Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER  01, 2012           00.30 A.M.
Throughout September , Ek Tha Tigerkept on raking money , though the fury was subsided . The film is almost nearing the lifetime collection of3 Idiots ” .
Month of September , apart from ” Ek Tha Tiger ” ,  gave us 2 superhit films .Raaz 2 was first hit of the month . AndBarfi was a critical and commercial success . 3 super hits in a row and in a month is such a good thing for crisis ridden Hindi film industry .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets

Now good news! #Joker may be a disaster of epic proportions everywhere, but it’s breaking records in Fiji. Bigger hit than #Don2 there!

#EkThaTiger [Week 3] Tue 87 lacs. Total: 193.09 cr nett.

#Murder2 *1st Week* 36.5 cr… #Jannat2 *1st Week* 35.55 cr…#Raaz3 expected to collect 33 cr – 36 cr in just *opening weekend*. Bravo

#Raaz3 collected Rs 55.25 cr nett in Week 1, which is *higher* than the lifetime business of several Emraan Hashmi hits. Wow!

#EkThaTiger 4th Week: Fri 42 lacs, Sat 77 lacs, Sun 1.12 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 31 lacs, Wed 30 lacs, Thu 28 lacs. Grand total: 198.39 cr.

#EkThaTiger heads towards 200 cr… #Raaz3 is biggest hit of Bhatts… #Barfi opens to fab response… Bollywood shining!

#Barfi earns the respect of the audience and critics. #Barfi wows Boxoffice. #Barfi stakes claim on awards. Salute!

#Barfi Fri *est* 9.20 cr nett. Limited shows at plexes. Excellent!

#Raaz3 [2nd Week] Fri *est* 2.25 cr. Grand total: 57.50 cr nett.

#Barfi Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr. Total: 20.70 cr nett. Sat witnesses 30% to 40% jump in several circuits. Limited shows at plexes. Superb!

#Raaz3 is a Blockbuster, in view of nominal costs on one hand and revenue generated from India theatrical+Sat+Music+Overseas on the other.

#Barfi *revised* Fri 9.20 cr, Sat 11.50 cr, Sun 13.90 cr. Total: 34.60 cr nett.

In exactly a month, Bollywood witnesses 3 major Hits – #EkThaTiger, #Raaz3 and now #Barfi. Bollywood Shining!

#EkThaTiger collected 72 lacs in its 5th Week. Grand total: 199.11 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.

#Barfi has grossed 100 cr *worldwide* in 10 days.

#Heroine Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr. Total: Rs 32 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.10 cr. Grand total: 82.55 cr nett.

#Heroine Weekend 25 cr, Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 3.25 cr, Wed 2.7 cr, Thu 2.4 cr. Total: 37.1 cr nett.

#Barfi [2nd Week] Weekend 17.1 cr, Mon 3.25 cr, Tue 3.1 cr, Wed 2.6 cr, Thu 2.5 cr. Grand total: 87.15 cr nett.

Barfi! opens to excellent houses in multiplexes.

Opening of Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal horrifyingly poor. Shows in multiplexes of raipur had to be canceld due to absence of audience!!

Bad times for Bollywood. Heroine entails 10 crore loss; KDM proves a big disaster; OMG fails to pick up at many centres after a dull start.

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Obituary :

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Dinesh Thakur : 

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An iconic figure in the world of Hindi stage , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 .

During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

He starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

Posting a link of the blog , which I have written as his obituary : Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call wp.me/ptyXI-2kx

 

Rajen Kothari :

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 An ace cameraman of films like ; ” Hip Hip Hurray ” [ 1984 ] , ” Damul ” [ 1985 ] , ” Dacait ” [ 1987 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1988 ] , ” Ghayal ” [ 1990 ] , ” Ghatak ” [ 1996 ]  , ” Zubeidaa ” [ 2001 ] , ” Bose , The Forgotten Hero ” [ 2005 ] , and ” Welcome To Sajjanpur ” [ 2008 ] , Rajen Kothari died of cardiac arrest on September 27 , 2012 .

He was 60 at the time of his death . His son Pratik Kothari is my student .

 

M. S. Shinde :

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M. S. Shinde , an editor , who edited immortal classic ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , died in penury on September 28, 2012 at the age of 83 .

Apart from ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , he edited more than 100 hit films like ; ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Seeta Aur Geeta ” [ 1972 ] , ” Sagar ” [ 1985 ] and ” Ram Jaane ” [ 1995 ] .

It is very sad that he had to spend his last days in PMGP colony Dharavi and had to face financial troubles .


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 07

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1 – Raaz 2 …………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

2 – Chal Pichchur Banate Hain ………………………… X

3 – Riwayat …………………………………………………. X

Second Week – September 14

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1 – Barfi ………………………………………………………. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Qayamat Hi Qayamat ………………………………… X

3 – Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal ……………………………. Hazel Crowney

4 – The Lost Tape ………………………………………….. X

Third Week – September 21

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1 – Heroine …………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………… Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………… Divya Dutta

Fourth Week  – September 28

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1 – OMG  Oh My God ! ………………………………………. Poonam Jhawar

2 – Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal ………………………….. X



In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. actors , who are trained by me .


 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Veebha Anand  is appearing in a TV show ” Kairi “ on  Colors TV.

2 – Atishri Sarkar is appearing in a TV show ” Savdhan India “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in  ” Some Times ” .

My …………… 01 ………….. student in ………….. 01 …………. play .

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Dinesh Thakur : The Final Curtain Call


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER  23, 2012           11.55 P.M.

An iconic figure of the world of Hindi theatre , Dinesh Thakur , died on September 20, 2012 at the age of 65 due to kidney failure .

Born , brought up and educated in Delhi , he moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and started working in films . During his 40 year-long career , he acted in films like ; ” Mere Apne ” [ 1971 ] , ” Anubhav ” [ 1971 ] , ” Rajnigandha ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kalicharan ” [ 1976 ] , ” Karm ” [ 1977 ] , ” Ghar ” [ 1978 ] , ” Meera ” [ 1979 ] , ” Griha Pravesh ” [ 1979 ] , ” The Burning Train ” [ 1980 ] , ” Aaj Ki Awaz ” [ 1984 ] and ”  Fiza ” [ 2000 ] .

Mere Apne

Mere Apne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajnigandha

Rajnigandha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kalicharan

Kalicharan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meera

Griha Pravesh

Griha Pravesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fiza

Fiza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He also starred in TV serials like ; ” Shanti ” [ 1994 ] and ” Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi ” [ 2000 ] .

But his main work was in the field of Hindi theatre . He established his theatre group ” Ank ” in 1976 and produced & directed plays like ; ” Hai Mera Dil ” , ” Azar Ka Khwab ” , ” Tughlaq ” , ” Baqi Itihas ” , ” Pagla Ghoda ” , ” Suno Janmejaya ” , ” Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki ” , ” Khamosh ! Adalat Jaari Hai ” , Kamla ” , ” Adhe Adhure ” , ” Rakt-Beej ” , ” Mahabhoj ” and ” Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya ” .

Play - Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

Play – Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya

He won Filmfare Best Story Award for ” Ghar “ in 1979 .

I am lucky that I had a personal relationship with Mr. Dinesh Thakur . I approached him for work during my struggling days . He was kind enough to give me roles in two plays . They were ” Azar Ka Khwab ” and ” Tughlaq ” . I got much exposure in stage craft while working with him . Apart from being a wonderful director , he used to design his sets also . I particularly remember sets of his play ” Tughlaq ” .

Even after I stopped working with him , I kept on bumping into him quite often . Last I met him in 2011 in the house of a student during Ganapati festival . He was looking frail and was not keeping well but he greeted me warmly . Little did I realize that I was meeting him for the last time . One year later during this Ganapati in 2012 , he is gone forever .

Rest In Peace sir ! You taught me some finer points in acting and stage craft . It is sad that one more titan is lost forever . Going to Prithvi Theatre will never be same again .

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Curtain Call for Pandit Satyadev Dubey


Pandit Satyadev Dubey

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER  28, 2011           02.30 A.M.

I never ever thought that in the last quarter of 2011 I would be writing so many tributes to the departed stalwarts of the field of art  , music and literature . I have already written obituary on Bhupen Hazarika , Shammi Kapoor , Dev Anand , Mario Miranda and Christopher Hitchens . Obituary of Jagjit Singh and Steve Jobs are half – written and yet to be posted . And now comes the news of the sad demise of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Pandit Satyadev Dubey

On December 25 , 2011 , when the world was celebrating birth of Jesus Christ , an eminent theater personality Pandit Satyadev Dubey bid adieu . Curtain finally came down and stage went empty . A stalwart , who bestrode the theatre world of Mumbai for 5 decades , Pandit Satyadev Dubey  finally left the stage at the age of 75 . He was sitting in Prithvi Cafe on September 19 , 2011 , when he slipped into coma and was rushed to the hospital . He never came back .

Born in Bilaspur , Chhattisgarh in 1936 , Dubey ji , as he was fondly called , came to Mumbai to become a cricketer . While studying in St. Xavier’s College Mumbai , he came into contact with Vijay Anand , who introduced him to Ebrahim Alkazi . Thus began Dubey ji’s life – long association with theatre . He also learnt from Marathi theatre guru Parshwanath Aaltekar , who taught him articulation and proper pronunciation . Dubey ji used to lisp in his younger days . Theatre Guru Aaltekar taught him how to overcome this short coming .

Dubey ji in His Younger Days

In his 5 decades long career Pandit Satyadev Dubey produced and directed plays like ; ” Yayati ” and ” Hayavadana ” written by Girish Karnad ; ” Aadhe Adhure ” written by Mohan Rakesh ; ” Gidhade ” , ” Shantata ! Court Chalu Aahe ” and ” Baby ” written by Vijay Tendulkar ; ” Evam Indrajit ” and ” Pagla Ghoda ” written by Badal Sarkar ; ” Raktapushpa ” written by Mahesh Elkunchwar ; ” Savlya ” written by Chetan Datar and ” Antigone ” written by Jean Anouilh . He also staged and directed a play ” Andha Yug “ written by Dharamvir Bharti for radio . He wrote and directed plays like ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” , ” Inshallah ” ” Ada Chautal ” and ” Bramha Vishnu Mahesh “ . In the career span of 50 years , he wrote , produced and directed more than 100 plays in Hindi , Marathi and English .

Apart from stage , his first love , he wrote screenplay and dialogues of films like ; ” Ankur ”  [ Screenplay – Dialogue ]” Nishant ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Bhumika “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Hira Aur Patthar ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vishwasghat ” [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Junoon ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Kalyug ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Akrosh ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vijeta ” [ Story – Screenplay – Dialogue ] and ” Mandi “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] .

Poster of Ankur

Poster of Nishant

Poster of Bhumika

Poster of Kalyug

Poster of Mandi

Dubey ji made 2 short films ; ” Aparichay Ka Vindhyachal ” and ” Tongue In Cheek ” .

Apart from staging play and writing scripts for films , he donned the avatar of a trainer and groomed many actors . He believed in natural dialogue delivery and discarded highly theatrical and loud dialogue delivery , which was in vogue before his advent . Amrish Puri , Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar are some of his most famous disciples . Amrish Puri was so indebted to Dubey ji that he would often say that , ” I can leave a film project for Dubey ji’s play , if I ever get a call ” .

A Young Amrish Puri in Dubey ji's Play

Young Naseeruddin Shah

Dubey ji With Ratna Pathak Shah

Naseeruddin Shah & Ratna Pathak Shah in Dubey ji's Last Play "Antigone"

Dubey ji got Madhya Pradesh government’s Shikhar Samman and Kalidas Samman . In 1971 he got prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award . In 2008 Prithvi Theatre paid tribute to him on completion of 50 years in theatre . Dubey ji received Padma Bhushan in January 2011 .

Prithvi Theatre's Tribute to Dubey ji in 2008

Receiving Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil

He won 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for ” Bhumika “ . In 1980 he got Filmfare Award for Best dialogue for ” Junoon ” .

Poster of Bhumika

During his later years he did many workshops for aspiring actors and people nick – named these workshops as NSD [ National school of Dubey ] .

When I first came to Mumbai in 1972 , I went to meet him at Tejpal Auditorium , Grant Road – West . He was busy staging his play ” Aadhe Adhure ” But still gave me time and told me to watch the play . He kindly gave me ticket also . Amrish Puri played main protagonist and if my memory is not failing me , Sulabha Deshpande was the female protagonist . I was stunned to watch their brilliant portrayals . Unfortunately I had to go to Allahabad to complete my post – graduation and lost the opportunity to work with him .

I came again in 1989 and went to meet him at his apartment at Phularani building in Sahitya Sahawas Colony , Bandra  – East . He told me to come to Karnataka Sangh , Matunga and watch his play ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” . Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah were playing the main protagonists . I was simply mesmerized by the sheer brilliance of Dubey ji’s writing and the acting of the main protagonists . I remember that I reached late for the play and was gently reprimanded by Dubey ji for that .

Later on I bumped into him several times at Prithvi Theatre .

He was maverick . He was eccentric . He was controversial . But he was definitely a genius and was dedicated to theatre .

He was a great acting Guru . Very strict , very disciplined and ruthless . I must admit that I imbibed some facets of Dubey ji as an acting trainer . I am strict . I am disciplined and I am ruthless . He loved natural acting and I also try to inculcate this thing in the psyche of my students .

But unlike him , I am not eccentric . I am not a maverick and I don’t use colourful language like him . But I am indebted to him and I openly express my gratitude for imbibing few facets of his personality as an acting trainer .

I won’t say Rest In Peace Dubey ji . It’s a custom to clap when the curtain comes down after a play . I would like to stand up and would love to clap at the final curtain call of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Thanks for the lovely plays Dubey ji . You will be sorely missed .

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