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

 

100 CRORE

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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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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 81 students .

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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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 19, 2014   02.30 P.M.
2014 is the 25th year of my acting training career. In the Silver Jubilee year of my acting training career, I am posting …..57 th ……edition of Vidur’s Film Diary.
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Month of January 2014 saw the unabated victorious march of ” Dhoom 3 “ , the highest all-time grosser of Hindi film industry. It earned 272 crores within 04 weeks and created a new record after dashing all previous box office records and finally collected 284.27 crores.
” Krrish 3 “ , a Hritik Roshan film , stands second with the All – India net collection of INR 244.92 crore in India and INR 300.00 crore worldwide . ” Chennai Express “ stands third with INR 227.13 crores .
” Jai Ho “, a Salman Khan starrer,  was released in the 4th week of January 2014 it and finally ended the long march of ” Dhoom 3 “. It is the new member of 100 crore club. It finally earned INR 110.78 crores.
The Silver Jubilee year of my acting training career is also important and significant for one more reason.  ” Jai Ho “ becomes the first ever film to have 8 students of mine in one film . DAISY SHAH , GENELIA DSOUZA , ASMIT PATEL , PULKIT SAMRAT , TULIP JOSHI , VATSAL SHETH , & VIKAS BHALL are the actors and ALVIRA AGNIHOTRI is the Costume Designer of the film .
I am posting links of the two videos, which were made to commemorate the occasion :

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Obituary :

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Suchitra Sen : 

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Legendary reclusive actor of Bengali films, Suchitra Sen died on January 17 , 2014 at the age of 82 in Kolkata. In a career spanning 25 years , she did 60 Bengali and Hindi films. She will always be remembered by Hindi film connoisseurs for her 07 Hindi films

Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Suchitra Sen : Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoi…… http://wp.me/ptyXI-3fY

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 03

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1 – Sholay 3D …………………………………………………. X

2 – Mr. Joe B. Carvalho ……………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

…………………………………………………………………….. Geeta Basra

…………………………………………………………………….. Karishma Kotak

Second Week – January 10

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1 – Dedh Ishqiya ………………………………………….. X

2 – Yaariyan ……………………………………………….. Sayali Bhagat

…………………………………………………………………. Krishan Kumar

Third Week – January 17

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1 – Karle Pyaar Karle …………………………………… X

2 – Miss Lovely …………………………………………… X

3 – Paranthe Wali Gali ………………………………….. X

4 – Strings of Pasion …………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – January 24

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1 – Jai Ho ………………………………………………….. Daisy Shah

……………………………………………………………….. Genelia Dsouza

……………………………………………………………….. Ashmit Patel

……………………………………………………………….. Pulkit Samrat

……………………………………………………………….. Tulip Joshi

……………………………………………………………….. Vatsal Sheth

……………………………………………………………….. Vikas Bhalla

……………………………………………………………….. Alvira Agnihotri

Fifth Week – January 31

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1 – One By Two …………………………………………. Preeti Desai

………………………………………………………………. Amit Kapoor

In total …………… 10 …………….. films got released in January . Out of these ………….. 10 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 15 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 15 ……… persons , ………… 12 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 03 ……. Amit Kapoor and Krishan Kumar are the producers of  ” One By Two ” and ” Yaariyan “ respectively . Alvira Agnihotri is the Costume Designer of  ” Jai Ho ” .

 

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1 – Viraf Phiroz Patel is playing an important role in ” Ek Boond Ishq “ on Life OK TV .

2 – Manish Naggdev is playing an important character in ” Pavitra Rishta “ on ZEE TV .


My ……………. 02 ……….. students in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Hritik Roshan is the  Brand Ambassador of ” J. Hampstead ” .



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

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not a very significant and satisfying month , but still I am happy .  My 15 students appeared in 04 films , 02 students in 02 TV serials and 01 student appeared in 01 Ad also . Thus total number of students working in the month of January 2014 comes to 18 .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate all my above mentioned 18 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 – December 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            JANUARY 03 , 2012          11.30 A.M.

This is the 32nd edition of my film diary . Last month of 2011 , last edition of my diary is completing its journey with this post .

Yash Raj Films started their new venture YRF Entertainment for making movies in Hollywood . Uday Chopra heads the new division as CEO and their first venture ” The Longest Week “ was on floors when I started writing this diary .  And as I am posting it , ” The Longest Week “ is complete and post production is going on .

Some relevant tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta will illustrate the current trends of the industry .

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 #TheDirtyPicture Fri 9.54 cr, Sat 10.78 cr, Sun 12.38 cr, Mon 5.5 cr + [estimates]. Total: approx Rs 38.5 cr nett.
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#TheDirtyPicture collects 52.5 cr nett in Wk 1. Fri 9.54 cr, Sat 10.78 cr, Sun 12.38 cr, Mon 5.72 cr, Tue 6.21 cr, Wed 4.4 cr, Thu 3.5 cr.
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#DesiBoyz fell sharply in Wk 2. Theatrical business is below average. Makers may recover investment from theatrical & non-theatrical avenues
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl: Appeals in parts. Starts well. Ends well. It’s the in between that’s plain ordinary http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/542222
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl collected approx Rs 16.54 cr nett in its first three days. Breakup:- Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr.
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#TheDirtyPicture collects Rs 11 cr nett in Wknd 2. Fri 3.2 cr, Sat 3.3 cr, Sun 4.5 cr. The 10-day total is Rs 63.5 cr nett. Super Hit.
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl *actuals* Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr, Mon 2.52 cr. Total: Rs 19.06 cr nett.
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#LadiesVsRickyBahl *actuals* Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr, Mon 2.52 cr, Tue 2.30 cr, Wed 1.96 cr. Total: Rs 23.32 cr nett. Steady.
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B.O. Update: New releases open to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/257/date/2011-12-17
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#Don2 fetches solid, superb start.
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#Don2 – India – Saturday trends: Multiplexes have contributed maximum. But B & C centres as well as single screens have shown a decline.
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#Don2: While the film has fared exceptionally well at multiplexes, the business at single screens and B & C centres is way below the mark.
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#Don2 – India – Sunday – actuals: Hindi – 17.54 cr, Tamil – 26 lacs, Telugu – 33 lacs. Total: 18.13 cr. Fri + Sat + Sun: Rs 48.83 cr nett.
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#Don2 exceptional at plexes, below the mark at single screens, B & C centres. Biz at plexes compensated for lack of biz at smaller centres.
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#TheDirtyPicture is a Blockbuster, given its cost on one hand and returns on investment on the other. One of the biggest grossers of 2011.
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YE STUPID PYAR is a poor show and will meet with a matching fate at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rEbQix
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LANKA lacks the entertainment value & promotion to make a mark at the box-office. Review: bit.ly/tH5LVh
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LADIES VS RICKY BAHL: Fair entertainer which’ll fetch returns; it neither charms greatly nor cons d audience. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/ladies…
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LADIES VS RICKY BAHL makes Rs. 16.75 crore in 1st weekend. Collections have dropped from Monday. Box-office report: http://bit.ly/rSIB7
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DON 2 box-office opening report: koimoi.com/box-office/don…
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DON 2 makes Rs. 49 crore (approx. all-India net collection) over 1st weekend. Report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-don-2-nets-rs-49-cr-over-weekend/
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DON 2 nets Rs. 8 cr on Monday; 4-day total Rs. 57 cr. Box-office report: http://bit.ly/vJrnoi

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Obituary :

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Dev Anand :

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How can you squeeze and fit in an era into a paragraph  ? I have written and posted a separate blog about him . Here is the link :

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Two other blogs , written earlier about him , are also there in the archives :
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Satyadev Dubey :

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On December 25 , 2011 , when the world was celebrating Christmas , Pandit Satyadev Dubey breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital .

He was a giant of theatre world and I have many fond memories of him . I have posted a blog about him . Here is the link :

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First Week – December 02

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1 – The Dirty Picture ……………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………….. Shekhar Ravjiyani

2 – I Am Singh ………………………………………………. Tulip Joshi

Second Week – December 09

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1 – Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl ………………………………… Aditi Sharma

………………………………………………………………….. Ashish Singh

2 – Lanka ………………………………………………………x

3 – Ye Stupid Pyar ………………………………………….x

Third Week – December 16

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1 – Jo Hum Chahein …………………………………………. x

2 – Pappu Can’t Dance Saala ………………………………. x

3 – Faraar ………………………………………………………. x

Fourth Week – December 23

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1 – Don 2 …………………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

……………………………………………………………………… Kunal Kapoor

……………………………………………………………………… Hritik Roshan

2 – Don Ke Baad Kaun ? ……………………………………… Jeetu Verma

Fifth Week – December 30

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1 – Kya Yahi Sach Hai ………………………………………..  Ashok Beniwal

In total ………………… 11 ………….. films got released this month . In total ………….. 10 …………….. students trained by me were there in …………… 6 …………… films . Out of these ………….. 10 …………….. students ; Shekhar Ravjiyani is music director and Ashish Singh is executive producer . Rest ……….. 8 ………….. students are actors .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bhojpuri : Swati Verma is essaying an important role in ” Main Nagin Tu Nagina ” .

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1 – Rohit Khurana makes comeback to ” Uttaran “ . a show on Colors TV .

2 – Ankita Bhargava is essaying an important role in ” Parichaya “ on Colors TV .

3 – Jai Kalra is playing an important role in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain “ on Sony TV .

4 – Eva Grover is playing an important role in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain “ on Sony TV .

5 – Ayaz Khan is playing an important role in ” Parichaya “ on Colors TV .

In total ………  5 ………….. students working in ………… 3 ………….. serials on various channels .

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