150-Crore Club of Hindi Films


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 13, 2013           01.45 A.M.

Day before yesterday on 11 August I was sitting in my study in the night and was going through the bunch of newspapers . Suddenly I noticed a front page news in Bombay Times of Sunday Times of India . It was about 150 Crore Film Club . It was an intriguing article . And it definitely was a new revelation .

Till date there are only 4 Hindi films in this club . They are :

1 – 3 Idiots = 2009 …………………………… 202.57 Crore ……… Kareena Kapoor

2 – Ek Tha Tiger = 2012 …………………… 185.28 Crore………. Katrina Kaif

3 – Dabangg 2 = 2012 ……………………… 150.61 Crore ………. Arbaaz Khan

4 – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani = 2013 ……. 179.48 Crore …. Ranbir Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………….. Kalki Koechlin

Earlier there used to be a 100 Crore Film Club . 22 Hindi films are there in this club . ” Ghajini ” [ 2008 ] , ” 3 Idiots ” [ 2009 ] , ” Dabangg ” [ 2010 ] , ” Golmaal 3 ” [ 2010 ] , ” Ready ” [ 2011 ] , ” Singham ” [ 2011 ] , ” Bodyguard ” [ 2011 ” , ” Ra.One ” [ 2011 ] , ” Don 2 ” [ 2011 ] , ” Agneepath ” [ 2012 ] , ” Housefull 2 ” [ 2012 ] , ” Rowdy Rathod ” [ 2012 ] , ” Bol Bachchan ” [ 2012 ] , ” Ek Tha Tiger ” [ 2012 ] , ” Barfi ! ” [ 2012 ] , ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] , ” Son Of Sardar ” [ 2012 ] , ” Dabangg 2 ” [ 2012 ] , ” Race 2 ” [ 2013 ] , ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ] , ” Bhaag Mikha Bhaag ” [ 2013 ] and ” Chennai Express ” [ 2013 ] .

In this exclusive club , I have 7 students of mine . They are ; Kareena Kapoor [ 4 Films ] , Priyanka Chopra [ 3 Films ] , Katrina Kaif [ 2 Films ] , Ranbir Kapoor [ 2 Films ] , Hritik Roshan [ 1 Film ] , Anushka Sharma [ 1 Film ] and Kalki Koechlin [ 1 Film ] .

Director Sajid Khan [ 1 Film ] and Music Director Shekhar Ravjiani [ 1 Film ] are also there in this club .

Thus out of 22 films in 100 Crore Club , my students are there in 14 films . It is unprecedented . And it comes to a whopping 64 % success ratio . Out of 12 actors , who are there in this club , 7 are my students . It brings my success ratio to 59 % in this category too .

But seems to be passe now . 100 Crore Club is now common . The latest benchmark is 150 Crore Film Club . And till date it has only 4 members . And hold your breath , my students are there in all the 4 films . God ! it comes to 100 % success ratio .

” 3 Idiots ” [ 2009 ] has Kareena Kapoor . ” Ek Tha Tiger ” [ 2012 ] has Katrina Kaif . ” Dabangg 2 ” [ 2012 ] has Arbaaz Khan and ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ] has Ranbir Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin .

And they are there in all the categories . Among 3 actors , there is Ranbir Kapoor . Among 4 directors , there is Arbaaz Khan . And among 5 actresses , there are Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin .

I am bringing out above facts with all the humility at my command . It’s not like blowing one’s own trumpet . In this field of film acting training , some acting trainers have become experts in false claims . Thus it becomes necessary to post facts for the gullible public . In this field where some acting trainers have metamorphosed into pathological liars , it has become imperative to make general public aware of the facts . So I am presenting the facts .

I know that fringe-players will cringe again and immediately start their vitriolic campaign . Upstarts will start hurling abuses . Uncouth will unfurl their flag of arrogance . Stone -pelters will be active again . And I will be subjected to choicest cuss words by uncultured and self-appointed descendents of Stanislavski . But It hardly matters .

I just posted my thought of the day , ” A lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep .”

I agree with the saying in toto .

FULL EDITNG STUDIO

NEWS LETTER

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I thank God for His blessings and unending kindness .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to humbly express thankfulness .

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Stella Adler & Her Mumbai Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 07 , 2013           11.00 P.M.

One of the most influential but not-so-well-known acting trainer of the world , Stella Adler was briefly associated with Mumbai through her acting institute . Famous film director Rahul Rawail signed MOU with her acting institute , got the franchise and finally opened ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” in Mumbai .

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Cropped screenshot of Stella Adler from the trailer for Shadow of the Thin Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General public is not aware of her stature . Even in Indian acting training world she is not so well-known . For my readers and general public , I am quoting the complete preface written by legendary actor Marlon Brando , who was one of her many students . He wrote this preface for the book ” The Art of Acting ” , written by Howard Kissel :

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A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” To me Stella Adler is much more than a teacher of acting . Through her work she imparts the most valuable kind of information – how to discover the nature of our own emotional mechanics and therefore those of others . She never lent herself to vulgar exploitation , as some other well-known so-called ” methods ” of acting have done . As a result , her contributions to the theatrical culture have remained largely unknown , unrecognized and unappreciated .

As far as I know , she was the only American artiste who went to Paris to study with Constantin Stanislavski , who was himself a skilled observer of human behaviour and a most prominent figure in Russian theatre . She brought back to this country knowledge of this technique and incorporated it in her teaching . Little did she know that her teachings would impact theatrical culture worldwide . Almost all film-making anywhere in the world has been affected by American films , which has been , in turn , influenced by Stella Adler’s teachings . She is loved by many and we owe her much .

I am grateful to the inestimable contributions she has made to my life and I feel privileged to have been associated with her and her family professionally and personally throughout my life . “

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard...

Stella Adler Theatre, 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stella Adler Theatre

Stella Adler Theatre (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

This preface says everything about Stella Adler and I don’t think I can add anything more substantial . Though , compared to Lee Strasberg , she is not so well-known but according to many actors , directors and film personalities of the world , she was a better acting teacher . Every single-acting teacher of the world follows the principles laid down by Stanislavski but she was the only one who got trained under Stanislavski .

I am a great fan of Stella Adler . When I read about her life and work , I found to my amazement , that my behaviour in my class is quite similar to Ms. Stella Adler . Unintentionally and unknowingly I always shared same kind of relationship and vibes with my acting students .

It is sad that her foray in Mumbai was short-lived . It would have been pleasure to have her here . I personally feel that Mr. Rahul Rawail did not comprehend her importance and thus lost an opportunity . I am reproducing a news item from Mumbai Mirror of September 19 , 2012 about this stupendous failure .

Rawail’s acting school shuts shop?

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror Sep 19, 2012, 09.21AM IST
(Rahul Rawail )

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s (of Betaab and Arjun fame) acting school that was launched by Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Priya Dutt and Poonam Dhillon amidst a lot of fanfare has shut shop. When we visited the academy situated in Ajivasan Building ‘B’ Wing on Juhu Tara Road, we found the place locked. We learnt that playback singer Suresh Wadkar is now using the place to hold his music classes every evening.

Acting trainers of India swear by Constantin Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg . They are not so fond of Stella Adler . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-anointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood have no place in their heart for Stella Adler . They are blissfully unaware of her existence and her immense contributions to the world of acting training .

I keep on mentioning her theories of acting to my students in my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . One day I wish to visit ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” to pay my tribute . I wish and pray that as an acting trainer / tutor / teacher I should be able to achieve even 1/4 th of what she attained in her teaching life . I pray to God that like ” Stella Adler Studio of Acting ” , one day my acting institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters will also be recognized as one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

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