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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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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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 .

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

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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Farooque Sheikh : Har Mulaqat Ka Anjam Judai Kyon Hai?


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 06, 2014           00.15 A. M.

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Farooque Sheikh

25 March 1948 − 27 December 2013

I was at Vaitheeswarankoil in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu for my annual vacation / pilgrimage from December 24 to December 31. On 27th when I checked my twitter account I was shocked beyond belief. It was full of the news of Farooque Sheikh’s untimely death. 65 is no age to leave the world. But alas! it happened in the case of Farooque Sheikh. He was in Dubai with his family for New Year vacation when the end came. He died of cardiac arrest.

During " Gaman " Days

During ” Gaman ” Days

My first memory of Farooque Sheikh goes back to 1978. I saw ” Gaman ” in the Amar Jyoti Talkies of Deoria, my home town. It’s swan song ” seene me jalan, aankhon me toofan sa kyon hai ; is shaher me har shakhs pareshan sa kyon hai ……. ” is still fresh in my memory. When I came out of the hall, I was amused. I felt that Farooque Sheikh was an unusual kind of leading man. He was not a typical Hindi film hero but his screen persona endured in my memory. After ” Gaman ” , I watched highly successful ” Noorie ” and the image of Farooque Sheikh became a permanent part of my life. Then came ” Umrao Jaan ” and ” Chashme Buddoor “, both in 1981 and this unconventional hero, with his wonderful diction, pleasant demeanor and smiling face became one of my all time favourites.

As Nawab in Umrao Jaan

As Nawab in Umrao Jaan

His notable films are ; ” Garam Hawa ” [ 1973 ] , ” Shatranj Ke Khiladi ” [ 1977 ] , ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Noorie ” [ 1979 ] , ” Umrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] , ” Chashme Buddoor ” [ 1981 ] , ” Saath Saath ” [ 1982 ] , ” Bazaar ” [ 1982 ] , ” Katha ” [ 1983 ] , ” Rang Birangi ” [ 1983 ] , ” Faasale ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ek Pal ” [ 1986 ] , ” Biwi Ho To Aisi ” [ 1988 ] , ” Maya Memsaab ” [ 1992 ] , ” Lahore ” [ 2009 ] , ” Shanghai ” [ 2012 ] , ” Listen ….. Amaya ” [ 2013 ] , ” Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ” [ 2013 ] , & ” Club 60 ” [ 2013 ]. His last film ” Youngistan ” is yet to get released.

He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.

In the late 90s, Farooq Sheikh acted in a number of television serials. Most famous of them are ” Chamatkar ” on Sony and ” Ji Mantriji ” on Star plus and ” Shrikant “, which was aired from 1985 to 1986. He compered in the Binny Double or Quits Quiz contest which was telecast over Vividh Bharathi. His also anchored the iconic TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).

As TV Host of Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai with Shah Rukh Khan

As TV Host of Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai with Shah Rukh Khan

He performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita [ 1992 ], alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan. This poignant playTumhari Amrita  ” [ 1992 ] completed its 20-year run on 26 February, 2012. A sequel to this play was staged in India in 2004 titled “Aapki Soniya” with Farooq Sheikh and Sonali Bendre as main leads. He also directed ” Aazar Ka Khwab “, an adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in 2004.

I became an addict of his TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1). When I watched him on stage alongside Shabana Azmi, in famous productions ” Tumhari Amrita ” [ 1992 ], directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, I was mesmerized.

During " Tumhari Amrita " Days

During ” Tumhari Amrita ” Days

Years ago I played a small part in a play called ” SAARE JAHAN SE ACHCHHA “, Director by Aamir Raza Hussain . Farooque Sahab was supposed to be the narrator of the play. He couldn’t do the play because of some prior commitments and I lost this opportunity to be with him on the stage.

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It is sad that he went too soon. And he left us when he was on the comeback trail.

Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the family of Farooque Sheikh and all the near and dear ones.

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to join them in this hour of grief.

May his soul rest in peace!

[ I have taken list of his films, TV serials and plays from Wikipedia. I express profound gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2012


 –MUMBAI MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MARCH 03 , 2012           08.00 P.M.

This is 34th film diary . 2 more to go and it will complete 3 momentous years . As usual I am re-posting some relevant tweets of the eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

GALI GALI CHOR HAI collected Rs. 3 – 3.25 crore (approx. all-India net) at the box-office over the weekend.

EK MAIN AUR EKK TU opens to dull houses. Report: bit.ly/xoH50e

TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA review: bit.ly/w2iTxi – The entertaining 2nd half & hit music save it & make it a plus fare for Tips & UTV.

Update: ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ has poor start, #Agneepath continues to dominate bit.ly/AxAnDk

Okay, those asking, #Agneepath is No 3 biggest opener of all times, after #Bodyguard and #RaOne.

taran adarsh @taran_adarsh

#Agneepath is the latest entrant in 100 cr nett Club. Collected Rs 15.25 cr nett in Wknd 2, taking total to Rs 106.3 cr nett. Super Hit

#Agneepath had an impressive Week 2. Collected Rs 24 cr nett [approx] in Week 2, taking the 2-week total to Rs 115 cr nett. Super Hit.

#GaliGaliChorHai had a disastrous opening weekend. Collected approx Rs 3.25 cr nett [early estimates] in its first three days. Flop.

Update: #EkMainAurEkkTu has below the mark start, but should pick up over weekend bit.ly/xn69ho

#EkMainAurEkkTu *India* Fri 5.25 cr, Sat 7.5 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 2.75 cr, Tue [Valentine’s Day] 4.5 cr. Total: Rs 28.25 cr nett.

#Agneepath *India* 3-week total: Rs 122.5 cr nett. Super Hit.

#EkkDeewanaTha *India* Friday Rs 55 lacs. Disastrous start!

#EkkDeewanaTha collected 1.03 cr on Fri, 1.19 cr on Sat and 1.34 cr on Sun, taking the opening weekend total to Rs 3.56 cr. Very poor.

India *early estimates*: #JodiBreakers Fri Rs 1.55 cr nett …#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri Rs 1.75 cr nett.

#TereNaalLoveHoGaya Fri 1.75 cr, Sat 2.50 cr. Total: Rs 4.25 nett …#JodiBreakers Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2 cr. Total: Rs 3.50 cr nett.

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Obituary :

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Anil Mohile

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Last month music arranger Anthony Fernandes left us . In the month of February another music arranger Anil Mohile bid us adieu .

He died on February 01 , 2012 at the age of 71 in Mumbai . In a career spanning 5 decades , he worked with Sachin Dev Burman , Kalyanji – Anandji ,  Khayyam , Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Srinivas Khale .

He was arranger for Lata Mangeshkar’s public concerts also .

Raj Kanwar :

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Raj Kanwar , maker of ” Deewana ” [ 1992 ] ,  ” Laadla ” [ 1994 ] , ” Jaan ” [ 1996 ] , ” Jeet ” [ 1996 ] , ” Judaai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ” [ 2000 ] , ” Dhaii Akshar Prem Ke ” [ 2000 ] , ” Farz ” [ 2001 ] , ” Ab Ke Baras ” [ 2002 ] , ” Andaaz [ 2003 ] ,  ” Humko Deewana Kar Gaye ” [ 2006 ]  and ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] died on February 03 , 2012 in Singapore at the age of 51 .

He has unique distinction of launching Shah Rukh Khan , Priyanka Chopra , Aarya Babbar and Luv Sinha .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Mr. Raj Kanwar :

Raj Kanwar : A Journey From ” Deewana ” to ” Sadiyaan ” wp.me/ptyXI-1JD

O. P. Dutta :

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Father of filmmaker J. P. Dutta , and himself a filmmaker and dialogue writer of repute , O. P. Dutta died on February 09 , 2012 in Mumbai . He was 90 years old .

Maker of films like ;  ” Pyar Ki Jeet ” [ 1948 ] , Ek Nazar ” [ 1951 ] ,  ” Malkin ” [ 1953 ] and ” Lagan ” [ 1955 ] , he directed films till 1959 and made 9 films . Later on he started writing screenplay and dialogues . He wrote dialogues for ” Ghulami ” [ 1985 ] , ” Yateem ” [ 1988 ] , ” Hathyar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Kshatriya ” [ 1993 ] , ” Border ” [ 1997 ] , ” Refugee ” [ 2000 ] , ” LOC Kargil ” [ 2003 ] and ” Umrao Jaan ” [ 2006 ] . All the above mentioned films were directed by his son , filmmaker J. P. Dutta .

He won Lifetime Achievement Award i 2006 .

Shahryar :

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A renowned poet of Urdu language , Shahryar a.k.a. Akhlaq Mohammad Khan , who also won Jnanpith Award in 2008 for his contribution to Urdu literature , died on February 13 , 2012 in Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh . He was suffering from lung cancer .

He , apart from writing ghazals and nazms , also wrote lyrics for highly successful films like ;  ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Umrrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] and ” Anjuman ” [ 1986 ] , all directed by Muzaffar Ali .

Posting link of the blog , I wrote about Shahryar Sahab :

Al – Vidaa Shahryar Saheb ! wp.me/ptyXI-1NR

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – February 03

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1 – Gali Gali Chor Hai ……………………………………………… Akshaye Khanna

Second Week – February 10

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1 – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu ……………………………………………. Kareena Kapoor

…………………………………………………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Sonia Mehra

2 – Valentine’s Night ……………………………………………….. x

Third Week – February 17

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1 – Ekk Deewana Tha ……………………………………………….. x

2 – Married 2 America …………………………………………….. x

3 –  ? ( Question Mark )  …………………………………………….. x

Fourth Week – February 24

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1 – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya ……………………………………….. Genelia D’souza

2 – Jodi Breakers …………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

In total …….. 08 …………….. films got released this month . Out of these ……………… 08 ………. films …………….. 06 ……………. students of mine , worked in ………….. 04 ………… films .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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Bhojpuri :  Swati Varma is doing an important role in ” Kehu Hamse Jeet Na Paai ” .

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T.V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Pawan Shankar is essaying very important charactor in ” Kya Hua Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ejaz Khan is essaying very important charactor ib ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

New Accomplishments :

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1 – 18th Annual Colors Screen Award 2012. My 5 students got 6 awards :

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor Male ] for ” Rockstar “
Saif Ali Khan [ Best Supporting Actor male ] for ” Aarakshan “
Priyanka Chopra [ Best Actor in Negative Role Female ] for ” 7 Khoon Maaf “
Hritik Roshan & Katrina kaif [ Ensemble Cast ] for ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara “
And again Priyanka Chopra [ Jodi Award ] .
2 – Zee Cine Awards 2012 , my 2 students got the Awards.

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Ranbir Kapoor [ Best Actor – Rockstar ]

Katrina Kaif – [ International Icon -Female ]

3 – Filmfare 2012 Award , my 2 students won 3 Awards . They are :

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  • Best Actor Popular – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actor Critics – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
  • Best Actress Critics – Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
4 – 10th Max Stardust Award , my 2 students got 2 awards :

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Best Actor — Drama: Hrithik Roshan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Best Actress — Comedy/ Romance: Anushka Sharma (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)

5 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2011 ” list , there are 9 girls , who are my students.

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They are : Kareena Kapoor , Katrina Kaif , Priyanka Chopra , Anushka Sharma , Jacqueline Fernandez , Genelia D’Souza , Sonam Kapoor , Sameera Reddy & Shazahn Padamsee.

[ Published in Today’s Bombay Times February 04 , 2012 ]

6 – In “ Times 50 Most Desirable men of 2011 ” list , there are 11 actors , who are my students.

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They are : Ranbir Kapoor , Hritik Roshan , John Abraham , Imran Khan , Arjun Rampal , Saif Ali Khan , Sonu Sood , Neil Nitin Mukesh , Emraan Hashmi , Kunal Kapoor & Dino Morea

[ Published in Sunday’s Bombay Times February 05 , 2012 ]

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Al – Vidaa Shahryar Saheb !


Shahryar Taking Jnanpith Award from Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 18 , 2012           01.45 A.M.

A renowned poet of Urdu language , Shahryar a.k.a. Akhlaq Mohammad Khan , who also won Jnanpith Award in 2008 for his contribution to Urdu literature , died on February 13 , 2012 in Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh . He was suffering from lung cancer . He was the 4th Urdu writer to win prestigious Jnanpith Award .

Born in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh on June 16 , 1936 , he went to Aligarh Muslim University for higher education and later on became a lecturer of Urdu Literature in the same university and retired as Head of Department of Urdu Literature . He was co – editor of  ” Sher O Hikmat ” , a literary magazine .

Bab-e-syed, the gateway to AMU

Gate of Aligarh Muslim University

He , apart from writing ghazals and nazms , also wrote lyrics for highly successful films like ;  ” Gaman ” [ 1978 ] , ” Umrrao Jaan ” [ 1981 ] and ” Anjuman ” [ 1986 ] , all directed by Muzaffar Ali .

Who can forget ghazal of  ” Gaman “  ” Seene me jalan , saanson men toofan sa kyon hai ; Is shaher me har shakhs pareshan sa kyon hai ……

Or these immortal ghazals of ” Umrao Jaan ”  :

In aankhon ki masti ke mastane hazaron hain …… or

Dil cheez kya hai aap meri jaan leejiye ; bas ek baar mera kaha …….. …or

Jab bhi milti hai mujhe ajnabi lagti kyon hai ……… or

Ye kya jagah hai dosto ; ye kaun sa dayar hai …….. or

Zindagi jab bhi teri bazm me laati hai hamen ……..

Lyrics of ” Umrao Jaan “ are immortal and they are still popular among the connoisseurs of Hindi film music and ghazal lovers of this country and Urdu speaking diaspora .

He got Sahitya Akademy Award in Urdu for his poetry in 1987 . Later on in 2008 , he got prestigious Jnanpith Award . As stated earlier , he was the 4th Urdu writer to get Jnanpith Award . Firaq Gorakhpuri was the 1st to get this award in 1969 . Qurratulain Hyder was the 2nd and got the award in 1989  . Ali Sardar Jafri was the 3rd , who got Jnanpith in 1997 .

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Firaq Gorakhpuri

English: http://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/new...

Qurratulain Hyder

Ali Sardar Jafri (1913-2000)

Ali Sardar Jafri

Some famous books of Urdu poetry written by Akhlaq Mohammed Khan alias Shahryar :

1 – Ism – E – Azam [ 1965 ]

2 – Satvan Dar [ 1969 ]

3 – Hijr Ke Mausam [ 1978 ]

4 – Khwab Ke Dar Band Hain [ 1987 ]

He got Sahitya Akademy Award in 1987 for his book ” Khwab Ke Dar Band Hain ” .

With his death the last doyen of Urdu literature , the last titan of modern Urdu ghazal is gone . World of Urdu poetry will never be the same again .

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