Tag: Bollywood

Coronavirus to halt the Indian film industry from March 19-31, 2020


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 17 March 2020: The Indian film industry productions will come to a halt from March 19-31 because of the coronavirus crisis. A statement in a CNN story from Kulmeet Makkar, CEO of the Producers Guild of India says, ” “The health and safety of our colleagues come first, hence we completely support the industry’s united decision to suspend productions”.

“In the coming days, we will discuss details with our members on the modalities of postponing our production plans, keeping in mind the ongoing threat of Covid-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and take further decisions accordingly,” the statement says.

The Indian film industry is the biggest in the world with about 2,000 productions in 20 languages annually. Many important releases have already been stopped.

SAT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – I hope people enjoy the Padmaavat experience: Deepika Padukone


By Neeraj Nanda

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavaat’ is releasing on 25 January 2018 in cinemas across Australia and worldwide. It is the first Indian film that will have a global IMAX 3D release. Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. Based on the 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign but managed to overcome all odds. I caught up with Deepika Padukone (in Mumbai) on the phone from Melbourne a few days back where she candidly talked to me about her role and the film.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q-1: Do you call this movie a historical or what?

A-1: I would call it inspiring. It’s an inspiration, historic or not. I find Padmavati’s journey incredible.

Q-2: How was it like being Padmavati in the movie?

A-2: The fact that I have done this movie means at some level I have connected. The story needs to be told. I am glad we made this film.

Q-3: What’s the special thing about your dresses in the movie?

A-3: The dresses are suited to the culture and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s vision. They bring to life my character in the film.

Q-4: How tough was it to shoot wearing this heavy stuff?

A-4: Not difficult at all. At that time, you are not thinking of how heavy your dress or jewelry are but to be true to the moment.

Q-5: What difference the 3-D version of the movie makes?

A-5: It’s a visual difference. The 3-D experience is a visual treat. People also enjoy watching a movie in 3-D.

Q-6: Somewhere you said the movie was an emotional journey. Explain it.

A-6: Every film is an emotional experience at the creative level spending time on the film sets and spend so much of your energy creating these characters. It’s emotionally demanding.

Q-7: What makes the Ghoomar song and its picturisation so special?

A-7: It is exciting for me as an actress to have learned a new dance form. It is a tribute to Rajasthani folk culture and it is a visual delight. As an audience think what it will be on the big screen.

Q-8: What is your message to people waiting for Padmaavat?

A-8: We made it with lots of love and passion and we enjoyed the experience and hope all of you enjoy the experience.

SRK explains how his younger version in FAN was a big effort

Double Bonanza for SRK Fans
Photo: Mind Blowing Films

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 8 April : It was a rather different but candid talk with media persons through a very clear video link, SRK talked about his new movie FAN releasing on 15 April. He still looks like the Hockey Coach in ‘Chak de India’, shot mostly in Melbourne. The Indian /South Asian media with a few others was there and excitement ran high as the video link was tested.

The Friday evening treat with India’s greatest movie star so far away but so near left its mark on this scribe. I wonder when will the mainstream Australian media go beyond Hollywood?

Anyway, South Asia Times (SAT) eagerness to know about the youngish cute looking 20-year-old SRK (the Fan in the movie) streaming around in trailers, photos and publicity material bore fruit as King Khan explained some of it.

In fact, SRK says, “ I had to be de-aged and the process was cumbersome with at times it took five hours for my forehead wrinkles to be hidden with makeup and in a few hours they would start to diminish because of sweating. This makeup removal took another one and half hours.”

“ This man who is famous Hollywood special makeup effects artist Greg Cannom had earlier failed twice in Hollywood in giving a de-aging look but was successful with me.

Once it took many hours to remove all lines on my forehead, nose was done, eyebrows redone, eyes made bigger, lips given a new look and the cheeks made chubby,” SRK told SAT.

The post production work involved complex 3-D visual effects (VFX) whereby in the process imagery was created or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot. VFX, reports say, was used for the character of Gaurav (obsessed Fan).

“The unique story idea of this film came from Director Maneesh Sharma who is also from Delhi and not from Yash Chopra as reported elsewhere, “ says SRK.

About his real-life fans, says SRK, I meet and hug my fans whenever I get the opportunity. It’s essential to meet people who admire you.

“Aryan (movie star) role was more challenging and emotional. Before I became a star I was a fan. Being a movie star in Fan was more realistic than what I am,” says SRK.

About his role as an actor SRK said, “ I feel a huge responsibility and do not want to let down people. I want to make people happy. When I went to Mumbai I was alone but now I have a family of billions all over the world.”

About Melbourne, SRK said, I would like to come to Melbourne. It has grown so much.

Fan is directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. Both Vishal–Shekhar and Andrea Guerra, composes the soundtrack album and original score.

In Australia, the movie is being released by the Mind Blowing Films. For all information check – www.mindblowingfilms.com.

- SAT News Service.

New technologies & overseas collections to boost Bollywood revenues: Study


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, January 5: Bollywood revenues are all set to jump in 2017, with Cable, satellite rights and online/digital aggregation revenues being the fastest growing segments. The overseas box office collections are also projected to rise despite the Indian film industry not creating movies for a global audience.

“Clocking a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 11 per cent, size of the Indian film industry is likely to cross Rs 19,300 crore mark by 2017 from the current estimate of about Rs 15,500 crore owing to growing revenue contribution from overseas markets, improved quality of Bollywood movies, aggressive marketing campaigns, increase in number of multiplex and growing digitisation in the industry, according to a just-concluded ASSOCHAM-Deloitte joint study.

“Box office collections in India that are currently estimated at over Rs 11,500 crore are likely to cross Rs 14,200 crore mark by 2017 and will account for about 74 per cent of the majority of film industry revenues,” noted the study titled ‘Digitization & Mobility: Next frontier of growth for M&E,’ conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) along with knowledge firm Deloitte.

While the film industry’s revenues from overseas box office collections are likely to cross Rs 1,300 crore mark from current size of about Rs 1,100 crore, it said.

Rising demand for movies on TV together with growing penetration of smart phones across India will spur growth in cable and satellite rights and online/digital aggregation revenues which is likely to grow at a CAGR of about 15 per cent till 2017.

The ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study also highlighted that home video industry will further shrink at a CAGR of 10 per cent due to increasing piracy and growing popularity of digital platforms. “Home video has lost share to video on demand (VoD) through direct to home (DTH) operators and over the top (OTT) platforms.”

Highlighting the role of a fairly large and active regional movie industry both in local market and abroad, the study said noted that cinema in southern India especially Tamil and Telugu might soon dethrone Bollywood from the top spot which accounts for 43 per cent share in terms of box office collections by language.

“Large national producers plan to spend 20 per cent of their annual budgets on regional cinema.”

Considering that Indian film industry has not yet been able to create universally appealing movies for a global audience, as such entertainment companies in the country need to develop content that would appeal to viewers (excluding Indian diaspora) abroad, the ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study says.

- SAT News Service.

Pallavi Sharda in ‘Big Bollywood Bash’ on 23 Dec. at Etihad Stadium


NEWSBREAK : Melbourne’s own Bollywood starlet #PallaviSharda will be at ‘THE BIG BOLLYWOOD BASH’ interactive dance on 23 DEC, 2015 at the Etihad Stadium during the Melbourne Renegades V Sydney6ers match. It’s going to be great fun with many events.There’s a great competition for the Indian Community: Flights for 2 from Melbourne to Mumbai with 7 nights accommodation thanks to Air India and the #MelbourneRenegades.

Enter here — http://www.melbournerenegades.com.au/win

SAT will be present at the event to cover it!