Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!


Sadhana - During Her Hey Days

Sadhana ji – During Her Hey Days

 

An Old & Feeble Sadhana - A Year Before Her Death

An Old & Feeble Sadhana ji – A Year Before Her Death

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 31, 2015           10.15 P.M.

 

On December 25th, 2015, when the world was celebrating Christmas, I read a news and suddenly all around me my world crumbled. I read that SADHANA ji bid adieu to this ephemeral world. My memories took me away from the metropolitan Mumbai of 2015 and ushered me into the dark, humid hall of Amarjyoti Talkies, Deoria. The year was 1965 and the film I went to watch was ” Waqt “, Yash Chopra directed 1st multi-starrer of India. Passing through the pan-strewn gate and boundary walls of Amarjyoti Talkies, I fought a valiant battle to get the ticket and entered the hall.

Film started and drama gripped the audience. As film progressed, SADHANA ji made entry and her entry was greeted with thunderous applause and whistles. In the film she lip-synced famous Asha Bhosle songs like ;

कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी ……………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90C7QT0cbOo ]

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है ………………………

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cQ_KiQLGNk ]

and

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए …………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndFruvW688U ]

Her fringe hairstyle, tight Choodidar & Kurta and enchanting smile threw a spell over my adolescent mind. I still vividly remember my first screen encounter with SADHANA ji .

As Christmas 2015 night progressed, I remembered her other famous songs. Even after so many years, they are still mint fresh in my memory. They are ;

ओ सजना , बरखा बहार आयी – परख

अभी न जाओ छोड़कर , कि दिल अभी भरा नहीं – हम दोनों

याद में तेरी जाग – जाग के हम , रात भर करवटें बदलते हैं – मेरे महबूब

नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम – वो कौन थी?

आजा आई बहार दिल है बेक़रार , ओ मेरे राजकुमार, तेरे बिन रहा न जाये – राजकुमार

अजी रूठ कर अब कहाँ जाइयेगा – आरज़ू

बेदर्दी बालमा तुझको मेरा मन याद करता है – आरज़ू

तू जहाँ जहाँ चलेगा , मेरा साया साथ होगा – मेरा साया

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कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी – वक़्त

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है  – वक़्त

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए – वक़्त

Death has snatched her away from me and my memories. But her spell will live with me forever. On the last day of 2015, as the world is busy celebrating advent of 2016, I am sitting in my study in Mumbai and writing this obituary and paying homage to one of the most beautiful actor of my time.

Sadhana Shivdasani

September 2, 1941 – December 25, 2015

Born in 1941, SADHANA ji migrated to India from Karachi during the post-partition riots. Her dad was influenced by cinema. In fact he had named his daughter Sadhana after the famous actress Sadhana Bose. [ Sadhona Bose was an Indian actress and a dancer. She acted in movies like Meenakshi, where she played the lead. A contemporary of Uday Shankar, in the 1930s she staged a number of ballets in Kolkata, including Bhookh on Bengal famine which was a pioneering work in presenting contemporary themes on stage. ]

Sadhana Shivdasani, better known mononymously as Sadhana, was one of the top actresses in the 1960s and the early-1970s. In 1955 she started her career and played a chorus girl in the song “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh Mud Mud Ke” in Raj Kapoor‘s Shree 420.

When she was 15 years old, she was approached by some producers who had seen her act in a college play. They cast her in India’s first Sindhi language film titled Abaana (1958), where she played the role of Sheila Ramani‘s younger sister. Her remuneration was INR 1.00 , yes, One rupee only.

Sadhana - Before Her Famous Fringe Hair Style

Sadhana ji – Before Her Famous Fringe Hairstyle

A photograph of her publicizing the film appeared in a movie magazine Screen. It was then that Sashadhar Mukherjee, one of Hindi cinema’s producer, noticed her. She joined Mukherjee’s acting school along with her debutant co-star and S. Mukherjee’s son Joy Mukherjee . R. K. Nayyar, who had previously worked as assistant director on few films, directed this film. He also created her trademark look, called Sadhana cut, inspired from British actress Audrey Hepburn. The Filmalaya Production banner thus introduced Joy, Sadhana and her iconic hairstyle in their 1960 romantic film Love in Simla. The film was a hit at the box office and was listed in the top 10 films of 1960. Sadhana played the role of a simple, bespectacled girl who is transformed by her grandmother into a beautiful woman and encouraged to pursue the hero. In the film, Sadhana wins a beauty contest and is awarded a three-year film contract with Filmalaya, which was the case in real life too.

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

 

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

She, in a career spanning 39 years, appeared in 33 famous and hit films. These filma are ; Shree 420 [ 1955 ] , Abana [ 1958 ] , Love in Simla [ 1960 ] , Parakh [ 1960 ] , Hum Dono [ 1961 ] , Prem Patra [ 1962 ] , Man-Mauji [ 1962 ] ,  Ek Musafir Ek Hasina [ 1962 ] , Asli-Naqli [ 1962 ] , Mere Mehboob [ 1963 ] , Woh Kaun Thi?  [ 1964 ] , Rajkumar  [ 1964 ] , Picnic [ 1964 ] , Dulha Dulhan [ 1964 ] , Waqt [ 1965 ] , Arzoo [ 1965 ] , Mera Saaya [ 1966 ] , Gaban [ 1966 ] , Budtameez [ 1966 ] , Anita [ 1967 ] , Sachaai [ 1969 ] , Intaquam [ 1969 ] , Ek Phool Do Mali [ 1969 ] , Ishq Par Zor Nahin [ 1970 ] , Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee [ 1971 ] , Dil Daulat Duniya [ 1972 ] , Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ]

Picnic [ 1964 ] was not released and Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] got delayed releases.

In 1966, she married R K Nayyar, director of her first film Love in Simla . SADHANA ji had health issues due to her thyroid, and after the release of Anita [ 1967 ] ,  she got treated in Boston. After returning from the USA, she starred in the successful movies like ;  Sachaai [ 1969 ],  Intaquam (1969), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972) and Geeta Mera Naam (1974).

In Intaquam she played the role of a revengeful woman, who allures the son of her own boss who cheated her to be put behind the bars for a crime she did not commit.

In 1974 her directorial venture Geeta Mera Naam released. Produced by her husband, the film had herself playing the lead actress along with Sunil Dutt and Feroz Khan .

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She also became famous as Mystery Girl with her three suspense thriller films namely Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967), all directed by Raj Khosla.

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Sadhana ji was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for films Woh Kaun Thi? and Waqt in 1965 and 1966 respectively.

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After release of  Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , her career virtually ended. Though she did 6 more films like; Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] but due to her failing health the charishma was missing.

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

During her last days, she had a beautiful relationship with 3 heroines of yesteryear. She had company of Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji and Helen ji. I am a fan of all the 4 above mentioned Divas of Hindi film industry. It is sad that 2 are now gone. And the remaining 2 are old and feeble. When I saw the below posted photograph, I remembered a song of Waheeda ji’s film ” काग़ज़ के फूल ” .

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम , हम रहे न हम , तुम रहे न तुम ,

बेक़रार दिल इस तरह मिले , जिस तरह कभी हम जुदा न थे ,

हम भी खो गए , तुम भी खो गए , राह  पर इसी , चल के दो क़दम ,

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम ……………….

From Left to Right : Nanda, Waheeda Rehman, Helen & Sadhana

From Left to Right : Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji, Helen ji & Sadhana ji

 

Sadhana ji - The Last Journey

Sadhana ji – The Last Journey

But this is life…………… It marches ahead………………… With our dear ones………………… and even without our dear ones…………………

It will only stop when our own journey is completed.

So let it be.

Good bye Sadhana ji ! We shall surely meet in another world. Praying for your eternal peace and salvation !!

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[ Name of films, few facts of Sadhana ji’s life and information about Sadhona Bose’s life and career has been taken from Wikipedia and is quoted in this blog. I express profound gratitude. ]

 

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My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 04, 2014           11.55 P.M. 
March 2014 was a disastrous month for the Hindi film industry . Out of 13 films released this month , only 2 films ; ” Queen ” and ” Ragini MMS 2 “ were hits . Remaining 11 films were resounding flops . A sad state of affair for the industry .
For me , though , it was a significant month . Month started with much awaited film ” Gulaab Gang “ . This Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla starrer film has 2 students of mine . Tanvi Rao played an important part and Pawni Pandey sang a song in the film .
Month of March ended with 2 big films .  ” O Teri “ and ” Dishkiyaoon ” . ” O Teri ” has 3 students of mine . Pulkit Samrat and  Bilal Amrohi as actors and Alvira Agnihotri as co producer and costume designer .
My son Abhinav Chaturvedi made his debut as a lyricist with ” O Teri “ . His first ever song ” ………… Ummbakkum ………………. “ is a chart – buster .” Dishkiyaoon “ , though a flop , has 2 students of mine . Harman Baweja and a new comer Ayesha Khanna . They played male and female protagonist respectively .

 

Following links of Vidur Club News Video say my success story :

1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ

2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI

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Obituary :

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Nanda : 

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A very big star of yesteryear and epitome of Indian beauty , Nanda died on March 25, 2014 at the age of  75 .
Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Nanda : Pardesiyon Ko Hai Ik Din Jaanaa ….. http://wp.me/ptyXI-3kp


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March 07

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1 – Gulaab Gang ……………………………………… Tanvi Rao

…………………………………………………………… Pawni Pandey

2 – Total Siyapaa ……………………………………. X

3 – Queen ……………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – March 14

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1 – Bewakoofiyaan …………………………………… Sonam Kapoor

…………………………………………………………….. Ashish Singh

2 – W …………………………………………………….. Danish Pandor

3 – Neighbours ……………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – March 21

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1 – Ankhon Dekhi ……………………………………. X

2 – Gangs of Ghosts …………………………………. X

3 – Lakshmi ……………………………………………. Flora Saini

4 – Ragini MMS – 2 …………………………………… Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………. Sonia Mehra

 

Fourth Week  – March 28
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1 – O Teri ………………………………………………. Pulkit Samrat

……………………………………………………………. Bilal Amrohi

…………………………………………………………… Alvira Agnihotri

…………………………………………………………… Abhinav Chaturvedi

2 – Dishkiyaoon ……………………………………… Harman Baweja

…………………………………………………………… Ayesha Khanna

3 – Youngistaan …………………………………….. X

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

 

Out of these ………. 14 ……… persons , ………… 10 ………. are actors . Among the rest ………. 04 ……. , Pawni Pandey is the singer of  ” Gulaab Gang “  . Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of   ” Bewakoofiyaan ” . Alvira Agnihotri is the co-producer and costume designer of  ” O Teri “ and Abhinav Chaturvedi is the lyricist of the same film .

 

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vikas Manaktala is playing an important role in ” Main Na Bhoolungi “ on Sony TV .

2 – Maninder Singh is playing an important role in ” CID “ on Sony TV .


My ……………. 02 ……….. student in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not an important month , but still I am happy .  My 14 students appeared in 07 films , and 02 student in 02 TV serials . Thus total number of students working in the month of March comes to 16 .

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Nanda : Pardesiyon Ko Hai Ik Din Jaanaa …..


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 30 , 2014           00.30 A.M.

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Unfortunately I was not connected to the net when yesteryear heroine Nanda ji died . I read about her death next day in the Times of India . She died on March 25 , 2014 at the age of 75 . One more icon of my Allahabad days is gone . One more reigning queen of my young years has left this world forever . I am feeling so helpless , so desperate , so forlorn , that I am unable to express myself properly . Several luminaries of cinema , who ruled the tinsel world during my adolescent days , are leaving this ephemeral world one by one . Several beautiful faces have vanished from this terra firma leaving me with this sinking feeling .

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in "Toofan Aur Diya"

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in “Toofan Aur Diya”

Nanda started working in films in 1948 as child artiste . She played heroine’s role for the first time in Bandish (1955) . After doing one more film Shatranj (1956) , she attained prominence with Toofan Aur Diya (1956) . This Rajendra Kumar starrer was directed by legendary V. Shantaram . He was Nanda’s paternal uncle .

From Bandish (1955) to Raj Kapoor’s  Prem Rog (1983) , she worked in almost 66 films as lead heroine / character artiste in a career spanning 28 years . She worked in 5 films as child artiste also . Thus Nanda worked in 71 films in a career spanning 35 years . Out of 71 films of Nanda ji , I have watched almost 25 films .

Nanda , during her hey – days , was an epitome of Indianness . Nanda had her own distinct class , beauty and charm . Nanda exuded ethnic oomph and native charm . Nanda was simple , yet she played a glamorous role with perfection and Elan . Nanda was a unique combination of traditional and modern woman . First film of Nanda , which I watched , was a super hit ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” [ 1965 ] . Nanda played stellar role in the film with Shashi Kapoor .

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I can never forget the film and its heroine Nanda in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) . All the songs of the film are still fresh in my memory and still reverberate in my ears . ” Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyaan Milaanaa …….. ” , ” Ye Samaa Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Ka …………….. ” , ” Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi Bulbul ……………. ” , ” Na Na Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe …………. ” and the soulful and melancholic ” Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon …………. “ are still part of my life , even after so many years .

With Shashi Kapoor in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

With Shashi Kapoor in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

In "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

In “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa  in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

After Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) , I watched several of her films . One film which I fondly remember even today is Dev Anand starrer Hum Dono (1961) , which I watched much later. I watched it in Palace talkies of Allahabad .

With Dev Anand in "Hum Dono"

With Dev Anand in “Hum Dono”

She was one of the few old era heroines , who modelled for Lux . I still remember the campaign .

Model for Lux

It is sad that she died a lonely death . Nanda was unmarried till her death . Few months back I watched a photograph of Nanda and her contemporaries . It brought tears in my eyes. All the beautiful reigning Divas of my young age are looking so different now . And alas , one is now gone !

Nanda & Her Close Friends : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

Nanda with Her Close Friends – Waheeda Rehman , Helen & Sadhana : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I offer my condolences to the family of Nanda ji and to all the near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also pray for the departed soul .

May you REST IN PEACE Nanda ji ! I will always miss you . I will always remember you in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) and will never forget the image of your’s in a shikara in Kashmir . The beautiful night of Kashmir , the white satin gown caressing your body , gentle breeze playing with your shampooed hair , your amorous face with bewitching smile and the sonorous Lata Mangeshkar song “…………… Ye Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa ; Kisi Ke Intezar Ka ……………….. “ will always remain with me till the last breath of my life . Your ephemeral body has left us but the above mentioned image endures perennially .

 

[ I have taken information about the films of Nanda ji from Wikipedia . I have copied the list of her films from Wikipedia and posted it here . I am indebted . ]

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Death of Kalpana ; A ” Gul Badan ” Ceases to Exist


Kalpana

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 12 , 2012           07.10 P. M.

On January 04 , 2012 Kalpana , yesteryear actor a.k.a. Kalpana Mohan , died in a Pune hospital at the age of 65 . She was battling cancer for 5 years . I do know , the name Kalpana does not ring a familiar bell . Today’s generation is oblivious of her name and ignorant of her work . It is sad state of affair that news of her death appeared in national news papers 6 days later . Even a film news paper like Screen failed to report her death in the latest issue .,

But cine – goers of my generation will always remember her fondly . She did two super hit films like ;ProfessorandTeen Devian ”  in 1962 and 1965 respectively .

Born in Srinagar in a family of freedom fighters , Kalpana was a trained Kathak dancer . At the insistence of Balraj Sahani and Ismat Chughtai she moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and made debut in ” Professor ”  [ 1962 ] , a Shammi Kapoor starrer .

A Poster of Professor

Another Poster of Professor

Later on she worked in another super hit film ” Teen Devian ” [ 1965 ] , a Dev Anand starrer .

A Poster of Teen Devian

Another Poster of Teen Devian

One More Poster of Teen Devian

I remember Shammi Kapoor serenading her with super hit songs  ; Ai Gul Badan ….. Ai Gul Badan and Khuli Palak Me Jhootha Ghussa , Band Palak Men Pyar ……… Jeena Bhi Mushkil ….. Who can forget these immortals songs ; Aawaz De Ke Hamen Tum Bulao ……… or Koi Aayega …. Aayega ….. Aayega …… and Main Chali Main Chali ……. Peechhe Peechhe Jahan …… ?

Shankar Jaikishans super hit music and interesting story plot made this film ” Professor ” a rage in the 60s . Kalpana arrived with a bang .

She then did ” Teen Devian ” in 1965 with Dev Anand . Sachin Dev Burman‘s melodious music added ethereal quality to Kalpana’s beauty . Can any Hindi movie buff forget Dev Anand entreating Kalpana with Kishore Kumar , Asha Bhosle duet , Are Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho Ghazab , Ghoonghat To Zara Odho …… ?

Are Yaar Meri .... Song

I still remember another gem from the same movie , Khwab Ho Yaa Tum Koi Haqueeqat ….. Kaun Ho Tum Batlao ….. Mr. Dev Anand singing this song on piano and Kalpana and Simi sharing screen space with him .

Khwab Ho Ya Tum .....Song

In ” Professor ” , she was in solo lead . In ” Teen Devian “ , she shared screen with much senior Nanda and another beauty Simi Gerewal . Still she got top billing .

Kalpana

She just did only couple of films . ” Professor ” [ 1962 ] , ” Naughty Boy ” [ 1962 ] , ” Teen Devian ” [ 1965 ] , ” Saheli ” [ 1965 ] , ” Pyar Kiye Ja ” [ 1966 ] , ” Biwi Aur Makan ” [ 1966 ] , ” Tasveer ” [ 1966 ] and ” Nawab Sirajuddaula ” [ 1967 ] .

She quit films after her marriage with story – screenplay writer Sachin Bhowmick . They both were as different as the chalk is from cheese . So marriage failed . She got married again in 1967 , got divorced again in 1972 and then moved to Pune , where she lived till her death .

I was saddened when I saw a recent photo of Kalpana , which was published in Times of India . Age had dimmed her beauty . An aging and lonely Kalpana Mohan caught my fancy once again . I was not a huge fan of hers but I did like her in films like ; ” Professor ” , ” Teen Devian ” , ” Pyar Kiye Ja “ and  ” Biwi Aur Makaan ” .  In the conservative India of 1965 , ” Teen Devian “ got A Certificate from censors , so the film got famous and the craze was enormous . And I , like other youngsters of my age , was charmed by Kalpana and this film .

I did not like her recent photo and I was pained but I am posting it for the record and for the posterity . This photograph of Kalpana is a sad reminder of the ephemeral world we are living in ; real and reel , both .

Kalpana : Then & Now

Farewell Kalpana ji !

In the last quarter of 2011 , your two illustrious co – stars ; Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand left us . Now you too have gone !

Mortal people ; immortal memories !

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2010


Its August and like much-needed rains, it brought some cheers in the industry also. Dry spell of the first half of the year is broken. Last month saw some genuine hits and these hits came as a much-needed respite. ” I Hate Luv Storys “, ” Udaan “, ” Tere Bin Laden “ and ” Once Upon A Time In Mumbai “ became sleeper hits. August starts with the promising note as ” Aisha “ releases too much critical and commercial acclaim. Then Peepli [Live] “ changed the whole scenario.

Though all is not well because compared to Hindi films, Hollywood’s latest flick ” Inception “ garnered better share at the box office.

To emphasise my points and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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Inception has grossed Rs. 22.30 cr. in 17 days in India [English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu]. Better than most Hindi films. Wake up Bollywood

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July has seen an upswing in business. IHLS, Tere Bin Laden, Udaan & OUATIM have infused blood in the veins of an ailing industry

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Biggest hit of the year so far is ‘Raajneeti’. Films that ‘hit’ the industry badly are ‘Kites’ and ‘Raavan’.

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Overseas, the biggest hit of 2010 is ‘MNIK’. ‘3 Idiots’ was the biggest hit of 2009 in India and Overseas.

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 OUATIM has excellent Week 1, collects Rs. 34.20 cr. nett. Distributors’ share: approx. Rs. 18 cr. Excellent.

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 ‘Aisha’ starts well at high-end multiplexes, dull at smaller centres/single screens

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Compiling weekend figures of ‘Aisha’. High-end multiplexes are terrific. Sunday showed a big jump in business.

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‘Aisha’ Fri 3.65 cr, Sat 4.48 cr, Sun 5.29 cr. Total Rs. 13.43 cr nett. Best at plexes of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and South.

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 ‘Aisha’ has Rs. 17.4 cr. nett Week 1

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‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ 2nd wknd: Rs. 9 cr. Total [10 days] Rs. 43.20 cr. nett. Excellent.

taran_adarsh

Peepli Live cost of prod 6 cr [excl P&A]. Recovered: Satellite 8 cr, Music 2 cr. Money from India theatrical + Oseas + Home Video is bonus.

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‘Peepli Live’: Night shows packed at many places in advance/block bookings. Opening wknd is expected to be extra-ordinary. Reports v good.

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 ‘Peepli Live’ is a profitable venture even without theatrical revenue

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‘Peepli Live’ USA Update I: Fri US$ 112,000, Sat US$ 150,000. Higher than many star cast films.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ USA Update II: Fri & Sat numbers are higher than Aamir’s ‘Taare Zameen Par’ & ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’.

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‘Peepli Live’ Gulf Update: Thu US$ 64,690 & Fri US $ 71,820. Excellent, despite limited release & also audience during Ramzan is limited.

taran_adarsh

‘Peepli Live’ India Update: Friday was Rs 4 cr. + nett and Saturday looks like Rs 5 cr. + nett. Superb.

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 ‘Peepli Live’ has Rs. 16 cr. nett weekend. Excellent. Monday is rock-steady as well.

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http://bit.ly/WyXIx Top 5: ‘Peepli Live’ has Rs. 22 cr. Week 1, extra-ordinary!

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http://bit.ly/CjxWd ‘Lafangey Parindey’ opens decent at plexes, dull at places

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B.O. Update: ‘Lafangey Parindey’ dips in some circuits on Saturday. Lower than Friday.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ Update II: Silver lining is its moderate costing. Cost of prod is Rs. 13 cr. and with P&A, it works out to Rs. 18 cr.

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‘Lafangey Parindey’ Update III: YRF has recovered Rs 10 cr from Satellite & balance [Rs 8 cr] will be recovered from India and Overseas.

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‘Lafangey Parindey’ IV: Returns from India theatrical [Week 2 onwards], Overseas, Music Rights & Home Video will contribute to YRF profits.

taran_adarsh

‘Lafangey Parindey’ III: Cost of prod Rs 18 cr [incl P&A]. Recovered: Satellite Rights Rs 10 cr + India theatrical Wk 1 share Rs 9 cr.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 New releases open to poor houses, but ‘Avatar’ leads

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Multiplexes, Satellite TV rights, followed by Overseas, Music & Home Video Rights – the recoveries are possible from these avenues.

Obituary
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SURAJ PRAKASH :

He died on July 28 at the age of 79. His obituary should have been in the Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010. But I was not aware of his death, as national media ignored it completely and it was reported only in IMPPA Bulletin, Film Information and Screen. It is sad state of affair for a man , who gave ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” (1965 ) to the industry. He made his debut with Rajendra Kumar, Mala Sinha starrer ” Patang “. His second film ” Mehndi Lagi Mere Haath ” starring Shashi Kapoor and Nanda was the first solo hit of lyricist Anand Bkshi. His third film ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” changed the career graph of Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Anand Bakshi and Kalyanji Anandji. It was a block-buster of its time. After that he made several films like ” Aamne Saamne ” and ” Juari ” . He ghost-directed ” Bewafa Sanam” , officially a Gulshan Kumar directed film. His last film ” Mere Jeevan Sathi ” ( 2006 ) starring Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor and Amisha Patel was as a producer. It is sad that he went unsung.

KAMAL KAPOOR :

Veteran actor Kamal Kapoor died on August 02 in Mumbai. He was 90 years old. Today’s generation might not recognize him but once upon a time Kamal Kapoor was a very successful villain in Hindi films.

I saw him in ” Johar Mehmood In Goa ” for the first time. He played a Portuguese officer in the film. His menacing look and fierce demeanour is still fresh in my memory. One particular scene , where he puts his hand in the aquarium and lifts a fish from the water while torturing the freedom fighter, is still fresh in my memory. Fish was fighting for its life in his hands and freedom fighter was being tortured in front of him. He was so brilliant in the film and he performed so well in this particular scene, that no connoisseur of film will ever forget it.His face and his eyes were his assets and he used them for maximum effect. After Johar Mehmood In Goa I watched him in several films and he was always brilliant even in mediocre films.

He is survived by his children and grandchildren, producer Srishti Behl Arya and producer – director Goldie Behl. Incidentally my student Sonali Bendre is married to Goldie Behl.

New releases & Me :

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First Week – August 06

1 – Aisha……………………………….Sonam Kapoor
……………………………………………Sameer Malhotra

Second Week – August 13

1 – Peepli Live………………………..x

2 – Help…………………………………x

Third Week – August 20

1 – Lafangey Parindey………………Neil Nitin Mukesh
……………………………………………..Ashish Singh ( Executive Producer )

2 – Kis Hudh Tak………………………x

Fourth Week – August 27

1 – Aashayein…………………………..John Abraham

2 – Antardwand…………………………x

3 – Gumshuda…………………………..Priyanshu Chatterjee

4 – Hello Darling…………………………Divya Dutta

5 – Madholal Keep Walking………….x

6 – Soch Lo………………………………..x

In total ..11… films got released this month. Out of these…11…films my …….7….students were there in….3….films. Out of these ..7….students …6… are actors,and .1…Ashish Singh is the executive producer .

News This month :
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1 – yrfmovies

http://bit.ly/cDO4yL – Dil Bole Hadippa Wins “Best Film of 2009 Readers’ Choice Award”

Trivia
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1 – ” India’s Got Talent – Khoj 2 ” has three anchors – Kirron Kher , Sajid Khan and Sonali Bendre. Out of these three, two are my students. They are : Sajid Khan and Sonali Bendre.

2 – Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season – 3 ” , which will start soon will have 5 students of mine. Anchor Priyanka Chopra and four participants, Abhishek Kapoor, Dino Morea,Rahul Dev and Angad Bedi, all are my students .

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