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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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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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