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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B. R. Ishara : Departure of An Avant – Garde Film Maker


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 27 , 2012           08.05 P.M.

Avant – Garde and Path  – breaking film – maker , a true iconoclast and a renaissance – man , Babu Ram Ishara , a.k.a. B. R. Ishara died on July 25 , 2012 at the age of  77 in Mumbai . He was suffering from tuberculosis . Last year he got paralytic stroke also .

He could be called a renaissance man of Hindi cinema , as he heralded a new wave in the world of formula laden Hindi film industry with his unconventional and critically acclaimed film  ” Chetna ” [ 1970 ] .

Chetna

Chetna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the film released I was in Allahabad doing graduation at Allahabad University . I vividly remember the sensation it created . The poster of the film was really a shocker . Two naked legs of a female and a peeping Rehana Sultan from there was enough to arouse amorous feelings of youngsters in that era of conservative India . Since Rehana Sultan hailed from Allahabad , the curiosity was at its peak and palpable . Film opened with critical acclaim and was a box office hit too .

Anil Dhawan & Rehana Sultan in Chetna

Anil Dhawan & Rehana Sultan in Chetna

Before ” Chetna “ , films used to be shot in studios . B. R. Ishara shot the film in a bungalow and thus started a new trend . Today shooting a film in bungalows has become a normal affair .

Ek Nazar

Ek Nazar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from ” Chetna ” [ 1970 ] , his three other films were also special and significant in another way . A love story ” Ek Nazar ” [ 1972 ] , will be remembered because of  the lead pair . It starred Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri , as she was called and was known to the world before marriage . This film came and was a super flop . It is ironical that just after one year Amitabh Bachchan came with ” Zanjeer ” , a super hit , which changed his career graph and position in the industry . ” Prem Shastra ” [ 1974 ] was again a film with big star cast . It dealt with the issue of incest and starred Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman . And ” Rahu Ketu ” [ 1978 ] was his biggest . It starred Shashi Kapoor , Rekha , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal , Bindu and Aruna Irani .

Apart from above mentioned four films , his other films are : Gunah Aur Kanoon ” [ 1970 ] , ” Man Tera Tan Mera ” [ 1971 ]  , ” Man Jaiye ” [ 1972 ] , ” Zaroorat ” [ 1972 ] , ” Milap ” [ 1972 ] , ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dil Ki Rahen ” [ 1973 ] , ” Charitra ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dawat ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kaagaz Ki Nao ” [ 1975 ] , ” Ghar Ki Laaj ” [ 1979 ] , ” Log Kya Kahenge ” [ 1982 ] .  ” Hukumnama ” [ 1996 ] was his last film .

Milap

Milap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dil Ki Rahen

Dil Ki Rahen

Rahu Ketu

Rahu Ketu

Ghar Ki Laaj

Ghar Ki Laaj (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He worked with many stalwarts of Hindi film industry . He signed Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Sanjeev Kumar & Kumkum for ” Gunah Aur Kanoon “ , Shatrughan Sinha , Anil Dhawan , Nadira & Rehana Sultan for ” Chetna “ , Amitabh Bachchan , Jaya Bhaduri & Nadira in ” Ek Nazar “ , Vijay Arora , Reena Roy & Danny Denzongpa in ” Zaroorat “ , Shatrughan Sinha , Reena Roy & Danny Denzongpa in ” Milap ” , Reena Roy , Danny Denzongpa & Nadira in ” Nai Duniya Naye Log “ , Dev Anand & Zeenat Aman in ” Prem Shastra “ , Sanjeev Kumar in ” Dawat “ , Sarika , Raj Kiran & Pradeep Kumar in  ” Kaagaz Ki Nao “ , Shashi Kapoor , Rekha , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal & Aruna Irani in ” Rahu Ketu “ , Sanjeev Kumar , Moushumi Chatterjee & Sohrab Modi in ” Ghar Ki Laaj “ and Shabana Aazmi , Sanjeev Kumar , Shatrughan Sinha & Navin Nischol in ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

His discovery , his lucky muse and future wife , Rehana Sultan appeared in 4 films directed by him . They are ; ” Chetna ” , ” Man Tera Tan Mera ” , ” Man Jaiye ” and ” Dil Ki Rahen ” .

His other discovery Reena Roy worked with him in 3 films . They are ; ” Zaroorat ” , ” Milap ”  and ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” .

Shatrughan Sinha  repeatedly worked with him in 3 films . They are : ” Chetna ” , ” Milap “ and  ” Log Kya Kahenge ” . 

Danny Denzongpa , a very choosy actor , worked with him in 3 films . They are ” Zaroorat ” , ” Milap ” and ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” .

An actor of the caliber of Sanjeev Kumar worked with him in 4 films . They were : ” Gunah Aur Kanoon ” , ” Dawat ” , ” Ghar Ki Laaj ” and ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

Shabana Aazmi , who does not sign films easily and left , right and centre , also worked in his film ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

Thespians like Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Sohrab Modi , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal  and Pradeep Kumar also readily worked in his films .

Asit Sen , Johny Whisky , Nadira , Rakesh Pandey and Raza Murad repeatedly worked with him and were almost in every second films directed by B. R. Ishara .

It is astonishing that a man , who was not so well-educated and who used to wash dishes at Qamar Jalalabadi’s house and used to serve tea at Roop Tara Studio , made 30 films and stars of the calibre of Shabana Aazmi , Rekha , Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar readily agreed to work with him .

He introduced Rehana Sultan , Reena Roy , Parveen Babi , Raza Murad , cricketer Salim Durrani and music director Bappi Lahiri in films .

His 2 Discoveries Anil Dhawan & Raza Murad at the Funeral

His 2 Discoveries Anil Dhawan & Raza Murad at the Funeral

It is sad that a director of the calibre of B. R. Ishara left the world in penury and was almost work less during his last years .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01 , 2011                   12 . 3O A.M.

After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry .  And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .

To illustrate my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu has dn well in spite of opposition of World Cup cricket & exams with Rs. 14cr at the box-office: http://bit.ly/hdkCSr
ETC
Box office report:Tanu Weds Manu Rs 19.8Cr,7 Khoon Maaf Rs 18.63Cr, Patiala House Rs 36.66 Cr,Yeh Saali Zindagi Rs 11 Cr, DTBHJ Rs.29Cr
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Tanu Weds Manu’: Collected Rs 5.11 cr nett in its 2nd wknd [Fri: 1.26 cr, Sat: 1.95 cr, Sun: 1.90 cr]. Total so far: Rs. 23.67 cr nett.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
If cricket affects films, how has Tanu Weds Manu clicked at the box-office? http://bit.ly/emuCcz
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
While most movies don’t last beyond opng wknd, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ will complete 100 days at theatres next week [15 weeks]. Bravo!
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Tanu Weds Manu: Collected Rs. 8.55 cr nett in its Week 2. Total so far: Rs. 27.08 cr nett. Hit.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
The dull spell at the Bollywood box-office continues, Tanu Weds Manu being the sole exception. http://bit.ly/eu6E8b
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Next major opponent: Will IPL hit film business hard in April & May http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ successfully completes 50 days at theatres. Crossed Rs 33 cr, surpassing Madhur’s biggest hit ‘Fashion’ [26 cr].
Obituary
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GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.

His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.

He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.

NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.

He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.

” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.

He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .

BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .

New Releases & Me
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First Week – March 04

1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x

Second Week  -March 11

NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP

Third Week – March 18

1 – My Target I. A. S………………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – March 25

1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta

2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x

3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x

4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna

In total just ………..06………………. films got released this month. And there were just ………..02………….. students of mine ,  in ………02………. films.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.

2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.

3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .

4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd  in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.

2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.

3 – My student Sudhanshu  Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .

4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.

Regional Film News This Month :
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1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .

2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like :  ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .

3 – Bangla : My two students ;  Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .

4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.

5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .

6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.

Theatre This Month :

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1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.

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