Archive for category India

India’s Film Industry — A $10 Billion Business Trapped In A $2 Billion Body

Rob Cain India has the largest democracy in the world. A huge and fast growing middle class. It makes more movies than any other country, 1,500 to 2,000 annually. And its people are famously fanatical about those movies and their movie stars. By almost any measure, India should be the world’s highest grossing territory in […]

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In India, the slow (slow) death of a black-and-white film maker

Shashank Bengali In a musty reception room high in the southern Indian hills, a photo booth the size of a walk-in closet promises black-and-white pictures in four minutes. Groovy track lights illuminate a display table piled with X-ray film and movie-reel canisters. They were among the flagship products of Hindustan Photo Films, but the state-owned […]

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Film workers’ strike called off

A strike by Mumbai film industry workers seeking higher wages that disrupted cinema and television shooting has been called off, the strikers announced on Sunday. The Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE) ended the strike on Saturday midnight following talks with the producers’ association. “The strike is off as of midnight,” FWICE president Kamlesh […]

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Hyderabad’s Tollywood: Inside the world’s biggest film-studio complex

Outstripping Bollywood, it’s the biggest film-studio complex in the world and one of India’s most popular tourist attractions. Photographer Kalpesh Lathigra went to Hyderabad to explore behind the scenes Andrew Buncombe Everyone knows Bollywood. The Hindi film industry in Mumbai, long famed for its lavish song-and-dance routines and unlikely plot lines, is not only beloved […]

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Film and TV writers on strike over royalty issues

Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi After years of a stand-off with producers over credit, and royalty issues, writers in the film industry have gone on strike, and the television and movie business has shut down for the time being. “Yes, we are on strike since yesterday, and the reasons are simple. The working […]

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South Film Industry to Shut Down For Kamal Haasan’s Skill Workshop

Karthik Kumar Kamal Haasan, the incumbent chairman of the Media and Entertainment Skills Council (MESC), has formally announced a massive skill certification program for employees in the film industry at the eighth edition of Global Skills Summit held in New Delhi last week. Addressing the gathering which was also attended by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of […]

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Crisis grips Tamil Film Industry

A major crisis has gripped the Tamil Film Industry, popularly called as Kollywood following a split. It is a split wide open in the Tamil Film Producer’s Council (TFPC). The council had last night decreed that no films would be released tomorrow in protest against alleged high-handedness by Tamil Film Exhibitors Association General Secretary Pannerselvam. […]

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No end to Kannada film industry’s miseries

MURALIDHARA KHAJANE Govt. yet to release subsidies for selected films Inordinate delay by the government in releasing subsidy for selected films has become a cause of concern for the crisis-ridden Kannada industry. Filmmakers are demanding the release of subsidy by the end of every financial year. The Karnataka government, which was offering subsidy for 50 […]

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PhD holders in theatres arts to get platform to enter film industry in Telangana

Ch Sushil Rao,TNN HYDERABAD: The film industry in Telangana will soon see the entry of doctorate holders. In a first step towards that as many as 60 PhD holders in theatres arts from Telugu University, Osmania University and Hyderabad Central University, will stage three plays at Ravindra Bharathi in the city on August 19. Predictably, […]

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‘Colour bubble created about Bengali film industry’

A colour bubble has been created about Bengali film industry which will bust very soon, director Suman Mukhopadhyay has said. There has to be a parameter for success “when we tout all the releases as successful hits and create a colour bubble,” Suman, whose ‘Sesher Kobita’ on Tagore’s lyrical piece of work, was commercially released […]

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