Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 07 , 2016           08.20 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 it is now 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %

 

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

1 : ” Jai Ho “http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two “http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri “ & ” Main Tera Hero “
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 “
5 – ARMAAN JAIN
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Obituary :

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Rajesh Vivek  :

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Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, a.k.a. Rajesh Vivek will always be known as “GURAN”, one of the most popular characters of “Lagaan” [ 2001 ]. He later played various other famous characters like the postmaster in “Swades” [ 2004 ] .

He was first noticed and gained popularity as Ved Vyas in “Mahabharata” [ 1988 ]. His first film was Shyam Benegal’s “Junoon” [ 1978 ]. He also played Dr. Rajendra Prasad in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” [ 1982 ].

He died on January 13, 2016 at the age of 66 at Hyderabad, Telangana due to massive heart attack.

 

Anil Ganguly :

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 A very successful film director of 70s & early 80s, Anil Ganguly directed films like Jaya Bhaduri starrer “Kora Kagaz” [ 1974 ] , “Tapasya” [ 1975 ] . Both the films got National Award. His other famous film is  Anil Kapoor starrer ” Saaheb” [ 1985 ].
He died after brief illness on January 14, 2016 at the age of 82. His daughter Rupali Ganguly is famous TV actor.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 01

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1 – Jee Lene Do Ek Pal …………………………………………………………………. X

2 – School Teacher ……………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Tere Jism Se Jaan Tak ……………………………….. ………………………… X

4 – 27th December 1987 Final Match …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – January 08

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1 – Chauranga ……………………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

2 – Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure …………………………………….. X

3 – Private Teacher ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Rasik Balma ……………………………………………………………………………. X

5 – Wazir ……………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Nasirr Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. John Abraham [ S.A. ]

 

Third Week – January 15 
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1 -Apne Apne Phanday ………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Chalk N Duster ………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………………. Sameer Soni

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

………………………………………………………………………… Divyajyotee Sharma

3 – Rebellious Flower …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Fourth Week  – January 22
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1 – Airlift  …………………………………………………………………. Ferena Wazeir

…………………………………………………………………………………. Kishan Kumar

2 – Jugni ………………………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 …………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

 

Fifth Week  – January 29
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1 – Mastizaade ……………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saala Khadoos ………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ye Kaisa Pal Do Pal Ka Pyaar …………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in January . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 05 ……………………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 11 ………………… persons , …………… 10  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Airlift ” .

Sanjay Suri , who is mentioned as an actor , is also the producer of ” Chauranga “.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Sankat Mochan Bal Hanuman “ on Sony TV .

2 – Danish Pandor is playing an important role in  ” Agent Raghav “ on & TV.

3 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in  ” Chakravartin Ashok Samrat “ on Colors TV.

 

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Priyank Sharma  is playing a role in  ” Nuclear Sher “.

2 – Zoa Morani is playing a role in ” Nuclear Sher “.

3 – Rituka Tandon is playing a role in ” Mann Rangiya “.

4 – Asif Ali Beg is playing a role in ” The Dancing Donkey “.

 

My …………. 04 ………….. students in ………… 03 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Khalid is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Shan-E-Punjab ” .

2 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” KUV 100 ” .

 

My ………….. 02 …………… students in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of January 2016

My 11 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 04 student in 03 plays and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2016 comes to 20

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

PADMA SHRI

This year in 2016 my student Priyanka Chopra got Padma Shri. She is my second student to get this honour . Saif Ali Khan , who got it in 2010 , was the first.

SANSUI COLORS STARDUST AWARDS 

1 – Kartik Aryan : Best Actor in a Comic Role

2 – Varun Dhawan : Entertainer of the Year

 

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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 20 students .

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

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

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” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal ” : The Last Dish


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2013           06.35 P.M.

Tarla Dalal

1936 – 6 November 2013

India‘s first celebrity chef , noted food writer , the first prolific Cook Book author of repute , first Cookery Show anchor and a specialist in vegetarian dishes , who left a rich legacy of staggering 17,000 recipes , Tarla Dalal died of cardiac arrest on November 06 , 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 77 years .

Tarla Dalal

Tarla Dalal

 

She arrived on the culinary landscape 40 years ago . It was much before television reached most parts of India and became an integral part of our lives . Almost 40 years before the omnipresent television , she arrived on the scene with a bang with her first book ” The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking ” . It was published in 1974 and became best – selling book . She , though , started her career by taking cooking classes in 1966 .

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[ Pleasures Of Vegetarian Cooking

Tarla Dala’s first cookbook which was published in 1974 and is in its 25th reprint today.

It contains over 250 delicious recipes that are practical, quick and easy.
So go ahead ,ensure your copy today !

Recipes included are:
Mint Julep / Frosty Fruit Ale / Leek Soup / Sunshine Salad / Spring Rolls / Moughlai Cauliflower / Biryani / Lasagne Verdi / Lemon Ice Cream / Orange Gateau / Chocolate Eclairs

Pages : 184 / Recipes :258 / Recipes in Colour : 69

Price: Rs.250  – Taken & being quoted from http://www.tarladalal.com ]

Screen - Shot of Tarla Dalal's Website

Screen – Shot of Tarla Dalal’s Website

Since then she has written over 100 books and sold more than 3 million books . She also runs the largest Indian food web site , and published a bi-monthly magazine  ” Cooking & More ” .

Though she wrote about many cuisines and healthy cooking , she specialized in Indian cuisine , particularly Gujarati cuisine .

She was the first to host a TV show on cooking . ” Tarla Dalal Show ” and ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ on Sony Entertainment Television are her two most notable cooking shows . The last-named weekly show ran for 3 years on Sony TV . Her cooking show is broadcast all over South East Asia, India, the Gulf, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

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She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2007 . She was also awarded Women of the Year by Indian Merchants’ Chamber in 2005 .

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

I came to know about her through Sudhanshu Pandey . He was the co-anchor of her show  ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ . He is my student and he told me about the show . I started watching the show and gradually became familiar with Tarla Dalal .

Then I saw some books written by her in various book stores . I browsed through them . Such books are normally dull and boring . Tarla Dalal had unique distinction of making even cooking book interesting . I , since then , became an ardent fan .

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It is noteworthy that she did all this , much before the advent of Sanjeev Kapoor , the current favourite . Sanjeev Kapoor stars in the cooking TV show Khana Khazana , which is the longest running show of its kind in Asia . But Tarla Dalal did all this much before him and that too without the help of all-pervading , all-intrusive television . She is the pioneer . She is the first flag-bearer .

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Sanjeev Kapoor at FoodFood Channel Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much before the arrival of Vir Sanghavi , the celebrated food writer , she started writing about food . I like Vir Sanghavi’s column ” Rude Food ” in Sunday Hindustan Times Cafe and read it religiously . But Tarla Dalal is my first favourite because she started it first . She heralded a new path . She chose to travel on the unbeaten track . Without any clear leader to follow , she chose to take a road less travelled . Only Madhur Jaffery was on the culinary scene before her . Therefore Tarla Dalal deserves our appreciation for this feat .

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It is not for nothing that she commanded unprecedented popularity among the masses . Her feat is unparalleled , her success unprecedented .

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Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to her family members and her fans , who are spread in every nook and corner of the world .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also express grief and offer tribute .

May her soul rest in peace ! Her demise is the big loss of the culinary world of India .

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Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 06 , 2013           08.25 P.M.

Manna Dey

Manna Dey (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Prabodh Chandra Dey a.k.a. Manna Dey

1 May 1919  −  24 October 2013

The news of Manna Dey’s death was almost a certainty and was expected . Advancing age and failing health had prepared us for such an eventuality . Still when I read about his demise , a pall of gloom engulfed me . He died on October 24 , 2013 in Bengaluru at the age of 94 .

Manna Dey , along with Mohammad Rafi , Mukesh , Kishore Kumar , Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar , was the most important play back singer of the golden era of Hindi films and a force to reckon with in singing world . With his demise , the last remnant of the golden era of Hindi film music and a gigantic figure among the male play back singers of Hindi film world is gone forever .

Before proceeding further , I must admit my blasphemy that initially I used to dislike his singing . Today as I can understand the nuances of music , I am ashamed of my blasphemy and I am extremely sorry that during my adolescent years , I was unable to appreciate his mastery of the art and craft . The first song of Manna Dey , which I liked and appreciated was the iconic ” Qasme Waade Pyaar Wafa , Sab Baaten Hain Baaton Kaa Kyaa ………………………………………. ” , the song from Manoj Kumar’s ” Upkar ” [ 1967 ] . I was speechless and stunned while listening the song and watching Pran Saheb on screen . It is uncanny that Pran Saheb and his screen voice in many films , Manna Da , both died in 2013 . Pran Saheb left us on July 12 , 2013 and just 3 months 12 days later , his voice on-screen , Manna Da also left us on October 24 , 2013 .

Later on when I started watching old Hindi films in Allahabad in Sunday morning shows , I watched ” Shri 420 ” [ 1955 ] , I was hooked to his voice . ” Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua , Phir Pyaar Se Ab Kyon Darta Hai Dil …………………………… ” , ” Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwaalaa …………………………… ” , ” Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh ………………………. ” and the evergreen ” Ramaiya Vastavaiya ……………… “ are difficult to forget .

After watching ” Chori Chori ” [ 1956 ] , I was mesmerized by his voice . His duets with Lata Mangeshkar are immortal and they are pure gems . ” Aajaa Sanam , Madhur Chandni Men Ham ……………………………….. ” and ” Ye Raat Bheegi Bheegi , Ye Mast Fizayen …………………………………… “ refuse to fade away from my memory even after 57 years .

Who can forget his other immortal melodies like ; ” Ae Mere Pyare Watan …………… ” , ” Ik Chatur Naar Karke Singar ………………………………. ” , ” Poochho Na Kaise Maine Rain Bitayee ………………………………………. ” , ” Aao Twist Karen ………………………………………………. ” , ” Yaari Hai Eemaan Meraa …………………………………….. ” and ” Ye Dosti Ham Nahin Chhodenge ……………………………………. ” ?

Known by his stage name Manna Dey , he debuted in the film ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] , and continued to sing till ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . He went on to record more than 4000 songs during 1942 – 2013 . He , though sang for other heroes occasionally , was the voice of Raj Kapoor , Uttam Kumar , Mehmood and Pran .

Since 1992, Manna Dey withdrew himself from Hindi film music. But he continued to sing in Bengali movies, bhajans and ghazals in different languages and appeared in live performances during 1992 to 2012 . His last live performance was in 2012 in Mumbai. His last recorded song in Hindi films was for the film Umar in 2006 composed by Shamir Tandon, Duniyawaalo Kee Nahee Kuchh Bhee Khabar, which he sang along with Kavita Krishnamoorthy and Sonu Nigam.

He sang duets with singers like Mukesh, Sandhya Mukherjee, Mahendra Kapoor, Talat Mahmood, Amit Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Krishna Kalle, Shardha Rajan Iyengar, Arati Mukherjee, Chandrani Mukherjee, Anuradha Pudwal, Hemlata, Minu Purushottom, Bhupinder Singh, K.J. Yesudas, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamoorty, Alka Yagnik, Antara Chowdhury, Preeti Sagar, Dilraj Kaur, Yunus Fazmi, Jaspal Singh, Anwar, Manhar Udhas, Joginder and Mubarak Begum.

He worked with more than 102 music directors in Hindi film industry from working with Krishna Chandra Dey in ” Tamanna ” [ 1942 ] to music composer Shamir Tandon in ” Umar ” [ 2006 ] . Thus it was an unprecedented 64 years – long – singing – career .

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1971, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007 . He was presented the Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award in 2011.

Manna Da sang mainly in Hindi and Bengali; he also recorded songs in several other Indian languages .

Music career in other languages

  • He sang around 1262 songs in Bengali : 611 songs in Bengali films and 356 Bengali non-film songs . He also sang 46 Rabindra Sangeet Songs in Bengali , 3 Dwigendra Geet , 84 Shyama Sangeet , 23 songs in Akashvani , 3 title songs for Bengali TV serials , 103 Bengali songs from non-released Bengali films and 33 Bengali songs of other varieties .
  • He sang 35 film songs in Bhojpuri , 2 songs in Magadh and one song in Maithili language .
  • He sang 13 Punjabi film songs and 5 non-film songs .
  • He sang 2 songs in Assamese films and 4 non-film songs in Assamese language .
  • He sang 7 songs in Oriya language and 1 song each in Konkani film and Sindhi film .
  • He sang 85 songs in Gujrathi films.
  • He sang 55 Marathi songs in Marathi films and 15 non-film songs in Marathi .He was good at Marathi natya sangeet too, which is one of the most difficult genres to sing
  • He sang 5 film songs in Kannada .
  • He sang in the Nepali movie ” Maitighar “
  • He sang 2 in Malayalam – “Maanasamaine Varoo” from 1965 film Chemmeen and song “Chemba Chemba” from 1974 film Nellu sung with P Jayachandran both composed by Salil Chowdhary and lyrics by Vayalar.

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to his family . My heart goes to his daughters and other near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer tribute . It is clichéd to say but there will never be another Manna Dey . He bestrode the Hindi film music world like a colossus but unfortunately never got his due .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ Some of the information and the long list of his songs are being quoted from Wikipedia . I express my debt and gratitude . ]

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Lal Krishna Advani & Dilip Kumar


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 19 , 2013           11 . 10 P.M.

I wanted to write this blog a week back , when Shri Narendra Modi was anointed as the Prime Ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party . But I was busy writing an article on Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya for a Kenyan magazine , which is published from Nairobi , capital of Kenya . Yesterday I mailed that article to Shri Ram Chandra Pandey , Pracharak of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh , Kenya . Today , as I am relatively free , I am sitting in my study and writing this blog .

I am a fan of Dilip Kumar . My veneration for him knows no limit . In his career spanning 54 years [ when he was working and was active ] , he has done only 59 films [ including Guest appearances ] . Out of his 59 released films , I have seen 45 . I have seen many of his films several times . Ironically I have not seen his first film Jwaar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] and his last film ” Quila ” [ 1998 ] .

Let us have a look on his career and achievements . He was nominated 18 times for the Filmfare Awards , and won it 8  times . He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1991 , Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and was a nominated member of Rajya Sabha also for one term . In 1998 he got Nishan – E – Imtiaz from the government of Pakistan .

His towering and gigantic personality hovered over my horizon from Ganga Jumna ” [ 1961 ] , which I watched in 1967 , till today , when he is recuperating in the ICU of Lilavati hospital .

Thus from 1967 to 2013 , it is a 46 – year – long association full of reverence , veneration and respect . It refuses to ebb .

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Dilip Kumar in MouthShut.com office in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But Dilip Kumar’s benign and all-pervading shadow on my life was disturbed and somewhat eclipsed with the advent of Amitabh Bachchan in 1969 . From Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] to ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ] , he has acted in 186 films [ including Guest appearances & Voice overs ] . And out of 186 , I have watched 120 films . ” Anand ” [ 1971 ] was the first film of Amitabh Bachchan , which I watched . Ironically I have not watched his first film ” Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ]  and his latest ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ] . An uncanny coincidence of my life , which happened in the case of Dilip Kumar also .

The Amitabh Bachchan juggernaut , in real sense of the term , started with ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] . One year later Dilip Kumar came with a critically acclaimed but flop ” Sagina ” [ 1974 ] .

Two years after ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] , Amitabh Bachchan gave two iconic super hits , ” Deewar ” and ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] . Again one year later Dilip Kumar came with triple role in a much – delayed and moderate hit  ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] .

After hiatus of 5 years , Dilip Kumar started his second innings with hugely successful ” Kranti ” [ 1981 ] . But same year Amitabh Bachchan gave 3 super – hits ” Lawaaris ” , ” Yaraana ” and ” Kaalia ” [ 1981 ] and hugely likable ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] .

They both , a year later , came together in critically acclaimed , highly likable but a box office dud ” Shakti ” [ 1982 ] .

Dilip Kumar last came in ” Quila ” [ 1998 ] and 2 years later Amitabh Bachchan started his second innings  with hugely successful ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . And the juggernaut , which started with ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] still continues unabated in 2013 also .

Thus from  ” Anand ” [ 1971 ] to ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ] , it is a 42 – year – long association of me with Amitabh Bachchan also .

Let us have a peek in the other achievements of Amitabh Bachchan . He briefly dabbled in politics and was member of the 8th Lok Sabha . He got Padma Shri in 1984 and Padma Bhushan in 2001. His achievements in the film world are no less spectacular compared to Dilip Kumar . He has got 3 National Awards and unbelievable 39 Filmfare nominations in several categories , though Dilip Kumar holds the record of winning 8 Filmfare trophies .

But I must admit with all honesty that despite his unprecedented and unbelievable accomplishments , acceptance of Amitabh Bachchan was not easy for me . Though I watched his films with much admiration and appreciation , and as stated earlier , I have watched 120 films of Amitabh Bachchan but my hero , my idol was always Dilip Kumar .

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan at IFFA Award 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And I think being a fan and admirer of Dilip Kumar does not mean that I don’t accept Amitabh Bachchan’s persona or demean it . They both hovered on my horizon . They both influenced me immensely . I am a fan of both of them but it is also a fact that Dilip Kumar reigns supreme and stands few notches higher .

Coincidently photographs of Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan , which I have posted here , were clicked in 2006 .

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L K Advani outside his residence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Same is the case with Shri Lal Krishna Advani . I first heard of him in 1967 when I was in High School . 1967 is the same year when I came to know about Dilip Kumar through his film , a golden jubilee hit ” Ganga Jumna ” . So in an uncanny way my association with Dilip Kumar and Advani ji started in the same year , 1967 .

Advani ji became my political hero during my school , college and university days . I came to know Dilip Kumar when Amitabh Bachchan was yet to make his debut . In the same way when I started admiring Lal Krishna Advani , Shri Narendra Modi was yet to make his debut in politics .

Shri Narendra Modi , just like Amitabh Bachchan , has spectacular achievements to his credit . Shri Narendra Modi , just like Amitabh Bachchan , is hugely popular . Shri Narendra Modi , just like Amitabh Bachchan , is continuing with his unstoppable juggernaut . Shri Narendra Modi , just like Amitabh Bachchan , is the current idol and is liked by the cadre immensely .

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Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But as I have said earlier , in my heart Dilip Kumar still reigns supreme . And being a fan of Dilip Kumar is in no way an insult to Amitabh Bachchan . Admiring Dilip Kumar is in no way derogatory to Amitabh Bachchan . In the same way my political hero is Shri Lal Krishna Advani . And being a Lal Krishna Advani admirer is in no way an insult to Shri Narendra Modi .

It is just a question of whom you grow with . Your hero of growing years is going to be your hero till your last breath .

Shri Narendra Modi , just like Amitabh Bachchan , is the current favourite . But it doesn’t mean that Dilip Kumar and Lal Krishna Advani have no relevance or have no achievements to their credit . I like Shri Narendra Modi and Amitabh Bachchan for their achievements , but I idolize Dilip Kumar and Lal Krishna Advani for their glorious innings and immense contribution in their respective fields .

I again assert that being an admirer of Advani ji does not make me an automatic hater of Modi ji . Persons like me who have admired Advani ji all their life , can’t accept a new icon in one night . It is going to be a slow and difficult process . This was the case with Amitabh Bachchan also . But gradually Amitabh Bachchan’s all-pervading shadow inundated me completely . Slowly and eventually same will definitely happen with Modi ji also . But till then Advani ji is my political hero as Dilip Kumar is my screen idol .

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Zohra Sahgal : A Glorious Century of Life


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 22 , 2012           04.15 P.M.

100 Years Old Zohra Segai

100 Years Old Zohra Sehgal

Zohra Sehgal , the legendary film and theatre actor , recently completed 100 years of her momentous life . It is fascinating to know that she is as old as Indian cinema . She , in fact , is a year older . She was born in Saharanpur , Uttar Pradesh in 1912 . And the first Indian cinema ” Raja Harishchandra ” was made and released in 1913 in Mumbai . So she precedes Indian cinema and is still among us .

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Map showing location of U.P. in India & Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh

She was born as Zohra Mumtaz Ullah Khan in an orthodox Muslim aristocratic family and went to Queen Mary’s Girls College , Lahore and later on to Mary Wigmen’s ballet school in Dresden , Germany . There she was trained in modern dance and was the first Indian to get trained at that school . She stayed there for couple of years and fortunately met Uday Shankar there , who was travelling Europe at that time with his troupe .

While still in Europe , she was invited by Uday Shankar to join his troupe . She joined legendary dancer’s troupe in 1935 and worked with him for 8 long years . Along with his troupe , she toured Japan , Egypt , Europe and U. S. A. Later on she became a teacher in Uday Shankar’s India Cultural Centre at Almora .

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Uday Shankar (1900-1977), noted Indian dancer, here seen in a 1930s photograph

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The Uday Shankar Ballet Troupe, ca (1935-37). Also seen at the bottom left Zohra Segal

Zohra Sehgal In Uday Shankar's Troupe

Zohra Sehgal In Uday Shankar’s Troupe

She met her future husband Kameshwar Nath Sehgal at the Uday Shankar’s India Cultural Centre  and married him against the wishes of her orthodox family and  hence , she came to be known as Zohra Sehgal . She has a daughter Kiran and a son Pavan , who is married to the grand – daughter of Munshi Premchand , the renowned Hindi writer .

Young Zohra Sehgal

Young Zohra Sehgal

Later on , she migrated to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] with her family and started working with Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s Prithvi Theatre in 1945  , where her sister Uzra Butt was already working . She essayed many roles in his plays . She was a major star of Prithvi theatre . She also worked with Indian People’s Theatre Association [ IPTA ] for 14 long years .

Zohra Sehgal

Zohra Sehgal

Prithvi Theatre Festival 06, commemorating the...

Prithvi Theatre Festival 2006 , commemorating the Birth Centenary of Prithviraj Kapoor

She made her screen debut with IPTA’s first film production ” Dharti Ke Lal ” [ 1946 ] , a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas . This followed by ” Neecha Nagar ” [ 1946 ] , directed by Chetan Anand . incidentally ” Neecha Nagar “ became the first Indian film to win Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival . Later on she worked in ” Afsar ” [ 1950 ] , first film of Dev Anand’s banner Navketan and ” Baazi ” [ 1951 ] , a film directed by Guru Dutt .

Poster of Dharti Ke Lal

Poster of Dharti Ke Lal

Neecha Nagar

Neecha Nagar

After her husband’s death in 1959 , Zohra Sehgal moved to Delhi and then to London and worked in films like ” The Courtesans of Bombay ” [ 1983 ] , a Merchant Ivory Productions . ” The Jewel in The Crown ” [ 1984 ] and ” Tandoori Nights ” [ 1985 ] are her famous TV role .

Cover of

Cover of The Courtesans of Bombay

The Courtesans of Bombay

The Courtesans of Bombay

In mid 90s , she again returned to India and started her second innings with films like ; ” Dil Se ” [ 1998 ] . ” Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ” [ 1999 ] , ” Dillagi ” [ 1999 ] , ” Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham ” [ 2001 ] , ” The Mystic Masseur ” [ 2001 ] , ” Bend It Like Beckham ” [ 2002 ] , ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] ” Cheeni Kum ” [ 2007 ] and ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] .

Poster of Dil Se

Poster of Dil Se

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Poster of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...

Poster of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Poster of Veer - Zaara

Poster of Veer – Zaara

Poster of Cheeni Kum

Poster of Cheeni Kum

Poster of Saawariya

Poster of Saawariya

With Ranbir Kapoor in Saawariya

With Ranbir Kapoor in Saawariya

With Amitabh Bachchan in Cheeni Kum

With Amitabh Bachchan in Cheeni Kum

She won many awards in her long and chequered career . She got Padma Shri in 1998 , Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Vibhushan in 2010 . She also received Kalidas Samman in 2001 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2004 for lifetime achievement .

Zohra Sehgal Receiving Padma Vibhushan in 2010

Zohra Sehgal Receiving Padma Vibhushan in 2010

It is fascinating to complete 100 years of one’s life and 61 years of active film and stage career . She started her career on stage in 1945 at Prithvi Theatre . So from 1945 to 2006 , when she appeared on stage again for the Centenary Year celebration of Prithvi Raj Kapoor , it is 61 – year – long stage career .

From ” Dharti Ke Lal ” and ” Neecha Nagar ” [ 1946 ] to ” Cheeni Kum ” and ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] , it is again 61 – year – long career in films .

She joined Uday Shankar’s troupe in 1935 . And her last two appearances on-screen ; ” Cheeni Kum “ and ” Saawariya ” came in 2007 . So it becomes incredible 72 – year – long career in fine arts .

She has another distinction to her credit . She worked with Prithvi Raj Kapoor in 1945 . And then she worked with his great grandson Ranbir Kapoor in 2007 . I think this is un – paralleled in the history of world cinema . She beautifullybridged the gap of 62 years and 4 generations .

Her life and achievements are amazing . I have trained Ranbir Kapoor for ” Saawariya ” . So I feel a sense of attachment to the legendary Zohra Sehgal because she was also associated with the film . I feel blessed .

100th Birthday Celebration of Zohra Sehgal

100th Birthday Celebration of Zohra Sehgal

See the photograph posted above . See her zest and vigour . Her energy is infectious . Her impish smile is intact .

I pray for her long life . May she out – live me also . Amen !!!

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Suchitra Mitra : আর নাই রে বেলা…. [ Aar Nai Re Bela ]


আর নাই রে বেলা , নামল ছায়া ধরানি তে
আজ চল রে ঘাটে কলস খানি ভরে নিতে ………আর নাই রে বেলা
জানি না আর ফিরিব কি না , কার সাথে আজ হবে চিনা
ঘাটে সেই অজানা বাজায়ে বীনা তরণী তে ………আর নাই রে বেলা

[ I don’t have enough time now. Evening sun’s shadow is descending on earth. Let us go with our empty pitcher and get it filled with water from the banks of the river [ of life ]………..I don’t have time now. I don’t know whether I will be returning again to this world or not………I don’t know with whom I am going to be introduced today in another unknown world , [ in my next life ]……………… the same unknown divine one is playing flute on the bank of river and waiting for me in the canoe, to take me away………………… I don’t have time now………… ]

It is quite difficult and a daunting task indeed to translate above mentioned lines written by Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] and sung by Suchitra Mitra . I have tried to translate these lines as per my ability and I express my regret if I have made any mistakes. This and numerous other songs written and coposed by Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] and sung by Suchtra Mitra are part of my life and being.

 

In Berlin, 1930

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I started learning Bengali in 1969 when I was in the 11th standard and when I was studying in the Government Inter College , Allahabad. I got a fantastic book to learn Bengali, written by Gopal Chandra Chakraborty ” Vedantshastri ” and within a year I started reading and writing Bengali fluently. Though I couldn’t speak it too fluently for lack of practise.  Slowly I got introduced to Bengali literature and cuisine. I was hugely influenced and impressed by the writings of Rabindra Nath Tagore [ Thakur ] . In due course of time I got to know about Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti also. I started listening Rabindra Sangeet and was hooked to it immediately. I used to listen Rabindra Sangeet sung by Hemant Kumar Mukhopadhyay, known to Hindi speaking audience as Hemant Kumar initially. But later on I moved on to Suchitra Mitra.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

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When I came to Mumbai in 1989, I got a pack of two cassettes of Rabeendra Sangeet sung by Suchitra Mitra, as a gift. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan played Sarod along with Suchtra Mitra. I was new to her world and after listening the cassettes for the first time, I was hooked.  Needless to say that I became a huge fan of Suchitra Mitra and I am an avid follower of her music till today. She became a permanent source of inspiration.

আগুনের  পারাস্মানি ছুয়াও  প্রাণে , এ জীবন পূর্ণ করো , এ জীবন পূর্ণ করো

Above mentioned song or the song I am giving below are part of my daily life. Whenever I am sad or feel lonely they come to give me company and reverberate in the dark , sad and lonely corners of my heart and sooth my ruffled feelings. Immortal words, enchanting music and heavenly voice of Suchitra Mitra , they all are permanent source of calmness and inspiration for me.

যদি তোর ডাক সুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে
একলা  চলো একলা  চলো একলা  চলো একলা  চলো রে

Suchitra Mitra was born on September 19, 1924. She learnt music from legendary Pankaj Mullick. Apart from Rabindra Sangeet , she sang for films also. She acted in one film. She was awarded Padma Shri in 1973 and was appointed Sheriff of Kolkata in 2001. She died on January 03, 2011 due to cardiac arrest in Kolkata. I deeply mourn the death of this legendary singer , who is par-excellence and immortal and whose songs are part of my being.

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