Divya Singh : Aurangabad To Mumbai , A Journey Decoded


MUMBAI          MAHARASHTRA          INDIA           NOVEMBER  20, 2016          11.45 P.M.

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Divya Singh in her latest AVATAR

Last week a film called ” ISHQ JUNOON ” got released. Critics were not kind to the film. In fact they were indifferent. And before general public could even know about it,  ” ISHQ JUNOON ” was out of theatres. It tanked. And I know, with it tanked many dreams.

So called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs want to see only results.

But for me story of the journey matters and I know the story of the journey. I can visualise the whole scene. I am going to portray the whole picture today.

People in India have no high regards for Bihar.

They may be even oblivious of a nondescript town known as Aurangabad.

But many years back the story began there. In the same nondescript town known as Aurangabad story of DIVYA SINGH started unfolding.

May be one day in the dead of night DIVYA visualised herself on the silver screen. May be one day in the bright morning she gathered all the courage at her command and informed her parents about her decision.

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl starts dreaming about a career in the film industry?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl gathers courage and informs her parents?

Do so-called intellectuals, learned critics, all-powerful producers, mighty directors and film connoisseurs know what happens when a small town girl decides to come to Mumbai and pursue a career in films?

Do they know the amount of ridicule someone , specially a girl faces in a small town?

Do they know the abuses a girl goes through in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is admonished, ridiculed and made fun of by their non caring, heartless, callous and crude relatives in a small town?

Do they know how a girl is looked down and sneered by her friends and neighbourhood acquaintances when she decides to join the film industry?

No sirs, you don’t.

Here a small town girl aimed for the Everest and tried against all odds.

So respect the struggle and not the outcome.

Outcome can change overnight and yes, it will change.

She is in an august ( Debut Film Flop ) club. Here is the list.

DILIP KUMAR – Jwaar Bhata – Flop

DEV ANAND – Hum Ek Hain – Flop

AMITABH BACHCHAN – Saat Hindustani – Flop

RANBIR KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop

KAREENA KAPOOR – Refugee – Flop

SONAM KAPOOR – Saawariya – Flop


SAIYAMI KHER – Mirzya – Flop

I would love to quote a song from a 1958 film called ” Phir Subah Hogi ” .

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी

इन काली सदियों के सर से जब रात का आंचल ढलकेगा
जब दुख के बादल पिघलेंगे जब सुख का सागर झलकेगा
जब अम्बर झूम के नाचेगा जब धरती नगमे गाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

जिस सुबह की ख़ातिर जुग जुग से हम सब मर मर के जीते हैं
जिस सुबह के अमृत की धुन में हम ज़हर के प्याले पीते हैं
इन भूखी प्यासी रूहों पर इक दिन तो करम फ़रमाएगी

वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी ……

Yes वो सुबह कभी तो आएगी .

It will come definitely. I won’t be there to see that morning. But today as I write this blog I can see that a painfully long, sad, cold and black winter night is about to end. I can see light emerging at the end of the tunnel. Sun is shinning with all its glory. It’s warmth will mitigate all the miseries and painful memories of past.

And in that shinning brightness I vividly see DIVYA SINGH, the same helpless, dreamy girl from Aurangabad, Bihar, standing and taking her rightful place. And that too without the help of a godfather or a godmother.


A new NUTAN will be born on that day.

And yes, the world can ridicule her and make fun of her till then.


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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 !!












Vidur’s Open Letter – 8 : To Armaan Jain



MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 17, 2014           00.15 A.M.

Hi Armaan,

It is nice to get in touch with you at the time when you have made your debut and your first film has been released. As I am writing this blog, I am remembering all the Sundays which I spent at your South Mumbai residence when I used to come for the classes. It was years ago but it seems as if it happened just yesterday. I particularly remember your illustrious parents; reticent Manoj Ji and larger than life and exuberant Rima Ji. Rima Ji was always nice and kind to me. Whenever I talked to her, I felt, as if I am talking to legendary and immortal Raj Kapoor.

With Armaan Jain's Proud Parents at their Home

With Armaan Jain’s Proud Parents at their Home


I do remember my first day with you. It was a hesitant but confident start. I am unable to forget your child-like innocence even after so many years. Your “Rishi Kapoor of Bobby” kind of look is still fresh in my memory.

After many months, classes got a break when you started assisting Karan Johar in his film  “Student Of The Year”.



I started with you once again before commencement of shooting of  your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. It was a sweet surprise to watch a more confident and mature avatar of yours.

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

With Armaan Jain & His Mother Rima Jain

Because of this long association, I was very excited and was eagerly waiting for your debut film “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. And finally it got released on July 04, 2014.

I am yet to see the film. But I am getting the news that it is not doing well at the box office. As per trade circles it is not going to make its producers happy. Though it is not a good or encouraging news for a newcomer, such things do happen. And in this industry it even happened to some of our greats, rather the greatest.

Armaan, I must make you aware that the first film of RK Films “Aag”, made by your illustrious maternal grandfather Late Raj Kapoor, was also a disastrous flop. “Jwaar Bhata”, the first film of legendary Dilip Kumar , was a dud at the box office. Your cousin Kareena Kapoor’s first film “Refugee” got lukewarm response. Your other cousin Ranbir Kapoor‘s debut film “Saawariya” was also a resounding flop.  So you seem to be in an august company.



Armaan, a film’s box office run is not the only criteria of success. Though the first milestone of a long  journey is important but ultimately what matters is the completion of the journey. And your remarkable journey did not start in 2014. It started in 1929 with the release of  “Cinema Girl” and got prominence in 1931 with the first Indian talkie “Alam Ara”. Shri Prithvi Raj Kapoor starred in both the films. It happened 85 years ago. You are the latest torch-bearer of an illustrious legacy, a shinning 85-year-old saga. Just one smeared milestone is not going to tarnish the unparalleled and never seen before cinematic journey. The 85-year-old saga has found a new mascot in you and you have to be ready for that responsibility.

I have made a video celebrating the saga of 85 years of Kapoors. For me this saga is not going to be diminished by just one film. Do watch the video and let me know your reaction :

Vidur Club News Video -5 [ ARMAAN JAIN ] :

Armaan, I am happy that I wrote my first open letter to your cousin Ranbir Kapoor on November 29, 2009. Exactly after 5 years I am writing my latest open letter to you.


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I congratulate you on the occasion of the release of your first film. On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise , I wish you all the success and stardom never attained before by anyone and unseen even by the mightiest.

Waiting for your next film and promise to meet you on the eve of release of your next film.

Yours ,












25 Years Without Raj Kapoor


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 29 , 2013           08.40 P.M.

I started writing this blog last month . But I was unable to complete it because of several other pressing matters . It seems so uncanny that I am completing and posting it one day after the birthday of Raj Kapoor’s grandson Ranbir Kapoor .

Last month all the members of Raj Kapoor‘s family assembled to remember him on his 25th Death Anniversary . Even general public and his fans remembered him fondly on that occasion . It is heartening to know that even after 25 years of his demise , mortal Raj Kapoor’s  immortal memory refuses to fade away from public memory .

Raj Kapoor died on June 02 , 1988 . I still remember the day . I was sitting in my house in Deoria , Uttar Pradesh , my native place . In those days when the penetration of television was not much , one had to wait for the daily news papers in the morning . In those days I used to subscribe The Times of India , an English daily and  Janasatta , a Hindi daily . Both the papers carried front page news of his demise with banner headlines .

Remembering Raj Kapoor

Remembering Raj Kapoor (Photo credit: ramesh_lalwani)

Raj Kapoor needs no introduction even today . A Show-Man producer to the hilt , an avant garde director of international repute and a stylized actor of large fan following , Raj Kapoor created history in Indian cinema . He is part of the famous triumvirate of Hindi film industry . Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand being the other members of the famous triumvirate , which ruled the Hindi film world for the longest time .

Raj Kapoor birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, ...

Raj Kapoor birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Main gate of Raj Kapoor's birth place at Dhaki...

Main gate of Raj Kapoor’s birth place at Dhaki Munawar Shah, Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He , at the age of 24 , became the youngest producer & director with his very first film ” Aag ” [ 1948 ] . Later on he produced 18 films and directed 11 under his own banner R. K. Films .

” Aag ” [ 1948 ] , ” Barsaat ” [ 1949 ] , ” Awaara ” [ 1951 ] , ” Aah ” [ 1953 ] , ” Boot Polish ” [ 1954 ] , ” Shree 420 ” [ 1955 ] , ” Jagte Raho ” [ 1956 ] , ” Ab Dilli Dur Nahin ” [ 1957 ] , ” Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai ” [ 1960 ] , ” Sangam ” [ 1964 ] , “Mera Naam Joker ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kal Aaj Aur Kal ” [ 1971 ] , “Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Dharam Karam ” [ 1975 ] , ” Satyam Shivam Sundaram ” [ 1978 ] , ” Biwi O Biwi ” [ 1981 ] , ” Prem Rog ” [ 1982 ] andRam Teri Ganga Maili ” [ 1985 ] .

I am fortunate that I have seen all the 18 films produced by him . Needless to say that I have also watched all the 11 films , which he directed .

When he died in 1988 , I was in Deoria . One year later , in 1989 , I came to Mumbai . In 1990 I started my career as an acting trainer . Today , as I am writing this blog , I can proudly say that in a way , I am also associated with him . I am very fortunate that I have trained 4 grandchildren of legendary and immortal Raj Kapoor .

In 1999 I started training Kareena Kapoor for Hritik Roshan’s debut film ” Kaho Na … Pyaar Hai ” [ 2000 ] . It is another story that she couldn’t do the film and eventually debuted with Abhishek Bachchan in ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] . She is daughter of Randhir Kapoor , eldest son of Raj Kapoor .

After Kareena Kapoor , I was called by Neetu Kapoor ji in 2004 to train Ranbir Kapoor , who was about to make his debut with ” Saawariya ” [ 2007 ] . Coincidently I am writing this blog one day after his birthday . He is son of Rishi Kapoor , 2nd son of Raj Kapoor .

In 2012 Raj Kapoor’s youngest daughter Rima Jain ji called me to train her elder son Armaan Jain .  Armaan Jain will make his debut in 2014 with a film being produced by Saif Ali Khan , another student of mine . This untitled film is being directed by Imtiaz Ali’s brother Arif Ali .

Currently , Rima ji’s younger son Aadar Jain is also getting trained by me .

Thus I can say it with great sense of satisfaction that I am fortunate enough to have trained 4 grandchildren of legendary Raj Kapoor .



On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my homage to Raj Kapoor , the greatest showman of Hindi cinema .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer tributes to the legendary film – maker on his 25th death anniversary .











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 !!








Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2012

 –MUMBAI MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 03 , 2012           08.00 P.M.

This is 34th film diary . 2 more to go and it will complete 3 momentous years . As usual I am re-posting some relevant tweets of the eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

GALI GALI CHOR HAI collected Rs. 3 – 3.25 crore (approx. all-India net) at the box-office over the weekend.

EK MAIN AUR EKK TU opens to dull houses. Report: bit.ly/xoH50e

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA review: bit.ly/w2iTxi – The entertaining 2nd half & hit music save it & make it a plus fare for Tips & UTV.

Update: ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ has poor start, #Agneepath continues to dominate bit.ly/AxAnDk

Okay, those asking, #Agneepath is No 3 biggest opener of all times, after #Bodyguard and #RaOne.

taran adarsh @taran_adarsh

#Agneepath is the latest entrant in 100 cr nett Club. Collected Rs 15.25 cr nett in Wknd 2, taking total to Rs 106.3 cr nett. Super Hit

#Agneepath had an impressive Week 2. Collected Rs 24 cr nett [approx] in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to Rs 115 cr nett. Super Hit.

#GaliGaliChorHai had a disastrous opening weekend. Collected approx Rs 3.25 cr nett [early estimates] in its first three days. Flop.

Update: #EkMainAurEkkTu has below the mark start, but should pick up over weekend bit.ly/xn69ho

#EkMainAurEkkTu *India* Fri 5.25 cr, Sat 7.5 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 2.75 cr, Tue [Valentine’s Day] 4.5 cr. Total: Rs 28.25 cr nett.

#Agneepath *India* 3-week total: Rs 122.5 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EkkDeewanaTha *India* Friday Rs 55 lacs. Disastrous start!

#EkkDeewanaTha collected 1.03 cr on Fri, 1.19 cr on Sat and 1.34 cr on Sun, taking the opening weekend total to Rs 3.56 cr. Very poor.

India *early estimates*: #JodiBreakers Fri Rs 1.55 cr nett …#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri Rs 1.75 cr nett.

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri 1.75 cr, Sat 2.50 cr. Total: Rs 4.25 nett …#JodiBreakers Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2 cr. Total: Rs 3.50 cr nett.


Obituary :


Anil Mohile


Last month music arranger Anthony Fernandes left us . In the month of February another music arranger Anil Mohile bid us adieu .

He died on February 01 , 2012 at the age of 71 in Mumbai . In a career spanning 5 decades , he worked with Sachin Dev Burman , Kalyanji – Anandji ,  Khayyam , Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Srinivas Khale .

He was arranger for Lata Mangeshkar’s public concerts also .

Raj Kanwar :


Raj Kanwar , maker of ” Deewana ” [ 1992 ] ,  ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] , ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] , ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] , ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] , ” Dhaii Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] , ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] , ” Ab Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] , ” Andaaz [ 2003 ] ,  ” Humko Deewana Kar Gaye ” [ 2006 ]  and ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] died on February 03 , 2012 in Singapore at the age of 51 .

He has unique distinction of launching Shah Rukh Khan , Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar and Luv Sinha .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Mr. Raj Kanwar :

Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan ” wp.me/ptyXI-1JD

O. P. Dutta :


Father of filmmaker J. P. Dutta , and himself a filmmaker and dialogue writer of repute , O. P. Dutta died on February 09 , 2012 in Mumbai . He was 90 years old .

Maker of films like ;  ” Pyar Ki Jeet ” [ 1948 ] , Ek Nazar ” [ 1951 ] ,  ” Malkin ” [ 1953 ] and ” Lagan ” [ 1955 ] , he directed films till 1959 and made 9 films . Later on he started writing screenplay and dialogues . He wrote dialogues for ” Ghulami ” [ 1985 ] , ” Yateem ” [ 1988 ] , ” Hathyar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Kshatriya ” [ 1993 ] , ” Border ” [ 1997 ] , ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] , ” LOC Kargil ” [ 2003 ] and ” Umrao Jaan ” [ 2006 ] . All the above mentioned films were directed by his son , filmmaker J. P. Dutta .

He won Lifetime Achievement Award i 2006 .

Shahryar :


A renowned poet of Urdu language , Shahryar a.k.a. Akhlaq Mohammad Khan , who also won Jnanpith Award in 2008 for his contribution to Urdu literature , died on February 13 , 2012 in Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh . He was suffering from lung cancer .

He , apart from writing ghazals and nazms , also wrote lyrics for highly successful films like ;  ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Umrrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] and ” Anjuman ” [ 1986 ] , all directed by Muzaffar Ali .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Shahryar Sahab :

Al – Vidaa Shahryar Saheb ! wp.me/ptyXI-1NR


New Hindi Film Releases & Me :


First Week – February 03


1 – Gali Gali Chor Hai ……………………………………………… Akshaye Khanna

Second Week – February 10


1 – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ……………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Sonia Mehra

2 – Valentine’s Night ……………………………………………….. x

Third Week – February 17


1 – Ekk Deewana Tha ……………………………………………….. x

2 – Married 2 America …………………………………………….. x

3 –  ? ( Question Mark )  …………………………………………….. x

Fourth Week – February 24


1 – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya ……………………………………….. Genelia D’souza

2 – Jodi Breakers …………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

In total …….. 08 …………….. films got released this month . Out of these ……………… 08 ………. films …………….. 06 ……………. students of mine , worked in ………….. 04 ………… films .


New Regional Films & Me :


Bhojpuri :  Swati Varma is doing an important role in ” Kehu Hamse Jeet Na Paai ” .


T.V. Trivia & Me :


1 – Pawan Shankar is essaying very important charactor in ” Kya Hua Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ejaz Khan is essaying very important charactor ib ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

New Accomplishments :


1 – 18th Annual Colors Screen Award 2012. My 5 students got 6 awards :


Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor Male ] for ” Rockstar “
Saif Ali Khan [ Best Supporting Actor male ] for ” Aarakshan “
Priyanka Chopra [ Best Actor in Negative Role Female ] for ” 7 Khoon Maaf “
Hritik Roshan & Katrina kaif [ Ensemble Cast ] for ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara “
And again Priyanka Chopra [ Jodi Award ] .
2 – Zee Cine Awards 2012 , my 2 students got the Awards.


Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor – Rockstar ]

Katrina Kaif – [ International Icon -Female ]

3 – Filmfare 2012 Award , my 2 students won 3 Awards . They are :


  • Best Actor Popular – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actor Critics – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actress Critics – Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
4 – 10th Max Stardust Award , my 2 students got 2 awards :


Best Actor — Drama: Hrithik Roshan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Best Actress — Comedy/ Romance: Anushka Sharma (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)

5 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2011 ” list , there are 9 girls , who are my students.


They are : Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Jacqueline Fernandez , Genelia D’Souza , Sonam Kapoor , Sameera Reddy & Shazahn Padamsee.

[ Published in Today’s Bombay Times February 04 , 2012 ]

6 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable men of 2011 ” list , there are 11 actors , who are my students.


They are : Ranbir Kapoor , Hritik Roshan , John Abraham , Imran Khan , Arjun Rampal , Saif Ali Khan , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh , Emraan Hashmi , Kunal Kapoor & Dino Morea

[ Published in Sunday’s Bombay Times February 05 , 2012 ]







Adieu Nikhat Kazmi : A Film Critic Par Excellence

Nikhat Kazmi

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 23 , 2012           11.15 P.M.
Renowned film critic of Times of India , Nikhat Kazmi died on January 20 , 2012 in Delhi . She was only 53 at the time of her death and was suffering from breast cancer .
Born in 1958 in Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , she was associated with Times of India for almost 2 decades . Starting as reporter in 1987 , she then became special correspondent and finally she became Head of Sunday Times of India and then Delhi Times . She was one of the few film critics who started star – rating  trends . Despite her ill-health , she continued watching films and writing reviews till the end . Her last reviewed films were last week released ” Ghost ” and ” Sadda Adda “ .
Many luminaries of Hindi film world mourned her death through micro – blogging site  twitter :
Amitabh Bachchan
SrBachchanAmitabh Bachchan

T 629 – But before the tune a sad passing away of Nikhat Kazmi, film critic with TOI .. sincere, full of life, and never too harsh ..
Abhishek Bachchan
juniorbachchanAbhishek Bachchan

The 1st ever review I read of Refugee, my 1st film, was by Nikhat Kazmi. She always pointed out the road to improvement to me. RIP ma’am.
Neil Nitin Mukesh
NeilNMukeshNeil Nitin Mukesh

Nikhat kazmi ji the one person who has always encouraged me. Wrote so beautifully and one film critic I respected a lot !May her soul RIP 😦
Mahesh Bhatt
MaheshNBhattMahesh Bhatt

Nikhat Kazmi was generous! Having come to terms with mortality she made it a point to look for something good in every film she viewed.
Karan Johar
kjohar25Karan Johar

Was truly shocked to hear about the untimely death of nikhat kazmi…the TOI critic of several years…prayers and thoughts with her family.
She had written two books on cinema ; ” Ire in the Soul ” and ” The Dream Merchants ” . She had also written a play ” If Shakespeare Was A Gun ” .
She had been on the National Film Jury and the selection panel of the International Film Festival of India .

Nikhat Kazmi

I am pained to see many disparaging comments about her on the net . People have all the freedom to have a negative attitude about her writing . But I agree with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan , ” …… and never too harsh ……… “.

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