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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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish all my above mentioned students all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

God bless them for making me proud !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER  01, 2012           00.45 A.M.
Month of October ended without any big surprises . Shridevi’s come back film ” English Vinglish “ was a surprise hit but Rani Mulherjee’s film ” Aiyyaa “ failed miserably . Karan Johar‘s ” Students of The Year “ introduced 3 new comers , who were appreciated . Film is a big hit among youngsters .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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#OMG collected approx Rs 18.5 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup [estimates]:- Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.75 cr.

 

#Heroine fell sharply in Weekend 2. Collected Rs 3.5 cr nett in Weekend 2, taking 10-day total to Rs 40.6 cr nett.

 

#KamaalDhamaalMalamaal is a disaster. Ranks amongst the lowest openers of the year.

 

#Barfi *India biz* Rs 96.3 cr nett till Sunday. Tomorrow [Gandhi Jayanti holiday], the film should cross 100 cr nett mark.

UTV is on a roll with two back to back 100 cr films – #RowdyRathore and #Barfi.

#Barfi [3rd Week] Tue 4.25 cr. Grand total: 103.05 cr nett.

#OMG Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.9 cr, Mon 4.6 cr, Tue *est* 8 cr. Total: 31.25 cr nett. Excellent!

#Barfi Wed 1.5cr, total 104.55cr nett … #Heroine Wed 62 lacs, total 42.95cr nett.

#Barfi 3-week total stands at approx Rs 105.65 cr nett. Super Hit.

#Heroine 2-week total stands at Rs 43.45 nett. Plus film, if one adds the revenue generated from theatrical and non-theatrical avenues.

#EnglishVinglish movie review: A remarkable motion picture. Strongly recommended! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/547397 …

#OMG collected Rs 36.94 cr nett in Week 1. Breakup:- Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 6.5 cr, Sun 7.9 cr, Mon 4.6 cr, Tue 7.37, Wed 3.32 cr, Thu *est* 3 cr.

#OMG *revised figures* [2nd Week] Fri 3 cr, Sat 4.68 cr, Sun 6.33 cr. Grand total: Rs 51 cr nett.


#Chittagong movie review: A genuine effort that needs to be encouraged, appreciated and applauded! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/566614 …

#EnglishVinglish *est* Fri 2.51 cr, Sat 4.5 cr, Sun 6.27 cr, Mon 2.05 cr, Tue 2 cr, Wed 1.9 cr. Total: Rs 19.23 cr nett. Rock-steady!

#Aiyyaa movie review: Arresting, amusing, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/549597 …

#BhootReturns review: Is amongst Ramgopal Varma’s weakest films! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/546645 …

#OMG collected approx Rs 23.5 cr nett in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to approx Rs 60 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EnglishVinglish collected Rs 21 cr nett in Week 1. Fri 2.51 cr, Sat 4.5 cr, Sun 6.27 cr, Mon 2.05 cr, Tue 2 cr, Wed 1.9 cr, Thu 1.7 cr.

#OMG is unaffected by new releases. Collected approx Rs 13 cr nett in Week 3, taking the 3-week total to approx Rs 73 cr nett. Super Hit.

Update: #SOTY proves KJo’s BO power, clout amongst audience, film opens BIG http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/298/date/2012-10-19 …

#SOTY passes the ‘Monday test’ with flying colors. Collects *approx* 5 cr nett on Monday. Excellent

#Barfi 4th Week – 11 cr, 5th Week – 4 cr. Total: 120.62 cr nett. 3rd biggest grosser of 2012. Overtakes #Agneepath in India and Overseas.

#Barfi is the 3rd highest grosser of 2012, after #EkThaTiger and #RowdyRathore. Both #Barfi and #RowdyRathore are UTV films… contd.

#Rush movie review: Looks like a rushed job. Comes across as a half-baked product! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/502853 …

Amongst new releases, #AjabGazabbLove has an edge. Opening is better than other new releases.

All of today’s releases open to horifyingly poor houses.Colections in 100s of rupees,not even 1000s,at many cinemas.Shows cancelled at some.

BHOOT RETURNS…but RGV’s horror magic doesn’t return.Few chills,few thrills,excitement gets killed. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/bhoot-returns-review/ …


Lovely gaane,excellent Rani..but a weak backbone (script) make AIYYAA a boring film..Opening dull.. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/aiyyaa-review/ …

TAI KE NAAM is a terribly boring film about land-grabbing. Read my review ar http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/in-the-name-of-tai-tai-ke-naam-review/ …

Fun, frolic, full masti! That’s what the newest hit, SOTY, is. KJo is the Maker Of The Year! Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/student-of-the-year-review/ …

In spite of Navratri,Durga pooja,SOTY day 1 is aprox.9.25 crore(this is not final figure).FANTASTIC for a film with no establishd lead star!

Dull, dry, drab and devoid of entertainment… That’s CHAKRAVYUH. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/chakravyuh-review/ …

Rush takes poor start. Ajab Gazabb Love opening good at places,dull at places.Collections of SOTY better than new films at many centres!

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Obituary :

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Varsha Bhosle : 

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A well – known figure in the world of internet blogging and daughter of legendary Asha Bhosle , Varsh Bhosle committed suicide on October 08, 2012 . She was 56 years old at the time of her death .

I am posting link of the obituary , which I have written on my blog space about her :

Sad End of Varsha Bhosle http://wp.me/ptyXI-2mq

Yash Chopra :

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Iconic film – maker , eternal romantic Yash ji died on October 21 , 2012 . Never imagined that I would be writing obituary about him so soon .

But life is cruel . He too left us . Posting link of the obituary :

Yash Chopra : ” Waqt ” Stopped ; ” Silsila ” Snapped http://wp.me/ptyXI-2p1

Jaspal Bhatti :

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A satirist , an actor , a producer and director Jaspal Bhatti died at the age of 57 in a road accident . His car rammed into a tree on October 24 , 2012 when he was returning after promoting his latest film ” Power Cut ” .

Posting link of my obituary :

Jaspal Bhatti : This Is Not Funny Sir Ji ! http://wp.me/ptyXI-2pi

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – October 05

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1 – English Vinglish …………………………………………….. X

2 – KLPD ……………………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

Second Week – October 12

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1 – Aiyyaa …………………………………………………………. X

2 – Chittagong ……………………………………………………. X

3 – Bhoot Returns ………………………………………………..X

4 – In The Name Of .. Tai ………………………………………. X

5 – Prem Mayee ………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

6 – Login …………………………………………………………… X

Third Week – October 19

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1 – Student of The Year ………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

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

2 – Janleva 555 …………………………………………………… Kalpana Pandit

3 – Delhi Safari ……………………………………………………. Akshaye Khanna [ Voice ]

4 – Shudra – The Rising …………………………………………. X

Fourth Week  – October 26

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1 – Chakravyuh ……………………………………………………. Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………………. Sameera Reddy

2 – Rush ………………………………………………. ……………. Emraan Hashmi

3 – Ajab Gazabb Love ……………………………. …………….. Arjun Rampal


In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in October . Out of these ………….. 15 ………… released films ……….. 08 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….09 ……… persons , Shekhar Ravjiani is the music director of ” Student Of The Year ” . Remaining ……….. 08 ……. are actors . Arjun Rampal has 2 releases , so he is mentioned twice .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Priyamvada Pandey is doing an important role in ” Niyati “ on  Sahara One .

2 – Rajneesh Duggal is playing Ram in ” Ramleela “ on Life OK .

3 – Vikas Bhalla is doing an important role in ” Uttaran “ on Colors .

4 – Sonali Bendre is anchoring a show ” Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Sid Makkar is playing main lead in  ” Where Did I Leave My Purdah ” .

2 – Raju Hanchanale is playing an important role in ” Deorala 1987 ” .

3 – Sonali Sachdev is enacting a role in ” The Vagina Monologues ” .

4 – Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is enacting a role in ” The Vagina Monologues ” .

My …………… 04 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

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