Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           July 10 , 2016           07.30 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : With this post, Vidur’s Film Diary enters in the 8th year of its existence. In all these 8 years, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity, belligerence and bellicosity. ]

Satyameva Jayate

 सत्यमेव जयते

In the era of falsehood, Vidur Acting Institute has chosen the tortuous path of truthfulness. In the season of deceit, Vidur Acting Institute has taken the pledge of being factually correct. You can go through the below mentioned facts of my success story and can check and verify them. I have full faith that ” Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood. ”

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतम् ,
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा ,
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥

……………….. मुण्डक उपनिषद्

English Translation

Truth alone triumphs ; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out ,
by which the sages , whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

…………………………………… Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad

But do check the tall claims of so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Institutes of India”. Grill the so-called “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” or “Best Acting Trainers of India” and you will see through their hollow claims. Hold a second, they can even claim that they are the “Best Acting Trainers of the World”. My God ! anything is possible in the unethical world of ACTING TRAINING in India.

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 , it zoomed up to 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER across the world. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 8 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 / 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 , please watch my videos on my YouTube channel. Here is the link : www.youtube.com/ividur

Link of the latest and 6th video is posted below :

1 – ” JUNOONIYAT “ : https://youtu.be/IZBLxUy4IOI
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Obituary :

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Razak Khan :

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Razak Khan, who died on June 01, 2016 in Mumbai following a heart attack, was noted for supporting and comic roles.

Razak Khan began his onscreen journey with a small role in the famous television show, Nukkad (1986–87), and made his Hindi film debut with Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja [ 1993 ]. His other noteworthy performances were in Raja Hindustani (1996), comic role of Manikchand in the Abbas-Mustan directed film Baadshah [ 1999 ] as Ninja Chacha in the film Hello Brother [ 1999 ] and as Takkar Pehelwan in Akhiyon Se Goli Maare [ 2002 ].

He acted in more than 90 films during his 23-year-long career. He was last seen in Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 [ 2016 ]. He was also there in the prequel Kyaa Kool Hain Hum  [ 2012 ].

He also appeared in famous TV show  Comedy Nights with Kapil as Golden Bhai [ 2014 ].

 

Sulabha Deshpande :

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Sulabha Deshpande, an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress and theatre director died on June 04, 2016 after prolonged illness.

Apart from Marathi theatre as well as Hindi theatre in Mumbai, she has acted in over 73 mainstream as well as art house cinema, like Bhumika [ 1977 ], Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan [ 1978 ] and Gaman [ 1978 ].

A leading figure in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, she was associated with Rangayan, and personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971 she co-founded, theatre group, Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and also started its children’s wing, Chandrashala, which continues to perform professional children theatre.

In recent years she acted in serials like Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, “Asmita” and films like English Vinglish.

 

Sattee Shourie :

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Sattee Shourie, who was Arjun Kapoor’s maternal grandmother, passed away on June 11, 2016 due to a prolonged illness.

She had produced films like Farishtay [1991] with Dharmendra , Vinod Khanna , Sridevi and Rajinikanth. The film was directed by Anil Sharma.

She also produced television series Sheesha [ 1986 ].

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Hindi Films in May & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – June 03

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1 – Housefull 3 ………………………………………………… Jacqueline Fernandez

…………………………………………………………………………………… Nikitin Dheer

2 – Project Marathwada  ……………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Shaukeen Kaminay ………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – June 10

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1 – Do Lafzon Ki Kahani  ……………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

2 -Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai …………………………………………………………. X

3 – TE3N ……………………………………………………………………………………… X

 

Third Week – June 17 
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1 – Bhouri …………………………………………………………………………………….. X

2 – Dhanak ……………………………………………………………………… Flora Saini

3 – Home Stay – Stay Alive  …………………………………………………… Sayali Bhagat

………………………………………………………………………………………………. Ashmit Patel

4 – Luv U Alia …………………………………………………………. Sameer Dattani

5 – Udta Punjab …………………………………………………………………….. Alia Bhatt

………………………………………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

Fourth Week  – June 22 / 24
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1 – 7 Hours To Go  ………………………………………………… Himanshu Mallik

2 – A Scandall  ……………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Junooniyat  …………………………………………………………. Yami Gautam

………………………………………………………………………………….. Pulkit Samrat

………………………………………………………………………………….. Hrishita Bhatt

4 – Kriti ……………………………………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Raman Raghav 2.0 …………………………………………………………………. X

6 – Rough Book ………………………………………………………………. Vinay Jain

 

In total ………..……… 17 ………..….. films got released in June 2016 . Out of these ……………..….. 17 …………………… released films ………………….. 09 ……………………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 14 ………………… persons , …………… 13  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Dhaval Gada is the Producer of   ” Do Lafzon Ki Kahani “ .

 

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TV Trivia in June & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Tara Sharma is presenting “Tara Sharma Show – Season 4” on Star World.

2 – Maheck Chahal is doing an important role in “Kavach … Kali Shaktiyon Se” on Colors TV.

3 – Urvashi Sharma is doing title role in “Amma” on Zee TV.

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. TV shows .

 

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Summary of April 2016

My 14 students appeared in 09 films & 03 students in 03 TV shows .

Thus total number of students working in the month of June  2016 comes to 17


 

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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 17 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . Information about Late Razak Khan, Sulabha Deshpande and Sattee Shourie is taken from Wikipedia and some other sources from internet. I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            JANUARY 03 , 2012          11.30 A.M.

This is the 32nd edition of my film diary . Last month of 2011 , last edition of my diary is completing its journey with this post .

Yash Raj Films started their new venture YRF Entertainment for making movies in Hollywood . Uday Chopra heads the new division as CEO and their first venture ” The Longest Week “ was on floors when I started writing this diary .  And as I am posting it , ” The Longest Week “ is complete and post production is going on .

Some relevant tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta will illustrate the current trends of the industry .

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 #TheDirtyPicture Fri 9.54 cr, Sat 10.78 cr, Sun 12.38 cr, Mon 5.5 cr + [estimates]. Total: approx Rs 38.5 cr nett.
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#TheDirtyPicture collects 52.5 cr nett in Wk 1. Fri 9.54 cr, Sat 10.78 cr, Sun 12.38 cr, Mon 5.72 cr, Tue 6.21 cr, Wed 4.4 cr, Thu 3.5 cr.
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#DesiBoyz fell sharply in Wk 2. Theatrical business is below average. Makers may recover investment from theatrical & non-theatrical avenues
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl: Appeals in parts. Starts well. Ends well. It’s the in between that’s plain ordinary http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542222
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl collected approx Rs 16.54 cr nett in its first three days. Breakup:- Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr.
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#TheDirtyPicture collects Rs 11 cr nett in Wknd 2. Fri 3.2 cr, Sat 3.3 cr, Sun 4.5 cr. The 10-day total is Rs 63.5 cr nett. Super Hit.
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl *actuals* Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr, Mon 2.52 cr. Total: Rs 19.06 cr nett.
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl *actuals* Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr, Mon 2.52 cr, Tue 2.30 cr, Wed 1.96 cr. Total: Rs 23.32 cr nett. Steady.
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B.O. Update: New releases open to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/257/date/2011-12-17
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#Don2 fetches solid, superb start.
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#Don2 – India – Saturday trends: Multiplexes have contributed maximum. But B & C centres as well as single screens have shown a decline.
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#Don2: While the film has fared exceptionally well at multiplexes, the business at single screens and B & C centres is way below the mark.
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#Don2 – India – Sunday – actuals: Hindi – 17.54 cr, Tamil – 26 lacs, Telugu – 33 lacs. Total: 18.13 cr. Fri + Sat + Sun: Rs 48.83 cr nett.
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#Don2 exceptional at plexes, below the mark at single screens, B & C centres. Biz at plexes compensated for lack of biz at smaller centres.
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#TheDirtyPicture is a Blockbuster, given its cost on one hand and returns on investment on the other. One of the biggest grossers of 2011.
Komal Nahta
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YE STUPID PYAR is a poor show and will meet with a matching fate at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rEbQix
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LANKA lacks the entertainment value & promotion to make a mark at the box-office. Review: bit.ly/tH5LVh
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LADIES VS RICKY BAHL: Fair entertainer which’ll fetch returns; it neither charms greatly nor cons d audience. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/ladies…
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LADIES VS RICKY BAHL makes Rs. 16.75 crore in 1st weekend. Collections have dropped from Monday. Box-office report: http://bit.ly/rSIB7
Komal Nahta
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DON 2 box-office opening report: koimoi.com/box-office/don…
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DON 2 makes Rs. 49 crore (approx. all-India net collection) over 1st weekend. Report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-don-2-nets-rs-49-cr-over-weekend/
Komal Nahta
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DON 2 nets Rs. 8 cr on Monday; 4-day total Rs. 57 cr. Box-office report: http://bit.ly/vJrnoi

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Obituary :

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Dev Anand :

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How can you squeeze and fit in an era into a paragraph  ? I have written and posted a separate blog about him . Here is the link :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi
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Incredible DEV ANAND SAHAB : The Immortal Mortal http://wp.me
Two other blogs , written earlier about him , are also there in the archives :
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My First blog about Dev Saheb : 60 Years Of Navketan & Some More Years Of Mr. Dev Anand wp.me/ptyXI-6v via @wordpressdotcom
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My second blog about Dev Saheb : Meeting Mr. Dev Anand http://wp.me/ptyXI-AS via @wordpressdotcom

Satyadev Dubey :

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On December 25 , 2011 , when the world was celebrating Christmas , Pandit Satyadev Dubey breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital .

He was a giant of theatre world and I have many fond memories of him . I have posted a blog about him . Here is the link :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi
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Curtain Call for Pandit Satyadev Dubey http://wp.me/ptyXI-1ug

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 02

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1 – The Dirty Picture ……………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiyani

2 – I Am Singh ………………………………………………. Tulip Joshi

Second Week – December 09

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1 – Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl ………………………………… Aditi Sharma

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

2 – Lanka ………………………………………………………x

3 – Ye Stupid Pyar ………………………………………….x

Third Week – December 16

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1 – Jo Hum Chahein …………………………………………. x

2 – Pappu Can’t Dance Saala ………………………………. x

3 – Faraar ………………………………………………………. x

Fourth Week – December 23

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1 – Don 2 …………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………… Kunal Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………… Hritik Roshan

2 – Don Ke Baad Kaun ? ……………………………………… Jeetu Verma

Fifth Week – December 30

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1 – Kya Yahi Sach Hai ………………………………………..  Ashok Beniwal

In total ………………… 11 ………….. films got released this month . In total ………….. 10 …………….. students trained by me were there in …………… 6 …………… films . Out of these ………….. 10 …………….. students ; Shekhar Ravjiyani is music director and Ashish Singh is executive producer . Rest ……….. 8 ………….. students are actors .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bhojpuri : Swati Verma is essaying an important role in ” Main Nagin Tu Nagina ” .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Rohit Khurana makes comeback to ” Uttaran “ . a show on Colors TV .

2 – Ankita Bhargava is essaying an important role in ” Parichaya “ on Colors TV .

3 – Jai Kalra is playing an important role in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain “ on Sony TV .

4 – Eva Grover is playing an important role in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain “ on Sony TV .

5 – Ayaz Khan is playing an important role in ” Parichaya “ on Colors TV .

In total ………  5 ………….. students working in ………… 3 ………….. serials on various channels .

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Curtain Call for Pandit Satyadev Dubey


Pandit Satyadev Dubey

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER  28, 2011           02.30 A.M.

I never ever thought that in the last quarter of 2011 I would be writing so many tributes to the departed stalwarts of the field of art  , music and literature . I have already written obituary on Bhupen Hazarika , Shammi Kapoor , Dev Anand , Mario Miranda and Christopher Hitchens . Obituary of Jagjit Singh and Steve Jobs are half – written and yet to be posted . And now comes the news of the sad demise of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Pandit Satyadev Dubey

On December 25 , 2011 , when the world was celebrating birth of Jesus Christ , an eminent theater personality Pandit Satyadev Dubey bid adieu . Curtain finally came down and stage went empty . A stalwart , who bestrode the theatre world of Mumbai for 5 decades , Pandit Satyadev Dubey  finally left the stage at the age of 75 . He was sitting in Prithvi Cafe on September 19 , 2011 , when he slipped into coma and was rushed to the hospital . He never came back .

Born in Bilaspur , Chhattisgarh in 1936 , Dubey ji , as he was fondly called , came to Mumbai to become a cricketer . While studying in St. Xavier’s College Mumbai , he came into contact with Vijay Anand , who introduced him to Ebrahim Alkazi . Thus began Dubey ji’s life – long association with theatre . He also learnt from Marathi theatre guru Parshwanath Aaltekar , who taught him articulation and proper pronunciation . Dubey ji used to lisp in his younger days . Theatre Guru Aaltekar taught him how to overcome this short coming .

Dubey ji in His Younger Days

In his 5 decades long career Pandit Satyadev Dubey produced and directed plays like ; ” Yayati ” and ” Hayavadana ” written by Girish Karnad ; ” Aadhe Adhure ” written by Mohan Rakesh ; ” Gidhade ” , ” Shantata ! Court Chalu Aahe ” and ” Baby ” written by Vijay Tendulkar ; ” Evam Indrajit ” and ” Pagla Ghoda ” written by Badal Sarkar ; ” Raktapushpa ” written by Mahesh Elkunchwar ; ” Savlya ” written by Chetan Datar and ” Antigone ” written by Jean Anouilh . He also staged and directed a play ” Andha Yug “ written by Dharamvir Bharti for radio . He wrote and directed plays like ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” , ” Inshallah ” ” Ada Chautal ” and ” Bramha Vishnu Mahesh “ . In the career span of 50 years , he wrote , produced and directed more than 100 plays in Hindi , Marathi and English .

Apart from stage , his first love , he wrote screenplay and dialogues of films like ; ” Ankur ”  [ Screenplay – Dialogue ]” Nishant ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Bhumika “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Hira Aur Patthar ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vishwasghat ” [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] , ” Junoon ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Kalyug ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Akrosh ” [ Dialogue ] , ” Vijeta ” [ Story – Screenplay – Dialogue ] and ” Mandi “ [ Screenplay – Dialogue ] .

Poster of Ankur

Poster of Nishant

Poster of Bhumika

Poster of Kalyug

Poster of Mandi

Dubey ji made 2 short films ; ” Aparichay Ka Vindhyachal ” and ” Tongue In Cheek ” .

Apart from staging play and writing scripts for films , he donned the avatar of a trainer and groomed many actors . He believed in natural dialogue delivery and discarded highly theatrical and loud dialogue delivery , which was in vogue before his advent . Amrish Puri , Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar are some of his most famous disciples . Amrish Puri was so indebted to Dubey ji that he would often say that , ” I can leave a film project for Dubey ji’s play , if I ever get a call ” .

A Young Amrish Puri in Dubey ji's Play

Young Naseeruddin Shah

Dubey ji With Ratna Pathak Shah

Naseeruddin Shah & Ratna Pathak Shah in Dubey ji's Last Play "Antigone"

Dubey ji got Madhya Pradesh government’s Shikhar Samman and Kalidas Samman . In 1971 he got prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award . In 2008 Prithvi Theatre paid tribute to him on completion of 50 years in theatre . Dubey ji received Padma Bhushan in January 2011 .

Prithvi Theatre's Tribute to Dubey ji in 2008

Receiving Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil

He won 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for ” Bhumika “ . In 1980 he got Filmfare Award for Best dialogue for ” Junoon ” .

Poster of Bhumika

During his later years he did many workshops for aspiring actors and people nick – named these workshops as NSD [ National school of Dubey ] .

When I first came to Mumbai in 1972 , I went to meet him at Tejpal Auditorium , Grant Road – West . He was busy staging his play ” Aadhe Adhure ” But still gave me time and told me to watch the play . He kindly gave me ticket also . Amrish Puri played main protagonist and if my memory is not failing me , Sulabha Deshpande was the female protagonist . I was stunned to watch their brilliant portrayals . Unfortunately I had to go to Allahabad to complete my post – graduation and lost the opportunity to work with him .

I came again in 1989 and went to meet him at his apartment at Phularani building in Sahitya Sahawas Colony , Bandra  – East . He told me to come to Karnataka Sangh , Matunga and watch his play ; ” Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak ” . Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah were playing the main protagonists . I was simply mesmerized by the sheer brilliance of Dubey ji’s writing and the acting of the main protagonists . I remember that I reached late for the play and was gently reprimanded by Dubey ji for that .

Later on I bumped into him several times at Prithvi Theatre .

He was maverick . He was eccentric . He was controversial . But he was definitely a genius and was dedicated to theatre .

He was a great acting Guru . Very strict , very disciplined and ruthless . I must admit that I imbibed some facets of Dubey ji as an acting trainer . I am strict . I am disciplined and I am ruthless . He loved natural acting and I also try to inculcate this thing in the psyche of my students .

But unlike him , I am not eccentric . I am not a maverick and I don’t use colourful language like him . But I am indebted to him and I openly express my gratitude for imbibing few facets of his personality as an acting trainer .

I won’t say Rest In Peace Dubey ji . It’s a custom to clap when the curtain comes down after a play . I would like to stand up and would love to clap at the final curtain call of Pandit Satyadev Dubey .

Thanks for the lovely plays Dubey ji . You will be sorely missed .

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