Vidur Acting Institute Spreads Across Two Generations


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 17, 2016           08.00 P.M.

In this ephemeral world of films , it is very difficult to survive for 25 years. Banners are stablished and one day they disappear. Film-makers start their journey and one day they cease to exist. Acting Training is also same. Since it is mostly ruled by unscrupulous, scheming liars, it withers before bloom. Since deceit is the pattern for majority of so-called famous acting trainers of Mumbai or India, it implode before becoming a long-living entity.

In this world of treacherous, unscrupulous and fraudulent scamsters, roaming around as best acting trainers of Mumbai, I always wonder how I survived for 26 long years. From 1990 to 2016, it seems an impossible journey. People become obsolete in 26 years. They become redundant after becoming old. They become cynics with advancing age. Finally, they slip into irrelevance. But this didn’t happen to me. It is God’s mercy. It is because of the fact that even after 26 years my students have faith on me. And this faith has made me AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS.

In the 26th year of my career, I have started my 100th batch on April 07, 2016. And this batch have a girl named SHINOVA SONI. Years ago, precisely 19 years ago, I trained her mother APARNA SONI also. Here is the complete story.

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

APARNA SONI [ the mother, got trained in 1997 ] SHINOVA SONI [ the daughter, getting trained in 2016 ]

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1997           SHEETAL APARTMENT – JUHU           BOMBAY

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It was a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day in Bombay. The year was 1997. The place was ground floor hall of SHEETAL APARTMENT near CHANDAN CINEMA, JUHU. An acting batch started. It had KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. Apart from above mentioned names, the batch also had a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty. Her name was APARNA SONI.

That is the beginning of the story. No Acting Trainer can forget students like KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But one can easily forget APARNA SONI.

After mandatory 3 months period, the batch ended. Months came and gone. Seasons changed colours. Years passed. Age took me with all its ferocity and the vagaries of time engulfed me completely. I did remember KAREENA KAPOOR, UDAY CHOPRA & SUDHANSHU PANDEY. But APARNA SONI doggedly refused to be obfuscated from my memory. She refused to be just another student, who came for 3 months and simply faded away. And the efforts for maintaining this relationship were always from her side.

One phone call a month ………………. few occasional messages here & there ……………………. season’s greetings ………………… festival wishes, she was always there. She always calls. She is always there if occasion arises. She always recommends students for my acting training institute. Once when I was hospitalised, she used to come daily. Till the time I was in hospital, she came every day without fail.

And thus THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED ……………………..

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2016           BUNGALOW NO. 52 – MHADA           MUMBAI

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With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

With SHINOVA SONI in My Office

On March 22, 2016, I got a call from her. I thought that it is one of her regular calls. Next day on March 23, 2016, she came to meet me with her daughter. She wanted to admit her daughter in VIDUR Acting Institute .

It was again a normal, forgettable, hot and humid Summer day. Only change is that now the city is not Bombay. And the year is not 1997. City is now rechristened Mumbai and the year is 2016. And yes the student is also not APARNA. The student is SHINOVA, who just like her mother, is also a dusky, kohl-eyed beauty

It never occurred to me that 19 year have passed since APARNA completed her training. In 1997, I never ever expected that after training APARNA SONI, one day I would be training her daughter also. I never imagined this even in my wildest dreams. But 19 year after training mother APARNA SONI, I am training her daughter SHINOVA SONI too.

It is not easy to become AN ACTING TRAINER OF TWO GENERATIONS. It is very rare chance. Apart from Shri Roshan Taneja, no other acting trainer of India can claim that they have trained two generations. Taneja Sir trained SHRI SHATRUGHAN SINHA & his son LUV SINHA.

 

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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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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 – November 2014


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NEW DELHI – INDIA           FEBRUARY 18, 2015           00.45 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 ! ]

[ I post Vidur’s Film Diary every month. This particular diary is being posted almost 2 / 3 months late. There were problems regarding all my social networking sites. I express regrets to my readers. ]

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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Jay Borade :

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A choreographer of repute , who choreographed almost all films of Rajshri Productions and several hits of Salman Khan, died on November 03, 2014 in Mumbai.

Choreographer Jay Borade was known for his work on “Maine Pyar Kiya” [  (1989 ] , “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” [ 1994 ] , and “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” [ 2001 ] .

Ravi Chopra :

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(27 September 1946 – 12 November 2014) Ravi Chopra , son of veteran producer and director Baldev Raj Chopra and nephew of producer and director Yash Chopra, was a producer and director of repute. Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra are his cousins. He is known for directing the epic Indian television series Mahabharat. and several hit movies like ” Baghbaan “. He assisted his legendary father in many hit films before starting his own journey.

His son Kapil Chopra is my student.

Sitara Devi : 

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(November 8, 1920 – November 25, 2014) Sitara Devi was an eminent dancer of Kathak . Rabindranath Tagore described her as Nritya Samragyini, meaning the empress of dance, and She was always known as the Kathak queen.

She has given performances in several parts of India, and in several other countries, including at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967; and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976

 

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – November  07

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1 – A Decent Arrangement ………………………………… X

2 – The Shaukeens …………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor

3 – Chaar Sahibzaade …………………………………………. X

4 – Rang Rasiya ………………………………………………….. Ferena Wazeir

……………………………………………………………………………. Dhaval Gada

 

Second Week – November 14

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1 – 6 – 5 = 2 ………………………………………………………… X

2 – Money Back Guarantee …………………………………. X

3 – Kill Dil ……………………………………………………………. X

 

Third Week – November 21
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1 – The Real Dream Girl ……………………………………… X

2 – Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai …………………………………… X

3 – Titoo MBA …………………………………………………….. X

4 – Wah Taj …………………………………………………………. X

5 – Gollu Aur Pappu …………………………………………….. X

6 – Happy Ending …………………………………………………. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………………………………… Kalki Koechlin

……………………………………………………………………………… Kareena Kapoor

Fourth Week  – November 28
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1 -Sulemani Keeda ………………………………………………… X

2 – Hum Hain Teen Khurafaati ……………………………… X

3 – Zed Plus …………………………………………………………… Hrishitaa Bhatt

4 – Zid …………………………………………………………………… X

5 – Ungli ……………………………………………………………….. Emraan Hashmi

……………………………………………………………………………… Angad Bedi

 

In total …………… 18 …………….. films got released in November . Out of these ………….. 18 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 09 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 09 ……… persons , ………. 08 ……… are actors . Remaining …………. 01 ………… Dhaval Gada is the Co – Producer of  ” Rang Rasiya  “.

 

My 09 students appeared in 05 films . I have no data for TV show , regional films , plays and Ads for the month of November. Thus total number of students working in the month of November remains only 09.  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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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2014   04.25 P.M.
Month of December 2013 will be remembered for ” Dhoom 3 “ , the highest grosser film of Hindi film industry. It earned 250 crores within 14 days and dashed all previous box office records . It is still going strong as I  write and publish this blog. It’s total domestic collection till date is INR 272.50 crores. ” Dhoom 3 “ has become all-time blockbuster.
” Krrish 3 “ , a Hritik Roshan film , stands second with the All – India net collection of INR 243.24 crore in India and INR 300.00 crore worldwide . ” Chennai Express “ stands third with the collection of INR 226.70 crore.
It is so uncanny that all the Hindi films of 200 crore club have my students working in various fields. Here is the list :
1 – ” 3 Idiots “ [ 200.57 crores ] ………………………….. Kareena Kapoor
2 – ” Chennai Express “ [ 226.56 crores ] …………… Rohit Shetty / Shekhar Ravjiani / Nikitin Dheer
3 – ” Krrish 3 “ [ 244.60 crores ] ………………………… Hritik Roshan / Priyanka Chopra / Vivek Oberoi
4 – ” Dhoom 3 “ [ 272.50 crores & still counting ] ……… Uday Chopra / Katrina Kaif / Ashish Singh
[ My 10 students in all the 04 films of 200 crore club ]

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Obituary :

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Vinay Apte : 

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A Hindi and Marathi film and stage actor, Vinay Apte died on December 07, 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 62.

Apart from several Marathi films, he worked in Hindi films like; ” Chandni Bar ” [ 2001 ], ” Ek Chalis Ki Last Local ” [ 2007 ], ” Raajneeti ” [ 2010 ] and ” Satyagraha ” [ 2013 ].

 

Dinesh Gandhi

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A Hindi Film financier and diamond merchant Dinesh Vasant Gandhi, 65, and his wife, Devyani, 65, were among those killed in the fire in the Mont Blac building at Kemps Corner on Friday.

Dinesh Gandhi financed over 15 films, including ” Tezaab “, ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” and ” Bezubaan “, long before studios started putting in the money. While both ” Bezubaan ” and ” Hum Se Badkar Kaun ” were made by producer Pranlal Mehta, it was during the shooting of ” Bezubaan ” that Gandhi met producer-director N Chandra and agreed to finance his film ” Tezaab “.

 

Farooque Sheikh

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A gentleman actor Farooque Sheikh died on December 27, 2013 in Dubai at the age of 65. He will always be remembered for his sensitive portrayals in classic and cult films like ; ” Gaman “, ” Noorie “, ” Umrao Jaan ” and ” Chashme Buddoor “.
Posting link of the blog which I wrote about him :

Farooque Sheikh : Har Mulaqat Ka Anjam Judai Kyon Hai? http://wp.me/ptyXI-3fd

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First Week – December  06

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1 – R…Rajkumar …………………………………………………. Sonu Sood

2 – Club 60 ………………………………………………………… X

3 – Jai Mahalaxmi ……………………………………………….. X

4 – Tu Bewafa Hai ……………………………………………….. X

Second Week – December  13

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1 – Jackpot ……………………………………………………….. Raina Sachiin Joshi

2 – Lucky Kabootar ……………………………………………. Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………. Kulraj Randhawa

3 – What The Fish ……………………………………………… X

4 – Shringaar ……………………………………………………. X

Third Week – December  20

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1 – Dhoom 3 …………………………………………………….. Uday Chopra

……………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif

……………………………………………………………………… Ashish Singh

Fourth Week  – December  27

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1 – Mahabharat ……………………………………………….. X

2 – Bhadaas …………………………………………………….. X

3 – Moksh ………………………………………………………. X


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12 ………… released films ……….. 04 ………… films have …………… 07 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………. 07 ……… persons , ………… 05 ……….. are actors . Among the rest ………. 02 ……. Raina Sachin Joshi is the producer of  ” Jackpot “ and Ashish Singh is the Executive – producer of  ” Dhoom 3 ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Punjabi : Teejay Siddhu is doing lead role in  ” Luv u Soniyo “.


My ………….. 01 ……………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Shweta Pandit is playing a cameo in ” 24 “ on Colors TV .


My ……………. 01 ……….. student in ………… 01 ……………. show on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Kalki Koechlin is  doing main lead in  ” Colour Blind “.



My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 01 …………. play .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not a very significant and satisfying month , but still I am happy .  My 07 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 TV serial , 01 student in 01 regional film , and 01 student in 01 play. Thus total number of students working in the month of December comes to 10 .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I congratulate all my above mentioned 10 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 the field of fine arts !

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Yash Chopra : ” Waqt ” Stopped ; ” Silsila ” Snapped


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Yash Chopra at Suzanne Roshan’s The Charcoal Project Launch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 23, 2012           11.59 P.M.

Yash Chopra , the eternal romantic died on October 21 , 2012 . He was 80 years young at the time of his death .

On Sunday night , I was sitting in my study and was writing blog about Karan Johar’s  film ” Student Of The Year “ , I suddenly checked my twitter handle and was shocked beyond words . There were spate of tweets about the demise of legendary film maker Yash Raj Chopra .

Within moments several posters of his films , many scenes of his all – time classics rushed to the firmament of my memory lane . Though unaware of his greatness then , first Yash Chopra film , which I watched was ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] . I watched it in Amarjyoti Talkies , Deoria . During my years in Allahabad , I watched many of his films and became aware of his greatness . This ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] continued till Veer Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .

Waqt (1965 film)

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Kaala Patthar

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I have nothing new to say about Yash Chopra . Everything is there in news papers . What I would like to say is , I had honour and privilege to meet Yash ji , as he is fondly called, several times .

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I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 new – comers of  ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . One day when I finished class with Jimmy Sheirgill , Uday Chopra , Jugal Hansraj , Shamita Shetty , Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma and came out of the room , I saw Yash ji sitting there in the outer room . I rushed to greet him . He fondly shook hand with me and said , ” I am hearing great things about you .” I was overwhelmed . ” Mohabbatein “ was my first big film . And Yash Raj Films was my first big banner , I was sure that after the release of this film I would be able to come out of my obscurity . And here was a legend complimenting me about my training , I felt ecstatic .

It was not a compliment by some wannabe . It was from The Legend himself . To understand my feelings and elated state after Yash ji’s compliment just look at his credentials .

FILMS AS DIRECTOR :

” Dhool Ka Phool ” [ 1959 ] , ” Dharmputra ” [ 1961 ] , ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ittefaq ” [ 1969 ] , ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] , ” Joshila ” [ 1973 ] , ” Deewar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Kabhi Kabhie ” [ 1976 ] , ” Trishul ” [ 1978 ] , ” Kaala Patthar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Silsila “[ 1981 ] , ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ] , ” Faasle ” [ 1985 ] , ” Vijay ” [ 1988 ] , ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] , ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] , ” Parampara ” [ 1992 ] , ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] , ” Dil To Pagal Hai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] .

FILMFARE AWARDS :

1965 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Waqt “

1969 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Ittefaq “

1973 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Daag “

1975 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Deewar “

1991 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Lamhe “

1975 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “

1997 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2004 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Veer – Zaara “

2006 , Filmfare Power Award

2007 , Filmfare Power Award

2008 , Filmfare Power Award

NATIONAL FILM AWARDS :

1998 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “

2005 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Veer – Zaara “

AWARDS & HONOURS :

2001 , Dadasaheb Phalke Award

2005 , Padma Bhushan

2008 , Officier de la Legion d’Honneur

FILMS AS PRODUCER :

When I was working with Uday Chopra as his private tutor , I used to go to Yash ji’s iconic bungalow in Juhu . I bumped into him several times . He was always gracious , always kind . Though he was a legend and I was not even a spec in the scheme of universe .

Once , years later , I went to meet Uday Chopra at Yash Raj Studio . I came out of his office after meeting him and approached the lift . Yash ji was standing there . Door of lift opened . Yash ji went in . I hesitated to enter and was standing still in front of the door . To my utter surprise Yash ji told me to come in . I went in and was almost numb that I am standing so close to him . I am sharing the space with him . Any other person of his stature would have ignored a non – entity like me . But Yash ji , in spite of being a legend , was kind enough to gesture me to come in . I will never forget that moment .

I am honoured that I got an opportunity to work with his banner . It was an experience to remember . Today as I am writing this blog , I remember several fond memories of the legend , who was so kind , ever smiling and always benevolent .

Apart from Mr. Dev Anand , Mr. Yash Raj Chopra is the most important factor in my life . He , along with Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra , helped an obscure Acting Trainer and thus made me what I am today .Vidur’s Kreating Charakters ,  as an Acting Institute and Acting Trainer Vidur , as a person owe their existence to Yash ji and his Yash Raj Films .

Thank you sir ! I will always be grateful to you because you never made me feel small in your presence . I always got love from you , though I deserved none . You were always condescending , though I was not worthy of anything . You were always kind , though I was just a pigmy in front of a titan like you .

Rest in peace sir !

[ List of his films have been taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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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 .

taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

 #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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#DesiBoyz fell sharply in Wk 2. Theatrical business is below average. Makers may recover investment from theatrical & non-theatrical avenues
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh
#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
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#LadiesVsRickyBahl *actuals* Fri 4.74 cr, Sat 5.59 cr, Sun 6.21 cr, Mon 2.52 cr. Total: Rs 19.06 cr nett.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh
B.O. Update: New releases open to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/257/date/2011-12-17
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Don2 fetches solid, superb start.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Don2 – India – Saturday trends: Multiplexes have contributed maximum. But B & C centres as well as single screens have shown a decline.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Don2: While the film has fared exceptionally well at multiplexes, the business at single screens and B & C centres is way below the mark.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#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.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Don2 exceptional at plexes, below the mark at single screens, B & C centres. Biz at plexes compensated for lack of biz at smaller centres.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#TheDirtyPicture is a Blockbuster, given its cost on one hand and returns on investment on the other. One of the biggest grossers of 2011.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
YE STUPID PYAR is a poor show and will meet with a matching fate at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rEbQix
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

LANKA lacks the entertainment value & promotion to make a mark at the box-office. Review: bit.ly/tH5LVh
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
LADIES VS RICKY BAHL: Fair entertainer which’ll fetch returns; it neither charms greatly nor cons d audience. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/ladies…
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

LADIES VS RICKY BAHL makes Rs. 16.75 crore in 1st weekend. Collections have dropped from Monday. Box-office report: http://bit.ly/rSIB7
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
DON 2 box-office opening report: koimoi.com/box-office/don…
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
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/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

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 :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi
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Incredible DEV ANAND SAHAB : The Immortal Mortal http://wp.me
Two other blogs , written earlier about him , are also there in the archives :
Kamal N. Chaturvedi
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My First blog about Dev Saheb : 60 Years Of Navketan & Some More Years Of Mr. Dev Anand wp.me/ptyXI-6v via @wordpressdotcom
Kamal N. Chaturvedi
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My second blog about Dev Saheb : Meeting Mr. Dev Anand http://wp.me/ptyXI-AS via @wordpressdotcom

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 :

Kamal N. Chaturvedi
VidurChaturvediKamal N. Chaturvedi

Curtain Call for Pandit Satyadev Dubey http://wp.me/ptyXI-1ug

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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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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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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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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