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  1. Bala: If we had it all...life would have been a bed of roses! That's something which hits everyone once in awhile but in this particular tale, it hits our man of the mane, more than once. From one of my personal favorite director's Amar Kaushik, comes yet another matter-of-fact film which will bring one closer to realization of facts of one's life and what is there with you needs to be cherished, a message everyone should remind oneself again and again! Bala, aka, Bal Mukund Shukla (I love this guy- Ayushmann Khurrana), our typical 25 years old, Kanpuria boy-next-door unveils the curtains by taking us through his childhood, showing how childhood remains everyone's favorite phase of life. He spreads naughtiness wrapped in happy times tickling the hearts of the audience by sheer innocent monkey business. Then the switch from childhood to present Bala is flawless showing the emotionally bruised grown-up man with a pertinent issue of hair loss to tackle. And from that moment on, the journey of the distraught man starts, every incident making our protagonist, a stronger and braver man! Ayushmann Khurrana rules the roost and after watching him portray the character Bala, one would know why media is craving for more from this young man with the aura of a thousand watts bulb in the middle of an ocean. His energy flowing through the character is worth a hundred applause and the ladies (Yami Gautam, Bhumi Penderkar) he charms in his quest to get his wavy, thick locks back, alongwith the supporting cast, over-powers everybody's presence on screen by simplistic yet delightful performance. This super-cute actor with his bald-man-next-door portrayal wins few crores in the first week itself (of course age and figures are just numbers for our Charmer) !! The director gives due weightage to the women and other characters in our man's life by giving each one enough space to showcase individualistic talent sparks and boy, oh boy, sparks fly all over the screen at perfect timing. Latika (Bhumi Pednekar) the sweet but dark complexioned classmate of Bala symbolizes the hurt of a girl who is blessed with a skin color which is not accepted by the society still! Amar Kaushik stings the orthodox mindset of our society flawlessly and tries to get the message straight on the face, justice done to the writer's (Niren Bhatt) blue-print. Latika grows up to be a ravishing, bold, courageous, dark-skinned yet self loving, confident lawyer of the city, who ends up helping her friend Bala inspite of an incident which caused a lot of heart burn to the little girl, way back during school days. Bhumi has acted very well and will surely emerge as the next Shabana Azmi, grace meets art. The second lady in our hero's life is the love interest of our man, the man with the mission of growing hair to please his lady love, Pari (beautiful Yami Gautam), is shown as tik-tok (yet another insensitive but hyped-app of this generation) queen and budding model from Kanpur who lives only to look good and get appreciation from the world in terms of rising numbers of likes. This tik-tok character is a whack on the wasted minds, showing interest only in getting public attention and acquiring self-worth stamped by the world in terms of thumb's up (likes) on social media. Every character around Bala is striking. Saurabh Shukla as father of Bala is supportively detached and lets our man decide his course of action for tackling his never ending problems. Seema Bhargava as aunt of Latika adds zing and fun to the screen giving small doses of laughter at the right time when the story lets you drift with a purpose. Sunita Rajwar as the mother of the bald 25 years old is convincingly empathetic. Brother of Bala (Dheerendra Kumar Gautam) has given added spice to the family drama, fussing and yet helping the elder brother, in a typical 2-tier city's middle class family, to get over the grave problem of baldness. He goes around from helping the elder brother put onion juice to grow his hair to wickedly escaping the application of foul smelling mixture of cow dung & bull semen, a 'nuskha' told by the quintessential Mr.Know-all, Bacchan Dubey (Javed Jaffery). Bala's childhood friend cum-hair stylist (played by Abhishek Banerjee) is comical and realistic, we all have one such friend who backs every action of ours! Child artist, Sachin Chaudhary as young Bala has been very versatile for his age. Some young people are surely running towards a shallow life where only public displays and public recognition is the key to happiness than gaining any educational or moral values or social values. Life for the present generation is more about appreciation from the outer world than the growth of the inner world! Such a disappointing matter of fact but the message is given out loud to the audience in superb undercurrents with a lot of grace. Every film of Ayushmann touches my head and heart, bringing me closer to the fan moment for this magical actor. He aims at breaking the stereotypes without hurting anybody's line of thought and yet conveys the message to the society impeccably. Great music by the duo, Sachin-Jigar, which helps the plot progress beautifully giving out heightened moments. The one piece that catches my attention is "Pyaar toh tha", sung by Jubin Nautiyal, this song is romantically soothing to the ears. All in all, Bala says it to all- Life is not just about color, looks, make-up or the brands that one has to acquire to get recognized but its the skin deep understanding of living like a Queen or a King, with individuals God-gifted natural attributes, that takes one to the pinnacle of happiness. Wonderful movie for sensible viewers! Cheers to the bald spark of this Kissa Bal (Hair) Ka...Ayushmann Khuarrana, damn I am baowld:) Cast & Crew: Director: Amar Kaushik Actors: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam, Saurabh Shukla, Sunita Rajwar, Seema Bhargava, Javed Jaffery, Dheerendra Kumar Gautam, Abhishek Banerjee, Sachin Chaudhary, Mushtaq Khan Producers: Dinesh Vijan, Jaspreet Kaur, Vivek Rangachari Music Directors: Sachin-Jigar Writer: Niren Bhatt
  2. KEDARNATH - The Film Mother Nature knows no boundaries or religion or caste or creed. Humans may invent anything in their best of capabilities but at the end of the road , every living form has to bow down to its creator- the Mother! The film is set in the scenic Kedarnath, a place located in the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river. Beautiful as it is, in its natural form, the place is known for the famous Shivling which looks over the river and attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and Lord Shiva's followers every year. Mansoor (Shushant Sing Rajput), a shy, reserved and honest Muslim porter gets attracted to the beautiful but rebellious daughter of the local Hindu priest, Mukku (Sarah Ali Khan). The two beautiful souls fall for each other deeper and deeper on the winding roads to the temple. The love story blooms amidst the mountains and the valley leading to bonding of the hearts and thus, romance. Lord Shiva showers enough love on the couple cruising from mundane work to chatting by the Tattu (Mule) trails which Mansoor arranges for the pilgrims and his lady love. He being the strong man in town not only woos our beautiful petite girl but also touches every heart visiting the temple. His motto, to bring a smile on the face of his customer and then running to ring the bell at the temple's gate every time he achieves his goal symbolizes the character's belief in Lord Shiva, as innocent as Shiva is, our man portrays the genuineness with elan.There are sweet, romantic moments between the two Sweethearts, which are beautifully captured by the camera alongside flirting with the sublime scenery. Sara Ali Khan does justice to the bubbly, rebellious yet soft hearted, romantic Hindu girl, who gives up everything for Mansoor. Sushant Singh Rajput on the other hand maintains the bareness of a poor porter while managing to woo the audience from his straight-from-the-heart performance. He not only makes it clear that religion knows only the language of love, not the boundaries set by manipulating and corrupting minds, trying to disrupt peace of humanity, but also tries to bridge Hindus and Muslims of the area surrounding the temple for community's harmony. Director (Abhishek Kapoor) doesn't leave a single frame in the film where the beauty of the place is not heightened by the mesmerizing background score and music tracks created with a lot of love for Shiva by the maestro Amit Trivedi. The track- Namo Namo is energetically soulful, taking the head and the heart closer to Adiyogi. The track is filled with a lot of love and energy that will create a soothing audio-visual effect on the audience. Amit Trivedi takes it one notch higher with every single track. But as the saying goes, every good thing must end, the love story is struck by the wrath of nature leaving the couple devastated as the fury is unleashed on the valley, taking with it everything that falls in its way. The real event was an eye opener to the entire nation to yet another catastrophe caused due to the ill effects of human civilization and growth. When will man instead of creating irrational boundaries of caste-creed, money-status, go down to the real issues of human existence and work towards creating a safer, wiser and cleaner balance between environment and progressive growth? The film will not only evoke strong feelings of devotion for Shiva but will also engulf the audience with visual simplicity, leaving the viewers to ponder and work on ways of symbiotic existence with Mother Nature! Actors: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Alka Amin, Nitish Bharadwaj, Pooja Gor, Nishant Dahiya, Sonali Sachdev Director: Abhishek Kapoor Cinematography by: Tushar Kanti Ray Story by‎: ‎Abhishek Kapoor‎; ‎Kanika Dhillon Produced by‎: ‎Ronnie Screwvala‎; ‎Pragya Kapoor Music by‎: ‎Amit Trivedi‎; Score By: ‎Hitesh Sonik
  3. Chhichhore: Life teaches us a lot of things on a daily basis and the best lessons are learnt by individually walking on that thin wire. Chhichhore opens up the pandora box of individual touch-downs and outbursts of nostalgia. Each individual has lived through the best days during their school & college life, so when the reality of competition dawned on us, back then, we all ended up feeling bogged down badly, trust me a feeling, every individual has definitely felt surfacing up while climbing the ladder of age! This film revolves around a child (Mohammad Samad) who has a loving family with its own personal bag of reasons of rifts & drifts. The child who is the apple-of-the-eye of both the parents, is at the threshold of getting into a prestigious college based on his awaited competitive result! Mother of the child, who apparently drifted out of the wedlock over the years, is gracefully played by Sharddha Kapoor, the character is very convincingly detached yet committed to her motherly duties. The doting & supportive middle-aged father of our teen, who's balancing work and parenthood, is portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput, and is very relatable to half a dozen new-age fathers! Just when the pages of the story are warming up everyone's heart on screen, a well timed twist brings a gamut of characters with shades of vibrant colors of life and emotions.When everything is looking rosy and well carved by pragmatic achievers, fate construes a different story, flipping the coin of life at the hands of lady luck. The incident plays havoc on the parents lives and leaves them yearning for the warmth lost somewhere while climbing the ladders of materialism. The supporting cast is remarkable and performances of each one is better than the other giving the audience a spicy taste of distinct differences of characters. Varun Sharma & Saharsh Kumar Shukla are class apart. How the matured father pulls the loose reins of the three lives after convincing the hopeless mother & super supportive gang of friends, creating a conducive environment for their son to learn the real lessons of life for a better tomorrow and a wiser future, makes this film a worthwhile watch for suppose-to-be realistically cool parents of next generation teenagers. Music from Pritam Chakroborty is as always musically refreshing. "Khairiyat" song in Arijit Singh's voice is mush at its best & has been rocking the charts. The film will be able to open up windows for new-age parents to their children, as they go on moulding their kids into materialistic charmers, unknowingly building pressures, creating false insecurities and instilling some shallow thoughts, resulting into a confused youth. More parents should raise smarter kids who are not only capable of battling the survival & existence game of life but also individuals who are high on emotional quotients capable of beating the rat races and flourishing as a worthy humane human!! Cast & Crew: Director: Nitesh Tiwari Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty Editor: Charu Shree Roy Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Varun Sharma, Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Bhasin, Prateik Babbar, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar Shukla, Mohammad Samad, Nalneesh Neel, Prashant Narayanan, Shishir Sharma, Saanand Verma, Sanjay Goradia
  4. Last year was block buster for Indian movies because some Indian movies reached unbreakable records like Bahubali 2 movie and the last month of 2017 Tiger Jinda Hai movie has released, This movie were top Bollywood movie of 2017. Now 2018 is running and some most awaiting movies already has been released in these three months and some big buster movies is ready to release. By source we can say all upcoming Bollywood movies gonna block buster. Now we can say Indian movie making technique is going to better in these some years. Here is list of Highest grossing Bollywood movies 2018:- 1- Padmaavat Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor Sanjay Leela Bhansali 190 292 2- Padman Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte R Balki 20 80.61* 3- Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Kartik Aaryan, Nusrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh Luv Ranjan 20 86.76* 4- Pari Anushka Sharma Prosit Roy 20 25 5- Aiyaary Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet, Manoj Bajpayee Neeraj Pandey 25 18 6- 1921 Zareen Khan, Karan Kundra Vikram Bhatt -- 15.92 7- Hate Story 4 Urvashi Rautela vishal Pandya 20 12.57* 8- Mukkabaaz Vineet Singh, Zoya Hussain Anurag Kashyap -- 9.85 9- Kaalakaandi Saif Ali Khan Akshat Verma -- 6.12 10- 3 Storeys Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat Arjun Mukerjee -- .35*
  5. What is film distribution? Distribution is the dynamic, competitive business of launching and sustaining films. Like other entertainment sectors, the film business is product-driven: the films themselves are the main reasons why cinema tickets are purchased. But how do people get to know about the range of titles on release, and come to feel they want to see a particular new film? It is the distributors’ task to connect films with the public, drawing the widest possible audience to each one and realising the full potential of the filmmakers’ work. It is well nigh impossible to entice people to a film in which they have no interest. Every new title has its own release plan, which the distributor develops in consultation with the producers and/or parent studio. A saturation release will be prepared for films with mass potential; a more select release for those appealing to narrower groups. The distribution contract Distributors sign an agreement with the producer, sales agent or studio, specifying the rights they hold in respect of each title – to release it in UK cinemas; to promote it in all media; possibly to make a local edit, for example to secure a particular classification – together with the date the license expires and how the income from the release will be accounted for. As films are creative works, or intellectual rather than tangible property, their copyright is owned by the people or organisations that produced or financed them. Distributors act under license on their behalf. A distributor’s opinion as to a film’s playability may – and ideally should – be sought before it is approved for production. In some cases, a distributor becomes a partner in a project, contributing upfront to its development/production costs and later launching it in the market place. Each distributor may release any number of films, in some cases 25 or more, every year. In a typical week, seven or eight new films open in UK cinemas. When considering acquiring a new film, distributors will look for something fresh or outstanding, a special element or potential marketing angle which in due course could help to draw a significant audience. To secure distribution rights for certain films, the distributor may need to pay an advance/minimum guarantee against future earnings to the producer or sales agent. The advance commitment is for the distribution license rights plus the costs of film prints and advertising (P&A). The earlier a distributor is involved, the better It is useful and desirable for producers to have a distribution deal in place before shooting starts. Sometimes this can be viable on the basis of a hot script and anticipated cast. In practice, producers may seek finance from multiple sources, including pre-sales to various territories through a specialist sales agent; banks; private investors; beneficial tax schemes including sale & leaseback; and public subsidies. Full article is here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- India boasts of about 13,000 theatres enjoying a weekly admission of about 100 million people or 5000+ million per year. Distributors are the last link in the movie chain which take films to the people. Although distribution and exhibition are the end points in the value chain of the film business, they are of utmost importance because "goofing" up at this stage means that the film , however well made, will be a flop at the "Box Office". With post production accounting for 20% of the film budget and taking 20% of the total time, any savings in this would go directly to the bottom line. Digitalization has the potential to bring in the desired savings and drive up profits substantially. Typically a distributor buys rights for a 'territory' and recovers costs from the exhibition of the film. The distributor buys into the risk with the producer. Today, before a film is released, no distributor knows the fate of the movie. Copies are made based on a guesstimate and the stakes are high. The copies are sent to various distributors in the country, who in turn rent them out to theatre owners. If the estimate goes awry, all that the theatre owner, the distributor or the producer can do about it is grin and bear the costs. The digital world, however, works differently. The problem of physically moving the reels from one place to another does not exist. All it requires is a license to make another copy. And, making copies is as easy as clicking a button. The cost of distribution is significantly lower. The theatre owner will no longer be forced to show a movie that is doing badly. He simply has to switch over to the one that the audience wants to watch. Further, with overseas becoming a major territory and considerable costs associated with the same any savings in the distribution costs will be a great boon for film producers and distributors alike. Distribution of films around the world has become such a big business that it fetches about as much business as Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, one of the six distribution territories within India. With tickets in US being priced at $8 and those in UK being priced at 8 pounds the collection from the 10 million population from overseas is same or more than the collection from the 150 million population in of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh . Other disadvantages of physical distribution are because of the high costs of making excess prints and because of the physical nature (rather than digital nature) of prints people in remote corners of the country deprived of seeing a hit film till the print is available for them. Further, if a movie is a flop then because the film is not simultaneously released (because of the physical nature of prints) all over the country at the same time bad publicity may spread and therefore no one may want to see the movie. A primer on digital technology in film distribution Digital cinema or eCinema or eMovies is the latest buzzword that has the potential to profoundly affect the distributors in the industry. Electronic cinema refers to film-less digital distribution and exhibition system of films using high quality digital projectors that are brighter and have higher resolution versions of video projectors. With this, feature films can be projected in small to medium size theatres with DVD playback equipment . It is expected that by 2005, movies as bitable digital data files will increasingly replace physical prints as the preferred medium of distribution. More here ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More on Film Distribution at SARAI here List of Film disributors in India (WikiPedia) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ketan Mehta, the internationally acclaimed film maker along with the renowned singer Anup Jalota, Actor-Director Deepa Sahi and Media entrepreneur Subur Khan launched a new film distribution company 'Open Door Films Limited'. 'Open Door Films' is a wholly integrated distribution platform for independent controlled budget films. The main objective of the company is to provide a viable, transparent, alternative, global marketing and distribution platform for high quality Indian independent films.
  6. From the producers of Kelly Reichardt's "Certain Women" and Jeremy Saulnier's "Green Room" comes the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant suffering through a crisis of existential despair. But when her house is burglarized, Ruth discovers a renewed sense of purpose in tracking down the thieves. Accompanied by her obnoxious martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. Now streaming on Netflix. Written and directed by Macon Blair (“Blue Ruin,” “Green Room,") in his directorial debut, with a distinctive look courtesy of cinematographer Larkin Seiple (“Swiss Army Man,” “Cop Car”), the film also stars David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet, Lee Eddy and Gary Anthony Williams.
  7. Director: Cristian Mungiu Starring: Maria-Victoria Dragus, Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar #Graduation #IFCFilms #SundanceSelects Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus), who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Graduation is a masterful look at the complex moral choices and compromises some people make when desperation takes hold.
  8. Published on Dec 15, 2016 Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Critics and internet cats agree - this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. This film is a sophisticated take on your typical cat video that will both dazzle and educate. In Theaters February 10th, 2017 Produced by Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann Directed by Ceyda Torun
  9. An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.
  10. I was speaking to a film distributor in West Bengal (one of the bigger ones) and asked him about the film distribution scenario over there. This is what he said:
  11. Hi All! I am a screenwriter based out of Mumbai. Get in touch with me if you need a good writer
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