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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

Worst Among Unequals

In the run-up to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that was held last week in Davos, a study highlighting growing inequalities of wealth across the world was released by Oxfam, a global confederation of NGOs and charitable

Report Scarred

The year kicked off in right earnest this week, with 2017’s first releases hitting the screens on Friday, and a host of A-league biggies waiting in the wings. Indeed, if you check out the release calendar compiled on the ‘Next

Pitch Report

Sometimes, the most effective way to appreciate how far you have come is to remember where you were. So with tongue only slightly in cheek, here’s our throwback to the past. Imagine, if you will, that we are in the

’16’s Significant 10

There are good years, bad years, mediocre years… and then you have absolutely topsy-turvy years like the one we just witnessed! A year in which some pretty heavy artillery misfired while some unheralded underdogs punched way above their weight. A

Scar-city?

In our edit note a couple of weeks ago, (Screen Short?, issue dated December 10, 2016) we had examined how India compared with other major film centers across the world in terms of screen density or the availability of film

Money For Nothing… Dire Straits?

Last month, on the evening of November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the startling announcement that `500 and `1,000 notes would cease to be legal tender in a few hours’ time, we, like much of the country, had

Screen Short

Occasionally, on this page, we crunch some numbers to examine where the Indian film industry stands vis-à-vis the major film markets globally on various parameters. In one such recent study, (Chinese Checkers, issue dated November 19, 2016), we had compared

Her-story Repeats Itself?

The film trade, much like the nation at large, continues to grapple with the acute cash shortage and a very visible slowdown in consumer spending. Thankfully, in this gloomy climate of financial uncertainty, some much-needed cheer has been provided by

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

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As on 23rd December, 2017
FilmsWeekWeeklyTotal
Modi Kaka Ka Gaon182.47K82.47K
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle*128.60Cr28.60Cr
Tiger Zinda Hai183.60Cr83.60Cr
Journey Of Bhangover304.50K04.50K
Ek Andekha Sach35.64K5.64K
Game Of Ayodhya311.6K11.6LK
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