70 Years of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 14 , 2012           00.45 A.M.

Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on October 11 , 2012 . I am following the news since 2 / 3 days and it seems to be a never-ending saga . On that day almost all the luminaries attended his birthday bash at Film City , Mumbai . It became a national , rather international news .

English: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I have stated in my earlier blog , which I wrote when he completed 40 years in the Hindi Film Industry , I was not his fan initially. But gradually when I grew and when I started understanding cinema , I started appreciating his work more .

I must admit here that I am yet to watch ” Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , his first film . His first film , which I watched was ” Anand ” [ 1971 ] . A Dilip Kumar fan , who was getting used to Rajesh Khanna , any liking for Amitabh Bachchan was not possible . Though I must admit here that he was very good in that film . Then I watched ” Reshma Aur Shera ” [ 1971 ] . He was definitely very good in that film also . But the era belonged to Rajesh Khanna .

Then I watched ” Ek Nazar ” [ 1972 ] . Sitting in a cinema hall of Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , I was not impressed or mesmerized by his persona on the screen . I vividly remember some adverse or inimical comments made by public . I was startled because I was watching the film in Allahabad and it being his home town , I was expecting some favourable cheering . But he was being booed . ” Bansi Birju ” [ 1972 ] was another debacle . ” Raste Ka Patthar ” [ 1972 ] , ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and ” Bandhe Haath ” [ 1973 ] couldn’t make matter easier for Mr. Bachchan .

Though things started getting changed in 1973 . ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] got released and things changed for Mr. Bachchan . ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] fortified his position . From 1973 onwards Rajesh Khanna’s historical debacle started and stupendous ascendency of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan began . ” Deewar ” [1975 ] and ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] came in quick succession and juggernaut of Amitabh Bachchan became unstoppable . So from ” Zanjeer ” [1973 ] to ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] and ” Department ” [ 2012 ] , it was and it is Amitabh Bachchan tsunami .

After ” Khuda Gawah ” [ 1992 ] he took sabbatical . It was self – imposed semi retirement . He did few film after 5 years but old spark was missing . He again got his lost empire back with ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] and from 2000 to 2012 he is again numero uno .

2000 is very important year for him because apart from ” Mohabbatein “ , he decided to host ” Kaun Banega Crorepati “ on television . And after that he never looked back till today.

I have tried to chronicle his journey as an actor because he almost forced me to like and appreciate him . I am a self-confessed Dilip Kumar fan . Later on I started liking Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor . My liking and appreciation for Amitabh Bachchan was slow . But now it is complete . Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor are gone . Dilip Kumar doesn’t work anymore . ” Qila ” [ 1998 ] was his last appearance on screen . So naturally Amitabh Bachchan is the only icon , only actor of relevance available .

As Acting Trainer of Mumbai , I need to give example to my students and films of Amitabh Bachchan are my reference point . Almost all the Acting Trainers of India give reference from his films . All the Acting Schools of Mumbai or Bollywood Acting Schools have his photos prominently placed in their premises .

I am lucky that I have chance to bump into him several times . I first saw him at the music release function of  K. C. Bokadia’s film ” Pyar Zindagi Hai ” [ 2001 ] . It starred my students Vikas Kalantri and Ashima Bhalla . This film is also noted because it was K. C. Bokadia’s 50th film . Mr. Bachchan came for the music release function at The Club and I got chance to see him .

I admire him as a man , as an actor and as a public figure . I have got inspired by him and started dabbling in internet . He also inspired me to write blog . So in a way , this blog is my tribute to him .

Wish you a very long life Mr. Bachchan !

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 01 , 2012           00.50 A.M.

Month of May ended without too many big or important films . Out of all the 11 films , which were released in May , only 2 could be called hits .Jannat 2 of Mahesh Bhatt and ” Ishaqzaade “ of Yash Raj Films are the sole exceptions .

” Ishaqzaade “ is released byYash Raj Films . It also marks the debut of Arjun Kapoor , son of Bony Kapoor and Late Mona Kapoor .

As usual , re – posting some of the relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

Tweets

#Jannat2 starts with a bang, Friday trends looks at Rs 9 cr + nett, 3rd biggest opener after #Agneepath & #Housefull2 http://bit.ly/Jwcl35

#DangerousIshhq movie review: No patch on Vikram Bhatt’s earlier achievements. Epic disappointment! http://bit.ly/JGo1T3

#Jannat2 collects Rs 35.55 cr in Week 1 … #VickyDonor 3-week total Rs 32 cr http://bit.ly/IHTBQ3

#VickyDonor added another Rs 6.5 cr nett to its total, taking the 3-week total to Rs 32 cr nett. Super Hit.

Update: #Ishaqzaade starts very well, one of the best starts of 2012 … #DangerousIshhq unexciting http://bit.ly/J2NlXU

#Ishaqzaade *actuals* Fri 4.54 cr, Sat 5.15 cr, Sun 6.22 cr, Mon 2.77 cr, Tue 2.64 cr. Total Rs 21.32 cr nett. Excellent.

#Ishaqzaade Wknd 2: Fri 1.77 Cr, Sat 2.40 Cr, Sun 3.21 Cr, Mon 1.43 Cr. Total: 8.81 Cr. Grand total: Rs 34.54 Cr nett. Fantastic.

#Ishaqzaade collected Rs 4.34 cr in Wknd 3, taking the total to Rs 42.52 cr nett. Fri 1.08 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 1.75 cr. Super Hit.

Jannat 2 off to a fantastic start.Poised to be a big hit.Emraan, Randeep, Kunal, Pritam, Bhatt brothers, Fox, Shagufta, Masoom deserve kudos

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Obituary :

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Taruni Sachdev :

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A lovely child artiste and child model of repute , Taruni Sachdev died on May 14 , 2012 in a plane crash in Nepal . She was only 14 years old at the time of her death .

Her most famous commercial was Rasna campaign with tag – line ” I Love You Rasna ” . Colgate , ICICI Bank , Reliance Mobile , LG , Saffola and Kesar Badam Milk are her other big and successful commercials . She was the highest paid child model with more than 50 commercials to her credit .

Her filmography includes 2 super hit Hindi films  : ” Koi Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] and ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] , 2 Malayalam films ” Vellinakshatram ” [ 2004 ] and ” Sathyam “ [ 2004 ] and 1 Tamil film ” Vetriselvan ” [ 2012 ] .

Gavin Packard :

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A British by birth and an Indian because of his connection with the Hindi film industry , Gavin Packard died on May 18 , 2012 in Vasai , Mumbai . He died at the age of 48 because of respiratory disorder .

He worked in many Hindi block – busters like ;  ” Tridev ” [ 1989 ] , ” Sadak ” [ 1991 ] , ” Mohra ” [ 1994 ]  and ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] .

He is considered a pioneer in body – building and trained and initiated many stars into body – building .  Sanjay Dutt is one of them .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 04

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1 – Jannat 2 …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Fatso ……………………………………………….. x

Second Week – May 11

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1 – Ishaqzaade ………………………………………… Arjun Kapoor

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

2 – Dangerous Ishq …………………………………… Rajniesh Duggall

…………………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………….. Aarya Babbar

Third Week – May 18

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1 – Department …………………………………………. x

2 – Mr. Bhatti On Chutti ………………………………. x

Fourth Week  – May 25

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1 – Chutki Bajaa Ke …………………………………….. x

2 – Love Recipe …………………………………………. x

3 – MLA …………………………………………………… x

4 – Rakhtbeej …………………………………………….. x

5 – Yeh Khula Aasmaan ………………………………. x

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in May . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………………. 07 ………………. actors , who are my students . Out of …………. 07 ………… students ; Ashish Singh is an executive producer . So the tally comes to …………… 06 …………….. actors and the remaining ………. 01 ………… is from the other field of film – making .


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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Divyajyoti Sharma is essaying an important role in Amrit Manthanon Star Plus .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2010


Its September and ” Dabangg “ is creating history at the box office.It becomes the second highest grosser of all times. It is next only to ” 3 Idiots “.

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 :

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Midweek B.O.: ‘We Are Family’ under-performs, has Rs. 14.2 cr. weekend

taran_adarsh

‘We Are Family’ Update II: Thu: Rs. 2.7 cr., Fri: Rs. 3 cr., Sat: Rs. 4 cr., Sun: Rs. 4.5 cr. The jump in business is missing.

taran_adarsh

Okay, for those curious to know how many screens ‘Dabangg’ opens in India, well, the number is 1584 screens.

taran_adarsh

‘Dabangg’ Update: Biggest opening so far [amongst 2010 releases] in Rajasthan.

taran_adarsh

UAE Update: ‘Dabangg’ 1 million Dirhams. Creates history.

FRIDAY TOTAL: ‘Dabangg’ Rs. 14.5 cr. ‘3 Idiots’ Rs. 13 cr.

taran_adarsh

‘Dabangg’ I: Has shattered all records and emerged the biggest opener ever. Has crossed the opening weekend business of ‘3 Idiots’.

taran_adarsh

‘Dabangg’ Monday Rs. 10 cr., Fri to Mon total Rs. 58.5 cr. nett. ‘3 Idiots’ Thu previews to Monday was Rs. 52 cr. nett.

taran_adarsh

Dabangg emerges the biggest opener ever of Hindi cinema. Collected approx Rs 81 cr. nett in Week 1, overtaking the Week 1 total of 3 Idiots

taran_adarsh

‘Inception’ is Incredible. Has set a new record for Hollywood films at Indian boxoffice. Completed 50 days at 45 plexes across the country.

Obituary
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Luckily there were no deaths in the industry this month.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – September 03

1 – We Are Family……………………………………….Kareena Kapoor
………………………………………………………………Arjun Rampal

2 – The Film Emotional Atyachar………………………x

3 – Mallika………………………………………………..Sammir Dattani
……………………………………………………………..Himanshu Mallik
……………………………………………………………..Pooja Ballutia

Second Week – September 10

1 – Dabangg………………………………………………Sonu Sood
……………………………………………………………..Arbaaz Khan

Third Week – September 17

1 – Life Express……………………………………….Divya Dutta

Fourth Week – September 24

1 – Ek Aadat……………………………………………x

In total ..6… films got released this month. Out of these..6….films , my …..8……students were there in….4….films. Out of these ..8….students …7… are actors,and …1…..Arbaz Khan is the producer & actor both.

News This month :
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1 – Amitabh Bachchan got National Award for ” Paa ” as Best Actor . His 4th after ” Saat Hindustani “, ” Agnipath ” and ” Black ” .

2 – The Film Federation of India selected Aamir Khan‘s ” Peepli [ Live ] “ as India’s official entry for the oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.

3 – ” Peepli [ Live ] ” is the fourth Aamir Khan film that is going to the Oscars after ” Lagaan ” , ” Rang De Basanti ” and ” Taare Zameen Par ” .

4 – ” Peepli [Live ] “ got Best Feature Film Award at the Durban Film Festival.

5 – ” Peepli [ Live ] ” had won Anusha Rizvi the Best Debutante Director Award at the Sundance Festival .

6 – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences have approached Prakash Jha for acquiring the sceenplay of ” Raajneeti ” .

7 – Mani Ratnam was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmaker Award at the 67th Venice Film Festival for ” Raavanan ” , the Tamil version of ” Raavan ” .

8 – The government has lifted the ban on Satyajit Ray’s 1971 documentary film on Sikkim, after almost 35 years after its imposition.

9 – ONV Kurup [ Lyricist of Malayalam films like ” Madhanolsavam ” and his latest ” Pazhasi Raja ” ] and Shahryar [ Lyricist of ” Umrao Jaan ” & ” Gaman ” ] got Jnanpith Award for the year 2007 and 2008 respectively.

10 – Udan wins Best Film Award at the Houston Film Festival.

Trivia
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1 – Dev Anand , Yash Chopra , Lata Mangeshkar and Ranbir Kapoor celebrated their birthday this month.

National Awards & Me
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57th National Film Awards were announced on September 16th . None of my students won National Awards this year. But there are 3 films, which got awards and in these films my 5 students were there as actors. I am proud to be part of following 3 National Award winning films. These films are :

1 – ” 3 Idiots ” [ Most Popular Film ]…………..Kareena Kapoor

2 – ” Delhi 6 ” [ National Integration ]…………Sonam Kapoor

3 – ” Well Done Abba ” [ Social Issues ]………………….Sammir Dattani ,
………………………………………………………………………..Minissha Lamba ,
………………………………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

Vidur

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010


Its July and half the year is gone. First half of the year ended and there is not a very heartening news for the industry.. Industry suffered losses to the tune of 300 crores. ” RAAVAN “,  “KITES “, ” VEER “, ” PRINCE “, ” TEEN PETTI ” and ” RANN “ were some of the notable flops. From January to june 81 Hindi films were released.Out of these, only 10 films managed to make some profit. First quarter ie January to march saw only two hits : ” PAA ” and ” LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA “. Second quarter saw only three films hitting the bulls eyes. They were : ” HOUSEFULL “, ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ and ” RAAJNEETI “. Rest 5, somehow barely recovered the cost.

As for as July releases are concerned, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: Youth luves ‘Luv Storys’, film starts with a bang

‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-solid on Saturday. Fri. Rs. 7 cr. nett & Sat. Rs. 7.5 cr. nett. Sunday should be better than Fri. & Sat.
taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ gets Thumbs Up in U.S.A., U.K., Australia, Gulf, Pakistan

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Monday update: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-steady, despite Bharat Bandh

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Milenge Milenge’, ‘Red Alert’ are dull

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Inception’ fetches better & bigger start than Bollywood releases

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/WyXIx Midweek B.O.: ‘Inception’ leads, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ & ‘Udaan’ pick up, ‘Lamhaa’ fails

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Week 1 nett figures: ‘Inception’ 9.6 cr, ‘Lamhaa’ 8.5 cr, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ 5.61 cr, ‘Udaan’ 2.5 cr

taran_adarsh

‘Lamhaa’ is rejected, will entail losses; ‘TBL’ is a success, returns from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues should ensure profits.

taran_adarsh

‘Udaan’ total cost 5 cr. UTV will recover 6.25 cr. Profit of 1.25 cr. Profit includes 3.5 cr revenue from Colors for Satellite rights.

taran_adarsh

‘Tere Bin Laden’ Update: Satellite, Home Video and Music rights have fetched Rs. 4.25 crores.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/8YMX4o ‘Khatta Meetha’ is Akshay Kumar’s lowest opener in U.K., U.S.A.

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/cctlka Domestic B.O.: Not Khatta, not Meetha, just Pheeka

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Khatta Meetha’ Week 1 Rs. 32 cr. nett, slided heavily on weekdays

taran_adarsh

http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts slow, picks up, reports terrific

taran_adarsh

As per early tracking [rough estimates], Day 1 of ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ is between Rs. 7.5 cr. and Rs. 8 cr. nett. Very good!

Obituary :
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MANOHARI SINGH :

Hindi Film’s most sought after saxophone player, Manohari da died on July 13, 2010 following a cardiac arrest. He was chief assistant of S. D. Burman and R. D. Burman. This legendary saxophone player adorned many hindi film songs such as my all time favourites – Dil Jo Na Keh Saka from ‘ BHEEGI RAAT ” and evergreen Gata Rahe Mera Dil from ” GUIDE “. He was awarded Radio Mirchi’s Musical Award in 2009.

To show his popularity and respect he commands, I am pasting here many tweets of eminent people :

mangeshkarlata

a very good saxophone player,great arranger,and a fabulous human being,,manohari da passed away..my heartfelt condolences to his family.

SrBachchan

@mangeshkarlata Oh gosh lata ji .. very sad news. I was just some months ago at a function where he played .. condolences and prayers

shwetapandit7

had the blessing of working with Manohari uncle in my first film song Mohabbatein, deepest condolences! He was so encouraging. Will miss him

SATISH BHATNAGAR :

An eminent screenplay and dialogue writer, Satish Bhatnagar died on July 07, 2010. He used to write screenplay for Late B. R. Chopra, along with Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza. Last film which he wrote for him was BAGHBAN. For others, he wrote very successful films such as ” Maryada “, ” Seeta Aur Geeta “, ” Himalay Se Ooncha “, ” Satte Pe Satta “, and Prakash Mehra”s ”  Hera Pheri “.
It is extremely sad that he died in penury and did not have money to pay his hospital bills. He could survive with The Film Writer’s Association’s financial aid.

RAVI BASWANI :

Acclaimed comrdian Ravi Baswani died in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on July 27th, where he had gone to scout locations for his directorial venture. An extremely talented actor, Ravi Baswani shall always be remembered for films like ” Chashme Badoor “ and ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron “. Chashme Badoor ( 1981) , was directed by Sai Paranjpe was his first film. Then he acted in his most successful film ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron ” ( 1983 ) directed by Kundan Shah. He was recently seen in ” Bunty Aur Babli ” ( 2005) , and ” Yun Hota To Kya Hota ” ( 2006 ). The last film, Naseeruddin Shah’s first directorial venture, is now his last film.

Baswani also acted on television and was very popular in Doordarshan’s 1980s hit serial  ” Idhar Udhar ” .

Incidently for his cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron , he won Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He was dean of acting in Film & Television Institute of India also, where he leant acting years ago. From Chashme Buddoor ( 1981 ) to Yun Hota To Kya Hota ( 2006 ) , a career spanning 35 years, he acted in 30 films.

New Releases & Me

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First Week – July 02

1 – I Hate Luv Storys…………….Imran Khan

………………………………………Sonam Kapoor,

……………………………………….Sammir Dattani,

………………………………………..Samir Soni,

……………………………………….Aamir Ali,

………………………………………..Punit Malhotra (Director)

………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director)

2 – Swaha……………………………x

Second Week – July 09

1 – Milenge Milenge………………Kareena kapoor,

………………………………………..Sarfaraz Khan

2 – Red Alert-The war Within……Sameera Reddy

Third Week –  July 16

1 – Lamha………………………Kunal Kapoor

2 – Udaan………………………..Sanjay Singh (Producer)

3 – Tere Bin Laden.…………..x

Fourth Week – July 23

1 – Khatta Meetha………………………….Urvashi Sharma

Fifth Week – July 30

1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai…….Emraan Hashmi
In total 09 films got released this month. Out of these 09 films my students were there in 07 films. There were 14 students of mine working in these 07 films.. Out of these 14 students 11 are actors, 01 Punit Malhotra is director of ” I Hate Luv Storys “, 01 Sanjay Singh is producer of ” Udaan ” and 01 Shekhar Ravjiani of the famous Vishal-Shekhar duo, the music director of  ”  I Hate Luv Storys ” . A satisfying month, I can say .

News This month :
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1 – Hritik Roshan will play the part originally played by Amitabh Bachchan in ” Agnipath “.

2 – Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood movie ” Broken Horses ” will roll in September 2010.

3 – Hritik Roshan will be the 5th Hindi film actor, after Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan,Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan, to have his wax statue featured at the Madame Tussaud’s wax museun in London.

4 –Sudhir Mishra and Ketan Mehta were conferred French government’s award ARTS ET LETTERS.
TRIVIA :
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1 – Filmfare’s power list of 2009 is out and it consists 10 names. Out of these 03 are production companies and remaining 07 are human beings :

1 – Aamir Khan
2 – Shah Rukh Khan
3 – Rajkumar Hirani
4 – A. R. Rahman
5 – Dharma Productions
6 – Yash Raj Films
7 – Aamir Khan Productions
8 – Kareena Kapoor
9 – Hritik Roshan
10 – Katrina Kaif

Out of these 10 powerful entities, 03 = Kareena Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are my students. They stand at 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.It is nice  to have three students in this august list.

I am ending this month’s diary at this promising note. I am happy for my achievements , but I know that I have still to cover many more miles and milestones.

God willing I will do that !

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