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Indian cinema Industry @ Cannes

Indian movie actors and a new wave of directors are on a mission at the Cannes film festival – to show that their industry, which turns 100 this year, is more than just Bollywood.The largest Indian contingent to date is on the French Riviera at the world’s leading cinema showcase to promote their country, which has the world’s biggest film industry, making over 1,000 films a year compared to about 600 in Hollywood.Movies from Mumbai-based Bollywood and other regional India films have struggled at the global box office with Indian cinema largely dismissed as lengthy, song-and-dance numbers.

66th-cannes-film-festival-2The Indian Cinema industry sees the 66th Cannes festival, where India is “guest country” to mark its centenary, as a chance to showcase a new genre of Indian movies globally and to promote India as a place to both make films and win a massive audience.The Indian visitors to Cannes are also keen to lure investment to their film industry, which is forecast to grow to $5 billion by 2014 from $3.2 billion in 2010, according to a report by Ernst & Young. India’s presence has been high-profile since the start of the 12-day festival with acting legend Amitabh Bachchan on the red carpet on opening night to mark his Hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.Actress Vidya Balan also walked the red carpet in the pouring rain that night as one of nine members of a jury led by U.S. filmmaker Steven Spielberg that will decide the coveted Palme D’Or award for best picture on the final day, May 26.A gala dinner to mark Indian cinema’s centenary was due to be held on Sunday and attended by a list of stars including actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto.There is no Indian film in either of the two main competitions at Cannes. The last Indian film selected to vie for the coveted Palme D’Or was “Swaham” in 1994 while “Udaan” competed in Un Certain Regard for emerging filmmakers in 2010.But four Indian films will be screened – “Monsoon Shootout”, another thriller “Ugly”, a tribute to the industry centenary called “Bombay Talkies”, and love story “Dabba” (Lunchbox).In 2011 India saw a 42 percent jump in the number of Hollywood movies shot there with several Hollywood studios such as Disney , News Corp’s Fox , and Sony <6758.T> entering deals with or buying stakes in Indian companies.There has also been a surge in the number of Hollywood movies released in India, where 3.6 billion film tickets were sold last year. Hollywood studios have been releasing their films in India simultaneously with their North American releases and also dubbing films in various regional Indian languages.




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Digital Advertising accrues, Briton tops.

Advertising spending on the internet jumped 12.5 percent in Britain last year, defying a flagging economy as DA(Mobile Ads)companies battled to reach consumers spending more time on smartphones and tablet computers.The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced through a study conducted by PwC showed spending on online advertising reached 5.42 billion pounds in 2012.The study, which used data from companies that had provided information the previous year, said internet ad spending rose 607 million pounds on 2011, with some 323 million pounds due to an increase in mobile advertising.Britain has led the way in moving advertising from traditional areas like newspapers and radio to the internet. A high take up of broadband and the rise of smartphones and tablet computers which allow users to access the internet on the go have helped the shift.

With around two-thirds of Britons owning a smartphone as of December 2012, mobile advertising now accounts for almost 10 percent of all digital ad spending, compared with about 1 percent in 2009.Video advertising grew 46 percent to 160 million pounds, accounting for 12 percent of online and mobile display in 2012.Demand for mobile ads is likely to increase after auctions for next-generation 4G airwaves earlier this year, which are set to deliver speeds more than five times faster than 3G services. These services will make downloading high-resolution video easier and enable better multi-tasking on the latest smartphones and tablets.The consumer goods sector overtook the finance sector as the biggest spender on digital display advertising – accounting for almost 16 percent of display ad spend in 2012.


FilmFare 2013

58th-Filmfare-Awards-2012-2013Anurag Kashyap’s gritty tale about the power struggle between three families in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and Anurag Basu’s narration about a speech and hearing impaired boy’s search for love in ‘Barfi’ dominated the glittering Filmfare Awards, India’s equivalent to the Oscars. Barfi won the Best Film at the awards held at Mumbai’s YRF studios. Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan won the Best actors male and female awards respectively. Kahaani won five awards including best director for Sujoy Ghosh. Music director Pritam won both the Best Background Score and Best Music Director awards for Barfi’s superb score. ‘Barfi!’ had won the maximum nominations, including for best film, best actor, best actress and best director. Yash Chopra’s last directorial ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ followed close behind.

The first trophy of the night went to Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma for Best Costume in Shanghai. Anushka Sharma and Annu Kapoor clinched the awards for Best Actors in a Supporting Role (Female and Male) for ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and Vicky Donor. Juhi Chaturvedi won the Best Writer for Vicky Donor.Sanjay Chouhan and Tigmanshu Dhulia won the Best Screenplay for the much applauded Paan Singh Tomar, a narration of an outlawed athlete. Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K Ladia and Zeishan Qadri won the Filmfare award for Best Dialogue for Gangs of Wasseypur. The Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor Female and Male went to Richa Chaddha for Gangs Of Wasseypur and Irrfan for Paan Singh Tomar. Award for Best Film (Critics) went to Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur. Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor), Ileana D’cruz (Barfi), and Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish) won the best Male, Female and Director debuts respectively.The awards paid tribute to the late Yash Chopra with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. Barfi also won the Sony Trendsetter of the Year award.

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in current affairs, Entertainment, India


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A story of an Indian Beach & a Man

Unsafe waters made tourists ignore its beaches, till Yathish Baikampady changed the way they are maintained and manned. Till about four years ago, Panambur was just another stretch along the Mangalore beach. The two-km stretch was quite similar to what neighbouring Tannirbhavi is today: A deserted place where you could set up your folding chairs in a shaded grove near the beach, have a picnic, and spend a lazy day.

Mangalore beachBut, today, Panambur is brimming with life. There are three shacks, and six lifeguards on patrol. It is barely 9 am, and at least 200 people have been to the beach in the past two hours. It is not even the tourist season. You could mistake it for Goa. If Mangalore’s beaches had not been exploited for commercial activities earlier, it was not because no one had thought about it, but because its waters are much rougher than that of Goa or Kerala. While everyone knew what the problem was, no one had thought of a solution, until Yathish Baikampady came along. The 48-year-old Baikampady had been a manager at State Bank of India for more than 25 years, when he stumbled upon an opportunity to clean up Mangalore’s beaches. What started as a clean-up exercise quickly led to a larger opportunity that led to Panambur shedding its image of being an unsafe beach. Mangalore may not have been much of a tourist attraction because of its rough waters, but other Indian beaches that draw crowds are not necessarily safe either. In 2011, 28,859 people were recorded to have died due to drowning (not including deaths from capsized boats) in India. It is in this sphere that Baikampady’s company Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project has made a difference. His love affair with the sea comes from his roots: He belongs to a local fishing community called the Mogaveeras. But, for a large part of his life, his tryst with the sea had remained confined to childhood memories. In the 1980s, he found himself a bank job, and continued with it for 25 years. In 2008, Mangalore’s municipal corporation was floating a tender to privatise the beach. This meant the beach would be run by a private organisation that would be responsible for its upkeep. The private player could organise events—such as concerts and game shows—to generate revenues, and run beach shacks. It, however, could not raise parking fees for vehicles and would have to share a portion of the revenue with the municipal corporation.This was when Baikampady decided to look at the new opportunity as a full-time job, and quit his job at the bank. He bid for, and won, the municipal tender. He proposed that the government does not have to spend any money; he would pay the municipality 15 percent if he made profits. Although he is still using a trial-and-error method—he is yet to make profits—he has won a similar tender (for 10 years) for Someshwar beach.


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Rajni kanth- Idol of Tamil cinema

RajnikanthTamil cinema icon Rajnikanth, idolized by millions, turned 62 today on a day of special significance for his fans, who have lined up a slew of program mes for the ‘special’ date of 12-12-12. Actor-director Raghavendra Lawrence and music director Vijay Antony have come out with a special musical video dedicated to Rajnikanth, even as TV channels will telecast a series of program mes on him, including airing some of his biggest hits. Radio FM channels were not far behind in celebrating his birthday.Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, he transformed his simple life from a bus conductor in Bangalore to a much followed superstar a decade later, with a larger than life style and mannerisms in his films. Discovered by celebrated director K Balachander, a recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and cast along another top star of Indian cinema Kamal Hassan in his ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ in the mid 70s, Rajnikanth shaped his initial career with negative roles, including in ‘Moondru Mudichu’, also starring Hassan.The duo, often referred to as pivotal points in Tamil cinema after the MGR-Sivaji era, shared space in a number of films before each carved a place for themselves in the industry. With his gimmicks and dialogue delivery instantly touching a chord with the younger audience, Rajnikanth delivered some of the biggest blockbusters, including ‘Thalapathi’ directed by Mani Ratnam, ‘Annamalai’, ‘Basha’, ‘Padayappa’ and the more recent ‘Enthiran’, a sci-fi thriller. He had his tryst with Hindi cinema also, featuring in movies including the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Hum’, besides doing a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Ra.One. A very religious man, he was cast as Saint Raghavendra in the film named after the guru but ‘Baba’, a film with religious undertones. The actor faced a health scare due to a reported kidney ailment last year, but was soon back in action. He is presently shooting for his daughter Soundarya’s much-hyped ‘Kochadaiyaan’.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Corporate, Entertainment, India


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Yahoo’s top 10 searches

Yahoo-0The U.S. presidential election became the most-searched item and Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on Yahoo! in a year when online searches were dominated by big news stories and pop culture obsessions, the search engine company announced.The search term “election” topped the list of searches, led not only by extensive media coverage but also widening conversation on online social media platforms.The term “political polls” was No. 8 of the top 10 Yahoo! searches of the year.The 2012 elections dominated the online searches, which is amazing because if something is in the news.And the only two other news stories have topped the list in the past decade are those being the death of Michael Jackson in 2009 and the BP oil spill in 2010. iPhone 5″ came in at No. 2.Reality star Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on the website, coming in at No. 3 and leading six famous women in the top 10. Kardashian’s “notoriety has kept her at the top,” citing her ongoing divorce saga with ex-husband Kris Humphries, her high-profile relationship with rapper Kanye West and her E! channel reality shows. Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, British royal Kate Middleton, late singer Whitney Houston, troubled former child star Lindsay Lohan and pop star and former “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez all featured in the top 10 after being in the news prominently throughout the year. olympics came in at No. 7 on the list, as many turned to online media to watch and keep tabs on the global sporting event held in London during the summer.On Yahoo!’s separate list of top-searched obsessions, pop culture dominated this year, with “The Hunger Games,” reality star Honey Boo Boo, erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” British boy band One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe” and Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” featuring in the top 10.





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Twilight Breaking Dawn-II broke previous record of HollyWood

twilight Bd-2Twilight teen vampire movie shined again at US and Canadian box offices, earning USD 17.4 million and its third consecutive No. 1 ranking as James Bond held strong and Brad Pitt’s new movie struggled.”Twilight” finale “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” finished just ahead of “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the Bond franchise about British superspy 007. “Skyfall” rang up sales of USD 17 million domestically from Friday through Sunday.Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has pulled in USD 254.6 million since its release while “Skyfall” has grossed USD 246 million, putting both among the top films of the year.Steven Spielberg’s historical drama “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis took third place for the weekend with USD 13.5 million. Brad Pitt’s new movie, small-budget gangster film “Killing Them Softly,” grossed USD 7 million and landed in seventh place.


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