Monthly Archives: September 2009
BOI : 2009 has seen only three major success in the form of Wanted (Blockbuster/Super Hit), Love Aaj Kal (Super Hit) and New York (Hit).September 30, 2009 | shetty 1
Thursday 1st October 2009 09.00 IST
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The industry has had a very poor 2009 till date with two months being taken out as there were no releases due to the strike. The box office has not been …
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Lakshmi
Directed by: Chakri Toleti
The Empty Nest, Inglourious Basterds, and Broken Embraces are just a few of the films to be showcased at the event, which will pay tribute to India.
The festival will be officially opened Thursday with a screening of Hindi Film Taare Zamen, by director Aamir Khan. In 2009 Bogocine’s guest of honour is the nation of India, in order to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Therefore, festival directors have chosen films that reflect the color and scent of sandalwood that almost impregnates Indian cinema, one of the oldest – and certainly one of the best developed film industries – in the world.
Newspaper El Espectador reports that Colombians will be able to experience dance, poetry, and drama from India’s main film sites: Mumbai (better known as Bollywood), Chennai, and Hyderabad, which in 2007 produced 1,132 films, a feat that owes much to India’s cultural diversity.
Until October 9, Bogocine will screen 120 films from 32 countries in 10 different categories.Colombia will be represented by the film Flashback (which is also currently participating in Bogota’s Horror Film Festival); El Man: National Superhero; Voice of the Wings; and Christmas Eve.
Akshay Kumar is in serious need of a hit, after consecutive flops such as Chandni Chowk to China, 8×10 Tasveer and the critically panned Kambakkht Ishq. Jumbo, for which he lent his voice also bombed at the box office when …
MIRZAPUR, India – Young boys climbed trees and villagers crowded rooftops in a tiny dusty village in northern India Sunday to catch a glimpse of Academy Award winner Julia Roberts shooting her new film, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Scores of …
(Doggie Dhoni has done it again. After the world twenty20 humiliation, India has another disgraceful exit. Trying to save good friend RP Singh, he repeatedly kept Praveen Kumar on the bench, knowing fully well that if given a chance Praveen …
Following on from my POKIRI and OKKADU reviews. From the three Mahesh Babu films I’ve seen I would take OKKADU and then POKIRI followed lastly by ATHADU. The film was remade recently as EK-THE POWER OF ONE with Bobby Deol …
As far as Marvel Comic Book characters go, my two absolute favourites are Daredevil and The Punisher. More popular ones like SPIDERMAN and X-MEN too make the mark, but theyâ€™re not quite as dark as these two, specially Punisher. …
The film should cross 50 crore nett by the end of week two.
Tuesday 28th September 2009 12.30 IST
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Wanted has grossed around 11.50 crore nett over its second weekend which included Dusshera Monday. The film now has an 11 day total of near 45.75 crore nett. Wanted continues to perform fabulously at single screens all over with hindi belt showing hardly any drops from first weekend. Multiplexes in the big cities are giving average performance but due to single screens being so big it makes it look like multiplexes are poor.
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC explores the existential perils of the American West inThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men.
Interview by Stephen Pizzello and Jean Oppenheimer
Edited by Stephen Pizzello and Rachael K. Bosley
Unit Photography by Kimberly French (Jesse James) and Richard Foreman, SMPSP (No Country)
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC is not one to rest on his laurels. The five-time Academy Award nominee has two films currently in theaters (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and In the Valley of Elah), one opening next month (No Country for Old Men), and another in postproduction (Revolutionary Road). When AC recently paid a visit to his Santa Monica home, he came straight from the airport, dropped his duffel bag in the foyer, and, despite having worked long hours on Revolutionary Road, proceeded to engage us in a lively and detailed discussion for two hours. After that, he drove to Hollywood with his wife, James, to attend a memorial service for his late colleague Laszlo Kovacs, ASC. The next day the couple flew to Germany, where Deakins began prepping his next feature, The Reader.
What follows are Deakinsâ€™ thoughts about his first two forays into the Western genre: Andrew Dominikâ€™s The Assassination of Jesse James, a widescreen Western that takes maximum visual advantage of its period setting, and the Coen brothersâ€™ No Country for Old Men, a more contemporary story that reconfigures familiar Western motifs to build drama and suspense. Jesse James stars Brad Pitt as the famous outlaw, an American icon who seems destined to meet with a tragic end at the hands of Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), an ardent admirer keen to make a name for himself. Based on Ron Hansenâ€™s historical novel, the film combines a stately pace with stunning cinematography, resulting in an evocative, foreboding tone. No Country, on the other hand, is a hard-hitting drama from Joel and Ethan Coen, who removed their tongues from their cheeks to adapt Cormac McCarthyâ€™s novel about an existential showdown between laconic cowpoke Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who stumbles onto a bag of drug money, and sociopathic hit man Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), who tracks Moss with relentless resolve.
MUMBAI: “We have come out from the ICU,” declares Mumbai’s largest single screens G-7 owner Manoj Desai. With the release of Salman Khan starrer – Wanted, there has been a huge influx of film audiences rushing into theatres to catch the actor’s latest theatrics. With the Eid holidays coinciding with the release of the film, the single screens are rejoicing at this renewed vigour and sales of film tickets.
With the increase of multiplexes in the cities, more and more film producers have been catering to the niche tastes of urban India, but Wanted has all the ingredients of a Manmohan Desai potboiler with liberal doses of action, romance and lots of drama. The aam junta has found a film to their taste and with Salman Khan at the helm of affairs, the crowds are back to the old fashioned screens to watch the film.
Desai tells Businessofcinema.com, “Salman Khan has always been the actor of the masses. He is the only actor that has given a huge hit every decade. From his first film as a hero, Maine Pyar Kiya, which released in the late 80s to Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in the mid 90s and now Wanted. He has rejuvenated our fortunes and that’s why films like What’s Your Raashee? are encashing on this windfall.”
However, this is not the first time that a Salman khan film has brought audiences back to the theatres. With the release of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and the subsequent decision of the film producers – the Barjatiyas – not to sell the video rights of this film, audiences had to return to the theaters to watch Salman Khan woo Madhuri Dixit in the wedding saga of a film. That put an end to video cassette sales in the country and theatres were back in business.
An Indian Films (India) presentation of an August Entertainment (U.S.) production in association with Studio 18. (International sales: Fortissimo Films, Amsterdam.) Produced by Susan B. Landau, Ross Katz. Executive producers, Vandana Malik, Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri. Co-producers, Sopan Muller, Fred Berger. Directed, written by Dev Benegal.
With: Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mohammed Faizal Usmani.
(Hindi, English dialogue)
Dev Benegal’s aptly titled “Road, Movie” is a modestly amusing dramedy that is all the more pleasant for its fleeting detours into cheeky fantasy. Following a disaffected young man’s cross-country trek in a truck once used by an itinerant projectionist, the pic surprisingly soft-pedals the intriguing concept of bringing movie magic to isolated communities. Instead, the plot focuses more on comedic and romantic complications, along with a few melodramatic interludes to ratchet up interest. Notably bereft of Bollywood-style excess, this low-key India-U.S. co-production may find receptive auds in limited theatrical runs before hitting the homevid highway.
Unenthused about the prospects of following his dad in the family business of hawking hair oil, Vishnu (Abhay Deol) agrees to deliver his uncle’s rattletrap truck to a museum hundreds of miles away. For years, his uncle drove from village to village, screening movies from the back of his vehicle. But Vishnu has little interest in operating a traveling cinema until he’s persuaded to do so by passengers he picks up en route: a robust geezer (Satish Kaushik), a runaway urchin (Mohammed Faizal Usmani) and a lovely gypsy (Tannishtha Chatterjee).
Dangerous encounters with brutal cops and a water-controlling warlord generate mild suspense during the journey. For the most part, though, Benegal maintains a light touch, so that that there’s seldom a sense of real danger. Indeed, one seemingly dire situation is resolved with a sly stroke of broad comedy that borders on magical realism.
The surprise detention of Roman Polanski has been met with indignation in Hollywood and sparked a flurry of media speculation over the real reason behind Saturday night’s arrest in Zurich.
Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has got behind a campaign by French film-makers calling on US authorities not to extradite the Oscar-winning Polish director in connection with a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor dating back more than three decades.
Weinstein entered the fray at the personal behest of Cannes film festival director Thierry Fremaux and will now use his considerable influence and campaigning heft to enlist the support of Hollywood.
“We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” Weinstein said, reviving a theme he adopted earlier in the year after he bought international distribution rights at Sundance to the HBO documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
Wanted has grossed around 11.50 crore nett over its second weekend which included Dusshera Monday. The film now has an 11 day total of near 45.75 crore nett. Wanted continues to perform fabulously at single screens all over with …
We will see three promising movies this Diwali, All The Best(Ajay Devgun/Sanjay Dutt), BlueMain aur Mrs. Khanna(Salman Khan). All these movies belongs to different genre of comedy(ATB), Adventure(BLUE) and Romance(MAMK). As far as opening is concerned there should be …
Finally bollywood finds its new Desi SuperHero Radhey, who donâ€™t have power to fly like fussy Superman, doesnâ€™t possess Spider power, donâ€™t have â€˜Xâ€ factor, but have ROCK SOLID PUNCH to demolish 10-15 at one go, whose presence even …
Director-producer Vipul Shah talks about his forthcoming, London Dreams and how people are losing patience with no brainers
Q: Seems a bit odd that you chose Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan for London Dreams. Both are macho looking and neither of them have a rock star image so to say…so how did the casting come about?
A: This is a misconception that popular stage performers are young. You have Rolling Stone, Madonna…they aren’t young. The international music world is not stuck up on age. Even in my film, the screen age of Ajay and Salman is 35-38 years, so what is the problem? This is the first time they are coming together after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. When I planned the film, these were the two actors on my wish-list and I’m very happy they came on board.
Q: You show Salman and Ajay as pop stars who make it big on stage. It’s not so much of an Indian phenomenon…
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Wanted first week nett business has come out at just over 34 crore with a huge distributor share of 21.75 crore. Below are the collections of Wanted from around India.
Wanted – Week One
(One Cinema Unless Stated)
Mumbai/Thane – 4,79,34,901 from 107 cinemas