Vidur’s Year End Musings : Films – 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 15 , 2012           02.15  A.M.

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2011 ended on a mixed note .  A very disturbing trend emerged in 2011 . Revenue from theatres went down . Revenue from other sources like ; audio , video and satellite rights are accruing to the overall earning of a film and making it profitable . Subsidies from foreign countries are also very substantial .

As usual 2012 looks promising . Film historian and critic Bhawana Somaaya tweets :

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2011 proved a lucrative year for cinema. 2012 has some more to look forward to. Abbas Mastan known for craft n suspense start with Players
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Top grosser of 2011 :
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Bodyguard ………………………………… 3.15
Ready ……………………………………….  2.80
Singham …………………………………….  2.40
Ra.One ………………………………………  2.30
The Dirty Picture …………………………  1.65
Yamla Pagla Deewana …………………..  1.35
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ………………..  1.25
Rockstar …………………………………….  1.20
Murder 2 ……………………………………  1.15
Delhi Belly ………………………………….  1.15
Double Dhamaal ………………………….  1.10
Desi Boyz …………………………………..  1.00
Haunted ……………………………………  0.80
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Classification of Top grosser of 2011 :
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AA – SUPER HIT : ” Bodyguard “
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A 1 – HIT : ” Ready ” , ” Singham ” , ” Murder 2 ” , ” The Dirty Picture “
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A – SEMI HIT : ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Ragini MMS “
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B B – OVERFLOW :Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Mere Brother Ki Dulhan ” , ” Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl “
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B 1 / B B – COMMISSION EARNER TO OVERFLOW : ” Delhi Belli ” , ” Don 2 ” , ” Ra.One ” , ” Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge ” , ” Double Dhamaal “
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B 1 – COMMISSION EARNER :Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Haunted ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” Pyaar Ka Panchnama “
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B / B 1 – COVERAGE TO COMMISSION EARNER : ” Desi Boyz ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Yeh Saali Zindagi ” , ” Saheb Biwi Aur gangster ” , ” Stanley Ka Dibba ” , ” Damadamm “
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B – AVERAGE : ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Force ” , ” Dil To Baccha Hai Ji “
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So in 2011 total 229 films were released . And out of 229 film , only 38 films were money earners . Rest 191 were flops . Success ratio of the films released in 2011 is 17 % .  It means 83 % films were flop . This year’s 229 films are less in numbers than 250 films of 2010 . It is 21 less than last year .
According to trade analyst Mr. Taran Adarsh following is the ranking of stars in 2011 :
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – Aamir Khan , 2 – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 3  – @iamsrk  ,  4  – Ranbir  , 5  – @ajaydevgn  , 6  – @iHrithik  , 7  – @akshaykumar … contd.
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India ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Emraan Hashmi  , 9  –  Saif  , 10  – Imran Khan  , 11 – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – John Abraham  , 13  – @juniorbachchan
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  1 – @iamsrk  , 2  – Aamir Khan  , 3  – @iHrithik  , 4  – @BeingSalmanKhan  , 5  – Saif  , 6  – Ranbir  , 7  –  @akshaykumar … contd.
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Overseas ranking – based on *Boxoffice*:  8  – Imran Khan  , 9  – @ajaydevgn  , 10  – John Abraham  , 11  – @shahidkapoor  , 12  – @juniorbachchan  , 13  – Emraan Hashmi
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Stalwarts Who Left Us in 2011
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So many luminaries and stalwarts of film industry left us in 2011 .
Actors :
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Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Rasika Joshi , Vivek Shauq , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Rami Reddy , Pratap Sharma and Sunil Rege .
Singer – Music Directors :
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Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sultan Khan .
Producer – Directors :
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Radhakant Sharma , Mani Kaul , Jagmohan Mundhra , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain and Shandar Amrohi .
Writers : 
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Sachin Bhowmick , K. K. Singh and Kumar Shailendra .
Cinematographer :
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Somak Mukherjee and Harish Patel .
Choreographer :
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Subal Sarkar ,
Art Directors :
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Samir Chanda and Shanti Das .
Photographers :
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Durga Prasad .
Film Historian :
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B. D. Garga .
Theatre Personality  :
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Pandit Satya Dev Dubey .
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Highlights / Achievements of 2011
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1 – In 2011 Yash Raj Productions ‘ ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ” completed 850 weeks in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai .
2 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched a New Banner Y Films . It will cater to youth films .
3 – In 2011 Aditya Chopra launched another banner , Yash Raj Entertainment . It will cater to Hollywood films .
4 – In 2011 Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , London .
[ Some of the statistics of this blog are taken from ” Film Information ”  , a trade magazine . I express my gratitude . ]
[ I have quoted tweets of Ms. Bhawana Somaaya and Mr. Taran Adarsh to illustrate my point of view . I am indebted . ]
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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
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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/
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FORCE nets Rs. 16 crore in 1st weekend. Box-office report: koimoi.com/box-office/for…
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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
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LOVE BREAKUPS ZINDAGI is a dull fare which will not get much love from the paying public. Review: koimoi.com/reviews/love-b…
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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:
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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/
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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
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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/
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MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE weekend box-office: Low numbers but phenomenal pick up. Report: koimoi.com/box-office/muj
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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/
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RA.ONE 3rd day collections (all versions combined): Rs. 16 – 16.5 crore (all-India net).
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 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/
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#Force single screens 80% to 90%, excellent. Plexes 30% to 40%. Biz expected to show upward trend on Fri evening/night, Sat and Sun.
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#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!
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#Rascals Thursday 7.15 cr, Friday 5.25 cr. Total Rs 12.40 cr nett.
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All 5 Hindi films this week open to poor houses. #MFK slightly better.
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#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.
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#MFK – Biz on weekdays clearly signifies that the drop in collections was negligible. Has collected approx Rs 3.70 cr nett in Week 1.
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#Mod – Had a lukewarm start and remained extremely poor on subsequent days. Flop.
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#Azaan – Will entail big losses due to expensive making & heavy expenditure incurred on P&A on one hand & negligible returns on the other.
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My Friend Pinto – Has been rejected. Recorded poor collections in Week 1. Flop.
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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 .

Vidur’s Film Diary – June 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   JULY 01, 2011                  06.00 P.M.

This is the 26th edition of my Film Diary.

It seems drought of the industry is over. Big films are now being released as the IPL is finished and cricket mania finally subsides. First big release of the month of June , ” Ready “ took box office by storm. It has become the third biggest grosser of all times. Last release of the month ” Double Dhamaal is also a top grosser.

First half of 2011 is heartening . In total 13 films were hits. ” Ready ” , ” Yamla Pagla Deewana ” , ” Tanu Weds Manu ” , ” Haunted ” , ” Double Dhamaal ” , ” No One Killed Jessica ” , ” F.A.L.T.U. ” , ” Ragini MMS ” ,”  Dil To Baccha Hai Ji ” , ” Dhobi Ghat ” , ” Bheja Fry 2 ” , ” Chalo Dilli ” and ” Pyar Ka Punchnama “ made handsome profits for their producers.

It is extremely sad that actor Raj Kiran , who was presumed dead , was found in a mental asylum in Atlanta , U. S. A.

Since I was travelling and was out of Mumbai , I might have missed some of the activities of the Film industry. Therefore I am unable to give details of Regional Film Industry and happenings in the Theatre World this month.

As usual I am reproducing tweets from the twitter handles of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta, eminent trade analysts.

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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: Collected approx Rs 3.68 cr nett in Week 2. Total so far: Rs 9 cr nett. Excellent.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ strikes like hurricane, fetches mindboggling start http://bit.ly/CjxWd
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Latest Update – UAE: ‘Ready’ beats ‘Dabangg‘. Thu figures: Dabangg 490,000 Dirhams, Ready 740,000 Dirhams.
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 @BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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 Top 5 opng wknds:- [1] Dabangg 48.5 cr, [2] Ready 40.65 cr, [3] 3 Idiots 40 cr, [4] Tees Maar Khan 38 cr, [5] Golmaal-3 36 cr.
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‘Ready’ [2nd week]: Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr, Mon 4 cr. Total so far: Rs 93 cr nett. Racing towards Rs 100 cr mark.
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‘Shaitan’: Fri 83 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr, Mon 65 lacs. Total: Rs 4.08 cr nett. Business doesn’t match the appreciation for the film.
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‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’: 1st wk 5.56 cr, 2nd wk 3.6 cr, 3rd wk 1.5 cr, 4th wknd 45 lacs. Total: Rs 11.11 cr. Rock-steady, despite ‘Ready’.
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‘Shaitan’: Collected Rs 3.41 cr in opng wknd. Fri 81 lacs, Sat 1.2 cr, Sun 1.4 cr. Film has been appreciated, but jump in numbers is missing
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‘Ready’: Collects Rs 19.45 cr nett in Wknd 2. Breakup:- Fri 4.5 cr, Sat 5.9 cr, Sun 9.05 cr. Total so far: Rs 88.75 cr nett. Blockbuster
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@BeingSalmanKhan ‘Ready’ is breaking records: Fri 13.28 cr, Sat 12.66 cr, Sun 16.22 cr, Mon 8.05 cr, Tue 7.15 cr. Total: 57.36 cr nett.
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B.O. update: ‘Ready’ dominates, ‘Bin Bulaye Baraati’ leads amongst new releases
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 Ready’ has crossed ‘Golmaal 3’ & ‘Ghajini’. Emerges 3rd biggest grosser after ‘3 Idiots’ & ‘Dabangg’. ‘Ready’ lifetime should be 120 cr +.
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Top 5: ‘Double Dhamaal’ is second biggest opener, after ‘Ready’, collects Rs 36.59 cr nett http://t.co/SESgRQu
Komal Nahta
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Opening report: @BeingSalmanKhan‘s magic in full view; ‘Ready’ stomps box-office http://bit.ly/mPYx8i
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 Always Kabhi Kabhi neither has warmth & emotions of teenage love story nor entrtainmnt & music of romantic drama.Review http://bit.ly/jx0iag
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Bheja Fry 2 is not at all a worthy sequel. Designed as a comedy, it does not create too much laughter. Review: http://bit.ly/llLtC1
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Bhindi Baazaar Inc. is a dull fare wd some chances in pockets of Bombay only bt bleak chances in rest of India. Review: http://bit.ly/krgPvB
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Bin Bulaye Baraati is a poor fare as it has precious little to offer except a few song-dances. Review: http://bit.ly/kptcXQ
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Obituary :
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Maqbool  Fida  Husain :
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Though not a regular producer or director , Maqbool Fida Husain used to paint posters of Hindi films in the 30s. He also made a film ” Through The Eyes Of A Painter ” [ 1967 ] . It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on he made two films : ” Gaja Gamini ” with Madhuri Dixit and ” Meenaxi : A Tale Of Three Cities ” with Tabu  .
He died in London at the age of 95 and was buried there.
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New Hindi Releases & Me :
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First Week – June 03
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1 – Ready…………………………………………………………….Arya Babbar
………………………………………………………………………….Arbaaz Khan
………………………………………………………………………….Eva Grover
………………………………………………………………………….Nikitin Dheer
………………………………………………………………………….Kiran Ahuja
………………………………………………………………………….Krishan Kumar
2 – A Srange Love Story………………………………………….Riya Sen
Second Week – June 10
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1 – Shaitan……………………………………………………………Elizabeth Pereira
2 – Love Express……………………………………………………Nandinii Sen
Third Week – June 17
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1 – Always Kabhi Kabhi…………………………………………..Zoa Morani
2 – Bheja Fry 2………………………………………………………Minissha Lamba
…………………………………………………………………………..Aditi Govitrikar
…………………………………………………………………………..Mukul Deora
3 – Bin Bulaye Baraati………………………………………………Priyanka Kothari
4 – Bhindi Baazaar Inc……………………………………………..x
5 – Cycle Kick…………………………………………………………Gurmeet Choudhary
……………………………………………………………………………Ashok Beniwal
6 – Meri Marzii……………………………………………………….x
Fourth Week – June 24
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1 – Double Dhamaal…………………………………………………x
In total ………..11……………films got released this month. Out of these ………..11……… films ………….16…………… students trained by me were there in …………11…………… films. Out of these …………..16…………….. students …………..13……………. are actors and ……………..03………… are working in other fields of film making. Krishan Kumar is the co-producer of ” Ready “ , Mukul Deora is the producer of ” Bheja Fry 2 “ and Elizabeth Pereira is the AD of ” Shaitan “
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T V Trivia & Me :
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1 – Eva Grover is working in ” Bade Achhe Lagte Hain…… “ on Sony TV.

Vidur’s Film Diary – May 2011


DEORIA – UTTAR PRADESH – INDIA                 JUNE 01, 2011                    01.00 P.M.

In this 25th edition of Vidur’s Film Diary, I would like to take stock of the first quarter of the year 2011. Hindi film industry suffered losses of over 200 crores in this first quarter. Of the 67 releases so far [ including dubbed ones ] , only 06 films made it to the hit list. This is a paltry 10% success ratio. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA “, ” YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA “, ” DIL TOH BACCHA HAI JI “, ” DHOBI GHAT “, ” TANU WEDS MANU ” and ” F.A.L.T.U. ” could be called hits. Certainly not a very healthy . rosy picture indeed. But industry is celebrating because the first quarter of 2011 is better than the first quarter of the previous year.

May 2011 will be remembered for the fact that Yash Raj Films launched its new banner for the young generation, called Y Films. Maiden venture of this banner ” Luv Ka The End ”  was released in the first week of this month. It is good that such a prestigious banner announces a banner exclusively for the new comers and youngsters.

This month 3 of my students walked down the red carpet at the 34th Cannes Film Festival. They are : Saif Ali Khan , Sonam Kapoor and Minissha Lamba.

Micro – blogging site Twitter has become the latest in thing. There are three celebrities who have more than 1 Million followers on twitter. After Sachin Tendulkar and Shashi Tharoor, my student Priyanka Chopra became the third celebrity to attain this status. She is closely followed by Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

On Facebook also there was a good news. Ranbir Kapoor became the 4th most popular actor of Hindi film on Facebook after Aamir Khan , Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Of these 4 celebrities , 2 are my students. They are Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor.

58th National Awards were announced this month. ” Dabangg ” got award as the film providing wholesome entertainment. It was produced by my student Arbaz Khan and has Sonu Sood , another student of mine , as the main antagonist.

I am re-producing tweets of Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh , two eminent trade analysts of the industry, so that you can have a clear picture of the month just gone by.

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Midweek B.O.: ‘Chalo Dilli’ picks up, ‘Shor In The City’ remains low, rest fail http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
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 International Boxoffice: ‘Chalo Dilli’ disappoints, ‘I Am’ is a debacle, ‘DMD’ falls http://bit.ly/8YMX4o
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Morn & noon shows 10% – 20%. Was expected to open better at big city plexes. Let’s hope biz picks up from Friday evening.
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‘Haunted’: Released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. Opened v well in 3D, garnering 60% – 70% start, while 2D was 30%. Combined occupancy 45% – 55%.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs. Total: 1.35 cr nett on 391 theatres.
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Believe it or not, a few shows of ‘Luv Ka The End’ were cancelled as enough audience did not turn up!
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‘Haunted’: Showed healthy escalation with each passing day. Breakup:- Fri 2.67 cr, Sat 3.06 cr, Sun 3.60 cr.
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‘Luv Ka The End’: Started on a slow note, but picked up gradually. Breakup:- Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr.
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Midweek B.O.: ‘Haunted’ collects 9.33 cr, ‘Luv Ka The End’ 2.35 cr in opng wknd http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
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Luv Ka The End’: Fri 60 lacs, Sat 75 lacs, Sun 1 cr, Mon 35 lacs. Total: Rs 2.70 cr nett.
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‘Luv Ka The End’ economics: Cost Rs 5 cr + P&A Rs 4.5 cr. Total Rs 9.5 cr. India 4 day biz: Rs 2.85 cr nett. Oseas wknd collects $ 50,000.
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 Luv Ka The End: Showed healthy escalation in weekend, steady on weekdays. Liked by its target audience. Collects Rs 4.28 cr nett in Week 1[‘
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh

 Haunted: Is a success. Fared v well in weekend, rock-steady on weekdays. Revenue from 3D was optimum. Collected Rs 14.63 cr nett in Week 1
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs, Tue 37 lacs. Total: Rs 2.11 cr nett. Excellent!
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran ada

Shagird’: Fri 34 lacs, Sat 42 lacs, Sun 46 lacs, Mon 20 lacs. Total: Rs 1.42 cr. Disappointing
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

‘Haunted’ [Week 2]: Fri 92 lacs, Sat 1.22 cr, Sun 1.40 cr, Mon 82 lacs. Total so far: Rs 19.02 cr nett. Rocking!
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

 ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’: Fri 25 lacs, Sat 48 lacs, Sun 75 lacs, Mon 26 lacs [better than Friday]. Total: Rs 1.74 cr nett. Rock-steady!
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta

 Ragini MMS scares the daylights out of u. Lots of horror, enough of sex! Deadly combination to make Ragini rock at box-office
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Love U… Mr. Kalakaar! is a non-starter & looks so dated that it has nothing to merit a pick-up. Review: http://bit.ly/lvbR9D
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

Ragini MMS will b loved by youngsters 4 the sex & horror. It’ll prove 2 b a good earning proposition 4 all. Review: http://bit.ly/m9tkPQ
Komal Nahta
KomalNahtaKomal Nahta

 Stanley Ka Dabba is a well-made film but has limited commercial prospects unless supported by schools.Review: http://bit.ly/jwZYhK
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta

Shagird is a well-made film but it will sink at the box-office. Review:http://bit.ly/myATsn

Obituary :

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Somak Mukerjee : A FTII graduate of 2004 batch, this brilliant cinematographer died in a freak motorcycle accident in Kolkata on April 25, 2011 at the age of 37. He was cameraman for films like : ” Pankh ” , ” Black And White ” and ” Ugly Aur Pagli ” . ” Pankh ” , incidently , was his debut film.

Mala Sen : Though not a full-time film writer, she was instrumental in writing the script of Shekhar Kapur’s internationally acclaimed film ” Bandit Queen ”  [ 1994 ] . She met Phoolan Devi in jail and interviewed her several times and then wrote a book on her , based on the interviews. Later on she wrote the script for the film ” Bandit Queen ” . She died on May 23, 2011 at the age of 64. She was suffering from cancer and breathed her last at Tata Memoreal Hospital , Mumbai.

New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week – May 06

1 – Luv Ka The End………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

……………………………………………………………………Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

…………………………………………………………………….Aashish Singh

2 – Haunted…………………………………………………….x

Second Week – May 13.

1 – Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! …………………………………Jai Kalra

2 – Stanley Ka Dabba…………………………………………Divya Dutta

3 – Ragini MMS………………………………………………..x

4 – Shagird………………………………………………………Rimmi Sen

……………………………………………………………………..Hrishitaa Bhatt

Third Week -May 20

1 – Kashmakash…………………………………………………Riya Sen

2 – 404…………………………………………………………….x

3 – Pyaar Ka Punchnama……………………………………..Sonalli Sehgall

Fourth Week – May 27

1 – Kucch Luv Jaisaa…………………………………………..Neetu Chandra

2 – Hum Do Anjaane……………………………………………x

3 – College Campus……………………………………………..x

4 – Barood…………………………………………………………x

5 – Sheeta Bhabhi.Com…………………………………………x

6 – Me Mamu & 7…………………………………………………x

7 – Just 47…………………………………………………………x

In total ………16………….films got released this month. Out of these …….16……… films…………10……………students trained by me were there in ………07………….. films. Out of these ……..10……….students……….08…………are actors , and………..02…………. are in various other fields of film making. Ashish Singh is associate producer of ” Luv Ka The End “ . Shenaz Treasuryvala , apart from being actor , also wrote screenplay and dialogues of the same film.

Film News This Month :

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1 – After ” Slumdog Millionaire ” and ” Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol ” , Anil Kapoor will star in “Cities ” , another Hollywood flick.

New Regional Film & Me :

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1 – Bangla : Priyagshu Chatterjee is doing main lead in ” Vorer Alo ” .

2 – Tamil : Sonu Sood is playing villain in ” Osthi – The Cool Cop ” , a remake of Hindi ” Dabangg ” .

Neetu Chandra is essaying an important role in ” Aadhi Bhagavan “.

Out of numerous regional films , …………03…………regional films got released  in………..02………… regional languages , which has …………….. 03…………….. actors trained by me.

T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Kajal Singh is appearing in ” Jis Aangan Na Hoye Bitiya ” on Mahua T V .

2 – Kamalika Guha Thakurta is appearing in ” Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli “ on Zee T V.

3 – Rohit Khurana is appearing in ” Maayke Se Bandhi………DOR “ onStar Plus T V .

4 – Kunal Sudhir Madhiwala is appearing as participant in the reality show ” Swayamvar – Season 3 [ Ratan Ka Rishta ] ”  on Imagine T V .

There are many TV serials on various channels. This month ……….04………. students trained by me are essaying important roles in ………..04…………. shows. Of these shows……………03…………… are serials and ……………01……… is reality show.

Theatre & Me :

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1 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan v/s Kanhaiya ” . He is currently touring USA and UK with the play .

2 – Manav Gohil is working in a play ” Kennedy Bridge “ , being directed by Khalid Mohammad .

Theatre is showing robust growth in every language. This month there were……….02………….  new productions.  Out of these …….02………. productions ………..02…………. students trained by me are working in………02……….. shows.

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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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