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Horror film director Shyam Ramsay no more

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Filmmaker Shyam Ramsay, who made Bollywood horror a cult affair, died here on Wednesday. He was 67.
 
According to reports, he was suffering from pneumonia.
 
Shyam, as part of the Ramsay brothers, made films like "Veerana", "Purani Haveli" and "Andhera".
 
Ramsay brothers also consisted of Tulsi, Kumar, Keshu, Arjun, Gangu and Karan.
 
Apart from films, Shyam and Tulsi also gave TV audiences the "Zee Horror Show".
 
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Usha Uthup, Trincas reunite on a nostalgic journey

Usha Uthup (Photo: Sunil Majumdar/IANS)
Usha Uthup (Photo: Sunil Majumdar/IANS)
Come September 27, and it will be yesterday once more in Kolkata's fashionable Park Street as a legendary singer will return to an iconic stage for live performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her first performance at the fine-dining hub.
 
Usha Uthup -- India's pop, jazz and film music diva -- had performed live for the first time on October 1, 1969, at Trincas, synonymous with the cultural heritage of the city, she told the media here.
 
Uthup's live performances on September 27-28, will mark a 60/50 "the celebrations of Trincas' completion of 60 years under the Puri family as one of Park Street's most legendary restaurants, besides the golden jubilee of the singer's first live gig at the popular joint".
 
Trincas was a quiet tea room in the 1920s Calcutta. Legend has it that a couple of Swiss gentlemen -- Mr Flury and Mr Trinca -- opened two tea rooms across the road from each other. They named them -- Flury's and Trinca's.
 
Then came July 1959, when Om Prakash Puri and Ellis Joshua acquired and converted it into a restaurant. To this, they added live 'floor shows'.
 
In 1961, they completed renovations to the tea-room -- a centre-stage backed by a padded velvet wall, large mirrors, ornate lights -- and the ambience turned plush. The food offerings were classic Continental and Indian food. Excellent live entertainment established Trincas as one of, not only Kolkata's, but India's leading restaurants.
 
In the 1970s, the eatery attracted superstars of the day like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Tiger Pataudi and the West Indian cricket team.
 
It was here that one could rub shoulders with politicians and business tycoons, artistes and entertainers -- while listening to world-class musicians like Biddu Appaiah ("Kung Fu Fighting", "Boom Boom"), The Trojans, Eve, Ajit Singh, The Cavaliers, Beat Four, Flintstones, Chequered Tricycle, Great Bear and The Savages.
 
Usha Uthup had added a spectacular new dimension to the restaurant's already lively music scene with her trademark charisma, Kanjivaram sarees and flowers in her hair.
 
The fates of the crooner and the musical eating hub were intertwined from the start of their association. As her stardom peaked, so did Trincas' and two legends were created.
 
She had and still has, an uncanny ability of reading a room, understanding her audience and capturing hearts and minds.
 
Usha Uthup calls her coming to Kolkata and performing at the signature restaurant "a dream come true".
 
She met her husband Jani Uthup at the popular joint, fell in love with Kolkata and stayed on, even naming her son Sonny after a song she would perform at Trincas -- the only remaining stalwart of Park Street that never brought down the curtain on its stage. The music has always played on.
 
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Veteran Kerala actor Sathar passes away

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Veteran Kerala actor Sathar passed away on Tuesday at a hospital near here due to prolonged illness, his family said. He was 67.
 
The actor who has acted in more than 300 films, a majority of them in Malayalam, was unwell for the past three months.
 
He began his film career in the mid-70s and established himself as a villain, especially in films where the hero was played by the legendary actor Jayan.
 
After a brief hiatus, he returned to the industry in 2012 with a flurry of films. The last film he did was in 2014, following which he became inactive.
 
The biggest surprise in his film career came, when he married yesteryear heroine Jayabharathi in 1979 and their son Krish Sathar is also an actor besides running his own business in London.
 
His last rites will be held on Tuesday evening at Aluva.
 
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'Chhichhore' inches towards Rs 50 crore mark

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Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari's "Chhichhore" is all set to touch the Rs 50-crore mark. The film has raked in over Rs 44 crore since its release on September 6.
 
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film which opened to low collections on Friday, witnessed a good performance at the box-office on Monday.
 
"'Chhichhore' is rocking... Day 4 (Monday) is 10.66 per cent higher than Day 1 (Friday), despite lower ticket rates on weekdays... A rarity in today's times...Business at major centres/multiplexes is fantastic...Friday Rs 7.32 cr, Saturday Rs 12.25 cr, Sunday Rs 16.41 cr, Monday Rs 8.10 cr. Total: Rs 44.08 cr. India business," Taran tweeted on Tuesday.
 
"Chhichhore", which stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor, revolves around a group of college friends who go through the good and the bad times of college and life after it.
 
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Rishi Kapoor returns to India after treatment

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on their arrival from New York, at the Mumbai airport on September 10, 2019. (Photo: Twitter)
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on their arrival from New York, at the Mumbai airport on September 10, 2019. (Photo: Twitter)
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who was undergoing medical treatment in New York, returned to India on Tuesday.
 
Expressing his happiness on his arrival in the country, Rishi took to Twitter and wrote: "Back home... after 11 months 11 days. Thank you all."
 
Rishi and his wife Neetu were spotted at the Mumbai airport in the early hours of Tuesday.
 
Several pictures were doing rounds on the Internet in which the couple was seen happily posing for the paparazzi.
 
Donning a denim shirt and jeans, Rishi looked in the pink of health.
 
The "Chandni" actor was in the Big Apple to undergo medical treatment for cancer.
 
A slew of family, friends, and celebrities from across the world, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and Karan Johar, have visited Rishi over the past months.
 
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Berlinale officials express keenness for enhanced positioning of India at the Festival

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The Indian delegation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 continued their deliberations with key personalities from the film industry and those associated with the festival circuit.
 
In their discussions with representatives of Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), the Indian delegation representatives Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festival and Dhanpreet Kaur, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting explored the possibilities and options of enhanced Indian presence at Berlinale 2020.
 
The first round of discussions were held with Jana Wolff, Head- Marketing & Advertising, Berlinale.
 
The representative of Berlinale was apprised of the policy changes in the film sector which were aimed at ‘ease of shooting in India’; the contours of Single Window Clearance were also outlined.
 
Wolff mentioned the possible options the European Film Market would be looking into in order to ensure greater participation of India.
 
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INCAA invites India to participate in Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival and Ventana Sur 2019

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As part of the outreach for the Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Indian delegation at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 met with a number of key stakeholders from the international film-making industry and apprised them of the proposed festival architecture.
 
The meetings were held in the India Pavilion set up  by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Lisa Macleod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Toronto, Ontario was among the prominent personalities to visit the  Pavilion.
 
The Minister was apprised of the activities of IFFI 2019 and India celebrating its 50th anniversary.
 
Earlier in the day, the Indian delegation met Viviana A. Dirolli, Executive Director and Diego Marambio Avaria, International Affairs Coordinator, INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales) -- the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts, Argentina.
 
The objective of the meeting was to seek  INCAA’s help to reach out to Argentina Government for IFFI 2019, potential of exchange between the countries and possibility of co-production treaty between India and Argentina.
 
The Indian delegation apprised them about all the policy initiatives and  framework of Indian Government, ease of shooting and launch of the Web portal – www.ffo.gov.in - for online application for shooting at a single point.
 
They were notified of the preparations that were undertaken by the Government for the 50th anniversary of the IFFI.
 
INCAA stated that India should participate in the premiere film festival of Argentina -  Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2019 and also in Ventana Sur 2019, which is attended by the entire Latin American community, with a possible Indian Delegation to Argentina to initiate dialogue on co-production between the two countries.
 
The Indian delegation also met Jana Wolff, Head- Marketing & Advertising, Berlin International Film Festival and discussed the possibilities of a more prominent presence for India at Berlinale 2020.
 
During the course of the day, the delegation interacted with other delegations and Film Festivals Representatives including Chinese delegation to TIFF 2019; Polish Film Institution; Ontario Creates; Mulan International Film Festival; Marie Adler, CEO/ President, Adler Productions; Janis Kalejs, Producer, Films Angels Studios, among others.
 
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India Pavilion at 44th Toronto International Film Festival 2019 inaugurated

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Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup inaugurated the India Pavilion at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019 on Friday.
 
The pavilion will provide a platform to showcase Indian Cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities.
 
A key highlight of the inauguration related to the Golden Jubilee Edition of IFFI to be held in Goa later this year. The IFFI 2019 poster and brochure were also released.
 
The participants evinced keen interest regarding the various programming verticals, retrospectives, masterclasses, and in-conversation sessions in the Festival. A number of them expressed their keenness to come to Goa as cine appreciators and participants for the technical sessions to be held in IFFI.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Swarup said, “Indian movies have created a new benchmark in film making globally. Every film festival today acknowledges the enormous potential of India's soft power. TIFF provides the ideal platform for the global outreach of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019. Film-makers of the global film fraternity have got an opportunity to understand the key elements of the festival and the impact of the Indian cinema on film making globally.”
 
Around 60 eminent personalities from the filmmaking sector and film festivals participated in the inauguration ceremony. They included Geoff MacNaughton, Director of Industry, Toronto International Film Festival; Hannah Fisher, Senior International Program Consultant, Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana; Roger Nair, CEO, Lionheart Production House;   Jana Wolff, Head – Marketing, European Film Market; Brittany Allan, Senior Coordinator - Industry, Toronto International Film Festival.
 
Discussions were held on a wide range of topics which included participation in the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI 2019 including details regarding the nature of the programming during the festival.
 
A number of participants showed a keen interest in understanding the policy framework on matters related to co-production agreements and ease of doing business in the domain of Indian Media & Entertainment industry. Stakeholders were also informed about the initiatives undertaken by the Government related to single-window clearance for filming in India.  
 
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Saregama launches Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

Music label Saregama has launched a dedicated variant of Carvaan Mini-Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, an electronic device pre-loaded with 18 Adhyayas, 700 verses and more than 100 Krishna Bhajans. 
 
The verses play in Sanskrit along with translation in simple Hindi language making it easy for every generation to understand, the company said in a press release. 
 
All the verses are recorded in the soothing and affirmative voice of Shailendra Bharti. Additionally, it also has more than 100 Krishna Bhajans sung by legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Hari Om Sharan, Jagjit Singh, Anup Jalota and several others, it said.
 
Saregama says Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is an ideal product for everyone who wants to understand the ancient preaching scripted in the book and its relevance in today’s life. 
 
The device is extremely simple to operate and can be used by people across different age groups. Like all Carvaan Mini variants, this, too, offers an uninterrupted listening experience without any internet or ad breaks.
 
Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita doubles up as an FM/ AM radio with the option to tune in to the local station anytime. The listeners can also enjoy their personal music collection on Carvaan Mini by plugging in a USB drive or by connecting their phones via Bluetooth. 
 
It comes with long-lasting battery life and listeners can enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted music. It also has Aux/ Aux Out feature and comes with six months warranty across India.
 
Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India Limited says, “Bhagwad Gita is relevant for all generations and age groups. Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagvad Gita is our attempt to bring the teachings of Bhagwad Gita to every home in simple Hindi language at just the press of a button.”
 
The Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad is priced at Rs 2490 and is available on the Saregama website and retail outlets.
 
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Sarika to produce Aamir Khan's daughter Ira's play

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Veteran actress Sarika has turned into a theatre producer, and will back a play by superstar Aamir Khan's daughter Ira Khan, who she says is like her own baby.
 
Sarika has started her production house NautankiSa Productions, and is joined by friend Sachin Kamani and her younger daughter Akshara.
 
While they have already started working on a Hindi play, they are also coming on board Ira's directorial debut with the English play, "Euripides' Medea".
 
"We were already in producer mode as we were working on a Hindi play. It was then that Ira called me and said she wanted me to act in her play. I didn't want to act so instead I offered to produce it," said Sarika.
 
"Ira is like my own baby, so I was more than happy to be a part of it. Also, I was impressed by her vision of the play and was confident about her as a director," she added
 
The "Club 60" actress moved away from acting in 2016.
 
"There were no exciting scripts and roles being offered and instead of complaining and waiting for a good script, something we actors usually end up doing, I thought taking a break was a better idea," she said.
 
"...and do something I had not done before and that new space was theatre, something I have always loved but only as an audience. Unlike films, in theatre I was the outsider and today after two and a half years, I am part of the theatre family in a small way and so happy. It is one of my good calls."
 
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Anoushka Shankar undergoes hysterectomy

Anoushka Shankar undergoes hysterectomy
Anoushka Shankar undergoes hysterectomy
Internationally-acclaimed sitarist Anoushka Shankar has revealed that she "no longer has a uterus" as she had double surgeries last month.
 
Anoushka on Friday took to Instagram and penned a lengthy note, sharing the details about her surgery.
 
"As of last month, I no longer have a uterus. I had a double surgery: a gynaecological-oncologist performed a hysterectomy due to my large fibroids, which made my uterus as big as if it were six months pregnant, and an incredible surgeon removed multiple further tumours from my abdomen (which I blessedly then heard were all benign). One tumour had grown through my muscles and was visibly protruding from my stomach. There were 13 tumours in all," the post read.
 
Anoushka, the daughter of late globally-renowned sitar exponent Ravi Shankar, shared that she went into "short-term depression" when she got to know about it and the fear of not having children started haunting her.
 
"The news triggered fears about my womanliness, my possible desire to have more children in the future, the fear of dying in surgery and leaving my kids without a mother, the effect the changes may have on my sex life and more. I spoke to friends and family about my news and was shocked to discover how many women had hysterectomies although I'd never known they had."
 
Anoushka wondered "why the surgery wasn't talked about more if it was so common". So through her post, she urged women not to get embarrassed while talking about sexual health.
 
Citing her own example, she added: "I look back and grieve for my younger self and all the girls I knew, for how much we were expected to cope with in silence. I've always thought of myself as someone who comfortably shares most thoughts and experiences. Yet I look back and realise I allowed my internalised embarrassment and shame around sexual health, and my periods, in particular, to remain unchallenged all these years."
 
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Sindhu walks ramp for designer Shriya Bhupal

Badminton star  P. V. Sindhu walking the ramp for designer Shriya Bhupal in Hyderabad on August 30, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Badminton star P. V. Sindhu walking the ramp for designer Shriya Bhupal in Hyderabad on August 30, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Fresh from her historic triumph at the BWF World Championships in Switzerland last Sunday, star shuttler P. V. Sindhu on Friday walked the ramp for designer Shriya Bhupal's first solo show here.
 
Turning showstopper for the designer whom she has known from her childhood, Sindhu launched Bhupal's latest autumn/winter collection named ‘Sanctuary', wearing a fuschia pink, off-shoulder blouse with an embellished, trailing skirt of the same colour with floral motifs.
 
"It was an amazing experience to win gold at the World Championships and I was pleasantly surprised to come back home and learn that Shriya was doing her first solo show in Hyderabad. We have known each other for years and naturally, I am happy to be a part of it. I am glad to be showcasing her amazing new collection as I have always loved her work," said Sindhu, who crushed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in Basel last Sunday to become the first Indian shuttler to win gold at the World Championships. 
 
Launched under the label Shriya Som, the line-up is the designer's imagination of a hidden paradise -- lush with verdant textures and romantic florals. 
 
Bhupal said: "This is my very first show in my hometown Hyderabad. Sindhu and I have known each other since childhood. She graciously agreed to walk for my show and I am most grateful to her. She's done this on the back of her huge win at the World Championships and I can't think of a bigger role model and more inspirational woman to collaborate with for my first solo show."
 
'Sanctuary' comprises an array of pieces suited for bridal couture, occasion and festive wear. There are ready-to-wear pieces that feature surface embroideries and dimensional embellishments, in layers of pastel tones and sharp, solid contrasts. 
 
Dark and light, soft and vivid, layered and pleated, ‘Sanctuary' explores the idea of duality. The collection ranged from palette of colours ranging from pastels to earthy hues like merlot, fuchsia, midnight blues and ebony.
 
Shriya Som has also introduced a fresh bridal couture line this season which is a versatile fusion of traditional and contemporary styles.
 
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Parikrama release music video after two decades

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A still from the song "Tears of the Wizard", the video of which was unveiled by popular band Parikrama on Wednesday. This is their first music video in over 20 years. (Photo: IANS)
Popular band Parikrama on Wednesday unveiled the video of their song "Tears of the wizard". This is their first music video in over 20 years.
 
"'Tears of the wizard' is a song the band wrote after being inspired by 'The Lord Of The Rings' films. The wizard in ‘Lord Of The Rings' is Gandalf the great, the song is for him because he is the band's favourite character from the movie," said Subir Malik of Parikrama.
 
"The main feel of Parikrama is always to play live. It was never to come up with songs or albums. With the change in the market, visual representation is needed. So, we are also changing with times and that's the reason we have come up with this video as the first official release after 20 years," Malik added. 
 
The song premiered on Vh1 India and the official YouTube channel of Parikrama, which also consists of Nitin Malik, Sonam Sherpa, Saurabh Chaudhry, Gaurav Balani and Srijan Mahajan.
 
The band's last music video was for the song "But it rained" in 1996.
 
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Katy Perry to perform in Mumbai on November 16

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Grammy-nominated singer Katy Perry is set to return to India, this time to headline the inaugural OnePlus Music Festival in her first-ever performance in Mumbai on November 16.
 
"I am so happy to be returning to India and excited to headline my first-ever performance in Mumbai. I am looking forward to seeing and singing with all of my Indian KatyCats at the OnePlus Music Festival," said Katy, who had married comedian-actor Russell Brand in Rajasthan in 2010. The couple later parted ways.
 
Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus, said: "We are super excited that Katy Perry will be starring in our first-ever OnePlus Music Festival in India. We decided to host this festival to share our passion for music with our community, which is at the heart of everything we do. With Katy on board, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience."
 
Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia, added: "Katy is a not only a massive global pop superstar with a big Indian fan base, but is someone who has been relevant for some time now, starting with 'Teenage dream' to 'Prism' and 'Witness', and now her newest singles 'Never really over' and 'Small talk'. 
 
"Her songs have been legends for her Indian fans and they can't wait to see her perform in Mumbai."
 
According to a source, singer Dua Lipa will also be performing at the event.
 
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B-Town: First Day First Show At Home!

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File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
Among a lot of things announced by Mukesh Ambani at the 42nd AGM of Reliance Industries, one particular announcement raises eyebrows!
 
Here are the excerpts of the said announcement:
 
"Today, I am announcing that JIOFIBER plans will come BUNDLED with subscriptions to most leading premium OTT applications. Also, for the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching NEW movies. Premium JIOFIBER customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres!
 
"We call this Jio First-Day-First-Show."
 
The announcement, made a few days back, has raised eyebrows in various fields related to the film trade. Nobody seems sure of how to take this announcement. The film industry and its process of taking entertainment content to the ultimate consumer -- that is, the film viewer -- is well worked out. It has evolved over the period as and when.
 
A lot of new avenues came along over a period to enjoy content, starting with the television, but the main outlet for films remained the cinema screen. The cinema screen cast a spell on the viewer. In cities and towns, of course, there were cinema halls. But, in the mofussil India, where there were no pucca cinema houses, the screens travelled to them.
 
There was a concept of Touring Cinema in India where a cinema enclosure was set up in a huge tent or in the open space at a taluka, which then attracted filmlovers from surrounding villages. The open-air screenings could take place only after sunset but that helped, since by evening more people were free to watch a film. You may compare these to their elite version, the drive-in cinema.
 
With the advent of superior technologies in film production as well as exhibition, as well as the rising popularity of television, video format and mainly piracy, the single screen cinemas were forced to close down. This also sounded the death knell for Touring Cinema. Filmmaking had become costlier and the way to recovery seemed to be only through multi-screen releases in multiplexes.
 
Nobody, filmmaker or the film distributor, seemed interested in single screens or the masses that thronged the cinemas. Cinema was now accessible to fewer people, though this fact never reflects on the box-office figures of the many crores that roll out! If it is the 300-crore box office of a single screen now, imagine what the figure would read like if the audience that has been left out is brought back!
 
That brings one back to Jio's announcement of First Day First Show, the popular phrase that ruled many film buffs' Friday routines. People loved to be the first to catch a new movie on the day of release, Friday, in its very first show, which usually started at noon. (In some circuits like UP, CP, CI, films released on Thursday.)
 
Since the advent of the video format, there have been lots of disputes between the filmmakers and film distributors. After all, it is a film distributor who gambles on films he acquires for his circuit. The piracy of films on videos added to their risk factor, since there were times when the videos of a new film would hit the markets the same say a film released.
 
But, it was the mysticism and magnetism of watching a film on the silver screen in a dark hall that triumphed, eventually. People chose the cinema hall over pirated videos. The way devised by the filmmakers was to mete out video format rights within a stipulated period - a few months from theatrical release of a film. Distributors wanted at least 18 months from the date of first release. The respective trade bodies of the producers and the distributors sat across the table and it was resolved that the producer compensates his distributor pro rata according to the cost of his respective circuit price. A bit complicated but the good thing was that, the business continued!
 
Many new platforms for the delivery of film content have come up since the video days. It started with TV rights, followed by satellite rights and so on. (There was a phrase called Tunnel Rights, which meant that the person who bought your TV or satellite rights was also entitled to the yet-to-be-devised rights that may come up on the same format!)
 
The new platforms that have joined the business are online content providers such as Zee5, Amazon, Netflix, Shemaroo and many others. But, none of them promise a First Day First Show. They are an addendum to the cinema halls. Filmmakers had lost a lot of revenue to new formats because various categories of rights - such as 16mm, Touring, and re-issue rights - were wiped out. These online content providers were welcome because they were making up for lost revenue. They were not in conflict with theatrical recoveries in anyway.
 
The thing about all other formats of assigning film rights and viewing a film have been secondary to the theatrical rights, the bread-and-butter of the exhibition trade which, in today's time, means multiplex chains.
 
This is where the Jio claim comes in. Jio promises First Day First Show at home. How?
 
Film business has revolved around three sections - the filmmaker, the film distributor, and the exhibitor or cinema owner. One produces a film, the other stakes his money on it, and the third guarantees the generation of revenue or, to say, a recoup of the investment.
 
There is no room for another entrant here.
 
So how does Jio plan to achieve this First Day First Show feat? If possible, it would be another source of revenue for filmmakers but, at the same time, it would also eat into the business of cinema halls.
 
Now, that is where the Catch-22 situation comes in.
 
If you are streaming a new film First Day First Show at homes of people, you are cutting into the box-office revenue of a film. The catch here is multiplexes don't usually pay anything upfront to the filmmakers or the distributors, while Jio will hand that carrot, for sure!
 
The showdown will be between the multiplex chains and Jio. The producer, who actually provides the content, will have to remain a bystander!
 
@The Box Office
 
* A conflict of two films releasing simultaneously has been avoided for some time now, as both would eat into each other's box office. The multiplex chains would also prefer it that way. However, exceptions are made on release dates like the Independence Day weekend. Independence Day this year fell on a Thursday, and promised an extended weekend and two films - "Mission Mangala and "Batla House", were released opposite each other.
 
The recent ISRO feat of sending Chandrayan 2 to the moon boosted the prospects of "Mission Mangal" to a great extent, besides the four day extended weekend. The film collected a hefty Rs 96 crore in first four days and went on to add another Rs 30 crore taking its first week total to 126 crore.
 
"Batla House" enjoyed the benefit of the Independence Day holiday with an impressive first-0day figure tapering down thereafter, to collect Rs 42 crore in its extended opening weekend and finishing the week with about Rs 60 crore.
 
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Madame Tussauds Delhi unveils KFC’s Zinger, ‘The Original Celebrity Burger’

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The famous wax museum Madame Tussauds Delhi unveiled a true-to-life wax model of the iconic burger, ‘Zinger’ at its premises in the Regal Building in Connaught Place here on Wednesday.
 
Delighting burger-lovers since 1984 and loved in more than 120 countries, the Zinger is easily the most ‘drool-worthy’ addition at Madame Tussauds Delhi.
 
The founder of KFC, Colonel Sanders, was the Original Celebrity Chef and Zinger was the Original Celebrity Burger. 
 
Just like a true celebrity, the Zinger has real fans, has made it to headlines and is truly an original one of a kind burger.
 
But how did a not-so-humble burger find its way to Madame Tussauds? Moksh Chopra, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC India explains: “While many have wondered if the Zinger is a piece of art or a celebrity, all debates are now put to rest with the Zinger asserting its celeb status at Madame Tussauds.
 
“Surely this isn’t any regular burger. It is the only burger that has travelled to space and has even inspired tattoo artworks for some. In 2018 alone we sold more than 10 million Zingers in India - that's like a Zinger each for every person in New Zealand and Singapore!”
 
Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd, adds, "Madame Tussauds Delhi is one of the most favoured and loved family entertainment destination in Delhi NCR. Our endeavour has always been to give a complete and memorable experience to all our visitors. We welcome the Zinger Burger to Madame Tussauds Delhi."
 
Just as the actual Zinger burger is hand-made with care at the KFC restaurant, the Zinger at Madame Tussauds Delhi was crafted with similar precision. Madame Tussauds is globally known for their lifelike figures of famous personalities; each figure being created using precise measurements and photographs by skilled artists and sculptors to capture exact details, a press release from Made Tussauds Delhi and KFC India said.
 
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Newbies, veterans own Day 1 of LFW 2019

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and singer Shibani Dandekar showcase creations of Payal Singhal at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 21, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and singer Shibani Dandekar showcase creations of Payal Singhal at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 21, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 on its Day 1 on Wednesday was owned by newbies as well as veterans. Many young designers debuted in the industry with this edition of LFW that completed 20 years, while others celebrated their years-long journey in the industry.
 
Six rising designers -- Sahib Bhatia, Gaurav Singh, Ankita Srivastava, Akanksha Aggarwal, Manjushree Saikia, Stanzin Palmo --  from different parts of the country showcased their contemporary collections inspired by regional traditional wears marked their debut on the LFW ramp with the Gen Next show. 
 
Fresh designers Him Kumari Gurung and Amandeep Singh Dhesi from Chandigarh, Deepali Jain from Hyderabad, Sangeeta Aidasani from Jodhpur, Chitra Singh from Kanpur and Rushikesh Bhivsane from Nasik also marked their entry into the fashion world with the show 'Launchpad' by Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD).
 
On the other hand, designer Payal Singhal marked 20 years in the fashion industry. Actors Shibani Dandekar and Farhan Akhtar turned showstoppers for the designer. She said: "I kind of grew on the runway. Lakme Fashion Week and I complete 20 years together. We have grown together. It's very nostalgic for me."
 
Designer Amit Aggarwal also launched his luxury pret collection called 'Flux' with cricketer Hardik Pandya and actress Lisa Haydon walking the ramp as showstoppers. Aggarwal, who is known for engineering recycled products in his designed garments, has this time tied up with R-Elan -- Reliance Industries' textile arm -- to create the grandeur pieces in fluid, free-flowing fabrics.
 
Actress Esha Gupta walked the runway for label 'Not So Serious' by designer Pallavi Mohan.
 
The day also saw labels "Half Full Curve" by Rixi and Tinka Bhatia, Vineet Rahul by Vineet Kataria and Rahul Arya and Saaksha & Kinni on the runway.
 
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Kerala actress Manju Warrier, crew safe in Himachal

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Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 25-member crew of Malayalam film "Kyttem", who were stuck in high mountains of Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain and landslides, are safe and likely to be evacuated later in the day, officials said on Wednesday.
 
In a signed letter to authorities in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday, the actress and the crew said they were staying at Chhatru, some 100 km away from Manali, in Lahaul-Spiti district of their own will.
 
"The administration approached us twice but we preferred to stay here till the road connectivity to Manali is restored," said the letter written by a Manali-based tour operator.
 
The letter in Hindi, signed by the actress and the entire crew, was handed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi when he met them on Tuesday.
 
The letter said the administration would not be responsible in case of any eventuality.
 
A team of 11 local residents was accompanying the Malayalam film crew, said the letter.
 
Official sources said the road connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali via Rohtang Pass was badly damaged owing to landslides.
 
"Work is on to reopen the road. Traffic bound for Manali from Lahaul would be restored by Wednesday evening," an official with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) told IANS.
 
Warrier, along with director Sanal Kumar Sashidharan and other crew members, had been shooting in Himachal Pradesh for more than two weeks.
 
Reports that they have been trapped at Chhatru village only surfaced late on Monday when the actress called up her brother using a satellite phone.
 
Warrier is a hugely popular actress in the South.
 
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Actress Manju Warrier among Kerala film crew trapped in Himachal

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Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 30-member crew of Malayalam film "Kyttem" have been trapped in a Himachal village following rains and landslides, Union Minister V. Muraleedharan said on Tuesday.
 
The Minister of State for External Affairs confirmed this and said he has already spoken to Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
 
Warrier, along with director Sanal Kumar Sashidharan and other crew members, had been shooting in Himachal Pradesh for more than two weeks.
 
Reports that they have been trapped at Chatru village only surfaced late on Monday when the actress called up her brother using a satellite phone.
 
"It was yesterday that she called me and said they were trapped. The area they are trapped in has lost all connectivity. Along with the crew, there are many other people there who are also trapped. The call was very short," Madhu Warrier told the media.
 
Warrier is a hugely popular actress in the South.
 
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Legendary music composer Khayyam passes away at 92

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National award-winning Bollywood music composer Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, who was known only as Khayyam in his musical journey, passed away late on Monday night in a private hospital here following a brief illness, an aide said. He was 92.
 
He is survived by his singer wife Jagjit Kaur.
 
Khayyam was known for his music in Bollywood classics like "Kabhie Kabhie", "Trishul", "Razia Sultan", "Noorie" and "Umrao Jaan". He also composed music for Meena Kumari's album, "I Write, I Recite" featuring her singing her own poetic compositions.
 
Adorned with the National Award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and a Padma Bhushan, Khayyam was admitted to the Sujoy Hospital in Juhu last week for a lung infection, said his spokesperson Pritam Sharma.
 
Having a keen ear for music, he started his musical career from Ludhiana at the age of 17.
 
He was honoured with the National Award, and a Filmfare Award, besides several other honours for his melodious music in "Umrao Jaan", starring Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooque Sheikh.
 
Khayyam's non-film songs are equally loved by his fans, especially "Paaon padun tore shyam", "Brij mein laut chalo" and "Ghazab kiya tere vaade pe aitbaar kiya".
 
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Singer Mika Singh banned from Indian film industry for performing in Pakistan

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The All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has banned singer Mika Singh from the Indian film industry for performing at an event in Karachi, Pakistan.
 
The event in Pakistan was organised by former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's close relative. 
 
A 30-second video clip tweeted by a Pakistani journalist showed Mika performing at the event, despite India severing all artistic and social ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the removal of Article 370.
 
A letter from AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta stated: "AICWA bans and boycott singer Mika Singh from the Indian film industry for performing at a high profile event at Karachi dated August 8, 2019."
 
"AICWA takes a tough stand of immediately boycotting all his association with movie production houses, music companies and online music content providers." 
 
The statement further read that "AICWA workers will make sure that no one in India works with Mika Singh and if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law".
 
"When the tension between the countries is at the peak, Mika Singh puts money above the nation's pride," the film association said.
 
The association also sought the intervention of Information and Broadcasting Ministry in the matter.
 
Mika performed with a 14-member troupe at the pre-wedding ceremony of of a girl who's father, Adnan Asad, is reportedly a cousin of former Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf. Mika and his crew have been given visas for 30 days to perform in three cities -- Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
 
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Taj Palace art auction raises Rs 2.8 crore

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To mark the 115th anniversary of the Taj Group of Hotels, Delhi's iconic 5-star hotel Taj Palace has raised Rs 2.8 crore through an auction of a fascinating lineup of Indian modern and contemporary art and donated 40 per cent of it to the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust, the hotel said in a statement on Saturday.
 
The Trust reaches out to those affected by adversities like victims of terrorism, natural disasters and members of the armed forces, to help rebuild their lives.
 
The rest 60 per cent of the amount raised will go to DAG.
 
The works, curated from art gallery DAG's collection, of Amrita Sher-Gil, F. N. Souza, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, Jamini Roy, K. H. Ara, Sohan Qadri and Sakti Burman were put on auction.
 
An untitled graphite-on-paper by Sher-Gil (1913-41) went under the hammer for Rs 70 lakh in Friday's auction.
 
A  painting by world-renowned artist M. F. Husain (1913-2011), a 1982 watercolour titled 'That Obscure Object of Desire', sold for Rs 22 lakh.
 
Taj's live auction 'Art from the Heart' was a no-reserve one and had no buyers premium.
 
"Each work has been picked to reflect a wide swathe of Indian art. When curating the selection, we ensured the periods they represent are varied (from 1952 to 2005), that the works are in different mediums, and that the genres range from figurative to abstract, from heads to landscapes, from folk modernism to high modernism," Ashish Anand, MD & CEO of DAG, the curating gallery, had earlier told IANS.
 
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Bollywood films sweep 66th National Film Awards

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Bollywood films like "Uri: The Surgical Strike", "Andhadhun", "Badhaai Ho" and "Padman" won big at the 66th National Film Awards, which were announced on Friday.
 
The announcement was made in a press conference by Rahul Rawail, Chairperson, Feature Film Category; AS Kanal, Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category and Utpal Borpujari, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema. 
 
The Chairpersons and other Jury Members earlier on Friday submitted a report on 66th National Film Awards to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
 
While Hindi movie "Padman" was declared Best Film on Social Issues, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal jointly received the Best Actor Award for their performances in "Andhadhun" and "Uri: The Surgical Strike". 
 
Aditya Dhar also won Best Director Award for "Uri: The Surgical Strike". The film that has Vicky playing an Indian Army officer also won the Sound Designer award (Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee). Best Music Director (Background Music) went to Shashwat Sachdev for "Uri: The Surgical Strike".
 
"Andhadhun" was also a favourite at this year's edition of National Film Awards. Apart from the Best Actor Award, the movie won Best Hindi Film award and honour for Screenplay writer (adapted): Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Hemant Rao and Pooja Ladha Surti.
 
"Badhaai Ho" bagged awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actress (Surekha Sikri).
 
Akshay Kumar-starrer "Padman" was declared Best Film on Social Issues. "Padmaavat" won big, especially in the music categories. It bagged awards for Best Male Playback Singer (Arijit Singh for the song "Binte dil misriya mein"), Best Music Direction -- Music Director (Songs): Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Best Choreography (Kruti Mahesh Madya and Jyoti Tomar for the song "Ghoomar").
 
As for other top honours, Gujarati film "Hellaro" was declared Best Feature Film winner, Keerthy Suresh was declared winner of Best Actress trophy for her performance in Telugu movie "Mahanati" and Uttarakhand was declared the Most Film Friendly State.
 
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Kerala film director escapes from kidnappers

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Kerala film director Nishad Hassan, who was kidnapped by three mask-wearing unidentified people, has escaped from captivity and is presently undergoing medical treatment near here, police said on Thursday.
 
Hassan was kidnapped on Wednesday.
 
Speaking to IANS, a police official said that Hassan had suffered injuries and was undergoing treatment.
 
"Hassan miraculously managed to escape from his kidnappers after spending almost a day in their captivity. Since he had suffered injuries he was taken to a hospital and is likely to be shifted to a state-run medical college," said the official on the condition of anonymity.
 
"At the moment we believe what he has said. However, we are going forward with the probe. The injury marks on his body show that he has been tortured," added the official.
 
Hassan's wife was injured during the scuffle with the kidnappers when she tried to save her husband. 
 
She said that the incident occurred when they were on the way to pray for the success of the film "Viplavam Jayikkanullathanu", which was released last week.
 
According to her, a car overtook their vehicle and blocked the way. Three people alighted from the car and forcefully took Hassan away.
 
Initial probe reports have indicated that this could be the result of issues between Hassan and some producers.
 
The film "Viplavam Jayikkanullathanu" had raised eyebrows, even before its release, as it is said to be the longest uncut movie. The nearly two-hour-long film was made in a single shot.
 
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Veteran filmmaker J. Om Prakash passes away at 93

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Veteran film director and actor Hrithik Roshan's maternal grandfather J. Om Prakash breathed his last at his residence here on Wednesday morning. He was 93.
 
Sharing the news of his uncle's demise, actor Deepak Parashar tweeted: "My dearest uncle Mr J. Om Prakash passed away about an hour ago. So saddened as he joins his friend, my Mamaji Mr Mohan Kumar in heaven! Their contributions to Indian cinema is a gift they left behind for us!"
 
Parashar also shared a photograph of Prakash with his tweet. "Took this pic few months ago when went to see him! Om Shanti!," he wrote.
 
The veteran filmmaker directed movies like Rajesh Khanna-starrer "Aap Ki Kasam" (1974), "Aakhir Kyon?" (1985) and "Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka" (1977), Dharmendra and Hema Malini starrer "Aas Paas" (1981), Rajinikanth and Rakesh Roshan and Sridevi starrer "Bhagwan Dada" (1986). 
 
As a producer, he had to his credit movies like "Aaye Din Bahar Ke" (1966), "Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke" (1969), "Aandhi" (1975) and "Aankhon Aankhon Mein" (1972).
 
His funeral will be held today at Pawan Hans Vile Parle (West) in Mumbai.
 
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