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.
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.
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
- 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.
Once the script was finalized, we went to the next step, that was the auditioning process.
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.
- 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 Atyachar||Abhinav Mehrotra - Lala, Himanshu Rai, Johnny Lever||Aditi Singh - Kajol||Akshay Nagpal - Govinda, Varun Dhawan|
|Amit Thakur - Amitabh Bachhan||Amrita Dhawan - Nargis, Deepika Padukone||Ankur Upreti - Johnny Walker, Rajesh Khanna||Anmol Dham - Shahrukh Khan (Darr), Nawazuddin Siddiqui|
|Ansh Arora - Raja Hirishchandra, Dilip Kumar||Anushree Rudra - Kimi Katkar, Juhi Chawla, |
|Aparna Bhalla - Kirron Kher||Atharv Kapoor - Kishore Kumar, Amol Palekar, Saif Ali Khan|
|Awiral Grover - Raja Dushyant||Bhavya Gupta - Mehmood||Bhavya Sharma - Devika Rani, Alia Bhatt||Bhushan Bhati - W. M. Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui|
|Chahat Dhoda - Waheeda Rehman||Chehak Nasa - Sunita Devi, Nootan, Bipasha Basu, Sushmita Sen||Devang Pandey||Dikshita Khandelwal - Shakuntala's Friend, Kajol|
|Divya Jain - Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor||Faran Rashid - L. V. Prasad, Aamir Khan||Gagandeep Kaur - Neetu Singh, Kajol||Gitanjali Tyagi - Zeenat Amaan, Vidya Balan|
|Himanshu Sharma - Shahid Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra||Ilina Singh - Raja Harishchandra's Wife||Ishaa Sharma - Priyanka Chopra||Jagrit Ahuja - Samba|
|Jagriti Gambhir - Jaya Bacchan||Jahnavi Khanna - Saira Banu, Aishwarya Rai||Jatin Mahendwaria - Dadasaheb Phalke, Amjad Khan||Karan Balhara - Nazal-ul-Hasan, Hrithik Roshan|
|Karanpreet Singh - Diljit Dosanjh||Mayank Ojha - Pran||Megha Jakhar - Vidya Balan||Mohammed Areeb - Nana Patekar|
|Moumita Chakraborty - Rani Mukherjee||Muskaan Singhal - Madhuri Dixit||Muskaan Sodha - Alam Ara, Urmila Matondkar, Kangana Ranaut||Naman Issar - Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor|
|Navya Singh - Baijanti Mala, Malaika Arora, Sridevi||Nishank - Dev Anand, Ayushmann Khurana||Nitya Srivastava - Madhubala||Parv- Dadasaheb Phalke|
|Radhika Gupta - Shakuntala, Sonakshi Sinha||Rashi - Hema Malini, Madhuri||Rudraksh Singh Rawat - Ashok Kumar, Shahrukh Khan||Saksham Bhalla - Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt|
|Sakshi Garg - Deepika Padukone||Sanchita Nagpal - Aishawarya Rai||Shagun Gupta - Sridevi, Deepika Padukone||Shaurya Negi - Shammi Kapoor, Varun Sharma|
|Shivam Aditya Pachauri - Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor||Shivam Seth - Guru Dutt, Aamir Khan||Shivank - Dadasaheb Phalke||Shobhit Dasgupta - Amrish Puri|
|Shreya Goyal - Vocalist||Shubhi Maheshwari - Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, Rekha||Siddharth Singh - Sanjay Dutt||Sidhika - Vidya Balan|
|Srinjoy Bal - Arshad Warsi||Sushmeet Bhatia - Madhubala||Tanishq Dahiya - Nargis||Ustat Mehta - Wahida Rehman, Madhuri Dixit|
|Vaibhav Bhatia - Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar||Vanshak Aggarwal - Mumtaz Ali, Shahid Kapoor||Vedant Ojha - Narrator||Vedant Singh - Raj Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar|
|Veenus - Helen||Vijul Narang - Amitabh Bachhan, Ranveer Singh||Vishwas Setia - Shahrukh Khan||Waseem Khan - Kishore Kumar, Salman Khan|