Times Celebex Ranking For The Year 2014


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 15, 2015           01.45 A.M.


Times Celebex, a monthly rating index of the stars of Hindi cinema, was started by Times of India in September 2012. Data is collected from 60+ publications and 250+ TV channels. It is being published in Bombay Times on the monthly basis. After end of the year, an annual list is also published.

I have already written 2 blogs about my students, who got featured  in Times Celebex. From this year I have decided to write on it on yearly basis. So this the 1st blog about 2014, the year gone by.


They stand at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 41st & 42nd position respectively.


So my success rate in 2014 is 24% among the male stars.

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my student ARJUN KAPOOR stands 3rd.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 3rd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students RANBIR KAPOOR, HRITIK ROSHAN & SAIF ALI KHAN stand 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Top 50 Male Actors

Rank T. Score
Salman Khan 1 552.8
Shah Rukh Khan 2 440.3
Amitabh Bachchan 3 363.6
Akshay Kumar 4 344.5
Hrithik Roshan 5 299.7
Ranbir Kapoor 6 295.9
Aamir Khan 7 295.3
Saif Ali Khan 8 240.1
Arjun Kapoor 9 209.8
Abhishek Bachchan 10 201.9
Varun Dhawan 11 191.4
Ajay Devgn 12 183.4
Ranveer Singh 13 179.5
Farhan Akhtar 14 173.5
Shahid Kapoor 15 150.6
Sidharth Malhotra 16 138.9
Anupam Kher 17 138.8
Riteish Deshmukh 18 138.7
Imran Khan 19 132.2
John Abraham 20 129.5
Boman Irani 21 115.7
Emraan Hashmi 22 104.6
Arjun Rampal 23 96.2
Randeep Hooda 24 96
Sonu Sood 25 93.3
Sanjay Dutt 26 89.9
Yo Yo Honey Singh 27 88.6
Tiger Shroff 28 83.5
Ayushman Khurrana 29 83.3
Rajinikanth 30 82.8
Ali Zafar 31 82.4
Anil Kapoor 32 82
Irrfan Khan 33 81.6
Ram Kapoor 34 76.8
Vir Das 35 70
Dhanush 36 67.4
Govinda 37 66.9
Aditya Roy Kapur 38 65.4
Sushant Singh Rajput 39 61.9
Sunny Deol 40 60.6
Kunal Kapoor 41 56.4
Jimmy Shergill 42 50.6
Rajkummar Rao 43 50.1
Arshad Warsi 44 49
Fawad Khan 45 48.7
Himesh Reshammiya 46 48.3
Jackky Bhagnani 47 42.9
Abhay Deol 48 41.9
Siddharth 49 40.1
Manoj Bajpayee 50 39.1


They stand at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 24th, 33rd, 38th & 50th position respectively.

So my success rate in 2014 is 20% among the female stars.

Top 50 Female Actors

Rank T. Score
Deepika Padukone 1 476.3
Priyanka Chopra 2 389.2
Katrina Kaif 3 381.3
Kareena Kapoor 4 378.2
Alia Bhatt 5 292.5
Sonakshi Sinha 6 262.6
Sonam Kapoor 7 258.8
Madhuri Dixit 8 256.1
Anushka Sharma 9 243.7
Parineeti Chopra 10 237.8
Yami Gautam 11 218.7
Aishwarya Rai 12 212.9
Vidya Balan 13 209.4
Sunny Leone 14 203.7
Shraddha Kapoor 15 193.4
Kangana Ranaut 16 184.9
Juhi Chawla 17 171.1
Kajol 18 160.6
Nargis Fakhri 19 151.3
Bipasha Basu 20 151.1
Shilpa Shetty 21 145.2
Hema Malini 22 138.8
Ileana Dcruz 23 137
Jacqueline Fernandez 24 117
Preity Zinta 25 110.4
Tamannaah Bhatia 26 100.7
Karisma Kapoor 27 100
Kajal Aggarwal 28 96.2
Rani Mukherjee 29 93.4
Huma Qureshi 30 84.1
Shruti Haasan 31 80.1
Sridevi 32 71.1
Soha Ali Khan 33 65.4
Neha Dhupia 34 63.5
Poonam Pandey 35 63.3
Raveena Tandon 36 61.1
Sushmita Sen 37 59.1
Kalki Koechlin 38 58.9
Neha Sharma 39 58.8
Diana Penty 40 56.1
Hansika Motwani 41 53.9
Mallika Sherawat 42 53.4
Veena Mallik 43 52.8
Kriti Sanon 44 51.6
Sherlyn Chopra 45 50
Aditi Rao Hydari 46 49.6
Rekha 47 48
Tabu 48 47.2
Chitrangada Singh 49 46.1
Sonali Bendre


Among the 3 Box Office winners, my 2 students ANUSHKA SHARMA & JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ stand 1st & 2nd respectively.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student KATRINA KAIF stands 2nd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my 2 students PRIYANKA CHOPRA & SONAM KAPOOR stand 2nd & 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR & PRIYANKA CHOPRA stand 1st , 2nd & 4th.


Thus my 12 students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 MALE STARS  and 10  students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 FEMALE STARS in 2014 .

Thus total percentage of students , who worked in the year 2014  and featured in the TIMES CELEBEX LIST FOR THE YEAR 2014 , comes to 22% . 

22%  is an impressive percentage considering the fact that every day numerous acting institutes are mushrooming in Mumbai and many of them have no quam in adopting unethical means. Several upstarts are also there, crowing their neck out and cawing loudly to get heard and counted.


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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 22  students .

May God bless them to attain more success in the coming year !!












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



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 !!












Box Office Blues – November 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 04 , 2012           11.40 P.M.

Second blog in this category [ Box Office Blues ] is delayed by 4 days . I promised to write it on the last day of every month . But November was too hectic . I was in the process of starting Batch No. 69 of my Acting Institute in Mumbai and thus I missed the dateline .

Anyhow I am posting it today .

First Week – November 02


1 –Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana : This film has Kunal Kapoor in the main lead and it also had Anangsha Biswas in a small role . Both my students were appreciated in this modest hit .

2 – 1920 Evil Returns : This famous franchisee of Vikram Bhatt was a major hit .

3 – Ata Pata Laapata : This film by Rajpal Yadav was a major disaster and was a damp squib at the box office .

4 – Le Gaya Saddam : This film was unmitigable disaster . I will always  be a bit special for me because Chirag Patil , a very old student of mine , played a major role in the film . Chirag is incidentally cricketer Sandip Patil’s son .

5 – Future To Bright Hai Ji : Future of this film was definitely not bright at the box office . It tanked without trace .

Second Week – November 09


1 – Its Rocking Dard – E – Disco : Aryeman Ramsay is also my student . He made his debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in ” Family ” . This flop film will be known for the music director Bappi Lahiri , who made his acting debut .

Third Week – November 16 [ 13 Deepawali ]


1 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan : This directorial venture of Yash Chopra will always be remembered as his last swan – song . It has Shah Rukh Khan in the main lead . It has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma as the two female protagonists . Both are my students , though Anushka does not acknowledge .

It has one more student of mine . His name is Aashish Singh . He is the Executive Producer of the film .

This film is a huge hit . It has garnered more than 117 crore till now . Apart from ” Ek Tha Tiger “ , this is the second Yash Raj Films to garner more than 100 crore this year .

2 – Son Of Sardaar : This Ajay Devgn starrer clashed with the above mentioned film .  Tanisha Mukerjii , again a very old student , was associated with this film as the Executive producer .

Jeetu Verma , another old student , played an important role in it .

This film also entered in the 100 crore club , collecting more than 101 crore at the box office .

Fourth Week  – November 23


1 – Operation Mumbai : …………………………………………………. This Kunal Kapoor starrer failed at the box office .

Fifth Week – November 30


1 – Talaash : This Aamir Khan starrer was a much – awaited film . Apart from Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherjee , it also has Kareena Kapoor . She was my student before she signed ” Refugee ” .

2 – Jeet Lengey Jahaan : It failed to win anything and tanked without trace .

Out of above mentioned ………….. 11 ………… films ….. 07 …… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

I , on behalf of me and my Acting School in Mumbai Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , congratulate the box office winners and wish best of luck to the rest one .

May the victorious journey of films and the students of my acting class in Mumbai continue !!









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