Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2017


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 19, 2017           09.40 P.M.

 

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary is now in the 8th year of its existence. 8 long and uninterrupted years! ]

 

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VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE

SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2016

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015= = = = = 62.35 %

Success Rate : 2016= = = = = 72.60 %

It is evident that my success rate is increasing every year. It is unprecedented.

2016 has been a watershed year in my career. In total 06 students of mine made debut in 2016 as lead actors.
2017 starts on a good note. I did workshop with YAMI GAUTAM for her role in “Kaabil”. She is my 1st student to hit the screen in 2017. JOYVEER GHOSH made appearance in a serial “Dil Se Dil Tak” on Colors TV.
Thus 02 students of mine made debut in the 1st month of 2017 itself. And yes, there are many more to come.
1 YAMI GAUTAM = [ 2017 Kaabil ]

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1 JOYVEER GHOSH – [ 2017 Dil Se Dil Tak – Serial ]

 

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Obituary :

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Om Puri

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An internationally acclaimed actor Om Puri died on January 06, 2017  at the age of 67.

Om Puri

18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017

He is best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.

Om Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States and Britain.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

I am sorry to say that during his last days, he courted controversy by attacking Indian Army and saying such things which can’t be reproduced here. It was sad to see him appear on several TV channels dead drunk and in pitiable condition begging for forgiveness. Sad end of an International star.

 
Naqsh Lyallpuri 
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A very popular lyricist of yesteryear Hindi cinema, Naqsh Lyallpuri died on January 22, 2017 in Mumbai. He was 89 years old at the time of his death.
Jaswant Rai Sharma a.k.a. Naqsh Lyallpuri
(24 February 1928 – 22 January 2017),
Popularly known by his pen name Naqsh Lyallpuri , he is best known for the songs “Rasm-e-Ulfat Ko Nibhayen” (Dil Ki Rahen, 1973), “Tumhe Ho Na Ho” (Gharonda, 1977), “Yeh Mulaqaat Ek Bahana Hai ” (Khandaan, 1979), “Pyar Ka Dard Hai” (Dard, 1981), and “Chitthiye Ni Dard Firaaq Vaaliye” (Henna, 1991).

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Hindi Films in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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First Week – January 06

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1 – Prakash Electronic ……………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

 

Second Week – January 13

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1 – OK Jaanu …………………………………………………………………………………. X

2 – Haraamkhor ……………………………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – January 20 
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1 – Coffee with D  ………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Fourth  Week – January 25 
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1 – Kaabil …………………………………………………………………… Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………………………… Yami Gautam

……………………………………………………………………………….. Urvashi Rautela

2 – Raees …………………………………………………………………… Pawni Pandey

 

In total ………..……… 06 ………..….. films got released in January 2017 . Out of these ……………..….. 06 …………………… released films ………………….. 03 ……………………… films have …………… 05 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 05 ………………… persons , …………… 04 ……… are actors and among the remaining …………. 01 ……………….. Pawni Pandey is the Play Back Singer of a song “Laila Main Laila, Aisi Main Laila………….” in  ” Raees “ .

 

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TV Trivia in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Joyveer Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Dil Se Dil Tak ” on Colors TV.



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

 

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Commercials in January & Vidur Acting Institute :

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1 – Jacqueline Fernandez is the Brand Ambassador of  ” TRESemme Conditioner & Shampoo ” .

2 – Kalki Koechlin is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Cottoworld “ .

3 – Yami Gautam is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Qutone imarble “ .

4 – Ranbir Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of  ” Asian Paints “ .

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

 

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Summary of January 2017

My 05 students appeared in 03 films , 01 student in 01 TV show and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2017 comes to 10

 

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AWARDS – ACCOLADES – DEBUTS

AWARDS 2017

1 – Sonam Kapoor got won Best Actor [ Female ] for ” Neerja “.

2 – Sonam Kapoor won “Editors’ Choice Best Actress”.

3 – Alvira Khan won Best Costume Designer for ” Sultan “.

4 – Varun Dhawan won ” Best Superstar of Next Generation”.

5 – Priyanka Chopra won  “Stardust Global Icon Award”.

DEBUTS

1 – Saiyami Kher won Best Debut [ Female ] Award for ” Mirzya “.

 

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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 10 students .

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

Unlike so-called “Best Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Institutes of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Best Acting Trainers of India” // “Best Acting Trainers of the World”, I have endured my journey with truth, tenacity and belligerence.

Surprisingly “Top Acting Institutes of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Institutes of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of Mumbai” // “Top Acting Trainers of India” // “Top Acting Trainers of the World” are conspicuous by their absolute silence on this front.

 

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com 

I am indebted and I express gratitude. ]

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An Open Letter To FTII Alumna / Alumnus


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JUNE 18, 2015           00.30 A.M.

Dear Alumna / Alumnus of FTII, Pune !

I have already written 2 blogs about the FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] , Pune. 1st blog was written on March 28, 2010. It was about the declining and deteriorating standards of FTII. The 2nd one was written on October 28, 2012. It was about hubris and high-handed behaviour of students of FTII. Today I am forced to write 3rd blog about FTII.

I am reading in newspapers that alumnus of this so-called premier institute are agitated against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, the newly appointed FTII Chief. Nearly 150 students boycotted classes today and continued their protest for the 5th day.

According to Harishankar Nachimuthu, the President of Student’s Union of FTII, Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment is a conspiracy to saffronise this prestigious ( ? ) institute. He states that he is not going to accept Shri Gajendra Chauhan as Chief of FTII. May I demand to know, who is seeking his acceptance or concurrence?

I came to know that several past students [ who are jobless since time immemorial ] are holding meeting in Mumbai and threatening central government that they will fight against Shri Gajendra Chauhan, “a Narendra Modi stooge” till the end. According to them he lacks stature and administrative experience. May I demand to know, who the hell are they to decide, whether Shri Chauhan has the required stature or not?

In the past Mr. Shyam Benegal, Mr. Mrinal Sen, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mr. Mahesh Bhatt, Mr. Girish Karnad, Mr. Vinod Khanna, Prof. U.R. Ananthamurthy and Mr. Saeed Mirza have served as Chairman of the Governing Council of FTII.  They were appointed by the government of the day. Shri Gajendra Chauhan is also appointed by present central government.

I fail to understand, how can students demand to have a say in the appointment of Chief of FTII. Moreover, what stake do past students have in the affairs of their Alma Mater? Why are they agitated? Why are they threatening to “fight till the end”?

Students and alumnus of this so-called prestigious institute should realize that their job is to get trained and not to decide about the governing council chief or other administrative matters of the institute. They must realize that the golden days of Shri Roshan Taneja are over. Their activism fails to produce a single actor of the calibre of ASHOK KUMAR, MOTI LAL, DILIP KUMAR, BALRAJ SAHNI, SANJEEV KUMAR, AMITABH BACHCHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN, AMIR KHAN, HRITIK ROSHAN or RANBIR KAPOOR. None of the above mentioned actors are the alumnus of FTII. I also fail to find among your alumna, any actress of the stature of NARGIS, MEENA KUMARI, MADHUBALA, GEETA BALI, VYJAYANTIMALA, WAHEEDA REHMAN, REKHA or KAJOL. And you people are talking about the calibre of Gajendra Chauhan.

I appeal to the alumnus of FTII to first become a world-class actor and then try to be an activist. The most important FTII alumnus and your biggest inspiration NASEERUDDIN SHAH is busy doing “world-class” ( ? ) films like “Sona Spa” and ” Jackpot” and you people are pontificating on the calibre of Shri Gajendra Chauhan and threatening Shri Narendra Modi.

And now a word for failed ex students of FTII. You have no business to meddle in the affairs of your alma mater if you are still struggling to make a mark. No one needs your activism. You roam around in the alleys of Mumbai with stinking body, wilting faces, faded attires and dead and gloomy eyes. I pity your rancid existence and failed journey of life. The government of the day doesn’t need or seek your approval. Leave your hubris. You are not doing any favour to us or humanity if you are an ex students of FTII.

Let me make it clear that your agitation is politically motivated. All the right thinking people know it. If it is not so, why people like Anand Patwardhan and other known left-liberals are joining your band wagon? Why students of JNU [ Jawahar Lal Nehru University ] , a breeding ground of leftist and pseudo seculars, are joining your protest? What stake have they in the FTII?

Instead of protesting against Gajendra Chauhan, try to check the deterioration in the quality of the institute. May I demand to know why “for a 3 year programme, there have been students floating around the campus since 2008? May be they will graduate only when their creative juices start flowing.[ verbatim quote from Hindustan Times – Dated June 17, 2015 – Page 11 / also read the editorial ” The World’s not a stage at the FTII – Page 12]

You resist every change and want to run the institute as per your whims and fancies. When UPA appointed committee suggested running the institute on public-private partnership, you people protested. When UPA tried to make the syllabus more contemporary, you started indefinite strike. UPA government headed by Congress was not saffronising the institute. So it is clear that protests and strikes are in your DNA.

Dear alumnus, if you feel or suspect that the appointment of Shri Gajendra Chauhan is a conspiracy to saffronise FTII, I suggest that you should learn to live with it as soon as possible. It will be better for your future, your health and your well-being.

We have seen enough of your hubris. We have tolerated enough of your pseudo intellectual hypocrisy. It is time to say, ” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH “.

 

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Verghese Kurien : ” Utterly Butterly …. ” Milkman


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 17 , 2012           00.40 A.M.

It is a unique example . It is very rare . It doesn’t happen very often that the man who created the brand was eclipsed by it . Amul became more famous than its creator Dr. Verghese Kurien . Amul baby became a part and parcel of our lives .

Amul Milk

Amul Milk (Photo credit: Artiii)

An Amul butter ad on Pakistan's Kargil War fia...

An Amul butter ad on Pakistan’s Kargil War fiasco. The image shows the “Amul baby” in between George Fernandes and Atal Behari Vajpayee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Known as Milkman of India , Dr. Verghese Kurien , died on September 09 , 2012 at the age of 90 . He was father of The White Revolution in India . He was the initiator of the Operation Flood and he founded the largest milk cooperative movement in the world , known as Amul . It is considered World’s Biggest agricultural Development Programme . He is solely responsible in making India the largest milk producer country of the world , though few years before his advent , India was a milk deficient nation . After his arrival on the scene , India even surpassed United States of America in milk production .

English: Entrance of AMUL factory, Anand

Entrance of AMUL factory, Anand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Amul Plant at Anand featuring the Hig...

Amul Plant at Anand featuring the High capacity Milk Silos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation was owned and managed by farmers and run by professions . As the founding chairman of the GCMMF , Kurien was instrumental in creation and success of the Amul brand of dairy product .

English: Amul has spurred the White Revolution...

Amul has spurred the White Revolution of India, which has made India the largest producer of milk and milk products in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came to know about his work when I saw ” Manthan ” [ 1976 ] , a film directed by Shyam Benegal . It was a novel experience . In stead of a regular producer , this film was funded by the 5 Lakh members of the GCMMF . They each contributed INR 2.00 each and thus funded the film . It won critical acclaim and even won 3 National Awards . It had brilliant performances by Naseeruddin Shah , Smita Patil , Girish Karnad , Amrish Puri and Anant Nag . I , for the first time , noticed the performance of Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the film . Film’s title song ” Mero Gaam Kathaparey ……………” , sung by Preeti Sagar , still haunts me . In 1976 it was the official entry of India for the Academy Awards .

Manthan

Manthan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Verghese Kurien was awarded Padma Shri in 1965 , Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan in 1999 by the government of India .

It is sad that during his last years Dr. Kurien was ousted from the organisation , which he founded and nurtured ,  by a unscupulous colleague . In 2006 he was forced to quit the post of  Chairman of GCMMF . He resigned and retired .

I deeply mourn his death . Farewell milkman ! You changed the definition of our quintessential milkman .

 

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