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The Jungle Book Of Records

The big (make that HUGE!) news from the month that went by is that of the astounding collections clocked by The Jungle Book. There was a lot that the film had going for it. For one, a narrative with an

Screening Room – Doom Or Boom?

CinemaCon, the annual convention of the North American Theatres Association (NATO) in Las Vegas that yours truly had the occasion to attend, had much to offer this year – the star power of folks such as Will Smith, Russell Crowe,

Parallel Universe?

Last week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released the Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2015, at CinemaCon, the annual convention of North American Theatre Owners (NATO) in Las Vegas. The report, a much-awaited yearly exercise, offers many insights

Adults Only?

With school vacations underway, one is sure that for a certain section of our readership, making plans to keep their kids suitably engaged and entertained is currently consuming a substantial portion of their energies. And with patience and serenity not

In Recovery Mode?

With the first quarter of 2016 having ended last week, now is a good time to take stock of how the year is unfolding, and more importantly, try and figure out where we are in the depression-recovery-boom-bust cycle that our

Diwali On Ram Navami?

The first quarter of 2016 has drawn to a close, and while we will present a detailed Q1 report on this page next week after compiling all the figures, it would be fair to say that thanks to films like

Screen Test

Whenever tradewallahs discuss a film promo or a campaign that has just been launched, among the first comments that you hear are those deeming the product ‘multiplex-friendly’ or, alternatively, skewed towards ‘single-screen audiences’. Underlying this distinction is the belief that

Buy One, Get One Free

Just days remain before two of the most iconic fictional characters of all time come face-to-face on screen. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases worldwide – including here in India – on March 25 to great expectations. While a

Monkey Off Fox’s Back?

Question: What is the most effective way to to end up with Rs 100 crore in our line of work? Answer: Start with Rs 1,000 crore! It’s an old joke but still manages to evoke a chuckle because like most great

Figures Of Speech

And so it is behind us now, the most important annual policy announcement of the central government – or, as some would say, that time of the year when the sarkaar puts its mouth where our money is – the

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

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