Mrinal Sen – The Last of the Triumvirate


Mrinal Sen

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 03, 2019           06.30 P.M. 

Mrinal Sen

[ 14 May 1923 – 30 December 2018 ]

Mrinal Sen was a Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata. Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, he was often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Bengali parallel cinema on the global stage. Like the works of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, his cinema was known for its artistic depiction of social reality. The three directors were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in so doing, they charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India.

Minal Sen first feature film, Raat Bhore  [ 1955 ] featured Uttam Kumar who was not yet the Major star of Bengali cinema that he became. The movie was a let-down. His next film, Neel Akasher Neechey  [ 1958) ] earned him local recognition, while his third film, Baishey Shravan [ 1960 ] was the first film that gave him international exposure.

After making five more films, he made a film with a shoestring budget provided by the Government of India. This film, Bhuvan Shome  [ 1969 ] finally launched him as a major filmmaker, both nationally and internationally. Bhuvan Shome also initiated the “New Cinema” film movement in India.

Mrinal Sen had been suffering from age related ailments for many years. He died on 30 December 2018 at the age of 95 at his home in Bhawanipore, Kolkata.

 

Funeral Procession of Mrinal Sen

I came to know about him when his film Bhuvan Shome [ 1969 ] was released. It was the year when I just finished intermediate from Government Inter College , Allahabad [ now PRAYAGRAJ ] and took admission in Allahabad University. I was curious about the film but I could not watch it. I became aware of Mrinal Sen because of the buzz around the film.

Poster of BHUVAN SHOME

After  Bhuvan Shome , other gems like Interview [ 1971 ] , Ek Adhuri Kahani  [ 1971 ] , Calcutta 71  [ 1972 ] , Padatik [ 1973 ] , Chorus [ 1974 ] and Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] were released in quick succession.

 

Poster of MRIGAYAA

Mrigayaa [ 1976 ] became talk of the town . It introduced a naxalite as the protagonist. His name was Mithun Chakraborty. He got national award for the best actor for the film and soon became a sensation and later on came to be known as poor man’s Amitabh Bachchan.

Mrinal Sen was an ardent follower of Marxist philosophy. This is precisely the reason , I avoided watching his films. Till date I have watched none of his films . Neither Bhuvan Shome nor even Mrigayaa .

After his demise , I am thinking of watching all his films. List of awards , which his films won , tell us about his craft and his greatness.

 

National awards

National Film Award for Best Feature Film

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali

National Film Award for Best Direction

International awards 

Moscow International Film Festival – Silver Prize
1975 Chorus[13]
1979 Parashuram[14]
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
1977 Oka Oori Katha
Berlin International Film Festival
Interfilm Award
1979 Parashuram
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Grand Jury Prize[15]
1981 Akaler Sandhane
Cannes Film Festival – Jury Prize
1983 Kharij
Valladolid International Film Festival – Golden Spike
1983 Kharij
Chicago International Film Festival – Gold Hugo
1984 Khandhar
Montreal World Film Festival – Special Prize of the Jury
1984 Khandhar
Venice Film Festival – OCIC Award – Honorable Mention
1989 Ek Din Achanak
Cairo International Film Festival – Silver Pyramid for Best Director
2002 Aamar Bhuban

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I offer my condolences and tribute. It is sad that because of the aversion of Marxism , I refrained from watching his films .

[ Basic information about Mrinal Sen has been taken from Wikipedia . His photo posted here is from Google,  I express gratitude .]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           April 03 , 2016           11.00 P.M.

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

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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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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Ashok Gaikwad :

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Ashok Gaikwad was a Hindi film director who has directed several hit films. His first notable film was Qatil (1988) starring Aditya Pancholi and Sangeeta Bijlani. He was prominent in the 1990s with many Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff starrers.

Some of his notable films are : Qatil [ 1988 ] , Doodh Ka Karz [ 1990 ] , Izzat [ 1991 ] , Police Officer [ 1992 ] , Sarphira [ 1992 ] , Phool Aur Angaar [ 1993 ] , Krishan Avtaar [ 1993 ] , Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat [ 1997 ] , Gair [ 1999 ] & Maa Kasam [ 1999 ] .

Some of his lesser known films are : “Gunehgar Kaun” [ 1991 ] , “Qurbani Rang Layegi” [ 1991 ] , “Hasti” [ 1993 ] , “Parwane” [ 1993 ] , & “Fauj” [ 1994 ] .

He was the man who directed Rani Mukherjee in her debut film ” Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat ” [ 1997 ].

Ashok Gaikwad died on March 28, 2016.

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Hindi Films in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – March 04

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1 – Jai Gangaajal ………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………………………… Prakash Jha

………………………………………………………………………………………. Jagat Singh

2 – Zubaan ……………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Second Week – March 11

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1 – Darling Don’t Cheat ………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Dirty Boss ……………………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Global Baba ……………………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Murari The Mad Gentleman ……………………………………………………. X

5 – 1982 A Love Marriage …………………………………………………………….. X

6 – Teraa Surroor ………………………………………………………… Monica Dogra

 

Third Week – March 18 
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1 – Awesome Mausam …………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Cute Kameene …………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Dare You …………………………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Miss Teacher …………………………………………………………………………… X

5 – Mumbai Central ………………………………………………………………………. X

6 – Ok Mein Dhokhe ………………………………………………………………………. X

7 – Kapoor & Sons ………………………………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

 

Fourth Week  – March 24/25
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1 – Crime Affair Aur Badla ……………………………………………………………… X

2 – Tann Mann Aur Dhan  ………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Rocky Handsome  ………………………………………………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………………………………………… Nathalia Kaur

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in March 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 04 ……………………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 07 ………………… persons , Prakash Jha, apart from acting, also wrote the screenplay and directed  ” Jai Gangaajal “ .

 


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TV Trivia in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Pritam Singh is playing an important role in ” Comedy Nights Bachao “ on Colors.

2 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in ” Crime Petrol “ on Sony TV.

3 – Karishma Tanna is playing an important role in ” Woh Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle “ on Sab TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. student in ………………… 03 ……………. TV show .

 

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Theatre in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Nasir Khan is playing lead in ” 3 Bandar “.

2 – Kishwer Merchant is playing lead in ” 3 Bandar “.

3 – Urvashi Sharma Joshi is playiny a role in ” Selfie “.

My …………. 03 ………….. students in ………… 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials in March & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Sonam Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Kalyan Jewellers “.

2 – Sonal Sachdev is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Amazon.in “.

3 – Kartik Aaryan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Envy 1000 Crystal “.

4 – Tanisha Gupta is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Dabur Meswak “.

5 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Attraction “.

6 – Saif Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Ekta World “.

 

My ………….. 06 …………… students in …………… 06 …………… commercial campaigns .

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Summary of March 2016

My 04 students appeared in 07 films , 03 student in 03 TV show , 03 student in 02 plays and 06 students appeared in 06 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of March 2016 comes to 16

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS


63rd NATIONAL FILM AWARDS 2016

1 – Kalki Koechlin : Special Jury Award for “Margarita With A Straw”

DEBUTS

1 – Praksh Jha made his debut as a main lead in a Hindi film ” JAI GANGAAJAL “ on March 04, 2016.

 

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In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the above mentioned facts and can check and verify them.

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

Vidur Acting Institute Logo

 

On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 16 students .

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

[List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . Information about Late Ashok Gaikwad is taken from Wikipedia. I express gratitude.]

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A Tale of Two Acting Institutes : FTII & NSD


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

I start my blog with salutations to Shri Roshan Taneja , Ex Head of FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] and Ebrahim Alkazi , Ex Head of NSD [ National School of Drama ] .

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

Then I proceed to submit that apart from above mentioned two giants of Acting Training , I don’t like the present dispensation of these so-called premiere acting institutes of India .

Let me take their case one by one .

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA :

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This so-called premiere school boasts of the alumni , which could be the dream of any Acting Trainer of India . This famous theatre training institute was established in 1959 in New Delhi by the Sangeet Natak Akademi . In 1975 it became an independent school .

National School of Drama

National School of Drama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First batch of NSD was passed out in 1961 . After this Ebrahim Alkazi took over the reigns and helmed the affair of the school from 1962 to 1977 . It was the golden period of NSD .

In 2008 , though the NSD celebrated its Golden Jubilee , but the shine  , the sheen had gone . I fail to understand the attitude of the present day students of NSD . They think that since they have done an acting course from NSD , so the whole world should invariably acknowledge their eminence . They behave as if whole universe is indebted to them because they have done two years training in NSD . Their immortal arrogance precede their mortal body . This is precisely the reason that they are not very successful in Hindi Film Industry .

FILM & TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA :

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This premier film acting institute was established in 1960 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Government of India . The present campus is situated in the holy precincts of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company , Pune .

Notable alumni

I do agree that this an enviable list . Any Acting Trainer of India can die for such illustrious students . But what is the present condition ? Why this institute is unable to churn such illustrious students any more ? What happened after Shri Roshan Taneja’s departure ?

Can any one answer ? NSD and FTII were successful with enviable record during the tenure of Shri Ebrahim Alkazi and Shri Roshan Taneja respectively . After their departure mediocrity started ruling and these glorious institutions became just buildings , just structures .

Great institutions are governed by great minds , giant personalities . They can’t be run by upstarts and dwarfs . I can’t comment much about NSD but I know the root cause of the deterioration and subsequent demise of FTII . After departure of Shri Roshan Taneja , every Tom , Dick & Harry rushed to FTII and became Acting Trainers . In front of 10 / 20 captive students they proclaimed themselves as the incarnation of Constantin Stanislavski . People managing the affairs of FTII had and have no vision . They employed every wannabe , every upstart , every so-called veteran actors as Acting Coach and these frustrated Dilip Kumars and Amitabh Bachchans ruined the great FTII .

The decadence is apparent , degeneration is palpable and death is imminent . I have one student in the current batch of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , who has completed two years acting course from FTII . She is beautiful and is definitely talented . But because of wrong training , she is struggling in my class . She is not at fault . Fault lies at the door of their trainers , who proclaim themselves as the reincarnation of Constantin Stanislavski and dish out half – baked knowledge . It never happened during the tenure of Shri Roshan Taneja .

Is there any remedy ? Will these two institutes be able to come out of ICU ? Can there be another Ebrahim Alkazi and Roshan Taneja ?

On behalf of myself and on behalf of all the students of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters and whole family of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray to the almighty for the long life of NSD and FTII ! May the future be more glorious and shining than the illustrious past !

[ List of the alumni of FTII is taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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