Vidur’s Open Letter – 8 : To Armaan Jain


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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”.

 

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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.

 

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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 :

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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 ,

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Vidur’s Film Diary – September 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 02, 2013          08.05 P.M.
Month of September 2013 was not of any great significance for Hindi films .  Remake of the 1973 classic ” Zanjeer “ got released and bombed . ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ from the Yah Raj Films was a sleeper hit . But the real winner of the month was an adult comedy Grand Masti ” , a film directed by Indra Kumar .

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Obituary :

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Vitthal Bhai Patel : 

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Lyricist of Raj Kapoor’s ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] and former Congress minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Vitthal Bhai Patel died on September 06 , 2013 in Bhopal .

He became famous after ” Jhoth Bole Kauwwa Kate …….. “ , a song from ” Bobby “ became super hit . This extremely popular song of Rishi Kapoor’s debut film made Vitthal Bhai Patel a household name . Though other songs of ” Bobby “ were written by Anand Bakshi , but this one song of Vitthal Bhai became almost a national anthem of the youth of that time .

He wrote lyrics for other films also but unfortunately could not replicate success of ” Bobby “ .



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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – September  06

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1 – Zanjeer …………………………………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………………….. Ram Charan

2 – Shuddha Desi Romance ……………………………….. Ashish Singh

3 – Zindagi Jalebi ………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – September  13

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1 – Grand Masti ……………………………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

……………………………………………………………………………….. Karishma Tanna

……………………………………………………………………………….. Darshan Rathod

2 – John Day …………………………………………………………. X

3 – Horror Story ………………………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – September  20

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1 – The Lunch Box ………………………………………………. X

2 – Phata Poster Nikhala Hero …………………………. X

 

Fourth Week  – September  27

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1 – Super Model ………………………………………………… Ashmit Patel

2 – Maazii ……………………………………………………………. X

3 – Prague …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Warning ………………………………………………………… X

5 – Raqt ………………………………………………………………. Sheena Shahabadi

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in September . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 08 ……… persons , ………… 06 ……………… are actors . Among the rest ……………….. 02 ………………. Ashish Singh is the Ex. Producer of  ” Shuddha Desi Romance “ and Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev – Darshan fame is the music director of  ” Grand Masti “ .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Tanisha Mukerji is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

2 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .

3 – Hazel Keech is participating in  ” Bigg Boss – Season 7 ” .


My ……………. 03 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Gurinder Pawar is playing lead in  ” Sounds of Silence ” .

2 – Neha Sareen is playing lead in ” Sounds of Silence ” .

3 – Nasirr Khan is playing lead in ” Happily Married .. Phir Bhi Doubt Hota Hai ”


My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is in the Brand Ambassador of ” Heads & Shoulders ” .

2 – Sonali Bendre is the Brand Ambassador of ” Oriflame ” .

3 – Anushka Sharma is the Brand Ambassador of ” Clear Shampoo ” .

4 – Rajneesh Duggal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Raymond ” .

5 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Bru Coffe ” .

My ………….. 05 …………… student in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaign .

 

Though not very satisfying month for me but still my 08 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 01 TV show , 03 students in 02 plays and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of September 2013 comes to 19 .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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25 Years Without Raj Kapoor


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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 .

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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 .

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Times Celebex : India’s 1st Celebrity Rating Index [ 2 ]


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 22, 2013           10.00 P.M.

This is my 151st Blog in the category of FILMS . And 2nd one about TIMES CELEBEX List .

July 2013 TIMES CELEBEX LIST

Success Ratio 25 % .

[ 25 students in the list of 100 celebrities ]

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I wrote 1st blog about ” TIMES CELEBEX ” in October 2012 . TIMES CELEBEX is the first ever ranking index of Hindi film stars done by Times of India and is powered by Zoom . As per their claim it is ” most definitive and scientific ranking system ……….. robust ranking system based on data collected from 200+ publications and 250+ TV channels ……………” .

1st TIMES CELEBEX List September 2012 

Success Ratio 35 % .

[ 07 students in the list of 20 celebrities ] 

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1 year later I am writing this 2nd blog . This time my success ratio is 25 % . [ 25 students in the list of 100 celebrities ] . Numerically this time success ratio is 10 % less than the past year but this time list is bigger and all – inclusive also . And 25 % is still higher , compared to many Acting Institutes [ Upstarts , Gaali Gurus of Facebook Acting School and Veterans included ] . And when I mention Acting Institutes , I don’t include Shri Roshan Taneja . He is like Dilip Kumar , beyond the list . And I don’t include Assha Chandra ji also . She is my teacher and , unlike Gaali Gurus of Facebook Acting School , I have respect for my teacher .

List of The Actors As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Shah Rukh Khan / 2 – Salman Khan / 3 – Farhan Akhtar / 4 – Amitabh Bachchan

/ 5Ranbir Kapoor /  6 – Akshay Kumar / 7 – Aamir Khan / 8 – Sanjay Dutt  / 9 –

Arjun Rampal / 10 – Hritik Roshan / 11 – Saif Ali Khan / 12 – Prateik / 13 – Imran

Khan /  14 – John Abraham / 15 – Ranbeer Singh / 16 – Emraan  Hashmi  / 17 –

Rishi Kapoor / 18 – Tusshar / 19 – Girish Kumar / 20 – Dhanush / 21 – Irrfan Khan /

22 – Shahid Kapoor / 23 – Varun Dhawan / 24 – Kunal Kapoor / 25 – Ajay Devgn / 26

– Anil Kapoor / 27 – Abhishek Bachchan / 28 – Siddharth Malhotra / 29 – Abhay Deol

/ 30 – Manoj Bajpayee / 31 – Arshad Warsi / 32 – Vivek Oberoi / 33 – Sunny Deol / 34

– Ram Kapoor / 35 – Arjun Kapoor / 36 – Sushant Singh Rajput / 37 – Riteish

Deshmukh / 38 – Randeep Huda / 39 – Sonu Sood / 40 – Ayushmann Khurrana / 41

– Rajnikant / 42 – Neil Nitin Mukesh / 43 – R Madhavan / 44 – Ali Zafar / 45 – Anupam

Kher / 46 – Boman Irani / 47 – Paresh Rawal / 48 – Siddharth / 49 – Aditya Roy

Kapoor / 50 – Jimmy Shergill

Out of these 50 actors , I can say it with pride and utter humility that 15 are my students . They are ; Ranbir Kapoor , Arjun Rampal , Hritik Roshan , Saif Ali Khan , Imran Khan , John Abraham , Emraan Hashmi , Girish Kumar , Varun Dhawan , Kunal Kapoor , Vivek Oberoi , Arjun Kapoor , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh and Jimmy Shergill .

They rank 5th , 9th , 10th , 11th , 13th , 14th , 16th , 19th , 23rd , 24th , 32nd , 35th , 39th , 42nd and 50th respectively .

List of The Actresses As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Katrina Kaif / 2 – Sonam Kapoor / 3 – Sonakshi Sinha / 4 – Kareena Kapoor / 5 –

Priyanka Chopra / 6 – Deepika Padukone / 7 Anushka Sharma  / 8 – Madhuri

Dixit / 9 – Vidya Balan / 10 – Parneeti Chopra / 11 – Hema Malini / 12 – Kajol / 13 –

Shilpa Shetty / 14 – Karishma Kapoor / 15 – Yaami Gautam / 16 – Vipasha Basu / 17

– Sunny Leone / 18 – Prachi Desai / 19 – Alia Bhatt / 20 – Shruti Haasan / 21 – Amyra

Dastur / 22 – Kajal Aggarwal / 23 – Huma Qureshi / 24 – Sonali Bendre / 25 – Nargis

Fakhri / 26 – Diana Penty / 27 – Ileana D’cruz / 28 – Aishwarya Rai / 29 – Kangana

Ranaut / 30 – Rekha / 31 – Jacqueline Fernandez / 32 – Sridevi / 33 – Shriya Saran /

34 – Mallika Sherawat / 35 – Neha Sharma / 36 – Sherlyn Chopra / 37 – Juhi Chawla /

38 – Amrita Rao / 39 – Urmila Matondkar / 40 – Minissha Lamba / 41 – Shraddha

Kapoor / 42 – Rani Mukherjee / 43 – Preity Zinta / 44 – Poonam Pandey / 45 –

Ameesha Patel / 46 – Neha Dhupia / 47 – Hansika Motwani / 48 – Soha Ali Khan / 49

– Esha Gupta / 50 – Sushmita Sen .

Out of these 50 actresses , I can say it with pride and utter humility that 10 are my students . They are ;  Katrina Kaif , Sonam Kapoor , Kareena Kapoor , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Alia Bhatt , Sonali Bendre , Jacqueline Fernandez , Minissha Lamba and Soha Ali Khan .

They rank 1st , 2nd , 4th , 5th ,7th , 19th , 24th , 31st , 40th and 48th respectively .

After achieving 25 % success ratio , I am happy as an acting trainer [ some with questionable knowledge of English call me tutor , as if it is derogatory ] .

My 23 – year – long journey as an acting trainer seems to be fruitful and satisfactory . I am proud of my students . I am proud that they are working in their chosen field . They don’t have to become a broker to help me in my voyage . I don’t encourage my students to roam around in the lanes and pimp around in search of new clients to further my business .

And thank God ! I don’t have the ignominy of becoming a door-mat of my student , so that I can also revel in revelries of the film industry .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate my above mentioned 25 succesful students .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

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Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18 , 2013           11.50 P.M.

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month on August 06 , 2013 . She was older sister of yesteryear actress Nargis Rabadi a.k.a. Shammi or Shammi aunty .
   

Much before the advent of Manish Malhotra and Neeta Lulla , long before Anna Singh and Anaita Shroff Adajania and eons ago Niharika Khan , there was Mani Rabadi , who along with Bhanu Athaiya , became couturier to the stars in the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema.

Making her debut in 1967 with the Dev Anand starrer Jewel Thief , she worked all the way in to the 90s ending her career with the mega hit ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ” .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Farz ” [ 1967 ] , ” Sapnon Ka Saudagar ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aankhen ” [ 1968 ] , ” Duniya ” [ 1968 ] , ” Mahal ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ek Phool Do Mali ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Prince [ 1969 ] , ” The Train ” [ 1970 ] , ” Kati Patang ” [ 1970 ] , ” Gambler ” [ 1971 ] , ” Victoria No. 203 ” [ 1972 ] , ” Kachche Dhaage ” [ 1973 ] , ” Jheel Ke Us Paar ” [ 1973 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Trimurti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Aap Ki Kasam ” [ 1974 ] , ” Amir Garib ” [ 1974 ] , ” Kasauti ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sanyasi ” [ 1975 ] , ” Rafoo Chakkar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] , ” Hera Pheri ” [ 1976 ] , ” Don ” [ 1978 ] ,  ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , ” Aasha ” [ 1980 ] , ” Kaalia ” [ 1981 ] , ” Mard ” [ 1985 ] , ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] , ” Maine Pyar Kiya ” [ 1989 ] , ” Hum Aapke Hain Koun ! ” [ 1994 ]  are her famous and most successful films .

She also won National Film Award , along with Ramilla Patel , for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ] .


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Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . She worked for 27 long years in this unpredictable and risk-driven industry . She successfully withered changing times , fluid tastes and all the changing patterns from ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] till ” Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

Jewel Thief

Jewel Thief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Evening in Paris

An Evening in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar Akbar Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Born as Mani Rabadi in a family of Parsi priests , she was only a kid when her father died . Her mother made a living by cooking at religious functions. Later on , along with her younger sister Shammi , Mani Rabadi worked in toy factories after school to source their tuition fees. After school time, they worked at offices, ran a magazine and did odd jobs. Mani also worked with the Indian People’s Theatre Association and did some Gujarati films.

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Here is a gallery of her designs from the movies we all love :

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An Evening in Paris (1967)

Sharmila actually plays a dual role in the film. The villainous side incidentally always shows her tummy–just to help the audience keep things straight.

Uhh, what precisely are you looking at Pran?

Cutsy hair clip that’s bigger than my nose? Don’t mind if I do.

Jewel Thief (1967)

I’ve talked a lot about my feelings for Helen in a chicken suit from this film, but this picture definitely deserves one more mention.

Yup, those are cotton balls puffing out of that red sari like polka dots. Just saying, it takes a bold and confident woman to try and pull that off.

Dev Anand poses as a French jewelry importer. Can’t you tell by the beret?

Aradhana (1969)

Who can forget Rajesh Khanna’s tall Nepali hat as he bellows “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” on a hillside?

Rajesh Khanna in a blue suit with a hot red turtleneck during “Kora Kaagaz Tha” is the epitome of suave.

Unarguably the most famous scene from Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore makes a sari out of a flimsy blanket…and the rest is history.

Bobby (1973)

Youth and freedom must mean a tight leather jacket!

Umm, ok Dimple Kapadia, where did the rest of your shirt go though?

Cute but completely arbitrary villager costume for “Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate.”

Farz (1967)

Nice ascot, Jeetendra.

Oh, those tight white pants that made you who you were. It’s no wonder Jeetendra was nicknamed “Jumping Jack”!

Prince (1969)

Did someone say “hep cat”?!

Helen and Vijayantimala dance off in “Muqabla Humse Na Karo.”

Kati Patang (1970)

Asha briefly portrays a 70s bride before running away from the ceremony.

Bindu makes a spectacle of herself in comparison to Asha’s stark white sari..

Amar Akbar Anthony (1979)

Rishi Kapoor dresses as a qawwal by night.

There actually aren’t really words for this.

Moss green leather jacket with religious bling.

You are wearing a fedora? Clearly, you have become a millionaire.

Don (1978)

Nothing says “bad boy” like a big red bow tie.

Don’t mess with her scarf.

Or his.

Helen rocks an overly slitted dress for “Yeh Mera Dil” in Don (1978)

The bottom line here is , could Jeetendra have seized Bombay by storm without his famous tight white pants ? Could Dimple Kapadia have shot to stardom without costumes that only covered half of the minimum required? Her polka dots top for ” Bobby ” is still remembered . Vyjayantimala’s red saree from ” Jewel Thief ” is still fresh in our memories . Amitabh Bachchan’s tuxedo in the song My name is Anthony Gonsalves from the film ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” or Rishi Kapoor’s costumes from the same film are still there in our memory lane . Polka dot waist – coat of Amitabh Bachchan in ” Don ” is unforgettable . You remember his iconic song Khai ke paan Banaraswalla …… from the film and you will surely remember his polka dot waist-coat . You will never forget any costume of legendary Helen . Mani Rabadi designed innumerable costumes for her in films . They were revealing but not vulgar .

Her work is so diverse, so eye-catching, and so unpredictable . Mani Rabadi is unarguably genius. It is sad that her death is not widely reported in newspapers . Today , when Parsi community is celebrating Navroz [ thier new year ] , I am writing this obituary of Mani Rabadi , one of the prominent member of Parsi community .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the bereaved family and specially Shammi aunty who is left alone to bear this loss at the age of 84 .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer heartfelt sympathies at the sad demise of the legendary but almost forgotten dress designer of the golden era of the Hindi films .

[ It is sad that I could know about her death after a week through the latest issue of ” Screen ” weekly . I found material about her in magazines like ” Screen ” , ” Parsi Khabar ” and ” Mid Day ” . For her photographs and her volume of work , I had to refer to online posting of ” Mr. & Mrs. 55 – Classic Bollywood Revisited ” . I express my profound gratitude to all of them . ]

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Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

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Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

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A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

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Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  25 , 2013         05.00  P.M.

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2012 gave us only 10 super hits and some major flops .Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Agneepath ” , Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” Bol BachchanandTalash were declared hits . ” Talash “ could not make it to the 100 crore club . It earned only 93 crores . But all the other 9 movies earned more than 100 crores . ” Ek Tha Tiger “ became the most successful film of 2012 . It raked in 198 crores .

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Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times

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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Position Movie No.
Of Days to Reach 100 Crores
Total
Collections
1 Ek Tha Tiger
6  198
2 Dabangg 2
6 158.50
3 Bodyguard
8 142
4 3 Idiots
9 202
5 Ra.One
10 115
6 Dabangg 10 145
7 Agneepath
11 123
8 Rowdy Rathore
11 131
9 Jab Tak Hai Jaan
11 120.65
10 Ready
12  120
11 Don 2
13 106
12 Race 2
14 102*
13 Son Of Sardaar
16 105.03
14 Ghajini
16  114
15 Barfi!
17 120
16 Golmaal 3 17 107
17 Housefull 2
17 114
18 Singham 37 100
19 Bol Bachchan
45 102
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Top grosser of 2012 :
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(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)

Bollywood 2012
 Box Office Positions

Movie

Lead Stars

Directors

India Nett Collection
in Crores

1

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Kabir Khan

198

2

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Arbaaz Khan

158.50

3

Rowdy Rathore

Akshay Kumar, Nasser

Prabhu Deva

131

4

Agneepath

Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor

Karan Malhotra

123

5

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh KhanKatrina KaifAnushka Sharma

Yash Chopra

120.65

6

Barfi!

Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Anurag Basu

120

7

Housefull 2

Akshay KumarJohn AbrahamMithun Chakraborty

Sajid Khan

114

8

Son Of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla

Ashwni Dhir

105.03

9

Bol Bachchan

Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan

Rohit Shetty

102

10

Talaash

Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Reema Kagti

93

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Classification of Top grosser of 2012 :
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SUPER HITS :
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” Dabangg 2 ” , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , ” Student Of The Year ” , ” OMG Oh My God ! ” , ” Barfi ” , ” Raaz 3 ” , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” , ” Bol Bachchan ” , ” Rowdy Rathore ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Housefull 2 ” , ” Kahani ” & ” Agneepath “
HITS :
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” Talaash ” , ” Son Of Sardar ” , ” 1920 Evil Returns ” , ” English Vinglish ” , ” Cocktail , ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Jannat 2 ” &  ” Paan Singh Tomar “
AVERAGE :
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” Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi ” , ” Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 ” , ” Ferrari Ki Sawaari ” , ” Agent Vinod ” & ” Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu “
PLUS :
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” Khiladi 786 ” , ” Jism 2 ” , ” Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum ” & ” Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya “
So the final tally of hits in 2012 comes to 13 super hits , 8 hits , 5 average and 4 plus films .


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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2012
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2011 was definitely a cruel year for the Hindi film industry . In total 34 stalwarts left us for their final journey .
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 .
2012 was equally harsh . In total 29 luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2012 . Except month of November , almost 2/3 people died every month . In just 2 years 33 stalwarts , who made indelible mark in the industry , left this world .
Actors :
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Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Taruni Sachdev , Gavin Packard , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti
Singer – Music Directors – Arrangers :
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Anthony Gonsalves , Anil Mohile , Ravi , Varsha Bhosle , Pandit Ravi Shankar
Producers – Directors :
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Darshan Sabharwal , Raj Kanwar , O. P. Dutta , Mona Kapoor , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra
Writers – Lyricists :
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Shahryar
Cinematographers :
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Ashok Mehta , Rajen Kothari , Bobby Singh
Art Directors :
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Ashish Lakhia
Editor :
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M. S. Shinde
Film Critic :
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Nikhat Kazmi , B. K. Karanjia
Theatre Personality :
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Dinesh Thakur

 

I deeply mourn the departed souls , who left us for their heavenly abode . I congratulate all the successful actors , producers and directors , who gave hits and super hits in 2012 . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  expresses happiness at the turn of events .

[ I have taken some of the facts & figures from http://www.koimoi.com . I express my gratitude .]

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