Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA              OCTOBER 02 , 2011                0 1 . 15 A.M.

Presenting 29th edition of my film diary .

Victorious march of “Bodyguard “ continued even in this month of September. ” Singham “ also got into the prestigious 100 crore club . Now 7 films , which have earned 100 crore or more , are there in this exclusive club.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was signed for a Hollywood film ” The Great Gatsby “ by director Baz Luhrmann, who made films like ; ” William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet ”  [ 1996 ] , ” Moulin Rouge ! [ 2001 ] and ” Australia ” [ 2008 ]  .

As per my tradition , I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

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#Singham joins 100 cr club, 2nd film of Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn to reach the mark.
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#Bodyguard 1st week [9 days] *actual figure* Rs 114.47 cr. Blockbuster.
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100cr Club: 3Idiots 202 cr, Dabang 145 cr, Ready 120 cr, Ghajini 115 cr, Bodyguard 114.47 cr [still playing], Golmaal3 108 cr, Singam 100 cr
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#Bodyguard [2nd week] Fri 3.53 cr, Sat 4.25 cr [estimates], total: Rs 122.25 cr nett. Crosses ‘Ready’ [120 cr] & ‘Ghajini’ [115 cr].
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#Bodyguard: Collected approx Rs 5.62 cr nett in Weekend 3. Total so far: Rs 141.63 cr nett. Blockbuster.
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#MBKD: Collected approx Rs 12.1 cr nett in Weekend 2. Total so far: approx. Rs 50 cr nett. Hit.
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In terms of economics and B.O., both #MBKD and #Bodyguard are smash hits.
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#Bodyguard [3rd week] Wednesday Rs 65.78 lacs. Total so far: Rs 144.26 cr nett. Nears #Dabangg mark [Rs 145 cr].
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#Mausam – Collected approx Rs 28 cr to Rs 29 cr nett in Week 1. The film crashed on weekdays, sliding drastically from Monday onwards.
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#MBKD – Collected Rs 4.09 cr in Week 3. Total so far: Rs 58.7 cr nett. Hit.
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#Bodyguard – Collected Rs 1.78 cr in Week 4. Total so far: Rs 148.86 cr nett. All Time Blockbuster.
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#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
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‘Hum Tum Shabana’ – Has had one of the best promotional campaigns. Started on a lukewarm note. Opening shows were in 10% to 15% range.
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‘Tere Mere Phere’ & ‘Chargesheet’ – Had a gloomy start. In fact, the opening figures of both the films are dismal.
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Bodyguard is the fastest grosser of Bollywood. Box-office report: bit.ly/pn3BVA
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 25.75 crore over weekend. Full report: http://bit.ly/nQr1GR
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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan makes Rs. 38 crore in week 1; Bodyguard faces steep fall after bumper 1st week. Report: http://bit.ly/paDBhi
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MAUSAM lacks the heart-warming quality of a love story. However, it will do above-average business at the BO. Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mausam-review/

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Obituary :

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Jagmohan Mundhra :

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A director , who directed actors like ; Sanjeev Kumar , Shabana Azmi , Deepti Naval , Nandita Das and Aishwarya Rai , but was still not included in the A listers of Hindi film industry , Jagmohan Mundhra , died in Mumbai of cardiac arrest on September 04 , 2011 at the age of 62 .

He made films like Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi starrer ” Suraag ” [ 1982 ] , Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval starrer ” Kamla ” [ 1985 ] , Nandita Das starrer ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] and Aishwarya Rai starrer  ” Provoked  ” [ 2007 ] . In between he made several horror and erotic movies in Hollywood . Those movies tarnished his image , which he retrieved to some extent with ” Provoked ” and ” Bawandar “.

In some of his films , he worked as an actor also .

Shaikh Shafique :

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Though not a regular actor , Shaikh Shafique played main protagonist in Anurag Kashyap’s yet to be released  ” Malegaon Ka Superrman “ . 28 years old Shafique was suffering from throat cancer and was unable to speak or move . He died on September 07 , 2011 .

Gautam Rajadhyaksh :

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Eminent photographer and a portraitist , who shot most of the star – kids’ first ever profile photographs , Gautam Rajadhyaksh died in Mumbai on September 13, 2011.

After completing his diploma in advertizing and public relations , he joined the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd. in 1974. He joined the company as a copywriter and later on took charge of photography department.

He also wrote screenplay of  ” Bekhudi “ [ 1992 ] , Kajol’s debut film incidentally  Saif Ali khan was also signed to make debut with this film but he was dropped from the film and finally Kamal Sadana did the lead opposite Kajol. His second scripted film ” Anjaam “ prsented Madhuri Dixit in a challenging role.

In 1997, he published his coffee – table book ” Faces “ , featuring Divas of Hindi film industry.

At the time of his death , he was busy in setting up a faculty of photography at Symbiosis , Pune.

Surinder Kapoor :

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Father of Boney Kapoor , Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor and producer of several films , Mr. Surinder Kapoor died of cardiac arrest on September 24 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was 86 at the time of his death.

He was assistant to Late K. Asif during ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and later on became secretary of Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor.

Later on he turned producer and made films like ; ” Woh 7 Din ” , ” Hum Paanch ” and ” Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan ” .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September 02

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[ Films , due on September 02 , got released on 31st of August because of Eid festival . So they are mentioned in my August Diary . ]

Second Week  – September 09

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1 – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan …………………………………….Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………………….John Abraham

………………………………………………………………………….Ashish Singh

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

Third Week  – September 16

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1 – Rivaaz……………………………………………………………..x

2 – Jaana Pehchana………………………………………………..x

Fourth Week  – September 23

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1 – Mausam……………………………………………………………Sonam Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………………Aditi Sharma

2 – Speedy Singhs……………………………………………………x

3 – U R My Jaan………………………………………………………Preeti Soni

……………………………………………………………………………Darshan Rathod

Fifth Week  – September 30

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1 – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster……………………………………….Jimmy Shergill

2 – Chargesheet………………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………..Riya Sen

3 – Hum Tum Shabana……………………………………………….Minissha Lamba

……………………………………………………………………………..Pooja Batra

……………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar

4 – Fource……………………………………………………………….John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………..Genelia D’Souza

5 – Tere Mere Phere…………………………………………………..Riya Sen

6 – Aadi Shakti………………………………………………………….x

In total ……………..12 …………… films got released this month. Out of these …………….. 12 ………………. film ………….. 18 ……………….. students of mine worked in …………… 08 …………… films. Out of the ……………. 18 ……………….. students ; John Abraham and Riya Sen are mentioned twice. So the number comes to ………….. 16 …….. Out of these …………. 16 ……… students ………….. 13 ………… are actors , and …………… 03 ……….. are working in various other fields . Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is Music Director , Ashish Singh is Executive Producer and Shweta Pandit is singer.

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Soni Barring is essaying an important role in “Mayakkam Enna “.

2 – Marathi : Amitriyan Patil is playing main lead in ” Manya ” .

3 – Marathi : Milind Gawali is playing main lead in ” Durga Mhanatyat Mala ” .

4 – Marathi : Poonam Jhawar produces ” Sansarchi Maya ” .

Out of various regional languages of India ; my ………….04 ………………. students worked in .………… 04 …………….. regional films. Out of these …………. 04 ………….. Ponnam Jhawar is producer and other  ……………… 03 ……………. are actors .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Gaurav Bajaj is playing an important role in ” Sapno Se Bhare Naina “ on Star Plus TV .

2 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing main lead in ” Shobha Somnath Ki “ on Zee TV.

3 – Divya Dutta is anchoring a show ” Extraaa Shots Challenge “ on Max TV.

4 – Kunal Madhiwala is working in a comedy show ” Don’t Worry Chachu “ on Sab TV.

Out of numerous shows , …………………… 04 …………………. students are there in …………….. 04 ……………….. shows . Divya Dutta is anchor and the rest ………….. 03 ………………. are actors .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Hazel Keech is playing main lead in English Play ” The Real Inspector Hound ” .

2 – Raunaq Ahuja is playing an important role in ” Mohenjo-Daro ” .

3 – Anukampa Harsh is playing lead in ” Zangoora ” .

My ……… 03 ……….. students are working in ………… 03 ………. shows .

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Vidur’s Telly Tales – 5


I wrote my 4th and last ” Telly Tales “ on January 29, 2010. As May ended, I suddenly realized that there are 12 serials in Hindi and 1 in Marathi, which are currently on air and they have my students playing main protagonists in them. When I wrote 4th part of  my ” Telly Tales “ , I thought that for a very long period, I wont be writing the 5th part. But my thinking was wrong. I am forced to write this 5th part just after 4 months. I can’t ignore 13 serials, which are ruling the airwaves currently. Let us take stock of my 14 students, who are working in these 13 serial.

RANJEET JOG in ” OLAKH “ : This Marathi serial is currently on air on STAR PRAVAH. Ranjeet Jog is a very old student of mine and he recently informed me about this serial.His father played the role of Bharat in the mega serial ” RAMAYAN ” , directed by late and legendary Ramanand Sagar. Ranjeet, apart from this serial, is working in many Marathi films also. An extremely talented and well-behaved boy from Nagpur , he is slowly and steadily making his place in the Marathi film industry. I am happy for him. He has everything going for him; personality, talent and good behaviour.

ROHIT KHURANA in ” UTTARAN “ : This highly popular Hindi serial is currently on air on COLORS. I used to watch this serial quite often, but I was unable to recognize Rohit, who is playing Vansh in ” UTTARAN “ . The day, when ZOOM was airing my interview on Katrina Kaif in their programme ” Planet Bollywood ” , I got a call and an unknown number flashed on the screen of my mobile. The caller introduced himself as Rohit Khurana and said, ” sir, I am an old student of yours ” . A floodgate of memories got opened and I was completely submerged in the sepia toned , obfuscated past remembrances. of this particular student of mine. Years ago, I met him in Food Inn, a famous food joint in Lokhandwala. He was new and had no work. He told me very respectfully that he wants to be trained by me only and would like to start his journey in this tinsel town as a student of mine. I was touched by his sincerity and started training him. After completing the training , he started his struggle. Gradually , he started getting works but I lost touch. That day while watching my interview on ZOOM, he called me and said that like Katrina Kaif, one day he would also make me proud. I was so touched by his feelings. Years had gone but his love and respect for me was not diminished at all. In this materialistic world, who cares for a poor and ordinary acting/diction trainer? But here was a boy, who is now famous, who is now popular and still he felt the need to call me and congratulate me on my achievements and promised me that one day he would also make me proud. I then watched ” UTTARAN “ and was happy to see him enacting his role so well. Rohit has grown as an actor and now he is well entrenched in TV industry.

SARWAR AHUJA in ” KESHAV PANDIT “ :  He participated in ZEE CINESTAR KI KHOJ ( Season 1 ) and won the coveted title. I used to go to train him for the show. After winning the title, as per the contract, he signed Mr. Subhash Ghai’s film ” KHANNA AND AIYAR ” and worked in that film with another co-winner Aditi Sharma. The film got released and bombed miserably. Later on he signed another film ” HUM PHIRR MILENGE ” with Ms. Tabassum’s grand-daughter Kkhushi. This film also tanked and thus seemingly it looked like the end of a bright journey. But you can’t put down a real talent. Sarwar fought valiantly and slowly people took notice. Now he is working in ” KESHAV PANDIT  “ being aired on ZEE TV. He is very grounded and in spite of the initial failures, never felt defeated. He has good sense of humour, which never deserted him even in his rainy days.

MISHAL RAHEJA in ” LAAGI TUJHSE LAGAN “ : I used to go to his South Mumbai flat to train this immensely talented boy. He lives in his opulent apartment near Breach Candy. His place is far away from my working place but as is my habit, I was moved by his behaviour and deep sense of respect for me. He completed his training and started working in TV serials. Currently he is portraying a negative character in ” LAAGI TUJHSE LAGAN” being aired on COLORS.

SMITA BANSAL in ” BALIKA VADHU “ : Years ago she was a famous artiste in television industry. Eventually , she got married and quit the industry. Few years back, she made comeback and is currently working in ” BALIKA VADHU “ as the mother in law of the female protagonist Anandi.

AKRITI SINGH in ” MRS. & MR. SHARMA ALLAHABADWALE “ :  She was in the 2nd Weekend batch of Kreating Charakters. This extremely talented girl is currently working in ” MRS. & MR. SHARMA ALLAHABADWALE “on SUB TV. I never knew that she has such a fantastic sense of humour.

AMIT BHARGAD in ” TUM DENA SAATH MERA : He was in Batch No. 2 of Kreating Charakters. Like Ranjeet Jog he is also from Nagpur. After years of struggle, he got this serial, which is currently being aired on DD 1. Batch No. 2 is very close to my heart. Had this batch not been formed, there would have never been a Kreating Charakters. We, in fact, inherited Batch No. 1, so it was with Batch No. 2, that our journey started. And Amit Bhargad belongs to that batch.

VEEBHA ANAND in ” BALIKA VADHU ” : She created history in this serial as Sugana. Whole nation cried with her, when she became the widow. She became an overnight national sensation and was very popular among female audience. She was in the 19th batch of Kreating Charakters and since I have written about her in my earlier Telly Tales, I wont go in details this time. I am only mentioning her because she has recently made re-entry in the serial. In between she did another serial ” STREE ” also. Apart from this serial she is working as a second lead in a Rajshri Production movie called ” ISI LIFE MEIN “. Incidently, she was the batch mate of ” RAB NE BANA DI JODI ” and ” BADMAASH COMPANY “ fame Anushka Sharma. She has great sense of loyalty and respect for her alma mater. She has absolute faith in me as a trainer and she always acknowledges that. I wish her great success and long life. May God bless this noble soul. She is bound to scale dizzy heights of stardom. She has a rare combination of talent and exemplary behaviour, a dwindling commodity these days.

Raunaq Ahuja

RAUNAQ AHUJA in ” DO SAHELIEYAN “ : He was in Batch No. 23 of Kreating Charakters. His other batch-mate was Kush Sinha. Raunaq is extremely talented and is one of the most deserving students of Kreating Charakters. He had slight speech problem, when he joined the batch. But being a hard-working boy he overcame this slight impediment and now he is working in this highly successful serial ” DO SAHELIEYAN ” on ZEE TV. This serial is one of the top ranking serials of ZEE TV. I do remember his initial days in the class. Because of his speech impediment, sometimes he had to face laughter of his class-mates. But he continued his training without being bothered about this and finally he was able to silence his critics and overcame his problem.

VIJAY MISHRA in ” BITTO “ : This Bhojpuri speaking boy was in the Batch No. 28 of Kreating Charakters. He is currently working in a serial called ” BITTO ” on COLORS. This newly started serial is based on the rural background of Uttar Pradesh and depicts feudal and archaic tradition of the rustic hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh. Vijay Mishra belongs to a business family and didn’t know anything about films. Since he hails from Uttar Pradesh, this was another drawback. He overcame everything, surmounted all the odds and slowly started his journey in the tinsel town. Initially he worked in few Bhojpuri serials and then got this break. He has worked in a film also. “332 ANDHERI TO KURLA ” is now complete and is scheduled for July release. Vijay Mishra is playing an important part in this Sangeet Sivan film.

MANIT JOURA in ” 12/24 KAROLE BAGH “ : Manit Joura was in the Batch No,32 of Kreating Charakters. His other batch mate was Narendra Jetley, who is also very busy as an actor and as a model. Manit Joura’s serial was a popular serial of ZEE TV. He is an intense and thinking actor. His popularity was phenomenal , when his part was on air. To shoot this serial, he was in Delhi for months. Now he is back and is currently working in a YASH RAJ FILMS movie with Ranbir Singh and Anushka Sharma. People have this wrong notion that after doing a serial one is barred from films permanently. Manit Joura is proving them wrong. I foresee a bright future for him.

ARCHANA TAIDE in ” MAAN RAHE TERA….. PITAAH “ : She was in the Batch No. 35 of Kreating Charakters. I particularly remember this batch, because this batch had some of the worst students of my career. This batch had politicians, liars but actors. There were only few exceptions and Archana was one of them. She didn’t give in to her politician batch-mates and always gave me due respect. Before joining the batch, she was working as an anchor with E 24 channel. After completing the course she got a serial called ” SWARG” . She was popular in that serial . This new serial of hers started this week with much fanfare on SONY. She is the main female protagonist and I was so proud of her achievement when I saw her photos in every national news papers. This serial is very well mounted and its popularity is growing with each passing day. Her politician batch-mates are still running around and she got this huge break.

SACHIN CHHABRA in ” DO HANSON KA JODA “ : He was in Batch No. 37 of Kreating Charaketrs. He was already a famous model when he joined the batch. His ad films and campaigns were very famous and are still popular. Now he has got this serial of Rajshri Productions named ” DO AHNSON KA JODA “ . This serial is currently on air on NDTV IMAGINE. It has similar story line and characterization of ” RAB NE BANA DI JODI ” . He is playing the über cool Shah Rukh Khan’s character of the movie in this serial. In between he did a film also. Its name was ” RUSLAAN “. Sachin played one of the important roles in the movie which will be remembered as the debut film of Moushumi Chatterji’s daughter Meghaa Chatterji. Though RUSLAAN bombed but Sachin’s forward journey went unhindered. His serial is a popular serial.

SHEEHAN DIXIT in ” KARAM YODDHA “ : He was in the Batch No. 40 of Kreating Charakters. He came for the admission along with his father and grandfather. I was very touched when his aging grandfather told me that I have full faith in you and I know that under your guidance my grandson will be a transformed boy. I could see that the aging gentleman had immense faith in me and in his grandson. I was very happy when Sheehan got this serial ” KARAM YODDHA “ , which is currently on air on DD 1. His grandfather faith in him is intact. Thank God !! Sheehan’s family’s support could be gauged from the fact that his father came to help him for his show-reel. While looking at his photograph,  you can feel the numerous , various dreams of this boy, which are floating in his wide eyes.

It is very heartening that all the 14 students, who  are so successful and, are not from the filmy background. From Batch No. 2 to Batch No. 40 , students from almost every batch are working. Currently Batch No. 44, and Batch No. 45 are under training.We started Batch No. 46 today, i. e. on June 4, 2010. It means students of only Batch No. 41, 42 and 43 are yet to get work. But they completed the training only recently.

As I have mentioned in my website, the voyage has just started, the saga has just begun. Amen !!! Amen !!!


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