Life As An Acting Trainer : 26 Years – 92% Success Rate


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2015           07.00 P.M.

 

Mumbai is flooded with acting institutes. Everyday a new acting institute mushrooms and starts claiming that it is the best one. There are few old ones also. Though, they have passed their prime but still claim to be in the race. Then there are few upstart trainers, who have delusion of grandeur and success. It is but natural that aspiring actors get confused and are hoodwinked by these con trainers. These “Bunty & Bablis” try every trick from the book and sometimes succeed also in trapping these aspirants.

Therefore it becomes imperative to chronicle true success stories to save gullible students from the clutches of unscrupulous and con acting trainers. I am writing this blog so that such ARVIND KEJARIWALS of acting training should get exposed and shouldn’t go unchallenged.

When ” Bajrangi Bhaijaan “ got released and took the box office by storm, there were several articles in the news papers. It collected 100 crores by the first weekend and thus became the 1st ever Hindi film to enter THE BIG CLUB so quickly.

Bombay Times, dated July 21, 2015, published an article about THE BIG CLUB. It chronicled all the 35 Hindi movies till date, which are the biggest earners.

Out of 35 films, there is 1 film in 300 Crore Club / 1 film in 250 Crore Club / 3 films in 200 Crore Club / 7 films in 150 Crore Club and 23 films in 100 Crore Club .

I am so happy to announce and stating this fact with great pride that out of these 35 block-buster films, there are only 3 films which have no students of mine [ JUST 3 FILMS ]. These films are ” Ghajini ” , ” Holiday ” and ” Ek Villain “ . Apart from these 3 films my students are there in all the remaining 32 films. This is unparalleled feat. This is unprecedented success story. This is so humbling as an acting trainer. I don’t think any other acting trainer can claim such humongous success story. Even FTII, Pune [ Film & television Institute of India ] can claim such success in recent times. FTII gave many luminaries to the film industry but that was eons ago. It was during Shri Roshan Taneja’s time. This so-called premier (?) acting institute’s recent accomplishments are negligible compared to mine.

I am giving the whole list of films published in the July 21, 2015 issue of Bombay Times. Name of my students working in these films are also mentioned. It is now for the discerning public to judge the facts.

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300 CRORE

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PK = Anushka Sharma / Ranbir Kapoor [ S.A.]

 

250 CRORE

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Dhoom 3 = Katrina Kaif / Uday Chopra

 

200 CRORE

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Kick = Jacqueline Fernandez

Chennai Express = Nikitin Dheer / Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani

3 Idiots = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

150 CRORE

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Ek Tha Tiger = Katrina Kaif

Happy New Year = Sonu Sood / Shekhar Ravjiani

Krrish 3 = Hritik Roshan / Vivek Oberoi / Priyanka Chopra

Yej Jawaani Hai Deewani = Ranbir Kapoor / Kalki Koechlin

Dabangg 2 = Arbaaz Khan / Kareena Kapoor / Flora Saini / Nikitin Dheer

Tanu Weds Manu Returns = Jimmy Sheirgill / Eijaz Khan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

100 CRORE

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Bang Bang = Hritik Roshan / Katrina Kaif / Jimmy Sheirgill / Shekhar ravjiani

Boduguard = Kareena Kapoor / Hazel Keech / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Dabangg = Arbaaz Khan / Sonu Sood

Singham Returns = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Rowdy Rathore = Kareena Kapoor Khan [ S.A. ]

Agneepath = Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Ready = Arbaaz Khan / Arya Babbar / Nikitin Dheer / Kishan Kumar

RA.ONE = Kareena Kapoor / Arjun Rampal / Shekhar Ravjiani / Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Ghajini = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Housefull 2 = John Abraham / Jacqueline Fernandez / Shazahn Padamsee / Sajid Khan

Holiday = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Ram Leela = Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Don 2 = Priyanka Chopra / Kunal Kapoor / Hritik Roshan [ S.A. ]

Jai Ho = Daisy Shah / Genelia Deshmukh / Pulkit Samrat / Tulip Joshi / Vikas Bhalla / Ashmit Patel / Vatsal Sheth

Barfi = Ranbir Kapoor / Priyanka Chopra

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag = Sonam Kapoor / Divya Dutta

Golmaal 3 = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Jab Tak Hai Jaan = Katrina Kaif / Anushka Sharma

ABCD 2 = Varun Dhawan / Pooja Batra [ S.A. ]

2 States = Alia Bhatt / Arjun Kapoor

Bol Bachchan = Krushna Abhishek / Jeetu Verma / Rohit Shetty

Singham = Sudhanshu Pandey / Rohit Shetty

Ek Villain = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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In total my 81 students appeared in above mentioned 32 films. Out of these 81 students, ROHIT SHETTY, SAJID KHAN & ARBAAZ KHAN are film directors. KISHAN KUMAR & ARBAAZ KHAN are producers and SHEKHAR RAVJIANI [ Vishal-Shekhar fame ] is the music director. Rest are actors.

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 81 students .

May God bless them !!

[ I have taken the list of films from Bombay Times. I express my gratitude. S.A. in red stands for SPECIAL APPEARANCE. ]

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 15 , 2012           02.15  A.M.

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2011 ended on a mixed note .  A very disturbing trend emerged in 2011 . Revenue from theatres went down . Revenue from other sources like ; audio , video and satellite rights are accruing to the overall earning of a film and making it profitable . Subsidies from foreign countries are also very substantial .

As usual 2012 looks promising . Film historian and critic Bhawana Somaaya tweets :

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2011 proved a lucrative year for cinema. 2012 has some more to look forward to. Abbas Mastan known for craft n suspense start with Players
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Top grosser of 2011 :
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Bodyguard ………………………………… 3.15
Ready ……………………………………….  2.80
Singham …………………………………….  2.40
Ra.One ………………………………………  2.30
The Dirty Picture …………………………  1.65
Yamla Pagla Deewana …………………..  1.35
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ………………..  1.25
Rockstar …………………………………….  1.20
Murder 2 ……………………………………  1.15
Delhi Belly ………………………………….  1.15
Double Dhamaal ………………………….  1.10
Desi Boyz …………………………………..  1.00
Haunted ……………………………………  0.80
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Classification of Top grosser of 2011 :
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AA – SUPER HIT : ” Bodyguard “
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A 1 – HIT : ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” The Dirty Picture “
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A – SEMI HIT : ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Ragini MMS “
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B B – OVERFLOW :Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl “
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B 1 / B B – COMMISSION EARNER TO OVERFLOW : ” Delhi Belli ” , ” Don 2 ” , ” Ra.One ” , ” Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge ” , ” Double Dhamaal “
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B 1 – COMMISSION EARNER :Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Haunted ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” Pyaar Ka Panchnama “
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B / B 1 – COVERAGE TO COMMISSION EARNER : ” Desi Boyz ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Yeh Saali Zindagi ” , ” Saheb Biwi Aur gangster ” , ” Stanley Ka Dibba ” , ” Damadamm “
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B – AVERAGE : ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Force ” , ” Dil To Baccha Hai Ji “
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So in 2011 total 229 films were released . And out of 229 film , only 38 films were money earners . Rest 191 were flops . Success ratio of the films released in 2011 is 17 % .  It means 83 % films were flop . This year’s 229 films are less in numbers than 250 films of 2010 . It is 21 less than last year .
According to trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh following is the ranking of stars in 2011 :
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – Aamir Khan , 2 – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 3  – @iamsrk  ,  4  – Ranbir  , 5  – @ajaydevgn  , 6  – @iHrithik  , 7  – @akshaykumar … contd.
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Emraan Hashmi  , 9  –  Saif  , 10  – Imran Khan  , 11 – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – John Abraham  , 13  – @juniorbachchan
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – @iamsrk  , 2  – Aamir Khan  , 3  – @iHrithik  , 4  – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 5  – Saif  , 6  – Ranbir  , 7  –  @akshaykumar … contd.
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Imran Khan  , 9  – @ajaydevgn  , 10  – John Abraham  , 11  – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – @juniorbachchan  , 13  – Emraan Hashmi
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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2011
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So many luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2011 .
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 .
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Highlights / Achievements of 2011
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1 – In 2011 Yash Raj Productions ‘ ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ” completed 850 weeks in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai .
2 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched a New Banner Y Films . It will cater to youth films .
3 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched another banner , Yash Raj Entertainment . It will cater to Hollywood films .
4 – In 2011 Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , London .
[ Some of the statistics of this blog are taken from ” Film Information ”  , a trade magazine . I express my gratitude . ]
[ I have quoted tweets of Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Mr. Taran Adarsh to illustrate my point of view . I am indebted . ]
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Aah Shammi Kapoor ……….” Tum Sa Nahi Dekha ” !!


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA          NOVEMBER 16 , 2011          08.15 P.M.

When I got the news of Shammi Kapoor‘s sad demise on August 14 , 2011 at the age of 79 , flood of memories engulfed me and inundated me completely . Though , initially , I was not a huge fan of Shammi Kapoor , but later on , as I watched his films and understood his importance in Hindi films , I succumbed to his charm completely.

That golden era  of Hindi films belonged to film industry’s towering triumvirate ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor . Like other youngsters of my age , I was very much enamoured by the trio . So naturally for me , Shammi Kapoor was nowhere in the picture . While in school and college , I was intrigued by the fact that whenever any new film of Shammi Kapoor used to hit the cinema halls, class – rooms wore deserted look and seeing the empty class , our irritated teachers used to say few nasty words for Shammi Kapoor because majority of the boys had no quam in bunking the class for the first day , first show of a Shammi Kapoor film . I got intrigued and decided to uncover the persona and unravel the mystique of Shammi Kapoor , the dancing star , the rebel star . I started watching his films and to my amazement , realized that Hindi Cinema doesn’t belong to the above mentioned triumvirate alone but it consists of the quartet ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor . Without these four one cannot even think of Hindi cinema .

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Dilip Kumar

With Dev Anand in His Office

With Dev Anand in His Office

In those days of my asinine childhood and carefree adolescence , Dilip Kumar symbolized romance and pain of the Nehru era , while Raj Kapoor was the face of Nehruvian socialism . Dev Anand represented urbane and educated youth of this nascent nation . Shammi Kapoor was unique because he gave face and voice to the aspirations of the emerging middle class youth . His first hit ” Tum Sa Nahin Dekha “ came in 1957 . It was the year of second general election also . First general election was held in 1952 .  So after testing democracy for five years , youth of India were bubbling with enthusiasm and ” I don’t give a damn ” kind of attitude . Their aspirations , their liking for good clothes and better life – style was palpable and Shammi Kapoor Saheb represented these feelings to the fullest . And naturally he became icon of the liberated youth of the nascent , new and emerging democratic India .It is not for nothing that he is called Rebel Star and Dancing Star of Hindi films .

So obviously , when I heard the news of his demise , an era ended for me . One more chapter of my growing years was lost completely .  I wanted to write the obituary  immediately but I thought that best moment to pay my last respect would be on the occasion of the release of his last film ” Rockstar “ . Ranbir Kapoor starrer ” Rockstar “ got released on November 11 , 2011 and it created history . It became legendary Shammi Kapoor‘s last film. It signals the end of one of the most glorious chapters of Hindi Cinema . It brings curtain down on the memories of legendary Shammi Kapoor . One more icon of my childhood left the world finally and ” Rockstar “  is the cruel reminder of that fact . The journey , which started with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” [ 1953] , ended with ” Rockstar ” [ 2011 ] . It is 58 years long , gigantic and glorious reel journey .

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shamsher Raj Kapoor , better known as Shammi Kapoor started his career with ” Jeeva Jyoti ”  [ 1953 ] , a film directed by Mahesh Kaul , who incidentally , years later gave break to Hema Malini inSapno Ka Saudagar ”  , who incidentally was his last romantic lead in ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ]. Chand Usmani was Shammi Kapoor’s first heroine in ” Jeevan Jyoti ” .

” Rail Ka Dibba ” [ 1953 ] , ” Laila Majnu ” [ 1953 ] , ” Shama Parwana ” [ 1954 ]  ,  ” Chor Bazar ” [ 1954 ] , ” Miss Coca Cola ” [ 1955 ] , ” Daku ” [ 1955 ] , ” Mem Sahib ” [ 1956 ] , ” Rangeen Ratein ” [ 1956 ] , ” Mirza Sahiban ” [ 1957 ] , ” Mujrim ” [ 1958 ]  and ” Char Dil Char Rahen ” [ 1959 ]  “ came in quick succession and most of them bombed miserably .

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Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Very few hits and 18 flops later, Shammi Kapoor became a major star with ” Tumsa Nahi Dekha ” [ 1957 ] , ” Dil Deka Dekho ” [ 1958 ] and ” Ujala ” [ 1959 ] . After this there were blitzkrieg of hugely successful films like ; “College Girl ” [1960 ] , ” Singapore ” [ 1960 ] , ” Boyfriend ” [ 1960 ] , ” Junglee ” [ 1961 ] , ” Dil Tera Diwana ” [ 1962 ] , ” Professor ” [ 1962 ] , ” China Town ” [ 1962 ] , ” Bluff Master ” [ 1963 ] , ” Rajkumar ” [ 1963 ] , ” Kashmir Ki Kali ” [ 1964 ] , ” Janwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Teesri Manzil ” [ 1966 ] , ” Budtameez ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Laat Saheb ” [ 1967 ] , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Prince ” [ 1968 ]  , ” Tum Se Accha Kaun Hai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Sachchai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Pagla Kahin Ka ” [ 1970 ] , ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ] , ” Jawan Mohabbat ” [ 1971 ] , and ” Jaane Anjane ” [ 1971 ] . After last mentioned film , he stopped playing romantic lead .

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

There after he started playing character roles and created some major milestones as well , ” Zameer ” [ 1974 ] , ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] , ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] , ” Parvarish ” [ 1977 ] , ” Shalimar “[ 1978 ] , ” Meera “[ 1989 ] , ” Rocky “[ 1981 ] , “Naseeb “[ 1981 ] , “Prem Rog “[ 1981 ] , ” Vishaata “[ 1982 ] , “Desh Premi “[ 1982 ] , “Hero “[ 1982 ] , ” Betab “[ 1983 ] and finally ” Rockstar “[ 2011 ] .


Among the above mentioned films ; ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] and ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] were his directorial ventures .

I consider myself fortunate that of the quartet of Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor , I Could meet all the three barring Raj Kapoor . In early 90s I had written a serial ” Mitti Ke Diye “ and along with my director , went to Shammi Kapoor Saheb‘s Malabar Hills apartment to narrate the story to him . We reached his Blue Heaven apartment in the morning and were ushered into his room . He was working on his computer . He greeted us warmly , told us to sit down and ordered tea for us .I narrated the story in trembling voice and to my utter shock and dismay he liked the story and agreed to work in the serial immediately .

The serial was not made because of my bad luck . But I still remember his towering personality , his booming voice and benign smile . He made me feel important , though he had achieved gigantic successes and I was a struggling nonentity . After some years I again bumped into him at the marriage reception of grand – daughter of legendary singer Mukesh . After that I could not meet or see him . I followed him on twitter , though . And then came the news of his illness and the death .

I feel blessed to meet you sir . I imbibed your spirit , your love and zest for life . I got your blessings and I know that it will guide me in the slippery world of film industry . Farewell sir ! I will definitely meet you in heaven to learn cinema from you . Till then , rest in peace sir !

There shall never , ever be another Shammi Kapoor .

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80 Years of ” Alam Ara ” : India’s First Talkie


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On March 14 , 1931 Indian cinema created history . First Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA “ made by Ardeshir Irani was released on this very day in the Majestic cinema of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] Though , ” RAJA HARISCHANDRA ” , first ever full – length silent feature film of India was made by Dada Saheb Phalke , the pioneer of Indian cinema , in 1913.

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

It took almost 18 years to produce a talkie film and Ardeshir Irani became the pioneer. ” ALAM ARA ” made under the banner of Imperial Movietone had Master Vithal and Zubeida as the leading stars of the film and the movie had 7 memorable songs including DE DE KHUDA KE NAAM PAR sung by Wazir Mohammad Khan , who also played a faqir in the film . In those early years of talkie era there were no system of recording the song , Ardeshir Irani recorded it live with harmonium and tabla . This particular song is considered as the first ever song of not only Hindi films but Indian films as well. Music of ” ALAM ARA “ was given by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani .When released in the Majestic cinema hall of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] it created history . Public frenzy was to be seen to be believed , and finally police had to be summoned to control the crowd .

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Ardeshir Irani recording a Song of Alam Ara

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. David later served as a writer at Irani’s film company. The story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister Adil. The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him and exiles his daughter, Alam Ara (Zubeida). In exile, Alam Ara is brought up by Gypsies. Upon returning to the palace at Kumarpur, Alam Ara meets and falls in love with the charming young prince (Master Vithal). In the end, Adil is released, Dilbahar is punished and the lovers marry.

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A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara

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A Scene fron Alam Ara

After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

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Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara

The name of the actors , who played major role in ” ALAM ARA ” , is worthy of notice for the today’s film connoisseurs. Apart from Master Vithal and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir [ known as Zubeida ] , it had singer Wazir Mohammad Khan as a faqir. Three prominent actors , who were part of the cast of ” ALAM ARA ” and who played major role in the talkie era and are known to today’s generation also , were Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Jillo Bai and L. V. Prasad .

Prithvi Raj Kapoor went on to play major roles in many films , won many awards and created an empire. His legacy was carried forward by his sons ; Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kpoor. Later on legacy was carried forward by his grandsons ; Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor. Now fourth generation of Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s family is working in films. They are Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s daughter manages Prithvi Theatre , made to commemorate  Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s memory.

Jillo Bai was seen as Madhubala’s mother in ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and as mother – in law of Nargis in ” Mother India “ .

Case of L. V. Prasad is more curious. He worked as an actor in first Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA ” , first Tamil talkie ” KALIDAS ” and first Telugu talkie ” BHAKT PRAHLAD ” , all released in 1931. Later on he stablished a major production company named as Prasad Productions and made hits like ; ” SHARDA ” , ” CHHOTI BAHAN ” , ” BETI BETE ” , ” DADI MAA ” , ” MILAN ” , ” JEENE KI RAH ” , ” RAJA AUR RANK ” ,  ” KHILONA ” and ” EK DUJE KE LIYE ” .

It is sad that no print of the epic movie ” ALAM ARA “ is available today. This part of our history is lost for ever and no one is bothered . Ardeshir Irani’s path-breaking film is lost forever.

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani died in 1969 , when I was studying in intermediate and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir a.k.a. Zubeida died in 1988, one year before I came to Mumbai to make a career in films.

Zubeida, a silent era actress in Indian Cinema...

Zubeida, a silent era actress

[ Synopsis of ” ALAM ARA “ is taken from Wikipedia. I have not seen the film , so for the story I have to rely on Wikipedia. I express my gratitude . ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2011


It’s the 1st month of 2011. First release of the year opened quite well. But bad memories of the last year will take some time to get erased. Most of the films are still bombing with same regularity. Scenario is not very rosy yet and may take some time to stabilize.

To emphasise my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

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#TeesMaarKhan crashes further in its 2nd week. #BandBaajaBaaraat is the only film doing well. http://bit.ly/ePmq8A
B.O. update: ‘No One Killed Jessica‘ surprises, opens quite well http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
‘No One Killed Jessica’: Has found tremendous appreciation. Collected Rs 13.10 cr nett in its opening weekend, showing day-wise improvement.
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‘NOKJ’: UTV has recovered entire investment from sale of Satellite & Music Rights, besides selling Mumbai & Delhi-U.P. for handsome price.
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Yamla Pagla Deewana: Producers have made Rs.41 crore by sale of theatrical & satellite rights. Film’s budget: Rs.24 cr. http://bit.ly/fiMJW
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‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ verdict: Above average [theatrical business]. Will ensure good profits to Yash Raj.
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Tees Maar Khan‘ verdict: Below average [theatrical]. UTV may just about recover its investment due to contribution from Satellite Rights
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‘No One Killed Jessica’ collects Rs 20.70 cr nett in Week 1, excellent http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
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Yamla Pagla Deewana Brings Ray Of Hope In Bollywood. http://bit.ly/gSthVF
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First No One Killed Jessica. Now Yamla Pagla Deewana. 2011 has started with a bang. Hindi film industry is on a roll.
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Yamla Pagla Deewana cost Rs 25 cr [incl P&A]. Money recovered from sale of theatrical rights Rs 24 cr + Satellite Rs 16 cr. Profit Rs 15 cr
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Yamla Pagla Deewana’ fares very well in international markets as well http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
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‘Dhobi Ghat’ Friday: Rs. 3.05 cr nett on limited screens [325 screens] and limited shows. Excellent!
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Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji garners Rs. 15 crore (nett) at the box-office in its 1st weekend. More: http://bit.ly/e9Qn68

Obituary
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Vivek Shauq : Noted comedian and a brilliant actor Vivek Shauq died of cardiac arrest on January 10, 2011. He was 47 years old is best known for his work with Jaspal Bhatti in shows like Flop Show,Ulta Pulta and Full Tension .

He worked in films like ” Gadar – Ek Prem Katha “ [ 2002 ] also as Sunny Deol’s sardar friend. His other films are ” Barsaat Ki Raat “, with which he made his debut in 1998 and ” Aitraaz “.

Actor Vivek Shauq has passed away. U may recall him as Sunny Deol’s sardar friend in ‘Gadar’.Also known 4 doin Jaspal Bhatt’s Ulta Pulta.RIP
vivek shauq,known fr his brilliant comic roles is no more…too young to go….r i p

New Releases & Me
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First Week – January 07

1 – No One Killed Jessica………………………………………..x

2 – Vikalp……………………………………………………………..x

3 – Impatient Vivek………………………………………………..Sayali Bhagat

…………………………………………………………………………Rounak Ahuja

…………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal

…………………………………………………………………………Sharmila Goenka

Second Week  – January 14

1 – Yamla Pagla Deewana………………………………………..Kulraj Randhawa

………………………………………………………………………….Samir Karnik

………………………………………………………………………….Himanshu Malik

2 – Mumbai Mast Kallander………………………………………x

3 – Turning 30……………………………………………………….Sid Makkar

………………………………………………………………………….Samir Malhotra

Third Week – January 21
1 – Dhobi Ghat……………………………………………………….x
2 – Hostel……………………………………………………………..Vatsal Sheth
………………………………………………………………………….Tulip Joshi

Fourth Week – January 28

1 – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji…………………………………………..Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………………Shazahn Padamsee

In total ..09… films got released this month. Out of these…09…films , my …..13……students were there in….05….films. Out of these ..13…students …12…  are actors, …01…..Samir Karnik is the director.
NOTE : 1

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 -Times 10 Most Desirable Men :  Hritik Roshan, Salman Khan, Ranbir kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, John Abraham, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Imran Khan and Saif Ali Khan . Out of these 10 Most Desirable Men 6 are my students. They are Hritik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Imran Khan and Saif Ali Khan.

2 – Times 10 Most Desirable Women : Katrina kaif, Aishwarya Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Genelia D” Souza, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Kangna Ranaut and Nicole Faria. Out of these 10 Most Desirable Women 5 are my students. They are Katrina kaif, Priyanks Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Genelia D” Souza and Sonam Kapoor.

[ It is heartening coincidence that first position holders of both the lists are my students ]

3 – Shenaz Treasurywala has been signed to play an important role in an American soap opera named ” One Life to Live . She is an old student of mine.

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – Both my students  – Samir Soni and Ashmit Patel survived in Bigg Boss – 4 till the end. Samir Soni got evicted last week and Ashmit Patel was second Runner Up.

Awards This Month :

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1 – Amitabh Bachchan got Asianet Life Time Achievement Award in Kochi.

2 – Big Star Entertainment Award – 2010

Best Male Actor category – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor category – 6 nominations . Out of them  2 : Kareena kapoor for ” Golmaal 3 ” and Katrina Kaif for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Music Director category – 5 nominations . Out of them 1 : Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is my student too.

Best Television Actor Male category 4 nominations . Out of them 1 : Mishal Raheja, who was nominated for ” Laagi Tyjhse Lagan ” is my student too.

Best shows of T V – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 shows has scores of my students. ” Khataron Ke Khiladi – 3 ” had  5 students and ” Bigg Boss – 4 ” has 2 students.

3 –  APSARA HINDUSTAN TIMES AWARDS – 2010 :

Best Actor Male for Cinematic Excellence – HRITIK ROSHAN [ Guzaarish ]

Best Supporting Actor Male – ARJUN RAMPAL [ Raajneeti ]

Best Actor Male Negative – SONU SOOD [ Dabangg ]

Best Entertainer of the Year Female – KATRINA KAIF

4 – KARBONN STAR SCREEN AWARDS – 2010 :

Best Actor Male category – 8 Nomination . Out of them  2 : HRITIK ROSHAN & RANBIR KAPOOR are my students.

Best Actor Male Supporting Role category – 6 Nominations . Out of them  1 : SIKANDAR KHER is my student.

Best Actor Male Negative Role category – 5 Nominations. Out of them  3 : EMRAAN HASHMI, SONU SOOD & VIVEK OBEROI are my students.

Best Music Director – 6 Nominations . Out of them  1 : VISHAL of VISHAL-SHEKHAR duo is my student.

My student KATRINA KAIF won Best Actor Popular Choice.

5 – ZEE CINE AWARD – 2010 :

International Mail Icon – RANBIR KAPOOR

Jury award for Best actor Male – HRITIK ROSHAN [ Guzaarish ]

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male  – ARJUN RAMPAL [ Raajneeti ]

6 – IDEA FILMFARE AWARDS  2010 :

Best Male Actor category – 5 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor category – 5 nominations . Out of them  1 : Kareena kapoor for ” Golmaal 3  ” is my students.

Best Male Actor in Supporting Role Category – 6 nominations. Out of them 2 : Arjun Rampal for ” Raajneeti ” and Emraan Hashmi for ” Once Upon A Time In Mumbai ” are my students.

Best Female Actor in Supporting Role Category – 5 nominations. Out of them 1 : Kareena Kapoor for ” We Are Family ” is my students.

Best Music Director category – 6 nominations . Out of them 1 : Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar duo is my student too.

7 – STARDUST AWARD – 2010 :

Best Male Actor [ Comedy / Romance ] category – 5 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Akshaye Khanna for ” Tees Maar Khan ” and  Imran Khan for  ” I Hate Luv Storys  ” are my students.

Best Female Actor [ Comedy / Romance ] category – 6 nominations . Out of them 3 : Kareena Kapoor for ” Golmaal 3 ” , Katrina Kaif for ” Tees Maar Khan ” and Sonam Kapoor for ” I Hate Luv Storys ” are my students.

Best Male Actor [ Drama ] category – 6 nominations . Out of them 2 :  Hritik Roshan for ” Guzaarish ” and Ranbir kapoor for ” Raajneeti ” are my students.

Best Female Actor [ Drama ] category – 5 nominations . Out of them  2 : Katrina Kaif for ” Raajneeti ” and Kareena kapoor for ” We Are Family ” a re my students.

VIDUR

DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA

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Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2010


 

In November, Box Office mayhem of October is still continuing. ” Golmaal – 3″ opens to bumper houses but ” Action Replayy “ ? It fails miserably. Is it not surprizing that from last Diwali to this Diwali, only 5 films clicked in a big way ? They are : ” 3 Idiots ”  , ” Dabangg ” , ” Avatar [ Dubbed ] ” , ” 2012 [ Dubbed ] ” and ” Peepli [Live] “. Out of these five films, two films are the dubbed versions of Hollywood blockbusters. All these films more than doubled the investment made in them. Apart from above mentioned five big hit film, there were 18-20 more films, which can be termed as hits. Guzaarish,  released in the last week of the month, also flopped and added to the woes and miseries of the industry. In totality month of November was bad for the industry.

To emphasise my point of view and to show latest trends in the industry, I am quoting few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

taran_adarsh

Midweek B.O.: ‘G-3’ has 33 cr wknd, ‘AR’ 16.75 cr wknd http://goo.gl/TMRq

taran_adarsh

Overseas B.O.: ‘G-3’ gallops fast, ‘Action Replayy’ amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o

taran_adarsh

Biz Talk: ‘G-3’ is a success, ‘Action Replayy’ will entail losses http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran_adarsh 

B.O. update: ‘Guzaarish’ starts slow, ‘Harry Potter’ better http://bit.ly/aQZHc9

taran_adarsh

Golmaal 3′: 2 week total exceeds Rs. 90 cr. nett in India. Should easily cross Rs. 100 cr. nett mark by next week.
KomalNahta 

#Guzaarish Weekend Box Office collections: Quite Poor at Rs. 14.25 Crore nett. @koimoi http://bit.ly/d8yjju
taran_adarsh 

Guzaarish’ in Overseas: Dull show! http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
taran_adarsh 

‘Guzaarish’: Cost 60 cr. Money recovered 25 cr [Satellite + Music]. Balance 35 cr to be recovered from India & Oseas theatrical. Tough.

KomalNahta

Break Ke Baad is entertaining break ke pehle but not equally so break ke baad. Film is for the youth in the cities. http://bit.ly/fVey1v
KomalNahta 

Allah Ke Banday is a non-starter & will go largely unnoticed mainly as it has nothing new to offer.The film will bomb. http://bit.ly/h9Gb3R
taran_adarsh 

Golmaal 3: Unaffected by new releases week after week. Has crossed Rs 100 cr nett in India alone. Blockbuster.
KomalNahta

‘Guzaarish’ collects Rs. 22 crore at the box-office in its opening weekend in India; will entail huge losses for #UTV. http://bit.ly/gvxoL0

Obituary
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Desh Mukherjee : A renowned art director of his time, Desh Mukherjee passed away on November 04, 2010 in NOIDA. Apart from art direction, he directed two films : ” Imaan Dharam “ and ” Aatank “. “Imaan Dharam” was one of the biggest multi-starrers of its time. Written by Salim-Javed , it had Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and several biggies of Hindi Cinema. It tanked at the box office and unfortunately sealed the fate of Desh Mukherjee.

Vijay Kishore Dubey : Known in the industry as V. K. Dubey, he passed away on November 06, 2010 at the age of 84. In a career spanning 65 years, he had contributed tremendously to the Indian music industry. He started his career in All India Radio and then worked for Radio Ceylone. Few years later he started a publicity concern with ace publicist Bunny Reuben. Along with him he also produced Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed ” Aashiq “. It starred Raj Kapoor, Padmini and Nanda. His final assignment was as the Artiste & Repertoire Chief of HMV [ now Saregama ].

 

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Pankaj Advani : A film maker of limited success, Pankaj Advani passed away at the young age of 45 on November 11, 2010. He was an editing graduate from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune but started his career as a writer in 1989 with Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa “. In 1993 he directed ” Sunday “, which won two National Awards but could not get commercial release. Then he moved to TV and produced popular shows like ” Bheja Fry “ and ” Toofan TV “. In 2000 Pankaj wrote and directed ” Urf Professor “, a digital movie co-produced by Shekhar Kapoor. In 2009 he wrote and directed  critically acclaimed ” Sankat City “, which is his only released film. It is sad that he died so young without getting recognition and his rightful dues from the film world.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – November 05

1 – Action Replayy……………………………………….x

2 – Golmaal – 3……………………………………………..Kareena Kapoor

Second Week – November 12

1 – Dunno Y Naa Jaane Kyun…………………………..Kapil Sharma

………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

…………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………Tara Sharma

2 – A Flat…………………………………………………….Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………………Sanjay Suri

………………………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

3 – Ramaa The Saviour……………………………………x

Third Week – November 19

1 – Guzaarish……………………………………………….Hritik Roshan
………………………………………………………………..Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

2 – Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu…………………x

3 – Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di………………………………..Sunny Gujral

4 – Mere Gharib Nawaz…………………………………….x

5 – Azaan – The Awakening Call………………………….x

Fourth Week – November 26

1 – Break Ke Baad…………………………………………….Imran Khan

……………………………………………………………………Shekhar [Vishal-Shekhar]

2 – Khuda Kasam…………………………………………….x

3 – Allah Ke Banday…………………………………………x

In total ..13… films got released this month. Out of these..13….films , my ….13…….students were there in….6….films. Out of these …13…students ….12.. are actors,and …1….Shekhar [ Vishal – Shekhar ] is the music director. Hazel Croney and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal acted in two films.
 

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Lata Mangeshkar got Life Time Achievement Award at GIMA.
2 – Ranbir Kapoor got Teacher’s Award : Entertainer of the Year 2010.
3 – Faridoon_S 

Italian Govt is bestowing upon Kabir Bedi, Cavaliere (Knight) of the order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in early December

T. V. Trivias This Month ;
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1 – Sami Soni, a very old student, got evicted and then took dramatic re-entry in ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 “.

South Indian Film News This Month :
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1 – ” Orange ” [ Telugu ] was released this month. It has Ram Charan Tej, Genelia D’Souza and Shazahn Padamsee as main lead. They all are my students.

Vidur

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India

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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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