Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .




Vidur’s Telly Tales – 7 : Bigg Boss Connection [ A ]

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA             OCTOBER 04. 2011                     10.30 P.M.

On October 02 , 2011 , when I was watching the 5th season of  Bigg Boss ” , I realized that the show has become enormously big and has now totally metamorphosed into a very important show of Indian telivision.

When it started in November 03 , 2006 , it was not so big indeed. But slowly it grew and now it is one of the most eagerly awaited shows of Indian television.

This reality TV programme follows the ” Bigg Brother “ format of the Netherlands , developed by Endemol. It is a highly popular reality TV show in many countries of the world.

Locations of different versions of " Big Brother "
Locations of different versions of ” Big Brother “

In India it is known as ” Bigg Boss “ and as I have stated earlier , it was started in November 2006.

Bigg Boss [ Season - 1 ]
Bigg Boss Season – 1

Bigg Boss – Season – 1


The first season started on November 03 , 2006 and it ended on January 26 , 2007. Duration of the show was 86 days and Mr. Arshad Warsi was the host of the show and it was aired on Sony Entertainment Television. There were 15 participants and their names are : Rahul Roy , Carol Gracias , Ravi Kissen , Rakhi Sawant , Amit Sadh , Roopali Ganguli , Baba Sehgal , Ragini Shetty , Deepak Tijori , Anupama Verma , Aryan Vaid , Kashmira Shah , Deepak Parashar , Bobby Darling and Salil Ankola .

Rahul Roy was the winner and Carol Gracias was the runner – up .

In this season there were 2 participants , who are my students . They are ; Amit Sadh and Ragini Shetty.

Bigg Boss [Season -2]
Bigg Boss Season – 2

Bigg Boss – Season – 2


A much awaited Season  2 of ” Bigg Boss “ started on August 17 , 2008 and it ended on November 22 , 2008 . It lasted for 98 days and it’s host was Ms. Shilpa Shetty. There was one difference ; in stead of Sony Entertainment Television , this time it came on Colors TV . This season , like the first one , also had 15 participants and their names are : Ahsaan Qureshi , Alina Wadiwala , Ashutosh Kaushik , Debojit Saha , Diana Hayden , Jade Goody , Ketki Dave , Monica Bedi , Payal Rohatgi , Rahul Mahajan , Raja Choudhary , Rakhi Vijan , Sambhavana Seth , Sanjay Nirupam and Zulfi Syed .

Ashutosh Kaushik was the winner and Raja Choudhary was the runner – up .

In this season there were 2 participants , who are my students . They are ; Monica Bedi and Zulfi Syed .

Bigg Boss [ Season - 3 ]
Bigg Boss Season – 3
Bigg Boss – Season – 3 
Bigg Boss Season 3 became really big. Some well known personalities as participants and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as host made it a one of the biggest reality game show in the television history of  India. It started on October 04 , 2009 and ended on December 26 , 2009. Like it’s 1st season , it lasted for 84 days and like the second season it came on Colors TV. The well – known celebrities , who participated in this season , were :  Vindu Dara Singh , Poonam Dhillon , Ismail Darbar , Sherlyn Chopra , Kamal Rashid Khan , Bakhtiyaar M. Irani , Tanaaz B. Irani , Aditi Govitrikar , Jaya Sawant , Shamita Shetty , Claudia Ciesla , Rohit Verma , Raju Shrivastav , Vinod Kambli and Pravesh Rana .
Vindu Dara Singh was the winner and Pravesh Rana was the runner – up .
In this season too there were 2 participants , who are my students ; Aditi Govitrikar and Shamita Shetty .
Bigg Boss Season - 4
Bigg Boss Season – 4

Bigg Boss – Season 4 


This eagerly awaited season of ” Bigg Boss “ came in 2010. It started on October 03 , 2010 and it ended on January 08 , 2011 . It lasted for 96 days . It came on Colors like season 2 and 3 and Mr. Salman Khan was the host. Unlike other 3 seasons , this season had 16 participants .

Names of the participants were ; Aanchal Kumar , Abbas Kazmi , Ashmit Patel , Begum ( Ali Saleem ) , Devender ( Bunty ) , Dolly Bindra , Hrishant Goswami , Khali , Manoj Tiwari , Rahul Bhatt , Sakshi Pradhan , Sameer Soni , Sara Khan , Seema Parihar, Shweta Tiwari and Veen Malik .

Shweta Tiwari was the winner and Khali was the runner – up .

Like earlier season , in this season too , there were 2 participants , who are my students . They are ; Ashmit Patel and Sameer Soni .

Bigg Boss Season - 5
Bigg Boss Season – 5

Bigg Boss – Season – 5 


This 5th season started on Colors on October 02 , 2011 and it will end on January 07 , 2012 . This time there are two hosts ; Mr. Salman Khan and Mr. Sanjay Dutt . Contrary to earlier seasons , this season will have 12 ladies , 1 transgender and only 1 man , Shakti Kapoor.

The names of the 14 participants are ; Shakti Kapoor , Pooja Bedi , Shonali Nagrani , Nihita Biswas , Shraddha Sharma , Mandeep Bevli , Raageshwari , Vida Samadzai , Mahek Chahal , Sonika Kaliraman , Pooja Misrra , Gulabo Sapera , Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and Juhi Parmar .

Names of the winner and runner – up will be known in January .

Unlike earlier seasons , this season has only one student of mine and the name is ; Mahak Chahal .

When I was watching Season 5 , I realized that every season of ” Bigg Boss ” till the 4th season had 2 students per season . Total number of my students in ” Bigg Boss ” comes to 9 .

Bigg Boss – Season – 1 : Amit Sadh / Ragini Shetty

Bigg Boss – Season – 2 : Monica Bedi / Zulfi Syed

Bigg Boss – Season – 3 : Aditi Govitrikar / Shamita Shetty

Bigg Boss – Season – 4 : Ashmit Patel / Samir Soni

Bigg Boss – Season – 5 : Mahek Chahal

I dont have photos with other students. I have just one with Ragini Shetty and I am posting it here.

With Ragini Shetty
With Ragini Shetty



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