Times Celebex Ranking For The Year 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 15, 2015           01.45 A.M.

 

Times Celebex, a monthly rating index of the stars of Hindi cinema, was started by Times of India in September 2012. Data is collected from 60+ publications and 250+ TV channels. It is being published in Bombay Times on the monthly basis. After end of the year, an annual list is also published.

I have already written 2 blogs about my students, who got featured  in Times Celebex. From this year I have decided to write on it on yearly basis. So this the 1st blog about 2014, the year gone by.

In 2014, my 12 students figured in the list of 50 male stars.  They are : HRITIK ROSHAN , RANBIR KAPOOR , SAIF ALI KHAN , ARJUN KAPOOR , VARUN DHAWAN , IMRAN KHAN , JOHN ABRAHAM , EMRAAN HASHMI , ARJUN RAMPAL , SONU SOOD , KUNAL KAPOOR & JIMMY SHERGILL .

They stand at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 41st & 42nd position respectively.

 

So my success rate in 2014 is 24% among the male stars.

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my student ARJUN KAPOOR stands 3rd.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 3rd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my student HRITIK ROSHAN stands 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students RANBIR KAPOOR, HRITIK ROSHAN & SAIF ALI KHAN stand 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Top 50 Male Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Salman Khan 1 552.8
Shah Rukh Khan 2 440.3
Amitabh Bachchan 3 363.6
Akshay Kumar 4 344.5
Hrithik Roshan 5 299.7
Ranbir Kapoor 6 295.9
Aamir Khan 7 295.3
Saif Ali Khan 8 240.1
Arjun Kapoor 9 209.8
Abhishek Bachchan 10 201.9
Varun Dhawan 11 191.4
Ajay Devgn 12 183.4
Ranveer Singh 13 179.5
Farhan Akhtar 14 173.5
Shahid Kapoor 15 150.6
Sidharth Malhotra 16 138.9
Anupam Kher 17 138.8
Riteish Deshmukh 18 138.7
Imran Khan 19 132.2
John Abraham 20 129.5
Boman Irani 21 115.7
Emraan Hashmi 22 104.6
Arjun Rampal 23 96.2
Randeep Hooda 24 96
Sonu Sood 25 93.3
Sanjay Dutt 26 89.9
Yo Yo Honey Singh 27 88.6
Tiger Shroff 28 83.5
Ayushman Khurrana 29 83.3
Rajinikanth 30 82.8
Ali Zafar 31 82.4
Anil Kapoor 32 82
Irrfan Khan 33 81.6
Ram Kapoor 34 76.8
Vir Das 35 70
Dhanush 36 67.4
Govinda 37 66.9
Aditya Roy Kapur 38 65.4
Sushant Singh Rajput 39 61.9
Sunny Deol 40 60.6
Kunal Kapoor 41 56.4
Jimmy Shergill 42 50.6
Rajkummar Rao 43 50.1
Arshad Warsi 44 49
Fawad Khan 45 48.7
Himesh Reshammiya 46 48.3
Jackky Bhagnani 47 42.9
Abhay Deol 48 41.9
Siddharth 49 40.1
Manoj Bajpayee 50 39.1

In 2014, my 10 students figure in the list of 50 female stars.  They are : PRIYANKA CHOPRA , KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR , ALIA BHATT , SONAM KAPOOR , ANUSHKA SHARMA , JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ , SOHA ALI KHAN , KALKI KOECHLIN & SONALI BENDRE .

They stand at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 24th, 33rd, 38th & 50th position respectively.

So my success rate in 2014 is 20% among the female stars.

Top 50 Female Actors

CELEBS 2014
Rank T. Score
Deepika Padukone 1 476.3
Priyanka Chopra 2 389.2
Katrina Kaif 3 381.3
Kareena Kapoor 4 378.2
Alia Bhatt 5 292.5
Sonakshi Sinha 6 262.6
Sonam Kapoor 7 258.8
Madhuri Dixit 8 256.1
Anushka Sharma 9 243.7
Parineeti Chopra 10 237.8
Yami Gautam 11 218.7
Aishwarya Rai 12 212.9
Vidya Balan 13 209.4
Sunny Leone 14 203.7
Shraddha Kapoor 15 193.4
Kangana Ranaut 16 184.9
Juhi Chawla 17 171.1
Kajol 18 160.6
Nargis Fakhri 19 151.3
Bipasha Basu 20 151.1
Shilpa Shetty 21 145.2
Hema Malini 22 138.8
Ileana Dcruz 23 137
Jacqueline Fernandez 24 117
Preity Zinta 25 110.4
Tamannaah Bhatia 26 100.7
Karisma Kapoor 27 100
Kajal Aggarwal 28 96.2
Rani Mukherjee 29 93.4
Huma Qureshi 30 84.1
Shruti Haasan 31 80.1
Sridevi 32 71.1
Soha Ali Khan 33 65.4
Neha Dhupia 34 63.5
Poonam Pandey 35 63.3
Raveena Tandon 36 61.1
Sushmita Sen 37 59.1
Kalki Koechlin 38 58.9
Neha Sharma 39 58.8
Diana Penty 40 56.1
Hansika Motwani 41 53.9
Mallika Sherawat 42 53.4
Veena Mallik 43 52.8
Kriti Sanon 44 51.6
Sherlyn Chopra 45 50
Aditi Rao Hydari 46 49.6
Rekha 47 48
Tabu 48 47.2
Chitrangada Singh 49 46.1
Sonali Bendre

 

Among the 3 Box Office winners, my 2 students ANUSHKA SHARMA & JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ stand 1st & 2nd respectively.

Among the 3 most searched online stars, my student KATRINA KAIF stands 2nd.

Among the 5 most followed stars on Social Media, my 2 students PRIYANKA CHOPRA & SONAM KAPOOR stand 2nd & 5th.

And finally among the 5 stars having most Brand Endorsements, my 3 students KATRINA KAIF , KAREENA KAPOOR & PRIYANKA CHOPRA stand 1st , 2nd & 4th.

 

Thus my 12 students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 MALE STARS  and 10  students appeared in TIMES CELEBEX list of 50 FEMALE STARS in 2014 .

Thus total percentage of students , who worked in the year 2014  and featured in the TIMES CELEBEX LIST FOR THE YEAR 2014 , comes to 22% . 

22%  is an impressive percentage considering the fact that every day numerous acting institutes are mushrooming in Mumbai and many of them have no quam in adopting unethical means. Several upstarts are also there, crowing their neck out and cawing loudly to get heard and counted.

 

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May God bless them to attain more success in the coming year !!

 

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Most Promising Newcomers of 2013 & Me


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 28, 2014           00.30 A.M.

Two days back, on July 26, 2014 in the Mumbai edition of Times of India, I read about an on-line poll conducted by Times of India group. It was about the most promising male and female newcomers of 2013. The result of this poll is based on the votes received by Times of India on itimes.com/polls.

The list includes 10 female and 10 male lead actors of Hindi film industry. I am happy to announce that in the list of 20 debut making stars of the Hindi film industry, I have 04 students. Among the female actors, Urvashi Rautela made her debut in ” SINGH SAAB THE GREAT ” and among the males, Girish Kumar , Ram Charan and Hussain Kuwajerwala made their debut in ” RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA ” , ” ZANJEER ”  and ” SHREE ” respectively.

I am posting here the article from Times of India :

Scores of newcomers enter Bollywood every year, but only a few manage to create a place for themselves in this industry where fate changes every Friday.

After considering the votes we received on http://www.itimes.com/polls and our votes, here is our list of the most promising female newcomers of  2013.

TIMES POLL 2013

PROMISING NEWCOMER FEMALE

1 – VAANI KAPOOR = ” Shuddh Desi Romance ”

2 – TAMANNAAH = ” Himmatwala ”

3 – TAAPSEE PANNU = ” Chashme Baddoor ”

4 – AMYRA DASTUR = ” Issaq ”

5 – RHEA CHAKRABORTY = ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ”

6 – POONAM PANDEY = ” Nasha ”

7 – URVASHI RAUTELA = ” SINGH SAAB THE GREAT ”

8 – ELLI AVRAM = ” Mickey Virus ”

9 – NEHA HINGE = ” Love U Soniyo ”

10 – PALLAVI SHARDA = ” Besharam ”

I am posting photo of Urvashi Rautela with me. It was clicked after the completion of training.

 

Urvashi Rautela - Batch No. 68

Vidur Acting Institute – Batch No. 68 alumna Urvashi Rautela With Me in My Office

TIMES POLL 2013

PROMISING NEWCOMER MALE

Scores of newcomers enter Bollywood every year, but only a few manage to create a place for themselves in this industry where fate changes every Friday.

After considering the votes we received on http://www.itimes.com/polls and our votes, here is our list of the most promising male newcomers of  2013.

1 – DHANUSH = ” Raanjhanaa ”

2 – SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT = ” Kai Po Che ”

3 – MANISH PAUL = ” Mickey Virus ”

4 – GIRISH KUMAR = ” RAMAIYA  VASTAVAIYA “

5 – RAM CHARAN = ” ZANJEER  “

6 – SALMAN YUSUF KHAN = ” ABCD ”

7 – HUSSAIN KUWAJERWALA = ” Shree “

8 – JITIN GULATI = ” Warning ”

9 – KARAN KUNDRA = ” Horror Story ”

10 – TANUJ VIRWANI = ” Love U Soniyo ”

I am posting my photo with Ram Charan, which I got clicked in his vanity van during the location shooting of his Hindi debut film ” ZANJEER “. I am also posting links of 2 Hindustan Times articles. It appeared in Hindustan Times during the training, while the shooting was still going on.

 

With Ram Charan in his van - During Shooting of "Zanjeer"

With Ram Charan in his van – During Shooting of “Zanjeer”

 

Link of Articles about Me & Ram Charan in News Papers :
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1 – HT Cafe Article No. 1 about Vidur & Ram Charan : Ram Charan trains in Hindi for Zanjeer remake – Hindustan Times http://lnkd.in/KYAnnp

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

 

At present I don’t have any photo of Girish Kumar and Hussain Kuwajerwala with me. But Girish Kumar did speak about me and my training. I am posting link of an interview of him, which was published in Screen on the eve of the release of ” RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA” .

 

Link of Article about Me & Girish Kumar in News Paper :
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Screen Article about Vidur & Girish Kumar : Going Desi Cool – http://epaper.screenindia.com/137713/Screen-/19-25-July-2013#dual/52/1

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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 would like to congratulate my above mentioned 04 students .

May God bless them in abundance !

[ List of the MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER – MALE & FEMALE and other information have been taken from Times of India ( July 26, 2014 ). I express my gratitude. I would also like to thank Ms. Priya Gupta and Ms.Garima Sharma of Times of India for giving us this valuable piece of information. ]

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Kekoo Gandhy : A connoisseur Par Excellence


 

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 11 , 2012           11.20 P.M.

Kekoo Gandhy, co-founder of Mumbai’s Gallery Chemould , one of the oldest commercial art galleries of India , passed away in Mumbai on November 10 , 2012 . He was 92 at the time of his death .

He , along with his wife Khorshed , opened his Gallery Chemould in 1963 at the first floor of Jehangir Art Gallery . Last month on October 17 , 2012 , Jehangir Art Gallery completed 60 years of its existence . It is ironical that Kekoo Gandhy died within a month of this historic event .

jahangir art gallery

Jahangir Art Gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have written a blog about the 60th year of Jehangir Art Gallery . I am posting the link :

60 Years of Jahangir Art Gallery http://wp.me/ptyXI-2nj

Kekoo Gandhy is considered one of the most significant figures in shaping India’s modern art . He established Chemould Frames, his frame manufacturing business through which he started his association with Mumbai’s first group of post-modern painters like ; Maqbool Fida  Husain , Syed Haider Raza , Tyeb Mehta and Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar , a.k.a. K. K. Hebbar .

When there were practically no venues in Mumbai for showing modern art , Gandhy would use his showroom window as an informal exhibiting space for budding artists and also seek prospective clients for them.

“Despite being such a huge figure on the art circuit, he was never intimidating to young artists . He was known to be friendly and approachable though he belonged to a different generation ,” said painter Atul Dodiya , who has held several shows at Gandhy’s gallery.

In 2007, Gallery Chemould moved out of Jehangir Art Gallery to a larger, state-of-the-art space . It is now headed by his daughter Shirin Gandhy .

I am not a connoisseur of modern art . It is not because of lack of appreciation but because of my penury . I don’t have money to buy paintings or a huge space to display them properly . But whenever I visit South Mumbai , I do visit Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda . I love to be there .

I don’t know Kekoo Gandhy in personal capacity . I knew him through the columns of news papers . I do know that he is considered a father – figure in the field of modern art . His demise is really an irreparable loss .

I express my condolences . On behalf of me and my Acting Institute , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray for the departed soul .

May his soul rest in peace !

[ Since I had no contacts with Kekoo Gandhy , I have quoted relevant facts of his life from news papers like , Times Of India and Indian Express . I am indebted . ]

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Times Celebex : India’s 1st Celebrity Rating Index [ 1 ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28, 2012           10.45 P.M.

On this Sunday evening , while going through bunch of news papers , which I subscribe , I found an interesting write-up in Bombay Times of Times Of India . It was about ” TIMES CELEBEX ” . This is first ever ranking index of Hindi film stars . Since it is done by Times of India and is powered by Zoom , it has to be quite authentic .

In Hindi film industry , or in any film industry of the world in general , fortunes change every Friday , when the new films hit the screen in theatres . So fixing the rating and ranking is not an easy task . But since it is done by Times of India and as per their claim it is ” most definitive and scientific ranking system ……….. robust ranking system based on data collected from 200+ publications and 250+ TV channels ……………” , one has to believe and take note of this list .

List of The Actors As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Salman Khan

2 – Akshay Kumar

3 – Shah Rukh Khan

4 – Ranbir Kapoor

5 – Amitabh Bachchan

6 – Emraan Hashmi

7 – Ajay Devgn

8 – Saif Ali Khan

9 – Aamir Khan

10 – Hritik Roshan

Out of these 10 actors , I can say it with pride that 4 are my students . They are ; Ranbir Kapoor , Emraan Hashmi , Saif Ali Khan and Hritik Roshan . They rank 4th , 6th , 8th and 10th respectively .

English: Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Emraan Hashmi Promoting his film Murd...

Emraan Hashmi Promoting his film Murder 2 at Khar, Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan at the 201...

Saif Ali Khan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: In this image Hritik Roshan is standi...

Hritik Roshan standing with his wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum of London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

List of The Actresses As Per Their Ranking :

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1 – Kareena Kapoor

2 – Katrina Kaif

3 – Priyanka Chopra

4 – Bipasha Basu

5 – Aishwarya Rai

6 – Sonakshi Sinha

7 – Vidya Balan

8 – Deepika Padukone

9 – Anushka Sharma

10 – Asin

Out of these 10 actresses , 3 are my students . They are ; Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra . They rank 1st , 2nd and 3rd respectively .

Kareena Kapoor

KATRINA KAIF-GHOST

KATRINA KAIF

TIFF 09: Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Anushka Sharma , who stands at 9th position , is also my student . But as I have stated earlier she refuses to acknowledge that she was trained by me , so I don’t think it would be ethical to take any credit .

Batch No. 19 - Anushka 1st Row Extreme Right

Batch No. 19 – Anushka 1st Row Extreme Right

It is heartening for an Acting Trainer that his 7 students are present in the list of 20 high-ranking stars . It comes to 1/3 share . Barring Mr. Roshan Taneja no other Acting Trainer of Mumbai can claim to have this kind of illustrious list . Any Acting Trainer of India would give his right or left arm to get such successful students .

I congratulate all the 7 students on behalf of me and my Acting Institute Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . Vidur’s Kreating Charakters family is proud of their achievement  .

May they grow in stature and may their success and fame be everlasting !

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Sad End of Varsha Bhosle


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 10, 2012           00.45 A.M.

On Monday October 08 , while I was going through the tweets of some of the eminent people , whom I follow , I suddenly noticed that many people are paying tribute to Varsha Bhosle . I knew that Varsha Bhosle is the name of legendary singer Asha Bhosle’s daughter , but it didn’t occur to me that this Varsha Bhosle is the same person .

English: Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Indian singer Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though I am a die-hard Lata Mangeshkar fan but I do respect Asha Bhosle immensely . It is sad that at this age she has to face this kind of tragedy . In her tumultuous career and eventful life , she faced many challenges and she faced them bravely . But a tragedy of this magnitude is unimaginable .

I am extremely fortunate that I had opportunity to have telephonic conversation with legendary Lata Mangeshkar once . I am honoured that I had visited Lata Mangeshkar’s apartment at Prabhu Kunj once . I am yet to meet Asha Tai . But I can say that I know Varsha Bhosle . I know her through her writings. I loved her column on internet . When , during pre – social media boom , she started writing her column on a portal called Rediff.com , she got huge fan following . I was one of the followers . Though she wrote for print media also but her internet column was beyond words .

She wrote columns for the web portal, Rediff, during 1997 – 2003; columns for The Sunday Observer during 1994 – 1998; and for Gentleman magazine in 1993. She also wrote a little for the Times of India and for Rakshak – The Protector police magazine .

Before writing columns , she worked as a playback singer in Hindi and Marathi movies, and appeared in concerts with her mother. She sang for a Dev Anand filmLootmaar ” [ 1980 ] .

Varsha ji finished school from Hill Grange High School, on Pedder Road, Mumbai, in 1974, with an ISC. She studied Political Science at Elphinstone College, which is affiliated with Bombay University in Mumbai.

She lived in Mumbai with her mother, Asha Bhosle. She had married a sports writer and public relations professional Hemant Kenkre but the couple divorced in 1998. On September 9, 2008, she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills, after which she was admitted to Mumbai‘s Jaslok hospital. Later, on October 8, 2012, 56-year-old Varsha committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai. She shot herself in the head at her Prabhu Kunj residence in Mumbai.

Almost all the readers of her columns are her life-long fans . She had her own distinct style . She was honest . She was blunt . She was iconoclast . But she always admired and respected her critics . It never took more than a moment to accept her mistakes . And she always accepted it with dignity and without ill – will .

It is extremely sad that such a gifted writer left us too soon . I always wanted to meet her . But now it wont be possible ever .

Rest In Peace Varsha ji . You shall always be with us through your written words .

[ I have quoted few things from Wikipedia . I express my indebtedness .]

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The Curious Case of Fareed Zakaria


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 18, 2012           11.45 P.M.

Last week there were surfeit of news items about Indian – American writer , columnist and TV show host Mr. Fareed Zakaria . I was intrigued and wanted to unearth the real fact . But before I could finish my blog , I just read in today’s papers that he has been exonerated of the charges of plagiarism and has been re – instated by ” Time “ magazine and CNN . I became more curious . If he was not guilty , then why this whole drama about plagiarism was blown out of proportion , which led to his subsequent suspension ? And if he was really guilty of plagiarism , they why has the suspension been revoked today ? In between , ” Washington Post “ , which few days ago fished in the troubled water and accused him of plagiarism , has apologised for wrongly accusing him of plagiarism . It was too much . So naturally Fareed Zakaria’s case became a curious case for me .

I used to admire his father a lot . His father Late Dr. Rafiq Zakaria , a minister in the Congress government of Maharashtra , was a scholar of Islamic history and a great writer of repute . He used to write regularly forThe Illustrated Weekly of India ” , a Times of India periodical being published from Mumbai [ then Bombay ] . I have several old copies of the said magazine in the library of my ancestral house at Deoria . Those copies of ” The Illustrated Weekly of India “ still remind me about the writings of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria . His mother Fatima Zakaria was also a writer and served as the editor of Sunday Times of India .

So curiosity about Fareed Rafiq Zakaria was immense . I refered to Wikipedia and came to know that he was born in Mumbai on January 20 , 1964 . He studied at Yale University and Harvard University in U.S.A. and later on started his immensely successful career in United States of America as a columnist , writer , TV show Anchor and political commentator .

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International...

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International , United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1992 he started his career as managing editor of ” Foreign Affairs “ magazine . Later on he moved toNewsweek International ” and wrote a weekly foreign affairs column for the said magazine [ from 2000 to 2010 ] and was its editor too . Later on he became Editor – at – large of ” Time “ [ from 2010 till Present ] .

Apart from these above mentioned reputed magazines , he also wrote for the ” New York Times ” , ” Wall Street Journal ” and ” New Yorker ” .

He also hosts a TV show ” Fareed Zakaria GPS “ on CNN since 2008 . Before that , he anchored shows as political analyst on ABC [ 2002 to 2007 ] and on PBS [ 2005 to 2008 ] .

English: Dmitry Medvedev is interviewed by Far...

Dmitry Medvedev is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria, CNN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fareed Zakaria, Host,

Fareed Zakaria, Host, “Fareed Zakaria GPS;” Editor-at-Large, Time Magazine; Columnist; The Washington Post and Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; NBC News Analyst (Photo credit: Detroit Regional Chamber)

He is also a very admired and sought after speaker at various world forums . He is considered an authority on America’s political situations and current world affairs .

English: Christopher Murray, Jens Stoltenberg,...

English: Christopher Murray, Jens Stoltenberg, Bill Gates, Gordon Brown, Olusegun Obasanjo, Fareed Zakaria and Giulio Tremonti during the World Economic Forum 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fareed Zakaria speaks at Blumenthal

Fareed Zakaria speaks at Blumenthal (Photo credit: Willamor Media)

Fareed Zakaria , apart from his hugely acclaimed columns , has also written 3 books like ; ” From Wealth to Power : The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role ” [ 1998 ] , ” The Future of Freedom ” [ 2003 ] andThe Post American World ” [ 2008 ] .

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Cover of The Post-American World

Apart from various international and American awards , he has also been awarded Padma Bhushan by the government of India .

A person of this repute cannot easily be accused of plagiarism . But this month he was accused of plagiarism by Newsbusters and was subsequently suspended by ” Time “ and CNN . Newsbusters reported that Fareed Zakaria’s ” Time “ column on gun control [ August 20 , 2012 ] bears similarity to an article published in ” New Yorker “ and that he quoted from the article without giving credit to the original author , Mr. Jill Lepore .

After much hyped furore , Zakaria tendered unconditional apology on his twitter handle @FareedZakaria .

I apologize unreservedly. http://bit.ly/OcOxtA

And after a week – long investigation ” Time “ and CNN accepted his apology , cleared him and reinstated his column and TV show . A needless controversy ended .

RT @CNNPR CNN Statement on Fareed Zakaria http://bit.ly/NGsMPv  // RT @TIMEComms Update from TIME on Fareed Zakaria – http://on.fb.me/RkXhzz 

I started thinking about the controversy . Was it really plagiarism ? Or Mr. Fareed Zakaria swallowed more than he could chew ? I think the latter explanation is more appropriate .
These days multi – tasking is the order of the day . Mr. Zakaria writes weekly column , writes and hosts a weekly TV show , tweets on the micro – blogging sites like twitter , writes books and is a globe – trotting intellectual , who is much sought after speaker . Naturally he also has only 24 hours at his disposal like lesser mortals . It’s a norm in USA to have assistants , who help busy writers like him and suggest topics , links and source materials . Obviously Mr. Zakaria must have been given the paragraph of Mr. Jill Lepore and inadvertently he mentioned it without giving credit .
According to me he just made a mistake . It was just a lapse . And prudently Mr. Zakaria apologised without hesitation . And a needless and avoidable controversy ended .
[ Some facts of Mr. Fareed Zakaria’s life have been quoted from Wikipedia . I express gratitude .]

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Adieu Mr. Prabuddha Dasgupta !


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 14 , 2012           00.30 A.M.

Prabuddha Dasgupta

Prabuddha Dasgupta

We lost our finest black & white fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta on August 12 , 2012 . He died of heart attack at the age of 58 during a shoot in Alibaug near Mumbai .

Born in Kolkata , West Bengal in 1959 , Dasgupta started his life in Mumbai in the fashion industry as a copywriter and later on moved to fashion photography . In early 80s , he approached Mr. Mohammed Khan of Enterprise for a job as a fashion photographer . Though Mr. Khan wanted him to join his company as a copywriter only but later on acquiesced to hire him as a photographer , a decision he never lamented .

His first assignment was the print campaign for Pierre Cardin , the renowned French fashion designer . After this Prabuddha Dasgupta never looked back .

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apart from Enterprise , Dasgupta worked for The Times of India and Femina also as a freelancer .

Femina (India)

Femina (India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His culled and selected photographs were published in a book form by Viking Books and is titled ” Women ” [ 1996 ] .

Posting some of his black & white photographs , which are my favourites :

Maharani Gayatri Devi

Maharani Gayatri Devi

Image of An Anonymous Woman

Image of An Anonymous Woman

Image of An Anonymous Woman

Image of An Anonymous Woman

Image of An Anonymous Man

Image of An Anonymous Man

A Road

A Road

Nature

Nature

Ladakh

Ladakh

Urban Image

Urban Images

Lakshmi Menon , the famous model , was his model and muse .

With Lakshmi Menon

With Lakshmi Menon

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