Seven Up!

There is something mystical about the number 7.
The digit figures prominently in most religious texts and practices – the Old Testament tells us the world was created in seven days; Hindus take seven rounds of the holy fire while getting married; Muslims undertaking the Haj go around the Kaaba seven times; and the Jewish period of mourning is seven days.
There’s more! There are seven colours in a rainbow, seven days in a week, seven heavens (where, presumably, there is no space for those who indulge in the seven deadly sins!), seven notes in both the Indian as well as the Western classical music scales, seven seas and seven wonders of the world… not to mention the number emblazoned on the jersey of our very own Captain Cool, MS Dhoni, as well as those of iconic footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Raul and David Beckham.
And then, of course, there’s the proverbial seven year itch when the honeymoon is well and truly over and relationships can start crumbling unless problems are fixed. And that is what we are seeking to do in our seventh anniversary issue, by putting under the microscope, the key issues faced by the industry.
Whether piracy or a perceived lack of access to institutional finance, the multiple roadblocks that production crews have to deal with while attempting to shoot films on-ground as also the frustrations faced by filmmakers while getting their films censored, the factors holding back exhibitors from more rapid expansion or the specific grouses of the various associations that seek to protect the interests of their members – a cross-section of the fraternity gives us a first-hand account of the varied woes the film industry is beset with, and also suggests some remedial measures for alleviating these.
Besides this exhaustive seven-part feature, we also have for your reading pleasure a very eminent and exclusive roster of worthies sharing their thoughts on the seven key developments they have seen in their respective fields over the course of their careers.
And bean counters need not despair because, as always, we have a most comprehensive data section that serves as a hugely valuable ready-reckoner for all the collections-related queries you may have.
With so much awaiting you on the pages that follow, let us stop right here! But not before expressing our sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to this issue with their very enlightening insights and experiences.
And Thank You, our very special readers. From the day the very first issue of Box Office India rolled out from the press on September 19, 2009, we have been blessed with your unstinting support and encouragement. That’s what has kept us going, week-on-week, over the last seven years, and that’s what we are banking on to keep this wonderful journey rolling for many years to come. Amen to that!

Nitin Tej Ahuja
Collection Chart
As on 17th November, 2017
FilmsWeekWeeklyTotal
Qarib Qarib Singlle111.20CR11.20CR
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana16.14CR6.14CR
The House Next Door192.43LK92.43LK
Mera Bura Saaya108.2K08.2K
Safe101.01K01.01K
Maheruh112K12K
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