Ameen Sayani Turns 80 Today


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 21 , 2012           04.35 P.M.

Ameen Sayani , the name may not be very familiar for the present day generation of Radio listeners , but for the people of my generation he was the biggest ever star of ” Aawaz Ki Duniya ” .

It is so heartening that he turns 80 today .

Ameen Sayani

Ameen Sayani

HisBinaca Geet mala ” , later on re-christened as ” Cibaca Geet Mala ” , was integral part of our growing years . Wednesdays were not the same for us after this famous radio programme got closed . This iconic show was first aired in 1952 and continued till 1988 on Radio Ceylon . Then it started coming on Vividh Bharti from 1989 and continued till 1994 . This was the first Radio Countdown show of film songs in India and had 42 years of run on airwaves . Ameen Sahab is synonymous with this show .

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Apart from ” Binaca Geet Mala ” , he used to produce various other programmes for radio . ” S. Kumar Ka Filmy Muqaddama “ was another trend setter .

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Ameen Sayani started his announcing career from Radio Ceylone , which later on came to be known Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation . Contrary to all the RJs of today , he has his own distinct style . He always started his announcements with  ” …………… Behno aur bhaiyon …………………………. ” and ” ………………Awaaz ki duniya ke mere dosto ………………………. ” . People of my generation are so familiar with his inimitable style and distinct voice that no one can miss it .

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In films likeBhoot Bangla ” [ 1965 ] andTeen Devian ” [  1965 ] he appeared on-screen also as himself .

His body of work can still be enjoyed through this compilation .

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He , apart from several other awards , was also awarded Padma Shri in 2009 . We are fortunate that this iconic figure is completing 8o years and still among us .

Years ago I first met him through Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . After that I met him three times till date . First it was marriage ceremony of Vikas Kalantri‘s sister . Then I was invited to Neil Nitin Mukesh‘s sister marriage reception and Ameen Sahab was also there. I met him last at the music release function of film ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] , Luv Sinha’s debut film .

I , on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , wish Ameen Sahab many more successful years ahead .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           fEBRUARY 01 , 2012           11.45 P.M.
It is the first Film Diary of 2012 . A new year , a new beginning and a new hope for better future , industry is waiting with anticipation .
It is the 33rd Film Diary of mine .
First release of 2012 , ” Players “ was a major disappointment . But the second important filmAgneepath changed the mood . It is the first mega – hit of 2012 .
Go through the tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta to gauge the impact of ” Agneepath ” :
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#Don2 Worldwide total *after 2nd wknd* – India Rs 97.6 cr [incl Mon figures] + Overseas Rs 58.55 cr. Total: Rs 156.15 cr.
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#Players *India* Monday 2.17 cr. 4-day total: approx 17.25 cr nett.
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#Players: Cost to Viacom18 – 65 cr to 70 cr. Recovers chunk of investment by selling India theatrical for Rs 35 cr [with prints] … contd.
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#Players: Money recovered by Viacom18 – India theatrical [35 cr] + Satellite [17 cr] + Music [3 cr] + Digital/Home Video [2.5 cr] = 57.5 cr
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#Players: Viacom18 has to recover balance amount [8 cr to 12 cr] from Overseas to just break-even. Difficult, since Overseas is dull
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At the rate it has *opened*, the only ‘competitor’ for #Agneepath is #Bodyguard. Neck to neck at most places, better at some.
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#Agneepath opening: Vijay Dinanath Chauhan rules. Not just Mandwa. But entire India.
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#Agneepath opening: Not just @iHrithik ‘s biggest opener, but also amongst the biggest opener of all times. Should have a record Day 1.
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#Agneepath *early trends* Thursday figure is 24.5 cr +. Creates HISTORY.
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#Agneepath Thursday figure *revised* Rs 23 cr nett.
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#Agneepath – India *actuals*:- Thu 23 cr,Fri 12.75 cr, Sat 15.85 cr. Total: Rs 51.6 cr nett.
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#Agneepath *Overseas* Thu to Sat total stands at approx Rs 12 cr. Excellent.
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Overseas: #Agneepath amongst biggest openers http://bit.ly/zi1mRm
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Internationally, #Agneepath *opening weekend* figures have crossed #ZNMD by a big margin.
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Last week’s releases, CHAALIS CHAURAASI, GHOST and SADDA ADDA, all have bombed at the box-office. No respite for PLAYERS either.
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AGNEEPATH day one final tally: Rs 23 crore. Full report:koimoi.com/box-office/agn…
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AGNEEPATH 5-day total: Rs. 75 cr. Box-office report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/agneepath-5-day-total-rs-75-crore/
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Obituary :
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Darshan Sabharwal :
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Father of Suneel Darshan and Dharmesh Darshan , Darshan Sabharwal died on December 31 , 2011 . He was 78 years old . He was a distributor and maker of films like ; ” Yeh Raat Phir Na Ayegi ” , ” Samson ” , Kahin Din Kahin Raat ” , ” Ustaad “ and ” Naya Sansar “ .
Kalpana :
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Yesteryear actor Kalpana died in Pune on January 04 , 2012 . She was suffering from cancer and was 65-year-old at the time of her death .
Shammi Kapoor’s ” Professor and Dev Anand’s ” Teen Devian “ were her most memorable films .
Posting link of my blog  , which I wrote as obituary , about her :
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Death of Kalpana ; A ” Gul Badan ” Ceases to Exist wp.me/ptyXI-1AJ
Anthony Gonsalves :
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A renowned music arranger  and  legendary violinist , an inspiration behind Amitabh Bachchan’s name in ” Amar Akbar Anthony “ , Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves died on January 18, 2012 in Goa . He was 84 at the time of his death . He is considered the first music arranger of India apart from being a conductor and composer .
His career began with legendary Bombay Talkies in 1943 and later on he worked with many music directors like ; Naushad , Anil Biswas , Ghulam Haider , Sachin Dev Burman , Laxmikant Pyarelal and Rahul Dev Burman . In total he arranged music for almost 400 films . He even taught music to Pyarelal of Lakshmikant Pyarelal fame and later on taught music to Rahul Dev Burman and also worked with him as an arranger .
”  Mahal ” , ” Naya Daur ” , Dillagi ” and ” Pyasa “ are some of his well – known films as arranger .
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T 628 -Anthony Gonsalves .. passes away .. talented musician with LP and on his name my character name for AAAnthony was put ..prayers !!
Nikhat Kazmi :
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Renowned film critic of Times of India , Nikhat Kazmi died on January 20 , 2012 in Delhi . She was only 53 at the time of her death and was suffering from breast cancer .
Born in 1958 in Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , she was associated with Times of India for almost 2 decades .  She was one of the few film critics who started star – rating  trends . Despite her ill-health , she continued watching films and writing reviews till the end . Her last reviewed films were last week released ” Ghost ” and ” Sadda Adda “ .
Posting link of my blog , which I wrote as obituary , about her :
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Adieu Nikhat Kazmi : A Film Critic Par Excellence wp.me/ptyXI-1Di
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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :
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First Week  – January 06
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1 – Players ………………………………………….. Neil Nitin Mukesh
…………………………………………………………. Sonam Kapoor
…………………………………………………………. Sikandar Kher
Second Week – January 13
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1 – Chaalis Chauraasi …………………………….. Arbaaz Khan
2 – Ghost …………………………………………….. Sayali Bhagat
3 – Sadda Adda …………………………………….. x
4 – Tutiya Dil ……………………………………….. Sidhant Kapur
Third Week – January 20
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1 – Phir Ek Sazish ………………………………….. x
2 – Sweet Love ……………………………………… x
Fourth Week – January 27
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1 – Agneepath ……………………………………… Hritik Roshan
…………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra
…………………………………………………………. Katrina Kaif
In total ……………….. 08   ………………… films got released this month . Out of these ………………….. 08 ………………….. films , there were ………………….. 09 …………………… students of mine , who played important part in them .
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New Regional Films & Me :
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Tamil : 1 – Sameera Reddy is doing lead role in ” Vettai ” .

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Death of Kalpana ; A ” Gul Badan ” Ceases to Exist


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 12 , 2012           07.10 P. M.

On January 04 , 2012 Kalpana , yesteryear actor a.k.a. Kalpana Mohan , died in a Pune hospital at the age of 65 . She was battling cancer for 5 years . I do know , the name Kalpana does not ring a familiar bell . Today’s generation is oblivious of her name and ignorant of her work . It is sad state of affair that news of her death appeared in national news papers 6 days later . Even a film news paper like Screen failed to report her death in the latest issue .,

But cine – goers of my generation will always remember her fondly . She did two super hit films like ;ProfessorandTeen Devian ”  in 1962 and 1965 respectively .

Born in Srinagar in a family of freedom fighters , Kalpana was a trained Kathak dancer . At the insistence of Balraj Sahani and Ismat Chughtai she moved to Bombay [ now Mumbai ] and made debut in ” Professor ”  [ 1962 ] , a Shammi Kapoor starrer .

A Poster of Professor

Another Poster of Professor

Later on she worked in another super hit film ” Teen Devian ” [ 1965 ] , a Dev Anand starrer .

A Poster of Teen Devian

Another Poster of Teen Devian

One More Poster of Teen Devian

I remember Shammi Kapoor serenading her with super hit songs  ; Ai Gul Badan ….. Ai Gul Badan and Khuli Palak Me Jhootha Ghussa , Band Palak Men Pyar ……… Jeena Bhi Mushkil ….. Who can forget these immortals songs ; Aawaz De Ke Hamen Tum Bulao ……… or Koi Aayega …. Aayega ….. Aayega …… and Main Chali Main Chali ……. Peechhe Peechhe Jahan …… ?

Shankar Jaikishans super hit music and interesting story plot made this film ” Professor ” a rage in the 60s . Kalpana arrived with a bang .

She then did ” Teen Devian ” in 1965 with Dev Anand . Sachin Dev Burman‘s melodious music added ethereal quality to Kalpana’s beauty . Can any Hindi movie buff forget Dev Anand entreating Kalpana with Kishore Kumar , Asha Bhosle duet , Are Yaar Meri Tum Bhi Ho Ghazab , Ghoonghat To Zara Odho …… ?

Are Yaar Meri .... Song

I still remember another gem from the same movie , Khwab Ho Yaa Tum Koi Haqueeqat ….. Kaun Ho Tum Batlao ….. Mr. Dev Anand singing this song on piano and Kalpana and Simi sharing screen space with him .

Khwab Ho Ya Tum .....Song

In ” Professor ” , she was in solo lead . In ” Teen Devian “ , she shared screen with much senior Nanda and another beauty Simi Gerewal . Still she got top billing .

Kalpana

She just did only couple of films . ” Professor ” [ 1962 ] , ” Naughty Boy ” [ 1962 ] , ” Teen Devian ” [ 1965 ] , ” Saheli ” [ 1965 ] , ” Pyar Kiye Ja ” [ 1966 ] , ” Biwi Aur Makan ” [ 1966 ] , ” Tasveer ” [ 1966 ] and ” Nawab Sirajuddaula ” [ 1967 ] .

She quit films after her marriage with story – screenplay writer Sachin Bhowmick . They both were as different as the chalk is from cheese . So marriage failed . She got married again in 1967 , got divorced again in 1972 and then moved to Pune , where she lived till her death .

I was saddened when I saw a recent photo of Kalpana , which was published in Times of India . Age had dimmed her beauty . An aging and lonely Kalpana Mohan caught my fancy once again . I was not a huge fan of hers but I did like her in films like ; ” Professor ” , ” Teen Devian ” , ” Pyar Kiye Ja “ and  ” Biwi Aur Makaan ” .  In the conservative India of 1965 , ” Teen Devian “ got A Certificate from censors , so the film got famous and the craze was enormous . And I , like other youngsters of my age , was charmed by Kalpana and this film .

I did not like her recent photo and I was pained but I am posting it for the record and for the posterity . This photograph of Kalpana is a sad reminder of the ephemeral world we are living in ; real and reel , both .

Kalpana : Then & Now

Farewell Kalpana ji !

In the last quarter of 2011 , your two illustrious co – stars ; Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand left us . Now you too have gone !

Mortal people ; immortal memories !

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