100 Years of Lalita Pawar – Hindi Cinema’s Unforgettable Doyenne


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 15, 2016           08.00 P.M.

 

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 - 24 February 1998 ]

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998 ]

On April 18, 2016, Lalita Pawar would have been 100 years old, had she been alive. There were not much coverage in the media. I read just one article in DNA. That’s it.

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Present day media Mughals don’t know her importance. In a career spanning 68 years, she did 700 plus films. She was the only one in Indian film industry, who could play a scheming mother-in-law and a golden-hearted matriarch with equal finesse. She was always portrayed prominently in the posters of her films, though she was not playing the lead. Apart from Lalita Pawar, Ashok Kumar was the only other character artiste, who used to appear prominently in the poster of his films.

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

 

Poster of Anari

With Raj Kapoor & Nutan in Anari

Apart from her, there were only 3 other Hindi film actors, who worked more than 6 decades. They, apart from Lalita Pawar, are Dev Anand, Pran and evergreen Ashok Kumar. Only these 4 Hindi Film Artists worked till the last breath of their lives.

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

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LALITA PAWAR : 68 Working Years – 700 Films

” Raja Harishchandra “ [ 1928 ] to ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ]

DEV ANAND : 65 Working Years – 113 Films

Hum Ek Hain “ [ 1946 ] to ” Chargesheet ” [ 2011 ]

PRAN : 63 Working Years – 350 Films

” Yamla Jat “ [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh “ [ 2003 ]

ASHOK KUMAR : 61 Working Years – 301 films .

” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ]

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Among all the 4 history making stars, Lalita Pawar was the senior most. Pran was junior to her by 12 years. And the indomitable Dev Anand was her junior by 18 years. Even grand old man of Hindi cinema, the evergreen Ashok Kumar, was her junior by 8 years. Coincidently their last films came in the same year, 1997. Lalita Pawar’s ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ] & Ashok Kumar’s ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] were their last film. Two immortal legends ended their glorious film journey in the same year.

My first association with her started somewhere in mid 60s. I don’t remember the film correctly, but either it was ” Sampoorna Ramayan ” or ” Jis Desh Me Ganga Bahti Hai “. Later on I saw several films of her and became an ardent admirer.

I am giving list of some of her unforgettable films, which I have seen and fail to forget even today.

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Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , Dahej  [ 1950 ] , Daag  [ 1952 ] , Parchhain  [ 1952 ] , Shri 420 [ 1955 ] , Mr & Mrs 55  [ 1955 ] , Nau Do Gyarah  [ 1957 ] , Anari  [ 1959 ] , Sujata  [ 1959 ] , Hum Dono  [ 1961 ] , Sampoorna Ramayana  [ 1961 ] , Professor  [ 1962 ] , Sehra  [ 1963 ] , Grahasti  [ 1963 ] , Ghar Basake Dekho  [ 1963 ] , Khandan  [ 1966 ] , Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti  [ 1967 ] , Aabroo  [ 1968 ] , Anand  [ 1970 ] , Pushpanjali  [ 1970 ] , Gopi  [ 1970 ] ,  Doosri Sita  [ 1974 ] , Tapasya  [ 1976 ] , Aaina  [ 1977 ] , Yaarana  [ 1080 ] , Kali Ghata  [ 1980 ] , Phir Wohi Raat  [ 1980 ] , Sau Din Saas Ke  [ 1980 ] , Naseeb  [ 1981 ] , Bhai  [ 1997 ] .

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It is pertinent to note that apart from Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , where she played heroine, she played character roles in all above mentioned films. But no film connoisseur can ever forget her. Who can forget GANGAMAI of  Shri 420 [ 1955 ] or Mrs. D’Sa of  Anari  [ 1959 ] , both with Raj Kapoor?

Amba Laxman Rao Shagun from Yeola, Nashik made her debut in 1929 with ” Raja Harishchandra “. At the age of 16, she co-produced and acted in a silent film ” Kailash ” [ 1932 ]. She played a triple role in that film. A triple role in a silent film !! It was 44 years before DILIP KUMAR’s ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] & 51 years before AMITABH BACHCHAN’s ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ]. Both these legends played triple role much later in their respective careers and when they were very mature. DILIP KUMAR made debut in 1944 and played triple role in 1976. That is 32 years after his debut. AMITABH BACHCHAN made debut in 1969 and played triple role in 1983. That is 19 years after his debut. But LALITA PAWAR played triple role in the beginning of her career. 3 years after her debut and that too in a silent film.

Poster of Silent Film "The Lord of the Jungle"

Poster of Silent Film “The Lord of the Jungle”

Poster of "Himmat-e-Marda" [ 1935 ]

Poster of “Himmat-e-Marda” [ 1935 ]

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

1942 was an epoch-making year in Lalita Pawar’s career. As a part of the scene in a film ” Jung-E-Azadi ” , Bhagwan Dada of ” Albela ” fame was to slap her. Being a new-comer, he accidentally slapped her hard. It resulted in facial paralysis and a vein of her left eye got burst. This incident left her with a defective left eye. But the treatment took 3 years. She lost many lead roles and after her treatment was over, she switched to character roles. The defective left eye, which ended her acting career in lead roles, helped her play cruel, wicked and cussed characters with aplomb.

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Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar has left us. She no longer exist. But she is still present in the form of her films where she played several unforgettable characters. I offer my tribute and regards to the unforgettable doyenne of Hindi cinema.

 

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[ List of Lalita Pawar’s released films,  dates and other information is taken from Wikipedia. I , on behalf of VIDUR Acting Institute ,  express gratitude. ]

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Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!


Sadhana - During Her Hey Days

Sadhana ji – During Her Hey Days

 

An Old & Feeble Sadhana - A Year Before Her Death

An Old & Feeble Sadhana ji – A Year Before Her Death

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 31, 2015           10.15 P.M.

 

On December 25th, 2015, when the world was celebrating Christmas, I read a news and suddenly all around me my world crumbled. I read that SADHANA ji bid adieu to this ephemeral world. My memories took me away from the metropolitan Mumbai of 2015 and ushered me into the dark, humid hall of Amarjyoti Talkies, Deoria. The year was 1965 and the film I went to watch was ” Waqt “, Yash Chopra directed 1st multi-starrer of India. Passing through the pan-strewn gate and boundary walls of Amarjyoti Talkies, I fought a valiant battle to get the ticket and entered the hall.

Film started and drama gripped the audience. As film progressed, SADHANA ji made entry and her entry was greeted with thunderous applause and whistles. In the film she lip-synced famous Asha Bhosle songs like ;

कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी ……………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90C7QT0cbOo ]

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है ………………………

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cQ_KiQLGNk ]

and

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए …………………..

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndFruvW688U ]

Her fringe hairstyle, tight Choodidar & Kurta and enchanting smile threw a spell over my adolescent mind. I still vividly remember my first screen encounter with SADHANA ji .

As Christmas 2015 night progressed, I remembered her other famous songs. Even after so many years, they are still mint fresh in my memory. They are ;

ओ सजना , बरखा बहार आयी – परख

अभी न जाओ छोड़कर , कि दिल अभी भरा नहीं – हम दोनों

याद में तेरी जाग – जाग के हम , रात भर करवटें बदलते हैं – मेरे महबूब

नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम – वो कौन थी?

आजा आई बहार दिल है बेक़रार , ओ मेरे राजकुमार, तेरे बिन रहा न जाये – राजकुमार

अजी रूठ कर अब कहाँ जाइयेगा – आरज़ू

बेदर्दी बालमा तुझको मेरा मन याद करता है – आरज़ू

तू जहाँ जहाँ चलेगा , मेरा साया साथ होगा – मेरा साया

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कौन आया कि निगाहों में चमक जाग उठी – वक़्त

चेहरे पे ख़ुशी छा जाती है , आँखों में सुरूर आ जाता है  – वक़्त

हम जब सिमट के आपकी बाँहों में आ गए – वक़्त

Death has snatched her away from me and my memories. But her spell will live with me forever. On the last day of 2015, as the world is busy celebrating advent of 2016, I am sitting in my study in Mumbai and writing this obituary and paying homage to one of the most beautiful actor of my time.

Sadhana Shivdasani

September 2, 1941 – December 25, 2015

Born in 1941, SADHANA ji migrated to India from Karachi during the post-partition riots. Her dad was influenced by cinema. In fact he had named his daughter Sadhana after the famous actress Sadhana Bose. [ Sadhona Bose was an Indian actress and a dancer. She acted in movies like Meenakshi, where she played the lead. A contemporary of Uday Shankar, in the 1930s she staged a number of ballets in Kolkata, including Bhookh on Bengal famine which was a pioneering work in presenting contemporary themes on stage. ]

Sadhana Shivdasani, better known mononymously as Sadhana, was one of the top actresses in the 1960s and the early-1970s. In 1955 she started her career and played a chorus girl in the song “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh Mud Mud Ke” in Raj Kapoor‘s Shree 420.

When she was 15 years old, she was approached by some producers who had seen her act in a college play. They cast her in India’s first Sindhi language film titled Abaana (1958), where she played the role of Sheila Ramani‘s younger sister. Her remuneration was INR 1.00 , yes, One rupee only.

Sadhana - Before Her Famous Fringe Hair Style

Sadhana ji – Before Her Famous Fringe Hairstyle

A photograph of her publicizing the film appeared in a movie magazine Screen. It was then that Sashadhar Mukherjee, one of Hindi cinema’s producer, noticed her. She joined Mukherjee’s acting school along with her debutant co-star and S. Mukherjee’s son Joy Mukherjee . R. K. Nayyar, who had previously worked as assistant director on few films, directed this film. He also created her trademark look, called Sadhana cut, inspired from British actress Audrey Hepburn. The Filmalaya Production banner thus introduced Joy, Sadhana and her iconic hairstyle in their 1960 romantic film Love in Simla. The film was a hit at the box office and was listed in the top 10 films of 1960. Sadhana played the role of a simple, bespectacled girl who is transformed by her grandmother into a beautiful woman and encouraged to pursue the hero. In the film, Sadhana wins a beauty contest and is awarded a three-year film contract with Filmalaya, which was the case in real life too.

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

 

Sadhana - With Her Famous Fringe

Sadhana ji – With Her Famous Fringe

She, in a career spanning 39 years, appeared in 33 famous and hit films. These filma are ; Shree 420 [ 1955 ] , Abana [ 1958 ] , Love in Simla [ 1960 ] , Parakh [ 1960 ] , Hum Dono [ 1961 ] , Prem Patra [ 1962 ] , Man-Mauji [ 1962 ] ,  Ek Musafir Ek Hasina [ 1962 ] , Asli-Naqli [ 1962 ] , Mere Mehboob [ 1963 ] , Woh Kaun Thi?  [ 1964 ] , Rajkumar  [ 1964 ] , Picnic [ 1964 ] , Dulha Dulhan [ 1964 ] , Waqt [ 1965 ] , Arzoo [ 1965 ] , Mera Saaya [ 1966 ] , Gaban [ 1966 ] , Budtameez [ 1966 ] , Anita [ 1967 ] , Sachaai [ 1969 ] , Intaquam [ 1969 ] , Ek Phool Do Mali [ 1969 ] , Ishq Par Zor Nahin [ 1970 ] , Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee [ 1971 ] , Dil Daulat Duniya [ 1972 ] , Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ]

Picnic [ 1964 ] was not released and Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] got delayed releases.

In 1966, she married R K Nayyar, director of her first film Love in Simla . SADHANA ji had health issues due to her thyroid, and after the release of Anita [ 1967 ] ,  she got treated in Boston. After returning from the USA, she starred in the successful movies like ;  Sachaai [ 1969 ],  Intaquam (1969), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972) and Geeta Mera Naam (1974).

In Intaquam she played the role of a revengeful woman, who allures the son of her own boss who cheated her to be put behind the bars for a crime she did not commit.

In 1974 her directorial venture Geeta Mera Naam released. Produced by her husband, the film had herself playing the lead actress along with Sunil Dutt and Feroz Khan .

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She also became famous as Mystery Girl with her three suspense thriller films namely Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967), all directed by Raj Khosla.

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Sadhana ji was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for films Woh Kaun Thi? and Waqt in 1965 and 1966 respectively.

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After release of  Geeta Mera Naam [ 1972 ] , her career virtually ended. Though she did 6 more films like; Hum Sab Chor Hain [ 1973 ] , Chhote Sarkar [ 1974 ] , Vandana [ 1974 ] , Amaanat [ 1977 ] , Mehfil [ 1981 ]  & Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzeelein [ 1994 ] but due to her failing health the charishma was missing.

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

Sadhana - Then & Before End

Sadhana ji – Young & Old

 

During her last days, she had a beautiful relationship with 3 heroines of yesteryear. She had company of Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji and Helen ji. I am a fan of all the 4 above mentioned Divas of Hindi film industry. It is sad that 2 are now gone. And the remaining 2 are old and feeble. When I saw the below posted photograph, I remembered a song of Waheeda ji’s film ” काग़ज़ के फूल ” .

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम , हम रहे न हम , तुम रहे न तुम ,

बेक़रार दिल इस तरह मिले , जिस तरह कभी हम जुदा न थे ,

हम भी खो गए , तुम भी खो गए , राह  पर इसी , चल के दो क़दम ,

वक़्त ने किया , क्या हसीं सितम ……………….

From Left to Right : Nanda, Waheeda Rehman, Helen & Sadhana

From Left to Right : Nanda ji, Waheeda Rehman ji, Helen ji & Sadhana ji

 

Sadhana ji - The Last Journey

Sadhana ji – The Last Journey

But this is life…………… It marches ahead………………… With our dear ones………………… and even without our dear ones…………………

It will only stop when our own journey is completed.

So let it be.

Good bye Sadhana ji ! We shall surely meet in another world. Praying for your eternal peace and salvation !!

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[ Name of films, few facts of Sadhana ji’s life and information about Sadhona Bose’s life and career has been taken from Wikipedia and is quoted in this blog. I express profound gratitude. ]

 

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My 25-Year-Long Journey : From Kareena Kapoor to Alia Bhatt


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 08, 2014           08.50 P.M.

 

My fascination with Hindi film heroines started in mid 60s. In the dark environs of Amar Jyoti Talkies, Deoria, my rendezvous with Hindi cinema took place with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi starrer Silver Jubilee hit  ” Sasural ” [ 1961 ] . B. Saroja Devi, though not well-known to Hindi cine-goers, was almost alien to me. But after watching the film, I was unable to forget her. Her elegant persona, her well-kept figure, her chiselled face enticed me for weeks and months. She was the first icon of my childhood fancy.

Few years later in 1967, after appearing in High School exams, I watched Dilip Kumar and  Vyjayanthimala, starrer golden jubilee film ” Ganga Jumna “. B. Saroja Devi and  Vyjayanthimala, to my utter surprise, looked almost similar. I was hooked to Vyjayanthimala and my fascination for the film heroines got fortified.

After passing High School, I went to Allahabad for further studies. My true rendezvous with Hindi cinema started in all earnest in Allahabad. I started watching films regularly. I got acquainted with the heroines of early Hindi cinema. I was particularly enamoured by Devika Rani and Kanan Devi. [ Who can forget Devika Rani’s ………. MAIN BAN KI CHIDIA BAN KE BAN-BAN DOLOON RE ……….( ” Achhut Kanya ” – 1936 ) and Kanan Devi’s ………….. YE DUNIYA ,YE DUNIYA TOOFAN MAIL ……… ( Jawaab ” – 1942 ) ? Few years later I watched two earlier films of Kanan Devi; P. C. Barua starrer ” Mukti ” [ 1937 ] and K. L. Sehgal starrer ” Street Singer ” [ 1938 ]. Though they were the heroines of my father’s generation but their etherial beauty, their sweet voice enthralled me and fascinated me during my adolescent and growing up years in Allahabad.

Later on I got acquainted with the works of other highly successful actresses of the bygone era. The list included Nargis, Suraiya, Nalini Jayawant,  Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nimmi and Geeta Bali. These heroines ruled the golden era of Hindi films. But even they belonged to the earlier era.

My era included highly successful and enchanting heroines like;  Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman , Nanda and Mala Sinha .

I became a die-hard fan of Waheeda Rehman after watching her films Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) . After watching Raj Kapoor‘s Awaara (1951) and of Mehboob Khan‘s Mother India (1957), Nargis, also became one of my all time favourites. Vijay Bhatt‘s Baiju Bawra (1952), made me a fan of  Meena Kumari.  K. Asif‘s Mughal-e-Azam (1960) made Madhubala my eternal favourite.

Then times changed. My journey with cinema matured. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, actresses like Sadhna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz and Asha Parekh ruled the Hindi film world.

In the early 70s  Amitabh Bachchan, era started in the Hindi film industry. Actresses from this era included Hema Malini, Jaya BachchanRekha,  Zeenat Aman and Dimple Kapadia. I adored these heroines but frankly, I was neither enchanted or enamoured by them. Mysterious quality of the earlier heroines was missing. Or may be I became mature and the mystique slowly evaporated.

In 1975, I completed my studies in Allahabad and returned to my native place, Deoria. A 14-year-long second phase of my life started in Deoria.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the pendulum swung back towards family centric romantic musicals with the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) . Incidentally this was the last film, which I watched in Deoria.

I moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] in 1989. This was the year when Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) got released and changed the film-watching experience forever.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), making stars out of a new generation and actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Kajol . In that point of time actresses such as Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai also arrived on the scene.  Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor too appearing in popular comedy films .

Furthermore, this decade marked the entry of new performers in art house and independent films like Satya (1998), directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Anurag Kashyap. Manisha Koirala, Tabu and Urmila Matondkar were the heroines of this generation.

So it was a long association with the silver screen heroines. From Kanan Devi to Kajol and Karisma Kapoor , I watched everyone, got fascinated by them and silently admired their etherial beauty. But never in my wildest dream did I imagine that one day I would train few of the present day ruling Divas of Hindi cinema. After 25 year stay in Mumbai, when I look back, I reminisce my by-gone days with astonishment. I am bewildered with my accomplishment.

In 1994 two heroines trained by me made their debut in Hindi films. They are Sonali Bendre in ” Aag ” [ 1994 ] and Divya Dutta in ” Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna ” [ 1994 ] . It uncanny that 1994 was the year when Devika Rani died. Kanan Devi bid us adieu two years earlier in 1992.

My childhood icons left this world in 1994 and present day icons, trained by me , made their entry in 1994. It is strange. It is quirky. It is really uncanny. After debut of Sonali Bendre and Divya Dutta in 1994, flood-gate of the newcomers got opened and it has now submerged the Hindi film industry. I present a list of some of the epoch-making new era Hindi film Divas, who got trained by me :

Kareena Kapoor : ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] = DEBUT

Priyanka Chopra : ” The Hero ” [ 2002 ] = DEBUT

SONAM KAPOOR : ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] = DEBUT

Anushka Sharma : ” Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ” [ 2008 ] = DEBUT

Katrina Kaif :  ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010]

ALIA BHATT : ” Student Of The Year ” [ 2012 ] = DEBUT

KALKI KOECHLIN : ” Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ]

URVASHI RAUTELA : ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ 2013 ] = DEBUT

 

In the end I would like to submit that the above mentioned list is almost endless. I have mentioned very famous names only. As I watch Alia Bhatt making rapid strides,and other newcomers trained by me making their entry in the tinsel town, my heart beats fast with pride.

Some of the biggest star sons / daughters are currently being trained by me and they are going to make their debut in 2015.

So the SAGA CONTINUES !! Dust settles down. Sun shines brilliantly. And the World { excluding few egoistic nay-sayers } watches with awe, admiration and amazement.

 

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God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 01, 2014           08.15 P.M.

[ DECLARATION : After May, 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students in my diary, who respect me and accept my humble contribution in their journey of cinema. All the other students, who, though, worked this month but deny my contribution and refuse to even acknowledge me, are not mentioned. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM! ]

After a dull May 2014 and June 2014, July 2014 brought happy news on my career front and it became a month of celebration. A new, significant and important film  ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil “ was released on July 04. Armaan Jain, grandson of legendary Raj Kapoor, made his debut in the said film. He is my student.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 till July.
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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Zohra Sehgal  : 

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The grand old lady of Indian film and theatre world died in New Delhi on July 10, 2014 at the age of 102. From Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, she worked with 4 generation of Kapoors. An incredible feat indeed.

To commemorate her remarkable journey, I am re-posting the blog, which I wrote when she turned 100 years young in 2012.

Wrote this on 100th BD of Zohra Sahgal. Posting it again after her death. Zohra Sahgal : A Glorious Century of Life

 

Sona :

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A starlet of Hindi films, a look-alike of Madhubala, who did several insignificant films and then married Haji Mastan and faded away from public memory, died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 65.

 

Arun Dutt

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Son of legendary actor-producer-director Guru Dutt and playback singer Geeta Dutt, Arun Dutt passed away on July 26, 2014 at the age of 58 due to multiple organ failure.

As a producer he made an action film ” Khule Aam ” [ 1992 ] .


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July 04

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1 – Lekar Hum Deewana Dil …………………………. Armaan Jain

………………………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

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

2 – Bobby Jasoos ………………………………………. X

3 – The Dirty Dances ………………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – July 11

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1 – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania ……………………. Varun Dhawan

……………………………………………………………….. Alia Bhatt

2 – Bollywood Villa …………………………………….. X

3 Munna Mange Memsaab …………………………… X

 

Third Week – July 18

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1 – Amit Sahni Ki List …………………………………. X

2 – Hate Story 2 ………………………………………… X

3 – Pizza ………………………………………………….. Akshay Oberoi

4 – Bazar-E-Husn ……………………………………… Reshmi Ghosh

5 – Riyasat ………………………………………………. Aryeman Ramsay

6 – Aaj Ka Fashion Trend …………………………… Atishri Sarkar

 

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1 – Kick …………………………………………………. Jacqueline Fernandez

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

 

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 11 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 03 ………… Saif Ali Khan is the co-producer of “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in the above mentioned film. And Alvira Agnihotri is the costume designer of “Kick” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bhojpuri : Anjani Kumar Chaturvedi  is doing lead role in  ” Benam Badshah “.


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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging ” Cine Stars Ki Khoj “ on Zee TV .

2 – Ankur Nayyar is playing an important role in ” Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap “ on Sony TV.

 

 


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Hamlet The Clown Prince “.


My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 …………. play .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Ranbir Kapoor  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Hero Scooters ” .

2Ranbir Kapoor is the face of ” Ask Me ” .

3 – Pulkit Samrat is the face of  ” Snapdeal.com ” .

4 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Purer’r Shot ” .

5 – Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Colgate Visible White”.

6 -Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” L’OREAL “.

7- Arjun Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Philips Pro Skin Trimmers “.

8 – Shazahn Padamsee is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Ketomac “.

9 – Alia Bhatt is the Brand Ambassador of ” Hero Motocorp ” .

10 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambasador of ” Denver Deo “.

11 – Katrina Kaif is the face of ” Lux ” .

12 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Panasonic “.

13 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Rajnigandha Elaichi “.

14 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Slide “.

15 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Lakme “.

16 – Arjun Rampal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nivea Men “.

 


My ………….. 12 …………… students in …………… 16 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , July 2014 was a remarkable month for me.  My student Armaan Jain made his debut as a lead actor. My 11 students appeared in 07 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 01 student in 01 play and 12 students appeared in 16 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July comes to 27 . And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of cinema.

 

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May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Vidur’s Open Letter – 8 : To Armaan Jain


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 17, 2014           00.15 A.M.

Hi Armaan,

It is nice to get in touch with you at the time when you have made your debut and your first film has been released. As I am writing this blog, I am remembering all the Sundays which I spent at your South Mumbai residence when I used to come for the classes. It was years ago but it seems as if it happened just yesterday. I particularly remember your illustrious parents; reticent Manoj Ji and larger than life and exuberant Rima Ji. Rima Ji was always nice and kind to me. Whenever I talked to her, I felt, as if I am talking to legendary and immortal Raj Kapoor.

With Armaan Jain's Proud Parents at their Home

With Armaan Jain’s Proud Parents at their Home

 

I do remember my first day with you. It was a hesitant but confident start. I am unable to forget your child-like innocence even after so many years. Your “Rishi Kapoor of Bobby” kind of look is still fresh in my memory.

After many months, classes got a break when you started assisting Karan Johar in his film  “Student Of The Year”.

 

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I started with you once again before commencement of shooting of  your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. It was a sweet surprise to watch a more confident and mature avatar of yours.

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

Because of this long association, I was very excited and was eagerly waiting for your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. And finally it got released on July 04, 2014.

I am yet to see the film. But I am getting the news that it is not doing well at the box office. As per trade circles it is not going to make its producers happy. Though it is not a good or encouraging news for a newcomer, such things do happen. And in this industry it even happened to some of our greats, rather the greatest.

Armaan, I must make you aware that the first film of RK Films “Aag”, made by your illustrious maternal grandfather Late Raj Kapoor, was also a disastrous flop. “Jwaar Bhata”, the first film of legendary Dilip Kumar , was a dud at the box office. Your cousin Kareena Kapoor’s first film “Refugee” got lukewarm response. Your other cousin Ranbir Kapoor‘s debut film “Saawariya” was also a resounding flop.  So you seem to be in an august company.

 

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Armaan, a film’s box office run is not the only criteria of success. Though the first milestone of a long  journey is important but ultimately what matters is the completion of the journey. And your remarkable journey did not start in 2014. It started in 1929 with the release of  “Cinema Girl” and got prominence in 1931 with the first Indian talkie “Alam Ara”. Shri Prithvi Raj Kapoor starred in both the films. It happened 85 years ago. You are the latest torch-bearer of an illustrious legacy, a shinning 85-year-old saga. Just one smeared milestone is not going to tarnish the unparalleled and never seen before cinematic journey. The 85-year-old saga has found a new mascot in you and you have to be ready for that responsibility.

I have made a video celebrating the saga of 85 years of Kapoors. For me this saga is not going to be diminished by just one film. Do watch the video and let me know your reaction :

Vidur Club News Video -5 [ ARMAAN JAIN ] :

Armaan, I am happy that I wrote my first open letter to your cousin Ranbir Kapoor on November 29, 2009. Exactly after 5 years I am writing my latest open letter to you.

 

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I congratulate you on the occasion of the release of your first film. On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish you all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

Waiting for your next film and promise to meet you on the eve of release of your next film.

Yours ,

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Nanda : Pardesiyon Ko Hai Ik Din Jaanaa …..


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 30 , 2014           00.30 A.M.

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Vintage Nanda as We Know Her

Unfortunately I was not connected to the net when yesteryear heroine Nanda ji died . I read about her death next day in the Times of India . She died on March 25 , 2014 at the age of 75 . One more icon of my Allahabad days is gone . One more reigning queen of my young years has left this world forever . I am feeling so helpless , so desperate , so forlorn , that I am unable to express myself properly . Several luminaries of cinema , who ruled the tinsel world during my adolescent days , are leaving this ephemeral world one by one . Several beautiful faces have vanished from this terra firma leaving me with this sinking feeling .

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in "Toofan Aur Diya"

Baby Nanda On The Threshold of Youth in “Toofan Aur Diya”

Nanda started working in films in 1948 as child artiste . She played heroine’s role for the first time in Bandish (1955) . After doing one more film Shatranj (1956) , she attained prominence with Toofan Aur Diya (1956) . This Rajendra Kumar starrer was directed by legendary V. Shantaram . He was Nanda’s paternal uncle .

From Bandish (1955) to Raj Kapoor’s  Prem Rog (1983) , she worked in almost 66 films as lead heroine / character artiste in a career spanning 28 years . She worked in 5 films as child artiste also . Thus Nanda worked in 71 films in a career spanning 35 years . Out of 71 films of Nanda ji , I have watched almost 25 films .

Nanda , during her hey – days , was an epitome of Indianness . Nanda had her own distinct class , beauty and charm . Nanda exuded ethnic oomph and native charm . Nanda was simple , yet she played a glamorous role with perfection and Elan . Nanda was a unique combination of traditional and modern woman . First film of Nanda , which I watched , was a super hit ” Jab Jab Phool Khile ” [ 1965 ] . Nanda played stellar role in the film with Shashi Kapoor .

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I can never forget the film and its heroine Nanda in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) . All the songs of the film are still fresh in my memory and still reverberate in my ears . ” Pardesiyon Se Na Ankhiyaan Milaanaa …….. ” , ” Ye Samaa Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Ka …………….. ” , ” Ek Tha Gul Aur Ek Thi Bulbul ……………. ” , ” Na Na Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe …………. ” and the soulful and melancholic ” Yahan Main Ajnabi Hoon …………. “ are still part of my life , even after so many years .

With Shashi Kapoor in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

With Shashi Kapoor in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

In "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

In “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa  in "Jab Jab Phool Khile"

Yeh Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa in “Jab Jab Phool Khile”

After Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) , I watched several of her films . One film which I fondly remember even today is Dev Anand starrer Hum Dono (1961) , which I watched much later. I watched it in Palace talkies of Allahabad .

With Dev Anand in "Hum Dono"

With Dev Anand in “Hum Dono”

She was one of the few old era heroines , who modelled for Lux . I still remember the campaign .

Model for Lux

It is sad that she died a lonely death . Nanda was unmarried till her death . Few months back I watched a photograph of Nanda and her contemporaries . It brought tears in my eyes. All the beautiful reigning Divas of my young age are looking so different now . And alas , one is now gone !

Nanda & Her Close Friends : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

Nanda with Her Close Friends – Waheeda Rehman , Helen & Sadhana : Waqt Ne Kiya , Kya Haseen Sitam

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I offer my condolences to the family of Nanda ji and to all the near and dear ones .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also pray for the departed soul .

May you REST IN PEACE Nanda ji ! I will always miss you . I will always remember you in Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) and will never forget the image of your’s in a shikara in Kashmir . The beautiful night of Kashmir , the white satin gown caressing your body , gentle breeze playing with your shampooed hair , your amorous face with bewitching smile and the sonorous Lata Mangeshkar song “…………… Ye Samaa , Samaa Hai Ye Pyaar Kaa ; Kisi Ke Intezar Ka ……………….. “ will always remain with me till the last breath of my life . Your ephemeral body has left us but the above mentioned image endures perennially .

 

[ I have taken information about the films of Nanda ji from Wikipedia . I have copied the list of her films from Wikipedia and posted it here . I am indebted . ]

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Reshma Ji !! ………… Lambi Judaai …. !!


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 08 , 2013           05.25 P.M.

A Young Reshma

A Young Reshma

Reshma

1947 – November 03 , 2013

 

 

 

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

She was born in Bikaner , Rajasthan in a Banjara family . Her tribe migrated to Pakistan after partition and settled in Karachi , when she was just one year old .

With no formal training in music , she , during her childhood , used to sing at the mazars of Sufi saints of Sindh . She was spotted singing ” Laal Meri ………………… “ at the shrine of Shahbaz Qalander at the age of 12 by a radio producer . The producer arranged recording of this song . She became a national sensation in Pakistan , when she sang ” Laal Meri ………………… “ on Pakistan Radio in 1959 .

Apart from , “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar ……………………………. “, her other famous songs are ; “Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera ……………….”, “Sun charkhe di mithi mithi cook mahiya meinu yaad aunda ………………….”, “Wey main chori chori ………………………………..”, and “Ankhiyan nu rehen de ankhyan de kol kol ……………………………”.

She sang some famous numbers for Hindi films also .

Her famous and hit song “Ankhiyan nu rehn de ankhyan de kol kol ……….” was used by Raj Kapoor in ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] . Hindi version is “Ankhyon ko rehne de ankhyon ke aas pass ………………….”. In the film it was sung by Lata Mangeshkar .

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

I became acquainted with Reshma ji’s voice when I heard ” Lambi Judaai ………….. ” , the song from ” Hero ” [ 1983 ] . It is unfortunately strange that I first heard Dama Dam Mast Qalandar ……………. ” in Runa Laila‘s voice . I liked the song . Years later when I heard the original in Reshma ji’s voice , I was mesmerized . After that it was sheer admiration for her untrained , rustic , sweet and beautiful voice .

I was shocked beyond belief when I heard about her death . One more icon of my growing years , one more familiar face of my adolescent age , one more eternal personality , which fascinated me beyond words , is gone forever .

I am posting few photos of her’s . I never realized that she is drastically changing with time . Her beautiful , rustic face was slowly getting full of wrinkles . And alas ! you can find her frail , incapacitated , lifeless body in a bed in the hospital . She spent last one month of her life in coma .

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I was fascinated with her voice . I like some of her songs in their original avatar . Posting links of those songs .

1 – Chaar Dina Da Pyaar O Rabba , Lambi Judaai  :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nX_9ylMytU

http://youtu.be/5ZHiMzVhQTM

2 – Hai O Rabba Nahin Lagda Dil Mera :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYrw7nhkEJM

3 – Ankhiyan Nu Rehn De  Ankhiyan De Kol Kol :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeH-OqFYLWI

4 – Dama Dam Mast Qalandar :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRiWxoTuNbo

5 – Sadda Chiryan De Chamba :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYrw7nhkEJM&list=RD029eBa1DEqg-s

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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 her daughters , son and other family members .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also express grief and offer tribute .

May her soul rest in peace ! She very aptly sang , ” Chaar Dina Da Pyaar O Rabba , Lambi Judaai …………………….. ” . But alas ! It is not Lambi Judai , It is Hamesha Ki Judaai .

Her earthy , rustic and beautiful voice is now silent . Sweetness of ” Char Dina Da Pyaar …………………… ” is lost and it is lost forever .

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