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Salman Khan’s Dabanng 3 will be co-produced by the superstar and his brother Arbaaz Khan, film might start immediately after actor wraps up Kabir Khan’s Tubelight
Saif Ali Khan’s Chef postponed due to the actor’s injury
Sooraj Pancholi to work on his physique for Excel Entertainment’s film based on football, search for leading lady on
Kumkum Saigal, sister of Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, to start her own production house after working for years at Vishesh Films
TV star Radhika Madan signed by Vasan Bala and Phantom Films
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was approached to play a pivotal role in Akshay Kumar starrer, Jolly LLB 2; he did not have required dates
Ritesh Batra’s Photographer postponed as he is still working on the script
Producer Viki Rajani to work with Pavan Kripalani on a thriller, Rajani also to start a handful of other films one after another
Rahul Dholakia signed by Eros, film to start after Raees releases next year
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Third Time Lucky?

On February 29, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget to the Indian Parliament, his third during the current Narendra Modi-led government. In our editorial preceding his very first Budget speech in July 2014, we had enlisted a

Third Time Lucky

On February 29, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget to the Indian Parliament, his third during the current Narendra Modi-led government. In our editorial preceding his very first Budget speech in July 2014, we had enlisted a

And The Award Doesn’t Go To… No Prizes For Guessing!

So will Leonardo DiCaprio finally get the monkey off his back or will the Academy continue to inexplicably snub him? Will Bryan Cranston break big with Trumbo or will Michael Fassbender be rewarded for a ‘Jobs’ well done? Will it

Digital Warfare

If you were to stand at any traffic junction on the New Link Road near our office in Andheri West, Mumbai, and randomly throw pebbles at passersby, chances are very high that besides getting a multilingual crash course in curse

Much Needed ‘Lift’

The big, and very welcome, news in the week that went by was that of Airlift soaring past the Rs 100-crore mark after a strong showing in its second weekend. A film based on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, where

Shifting Sands?

Much like the blossoming of flowers or the growing up of children – or to take less pleasant examples, the emergence of a paunch and the loss of a hairline! – often, one doesn’t notice gradual changes till, one fine

Time To Get Real?

If there was one abiding theme that emerged from the box office in 2015, it was that there was no abiding theme, no safe formula, and no sure-shot genre any more! Sample a cross-section of films that, to varying extents,

From Patiala To Perth Via Plymouth And Philadelphia

Let’s face it, for all the periodic talk we hear about Hindi cinema being on the verge of ‘crossing over’ to a global audience, we remain essentially a very Indian industry, not only in terms of our content but also

Three Cheers (And Four Suggestions) For Mr Benegal

In a most welcome move, the Central Government announced last week the appointment of a six-member committee to suggest recommendations for the restructuring of film censorship in India. As we all know, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is

Capacity Test

And so it is upon us – the ‘Clash Of Titans’, the ‘Battle Royale’, the ‘War-Unto-Death’ and other such bellicose billings that would alarm someone not in the know into thinking that the US and Russia were on the verge

A Living, Loving Legend

The flipside of leading your life as an open book is that, sometimes, people don’t pay it as much attention, or treat it with as much reverence, as they would something else that is shrouded by an aura of opaqueness

Premature Evacuation?

That we are an under-screened nation when it comes to film exhibition is hardly an earth-shattering revelation to the enlightened readership of this film trade magazine. With barely 8,000-8,500 screens available to serve a population of over 120 crore, an

A Welcome Initiative

Over the years, on this page, we have had many a reason to express our dismay, disapproval or disappointment at the actions – and in some cases, inaction – of the official machinery, that have had an adverse impact on

Pay Dirt

In an uncharacteristic display of speedy execution that would in other circumstances be most welcome indeed, and testify to the central government’s professed mission to be more efficient and fleet-footed, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) notified on

A Two-Part Prayer For Our Times

As we enter into Samvat 2072 – the New Year as per the traditional Hindu calendar that Diwali heralds – let’s start with a little prayer that is relevant to the times we live in. To the divine powers-that-be, we

King Of Good Times?

The stage is all set for one of the year’s most awaited films, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, to potentially create box office history when it releases in a few days. It is easy to see why expectations are at a

Title Tattle

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked… perhaps because he wasn’t involved in the film trade! There is plenty indeed in a film’s title, which is why much thought goes into choosing one. And not just thought, very often, exchange of

9 Months Done, Time To Push!

With the final quarter of the calendar year well underway, now is as good a time as any to take stock of how 2015 has fared at the box office so far, and get a sense of where it might

Grow, Or Go

Kapil Dev, aka the Haryana Hurricane, is undoubtedly the greatest pace bowler and all-rounder that Indian cricket has ever seen, as also captain of the first Indian team to win the ODI World Cup – a victory that catapulted the

Territorial Markers

As we all know, the distribution of films in our trade is carried out across various ‘territories’ – the nomenclature and geographical make-up of which betrays their colonial origins. What we also know is that not only do different territories

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TRADE GUP

  • Salman Khan's Dabanng 3 will be co-produced by the superstar and his brother Arbaaz Khan, film might start immediately after actor wraps up Kabir Khan's Tubelight
  • Amitabh Bachchan is extremely happy with the final product of Pink, produced by Shoojit Sircar
  • Saif Ali Khan's Chef postponed due to the actor's injury

IN CONVERSATION

  • John Abraham on Dishoom, making bold choices and why he works at his own sweet pace
  • Saiyami Kher, who will soon make her debut as lead actress in Mirzya, on being directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and how she was finalized for the film
  • Producer Sunita Gowariker sets the record straight about the questions raised regarding the content of Mohenjo Daro and learning the ropes of production with each passing film

STRAIGHT NEWS

  • Trinity Pictures Announces two Indo-Chinese Co Productions, one by Kabir Khan and the other by Siddharth Anand
  • Drishyam Films To Distribute Chauthi Koot across India, barring Punjab
  • ZEEL To launch new channel, Zee Yuva in August