Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL  04, 2013          00.20 A.M.
Month of March 2013 will be remembered for the average run of films . In the beginning of the month onlySaheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” got favourable response from the critics and the public . ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” and ” Jolly LLB “ had slow starts but picked up miraculously with positive word of mouth . ” Himmatwala “ came towards the end of the month and bombed miserably .
The first quarter of 2013 can boast of only 7 hits and average hit films . They are : ” Jolly LLB ” , ” Special 26 ” , ” ABCD ( Any Body Can Dance ) ” , ” Kai Po Che ” , ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” , ” Table No. 21 ” and ” Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” .

Tweets

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta , Mr. Taran Adarsh and Ms. Bhawana Somaaya , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. JOLLY LLB has some entertainment but ltd. b.o. potential.Read my review on at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/jolly-llb-review/ …

  2. #meredadkimaruti : what an entertainer!! Entire team deserves a huge hug. Poor start but WILL pick up…

  1. #IMeAurMain had a lacklustre weekend and maintained low figures on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 7.90 cr nett in Week 1.

  2. ‘The Attacks Of 26/11’ performed slightly better in pockets of Maharashtra and South India, but remained below the mark elsewhere.

  3. #KaiPoChe [revised] collected approx Rs 16.42 cr nett in Week 2. Grand total: approx Rs 45.52 cr nett.

    Update: #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns has tepid start in morning shows! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/313/date/2013-03-08 …

    1. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns collected approx Rs 12.75 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 3.50 cr, Sat 4.25 cr, Sun 5 cr.

    2. #KaiPoChe collected approx Rs 4.15 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: approx Rs 49.67 cr nett.

    3. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns, #KaiPoChe Boxoffice report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/946 …

      1. ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’ collects Rs 18.25 cr in Week 1 – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/947/date/2013-03-15 …

#JollyLLB picked up substantially in evening/night shows across the nation. Collects *early estimates* Rs 3.12 cr on Friday.

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  1. #JollyLLB witnesses 40%-50% jump at plexes on Saturday. Collects 4.23 cr on Sat. Total: Rs 7.35 cr.

    1. ‘Jolly LLB’ 19.52 cr, ‘MDKM’ 8.09 cr, ‘3G’ 5.82 cr – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/949/date/2013-03-22 …

    2. #3G collected approx Rs 5.82 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.10 cr, Sat 1.12 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 66 lacs, Tue 61 lacs, Wed 52 lacs, Thu 41 lacs.

    3. #MereDadKiMaruti collected Rs 8.09 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.03 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 2.05 cr, Mon 89 lacs, Tue 91 lacs, Wed 90 lacs, Thu 80 lacs.

    4. #JollyLLB Collected approx Rs 19.52 cr in Week 1. Fri 3.12 cr, Sat 4.23 cr, Sun 5.16 cr, Mon 1.90 cr, Tue 1.83 cr, Wed 1.76 cr, Thu 1.52 cr.

      1. #Rangrezz movie review: Impressive first half, loses focus in post-interval portions. One definitely expected more! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553635#.UUvyDQd6xDg.twitter …

      2. #Aatma movie review: Stands on a weak script. Besides, there are hardly any scares here. Disappointing! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553290#.UUvwMTLL2iw.twitter …

  1. Saheb Biwi Gangster Returns Day 1 collections: 3.25 CR. Weekend collection: 11.5 CR. Full week collection: 17 CR. Budget of film: only 4 CR

  2. Jolly LLB Fri collection:2.35 CR.Sat collection:3.10 CR.Wk end collection: 5.45 CRMere Dad ki Maruti Fri 2.5 CR. Sat 4.0 CR. Sun 4.8 CR nett

  1. Finally Monday ka Mantra: Aatmaa Fri 1.5 cr Sat 1.6 cr Sun 1.9 cr. Total 9cr. Rangrezz fri 1 cr Sat 1.2 cr Sun 1.3 Total 3.5 cr.

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Obituary :

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B. M. Vyas  : 

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A veteran actor of mythological films and some social films , Shri B. M. Vyas died on March 11 , 2013 at the age of 93 .

Famous for his portrayal of Ravan in several mythological films , Vyas started his career with Chetan Anand’s ” Neecha Nagar “ but was noticed with Raj Kapoor’s ” Barsaat ”  in 1949 . He acted in over 300 mythological and social films including films like ” Baiju Bawra ” , ” Do Aankhen Barah Haath “ and ” Sarawasti Chandra ” . His last big film was Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Oh Darling Yeh Hai India ” .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March 01

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1 – I , Me Aur Main ……………………………………………………… John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………….. Sameer Soni

……………………………………………………………………………….. Raghav Sachar

2 – Bloody Isshq ………………………………………………………… Daisy Shah

3 – The Attacks of 26/11 ……………………………………………… X

Second Week – March 08

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1 – Saheb , Biwi Aur Gangster Returns …………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

2 – Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga ………………………………………… X

Third Week – March 15

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1 -3G ……………………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

……………………………………………………………………………. Mrinalini Sharma

2 – Jolly LLB …………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mere Dad Ki Maruti ……………………………………………… X

Fourth Week  – March 22

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1 – Rangrezz …………………………………………………………… X

2 – Aatma ……………………………………………………………… Amita Pathak

3 – Sona Spa …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Zindagi 50-50 …………………………………………………… Riya Sen

…………………………………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

Fifth Week – March 29

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1 – Himmatwala …………………………………………………….. Sajid Khan

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 12 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….12 ……… persons , Daisy Shah made guest appearance in ” Bloody Isshq ” . Raghav Sachar is the music director of ” I , Me Aur Main “ , Amita Pathak is the Ex. Co-Producer of ” Aatma “ and Sajid Khan is the director of  ” Himmatwala “ .

Remaining ………. 08 ………. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat  is playing main lead in ” Blade Babji “.

2 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Inkosaari ” .

3 – Tamil : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Newtonin Moondram Vidhi ” .

4 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is playing an important role in ” Shunya Awnko ” .

 

My ………….. 02 ………………. student in ……….. 04 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging  ” India’s Best Dramebaaz “ on Zee TV .

2 – Vivek Oberoi  is judging ” India’s Best Draembaaz “ on Zee TV .

3 – Monica Bedi is playing an important role in ” Saraswatichandra “ on Star Plus .

4 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Savitri “ on Life OK .

5 – Eijaz Khan is playing an important role in ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

6 – Apurva Agnihotri is playing an important role in ” Aasman Se Aage “ on Life OK .

7 – Manav Gohil is doing ” Buddy Project “ on Channel V .

8 – Sandesh Gour is playing an important role in ” Sarawatichandra “ on Star Plus .

9 – Smita Pawar is playing an important role in ” Tujh Sang Preet Lagayi Sajna “ on Sahara One .

My ……………. 09 ……….. students in ………… 07 ……………. shows on different channels .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhat is playing one of the leads in  ” Gasha ” .

2 – Bhavna Pani is playing supporting role in ” So Many Socks ” .

3 – Veebha Anand is playing lead in ” Rishto Ka Live Telecast ” .

 

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

It was such a satisfying month for me as an acting trainer or acting tutor [ as my detractors call me ] . My 12 students appeared in 07 films , 09 students in 07  TV serials , 02 students in 04 regional films and 03 students appeared in 03 plays also . Thus total number of students working in the month of March comes to 25 . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-annointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood will fail miserably on this count .

I congratulate all my above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , our acting institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

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Vidur’s Travel Diary – 5 : Puducherry


CHENNAI – TAMILNADU – INDIA         NOVEMBER 30 , 2011            01.00 A.M.

After finishing Darshanam and Abhishekam yesterday , me and my wife proceeded for Chennai from Vaitheeswaramkoil in the morning . We reached Puduchery at noon and decided to visit few important places . If one is passing through Puducherry , is it possible to just escape the city and proceed further ?

In 1969 when I went to Allahabad for higher studies , one day me and my friend went to Universal Book Store to buy ” Savitri ” and ” Life Divine ” , books written by Maharshi Aurobindo . I couldn’t buy the books because of paucity of funds but my friend bought those books . He used to narrate few important things from those books and my admiration and respect for Maharshi Aurobindo grew . Unfortunately I was unable to visit Puducherry , which was known as Pondicherry at that time . So when I passed through Puduchery on November 25th , I decided to visit it thoroughly while returning from Vaitheeswarankoil .

Main road of Puducherry is adorned by beautiful gates . In my knowledge the only other city in India adorned with gates is Jaipur . But these gates are very different . They carry distinct French style .

Gate of Puducherry City

After this gate , the most important thing in Puducherry is Sri Aurubindo Ashram . Ashram is closed from 2.00 t0 4.00 . I am sorry that I reached there at 1.45 and spent only 15 minutes there . I could visit the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and Sri Maa and I am happy that I could pay my obeisance there . Photography is not allowed inside , so I could not click photos of Samadhi .

With My Wife at Aurubindo Ashram Gate

My Wife at Sri Aurubindo Ashram

The promenade of Puducherry is something to be seen to be believed . It is different from Marina Beach Chennai and Juhu Beach , Mumbai . It’s old name was Rue Du Rampart and now it is called Beach Road .

Beach Road - Puducherry

Beach Road - Puducherry , Another View

My Wife at Beach Road - Boat House Chunambur in the Background

Very close to Sri Aurobindo Ashram is Vinayak Temple , most famous temple of Puducherry .

With My Wife at Vinayak Temple Gate

After Vinayak Temple we again returned to Beach Road . At one end there is a magnificient Gandhi statue .

Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Beach Road

Pondicherry , apart from Sri Aurubindo , also belongs to Subramanya Bharthi , a great modern Tamil poet . His house was declared a national memorial. I went to visit it but it is sad that it has been closed two years ago . Millions are spent on the memorials of Gandhi – Nehru family but it is appalling that a national poet of the stature of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar a.k.a. Subramanya Bharathi is so neglected . Totally disappointed and crest – fallen , I returned from his so – called memorial

House of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar

There is another worthwhile monument near Puducherry . It is called Auruville . It is 12 km. from the main town .Auroville is a global village conceptualised by Sri Maa . It was raining heavily and we were wet , so the picture is not very clear .

With my Wife at Matru Mandir - Auroville

With visit to Auroville , my Puducherry visit ended . I returned to Chennai . While sitting in the room of Hotel Golden Tower , while I am writing this blog , I am thinking about Puducherry . It is very different from other Indian cities . Have you seen such kind of lanes and by – lanes anywhere in India ?

A Lane of Puducherry

Or do you think such kind of structure for a Church is prevalent anywhere in India ?

A Church of Puducherry

Puducherry was a French Colony and was known as Pondicherry then  . After India’s independence , French government decided to hand over this colony to Indian government and on November 01 , 1954 Pondicherry came under India’s rule and was made a Union Territory on November 01 , 1956 . At the time of transfer of power French government insisted that the distinct French character if this town should be maintained . It is heartening that this pledge is maintained by our government and Puducherry remains unique and distinct .

As usual when I am about to finish the blog , I am contemplating about my next visit and as usual words of Hindi poet Agyeya come to my with a teasing reminder :

पार्श्व गिरि का नम्र चीड़ों में , डगर चढ़ती उमंगों सी ;

बिछी पैरों में नदी ज्यों दर्द की रेखा , विहग शिशु मौन नीड़ों में ; 

मैंने आँख भर देखा , दिया मन को दिलासा ; 
पुनः आऊँगा , भले ही बरस दिन , अनगिन युगों के बाद ;

क्षितिज ने पलक सी खोली , दमक कर दामिनी बोली ;
” अरे यायावर ! रहेगा याद ? “
………………………………………………..अज्ञेय
[ Tenderness of mighty mountains reflected in pine trees ,
Upward moving pathways symbolizing my enthusiasm ,
River , flowing deep down like a line of pain ,
Tiny tots of birds sitting silently in their nest ,
I saw everything with contentment ,
Consoled myself , I would come again ,
After a year or may be after ages ……….
Horizon opened its eyes , lightning dazzled in the sky ,
As if saying ………………
O Wanderer ! Would you ever even remember ? ]
But in case of Pondicherry , I know that I would be visiting the town soon . After Deoria , my place of birth and after Mumbai , my place of work , if I have to settle in any other city ever , it would be Puducherry .

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