Vidur Acting Institute Spreads Across Two Generations


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 17, 2016           08.00 P.M.

In this ephemeral world of films , it is very difficult to survive for 25 years. Banners are stablished and one day they disappear. Film-makers start their journey and one day they cease to exist. Acting Training is also same. Since it is mostly ruled by unscrupulous, scheming liars, it withers before bloom. Since deceit is the pattern for majority of so-called famous acting trainers of Mumbai or India, it implode before becoming a long-living entity.

In this world of treacherous, unscrupulous and fraudulent scamsters, roaming around as best acting trainers of Mumbai, I always wonder how I survived for 26 long years. From 1990 to 2016, it seems an impossible journey. People become obsolete in 26 years. They become redundant after becoming old. They become cynics with advancing age. Finally, they slip into irrelevance. But this didn’t happen to me. It is God’s mercy. It is because of the fact that even after 26 years my students have faith on me. And this faith has made me AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS.

In the 26th year of my career, I have started my 100th batch on April 07, 2016. And this batch have a girl named SHINOVA SONI. Years ago, precisely 19 years ago, I trained her mother APARNA SONI also. Here is the complete story.

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

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1997           SHEETAL APARTMENT – JUHU           BOMBAY

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It was a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day in Bombay. The year was 1997. The place was ground floor hall of SHEETAL APARTMENT near CHANDAN CINEMA, JUHU. An acting batch started. It had KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. Apart from above mentioned names, the batch also had a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty. Her name was APARNA SONI.

That is the beginning of the story. No Acting Trainer can forget students like KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But one can easily forget APARNA SONI.

After mandatory 3 months period, the batch ended. Months came and gone. Seasons changed colours. Years passed. Age took me with all its ferocity and the vagaries of time engulfed me completely. I did remember KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But APARNA SONI doggedly refused to be obfuscated from my memory. She refused to be just another student, who came for 3 months and simply faded away. And the efforts for maintaining this relationship were always from her side.

One phone call a month ………………. few occasional messages here & there ……………………. season’s greetings ………………… festival wishes, she was always there. She always calls. She is always there if occasion arises. She always recommends students for my acting training institute. Once when I was hospitalised, she used to come daily. Till the time I was in hospital, she came every day without fail.

And thus THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED ……………………..

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2016           BUNGALOW NO. 52 – MHADA           MUMBAI

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With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

On March 22, 2016, I got a call from her. I thought that it is one of her regular calls. Next day on March 23, 2016, she came to meet me with her daughter. She wanted to admit her daughter in VIDUR Acting Institute .

It was again a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day. Only change is that now the city is not Bombay. And the year is not 1997. City is now rechristened Mumbai and the year is 2016. And yes the student is also not APARNA. The student is SHINOVA, who just like her mother, is also a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty

It never occurred to me that 19 year have passed since APARNA completed her training. In 1997, I never ever expected that after training APARNA SONI, one day I would be training her daughter also. I never imagined this even in my wildest dreams. But 19 year after training mother APARNA SONI, I am training her daughter SHINOVA SONI too.

It is not easy to become AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS. It is very rare chance. Apart from Shri Roshan Taneja, no other acting trainer of India can claim that they have trained two generations. Taneja Sir trained SHRI SHATRUGHAN SINHA & his son LUV SINHA.

 

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Life As An Acting Trainer : 26 Years – 92% Success Rate


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2015           07.00 P.M.

 

Mumbai is flooded with acting institutes. Everyday a new acting institute mushrooms and starts claiming that it is the best one. There are few old ones also. Though, they have passed their prime but still claim to be in the race. Then there are few upstart trainers, who have delusion of grandeur and success. It is but natural that aspiring actors get confused and are hoodwinked by these con trainers. These “Bunty & Bablis” try every trick from the book and sometimes succeed also in trapping these aspirants.

Therefore it becomes imperative to chronicle true success stories to save gullible students from the clutches of unscrupulous and con acting trainers. I am writing this blog so that such ARVIND KEJARIWALS of acting training should get exposed and shouldn’t go unchallenged.

When ” Bajrangi Bhaijaan “ got released and took the box office by storm, there were several articles in the news papers. It collected 100 crores by the first weekend and thus became the 1st ever Hindi film to enter THE BIG CLUB so quickly.

Bombay Times, dated July 21, 2015, published an article about THE BIG CLUB. It chronicled all the 35 Hindi movies till date, which are the biggest earners.

Out of 35 films, there is 1 film in 300 Crore Club / 1 film in 250 Crore Club / 3 films in 200 Crore Club / 7 films in 150 Crore Club and 23 films in 100 Crore Club .

I am so happy to announce and stating this fact with great pride that out of these 35 block-buster films, there are only 3 films which have no students of mine [ JUST 3 FILMS ]. These films are ” Ghajini ” , ” Holiday ” and ” Ek Villain “ . Apart from these 3 films my students are there in all the remaining 32 films. This is unparalleled feat. This is unprecedented success story. This is so humbling as an acting trainer. I don’t think any other acting trainer can claim such humongous success story. Even FTII, Pune [ Film & television Institute of India ] can claim such success in recent times. FTII gave many luminaries to the film industry but that was eons ago. It was during Shri Roshan Taneja’s time. This so-called premier (?) acting institute’s recent accomplishments are negligible compared to mine.

I am giving the whole list of films published in the July 21, 2015 issue of Bombay Times. Name of my students working in these films are also mentioned. It is now for the discerning public to judge the facts.

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300 CRORE

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PK = Anushka Sharma / Ranbir Kapoor [ S.A.]

 

250 CRORE

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Dhoom 3 = Katrina Kaif / Uday Chopra

 

200 CRORE

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Kick = Jacqueline Fernandez

Chennai Express = Nikitin Dheer / Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani

3 Idiots = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

150 CRORE

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Ek Tha Tiger = Katrina Kaif

Happy New Year = Sonu Sood / Shekhar Ravjiani

Krrish 3 = Hritik Roshan / Vivek Oberoi / Priyanka Chopra

Yej Jawaani Hai Deewani = Ranbir Kapoor / Kalki Koechlin

Dabangg 2 = Arbaaz Khan / Kareena Kapoor / Flora Saini / Nikitin Dheer

Tanu Weds Manu Returns = Jimmy Sheirgill / Eijaz Khan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan = Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

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Bang Bang = Hritik Roshan / Katrina Kaif / Jimmy Sheirgill / Shekhar ravjiani

Boduguard = Kareena Kapoor / Hazel Keech / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Dabangg = Arbaaz Khan / Sonu Sood

Singham Returns = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Rowdy Rathore = Kareena Kapoor Khan [ S.A. ]

Agneepath = Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Katrina Kaif [ S.A. ]

Ready = Arbaaz Khan / Arya Babbar / Nikitin Dheer / Kishan Kumar

RA.ONE = Kareena Kapoor / Arjun Rampal / Shekhar Ravjiani / Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Ghajini = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Housefull 2 = John Abraham / Jacqueline Fernandez / Shazahn Padamsee / Sajid Khan

Holiday = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Ram Leela = Priyanka Chopra [ S.A. ]

Don 2 = Priyanka Chopra / Kunal Kapoor / Hritik Roshan [ S.A. ]

Jai Ho = Daisy Shah / Genelia Deshmukh / Pulkit Samrat / Tulip Joshi / Vikas Bhalla / Ashmit Patel / Vatsal Sheth

Barfi = Ranbir Kapoor / Priyanka Chopra

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag = Sonam Kapoor / Divya Dutta

Golmaal 3 = Kareena Kapoor Khan / Rohit Shetty

Jab Tak Hai Jaan = Katrina Kaif / Anushka Sharma

ABCD 2 = Varun Dhawan / Pooja Batra [ S.A. ]

2 States = Alia Bhatt / Arjun Kapoor

Bol Bachchan = Krushna Abhishek / Jeetu Verma / Rohit Shetty

Singham = Sudhanshu Pandey / Rohit Shetty

Ek Villain = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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In total my 81 students appeared in above mentioned 32 films. Out of these 81 students, ROHIT SHETTY, SAJID KHAN & ARBAAZ KHAN are film directors. KISHAN KUMAR & ARBAAZ KHAN are producers and SHEKHAR RAVJIANI [ Vishal-Shekhar fame ] is the music director. Rest are actors.

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May God bless them !!

[ I have taken the list of films from Bombay Times. I express my gratitude. S.A. in red stands for SPECIAL APPEARANCE. ]

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” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal ” : The Last Dish


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2013           06.35 P.M.

Tarla Dalal

1936 – 6 November 2013

India‘s first celebrity chef , noted food writer , the first prolific Cook Book author of repute , first Cookery Show anchor and a specialist in vegetarian dishes , who left a rich legacy of staggering 17,000 recipes , Tarla Dalal died of cardiac arrest on November 06 , 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 77 years .

Tarla Dalal

Tarla Dalal

 

She arrived on the culinary landscape 40 years ago . It was much before television reached most parts of India and became an integral part of our lives . Almost 40 years before the omnipresent television , she arrived on the scene with a bang with her first book ” The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking ” . It was published in 1974 and became best – selling book . She , though , started her career by taking cooking classes in 1966 .

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[ Pleasures Of Vegetarian Cooking

Tarla Dala’s first cookbook which was published in 1974 and is in its 25th reprint today.

It contains over 250 delicious recipes that are practical, quick and easy.
So go ahead ,ensure your copy today !

Recipes included are:
Mint Julep / Frosty Fruit Ale / Leek Soup / Sunshine Salad / Spring Rolls / Moughlai Cauliflower / Biryani / Lasagne Verdi / Lemon Ice Cream / Orange Gateau / Chocolate Eclairs

Pages : 184 / Recipes :258 / Recipes in Colour : 69

Price: Rs.250  – Taken & being quoted from http://www.tarladalal.com ]

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Screen – Shot of Tarla Dalal’s Website

Since then she has written over 100 books and sold more than 3 million books . She also runs the largest Indian food web site , and published a bi-monthly magazine  ” Cooking & More ” .

Though she wrote about many cuisines and healthy cooking , she specialized in Indian cuisine , particularly Gujarati cuisine .

She was the first to host a TV show on cooking . ” Tarla Dalal Show ” and ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ on Sony Entertainment Television are her two most notable cooking shows . The last-named weekly show ran for 3 years on Sony TV . Her cooking show is broadcast all over South East Asia, India, the Gulf, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

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She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2007 . She was also awarded Women of the Year by Indian Merchants’ Chamber in 2005 .

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

I came to know about her through Sudhanshu Pandey . He was the co-anchor of her show  ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ . He is my student and he told me about the show . I started watching the show and gradually became familiar with Tarla Dalal .

Then I saw some books written by her in various book stores . I browsed through them . Such books are normally dull and boring . Tarla Dalal had unique distinction of making even cooking book interesting . I , since then , became an ardent fan .

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It is noteworthy that she did all this , much before the advent of Sanjeev Kapoor , the current favourite . Sanjeev Kapoor stars in the cooking TV show Khana Khazana , which is the longest running show of its kind in Asia . But Tarla Dalal did all this much before him and that too without the help of all-pervading , all-intrusive television . She is the pioneer . She is the first flag-bearer .

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Sanjeev Kapoor at FoodFood Channel Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much before the arrival of Vir Sanghavi , the celebrated food writer , she started writing about food . I like Vir Sanghavi’s column ” Rude Food ” in Sunday Hindustan Times Cafe and read it religiously . But Tarla Dalal is my first favourite because she started it first . She heralded a new path . She chose to travel on the unbeaten track . Without any clear leader to follow , she chose to take a road less travelled . Only Madhur Jaffery was on the culinary scene before her . Therefore Tarla Dalal deserves our appreciation for this feat .

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It is not for nothing that she commanded unprecedented popularity among the masses . Her feat is unparalleled , her success unprecedented .

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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 offer my condolences to her family members and her fans , who are spread in every nook and corner of the world .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also express grief and offer tribute .

May her soul rest in peace ! Her demise is the big loss of the culinary world of India .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST  11, 2013          11.20 P.M.
Month of July 2013 will always be associated with  ” Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ” . The film got rave reviews and was a winner at the box office too .
A new face , Girish Kumar , also came into limelight this month with  ” Ramaiya Vastavaiya ” . This scion of Tips , made his debut with the film . He was praised for his acting skills and the film did decent business at the box office .

Tweets :

 

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. #BhaagMilkhaBhaag is fast racing towards the 100 crore mark. Overall, Super Hit [Blockbuster in North circuits]

     

    1. RAMAIYA 1st week actual net collections: Rs. 22.2 crore. D-DAY 1st week figure: Rs. 15.75 crore. BMB reaches Rs. 82 crore in 2 weeks. Wow!

    2. LUV U SONIYO fails to get the audience’s love or attention. Read my review of the film, starring two new faces, at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/luv-u-soniyo-review/ …

    3. ISSAQ is too boring to make people fall in love with it! Read my review of the Prateik-Amyra starrer at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/issaq-review/ …

    4. All releases of today open to dull houses. Shows of some films cancelled at some centres due to absence of audience!

    5. BAJATEY RAHO, a comedy thriller, is a dull fare, devoid of good comedy and exciting thrills. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/bajatey-raho-review/ …

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Obituary :

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Sudhakar Bokade : 

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Once a prolific film maker , Sudhakar Bokade died on July 07 , 2013 at the age of  57 . He came to limelight after the stupendous success of his third venture ” Saajan ” [ 1991 ] .

He produced many films like : ” Izzatdaar ” [ 1990 ] , ” Nyay Anyay ” [ 1990 ] , ” Saajan”  [ 1991 ] , ” Prahaar ” [ 1991 ] , ” Sapne Sajan Ke ” [ 1992 ] , ” Dhanwaan ” [ 1993 ] , ” Kanyadaan ” [ 1993 ] , ” Sauda ” [ 1995 ] , ” Yeh Pyaar Hi To Hai ” [ 2000 ] , ” Sanam Teri Kasam ” [ 2000 ] and incomplete and yet to be released film ” Kalinga ” [ 1996 ] , a directorial debut of Dilip Kumar .

He also produced few Marathi films like ;  ” Patli Re Patli ” [ 1991 ] , ” Mailek ” [ 1995 ] and ” Padkar ” [ 1995 ] .

 

Pran :

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Legendary actor Pran bid us adieu on July 12 , 2013 . He was 93 at the time of his death .

I have written two blogs about him . One was written when he was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the second was written as obituary after his death .

I am posting links of both the blogs :

Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sa

……. And Pran !! Never Before ; Never Again http://wp.me/ptyXI-32J

 

Jagdish Raj :

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Jagdish Raj , the famous police officer of Bollywood, passed away on July 28, 2013 at his Juhu residence following respiratory ailment. He was 85.  Jagdish Raj was born as Jagdish Raj Khurana in 1928 in the town of Sargodha , which is now in Pakistan.

He holds a Guinness World Record record for being the most type-cast actor. He played a police inspector in 144 films. Though he occasionally played a villain .

His daughter Anita Raj was also an actress. He is survived by two daughters and a son.

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – July  05

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1 – Lootera ……………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

2 – Policegiri ………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – July  12

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1 – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ………………………………… Sonam Kapoor

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

2 – Boyss To Boyss Hain ……………………………….. Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………. Tejaswini Kolhapure

3 – Sixteen ………………………………………………………. X

4 – Tara ……………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – July 19

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1 – Ramaiya Vastavaiya …………………………………. Girish Kumar

………………………………………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

…………………………………………………………………………… Jacquline Fernandez

2 – D Day ………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal

 

Fourth Week  – July 26

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 1 – Luv U Soniyo ……………………………………………. Amaan Khan

2 – Issaq ………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Nasha ………………………………………………………… X

4 – Bajatey Raho …………………………………………….. X

 

In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in July . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 10 ……… persons , Divya Dutta worked in 3 films .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sudhanshu Pandey is playing an important role in   ” Ek Veer Ki Ardaas……… Veera  “ on Star Plus TV  .


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

 

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Theatre & Me :

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

2 – Asif Ali Beg is playing main lead in ” All In The Timing ” .

3 – Juhi Babbar is playing main lead in ” Ji , Jaisi Aapki Marzi ” .

4 – Nakuul Mehta is playing an important role in ” Cock ” .


 

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

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Aneet Kaur Siddhu  is modelling for Dove soap .

My ………….. 01 …………… student in ………………. 01 ……………….. commercial .

 

I am happy that as an acting trainer or acting tutor I had a very satisfying month . My 10 students appeared in 06 films , 01 student in 01 TV Serial ,  04 students in 04 plays and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of July 2013 comes to 16 .

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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 !!

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  06, 2013          11.35 P.M.
Month of January came and is now gone with no major surprises . ” Table No. 21 “ met with moderate success and ” Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola “ failed to garner mullahs at the box office . ” Race 2 “ looked promising initially but could not sustain the impetus .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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#Dabangg2 *2-week total* India Rs 144 cr + Overseas Rs 45.6 cr. Total: Rs 189.6 cr.

Update: New releases open to cold response, but ‘Table No 21’ reports good, should grow http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/304/date/2013-01-04 …

‘Rajdhani Express’ movie review: Has its moments, but they are few and far between! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/508322 …

‘Table No. 21’ movie review: A commendable movie-going experience. Strongly recommended http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/554240 …

‘Table No 21’ Friday 1.55 cr… Picked up in the evening shows… North biz affected due to severe cold.

‘Table No 21’ fri 1.55 cr, sat 2.04 cr, sun 2.25 cr, mon 1.02 cr, tue 1.00 cr. Total: 7.86 cr. Rock-steady!

‘Table No 21’ lone survivor at BO… 2013 release calendar packed, multiple films to bombard cineplexes week after week http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/566/date/2013-01-09 …

9h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MatruKiBijleeKaMandola faces tough competition in North [Punjabi film] and South [5 Tamil films and 2 biggies in Telugu].
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Update: #MKBKM ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ opens to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/date/2013-01-11 …21

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MumbaiMirror movie review: For those who relish masala movies. Especially for the single screen circuit! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/571955

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar movie review: Caters to a niche audience! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/550982 …

Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Inkaar collected approx Rs 6.35 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 1.75 cr,Sat2.10cr, Sun2.50cr.

21 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar, #MumbaiMirror have lacklustre weekend, #MKBKM falls significantly – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/932/date/2013-01-21 …

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#Race2 Saturday trends: Has chances of touching 20 cr, if it maintains the momentum. Awesome!

INKAAR is for a thin section of the audience only. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/inkaar-review/ …

19h Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta

Race 2: first day all-india net approx. 14.25 to 14.5 crore.


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Obituary :

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay : 

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay, a favourite actor of Satyajit Ray and a loving grandfather of Bengali films, died on January 07 , 2013 in the morning .

From “Mahanagar” to “Barfi” , his loving portrayals in films enthralled us. He is the actor who played Jhilmil’s Daju in Barfi.

S. Ramanathan :

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Producer and director S. Ramanathan died on January 09 , 2013 at the age of 83 .

He was the man , who produced ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and thus gave Amitabh Bachchan his first big break . Later on he produced ” Geraftaar ” [ 1985 ] and brought together Amitabh Bachchan , Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan . In between he also produced and directed ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ] , the film which starred Amitabh Bachchan in triple role .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 04

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1 – Dehraadun Diary …………………………………………………. X

2 – Meri Shadi Karao ………………………………………………… X

3 – Rajdhani Express ……………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

……………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

……………………………………………………………………………. Sayali Bhagat

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

4 – Table No. 21 ……………………………………………………… X

Second Week – January 11

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1 – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola …………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Anushka Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………… Arya Babbar

2 – Gangoobai ………………………………………………………… X

Third Week – January 18

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1 – Inkaar ……………………………………………………………… John Abraham

2 – Mumbai Mirror ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Bandook ………………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – January 25

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1 – Akaash Vani ………………………………. ………………….. Kartik Tiwari

2 – Main Krishna Hoon ………………………………………….. Hritik Roshan [ Guest ]

………………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif [ Guest ]

3 – Race 2 ………………………………………  ………………….. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………. …………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………….  ………………… Jaqueline Fernandes


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….14 ……… persons , John Abraham comes twice and Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif have made guest appearances .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Chhattisgarhi : Sandesh Gour  is playing main lead in ” Daai “.

 

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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sajid Khan is one of the judges in ” Naach Baliye – 5 “ on Star Plus .

2 – Dinesh Soni is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors TV.

3 – Kunal Madhiwalla is playing Narad in ” Jai Bajrangbali “ on Sahara One TV .

4 – Akhlaque Khan is playing an important role in ” Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha “ on Colors TV .

5 – Sonali Sachdev is playing an important role in ” Sanskaar – Dharohar Apno Ki “ on Colors TV .

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 05 ……………. 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 . May they shine in their chosen field .

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – November 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER  01, 2012           01.00 A.M.
Month of November 2012 will always be remembered for the release of ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” , the last directorial venture of Yash Chopra .
November 2012 will also be special for the clash of the titans . ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” of Late Yash Chopra and ” Son Of Sardar “ of Ajay Devgn clashed at the box office . Though both the films came out as winners .
November 2012 is also marked because of the release of Aamir Khan‘s much – awaited ” Talaash ” .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

Tweets

#LuvShuvTeyChickenKhurana movie review: A joyride from start to end. This delectable dish ought to be savoured! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/548826 …

‘1920 – Evil Returns’ movie review: Scares and shocks in bits and spurts. Writing plays the spoilsport! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/547818 …


Update: ‘1920 Evil Returns’ starts well, ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ is slow http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/300/date/2012-11-02 …

#1920EvilReturns passes the ‘Monday test’. Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 3.88 cr, Sun 4.34 cr, Mon 2.01 cr. Total: 14.28 cr nett. Excellent!

#1920EvilReturns is rock-steady. Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 3.88 cr, Sun 4.34 cr, Mon 2.06 cr, Tue 1.72 cr. Total: 16.05 cr nett. Excellent!

#1920EvilReturns collected approx Rs 3.75 cr nett in its Weekend 2, taking the total to Rs 22.86 cr nett. HIT.

#SOTY collected approx Rs 2.35 cr nett in its Weekend 4, taking the total to approx Rs 70 cr nett. HIT.

#JTHJ movie review: Love stories will come and go. But no one will make them like Yash Chopra! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/548942 …

#SOS *actuals* Tue 10.72 cr nett.

#JTHJ *actuals* Tue 15.23 cr nett.

Overseas Update: #JTHJ is ahead of #SOS by a BIG margin.

INDIA Boxoffice – Tuesday: #JTHJ 15.23 cr [2500 screens] … #SOS 10.72 cr [2000 screens].

#JTHJ creates HISTORY in New Zealand. First Hindi film to open at No 1 position, overtaking *all* Hollywood films on *Wednesday*.

#SOS is better than @ajaydevgn starrers released in the past in Overseas, but the clash with @iamsrk has hit the film hard.

#JTHJ has raced ahead by a massive margin. Is faring exceptionally well in U.K., U.S.A., U.A.E. and Australia.

#SOS [India] Tue 10.72 cr, Wed 16.21 cr. Total: 26.93 cr nett. SUPERB.

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ 80.73 cr, ‘Son Of Sardaar’ 66.02 cr… Detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/914/date/2012-11-19 …

DIWALI BUSINESS: #JTHJ *Worldwide* Rs 122.43 crores + #SOS *Worldwide* 76.81 crores. Total: Rs 199.24 crores [Tue to Sun total].

Those asking, the total business of #EkThaTiger in *Overseas* is $ 10.75 million [Rs 59.63 cr]. As of today.

#EkThaTiger *Worldwide business* stands at Rs 258.93 cr. India: Rs 199.3 cr. Overseas: Rs 59.63 cr.

2012 is significant year for YRF. #EkThaTiger *Worldwide biz* Rs 258.93 cr + #JTHJ *Worldwide biz* 150.41 cr [still counting] = Rs 409.34 cr

And if we include #Ishaqzaade India biz, YRF’s total stands at Rs 456.58 cr. 2012 has been the most successful year for YRF.

#JTHJ [2nd Week] Fri 2.75 cr. Total: 101.16 cr nett. CROSSES 100 cr MARK IN INDIA.

#JTHJ [2nd Week] Fri 2.75 cr, Sat 3.62 cr, Sun 4.66 cr. Total: Rs 109.44 cr nett. Note: India business only.

Far from bright… That’s what the future of FUTURE TO BRIGHT HAI JI at the box-office is! Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/future-to-bright-hai-ji-review/ …

This chicken dish is not very tasty… Read my review of LUV SHUV TEY CHICKEN KHURANA at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/luv-shuv-tey-chicken-khurana-review/ …

1920 – EVIL RETURNS chills and thrills. Lovely start, good reports. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/1920-evil-returns-review/ …

JAB TAK HAI JAAN is not a film, it is CINEMATIC HISTROY! Read my review of the box-office blockbuster at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/jab-tak-hai-jaan/ …

SOS is an entertainer and a good festive watch. Read complete review at http://bit.ly/UEiRLe

Both films open very well at most places. JTHJ full at many many cinemas. SOS 70-90% at many centres. Happy Diwali indeed for trade!

Small centres audience going crazy over SOS. Collections of the kind never seen before!!!!

Jab Tak Hai Jaan has collected Rs 15.23 crore on Day 1 in India. Brilliant!!

Night shows of SOS fantastic despite Diwali pooja in Hindu households. Great!

JTHJ 5th Day: 10.38 Crore. 6th Day: 9.96 Crore. Total: 80.73 Crore

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November 02

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1 –Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana ……………………………….. Kunal Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………………. Anangsha Biswas

2 – 1920 Evil Returns …………………………………………………. X

3 – Ata Pata Laapata …………………………………………………… X

4 – Le Gaya Saddam ……………………………………………………. Chirag Patil

5 – Future To Bright Hai Ji …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – November 09

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1 – Its Rocking Dard – E – Disco …………………………………….. Aryeman Ramsay

 

Third Week – November 16 [ 13 Deepawali ]

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1 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan ……………………………………………………. Katrina Kaif

……………………………………………………………………………….. Aashish Singh

2 – Son Of Sardaar ………………………………………………………. Tanisha Mukerjii

……………………………………………………………………………….. Jeetu Verma

 

Fourth Week  – November 23

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1 – Operation Mumbai …………………………………………………. Kunal Kapoor

 

Fifth Week – November 30

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1 – Talaash ……………………………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

2 – Jeet Lengey Jahaan ………………………………………………. X

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in November . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 10 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….10 ……… persons , Tanisha Mukerjii is Executive Producer of  ” Son Of Sardar  “ and Ashish Singh is Executive Producer of  ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” . Remaining ……….. 08 ……. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is playing lead role in ” Paanch Adhyay ” .

 

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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vijay Badlani is playing Narad in ” Ramayan – Sabke Jeevan Ka Aadhar “ on Zee TV .

2 – Gurmeet Choudhary is playing lead in ” Punar Vivaah – Zindagi Milegi Dobara “ on Zee TV .

3 – Mrunal Thakur made her debut in ”  Khamoshiyan “ on Star Plus .

4 – Sudhanshu Pandey is essaying an important role in ” Veera “ on Star Plus .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on several channels .

 

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

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01 , 2011                   12 . 3O A.M.

After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry .  And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .

To illustrate my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu has dn well in spite of opposition of World Cup cricket & exams with Rs. 14cr at the box-office: http://bit.ly/hdkCSr
ETC
Box office report:Tanu Weds Manu Rs 19.8Cr,7 Khoon Maaf Rs 18.63Cr, Patiala House Rs 36.66 Cr,Yeh Saali Zindagi Rs 11 Cr, DTBHJ Rs.29Cr
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Tanu Weds Manu’: Collected Rs 5.11 cr nett in its 2nd wknd [Fri: 1.26 cr, Sat: 1.95 cr, Sun: 1.90 cr]. Total so far: Rs. 23.67 cr nett.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
If cricket affects films, how has Tanu Weds Manu clicked at the box-office? http://bit.ly/emuCcz
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
While most movies don’t last beyond opng wknd, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ will complete 100 days at theatres next week [15 weeks]. Bravo!
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Tanu Weds Manu: Collected Rs. 8.55 cr nett in its Week 2. Total so far: Rs. 27.08 cr nett. Hit.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
The dull spell at the Bollywood box-office continues, Tanu Weds Manu being the sole exception. http://bit.ly/eu6E8b
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Next major opponent: Will IPL hit film business hard in April & May http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ successfully completes 50 days at theatres. Crossed Rs 33 cr, surpassing Madhur’s biggest hit ‘Fashion’ [26 cr].
Obituary
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GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.

His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.

He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.

NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.

He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.

” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.

He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .

BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .

New Releases & Me
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First Week – March 04

1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x

Second Week  -March 11

NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP

Third Week – March 18

1 – My Target I. A. S………………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – March 25

1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta

2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x

3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x

4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna

In total just ………..06………………. films got released this month. And there were just ………..02………….. students of mine ,  in ………02………. films.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.

2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.

3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .

4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd  in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.

2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.

3 – My student Sudhanshu  Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .

4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.

Regional Film News This Month :
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1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .

2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like :  ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .

3 – Bangla : My two students ;  Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .

4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.

5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .

6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.

Theatre This Month :

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1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.

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