Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 02, 2014           01.15 A.M.

[ DECLARATION : In my diary, since May 2014, I have started mentioning names of only those students, who respect me as their teacher and accept my contribution in their journey of life. All the other students, who worked this month but are not mentioned, are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

May 2014 and June 2014 were bad for my career. Number of students trained by me plummeted drastically. But it again became rosy and sky-rocketed to the earlier position from July 2014. The reason is stated above.

I am posting links of the 05 videos. You can watch them for the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 .
1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ
2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI
3 – ” O Teri ” & ” Main Tera Hero ” : 
4 – ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 5 ” : 
5 – ARMAAN JAIN : 

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Obituary :

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Dharmesh Tiwari  : 

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The man who would always be known as Kripacharya of B. R. Chopra’s epic serial ” Mahabharat “ , Dharmesh Tiwari, died on August 06, 2014 in Chandigarh at the age of 63.

He was General Secretary of CINTAA [ Cine & TV Artistes Association ] at the time of his death. He was also President of FWICE [ Federation of Western India Cine Employees.

 

Rajendra Ojha :

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Publisher of ” Screen World “ , a Film Directory of 33 years of standing and a former employee of Rajshri Productions, Rajendra Ojha died on July 26, 2014 at the age of 67 years. He was suffering from throat cancer.
He also wrote ” 100 Years of Cinema “, a highly acclaimed book about Hindi films from 1913 to 2013.
Sushilarani Patel :
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Basically a classical singer, who acted and sang in two films, Sushilarani Patel died on July 24, 2014 at the age of 96.
Posting link of the blog, which I wrote about her :

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 01

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1 – Lateef : The King Of Crime …………………………….. X

 

 

Second Week – August 08

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1 – Entertainment …………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

……………………………………………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

……………………………………………………………………… Dhaval Gada

 

Third Week – August 15

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1 – Singham Returns ………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

 

Fourth Week  – August 22
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1 – Mad About Dance ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Mardaani ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Mumbai Connection …………………………………… X

4 – Life Is Beautiful ! ……………………………………….. X

5 – Katiyabaaz ……………………………………………….. X

 

 

Fifth Week  – August 29
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1 – Identity Card …………………………………………….. X

2 – Raja Natwarlal …………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………. Shweta Pandit

3 – Trip To Bhangarh ……………………………………….. X

 

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in August . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………. 05 ……… are actors . Among the rest …………. 02 ………… Shweta Pandit is the singer and she sang a song in ” Entertainment “. And Dhaval Gada is the co-producer of  ” Raja Natwarlal ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Marathi : Milind Gawali  is doing prominent role in  ” Samarthya “.

2 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is doing lead role in ” Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De”.

3 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Bindaas “.

4 – Bengali : Dev is doing lead role in ” Buno Haansh “.

 

My ………….. 03 ……………. students in ……….. 04 ………….. regional films .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre is the Narrator of a   ” Mission Sapne “ on Zee TV.

2 – Vatsal Sheth is playing an important role in ” Ek Hasina Thi “ on Star Plus.

3 – Mishal Raheja is doing ” Encounter “ on MTV.

4 – Sai Deodhar is playing an important role in ” Udann – Sapnon Ki ” on Colors TV.

 

 

 

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin  is playing lead in the play  ” Colour Blind “.

2 – Kalki Koechlin is playing lead in the play ” Trivial Disasters “.

3 – Eijaz Khan is doing lead in a play ” Bollywood Dreams “.

 

My …………. 02 ………….. students in ………… 03 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Vivek Oberoi  is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Zeel Rainwear ” .

2 – Amit Sadh is the Brand Ambassador of ” Wildstone Deo “.

3 – Saif Ali Khan is the Brand Ambassador of ” Sansui “.

4 – Kareena Kapoor is the Brand Ambassador of ” I Ball “.

 

 

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

 

As an acting trainer my 07 students appeared in 04 films , 04 students in 04 TV serials , 03 students in 04 regional films , 02 students in 03 plays and 04 students appeared in 04 Ads also . Thus total number of students working in the month of August comes to 20. It was 27 in July 2014. And as I have stated earlier, I have mentioned names of only those students, who respect me and accept my contribution in their journey of life.

 

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May God bless them and they shine in their chosen field .

 

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Remembering Sushilarani Patel


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 15, 2014           11.45 P.M.

 

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Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence, but an almost forgotten classical singer, died on July 24, 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 96.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

The name Sushilarani Patel is not going to evoke any memories.

The name Baburao Patel is also not going to evoke even faint recognition.

The name of a magazine called ” Filmindia “ is almost forgotten.

Film ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] does not exist for this generation.

Film ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] is unknown even to die-hard film connoisseurs.

The song ” … LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA … ” is a distant memory.

So why I am writing this obituary ?

Let me unravel the mystery one by one.

I am writing this blog to pay my obeisance to Sushilarani Patel, a classical singer par excellence. It is sad irony of fate that she is relatively unknown compared to her other illustrious colleague Kishori Amonkar, though they both are disciples of the same teacher.

 

SUSHILARANI PATEL

SUSHILARANI PATEL

 

Baburao Patel was a Member of Parliament. But primarily he was a film critic and editor of a very popular film magazine called ” Filmindia “. Sushilarani Patel was married to him. She was his third wife. ” Filmindia “ was dreaded by the film industry folks of bygone era. It is infamous for its acerbic editorials. Just go through the views of Baburao Patel published in the magazine  ” Filmindia “ about ” Jwar Bhata ” [ 1944 ] , the debut film of Dilip Kumar :

Dilip Kumar, the new hero of Bombay Talkies is an anaemic addition to our film artistes. He needs lots of vitamins and a prolonged treatment of proteins before another picture can be risked with him. He looks gaunt and famished and strikes as a long ill-treated convict, who has escaped from a jail. His appearance on the screen creates both laughter and disappointment. His acting efforts in this picture amounts to nill. “

Can it be considered a critical analysis of a debut making young actor’s acting calibre? Do you think it is decent, sensible and appropriate to comment on looks and physicality of an artiste? But Baburao Patel was known for his scathing, acerbic and derogatory personal comments. And Sushilarani Patel was his wife, third wife. It is alleged that he was jealous of her. It is also rumoured that Baburao Patel was very possessive of extremely beautiful and young Sushilarani. So, it was natural that she starred and sang just in two films and then faded into oblivion. And the two films were directed by Baburao Patel himself. The two films in question were ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and Gwalan ” [ 1946 ]. These films tanked at the box office without any trace and Sushilarani’s career got an untimely and abrupt end.

 

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Draupadi

 

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

SUSHILARANI as DRAUPADI in Vastra Haran Scene of DRAUPADI

 

Any print of the film or any link of the songs she sang in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] is not available today. I copied the above picture of Sushilarani in ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ]  from the internet and posted it above.

” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] , second film of Sushilarani Patel was also produced and directed by Baburao Patel. And Sushilarani Patel sang a duet in this film with legendary play back singer Mukesh. The song in question was tuned by Hansraj Bahl and lyrics were written by Indra Chandra. For lovers of old Hindi film songs ” …………………….. LAGAT NAZAR TORI CHHALAIYA ……………………. ” is a gem. Fortunately the song is available on YouTube. I am providing YouTube link of the song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcrVFUZLXE

Just two films ; ” Draupadi ” [ 1944 ] and ” Gwalan ” [ 1946 ] and that is all. That heralded the end. A sad end of a talented singer-actor. A talented artiste’s talent was allegedly crushed under the ego, obsessiveness, jealousy and whims of her husband. Sushilarani’s nephew and some of her students have confirmed these allegations in their interviews.

I think now you have all the answers of the questions , which I put forward in the beginning.

Baburao Patel died in 1982. And Sushilarani Patel could properly start her career only after her husband’s death. But at that time she was 62. Her prime was gone. Her other peer Kishori Amonkar became a legend in her own life time. They both started learning classical music from legendary Moghubai Kurdikar. Incidentally Moghubai was the mother of  Kishori Amonkar.

My student Alvira Khan, who is Salman Khan’s sister, was a student of Sushilarani Patel. So I know Sushilarani in a way. I empathized with her and after her demise, I am saddened.

 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I offer my condolences.


[ Information about Sushilarani Patel and Baburao Patel is taken from several newspapers, YouTube and also from Wikipedia. I express my gratitude. ]

 

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