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Months’ Mind

As college kids, we could tell how far (or not) we were into the month by the warmth (or lack thereof) of the smiles with which waiters greeted us at the cheap bars we visited on the rare (or not-so-rare) occasion. A broad grin that revealed a full set ...
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Letting Late Bloomers Bloom

Each film has a lot of hard work and passion poured into it, and pre-release, each film is a blockbuster in the minds of its makers… till the ultimate, and most dispassionate judges of them all – the box office – tells you exactly where you stand. That is how ...
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Casting The Web

My first memory of experiencing a Hollywood film is watching Elvis Presley in Speedway at a theatre in Nasik. This must have been in the early ’80s and though the posters proudly proclaimed the film to be the latest craze in the US, it had been released at least ...
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Match On!

Here we go again! The seventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off this week, setting in motion a six-week extravaganza of instant cricket, gyrating cheerleaders and generous dollops of film star glamour. While the ongoing general elections may have led to IPL 7 going off-shore to the ...
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Cause For Concern?

The last few weeks have seen a euphoric bull run in the financial markets, with stock market indices hitting lifetime highs on the back of a widely shared anticipation of a strong and stable Central Government assuming office in the wake of the on-going general elections. If one looks ...
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The Hare And The Turtle

With the first quarter of the calendar year ending a few days ago, not many would dispute the assertion that, in many ways, the box-office performance of Queen has been the most remarkable story of Q1, 2014. Queen was certainly not the highest grosser of the quarter, with Jai Ho ...
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Three’s a Crowd

O Teri, Youngistaan and Dishkiyaoon hit the screens yesterday and, going by the openings they have had at the time of going to press, none of them are threatening to set any box-office records. It would be fair to say that, in any case, the trade wasn’t expecting these films ...
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Poll Posers

Barely two weeks from now, our country will head to the general elections– April 7 being the first voting date in a nine-phase poll – marking the culmination of perhaps the longest, most contentious and colourful electoral battles we have seen for a long time. Among the many industries ...
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Gender Bender

Last Saturday, March 8, the world celebrated ‘Women’s Day’. Not surprisingly, at least two of the three major Hindi releases last week, Queen and Gulaab Gang (with Total Siyapaa being the third), were what the trade calls ‘womencentric’ films. These are typically films that have women as the central ...
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Too Many Cooks?

Having multiple composers work on a single movie is the in-thing these days. Every second movie today has multiple composers on board and every composer brings forth their own strengths in their work, which is why it makes sense for any producer to club together songs with various distinct flavours ...
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Jubilee Times

It’s a very common human tendency to look back at the past and romanticise it. ‘Those were the days…’ ‘Do you know, in our time…’ ‘You think this is good, do you know in 1973…’ – Many a trip down nostalgic lane starts with these words and ends with ...
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Reap The Faith

‘Religion is the opiate of the people.’ – Karl Marx Religion is not only deeply engrained in our cultural and collective psyche since time immemorial, we also have the advantage of being home to literally hundreds of varied religious creeds and sub-sects, as opposed to the monotheism that ...
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Foreign Affairs

In our edit note last week, (All Abroad? Issue dated Feb 8, 2014), we had taken a look at the impressive numbers clocked by some Hindi films in key overseas markets like the US, UK & Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. As we saw, Dhoom:3’s takings of almost Rs ...
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All Abroad?

In our edit note last week, (On The Cusp? Issue dated Feb 1, 2014), we had suggested that we were in the midst of a fundamental shift away from the dominant genre of big-budget ‘desi-action-masala’ entertainers that’s held sway for some years now. In case you missed out, you ...
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On The Cusp?

Change is eternal… and history, they say, repeats itself. Phases, trends and fashions emerge, grow, play themselves out, and subside… often to come back at some later point in time. Are we on the verge of something similar as far as our films are concerned? First, a quick recap. ...
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A Tale Of Two Screens

Ours is an industry prone to snap judgments and stereotyping. A trailer, a poster or just the bare details of its genre or cast and crew – we don’t need much evidence to authoritatively pass verdict on the fate of a film way before its release. “All-time blockbuster”, “Super ...
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Sound Of Silence

Let’s say you are looking to sell a property – a hotel – and come to terms with a potential buyer. Both of you enter into an agreement whereby the buyer will now have unrestricted and total ownership of the property in return for the price the two of you ...
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Monthly Income

Perhaps the biggest challenge today’s filmmakers face is that of finding the right release date. Films featuring the big guns (read the Khans, Devgns, Kumars, Roshans and Kapoors), can pick and choose the choicest release dates (read Diwali, Eid, Christmas, Independence Day and Republic Day weekends et al). However, the others are ...
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Year In, Year Out

So here we go… a brand new year is upon us and boy! 2014 does have some pretty big boots to fill. While 2013 followed a quite fabulous 2012 at the box office, what was remarkable about the year that has just ended was that when films scored, they ...
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2013’s Memorable 13

Time sure does fly, doesn’t it?! Here we are, bringing out our last issue of the year. Quite appropriately, we head to press with the fabulous news that the year’s last major release, Dhoom: 3, has literally exploded with a big bang at the box office, clocking nearly  Rs ...
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Sequels Equal More?

As the year draws to a close, all eyes are on yesterday’s release, Dhoom: 3, to end the year with a spectacular flourish. And going by the kind of opening the film has taken; it does look like the trade is going to be partying doubly hard this New Years’ ...
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The Numbers Game

As I write this note on Friday evening, I see that the BSE Sensex has closed at 20715.58 points and the NSE Nifty at 6168.40. That’s the number all the newspapers will report tomorrow. It’s the same figure you will find on each website that carries it. If, ten years ...
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Dub-ble Bubble – The North-South Divide

In our edit note last week (Lingo Bingo - Hindi Versus English AT the BO, issue dated November 30, 2013), we took a look at how the respective share of each territory in the overall national pie varies when it comes to Hollywood i.e. English films vis-a-vis Hindi movies. Those ...
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Lingo Bingo – Hindi Versus English At The BO

One of the most remarkable things about the unique country we live in is its huge diversity. Sure, there are countries that are larger than ours, wealthier than ours and even more populous than ours. However, no one comes close to the sheer range of cultures, religions, cuisines and ...
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Expanding Our Footprint

Ours is the second largest entertainment industry after Hollywood. And rather than looking to imitate Hollywood, we should seriously explore how we can build on the uniqueness of our films to expand the footprint of our industry. Our quality of filmmaking is drastically improving. For instance, people say that ...
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Ton-dulkar And The Fastest Film Centuries

This week, the nation bids adieu to its favourite cricketing son, Sachin Tendulkar.  For over two decades, the country came to a standstill when its most accomplished, and most loved, batsman stepped on to the crease to take strike. Undoubtedly, many a film-watching decision was either postponed or aborted in ...
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No Child’s Play

Kids are important in more ways than one. I think kids are important, not only because of Krrish 3 or the movies, but because they are the ones who are going to inherit this world, they are the future. For them, I think as fathers, we all have to ...
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A Celebration Of All That’s Good

The mention of ‘Diwali’ conjures up images of fireworks illuminating the skies above and diyas lighting up the ground below; of Lakshmi poojas to appease the Goddess of wealth; of families coming together in holiday revelry; of sweets and other high-calorie indulgences; of teen-patties sessions and song and dance. In ...
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Now@ 10

From Bareilly to Bollywood… from a small town to the big kingdom of fame and fortune. It’s what many dream of night after night and also aspire for every waking moment! For me, it’s my reality! As dramatic as it sounds, my journey to this exact moment in ...
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Allow Films To Breathe

I personally feel anybody giving reviews should have knowledge about filmmaking and he should not be seeing the film in a trial show or a premiere. A reviewer should always write about the film only when he watches it with the actual paying audience because your notions will change ...
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