100 Years of Lalita Pawar – Hindi Cinema’s Unforgettable Doyenne


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 15, 2016           08.00 P.M.

 

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 - 24 February 1998 ]

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998 ]

On April 18, 2016, Lalita Pawar would have been 100 years old, had she been alive. There were not much coverage in the media. I read just one article in DNA. That’s it.

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Present day media Mughals don’t know her importance. In a career spanning 68 years, she did 700 plus films. She was the only one in Indian film industry, who could play a scheming mother-in-law and a golden-hearted matriarch with equal finesse. She was always portrayed prominently in the posters of her films, though she was not playing the lead. Apart from Lalita Pawar, Ashok Kumar was the only other character artiste, who used to appear prominently in the poster of his films.

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

 

Poster of Anari

With Raj Kapoor & Nutan in Anari

Apart from her, there were only 3 other Hindi film actors, who worked more than 6 decades. They, apart from Lalita Pawar, are Dev Anand, Pran and evergreen Ashok Kumar. Only these 4 Hindi Film Artists worked till the last breath of their lives.

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

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LALITA PAWAR : 68 Working Years – 700 Films

” Raja Harishchandra “ [ 1928 ] to ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ]

DEV ANAND : 65 Working Years – 113 Films

Hum Ek Hain “ [ 1946 ] to ” Chargesheet ” [ 2011 ]

PRAN : 63 Working Years – 350 Films

” Yamla Jat “ [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh “ [ 2003 ]

ASHOK KUMAR : 61 Working Years – 301 films .

” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ]

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Among all the 4 history making stars, Lalita Pawar was the senior most. Pran was junior to her by 12 years. And the indomitable Dev Anand was her junior by 18 years. Even grand old man of Hindi cinema, the evergreen Ashok Kumar, was her junior by 8 years. Coincidently their last films came in the same year, 1997. Lalita Pawar’s ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ] & Ashok Kumar’s ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] were their last film. Two immortal legends ended their glorious film journey in the same year.

My first association with her started somewhere in mid 60s. I don’t remember the film correctly, but either it was ” Sampoorna Ramayan ” or ” Jis Desh Me Ganga Bahti Hai “. Later on I saw several films of her and became an ardent admirer.

I am giving list of some of her unforgettable films, which I have seen and fail to forget even today.

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Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , Dahej  [ 1950 ] , Daag  [ 1952 ] , Parchhain  [ 1952 ] , Shri 420 [ 1955 ] , Mr & Mrs 55  [ 1955 ] , Nau Do Gyarah  [ 1957 ] , Anari  [ 1959 ] , Sujata  [ 1959 ] , Hum Dono  [ 1961 ] , Sampoorna Ramayana  [ 1961 ] , Professor  [ 1962 ] , Sehra  [ 1963 ] , Grahasti  [ 1963 ] , Ghar Basake Dekho  [ 1963 ] , Khandan  [ 1966 ] , Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti  [ 1967 ] , Aabroo  [ 1968 ] , Anand  [ 1970 ] , Pushpanjali  [ 1970 ] , Gopi  [ 1970 ] ,  Doosri Sita  [ 1974 ] , Tapasya  [ 1976 ] , Aaina  [ 1977 ] , Yaarana  [ 1080 ] , Kali Ghata  [ 1980 ] , Phir Wohi Raat  [ 1980 ] , Sau Din Saas Ke  [ 1980 ] , Naseeb  [ 1981 ] , Bhai  [ 1997 ] .

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It is pertinent to note that apart from Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , where she played heroine, she played character roles in all above mentioned films. But no film connoisseur can ever forget her. Who can forget GANGAMAI of  Shri 420 [ 1955 ] or Mrs. D’Sa of  Anari  [ 1959 ] , both with Raj Kapoor?

Amba Laxman Rao Shagun from Yeola, Nashik made her debut in 1929 with ” Raja Harishchandra “. At the age of 16, she co-produced and acted in a silent film ” Kailash ” [ 1932 ]. She played a triple role in that film. A triple role in a silent film !! It was 44 years before DILIP KUMAR’s ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] & 51 years before AMITABH BACHCHAN’s ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ]. Both these legends played triple role much later in their respective careers and when they were very mature. DILIP KUMAR made debut in 1944 and played triple role in 1976. That is 32 years after his debut. AMITABH BACHCHAN made debut in 1969 and played triple role in 1983. That is 19 years after his debut. But LALITA PAWAR played triple role in the beginning of her career. 3 years after her debut and that too in a silent film.

Poster of Silent Film "The Lord of the Jungle"

Poster of Silent Film “The Lord of the Jungle”

Poster of "Himmat-e-Marda" [ 1935 ]

Poster of “Himmat-e-Marda” [ 1935 ]

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

1942 was an epoch-making year in Lalita Pawar’s career. As a part of the scene in a film ” Jung-E-Azadi ” , Bhagwan Dada of ” Albela ” fame was to slap her. Being a new-comer, he accidentally slapped her hard. It resulted in facial paralysis and a vein of her left eye got burst. This incident left her with a defective left eye. But the treatment took 3 years. She lost many lead roles and after her treatment was over, she switched to character roles. The defective left eye, which ended her acting career in lead roles, helped her play cruel, wicked and cussed characters with aplomb.

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Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar has left us. She no longer exist. But she is still present in the form of her films where she played several unforgettable characters. I offer my tribute and regards to the unforgettable doyenne of Hindi cinema.

 

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[ List of Lalita Pawar’s released films,  dates and other information is taken from Wikipedia. I , on behalf of VIDUR Acting Institute ,  express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2016


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           February 07 , 2016           08.20 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. And in 2015 it is now 62.35 % . This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I have noticed that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %

 

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For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

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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Rajesh Vivek  :

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Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay, a.k.a. Rajesh Vivek will always be known as “GURAN”, one of the most popular characters of “Lagaan” [ 2001 ]. He later played various other famous characters like the postmaster in “Swades” [ 2004 ] .

He was first noticed and gained popularity as Ved Vyas in “Mahabharata” [ 1988 ]. His first film was Shyam Benegal’s “Junoon” [ 1978 ]. He also played Dr. Rajendra Prasad in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” [ 1982 ].

He died on January 13, 2016 at the age of 66 at Hyderabad, Telangana due to massive heart attack.

 

Anil Ganguly :

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 A very successful film director of 70s & early 80s, Anil Ganguly directed films like Jaya Bhaduri starrer “Kora Kagaz” [ 1974 ] , “Tapasya” [ 1975 ] . Both the films got National Award. His other famous film is  Anil Kapoor starrer ” Saaheb” [ 1985 ].
He died after brief illness on January 14, 2016 at the age of 82. His daughter Rupali Ganguly is famous TV actor.

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 01

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1 – Jee Lene Do Ek Pal …………………………………………………………………. X

2 – School Teacher ……………………………………………………………………….. X

3 – Tere Jism Se Jaan Tak ……………………………….. ………………………… X

4 – 27th December 1987 Final Match …………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – January 08

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1 – Chauranga ……………………………………………………………….. Sanjay Suri

2 – Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure …………………………………….. X

3 – Private Teacher ……………………………………………………………………… X

4 – Rasik Balma ……………………………………………………………………………. X

5 – Wazir ……………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Nasirr Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. John Abraham [ S.A. ]

 

Third Week – January 15 
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1 -Apne Apne Phanday ………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Chalk N Duster ………………………………………………………. Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………………………………. Sameer Soni

………………………………………………………………………………….. Aarya Babbar

………………………………………………………………………… Divyajyotee Sharma

3 – Rebellious Flower …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Fourth Week  – January 22
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1 – Airlift  …………………………………………………………………. Ferena Wazeir

…………………………………………………………………………………. Kishan Kumar

2 – Jugni ………………………………………………………………………………………. X

3 – Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 …………………………………… Krushna Abhishek

 

Fifth Week  – January 29
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1 – Mastizaade ……………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – Saala Khadoos ………………………………………………………………………… X

3 – Ye Kaisa Pal Do Pal Ka Pyaar …………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 18 ………..….. films got released in January . Out of these ……………..….. 18 …………………… released films ………………….. 05 ……………………… films have …………… 11 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 11 ………………… persons , …………… 10  ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Kishan Kumar is the co-producer of  ” Airlift ” .

Sanjay Suri , who is mentioned as an actor , is also the producer of ” Chauranga “.

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Sankat Mochan Bal Hanuman “ on Sony TV .

2 – Danish Pandor is playing an important role in  ” Agent Raghav “ on & TV.

3 – Atishri Sarkar is playing an important role in  ” Chakravartin Ashok Samrat “ on Colors TV.

 

 

My ……………. 03 …………..….. students in ………………… 03 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Priyank Sharma  is playing a role in  ” Nuclear Sher “.

2 – Zoa Morani is playing a role in ” Nuclear Sher “.

3 – Rituka Tandon is playing a role in ” Mann Rangiya “.

4 – Asif Ali Beg is playing a role in ” The Dancing Donkey “.

 

My …………. 04 ………….. students in ………… 03 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Khalid is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Shan-E-Punjab ” .

2 – Varun Dhawan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” KUV 100 ” .

 

My ………….. 02 …………… students in …………… 02 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of January 2016

My 11 students appeared in 05 films , 03 students in 03 TV shows , 04 student in 03 plays and 02 students appeared in 02 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2016 comes to 20

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

PADMA SHRI

This year in 2016 my student Priyanka Chopra got Padma Shri. She is my second student to get this honour . Saif Ali Khan , who got it in 2010 , was the first.

SANSUI COLORS STARDUST AWARDS 

1 – Kartik Aryan : Best Actor in a Comic Role

2 – Varun Dhawan : Entertainer of the Year

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 20 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . I express gratitude. ]

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