Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  06, 2013          11.35 P.M.
Month of January came and is now gone with no major surprises . ” Table No. 21 “ met with moderate success and ” Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola “ failed to garner mullahs at the box office . ” Race 2 “ looked promising initially but could not sustain the impetus .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets

#Dabangg2 *2-week total* India Rs 144 cr + Overseas Rs 45.6 cr. Total: Rs 189.6 cr.

Update: New releases open to cold response, but ‘Table No 21’ reports good, should grow http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/304/date/2013-01-04 …

‘Rajdhani Express’ movie review: Has its moments, but they are few and far between! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/508322 …

‘Table No. 21’ movie review: A commendable movie-going experience. Strongly recommended http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/554240 …

‘Table No 21’ Friday 1.55 cr… Picked up in the evening shows… North biz affected due to severe cold.

‘Table No 21’ fri 1.55 cr, sat 2.04 cr, sun 2.25 cr, mon 1.02 cr, tue 1.00 cr. Total: 7.86 cr. Rock-steady!

‘Table No 21’ lone survivor at BO… 2013 release calendar packed, multiple films to bombard cineplexes week after week http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/566/date/2013-01-09 …

9h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MatruKiBijleeKaMandola faces tough competition in North [Punjabi film] and South [5 Tamil films and 2 biggies in Telugu].
9h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh

Update: #MKBKM ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ opens to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/date/2013-01-11 …21

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MumbaiMirror movie review: For those who relish masala movies. Especially for the single screen circuit! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/571955

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar movie review: Caters to a niche audience! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/550982 …

Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Inkaar collected approx Rs 6.35 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 1.75 cr,Sat2.10cr, Sun2.50cr.

21 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar, #MumbaiMirror have lacklustre weekend, #MKBKM falls significantly – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/932/date/2013-01-21 …

19h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh

#Race2 Saturday trends: Has chances of touching 20 cr, if it maintains the momentum. Awesome!

INKAAR is for a thin section of the audience only. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/inkaar-review/ …

19h Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta

Race 2: first day all-india net approx. 14.25 to 14.5 crore.


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Obituary :

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay : 

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay, a favourite actor of Satyajit Ray and a loving grandfather of Bengali films, died on January 07 , 2013 in the morning .

From “Mahanagar” to “Barfi” , his loving portrayals in films enthralled us. He is the actor who played Jhilmil’s Daju in Barfi.

S. Ramanathan :

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Producer and director S. Ramanathan died on January 09 , 2013 at the age of 83 .

He was the man , who produced ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and thus gave Amitabh Bachchan his first big break . Later on he produced ” Geraftaar ” [ 1985 ] and brought together Amitabh Bachchan , Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan . In between he also produced and directed ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ] , the film which starred Amitabh Bachchan in triple role .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 04

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1 – Dehraadun Diary …………………………………………………. X

2 – Meri Shadi Karao ………………………………………………… X

3 – Rajdhani Express ……………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

……………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

……………………………………………………………………………. Sayali Bhagat

……………………………………………………………………………. Sudhanshu Pandey

4 – Table No. 21 ……………………………………………………… X

Second Week – January 11

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1 – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola …………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Anushka Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………… Arya Babbar

2 – Gangoobai ………………………………………………………… X

Third Week – January 18

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1 – Inkaar ……………………………………………………………… John Abraham

2 – Mumbai Mirror ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Bandook ………………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – January 25

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1 – Akaash Vani ………………………………. ………………….. Kartik Tiwari

2 – Main Krishna Hoon ………………………………………….. Hritik Roshan [ Guest ]

………………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif [ Guest ]

3 – Race 2 ………………………………………  ………………….. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………. …………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………….  ………………… Jaqueline Fernandes


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….14 ……… persons , John Abraham comes twice and Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif have made guest appearances .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Chhattisgarhi : Sandesh Gour  is playing main lead in ” Daai “.

 

My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sajid Khan is one of the judges in ” Naach Baliye – 5 “ on Star Plus .

2 – Dinesh Soni is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors TV.

3 – Kunal Madhiwalla is playing Narad in ” Jai Bajrangbali “ on Sahara One TV .

4 – Akhlaque Khan is playing an important role in ” Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha “ on Colors TV .

5 – Sonali Sachdev is playing an important role in ” Sanskaar – Dharohar Apno Ki “ on Colors TV .

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 05 ……………. shows on different channels .


 

I congratulate all the above mentioned students of mine on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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