Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 05, 2013          00.35 A.M.
Month of August 2013 will always be known for Chennai Express ” . The film is the fastest 100 crore earner in the history of Hindi cinema and finally it crossed collections of ” 3 Idiots “ also . So officially now it is the highest grossing film in the history of Hindi cinema . It collected INR 222 crores and still running .
First week of the month got some 6 poor and forgettable films . But the second week changed all . This month also created history because of  ” Love in Bombay “ . The Joy Mukherjee and Waheeda Rehman starrer film got theatrical release after 42 years of its completion .

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Obituary :

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Mani Rabadi : 

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month . She was sister of yesteryear actress Shammi .

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . Starting with ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , she continued working till Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , and ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ]  are her famous and most successful films . She also won National Film Award for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi@VidurChaturvedi 13h

Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots http://wp.me/ptyXI-36i


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August   02

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1 – Love in Bombay …………………………………….. Monojoy Mukherjee

2 – Calapor ……………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

3 – Bhadaas …………………………………………………… Aryeman Ramsay

4 – Rabba Main Kya Karoon ……………………….. Riya Sen

5 – B. A. Pass ……………………………………………………………. X

6 – Chor Chor Super Chor …………………………………….. X

Second Week – August 09

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1 – Chennai Express …………………………………….. Nikitin Dheer

……………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – My Husband’s Wife …………………………………………… X

Third Week – August 16

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1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara ……….. Imran Khan

……………………………………………………………………………. Sonali Bendre Behl

……………………………………………………………………………. Sarfaraz Khan

Fourth Week  – August 23

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 1 – Madras Cafe ………………………………………………… John Abraham

2 – Haunted Child ………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ooops A Desi ………………………………………………………….. X

4 – The Light : Swami Vivekananda …………………………… X

Fifth Week  – August 30

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1 – Satyagraha ……………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………. Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………………. Indraneil Sengupta

…………………………………………………………………………. Shweta Pandit

 

In total …………… 14 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 14 ………… released films ……….. 08 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 14 ……… persons , ………… 11 ……………… are actors . Among the rest ……………….. 03 ………………. Shweta Pandit is the singer in ” Satyagraha “ , Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar fame is the music director of ” Chennai Express “ and Monojoy Mukherjee is the co-producer of ” Love In Bombay “ .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Preeti Jhangiani is doing lead in  ” Mistake “.


My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Veebha Anand is playing an important role in   ” Kairee ” on Colors .


My ……………. 01 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Nasirr Khan is playing lead in  ” The Big Fat City ” .

2 – Tanishaa Mukherjee is playing lead in ” The Verdict ” .


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

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Ankita Bhargav is in the campaign for ICICI Gold Loan .

2 – Imran Khan is the main model for Maza .

3 – Saif Ali Khan is the main model for Lays .

4 – Sonam Kapoor is the face of India International Jewellery Week .

5 – Priyanka Chopra is the brand ambassador of Asmi Jewellery .

My ………….. 05 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 14 students appeared in 08 films , 01 students in 01 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 02 students in 02 plays and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of August comes to 23 .

I am happy to announce that some upstarts are feeling the heat now . They are resorting to all kind of canards and lies . They are running a mischievous campaign and trying to malign my name . But my journey continues unabated . These revellers of failed legacy will eat crow very soon . Dust is now settling down quickly .

FULL EDITNG STUDIO

NEWS LETTER

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field !

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Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18 , 2013           11.50 P.M.

        Mani Rabadi

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month on August 06 , 2013 . She was older sister of yesteryear actress Nargis Rabadi a.k.a. Shammi or Shammi aunty .
   

Much before the advent of Manish Malhotra and Neeta Lulla , long before Anna Singh and Anaita Shroff Adajania and eons ago Niharika Khan , there was Mani Rabadi , who along with Bhanu Athaiya , became couturier to the stars in the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema.

Making her debut in 1967 with the Dev Anand starrer Jewel Thief , she worked all the way in to the 90s ending her career with the mega hit ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ” .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Farz ” [ 1967 ] , ” Sapnon Ka Saudagar ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 1968 ] , ” Duniya ” [ 1968 ] , ” Mahal ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ek Phool Do Mali ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Prince [ 1969 ] , ” The Train ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] , ” Gambler ” [ 1971 ] , ” Victoria No. 203 ” [ 1972 ] , ” Kachche Dhaage ” [ 1973 ] , ” Jheel Ke Us Paar ” [ 1973 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Trimurti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Aap Ki Kasam ” [ 1974 ] , ” Amir Garib ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kasauti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sanyasi ” [ 1975 ] , ” Rafoo Chakkar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] , ” Hera Pheri ” [ 1976 ] , ” Don ” [ 1978 ] ,  ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , ” Aasha ” [ 1980 ] , ” Kaalia ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mard ” [ 1985 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] , ” Maine Pyar Kiya ” [ 1989 ] , ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ! ” [ 1994 ]  are her famous and most successful films .

She also won National Film Award , along with Ramilla Patel , for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] .


English: Scanned photograph of my grandmother,...

Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . She worked for 27 long years in this unpredictable and risk-driven industry . She successfully withered changing times , fluid tastes and all the changing patterns from ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] till ” Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

Jewel Thief

Jewel Thief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Evening in Paris

An Evening in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar Akbar Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Born as Mani Rabadi in a family of Parsi priests , she was only a kid when her father died . Her mother made a living by cooking at religious functions. Later on , along with her younger sister Shammi , Mani Rabadi worked in toy factories after school to source their tuition fees. After school time, they worked at offices, ran a magazine and did odd jobs. Mani also worked with the Indian People’s Theatre Association and did some Gujarati films.

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Here is a gallery of her designs from the movies we all love :

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An Evening in Paris (1967)

Sharmila actually plays a dual role in the film. The villainous side incidentally always shows her tummy–just to help the audience keep things straight.

Uhh, what precisely are you looking at Pran?

Cutsy hair clip that’s bigger than my nose? Don’t mind if I do.

Jewel Thief (1967)

I’ve talked a lot about my feelings for Helen in a chicken suit from this film, but this picture definitely deserves one more mention.

Yup, those are cotton balls puffing out of that red sari like polka dots. Just saying, it takes a bold and confident woman to try and pull that off.

Dev Anand poses as a French jewelry importer. Can’t you tell by the beret?

Aradhana (1969)

Who can forget Rajesh Khanna’s tall Nepali hat as he bellows “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” on a hillside?

Rajesh Khanna in a blue suit with a hot red turtleneck during “Kora Kaagaz Tha” is the epitome of suave.

Unarguably the most famous scene from Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore makes a sari out of a flimsy blanket…and the rest is history.

Bobby (1973)

Youth and freedom must mean a tight leather jacket!

Umm, ok Dimple Kapadia, where did the rest of your shirt go though?

Cute but completely arbitrary villager costume for “Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate.”

Farz (1967)

Nice ascot, Jeetendra.

Oh, those tight white pants that made you who you were. It’s no wonder Jeetendra was nicknamed “Jumping Jack”!

Prince (1969)

Did someone say “hep cat”?!

Helen and Vijayantimala dance off in “Muqabla Humse Na Karo.”

Kati Patang (1970)

Asha briefly portrays a 70s bride before running away from the ceremony.

Bindu makes a spectacle of herself in comparison to Asha’s stark white sari..

Amar Akbar Anthony (1979)

Rishi Kapoor dresses as a qawwal by night.

There actually aren’t really words for this.

Moss green leather jacket with religious bling.

You are wearing a fedora? Clearly, you have become a millionaire.

Don (1978)

Nothing says “bad boy” like a big red bow tie.

Don’t mess with her scarf.

Or his.

Helen rocks an overly slitted dress for “Yeh Mera Dil” in Don (1978)

The bottom line here is , could Jeetendra have seized Bombay by storm without his famous tight white pants ? Could Dimple Kapadia have shot to stardom without costumes that only covered half of the minimum required? Her polka dots top for ” Bobby ” is still remembered . Vyjayantimala’s red saree from ” Jewel Thief ” is still fresh in our memories . Amitabh Bachchan’s tuxedo in the song My name is Anthony Gonsalves from the film ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” or Rishi Kapoor’s costumes from the same film are still there in our memory lane . Polka dot waist – coat of Amitabh Bachchan in ” Don ” is unforgettable . You remember his iconic song Khai ke paan Banaraswalla …… from the film and you will surely remember his polka dot waist-coat . You will never forget any costume of legendary Helen . Mani Rabadi designed innumerable costumes for her in films . They were revealing but not vulgar .

Her work is so diverse, so eye-catching, and so unpredictable . Mani Rabadi is unarguably genius. It is sad that her death is not widely reported in newspapers . Today , when Parsi community is celebrating Navroz [ thier new year ] , I am writing this obituary of Mani Rabadi , one of the prominent member of Parsi community .

FULL EDITNG STUDIO

NEWS LETTER

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 the bereaved family and specially Shammi aunty who is left alone to bear this loss at the age of 84 .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer heartfelt sympathies at the sad demise of the legendary but almost forgotten dress designer of the golden era of the Hindi films .

[ It is sad that I could know about her death after a week through the latest issue of ” Screen ” weekly . I found material about her in magazines like ” Screen ” , ” Parsi Khabar ” and ” Mid Day ” . For her photographs and her volume of work , I had to refer to online posting of ” Mr. & Mrs. 55 – Classic Bollywood Revisited ” . I express my profound gratitude to all of them . ]

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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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