Can our films really cross over?

Why are we not able to make films which appeal to an international audience and go beyond the diaspora? Vidisha Jha reports from the ‘Indian Films Going Global’, a debate at FICCI. Much as we may want to, but we cannot take credit for the success of a Slumdog Millionaire or a Monsoon Wedding which were all international productions, albeit with Indian settings. To add to this debate, another question that arises is how and why should an Indian movie make a crossover? Rahul Bose, actor and film maker, debates to this issue saying that the success of an Indian ...
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M & E Back in the Spotlight

An overview by NGI Managing Editor Ujjwal K Chowdhury, on the emerging scenario of the Indian Media & Entertainment industry in the light of the report brought out by FICCI and KPMG together during FICCI Frames 2010 on March 16-18 in Mumbai. From 12% growth in 2008 to a very modest 1.4% growth in 2009, the Indian Media & Entertainment industry had gone through the worst last year, being dependent for 38% of its revenue on advertising of corporates and brands which was fast shrinking due to acute economic slow down. So the focus of 2009was on cost efficiencies, multi-skilling, ...
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Entertainment goes Sporty

Whilst sports like cricket rules the roost, others are lagging behind. In today’s scenario, when IPL has caught the fancy of many, does it owe its success to Bollywood’s glamour? Anupam Kishore conveys what the seminar at FICCI had to say. India a nation full of sports’ lovers is in conjunction obsessed with Bollywood’s glamour. This panel discussion was moderated by Sonali Chander (Sports Editor & Anchor, NDTV) paneled by several other dignitaries including Kunal Dasgupta (Chairman and CEO, Triplecom Media), Ajay Jadeja (Former Cricketer & TV Anchor, NDTV), Rahul Bose (Filmmaker, Actor and rugby player) and Viren Rasquinha (COO, ...
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Content is king, but who dictates it?

Should newspapers, the harbingers of freedom and intellect let their content overpowered by popular tastes and advertising diktats? Such hard-hitting questions were raised in a discourse held at 11th chapter of FICCI FRAMES. Vidisha Jha reports… Media, often faces flak from media watchdogs over compromising the quality of content. So, who, eventually dictate it advertisers, readers or editors? This sensitive question echoed on the second day at FICCI Frames 2010 where noted journalist and author MJ Akbar, was representing media fraternity. A bright and inquisitive audience was present to shoot sharp questions, pertaining to the role and responsibility of media. ...
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