Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 15 , 2015           11.10 P.M.

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

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumps to 55% in 2014 – 2015. 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 am noticing that there were no lean months in these 6 years. It never happened that a month came and there were no student in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. There were more than a dozen working students every month.

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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Ravindra Jain :

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Last month it was music director Aadesh Shrivastava, and this month it is the turn of music director Ravindra Jain. He died on October 09, 2015 in Mumbai. He was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Ravindra Jain is one of the most notable of the Hindi music directors who started his career in the early 1970s, composing for hit films such as Saudagar (1973), Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Chitchor (1976), Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977), Paheli(1977), Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) and Nadiya ke paar (1982). Along with composing music, he also wrote the lyrics for many of his famous songs. Raj Kapoor gave him super hit films such as Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) and Henna (1991). He, in between, did B. R. Chopra’s Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978) and Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980) .

He gave music for Ramanand Sagar’s hit serial Ramayan also.

Manorama :

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Veteran Tamil actor and comedienne Manorama died on October 10, 2015 in Chennai. She was 78 years old at the time of her death. She acted in more than 1,500 films, 5,000 stage performances and several TV shows. She entered in Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 for acting in more than 1000 films. She, along with various Tamil and Telugu films, also acted in a Hindi film “Kunwara Baap” with Mehmood.

She was awarded Padma Shri in 2002 for her contribution in the field of cinema.

 

 Ajit Singh Deol :

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Younger brother of Dharmendra, uncle of Sunny and Bobby Deol and father of Abhay Deol, Ajit Singh Deol died on October 23, 2015.

He produced films like ” Meharbaani ” [ 1982 ] , ” Barsaat [ 1985 ] and ” Khotte Sikkay ” [ 1974 ].

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – October 02

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1 – Singh Is Bliing ……………………………………………………….. Harry Josh

2 – Talvar …………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Manchali Padosan …………………………………………………. X

 

Second Week – October 09

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1 – Jazba …………………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Hum Sub Ullu Hain ……………………………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – October 16
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1 -Pyaar Ka Punchnana 2 ……………………………………… Kartik Aaryan

2 -Bumper Draw ………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Chinar Daastaan – E – Ishq ………………………………………………….. X

4 – Jaatiwad ……………………………………………………………………………… X

5 – Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi …………………………………………………….. X

6 – Operation Greenhunt ………………………………………………………….. X

7 – Un-Indian …………………………………………………………………………… X

8 – Wedding Pulav ……………………………………………………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – October 22
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1 – Shaandaar …………………………………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

2 – Angoori Bani Angaara …………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Ranviir The Marshal ………………………………………………………………. X

 

Fifth Week – October 30

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1 – Guddu Ki Gun ………………………………………………………….. Flora Saini

2 – Once Upon A Time In Bihar ……………………………… Neetu Chandra

3 – Love Exchange …………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Main Aur Charles ……………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Mere Sai Ram …………………………………………………………………….. X

6 – The Last Horror …………………………………………………………………. X

7 – Titli …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

In total ………..……… 23 ………..….. films got released in October. Out of these ……………..….. 23 …………………… released films in total ………………….. 05 ……………………… films have …………… 05 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 05 ………………… persons , …………… 04 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Neetu Chandra is the producer of  ” Once Upon A Time In Bihar ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Anushka Shetty is playing female lead in  ” Rudhramadevi “.

2 – Telugu : Allu Arjun is playing male lead in ” Rudhramadevi “.

 

My ……….. 02 ………. students in ……….. 01 ……….. regional film.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Karishma Tanna is hosting a show  ” Love School “ on MTV .

2 – Upen Patel is hosting a show  ” Love School “ on MTV .

3 – Kalki Koechlin is hosting a show  ” Sketch To Store “ on Bindass TV .

4 – Mohit Daga is doing a show  ” Kumkum Bhagya “ on Zee TV .

5 – Mrunal Thakur is doing a show  ” Kumkum Bhagya “ on Zee TV .

6 – Gurmeet Chaudhary is hosting a show  ” I Can Do That “ on Zee TV .

7 – Dino Morea is hosting a show  ” I Can Do That “ on Zee TV .

8 – Kishwar Merchant is participating in ” Bigg Boss 9 “ on Colors TV .

9 – Rimii Sen is participating in ” Bigg Boss 9 “ on Colors TV .

10 – Vikas Bhalla is participating in ” Bigg Boss 9 “ on Colors TV .

11 – Tara Sharma is hosting  ” Tara Sharma Show “ on  Colors TV .

12 – Hussain Kuwajerwala is co – hosting  ” Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi “ on Star Plus TV .

13 – Manish Goel is doing a show  ” Bhagyalakshmi “ on Zee TV .

My ……….………. 13 …………….….. students in ………………… 08 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal  is playing a role in  ” Agnes Of God “.

2 – Juhi Babbar is playing a role in ” Begum Jaan “.

3 – Juhi Babbar is playing a role in ” Salaam .. 1950 Ke Naam “.

4 – Kunal Kapoor is playing a role in ” Ek Punjab Ye Bhi “.

5 – Bhavna Pani is playing a role in ” Ila “.

 

My …………. 04 ………….. students in ………… 05 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Saif Ali Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Neva Thermals ” .

2 – Dinesh Soni is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Century Laminates ” .

3 – Dinesh Soni is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Amul Bodywarmer ” .

4 – Jimmy Sheirgill is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Oleev Active ” .

 5 – Perizaad Zorabian is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Godrej Hair Color ” .

6 – Smita Bansal is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Goldie Masale ” .

7 – Divyajyoti Sharma is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Chings Chinese ” .

8 – Katrina Kaif  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” fbb Big Bazaar ” .

9 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” DC Tex Furnishing ” .

10 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Send My Gift ” .

11 – Bhisham Mansukhani is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Officer’s Choice Blue ” .

12 – Ayaz Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Everest Masala ” .

13 – Mahima Mehta is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Everest Masala ” .

14 – Sonam Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” PNG Jewellers ” .

15 – Sameer Soni is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Zafri Pan Masala ” .

16 – Arjun Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Flying Machine ” .

  My ………….. 14 …………… students in …………… 15 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

My 05 students appeared in 23 films , 02 students in 01 regional film , 13 students in 08 TV shows , 04 student in 05 plays and 14 students appeared in 15 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of October 2015 comes to 38

I challenge ” Facebook Acting Institute ” , who love to fabricate data of their success and post photoshopped pictures of their institute as evidence , to come out with their data. I know that Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas of acting field are not going to take my challenge.

 

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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 38 students .

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

[ Information about Ravindra Jain, Manorama and Ajit Singh Deol have been taken from Wikipedia and various newspapers. Name, cast & crew of all the released films have been taken from http://www.koimoi.com

I express my gratitude. ]

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World of Wrist Watches


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 05 , 2012           02.20 A.M.

I have three fascinations in life , which are not known to many people . Some very close ones know that . I love PENS , WATCHES , STATIONARY & SHOES , and that too in the same order .

I have a large collection of pens . Some of them are really expensive . In my daily life I use two MONT BLANC pens . So one can understand my fad and fetish .

I do like watches and that too big ones . But this fetish of mine is still a fancy . All the famous wrist watches are very expensive and I am unable to afford them at present . I do wish to have them one day , but wishes are only wishes , and not reality .

Wrist watches came to our civilization quite late , though watches were always an integral part of our lives . From pocket watches to trench watches and from trench watches to present day wrist watches , they have metamorphosed a lot .

Pocket Watch

Pocket Watch

English: Trench watch (wristlet). The type of ...

Trench watch (wristlet). The type of watch used by soldiers and aviators during the World War I (WWI) – a transitional design between pocket watches and wrist watches, has features of both. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days wrist watches are more of a men’s accessory than just a necessity . Almost every fashion designer , almost all the fashion houses have come up with designers watches with unheard of price tag .

I am listing some of the wrist watches , which caught my fancy and which are still beyond my reach .

1 – Omega : It needs no introduction . This legendary and most famous and hot favourite Swiss watch first made its appearance in the market in 1848 . It is associated to James Bond films . Its Omega Seamaster model has been used in many Bond movies . It has been associated with many sport events also , including Olympics . Its Constellation model is now ruling the market .

 

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Omega Seamaster Seamaster 300 M Diver Chronometer (James Bond edition). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

2 – ROLEX : Again a timeless favourite of generations of connoisseurs , this British watch has now become iconic . It is popularly regarded as status symbol . Though much junior to others but it has gained a cult status . It first hit the market in 1905 . Its OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE JUST II is the collector’s delight .

3 – BLANCPAIN : This is in the market since 1735 .

4 – JAQUET DROZ : This Swiss watch first hit the market in 1738 . It is three years junior to BLANCPAIN . It opened its London factory in 1774 to meet growing international demand .

5 – Breguet : This luxury Swiss watch maker company is celebrating 200 years of its existence . It first came in the market in 1812 . ItsReine de Naples collection defines the brand today . In 2010 they introduced Haute Joaillerie Crazy Flower watch entirely paved in diamonds with 120 baguette diamonds . Its dial consists of 206 cut diamonds .Every movement of the wrist brings the diamond petals to life . ITS PRICE IS ON REQUEST .

5 – ULYSSE NARDIN : This Swiss watch is much junior to the above mentioned two watches . It came in 1846 .

 

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 1846.

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 1846. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

6 – TAG Heuer : This Swiss watch is ruling the market since 1860 . It is my personal favourite . Carrera is my much desired watch , which I wish to possess one day .

 

TAG Heuer Carrera automatic chronograph with t...

TAG Heuer Carrera automatic chronograph with tachymeter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

7 – CORUM : It is much junior in the hierarchy but it is very expensive . It hit the market in 1955 . Its ADMIRAL’S CUP Legend model made it overnight sensation . CORUM Golden Bridge Collection watches are fancied even by connoisseurs and they are really collector’s pride .

8 – PARMIGIANI FLEURIER : Though much junior compared to others , it came in 1976 . All the watches are hand – crafted and it takes 400 hours to create a single watch . This makes them exclusive . Toric , Kalpa and Bugatti 370 are their famous watch lines .

Exclusive watches come with fancy price tag and with such price tags of the watches , I know that I wont be able to possess even a single brand ever . But is there any harm in dreaming ?

Once during my teens , I possessed a hmt watch . Now I use TITAN . I have a ROLEX also . But definitely not the original one and that too was gifted to me by Perizaad Zorabian , a student of mine .

I think , I should finish my blog here and go to the dreamy and fanciful world of PENS and WATCHES and STATIONARY and SHOES .

[ I have culled the material from the August issue of Spice magazine and also from some other fashion periodicals . I express my gratitude . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 07 , 2011             06. 00 P.M.

This is the 28th edition of my film diary.

Priyanka Chopra has become a singer and her debut album was released by Universal Music Group and Desi Hits.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge entered 825th week of uninterrupted run in the first week of August.

After some box office duds , Salman Khan starrer ” Boduguard “ took the nation by storm. It is now the biggest first day grosser of all times as for as Hindi films are concerned .

As usual , to show trends of the industry , I am reproducing relevant tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh.

Komal Nahta
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CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is a dull fare which will nt b able to repeat its success story of d small screen. Review: http://bit.ly/p5mhUf
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard nets a record breaking Rs. 21 cr on opening day. It will easily cross d 70 cr mark in 1st weekend. Report: http://goo.gl/KLa3a
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard box-office: The Salman Khan starrer nets a superb Rs. 83.50 crore over the 1st weekend. Report – http://bit.ly/qkLJjg
taran adarsh
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 Business Talk with Taran Adarsh: ‘Singham’ & ‘Z.N.M.D.’ emerge gigantic hits bit.ly/3Ozjuw
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 Overseas B.O.: ‘Z.N.M.D.’ continues to dominate… ‘Aarakshan’ & ‘Bodyguard’ keenly awaited bit.ly/CmbT0
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Not A Love Story: Started on a weak note. Business did increase marginally at few places, but the jump was missing. Overall, poor.
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Chatur Singh 2 Stars: Despite starring well-known stars, fetched a shockingly low start and remained poor all through the weekend. Flop.
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Like I had predicted yesterday afternoon, the 1st day estimates of ‘Bodyguard’ are 20 cr + nett. Almost 21 cr, as per early tracking.
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Okay, here are the *actual* figures of ‘Bodyguard’ in India on Wednesday: Rs 21.51 cr nett. That’s a new record!
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#Bodyguard – Friday *rough estimates* Rs 13.5 cr. 3-day total stands at Rs 54.5 cr nett. Sat should be big, Sun should be bigger.
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Bodyguard actuals: Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 14.08 cr, Sat 15.07 cr, Sun 18.68 cr. Total 88.93 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Shammi Kapoor : On August 14 , 2011 , with the death of Shammi Kapoor , not only an artiste was dead , but an era ended. This glorious era started in 1953 with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” , a film which he signed first but ” Rail Ka Dibba  “ was released first in the same year. This era will soon be part of history with the release of ” Rockstar “ in 2011 .
I am just mentioning about Shammi ji here . I will soon write a separate blog on him and his 58 year long career.
Shanti Das :  Well known art director Shanti Das died in Mumbai on August 14 , 2011 . He had worked with Shammi Kapoor in many films and its an uncanny coincidence that he died on the same day .
In his 40 year long career he worked in 200 films with stalwarts like ; Raj Kapoor , Bimal Roy , Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Subodh Mukherjee . Shammi Kapoor’s ” Junglee “ was his first big hit . He won many Filmfare award for his films and he got Dada Sahab Phalke Award also in 2000.
Samir Chanda : Another eminent art director Samir Chanda died on August 18 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was only 54 at the time of his death. He began his career with Subhash Ghai’s ” Ram Lakhan “ and continued till “ Black & White ” . His other works were ” Raavan ” , ” Rang De  Basanti “ and ” Delhi 6 ” . It is sad that a promising life ended at such a young age .

Shandar Amrohi : The elder son of film – maker Kamal Amrohi and step son of legendary Meena Kumari died in Goa on August 21 , 2011 at the age of 68.
Shandar Amrohi worked as an actor in ” Razia Sultan “ , a film directed by his father Kamal Amrohi . Though his acting career was short – lived. At the time of his death he was in Goa shooting a music vedio in memory of his stepmother Meena Kumari .
Barkha Roy was penning his biography ” Nowhere To Somewhere ” , which is now complete .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 05

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1 – I Am Kalam……………………………………………….x

2 – Chala Mussaddi – Office Office……………………….Vinay Jain

3 – Hair Is Falling…………………………………………….x

4 – Mr. Majnu………………………………………………….x

5 – Aagaah The Warning…………………………………….x

6 – Just 47 – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai…………………………x

Second Week – August 12

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1 – Aarakshan…………………………………………………..Saif Ali Khan

2 – Phhir………………………………………………………….Rajneesh Duggal

3 – Milta Hai Chance By Chance……………………………x

Third Week – August 19

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1 – Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande………………………………..Preeti Jhangiani

………………………………………………………………………..Narendra Jetley

2 – Chatur Singh – Two Star……………………………………x

3 – Not A Love Story…………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – August 26

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1 – Shabri…………………………………………………………x

2 – Yeh Dooriyan……………………………………………….x

3 – Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey…………………………….x

4 – Stand By……………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Bodyguard…………………………………………………….Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………..Hazel Keech

………………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………..Alvira Agnihotri

2 – Bol………………………………………………………………..x

3 – Mummy Punjabi………………………………………………Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………Viraf Patel

………………………………………………………………………….Urvashi Gandhi

………………………………………………………………………….Michael Joseph

4 – That Girl In Yellow Boots……………………………………x

5 – Bas Ek Tamanna………………………………………………..Samir Aftab

In total ……………………. 21 ………………. films got released in September. Out of these ………………………..21 ………………. films , ………………. 15 …………………… actors trained by me were working  in………………… 08 ………………..films . Out of these …………………… 15 ………… students  ………..14 .……………….are actors and ………………………….01 ……………. Alvira Agnihotri is co – producer of Bodyguard .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sameer Soni is appearing in a new show ” Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka “ on Colors TV .

2 – Aryamann Seth is appearing in a show ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Akshay Sethi is appearing in a new show ” Sasural Genda Phool “ on Star Plus.

4 – Umar Wani is appearing in a show ” Dharampatni “ on Imagine TV .

5 – Ashmit Patel is anchoring a show ” Bindass Buddies “ on UTV Bindass.

Out of many shows running on various channels , above mentioned  ……………. 05 ………………….shows have  ………………… 05 ……………….. students trained by me . Out of them  …………………. 04 ……………… are serials and ………….. 01 ……….. is reality show .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Perizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in ” Dinner With Friends  ”  , a play by Feroz Abbas Khan .

2 – Manav Gohil and Asif Ali Beg are working in ” Kennedy Bridge  “ , a play by Khalid Mohamed .

3 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan Kanhaiya “ with Paresh Rawal .

4 – Adhir Bhatt is working in  ” Bus Itna Sa Khwab ”  , a play by Chandrakant Kulkarni .

5 – Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal and Sonali Sachdev are working in  ” The Vagina Monologue ” , a play directed by Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal .

Above mentioned ……………….. 05 …………………. new and repeat plays have ……….  08 ……………… students of mine .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01 , 2011                   12 . 3O A.M.

After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry .  And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .

To illustrate my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu has dn well in spite of opposition of World Cup cricket & exams with Rs. 14cr at the box-office: http://bit.ly/hdkCSr
ETC
Box office report:Tanu Weds Manu Rs 19.8Cr,7 Khoon Maaf Rs 18.63Cr, Patiala House Rs 36.66 Cr,Yeh Saali Zindagi Rs 11 Cr, DTBHJ Rs.29Cr
Komal Nahta
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Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
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At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
taran adarsh
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‘Tanu Weds Manu’: Collected Rs 5.11 cr nett in its 2nd wknd [Fri: 1.26 cr, Sat: 1.95 cr, Sun: 1.90 cr]. Total so far: Rs. 23.67 cr nett.
Komal Nahta
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If cricket affects films, how has Tanu Weds Manu clicked at the box-office? http://bit.ly/emuCcz
taran adarsh
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While most movies don’t last beyond opng wknd, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ will complete 100 days at theatres next week [15 weeks]. Bravo!
taran adarsh
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Tanu Weds Manu: Collected Rs. 8.55 cr nett in its Week 2. Total so far: Rs. 27.08 cr nett. Hit.
taran adarsh
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At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
Komal Nahta
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The dull spell at the Bollywood box-office continues, Tanu Weds Manu being the sole exception. http://bit.ly/eu6E8b
taran adarsh
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Next major opponent: Will IPL hit film business hard in April & May http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran adarsh
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‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ successfully completes 50 days at theatres. Crossed Rs 33 cr, surpassing Madhur’s biggest hit ‘Fashion’ [26 cr].
Obituary
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GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.

His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.

He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.

NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.

He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.

” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.

He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .

BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .

New Releases & Me
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First Week – March 04

1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x

Second Week  -March 11

NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP

Third Week – March 18

1 – My Target I. A. S………………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – March 25

1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta

2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x

3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x

4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna

In total just ………..06………………. films got released this month. And there were just ………..02………….. students of mine ,  in ………02………. films.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.

2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.

3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .

4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd  in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.

2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.

3 – My student Sudhanshu  Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .

4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.

Regional Film News This Month :
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1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .

2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like :  ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .

3 – Bangla : My two students ;  Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .

4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.

5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .

6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.

Theatre This Month :

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1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.

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