Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director


English: Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. Deutsc...

Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 13 , 2012           11.59 P.M.

Pandit Ravi Shankar , a Sitar maestro par excellence , an unofficial ambassador of Indian classical music , the first India Rock Star in true sense of the term , died yesterday on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , U. S. A.

Apart from classical music , he had given music for some feature films also .

Hindi Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Neecha Nagar [ 1946 ]

This Chetan Anand directed film was his debut film as well as debut film of Pandit Ravi Shankar also . It starred Kamini Kaushal , Uma Anand and Zohra Sehgal . It was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas .

2 – Dharti Ke Lal [ 1946 ]

This Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed film was his debut film and the second film of Pandit Ravi Shankar . It starred Balraj Sahni , Tripti Mitra , K. N. Singh , Zohra Sehgal , David and Sombhu Mitra . It was written by Kishan Chander .

3 – Anuradha [ 1960 ]

This film was produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . This film had lyrics by Shailendra and several gems sung by Lata Mangeshkar . It starred Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu .

4 – Godan [ 1963 ]

This Trilok Jetley directed film was based on Munshi Premchand’s immortal novel of the same name . It had some immortal melodies . It starred Raj Kumar , Kamini Kaushal , Mehmood and Shashikala .

5 – Meera [ 1979 ]

This Gulzar directed film had several Meera Bhajans tuned by Pandit ji . It starred Hema Malini and Vinod Khanna .

Bengali Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Pather Panchali [ 1955 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was his debut film . It is the first part of Apu Trilogy .

2 – Aparajito [ 1956 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was the second part of Apu Trilogy .

3 – Kabuliwala [ 1957 ]

This is the Bengali film based on Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story .

4 – Paras Pather [ 1958 ]

A social satire directed by Satyajit Ray .

5 – Apur Sansar [ 1959 ]

Third and final part of Apu Trilogy .

6 – Genesis [ 1986 ]

This Mrinal Sen directed film starred Shabana Azmi , Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri was the last film of Pandit Ravi Shankar as music director .

English Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Gandhi [ 1982 ]

This Richard Attenborough film had Ben Kingsley in the title role as Gandhi .

I made this list for the connoisseurs of film music and for the benefit of the acting students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER  01, 2012           00.30 A.M.
Throughout September , Ek Tha Tigerkept on raking money , though the fury was subsided . The film is almost nearing the lifetime collection of3 Idiots ” .
Month of September , apart from ” Ek Tha Tiger ” ,  gave us 2 superhit films .Raaz 2 was first hit of the month . AndBarfi was a critical and commercial success . 3 super hits in a row and in a month is such a good thing for crisis ridden Hindi film industry .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets

Now good news! #Joker may be a disaster of epic proportions everywhere, but it’s breaking records in Fiji. Bigger hit than #Don2 there!

#EkThaTiger [Week 3] Tue 87 lacs. Total: 193.09 cr nett.

#Murder2 *1st Week* 36.5 cr… #Jannat2 *1st Week* 35.55 cr…#Raaz3 expected to collect 33 cr – 36 cr in just *opening weekend*. Bravo

#Raaz3 collected Rs 55.25 cr nett in Week 1, which is *higher* than the lifetime business of several Emraan Hashmi hits. Wow!

#EkThaTiger 4th Week: Fri 42 lacs, Sat 77 lacs, Sun 1.12 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 31 lacs, Wed 30 lacs, Thu 28 lacs. Grand total: 198.39 cr.

#EkThaTiger heads towards 200 cr… #Raaz3 is biggest hit of Bhatts… #Barfi opens to fab response… Bollywood shining!

#Barfi earns the respect of the audience and critics. #Barfi wows Boxoffice. #Barfi stakes claim on awards. Salute!

#Barfi Fri *est* 9.20 cr nett. Limited shows at plexes. Excellent!

#Raaz3 [2nd Week] Fri *est* 2.25 cr. Grand total: 57.50 cr nett.

#Barfi Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr. Total: 20.70 cr nett. Sat witnesses 30% to 40% jump in several circuits. Limited shows at plexes. Superb!

#Raaz3 is a Blockbuster, in view of nominal costs on one hand and revenue generated from India theatrical+Sat+Music+Overseas on the other.

#Barfi *revised* Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr, Sun 13.90 cr. Total: 34.60 cr nett.

In exactly a month, Bollywood witnesses 3 major Hits – #EkThaTiger, #Raaz3 and now #Barfi. Bollywood Shining!

#EkThaTiger collected 72 lacs in its 5th Week. Grand total: 199.11 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.

#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.

#Heroine Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr. Total: Rs 32 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.10 cr. Grand total: 82.55 cr nett.

#Heroine Weekend 25 cr, Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr, Wed 2.7 cr, Thu 2.4 cr. Total: 37.1 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Weekend 17.1 cr, Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.1 cr, Wed 2.6 cr, Thu 2.5 cr. Grand total: 87.15 cr nett.

Barfi! opens to excellent houses in multiplexes.

Opening of Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal horrifyingly poor. Shows in multiplexes of raipur had to be canceld due to absence of audience!!

Bad times for Bollywood. Heroine entails 10 crore loss; KDM proves a big disaster; OMG fails to pick up at many centres after a dull start.

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Obituary :

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Dinesh Thakur : 

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An iconic figure in the world of Hindi stage , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 .

During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

He starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

Posting a link of the blog , which I have written as his obituary : Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call wp.me/ptyXI-2kx

 

Rajen Kothari :

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 An ace cameraman of films like ; ” Hip Hip Hurray ” [ 1984 ] , ” Damul ” [ 1985 ] , ” Dacait ” [ 1987 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1988 ] , ” Ghayal ” [ 1990 ] , ” Ghatak ” [ 1996 ]  , ” Zubeidaa ” [ 2001 ] , ” Bose , The Forgotten Hero ” [ 2005 ] , and ” Welcome To Sajjanpur ” [ 2008 ] , Rajen Kothari died of cardiac arrest on September 27 , 2012 .

He was 60 at the time of his death . His son Pratik Kothari is my student .

 

M. S. Shinde :

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M. S. Shinde , an editor , who edited immortal classic ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , died in penury on September 28, 2012 at the age of 83 .

Apart from ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , he edited more than 100 hit films like ; ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Seeta Aur Geeta ” [ 1972 ] , ” Sagar ” [ 1985 ] and ” Ram Jaane ” [ 1995 ] .

It is very sad that he had to spend his last days in PMGP colony Dharavi and had to face financial troubles .


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 07

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1 – Raaz 2 …………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Chal Pichchur Banate Hain ………………………… X

3 – Riwayat …………………………………………………. X

Second Week – September 14

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1 – Barfi ………………………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Qayamat Hi Qayamat ………………………………… X

3 – Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal ……………………………. Hazel Crowney

4 – The Lost Tape ………………………………………….. X

Third Week – September 21

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1 – Heroine …………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………… Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………… Divya Dutta

Fourth Week  – September 28

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1 – OMG  Oh My God ! ………………………………………. Poonam Jhawar

2 – Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal ………………………….. X



In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. actors , who are trained by me .


 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Veebha Anand  is appearing in a TV show ” Kairi “ on  Colors TV.

2 – Atishri Sarkar is appearing in a TV show ” Savdhan India “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in  ” Some Times ” .

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

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Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  23, 2012           11.55 P.M.

An iconic figure of the world of Hindi theatre , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 due to kidney failure .

Born , brought up and educated in Delhi , he moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and started working in films . During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

Mere Apne

Mere Apne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajnigandha

Rajnigandha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kalicharan

Kalicharan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meera

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fiza

Fiza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He also starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

Play - Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

Play – Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

I am lucky that I had a personal relationship with Mr. Dinesh Thakur . I approached him for work during my struggling days . He was kind enough to give me roles in two plays . They were ” Azar Ka Khwab ” and ” Tughlaq ” . I got much exposure in stage craft while working with him . Apart from being a wonderful director , he used to design his sets also . I particularly remember sets of his play ” Tughlaq ” .

Even after I stopped working with him , I kept on bumping into him quite often . Last I met him in 2011 in the house of a student during Ganapati festival . He was looking frail and was not keeping well but he greeted me warmly . Little did I realize that I was meeting him for the last time . One year later during this Ganapati in 2012 , he is gone forever .

Rest In Peace sir ! You taught me some finer points in acting and stage craft . It is sad that one more titan is lost forever . Going to Prithvi Theatre will never be same again .

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Aah Shammi Kapoor ……….” Tum Sa Nahi Dekha ” !!


Shammi Kapoor
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA          NOVEMBER 16 , 2011          08.15 P.M.

When I got the news of Shammi Kapoor‘s sad demise on August 14 , 2011 at the age of 79 , flood of memories engulfed me and inundated me completely . Though , initially , I was not a huge fan of Shammi Kapoor , but later on , as I watched his films and understood his importance in Hindi films , I succumbed to his charm completely.

That golden era  of Hindi films belonged to film industry’s towering triumvirate ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor . Like other youngsters of my age , I was very much enamoured by the trio . So naturally for me , Shammi Kapoor was nowhere in the picture . While in school and college , I was intrigued by the fact that whenever any new film of Shammi Kapoor used to hit the cinema halls, class – rooms wore deserted look and seeing the empty class , our irritated teachers used to say few nasty words for Shammi Kapoor because majority of the boys had no quam in bunking the class for the first day , first show of a Shammi Kapoor film . I got intrigued and decided to uncover the persona and unravel the mystique of Shammi Kapoor , the dancing star , the rebel star . I started watching his films and to my amazement , realized that Hindi Cinema doesn’t belong to the above mentioned triumvirate alone but it consists of the quartet ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor . Without these four one cannot even think of Hindi cinema .

I took this picture when he paid a visit last ...

Dilip Kumar

With Dev Anand in His Office

With Dev Anand in His Office

In those days of my asinine childhood and carefree adolescence , Dilip Kumar symbolized romance and pain of the Nehru era , while Raj Kapoor was the face of Nehruvian socialism . Dev Anand represented urbane and educated youth of this nascent nation . Shammi Kapoor was unique because he gave face and voice to the aspirations of the emerging middle class youth . His first hit ” Tum Sa Nahin Dekha “ came in 1957 . It was the year of second general election also . First general election was held in 1952 .  So after testing democracy for five years , youth of India were bubbling with enthusiasm and ” I don’t give a damn ” kind of attitude . Their aspirations , their liking for good clothes and better life – style was palpable and Shammi Kapoor Saheb represented these feelings to the fullest . And naturally he became icon of the liberated youth of the nascent , new and emerging democratic India .It is not for nothing that he is called Rebel Star and Dancing Star of Hindi films .

So obviously , when I heard the news of his demise , an era ended for me . One more chapter of my growing years was lost completely .  I wanted to write the obituary  immediately but I thought that best moment to pay my last respect would be on the occasion of the release of his last film ” Rockstar “ . Ranbir Kapoor starrer ” Rockstar “ got released on November 11 , 2011 and it created history . It became legendary Shammi Kapoor‘s last film. It signals the end of one of the most glorious chapters of Hindi Cinema . It brings curtain down on the memories of legendary Shammi Kapoor . One more icon of my childhood left the world finally and ” Rockstar “  is the cruel reminder of that fact . The journey , which started with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” [ 1953] , ended with ” Rockstar ” [ 2011 ] . It is 58 years long , gigantic and glorious reel journey .

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shamsher Raj Kapoor , better known as Shammi Kapoor started his career with ” Jeeva Jyoti ”  [ 1953 ] , a film directed by Mahesh Kaul , who incidentally , years later gave break to Hema Malini inSapno Ka Saudagar ”  , who incidentally was his last romantic lead in ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ]. Chand Usmani was Shammi Kapoor’s first heroine in ” Jeevan Jyoti ” .

” Rail Ka Dibba ” [ 1953 ] , ” Laila Majnu ” [ 1953 ] , ” Shama Parwana ” [ 1954 ]  ,  ” Chor Bazar ” [ 1954 ] , ” Miss Coca Cola ” [ 1955 ] , ” Daku ” [ 1955 ] , ” Mem Sahib ” [ 1956 ] , ” Rangeen Ratein ” [ 1956 ] , ” Mirza Sahiban ” [ 1957 ] , ” Mujrim ” [ 1958 ]  and ” Char Dil Char Rahen ” [ 1959 ]  “ came in quick succession and most of them bombed miserably .

Teesri Manzil

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Very few hits and 18 flops later, Shammi Kapoor became a major star with ” Tumsa Nahi Dekha ” [ 1957 ] , ” Dil Deka Dekho ” [ 1958 ] and ” Ujala ” [ 1959 ] . After this there were blitzkrieg of hugely successful films like ; “College Girl ” [1960 ] , ” Singapore ” [ 1960 ] , ” Boyfriend ” [ 1960 ] , ” Junglee ” [ 1961 ] , ” Dil Tera Diwana ” [ 1962 ] , ” Professor ” [ 1962 ] , ” China Town ” [ 1962 ] , ” Bluff Master ” [ 1963 ] , ” Rajkumar ” [ 1963 ] , ” Kashmir Ki Kali ” [ 1964 ] , ” Janwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Teesri Manzil ” [ 1966 ] , ” Budtameez ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Laat Saheb ” [ 1967 ] , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Prince ” [ 1968 ]  , ” Tum Se Accha Kaun Hai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Sachchai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Pagla Kahin Ka ” [ 1970 ] , ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ] , ” Jawan Mohabbat ” [ 1971 ] , and ” Jaane Anjane ” [ 1971 ] . After last mentioned film , he stopped playing romantic lead .

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

There after he started playing character roles and created some major milestones as well , ” Zameer ” [ 1974 ] , ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] , ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] , ” Parvarish ” [ 1977 ] , ” Shalimar “[ 1978 ] , ” Meera “[ 1989 ] , ” Rocky “[ 1981 ] , “Naseeb “[ 1981 ] , “Prem Rog “[ 1981 ] , ” Vishaata “[ 1982 ] , “Desh Premi “[ 1982 ] , “Hero “[ 1982 ] , ” Betab “[ 1983 ] and finally ” Rockstar “[ 2011 ] .


Among the above mentioned films ; ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] and ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] were his directorial ventures .

I consider myself fortunate that of the quartet of Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor , I Could meet all the three barring Raj Kapoor . In early 90s I had written a serial ” Mitti Ke Diye “ and along with my director , went to Shammi Kapoor Saheb‘s Malabar Hills apartment to narrate the story to him . We reached his Blue Heaven apartment in the morning and were ushered into his room . He was working on his computer . He greeted us warmly , told us to sit down and ordered tea for us .I narrated the story in trembling voice and to my utter shock and dismay he liked the story and agreed to work in the serial immediately .

The serial was not made because of my bad luck . But I still remember his towering personality , his booming voice and benign smile . He made me feel important , though he had achieved gigantic successes and I was a struggling nonentity . After some years I again bumped into him at the marriage reception of grand – daughter of legendary singer Mukesh . After that I could not meet or see him . I followed him on twitter , though . And then came the news of his illness and the death .

I feel blessed to meet you sir . I imbibed your spirit , your love and zest for life . I got your blessings and I know that it will guide me in the slippery world of film industry . Farewell sir ! I will definitely meet you in heaven to learn cinema from you . Till then , rest in peace sir !

There shall never , ever be another Shammi Kapoor .

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