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Two Can Play The Game

October 2nd this year saw the simultaneous release of Bang Bang and Haider to cash in on the extended weekend that spanned Gandhi Jayanti, Dussera and Eid, in addition to Saturday and Sunday. There was much speculation and hypothesis within the trade about the wisdom (or otherwise) of the ...
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Starry, Starry Night!

The very first edition of the Star Box Office India Awards was held at Yashraj Studios in Mumbai on October 9, 2014. The glittering event that was attended by the who’s-who of the film fraternity, and was unanimously declared a smashing success. In case you weren’t present at the ...
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Announcing: The STAR Box Office India Awards!

We, the entire team of Box Office India, are delighted to share with you that the first edition of the STAR Box Office India Awards will be held shortly and telecast on Star Plus on October 19, 2014 at 9 pm. As India’s premier film trade magazine, box office ...
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A Tale Of Many Cities

Every dark cloud, as they say, has a silver lining. And in the case of our country, our population of over 1.2 billion is one such example of the same factor posing many challenges yet offering a few opportunities at the same time. So if poverty, illiteracy, lack of development, ...
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Cut And Paste

The recent revelations of sordid goings-on at the Censor Board office in Mumbai have put under the scanner our censor laws and processes, which are never too far from controversy anyway. As the powers-that-be ponder over how to fix the system, we thought it would be worthwhile to take ...
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Ladies’ Special

Mary Kom released this week in the wake of much buzz and great expectations all around, not least within the trade. And that is prima facie very surprising indeed when you consider the following check-list: • Protagonist: Male, female. • Ethnicity: Punjabi, North-Eastern, Manipuri to be more specific. • Claim ...
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Taaliya For Alia

In the week that went by I, like so many millions of others, was mightily entertained by an online sketch that centered around Ms Alia Bhatt. Fabulously conceived, written, enacted and directed, it is not surprising that the hilarious video went viral and generated tonnes of unanimously positive comments. ...
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Ton-Ton-A-Ton!

Last Friday’s release, Singham Returns, is the latest entrant into the Rs 100-crore NBOC club, waltzing past the hallowed milestone well before its first week was through. With the blockbuster combination of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty being amongst the industry’s most bankable pairings – having already delivered ...
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‘H-I-T’ Is Not A Four-Letter Word

At a recent event, while lounging around with a group of journalist friends as we waited for the proceedings to begin, I happened to be part of the audience to a monologue by a lady who had rather strong opinions on the state of Hindi cinema and its leading lights. ...
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Kicking-Off With A Bang – Remarkable Directorial Debuts

The big news this week has been the grand entry of Kick into the super-exclusive Rs 200 crore domestic NBOC club. With Salman Khan top-lining the film and an Eid release, it was almost a given that the film would clock impressive numbers. However, it is one thing to ...
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Feasting During A Fast – The Rewards Of Going Against Convention

Timing, as we all know, is among the most crucial of factors when it comes to determining a film’s success or failure. There are multiple and often conflicting elements that producers have to bear in mind while deciding on the release dates of their films. Chief among them – ...
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Sarson De Threat

We, i.e. the film fraternity based out of Mumbai, like to think of the ‘Hindi film industry’ as being a term synonymous and interchangeable with the ‘Indian film industry’. While it is true that Hindi cinema is the most popular and best travelled of all Indian-language film industries, we all ...
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The Changing Face Of Hindi Cinema

The industry has gone through various changes and phases over the last few decades and I think I am one of the few from the industry who has seen all the three-four phases first-hand. I started in 1982 when films were made in five years and if a film ...
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Main Tera Zero

On Thursday, July 10, the Honourable Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley presented the first Finance Bill aka Union Budget of the new NDA regime headed by Mr Narendra Modi. In our edit note last week, (Over To You Mr Jaitley, Issue Dated July 5), we had presented a wish-list ...
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Over To You, Mr Jaitley

On Thursday, July 10, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget to the Indian Parliament. The Union Budget will be the first major concrete economic initiative and vision statement from the Narendra Modi government that swept to power with a commanding majority on the back of promises ...
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No Magic Bullet

This week, we had the pleasure of hosting guests from the Film and Television Producers Guild Of India (FTPGI) and the Motion Picture Distributors Association (MPDA) when, through our publication, they announced and launched a new initiative in the battle against online piracy. You can read the edited transcript ...
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On Second Thoughts

A quote of unconfirmed authorship – sometimes attributed to the masterly Chinese strategist Sun Tzu in his treatise The Art Of War and sometimes to the Italian philosopher Machiavelli – and mouthed by Michael Corleone, the character played by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II goes: Keep your friends ...
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Dilip Kumar… Bharat Ka Ratan

Honour This Son Of India I know many will frown on the title ‘Bharat Ka Ratan’, which I would like to prefix to the name ‘Dilip Kumar’. I sincerely believe he is Bharat Ka Ratan and deserves the national honour, the Bharat Ratna. This is not only because of ...
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Time For The Big Boys To Battle Back

It seems like just yesterday that we were ushering in 2014 and looking forward to what the year had to offer. And can you believe it, it’s June already! To be honest, it has not been a fabulous year at the box office so far. While films like 2 ...
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Abki Baar…Film-Friendly Sarkar!

On Monday, Narendra Damodardas Modi took oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India along with his Cabinet colleagues in a grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Mr Modi has assumed office on the back of a groundswell of great enthusiasm and optimism amongst the populace. There is widespread hope ...
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Young Guns’ Ton!

Time was when success was measured in terms of the number of weeks your film ran in theatres. Now, of course, the ultimate gold standard of a film’s success is whether or not it manages to break into the so-called ‘Rs 100 Crore Club’, or, in other words, whether ...
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Multiple Choice, But Single Still Has Voice

One of the classifications of cinema that the trade liberally indulges in while it may be irrelevant to the audience is that of labelling films as ‘multiplex movies’ and ‘single-screen cinema’. The categorisation presupposes that the kinds of films that work in multiplexes are somewhat different from those that ...
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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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