VIKAS MOHAN BIDS ADIEU!
He was one of the hundreds of young men who were attracted to the city of dreams to find his own fortune. He knew it was going to be a tough fight, but he also knew that he had Fortune on his side and he had tremendous faith in that almighty power calledGOD! He was sure of one thing and that was that he had to make it or break it in the world he always dreamt of the film industry.
He started his struggle by working as a junior assistant with some noted filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and others to get a feel of what the business of film entertainment was all about. He seemed to be a young man in a hurry to learn as much as he could about everything to do with films in the shortest period of time and he did!
He was brimming with unbridled ambition which made him take the kind of risks some of the most experienced filmmakers could not dare to. He launched his own banner with the support of a group of admirers who could not believe how a young man could take such rapid strides and the risks involved. He did not wait to worry about what others said and started with a TV serial called “Kissa Shanti Ka” which gave him the inspiration and encouragement to aim higher. He founded “Dayavanti Productions” and established it with two very different films, Libaas directed by Gulzar and with a cast consisting of Shabana Azmi ,Raj Babbar and Naseeruddin Shah and followed it with Aarzoo an out and out commercial entertainer with a strong romantic angle that had Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit and Saif Ali Khan. Vikas Mohan had now become a name to reckon with and he decided to change tracks .At a time when there was tough competition from established trade magazines, he had the courage of his conviction to start his own trade magazine called ” Complete Cinema” and took very little time to give, the magazine already in existence a complex and established Complete Cinema as a Trade magazine to be respected by the film industry. He started with a small office in the very compound of the now defunct “Rooptara Studios” and went on growing both personally and with his magazine. Later on his ambition never let him take it easy and he moved his office to the Lokhandwala area where he realised the new face of the industry was taking shape. His magazine took a turn for the better and conditions and circumstances led him to break out and found “Super Cinema” his own magazine, edited, printed and published by Vikas Mohan.
The contents of “Super Cinema”, the editorials, the reviews, the national and international coverage of films and the personalities associated with films and the wide coverage “Super Cinema” provided made it a magazine to be a ‘must read’ and ‘ must see’ habit.
He believed in changing with the times and this ambition of his got a big fillip when his young sons, Amul and Anshul joined him to take ” Super Cinema” to greater heights and made it appeal to all sections of the industry, all languages and all ages. He was by now considered an expert on everything to do with films and was a member of major film associations and was a force behind the founding of AMTPP which was later changed to IFTPC.
His views as the senior Vice President were taken seriously by one and all. He was also responsible for solving any kind of dispute and find solutions to every crisis. He never knew what it was to take NO for an answer and believed that the “Impossible was possible”. He was a regular at several international film festivals especially the IIFA and was preparing to attend the coming IIFA. He was also excited about producing a film again after a gap of several years, but…….His health started giving him trouble and matters only worsened with time. He was a fighter and many felt he would fight back and overcome, but Fortune which was his friend all these years betrayed him and he had to surrender to the dark forces that finally took him away on 31 May ,into another world, perhaps another place where his experience and expertise was needed!