VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ]


NEWS LETTER

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 04 , 2013           05.45 P.M.

VIDUR Club Newsletter [ 3 ]

[ September 2012 – August 2013 ]

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YEAR AT A GLANCE

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Total Number of Batches = 10

Total Number of Students = 59

Number of Current Students Working [ Only in Films ] = 22

Success Rate of Last Year = 40.00 %

[ 37.20 % Precisely ]

Script Based Workshop Done = 7 Films

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VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER - Training Students Since 1990

VIDUR Acting Institute BANNER – Training Students Since 1990

NO LIES , ONLY TRUTH

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Companies have tradition of publishing Annual Progress Reports for their  share – holders . Acting Institutes have no such tradition . Not even one acting institute of the world has done it ever .

Acting Institutes have only brochures . But brochures are published in bulk and very often they carry old information . Therefore I decided to establish VIDUR Club and publish Newsletter [ Internet Version ] / Booklet of Achievements [ Print Version ] of the previous year for the perusal of our past , present and would be students , friends & well-wishers , who reside in the 158 countries of the world .

When some upstart acting trainers revel in deception , it is prudent to become upright in dealings . When some upstart acting trainers revel in dishing out false data , it is advisable to come out with true facts & figures . When some upstart acting trainers revel in preposterous claims to lure and hoodwink gullible students , it is ethical and natural to remain transparent .

LET TRUTH PREVAIL

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Photographs of all the 10 Batches

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In the previous year  VIDUR Acting Institute has churned out ………. 10 ……………. batches . Total number of students in all these batches were ………….. 59 ………….

Please go through the photographs .

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 67

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 68

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 69

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 70

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 71

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 72

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 73

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 74

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 75

Batch No. 76

Batch No. 76

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Photographs of all the 22 Students , who are working in films

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Out of all the ………….. 59 ………….. students of VIDUR Acting Institute , ……………. 22 ……………. students are working in films . And  thank God ! it is not blink & miss roles in some shelved , forgettable films or some nondescript , episodic serials . They are playing either lead or parallel lead in these films . Thus a little less than 40 %  students of VIDUR Acting Institute are working in films .

Please go through the photographs .

Neha Trivedi of Batch No. 67 is playing an important role in ” Highway “ . It is directed by Imtiaz Ali of ” Rockstar “ fame . She also did a commercial  campaign for Domino’s Pizza .

Neha Trivedi - Batch No. 67

Neha Trivedi – Batch No. 67

Miss Universe India 2012 Urvashi Rautela of Batch No. 68 is playing lead in ” Singh Saab The Great “ opposite Sunny Deol . The film is directed by Anil Sharma of ” Gadar “ fame . [ The film releases this month – November 22 , 2013 ]

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Urvashi Rautela – Batch No. 68

Manmeen Gala of Batch No. 69 is playing parallel lead in ” What Happens 6 To 6 ? “ . The film is being made in Telugu and is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Manmeen Gala - Batch No. 69

Manmeen Gala – Batch No. 69

Nitin Gowda of Batch No. 70 is a Kannadiga actor . He is playing lead in a Kannada movie ” Ringroad Shubha “ . The film is directed by debutante Priya Belliappa . It has unique distinction of being India’s first all-female-crew film .

Nitin Gowda - Batch No. 70

Nitin Gowda – Batch No. 70

Riya Thakur of Batch No. 71 [ She re-joined me ] is playing main lead in ” Shukla Ji Street “ . The film is directed by Anil Mattoo .

Riya Thakur - Batch No. 71

Riya Thakur – Batch No. 71

Zoa Morani of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Bhaag Johnny “ . It is directed by Shivam Nair and is written and produced by Vikram Bhatt .

Zoa Morani - Batch No. 75

Zoa Morani – Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria is of Batch No. 75 is playing solo lead in ” Kapat ” . It is directed by debutant Milinnd Sagar .

Akriti Bisaria - Batch No. 75

Akriti Bisaria – Batch No. 75

Bhavna Chugani of Batch No. 76 is playing lead role in ” My Idol “ . It is directed by Amit Sharma . She hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Bhavna Chugani - Batch No. 76

Bhavna Chugani – Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani of Batch No. 76 is playing an important role in ” My Idol ” . It is directed by Amit Sharma . He also hails from Jakarta , Indonesia .

Mohit Pursani - Batch No. 76

Mohit Pursani – Batch No. 76

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Private Students Working in Films

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Apart from above mentioned ………. 09 ……….. students from the batches , I also trained ………..13 ………… students privately for various films .

Please go through the photographs .

Tanvi Rao is doing a pivotal role in the film ” Gulaab Gang “ with Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla . The film is directed by Soumik Sen .

Tanvi Rao

Tanvi Rao

Bilal Amrohi is grandson of legendary Producer-Director Kamal Amrohi of iconic film  ” Pakeezah “ . He is doing parallel lead in ” O Teri ! “ . The film is produced by Atul Agnihotri and directed by debutant Umesh Bisht .

Bilal Amrohi

Bilal Amrohi

Sirish Allu is a Telugu actor , who made his debut in ” Gouravam “ . He is son of Movie Moghul Allu Aravind and brother of Telugu Super Star Allu Arjun . The film is written & directed by Radha Mohan . It is a Telugu , Tamil bilingual .

Sirish Allu

Sirish Allu

Mia Evonne Uyeda , a French-Canadian national , is a former MTV V.J. She is doing parallel lead in ” Tere Bin Laden – The Third ” . The sequel is being made by the team of ” Tere Bin Laden ” .

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Mia Evonne Uyeda

Lakshmi Rao is playing lead in a Telugu film ” What Happens 6 to 6 ? ” . The film is directed by debutant Jagan Chhalla .

Lakshmi Rao

Lakshmi Rao

Armaan Jain , grandson of immortal Raj Kapoor and cousin of Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor , is making debut in the Untitled film of Illuminati Films . It is being produced by Saif Ali Khan and directed by Arif Ali , younger brother of Imtiaz Ali . A. R. Rehman is giving music in this untitled film . Incidentally all the 4 artistes mentioned above ; Kareena Kapoor , Ranbir Kapoor , Armaan Jain and producer Saif Ali Khan , are my students .

Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain

Brazilian beauty Nathalia Martins is doing main lead in ” Guns of Banaras ” . It is being produced by Shaina Nath and directed by Shekkhar Suri .

Nathalia Martins Pinheiro

Nathalia Martins

Apart from above mentioned ……… 07 ………. students , whom I trained privately ,  ……….. 02 ……… more private students of mine ; Sohoni Paul and Preeti Deasi are working in films .

Sohoni Paul is daughter of Tapas Paul , the superstar of Bengali films . She is doing ” Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa “ opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui . The film is directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta .

Miss Great Britain 2006 Preeti Desai is currently working in ” One by Two “ opposite Abhay Deol . The film is directed by Devika Bhagat , the screenplay writer of ” Ladies vs Ricky Bahl ” and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” .

I privately trained ………….. 02 ………… more students for various projects . They are :

Anupama Chopra [ Film Critic & TV Host of ” The Front Row “

Ganesh Hegde [ The Choreographer ].

I am also privately training ………….. 02 …………… more student for Diction . They are ;  Alia Bhatt and Aadar Jain , younger brother of Armaan Jain .

Thus the grand total of recent students , who are working in films is 22 .

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Photographs of all the 7 films , for which workshop has been done

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Apart from training above mentioned …………. 22 …………. students , last year I also did script-based workshop for …………. 07 ………… films . These films are ; Karan Johar’s ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” , Atul Agnihotri’s  ” O Teri ! ” , Anil Mattoo’s  ” Shukla Ji Street ” , Vikram Bhatt’s ” Bhaag Johnny ” , Rikku ji’s ” Guns of Banaras ” , Amit Sharma’s ” My Idol “ and Milinnd Sagar’s ” Kapat ” .

Please go through the photographs .

Kalki Koechlin in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Kalki Koechlin in ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani “

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of "O Teri !"

Producer Atul Agnihotri & Lead Pair Pulkit Samrat & Bilal Amrohi during the Workshop of “O Teri !”

Workshop Team of " Gangs of Benaras "

Workshop Team of ” Guns of Banaras “

Workshop Team of " My Idol "

Workshop Team of ” My Idol “

To further substantiate my standing as the acting trainer of India of 23 years of standing , here are links of the 21 newspaper articles , links of 04 online postings and links of 8 TV interviews :

Link of Articles in News Papers :
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1 – DNA article about Neil : http://bit.ly/Hnpnh #DNA

2 – Katrina Kaif perfects accent in 20 days- Hindustan Times:
http://bit.ly/bupljo via @addthis

3 – Screen article about Katrina :
Getting trained: http://bit.ly/dmi5FN via @addthis

4 – Times of India, Crest Edition article about Vidur : http://www.timescrest.com/society/ordinary-heroes-3151

5 – List on http://www.google.com :
http://goo.gl/lists/DLuC

6 – Mumbai Mirror article about Vidur , Hazel & Bodyguard : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/30/20110302201103020640548027230e1e6/Lifting-the-haze-surrounding-Salman’s-Hazel.html

7 – Deccan Chronicle article about Vidur : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/hyderabad/naga-chaitanya%25E2%2580%2599s-new-girl-193

8 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Katrina Kaif : http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/196265_192372140804702_101736989868218_450549_3700391_n.jpg

9 – HT Cafe article about Vidur & Dev Patel : Hindustan Times http://www.hindustantimes.com/Dev-Patel-learns-to-speak-English-desi-style/Article1-687884.aspx

10 – SHOWBIZ SPY article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://www.showbizspy.com/article/231206/deva-patel-voice-coaching-for-actor-dev-patel.html

11 – THE GUARDIAN WEEKLY – LONDON article about Vidur & Dev Patel : http://gu.com/p/2zzmf/tw

12 – THE SIYASAT DAILY  article about Vidur & Hazel Keech : http://www.siasat.com/english/news/salman-khan-frantically-enamored-hazel via @AddThis

13 – DNA Article about Vidur : Of bhaiyyas, Bhojpuri and Bollywood connection – Entertainment – DNA http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_of-bhaiyyas-bhojpuri-and-bollywood-connection_1550949

14 – Indian Express Article about Vidur : Actors’ Laboratory – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/sLpy1c via @AddThis

15 – Sunday Indian Express Article about Vidur : Hindi Lessons for Chikni Chameli – Indian Express: http://bit.ly/xwQoX5 via @AddThis

16 – HT Cafe Article No. 1 about Vidur : Ram Charan trains in Hindi for Zanjeer remake – Hindustan Times http://lnkd.in/KYAnnp

17 – HT Cafe Article No. 2 about Vidur : Learning the desi lingo – Hindustan Times http://bit.ly/I8WXKS

18 – Screen Article about Vidur : Going Desi Cool – http://epaper.screenindia.com/137713/Screen-/19-25-July-2013#dual/52/1

19 – Dainik Bhaskar Article in Hindi about Vidur :
http://epaper.bhaskar.com/magazine/navrang-bollywood/299/03082013/mpcg/1/

20 – Divya Bhaskar Article in Gujarati about Vidur :
http://epaper.divyabhaskar.co.in/magazine/navrang/55/02082013/0/1/

21 – Mumbai Mirror Article about Vidur : http://www.mumbaimirror.com/entertainment/bollywood/Zoa-goes-the-Kat-way/articleshow/24282486.cms
www.kreatingcharakters.net

Link of Online Postings :
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1 – A new post about Vidur :
http://movies.indiainfo.com/katrina-took-intensive-training-for-hindi-for-rajneeti-1221560.html

2 – IBNLive posting about Vidur : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/dev-patel-had-to-take-lessons-in-english/144907-8.html

3 – DIGITAL SPY – LONDON posting on Vidur : Dev Patel takes Indian accent lessons http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bollywood/news/a315893/dev-patel-takes-indian-accent-lessons.html via @digitalspy

4 – PRO BOLLYWOOD NEWS BLOG: VIDUR OF FILM STARS http://probollywoodnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/vidur-…

Link of Videos on YouTube :
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1 – DD NEWS :
http://youtu.be/w27yv87ZK5Y

2 – SAAM MARATHI News:
http://youtu.be/dsuxz2VoAhw

3 – E 24 Coverage (1st) :
http://youtu.be/i-9P3Kygoe0

4 –  ZOOM Coverage on Neil:
http://youtu.be/wou0c2cWZNM

5 – India TV News :
Katrina’s Hindi Guru http://bit.ly/9L7lDV

6 – E 24 Coverage (2 nd) :
http://youtu.be/xHkv02UrzaQ?a

7 – ZOOM Coverage on Katrina :
http://youtu.be/6Xu_xBHDQ1M?a

8 – Sahara Samay Coverage on Katrina : http://youtube.com/watch?v=iQXMABH56_Y

I hope this Newsletter will make matter easier for my past , present & future students as well as friends & well-wishers , who reside in 158 countries of the world . I have tried to make my point clear . For the hard copy [ Booklet of Achievements ] , you can contact my office in Mumbai . You can either collect it personally or it will be sent to you by courier .

I am not basking in the past glory . I am not listing shared legacy as my own . I am not resting on the previous laurels . Even after 23 years of continuous work and training artistes uninterruptedly , my journey has not reached saturation point . It continues unabated . It marches ahead vigorously . It still strives for excellence .

For me :

The past is a springboard , not a hammock ………….

The voyage has just started …………………………………

The saga still continues ………………………….

And Yes :

Dust has now started settling down …………………

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With this copy of VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 3 ] , I make myself accountable to one and all and voluntarily submit myself  even for legal scrutiny .

I will see you very soon with VIDUR Club Newsletter – [ 4 ] .

VIDUR

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My Association With Animation Films of India


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 04 , 2013           11.55 P.M.

Hollywood has long tradition of successful animation films . In India it is the recent phenomenon . Roadside Romeo ” [ 2008 ] , ” Arjun – The Warrior Prince ” [ 2009 ] and Delhi Safari ” [ 2012 ] are the most successful and well – known animation films of India . But they are new compared to the 100 years old Indian Cinema .

” Roadside Romeo “ was produced by Yash Raj Films & Walt Disney Company .  ” Arjun – The Warrior Prince “ was made by UTV & Disney . ” Delhi Safari “ was a film by Nikil Advani .

Roadside Romeo

Roadside Romeo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a poster for Arjun. The poster art cop...

Poster of Arjun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Though , in India , animation films are latest phenomenon , but it all started in 1974 . Ek Anek Aur Ekta ” [ 1974 ] is considered to be the first animation film of India . But the first 3D animation film of India and till date the most talked about animation film is ” Roadside Romeo ” [ 2008 ] .

” Roadside Romeo “ , technically most perfect animation film of India till date , was produced by Yash Raj Films and was written & Directed by Jugal Hansraj . Voice for the lead characters were given by Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor . Saif and Kareena are my old students . Jugal , who was trained by me for Yash Raj Films ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] , made his directorial debut with this film .

Through ” Roadside Romeo ” , I made my contribution in the world of Indian animation films also . It is so heartening .

List of Indian animated movies

List of animated TV series produced in India

  • The Adventures of Tenali Raman:The Adventures of Tenali Raman (26 X 11 min) is India’s first animated 2D television series by Toonz Animation India.
  • Little Krishna: 13 episodes 3D animated series produced for global audience by BIG Animation (I) Pvt. Ltd. and The Indian Heritage Foundation in both languages Hindi and English. Aired on Nickelodeon on May 2009.
  • Chhota Bheem:Super hit series on Pogo ‘Chhota Bheem’ produced by Green Gold(co-production with Turner International). It started as a 13-episode TV series, and based on the popularity it got extended and till date more than 60 episodes were delivered and work is underway on more episodes.
  • Krishna Balram: 26 stories, of 22 minutes duration each, follow through the capers of Krishna, Balram and Radha. Once again by Green Gold Animation. This series aired on Cartoon Network.
  • Shaktimaan Animated: It is the animated version of the hugely successful Shaktimaan series of the 1990s. The animated series is aired on SONIC.

[ I have taken the above list of animation films and serials from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

I am happy that my 3 students contributed in the first and most successful 3D animation film of India . I wish and hope that in future more students of my acting class Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  should take part in such endeavour .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Box Office Blues – December 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03 , 2013           11.55 P.M.

This is the 3rd blog in this category .

Only 7 Hindi films got released in December , 2012 . Winter chill in the north , public outcry and support for the unfortunate rape victim of Delhi and finally new year celebrations took its toll on box office and December 2012 had frosty effect on the box office collections .

Khiladi 786 ” and ” Dabangg 2 “ were only exceptions . These two films garnered nice collections and in the final reckoning ” Dabangg 2 “ became the winner .

I am particularly pleased with the success of ” Dabangg 2 “ because it is produced and directed by my student Arbaaz Khan . Its costume designer Alvira Khan Agnihotri is also my student .

First Week – December 07

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1 – Khiladi 786 : This new film from the famous ” Khiladi “ franchise of Akshay Kumar earned 62 crores world – wide . It was made with the budget of 30 crores , so it almost earned double its investment . Thus it became the first hit of December 2012 .

This film was directed by Ashish R. Mohan . It is the 8th installment in the franchise after ” Khiladi ” [ 1992 ] . Other Khiladi films are ; ” Main Khiladi Tu Anadi ” [ 1994 ] , ” Sabse Bada Khiladi ” [ 1995 ] , ” Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi ” [ 1996 ] , ” Mr. & Mrs . Khiladi ” [ 1997 ] , ” International Khiladi ” [ 1999 ] and ” Khiladi 420 ” [ 2000 ] .

2 – 10 ML Love : This forgettable film directed by Sharat Kataria , has Tara Sharma as one of the female protagonists . She is daughter of Late Pradeep Sharma and a dear and old student of mine .

This film is a liberal adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream ” .

Second Week – December 14

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1 – Cigarette Ki Tarah : This romantic thriller has Prashant Narayanan as one of the protagonists . This film was directed by Akashaditya Lama .

2 – Myoho : A dud of December . Myoho means Mystic Law . It was directed by Ranjan Shandilya .

3 – Four Two Ka One : A disappointing film of Jimmy Sheirgill . He is my student . I trained him for Aditya Chopra directed ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] of Yash Raj Films .

Third Week – December 21

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1 – Dabangg 2 : It is the biggest hit of December 2012 . It is the sequel of  its earlier avatar ” Dabangg ” . Arbaaz Khan made his debut as a director with this film . This is the 5th consecutive 100 crore earner of Salman Khan . Film’s budget was 40 crore . Thus according to trade analysts it is a block – buster .

Nikitin Dhir played the antagonist and Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of this film . Arbaaz , Alvira and Nikitan are my students . I am so happy for them .

This film also has Kareena Kapoor and Flora Saini in guest appearances . They both are my students . Thus ” Dabangg 2 “ has 5 students of mine . One super – hit and 5 students . It is heartening .

Fourth Week  – December 28

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1 – Hansa : A small film from the stable of Manav Kaul , a known theatre personality .


In total …………… 07 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 07 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………… 05 ……………. personalities , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….05 ……… persons , Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of  ” Dabangg 2 ” and Arbaaz Khan , apart from being an actor is also the producer & director of ” Dabangg 2 ” . Remaining ……… 03 ……. are actors .

Kareena Kapoor and Flora Saini made guest appearances in ” Dabangg 2 ” . They are my students too .

I am happy for ” Dabangg 2 ” and all the 7 students of my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters .

May they achieve greater success in 2013 .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2012


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY  02 , 2013          11.30 A.M.
Month of November 2012 was dominated by ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” and ” Son Of Sardar ” . December 2012 will be remembered for Aamir Khan‘s suspense triller ” Talaash ”  , Akshay Kumar‘sKhiladi 786 ” and Salman Khan‘sDabangg 2 ” .
Out of all the films released last month , ” Dabangg 2 “ easily entered in the 100 crore club . It is Salman Khan’s 5th consecutive 100 crore earner .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets


#Talaash Fri 13.5 cr, Sat 15.5 cr, Sun 18.1 cr. Total: Rs 47.1 cr nett.


Update: #Khiladi786 super at single screens, low at plexes… The details! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/302/date/2012-12-07 …

#Khiladi786 biz analysis: Akshay Kumar can look back on 2012 with a smile on his face! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/562/date/2012-12-12 …

#Khiladi786 collected Rs 10.75 cr nett in Weekend 2. Grand total: Rs 63.25 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 2.63 cr, Sat 3.37 cr, Sun 4.75 cr.

#Talaash collected Rs 5.04 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: Rs 89.86 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.76 cr, Sun 2.23 cr.


Those asking, here’s the review of #Dabangg2: This one will rewrite the rules of the game. Sure shot Blockbuster! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542696 …

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 24 cr to 25 cr [estimates; final total could vary]. Total: Rs 64/65 cr nett. OUTSTANDING!

#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 25 cr, Mon 12 cr. Total: Rs 77.16 cr nett. Excellent!


What a superb jump! TALAASH Day 3: Rs. Little more than 18 crore!! First day was 13 plus. Day 2: 15.25. Total: 46 crore plus. Super!!

KHILADI 786 is not funny enough to satisfy the size of audience needed for it to make money… Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/khiladi-786-review/ …

Latest reports: Opening of K786 not upto the mark in many multis.Delhi multis 50-60% only.After morning shows,U.P. cinema coll. r not good.

Punjab opening of K786 is very ordinary. Rajasthan collections after morning shows are okay, not bad but not very good either.

DABANGG 2 may be routine and may have its flaws but it will be a b.o. blockbuster. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/dabangg-2-review/ …

D2. All india nett. Fri. 21.10.. Sat. 19.06.

D2 Thursday estimate: around Rs. 5.75 – 6 crore. Total: approx. 106 crore!

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Obituary :

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Pandit Ravi Shankar : 

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Apart from being a Sitar maestro , Pandit Ravi Shankar gave music for 5 Hindi and 6 Bengali feature films also . His Bengali films include Satyajit Ray’s ” Apu Trilogy ” : ” Pather Panchali ” , ” Aparajito ” and ” Apur Sansar ” . He also gave music for ” Gandhi ” , a film made by Richard Attenborough .

Wrote two blogs about Pandit Ravi Shankar . Posting the links :

Pandit Ravi Shankar : As Film Music Director http://wp.me/ptyXI-2yf

Bobby Singh :

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Bobby Singh , the D.O.P. of films like ; ” Gangster ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Woh Lamhe ” [ 2006 ]  , ” Life In A Metro ” [ 2007 ]  , ” Dirty Picture ” [ 2011 ] , ” Jannat 2 ” [ 2012 ]  , and the upcoming film  ” Special Chabbis “ died at 38 in Goa following an asthma attack .

It is sad that such a talented cameraman dies so young .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 07

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1 – Khiladi 786……………………………………………………. X

2 – 10 ML Love ………………………………………………….. Tara Sharma

Second Week – December 14

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1 – Cigarette Ki Tarah …………………………………………… X

2 – Myoho …………………………………………………………..X

3 – Four Two Ka One …………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

Third Week – December 21

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1 – Dabangg 2 ……………………………………………………… Arbaaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………… Nikitin Dheer

………………………………………………………………………… Alvira Khan Agnihotri

Fourth Week  – December 28

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1 – Hansa ………………………………………………………….. X


In total …………… 07 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 07 ………… released films ……….. 03 ………… films have …………… 05 ……………. personalities , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….05 ……… persons , Alvira Khan Agnihotri is the costume designer of  ” Dabangg 2 ” and Arbaaz Khan , apart from being an actor is also the producer & director of ” Dabangg 2 ” . Remaining ……… 03 ……. are actors .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Dinesh Soni  is playing an important role in ” 26/12 ” on Life OK .

2 – Abhishek Tiwari is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors .

My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on several channels .


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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Divya Dutta is playing female lead in  ” Teri Amrita ” .

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing main lead in ” Gasha ” .

 

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

I congratulate all the above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting academy ,  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Ah ! Captain Saurabh Kalia , We Are Ungrateful


Saurabh Kalia

Captain Saurabh Kalia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 31, 2012           05.00 P.M.

Very few people in India remember Captain Saurabh Kalia or even know about him . It is shame , but it is true . Captain Saurabh Kalia was captured by Pakistani army during Kargil war of 1999 and was mercilessly murdered after brutal and inhuman torture . He was just 22 years old at the time of his death .

I have nothing new to say on Captain Saurabh Kalia’s case . I am re-tweeting some relevant tweets about Captain Kalia’s case from the twitter handle of Andhra Pradesh BJP IT Cell . I hope , for discerning and nationalist people , it will be a gentle and tearful reminder about the martyr . For heartless and emotionless brutes , nothing matters . For Congress , the Indian National Congress , the next election is more important and Captain Kalia can’t assure them victory . So for them he is not that important .

Andhra Pradesh BJP IT Cell , in fact , tweeted the verses of Venki . I was moved while going through the lines .

Lets Hang our head in shame while we read these Verses by Venki about Capt Saurab Kalia’s Sacrifice 1/15


They didn’t just pluck your eyes out, Capt Saurabh Kalia, They gouged out ours too. 2/15

Or would we have been blind to your father’s agony, His cry for ‘justice’ for all these years? 3/15

They didn’t just pierce your eardrums, Capt Kalia, They poured hot oil in ours too. 4/15

 

Or would we be deaf to your mother’s fitful sobs And her pitiful cry of anguish? 5/15

They didn’t just burn your chest, Capt Kalia, They carved out our bleeding hearts too. 6/15

Or would we, as a nation, have been so heartless As to forget our Kargil war hero? 7/15

They didn’t just mangle your private parts, Capt Kalia, They castrated an entire nation. 8/15

Or would we be so impotent that we yearn for aman While they plot yet more jihadi crimes? 9/15

When they ambushed you in the Kargil heights, Capt Kalia, They waylaid every one of us. 10/15

But you died so that we may live Our shameless, ungrateful lives. 11/15

We sent you to war at age 22, Capt Kalia, Which is no viable diable age. 12/15

And yet, we have failed to honour you The way your father sought. 13/15

 

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Shame on us – and , Mother India, That you would send your son to war And yet not collect his martyred ashes Or even shed a silent tear. 14/15

It is shameful that we have almost forgotten Captain Saurabh Kalia , a 22-year-old captain of our army and a martyr of 1999 Kargil war .

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I have been often asked , why I keep on writing about matters other than actors , acting and acting institute ? My simple answer is that I want my students to know , apart from films , about our great nation , about the history of India and about the struggle of our national heroes . I am unable to think only about the next batch of my acting school or the coming films of my acting students .

I want my acting students to know about Captain Saurabh Kalia , a martyr , who sacrificed his today for our better tomorrow . On behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I pay my homage to the brave son of Bharat Mata .

Alas ! we have almost forgotten him .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

www.vidur.co.in

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www.vidurfilms.com

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80 Years of ” Natir Pooja ” , A Rabindranath Tagore Film


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 15 , 2012           11.58 P.M.

” Natir Pooja ” . Does this name ring any familiar bell ?

I know the answer . It will be emphatic NO .

” Natir Pooja “ is a Bengali film . Does it make matter easier now ?

I know the answer even this time . It will again be a NO .

” Natir Pooja “ was produced by B. N. Sircar of New Theatres . What ?

Answer will be unanimous . The film evokes no familiarity .

” Natir Pooja “ was filmed at floor number 1 of NT Studio , Kolkata ? Now !

Even a student of cinema will now scratch his head .

” Natir Pooja “ was released in Chitra Talkies , Kolkata on March 14 , 1932 .

Now even the connoisseurs will look the other way .

Well , now let me untangle the mystery .

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” Natir Pooja “ completed 80th year on March 14 , 2012 . It was released on March 14 , 1932 and it is the only feature film directed by legendary Rabindranath Tagore in 1931 . It was based on a dramatised version of Rabindranath Tagore’s long poem Poojarini . It is 2500 year old story of  a Nati [ danseuse ] , who sacrificed herself because of her devotion of Buddha .

Tagore wrote this all – woman play at the behest of his daughter – in – law . It was first performed in Uttarayan , Shantiniketan on the occasion of Tagore’s 70th birthday . Later on a ticketed performance was staged in New Empire of Kolkata for the aid of Vishwa Bharati . B. N. Sircar of New Theatres saw it there and requested Tagore to make it into a film .

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Rabindranath Tagore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tagore , apart from directing the film , also played role of Upala .

Rabindranath Tagore as an Actor in Natir Pooja

Rabindranath Tagore as an Actor in Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Various Scenes of Natir Pooja

Synopsis of Natir Pooja

Synopsis of Natir Pooja

Nitin Bose was the cinematographer of the film . In his later years same Nitin Bose migrated to Mumbai and made many path – breaking films including Dilip Kumar‘s Technicolor ” Ganga Jumna ” .

It is unfortunate and sad that the prints of the film , the only one ever directed by Rabindranath Tagore , were destroyed in a fire that engulfed New Theatres .

I happened to see an article about ” Natir Pooja “ in Screen and was tempted to share it with the students of my acting academy .

It is well-known that Rabindranath Tagore was India’s first Nobel Laureate and the first Asian to get Nobel Prize for literature . It is in common knowledge that he was a poet , story – writer , song – writer , novelist , dramatist , musician , painter and educationist . But it is not in common knowledge that he directed a feature film in Bengali and also acted in it .

I , on behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , remember the 8oth anniversary of the film ” Natir Pooja ” , a directorial venture of Rabindranath Tagore .

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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