Daastan-e-Cinema

1. Event brief

Of art that flows in a melody, Daastan-e-cinema is the biggest celebration of Hindi Cinema, tracing it through its conception, a fascinating journey over the course of over a century, through the timeless art of storytelling. A vibrant tale that travels through evolving lenses of time, with riffs of reel-life smiling at the metronome of real-life. Witness the heard and unheard stories of legends that adorn cinema and the nostalgia of history that supports it, narrated in harmony with evergreen and ebullient music. Join us, as we celebrate and bring to life the evolution of Hindi Cinema with Daastan-e-cinema.

2. Objective

For the first time ever, the Vivekananda School of Journalism and Mass Communication presented a grand two-hour Musical Play/Drama that included participants from all the semesters of VSJMC. The objective of this event was to show the ‘Evolution of Bollywood’ with the passage of time. In this event, there was to be a depiction of our Hindi Film Industry’s evolution since its establishment.

3. Roadmap

Daastan-e-cinema has been a three-month-long journey which was embarked upon by 118 students of the VSJMC department along with our faculty coordinator, Ms. Neha Pande. The idea for the play was given by Chairperson, VSJMC, Prof. Sidharth Mishra. To be able to come up with this musical play, the team had done vigorous research, discussion, and planning for the event. Several meetings and feedback sessions have been a part of it.

In the first meeting, all the students were briefed about the event, ideas were brainstormed and then we finalized the theme of presenting the story of Hindi cinema to the people in a decade format. In the following meetings, various departments were made for the smooth planning and execution of the event.

Departments are as follows

  • Writers
  • Production
  • Make-up and Hair
  • Costume Department
  • Auditions Department

After a few initial meetings, team members were asked to do research on the history of Hindi cinema and get content for discussion of the script. Once the team was done with the research part and a couple of informal script reading sessions, we had a formal script reading session with Chairperson, VSJMC, Prof. Sidharth Mishra, Dean, VSJMC, Prof. (Dr) Charu Lata Singh, Ms Neha Pande and Dr Manoj Kumar Singh.

Audition Process

Once the script was finalized, we went to the next step, that was the auditioning process.

Audition Report

On Saturday, 21st September, the auditions for Spandan 2019 Musical Play, “Dastaan-e-Cinema were held. The auditions were held to unearth artists like actors, dancers, singers, and instrumentalists who were going to be an integral part of the cast of the Musical Play.

Posters were put out, calling for artists from the VSJMC Department who wanted to perform.

The day began with the students from Semester 5 reporting at 8:30 a.m. for the auditions of the directors. Our teacher-in-charge Ms. Neha Pande wanted all semester 5 students to be present for the Directors’ auditions so that they could also see what each of them had envisioned for the play.

After everyone heard what each director had to say, a unanimous decision was taken where the final directors were finalized. The directors chose their parts of the play, as to who will be working on what.

The students auditioning for the cast were called for the auditions at 10 a.m. The auditions began well on time with all the students present, along with Neha Ma’am and our Dean Prof. (Dr) Charu Lata Singh, who had come to support us and to watch over the auditions.

The directors along with the production team oversaw the performances of various artists from all the semesters. There were many talented actors, dancers, vocalists and instrumentalists who wooed the audience with their talent. The time duration given to performers was 1-2 minutes.

The directors and both the teachers related the performers to the characters that they needed and asked a few of them to prepare for the same and perform again. The performers took their time and prepared for the same. The directors chose the people who were suitable for the roles.

The whole process of auditions was a resounding success and many talents were discovered from the department. The directors are onto finalising the cast and another round of auditions might be held, if needed. At the end of the audition everyone could have a better vision of what Dastan-e-Cinema would actually look like. The first phase of the play is accomplished successfully.

Post audition cast and crew meeting

  • Date- 27 September 2019
  • Day- Friday
  • Time- 4-5 PM
  • Location- Room 410, B Block, VIPS

Agenda: The meeting was conducted to discuss the roles allotted, expectations and the second round of auditions.

Proceedings: the following were discussed during the meeting

  • Director Mehak Sahni explained about how the roles were given according to the persons’ talent and requirement. She explained that the cast was chosen according to how they would fit the role of the character
  • The directors also gave the assurance that everyone who is interested to perform in the musical would be given an opportunity
  • Director Vedant Ojha explained that one person might also have to do more than 1 role. They might be in different eras and working under different directors but would work under one umbrella direction.
  • All the directors introduced themselves and their eras.
  • The cast according to the decades was revealed by the directors.

Outcomes

  • It was assured that second round of auditions would take place and everyone would get a part as a lot of characters are yet to be casted and no one would be rejected.
  • Sunday, 29th September 27, 2019 from 8AM-5PM has been finalized for conducting auditions.
  • The cast and the directors personally met to discuss their visions and expectations with each other.

Final Cast and Crew list

Abhin Sharma - Emotional AtyacharAbhinav Mehrotra - Lala, Himanshu Rai, Johnny LeverAditi Singh - KajolAkshay Nagpal - Govinda, Varun Dhawan
Amit Thakur - Amitabh BachhanAmrita Dhawan - Nargis, Deepika PadukoneAnkur Upreti - Johnny Walker, Rajesh KhannaAnmol Dham - Shahrukh Khan (Darr), Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Ansh Arora - Raja Hirishchandra, Dilip KumarAnushree Rudra - Kimi Katkar, Juhi Chawla,
Katrina Kaif
Aparna Bhalla - Kirron KherAtharv Kapoor - Kishore Kumar, Amol Palekar, Saif Ali Khan
Awiral Grover - Raja DushyantBhavya Gupta - MehmoodBhavya Sharma - Devika Rani, Alia BhattBhushan Bhati - W. M. Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Chahat Dhoda - Waheeda RehmanChehak Nasa - Sunita Devi, Nootan, Bipasha Basu, Sushmita SenDevang PandeyDikshita Khandelwal - Shakuntala's Friend, Kajol
Divya Jain - Madhuri Dixit, Kareena KapoorFaran Rashid - L. V. Prasad, Aamir KhanGagandeep Kaur - Neetu Singh, KajolGitanjali Tyagi - Zeenat Amaan, Vidya Balan
Himanshu Sharma - Shahid Kapoor, Sanjay MishraIlina Singh - Raja Harishchandra's WifeIshaa Sharma - Priyanka ChopraJagrit Ahuja - Samba
Jagriti Gambhir - Jaya BacchanJahnavi Khanna - Saira Banu, Aishwarya RaiJatin Mahendwaria - Dadasaheb Phalke, Amjad KhanKaran Balhara - Nazal-ul-Hasan, Hrithik Roshan
Karanpreet Singh - Diljit DosanjhMayank Ojha - PranMegha Jakhar - Vidya BalanMohammed Areeb - Nana Patekar
Moumita Chakraborty - Rani MukherjeeMuskaan Singhal - Madhuri DixitMuskaan Sodha - Alam Ara, Urmila Matondkar, Kangana RanautNaman Issar - Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor
Navya Singh - Baijanti Mala, Malaika Arora, SrideviNishank - Dev Anand, Ayushmann KhuranaNitya Srivastava - MadhubalaParv- Dadasaheb Phalke
Radhika Gupta - Shakuntala, Sonakshi SinhaRashi - Hema Malini, MadhuriRudraksh Singh Rawat - Ashok Kumar, Shahrukh KhanSaksham Bhalla - Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt
Sakshi Garg - Deepika PadukoneSanchita Nagpal - Aishawarya RaiShagun Gupta - Sridevi, Deepika PadukoneShaurya Negi - Shammi Kapoor, Varun Sharma
Shivam Aditya Pachauri - Dilip Kumar, Anil KapoorShivam Seth - Guru Dutt, Aamir KhanShivank - Dadasaheb PhalkeShobhit Dasgupta - Amrish Puri
Shreya Goyal - VocalistShubhi Maheshwari - Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, RekhaSiddharth Singh - Sanjay DuttSidhika - Vidya Balan
Srinjoy Bal - Arshad WarsiSushmeet Bhatia - MadhubalaTanishq Dahiya - NargisUstat Mehta - Wahida Rehman, Madhuri Dixit
Vaibhav Bhatia - Aamir Khan, Akshay KumarVanshak Aggarwal - Mumtaz Ali, Shahid KapoorVedant Ojha - NarratorVedant Singh - Raj Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar
Veenus - HelenVijul Narang - Amitabh Bachhan, Ranveer SinghVishwas Setia - Shahrukh KhanWaseem Khan - Kishore Kumar, Salman Khan