Vidur’s Open Letter – 9 : To Pawni Pandey


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 17, 2015           06.05 P.M.

 

Hi Pawni ,

It gives me immense pleasure to write you this letter and contact you on this auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

An acting trainer is not supposed to train a play back singer but I am fortunate enough to train not 1 or 2 but 3 play back singers. Shweta Pandit , you and Akasa Singh.

I write briefly about you when I wrote a blog about the film ” Gulaab Gang ” [ 2014 ] and celebrated the success story of my another student Tanvi Rao. At that particular time you were getting trained in Batch No. 82 , so I promised that I will write about you when your training will get over.

Today as I was sitting in my office all alone and since institute is closed for the day and I have no class, I thought it proper to listen all the songs sung by you. You are kind enough to send me the links of the songs from time to time.

From ” JHOOMO RE JHOOMO ” of ” KISAAN ” [ 2009 ] to your latest ” NAINA TOSE LAGE ” of ” MEERUTHIYA GANGSTER ” [ 2015 ] , I listened all the songs one by one.

It amazing to notice that you sung 1 song in ” KISAAN ” in 2009. After a gap of 5 years you sung 3 songs in 2014. ” SHARM LAAJ MOH MAR KAR ” in ” GULAAB GANG ” / ” LOVELY JIND WALI ” in ” FUGLY ” and ” KHELEN ” in ” SATYAMEVA JAYATE – Season 3 “.

According to me 2015 is going to be the most worthwhile and fruitful year in you career . Till September you have sung 3 songs. They are : ” GEHLORE KI GORIYA ” in ” MANJHI THE MOUNTAIN MAN ” / ” MEET ME DAILY BABY ” in ” WELCOME BACK ” and ” NAINA TOSE LAGE ” in ” MEERUTHIYA GANGSTER ” . All the 3 above mentioned films are important films.

I would particularly like to mention ” NAINA TOSE LAGE ” from ” MEERUTHIYA GANGSTER ” as the most important song of your career till date. It is a solo song of yours and the male version is sung by none other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Nushrat Bharucha. You have sung it so well that I can already see a bright future for you as a play back singer. Matching Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the beginning of your career is an unimaginable feat. And you accomplished it so brilliantly. Though you showed the spark very early in your life when you became a finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs and were advanced to fifth place with public votes.

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

 

I am providing YouTube links of all the 7 songs sung by you. Readers of my blog can click on the link and can listen the 7 songs.

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1 – JHOOMO RE JHOOMO = KISAAN [ 2009 ]

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2 – SHARM LAAJ MOH MAAR KAR = GULAAB GANG [ 2014 ]

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3 – LOVELY JIND WALI = FUGLY [ 2014 ]

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4 – KHELEN = SATYAMEVA JAYATE – Season 3 [ 2014 ]

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5 – GEHLORE KI GORIYA = MANJHI THE MOUNTAIN MAN [ 2015 ]

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6 – MEET ME DAILY BABY = WELCOME BACK [ 2015 ]

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7 – NAINA TOSE LAGE = MEERUTHIYA GANGSTER [ 2015 ]

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This list gives testimony of your range and provides a yardstick to the viewers and listeners to gauge your potential. Though, I already see a very bright future for you but I could be accused of bias and partiality. Public is always a fair judge. So let them decide.

Komal Nahta Interviewing Pawni Pandey for His Show on Etc Channel

Komal Nahta Interviewing Pawni Pandey for His Show on Etc Channel

 

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Tina Ahuja – My 11th Student To Make Debut In 20 Months


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 05, 2015           11.55 P.M.

 

It is first Sunday of July 2015. Sunday brings few welcome changes in my daily 18-hour-long-work-schedule. It is the day of late wake up call. It is the day of reading many newspapers and getting soaked in the vortex called Indian politics. And yes, it is the day of the posting of my blog.

Tina Ahuja, better known as Narmmadaa, made her debut this Friday with a film called ” Second Hand Husband “. She is film actor Govinda’s daughter and a student of mine.

I am not an accomplished chartered accountant but as soon as films of my students get released, I start calculating like a diligent, hard-working local bania. And when I calculated this time, I found to my astonishment that she is the 11th student of mine, who made debut in the last 20 months. [ NOVEMBER 2013 – JULY 2015 ]

I know that it will cause severe heartburn to few startups, who think themselves as thespians and claim to be accomplished acting trainers. Mumbai has many acting institutes and acting trainers. Few like ROSHAN TANEJA, ASHHA CHANDRA, BARRY JOHN and ANUPAM KHER are very reputed. They don’t have any problem with me and my success. They have their own successes to celebrate.

There is another one, who was reputed once upon a time. But has resorted to gimmicks and cheap tactics to keep himself relevant. Slashing your fee and advertising it publicly shows the desperation. Once upon a time he used to demand and command huge sum as fee but recently slashed it by half. It is now almost equivalent of my fee. Is it not desperation? Would you like to know the reason? He has failed to produce a single star after 2010.

And yes, there are few others. [ I don’t want to make them immortal by mentioning their names. ] Tucked in the lanes and by-lanes of Mhada, they proclaim to be acting trainers of repute but are nowhere in the scene. They will be troubled a lot by my list of ” 11 debuts in 20 months “. They claim to impart hard-core training. May I demand to know, what is the quality of this hard-core training, which can’t produce even a single star worth the name in these years? I think I should leave it up to the general public to decide.

3 years back I wrote in one of my blog post that hazy picture will not remain forever. Deceit will die its own death. Things will be clear one day when dust will settle down. An egoist startup, who thinks very high of himself, made fun of me and my statement. Within 3 years I am making public my latest list of accomplishments. I notice deafening silence from the other side of the fence. The thespian ( ? ) , who was roaring 3 years back, is conspicuous by his stoic ( ? ) silence. I guess he is maimed and mutilated considerably. I pity his toothless existence.

For public perusal, here is the complete list of my 9 students with pictures. I don’t have photos of Preeti Desai and Ayesha Khanna at this juncture. I will post them later.

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2013 = URVASHI RAUTELA – ” Singh Saab The Great ” – 21 November 2013

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Vidur Acting Institute Batch No. 68 [ With Me in My Office ]

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2014 = DAISY SHAH – ” Jai Ho ” – 24 January 2014

2014 = PREETI DESAI – ” One by Two ” – 31 January 2014

2014 = TANVI RAO – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

2014 = BILAL AMROHI – ” O Teri ! ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = AYESHA KHANNA – ” Dishkiyaoon ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = ARMAAN JAIN – ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil ” – 4 July 2014

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial]

2014 = SAMRIDDHA BAWA – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial] – 17 November 2014

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With Daisy Shah In My Office

With Daisy Shah In My Office

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With Tanvi Rao in My Office

With Tanvi Rao in My Office

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With Bilal Amrohi in Mr. Atul Agnihotri’s Office

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With Armaan Jain in His Apartment

With Armaan Jain in His Apartment

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Pranali Ghogare & Samriddha Bawa [ Vidur Acting Institute Batch No. 83 ] With Me In My Office

Pranali Ghogare & Samriddha Bawa – Vidur Acting Institute Batch No. 83 [ With Me In My Office ]

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2015 = TINA AHUJA – ” Second Hand Husband ” – 3 July 2015

With Narmmadaa [ Tina Ahuja ] In My Office

With Narmmadaa [ Tina Ahuja ] In My Office

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Pawni Pandey , who sung the song ” ………………… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ……………. “  in ” Gulaab Gang ” [ 2014 ] is a student of Batch No. 82 of  VIDUR Acting Institute .

She started as a participant in ” Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs ” in 2006 and was a finalist and stood at 5th position . 

 

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

 

Out of above mentioned 11 students, 10 are actors and the remaining 1, Pawni Pandey is playback singer.

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 11 students .

Their success validates that even after 26 years of my life as an acting trainer, I have not reached saturation point. I thank God for that.

My life is entering into a new important phase. In 2015-2016, it is going to be downpour of new stars trained by me. Many of them have potential to change the face of Indian cinema. So farewell till then.

 

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Celebrating ” Gulaab Gang ”


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 10 , 2014           01.20 A.M.

I was eagerly waiting for ” Gulaab Gang “ to release . I am an admirer of Madhuri Dixit and desperately wanted to see her on-screen with Juhi Chawla . But the true cause of my excitement and wait was something else .

” Gulaab Gang “ will always be an important film for me because it features two students of mine . One is Tanvi Rao , who is an actor and an accomplished danseuse and the second student is Pawni Pandey , who is the playback singer in the film and her song ” ………………… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ……………. “  is filmed on Madhuri Dixit .

So the wait was on and it ended on March 07 , 2014 , when the much awaited film ” Gulaab Gang “ was released .

Collage of Posters of "Gulaab Gang"

Collage of Posters of “Gulaab Gang”

Tanvi Rao and her father Shri Hari Prasad ji visited me two years back , when Tanvi was signed for ” Gulaab Gang ” . I was stunned to see a small girl sitting in front of me and talking to me in supreme confidence . I was shocked to know that she was going to be a co-actor in the film and will perform with Madhuri Dixit . Time was less and she was in Mumbai only for few days . It was a challenge for me and as usual I don’t shun challenges and responsibilities . So I started training her immediately .

I must make it clear in writing that Tanvi , the always smiling cute girl , is very hard-working student and extremely disciplined artiste . I thank her parents for inculcating this culture in her and giving her such great values and ethics , which is fast vanishing from the present day generation . She completed the training and along with her father , went back to her native place Mangalore . But they always remained in touch .

Tanvi , along with her father , came to meet me again and seek my blessings before the start of the shooting . It is so heart warming . It is so unlike some of the students , who make it a point not to acknowledge their teachers before shooting or after the release of their films . Tanvi and her father were full of respect and gratitude , though I had only done my job . Yet they came to me to seek my blessings . It brought tears in my eyes . I was overwhelmed .

With Tanvi Rao in My Office

With Tanvi Rao in My Office

With Tanvi Rao & Her Father Shri Hari Prasad in My Office

With Tanvi Rao & Her Father Shri Hari Prasad in My Office

Tanvi Rao with Madhuri Dixit

Tanvi Rao with Madhuri Dixit

Tanvi Rao Sitting on the Ground

[ With Madhuri Dixit ] Tanvi Rao Sitting on the Ground

Tanvi Rao with Madhuri Dixit

Tanvi Rao with Madhuri Dixit

I must make it clear that apart from acting in ” Gulaab Gang “ , Tanvi Rao is an accomplished dancer and she has toured the world for her highly successful dance performances on stage . She has won many awards .

11th President  of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Blessing Tanvi Rao

11th President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Blessing Tanvi Rao

My second student in ” Gulaab Gang “ is Pawni Pandey , who has sung the song ” ………………… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ……………. “  . She is currently getting trained in the Batch No. 82 of  VIDUR Acting Institute .

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Batch No. 82 – Vidur Acting Institute

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

With Pawni Pandey in My Office

She started as a participant in ” Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs ” in 2006 and was a finalist and stood at 5th position . She started her singing career with Sohail Khan’s film ” Kissan ” [ 2009 ] . 

Since she is in the current batch , I will talk about her later .

Collage of Pawni Pandey

Collage of Pawni Pandey

Komal Nahta Interviewing Pawni Pandey for His Show on Etc Channel

Komal Nahta Interviewing Pawni Pandey for His Show on Etc Channel

In the Silver Jubilee year of my Acting Training career , ” Gulaab Gang “ is the 4th film in 5 months in which my 5 students made debut . 5 debuts in just 5 months is incredible . The list is envious .

Urvashi Rautela ……….. ” Singh Saab The Great ” [ November 2013 ]

Daisy Shah ……………….. ” Jai Ho “ [ January 2014 ]

Preeti Desai ………………. ” One By Two ” [ January 2014 ]

Tanvi Rao …………………. ” Gulaab Gang “ [ March 2014 ]

Pawni Pandey ……………. ” Gulaab Gang ” [ March 2014 ]

” Gulaab Gang “ is doing quite well at the box office . I am posting tweets of trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh to show that among the 3 releases of this week , ” Gulaab Gang “ is the highest earner .

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#GulaabGang Fri 2.41 cr, Sat 2.90 cr to 3 cr. Total: 5.30 cr+ nett. India biz only.

#Queen Fri 1.75 cr [revised], Sat 3.50 cr. Total: 5.25 cr nett. India biz only.

#TotalSiyapaa Fri 1.11 cr, Sat 1.43 cr. Total: 2.54 cr nett. India biz only.

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate Tanvi Rao and Pawni Pandey for their stupendous success !

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well for their glorious future !

Thanks for making me proud ! Thanks for being wonderful students ! Thanks for being cultured and respectful ! Thanks for not being abusive and disrespectful like few others ! Thanks for not being scheming upstarts and conniving fakers ! Though I am a small man , just a speck in the scheme of the things and can make no difference in any way but still I thank Tanvi Rao and Pawni Pandey from the bottom of my heart !

शत – शत तुमको धन्यवाद है , सुखी रहो जीवन भर ;

झरें शीश पर सुमन सुयश के , अम्बर तल से झर – झर ॥

May God bless you both always !

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