Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2014


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MUMBAI  – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 26, 2015           02.40 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 did some work this month but are not mentioned, are those who don’t have feeling for me. They are free from any obligation from my side. GOD BLESS THEM ! ]

 

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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First Week – December  05

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1 – Action Jackson ………………………………………….. Jeetu Verma

2 – Bhopal – A Prayer For Rain ……………………….. X

3 – Mumbai Delhi Mumbai ………………………………. X

 

 

Second Week – December 12

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1 – Main Aur Mr. Right ………………………………. Shenaz Treasuryvala

2 – Kaash Tum Hote …………………………………… Preeti Jhangiani

3 – Luv Phir Kabhi ……………………………………… X

4 – Badlapur Boys ……………………………………….. Anupam Maanav

5 – Life Main Twist Hai ……………………………….. X

6 – Room – The Mystery ……………………………… X

 

Third Week – December 19

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1 – PK ……………………………………………………… Anushka Sharma

………………………………………………………………… Ranbir Kapoor

 

Fourth Week  – December 26
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1 – Ugly ……………………………………………………. Tejaswini Kolhapure

…………………………………………………………………. Alia Bhatt

 

In total …………… 11 …………….. films got released in February . Out of these ………….. 11 ………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 08 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .


 

My 08 students appeared in 06 films in February . And 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.

Because of delay in writing and publishing this post, I was not able to collect data of other segments of Vidur’s Film Diary. I express my regret. I will be regular in future.

 

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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 congratulate my above mentioned 08 students .

May God bless them for their bright future .

 

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL  04, 2013          00.20 A.M.
Month of March 2013 will be remembered for the average run of films . In the beginning of the month onlySaheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” got favourable response from the critics and the public . ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” and ” Jolly LLB “ had slow starts but picked up miraculously with positive word of mouth . ” Himmatwala “ came towards the end of the month and bombed miserably .
The first quarter of 2013 can boast of only 7 hits and average hit films . They are : ” Jolly LLB ” , ” Special 26 ” , ” ABCD ( Any Body Can Dance ) ” , ” Kai Po Che ” , ” Mere Dad Ki Maruti ” , ” Table No. 21 ” and ” Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns ” .

Tweets

Tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta , Mr. Taran Adarsh and Ms. Bhawana Somaaya , which I re-tweet , present the current and authentic trend of film industry :
  1. JOLLY LLB has some entertainment but ltd. b.o. potential.Read my review on at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/jolly-llb-review/ …

  2. #meredadkimaruti : what an entertainer!! Entire team deserves a huge hug. Poor start but WILL pick up…

  1. #IMeAurMain had a lacklustre weekend and maintained low figures on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 7.90 cr nett in Week 1.

  2. ‘The Attacks Of 26/11’ performed slightly better in pockets of Maharashtra and South India, but remained below the mark elsewhere.

  3. #KaiPoChe [revised] collected approx Rs 16.42 cr nett in Week 2. Grand total: approx Rs 45.52 cr nett.

    Update: #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns has tepid start in morning shows! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/313/date/2013-03-08 …

    1. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns collected approx Rs 12.75 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 3.50 cr, Sat 4.25 cr, Sun 5 cr.

    2. #KaiPoChe collected approx Rs 4.15 cr nett in Weekend 3. Grand total: approx Rs 49.67 cr nett.

    3. #SahebBiwiAurGangsterReturns, #KaiPoChe Boxoffice report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/946 …

      1. ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’ collects Rs 18.25 cr in Week 1 – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/947/date/2013-03-15 …

#JollyLLB picked up substantially in evening/night shows across the nation. Collects *early estimates* Rs 3.12 cr on Friday.

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  1. #JollyLLB witnesses 40%-50% jump at plexes on Saturday. Collects 4.23 cr on Sat. Total: Rs 7.35 cr.

    1. ‘Jolly LLB’ 19.52 cr, ‘MDKM’ 8.09 cr, ‘3G’ 5.82 cr – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/949/date/2013-03-22 …

    2. #3G collected approx Rs 5.82 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.10 cr, Sat 1.12 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 66 lacs, Tue 61 lacs, Wed 52 lacs, Thu 41 lacs.

    3. #MereDadKiMaruti collected Rs 8.09 cr in Week 1. Fri 1.03 cr, Sat 1.51 cr, Sun 2.05 cr, Mon 89 lacs, Tue 91 lacs, Wed 90 lacs, Thu 80 lacs.

    4. #JollyLLB Collected approx Rs 19.52 cr in Week 1. Fri 3.12 cr, Sat 4.23 cr, Sun 5.16 cr, Mon 1.90 cr, Tue 1.83 cr, Wed 1.76 cr, Thu 1.52 cr.

      1. #Rangrezz movie review: Impressive first half, loses focus in post-interval portions. One definitely expected more! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553635#.UUvyDQd6xDg.twitter …

      2. #Aatma movie review: Stands on a weak script. Besides, there are hardly any scares here. Disappointing! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/553290#.UUvwMTLL2iw.twitter …

  1. Saheb Biwi Gangster Returns Day 1 collections: 3.25 CR. Weekend collection: 11.5 CR. Full week collection: 17 CR. Budget of film: only 4 CR

  2. Jolly LLB Fri collection:2.35 CR.Sat collection:3.10 CR.Wk end collection: 5.45 CRMere Dad ki Maruti Fri 2.5 CR. Sat 4.0 CR. Sun 4.8 CR nett

  1. Finally Monday ka Mantra: Aatmaa Fri 1.5 cr Sat 1.6 cr Sun 1.9 cr. Total 9cr. Rangrezz fri 1 cr Sat 1.2 cr Sun 1.3 Total 3.5 cr.

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Obituary :

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B. M. Vyas  : 

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A veteran actor of mythological films and some social films , Shri B. M. Vyas died on March 11 , 2013 at the age of 93 .

Famous for his portrayal of Ravan in several mythological films , Vyas started his career with Chetan Anand’s ” Neecha Nagar “ but was noticed with Raj Kapoor’s ” Barsaat ”  in 1949 . He acted in over 300 mythological and social films including films like ” Baiju Bawra ” , ” Do Aankhen Barah Haath “ and ” Sarawasti Chandra ” . His last big film was Shah Rukh Khan starrer ” Oh Darling Yeh Hai India ” .

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First Week – March 01

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1 – I , Me Aur Main ……………………………………………………… John Abraham

……………………………………………………………………………….. Sameer Soni

……………………………………………………………………………….. Raghav Sachar

2 – Bloody Isshq ………………………………………………………… Daisy Shah

3 – The Attacks of 26/11 ……………………………………………… X

Second Week – March 08

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1 – Saheb , Biwi Aur Gangster Returns …………………………… Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………. Soha Ali Khan

2 – Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga ………………………………………… X

Third Week – March 15

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1 -3G ……………………………………………………………………. Neil Nitin Mukesh

……………………………………………………………………………. Mrinalini Sharma

2 – Jolly LLB …………………………………………………………… X

3 – Mere Dad Ki Maruti ……………………………………………… X

Fourth Week  – March 22

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1 – Rangrezz …………………………………………………………… X

2 – Aatma ……………………………………………………………… Amita Pathak

3 – Sona Spa …………………………………………………………… X

4 – Zindagi 50-50 …………………………………………………… Riya Sen

…………………………………………………………………………… Aarya Babbar

Fifth Week – March 29

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1 – Himmatwala …………………………………………………….. Sajid Khan

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 12 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….12 ……… persons , Daisy Shah made guest appearance in ” Bloody Isshq ” . Raghav Sachar is the music director of ” I , Me Aur Main “ , Amita Pathak is the Ex. Co-Producer of ” Aatma “ and Sajid Khan is the director of  ” Himmatwala “ .

Remaining ………. 08 ………. are actors .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat  is playing main lead in ” Blade Babji “.

2 – Telugu : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Inkosaari ” .

3 – Tamil : Sayali Bhagat is playing lead in ” Newtonin Moondram Vidhi ” .

4 – Bengali : Priyanshu Chatterjee is playing an important role in ” Shunya Awnko ” .

 

My ………….. 02 ………………. student in ……….. 04 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sonali Bendre  is judging  ” India’s Best Dramebaaz “ on Zee TV .

2 – Vivek Oberoi  is judging ” India’s Best Draembaaz “ on Zee TV .

3 – Monica Bedi is playing an important role in ” Saraswatichandra “ on Star Plus .

4 – Resshmi Ghosh is playing an important role in ” Savitri “ on Life OK .

5 – Eijaz Khan is playing an important role in ” Shubh Vivah “ on Sony TV .

6 – Apurva Agnihotri is playing an important role in ” Aasman Se Aage “ on Life OK .

7 – Manav Gohil is doing ” Buddy Project “ on Channel V .

8 – Sandesh Gour is playing an important role in ” Sarawatichandra “ on Star Plus .

9 – Smita Pawar is playing an important role in ” Tujh Sang Preet Lagayi Sajna “ on Sahara One .

My ……………. 09 ……….. students in ………… 07 ……………. shows on different channels .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhat is playing one of the leads in  ” Gasha ” .

2 – Bhavna Pani is playing supporting role in ” So Many Socks ” .

3 – Veebha Anand is playing lead in ” Rishto Ka Live Telecast ” .

 

 My …………… 03 ………….. students in ………….. 03 …………. plays .

It was such a satisfying month for me as an acting trainer or acting tutor [ as my detractors call me ] . My 12 students appeared in 07 films , 09 students in 07  TV serials , 02 students in 04 regional films and 03 students appeared in 03 plays also . Thus total number of students working in the month of March comes to 25 . Self-proclaimed most famous acting school of Mumbai , self-annointed most famous acting institute of India and self-appointed most famous acting academy of bollywood will fail miserably on this count .

I congratulate all my above mentioned students on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting institute  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field . May , through their endeavour , our acting institute will one day become one of the most famous acting institutes of the world .

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Being Veteran ( ? ) Acting Trainer


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 30 , 2012           11.55 P.M.

I am amused . I am very much amused . In this ephemeral world people try to project their young image . People hide their age . People loath to become old . In Hindi ” Buddha ” has become a cuss word .

Acting Training field seems to defy this norm . Here every Acting Trainer of Mumbai is trying to project that they are old . Everyone is trying to tell the world that they are veterans . They are the true Thespians . They are doing this job since time immemorial .

You go through my blogs , my websites and other material on the net . Everywhere I have mentioned that I came to Mumbai [ then Bombay ] in 1989 . I joined Ashha Chandra ji immediately . Then in 1990 I joined Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Diction Trainer . Within a year I started supervising Acting Classes also . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor as Acting / Diction Trainer for 14 long years . So from 1990 to 2012 , I have completed 22 momentous years as Acting Trainer .

Among Acting Trainers of India , Shri Roshan Taneja is the senior most person . He is imparting training since 50 years . Then comes Madam Ashha Chandra . She is doing this job since almost 40 years . Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor comes third . His tenure extends to almost 25 years . I am 4th in the hierarchy with 22 years of standing . All the other Acting Trainers of India came after me in this field , even though they might be older than me .

I find it curious that now everyone is imparting training since 22 / 23 years . Now every Acting Trainer is veteran . Everyone is Thespian . Taneja Sahab is now 80 years old . So it is certain that he is training aspiring actors since 50 years . So is the case with Ashha Chandra ji and Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . They are old enough to be trainers of 40 years and 25 years of standing . I am 60 years old . So 22 years of standing as Acting Trainer seems possible . But I am amused that now everyone is veteran of 23 years .

Another claim , which amuses me to no end that every Acting Trainer worth his salt has trained Hritik Roshan . There are almost every Acting Trainer of Mumbai , who claim to have helped him in his journey . If you make these Acting Trainers of India stand before Hritik Roshan , he would faint . Even he can’t imagine to have so many worthy Acting Gurus .

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

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

This charade of being Hritik Roshan’s Acting Coach should end . It is becoming too much . It is a clever ploy to hoodwink aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is deceit . Within a month I am going to meet Hritik Roshan and will urge him to mention all the names of his Acting Trainers of Mumbai . Mark my words , many Acting Trainers will have to eat crow . Many Gurus will have eggs on their faces .

You can’t make false claims in public arena . You can’t dish out exaggerated list of your students to aspiring actors . It is unethical . It is unscrupulous . But being unethical and unscrupulous has become a norm among Acting Trainers of Mumbai . I am much junior to Shri Roshan Taneja , so I should accept it gracefully . Ashha Chandra ji is my Acting Coach , so I must acknowledge this in public . I worked with Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor for 14 long years . So I should not be ashamed to accept this fact . But making false claim just to overshadow someone or to enroll students by hook or by crook is criminal . It is sin .

I , as an Acting Trainer of Mumbai , an Acting Coach of Stars , a Personal Acting Trainer of Star Kids , proclaim in front of the world that please verify every claim of mine . Please go and ask every star whom I have mentioned in my brochure or website . Rummage through my blogs and try to find out a single false claim . If  you can single out even one false claim , I will publicly acknowledge that I am a liar . Foundation of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters are not laid on falsehood . It is laid on solid and true claims .

Let every Acting Trainer be a veteran , a Thespian . Let every Acting Trainer of India have standing of 23 years , I have no objection . But I am aghast that every upstart is claiming to be Acting Guru , Acting Coach of Hritik Roshan and many more super stars . This bubble should burst .

God willing it will burst very soon . Really soon .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2012


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 01 , 2012           01.00 A.M.

First half of 2012 is over . There are few sterling successes and some significant emerging new trends in the Hindi film industry . Big budget films like ;  Agneepath ” , ” Houseful 2 “ and  Rowdy Rathore  earned mega bucks and entered in the prestigious 100 crore club . Small budget films like ;  ” Ishaqzaade ” , ” Kahaani ” , ” Vicky Donor ” , ” Paan Singh TomarandGangs of Wasseypur won praise and made money also . ” Ishaqzaade ”  marks entry of a fresh face Arjun Kapoor , who is making waves . ” Gangs Of Wasseypur “ heralds emergence of new Hindi cinema .

As usual , re – posting some of the relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh :

Tweets

Straight B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R! That’s what Rowdy Rathore is!! Next 100-crore film? All chances!

RR 1st day 15 crore; 2nd day 14.5 crore; 3rd day 18.5 crore. Total weekend: an astounding 48 crore!

@enter10meAnt Shanghai opens to poor houses. Too Class-appealing, too Confusing, hence not Commercial. Losing venture

Dull opening for Shanghai. Multiplexes around 15-30%. Single-screen cinemas terribly low. Sad!

Opening of Ferrari on lower side. In premium multiplexes, opening is fair

Ferrari Ki Sawaari 1st day about 2.9 to 3 crore. Today should be better than Friday

TMK 1st day: a little over 5 crore. GOW: around 2.75 crore. Both openings below the mark

#Shanghai [Week 2]: Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 25 lacs. Total: 21.10 cr nett. Disappointing!

#RowdyRathore opening is fantabulous at single screens, plexes are good, should be great by noon/evening. Trends indicate Rs 15 cr Friday.

#RowdyRathore is @akshaykumar ‘s #Dabangg. His biggest opener!

#RowdyRathore *India* Fri 15.10 cr nett. Biggest non-holiday Friday opener. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-

#RowdyRathore is the third biggest opener ever, after #Agneepath and #Bodyguard. Incidentally, all three films are remakes

#RowdyRathore has biggest non-holiday weekend, collects Rs 48.5 cr + nett http://bit.ly/Mb3dpw

#RowdyRathore has smashed previous records by a big margin. Collects a colossal Rs 48.3 cr + nett in its first 3 days… contd.

#RowdyRathore biz is *better* than this year’s first Blockbuster #Agneepath, if one compares Friday to Sunday numbers… contd.

#RowdyRathore Breakup:- Fri 15.1 cr, Sat 14.7 cr, Sun 18.5 cr +. Total: Rs 48.5 cr + nett. Biggest non-holiday weekend. Fantabulous

#Ishaqzaade Week 4 – Rs 1.46 cr. Total: Rs 47.19 cr nett. Fantastic!

#RowdyRathore smashed previous records in many circuits. Has performed exceptionally well at single screens and plexes… contd

Update: #Shanghai opens to dull response http://bit.ly/Ls3u92

#RowdyRathore has crossed Rs 100 cr nett mark at the end of Weekend 2. Has performed exceptionally well at single screens as well as plexes.

#RowdyRathore joins the Rs 100 crore club: @taran_adarsh on IBN Live http://bit.ly/KyN1KM

#Shanghai started slow, but showed decent growth at hi-end multiplexes on Sat and Sun. However, the overall business is below the mark.

#RowdyRathore is unstoppable. Remains first choice of moviegoers. Collected a humungous Rs 35 cr nett in Week 2. Total: Rs 114.5 cr nett.

Update: #FerrariKiSawaari is decent at select screens, reports positive, should grow over the weekend http://bit.ly/rCkwLY

#RowdyRathore [Week 3]: Fri 2.25 cr, Sat 2.90 cr, Sun 4.50 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.70 cr. Total: 127.6 cr nett. Blockbuster.

#FerrariKiSawaari [Week 1]: Fri 3.04 cr, Sat 4.50 cr, Sun 6.37 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.60 cr. Total: 17.26 cr nett. Steady at plexe

#Shanghai [Week 2]: Fri 75 lacs, Sat 1 cr, Sun 1.25 cr, Mon 35 lacs, Tue 25 lacs. Total: 21.10 cr nett. Disappointing!

Update: Both #TeriMeriKahaani and #GOW are showing an upward trend. At some places, #GOW is leading, at some #TeriMeriKahaani.

#FerrariKiSawaari fared the best in Mumbai-Maharashtra belt and Delhi. Collected Rs 20.96 cr nett in Week 1. Satisfactory numbers!

#RowdyRathore emerges the fourth highest grosser in India, after #3Idiots, #Bodyguard and #Dabangg.

#GOW *actuals* Fri 3.03 cr, Sat 3.60 cr, Sun 4.37 cr, Mon 1.95 cr. Total: Rs 12.95 cr nett. Rock-steady!

#GOW *actuals* Fri 3.03 cr, Sat 3.60 cr, Sun 4.37 cr, Mon 1.95 cr, Tue 1.80 cr. Total: Rs 14.75 cr nett. Excellent on weekdays!

Biz Talk: #GOW floats, #TeriMeriKahaani sinks http://bit.ly/MA6jlo

#FerrariKiSawaari is holding well, despite new releases. Week 2: Fri-Sun – 5.04 cr, Mon – 65 lacs, Tue – 60 lacs. Total: Rs 27 cr + nett.

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Obituary :

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B. K. Karanjia : 

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Renowned film journalist and editor of famous film magazines like ; ” Filmfare ” , ” Screen ” and ” Movie Times “ died in Pune on June 22 , 2012 at the age of 92 .

He was founder of Film Financing Corporation and later on became chairman of the National Film Development Corporation .

I am posting link of the blog , which I wrote about him :

B. K. Karanjia : A Priceless Pen Put To Rest http://wp.me/ptyXI-26i

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First Week – June 01

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1 – Rowdy Rathore …………………………………………….. Kareena Kapoor [ Guest ]

Second Week – June 08

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1 – Shanghai ……………………………………………………… Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………………. Kalki Koechlin

………………………………………………………………………. Shekhar Ravjiani

Third Week – June 15

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1 – Ferrari Ki Sawaari …………………………………………x

2 – Qasam Se Qasam Se ……………………………………… x

3 – Chakradhaar ………………………………………………. Urvashi Sharma

…………………………………………………………………….. Mrinalini Sharma

Fourth Week  – June 22

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1 – Gangs of Wasseypore …………………………………… x

2 – Teri Meri Kahaani ……………………………………….. Priyanka Chopra

Fifth Week  – June 29

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1 – Maximum ………………………………………………….. Sonu Sood

…………………………………………………………………….. Hazel Keech

…………………………………………………………………….. Arya Babbar

…………………………………………………………………….. Amit Sadh

2 – Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai …………………………….. x

In total …………… 09 …………….. films got released in June . Out of these ………….. 09 ………… released films ……….. 05 ………… films have …………… 11 ……………. actors , who are my students . Out of …………. 11 ………… students ; Shekhar Ravjiani is music director . So the tally comes to ………. 10 ………. actors and the rest ………. 01 ……….. is from the other field of film – making .


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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Telugu : Allu Arjun is playing main lead in ” Julayi ” .

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

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Umar Wani is appearing in a reality show ” CRUNCH 2  “ on MTV .

2 – Pawan Shankar is appearing on a TV show ” Kya Huaa Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

3 – Nandinii Sen is appearing on a TV show ” Kya Huaa Tera Vaada “ on Sony TV .

4 – Apoorva Agnihotri is appearing on a TV show ” Aasaman Se Aage “ on Life OK .

My ……………. 04 ……….. students in ………… 04 ……………. various shows on several channels .


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Immortality at Madame Tussauds


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA         NOVEMBER 03 , 2011           10.40 P.M

Last week as I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline , www.twitter.com/VidurChaturvedi    ,I got the news that Kareena Kapoor‘s wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , Blackpool . Before Kareena Kapoor ,  Hritik Roshan‘s wax statue was also unveiled at the Madame Tussauds studio . It is a rare honour. Till today only six Hindi film artistes have been immortalized at Madame Tussauds . They are Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan , Hritik Roshan and now Kareena Kapoor . Out of these 06 dignitaries , last 02 are my students .

Tussaud was a French national . Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Switzerland , who skilled in wax modelling. Tussaud learnt art of making wax statues from Dr. Philippe Curtius . She made her first wax statue in 1777. Voltaire was the first person to be immortalized in wax . Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin were other famous people , who followed Voltaire. She went to London in 1802 and could not return to France because of the Franco – British War . Finally in 1835 she settled down in Baker Street , London and opened a museum , now known as Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Wax Museum of Madame Tussauds, London

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum , London

In that very museum Kareena Kapoor and Hritik Roshana‘s wax statues were unveiled . Destiny some times plays very strange games . In 2000 , Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were signed to play romantic leads in ” Kaho Naa…………..Pyaar Hai ” . I was assigned to train them for the movie . But destiny willed otherwise. While training was going on , another announcement about another new – comer star – son was made .The film in question was ” Refugee “ and the debutant was Abhishek Bachchan . Kareena was very keen to do ” Refugee “ . Since she could not debut in two movies simultaneously , she opted for ” Refugee “ . Though she was under contract but sensing her eagerness to do ” Refugee  ” , Mr. Rakesh Roshan freed her and signed Amisha Patel for ” Kaho Naa ………. Pyaar Hai  “ . Film was released on January 14 , 2000 and created history . ” Refugee “ was also released same year on June 30 , 2000 .

Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were not destined to debut together . Though , later on , they did a couple of films together but barring ” Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham “ they could not give memorable films. But , destiny brought them together again and this time in wax avatar . What various film – maker could not achieve , Madama Tussauds studio accomplished and now these two hottest box office stars of Hindi cinema are perennially paired together in wax.

Indian actress Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor

I am happy for them . They are my students and when they are being honoured in such manner , I am thrilled . I am too small a man to dream of being ever at Madame Tussauds . But I feel my presence at Madame Tussauds through the wax statues of Kareena Kapoor and Hritik Roshan .

And the fact of the matter is that it is just the beginning of their journey and they have many more miles to go .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – October 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 01 , 2011            00.25A.M.

This is the 30th edition of my film diary .

Films released in the beginning of this month failed to create any magic at the Box Office . Though ” Force “ collected some decent figures , but the magic of previous month was missing.

” Ra.One “ , released on Deepavali day , changed the scene completely. Though panned by critics , its collections were impressive .

From last Deepavali to this Deepavali , though 239 films got released but only 09 films were declared super hits . They are : ” Bodyguard ” , ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu  “ and ” Band Baaja Baaraat ” .

Some prominent disappointments were : ” Guzaarish ” , ” Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey ” , ” No Problem ” , ” Patiala House ” , ” 7 Khoon Maaf ” , ” Game ” , ” Aarakshan ” and ” Chatur Singh 2 Star ” .

Asha Bhosle has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of studio recordings – singles . She has recorded 11,000 solo and duets in more than 20 Indian languages .

Kareena Kapoor was immortalized in wax , when her wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at Blackpool , United Kingdom on October 27 , 2011 . She is the 6th Hindi film star to be having a wax statue at Madame Tussauds . Other 5 are  ; Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Hritik Roshan .

Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI: The songs have become popular although the film has not really become hot property. Preview: http://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/love-breakups-zindagi-preview/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

FORCE nets Rs. 16 crore in 1st weekend. Box-office report: koimoi.com/box-office/for…
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

RASCALS nets Rs. 7.50 – 8 crore on day 1. SOUNDTRACK and LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI open to dull houses. BO update: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-nets-7-5-cr-soundtrack-love-breakups-zindagi-open-poorly/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI is a dull fare which will not get much love from the paying public. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/love-b…
Komal Nahta
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SOUNDTRACK is a good film but the 2nd half ought to have been far better. Will not do much at ticket windows. Review:
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

RASCALS collections drop to Rs 6 cr on day 2; FORCE nets 23 cr in week 1; SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER nets 5 cr. Report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/rascals-makes-6-cr-on-day-2-force-nets-23-cr-in-week-1/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

AAZAAN may b a well-mounted & well-shot film bt it wont mk ne mark at d boxofice bcoz of d confusing screenplay. Review http://bit.ly/olYr9X
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE hs d merits 2 pick up by +ve word of mouth.Dull start & pre-Diwali days r a deterrent.Review: http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/mujhse-fraaandship-karoge-review/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE weekend box-office: Low numbers but phenomenal pick up. Report: koimoi.com/box-office/muj
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

RA.ONE box-office update: Rs. 15 cr net on day one. Full report: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-s-ra-one-nets-rs-15-cr-at-opening-day-box-office/
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

RA.ONE 3rd day collections (all versions combined): Rs. 16 – 16.5 crore (all-India net).
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

 RA.ONE nets Rs. 16 – 17 cr on Sunday; 5-day total: Rs. 91 – 92 cr. New 1st weekend RECORD. More: http://www.koimoi.com/box-office/shah-rukh-khan-breaks-salman-khan-s-weekend-box-office-record/
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Force Fri 5 cr, Sat 4.75 cr, Sun 5.75 cr, Mon 2.5 cr, Tue 2.15 cr. Total: Rs 20.15 sc nett. Rock-steady!
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Rascals Thursday 7.15 cr, Friday 5.25 cr. Total Rs 12.40 cr nett.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

All 5 Hindi films this week open to poor houses. #MFK slightly better.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#MFK : Showed gradual improvement over the weekend. Collected Rs 2.18 cr nett. Fri 50.5 lacs, Sat 75.2 lacs, Sun 91.8 lacs.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#MFK – Biz on weekdays clearly signifies that the drop in collections was negligible. Has collected approx Rs 3.70 cr nett in Week 1.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Mod – Had a lukewarm start and remained extremely poor on subsequent days. Flop.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

#Azaan – Will entail big losses due to expensive making & heavy expenditure incurred on P&A on one hand & negligible returns on the other.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

My Friend Pinto – Has been rejected. Recorded poor collections in Week 1. Flop.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Latest Update – India figures: #RaOne *Hindi + Tamil + Telugu* Rs 18.25 cr nett. Thursday expected to be Rs 22 cr to Rs 25 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Jagjit Singh :
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Basically a Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh , sang for almost 40 films in his 4 decade long career. He was immensely and equally popular among the classes and masses due to his inimitable style.
He completely and single-handedly changed the world of Ghazals with the help of poignant  lyrics and modern orchestration.
Since I am a huge fan and his contribution to the music world is immense , I would be writing a separate blog about him .
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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :
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First Week  – October 07
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1 – Rascals …………………………………………………………….. Arjun Rampal
……………………………………………………………………………..Hiten Paintal
……………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Love Breakups Zindagi…………………………………………… Zayed Khan
3 – Soundtrack ………………………………………………………….Soha Ali Khan
……………………………………………………………………………..Mrinalini Sharma
……………………………………………………………………………..Adhir Bhat
………………………………………………………………………………DJ Aqeel
4 – 9 Eleven ………………………………………………………………x
Second Week  – October 14
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1 – Mod ……………………………………………………………………x
2 – My Friend Pinto …………………………………………………….Divya Dutta
3 – Aazaan…………………………………………………………………Arya Babbar
4 – Mujhse Fraaandship  Karoge ……………………………………..x
5 – Jo Dooba So P aar – Its Love In Bihar ……………………………x
Third Week  – October 21
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1 – Be – Careful ……………………………………………………………Rajniesh Duggall
………………………………………………………………………………..Zaid Hamid
………………………………………………………………………………..Tanishaa
2 – Ziyarat …………………………………………………………………..x
3 – Yeh Ishq……Nahin ……………………………………………………x
Fourth Week  – October 28
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1 – Ra.One ………………………………………………………………….Kareena  Kapoor
………………………………………………………………………………..Arjun Rampal
………………………………………………………………………………..Priyanka Chopra
………………………………………………………………………………..Shekhar Ravjiyani
2 – Damadamm ………………………………………………………….x
3 – Tell Me O Kkhuda ……………………………………………….??????
…………………………………………………………………………..Sudhanshu Pandey
Out of …………………….. 15  ……………………….. films released this month ……………………………  08.………………………..  films have  ………………….. 18 ……………  actors , who are my students , essaying either lead or important part. Out of these ……….. 18 ………………….. artistes …………………… 15 …………… are actors , and ………………..03 ……………… are working in different fields . Shekhar Ravjiyani [ mentioned twice ] is music director and Aqeel is a famous DJ  .
Actor Arjun Rampal is also mentioned twice , as he appeared in two films .
Esha Deol , the main female protagonist of ” Tell Me O Kkhuda “  , is not mentioned. Though she got trained by me but she refuses to acknowledge me as her trainer and I respect her choice .
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T. V. Trivia & Me :
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1 – Divya Sharma is essaying an important role in ” Ek Hazaron Me Hai Meri Behna “ on Star Plus .
2 – Aryaman Seth is essaying an important role in ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

My Column ” Kal Aur Aaj ” in Bhojpuri City – [ 5 ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                  MAY 05 , 2011                      11.45 P.M.

That I write a fortnightly Hindi column is now known to all my readers. It is being published in a magazine called Bhojpuri City “. It is a Bhojpuri film trade magazine being published from Mumbai. This is my 5th column and it is focussed on the tradition of Item Girls in Hindi and Bhojpuri films.

I am reproducing here the cover page of the current edition of the said magazine and the 2 page article, which is 5th in the series.

Cover of Bhojpuri City - May 1st , 2011

Cover of Bhojpuri City - May 1st , 2011

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Vidur’s Film Diary – April 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   MAY 01 , 2011                       00.45 A.M.

This particular edition is the 24th edition of  ”  Vidur’s Film Diaries “ . Two long years , two momentous years and these uninterrupted  notes of the diary about my students and their work in Indian films , TV serials and Theatre productions. A very satisfying  journey indeed. Through the work of my students , I also gauge my own standing in this ever slippery world of entertainment.

April’s first two releases opened as expected. Third release ” Thank You “ also couldn’t cheer the mood. Fate of the other releases were no better.

Twitter handles of trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta express the mood , trends and box office results of the month gone by ;

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Game is a weak film with dull chances. Review: http://bit.ly/eL741Y
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
B.O. update: ‘F.A.L.T.U.’ starts with a bang, ‘Game’ with a whimper http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
FALTU wins the Friday Game: http://bit.ly/gm1UiT
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh9 am to 11.15 am morning show trends: ‘Game’ opening 3% to 5% to maximum 10%. ‘Faltu‘ opening 50% to 70% to 80%

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Box Office: FALTU scores over Game over the weekend. Faltu Rs. 10.5 crore , Game Rs. 2.8 crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/gmh7jL
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Overseas B.O.: ‘Thank You’ is amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
‘Thank You’ makes Rs. 19.2 crore (in all India net collection) over the first weekend. http://bit.ly/fJVCcA
ETC
Box office collection : FALTU Rs 17 Cr , Game Rs 5 Cr
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Overseas B.O.: ‘Thank You’ is amongst Akshay’s lowest openers http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta
3 Thay Bhai is a weak fare which will go down in box-office history as a non-starter. Review: http://bit.ly/ibAuIZ
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ starts on disastrous note [4% to 7% range] http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘3 Thay Bhai’ spoils the party, ‘Thank You’ distributors will lose money, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ wide release in India, Oseas http://bit.ly/cctlka
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

3 Thay Bhai weekend box-office collections: Rs. 2 crore: http://bit.ly/hO86Z4
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

B.O. update: ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ opens to dull houses http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Zokkomon’ is an unmitigated disaster in U.S. Punjabi film ‘Dharti’ emerges super-success in U.S.A. & Australia, but not as strong in U.K.


Obituary :

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Sachin Bhowmick : Most prolific and one of the most successful and versatile writer of Hindi films , Sachin Bhowmick breathed his last in Mumbai on April 12, 2011 at the age of 80.

He started with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer ” Lajwanti ” [ 1958 ]. After this he churned out numerous hits like ; ” Anuradha ” [ 1961 ] , ” Ziddi ” [ 1964 ] , ” Ayee Milan Ki Bela ” [ 1964 ] , ” Majboor ” [ 1964 ] , ” Jaanwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Love In Tokyo ” [ 1966 ] , ” Aaye Din Bahar Ke ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ]  , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aradhana ” [ 1969 ] , ” Aan Milo Sajna ” [ 1970 ] , ” Carvan ” [ 1971 ] , ” Dost ” [ 1974 ] , ” Khel Khel Men ” [ 1975 ] , ” Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin ” [ 1977 ] , ” Golmaal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Karz ” [ 1980 ] , ” Do Aur Do Paanch ” [ 1980 ] , ” Bemisal ” [ 1982 ] , ” Nastik ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sahab ” [ 1985 ] , ” Karma ” [ 1986 ] , ” Khalnaayak ” [ 1993 ] , ” Main Khiladi Tu Anari ” [ 1994 ] , ” Yeh Dillagi ” [ 1994 ] , ” Karan Arjun ” [ 1995 ] , ” Koyla ” [ 1997 ] , ” Dushman ” [ 1998 ] , ” Soldier ” [ 1998 ] , ” Aa Ab Laut Chalen ” [ 1999 ] , ” Taal ” [ 1999 ] , ” Koi….. Mil Gaya ” [ 2003 ] , ” Kisna ” [ 2006 ] , ” Krrish ” [  2006 ] and ” Yuvvraj ” [ 2008 ].

He also directed, apart from scripting , Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore starrer ” Raja Rani ” [ 1973 ]. In total he wrote story and screenplay of more than 100  films.

Rami Reddy : A versatile actor and successful villain of Telugu and Hindi cinema died on April 14, 2011 in Hyderabad at the age of 52  . His made his debut in 1990 in Telugu hit ” Ankusam “ . Same year he essayed a successful character in Chiranjeevi and Juhi Chawla starrer ” Pratibandh “ . Later on he worked in Hindi films like : ” Gunda ” , ” Waqt Hamara Hai ” , ” Khuddar ” , ” Jaanwar ” and ” Talash ” .

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – April 01

1 – Game…………………………………………………….Jimmy Sheirgill

2 – F.A.L.T.U……………………………………………….Angad Bedi

Second Week – April 08

1 – Thank You………………………………………………Sonam Kapoor

………………………………………………………………….Rimi Sen

Third Week – April 15

1 – Teen Thay Bhai…………………………………………x

Fourth Week –  April 22

1 – Dum Maaro Dum……………………………………….x

2 – Zokkomon………………………………………………..x

Fifth Week – April 29

1 – Chalo Dilli………………………………………………..Yaana Gupta

2 – I Am……………………………………………………….Sanjay Suri

3 – Naughty @ 40…………………………………………..Sayali Bhagat

4 – Shor In The City…………………………………………x

In total ……….10…………….films got released this month. Out of these ……10………. films …………07……………. students of mine have worked in ………..06………… films.

 Film News This Month :

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1 – Jungfrau Railways in Switzerland recently inaugurated a train named after Mr. Yash Chopra with his signature and name on a signboard. A deluxe suite of the Victoria – Jungfrau Grand Hotel has also been named after Mr. Yash Chpora.


2 – Mr. K. Balachander
gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2010.

New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Tamil : Sameera Reddy and Kelly Dorji are working in a film called ” Aasal ” .

2 – Telugu : Allu Arjuna is playing lead in a film called  ” Badrinaath “.

3 – Malayalam :  Genelia D’Souza is playing lead in a film called ” Urumi “.

4 – Bangla :  Riya Sen is playing lead in Bangla / Hindi bilingual ” Nauka Dubi ” / ” Kashmakash ” .

5 – Nepali :  Monica Bedi is playing lead in a film called ” Parichay “ .

6 – Punjabi : Jimmy Sheirgill is playing lead in a film called ” Dharti “.

In the above mentioned ………..06 ………regional films in ……. …06…………. various languages , there are …………07…………. students of mine working in them.

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 –  Shaleen Bhanot is appearing in a T V serial ” Bheend Banoonga Ghodi Chadhoonga  ” .

2 – Hritik Roshan is making his debut on T V in a reality show ” Just Dance ” on Star Plus T V .

3 –  Mrunal Jain is appearing in ” Looteri Dulhan ” on Imagine T V . 

4 –  Gurmeet Choudhary is appearing in ” Geet……….Hui Sabse Parayi “ on Star One T V .

5 –  Neil Bhatt is appearing in ” Gulal ” on Star Plus T V .

6 –  Yash Pandit is appearing in ” Tere Mere Sapne ” on Star Plus T V.

7 –  Aamir Ali is appearing in ” F I R “ on SAB T V .

8 – Vikas Bhalla is appearing in ” Sanjaog Se Bani Sangini “ on Zee T V .

9 – Jai Kalra and Eva Grover are appearing in ” Bade Acche Lagte Hai Ye Dharti Ye Nadiya Ye Raina Aur Tum “ on Soni T V.

10-  Smita Bansal and Mia Evonne Uyeda are appearing in ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – 4 ” on Colours T V.


In the above mentioned ………….10………..T V shows on various channels, there are…………….12…………….students of mine working in them. Out of these ……….12………..students, …………….09…………..are working in Serials and …………….03……………. are working in Reality shows.

Theatre & Me :

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1 –  Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal is reviving her play ” Love Is In The Air ” . She produces the play .

2 –  Juhi Babbar is reviving her play ” Ji Jaisi Aapki Marzi ” .   She acts in the play as main lead .

3 –  Pratik Kothari stages his new play ” Mummy Tu Aavi Kevi “. He acts in this Gujarati play apart from hosting it.

In the above mentioned …………….03…………….theatre productions, there are …………….03………………students of mine working in them.

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Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 01 , 2011                   12 . 3O A.M.

After successful January 2011 , February was quite dull for the industry .  And March was simply disastrous . First quarter is gone without any great success. No big releases because of the World Cup , no great success because of the bad films. There were just 6 releases in March and that too insignificant ones .

To illustrate my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu has dn well in spite of opposition of World Cup cricket & exams with Rs. 14cr at the box-office: http://bit.ly/hdkCSr
ETC
Box office report:Tanu Weds Manu Rs 19.8Cr,7 Khoon Maaf Rs 18.63Cr, Patiala House Rs 36.66 Cr,Yeh Saali Zindagi Rs 11 Cr, DTBHJ Rs.29Cr
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Tanu Weds Manu’: Collected Rs 5.11 cr nett in its 2nd wknd [Fri: 1.26 cr, Sat: 1.95 cr, Sun: 1.90 cr]. Total so far: Rs. 23.67 cr nett.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
If cricket affects films, how has Tanu Weds Manu clicked at the box-office? http://bit.ly/emuCcz
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
While most movies don’t last beyond opng wknd, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ will complete 100 days at theatres next week [15 weeks]. Bravo!
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Tanu Weds Manu: Collected Rs. 8.55 cr nett in its Week 2. Total so far: Rs. 27.08 cr nett. Hit.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
At the rate ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is faring, should be the second biggest grosser of 2011 so far, after ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
The dull spell at the Bollywood box-office continues, Tanu Weds Manu being the sole exception. http://bit.ly/eu6E8b
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Next major opponent: Will IPL hit film business hard in April & May http://bit.ly/cctlka
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ successfully completes 50 days at theatres. Crossed Rs 33 cr, surpassing Madhur’s biggest hit ‘Fashion’ [26 cr].
Obituary
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GOGA KAPOOR : A very prominent villain of Hindi film industry Goga Kapoor breathed his last on March 03, 2011. He was 70 at the time of his death. He began his life in Delhi and during his college days , he used to work in stage plays. In Shakespeare’s ” Othello ” , he played the main protagonist and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a supporting role. Later on when he joined films , he did more than 20 films with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as his arch antagonist.

His first film was ” Jwala “ in 1971. He came to prominence with B. R. Chopra’s tele serial ” Mahabharat “ , where he played Kans. His other films were ” Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak ” , ” Zanjeer ” , ” Hera Pheri ” , ” Satte Pe Satta ” , ” Yaarana ” ,” Agneepath ” , ” Shakti ” , ” Coolie ” , ” Toofan ” , ” Patthar Ke Phool ” , ” Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa ” and many more. He workrd in some international projects also. In total he worked in more than 500 films.

He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters . I have trained his younger daughter Payal Kapoor, who is a wonderful actor.

NAVIN NISCHOL : This FTII , Pune graduate , a Gold Medalist and a dashing hero of 70s , died of heart attack while going to Pune along with his friends. On the fateful day of March 19 , 2011, he started his journey in the morning. But died of heart attack before reaching Pune. He was 65 at the time of his death.

He made his debut in 1970 in Mohan Sehgal’s ” Sawan Bhadon “ with Rekha. The film was a super hit of the year and it stablished Navin Nischol’s career. He , later on , worked in many hits including ” Parwana “ , where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing villain’s role , while Navin Nischol was the main protagonist with Yogita Bali.

” Dhund ” , ” Hanste Zakhm ” , ” Buddha Mil Gaya ” , ” Woh Main Nahin ” and ” Victoria No. 203 “ were his other immensely successful films. Later on from 1980, he worked as character artiste in films like ” The Burning Train ” . ” Khosla Ka Ghosla ” and ” Break Ke Baad “. The last mentioned one was his last film.

He was one of the few major actors, who started working in TV serials quite early. His most popular serial was ” Dekh Bhai Dekh “ .

BOB CHRISTO : An actor of Australian origin , Bob Christo , died in the morning of February 20, 2011 in Bengaluru. He was 70 at the time of his death. He was introduced to Hindi film world by Sanjay Khan in his film ” Abdullah “ . Later on he even worked opposite Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in several hit films like ; ” Namak Halal ” , ” Agneepath ” , ” Kaalia ” , ” Nastik ” and ” Mard ” . His other hit films were ; ” Qurbani ” and immensely popular ” Mr. India ” . Kids used to love his dialogue in ” Mr. India “ , ‘ Indian God bolta hai………. maarta bhi hai …… “ . His other memorable role was in the epic serial ” The Great Maratha ” as Ahmad Shah Abdali , made by his mentor Sanjay Khan. In total , he worked in more than 200 films. At the time of his death , he was writing his autobiography ; ” Flashback : My Times In Bollywood And Beyond ” .

New Releases & Me
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First Week – March 04

1 – Yeh Faasley……………………………………………………..x

Second Week  -March 11

NO RELEASES DUE TO WORLD CUP

Third Week – March 18

1 – My Target I. A. S………………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – March 25

1 – Monica – The Politics Of Murder……………………………….Divya Dutta

2 – Happy Husbands………………………………………………….x

3 – Humraah – The Traitor…………………………………………..x

4 – Kaho Na Kaho……………………………………………………..Tarun Khanna

In total just ………..06………………. films got released this month. And there were just ………..02………….. students of mine ,  in ………02………. films.

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Asha Bhosle makes her acting debut at the age of 77 in a Hindi feature film ” Maaee “ . Her co-star in the movie is Padmini Kolhapure.

2 – Hema Malini won the Rajya Sabha by-poll from Karnataka.

3 – Asha Bhosle has been conferred with an honorary D. Litt. by The Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University , Nashik .

4 – Rajasthan government abolished entertainment tax and gave 100% tax exemption to all cinemas in the state . Rajasthan has become 2nd state after Punjab to give 100% tax exemption .

T. V. Trivia This Month :
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1 – My student Yaana Gupta came 3rd  in a Dance Reality TV show ” Jhalak Dikhla Jaa – 4 “.

2 – My student Viraf Pheroz Patel is starting his new inning in a T V serial ” Kismat ” , a Yash Raj T V presentation being aired on Sony T V.

3 – My student Sudhanshu  Pandey is playing role of a prince in popular TV serial ” Jhansi Ki Rani “ .

4 – My student Priyanka Chopra added another feather to her cap. As per the TRP ratings ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 3 ” anchored by her , stood 3rd on the chart of celebrity – driven reality shows. It is beaten only by Amitabh Bachchan’s ” Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 4 ” and Madhuri Dixit’s ” Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa – Season 4 ” , but is far ahead of Salman Khan’s ” Bigg Boss – Season 4 ” , Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout ” and Akshay Kumar’s ” Master Chef India “.

Regional Film News This Month :
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1 – Tamil : My students Anushka Shetty is working in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil – Telugu bi-lingual ” Ponniyin Selvan ” .

2 – Telugu : My student Tara Alisha is making her debut with Naga Chaitanya , another student of mine , in a Telugu film ” 100 Percent Love ” . Nag Chaitanya is also doing some other Telugu films like :  ” Autonagar Surya ” , ” I am Number One ” , ” Dream Lover ” and ” Bejawada Rowdilu ” .

3 – Bangla : My two students ;  Priyangshu Chatterjee is appearing in a Bangla film ” Punoruthhan ” , and Sameer Aftab is appearing in ” Handcuff ” .

4 – Bhojpuri : My student Swati Varma is appearing in 2 Bhojpuri films. They are : ” Diljale “ and ” International Daroga “.

5- Gujarati : My student Pal Raval is appearing in a Gujarati film ” Saachu Sukh Gujarat Ma ” .

6 – Haryanvi : My student Poonam Jhaver is appearing in a Haryanvi film ” Muthbed ” . This multi-crore film is the first Haryanvi film in almost two decades.

Theatre This Month :

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1 – My 2 students Parizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in a play called ” Dinner With Friends “ directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

2 – My student and theatre personality Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal is staging her play ” The Vagina Monologue “ in Mumbai once again. Sonali Sachdev, another student of mine , is working in the play as an artiste.

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80 Years of ” Alam Ara ” : India’s First Talkie


NIGHT……………………………….11.00

On March 14 , 1931 Indian cinema created history . First Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA “ made by Ardeshir Irani was released on this very day in the Majestic cinema of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] Though , ” RAJA HARISCHANDRA ” , first ever full – length silent feature film of India was made by Dada Saheb Phalke , the pioneer of Indian cinema , in 1913.

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Dada Saheb Phalke - Father of Indian Cinema

A scene from indian movie

A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

It took almost 18 years to produce a talkie film and Ardeshir Irani became the pioneer. ” ALAM ARA ” made under the banner of Imperial Movietone had Master Vithal and Zubeida as the leading stars of the film and the movie had 7 memorable songs including DE DE KHUDA KE NAAM PAR sung by Wazir Mohammad Khan , who also played a faqir in the film . In those early years of talkie era there were no system of recording the song , Ardeshir Irani recorded it live with harmonium and tabla . This particular song is considered as the first ever song of not only Hindi films but Indian films as well. Music of ” ALAM ARA “ was given by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani .When released in the Majestic cinema hall of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] it created history . Public frenzy was to be seen to be believed , and finally police had to be summoned to control the crowd .

Director, Ardeshir Irani recording, Alam Ara f...

Ardeshir Irani recording a Song of Alam Ara

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. David later served as a writer at Irani’s film company. The story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister Adil. The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him and exiles his daughter, Alam Ara (Zubeida). In exile, Alam Ara is brought up by Gypsies. Upon returning to the palace at Kumarpur, Alam Ara meets and falls in love with the charming young prince (Master Vithal). In the end, Adil is released, Dilbahar is punished and the lovers marry.

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara, t...

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara

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A Scene fron Alam Ara

After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Newpaper advertisement for first Indian talkie...

Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara

The name of the actors , who played major role in ” ALAM ARA ” , is worthy of notice for the today’s film connoisseurs. Apart from Master Vithal and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir [ known as Zubeida ] , it had singer Wazir Mohammad Khan as a faqir. Three prominent actors , who were part of the cast of ” ALAM ARA ” and who played major role in the talkie era and are known to today’s generation also , were Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Jillo Bai and L. V. Prasad .

Prithvi Raj Kapoor went on to play major roles in many films , won many awards and created an empire. His legacy was carried forward by his sons ; Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kpoor. Later on legacy was carried forward by his grandsons ; Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor. Now fourth generation of Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s family is working in films. They are Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s daughter manages Prithvi Theatre , made to commemorate  Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s memory.

Jillo Bai was seen as Madhubala’s mother in ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and as mother – in law of Nargis in ” Mother India “ .

Case of L. V. Prasad is more curious. He worked as an actor in first Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA ” , first Tamil talkie ” KALIDAS ” and first Telugu talkie ” BHAKT PRAHLAD ” , all released in 1931. Later on he stablished a major production company named as Prasad Productions and made hits like ; ” SHARDA ” , ” CHHOTI BAHAN ” , ” BETI BETE ” , ” DADI MAA ” , ” MILAN ” , ” JEENE KI RAH ” , ” RAJA AUR RANK ” ,  ” KHILONA ” and ” EK DUJE KE LIYE ” .

It is sad that no print of the epic movie ” ALAM ARA “ is available today. This part of our history is lost for ever and no one is bothered . Ardeshir Irani’s path-breaking film is lost forever.

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani died in 1969 , when I was studying in intermediate and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir a.k.a. Zubeida died in 1988, one year before I came to Mumbai to make a career in films.

Zubeida, a silent era actress in Indian Cinema...

Zubeida, a silent era actress

[ Synopsis of ” ALAM ARA “ is taken from Wikipedia. I have not seen the film , so for the story I have to rely on Wikipedia. I express my gratitude . ]

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