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Divine Inspiration

It’s an old joke but the passage of time hasn’t made it any less funny: a professor of creative writing explained to his class that the four key ingredients of commercial writing were royalty, sex, religion and mystery as they

Chinese Checkers

We often like to think of ourselves as, admittedly, not an equal, but at least a parallel bastion of power to Hollywood in the global filmmaking pecking order. The US may be the world’s biggest film industry in revenue terms,

Normal is Boring?

An English expression thought to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse states: may you live in interesting times. At first, it appears puzzling that the phrase would be considered malicious or bearing ill-will. Aren’t ‘interesting times’ preferable to

Minority Report

Testimonials to the love affair that Indians have with cinema – and film stars – can be found everywhere – from the posters glued on the walls of small-town barber shops, to the hand-painted star portraits decorating bhel-puri carts, and

Club 100: Admit Two

As we motor on towards Diwali, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story continues to light up the box office with its crackling performance. With a three-week tally of Rs.118 crore (excluding dubbed versions) and counting, the film’s collections’ trajectory is not

Community Service

In so many ways, the India we live in today is a product of the events and developments that took place in the 1990s. Chief among these is the economic liberalisation programme undertaken by the Finance Minister at that time,

A Significant Quarter

The recently-concluded third quarter of 2016 was a very interesting period indeed for the trade, and that’s putting it mildly.  Q3 both began and ended with a bang, thanks to Sultan and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story that marked the

‘More’ Of The Same

The good news is that thanks to a late surge by the rain gods in the last couple of weeks – a period when typically the monsoon starts receding – India shall experience what is classified as ‘normal’ rainfall this

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

Message Delivered

There is much to marvel at and appreciate in this week’s release, Pink – an intelligent and well-crafted screenplay that is deftly and assuredly brought to life by the director; and every department, whether cinematography, editing, background score or art

United, To Vilify

Regular readers (if any!) of this page will hopefully attest that at every possible opportunity, we try to convey a positive message and project an optimistic outlook in our editorials. After all, as a trade journal whose target audience is

The Sun Always Rises

Three years ago, while working on the centerpiece of our 4th anniversary issue, we visited the offices of the leading film studios and production houses in the country to interact with the teams there. The objective was to get an

Devil’s Alternative

If birds of a feather flock together, why do opposites attract? If more is indeed merrier, why is three a crowd? If you should never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, why should you cross the bridge

Occasion-ally Speaking

Festivals and public holidays are usually a time for families and communities to come together for shared celebrations or commemorations. In the film business, however, marquee holidays have recently become the catalyst for some pretty heavy-duty clashes of high-profile films

The Size Of The Prize

With the success ratio of films in our trade being as abysmal as it is, it is not surprising that producing and releasing films is often compared to going to the casino – you know the odds are stacked massively

GST, Yes… Galling Sin Tax, No

Late on Wednesday (August 3, 2016), the Rajya Sabha finally passed the Constitutional (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill 2014, thereby successfully overcoming the most formidable obstacle remaining in ushering in what has been heralded as the most significant tax

Hear Today, Else Gone Tomorrow

The week that went by saw the curtain come down on email, chat and search pioneer Yahoo!, or at the very least, its existence as an independent company, now that Verizon has bought it out. For many of us of

Piracy Posers

With a sickening frequency that seems to have inured us into believing that it is virtually inevitable, unreleased films are being made available for illicit and free consumption on pirate websites and bootlegged DVDs and memory cards. In the last

Wrestle Mania

We head to press celebrating the astounding first week collections of Sultan. In this fickle, unforgiving and usually heartbreaking business that we are a part of, there are few things as bankable as a Salman Khan release on Eid –

Troll Tax

Franklin D Roosevelt is widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever Presidents of the United States, having led the country out of the Great Depression of the early 1930s as also to victory over Nazi Germany and its allies in

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Poster Boys110.31Cr10.31Cr
Daddy15.86Cr5.86Cr
The Rally11.54Lk1.54Lk
Sameer12.86Lk2.86Lk
Mr. Kabaadi11.61Lk1.61Lk
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