Ameen Sayani Turns 80 Today


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 21 , 2012           04.35 P.M.

Ameen Sayani , the name may not be very familiar for the present day generation of Radio listeners , but for the people of my generation he was the biggest ever star of ” Aawaz Ki Duniya ” .

It is so heartening that he turns 80 today .

Ameen Sayani

Ameen Sayani

HisBinaca Geet mala ” , later on re-christened as ” Cibaca Geet Mala ” , was integral part of our growing years . Wednesdays were not the same for us after this famous radio programme got closed . This iconic show was first aired in 1952 and continued till 1988 on Radio Ceylon . Then it started coming on Vividh Bharti from 1989 and continued till 1994 . This was the first Radio Countdown show of film songs in India and had 42 years of run on airwaves . Ameen Sahab is synonymous with this show .

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Apart from ” Binaca Geet Mala ” , he used to produce various other programmes for radio . ” S. Kumar Ka Filmy Muqaddama “ was another trend setter .

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Ameen Sayani started his announcing career from Radio Ceylone , which later on came to be known Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation . Contrary to all the RJs of today , he has his own distinct style . He always started his announcements with  ” …………… Behno aur bhaiyon …………………………. ” and ” ………………Awaaz ki duniya ke mere dosto ………………………. ” . People of my generation are so familiar with his inimitable style and distinct voice that no one can miss it .

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In films likeBhoot Bangla ” [ 1965 ] andTeen Devian ” [  1965 ] he appeared on-screen also as himself .

His body of work can still be enjoyed through this compilation .

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He , apart from several other awards , was also awarded Padma Shri in 2009 . We are fortunate that this iconic figure is completing 8o years and still among us .

Years ago I first met him through Mr. Kishore Namit Kapoor . After that I met him three times till date . First it was marriage ceremony of Vikas Kalantri‘s sister . Then I was invited to Neil Nitin Mukesh‘s sister marriage reception and Ameen Sahab was also there. I met him last at the music release function of film ” Sadiyaan ” [ 2010 ] , Luv Sinha’s debut film .

I , on behalf of all the current students and staff of my acting school Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , wish Ameen Sahab many more successful years ahead .

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70 Years of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 14 , 2012           00.45 A.M.

Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on October 11 , 2012 . I am following the news since 2 / 3 days and it seems to be a never-ending saga . On that day almost all the luminaries attended his birthday bash at Film City , Mumbai . It became a national , rather international news .

English: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I have stated in my earlier blog , which I wrote when he completed 40 years in the Hindi Film Industry , I was not his fan initially. But gradually when I grew and when I started understanding cinema , I started appreciating his work more .

I must admit here that I am yet to watch ” Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , his first film . His first film , which I watched was ” Anand ” [ 1971 ] . A Dilip Kumar fan , who was getting used to Rajesh Khanna , any liking for Amitabh Bachchan was not possible . Though I must admit here that he was very good in that film . Then I watched ” Reshma Aur Shera ” [ 1971 ] . He was definitely very good in that film also . But the era belonged to Rajesh Khanna .

Then I watched ” Ek Nazar ” [ 1972 ] . Sitting in a cinema hall of Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , I was not impressed or mesmerized by his persona on the screen . I vividly remember some adverse or inimical comments made by public . I was startled because I was watching the film in Allahabad and it being his home town , I was expecting some favourable cheering . But he was being booed . ” Bansi Birju ” [ 1972 ] was another debacle . ” Raste Ka Patthar ” [ 1972 ] , ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and ” Bandhe Haath ” [ 1973 ] couldn’t make matter easier for Mr. Bachchan .

Though things started getting changed in 1973 . ” Zanjeer ” [ 1973 ] got released and things changed for Mr. Bachchan . ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] fortified his position . From 1973 onwards Rajesh Khanna’s historical debacle started and stupendous ascendency of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan began . ” Deewar ” [1975 ] and ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] came in quick succession and juggernaut of Amitabh Bachchan became unstoppable . So from ” Zanjeer ” [1973 ] to ” Paa ” [ 2009 ] and ” Department ” [ 2012 ] , it was and it is Amitabh Bachchan tsunami .

After ” Khuda Gawah ” [ 1992 ] he took sabbatical . It was self – imposed semi retirement . He did few film after 5 years but old spark was missing . He again got his lost empire back with ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] and from 2000 to 2012 he is again numero uno .

2000 is very important year for him because apart from ” Mohabbatein “ , he decided to host ” Kaun Banega Crorepati “ on television . And after that he never looked back till today.

I have tried to chronicle his journey as an actor because he almost forced me to like and appreciate him . I am a self-confessed Dilip Kumar fan . Later on I started liking Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor . My liking and appreciation for Amitabh Bachchan was slow . But now it is complete . Ashok Kumar , Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor are gone . Dilip Kumar doesn’t work anymore . ” Qila ” [ 1998 ] was his last appearance on screen . So naturally Amitabh Bachchan is the only icon , only actor of relevance available .

As Acting Trainer of Mumbai , I need to give example to my students and films of Amitabh Bachchan are my reference point . Almost all the Acting Trainers of India give reference from his films . All the Acting Schools of Mumbai or Bollywood Acting Schools have his photos prominently placed in their premises .

I am lucky that I have chance to bump into him several times . I first saw him at the music release function of  K. C. Bokadia’s film ” Pyar Zindagi Hai ” [ 2001 ] . It starred my students Vikas Kalantri and Ashima Bhalla . This film is also noted because it was K. C. Bokadia’s 50th film . Mr. Bachchan came for the music release function at The Club and I got chance to see him .

I admire him as a man , as an actor and as a public figure . I have got inspired by him and started dabbling in internet . He also inspired me to write blog . So in a way , this blog is my tribute to him .

Wish you a very long life Mr. Bachchan !

VIDUR

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