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An intense romantic title track for Kalank

After two chart-soaring numbers, Ghar More Pardesiya and First Class, the team of Kalank is going all out to launch the third song from the film’s album, composed by Pritam. Tomorrow, the title track of the Partition drama, Kalank Nahi Ishq Hai, sung by Arijit Singh and written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, will be unveiled. The montage video, while placing the focus on Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s characters, also features the rest of the cast —Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur — and appears at an important point in the narrative. A portion of the song was also used in the teaser, which was launched two weeks ago, and since then, it has been hugely anticipated. The team, Dharma Productions, Arijit, Amitabh and Pritam, had last worked together on the title track of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which continues to be on the charts.

Elaborating on the number, Pritam said, “I would give a lot of credit to Amitabh for writing a song with a word like kalank; it’s not easy. Arijit has made the track soulful and beautiful. Director Abhishek Varman’s brief was that it has to be a beautiful romantic number, which underlines the feeling one has when he or she starts loving someone intensely. It’s spiritual. After the teaser was out, lot of people had asked me if the title track is dark. I can now tell them that it’s not dark. It’s beautiful and exceptionally romantic.”

Fox Star Studios presents Kalank, A Dharma Productions & Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment film, directed by Abhishek Varman, to release on 17th April 2019. Produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar & Apoorva Mehta. Co-Produced by Fox Star Studios.

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Posted by on March 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


Highlights of film “Kesari” box office in some key overseas territories.

• Canada (GBOC USD 234,464)
o Highest 1st weekend for Akshay’s films in Canada
o Ranking at # 6 in Canada for the weekend

• Australia (GBOC USD 228,262)
Highest 1st weekend for Akshay’s film in Australia
Weekend Rank at #7 in Australia for the weekend

• NZ & Fiji (GBOC USD 59,942)
o Weekend Rank at #5

• Malaysia (GBOC USD 32,084)
o Weekend Rank at #8

The GBOC numbers include Thursday figures.

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Posted by on March 26, 2019 in Uncategorized


Shweta Tripathi on being part of Gone Kesh: It’s an actress’ dream to play such a role

Qasim Khallow’s film Gone Kesh is extra special for actor Shweta Tripathi, who plays the lead role in the film. The actor’s character is an aspiring dancer and suffers from Alopecia, a medical condition in which she loses hair. Shweta says that the role was amazing to play and she is grateful to be part of the film.

“It’s an actress’ dream to play such characters. There are so many posters that I have and will have of my films but no matter how my character might look, I’ll always have hair in them. So, I was super-duper excited to see what the look was like in this film and I was extremely happy with it. I love seeing the poster because I know I’ll never look this again,” she says.

Ask her if she had any qualms playing a bald character, and she says, “For me, it’s important to look like my character. Now, that character could have any skin colour, complexion, physique, hair colour or no hair at all.”

In fact, she was even prepared to shave her head for the film. “I was ready to go bald for the film but the director wanted my real hair as well because some scenes are a flashback. So, we used prosthetic makeup,” she says.

In order to prepare for her role, Shweta studied the lives of other patients of Alopecia. “The main thing about preparing for my character was to understand what the disease is all about and what a patient goes through. To find that out, I followed a lot of people on social media. That became my window into their world…the wigs that they were trying, the injections they were putting, the food they were eating…so that really helped a lot,” she says.

Gone Kesh also stars Jitendra Kumar, Vipin Sharma and Deepika Amin.

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Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Uncategorized


Universal Pictures International India and DreamWorks Animation ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ‘

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Genre: Epic Animated-Adventure
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington, Craig Ferguson, F. Murray Abraham
Written and Directed by: Dean DeBlois


From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go.  What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.  Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.


Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia.  When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.  As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.


For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast.  The film is produced by Brad Lewis (RatatouilleANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy StoryHow to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon 2).

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Uncategorized


Alia Bhatt Confirms SS Rajamouli’s Next!!!

“Working with Rajamouli sir is a big big tick off my bucket list.. also to be alongside Ram Charan and Jr. NTR is an absolute honour.. I am very excited about this experience and also working in the south for the first time.. I begin shoot in less than a month.. I will be playing the role of Sita, and the film is set in 1920s backdrop”

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Posted by on March 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Indian Media and Entertainment industry clocks 13% growth to reach INR 1.67 trillion in 2018: FICCI-EY report

MUMBAI, 12 March 2019:The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector reached INR1.67 trillion (US$23.9 billion) in 2018, a growth of 13.4% over 2017, states the FICCI-EY report, A billion screens of opportunity,’ launched todayat the FICCI FRAMES 2019in Mumbai.

With its current trajectory, the M&E sector in India is expected to cross INR2.35 trillion (US$33.6 billion) by 2021, at a CAGR of 11.6%. While television retained its position as the largest segment, growth is expected to come from digital which will overtake filmed entertainment in 2019 and print by 2021. The report captures key insights from the exciting and fast-growing Indian M&E sector.

The sector continues to grow at a rate faster than the GDP, reflecting the increasing disposable income and economic growth. India has the second highest number of internet users after China with 570 million internet subscribers growing at 13% annually. The report estimates that approximately 2.5 million consumers in India today are digital only and would not normally use traditional media. It is expected that this customer base will to grow to 5 million by 2021.

Traditional media companies spent 2018 building their customer data through second-screen interactive propositions, polls, house-to-house surveys, integration of third-party data, etc. Digital consumption will grow, and monetization avenues will see great innovation to cater to the new Indian customer segments. Telco bundling will drive consumption for a majority of Indian OTT audience. Advertising growth outpaced subscription growth and is expected to comprise 52% of the total pie by 2021.

Mr. Uday Shankar, Vice President, FICCI and Chair, FICCI Media and Entertainment Division,said, “The M&E sector is poised to kickstart a new era of growth. Technological disruptions are creating new opportunities for the sector. New age digital media with direct-to-customer (D2C) capabilities are on an upward trajectory making Indian M&E ever more vibrant, against the backdrop of already popular broadcast TV and films. The sector’s incumbents need to innovate, transform and increase their relevance to mass and individual consumers.”

According to Mr. Ashish Pherwani, Partner and Media & Entertainment Leader, EY India, “The M&E sector has a significant opportunity given India’s young demographics. The growth of digital infrastructure is further enabling Indians to fulfil the need for personal content consumption, across languages and genre. There is a large shift in consumer behaviour from mass produced content to specific content defined to audience segments. The sector has an opportunity to serve a billion screens in India and globally.”

The following are the key segmental findings of the report:

The TV industry grew from INR 660 billion to INR 740 billion in 2018, a growth of 12%. TV advertising grew 14% to INR 305 billion while subscription grew 11% to INR 435 billion. Television viewing households increased to 197 million, which is a 7.5% increase over 2016. Regional advertising growth outpaced national adverting growth on the back of national brands spending more to develop non-metro markets where GST created a level playing field between national and regional brands. Seventy seven per cent of the time spent on television was on general entertainment content and film channels.


Print accounted for the second largest share of the Indian M&E sector, despite being static and growing at 0.7% to reach INR 305.5 billion in 2018. Advertising revenues stood at INR 217 billion and subscription revenues grew marginally by 1.2% to INR 88.3 billion in 2018. Newspaper advertising de-grew 1% while magazine advertising fell 10%. The fall in advertising is due to both reduced ad volumes as well as pressure on effective rates. Hindi newspaper publications continued to lead with 37% of total ad volumes, while the share of English publications stood at 25%. Rising newsprint prices and a depreciation in the value of the Indian Rupee led to pressure on print sector margins in 2018.


The Indian film segment grew 12.2% in 2018 to reach INR 174.5 billion driven by the growth in digital/ OTT rights and overseas theatricals. All sub-segments, except home video grew. Domestic film revenues crossed INR 100 billion with Net Box Office collections for Hindi films at INR 32.5 billion – the highest ever for Hindi theatricals. Overseas theatricals grew to INR 30 billion from INR 25 billion in 2017 where China became the largest international market for Indian content. 98 Hollywood films were released in 2018 as compared to 105 in 2017. The box office collections of Hollywood films in India (inclusive of all their Indian language dubbed versions) was INR 9.21 billion. Multiplexes drove up the screen count to 9,601, though single screens continued to reduce.

Digital media:

In 2018, digital media grew 42% to reach INR 169 billion. Infrastructure propelled the growth in digital consumption. Digital ad spends grew 34% to INR 154 billion and now contribute around 21% of the ad market. Digital subscription grew 262% to reach INR 14 billion. Video subscription revenues almost grew three times in 2018 to reach INR 13.4 billion, on the back of new and relaunched video streaming platforms, growth of smartphones, spread of affordable broadband, regional language content, exclusive content and live streaming of major cricket and other impact properties.

Mergers and Acquisitions:

The India M&E sector witnessed an interesting mix of deal activity in 2018 both on the traditional as well as the new media front. The number of deals in M&E in 2018 remained the same at around 40 though the deal value more than doubled in 2018 to US$2.8 billion from US$1.3 billion in 2017. 41% of deals were in the digital segment in 2018, compared to 30% of deals in 2017 while deals in the gaming segment came next with 20% of the deals. The digital segment has been at the forefront of deal activity as India’s demographic dividend in the form of smartphone users, internet penetration and improving bandwidth continues to grow exponentially. The consolidation wave in the M&E sector is expected to accelerate and continue as large media corporates strengthen their presence for achieving scale, reach and relevance. The sector is also gaining huge interest from global strategic players who want to be part of the rapid growth in this sector, on the back of greater availability of data

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Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Uncategorized



Come April 1st and 2nd – Joe Russo, one half of the famed ‘Russo Brothers’ directorial duo of the most anticipated movie Avengers: Endgame will be coming to Mumbai to engage with the Indian fans

Over the last ten years, India undoubtedly has emerged as one of the largest base for Marvel fans; with an unprecedented response and craze pouring in for their favourite Super Heroes! Thanks to their fanaticism, 2018 saw Avengers: Infinity War grab the top spot as the highest Hollywood grosser of all time in the country. And now with the much-anticipated Avengers: Endgame releasing on April 26; Indian fans, along with the world, have been holding on to their breath; eagerly awaiting to witness the grand conclusion!

With Thanos wiping 50% of the population including some of the most loved Super Heroes with just a snap; fans have been bracing themselves for an unexpected ending. The conversations around the movie haven’t stopped since the release of Avengers: Infinity War and Indian fans, as always, have been in the forefront; bringing their own versions and theories to the plot of the film.

All this love and appreciation for the movies; hasn’t gone unnoticed by the guys at Marvel and now to celebrate the success of Avengers: Infinity War and to engage exclusively with the Indian fans on the upcoming Avengers: Endgame; one of the makers of the super action drama is visiting India!

Joe Russo, one half of the Russo brothers– who are behind some of the unparalleled Marvel blockbuster such as films Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and now Avengers: Endgame – has chosen India as his first destination as a part of their Avengers: Endgame promotion tour in Asia Pacific region.

He will be in Mumbai in the month of April. Indian fans have a reason to rejoice as they will now get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of this epic spectacle and be among the first in the world to engage with the director before the movie hits the theaters.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the passionate response Avengers: Infinity War received in India, and cannot wait for you to see Avengers: Endgame. Thank you for embracing these movies. I am excited to be coming to India and eager to meet our Indian fans very soon”, said Joe Russo.

Avengers: Endgame releases on 26th April on English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.


Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

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