Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 10, 2013          06.10 P.M.
Month of November 2013 will always be special for me . In the 24th year of my acting training career , I gave one more star to the Indian film industry in November 2013 . Urvashi Rautela is my latest student to hit the box office with her debut film ” Singh Saab The Great “ and join the film world .
November will also be known for Krrish 3 , a Hritik Roshan film , a Diwali release , which brought cheers to the Hindi film industry . It is the new member of 100 Crore club of Hindi films . It earned 100.00 crore in just 4 days . It finally earned 243.24 crore in India and more than 300.00 crore worldwide . It has become the highest grosser of Hindi film industry till date . It is another feather in my cap as it has 03 of my finest students .
” Satya 2 “ disappointed . ” Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela “ earned handsomely at the box office . It is the latest entrant in the 100 crore club of Hindi films .
” Singh Saab The Great ” was a moderate hit andGori Tere Pyaar Mein was not so successful .

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Obituary :

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Reshma  : 

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Popular folk singer of Pakistan , Reshma died in Lahore on November 03 , 2013 . She was only 66 at the time of her death . She was suffering from throat cancer .

Born in Bikaner , Rajasthan , she along with her tribe migrated to Pakistan after partition and settled in Karachi .

She sang many famous numbers for Hindi films also .

Subhash Ghai used her voice in the film ” Hero ” [ 1983 ] , which featured one of her most famous songs , “Lambi Judai ……………………… “.

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote as a tribute :

 

Reshma Ji !! ………… Lambi Judaai …. !! http://wp.me/ptyXI-3bC

 
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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November  01

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1 – Krrish 3 …………………………………………………. Hritik Roshan

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

…………………………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

Second Week – November  08

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1 – Satya 2 …………………………………………………. Amal Sehrawat

………………………………………………………………… Mrunal Jain

………………………………………………………………… Darshan Rathod

2 – Huff , Its Too Much ……………………………….. X

Third Week – November  15

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1 – Ram Leela ……………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

2 – Rajjo ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Kand ………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – November  22

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1 – Singh Saab The Great ……………………………. Urvashi Rautela

………………………………………………………………. Alan Kapoor

………………………………………………………………. Asseem Merchant

………………………………………………………………. Dhaval Gada

2 – Gori Tere Pyaar Mein …………………………… Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………. Imran Khan

……………………………………………………………… Punit Malhotra

……………………………………………………………… Shekhar Ravjiani

Fifth Week  – November  29

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1 – Bullett Raja ……………………………………….. Saif Ali Khan

…………………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

 

In total …………… 09 …………….. films got released in November . Out of these ………….. 09 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 17 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 17 ……… persons , ………… 13 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 04 ……. Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is the music director of ” Satya 2 “   and Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar fame is the music director of ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein ” . Punit Malhotra is the director of  ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ and Dhaval Gada is the co-producer of ” Singh Saab The Great ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Rahul Dev  is doing a role in  ” Rongbaaz “.


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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Ashok Beniwal is playing an important role in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .

2 – Gurmeet Choudhary is participating in ” Nach Baliye 6 “ on Star Plus .

3 – Sajid Khan is hosting ” Nach Baliye 6 ” on Star Plus .

4 – Samir Soni is doing lead role in ” Ringa Ringa Roses “ on Life OK .


My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Jena Tida is  doing main lead in  ” Taj Express “.

2 – Neetu Chandra is doing lead role in ” Umrao ” .

3 – Bhavna Pani is doing lead role in ” The Scent Of A Man ” .


My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Boro Plus ” .

2 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Guess ” .

3 – John Abraham is the Brand Ambassador of ” Skybags Riviera ” .

4 – Hritik Roshan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Acer ” .

5 – Alia Bhat is the Brand Ambassador of ” IDEE Eyewear ” .

6 – Siddharth Dhawan is the Brand Ambassador of ” IDEE Eyewear ” .


My ………….. 06 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

As an acting trainer / acting tutor I had a very significant and satisfying month . My 01 student made her debut as a leading lady .  My 17 students appeared in 09 films , 04 students in 03 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 03 students in 03 plays and 06 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of November 2013 comes to 31 .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

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 31 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 .

VIDUR

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Urvashi Rautela , Singh Saab The Great & A Poetic Justice


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 28 , 2013           07.10 P.M.

URVASHI RAUTELA ; Miss Universe India 2012 / Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2011 World / Miss Asian supermodel 2011 / Miss Teen India 2009

All the above mentioned titles belong to Urvashi Rautela , my student , who just made her debut in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The movie is directed by Anil Sharma , who earlier made Gadar – Ek Prem Katha ” [ 2001 ] .

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

She was sent to me by Rikku ji and joined my acting institute in November 2012 and was in batch no. 68 . When she joined , she was on the verge of signing the film ” Singh Saab The Great ” . There was no time for the stipulated 4 months course . She had just 2 months . So I told her to attend morning and evening both the batches . To my amazement, she did that dutifully and completed the course . Sun or rain she used to come for the class religiously and worked hard , worked very diligently .

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

When shooting started she got busy in that . In November 2013 I read that the film is complete and one day suddenly I got the message and was given a link of the title song of her film . I watched the song and was greatly impressed . It was spectacular .

Last week she invited me for the trial of her film ” Singh Saab The Great “ at Sunny Super Sound . I watched the film and liked it . I was particularly impressed by her bewitching screen presence and confident acting . She was opposite Sunny Deol and she is much younger also , still there was no trace of nervousness or discomfort .

” Singh Saab The Great “ got released on November 22 , 2013 and got positive reviews . I am posting relevant tweet from the twitter-handle of trade analyst Taran Adarsh :

#SSTG review: Clapworthy dialogue, undercurrent of emotions should appeal to those who relish desi fares! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/549451 …

To know about Urvashi Rautela , you can click the above mentioned link and read about her debut making film and about her performance .

Along with ” Singh Saab The Great “ another big film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein was also released on the same date . But that Karan Johar film was rejected by the critics and public alike . ” Singh Saab The Great “ had only Sunny Deol while ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ had Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan . Punit Malhotra directed this film , while the music was provided by Vishal-Shekhar . Karan Johar’s name was also associated with the film .

Incidentally Kareena Kapoor , Imran Khan , Punit Malhotra ( Director ) and Shekhar Ravjiani ( Music Director Vishal-Shekhar ) of ” Gori Tere Pyaar Mein “ are my students too . I was praying for their success also . But ” Singh Saab The Great “ is special to me and will always remain special because it stars Urvashi Rautela . She is the first student of VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE  to hit the Hindi Film World . I am not obliged or forced to share her success with anyone else .

For any newcomer , success of the debut film is very important . I don’t want to brag about the collections of ” Singh Saab The Great “ . I would only post few postings from a website : http://www.koimoi.com :

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1 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Friday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its opening day at the box office kicked off with a good start, better than this Friday’s other release [ Gori Tere Pyaar mein ] . Mainly a single screen film, the film on its 1st Friday made an earning in the range of 5.50 crores to 6 crores, as per early estimates.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The film with great mass value fared the best in U.P, Delhi and Punjab circuits. Being set in the same region, the reliability factor will work in the favor. Though the film’s performance was dismal in Southern states and Bengal, good performance in Bihar, Rajasthan and C.I will help the film’s box office tempo.

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2 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Saturday Box Office Collections

November 24th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Saturday showed a marginal pick up at the box office. According to early estimates, the film earned in the range of 10 crores to 12 crores on Saturday. While the film’s first day performance wasn’t exemplary, this one was specifically fashioned keeping in mind tastes of single screen audiences. The film has so far earned in the range of 15 crores to 17 crores at the domestic box office. Though the official figures are still being compiled, the numbers will remain in the same range.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol’s association has always worked wonders at the box office. This time too, the duo have tried to create magic by keeping the film simple and impactful. Though the box office performance of the film won’t be mesmeric, it will surely be on the better side.

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3 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Weekend Box Office Collections

November 25th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great made 16.25 Crores on its first weekend at the domestic box office. The movie has done pretty well compared to the other release this weekend Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The GreatSunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

The movies daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday: 5.50 Crores

Saturday: 5 Crores

Sunday: 5.75 Crores

With Sunny Deol’s brilliant stunt execution on-screen, the film has a rustic appealing flavor to it which is making it ring with most in mass-based circuits of Punjab, U.P, Delhi-NCR, C.I-Berar and even Rajasthan. Though the film failed dismally in the Southern States as well as West Bengal, it can be expected to hold on well on the weekdays for its popularity in the single screens.

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4 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Monday Box Office Collections

November 26th, 2013 by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Monday at the box office saw a customary weekday drop in its numbers. The film which has been faring substantially well so far went on to make 2.75 crores on its 1st Monday. Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 19 crores after the lapse of four days at the box office.

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Being a mass catering venture, Singh Saab The Great scored over the other release because of its great hold over single screens. Performing well in many circuits, the film’s primary target at the moment will be recovering its investment from the box office.

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6 – Singh Saab The Great : 1st Tuesday Box Office Collections

1 hour ago by Koimoi.com Team

Singh Saab The Great on its 1st Tuesday again witnessed a 10% drop in its numbers as it made only 2 crores at the box office. With that the film’s total domestic collections now rests at 21 crores at the domestic box office.

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol and Johnny Lever in a still from Singh Saab The Great

Though the film saw a decent beginning, trade insiders were hopeful that due to Sunny Deol‘s presence and the film’s strong ability to ring with the single screen audiences, the film will fare well. However, Singh Saab The Great could not soar up to its expected amount because of the overpowering performance of Ramleela remained consistent in both single screens and multiplexes even in its second week.

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The film was made with a moderate budget of 30 crores . And it garnered 21 crores in just 5 days . It is on the verge of becoming a moderate hit .

Singh Saab The Great : daily breakdown for the 1st weekend is as follows:

Friday : 5.50 Crores

Saturday : 5.00 Crores

Sunday : 5.75 Crores

Monday : 2.75 Crores

Tuesday : 2.00 Crores

Now, the film’s domestic total rests at 21.00 crores .

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As an acting trainer / acting tutor I am proud and feeling happy for Urvashi Rautela . Apart from her , ” Singh Saab The Great “ , has 2 more students of mine . They are Alan Kapoor and Asseem Merchant . Co-producer of the film Dhaval Gada is also my student . But as I said earlier , Urvashi Rautela is the fist student of my new dispensation . I am very happy for her and satisfied with the results .

I am also satisfied and happy because ” Singh Saab The Great “ did offer some poetic justice to my detractors . Some upstarts , who never miss a chance to denigrate me , always make false , fake , preposterous and misleading claims about their non-existent and imaginary success . With , ” Singh Saab The Great “ I celebrate the debut of its leading lady and main female protagonist Urvashi Rautela , who is my student and with the same film , they , the GAALI GURUS  of Facebook Acting School , are celebrating 2 blink-and-miss roles of their students . It is poetic justice . It is God’s way of showing them their place under the sun . The repositories of  the ” craft ” , the crafty craftsmen have fallen flat . I congratulate GAALI GURUS  for their blink and miss success . May they always achieve such negligible milestones !

The Date November 22 , 2013 , The Film , ” Singh Saab The Great “ and The New Star on the Horizon Urvashi Rautela will always be etched in my mind till my last breath .

” Singh Saab The Great “ settles down dust and makes matter clear . Since the release of , ” Singh Saab The Great “ there is virtual deluge of old students to my new office . They must have watched the writing on the wall .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate Urvashi Rautela for her debut and success .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish her well in her glorious journey ahead .

May she shine radiantly and reach the zenith of stardom .

[ I have quoted extensively from the twitter-handle of Taran Adarsh and from the website http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude . ]

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2010


Its July and half the year is gone. First half of the year ended and there is not a very heartening news for the industry.. Industry suffered losses to the tune of 300 crores. ” RAAVAN “,  “KITES “, ” VEER “, ” PRINCE “, ” TEEN PETTI ” and ” RANN “ were some of the notable flops. From January to june 81 Hindi films were released.Out of these, only 10 films managed to make some profit. First quarter ie January to march saw only two hits : ” PAA ” and ” LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA “. Second quarter saw only three films hitting the bulls eyes. They were : ” HOUSEFULL “, ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ and ” RAAJNEETI “. Rest 5, somehow barely recovered the cost.

As for as July releases are concerned, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh :

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. update: Youth luves ‘Luv Storys’, film starts with a bang

‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-solid on Saturday. Fri. Rs. 7 cr. nett & Sat. Rs. 7.5 cr. nett. Sunday should be better than Fri. & Sat.
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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ gets Thumbs Up in U.S.A., U.K., Australia, Gulf, Pakistan

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http://bit.ly/ca3a2j Monday update: ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ is rock-steady, despite Bharat Bandh

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o Overseas B.O.: ‘Milenge Milenge’, ‘Red Alert’ are dull

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Inception’ fetches better & bigger start than Bollywood releases

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http://bit.ly/WyXIx Midweek B.O.: ‘Inception’ leads, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ & ‘Udaan’ pick up, ‘Lamhaa’ fails

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Week 1 nett figures: ‘Inception’ 9.6 cr, ‘Lamhaa’ 8.5 cr, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ 5.61 cr, ‘Udaan’ 2.5 cr

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‘Lamhaa’ is rejected, will entail losses; ‘TBL’ is a success, returns from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues should ensure profits.

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‘Udaan’ total cost 5 cr. UTV will recover 6.25 cr. Profit of 1.25 cr. Profit includes 3.5 cr revenue from Colors for Satellite rights.

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‘Tere Bin Laden’ Update: Satellite, Home Video and Music rights have fetched Rs. 4.25 crores.

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http://bit.ly/8YMX4o ‘Khatta Meetha’ is Akshay Kumar’s lowest opener in U.K., U.S.A.

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http://bit.ly/cctlka Domestic B.O.: Not Khatta, not Meetha, just Pheeka

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http://bit.ly/bbkhW4 Top 5: ‘Khatta Meetha’ Week 1 Rs. 32 cr. nett, slided heavily on weekdays

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http://bit.ly/aQZHc9 B.O. Update: ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts slow, picks up, reports terrific

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As per early tracking [rough estimates], Day 1 of ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ is between Rs. 7.5 cr. and Rs. 8 cr. nett. Very good!

Obituary :
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MANOHARI SINGH :

Hindi Film’s most sought after saxophone player, Manohari da died on July 13, 2010 following a cardiac arrest. He was chief assistant of S. D. Burman and R. D. Burman. This legendary saxophone player adorned many hindi film songs such as my all time favourites – Dil Jo Na Keh Saka from ‘ BHEEGI RAAT ” and evergreen Gata Rahe Mera Dil from ” GUIDE “. He was awarded Radio Mirchi’s Musical Award in 2009.

To show his popularity and respect he commands, I am pasting here many tweets of eminent people :

mangeshkarlata

a very good saxophone player,great arranger,and a fabulous human being,,manohari da passed away..my heartfelt condolences to his family.

SrBachchan

@mangeshkarlata Oh gosh lata ji .. very sad news. I was just some months ago at a function where he played .. condolences and prayers

shwetapandit7

had the blessing of working with Manohari uncle in my first film song Mohabbatein, deepest condolences! He was so encouraging. Will miss him

SATISH BHATNAGAR :

An eminent screenplay and dialogue writer, Satish Bhatnagar died on July 07, 2010. He used to write screenplay for Late B. R. Chopra, along with Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza. Last film which he wrote for him was BAGHBAN. For others, he wrote very successful films such as ” Maryada “, ” Seeta Aur Geeta “, ” Himalay Se Ooncha “, ” Satte Pe Satta “, and Prakash Mehra”s ”  Hera Pheri “.
It is extremely sad that he died in penury and did not have money to pay his hospital bills. He could survive with The Film Writer’s Association’s financial aid.

RAVI BASWANI :

Acclaimed comrdian Ravi Baswani died in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on July 27th, where he had gone to scout locations for his directorial venture. An extremely talented actor, Ravi Baswani shall always be remembered for films like ” Chashme Badoor “ and ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron “. Chashme Badoor ( 1981) , was directed by Sai Paranjpe was his first film. Then he acted in his most successful film ” Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron ” ( 1983 ) directed by Kundan Shah. He was recently seen in ” Bunty Aur Babli ” ( 2005) , and ” Yun Hota To Kya Hota ” ( 2006 ). The last film, Naseeruddin Shah’s first directorial venture, is now his last film.

Baswani also acted on television and was very popular in Doordarshan’s 1980s hit serial  ” Idhar Udhar ” .

Incidently for his cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron , he won Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He was dean of acting in Film & Television Institute of India also, where he leant acting years ago. From Chashme Buddoor ( 1981 ) to Yun Hota To Kya Hota ( 2006 ) , a career spanning 35 years, he acted in 30 films.

New Releases & Me

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First Week – July 02

1 – I Hate Luv Storys…………….Imran Khan

………………………………………Sonam Kapoor,

……………………………………….Sammir Dattani,

………………………………………..Samir Soni,

……………………………………….Aamir Ali,

………………………………………..Punit Malhotra (Director)

………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director)

2 – Swaha……………………………x

Second Week – July 09

1 – Milenge Milenge………………Kareena kapoor,

………………………………………..Sarfaraz Khan

2 – Red Alert-The war Within……Sameera Reddy

Third Week –  July 16

1 – Lamha………………………Kunal Kapoor

2 – Udaan………………………..Sanjay Singh (Producer)

3 – Tere Bin Laden.…………..x

Fourth Week – July 23

1 – Khatta Meetha………………………….Urvashi Sharma

Fifth Week – July 30

1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai…….Emraan Hashmi
In total 09 films got released this month. Out of these 09 films my students were there in 07 films. There were 14 students of mine working in these 07 films.. Out of these 14 students 11 are actors, 01 Punit Malhotra is director of ” I Hate Luv Storys “, 01 Sanjay Singh is producer of ” Udaan ” and 01 Shekhar Ravjiani of the famous Vishal-Shekhar duo, the music director of  ”  I Hate Luv Storys ” . A satisfying month, I can say .

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1 – Hritik Roshan will play the part originally played by Amitabh Bachchan in ” Agnipath “.

2 – Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood movie ” Broken Horses ” will roll in September 2010.

3 – Hritik Roshan will be the 5th Hindi film actor, after Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan,Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan, to have his wax statue featured at the Madame Tussaud’s wax museun in London.

4 –Sudhir Mishra and Ketan Mehta were conferred French government’s award ARTS ET LETTERS.
TRIVIA :
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1 – Filmfare’s power list of 2009 is out and it consists 10 names. Out of these 03 are production companies and remaining 07 are human beings :

1 – Aamir Khan
2 – Shah Rukh Khan
3 – Rajkumar Hirani
4 – A. R. Rahman
5 – Dharma Productions
6 – Yash Raj Films
7 – Aamir Khan Productions
8 – Kareena Kapoor
9 – Hritik Roshan
10 – Katrina Kaif

Out of these 10 powerful entities, 03 = Kareena Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are my students. They stand at 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.It is nice  to have three students in this august list.

I am ending this month’s diary at this promising note. I am happy for my achievements , but I know that I have still to cover many more miles and milestones.

God willing I will do that !

Vidur

Mumbai

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I (dont) Hate (such) Luv Storys


As I am writing this blog, I am confronted with a strange fact. I started my twitter account on June 17th, 2009 and till date I have only 83 followers. Its one year now. But Mr. Amitabh Bachchan started tweeting on May 18th, 2010 and he has 2,16,425 followers. Its has been only 46 days. The fact of the matter is that he started his journey on twitter almost 1 year after me. I am not cribbing, or voicing my anguish. I am just stating a fact. This twitter account statistic shows that I have yet to cover a long distance. It shows that I am just a speck in the universe as for as success is concerned. This is fact and I am ready to accept that.

But everything is not that gloomy. There are few occasions to celebrate here and there. Sometimes there is a news to cherish.and rejoice. And today as ” I HATE LUV STORYS” releases in the theatres worldwide , I am feeling that kind of happiness. It is very important film for me. Its main protagonists – Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Sammir Dattani are my students. Its director Punit malhotra, who is nephew of Mr. Manish Malhotra, is my student too. The music director Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo, is also a student of mine. When you have 5 students in one film and that too almost in every important departments, it’s definitely a proud moment for a trainer.

PUNIT MALHOTRA : This well-behaved nephew of ace designer Mr. Manish Malhotra, was my student years ago. At that time he was assisting Mr. Karan Johar and was dreaming to make it big as an actor. He assisted Mr. Karan Johar in ” KABHIE KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM “. Then he was assistant in ” KAL HO NA HO “ and ” PAHELI “ also. After that he became a model and did one ad with Mr. Shah Rukh Khan. He was working hard to become an actor but Mr. Karan Johar gave him an offer to direct a film. I advised him to put aside his dream of becoming an actor for the time being and take the plunge . He started scripting and as soon as script was complete, ” I HATE LUV STORYS “ rolled. It got completed and got released on July 02, 2010. It created a lot of positive buzz and Punit’s career as a director is launched. I am happy for the newest director of Hindi film industry.

SONAM KAPOOR : I trained her during ” SAAWARIYA ” days.  I was already training Ranbir Kapoor at that time. He mentioned my name to Mr. Anil Kapoor and one day I got a call from him. I went to meet Mr. and Mrs. Anil kapoor and soon started training Sonam. She is an accomplished Kathak dancer and worked really hard for SAAWARIYA “. It’s unfortunate that film tanked badly and got bad press. But Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor were praised for their acting skills. Sonam’s second film DELHI 6 ” also tanked and it was sad to see this beautiful girl’s efforts not bearing fruits. Fortunately ” I HATE LUV STORYS ” will change the scenario.

SAMMIR DATTANI : I used to go to his Malabar Hills apartment to train him. In those early years of my career I had a Bajaj Super scooter and I used to commute on it. From Andheri to Malabar Hills, it was a tiring ride , but I used to go to his place because of the tremendous respect which his whole family has for me. He started working in Kannada film and made his debut in ” NANNA PRITIYA HUDUGI ” in 2001. Film was a smash hit and launched Sammir in the Kannada industry . He is known there as DHYAN. After that he worked in couple of Kannada films, such as : ” MONALISA ” , ” JOOTATA “ and ” AMRUTHADHARE “. In the last mentioned film even Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a cameo. Sammir worked in a Tamil film also. Its name is ” KUTTY ” . I have seen all his regional films as he used to have private screening of all his films in Mumbai and never ever forgot to invite me.

Then he was signed to play main lead in a Hindi film called ” UFF KYA JAADOO MOHABBAT HAI “. It was a Rajshri Production film and Sammir was signed for it along with 3 other new comers. Tanishaa was the female lead but later on she opted out of the film. I was assigned to train all of them and I started going to Rajshri’s office. By that  time I had Bajaj Pulsar and I was commuting on that. Film got released and was a damp squib at the box office. Undeterred Sammir signed another Hindi film ” PYAAR MEIN TWIST “ and after its release he thought that he needs some more modulation and voice training . He again called me and I started going to his place once again. Even after so many years, the warmth and respect of Sammir and his family was same for me. It is yet to diminish. Before IHLS , Sammir did some other  good films : ” CORPORATE ” , ” MUKHBIR “ and ” WELL DONE ABBA “ are some of them. His last one is my personal favourite. I was invited for the private screening of ” WELL DONE ABBA “. I went there in my car. So from a rickety Bajaj Super scooter to Bajaj Pulsar and now a Maruti Swift, my relationship with Sammir has seen all the shades and colours of my life.

SHEKHAR RAVJIANI : I got a call from an assistant of Mr. Aditya Chopra and was informed that I have to train Shekhar of Vishal-Shekhar duo. I started going to his  Khar apartment and worked with him. He is a talent music director and a charming human being. He is a good singer and has wonderful screen presence. He made me listen almost all the songs of  ” I HATE LUV STORYS “ and I knew that his score is going to top the charts. He used to work with me in the morning and worked on the  musical score of ” I HATE LUV STORYS “ in the night. Both the work were going on simultaneously. I am happy that I was privy to all the scores of this film even before the official release.

IMRAN KHAN : He is the only one among all the 5 , who is not my private student. He was in the regular batch and after completing his training left for U S A. I lost touch and years after, when he surfaced in Mumbai and made it big with ” JAANE TU YA JAANE NA ” , I am yet to make contacts with him. He is master of special effects and did many such things in the class. Once I made a remark about his voice and told him that he have to work on it. I have an inkling that he felt bad and resented my remarks. Though he didn’t show his displeasure. His subsequent films – ” LUCK ” and ” KIDNAP ” did not get success at the box office but I think he will touch gold with this film. Though his films as child artiste – ” QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK ” and  ” JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDER ” were more successful.

” I HATE LUV STORYS ” has been released with much fanfare and is getting all the positive bytes. I am happy at the moment and as I am about to retire for the day, I am going to sleep as a contented man but remembering these famous lines of American poet Robert Frost :.

The woods are lovely dark and deep ,

But I have promises to keep  ,

And miles to go before i sleep   ,

And miles to go before I sleep .

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Mumbai

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