Suchitra Sen : Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi……


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 18, 2014           09.20 P.M.

Mahanayika Suchitra Sen

Mahanayika Suchitra Sen

The year was 1967 or 1968. The city was Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. And the cinema hall , if my memory is not failing me , was Ajanta Talkies at Zero Road. I , along with few of my friends, went to watch a Dilip Kumar starrer black & white film ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] . I had read Sharat Chandra written immensely popular novel of the same name during my adolescent age in Deoria. I read it so many times and I was so infatuated, fascinated by the character of Devdas that even after so many decades , I vividly remember each and every thing about the novel and all the details of all the characters. In 1967 – 1968, when I went to watch the film, I could even recite the dialogues and paragraphs from the novel.

I had heard about myriads film avatars of Devdas, which were made in several Indian languages.  Naturally Dilip Kumar starrer and Bimal Roy directed ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] in Hindi was on the top of my list. It had Dilip Kumar portraying the male protagonist to the perfection. I had read various articles about his portrayal of the character. I also knew that Paro is being played by a Bengali actress called Suchitra Sen .

I entered and took my seat in the Ajanta cinema hall. Film started and Dilip Kumar’s arrival on the screen was greeted with thunderous applause. I got totally engrossed in the histrionics and persona of the thespian, the legendary tragedy king of Hindi cinema, ( the ) Dilip Kumar. I was waiting for Suchitra Sen to appear on the screen. Young Paro was played by baby Naaz. I was waiting with curiosity for Suchitra Sen to appear on the screen. She appeared on the screen …………

………….and behold !!!

I was smitten by her eyes. I was hooked to her beauty. I was enamoured by her personality. I was hypnotized by her voice. I was captivated for life by her screen persona. Apart from Waheeda Rehman, I have never admired any other actress so much.

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas with Dilip Kumar

Suchitra Sen as Paro in Hindi Devdas with Dilip Kumar

Later on I watched Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen starrer ” Bombai Ka Baboo ” [ 1960 ] . Though an ordinary film but the climax of the film refused to fade away from my psyche for days and months. After so many decades , even today, it refuses to get obfuscated. Ah, her serene elegant persona, her haunting tear-filled eyes and the back-ground song in the voice of legendary Mukesh, ” Chal Ri Sajni Ab Kya Soche ; Kajra Na Beh Jayen Rote Rote ………. “ shook me permanently and became an eternal part of my being. Every drop of tear on her cheek is still fresh in my memory.

Vintage Suchitra Sen

Vintage Suchitra Sen

After above mentioned two films , I watched ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] .1966 – 67 is the important year of my life. I passed high school. I left Deoria and went to Allahabad for higher studies. Slowly I started coming out of my cocoon. I started watching films regularly and started appreciating them also. I started spending hours and hours with my friends discussing films. And one day , I watched ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] . I was a fan of Ashok Kumar. I was a fan of Suchitra Sen . And she was essaying a double role of mother and daughter in this film. She played it with perfection. It was one year before Dilip Kumar’s highly successful and much acclaimed double role in the film ” Ram Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] .

Suchitra Sen in Mamta

Suchitra Sen in Mamta

Needless to say that much later I watched ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] also . It is her last Hindi film. She was marvellous as usual. 3 years after the much acclaimed film ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] , she retired in 1978 and slowly faded from public life.

Suchitra Sen in Andhi

Suchitra Sen in Andhi

From ” Sharey Chuattor ” [ 1953 ] to ” Pronoy Pasha ” [ 1978 ] , she worked in 60 films in a career spanning 25 years. Out of her total 60 films , her Hindi films are only 7. These films are : ” Devdas ” [ 1955 ] , ” Musafir ” [ 1957 ] , ” Champakali ” [ 1957 ] , ” Bombai Ka Baboo ” [ 1960 ] , ” Sarhad ” [ 1960 ] , ” Mamta ” [ 1966 ] and ” Aandhi ” [ 1975 ] . Of all the 7 Hindi films of her, I have watched 4 films.

Her important and memorable Bengali films are : ” Sharey Chuattor ” [ 1953 ] , ” Sabar Uparey ” [ 1955 ] , ” Mejo Bou ” [ 1955 ] , ” Shilpi ” [ 1956 ] , ” Harano Sur ” [ 1957 ] , ” Pathe Holo Deri ” [ 1957 ] , ” Deep Jwele Jaai ” [ 1959 ] , ” Smriti Tuku Thaak ” [ 1960 ] , ” Saptapadi ” [ 1961 ] , ” Saat Paake Badha ” [ 1963 ] , ” Uttar Phalguni ” [ 1963 ] , ” Grihadaha ” [ 1967 ] , ” Alo Amaar Alo ” [ 1972 ] , ” Haar Maana Haar ” [ 1972 ] , ” Devi Chaudhurani ” [ 1974 ] , ” Datta ” [ 1976 ] and ” Pronoy Pasha ” [ 1978 ].

I have seen many of these films. I will specially mention Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen starrer ” Saptapadi ” [ 1961 ] . One number of this film is considered all time great romantic song ever in Bengali films. It is ” Ei poth jodi na shesh hoi …………….. Uttam Kumar on the bike and Suchitra Sen as pillion rider singing the immortal ” ………………. Ei poth jodi na shesh hoi ………………. ” .

"Saptapadi" -Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi ......

“Saptapadi” -Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi ……

Years later when I came to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and became acting trainer, one day I got a call from Riya Sen. She wanted to get trained by me. I was ecstatic that I would be training legendary Suchitra Sen’s grand-daughter. I immediately went to her Juhu residence. I worked with her for few months. I met her sister Raima and mother Moon Moon Sen also. But I could not get a chance to meet legendary Suchitra Sen. Though I wanted to meet her desperately. But it was not destined.

She became recluse by each passing year. She came out of her house when Uttam Kumar died on July 24, 1980. After that day no one had seen her ever. It was 34 year-long reclusive life. It was 34 year-long self – imposed exile. But instead of fading from memory, it made her personality more enigmatic. Even after 34 years the aura remained undiminished. She went away from public gaze but never faded from public memory.

Enigmatic Suchitra Sen

Enigmatic Suchitra Sen

Ethereal Suchitra Sen

Ethereal Suchitra Sen

Impish Suchitra Sen

Impish Suchitra Sen

One of her many avatars

One of her many avatars

I used to ask Riya many questions about her grandmother. I wanted to know more and more mortal details about immortal Suchitra Sen. Riya was nonchalant. Initially her nonchalance baffled me, disappointed me. It never occurred to me that for me Suchitra Sen is an idol , an icon but for Riya , she is her grandmother. So her answers never matched my enthusiasm. I think she must have felt awkward by my intrusion.

Alas ! as is the inevitable for every human being, Suchitra Sen left this world for her celestial journey on January 17, 2014 . She died in Kolkata aged 82.

Suchitra Sen : Last Journey

Suchitra Sen : Last Journey

Mortal Remains of Immortal Suchitra Sen

Mortal Remains of Immortal Suchitra Sen

I was saddened beyond words. I am still numb. I was unable to write about her immediately, though I wanted to write desperately. Suchitra Sen is gone and with her departure my world of adolescent years has gone forever. It has crumbled. This void is not going to be filled easily. A world without Suchitra Sen is not the world for me. But ….. nothing could be done. Life will meander to complete its course. Life will slither with saddened soul.

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I express my profound sorrow and grief. Life goes on and it will go on. But without Suchitra Sen, it will not be same again.

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer condolences and express solidarity with Moon Moon Sen, Raima Sen and Riya Sen in this hour of grief.

As they say, they won’t make people like Suchitra Sen any more.

[ List of Suchitra Sen’s films  is taken from Wikipedia. I express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 05, 2013          00.35 A.M.
Month of August 2013 will always be known for Chennai Express ” . The film is the fastest 100 crore earner in the history of Hindi cinema and finally it crossed collections of ” 3 Idiots “ also . So officially now it is the highest grossing film in the history of Hindi cinema . It collected INR 222 crores and still running .
First week of the month got some 6 poor and forgettable films . But the second week changed all . This month also created history because of  ” Love in Bombay “ . The Joy Mukherjee and Waheeda Rehman starrer film got theatrical release after 42 years of its completion .

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Obituary :

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Mani Rabadi : 

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A well-known costume designer of 60s and 70s , Mani Rabadi died this month . She was sister of yesteryear actress Shammi .

Apart from Bhanu Athaiya , she was another one , who was a professional dress designer in the early years of our film industry . Starting with ” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , she continued working till Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ” [ 1994 ] .

” Jewel Thief ” [ 1967 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Bobby ” [ 1973 ] , ” Amar Akbar Anthony ” [ 1979 ] , and ” Pestonjee ” [ 1987 ]  are her famous and most successful films . She also won National Film Award for Best Costume for ” Pestonjee ” .

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi@VidurChaturvedi 13h

Remembering Mani Rabadi – Queen of Polka Dots http://wp.me/ptyXI-36i


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August   02

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1 – Love in Bombay …………………………………….. Monojoy Mukherjee

2 – Calapor ……………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

3 – Bhadaas …………………………………………………… Aryeman Ramsay

4 – Rabba Main Kya Karoon ……………………….. Riya Sen

5 – B. A. Pass ……………………………………………………………. X

6 – Chor Chor Super Chor …………………………………….. X

Second Week – August 09

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1 – Chennai Express …………………………………….. Nikitin Dheer

……………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – My Husband’s Wife …………………………………………… X

Third Week – August 16

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1 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara ……….. Imran Khan

……………………………………………………………………………. Sonali Bendre Behl

……………………………………………………………………………. Sarfaraz Khan

Fourth Week  – August 23

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 1 – Madras Cafe ………………………………………………… John Abraham

2 – Haunted Child ………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ooops A Desi ………………………………………………………….. X

4 – The Light : Swami Vivekananda …………………………… X

Fifth Week  – August 30

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1 – Satyagraha ……………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………. Arjun Rampal

…………………………………………………………………………. Indraneil Sengupta

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

 

In total …………… 14 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 14 ………… released films ……….. 08 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 14 ……… persons , ………… 11 ……………… are actors . Among the rest ……………….. 03 ………………. Shweta Pandit is the singer in ” Satyagraha “ , Shekhar Ravjiani of Vishal-Shekhar fame is the music director of ” Chennai Express “ and Monojoy Mukherjee is the co-producer of ” Love In Bombay “ .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Preeti Jhangiani is doing lead in  ” Mistake “.


My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Veebha Anand is playing an important role in   ” Kairee ” on Colors .


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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Nasirr Khan is playing lead in  ” The Big Fat City ” .

2 – Tanishaa Mukherjee is playing lead in ” The Verdict ” .


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

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Ankita Bhargav is in the campaign for ICICI Gold Loan .

2 – Imran Khan is the main model for Maza .

3 – Saif Ali Khan is the main model for Lays .

4 – Sonam Kapoor is the face of India International Jewellery Week .

5 – Priyanka Chopra is the brand ambassador of Asmi Jewellery .

My ………….. 05 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaigns .

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 14 students appeared in 08 films , 01 students in 01 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 02 students in 02 plays and 05 students appeared in 05 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of August comes to 23 .

I am happy to announce that some upstarts are feeling the heat now . They are resorting to all kind of canards and lies . They are running a mischievous campaign and trying to malign my name . But my journey continues unabated . These revellers of failed legacy will eat crow very soon . Dust is now settling down quickly .

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May they shine in their chosen field !

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA        AUGUST 01 , 2012           00.35  A.M.
Second half of 2012 has started . Some mega hits , some damp squibs ; run of cinema in India continues unabated .
Among Hindi releases of July ,Bol Bachchan entered the 100 crore club of films . ” Cocktail “ was another super hit of the month . Towards the end of the month ” Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum “ got released and also collected handsome amount at the box office .
Re – producing some relevant tweets of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Tweets

#TeriMeriKahaani crashed completely. Collected 2.75 cr to 3 cr in Wknd 2, taking 10-day total to approx Rs 25.75 cr to Rs 26 cr nett. Flop.

#Maximum is very poor. Grossed approx Rs 2 cr + nett in its opening weekend.

#GOW Weekend 2 *actuals* Fri 1.08 cr, Sat 1.70 cr, Sun 1.92 cr. 10-day total: Rs 22 cr nett.

#GOW maintained very well at multiplexes, despite an opponent like ‘Spider-Man‘. Collected approx 7.5 cr in Week 2. Total: 25.25 cr nett.

#Maximum recorded very poor business in Week 1.

#BolBachchan faced stiff competition in North from Punjabi film ‘Jatt & Juliet’ and in South from #Eega. Hence, biz affected there.

#BolBachchan has fared very well in international markets. Weekend total *from all markets* stands at approx $ 2.06 million [Rs 11.5 cr].

EXCLUSIVE DATA: #BolBachchan fares very well, #Eega superb, ‘Jatt & Juliet’ smash hit in Overseas http://bit.ly/NlYjXl

#BolBachchan Tue *actuals* 6.3 cr, total: 56.34 cr nett. Excellent!

#BolBachchan has emerged Rohit-Ajay’s biggest grosser. Had a fabulous wknd [43.10 cr] & maintained excellent biz on weekdays [23.62 cr]…

#BolBachchan collected approx Rs 66.72 cr nett in its Week 1. Business at multiplexes and single screens, both was superb.

#Cocktail [Week 1] Mon 5.75 cr, Tue 4.80 cr. Total: 46.05 cr nett.

#BolBachchan [Week 2]: *actuals* Mon 2.49 cr, Tue 2.20 cr. Total: 87.13 cr nett.

#Cocktail hit by #TDKR wave … #BolBachchan nears 100 cr mark http://bit.ly/Oi5AEL

#BolBachchan *Week 3* Mon 91 lacs, Tue 85 lacs. Total: Rs 99.51 cr nett.

#KyaaSuperKoolHainHum Fri 7.12 cr, Sat 7.03 cr, Sun 8.91 cr. Total: Rs 23.06 cr nett. The youth has taken to the film in a big way!

#BolBachchan collected 2 cr in Weekend 4, taking the grand total to Rs 102.94 cr nett. Breakup: Fri 35 lacs, Sat 66 lacs, Sun 99 lacs. Hit.

BB 1st day approx. 11.5 to 12 crore in spite of an avg start in half of india. Proves that collections picked up as day progressed.

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Obituary :

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July was disturbingly unfortunate for the film world , as three of its giants and luminaries left the world for their celestial journey .

Dara Singh : 

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An iconic figure in his own way , wrestler – actor Dara Singh died on July 12 , 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 83 . I wrote a blog about him and as usual posting link of that blog :

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Rajesh Khanna :

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One week after Dara Singh’s death , another iconic star of Hindi film industry Rajesh Khanna died on July 18 , 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 69 . The blog , which I wrote about him is the longest blog of mine having 2,447 words and it was the most difficult to write also . I am posting the link :
In Memoriam Rajesh Khanna : ” Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli , Hai ! ” wp.me/ptyXI-2bc
B. R. Ishara :
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Third casualty of this month , B. R. Ishara , died on July 25 , 2012 in Mumbai . An eminent film director , who made some path – breaking and thought-provoking films in 70s was suffering from tuberculosis since one year . Posting link of the blog , which I wrote and posted about him :
B. R. Ishara : Departure of An Avant – Garde Film Maker wp.me/ptyXI-2cR

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July 06

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1 – Bol Bachchan ………………………………………………. Krushna Abhishek

………………………………………………………………………. Jeetu Verma

2 – 3 Bachelors …………………………………………………… Riya Sen

Second Week – July 13

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1 – Cocktail …………………………………………………….. Saif Ali Khan

2 – Parthiweshwar Ki Mahima …………………………….. X

Third Week – July 20

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1 – Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai …………………… Udita Goswami

2 – Challo Driver …………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – July 27

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1 – Kya Super Kool Hain Hum …………………………… X

2 – Aalaap ……………………………………………………… Gamya Vijayadasa [ Guest ]

3 –  Harud …………………………………………………….. X

4 – Siyaah …………………………………………………….. X


In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 06 ……………. actors , who are trained by me .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Sudanshu Panday is playing an important role in ” Billa 2 ” .

2 – Marathi : Amruta Patki is playing main lead in ” Satya , Savitree Ani Satyawan ” .

My ………….. 02 ………………. students in ……….. 02 ………….. regional films .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Ajeet Singh  is appearing in a TV show” Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke  “ on  Zee TV.

2 – Chaitanya Choudhury is essaying an important role in ” Uttaran “ on Colors TV .

3 – Sachin Chhabra has done one episode of ” Fear Files “ on Zee TV .

4 – Vishal Singh is essaying an important role in ” Parvarrish – Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi “ on Sony TV .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. various shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Samir Soni is playing main protagonist in a new play ” Anything But Love ” .

My …………… 01 ………….. student in ………….. 01 …………. play .

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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 Film Diary – May 2011


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA                 JUNE 01, 2011                    01.00 P.M.

In this 25th edition of Vidur’s Film Diary, I would like to take stock of the first quarter of the year 2011. Hindi film industry suffered losses of over 200 crores in this first quarter. Of the 67 releases so far [ including dubbed ones ] , only 06 films made it to the hit list. This is a paltry 10% success ratio. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA “, ” YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA “, ” DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI “, ” DHOBI GHAT “, ” TANU WEDS MANU ” and ” F.A.L.T.U. ” could be called hits. Certainly not a very healthy . rosy picture indeed. But industry is celebrating because the first quarter of 2011 is better than the first quarter of the previous year.

May 2011 will be remembered for the fact that Yash Raj Films launched its new banner for the young generation, called Y Films. Maiden venture of this banner ” Luv Ka The End ”  was released in the first week of this month. It is good that such a prestigious banner announces a banner exclusively for the new comers and youngsters.

This month 3 of my students walked down the red carpet at the 34th Cannes Film Festival. They are : Saif Ali Khan , Sonam Kapoor and Minissha Lamba.

Micro – blogging site Twitter has become the latest in thing. There are three celebrities who have more than 1 Million followers on twitter. After Sachin Tendulkar and Shashi Tharoor, my student Priyanka Chopra became the third celebrity to attain this status. She is closely followed by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

On Facebook also there was a good news. Ranbir Kapoor became the 4th most popular actor of Hindi film on Facebook after Aamir Khan , Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Of these 4 celebrities , 2 are my students. They are Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor.

58th National Awards were announced this month. ” Dabangg ” got award as the film providing wholesome entertainment. It was produced by my student Arbaz Khan and has Sonu Sood , another student of mine , as the main antagonist.

I am re-producing tweets of Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , two eminent trade analysts of the industry, so that you can have a clear picture of the month just gone by.

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Midweek B.O.: ‘Chalo Dilli’ picks up, ‘Shor In The City’ remains low, rest fail http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
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 International Boxoffice: ‘Chalo Dilli’ disappoints, ‘I Am’ is a debacle, ‘DMD’ falls http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Morn & noon shows 10% – 20%. Was expected to open better at big city plexes. Let’s hope biz picks up from Friday evening.
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‘Haunted’: Released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. Opened v well in 3D, garnering 60% – 70% start, while 2D was 30%. Combined occupancy 45% – 55%.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs. Total: 1.35 cr nett on 391 theatres.
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Believe it or not, a few shows of ‘Luv Ka The End’ were cancelled as enough audience did not turn up!
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‘Haunted’: Showed healthy escalation with each passing day. Breakup:- Fri 2.67 cr, Sat 3.06 cr, Sun 3.60 cr.
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Started on a slow note, but picked up gradually. Breakup:- Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr.
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Haunted’ collects 9.33 cr, ‘Luv Ka The End’ 2.35 cr in opng wknd http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
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Luv Ka The End’: Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr, Mon 35 lacs. Total: Rs 2.70 cr nett.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ economics: Cost Rs 5 cr + P&A Rs 4.5 cr. Total Rs 9.5 cr. India 4 day biz: Rs 2.85 cr nett. Oseas wknd collects $ 50,000.
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 Luv Ka The End: Showed healthy escalation in weekend, steady on weekdays. Liked by its target audience. Collects Rs 4.28 cr nett in Week 1[‘
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 Haunted: Is a success. Fared v well in weekend, rock-steady on weekdays. Revenue from 3D was optimum. Collected Rs 14.63 cr nett in Week 1
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‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs, Tue 37 lacs. Total: Rs 2.11 cr nett. Excellent!
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Shagird’: Fri 34 lacs, Sat 42 lacs, Sun 46 lacs, Mon 20 lacs. Total: Rs 1.42 cr. Disappointing
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‘Haunted’ [Week 2]: Fri 92 lacs, Sat 1.22 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 82 lacs. Total so far: Rs 19.02 cr nett. Rocking!
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 ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs [better than Friday]. Total: Rs 1.74 cr nett. Rock-steady!
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 Ragini MMS scares the daylights out of u. Lots of horror, enough of sex! Deadly combination to make Ragini rock at box-office
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Love U… Mr. Kalakaar! is a non-starter & looks so dated that it has nothing to merit a pick-up. Review: http://bit.ly/lvbR9D
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Ragini MMS will b loved by youngsters 4 the sex & horror. It’ll prove 2 b a good earning proposition 4 all. Review: http://bit.ly/m9tkPQ
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 Stanley Ka Dabba is a well-made film but has limited commercial prospects unless supported by schools.Review: http://bit.ly/jwZYhK
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Shagird is a well-made film but it will sink at the box-office. Review:http://bit.ly/myATsn

Obituary :

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Somak Mukerjee : A FTII graduate of 2004 batch, this brilliant cinematographer died in a freak motorcycle accident in Kolkata on April 25, 2011 at the age of 37. He was cameraman for films like : ” Pankh ” , ” Black And White ” and ” Ugly Aur Pagli ” . ” Pankh ” , incidently , was his debut film.

Mala Sen : Though not a full-time film writer, she was instrumental in writing the script of Shekhar Kapur’s internationally acclaimed film ” Bandit Queen ”  [ 1994 ] . She met Phoolan Devi in jail and interviewed her several times and then wrote a book on her , based on the interviews. Later on she wrote the script for the film ” Bandit Queen ” . She died on May 23, 2011 at the age of 64. She was suffering from cancer and breathed her last at Tata Memoreal Hospital , Mumbai.

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 06

1 – Luv Ka The End………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

……………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………….Aashish Singh

2 – Haunted…………………………………………………….x

Second Week – May 13.

1 – Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! …………………………………Jai Kalra

2 – Stanley Ka Dabba…………………………………………Divya Dutta

3 – Ragini MMS………………………………………………..x

4 – Shagird………………………………………………………Rimmi Sen

……………………………………………………………………..Hrishitaa Bhatt

Third Week -May 20

1 – Kashmakash…………………………………………………Riya Sen

2 – 404…………………………………………………………….x

3 – Pyaar Ka Punchnama……………………………………..Sonalli Sehgall

Fourth Week – May 27

1 – Kucch Luv Jaisaa…………………………………………..Neetu Chandra

2 – Hum Do Anjaane……………………………………………x

3 – College Campus……………………………………………..x

4 – Barood…………………………………………………………x

5 – Sheeta Bhabhi.Com…………………………………………x

6 – Me Mamu & 7…………………………………………………x

7 – Just 47…………………………………………………………x

In total ………16………….films got released this month. Out of these …….16……… films…………10……………students trained by me were there in ………07………….. films. Out of these ……..10……….students……….08…………are actors , and………..02…………. are in various other fields of film making. Ashish Singh is associate producer of ” Luv Ka The End “ . Shenaz Treasuryvala , apart from being actor , also wrote screenplay and dialogues of the same film.

Film News This Month :

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1 – After ” Slumdog Millionaire ” and ” Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol ” , Anil Kapoor will star in “Cities ” , another Hollywood flick.

New Regional Film & Me :

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1 – Bangla : Priyagshu Chatterjee is doing main lead in ” Vorer Alo ” .

2 – Tamil : Sonu Sood is playing villain in ” Osthi – The Cool Cop ” , a remake of Hindi ” Dabangg ” .

Neetu Chandra is essaying an important role in ” Aadhi Bhagavan “.

Out of numerous regional films , …………03…………regional films got released  in………..02………… regional languages , which has …………….. 03…………….. actors trained by me.

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Kajal Singh is appearing in ” Jis Aangan Na Hoye Bitiya ” on Mahua T V .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is appearing in ” Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli “ on Zee T V.

3 – Rohit Khurana is appearing in ” Maayke Se Bandhi………DOR “ onStar Plus T V .

4 – Kunal Sudhir Madhiwala is appearing as participant in the reality show ” Swayamvar – Season 3 [ Ratan Ka Rishta ] ”  on Imagine T V .

There are many TV serials on various channels. This month ……….04………. students trained by me are essaying important roles in ………..04…………. shows. Of these shows……………03…………… are serials and ……………01……… is reality show.

Theatre & Me :

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1 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan v/s Kanhaiya ” . He is currently touring USA and UK with the play .

2 – Manav Gohil is working in a play ” Kennedy Bridge “ , being directed by Khalid Mohammad .

Theatre is showing robust growth in every language. This month there were……….02………….  new productions.  Out of these …….02………. productions ………..02…………. students trained by me are working in………02……….. shows.

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