Vidur’s Film Diary – March 2014


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 04, 2014           11.55 P.M. 
March 2014 was a disastrous month for the Hindi film industry . Out of 13 films released this month , only 2 films ; ” Queen ” and ” Ragini MMS 2 “ were hits . Remaining 11 films were resounding flops . A sad state of affair for the industry .
For me , though , it was a significant month . Month started with much awaited film ” Gulaab Gang “ . This Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla starrer film has 2 students of mine . Tanvi Rao played an important part and Pawni Pandey sang a song in the film .
Month of March ended with 2 big films .  ” O Teri “ and ” Dishkiyaoon ” . ” O Teri ” has 3 students of mine . Pulkit Samrat and  Bilal Amrohi as actors and Alvira Agnihotri as co producer and costume designer .
My son Abhinav Chaturvedi made his debut as a lyricist with ” O Teri “ . His first ever song ” ………… Ummbakkum ………………. “ is a chart – buster .” Dishkiyaoon “ , though a flop , has 2 students of mine . Harman Baweja and a new comer Ayesha Khanna . They played male and female protagonist respectively .

 

Following links of Vidur Club News Video say my success story :

1 : ” Jai Ho ” :  http://youtu.be/cZzBa4sHXMQ

2 : ” One By Two ” :  http://youtu.be/0WCMfQiPdGI

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Obituary :

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Nanda : 

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A very big star of yesteryear and epitome of Indian beauty , Nanda died on March 25, 2014 at the age of  75 .
Posting link of the blog , which I wrote about her :

Nanda : Pardesiyon Ko Hai Ik Din Jaanaa ….. http://wp.me/ptyXI-3kp


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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – March 07

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1 – Gulaab Gang ……………………………………… Tanvi Rao

…………………………………………………………… Pawni Pandey

2 – Total Siyapaa ……………………………………. X

3 – Queen ……………………………………………… X

 

Second Week – March 14

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1 – Bewakoofiyaan …………………………………… Sonam Kapoor

…………………………………………………………….. Ashish Singh

2 – W …………………………………………………….. Danish Pandor

3 – Neighbours ……………………………………….. X

 

Third Week – March 21

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1 – Ankhon Dekhi ……………………………………. X

2 – Gangs of Ghosts …………………………………. X

3 – Lakshmi ……………………………………………. Flora Saini

4 – Ragini MMS – 2 …………………………………… Divya Dutta

……………………………………………………………. Sonia Mehra

 

Fourth Week  – March 28
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1 – O Teri ………………………………………………. Pulkit Samrat

……………………………………………………………. Bilal Amrohi

…………………………………………………………… Alvira Agnihotri

…………………………………………………………… Abhinav Chaturvedi

2 – Dishkiyaoon ……………………………………… Harman Baweja

…………………………………………………………… Ayesha Khanna

3 – Youngistaan …………………………………….. X

 

In total …………… 13 …………….. films got released in March . Out of these ………….. 13 ………… released films ……….. 07 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. artistes , who are trained by me .

 

Out of these ………. 14 ……… persons , ………… 10 ………. are actors . Among the rest ………. 04 ……. , Pawni Pandey is the singer of  ” Gulaab Gang “  . Ashish Singh is the Executive Producer of   ” Bewakoofiyaan ” . Alvira Agnihotri is the co-producer and costume designer of  ” O Teri “ and Abhinav Chaturvedi is the lyricist of the same film .

 

 

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Vikas Manaktala is playing an important role in ” Main Na Bhoolungi “ on Sony TV .

2 – Maninder Singh is playing an important role in ” CID “ on Sony TV .


My ……………. 02 ……….. student in ………… 02 ……………. shows on TV .

 

As an acting trainer / acting tutor , though , it was not an important month , but still I am happy .  My 14 students appeared in 07 films , and 02 student in 02 TV serials . Thus total number of students working in the month of March comes to 16 .

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , I congratulate my above mentioned 16 students .

VIDUR Editing Studio and VIDUR Club would also like to wish them well in their glorious journey ahead .

May they shine in their chosen field .

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Farooque Sheikh : Har Mulaqat Ka Anjam Judai Kyon Hai?


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

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Farooque Sheikh

25 March 1948 − 27 December 2013

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

During " Gaman " Days

During ” Gaman ” Days

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

As Nawab in Umrao Jaan

As Nawab in Umrao Jaan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

During " Tumhari Amrita " Days

During ” Tumhari Amrita ” Days

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

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

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

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

May his soul rest in peace!

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

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