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Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India

Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India
Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.

The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.

This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.

“‘Dangal’ tells us that an Indian film done well can not only release in China, but be the No. 1. ‘Dangal’ tells us that there is no glass ceiling,
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Viacom 18 Exits China-India Movie ‘Kung Fu Yoga’

Viacom 18 Exits China-India Movie ‘Kung Fu Yoga’
Viacom 18 has ended its participation in Jackie Chan-starring film “Kung Fu Yoga,” which recently began shooting in Dubai.

Reasons for Viacom18’s withdrawal are unclear. “We had every intent to collaborate with ‘Kung Fu Yoga.’ However things didn’t work out as planned,” said Viacom 18 in an emailed statement. “But we are optimistic about more such partnerships in the future.”

The film is directed by Stanley Tong (“Rumble In The Bronx,” “Jackie Chan’s First Strike”) and also stars Sonu Sood, actress Ileana, Hong Kong’s Aarif Rahman and Chinese character actor Zhang Guoli.

The withdrawal means that one of the very few film co-productions involving India and China, has lost its Indian partner. Viacom18 is one of the biggest Bollywood studios, has connections in Indian TV and is also one of the few Indian companies with its own multi-territory distribution structure.

The Chinese production companies Shinework Media and Taihe,
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‘Monk Xuan Zang’ Set As China-India Co-Production

‘Monk Xuan Zang’ Set As China-India Co-Production
Bollywood major Eros Intl. and China Film Corp. will co-produce “Monk Xuan Zang.”

The film may be the first to be made using a bilateral co-production agreement between the two giant neighbors, which have until recently had only minimal film industry contact.

The movie is based on the life of a Chinese monk and will star Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming. It will be directed by China’s Huo Jianq. Details of budget, other casting and timing were not available.

The deal was announced in Beijing by Cfc head La Peikang; Kumar Ahuja, president, business development for Eros Intl. Media; and Tong Gang, vice minister for China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. It comes at a moment when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to the Chinese capital.

Along with next week’s release of Disney India’s record-breaking film “Pk” and last year’s treaty signing,
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Deepikas elaborate stunts in Rajinikanth starrer

Deepikas elaborate stunts in Rajinikanth starrer
Very early in her career when she did two back-to-back double roles in Om Shanti Om and Chandni Chowk To China, Deepika Padukone got to do some martial arts in the latter. But nothing like what she has done in the new Rajinikanth release Kochadaiyaan. Since then Deepika has been pining to show her athletic skills on screen. Says the actress, "I come from a family where sports is a given. We are very outdoor types. Doing my own stunts on screen is a dream situation for me." Deepika's one 10-minute stunt in Kochadaiyaan has been choreographed by Peter Hein. Hein has done the stunts for Rajinikanth's Robot. Apparently Rajinikanth personally requested Hein to make Deepika's action sequences "super-hero styled." Deepika's stunning stunts in Kochadaiyaan are described by the film's co-producer K Murli Manohar as "never before action by a female star from any part of the world...on a
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Deepika Padukone: Ayan Mukerji is one of the best directors : Trade News

Deepika Padukone can be expected to be perky and energetic practically every time one interacts with her. The lady hasn't changed one bit from her Om Shanti Om days. She may have done a male oriented Chandni Chowk To China in the interim period or delivered a career defining performance in Cocktail. However the spunk in her voice and the love for movies has been uniform all throughout. Read More...
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Deepika Padukone amazed by her Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani director Ayan Mukerji

Deepika Padukone can be expected to be perky and energetic practically every time one interacts with her. The lady hasn't changed one bit from her Om Shanti Om days. She may have done a male oriented Chandni Chowk To China in the interim period or delivered a career defining performance in Cocktail. However the spunk in her voice and the love for movies has been uniform all throughout. The same holds true now, even as she began 2013 with a 100 crore successes in the form of Ra
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Deepika turns Gujarati?

Deepika Padukone, has come a long way since her debut in Srk’s home production and super hit, Om Shanti Om, and has ventured into different roles (‘Sakhi/Suzy’ in Chandni Chowk To China, ‘Shonali’ in Karthik Calling Karthik and ‘Veronica’ in the recent Cocktail), and more recently, is due to appear in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela opposite Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl star Ranveer Singh.

Deepika is set to play a Gujarati girl in which she’ll need to dance accordingly. According to one source close to the film sets, Bhansali asked Deepika to dance similarly to Aishwarya’s garba dancing (traditional Gujarati dance) .

Lead actress, Deepika is going to no end in terms of her character in this film, and to further get into the skin of her Gujarati character, Deepika also went on some festive shopping with her designer and stylist to Gujarati shopping centres and picked up lavish ghaghra cholis.
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Delhi Safari is a complete entertainer: Nikhil Advani

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Nikhil Advani, the director of Kal Ho Na Ho, Chandni Chowk To China, Salaam-e-Ishq and Patiala House, says his latest directorial venture Delhi Safari is a complete entertainer, packed with great music.

“It has got fun, lots of tamasha (drama), lots of energy and lots of great music,” Nikhil said here at the music launch of the film.Read More
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Nikhil Advani’s next to feature eight leading Bollywood actresses

Nikhil Advani, director of Kal Ho Na Ho, Salaam-e-Ishq, Chandni Chowk to China and Patiala House is currently working on a number of scripts, one of which is a female orientated multi-starrer, reportedly featuring up to eight Bollywood beauties. Names that are currently being touted include Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Genelia D’Souza.

Ask Nikhil and he shares “It is too premature. I am talking to everybody and it is quite exciting because it will give me an opportunity to work with some of the actors and actresses who I think are known as ‘classic’ in the film industry.” However, the last time Nikhil attempted a multi-starrer was with ‘Salam-e-Ishq’ back in 2007, which despite twelve stars, including the likes of Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham and Vidya Balan, failed miserably at the box office, with both fans and critics alike.

Readers may
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Kill Bill series with Neetu Chandra

Kill Bill series with Neetu Chandra
A black belt in martial arts, Neetu Chandra is done with the veil. Lately seen immersed in efforts to fit into the image of the good domesticated future wife to actor Randeep Hooda, Neetu had consciously discarded her bindaas bold and provocative image for the sake of love, commitment and impending matrimony.

But now we hear the relationship has for all practical purposes reached a dead end. With Hooda's career on a sudden if not a steep upturn, we hear Neetu is tired of fitting into the good girlfriend ideal wife-material slot.

While the industry was talking of a wedding date, Neetu we hear has other plans. She is ready to strike back on screen, this time in a desiavatar of Uma Thurman's kickass role in Kill Bill. The stunts would be on a par with what our Bollywood he-men do in action scenes.

In collaboration with producer Siddhartha Jain,
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Katrina Kaif getting in shape for action role

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Priyanka Chopra did it for Krissh, Deepika Padukone for Chandni Chowk to China and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did it for Jodhaa Akbar. All three ladies took their roles to heart by training for their countless stunts in their respective films. These days it’s not about the action scenes containing the actors but all about the actresses who pull off awesome stunts Charlies Angels style. Among them, Katrina Kaif will be joining the list because she will soon be seen doing her own action scenes soon. For what film you ask? Dhoom 3!

With the highly anticipated film’s first schedule coming up, Katrina is not sitting around. She is taking all the help and tips she can get from an international fitness instructor to train her accordingly for Dhoom 3.

A source told Toi, “Kat will have hardcore action scenes in “Dhoom 3″, almost at par with that of costar Aamir Khan.
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Will Hollywood ever conquer Bollywood?

Us-Indian co-productions have performed dismally – but Bollywood's need for global expertise could reverse the trend

When WikiLeaks went public with diplomatic cable 248355 last April, it revealed that even the Americans weren't too optimistic about their chances of breaching one of the last bastions against them: "Unfortunately, all of the joint Hollywood-Bollywood productions released thus far have been unsuccessful at the box office, signalling that a successful entry into Bollywood is not easy," some unsparing bureaucrat had written. Perhaps there was also a note of admiration there, for another country with a formidable popular cinema (about a 90% share of its own market), and a deep resistance to watching anything foreign.

But Hollywood isn't quitting yet. This week sees the release in India and the UK of the latest Hollywood wolf in Bollywood clothing, 20th Century Fox's Ekk Deewana Tha. A glossy-looking romantic drama with a pair of extremely winsome leads in
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Ramesh Sippy to replace Om Puri as Nfdc chairperson

Ramesh Sippy to replace Om Puri as Nfdc chairperson
Noted film director Ramesh Sippy has been appointed Chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc). He replaces veteran actor Om Puri.

The I&B ministry has also appointed Jawahar Wattal and Odiya cinematographer A K Bir as independent directors.

Ramesh Sippy is well known for directing films like Sholay (1975), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) and Andaz (1971). Recently he had produced films like Dum Maaro Dum (2011) and Chandni Chowk to China (2009).
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Open Forum at Mff: everything you wanted to know from funding to taxation

Open Forum at Mff: everything you wanted to know from funding to taxation
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival that begins on October 13 will not only present some of the most awaited films of the year for cinephiles in Mumbai, but also host discussions on contemporary and relevant issues concerning the filmmaking community. Open Forum, that will be held daily from October 14-20 between 2 pm-3pm will touch upon topics like crowd-funding, digital filmmaking, queer portrayal in Indian cinema, state of Indian screen-writing and independent filmmaking.

Innovative co-productions & crowd-funding: a way forward …?

In Open Forum on October 14, a panel comprising Ketan Mehta, Sanjeev Lamba and Sanjay Suri will talk about innovative co-production methods including crowd-funding which can minimize the risks of a single producer in a project. Sanjeev Lamba is the CEO of Reliance Big Entertainment while Sanjay Suri was the associate producer of Onir’s I Am which is one of the first crowd-funded films in India.

Have Digital tools helped Cinema …?

In
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Star Vs. Star: Are film critics worth their salt?

Star Vs. Star: Are film critics worth their salt?
When it comes to certain stars, the film makes money regardless of what the reviewer says. Then they start looking like small street dogs barking at a huge elephant: Shyam Benegal

Quite a few things in cinema transcend logic, and this is one of them. Films that stick like a bone in the throat of film reviewers go on to do phenomenal business at the box office (yes, we may be referring to Bodyguard) while films that are praised liberally are often left famished when it comes to making money. There seems to be a discord between filmmakers, film reviewers and the audience in the largest film-producing country of the world. What then is the role of a film reviewer and a film review in a space that is churning out all kinds of cinema parallely?

“Your reader has to know much more than whether the film is good or bad,
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Mid Year Review: 2011’s Five Highest Grossing Films

It is that time of the year – and hasn’t it gone by so fast. We are already halfway through 2011 and it is time to have a review of what you, the Cine Goer, has gone to see. Ladies and Gents, I give you the Mid Year Top 5 Grossing Films of the year so far.

Patiala House

Starring – Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Armaan Kirmani

Director – Nikhil Advani

Producer – Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Zoeb Springwala

Music – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Release Date – February 11, 2011

February saw director Advani and co scriptwriter Anvita Dutt retreading the all too familiar ‘family drama’ formula. After the disaster that was Chandni Chowk to China, Patiala House saw the Kumar-Advani team try to make amends. Shot across London with a release ahead of the World Cricket Tournament, Patiala House earned mixed reviews. Rajeev Masand gave the film 1.5 out of 5 saying the film
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Delhi Belly banned in Nepal

Delhi Belly banned in Nepal
Just two years ago, Akshay Kumar starrer Chandni Chowk To China was banned in Nepal when it released. And now, just two days post its release, Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly, which stars Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur has been banned in the Himalayan kingdom. This ban ruling comes after the Nepal Censor Board recommended approximately five dialogue cuts in the film. However, due to non-compliance of the directive by cinema halls, which were screening the film sans the cuts, the board has decided to ban the film altogether.
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Delhi Belly banned in Nepal

Delhi Belly banned in Nepal
Just two years ago, Akshay Kumar starrer Chandni Chowk To China was banned in Nepal when it released. And now, just two days post its release, Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly, which stars Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur has been banned in the Himalayan kingdom. This ban ruling comes after the Nepal Censor Board recommended approximately five dialogue cuts in the film. However, due to non-compliance of the directive by cinema halls, which were screening the film sans the cuts, the board has decided to ban the film altogether.
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Akshay Kumar sings for 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'

Akshay Kumar sings for 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'
Akshay Kumar has provided lead vocals for the title track to Khatron Ke Khiladi. The fourth season show, which begins airing in June, is the Indian version of the Fear Factor format. A source revealed: "The show involves a true test of grit and stamina, along with a spurt of ultimate adrenaline rush to overcome the various deadly tasks set out for the contestants." Kumar had earlier sung in the films Khatta Meetha, Chandni Chowk to China and Singh (more)
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Akshay Kumar to star in mythological film

Akshay Kumar to star in mythological film
Akshay Kumar is to appear in a mythological production based on the Hindu god Hanuman. According to Mid Day, the action star wants the project to be relevant to Indian audiences. "It's something that I've promised my son Aarav. Not quite the Western model of a superhero, but a superhero more identifiable with our own culture," said Kumar. After Chandni Chowk to China (more)
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