” Bheja Fry 2 “ and Elizabeth Pereira is the AD of ” Shaitan “
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T V Trivia & Me :
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1 – Eva Grover is working in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain…… “ on Sony TV.
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