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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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01, 2015           06.00 P.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my film diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept and regard my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned here, are the ones, who refuse to acknowledge me in any way. I can sense their abhorrence to my personality. I am not a sweet-talker. So I know that somewhere they were rubbed the wrong way . I also feel their attachment to the people, who claim to be the re-incarnation of Constantine Stanislavsky and are sweeter than any sweet delicacy on this earth . Such students are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

 

My journey continues without such students . It marches ahead without their support . It flourishes despite their criticism and false propaganda . For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 video posted below :
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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 D. Rama Naidu :

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A Telugu and Hindi film maker of repute,  Daggubati Rama Naidu died on February 18, 2015 at the age of 79.

He was the founder of Suresh Productions and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual, having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. He also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004.

In 2012, Ramanaidu was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema . In 2009, he was conferred with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest award for films in Indian cinema.

Krishna Kalle :

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A playback singer of Hindi and Marathi films of 1960s and 1970s, Krishna Kalle died at the age of 74 on March 15, 2015 in Mumbai . Posted a blog on her after her death . Here is the link of the same :

Remembering Krishna Kalle

 

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March 06

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1 – Hey Bro …………………………………………………………… Maninder Singh

………………………………………………………………………………. Hritik Roshan

2 – Coffee Bloom  ………………………………….. Ishwari Bose Bhattacharya

3 – Dirty Politics ……………………………………………………. Darshan Rathod

4 – Badmashiyan – Fun Never Ends  …………………………. X

 

 

Second Week – March 13

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1 – NH 10 …………………………………………………………….. Anushka Sharma

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

2 – Lucknowi Ishq ………………………………………………… Karishma Kotak

 

Third Week – March 20
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1 -International Hero …………………………………………………. Jatin Grewal

2 – Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend ……………………………. Divyendu Sharma

3 – Hunterrr ………………………………………………………………. X

4 – Black Home …………………………………………………………… X

5 – Dozakh In Search Of Heaven ………………………………… X

 

Fourth Week  – March  27
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1 – Barkhaa …………………………………………………… Priyanshu Chatterjee

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

……………………………………………………………………….. Ashok Beniwal

2 – Blind People ……………………………………………….. X

3 – Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai ………………………………… X

 

 

In total …………… 14 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 14 ………… released films ……….. 08 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 11 ……… persons , ………. 09 ……… are actors . And the remaining …………. 02 ………… Darshan Rathod of Sanjeev Darshan fame,  is the music director of  ” NH 10 ” &  ” Dirty Politics ” . He appears twice .

 

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1 – Mrunal Jain  is playing an important role in  ” Bandhan …. Sari Umar Hame Sang Rehna Hai “ on Zee TV .

2 – Rohit Khurana is playing an important role in  ” Chatur Aur Chalak , Birbal Aur Viraat “ on Big Magic  .

3 – Kishwar Merchant is playing an important role in  ” Chatur Aur Chalak , Birbal Aur Viraat “ on Big Magic  .

4 – Tarun Khanna is playing an important role in  ” Bharat Ka Veer Putra …… Maharana Pratap “ on Sony TV .

5 – Ankur Nayyar is playing an important role in  ” Mahadev “ on Life OK .

6 – Manav Gohil is playing an important role in  ” Yam Hain Hum “ on Sab TV .

7 – Alan Kapoor is playing an important role in  ” Piya Basanti Re “ on Sony Pal .

8 – Rohit Shetty is hosting  ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 “ on Colors .

9 – Nathalia Kaur is participating in  ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 “ on Colors .

10- Hussain Kuwajerwala is participating in  ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 “ on Colors .

 

 

My ……….………. 10 …………….….. students in ………………… 07 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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1 – Chandni Rav  is playing a role in  ” One Coin Please “.

2 – Adhir Bhat  is playing a role in  ” Rafta Rafta “.

3 – Adhir Bhat  is playing a role in  ” The Government Inspector “.

4 – Pratik Kothari is playing a role in  ” Master Builder “.

 

 

My …………. 03 ………….. students in ………… 04 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Vivel Soap ” .

2 – Tarun Khanna is the Brand Ambassador of  ” BOI”

3 – Kalki Koechlin is the Brand ambassador of ” Olay Day Cream ” .

4 – Alia Bhatt is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Caprese Hand Bags “.

 5 – John Abraham is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Sofit Soya Milk “.

6 – Varun Dhawan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Campus Shoes “.

7 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Scholl Footcare & Hygiene Brand “.

 

My ………….. 07 …………… students in …………… 07 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

My 11 students appeared in 08 films , 10 students in 07 TV shows , 03 students in 04 plays and 07 students appeared in 07 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of March, 2015 comes to 31. It was 27 in July 2014 and 20 in August .

31 is a good number considering the fact that I have eliminated names of so many students . It is more that the numbers of July & August 2014 , when I used to include all my students .

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May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2014           01.15 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned, are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

May 2014 and June 2014 were bad for my career. Number of students trained by me plummeted drastically. But it again became rosy and sky-rocketed to the earlier position from July 2014. The reason is stated above.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 .
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Dharmesh Tiwari  : 

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The man who would always be known as Kripacharya of B. R. Chopra’s epic serial ” Mahabharat “ , Dharmesh Tiwari, died on August 06, 2014 in Chandigarh at the age of 63.

He was General Secretary of CINTAA [ Cine & TV Artistes Association ] at the time of his death. He was also President of FWICE [ Federation of Western India Cine Employees.

 

Rajendra Ojha :

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Publisher of ” Screen World “ , a Film Directory of 33 years of standing and a former employee of Rajshri Productions, Rajendra Ojha died on July 26, 2014 at the age of 67 years. He was suffering from throat cancer.
He also wrote ” 100 Years of Cinema “, a highly acclaimed book about Hindi films from 1913 to 2013.
Sushilarani Patel :
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Basically a classical singer, who acted and sang in two films, Sushilarani Patel died on July 24, 2014 at the age of 96.
Posting link of the blog, which I wrote about her :

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 01

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1 – Lateef : The King Of Crime …………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – August 08

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1 – Entertainment …………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

……………………………………………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

……………………………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

 

Third Week – August 15

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1 – Singham Returns ………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

 

Fourth Week  – August 22
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1 – Mad About Dance ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Mardaani ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Mumbai Connection …………………………………… X

4 – Life Is Beautiful ! ……………………………………….. X

5 – Katiyabaaz ……………………………………………….. X

 

 

Fifth Week  – August 29
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1 – Identity Card …………………………………………….. X

2 – Raja Natwarlal …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

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

3 – Trip To Bhangarh ……………………………………….. X

 

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………. 05 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 02 ………… Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in ” Entertainment “. And Dhaval Gada is the co-producer of  ” Raja Natwarlal ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Marathi : Milind Gawali  is doing prominent role in  ” Samarthya “.

2 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is doing lead role in ” Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De”.

3 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Bindaas “.

4 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Buno Haansh “.

 

My ………….. 03 ……………. students in ……….. 04 ………….. regional films .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre is the Narrator of a   ” Mission Sapne “ on Zee TV.

2 – Vatsal Sheth is playing an important role in ” Ek Hasina Thi “ on Star Plus.

3 – Mishal Raheja is doing ” Encounter “ on MTV.

4 – Sai Deodhar is playing an important role in ” Udann – Sapnon Ki ” on Colors TV.

 

 

 

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Colour Blind “.

2 – Kalki Koechlin is playing lead in the play ” Trivial Disasters “.

3 – Eijaz Khan is doing lead in a play ” Bollywood Dreams “.

 

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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Vivek Oberoi  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Zeel Rainwear ” .

2 – Amit Sadh is the Brand Ambassador of ” Wildstone Deo “.

3 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Sansui “.

4 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” I Ball “.

 

 

My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 04 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

As an acting trainer my 07 students appeared in 04 films , 04 students in 04 TV serials , 03 students in 04 regional films , 02 students in 03 plays and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of August comes to 20. It was 27 in July 2014. And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of life.

 

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May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 01, 2014           08.15 P.M.

[ DECLARATION : After May, 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students in my diary, who respect me and accept my humble contribution in their journey of cinema. All the other students, who, though, worked this month but deny my contribution and refuse to even acknowledge me, are not mentioned. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM! ]

After a dull May 2014 and June 2014, July 2014 brought happy news on my career front and it became a month of celebration. A new, significant and important film  ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil “ was released on July 04. Armaan Jain, grandson of legendary Raj Kapoor, made his debut in the said film. He is my student.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 till July.
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Zohra Sehgal  : 

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The grand old lady of Indian film and theatre world died in New Delhi on July 10, 2014 at the age of 102. From Prithvi Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, she worked with 4 generation of Kapoors. An incredible feat indeed.

To commemorate her remarkable journey, I am re-posting the blog, which I wrote when she turned 100 years young in 2012.

Wrote this on 100th BD of Zohra Sahgal. Posting it again after her death. Zohra Sahgal : A Glorious Century of Life

 

Sona :

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A starlet of Hindi films, a look-alike of Madhubala, who did several insignificant films and then married Haji Mastan and faded away from public memory, died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 65.

 

Arun Dutt

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Son of legendary actor-producer-director Guru Dutt and playback singer Geeta Dutt, Arun Dutt passed away on July 26, 2014 at the age of 58 due to multiple organ failure.

As a producer he made an action film ” Khule Aam ” [ 1992 ] .


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First Week – July 04

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1 – Lekar Hum Deewana Dil …………………………. Armaan Jain

………………………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

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

2 – Bobby Jasoos ………………………………………. X

3 – The Dirty Dances ………………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – July 11

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1 – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania ……………………. Varun Dhawan

……………………………………………………………….. Alia Bhatt

2 – Bollywood Villa …………………………………….. X

3 Munna Mange Memsaab …………………………… X

 

Third Week – July 18

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1 – Amit Sahni Ki List …………………………………. X

2 – Hate Story 2 ………………………………………… X

3 – Pizza ………………………………………………….. Akshay Oberoi

4 – Bazar-E-Husn ……………………………………… Reshmi Ghosh

5 – Riyasat ………………………………………………. Aryeman Ramsay

6 – Aaj Ka Fashion Trend …………………………… Atishri Sarkar

 

Fourth Week  – July 25
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1 – Kick …………………………………………………. Jacqueline Fernandez

……………………………………………………………. Alvira Agnihotri

 

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 11 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 03 ………… Saif Ali Khan is the co-producer of “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”. Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in the above mentioned film. And Alvira Agnihotri is the costume designer of “Kick” .

 

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1 – Bhojpuri : Anjani Kumar Chaturvedi  is doing lead role in  ” Benam Badshah “.


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

 

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging ” Cine Stars Ki Khoj “ on Zee TV .

2 – Ankur Nayyar is playing an important role in ” Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap “ on Sony TV.

 

 


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Hamlet The Clown Prince “.


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

 

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1 – Ranbir Kapoor  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Hero Scooters ” .

2Ranbir Kapoor is the face of ” Ask Me ” .

3 – Pulkit Samrat is the face of  ” Snapdeal.com ” .

4 – Imran Khan is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Purer’r Shot ” .

5 – Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Colgate Visible White”.

6 -Sonam Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” L’OREAL “.

7- Arjun Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Philips Pro Skin Trimmers “.

8 – Shazahn Padamsee is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Ketomac “.

9 – Alia Bhatt is the Brand Ambassador of ” Hero Motocorp ” .

10 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambasador of ” Denver Deo “.

11 – Katrina Kaif is the face of ” Lux ” .

12 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Panasonic “.

13 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Rajnigandha Elaichi “.

14 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Slide “.

15 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Lakme “.

16 – Arjun Rampal is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nivea Men “.

 


My ………….. 12 …………… students in …………… 16 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , July 2014 was a remarkable month for me.  My student Armaan Jain made his debut as a lead actor. My 11 students appeared in 07 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials , 01 student in 01 regional film , 01 student in 01 play and 12 students appeared in 16 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July comes to 27 . And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of cinema.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 27 students .

May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 01, 2014   11.40 P.M.
As I have stated in the January edition of Vidur’s Film Diary , 2014 is the 25th year of my acting training career. This Silver Jubilee Year is bringing lots of accolades and jubilation to Vidur Acting Institute . It is unfolding several unseen vistas in my professional career as well as personal life.
It all started with Sunny Deol starrer ” Singh Saab The Great ” . Urvashi Rautela , a student of Vidur Acting Institute , made her debut in the film. Then came Salman Khan starrer ” Jai Ho “ . It becomes the first ever film to have 8 students of mine working in one film . Daisy Shah made her debut in this film. After these two films , it was turn of an Abhay Deol film called ” One By Two ” . Preeti Desai [ Miss Great Britain 2006 ] played lead in the film . Then came ” Highway “ . Naina Trivedi , [ a FTII alumni of 2009 batch ] and another student of Vidur Acting Institute , played an important role in it. It is needless to say that Alia Bhatt is the main lead of “ Highway “ and she is also my students . Thus my two students were there in critically acclaimed and box office hit film  ” Highway ” .
Vidur Club News Video , an audio – visual wing of Vidur Acting Institute  , captures this momentous phase of my career and beautifully documents and amply illustrates the accomplishments. I am posting links of the two videos :
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
It all happened in the span of just 4 months. March 2014 is going to be more promising , more exciting. But before March comes heralding glorious accomplishments, let us have a look on February 2014.

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Balu Mahendra : 

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Balu Mahendra, the man who gave us ” Sadma ” [ 1983 ] , a Kamal Haasan & Sridevi starrer film, died on February 13, 2014 in Chennai at the age of 74.
In a career spanning  42 years he made 22 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He made his highly successful film ” Moondram Pirai ” [ 1982 ] in Hindi as ” Sadma ” [ 1983 ] . He made another Hindi film ” Aur Ek Prem Kahani ” [ 1996 ] . It was a remake of his first film, a Kannada movie ” Kokila ” [ 1977 ] .
Basically a cinematographer, he , apart from directing films in 5 languages, was script writer and editor also.

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First Week – February 07

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1 – Hasee To Phasee ………………………………… Shekhar Ravjiani

2 – Ya Rab ……………………………………………… Flora Saini

3 – Heartless ………………………………………….. X

4 – Babloo Happy Hai ……………………………… X

Second Week – February 14

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1 – Gunday ……………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

…………………………………………………………… Arjun Kapoor

…………………………………………………………… Aashish Singh

2 – Kaho Na Kaho …………………………………. X

Third Week – February 21
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1 – Highway …………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

………………………………………………………….. Neha Trivedi

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

2 – Darr @ The Mall ……………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

…………………………………………………………. Ganesh Hegde

3 – Dee Saturday Night …………………………. X

4 – Karar ……………………………………………. X

Fourth Week  – February 28
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1 – Shaadi Ke Side Effects ………………………. X

2 – Anuradha ……………………………………….. Hrishita Bhatt

In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in January . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 11 ……… persons , ………… 07 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 04 ……. Shekhar Ravjiani is the music director of  ” Hasee To Phasee “  . Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of   ” Gunday ” . Shweta Pandit is the play back singer of ” Highway “ and Ganesh Hegde is the choreographer of ” Darr @ The Mall ” .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Anushka Sharma is the  Brand Ambassador of ” Lipton Green Tea ” .

2 – Priyanka Chopra is the Brand Ambassador of ” Range Rover ” .

3 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Nakshatra Jewellery ”

4 – Katrina Kaif is the Brand Ambassador of ” Panasonic ” .

5 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” Magnum Ice-Cream ” .


My ………….. 04 …………… students in …………… 05 …………… commercial campaign .

Apart from above mentioned 4 films and my new students making debuts in them , my 11 old students appeared in 07 films and 04 students appeared in 05 Ads . Thus total number of old students working in the month of February comes to 15 .

It is not a mean accomplishment considering the fact that by each passing day acting institutes are mushrooming in every nook and corner of Mumbai. There are some genuine institutes and there are few fake institutes.  While I am openly documenting my achievements , there is deafening silence on the other front . Fakers of faking facts , gaali gurus of facebook acting institute , veteran (?) trainers of blink & miss starlets , crafty craftsmen of craft-less actors are conspicuous by their silence . I have always maintained that one day dust will settle down and everything will become crystal clear. Dust now is settling down rapidly and spineless warriors are standing naked . Their true worth is out in the battlefield . And yes , world is watching .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned 15 old students and debut – making students .

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

May they shine in their chosen field !

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2014   04.25 P.M.
Month of December 2013 will be remembered for ” Dhoom 3 “ , the highest grosser film of Hindi film industry. It earned 250 crores within 14 days and dashed all previous box office records . It is still going strong as I  write and publish this blog. It’s total domestic collection till date is INR 272.50 crores. ” Dhoom 3 “ has become all-time blockbuster.
” Krrish 3 “ , a Hritik Roshan film , stands second with the All – India net collection of INR 243.24 crore in India and INR 300.00 crore worldwide . ” Chennai Express “ stands third with the collection of INR 226.70 crore.
It is so uncanny that all the Hindi films of 200 crore club have my students working in various fields. Here is the list :
1 – ” 3 Idiots “ [ 200.57 crores ] ………………………….. Kareena Kapoor
2 – ” Chennai Express “ [ 226.56 crores ] …………… Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani / Nikitin Dheer
3 – ” Krrish 3 “ [ 244.60 crores ] ………………………… Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Vivek Oberoi
4 – ” Dhoom 3 “ [ 272.50 crores & still counting ] ……… Uday Chopra / Katrina Kaif / Ashish Singh
[ My 10 students in all the 04 films of 200 crore club ]

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Obituary :

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Vinay Apte : 

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A Hindi and Marathi film and stage actor, Vinay Apte died on December 07, 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 62.

Apart from several Marathi films, he worked in Hindi films like; ” Chandni Bar ” [ 2001 ], ” Ek Chalis Ki Last Local ” [ 2007 ], ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010 ] and ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ].

 

Dinesh Gandhi

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A Hindi Film financier and diamond merchant Dinesh Vasant Gandhi, 65, and his wife, Devyani, 65, were among those killed in the fire in the Mont Blac building at Kemps Corner on Friday.

Dinesh Gandhi financed over 15 films, including ” Tezaab “, ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” and ” Bezubaan “, long before studios started putting in the money. While both ” Bezubaan ” and ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” were made by producer Pranlal Mehta, it was during the shooting of ” Bezubaan ” that Gandhi met producer-director N Chandra and agreed to finance his film ” Tezaab “.

 

Farooque Sheikh

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A gentleman actor Farooque Sheikh died on December 27, 2013 in Dubai at the age of 65. He will always be remembered for his sensitive portrayals in classic and cult films like ; ” Gaman “, ” Noorie “, ” Umrao Jaan ” and ” Chashme Buddoor “.
Posting link of the blog which I wrote about him :

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December  06

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1 – R…Rajkumar …………………………………………………. Sonu Sood

2 – Club 60 ………………………………………………………… X

3 – Jai Mahalaxmi ……………………………………………….. X

4 – Tu Bewafa Hai ……………………………………………….. X

Second Week – December  13

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1 – Jackpot ……………………………………………………….. Raina Sachiin Joshi

2 – Lucky Kabootar ……………………………………………. Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………. Kulraj Randhawa

3 – What The Fish ……………………………………………… X

4 – Shringaar ……………………………………………………. X

Third Week – December  20

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1 – Dhoom 3 …………………………………………………….. Uday Chopra

……………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif

……………………………………………………………………… Ashish Singh

Fourth Week  – December  27

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1 – Mahabharat ……………………………………………….. X

2 – Bhadaas …………………………………………………….. X

3 – Moksh ………………………………………………………. X


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………… 05 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 02 ……. Raina Sachin Joshi is the producer of  ” Jackpot “ and Ashish Singh is the Executive – producer of  ” Dhoom 3 ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Punjabi : Teejay Siddhu is doing lead role in  ” Luv u Soniyo “.


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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Shweta Pandit is playing a cameo in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .


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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin is  doing main lead in  ” Colour Blind “.



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

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not a very significant and satisfying month , but still I am happy .  My 07 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 TV serial , 01 student in 01 regional film , and 01 student in 01 play. Thus total number of students working in the month of December comes to 10 .

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

May they shine in the field of fine arts !

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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 :

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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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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned students . VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field !

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH  01, 2013          04.05 P.M.
Month of February , 2013 will only be remembered for the unexpected success of films like ; ” Special 26 ” and ” Kai Po Che ! ” . ” Vishwaroop “ also generated sparks and some controversy but it died down soon . Not so impressive performance ofMurder 3 “ was a shocker .
Tweets of Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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  1. 25 Jan Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta RACE 2 does not entertain enough.It’ll not be able to win the b.o.race.Read my full review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/race-2-review/ …

    25 Jan Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta Read my RACE 2 review in Hindi at @KomalNahta) की समीक्षा http://bit.ly/11WpoZT 

    1 Feb Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta

    For all the hype and hoopla, Kamal Haasan’s VISHWAROOP is a commercial flop. Read my complete review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/vishwaroop-review/ …

    1 Feb Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta LISTEN… AMAYA is the film’s title. But is anyone ready to listen or watch it? Read my full review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/listen-amaya-review/ …
    1 Feb Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta VISHWAROOP opening shockingly poor in spite of controversy and free publicity. DAVID initial so dull that it cud well be called DISMAL DAVID
    1 Feb Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta RACE 2 ends the 1st week with a net all-India total of just around Rs. 65-66 crore. Huge dip in collections after weekend.
    3 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Vishwaroop [Hindi version] Fri 1.89 cr, Sat [revised] 2.57 cr. Total: Rs 4.46 cr.
    3 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #David [Hindi version] Fri 69 lacs, Sat 83 lacs. Total: Rs 1.52 cr.
    3 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Race2 [2nd Week] Fri 3.5 cr, Sat 5.5 cr. Total: Rs 85.1 cr nett.
    5 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Race2 [2nd Week] Mon 2.5 cr. Total: Rs 94.1 cr
    5 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Vishwaroop [Hindi] passes the ‘Monday test’ with less than 50% fall. Monday *early estimates* 1.15 cr to 1.25cr.
    4 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Race2 collected Rs 15.5 cr nett in Weekend 2. Grand total: Rs 91.6 cr nett. Breakup for Weekend 2:- Fri 3.5 cr, Sat 5.5 cr, Sun 6.5 cr.
    4 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Vishwaroop collected approx Rs 7.56 cr + nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 1.89 cr, Sat 2.47 cr, Sun 3.2 cr.
    4 Feb taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh

    #David collected approx Rs 2.41 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 69 lacs, Sat 83 lacs, Sun 89 lacs.

    #Vishwaroop [1st Week; actuals] Hindi version: 11.55 cr. Maintained very well on weekdays.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – February 01

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1 -Midnight’s Children …………………………………………… Soha Ali Khan

2 – David …………………………………………………………….. Neil Nitin Mukesh

…………………………………………………………………………. Monica Dogra

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

…………………………………………………………………………. Adhir Bhatt

3 – Vishwaroop ……………………………………………………. X

4 – Mai ……………………………………………………………….. X

5 – Listen…Ameya ……………………………………………….. X

6 – Pyar Ka Jalwa …………………………………………………. X

7 – Deewana Main Deewana ……………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

Second Week – February 08

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1 – ABCD ……………………………………………………………. X

2 – The Unsound …………………………………………………. X

3 – Special 26 …………………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

……………………………………………………………………….. Divya Dutta

Third Week – February 15

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1 – Murder 3 …………………………………………………….. X

2 – Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story ………………………………. Vivek Oberoi

Fourth Week  – February 22

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1 – Kai Po Che ! …………………………………………………. Abhishek Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………… Amit Sadh

2 – Zila Ghaziabad …………………………………………….. Vivek Oberoi

……………………………………………………………………… Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………… Minissha Lamba

……………………………………………………………………… Eijaz Khan

……………………………………………………………………… Geeta Basra

3 – Rise of the Zombie ……………………………………….. X

 

In total …………… 15 …………….. films got released in February . Out of these ………….. 15………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 16 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….16 ……… persons , Divya Dutta and Vivek Oberoi came twice and Geeta Basra made guest appearance . Abhishek Kapoor is the writer and director of  ” Kai Po Che ! “

 

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1 – Gujarati : Manav Gohil  is playing main lead in ” Saptapadii “.

 

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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vijay Badlani  is doing ” Khamoshiyan “ on Star Plus .

2 – Mrunal Jain is doing ” Uttaran “ on Colors TV .

3 – Rohit Khurana is doing ” Dil Ki Nazar Se – Khoobsurat “ on Sony TV .

My ……………. 03 ……….. students in ………… 03 ……………. shows on different channels .

 

I congratulate all the above mentioned students of mine on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . It is heartening and very satisfying to note that in February 16 students of mine got work in major films and serials . I need not proclaim that mine is the best acting school in Mumbai or the most successful acting class in India or the most famous acting institute of Bollywood . 16 working students in a month makes my position clear .

May they shine in their chosen field !

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New Female Playback Singers of Hindi Films


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2012           00.35 A.M.

When ” Alam Ara ” , the first Indian talkie , hit the screen in 1931 , an era started , which could easily be called the era of singing stars . All the actors sang their own songs on the screen . Well known female stars of that era were no exception . From Devika Rani to Leela Chitnis and from Kanan Devi to lesser known starlets, every heroine worth the name sang their own songs .

English: Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani in a Scene from the 1936 film Achhut Kanya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi (Photo credit: tonymitra)

Then came the era of Noor Jahan and Suraiya . Both were immensely popular stars and huge singers of their generation . Their songs and their films are still popular . Their retirement from the films finally brought an end to the glorious era of singing stars . Salma Agha , another singing star , came in ” Nikah ” [ 1982 ]  but it was an exception . Singing stars era had ended much earlier .

After the end of singing stars era , playback singing in films became popular . Rajkumari Dubey could be called the first female playback singer . She started her singing career in 1940 . Her songs with Mukesh in ” Bawre Nain “[ 1950 ]  are still famous and they are memorable . Modern day movie goer are familiar with her song from ” Pakeeza “[ 1972 ]  . It is ….. najaria ki mari mari more saiyan …….

Another playback singer from that era was Shamshad Begum . She rose to prominence with ” Khazanchi ” [ 1941 ] and ” Khandaan ” [ 1942 ] . Her career suffered major set back with the advent and subsequent supremacy of Lata Mangeshkar andAsha Bhosle . Amirbai Karnataki was another famous playback singer from that era .

Then began an era which is known as Lata Mangeshkar Era . She , along with her younger sibling Asha Bhosle , dominated the playback scene of Hindi films like a colossus for almost 5 decades .

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian singer Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During their era many singers came and went into oblivion . Geeta Dutt , Suman Kalyanpur , Kamal Barot ,  Sudha Malhotra , Mubarak Begum and Sharda came and eclipsed quickly without leaving a mark .

In 70s , while Lata Mangeshkar was still reigning supreme , again a new crop of female playback singers emerged . Alka Yagnik , Sadhana Sargam , Kavita Krishnamurty andAnuradha Paudwal came , gave some memorable hits and faded into oblivion . Lata Mangeshkar still ruled and gave memorable hits like ; Yash Chopra directed  ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Now a new crop of playback singers are hovering on the horizon . Shreya Ghoshal has become numero Uno like Lata Mangeshkar and Sunidhi Chauhan has almost taken Asha Bhosle’s place . But there are other female playback singers  also . They are fast emerging on the scene .

ADITI SINGH SHARMA : With chart – busters like ; ” Aali Re …. ” & ” Dilli , Dilli …… ” in ” No One Killed Jessica “ and ” Chhoomantar ….. ” in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan , she became a singer to watch in future .

ALYSSA MENDONSA : Daughter of Loy Mendonsa of Shankar – Ahsan – Loy fame , she sang ” Uff Teri Ada ……. ” in ” Karthik Calling Karthik “ and immensely popular ” Khwabon Ke Parindey ….. ” in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara .

ANUSHKA MANCHANDA : She sang re-mix version of ” Dum Maro Dum …… ” with a rare conviction and forced everyone to take notice of her talent .

HARSHDEEP KAUR : With ” Katiya Karoon ….. ” of  ” Rockstar “ and ” Jugni ………….. ” of ” Cocktail “ , she hit big and is surely on her way to the top .

MAHALAXMI IYER : She hit the bull’s-eye with ” Ae Ajnabee ……….. ” in ” Dil Se ” , ” Sadka Kiya ………… ” in ” I Hate Luv Storys “ and hugely popular Punjabi numbers like ; ” Laung Da Lashkara ……. ” & ” Rola Pe Gaya …….. ” in ” Patiala House ” .

NEHA BHASIN : ” Kuchh Khas Hai …….. ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Dhunki Dhunki ……. ” in ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan “ brought her on the top .

SHIPLA RAO : In a hit number like : ” Khuda Jane …………… ” of ” Bachna Ae Haseenon “ , she found her moorings .

SHRUTI PATHAK : With ” Marjaawan …………… ” in ” Fashion “ and ” Payaliya ………… ” in ” Dev D “ , she arrived and made her presence felt .

SHWETA PANDIT : She made her debut in Yash Raj Films ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . From ” Mohabbatein “ to ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” [ 2011 ]  , she had sung several hits in Hindi . She regularly performs with A. R. Rehman‘s stage shows also . She is extremely popular singer in Telugu films also .

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

With Shweta Pandit in My Office

In a way she is my student . Though she never took admission in my Acting Institute and didn’t come to my regular batch . But still she come to my institute whenever she is free and participates in the improvisation classes of my institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

I am happy for her and wish her greater success . I am sure in years to come she will be top playback singer of India .

I am happy that I have at least one student in playback singing field also .

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An Evening With Shweta Pandit


 

January 09, 2011. What a Sunday ! After a long time , almost after five years, on this very cold , windy and dreary Sunday of Mumbai, I got an opportunity to meet famous playback singer Shweta Pandit. Her brother Yash Pandit is my student and because of him I know her personally. I am a huge admirer of her grand-uncle Pandit Jasraj ji, who is the real brother of her grandfather Pandit Pratap Ji.

Indian singer Pandit Jasraj at the launch of h...

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I used to like her Bua Sulakshan Pandit, who was a famous singer-actor of her time. I am a huge fan of her famous uncles and notable music director duo Jatin-Lalit also. Who is not a fan of hit musical scores of blockbuster films like ” Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ” , ” Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai ” and ” Mohabbatein ” . All these films have Jatin-Lalit compositions. Recent hit ” Munni Badnam Hui ” of ” Dabangg ” is also a creation of Lalit Pandit. Shweta Pandit’s  father Mandhir Pandit gave music for some of Dev Anand films under the name of Mandhir-Jatin.

Mohabbatein

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” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] reminds me of Shweta Pandit because it was her debut film. She sang two songs – ” Sab Darwaze Kar Lo Band, Dekho Aaye Aaye Chor  ” and  ” Chalte Chalte Yun Hi ” at the age of 12. It was a Yash Raj film. It was Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan starrer. She gave voice to Shamita Shetty in this film. As a trainer ” Mohabbatein ” was a big and important film for me too. I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 artistes, who were making their debut with this film. They were – Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj, Jimmy Sheirgill, Shamita Shetty, Priti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma. That time I didn’t know that Shweta Pandit is also making her debut with this film. ” Mohabbatein “ changed my life completely. From being an unknown and insignificant player in the field of acting training, I became a known figure in this field. And from being a 12 years old debutant singer, Shweta Pandit became an international sensation, who hops around the world along with A. R. Rehman for his concerts.

 

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Shweta called me on Saturday night to inform me that she would be coming to my institute on Sunday. It was nice seeing her after 5 years. She is same courteous, vibrant and energetic girl, who met me years ago with his brother Yash Pandit and who had now matured as a singer and as an international performer.

It was nice meeting you Shweta. We both started our major film journey from ” Mohabbatein “. It is an eleven year old relationship. We share a kind of professional umbilical cord. I pray to God that this umbilical cord should not and would never be snapped.

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