B. R. Ishara : Departure of An Avant – Garde Film Maker


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 27 , 2012           08.05 P.M.

Avant – Garde and Path  – breaking film – maker , a true iconoclast and a renaissance – man , Babu Ram Ishara , a.k.a. B. R. Ishara died on July 25 , 2012 at the age of  77 in Mumbai . He was suffering from tuberculosis . Last year he got paralytic stroke also .

He could be called a renaissance man of Hindi cinema , as he heralded a new wave in the world of formula laden Hindi film industry with his unconventional and critically acclaimed film  ” Chetna ” [ 1970 ] .

Chetna

Chetna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the film released I was in Allahabad doing graduation at Allahabad University . I vividly remember the sensation it created . The poster of the film was really a shocker . Two naked legs of a female and a peeping Rehana Sultan from there was enough to arouse amorous feelings of youngsters in that era of conservative India . Since Rehana Sultan hailed from Allahabad , the curiosity was at its peak and palpable . Film opened with critical acclaim and was a box office hit too .

Anil Dhawan & Rehana Sultan in Chetna

Anil Dhawan & Rehana Sultan in Chetna

Before ” Chetna “ , films used to be shot in studios . B. R. Ishara shot the film in a bungalow and thus started a new trend . Today shooting a film in bungalows has become a normal affair .

Ek Nazar

Ek Nazar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from ” Chetna ” [ 1970 ] , his three other films were also special and significant in another way . A love story ” Ek Nazar ” [ 1972 ] , will be remembered because of  the lead pair . It starred Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri , as she was called and was known to the world before marriage . This film came and was a super flop . It is ironical that just after one year Amitabh Bachchan came with ” Zanjeer ” , a super hit , which changed his career graph and position in the industry . ” Prem Shastra ” [ 1974 ] was again a film with big star cast . It dealt with the issue of incest and starred Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman . And ” Rahu Ketu ” [ 1978 ] was his biggest . It starred Shashi Kapoor , Rekha , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal , Bindu and Aruna Irani .

Apart from above mentioned four films , his other films are : Gunah Aur Kanoon ” [ 1970 ] , ” Man Tera Tan Mera ” [ 1971 ]  , ” Man Jaiye ” [ 1972 ] , ” Zaroorat ” [ 1972 ] , ” Milap ” [ 1972 ] , ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dil Ki Rahen ” [ 1973 ] , ” Charitra ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dawat ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kaagaz Ki Nao ” [ 1975 ] , ” Ghar Ki Laaj ” [ 1979 ] , ” Log Kya Kahenge ” [ 1982 ] .  ” Hukumnama ” [ 1996 ] was his last film .

Milap

Milap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dil Ki Rahen

Dil Ki Rahen

Rahu Ketu

Rahu Ketu

Ghar Ki Laaj

Ghar Ki Laaj (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He worked with many stalwarts of Hindi film industry . He signed Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Sanjeev Kumar & Kumkum for ” Gunah Aur Kanoon “ , Shatrughan Sinha , Anil Dhawan , Nadira & Rehana Sultan for ” Chetna “ , Amitabh Bachchan , Jaya Bhaduri & Nadira in ” Ek Nazar “ , Vijay Arora , Reena Roy & Danny Denzongpa in ” Zaroorat “ , Shatrughan Sinha , Reena Roy & Danny Denzongpa in ” Milap ” , Reena Roy , Danny Denzongpa & Nadira in ” Nai Duniya Naye Log “ , Dev Anand & Zeenat Aman in ” Prem Shastra “ , Sanjeev Kumar in ” Dawat “ , Sarika , Raj Kiran & Pradeep Kumar in  ” Kaagaz Ki Nao “ , Shashi Kapoor , Rekha , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal & Aruna Irani in ” Rahu Ketu “ , Sanjeev Kumar , Moushumi Chatterjee & Sohrab Modi in ” Ghar Ki Laaj “ and Shabana Aazmi , Sanjeev Kumar , Shatrughan Sinha & Navin Nischol in ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

His discovery , his lucky muse and future wife , Rehana Sultan appeared in 4 films directed by him . They are ; ” Chetna ” , ” Man Tera Tan Mera ” , ” Man Jaiye ” and ” Dil Ki Rahen ” .

His other discovery Reena Roy worked with him in 3 films . They are ; ” Zaroorat ” , ” Milap ”  and ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” .

Shatrughan Sinha  repeatedly worked with him in 3 films . They are : ” Chetna ” , ” Milap “ and  ” Log Kya Kahenge ” . 

Danny Denzongpa , a very choosy actor , worked with him in 3 films . They are ” Zaroorat ” , ” Milap ” and ” Nai Duniya Naye Log ” .

An actor of the caliber of Sanjeev Kumar worked with him in 4 films . They were : ” Gunah Aur Kanoon ” , ” Dawat ” , ” Ghar Ki Laaj ” and ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

Shabana Aazmi , who does not sign films easily and left , right and centre , also worked in his film ” Log Kya Kahenge ” .

Thespians like Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Sohrab Modi , Pran , Prem Nath , Kamini Kaushal  and Pradeep Kumar also readily worked in his films .

Asit Sen , Johny Whisky , Nadira , Rakesh Pandey and Raza Murad repeatedly worked with him and were almost in every second films directed by B. R. Ishara .

It is astonishing that a man , who was not so well-educated and who used to wash dishes at Qamar Jalalabadi’s house and used to serve tea at Roop Tara Studio , made 30 films and stars of the calibre of Shabana Aazmi , Rekha , Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar readily agreed to work with him .

He introduced Rehana Sultan , Reena Roy , Parveen Babi , Raza Murad , cricketer Salim Durrani and music director Bappi Lahiri in films .

His 2 Discoveries Anil Dhawan & Raza Murad at the Funeral

His 2 Discoveries Anil Dhawan & Raza Murad at the Funeral

It is sad that a director of the calibre of B. R. Ishara left the world in penury and was almost work less during his last years .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   JULY 01, 2011                  06.00 P.M.

This is the 26th edition of my Film Diary.

It seems drought of the industry is over. Big films are now being released as the IPL is finished and cricket mania finally subsides. First big release of the month of June , ” Ready “ took box office by storm. It has become the third biggest grosser of all times. Last release of the month ” Double Dhamaal is also a top grosser.

First half of 2011 is heartening . In total 13 films were hits. ” Ready ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Haunted ” , ” Double Dhamaal ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Ragini MMS ” ,”  Dil To Baccha Hai Ji ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” and ” Pyar Ka Punchnama “ made handsome profits for their producers.

It is extremely sad that actor Raj Kiran , who was presumed dead , was found in a mental asylum in Atlanta , U. S. A.

Since I was travelling and was out of Mumbai , I might have missed some of the activities of the Film industry. Therefore I am unable to give details of Regional Film Industry and happenings in the Theatre World this month.

As usual I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta, eminent trade analysts.

taran adarsh
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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: Collected approx Rs 3.68 cr nett in Week 2. Total so far: Rs 9 cr nett. Excellent.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Ready’ strikes like hurricane, fetches mindboggling start http://bit.ly/CjxWd
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Latest Update – UAE: ‘Ready’ beats ‘Dabangg‘. Thu figures: Dabangg 490,000 Dirhams, Ready 740,000 Dirhams.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh

 @BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh

 Top 5 opng wknds:- [1] Dabangg 48.5 cr, [2] Ready 40.65 cr, [3] 3 Idiots 40 cr, [4] Tees Maar Khan 38 cr, [5] Golmaal-3 36 cr.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’ [2nd week]: Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr, Mon 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 93 cr nett. Racing towards Rs 100 cr mark.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Shaitan’: Fri 83 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr, Mon 65 lacs. Total: Rs 4.08 cr nett. Business doesn’t match the appreciation for the film.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: 1st wk 5.56 cr, 2nd wk 3.6 cr, 3rd wk 1.5 cr, 4th wknd 45 lacs. Total: Rs 11.11 cr. Rock-steady, despite ‘Ready’.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Shaitan’: Collected Rs 3.41 cr in opng wknd. Fri 81 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr. Film has been appreciated, but jump in numbers is missing
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Ready’: Collects Rs 19.45 cr nett in Wknd 2. Breakup:- Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr. Total so far: Rs 88.75 cr nett. Blockbuster
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

@BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Ready’ dominates, ‘Bin Bulaye Baraati’ leads amongst new releases
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

 Ready’ has crossed ‘Golmaal 3’ & ‘Ghajini’. Emerges 3rd biggest grosser after ‘3 Idiots’ & ‘Dabangg’. ‘Ready’ lifetime should be 120 cr +.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Top 5: ‘Double Dhamaal’ is second biggest opener, after ‘Ready’, collects Rs 36.59 cr nett http://t.co/SESgRQu
Komal Nahta
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Opening report: @BeingSalmanKhan‘s magic in full view; ‘Ready’ stomps box-office http://bit.ly/mPYx8i
Komal Nahta
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 Always Kabhi Kabhi neither has warmth & emotions of teenage love story nor entrtainmnt & music of romantic drama.Review http://bit.ly/jx0iag
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Bheja Fry 2 is not at all a worthy sequel. Designed as a comedy, it does not create too much laughter. Review: http://bit.ly/llLtC1
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is a dull fare wd some chances in pockets of Bombay only bt bleak chances in rest of India. Review: http://bit.ly/krgPvB
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Bin Bulaye Baraati is a poor fare as it has precious little to offer except a few song-dances. Review: http://bit.ly/kptcXQ
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Obituary :
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Maqbool  Fida  Husain :
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Though not a regular producer or director , Maqbool Fida Husain used to paint posters of Hindi films in the 30s. He also made a film ” Through The Eyes Of A Painter ” [ 1967 ] . It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on he made two films : ” Gaja Gamini ” with Madhuri Dixit and ” Meenaxi : A Tale Of Three Cities ” with Tabu  .
He died in London at the age of 95 and was buried there.
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New Hindi Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 03
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1 – Ready…………………………………………………………….Arya Babbar
………………………………………………………………………….Arbaaz Khan
………………………………………………………………………….Eva Grover
………………………………………………………………………….Nikitin Dheer
………………………………………………………………………….Kiran Ahuja
………………………………………………………………………….Krishan Kumar
2 – A Srange Love Story………………………………………….Riya Sen
Second Week – June 10
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1 – Shaitan……………………………………………………………Elizabeth Pereira
2 – Love Express……………………………………………………Nandinii Sen
Third Week – June 17
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1 – Always Kabhi Kabhi…………………………………………..Zoa Morani
2 – Bheja Fry 2………………………………………………………Minissha Lamba
…………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar
…………………………………………………………………………..Mukul Deora
3 – Bin Bulaye Baraati………………………………………………Priyanka Kothari
4 – Bhindi Baazaar Inc……………………………………………..x
5 – Cycle Kick…………………………………………………………Gurmeet Choudhary
……………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal
6 – Meri Marzii……………………………………………………….x
Fourth Week – June 24
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1 – Double Dhamaal…………………………………………………x
In total ………..11……………films got released this month. Out of these ………..11……… films ………….16…………… students trained by me were there in …………11…………… films. Out of these …………..16…………….. students …………..13……………. are actors and ……………..03………… are working in other fields of film making. Krishan Kumar is the co-producer of ” Ready “ , Mukul Deora is the producer of ” Bheja Fry 2 “ and Elizabeth Pereira is the AD of ” Shaitan “
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T V Trivia & Me :
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1 – Eva Grover is working in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain…… “ on Sony TV.
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