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Finding the box-office balance

One of the most heartening things to happen to the business of cinema is the rise of mid-range hits

Finding the box-office balance
Updated On : 31 May 2024 | 10:17 PM IST

Our focus is to expand in South India, says Ajay Bijli, MD PVR Inox

Just after its launch in the IT city, PVR Inox managing director Ajay Bijli spoke on the company's screen additions, investment strategy, and growth plans

Our focus is to expand in South India, says Ajay Bijli, MD PVR Inox
Updated On : 15 Apr 2024 | 11:44 AM IST

Nayanthara's 75th film 'Annapoorani' removed from Netflix. Here's why

Nayanthara's 'Annapoorani' film has been removed from Netflix amid complaints for hurting 'Hindu religious sentiments'

Nayanthara's 75th film 'Annapoorani' removed from Netflix. Here's why
Updated On : 12 Jan 2024 | 12:00 PM IST

'Was battling cancer while approached for RRKPK' reveals Sharmila Tagore

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore has revealed that she was battling with cancer when filmmaker Karan Johar approached her to play a key role in his movie "Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani". The cinema icon and her son, actor Saif Ali Khan, appeared in the latest episode of Johar's celebrity chat show "Koffee with Karan". In the episode, which dropped on Disney+ Hotstar on Thursday, Johar said he wanted Tagore to play the role of Alia Bhatt's grandmother in the movie, which was released in August. "I had offered Sharmila ji the part played by Shabana (Azmi) ji in 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani'. She was my very first choice. Due to health reasons at that time, she couldn't say yes. but it is a regret I have, the filmmaker said. Tagore, 79, said she didn't want to take a risk during the pandemic as she was not vaccinated. "This is at the height of Covid. They hadn't really grappled with Covid at that time. They didn't know about the vaccine, we were not vaccinated. You know, (it was)

'Was battling cancer while approached for RRKPK' reveals Sharmila Tagore
Updated On : 28 Dec 2023 | 2:33 PM IST

Oscar 2024: India's official entry '2018' fails to make it to final 15

Malayalam film "2018: Everyone is a Hero", India's official entry in the international feature film category at the 2024 Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. The Jude Anthany Joseph-directed film failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 films for the category, which was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on Friday. Jonathan Glazer's historical drama "The Zone of Interest" (UK), Denmark's "The Promised Land", starring Mads Mikkelsen, and "Perfect Days" from Japan are being billed as the frontrunners of the category. The shortlist also includes Amerikatsi (Armenia), The Monk and the Gun (Bhutan), Fallen Leaves (Finland), The Taste of Things (France), The Teachers' Lounge (Germany), Godland (Iceland), Io Capitano (Italy), Totem (Mexico), The Mother of All Lies (Morocco), Society of the Snow (Spain), Four Daughters (Tunisia) and 20 Days in Mariupol (Ukraine). Films from 88 countries were eligible in the category. The shortlisted movies will advan

Oscar 2024: India's official entry '2018' fails to make it to final 15
Updated On : 22 Dec 2023 | 11:40 AM IST

The growing market for Indian cinema

Jawan's box office performance shows that more Indians and non-Indians are now watching our films on more screens than ever before

The growing market for Indian cinema
Updated On : 19 Sep 2023 | 10:16 PM IST

Jawan cements comeback king Shah Rukh Khan's new avatar brands can't ignore

From king of romance to muscular hero, experts welcome actor's star turn that Pathaan usher in earlier this year

Jawan cements comeback king Shah Rukh Khan's new avatar brands can't ignore
Updated On : 10 Sep 2023 | 11:55 PM IST

Why Ramayana adaptation Adipurush is in the eye of storm in Nepal, India

Protests have erupted over reference to Sita as India's daughter, and dialogues, graphics that are seen as banal, shoddy

Why Ramayana adaptation Adipurush is in the eye of storm in Nepal, India
Updated On : 20 Jun 2023 | 5:08 PM IST

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai actor Vaibhavi Upadhyaya dies in car accident

Vaibhavi was travelling with her fiance in Himachal Pradesh when their car lost control at a sharp bend, reports said

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai actor Vaibhavi Upadhyaya dies in car accident
Updated On : 24 May 2023 | 12:54 PM IST

Anupamaa, Om Shanti Om actor Nitesh Pandey dies of cardiac arrest

Nitesh's demise has left the entertainment industry in mourning, and celebrities are now paying their heartfelt tributes to the late actor

Anupamaa, Om Shanti Om actor Nitesh Pandey dies of cardiac arrest
Updated On : 24 May 2023 | 12:07 PM IST

Pathaan has brought our zest back: Yash Raj Films CEO Akshaye Widhani

'Our primary source of income is film - whether we get it through theatrical, catalogue licensing, music income - it is all film'

Pathaan has brought our zest back: Yash Raj Films CEO Akshaye Widhani
Updated On : 24 Mar 2023 | 8:08 PM IST

Actor Sameer Khakhar who played role of Khopdi in 'Nukkad', dies at 71

Actor Sameer Khakhar, best known for playing the lovable drunk Khopdi in the classic 1980s TV serial "Nukkad", died at a hospital here in the early hours of Wednesday due to multiple organ failure. The actor, who was most recently seen in the Prime Video series "Farzi" and moved to the US in the 1990s for a few years to become a software developer, was 71. Sameer Khakhar was admitted to MM Hospital in Borivali in suburban Mumbai on Tuesday morning following respiratory issues, his younger brother Ganesh Khakhar told PTI. "He had respiratory problems since yesterday and later became unconscious. We called the doctor at home and were asked to hospitalise him. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of MM Hospital," he said. "Slowly and gradually, he suffered multiple organ failure. He was unconscious and then he collapsed. He passed away at 4.30 am today," Ganesh Khakhar added. The last rites were conducted at a Borivali crematorium in the presence of his family and some friends

Actor Sameer Khakhar who played role of Khopdi in 'Nukkad', dies at 71
Updated On : 15 Mar 2023 | 1:55 PM IST

On the world stage

Oscar win will further redefine national cinema

On the world stage
Updated On : 13 Mar 2023 | 10:45 PM IST

National Film Heritage Mission a lifeline to Indian cinema: Anurag Thakur

Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur has said that nearly 1,300 feature and 1,062 short films and documentaries have been digitised under the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). Thakur, who reviewed the progress made under the Mission during his visit to the National Film Archives of India in Pune on Saturday, said an additional 2,500 feature and shorts films and documentaries were in the pipeline to be digitized. Till date, 1,293 feature and 1,062 shorts and documentaries have been digitized in 4K and 2K resolution, an official statement said. It said conservation works on 1,433 celluloid reels have been completed in collaboration with an International Agency, L'immagine Ritrovata, the world's foremost expert in film conservation. NFHM is giving a new lifeline to the heritage of Indian cinema, where many films which were not previously accessible at all, will be made available to audience worldwide in the best quality available, while simultaneously ensuring the

National Film Heritage Mission a lifeline to Indian cinema: Anurag Thakur
Updated On : 12 Mar 2023 | 5:13 PM IST

Satish Kaushik, master of the spontaneous who radiated joie de vivre

From Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Mr India to Mandi, Kaushik leaves an indelible mark on Indian cinema

Satish Kaushik, master of the spontaneous who radiated joie de vivre
Updated On : 09 Mar 2023 | 4:40 PM IST

We have crafted a unique cinematic language through films: Smriti Mundhra

"We analysed those films, the intentional cinematic language and in what way it was reflecting the country's history and the zeitgeist of the times"

We have crafted a unique cinematic language through films: Smriti Mundhra
Updated On : 09 Mar 2023 | 1:20 AM IST

Pathaan nets Rs 1,028 cr worldwide, claims No. 1 Hindi film tag in India

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's "Pathaan" has become the all-time number one Hindi film in India by raising Rs 1028 crore worldwide since its release in January, said Yash Raj Films (YRF). According to the studio, the Siddharth Anand directorial raised Rs 1.07 crore nett in India (Hindi 1.05 crore, all dubbed versions 0.02 crore) on its sixth Friday. "The total worldwide gross is an incredible 1028 crore (India gross : 641.50 crore, overseas : 386.50 crore)" YRF said in a press note. The movie, a mega comeback vehicle for Shah Rukh after his absence from leading man roles for more than four years, released on January 25 to great hype and record advance bookings. "It feels incredible that 'Pathaan' is now the number one Hindi film in India today! The love and appreciation that has been showered on 'Pathaan' by audiences is historic and it shows in the box office result. As a director, I'm proud that I made a film that has entertained people globally," Anand said in a statement. The n

Pathaan nets Rs 1,028 cr worldwide, claims No. 1 Hindi film tag in India
Updated On : 05 Mar 2023 | 9:51 PM IST

India has fewer movie screens per million people than peer economies

Sharp rise in global cinema revenues expected by 2026

India has fewer movie screens per million people than peer economies
Updated On : 03 Mar 2023 | 6:06 PM IST

Pathaan, fan clubs, and single screens

From about 10,000 over a decade back, India is now down to about 8,700 screens

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Updated On : 20 Feb 2023 | 10:32 PM IST