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OTT Economics

After a lot of speculation as to when the wait listed films will be released, how many people will go to the halls and plexes, what will therefore happen to the film industry, will the distributors lose their grip, OTT finally happened. Gulabo Sitabo, starring Mr Bachchan, started streaming into homes all over the world, […]

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Biopics on Sportsmen

The tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput has again brought in to play his portrayal of M S Dhoni in the biopic on Dhoni. The conversation made me think about the various such films made on successful Indian sports persons, and in this sports loving country, such films just can’t go wrong. Not all of […]

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Bond Divas

The character of James Bond has been depicted as one of a quintessential seducer and womaniser and as such girls always have an important role in all Bond movies. A Bond girl is not essentially a heroine as there are no set rules as to what kind of a person a Bond girl will be […]

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James Bond Series

When Ian Fleming wrote his spy novels and created the character of MI6 agent James Bond, code 007,it was a perfect material for making movies. Indeed, movies were made and are still being made, making it the longest ever running film franchise in the world. Nearing six decades, the franchise has created 27 movies (one […]

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

So they say and films with a humorous plot normally do well. I say normally since it all depends on how the director has handled the actors, and even more important, whether the humour is really tickling the mind or the body. The early history of cinema is full of “funny films” what with Buster […]

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Basu Chatterjee: Baton Baton Mein

They say that people who can laugh at themselves are the best ones who can make others laugh better. In a TV serial which he was directing, There is a scene in one of TV serials in which a passenger hails a cab and on entering, as the cab moves, he notices that his picture […]

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James Bond movies always start with :-

Albert R Broccoli presents, which is the name of the producer of Bond movies nicknamed “Cubby”. Although he is no more and his heirs produce the movies, his name has become synonymous with Bond movies. Till now 27 films have been made under this franchise (one is due for release delayed because of Covid 19 […]

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The Bollywood Pioneers

The Mumbai film industry, known for Hindi cinema, churned out 364 films in 2017 and accounted for 43% of Box Office net revenue. Against this, Tamil & Telugu cinema contribute 36% while Regional Cinemas, including Bengali and Bhojpuri account for the balance 21%. Like everything else in India, it was Bengal which provided the initiative […]

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Ian Fleming…The Creator of James Bond

“My name is Bond…… James Bond”. Moviegoers heard these words for the first time in the 1962 film “Dr. No” but not the last. We have been hearing it for close to six decades now as it is the longest ever film franchise in the world. The 27th movie of this franchise is ready for […]

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Jeejaji

On December 19, 2019, actor Om Prakash turned 100. He had enthralled Hindi filmgoers for almost six decades and from fifties right up to late eighties/ early nineties of the last century, he became a permanent feature in our lives. ShowMyFlix celebrates the centenary of veteran actor Om Prakash. Born in Lahore, Om Prakash started […]

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Hollywood (2)

The dominance of the “Big Five” who controlled the film industry had a jolt for a year in 1932 during the Great Depression in US but their final end came in 1948 when a federal antitrust suit was known as the Paramount Case was placed against the Big Five and the Supreme Court of US […]

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Hollywood

Hollywood. Then Bollywood. Tollywood ( which earlier referred to Bengal film industry since the studios were located in Tollygunge district of the city, but now means Telugu films) and Kollywood, meaning films made out of Kolkata. All very filmy terms. All related to cinema. But how did Hollywood happen? The story of Hollywood is the […]

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The Golden Period of Indian Cinema (2)

The Partition of India in 1947 brought in a lot of changes. In the west, a large number of Punjabi Hindus shifted to India, while many Punjabi Muslims crossed over to Pakistan. There were losses and gains on either side. Sadat Hasan Manto opted for Pakistan, while B R Chopra shifted to India and became […]

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The Golden Period of Indian Cinema

Actually, that’s the question! What can, which years, be called the Golden Period of Indian Cinema? Or are we still waiting for it? And if we collectively declare a certain bracket of years as the Golden Period, is it likely that we will have a Diamond or Platinum Period? Then there are some parameters that […]

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A Star is Born (2)

While technically the star system kicked off from the early days of cinema but the real spurt came from the 1920s when cinema became a commercial industry and movie going, even if silent, became a major form of entertainment. By definition, a star system was the way the film companies, read Hollywood, created and managed […]

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A Star is Born

Well almost everyday a new star enters the cosmos of the film world. Worldover. Some shine, some are lost. Some shine for a while and then they fade out. For over a hundred years people have been in search of stars. Film Stars. But what makes a star? Is it just looks and poise? Or […]

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The First Ladies of Indian Cinema

The story goes that when Dadasaheb Phalke was making Raja Harishchandra, he was having a hard time looking for an actress. He even extended his search to the “red-light” areas of Mumbai, but had no luck. Finally, he got a male cook, Anna Salunke, to play the female lead. Which means, in effect, that the […]

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Music In Indian Cinema

Bollywood or the Hindi film industry along with the regional film industries releases a large number of movies a year. And most of the movies are loaded with musical number. The film industry has never shied away from using music and songs for conveying all kinds of emotions. Earlier people use to listen to the […]

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The Partition Of 1947 and Indian Cinema

The Partition of India had perhaps the biggest impact on the people of the Indian subcontinent and the effect was not lost on the creative platforms of the time. It sprung up a number of memorable stories and films. The first film on Partition came from Bengal, when in 1951, Nemai Ghosh made Chinnamul, about […]

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100 Years of Indian Cinema (1): The Age of Hiralal Sen

In 1895, the Lumiere Brothers premiered their technology at a meeting of industries in Paris and within a year they were exhibiting their marvel at The Watson Hotel in Mumbai. Today, the Indian film industry is estimated to be about $ 3.7 billion in 2020 (Corona notwithstanding), growing @ 11% per year. She produces 1500 […]

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RK Studio

RK Studio Bombay, now known as Mumbai has witnessed the change the city has gone through – from the black and white era to the pop colors and VFX we see on screen today. And the various studios of the city have helped progress it in the way we see it today. RK Studio is […]

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100 Years of Indian Cinema (2): The Age of Dadasaheb Phalke

A painter by profession, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, was a painter by training and profession. His creative mind led him to become a photographer, but due to disgusting social beliefs that when a person is photographed he loses energy or virility or that the person’s life is reduced, he could not make a success of it. […]

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Sholay by Quentin Tarantino

Now, this would be something. Shot as a quintessential “spaghetti western”, it is Sholay alone which can stand the mark of a Tarantino film. Imagine the opening for one. You would find Gabbar talking away with Kalia, needlessly, aimlessly and without another warning, they jump on Thakur who stepped right out of the police station and chop […]

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The Adventures of Tintin

Steven Spielberg is a true filmmaker. How can I be so certain? After all, isn’t appreciating a movie quite like any other democratic process? Some like something, some again like something else, so on and so forth. But I am making a statement in absolutism. And why? Call me sentimental, call me partial, call me […]

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Bollywood Actresses

Bollywood Actresses Can we say that we are only concerned with whatever we see in front of us? Well, surely what is in front of us holds true for being the ‘thing of the moment’ but we can’t deny the fact that inspiration and memories from the past and aspirations of the future impacts the […]

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Mr Bean plays Rowan Atkinson

Mr Bean plays Rowan Atkinson It’s a blessed relief that Mr Bean doesn’t speak. For if he did, we commoners wouldn’t understand a word of what he’s saying. Because not only did he earn a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle University to begin with, he followed that up with a MSc in […]

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