Sunset Boulevard ( 8 ) : ” Lakshmi Talkies : अपना सिनेमा हाल था ये “


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 17 , 2014           11.40 P.M.

Today when the Hindus , all over the world , are celebrating Holi and rejoicing in festivity , I am sitting in my study in Mumbai and writing this blog about Lakshmi Talkies , Allahabad with tearful eyes . I am struggling for words . I am unable to form sentences . I am full of emotions . Lakshmi Talkies will not ring a familiar bell for several anonymous people or the lovers of cinema . May be some will be familiar of some Lakshmi Talkies of their own cities . But here I am talking about Lakshmi Talkies of Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh .

Few days back I saw the following post on the facebook time line of Shri Neeraj Sri :

अपना सिनेमा हाल था ये …
Lakshmi Talkies - Katara - Allahabad

Lakshmi Talkies – Katara – Allahabad

When I read the post and saw the photograph , I became numb . I was stunned . I was shaken . I was saddened beyond words . I was emotionally disturbed . I spent a sleepless night .

Even now as I am writing the blog , my heart refuses to believe that this is a reality . I was a regular patron of Lakshmi Talkies during my Ganga Nath Jha hostel days . Lakshmi Talkies of Allahabad was a part of my life . Lakshmi Talkies holds a special place for me because Lakshmi Talkies was an integral part of my Allahabad University days . It’s magnificent structure is still fresh in my memory . So when I saw the above picture of a desolate Lakshmi Talkies with moth – eaten walls , broken window panes and barbed wire fencing , I wanted to cry . I wanted to mourn .

I , after passing High School , left my birth place Deoria in 1967 and went to Allahabad for higher studies . Deoria had two cinema halls at that time but being in a small city like Deoria , they were not grand or magnificent , like cinema halls of bigger cities . Allahabad was much bigger city compared to Deoria , so the cinema halls were also huge and opulent . I landed in Allahabad in July 1967 with glitter in my eyes , hope and dreams in my heart for my better future . I , as a 15-year-old small town boy , was fascinated by Allahabad , the city and its atmosphere . Slowly I started getting acquainted with the city of Allahabad . Being a movie buff , I started looking about cinema halls and thus came to know about Lakshmi Talkies at Katara . Lakshmi Talkies management had this strategy of re – releasing old Hindi films . So for me this was a boon because I could now watch all the old classics which I had missed in Deoria .

” Door Ki Awaaz ”  [ 1964 ] , a film directed and produced by Devendra Goel was the first ever film which I watched in Lakshmi Talkies . The Joy Mukherjee , Saira Banu , Pran , Johny Walker and Om Prakash starrer film has some popular Mohammad Rafi gems like , “Ek Musafir Ko Duniya Men Kya Chahiye ……………………….” , ” Husn Se Chand Bhi Sharmaya Hai , Teri Soorat Ne Ghazab Dhaya Hai ……………..” , ” Muqaddar Aazmana Chahta Hoon , Tujhe Apna Banan Chahta Hoon ……………………………. “ , and a lovely duet of Mohammad Rafi with Asha Bhosle ” Haathon Men Haath Hothon Pe Afsane Pyar Ke ……………………” , and the last but not the least , a song sung by Mohammad Rafi , Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle ” Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote Nam Hamara Hota Gabloo , Babloo , Khane Ko Milte Laddoo , Aur Duniya Kehti …………….. Happy Birthday To You …………………” . All these lovely songs were tuned by music director Ravi .

The film , the songs and the whole movie going experience is still fresh in my memory even after 47 long , strife – torn and eventful years of my life .

The last film I watched in Lakshmi Talkies was in 1971 . It was a Hemant Kumar produced and Asit Sen directed ” Khamoshi ” [ 1969 ] . During the same year they also opened a skating ring in the western side of the compound . It was a new experience .

I completed graduation in 1971 and left Allahabad and came to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] . One year after I left Mumbai again and came to Allahabad to complete my post graduation . So I was in Allahabad and staying in the same Ganga Nath Jha Hostel again from 1972 to 1974 before finally bidding adieu to Allahabad in 1975 . During this period I did watch couple of films in Lakshmi talkies but I don’t remember them .

But I do remember a concert of Pandit Ravi Shankar with Alla Rakha Khan , which I was fortunate enough to attend . One evening my friend Pramod Vajpayee came running and informed me about the concert . It was in aid of some NGO . So the ticket rates were low . We went , bought the tickets and took our seat in the packed hall . That evening is still fresh in my memory . It was a life – time experience .

And now 40 years later in March 2014 , I read this posting about the closure of Lakshmi Talkies on the facebook time line of Shri Neeraj Sri and the world of my emotional memory crumbled at one go . A part of my life is gone forever . A silent witness of my many lonely evenings is going to be silent very soon .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I condole the demise of Lakshmi Talkies .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to express grief and pain .

Farewell Lakshmi Talkies !

Neeraj Sri has rightly said , ” अपना सिनेमा हाल था ये … ”

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  25 , 2013         05.00  P.M.

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2012 gave us only 10 super hits and some major flops .Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Agneepath ” , Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” Bol BachchanandTalash were declared hits . ” Talash “ could not make it to the 100 crore club . It earned only 93 crores . But all the other 9 movies earned more than 100 crores . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ became the most successful film of 2012 . It raked in 198 crores .

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Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times

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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Position Movie No.
Of Days to Reach 100 Crores
Total
Collections
1 Ek Tha Tiger
6  198
2 Dabangg 2
6 158.50
3 Bodyguard
8 142
4 3 Idiots
9 202
5 Ra.One
10 115
6 Dabangg 10 145
7 Agneepath
11 123
8 Rowdy Rathore
11 131
9 Jab Tak Hai Jaan
11 120.65
10 Ready
12  120
11 Don 2
13 106
12 Race 2
14 102*
13 Son Of Sardaar
16 105.03
14 Ghajini
16  114
15 Barfi!
17 120
16 Golmaal 3 17 107
17 Housefull 2
17 114
18 Singham 37 100
19 Bol Bachchan
45 102
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Top grosser of 2012 :
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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Bollywood 2012
 Box Office Positions

Movie

Lead Stars

Directors

India Nett Collection
in Crores

1

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Kabir Khan

198

2

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Arbaaz Khan

158.50

3

Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar, Nasser

Prabhu Deva

131

4

Agneepath

Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

Karan Malhotra

123

5

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh KhanKatrina KaifAnushka Sharma

Yash Chopra

120.65

6

Barfi!

Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Anurag Basu

120

7

Housefull 2

Akshay KumarJohn AbrahamMithun Chakraborty

Sajid Khan

114

8

Son Of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla

Ashwni Dhir

105.03

9

Bol Bachchan

Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan

Rohit Shetty

102

10

Talaash

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Reema Kagti

93

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Classification of Top grosser of 2012 :
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SUPER HITS :
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” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Student Of The Year ” , ” OMG Oh My God ! ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Raaz 3 ” , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Bol Bachchan ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Kahani ” & ” Agneepath “
HITS :
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” Talaash ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” 1920 Evil Returns ” , ” English Vinglish ” , ” Cocktail , ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Jannat 2 ” &  ” Paan Singh Tomar “
AVERAGE :
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” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” , ” Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 ” , ” Ferrari Ki Sawaari ” , ” Agent Vinod ” & ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu “
PLUS :
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” Khiladi 786 ” , ” Jism 2 ” , ” Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum ” & ” Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya “
So the final tally of hits in 2012 comes to 13 super hits , 8 hits , 5 average and 4 plus films .


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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2012
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2011 was definitely a cruel year for the Hindi film industry . In total 34 stalwarts left us for their final journey .
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 .
2012 was equally harsh . In total 29 luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2012 . Except month of November , almost 2/3 people died every month . In just 2 years 33 stalwarts , who made indelible mark in the industry , left this world .
Actors :
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Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Taruni Sachdev , Gavin Packard , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti
Singer – Music Directors – Arrangers :
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Anthony Gonsalves , Anil Mohile , Ravi , Varsha Bhosle , Pandit Ravi Shankar
Producers – Directors :
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Darshan Sabharwal , Raj Kanwar , O. P. Dutta , Mona Kapoor , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra
Writers – Lyricists :
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Shahryar
Cinematographers :
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Ashok Mehta , Rajen Kothari , Bobby Singh
Art Directors :
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Ashish Lakhia
Editor :
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M. S. Shinde
Film Critic :
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Nikhat Kazmi , B. K. Karanjia
Theatre Personality :
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Dinesh Thakur

 

I deeply mourn the departed souls , who left us for their heavenly abode . I congratulate all the successful actors , producers and directors , who gave hits and super hits in 2012 . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  expresses happiness at the turn of events .

[ I have taken some of the facts & figures from http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude .]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY  02 , 2013          11.30 A.M.
Month of November 2012 was dominated by ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” and ” Son Of Sardar ” . December 2012 will be remembered for Aamir Khan‘s suspense triller ” Talaash ”  , Akshay Kumar‘sKhiladi 786 ” and Salman Khan‘sDabangg 2 ” .
Out of all the films released last month , ” Dabangg 2 “ easily entered in the 100 crore club . It is Salman Khan’s 5th consecutive 100 crore earner .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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#Talaash Fri 13.5 cr, Sat 15.5 cr, Sun 18.1 cr. Total: Rs 47.1 cr nett.


Update: #Khiladi786 super at single screens, low at plexes… The details! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/302/date/2012-12-07 …

#Khiladi786 biz analysis: Akshay Kumar can look back on 2012 with a smile on his face! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/562/date/2012-12-12 …

#Khiladi786 collected Rs 10.75 cr nett in Weekend 2. Grand total: Rs 63.25 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 2.63 cr, Sat 3.37 cr, Sun 4.75 cr.

#Talaash collected Rs 5.04 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: Rs 89.86 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.76 cr, Sun 2.23 cr.


Those asking, here’s the review of #Dabangg2: This one will rewrite the rules of the game. Sure shot Blockbuster! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542696 …

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 24 cr to 25 cr [estimates; final total could vary]. Total: Rs 64/65 cr nett. OUTSTANDING!

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 25 cr, Mon 12 cr. Total: Rs 77.16 cr nett. Excellent!


What a superb jump! TALAASH Day 3: Rs. Little more than 18 crore!! First day was 13 plus. Day 2: 15.25. Total: 46 crore plus. Super!!

KHILADI 786 is not funny enough to satisfy the size of audience needed for it to make money… Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/khiladi-786-review/ …

Latest reports: Opening of K786 not upto the mark in many multis.Delhi multis 50-60% only.After morning shows,U.P. cinema coll. r not good.

Punjab opening of K786 is very ordinary. Rajasthan collections after morning shows are okay, not bad but not very good either.

DABANGG 2 may be routine and may have its flaws but it will be a b.o. blockbuster. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/dabangg-2-review/ …

D2. All india nett. Fri. 21.10.. Sat. 19.06.

D2 Thursday estimate: around Rs. 5.75 – 6 crore. Total: approx. 106 crore!

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Obituary :

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : 

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Apart from being a Sitar maestro , Pandit Ravi Shankar gave music for 5 Hindi and 6 Bengali feature films also . His Bengali films include Satyajit Ray’s ” Apu Trilogy ” : ” Pather Panchali ” , ” Aparajito ” and ” Apur Sansar ” . He also gave music for ” Gandhi ” , a film made by Richard Attenborough .

Wrote two blogs about Pandit Ravi Shankar . Posting the links :

Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director http://wp.me/ptyXI-2yf

Bobby Singh :

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Bobby Singh , the D.O.P. of films like ; ” Gangster ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Woh Lamhe ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Life In A Metro ” [ 2007 ]  , ” Dirty Picture ” [ 2011 ] , ” Jannat 2 ” [ 2012 ]  , and the upcoming film  ” Special Chabbis “ died at 38 in Goa following an asthma attack .

It is sad that such a talented cameraman dies so young .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 07

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1 – Khiladi 786……………………………………………………. X

2 – 10 ML Love ………………………………………………….. Tara Sharma

Second Week – December 14

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1 – Cigarette Ki Tarah …………………………………………… X

2 – Myoho …………………………………………………………..X

3 – Four Two Ka One …………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

Third Week – December 21

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1 – Dabangg 2 ……………………………………………………… Arbaaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………… Nikitin Dheer

………………………………………………………………………… Alvira Khan Agnihotri

Fourth Week  – December 28

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1 – Hansa ………………………………………………………….. X


In total …………… 07 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 07 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………… 05 ……………. personalities , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….05 ……… persons , Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of  ” Dabangg 2 ” and Arbaaz Khan , apart from being an actor is also the producer & director of ” Dabangg 2 ” . Remaining ……… 03 ……. are actors .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Dinesh Soni  is playing an important role in ” 26/12 ” on Life OK .

2 – Abhishek Tiwari is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors .

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


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Divya Dutta is playing female lead in  ” Teri Amrita ” .

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in ” Gasha ” .

 

My …………… 02 ………….. students in ………….. 02 …………. plays .

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting academy ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : The Sitar Silenced


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Pandit Ravi Shankar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 14 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

Pandit Ravi Shankar , the Sitar maestro and the unofficial ambassador of Indian Classical music , died on December 11 , 2012 in San Diego , California , United States of America at the age of 92 .

I am fortunate that I could attend one of his concerts in Allahabad . My Allahabad days are very important for me because they shaped my life and personality immensely . I could meet literary figures like Firaq Gorakhpuri , Sumitra Nandan Pant , Vijay Dev Narayan Sahi and Amrit Rai . I could interact with politicians like Murli Manihar Joshi , who was a professor in the university in those days . I could attend the concerts of various musicians like ; Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad  Alla Rakha Khan and some others .

The year was 1971 / 72 . One evening I was sitting in my room in Sir Ganga Nath Jha Hostel and was studying . My friend Pramod Vajpayee came running and informed me that Pandit Ravi Shankar along with Ustad Allarakha Khan is going to perform in Lakshmi Talkies . Lakshmi Talkies in Katara area of Allahabad was stones throw away from Sir Ganga Nath Jha Hostel . In those days it was our favourite hang out . I don’t know whether it still exists or not . But in those days it was almost a part of our lives .

I refused to believe that a musician of the stature of Pandit Ravi Shankar would be performing live in a small cinema hall like Lakshmi Talkies . But my friend’s excitement forced me to believe that it is really going to happen .

I rushed , almost sprinting , to the talkies along with my friend , bought the ticket and entered into the hall panting for breath and took my seat . I waited with bated breath . After some time hall was reverberating with deafening sound of claps and whistles . Pandit Ravi Shankar along with Ustad Allarakha Khan appeared on stage . He gently took his seat and started playing Sitar . Ustad Allarakha Khan was accompanying him on Tabla .

Ah ! I remember only this much . I am just a connoisseur and not an authority of Indian classical music . So I can’t write about the ragas or other nuances of that concert . But I can still remember the moment when time froze . My body became numb and nothing seemed to exist . There were two magical figures on the stage and the hall was full of etherial sound . I am unable to explain that moment .

I cherished that moment till now . That experience has become a part of my being . On December 11th , when I read about his death , it dawned on me that I won’t be able to see him ever . That fateful evening in Allahabad’s Lakshmi Talkies was my first and now the last occasion when I was so close to the colossus legend .

God ! I can live with pride that I could see the Tansen of my generation performing live in front of my eyes . Pandit Ravi Shankar is gone but my experience of attending his concert will live with me till my last breath .

All the news papers are full of the minutest details of his life . So there are no need to reproduce them . Today I just remembered the early days of Pandit Ravi Shankar . I was telling my acting students how Pandit ji was vehemently criticized by his peers and competitors . A puritan like Ustad Vilayat Khan , a life – long bete noir of Pandit Ravi Shankar , left no stone unturned to decry Pandit ji . According to him , Pandit Ravi Shankar was a fake wannabe Sitar player .Ustad Vilayat Khan’s rivalry turned into open animosity with the passage of time . He refused to accept Padma Shri in 1964 , Padma Bhushan in 1968 and Padma Vibhushan in 2000 because Pandit Ravi Shankar was conferred Padma Bhushan in 1967 , Padma Vibhushan in 1981 and finally Bharat Ratna in 1999 , and according to Ustad Vilayat Khan he would not accept any award that other Sitar players , his juniors and in his opinion less deserving , had been given before him . He even said , ” if there is any award for Sitar in India , I must get it first . ” He also refused Sangeet Natak Akademy Award and even boycotted All India Radio for a while . It is alleged that it all happened because of his jealousy and animosity for Pandit Ravi Shankar . And the end result was that Pandit Ravi Shankar got international fame and ultimately the Bharat Ratna . While Ustad Vilayat Khan had some decrepit awards called ; Bharat Sitar Samrat and Aftab – E – Sitar .

I told acting students of my acting institute , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , that in the beginning of one’s life’s journey one can be called a fake , a wannabe , a cheat or a person of lesser knowledge by his jealous and less successful competitors . One should not get disheartened or affected . Time settles everything . Time has given a final and decisive verdict in the case of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan . It will and it can happen to any one . Only time can tell . Only time will decide .

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I bow my head in reverence and pay my respect to the Tansen of my generation . With the demise of Pandit Ravi Shankar , Sitar will never be the same again . The world of music is orphaned .

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director


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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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Shame On You , Mr. Girish Karnad


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA          NOVEMBER 05 , 2012           01.00 A.M.

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Girish Karnad visited Cornell University in Ithaca New York for screening one of his old movies – Kanakapurandhara on October 29, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In recently held Mumbai Literary Festival , Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul a.k.a. Sir V. S. Naipaul got Lifetime Achievement Award . And then in the same festival he was attacked by Mr. Girish Karnad for being a right – winger and for propagating a skewed interpretation of Indian History . According to Mr. Karnad , Sir Vidia’s view of history is biased , twisted and un Indian .

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It was shocking and totally unwarranted . Mr. Girish Karnad was invited to speak on his life in theatre . Instead , he went off – topic and criticised Sir Vidia S. Naipaul for being anti muslim . According to Girish Karnad , Sir Vidia is blind to architecture and deaf to music . For being blind to architecture , he quoted Sir Vidia , ” …….. Taj Mahal conjured the toil , sweat and blood that had gone into this vain construction , a monument to death and the memory of a tyrant . “

If this is the cause of lampooning Sir Vidia , then what is Mr. Girish Karnad’s opinion about Sahir Ludhianvi ? Sahir , a Urdu literary figure , wrote a very disparaging nazm about Taj Mahal . I am quoting the nazm with the help of my fading memory .

Sahir Ludhianvi

Sahir Ludhianvi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ताज तेरे लिए इक मजहर – ए – उल्फत ही सही ,

मुझ को इस वादी – ए – रंगीं से अकीदत ही सही ,

मेरी महबूब कहीं और मिला कर मुझ से ।

बज़्म – ए – शाही में ग़रीबों का गुज़र क्या मानी ,

सब्त जिस राह में हों सतवत – ए – शाही के निशाँ ,

उस पे उल्फत भरी रूहों का सफ़र क्या मानी ?

मेरी महबूब पस – ए – पर्दा – ए – तश्हीर – ए – वफ़ा ,

तूने सतवत के निशानों को तो देखा होता ,

मुर्दा शाहों के मकाबिर से बहलने वाली ,

अपने तारीक मकानों तो देखा होता ।

अनगिनत लोगों ने दुनिया में मुहब्बत की है ,

कौन कहता है कि सादिक न थे जज्बे उनके ,

लेकिन उन के लिए तश्हीर का सामान नहीं ,

क्योंकि वो लोग भी मेरी ही तरह मुफलिस थे ।

मेरी महबूब उन्हें भी तो मुहब्बत होगी ,

जिन की सन्नाई ने बख्शी है इसे शक्ल – ए – जमील ,

उन के प्यारों के मकाबिर रहे बे नाम – ओ – नुमूद

आज तक उन पे जलाई न किसी ने किंदील ।

ये चमनज़ार , ये जमना का किनारा , ये महल ,

ये मुनक्क़श दर – ओ – दीवार , ये मेहराब ये ताक़ ,

इक शहंशाह ने दौलत का सहारा ले कर ,

हम ग़रीबों की मुहब्बत का उड़ाया है मज़ाक़ ।।

Sahir was a known left – winger and himself a muslim . And he was more strident in criticising Taj Mahal . Mr. Karnad never felt any need to condemn Sahir . But he fired his salvos towards Sir Vidia . Therefore I am forced to believe that it is not for the love of Taj Mahal , but it is sheer jealousy and inferiority complex of Mr. Karnad . Or should I say , it is appeasement of worst order .

Mr. Karnad’s another contention is that Sir Vidia is deaf to music . No one can deny the contribution of muslim singers and musicians in the field of classical music . But along with many muslim classical singers , there are others also like ; Pandit Ravi Shankar , Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia , Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma , Pandit Panna Lal Ghosh , Pandit Jasraj , Pandit Onkar Nath Thakur , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi , Kishori Amonkar , Shobha Gurtu , Rajan Mishra , Sajan Mishra , Jagjit Singh and above all the etherial Lata Mangeshkar and M. S. Subbulakshmi .

If I appreciate the above mentioned singers and artistes , I can’t automatically become a right – winger or a chauvinist or a Muslim – hater .

I denounce Mr. Girish Karnad for being a left – winger . I denounce him for being anti national . I denounce him for being a pseudo – secular and crypto – marxist . I denounce him for being anti – Hindu , and that too unnecessarily . He is himself an okay writer and a third – rate actor . All his Hindi films are testimony to this contention . It is sheer jealousy that he criticized a Nobel Laureate Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul .

He should know that his leftist leaning is exposed . His bias and appeasement is now known to all . His pseudo – secular credentials are condemned .

On behalf of me and my Acting Institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I denounce him in strongest terms .

Shame on you Mr. Karnad !

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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