Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2017


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 19, 2017           09.40 P.M.

 

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. 8 long and uninterrupted years! ]

 

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2016

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

Success Rate : 2016= = = = = 72.60 %

It is evident that my success rate is increasing every year. It is unprecedented.

2016 has been a watershed year in my career. In total 06 students of mine made debut in 2016 as lead actors.
2017 starts on a good note. I did workshop with YAMI GAUTAM for her role in “Kaabil”. She is my 1st student to hit the screen in 2017. JOYVEER GHOSH made appearance in a serial “Dil Se Dil Tak” on Colors TV.
Thus 02 students of mine made debut in the 1st month of 2017 itself. And yes, there are many more to come.
1 YAMI GAUTAM = [ 2017 Kaabil ]

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1 JOYVEER GHOSH – [ 2017 Dil Se Dil Tak – Serial ]

 

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Obituary :

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Om Puri

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An internationally acclaimed actor Om Puri died on January 06, 2017  at the age of 67.

Om Puri

18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017

He is best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.

Om Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States and Britain.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

I am sorry to say that during his last days, he courted controversy by attacking Indian Army and saying such things which can’t be reproduced here. It was sad to see him appear on several TV channels dead drunk and in pitiable condition begging for forgiveness. Sad end of an International star.

 
Naqsh Lyallpuri 
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A very popular lyricist of yesteryear Hindi cinema, Naqsh Lyallpuri died on January 22, 2017 in Mumbai. He was 89 years old at the time of his death.
Jaswant Rai Sharma a.k.a. Naqsh Lyallpuri
(24 February 1928 – 22 January 2017),
Popularly known by his pen name Naqsh Lyallpuri , he is best known for the songs “Rasm-e-Ulfat Ko Nibhayen” (Dil Ki Rahen, 1973), “Tumhe Ho Na Ho” (Gharonda, 1977), “Yeh Mulaqaat Ek Bahana Hai ” (Khandaan, 1979), “Pyar Ka Dard Hai” (Dard, 1981), and “Chitthiye Ni Dard Firaaq Vaaliye” (Henna, 1991).

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Hindi Films in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – January 06

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1 – Prakash Electronic ……………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

 

Second Week – January 13

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1 – OK Jaanu …………………………………………………………………………………. X

2 – Haraamkhor ……………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – January 20 
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1 – Coffee with D  ………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Fourth  Week – January 25 
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1 – Kaabil …………………………………………………………………… Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………………………… Yami Gautam

……………………………………………………………………………….. Urvashi Rautela

2 – Raees …………………………………………………………………… Pawni Pandey

 

In total ………..……… 06 ………..….. films got released in January 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 06 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 05 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 05 ………………… persons , …………… 04 ……… are actors and among the remaining …………. 01 ……………….. Pawni Pandey is the Play Back Singer of a song “Laila Main Laila, Aisi Main Laila………….” in  ” Raees “ .

 

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TV Trivia in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Joyveer Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Dil Se Dil Tak ” on Colors TV.



My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 ………….TV show .

 

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Commercials in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the Brand Ambassador of  ” TRESemme Conditioner & Shampoo ” .

2 – Kalki Koechlin is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Cottoworld “ .

3 – Yami Gautam is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Qutone imarble “ .

4 – Ranbir Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Asian Paints “ .

My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 04  …………… commercial campaigns .

 

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Summary of January 2017

My 05 students appeared in 03 films , 01 student in 01 TV show and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2017 comes to 10

 

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS

AWARDS 2017

1 – Sonam Kapoor got won Best Actor [ Female ] for ” Neerja “.

2 – Sonam Kapoor won “Editors’ Choice Best Actress”.

3 – Alvira Khan won Best Costume Designer for ” Sultan “.

4 – Varun Dhawan won ” Best Superstar of Next Generation”.

5 – Priyanka Chopra won  “Stardust Global Icon Award”.

DEBUTS

1 – Saiyami Kher won Best Debut [ Female ] Award for ” Mirzya “.

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 10 students .

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

Unlike so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Institutes of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Trainers of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of the World”, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity and belligerence.

Surprisingly “Top Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Institutes of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Trainers of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of the World” are conspicuous by their absolute silence on this front.

 

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com 

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director


English: Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. Deutsc...

Master of Sitar, Ravi Shankar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 13 , 2012           11.59 P.M.

Pandit Ravi Shankar , a Sitar maestro par excellence , an unofficial ambassador of Indian classical music , the first India Rock Star in true sense of the term , died yesterday on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , U. S. A.

Apart from classical music , he had given music for some feature films also .

Hindi Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Neecha Nagar [ 1946 ]

This Chetan Anand directed film was his debut film as well as debut film of Pandit Ravi Shankar also . It starred Kamini Kaushal , Uma Anand and Zohra Sehgal . It was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas .

2 – Dharti Ke Lal [ 1946 ]

This Khwaja Ahmad Abbas directed film was his debut film and the second film of Pandit Ravi Shankar . It starred Balraj Sahni , Tripti Mitra , K. N. Singh , Zohra Sehgal , David and Sombhu Mitra . It was written by Kishan Chander .

3 – Anuradha [ 1960 ]

This film was produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee . This film had lyrics by Shailendra and several gems sung by Lata Mangeshkar . It starred Balraj Sahni and Leela Naidu .

4 – Godan [ 1963 ]

This Trilok Jetley directed film was based on Munshi Premchand’s immortal novel of the same name . It had some immortal melodies . It starred Raj Kumar , Kamini Kaushal , Mehmood and Shashikala .

5 – Meera [ 1979 ]

This Gulzar directed film had several Meera Bhajans tuned by Pandit ji . It starred Hema Malini and Vinod Khanna .

Bengali Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Pather Panchali [ 1955 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was his debut film . It is the first part of Apu Trilogy .

2 – Aparajito [ 1956 ]

This Satyajit Ray directed film was the second part of Apu Trilogy .

3 – Kabuliwala [ 1957 ]

This is the Bengali film based on Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story .

4 – Paras Pather [ 1958 ]

A social satire directed by Satyajit Ray .

5 – Apur Sansar [ 1959 ]

Third and final part of Apu Trilogy .

6 – Genesis [ 1986 ]

This Mrinal Sen directed film starred Shabana Azmi , Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri was the last film of Pandit Ravi Shankar as music director .

English Films of Pandit Ravi Shankar As Music Director

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1 – Gandhi [ 1982 ]

This Richard Attenborough film had Ben Kingsley in the title role as Gandhi .

I made this list for the connoisseurs of film music and for the benefit of the acting students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

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A Tale of Two Acting Institutes : FTII & NSD


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

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

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

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

Let me take their case one by one .

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA :

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

National School of Drama

National School of Drama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

FILM & TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA :

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

Notable alumni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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