Year End Musings : Vidur Acting Institute in 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 03, 2016           11.00 P.M.

I wrote Year End Musing in 2010 , 2011 & 2012. In those days I used to write about the Hindi films and Hindi film industry in general. Then I thought that there are many websites and many film analysts and trade pundits doing the same job. So what is the need of me writing the same stuff. Therefore I didn’t write Year End Musings in 2013 & 2014.

But this year it occurred to me that I should chronicle yearly success stories and accomplishments of Vidur Acting Institute. In this field, where veterans like Shri Roshan Taneja and Sushri Ashha Chandra are almost retired, there are only few genuine ones left doing their jobs ethically.

This arena is now dominated by few upstarts, who can go to any length to get their prey. They can make false claims, they can Photoshop some pictures and present it as the proof of their recent successes and accomplishments. They have various fee structures of the same course to lure and hoodwink gullible out-of-town students and finally they give free demo class, collect students, click pictures and post it as the new batch of their tottering institute. But it is their moral and ethical values. If they are not bothered, why should I?

I don’t have to compete with them. 4 generations of NEW AGE Hindi film actors are my students. They are :

HRITIK ROSHAN – KAREENA KAPOOR

RANBIR KAPOOR – KATRINA KAIF

VARUN DHAWAH – ALIA BHATT

PULKIT SAMRAT – URVASHI RAUTELA

Apart from them, I have trained modern-day Telugu super stars like ; ANUSHKA SHETTY , ALLU ARJUN , NAG CHAITANYA  & RAM CHARAN. Current Bengali super star DEV is also my student. Why should I lower my standard to the level of some foul-mouth skunks, if I have such an enviable list. I have decided to paint a true picture of my yearly accomplishments with facts and figures. So this year onwards I will keep on posting Year End Musings.

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SUCCESS RATE : 2012 to 2015

Success Rate : 2012 – 2013 = 40 %

Success Rate : 2013 – 2015 = 55 %

Success Rate : 2015 = 62.35 %

 

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DEBUTS : 2013 to 2015

11 actors / actresses / singers, who are trained by me made their debut from November 2013 to July 2015. Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja is the 11th and latest student of Vidur Acting Institute, who made debut as Lead Actor in a film called ” Second Hand Husband “. Here is the complete list.

2013 = URVASHI RAUTELA – ” Singh Saab The Great ” – 21 November 2013

2014 = DAISY SHAH – ” Jai Ho ” – 24 January 2014

2014 = PREETI DESAI – ” One by Two ” – 31 January 2014

2014 = TANVI RAO – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

2014 = BILAL AMROHI – ” O Teri ! ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = AYESHA KHANNA – ” Dishkiyaoon ” – 28 March 2014

2014 = ARMAAN JAIN – ” Lekar Hum Deewana Dil ” – 4 July 2014

2014 = PRANALI GHOGARE – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial]

2014 = SAMRIDDHA BAWA – ” Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali ” [Serial] – 17 November 2014

2014 = PAWNI PANDEY – ” Gulab Gang ” – 7 March 2014

[ sung the song ” ……… Sharm Laaj Moh Maar Kar , Hata De Ye Pallu Jhaad Kar ………. “  ]

2015 = TINA AHUJA – ” Second Hand Husband ” – 3 July 2015

 

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WORKING STUDENTS in FILMS : 2015

In total 162 Hindi films got released in 2015. It is heartening that 101 actors trained by me have appeared in lead role in these films. This makes my success rate 62.35 % in 2015.

I am providing the complete list.

January = Films Released : 18 / My Students : 12

February = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

March = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 11

April = Films Released : 15 / My Students : 09

May = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 08

June = Films Released : 06 / My Students : 06

July = Films Released : 14 / My Students : 10

August = Films Released : 08 / My Students : 09

September = Films Released : 16 / My Students : 13

October = Films Released : 23 / My Students : 05

November = Films Released :  10 / My Students : 03

December = Films Released : 07 / My Students : 06

If anyone would like to cross check, they can refer to Vidur’s Film Diary from January 2015 to December 2015. They can get names of the films and release date also.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS STUDENTS : 2015

1 – TV = My 45 students worked in various serials on various channels in 2015.

2 – AD = My 49 students worked as Brand Ambassadors of various products in 2015.

3 – THEATRE = My 15 students appeared in various plays in 2015.

4 – REGIONAL FILMS = My 5 students did lead roles in 4 Telugu films in 2015.

Thus in total 124 students worked in TV, AD, THEATRE & REGIONAL FILMS. If you add 101 students of films , this number comes to a whopping  215.

 

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SPECIAL PROJECTS : 2015

1 – Worked with Prakash Jha for his debut film ” Jai Gangaajal ” in November 2014.

2 – Abhishek Dogra made debut as director of ” Dolly Ki Doli ” in January 2015.

3 – Worked with Rohit Shetty for ” Khatron Ke Khiladi – Season 6 ” in February 2015.

4 – Worked with Manish Dayal for ” Viceroy’s House ” directed by Gurinder Chaddha in September 2015.

5 – Nepali star Vinay Shreshtha‘s 2nd film ” Resham Filili ” was released in December 2015.

 

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100 CRORE CLUB : 2015

Till date 35 Hindi films have earned 100 crore or more at the box office. 1 film is in 3oo crore club, 1 in 250 crore, 3 in 200 crore, 7 in 150 crore and 23 are in 100 crore club. Out of these 35 films, my 81 students are there in 32 films. Only ” Ghajini “, ” Holiday ” & ” Ek Villain ” are the films, which have no students of mine. In this field my success rate is 92 % .

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BATCHES : 2015

In 2015, Vidur Acting Institute churned out 08 Batches. 43 students got trained and have started their struggle. There are several star-sons and star-daughters, but it is not proper to disclose their names at this juncture.

 

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AWARDS : 2015

1 – Nagari Pracharini Sabha , Deoria conferred ” NAGARI SHRI ” Samman on September 14, 2014.

2 – Vishwa Hindi Sanstha, Canada gave ” SAMMAN PATRA ” on November 2015.

 

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ACTING PARTNERSHIPS : 2015

 

1 – Vidur Acting Institute became acting partner of  ” VAAYU FEST 2015 “ of NMIMS, Mumbai.  4 more are coming in 2016.

As I finish this blog I am satisfied that victory march of Vidur Acting Institute is no less significant than previous years. 2015 ends with a heartening note. 2016 promises some more sunshine.

 

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Vinay Shreshtha & My Nepal Connection


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 02, 2016           09.40 P.M.

 

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

On December 17, 2015, I got a message from Vinay Shreshtha wishing me on my birthday. He also told me about his Nepali movie  Resham Filili [ 2015 ] [ रेशम फिलिली ] .

I was surprised to know that apart from Nepal, it also got released in India. This Nepali Comedy is in fact Vinay Shreshta’s 2nd movie. His 1st was  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] .

He was a student of Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Lab, Mumbai. I don’t exactly remember the year but it must have been between 2000 & 2005. During those years I was working with Mr. Kapoor and Vinay Shreshtha joined the batch.

After completing the course, he returned to Nepal but kept in touch. In 2008 / 2009 he came to visit me when I started my own institute. He was planning  Visa Girl  at that time. He gifted me a replica of PASHUPATI NATH TEMPLE. I still have that gift in my Mumbai office. It always reminds me of Vinay Shreshtha and Nepal.

 

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 Visa Girl [ 2012 ]

Nepali Movie 

Starring – Reecha Sharma, Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Raymon Das Shrestha, Saloni Rajbhandari, Menuka Pradhan, Reema Bishowkarma etc.

Director – Prachanda M. Shrestha

Producer – CG Entertainment [ Entertainment wing of Chaudhary Group. The owner of Chaudhary Group, Binod Chaudhary was declared the first billionaire in Nepal . ]

The much publicized Nepali movie  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] couldn’t do good business in Nepal. On the occasion of Christmas December 25, 2012, the movie was premiered in Gangtok, Sikkim also. The lead actors in ‘Visa Girl’, Vinay Shrestha and Richa Sharma are also the co-producers of the film.

Visa Girl  is a story of three boys named Aditya, Riyaj and Sandesh eager to go abroad at all cost. They have enough of their life in Kathmandu and are trying their best to go USA. In a charity program they met a beautiful girl named Stuti, a green card holder, who was going  back to the USA soon. The trio named Stuti the Visa Girl and start trying their best to impress her.

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After  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] , Vinay Shreshtha’s 2nd Nepali release was Resham Filili [ 2015 ]  .

 

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Resham Filili [ 2015 ]

 Nepali Movie  [ रेशम फिलिली ]

Resham Filili  is nepali comedy movie directed by Pranab Joshi. The movie was in limelight after the release of title song Jaalma on YouTube , which became instant hit. I am posting the YouTube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6eO7oweFJU

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Starring – Vinay Shrestha, Karma, Kameshwor Chaurasiya and Menuka Pradhan.

Writer and Director – Pranab Joshi.

Producer – Madhav Wagle

Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is produced under the banner of Actor Vinay Shrestha’s production company V Motion Pictures. This is the second venture of Vinay’s production company,  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] being the first.

Resham Filili was released on April 24, 2015, the day before Nepal earthquake . Earthquake had huge impact on the earning of the film. However,the film earned about 71 lakhs gross in just one day.

The film was then re-released on August 28, 2015 nationwide. It was released in India in December 2015.

 

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In fact my Nepal connection started with Jal Shah, a heroine of Nepali films, who was very popular during the 90s.  From 1996 to 2005, she acted in about 50 Nepali film and is now settled in USA with her family.

Though Jal Shah was my first Nepal connection, but Vinay Shreshtha will always be special because he maintained the relationship. I am happy for him and his film career in Nepal. He is very down to earth and well-behaved even after doing two films. Whenever he talks, he is very courteous and gentle. Though he can throw starry arrogance but he never did it even once.

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

Nepali Star Vinay Shreshtha

May God give him all the success and glory , which he so rightly deserves. He started his journey with  Visa Girl [ 2012 ] and Resham Filili [ 2015 ] is going to be only his next step before he attains international fame and eternal glory as a bright shining super – star of Nepal.

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate Vinay Shreshtha and pray for his bright future.

May God bless him !

[ List of released films,  dates and other information of Vinay Shreshtha and Jal Shah have been taken from Wikipedia . I express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – December 2015


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           January 01 , 2016           08.15 P.M.

[ MILESTONE : Vidur’s Film Diary completed 6th year of its existence in May 2015. June 2015 marked the beginning of its journey in the 7th year. ]

As an ACTING TRAINER my success rate was 40% in the year 2013 – 2014 . It jumped to 55% in 2014 – 2015. This is unprecedented for any ACTING INSTITUTE or ACTING TRAINER. I am continuously writing Vidur’s Film Diary since 6 years. And to my utter surprise I am noticing that there were no lean months ever. It never happened that a month came and there were none of my students in any of the 5 fields of entertainment, which my diary covers. In fact there were more than a dozen working students every month.

For the full understanding of my body of work in 2013 – 2014 & 2014 – 2015, please watch the 05 videos posted below :

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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Sadhana :

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One of the most popular heroines of 1960s and 1970s, Sadhana died on December 25, 2015. She was 74 at the age of her death.

I wrote and posted a blog about her. Posting the link here.

 

 

Sadhana ji ……………. नैना बरसे रिमझिम-रिमझिम …………. !!

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – December 04

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1 – Angry Indian Goddess ………………………………………. Amrit Maghera

2 – Hate Story 3 ……………………………………………………………. Daisy Shah

………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

3 – Kajarya ………………………………………………………………………………….. X

 

Second Week – December 11

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1 – Sorry Daddy …………………………………………………………………………… X

2 – The Silent Heroes …………………………………………………………………… X

 

Third Week – December 18
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1 -Dilwale ………………………………………………………………… Varun Dhawan

………………………………………………………………………………… Ganesh Hegde

2 – Bajirao Mastani ………………………………………………. Priyanka Chopra

 

Fourth Week  – December 24
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X …………………………………………………………………………………………………. X

 

In total ………..……… 07 ………..….. films got released in December. Out of these ……………..….. 07 …………………… released films ………………….. 04 ……………………… films have …………… 06 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

Out of these ………………… 06 ………………… persons , …………… 05 ……… are actors and the remaining …………. 01 ……………… Ganesh Hegde is the choreographer of  ” Dilwale ” .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Nepali : Vinay Shreshtha is playing male lead in  ” Resham Filili “.

 

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

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Arbaaz Khan is hosting a show ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV .

2 – Ashmit Patel is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

3 – Amir Ali is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

4 – Apurva Agnihotri is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

5 – Rahul Dev is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

6 – Mehak Chahal is participating in  ” Power Couple “ on Sony TV.

7 – Teejay Siddhu is doing a show  ” Santoshi Maa “ on & TV.

8 – Aditi Sharma is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

9 – Samridha Bawa is doing a show  ” Gangaa “ on & TV.

10 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is doing a show  ” Nagin “ on Colors.

 

My ……………. 10 …………..….. students in ………………… 04 ……………. shows on TV .

 

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Adhir Bhatt  is playing a role in  ” Natkhat Krishna “.

2 – Adhir Bhatt is playing a role in ” Rafta Rafta “.

 

My …………. 01 ………….. student in ………… 02 …………. plays .

 

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Commercials & Me :

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1 – Emraan Hashmi is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Meglow ” .

2 – Arbaaz Khan is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Paras Paan Masala ” .

3 – Priyanka Chopra is the  Brand Ambassador of  ” Marvel Tea ” .

 

  My ………….. 03 …………… students in …………… 03 …………… commercial campaigns .

 

Summary of December 2015

My 06 students appeared in 04 films , 01 student in 01 regional film , 10 students in 04 TV shows , 01 student in 02 plays and 03 students appeared in 03 Ads .

Thus total number of students working in the month of December 2015 comes to 21

 

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On behalf of all the students & staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Merchandise, I congratulate my above mentioned 21 students .

May God bless them for making me proud and they shine in their chosen field .

[ List of released films,  dates and other information have been taken from http://www.bollywoodhungama.com . I express gratitude. ]

 

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