Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 05 , 2015           07.30 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marks the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

In 2013 – 14 my success rate was 40%. In 2014 – 15 it jumps to 55%. This is unprecedented for any acting class. I am continuously writing my Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I noticing that there were no lean months in these 6 years. There were more than a dozen working students every month.

For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Aadesh Shrivastava :

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Aadesh Shrivastava was a music composer and singer . Over the course of his career, he had composed music for over 100 Hindi films. On September 5, 2015 , just a day after he turned 51, he died of cancer in Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai .

Aadesh ji got his first big break with film ” Kanyadaan “ [ 1993 ] . Among the singers who sang in this movie, there was Lata Mangeshkar who sang his first song – Oh Sajna Dilbar, a duet with Udit Narayan which became popular in radio. But the film and the rest of songs went unnoticed. The same thing happened with ” Jaan e Tamanna “ , but he bounced back with Aao Pyaar Karen ” . One track “Haathon Mein Aa Gaya Jo Kal” was a hit. His other films are ” Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya ” andShastra “ . The chart buster “Kya Ada Kya Jalwe Tere Paro” from the film ” Shastra “ got him in the limelight once again.

Aadesh ji  sang a number of hit songs such as “Sona sona”, “Shava Shava”, “Gustakhiyaan” and “Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha”. He won accolades for his work in Kunwara ” ” Tarkieb ” andShikari in the year 2000. In 2001, his success continued with the movieBas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

In 2005, he was a judge on the talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005. He returned to television as a judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. His semi-classical song Mora Piya from Raajneeti became a hit in 2010 .

 

Mohan Bhandari :

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Veteran TV actor Mohan Bhandari died after a long battle with brain tumour on September 24, 2015. He was in his early 60s. He was struggling with the illness for the last few years after suffering brain hemorrhage.

He appeared in several serials including ” Khaandaan ” on DD ” Karz ” , ” Parampara ” , ” Jeevan Mrityu ” , ” Pathjhad ” , ” Gumraah ” and ” Mile Sur Mera Tumhara “.

He was also seen in the Bollywood films like ; ” Bawandar “, ” Pratighaat ” ,  ” Mangal Pandey -The Rising ” & ” Paheli “.

Currently he was working in a serial called “ Tere Shehar Mein “.

 

 Hemant Bhosle :

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Hemant Bhosle, the music director who succumbed to cancer last month on September 28, 2015 in Scotland, was not only son of legendary Asha Bhosle but also was a talented composer who perhaps did not get enough opportunities to create his own distinctive style. He died at the age of 66.

He had a feel for romantic duets; especially those he composed for Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. The composer worked in several films with Majrooh Sultanpuri , who penned some of his popular tracks.

Two of Hemant’s early films were Eshmayeel Shroff’s ” Agar ” and ” Taxi Taxi ” [ 1977 ] in which Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle had come together to sing ‘Laayee Kahaan Ae Zindagi’. ” Taxi Taxi ” [ 1977 ] and ” Anpadh ” [ 1978 ], did not fare well at the cash counter. ” Damaad ” [ 1978 ] was a minor box-office success. Hemant also gave the score for Anil Sharma’s ” Shraddhanjali ” [ 1981 ] , again a minor success, and ” Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka ” [ 1983 ].

Hemant Bhosle had also composed music for Marathi Bhavgeet “Sharad Sundar ” and ” Yeu Kashi Priya “ , all of which his mother had sung.
It is very sad that his sister Varsha Bhosle also died young at the age of 56 in 2012.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 04

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1 – Welcome Back …………………………………………………… John Abraham

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Harry Josh

……………………………………………………………………………. Pawni A. Pandey

2 – Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale …………………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – September 11

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1 – The Perfect Girl – Ek Simple Si Love Story ……….. Sonali Sachdev

2 – Naath – Ek Pratha ……………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Hum Sab Ullu Hain ……………………………………………………………… X

4 – Tera Mera Tedha Medha ……………………………………………………. X

5 – Mere Genie Uncle ……………………………………………………………….. X

6 – Hero ……………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – September 18
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1 -Meeruthiya Gangster ……………………………………… Pawni A. Pandey

2 – Katti Batti ……………………………………………………………. Imran Khan

3 – Dunno Y 2 – Life Is A Moment ……………………………………………… X

4 – MSG 2 The Messenger …………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – September 25
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1 – Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon  …………………………………………… Elli Avram

……………………………………………………………………………………. Arbaaz Khan

2 – Bhaag Johnny ……………………………………………………….. Zoa Morani

……………………………………………………………………………………. Elli Avram

………………………………………………………………………………. Urvashi Rautela

3 – Calendar Girl …………………………………………………… Ganesh Hegde

4 – Time Out ……………………………………………………………………………… X

In total …………… 16 …………….. films got released in September. Out of these ………….. 16 ………… released films …….. 08 ……… films have …………… 13 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 13 ……… persons , ………. 10 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 03 ………… Pawni A. Pandey is the play back singer of  ” Meruthiya Gangster ” and ” Welcome Back ” respectively. She appears in the list twice. Remaining ……….. 01 ……….. Ganesh Hegde is the choreographer of  ” Calendar Girl “.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Tarun Khanna is doing a show  ” Police Factory “ on Sab TV .

2 – Shaleen Bhanot is doing a show  ” Suryaputra Karn “ on Sony TV .

3 – Sid Makkar is doing a show  ” Lajwanti “ on Zee TV .


My ……….………. 03 …………….….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Saif Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Macho Underwear ” .

2 – Krushna Abhishek is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Lux Cott’s Wool ” .

3 – Ranbir Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Philips LED Bulb ” .

4 – Sonam Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Colgate Visible White ” .

 5 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Vega Hair Styling Appliances” .

  My ………….. 05 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

My 13 students appeared in 08 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of September 2015 comes to 21.  I challenge ” Facebook Acting Institute ” , who love to shout from the housetop, to come out with their data. I know that 2 upstarts and 1 embryo masquerading as acting trainers are not going to take the challenge. There is deafening silence.

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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 21 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

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Pt. Bhimsen Joshi : Death of A Person , End of An Era


 

On Monday,  January 24, 2011, when I was reaching Lokmanya Tilak Terminus , Mumbai to catch my train to Varanasi , on the way I read about Pt. Bhimsen Joshi’s sad demise  on somebody’s twitter handle. I was shocked.

 

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I am fortunate , lucky and blessed that I have attended one of his concerts and could see him and listen him in person.  I remember as if it happened only yesterday. I was new in Mumbai [ then Mumbai was still Bombay ] And there was a buzz about the first Elephanta Festival. I read in news papers that Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sonal Mansingh would perform live for that festival. In those days of my existence , I had no money even for two proper meals. So buying ticket for the concert was almost impossible. I decided to skip my food for some coming days and bought the ticket. I took the first boat to Elephanta Island [ known in local parlance as Ghara Puri Bet ] and reached there. Since the concert was in the evening and I reached much earlier, I started roaming around. I saw all the caves. I eagerly waited for the evening to descend on the island. But for me , that day , time was moving slowly. Eventually the sun set in the west and the azure sky turned grey and finally black. Night came and slowly darkness engulfed the island completely. I reached the venue and took my seat. I was hungry and tired but I was eagerly waiting for Pandit ji to come. Suddenly a deafening sound of claps and whistles  erupted and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi appeared on the stage. He sat on the dias and started his AALAP. Slowly I started getting mesmerized . His voice gradually reached crescendo and , and I forgot my hunger pangs and cramps and was transported to another world.  It went on for complete two hours and I sat there completely engrossed and enchanted. Programme ended and I took the boat back and reached my place. I had to survive on Vada-Pao for some days but I never regretted my decision and today when he is gone, I consider myself fortunate and blessed that I attended the concert and was able to hear him once in my life.

I am not an expert of Indian Classical Music so I can’t give detailed analysis or critique of his expertise or his mastery over various RAGAS. I am just a lover or connoisseur of Indian Classical Music , so I can simply express my feelings for Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and his ability to get an ordinary lover of music like me , to get hooked to his music permanently.

Later on when I was well enough to buy some cassettes and cds, I bought and listened admiringly. I like and admire vocalists like Dagar Brothers, Pandit Onkar Nath Thakur,  Pandit Kumar Gandharv, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Rajan Mishra & Pandit Sajan Mishra of VARANASI and Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor. But for me PANDIT BHIMSEN JOSHI will always be special because I could attend his concert and could listen him personally. He is the only Indian Classical musician, apart from Pandit Ravi Shankar & Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, whose concerts I have attended but they are instrumentalists. So they are in different league.

 

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PANDIT BHIMSEN JOSHI came from a humble beginning. He was born in the Kannadiga Brahmin family of GADAG village of DHARWAD district of KARNATAKA. Left his home when he was 11 years old and in search of his GURU went from one place to another. During those formative years, sometimes he had to beg and once he had to become servant also in the house of Bengali actor Pahadi Sanyal for his survival. But when he attained success, he never looked back. Few people know that he had a brief career as a  play back singer also. In 1956 he sang a duet for a Hindi film ” Basant Bahar ” along with Manna Dey. He sang for some Marathi films also. In 1985 he sang Mile Sur Mera Tumhara for Door Darshan and attained mass recognition and adulation. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1985, Padma Vibhushan in 1999 and finally Bharat Ratna in 2008. Apart from Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Bismillah Khan, he is the fourth recipient of the highest national honour among all the eminent members of this music fraternity.

Today PANDIT BHIMSEN JOSHI is gone but his music will enthrall the connoisseurs of Indian Classical Music for centuries to come.

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