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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

Your 8-ention Please!

The world was a different place when the very first issue of Box Office India was published on September 19, 2009. Dr Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister of India while Narendra Modi was one among 30 Chief Ministers. Barack Obama

Summer Bummer

Misery is said to love company. So here’s some ‘good’ bad news for an industry reeling from wave after wave of shocks emanating from the box office: we are not alone! North America, which includes the United States and Canada

The New Normal

As many as five Hindi films hit the screens last Friday (August 25) – A Gentleman, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Qaidi Band, Sniff and Muskurahatein. Add to this mix, a couple of Hollywood releases, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Dark Tower, as

A Long-Distance Romance?

A frequent observation on this page is that inadequate availability of cinemas/screens in our country is among the key factors inhibiting the Indian film market from achieving its inherent potential. That is true not only in absolute terms given the

 Closed Chapter, Open Rule Book

And so the curtain has come down on what was a pretty action-packed chairmanship of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by Mr Pahlaj Nihalani. Reams of newsprint and television broadcast headlines were dominated by the CBFC’s decisions under

The Indian Film Industry

This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence from colonial rule. On a landmark occasion like this, it is natural to take stock of where we are vis-à-vis where we began. While doing so, we appreciate that there’s plenty to

Chronicle Of Many Deaths Foretold

Nothing succeeds like success in our business. Conversely, nothing flips perceptions like a flop either! That being so, it is hardly surprising that the flavour of the last few weeks has been much discussion (read: derision) about the future prospects

Attendance Register

A recurring theme on this page is that while the Indian film industry may be the most prolific in the world – and also enjoys a very high profile in the national mind space – when it comes down to

Tagore, Revisited

Sinnce remixing old compositions seems to be a trend that’s here to stay, this week we are attempting to go with the flow by jumping on to the bandwagon. And in keeping with the philosophy of aiming for the sky

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As on 09th December, 2017
Tera Intezaar101.85LK01.85LK
Hungama On Honeymoon Hills13.27K3.27K
Julie 2111.89LK11.89LK
Kadvi Hawa102.01LK02.01LK

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