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A maverick and one of the most respected filmmaker he is, but lately we hear corporate houses are shying away from investing in his films. Will Vishal Bharadwaj tide over this difficult phase?
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 10, 2013)
Vishal Bharadwaj can safely be called the thinking man/ woman’s director. This filmmaker has earned huge respect thanks to his immense talent in music and film- making.
While his music was accepted whole heartedly (he recently claimed that music will remain his first love), unfortunately his recent movies have not been able to create any ripple at the box office. It is said that the last film of his that actually made some money is Ishqiya back in 2010 — which was produced by him but directed by his protégé Abhishek Chaubey. It’s been three years since a film that came from the Bharadwaj stable has apparently managed to make much profit. So understandably, the corporate houses are not so sure of backing the film- maker.
According to a source, Bharadwaj is planning to direct a film but when he approached Fox Star Studios, which had earlier produced his film, he was apparently turned down. But later, they budged and put down a condition that they will produce a film provided Chaubey directs it.
However, they deny the whole episode. “ We have had a great association with Vishal on Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola.
The film’s opening weekend is among the top five of the year and we recovered all our costs.
While at this point, there is no discussion with More >
With the Ganapati festival and T20 World Cup all set to become the flavour of the next two weeks, will it affect the business of Madhur Bhandarkar’s new film?
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; September 17, 2012)
They say Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming film Heroine could be the biggest of his career. The director has called his Kareena Kapoor-starrer his most ambitious project ever. Kareena and he even visited the famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai to promote his film. However, our sources point out that ironically the upcoming Ganapati festival and the T20 World Cup will play the biggest spoilsport to Bhandarkar’s dream project.
So much is Bhandarkar’s expectation from this film that he has even termed it “Bebo’s birthday gift” (September 21, Kareena’s birthday coincides with the film’s release date). And It will be around the same time that the fervour around the festival will be at its peak.
Our source says, “This may bring very bad news to Madhur and his team. The entire city will be paralyzed, thanks to the lakhs of followers who will be participating in the festival.” Distributor Rajesh Thadani feels the festival dates will definitely affect the business of the film. He states, “If the film is good, then people are going to go. But had it not been releasing during Ganesh utsav, it would have meant better business for it.”
Sources also say that given that Barfi!’s doing rather well at the box office, it could prove to be a roadblock for Kareena’s film. Exhibitor Akshaye Rathi More >
The production house has asked distributors to give Yash Chopra’s Diwali release more importance, leaving the other film Son Of Sardaar in trouble
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 21, 2012)
This Diwali, Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan will lock horns at the box office. Thanks to the makers of Son Of Sardaar and Yash Chopra’s directorial venture who scheduled the release of their films on November 14. And though it is still a few months before the firecrackers go off, Mirror has learnt that the war has already begun. In fact, if sources are to be believed, Khan has already won half the battle. The latest buzz in the trade is that distributors were told to book the same number of screens for Yash Chopra’s film as for Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger. In simple words, more than half the theatres will be playing SRK’s film, leaving Devgn little room at the ticket window. Akshaye Rathi a fourth generation exhibitor and distributor tweeted, “Yashji’s film has already been signed for all the cinemas across India which is playing Ek Tha Tiger. That takes away the best ones!” A source from a leading theatre in the city agreed, “When there are stars like SRK and Ajay involved, that too when it’s a Diwali release, it becomes a tough call for us. When we are asked to give one film as many shows as Salman’s solo release, we are in a fix. Because here we have two big stars and two big films to showcase. However, SRK and Yashji’s film will take more shows both in multiplexes and single More >
There are times when you go to a multiplex to watch a film, only to find that the show has been cancelled due to a low turnout. While the multiplexes refund the fare, there is no escaping the disappointment of missing out on your favourite film.
Even as multiplex owners express their helplessness over the issue saying that they cannot afford screening a film for just a handful of people, a resident of Kala Chowki has taken it upon himself and started a campaign to ensure that the multiplexes do not disappoint the customers, irrespective of the turnout.
Prakash Rane, 46, recently convinced Metro Big Cinemas to play Marathi film Jeta, after it was contemplating cancelling the show due to a low turnout. The multiplex eventually screened the film with just two viewers in the hall.
“Theatre managements give excuses of insufficient number of customers, but they disregard how disappointing it is for a moviegoer who spends a significant amount of time and money to even get to the multiplex. I frequently visit multiplexes and try to dissuade the management from cancelling the shows,” Rane said.
Not just moviegoers, show cancellation by multiplexes is also a big problem for film producers and distributors who incur great losses every year because of the practice.
Trade analyst and editor of trade magazine Super Cinema, More >