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Be Careful What You Wish For…

Almost a month back, on May 19, 2017, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council announced a 4-tier structure of GST rates – 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent – covering the vast majority of products and services traded

The Missing Dimension

Let us start this week’s note by testing your knowledge of trade trivia. Question: What did the 55th highest (if you can call it that!) grosser from the 226 Hindi films that released in India in 2016 have in common

Genre-ally Speaking 2: Show Me The Money!

In our edit note last week, (Genre-ally Speaking 1: A Tale Of Many Tales, issue dated May 27, 2017) we had commented on how the genre pool of successful Hindi films has widened considerably in the last few years. We

Genre-ally Speaking 1 : A Tale Of Many Tales

Hindi cinema has often been accused, not unjustifiably so, of following a certain herd mentality wherein the success of one film begets a host of me-toos who hope to recreate the same magic. And that is true at a larger

The World Is Flat?

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the six major global studios, recently released the Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2016. Published annually, the report offers many insights into the state of the international film business and the

Baahubali: The Conquest

Astounding, stupendous, meteoric, unprecedented, stunning, smashing, amazing… you could run through the entire gamut of adjectives expressing awe and wonder and you would still be hard-pressed to truly describe the full extent of what Baahubali: The Conclusion has achieved

Curtains For The Window?

CinemaCon, the annual convention of the US-based National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in Las Vegas, is primarily a celebration of the theatrical experience and a great opportunity for distributors, technology/equipment providers, food and beverage suppliers, et al to reach

Gently Into The Night

Greatness can assume many different shapes and forms and it is a destination that can be arrived at through many different paths. There are those who achieve greatness by devoting their entire lives to the single-minded pursuit of perfection in

A Blessed Journey

I started working at the age of 12 but life took a 180-degree turn the day I met Mani Ratnam for Roja. Honestly, I didn’t intend to do a lot of movies but Mani Ratnam was a temptation I couldn’t

Well Begun Is A Quarter Done?

Is it just us or is time really racing by?! We had barely finished with post-mortems of 2016 and here we are, well into the second quarter of the year. That being so, now is as good a time as

IPL@10

April 18, 2008. M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Speedster Zaheer Khan, representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s team is to deliver the first ever ball of the Indian Premier League to Sourav Ganguly, who is taking first strike for the Kolkata Knight

Home Ground Advantage?

The engine that powers the world economy, the mighty superpower that will soon overtake the US as the fulcrum of global geopolitics, the last bastion of communism – whatever else China might have been characterised as, a magnet for medical

Unthinking Cap

On Wednesday, March 15, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented the state’s annual Budget in Bengaluru. Among the many proposals in his Budget speech was one to regulate multiplexes by capping ticket prices at `200.  Ostensibly, this decision is in response

A Tale Of Two Trajectories

One trend we have often touched upon on this page is the substantial traction that Hollywood films have gained in the Indian market over the last few years. The trade’s attention, quite understandably, tends to be grabbed by milestones and

A Matter Of Timing?

With last week’s release Rangoon unfortunately not living up to the promise held out by its grand trailer and stellar cast and crew, the length of the film is being pointed at by some as a key factor behind the

No Country For Old Men…Or Women?

For some years now, economic and strategic think tanks at home and abroad have been abuzz with predictions of India rising rapidly as an economic – and by extension, a geopolitical – powerhouse in the near future. This heartening prophecy

Uncommon Wealth Records

As Dangal’s phenomenal, all-conquering run at the box office draws to a close, now is a good time to take stock of – and marvel at – the spectacular numbers and records achieved by what is now the highest-grossing Hindi

Judge Dread

India has often been described, not unjustifiably, as a functioning anarchy. Credit for the ‘functioning’ part of that description should largely go to our judiciary, which very often steps in to get the two other pillars of the nation’s governance

Clowning un-Glory

Dictionaries define the medieval concept of the ‘court jester’ as: ‘a clown or buffoon who is employed by a noble or royal for entertainment; also called fool’. Sounds familiar? It does read like a pretty apt description of how we,

City Scan

During the course of various studies on this page, we have often seen that while the healthy top line of certain films and the occasional good quarter may sometimes present a decent macro picture, zooming in to ground level shows

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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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Trade Gup

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  • Phantom to clash with Reliance Phantom
  • Zee to acquire UTV Movies
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  • Freewheeling with Sidharth Malhotra after Ittefaq

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