Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2012


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

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

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Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times

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

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

Bollywood 2012
 Box Office Positions

Movie

Lead Stars

Directors

India Nett Collection
in Crores

1

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Kabir Khan

198

2

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Arbaaz Khan

158.50

3

Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar, Nasser

Prabhu Deva

131

4

Agneepath

Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

Karan Malhotra

123

5

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh KhanKatrina KaifAnushka Sharma

Yash Chopra

120.65

6

Barfi!

Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Anurag Basu

120

7

Housefull 2

Akshay KumarJohn AbrahamMithun Chakraborty

Sajid Khan

114

8

Son Of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla

Ashwni Dhir

105.03

9

Bol Bachchan

Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan

Rohit Shetty

102

10

Talaash

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Reema Kagti

93

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


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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2012
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2011 was definitely a cruel year for the Hindi film industry . In total 34 stalwarts left us for their final journey .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
2012 was equally harsh . In total 29 luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2012 . Except month of November , almost 2/3 people died every month . In just 2 years 33 stalwarts , who made indelible mark in the industry , left this world .
Actors :
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Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Taruni Sachdev , Gavin Packard , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti
Singer – Music Directors – Arrangers :
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Anthony Gonsalves , Anil Mohile , Ravi , Varsha Bhosle , Pandit Ravi Shankar
Producers – Directors :
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Darshan Sabharwal , Raj Kanwar , O. P. Dutta , Mona Kapoor , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra
Writers – Lyricists :
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Shahryar
Cinematographers :
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Ashok Mehta , Rajen Kothari , Bobby Singh
Art Directors :
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Ashish Lakhia
Editor :
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M. S. Shinde
Film Critic :
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Nikhat Kazmi , B. K. Karanjia
Theatre Personality :
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Dinesh Thakur

 

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

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

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60 Years of Film ” Daag ”


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 09 , 2012           09.30 P.M.

Dilip Kumar’s Daag ” , which got him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award , was the 4th biggest grosser of 1952 . After ” Aan “ , it was the second hit of Dilip Kumar in 1952 . Dilip Kumar played an alcoholic youth , who is driven by self – destruction .

Daag (1952 film)

Daag (1952 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Daag “ is totally different from other three hits of 1952 . ” Aan “ , ” Baiju Bawra ” and ” Jaal “ are the other three hits . This Dilip Kumar , Nimmi , Lalita Pawar and Usha Kiran starrer was produced and directed by Amiya Chakrabarty , who incidentally directed Dilip Kumar’s debut film ” Jwar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] . Kanhaiyalal and  Leela Mishra played another important roles . If my memory is not failing me , Ram Mohan played Dilip Kumar’s friend and perhaps ” Daag “ is his debut film .

Shankar – Jaikishan gave music for the film and its one song ” Ae Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal , Gham Ki Duniya Se Dil Bhar Gaya ………………………… “ is still popular and hummed by general public and connoisseurs alike . It was written by Shailendra and it has many versions . Sad and playful versions were sung by Talat Mehmood and one version was sung by Lata Mangeshkar . ” Preet Ye Kaisi Bol Ri Duniya ………………………. “ sung by Lata Mangeshkar was another smash hit .

According to my memory , 2 other movies were made after ” Daag ” , using the same name . ” Daag – A Poem Of Love “ was produced and directed by Yash Chopra in 1973 . It was the first movie of Yash Raj Films . Another movie ” Daag : The Fire “ was directed by Raj Kanwar in 1999 .

As an acting trainer , its my job to make my students aware of these iconic films and I do it regularly in my acting class in Mumbai and through my blogs .

In future I resolve to make it a regular feature in Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , my acting school in Mumbai .

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2012


 –MUMBAI MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 03 , 2012           08.00 P.M.

This is 34th film diary . 2 more to go and it will complete 3 momentous years . As usual I am re-posting some relevant tweets of the eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

GALI GALI CHOR HAI collected Rs. 3 – 3.25 crore (approx. all-India net) at the box-office over the weekend.

EK MAIN AUR EKK TU opens to dull houses. Report: bit.ly/xoH50e

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA review: bit.ly/w2iTxi – The entertaining 2nd half & hit music save it & make it a plus fare for Tips & UTV.

Update: ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ has poor start, #Agneepath continues to dominate bit.ly/AxAnDk

Okay, those asking, #Agneepath is No 3 biggest opener of all times, after #Bodyguard and #RaOne.

taran adarsh @taran_adarsh

#Agneepath is the latest entrant in 100 cr nett Club. Collected Rs 15.25 cr nett in Wknd 2, taking total to Rs 106.3 cr nett. Super Hit

#Agneepath had an impressive Week 2. Collected Rs 24 cr nett [approx] in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to Rs 115 cr nett. Super Hit.

#GaliGaliChorHai had a disastrous opening weekend. Collected approx Rs 3.25 cr nett [early estimates] in its first three days. Flop.

Update: #EkMainAurEkkTu has below the mark start, but should pick up over weekend bit.ly/xn69ho

#EkMainAurEkkTu *India* Fri 5.25 cr, Sat 7.5 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 2.75 cr, Tue [Valentine’s Day] 4.5 cr. Total: Rs 28.25 cr nett.

#Agneepath *India* 3-week total: Rs 122.5 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EkkDeewanaTha *India* Friday Rs 55 lacs. Disastrous start!

#EkkDeewanaTha collected 1.03 cr on Fri, 1.19 cr on Sat and 1.34 cr on Sun, taking the opening weekend total to Rs 3.56 cr. Very poor.

India *early estimates*: #JodiBreakers Fri Rs 1.55 cr nett …#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri Rs 1.75 cr nett.

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri 1.75 cr, Sat 2.50 cr. Total: Rs 4.25 nett …#JodiBreakers Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2 cr. Total: Rs 3.50 cr nett.

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Obituary :

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Anil Mohile

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Last month music arranger Anthony Fernandes left us . In the month of February another music arranger Anil Mohile bid us adieu .

He died on February 01 , 2012 at the age of 71 in Mumbai . In a career spanning 5 decades , he worked with Sachin Dev Burman , Kalyanji – Anandji ,  Khayyam , Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Srinivas Khale .

He was arranger for Lata Mangeshkar’s public concerts also .

Raj Kanwar :

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Raj Kanwar , maker of ” Deewana ” [ 1992 ] ,  ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] , ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] , ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] , ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] , ” Dhaii Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] , ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] , ” Ab Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] , ” Andaaz [ 2003 ] ,  ” Humko Deewana Kar Gaye ” [ 2006 ]  and ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] died on February 03 , 2012 in Singapore at the age of 51 .

He has unique distinction of launching Shah Rukh Khan , Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar and Luv Sinha .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Mr. Raj Kanwar :

Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan ” wp.me/ptyXI-1JD

O. P. Dutta :

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Father of filmmaker J. P. Dutta , and himself a filmmaker and dialogue writer of repute , O. P. Dutta died on February 09 , 2012 in Mumbai . He was 90 years old .

Maker of films like ;  ” Pyar Ki Jeet ” [ 1948 ] , Ek Nazar ” [ 1951 ] ,  ” Malkin ” [ 1953 ] and ” Lagan ” [ 1955 ] , he directed films till 1959 and made 9 films . Later on he started writing screenplay and dialogues . He wrote dialogues for ” Ghulami ” [ 1985 ] , ” Yateem ” [ 1988 ] , ” Hathyar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Kshatriya ” [ 1993 ] , ” Border ” [ 1997 ] , ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] , ” LOC Kargil ” [ 2003 ] and ” Umrao Jaan ” [ 2006 ] . All the above mentioned films were directed by his son , filmmaker J. P. Dutta .

He won Lifetime Achievement Award i 2006 .

Shahryar :

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A renowned poet of Urdu language , Shahryar a.k.a. Akhlaq Mohammad Khan , who also won Jnanpith Award in 2008 for his contribution to Urdu literature , died on February 13 , 2012 in Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh . He was suffering from lung cancer .

He , apart from writing ghazals and nazms , also wrote lyrics for highly successful films like ;  ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Umrrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] and ” Anjuman ” [ 1986 ] , all directed by Muzaffar Ali .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Shahryar Sahab :

Al – Vidaa Shahryar Saheb ! wp.me/ptyXI-1NR

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – February 03

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1 – Gali Gali Chor Hai ……………………………………………… Akshaye Khanna

Second Week – February 10

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1 – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ……………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Sonia Mehra

2 – Valentine’s Night ……………………………………………….. x

Third Week – February 17

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1 – Ekk Deewana Tha ……………………………………………….. x

2 – Married 2 America …………………………………………….. x

3 –  ? ( Question Mark )  …………………………………………….. x

Fourth Week – February 24

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1 – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya ……………………………………….. Genelia D’souza

2 – Jodi Breakers …………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

In total …….. 08 …………….. films got released this month . Out of these ……………… 08 ………. films …………….. 06 ……………. students of mine , worked in ………….. 04 ………… films .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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Bhojpuri :  Swati Varma is doing an important role in ” Kehu Hamse Jeet Na Paai ” .

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T.V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Pawan Shankar is essaying very important charactor in ” Kya Hua Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ejaz Khan is essaying very important charactor ib ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

New Accomplishments :

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1 – 18th Annual Colors Screen Award 2012. My 5 students got 6 awards :

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor Male ] for ” Rockstar “
Saif Ali Khan [ Best Supporting Actor male ] for ” Aarakshan “
Priyanka Chopra [ Best Actor in Negative Role Female ] for ” 7 Khoon Maaf “
Hritik Roshan & Katrina kaif [ Ensemble Cast ] for ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara “
And again Priyanka Chopra [ Jodi Award ] .
2 – Zee Cine Awards 2012 , my 2 students got the Awards.

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor – Rockstar ]

Katrina Kaif – [ International Icon -Female ]

3 – Filmfare 2012 Award , my 2 students won 3 Awards . They are :

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  • Best Actor Popular – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actor Critics – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actress Critics – Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
4 – 10th Max Stardust Award , my 2 students got 2 awards :

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Best Actor — Drama: Hrithik Roshan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Best Actress — Comedy/ Romance: Anushka Sharma (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)

5 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2011 ” list , there are 9 girls , who are my students.

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They are : Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Jacqueline Fernandez , Genelia D’Souza , Sonam Kapoor , Sameera Reddy & Shazahn Padamsee.

[ Published in Today’s Bombay Times February 04 , 2012 ]

6 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable men of 2011 ” list , there are 11 actors , who are my students.

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They are : Ranbir Kapoor , Hritik Roshan , John Abraham , Imran Khan , Arjun Rampal , Saif Ali Khan , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh , Emraan Hashmi , Kunal Kapoor & Dino Morea

[ Published in Sunday’s Bombay Times February 05 , 2012 ]

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Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan “


Mr. Raj Kanwar

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 05 , 2012           11.15 P.M.

Death is always painful . It is more painful if a young life is lost . I was shocked when I heard about the sad demise of Mr. Raj Kanwar . He died on February 03 , 2012 at the age of  51 in Singapore . He was suffering from kidney ailment from the past year . It is uncanny that his elder brother Mr. K. Pappu also died of kidney ailment  and that too almost at the same age .

He started his film journey as an assistant to Shekhar Kapur and Raj Kumar Santoshi . He started as independent director with ” Deewana ” [1992 ] , a Rishi Kapoor , Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharti starrer . This film is Shah Rukh Khan’s first and major hit in Hindi film industry .

After stupendous success of ” Deewana “ [ 1992 ] , he made another blockbuster ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] . And then followed ” Kartavya ” [ 1995 ] .

After 3 hits in a row , he made ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] and ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] . Both the films were released in 1996 .

Next year , he returned with 2 films ;  ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] and ” Itihaas ” [ 1997 ] .

” Itihaas “ was followed by ” Daag : The Fire ” [ 1999 ] and ” Badal ” [ 2000 ] .

2000 was the only year in the entire career of Mr. Raj Kanwar , when he made 3 films . Apart from ” Badal “ , he made Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] andDhaai Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] .

” Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke “ shall always be remembered by the connoisseurs of Hindi films because it brought Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai together on the screen for the first time . After this film , he came with ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] .

After ” Farz “ , he returned withAb Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] . Unfortunately this film bombed at the box office . In this film he introduced Aarya Babbar and Amrita Rao . Incidentally , Aarya babbar is my student .

Ab Ke Baras

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After ” Ab Ke Baras “ , he came with ” Andaaz ” [ 2003 ] , one of the biggest hits of his career . He introduced Priyanka Chopra  and Lara Datta in this film . And again incidentally Priyanka Chopra is my student .

After 3 years hiatus , he returned with ” Humko Deewana Kar gaye ” [ 2006 ] .

Then again he returned after a gap of  4 years with ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] . It is sad that his last film bombed badly . Despite all the brickbats it got , it will always be close to my heart because it introduced 2 of my students ; Luv Sinha and Ferena Wazeir .

In total he made 16 films in a career spanning 20 years . He gave break to many new comers . Among his discoveries 4 are my students . They are ; Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar , Luv Sinha and Ferena Wazeir .

During the making of ” Sadiyaan “ , I met him in his office . He wanted to know about Ferena’s progress and I went to meet him along with Ferena . I still remember the evening I spent with him .

Then again I met him at the music launch of  ” Sadiyaan “ at The Club . I never knew that it was my last meeting with him .

At The Music Launch of Sadiyaan

Rest In Peace Sir ! You will be missed .

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