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Last Rights?

Let’s rewind to eight years ago, when the battle for royalties between music labels and composers/lyricists was at its peak and the legislative process to amend Indian copyright laws was underway. At that time, on this very page, here is

Phantom Films

As has often been reinforced during the course of various studies on this page, multiplex revenues are, by quite a large margin, the dominant contributor to the Indian theatrical market. On average, more than three-fourths of the national box office

Fundamental Writes

With an extended weekend upon us, we have curated a selection of interesting extracts from a variety of sources for your reading pleasure – in addition to this edition of your favourite publication, of course! And in keeping with the

Republican Party?

Republican Party? The stage is set (or so one hopes) for the first of the big guns of 2018 to come out blazing in a few days from now, with Padmaavat releasing on Thursday, January 25. It has been a

Mighty Mouse

A high-profile union of titans, with massive implications for the entertainment world, dominated headlines as 2017 drew to a close. And we are not referring to the wedding of our very own Anushka Sharma with the Indian cricket team captain,

2017 Ka Ulta Chashmah

As we bring you this, the first Box Office India edition of 2018, it is with a sense of astonishment – and dollops of horror – that one looks back at the bizarrely topsy-turvy year we have just been through.

The Poor Rich Year

A neat symmetry bookends 2017. We started the year celebrating Dangal’s ongoing success at the box office and are ending it with Tiger Zinda Hai roaring triumphantly in movie theatres. Along the way, we had Baahubali: The Conclusion smashing all

Christmas Cracker?

With Tiger Zinda Hai now playing in theatres, all hopes are pinned on the last major release of 2017 to set the cash registers ringing, and at least end on a high note what has been a year replete with

Property Division

Not too long ago, if you lived in the Andheri West/Oshiwara neighbourhood of Mumbai, where our office is located, and wanted to catch a movie in a reasonably decent theatre, the closest option available was Chandan Cinema in Juhu. And

Goodbye, Prince Charming

On Monday, December 4, the Indian film fraternity was left irrevocably poorer by the loss of a true titan, Shashi Kapoor. Superstars, especially in Hindi cinema, often tend to get associated with a signature genre or an on-screen persona. While

Always With Us

I believe the skies opened up and it rained… as though grieving on behalf of all of us… his countless fans, admirers and colleagues. When I last met him in the ICU in hospital, I knew I wouldn’t be seeing

The Sun Rises In The (North) East?

One of the earliest and most significant foreign policy initiatives of the Narendra Modi government was to intensify and upgrade the nation’s ‘Look East’ initiative into an ‘Act East’ policy.  The doctrine seeks to widen and deepen India’s economic, political,

Multi-Lingual Challenge

Despite a glut of Hindi language releases during the last three weeks – many of them boasting decent pedigree and face value – the highest grossing film in each of these weeks was not a homegrown product but a Hollywood

Leading From The Affront

While an unerring ability to correctly predict the future isn’t exactly a trait we associate with our politicians, it is remarkable how so many of them from all across the country have managed to so precisely deduce the content of

A Note-Worthy Year

Around this time last year, many of us – much like the nation at large – were following an intensive three-step programme. Step 1: Stand in a long line outside a bank branch to deposit any `500 or `1,000 notes

Unidentical Twins

It is one of the most striking ironies of our times – the last remaining bastion of communist philosophy and politics in the world, China, has risen to the status of global superpower by essentially playing out of the capitalistic

A Cautionary Tale

Sex Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game, The Clerk,  Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Jane Eyre, Emma, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Jackie Brown, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, Kate &

Let There Be Light…

While Diwali anyway occupies pride of place in the crowded Indian festival calendar, it holds a special significance for the film trade given its association with the Goddess Lakshmi and, by extension, wealth and prosperity. Further, as an occasion for

Q3 – Ek Lame Katha

     Now that the fourth quarter of the year is well under way, it is time to take stock of how the Hindi film trade fared in Q3, 2017. No doubt, all of us already know that the last

Our Favour8s!

First off, a huge and heartfelt ‘Thank You!’ from the entire team for your very gracious and generous response to our 8th Anniversary issue that was published last week. In that edition, we had many from the fraternity sharing their

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Collection Chart
As on 10thfebruary, 2018
FilmsWeekWeeklyTotal
Kuldip Patwal: I Didn't Do It!104.62LK04.62LK
Rati Kaamdev110.00K10.00K
Padmaavat*266.56Cr66.56Cr
Expiry Date223.23K23.23K
Sanjana219.96K19.96K
Vodka Diaries32.53LK2.53LK
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