New Female Playback Singers of Hindi Films


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2012           00.35 A.M.

When ” Alam Ara ” , the first Indian talkie , hit the screen in 1931 , an era started , which could easily be called the era of singing stars . All the actors sang their own songs on the screen . Well known female stars of that era were no exception . From Devika Rani to Leela Chitnis and from Kanan Devi to lesser known starlets, every heroine worth the name sang their own songs .

English: Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani in a Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi (Photo credit: tonymitra)

Then came the era of Noor Jahan and Suraiya . Both were immensely popular stars and huge singers of their generation . Their songs and their films are still popular . Their retirement from the films finally brought an end to the glorious era of singing stars . Salma Agha , another singing star , came in ” Nikah ” [ 1982 ]  but it was an exception . Singing stars era had ended much earlier .

After the end of singing stars era , playback singing in films became popular . Rajkumari Dubey could be called the first female playback singer . She started her singing career in 1940 . Her songs with Mukesh in ” Bawre Nain “[ 1950 ]  are still famous and they are memorable . Modern day movie goer are familiar with her song from ” Pakeeza “[ 1972 ]  . It is ….. najaria ki mari mari more saiyan …….

Another playback singer from that era was Shamshad Begum . She rose to prominence with ” Khazanchi ” [ 1941 ] and ” Khandaan ” [ 1942 ] . Her career suffered major set back with the advent and subsequent supremacy of Lata Mangeshkar andAsha Bhosle . Amirbai Karnataki was another famous playback singer from that era .

Then began an era which is known as Lata Mangeshkar Era . She , along with her younger sibling Asha Bhosle , dominated the playback scene of Hindi films like a colossus for almost 5 decades .

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian singer Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During their era many singers came and went into oblivion . Geeta Dutt , Suman Kalyanpur , Kamal Barot ,  Sudha Malhotra , Mubarak Begum and Sharda came and eclipsed quickly without leaving a mark .

In 70s , while Lata Mangeshkar was still reigning supreme , again a new crop of female playback singers emerged . Alka Yagnik , Sadhana Sargam , Kavita Krishnamurty andAnuradha Paudwal came , gave some memorable hits and faded into oblivion . Lata Mangeshkar still ruled and gave memorable hits like ; Yash Chopra directed  ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Now a new crop of playback singers are hovering on the horizon . Shreya Ghoshal has become numero Uno like Lata Mangeshkar and Sunidhi Chauhan has almost taken Asha Bhosle’s place . But there are other female playback singers  also . They are fast emerging on the scene .

ADITI SINGH SHARMA : With chart – busters like ; ” Aali Re …. ” & ” Dilli , Dilli …… ” in ” No One Killed Jessica “ and ” Chhoomantar ….. ” in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan , she became a singer to watch in future .

ALYSSA MENDONSA : Daughter of Loy Mendonsa of Shankar – Ahsan – Loy fame , she sang ” Uff Teri Ada ……. ” in ” Karthik Calling Karthik “ and immensely popular ” Khwabon Ke Parindey ….. ” in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara .

ANUSHKA MANCHANDA : She sang re-mix version of ” Dum Maro Dum …… ” with a rare conviction and forced everyone to take notice of her talent .

HARSHDEEP KAUR : With ” Katiya Karoon ….. ” of  ” Rockstar “ and ” Jugni ………….. ” of ” Cocktail “ , she hit big and is surely on her way to the top .

MAHALAXMI IYER : She hit the bull’s-eye with ” Ae Ajnabee ……….. ” in ” Dil Se ” , ” Sadka Kiya ………… ” in ” I Hate Luv Storys “ and hugely popular Punjabi numbers like ; ” Laung Da Lashkara ……. ” & ” Rola Pe Gaya …….. ” in ” Patiala House ” .

NEHA BHASIN : ” Kuchh Khas Hai …….. ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Dhunki Dhunki ……. ” in ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan “ brought her on the top .

SHIPLA RAO : In a hit number like : ” Khuda Jane …………… ” of ” Bachna Ae Haseenon “ , she found her moorings .

SHRUTI PATHAK : With ” Marjaawan …………… ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Payaliya ………… ” in ” Dev D “ , she arrived and made her presence felt .

SHWETA PANDIT : She made her debut in Yash Raj Films ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . From ” Mohabbatein “ to ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” [ 2011 ]  , she had sung several hits in Hindi . She regularly performs with A. R. Rehman‘s stage shows also . She is extremely popular singer in Telugu films also .

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

In a way she is my student . Though she never took admission in my Acting Institute and didn’t come to my regular batch . But still she come to my institute whenever she is free and participates in the improvisation classes of my institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

I am happy for her and wish her greater success . I am sure in years to come she will be top playback singer of India .

I am happy that I have at least one student in playback singing field also .

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 15 , 2012           02.15  A.M.

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Clap of Films

2011 ended on a mixed note .  A very disturbing trend emerged in 2011 . Revenue from theatres went down . Revenue from other sources like ; audio , video and satellite rights are accruing to the overall earning of a film and making it profitable . Subsidies from foreign countries are also very substantial .

As usual 2012 looks promising . Film historian and critic Bhawana Somaaya tweets :

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2011 proved a lucrative year for cinema. 2012 has some more to look forward to. Abbas Mastan known for craft n suspense start with Players
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Top grosser of 2011 :
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Bodyguard ………………………………… 3.15
Ready ……………………………………….  2.80
Singham …………………………………….  2.40
Ra.One ………………………………………  2.30
The Dirty Picture …………………………  1.65
Yamla Pagla Deewana …………………..  1.35
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ………………..  1.25
Rockstar …………………………………….  1.20
Murder 2 ……………………………………  1.15
Delhi Belly ………………………………….  1.15
Double Dhamaal ………………………….  1.10
Desi Boyz …………………………………..  1.00
Haunted ……………………………………  0.80
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Classification of Top grosser of 2011 :
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AA – SUPER HIT : ” Bodyguard “
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A 1 – HIT : ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” The Dirty Picture “
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A – SEMI HIT : ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Ragini MMS “
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B B – OVERFLOW :Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl “
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B 1 / B B – COMMISSION EARNER TO OVERFLOW : ” Delhi Belli ” , ” Don 2 ” , ” Ra.One ” , ” Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge ” , ” Double Dhamaal “
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B 1 – COMMISSION EARNER :Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Haunted ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” Pyaar Ka Panchnama “
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B / B 1 – COVERAGE TO COMMISSION EARNER : ” Desi Boyz ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Yeh Saali Zindagi ” , ” Saheb Biwi Aur gangster ” , ” Stanley Ka Dibba ” , ” Damadamm “
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B – AVERAGE : ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Force ” , ” Dil To Baccha Hai Ji “
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So in 2011 total 229 films were released . And out of 229 film , only 38 films were money earners . Rest 191 were flops . Success ratio of the films released in 2011 is 17 % .  It means 83 % films were flop . This year’s 229 films are less in numbers than 250 films of 2010 . It is 21 less than last year .
According to trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh following is the ranking of stars in 2011 :
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – Aamir Khan , 2 – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 3  – @iamsrk  ,  4  – Ranbir  , 5  – @ajaydevgn  , 6  – @iHrithik  , 7  – @akshaykumar … contd.
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Emraan Hashmi  , 9  –  Saif  , 10  – Imran Khan  , 11 – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – John Abraham  , 13  – @juniorbachchan
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – @iamsrk  , 2  – Aamir Khan  , 3  – @iHrithik  , 4  – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 5  – Saif  , 6  – Ranbir  , 7  –  @akshaykumar … contd.
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Imran Khan  , 9  – @ajaydevgn  , 10  – John Abraham  , 11  – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – @juniorbachchan  , 13  – Emraan Hashmi
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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2011
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So many luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2011 .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
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Highlights / Achievements of 2011
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1 – In 2011 Yash Raj Productions ‘ ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ” completed 850 weeks in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai .
2 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched a New Banner Y Films . It will cater to youth films .
3 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched another banner , Yash Raj Entertainment . It will cater to Hollywood films .
4 – In 2011 Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , London .
[ Some of the statistics of this blog are taken from ” Film Information ”  , a trade magazine . I express my gratitude . ]
[ I have quoted tweets of Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Mr. Taran Adarsh to illustrate my point of view . I am indebted . ]
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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   JULY 01, 2011                  06.00 P.M.

This is the 26th edition of my Film Diary.

It seems drought of the industry is over. Big films are now being released as the IPL is finished and cricket mania finally subsides. First big release of the month of June , ” Ready “ took box office by storm. It has become the third biggest grosser of all times. Last release of the month ” Double Dhamaal is also a top grosser.

First half of 2011 is heartening . In total 13 films were hits. ” Ready ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Haunted ” , ” Double Dhamaal ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Ragini MMS ” ,”  Dil To Baccha Hai Ji ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” and ” Pyar Ka Punchnama “ made handsome profits for their producers.

It is extremely sad that actor Raj Kiran , who was presumed dead , was found in a mental asylum in Atlanta , U. S. A.

Since I was travelling and was out of Mumbai , I might have missed some of the activities of the Film industry. Therefore I am unable to give details of Regional Film Industry and happenings in the Theatre World this month.

As usual I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta, eminent trade analysts.

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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: Collected approx Rs 3.68 cr nett in Week 2. Total so far: Rs 9 cr nett. Excellent.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ strikes like hurricane, fetches mindboggling start http://bit.ly/CjxWd
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Latest Update – UAE: ‘Ready’ beats ‘Dabangg‘. Thu figures: Dabangg 490,000 Dirhams, Ready 740,000 Dirhams.
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 @BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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 Top 5 opng wknds:- [1] Dabangg 48.5 cr, [2] Ready 40.65 cr, [3] 3 Idiots 40 cr, [4] Tees Maar Khan 38 cr, [5] Golmaal-3 36 cr.
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‘Ready’ [2nd week]: Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr, Mon 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 93 cr nett. Racing towards Rs 100 cr mark.
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‘Shaitan’: Fri 83 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr, Mon 65 lacs. Total: Rs 4.08 cr nett. Business doesn’t match the appreciation for the film.
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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: 1st wk 5.56 cr, 2nd wk 3.6 cr, 3rd wk 1.5 cr, 4th wknd 45 lacs. Total: Rs 11.11 cr. Rock-steady, despite ‘Ready’.
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‘Shaitan’: Collected Rs 3.41 cr in opng wknd. Fri 81 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr. Film has been appreciated, but jump in numbers is missing
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‘Ready’: Collects Rs 19.45 cr nett in Wknd 2. Breakup:- Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr. Total so far: Rs 88.75 cr nett. Blockbuster
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@BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ dominates, ‘Bin Bulaye Baraati’ leads amongst new releases
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 Ready’ has crossed ‘Golmaal 3’ & ‘Ghajini’. Emerges 3rd biggest grosser after ‘3 Idiots’ & ‘Dabangg’. ‘Ready’ lifetime should be 120 cr +.
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Top 5: ‘Double Dhamaal’ is second biggest opener, after ‘Ready’, collects Rs 36.59 cr nett http://t.co/SESgRQu
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Opening report: @BeingSalmanKhan‘s magic in full view; ‘Ready’ stomps box-office http://bit.ly/mPYx8i
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 Always Kabhi Kabhi neither has warmth & emotions of teenage love story nor entrtainmnt & music of romantic drama.Review http://bit.ly/jx0iag
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Bheja Fry 2 is not at all a worthy sequel. Designed as a comedy, it does not create too much laughter. Review: http://bit.ly/llLtC1
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Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is a dull fare wd some chances in pockets of Bombay only bt bleak chances in rest of India. Review: http://bit.ly/krgPvB
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Bin Bulaye Baraati is a poor fare as it has precious little to offer except a few song-dances. Review: http://bit.ly/kptcXQ
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Obituary :
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Maqbool  Fida  Husain :
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Though not a regular producer or director , Maqbool Fida Husain used to paint posters of Hindi films in the 30s. He also made a film ” Through The Eyes Of A Painter ” [ 1967 ] . It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on he made two films : ” Gaja Gamini ” with Madhuri Dixit and ” Meenaxi : A Tale Of Three Cities ” with Tabu  .
He died in London at the age of 95 and was buried there.
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New Hindi Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 03
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1 – Ready…………………………………………………………….Arya Babbar
………………………………………………………………………….Arbaaz Khan
………………………………………………………………………….Eva Grover
………………………………………………………………………….Nikitin Dheer
………………………………………………………………………….Kiran Ahuja
………………………………………………………………………….Krishan Kumar
2 – A Srange Love Story………………………………………….Riya Sen
Second Week – June 10
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1 – Shaitan……………………………………………………………Elizabeth Pereira
2 – Love Express……………………………………………………Nandinii Sen
Third Week – June 17
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1 – Always Kabhi Kabhi…………………………………………..Zoa Morani
2 – Bheja Fry 2………………………………………………………Minissha Lamba
…………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar
…………………………………………………………………………..Mukul Deora
3 – Bin Bulaye Baraati………………………………………………Priyanka Kothari
4 – Bhindi Baazaar Inc……………………………………………..x
5 – Cycle Kick…………………………………………………………Gurmeet Choudhary
……………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal
6 – Meri Marzii……………………………………………………….x
Fourth Week – June 24
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1 – Double Dhamaal…………………………………………………x
In total ………..11……………films got released this month. Out of these ………..11……… films ………….16…………… students trained by me were there in …………11…………… films. Out of these …………..16…………….. students …………..13……………. are actors and ……………..03………… are working in other fields of film making. Krishan Kumar is the co-producer of ” Ready “ , Mukul Deora is the producer of ” Bheja Fry 2 “ and Elizabeth Pereira is the AD of ” Shaitan “
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T V Trivia & Me :
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1 – Eva Grover is working in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain…… “ on Sony TV.

Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2011


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA                 JUNE 01, 2011                    01.00 P.M.

In this 25th edition of Vidur’s Film Diary, I would like to take stock of the first quarter of the year 2011. Hindi film industry suffered losses of over 200 crores in this first quarter. Of the 67 releases so far [ including dubbed ones ] , only 06 films made it to the hit list. This is a paltry 10% success ratio. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA “, ” YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA “, ” DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI “, ” DHOBI GHAT “, ” TANU WEDS MANU ” and ” F.A.L.T.U. ” could be called hits. Certainly not a very healthy . rosy picture indeed. But industry is celebrating because the first quarter of 2011 is better than the first quarter of the previous year.

May 2011 will be remembered for the fact that Yash Raj Films launched its new banner for the young generation, called Y Films. Maiden venture of this banner ” Luv Ka The End ”  was released in the first week of this month. It is good that such a prestigious banner announces a banner exclusively for the new comers and youngsters.

This month 3 of my students walked down the red carpet at the 34th Cannes Film Festival. They are : Saif Ali Khan , Sonam Kapoor and Minissha Lamba.

Micro – blogging site Twitter has become the latest in thing. There are three celebrities who have more than 1 Million followers on twitter. After Sachin Tendulkar and Shashi Tharoor, my student Priyanka Chopra became the third celebrity to attain this status. She is closely followed by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

On Facebook also there was a good news. Ranbir Kapoor became the 4th most popular actor of Hindi film on Facebook after Aamir Khan , Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Of these 4 celebrities , 2 are my students. They are Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor.

58th National Awards were announced this month. ” Dabangg ” got award as the film providing wholesome entertainment. It was produced by my student Arbaz Khan and has Sonu Sood , another student of mine , as the main antagonist.

I am re-producing tweets of Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , two eminent trade analysts of the industry, so that you can have a clear picture of the month just gone by.

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Midweek B.O.: ‘Chalo Dilli’ picks up, ‘Shor In The City’ remains low, rest fail http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
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 International Boxoffice: ‘Chalo Dilli’ disappoints, ‘I Am’ is a debacle, ‘DMD’ falls http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Morn & noon shows 10% – 20%. Was expected to open better at big city plexes. Let’s hope biz picks up from Friday evening.
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‘Haunted’: Released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. Opened v well in 3D, garnering 60% – 70% start, while 2D was 30%. Combined occupancy 45% – 55%.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs. Total: 1.35 cr nett on 391 theatres.
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Believe it or not, a few shows of ‘Luv Ka The End’ were cancelled as enough audience did not turn up!
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‘Haunted’: Showed healthy escalation with each passing day. Breakup:- Fri 2.67 cr, Sat 3.06 cr, Sun 3.60 cr.
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Started on a slow note, but picked up gradually. Breakup:- Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr.
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Haunted’ collects 9.33 cr, ‘Luv Ka The End’ 2.35 cr in opng wknd http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
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Luv Ka The End’: Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr, Mon 35 lacs. Total: Rs 2.70 cr nett.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ economics: Cost Rs 5 cr + P&A Rs 4.5 cr. Total Rs 9.5 cr. India 4 day biz: Rs 2.85 cr nett. Oseas wknd collects $ 50,000.
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 Luv Ka The End: Showed healthy escalation in weekend, steady on weekdays. Liked by its target audience. Collects Rs 4.28 cr nett in Week 1[‘
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 Haunted: Is a success. Fared v well in weekend, rock-steady on weekdays. Revenue from 3D was optimum. Collected Rs 14.63 cr nett in Week 1
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‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs, Tue 37 lacs. Total: Rs 2.11 cr nett. Excellent!
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Shagird’: Fri 34 lacs, Sat 42 lacs, Sun 46 lacs, Mon 20 lacs. Total: Rs 1.42 cr. Disappointing
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‘Haunted’ [Week 2]: Fri 92 lacs, Sat 1.22 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 82 lacs. Total so far: Rs 19.02 cr nett. Rocking!
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 ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs [better than Friday]. Total: Rs 1.74 cr nett. Rock-steady!
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 Ragini MMS scares the daylights out of u. Lots of horror, enough of sex! Deadly combination to make Ragini rock at box-office
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Love U… Mr. Kalakaar! is a non-starter & looks so dated that it has nothing to merit a pick-up. Review: http://bit.ly/lvbR9D
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Ragini MMS will b loved by youngsters 4 the sex & horror. It’ll prove 2 b a good earning proposition 4 all. Review: http://bit.ly/m9tkPQ
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 Stanley Ka Dabba is a well-made film but has limited commercial prospects unless supported by schools.Review: http://bit.ly/jwZYhK
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Shagird is a well-made film but it will sink at the box-office. Review:http://bit.ly/myATsn

Obituary :

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Somak Mukerjee : A FTII graduate of 2004 batch, this brilliant cinematographer died in a freak motorcycle accident in Kolkata on April 25, 2011 at the age of 37. He was cameraman for films like : ” Pankh ” , ” Black And White ” and ” Ugly Aur Pagli ” . ” Pankh ” , incidently , was his debut film.

Mala Sen : Though not a full-time film writer, she was instrumental in writing the script of Shekhar Kapur’s internationally acclaimed film ” Bandit Queen ”  [ 1994 ] . She met Phoolan Devi in jail and interviewed her several times and then wrote a book on her , based on the interviews. Later on she wrote the script for the film ” Bandit Queen ” . She died on May 23, 2011 at the age of 64. She was suffering from cancer and breathed her last at Tata Memoreal Hospital , Mumbai.

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 06

1 – Luv Ka The End………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

……………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………….Aashish Singh

2 – Haunted…………………………………………………….x

Second Week – May 13.

1 – Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! …………………………………Jai Kalra

2 – Stanley Ka Dabba…………………………………………Divya Dutta

3 – Ragini MMS………………………………………………..x

4 – Shagird………………………………………………………Rimmi Sen

……………………………………………………………………..Hrishitaa Bhatt

Third Week -May 20

1 – Kashmakash…………………………………………………Riya Sen

2 – 404…………………………………………………………….x

3 – Pyaar Ka Punchnama……………………………………..Sonalli Sehgall

Fourth Week – May 27

1 – Kucch Luv Jaisaa…………………………………………..Neetu Chandra

2 – Hum Do Anjaane……………………………………………x

3 – College Campus……………………………………………..x

4 – Barood…………………………………………………………x

5 – Sheeta Bhabhi.Com…………………………………………x

6 – Me Mamu & 7…………………………………………………x

7 – Just 47…………………………………………………………x

In total ………16………….films got released this month. Out of these …….16……… films…………10……………students trained by me were there in ………07………….. films. Out of these ……..10……….students……….08…………are actors , and………..02…………. are in various other fields of film making. Ashish Singh is associate producer of ” Luv Ka The End “ . Shenaz Treasuryvala , apart from being actor , also wrote screenplay and dialogues of the same film.

Film News This Month :

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1 – After ” Slumdog Millionaire ” and ” Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol ” , Anil Kapoor will star in “Cities ” , another Hollywood flick.

New Regional Film & Me :

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1 – Bangla : Priyagshu Chatterjee is doing main lead in ” Vorer Alo ” .

2 – Tamil : Sonu Sood is playing villain in ” Osthi – The Cool Cop ” , a remake of Hindi ” Dabangg ” .

Neetu Chandra is essaying an important role in ” Aadhi Bhagavan “.

Out of numerous regional films , …………03…………regional films got released  in………..02………… regional languages , which has …………….. 03…………….. actors trained by me.

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Kajal Singh is appearing in ” Jis Aangan Na Hoye Bitiya ” on Mahua T V .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is appearing in ” Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli “ on Zee T V.

3 – Rohit Khurana is appearing in ” Maayke Se Bandhi………DOR “ onStar Plus T V .

4 – Kunal Sudhir Madhiwala is appearing as participant in the reality show ” Swayamvar – Season 3 [ Ratan Ka Rishta ] ”  on Imagine T V .

There are many TV serials on various channels. This month ……….04………. students trained by me are essaying important roles in ………..04…………. shows. Of these shows……………03…………… are serials and ……………01……… is reality show.

Theatre & Me :

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1 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan v/s Kanhaiya ” . He is currently touring USA and UK with the play .

2 – Manav Gohil is working in a play ” Kennedy Bridge “ , being directed by Khalid Mohammad .

Theatre is showing robust growth in every language. This month there were……….02………….  new productions.  Out of these …….02………. productions ………..02…………. students trained by me are working in………02……….. shows.

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2011


It’s the 1st month of 2011. First release of the year opened quite well. But bad memories of the last year will take some time to get erased. Most of the films are still bombing with same regularity. Scenario is not very rosy yet and may take some time to stabilize.

To emphasise 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
#TeesMaarKhan crashes further in its 2nd week. #BandBaajaBaaraat is the only film doing well. http://bit.ly/ePmq8A
B.O. update: ‘No One Killed Jessica‘ surprises, opens quite well http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
‘No One Killed Jessica’: Has found tremendous appreciation. Collected Rs 13.10 cr nett in its opening weekend, showing day-wise improvement.
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘NOKJ’: UTV has recovered entire investment from sale of Satellite & Music Rights, besides selling Mumbai & Delhi-U.P. for handsome price.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Yamla Pagla Deewana: Producers have made Rs.41 crore by sale of theatrical & satellite rights. Film’s budget: Rs.24 cr. http://bit.ly/fiMJW
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ verdict: Above average [theatrical business]. Will ensure good profits to Yash Raj.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Tees Maar Khan‘ verdict: Below average [theatrical]. UTV may just about recover its investment due to contribution from Satellite Rights
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘No One Killed Jessica’ collects Rs 20.70 cr nett in Week 1, excellent http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Yamla Pagla Deewana Brings Ray Of Hope In Bollywood. http://bit.ly/gSthVF
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh 

First No One Killed Jessica. Now Yamla Pagla Deewana. 2011 has started with a bang. Hindi film industry is on a roll.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh 

Yamla Pagla Deewana cost Rs 25 cr [incl P&A]. Money recovered from sale of theatrical rights Rs 24 cr + Satellite Rs 16 cr. Profit Rs 15 cr
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh 

Yamla Pagla Deewana’ fares very well in international markets as well http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Dhobi Ghat’ Friday: Rs. 3.05 cr nett on limited screens [325 screens] and limited shows. Excellent!
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji garners Rs. 15 crore (nett) at the box-office in its 1st weekend. More: http://bit.ly/e9Qn68

Obituary
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Vivek Shauq : Noted comedian and a brilliant actor Vivek Shauq died of cardiac arrest on January 10, 2011. He was 47 years old is best known for his work with Jaspal Bhatti in shows like Flop Show,Ulta Pulta and Full Tension .

He worked in films like ” Gadar – Ek Prem Katha “ [ 2002 ] also as Sunny Deol’s sardar friend. His other films are ” Barsaat Ki Raat “, with which he made his debut in 1998 and ” Aitraaz “.

Actor Vivek Shauq has passed away. U may recall him as Sunny Deol’s sardar friend in ‘Gadar’.Also known 4 doin Jaspal Bhatt’s Ulta Pulta.RIP
vivek shauq,known fr his brilliant comic roles is no more…too young to go….r i p

New Releases & Me
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First Week – January 07

1 – No One Killed Jessica………………………………………..x

2 – Vikalp……………………………………………………………..x

3 – Impatient Vivek………………………………………………..Sayali Bhagat

…………………………………………………………………………Rounak Ahuja

…………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal

…………………………………………………………………………Sharmila Goenka

Second Week  – January 14

1 – Yamla Pagla Deewana………………………………………..Kulraj Randhawa

………………………………………………………………………….Samir Karnik

………………………………………………………………………….Himanshu Malik

2 – Mumbai Mast Kallander………………………………………x

3 – Turning 30……………………………………………………….Sid Makkar

………………………………………………………………………….Samir Malhotra

Third Week – January 21
1 – Dhobi Ghat……………………………………………………….x
2 – Hostel……………………………………………………………..Vatsal Sheth
………………………………………………………………………….Tulip Joshi

Fourth Week – January 28

1 – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji…………………………………………..Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………………Shazahn Padamsee

In total ..09… films got released this month. Out of these…09…films , my …..13……students were there in….05….films. Out of these ..13…students …12…  are actors, …01…..Samir Karnik is the director.
NOTE : 1

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 -Times 10 Most Desirable Men :  Hritik Roshan, Salman Khan, Ranbir kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, John Abraham, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Imran Khan and Saif Ali Khan . Out of these 10 Most Desirable Men 6 are my students. They are Hritik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Imran Khan and Saif Ali Khan.

2 – Times 10 Most Desirable Women : Katrina kaif, Aishwarya Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Genelia D” Souza, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Kangna Ranaut and Nicole Faria. Out of these 10 Most Desirable Women 5 are my students. They are Katrina kaif, Priyanks Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Genelia D” Souza and Sonam Kapoor.

[ It is heartening coincidence that first position holders of both the lists are my students ]

3 – Shenaz Treasurywala has been signed to play an important role in an American soap opera named ” One Life to Live . She is an old student of mine.

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – Both my students  – Samir Soni and Ashmit Patel survived in Bigg Boss – 4 till the end. Samir Soni got evicted last week and Ashmit Patel was second Runner Up.

Awards This Month :

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1 – Amitabh Bachchan got Asianet Life Time Achievement Award in Kochi.

2 – Big Star Entertainment Award – 2010

Best Male Actor category – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor category – 6 nominations . Out of them  2 : Kareena kapoor for ” Golmaal 3 ” and Katrina Kaif for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Music Director category – 5 nominations . Out of them 1 : Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is my student too.

Best Television Actor Male category 4 nominations . Out of them 1 : Mishal Raheja, who was nominated for ” Laagi Tyjhse Lagan ” is my student too.

Best shows of T V – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 shows has scores of my students. ” Khataron Ke Khiladi – 3 ” had  5 students and ” Bigg Boss – 4 ” has 2 students.

3 –  APSARA HINDUSTAN TIMES AWARDS – 2010 :

Best Actor Male for Cinematic Excellence – HRITIK ROSHAN [ Guzaarish ]

Best Supporting Actor Male – ARJUN RAMPAL [ Raajneeti ]

Best Actor Male Negative – SONU SOOD [ Dabangg ]

Best Entertainer of the Year Female – KATRINA KAIF

4 – KARBONN STAR SCREEN AWARDS – 2010 :

Best Actor Male category – 8 Nomination . Out of them  2 : HRITIK ROSHAN & RANBIR KAPOOR are my students.

Best Actor Male Supporting Role category – 6 Nominations . Out of them  1 : SIKANDAR KHER is my student.

Best Actor Male Negative Role category – 5 Nominations. Out of them  3 : EMRAAN HASHMI, SONU SOOD & VIVEK OBEROI are my students.

Best Music Director – 6 Nominations . Out of them  1 : VISHAL of VISHAL-SHEKHAR duo is my student.

My student KATRINA KAIF won Best Actor Popular Choice.

5 – ZEE CINE AWARD – 2010 :

International Mail Icon – RANBIR KAPOOR

Jury award for Best actor Male – HRITIK ROSHAN [ Guzaarish ]

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male  – ARJUN RAMPAL [ Raajneeti ]

6 – IDEA FILMFARE AWARDS  2010 :

Best Male Actor category – 5 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor category – 5 nominations . Out of them  1 : Kareena kapoor for ” Golmaal 3  ” is my students.

Best Male Actor in Supporting Role Category – 6 nominations. Out of them 2 : Arjun Rampal for ” Raajneeti ” and Emraan Hashmi for ” Once Upon A Time In Mumbai ” are my students.

Best Female Actor in Supporting Role Category – 5 nominations. Out of them 1 : Kareena Kapoor for ” We Are Family ” is my students.

Best Music Director category – 6 nominations . Out of them 1 : Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is my student too.

7 – STARDUST AWARD – 2010 :

Best Male Actor [ Comedy / Romance ] category – 5 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Akshaye Khanna for ” Tees Maar Khan ” and  Imran Khan for  ” I Hate Luv Storys  ” are my students.

Best Female Actor [ Comedy / Romance ] category – 6 nominations . Out of them 3 : Kareena Kapoor for ” Golmaal 3 ” , Katrina Kaif for ” Tees Maar Khan ” and Sonam Kapoor for ” I Hate Luv Storys ” are my students.

Best Male Actor [ Drama ] category – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor [ Drama ] category – 5 nominations . Out of them  2 : Katrina Kaif for ” Raajneeti ” and Kareena kapoor for ” We Are Family ” a re my students.

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