Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   AUGUST 01 , 2011                05.30 P. M.

This is the 27th edition of my Film Diary.

First six months of 2011 are over and it was fairly successful. Second half started with a bang with a path-breaking film Delhi Belly . ” Ready “ and ” Singham “ continued the dream run at the box office. Please go through the twitter handles of  eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta for better understanding of the trade picture.

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B.O. update: ‘Delhi Belly’ opens very well, ‘Bbuddah H.T.B.’ starts slow bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Bbuddah HTB’: Weekend 1 business stands at Rs 7.06 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.91 cr, Sat 2.45 cr, Sun 2.70 cr.
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 ‘Delhi Belly’: Weekend 1 numbers [Rs 26.15 cr nett] are amongst the highest. Breakup:- Fri 7.15 cr, Sat 8.25 cr, Sun 10.75 cr.
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 Opening wknd of Aamir Khan‘s last 3 films. ‘Taare ZP’ 15 cr. ‘Peepli L’ 16 cr. ‘Dhobi G’ 10.05 cr. Expecting ‘Delhi Belly’ to be 22 cr +.
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Bbuddah HTB’: Picked up over the weekend and remained steady on the lower side on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 11.55 cr nett in Week 1.
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Top 3 openers of 2011 *so far*: 1. Ready. 2. Delhi Belly. 3. Double Dhamaal.
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B.O. update: ‘Murder 2′ starts very well, ‘Chillar Party’ depends on word of mouth bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Murder 2’: Stiff competition at plexes from ‘DelhiB’. Yet, M2 should fetch impressive numbers over wknd since reports are extremely +ve
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 Friday: ‘Murder 2’ is phenomenal at single screens, ranks second best after ‘Ready’. At plexes, has limited shows, doing good to very good.
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 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara‘ Week 1: Fri 8 cr, Sat 9.25 cr, Sun 11 cr, Mon 5 cr, Tue 4.5 cr, Wed 4 cr, Thu 3.65 cr. Total: Rs 45.4 cr nett.
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 B.O. update: #Singham roars, greeted with ceetees, taalis, standing ovation bit.ly/CjxWd
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 Singham’ Mon 6.10 cr, Tue 5.52 cr, Wed 4.95 cr. Total 47.42 cr nett. Superb.
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‘Singham’ Tue 5.40 cr. Total 42.47 cr nett. Fabulous. Should easily cross Rs 50 cr mark in Week 1 itself.
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Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 1) Dabangg 81 cr, 2) 3 Idiots 80 cr, 3) Ready 68 cr, 4) Ghajini 64 cr [8 days], 5) Golmaal-3 62 cr … contd.
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 Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 6) Raajneeti 52 cr, 7) Singham 51.25 cr, 8) MNIK 47.5 cr, 9) Housefull 47 cr, 10) Tees Maar Khan 46 cr.

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 Weekend BO: Delhi Belly – Rs. 23.25 cr & Bbuddah… – Rs. 6.65 cr (all-India nett). More: bit.ly/ivvf7X
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MURDER 2 has taken a flying start and will, therefore, get profits for everyone. Review: http://bit.ly/n5J3cF
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Chillar Party will not be able to do much at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rjqqRl

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Obituary :

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Daan Singh :

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A talented music composer Daan Singh died last month. But the news came late and I was not aware of his death , so could not write about him last month in my June Diary.

Daan Singh passed away on June 18 , 2011 in Jaipur after a long illness. He was 78 at the time of his death.

He gave music for many films but only three films got released. ” Toofan ” [ 1969 ] , ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] and ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] . Among these three films ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] is his most famous film. This Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Kapoor starrer has some beautiful melodies written by Anand Bakshi , which are still remembered by the connoisseurs of film music. Two songs of Mukesh ; Zikr hota hai hai jab qayamat ka , tere jalvon ki baat hoti hai………. and Woh tere pyar ka gham………….. and one of Mohammad Rafi ‘s ; O my love panchi wango………… are still famous . Dara Singh starrer stunt film ,  ” Toofan ” [ 1968 ] also had some melodies. Zindagi men aaya toofan………………  sung by Mohammad Rafi is still famous and I am unable to forget this song even though I watched the film years ago .

His yet to be released film ” Bhool Na Jaana “ [ 1973 ] fortunately got its music released. Mukesh gems like ;  Gham – E – Dil kisse kahoon …………….. Pukaro mujhe naam lekar pukaro [ Lyrics Gulzaar ]……………… and Gora gora mukhada [ Lyrics Gulzaar ] are still famous. Geeta Dutt’s Mere hamnasheen Mere hamnawa …………… is available on YouTube and is favourite of music lovers.Incidentaly this film had a child artiste called Tutu Sharma , who is now known as Pradeep Sharma , a producer and is married to Padmini Kolhapure. Producer of ” Bhool Na Jaana “ Jagan Sharma was incidentally Tutu Sharma’s father.

It is sad that a talented music director like Daan Singh left this world unwept , unheard and unsung.

Mani Kaul :

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An Avant-Garde film-maker , and an alumni of Film & Television Institute of India , Mani Kaul , died of cancer in his Delhi residence on July 06 , 2011. He was 66 at the time of his death.

He made films like ; ” Uski Roti ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ashadh Ka Ek Din ” [ 1971 ] , ” Duvidha ” [ 1973 ] , ” Ghashiram Kotwal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Satah Se Uthata Admi ” [ 1980 ] , ” Nazar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Idiot ” [ 1992 ] , ” The Cloud Door ” [ 1995 ] , ” Naukar Ki Kameez ” [ 1999 ] and  ” Bojh ” [ 2000 ] . In between he also made documentaries like ; ” Dhrupad ” [ 1982 ] , ” Mati Manas ” [ 1989 ] and ” Siddheshwari ” [ 1989 ] . Incidentally , Shah Rukh Khan was the star of ” Idiot “ , a fact , strangely , he never acknowledged. Mani Kaul’s ” Duvidha ” was also remade by Shah Rukh Khan as ” Paheli ” .

Filmfare  instituted a new award known as Critics Award for Best Film and ” Uski Roti “ was the first recipient of this award. His most notable work was his documentary ” Siddheshwari ” , which won the National Award for Best Documentary film in 1989.

Mani Kaul , apart from being a path-breaking film-maker and writer , was also a teacher of cinema and used to teach cinema in colleges of  U. S. A. and Netherlands. He was a trained Dhrupad singer and a versatile painter. He also acted in Basu Chatterjee’s ” Saara Akash ” .

I don’t know whether it is proper to tell or not but in 1972 when I came to  Mumbai to struggle in films , I once went to his apartment to ask for work . I got rebuked and was told by his wife in very insulting and terse tone not to come ever again without proper appointment.I had gone to many places , met many legendary people and asked for work but never got rebuked or insulted. I was a huge fan of Mani Kaul’s work so this behaviour came as a shock.

Rasika Joshi :

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A prolific stage , film and television actor Rasika Joshi died of cancer on July 07 , 2011 in Mumbai.She was only 39 at the time of her death.

Basically a Marathi stage and film actor Rasika Joshi was seen in few Hindi films and serials also. Ram Gopal Varma’s ” Ghayab ”  , ” Darna Zaroori Hai ” , ” Vaastu Shastra ” , ” Ek Haseena Thi “ and Priyadarshan’s ” Malamaal Weekly ” and ” Bhool Bhulaiyaa “ were her some memorable films. She also worked in Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Billu “ and Ekta Kapoor’s serial ” Bandini “ . Ram Gopal Varma’s soon to be released ” It’s Not A Love Story “ is her last Hindi film.

Bhagwan Das Garga :

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Renowned film historian and documentary film maker Bhagwan Das Garga, died on 18th July , 2011 in Patiala. He was country’s most renowned film historian.

He was assistant to legendary film maker V. Shantaram. Afterwards he made his first documentary ” Storm Over Kashmir “ in 1948. In total he wrote , produced and directed more than 50 documentaries. He was also a member of Government of India’s film advisory board. He earlier worked at the Mosfilm Studios in Moscow.

He wrote a book ” From Raj To Swaraj : The Non-Fiction Film In India “ in 2007. This book won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He wrote two more books ; ” The Art of Cinema : An Insiders Journey Through Fifty Years Of Film History “ and the last one ” Indian Cinema : A Passage To Bollywood ” .

Sunil Rege :

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A popular Hindi and Marathi actor Sunil Rege died on July 27th , 2011 at the age of 63 in Pune.

His films are : ” Aashiqui ” , ” Aks ”  ,  ” Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo  ” , ” Devdas ” and ” Shikhar ” .

Serials , he worked in , are : ” Tara  ” , ” Darar ”  , ”  Kurukshetra ” , ” Raahat ” , ” Andaz ” and ” Saath Saath ” .

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New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week  – July 01

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1 – Delhi Belly……………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

………………………………………………………………….Anusha Dandekar

2 – Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap……………………………Sonu Sood

………………………………………………………………….Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ]

Second Week – July 08

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1 – Murder 2…………………………………………………Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………….Jacqueline Fernandez

………………………………………………………………….Sudhanshu Pandey

………………………………………………………………….Yana Gupta

2 – Chillar Party…………………………………………….Ranbir Kapoor

Third Week – July 15

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1 – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…………………………….Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

…………………………………………………………………..Nandinii Sen

2 – Pyar Mein Aisa Bhi…………………………………….x

Fourth Week – July 22

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1 – Singham……………………………………………………Sudhanshu Pandey

……………………………………………………………………Harry Josh

Fifth Week – July 29

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1 – Khap………………………………………………………..Ashok Kumar Beniwal

2 – Bubble Gum………………………………………………x

3 – Gandhi To Hitler…………………………………………x

In total…………. 10 ……….films got released this month. Out of these ……………………. 10 ……….films , my ………………. 16  ……………. students appeared in …… 07  ……. films. Out of these…….. 16 ……………. students ………………… 15 …………… are actors and ………… 01  …………….. Shekhar  [ Vishal – Shaekhar ] is the music director .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : PriyangshuChatterjee is essaying an important role in ” Iti Mrinalini ” .

2 – Bhojpuri : Swati Varma is playing an important role in ” Dushmani ” .

3 – Telugu :  Allu Arjun and Anushka Shetty got Best Actor Male and Female Filmfare Award respectively for ” Vedam “ .

Daisy Shah is doing main lead in ” Bhadra “ .

Ram Charan Teja starrer ” Magadheera “ completes 2 years [ 730 weeks ] uninterrupted run in Hyderabad.

Out of various regional films , my students were there in  ……….. 03 ……….. regional languages. In total …………….. 03 …………….. actors trained by me are working in these films.

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Lisa Ray is anchoring a show , ” Oh My Gold ! “ on TLC .

2 – Sonali Bendre Behl is judgeing the show ” India’s Got Talent , Season – 3 “ again on Colours T.V. She was a judge in Season – 2 also.

Out of many serials running on various channels …………. 02 …………. shows have ………………….02  ……………… students of mine essaying anchor’s  roles . Both the serials are reality shows.

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Vidur’s International Forays : Hollywood


Today I am completing 21 years in Mumbai as an acting trainer. In these 21 years I have trained innumerable actors of Hindi films and many more of South Indian Films. I have covered a whole gamut of Indian actors. Suddenly on October 04, 2010, I got a call from  Seher Latif, a Casting Director for Hollywood films. She asked me if I could come to Udaipur to train Dev Patel of ” Slumdog Millionaire ” fame. It was for his new film, ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel “. Initally I was purplexed at the offer and then I was extatic. I started my innings as a trainer with Geetanjali Khanna and Saif Ali Khan and during these fatefull years, [ October 1989 – October 2010 ] I have trained almost 90% of the new-comers of Hindi film industry and many of the South Ibdian Film Industry. And in the 21st year of my training here I am getting a chance to work with a Hollywood celebrity. I immediately agred and met Dev Patel in Mumbai’s Grand Maratha Hotel. I had one session here and then next day took flight to Udaipur.

 

Dev Patel

Image via Wikipedia

 

For my readers, I am reproducing some facts about Dev Patel from the internet………..

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, England, to Gujarati Indian parents, both of whom were born in Nairobi, Kenya, where there is a significant Indian community.[4][5] His parents both emigrated from Kenya separately in their teens, and only met in London.[5] His mother, Anita, is a carer, and his father, Raj, an IT consultant.[5] He has one sibling, an older sister named Komal.[6] He was raised in the Hindu faith.[7]

Patel grew up in Rayners Lane, Harrow, and attended Longfield Middle School. He had his first acting role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in the school’s production of Twelfth Night.[5] Patel was given the Best Actor award for his performance and says that was the day he knew he wanted to become an actor.[citation needed] He later went to Whitmore High School, receiving an A* in GCSE Drama, for his “self-penned portrayal of a child in the Beslan school siege“. During the exam Patel moved his examiner to tears! [8] His drama teacher Niamh Wright has stated: “Dev was a gifted student who quickly impressed me with his innate ability to communicate a wide variety of characters imaginatively and creatively. … He was awarded full marks for his GCSE performance to a live audience and the visiting examiner was moved to tears by his honest portrayal of a child in the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia.”[8][9] He eventually completed his AS Levels in PE, Biology, History and Drama in 2007, while he was working in Skins.[8]

Awards and nominations for Slumdog Millionaire :
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Won :

I was elated when I was told that the director of ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ” is Mr. John Madden. I was delighted to meet and work with the director of ” Shakespeare In Love “. I met him next day of my reaching Udaipur and found him so unassuming and down to earth, that I got a shock of my life. There are so many lesser mortals in Hindi Film Industry, who after their minor and insignificant success, behave as if they have conquered the world and here was a director who had been nominated for Oscars for his film ” Shakespeare In Love ” and he lost the Award to Mr. Steven Spielberg, who won it for ” Saving Private Ryan “” , but was behaving as if he has done nothing. I am reproducing some informations about Mr. John Madden from internet………………………………

John Madden Photo

John Madden Biography

JOHN MADDEN

Date of Birth: April 8, 1949

This native of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England began his career in the English theater, moving later to the BBC to work in television and radio drama. Madden’s resumé as a stage director includes prestigious work in both Britain and the United States. He directed Caritas Christi at the National Theater and helmed Broadway productions of Beyond Therapy, Wings and Grownups; he also staged the latter at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

In 1975 he crossed the pond and moved to the States to develop radio drama with Earplay, a National Public Radio drama project. During his time directing in radio and on stage, he taught in the acting and playwriting programs at the Yale School of Drama.

In 1984 he began to work extensively in TV as well as directing for the BBC and for commercial television in the UK. He worked on popular series like The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, as well as telefilms like A Wreath of Roses and The Widowmaker.

Madden’s first feature, Ethan Frome (1993), was not a box office hit. However, there was praise for Bobby Bukowski’s striking cinematography, which added to the bleakness of the tale, and Madden was established as a competent storyteller.

He first garnered wide-scale notice with his feature Mrs. Brown (1997) starring Judi Dench. Dench was denied an Academy Award for her starring role, but was given a “runner-up” Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Madden’s next and most successful film, Shakespeare In Love (1998). The film not only received applause from critics and viewers alike, but it gave Madden nominations from the Oscars, BAFTA and Golden Globes for Best Director.

Filmography:

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Killshot (2009)
Proof (2005)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Shakespeare In Love (1998) – Oscar Nomination for Best Director
Mrs. Brown (1997)
Golden Gate (1994)
Ethan Frome (1993)

In Udaipur I met writer of the film, Mr. Ol Parker also. I was impressed by his simplicity. I made few suggestions in the script and he agreed to all of them without any annoyance or protest. He patiently listened to me without frown and smilingly agrred to all of them. I have no knowledge of him , so I am quoting from the internet………………..

Ol Parker

(born 1969, London) is an English TV writer and director.

In 1997, he married actress Thandie Newton, who starred in his first film, It Was an Accident (2000).

His birth name was Oliver Parker, but he changed his first name to Ol, to avoid confusion with Oliver Parker who directed An Ideal Husband (1999).

Filmography :

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Judi Dench

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I met Judy Dench also, who is part of the cast. I had never imagined that one day I would be meeting M of James Bond films. On 11 October I returned to Mumbai after a week long session with Dev Patel and immersed in my routine work.

My life has been a saga of frequent changes. I am not going to give up acting training for sure but I am starting my career as a film director. It is a Bhojpuri film and it would be my second directorial venture. My first directorial venture was ” BHAKTI HEECH KHARI SHAKTI ” in Marathi. My billing for that film was as a Co-Director. So in a awy this Bhojpuri film is my first film as a director. Naturally film direction is going to take much time of my life now.

In a sense I am feeling happy that as an acting trainer I have reached my pinnacle. From Indian films in Mumbai to the International Arena in Hollywood is a very satisfying journey indeed.

Vidur

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India

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[ For the information about  Dev Patel, Mr. John Madden and Mr. Ol Parker, I have quoted extensivelyfrom Wikipedia.I am thankful and express my gratitude. ]

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