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  • Afghanistan bans Toronto-premiered Indian film


    The Government of Afganistan has banned the screening of Indian director Kabir Khan's debut feature film Kabul Express. 'The film has some sentences which were very offensive towards one of Afghanistan's ethnicities, namely the Hazara. For this reason it has been banned,' Najib Manalai, Afghanistan's minister of culture adviser, said in an official statement. The film starring Indian stars Arshad Warsi and John Abraham is ...
  • India's UTV signs production pacts with Hollywood


    Indian entertainment giant UTV has signed a co-productiondeal with Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment andSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for two films to be created and distributedworldwide.
  • India's Adlabs makes move into Hollywood production


    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Anil Ambani's Mumbai-based Adlabs have signed a deal in Dubai to co-produce feature films in Hollywood.
  • Indian producers guild protests Da Vinci ban


    India's Film and Television Producers Guild has asked the seven Indian stateswhich have banned the The Da Vinci Codeto reconsider their decision.
  • Indian government plans Pakistani film festival


    TheIndian government is to organise a Pakistani Film Festival in Mumbai thisyear. TheIndian ...
  • India's independent filmmakers heading to Cannes


    A delegation of independentIndian filmmakers with international ambitions will be attending and exhibitingunder one umbrella at this year's Cannes film festival.
  • Hollywood studios plan their first Hindi films


    Hollywoodstudios are actively seeking partnerships with Indian production houses asSony, Paramount and Disney announced their plans to make their first Hindifilms. With India's filmed entertainment business valued at $1.5billion in 2005 Hollywood studios see a huge opportunity to cash in on the Bollywood (Hindi Song & Dance film industry) marketthrough co-productions.
  • Black sweeps the board at Indian Filmfare awards


    SanjayLeela Bhansali's Black won all the majorawards at the 51st Filmfare awards held in Mumbai. Thefilm ...
  • Pakistani censors clear three Indian films for release


    The Central Film Censor Board of Pakistan has cleared threeHindi filmsto bereleased for the first time in forty years. Indian Cinema was banned in Pakistan following the Indo Pak War in 1965and under its rules motion pictures linked to either an "Indianartiste" or "Indian director" are strictly prohibited in thecountry.
  • Iron Island walks away with Goa's Golden Peacock


    Iranian film Iron Island, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,was awarded the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of $25,000 at the 36thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 24 - Dec 4).
  • Goa festival faces producer boycott


    The 36th government-backed International Film Festival of India (IFFI), set to open December 1 in its new permanent home of Goa, is facing a last-minute internal wrangle with the Film Federation of India (FFI).
  • India film festival to host Merchant tribute


    This year's edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goafrom Nov 24 - Dec 4, will pay a special tribute to Indian-born filmmaker IsmailMerchant who died in May this year.
  • India's Adlabs enters international distribution


    Adlabs-Reliance, a jointventure between India's largest film company Adlabs and Reliance Infocomm, has startedacquiring Hindi films for overseas distribution.
  • India's Mukta Arts unveils five-picture slate


  • New York comedy heads Indian music major's debut slate


    Indian music major Saregamahas unveiled a slate of seven features, headed by Karma Confession &Holy to be directed by New York-based Indian filmmaker Manish Gupta.
  • India's PVR unveils expansion plans


    Indian multiplex cinema operator PVR is looking to raiseUS$ 33 million via an IPO to finance new cinema projects and expand its filmdistribution business.
  • Indian government postpones onscreen smoking ban


  • Mukta Arts film school set to open in January


    Whistling Woods International,the film school established by Mumbai-based production company Mukta Arts, itset to open its doors to the first batch of students in January 2006.
  • Indian filmmaker challenges onscreen smoking ban


  • India selects Paheli as Oscar entry


    Hindi feature Paheli,starring Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Amol Palekar, has been selected as India's entry in the best foreign-language film categoryof the Oscars.
  • Mundra unveils Sonia Gandhi biopic


  • Arclight picks up Hindi Carmen


    Arclight Films todayannounced that it has picked up world sales rights to Chamki, ShyamBenegal's Hindi film adaptation of Carmen.
  • Blair heralds signing of India/UK co-production treaty


    UK prime minister TonyBlair, currently on a three day tour to India, announced in New Delhi today(Thursday) that the UK and India would be "signing an agreement on filmproduction" during his visit.
  • The Rising shatters box office records in India


    Hindi blockbuster, MangalPandey - The Rising has broken boxoffice records for a Hindi film in India, taking $5m in its first week onrelease the highest ever on record.
  • Page 3 takes top Indian film award


    Page 3 directed byMadhur Bhandarkar and starring Konkona Sen-Sharma won the best film award atthe annual Government of India's National Film Awards.
  • Billionaire businessman snaps up India's Adlabs


    Anil Dhirubhai AmbaniEnterprises has bought an $80.2m controlling stake
  • Billionaire businessman snaps up India's Adlabs


    Anil Dhirubhai AmbaniEnterprises has bought an $80.2m controlling stake in India's largest filmcompany Adlabs through subsidary company Reliance Capital.
  • UIP reorganises Indian distribution


    ParamountFilms of India Ltd (PFI), distributor of UIP product on the sub-continent, hasoverhauled its set-up across Indiaand entered into agreements with four local distributors to release Paramount,Universal and DreamWorks films.PFI,which is one of the oldest motion picture ...
  • Rai to play royalty in Dutta's Indian biopic


    Aishwarya Rai is play royalty in a biopic on the lifeof Gayatri Devi, the former Maharani of Jaipur. A film based on her autobiography A PrincessRemembers is being directed by Indian filmmaker J. P. Dutta (Border).Rajmata Gayatri Devi (as she is now known) ...
  • Indian industry speaks out against film smoking ban


    Senior figures in the Indian film industry havespoken out against the government's plan to ban smoking scenes in films.
  • India bans smoking scenes in films


    The Indian government has banned all scenes showing smokingor cigarette packs in films and TV programmes. The new law will apply to bothIndian films and to foreign films released in India.The move, part of a anti-tobaccoclampdown, also bans film-makers showing cigarette packs, billboards or usingany item with a cigarette brand name on it in their movies.
  • Nair embarks on Namesake shoot


  • Bollywood legend Sunil Dutt dies


    SunilDutt, 75, legendary Bollywood actor and current Youth and Sports Minister diedfrom a heart attack in his home in Mumbai.
  • Indian billionaire Spices up Kapur's Buddha epic


    Indian billionaire Dr Bhupendra Kumar Modi has set up an internationalfilm production outfit in Los Angeles called Spice through which he willproduce his epic feature film Buddha to be directed by ShekarKapur.
  • Film releases put on hold in India as cricket fever bites


    A string of major film releases have been postponed inIndia's film capital Mumbai because of the start of the cricket test matchseries today (March 8) between Pakistan and India.
  • VIP media fund backs Kapur's Water


    Shekhar Kapur has tied up with Europe's VIP Media Fund, toco-produce and distribute his films.
  • Veer Zara, Hum Tum top India's Oscars


    Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee bagged the best actor andbest actress award for their role in Swades and Hum Tumrespectively at the 50th Filmfare awards (Indian Oscars) in Mumbai on Saturday.Rani also bagged the best actress in a supporting role for the film VeerZara.
  • Fox, UTV partner on Nair's Namesake


    Indian production anddistribution outfit UTV has partnered with Fox Searchlight on Mira Nair'sThe Namesake.
  • Fox India closes distribution office


    20th Century Fox has closedits Indian distribution arm in Mumbai after 73 years of operation. CEO AdityaShastri has already left the company to joinMumbai based UTV.
  • Douglas to co-produce Racing The Monsoon in India


    Indian film financiersSahara One Motion Pictures and Percept Picture Company have announced that theywill be the primary backers of the Michael Douglas project Racing TheMonsoon - acting as co-producers with Douglas's production company FurtherFilms.
  • 2004: Indian film rides big budget wave


  • Beautiful City triumphs at India Film Festival


    Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi's The Beautiful Citywalked away with the top prize, the Golden Peacock, in the Asian competitivesection of International Film Festival of India which concluded in Goa onDecember 9.
  • Times Of India Group moves into film production


    India's largest media company, The Times of India Group,has moved into film production, backing English language feature Being Cyrus.Directed and co-written by Homi Adajania, the film isbilled as a cross between a psychological drama and a comedy in which a dopesmoking retired sculptor, who lives in a secluded Indian hill station, openshis house to a stranger, Cyrus.The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin ...
  • Stone's Alexander to close India film festival


    Oliver Stone's epic Alexander is to close the International Film Festival of India(IFFI) in Goa (Nov 29-Dec 9)
  • More foreign productions choosing to shoot in India


    Hollywood-based production company 8X Entertainment has begun shooting historical epic One NightWith The King, in the Indian city of Jodhpur.
  • Festival of India to honour Amritraj


    Indian born Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj, Chairman andCEO of Hyde Park Entertainment is to be honoured at the International FilmFestival of India being held in Goa (Nov 29 - Dec 9).
  • Vanity Fair to open India film festival


    The 35th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) (Nov29-Dec 9) will open with Vanity Fair, directed by Indian born film-makerMira Nair. The government backed film festival is being held in Goa for thefirst time.
  • Indian government sacks film censor


    The head of India's FilmCertification board Anupam Kher has been sacked by the government and replacedby actress Sharmila Tagore.Appointed for a three-year tenure,Kher has been chief censor for just one year and had recently cleared twocontroversial films, a documentary on the Gujarat riots, Final Solutionsby Rakesh Sharma, and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • India picks Shwaas for Oscar race


  • India mulls production fund with tax incentives


    India's government is considering setting up a $45m seed fund to finance its national film sector.
  • Pakistan considers lifting Indian film ban


    Pakistan's Ministry of Culture is likely to take the radical decision to allow the screening of Indian films, on a selective basis.
  • Aishwariya Rai outlines World vision


    Indian cinema's highest paid actress and former Miss WorldAishwariya Rai is to star in Roland Joffe's next film Singularityalongside Brendan Fraser.
  • Film festival of India announces dates


    The International Film Festival of India, (IFFI) hasannounced that it will be held from 29th November to 9th December in Goa thecoastal state south of Mumbai.
  • Brooks scouting locations in India


    American comic actor Albert Brooks is currently in Delhifinalising locations for his next untitled film.
  • India gears up for Summer box office bonanza


    April 30th sees India'ssummer movie season kick off with the release of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer theUS$5m Main Hoon Na.
  • India-Pakistan co-productions becoming a reality


    The Indian and Pakistani film industries having begun working together, in a move that echoes the growing political dialogue between rival countries.
  • India braces for The Passion on May 15


    Deepak Nayar'sKintop Pictures has scheduled the Indian release of Mel Gibson's The PassionOf The Christ for May 15and has already begun a publicity blitz over the Easter weekend with brochuresdistributed in churches across the sub-continent and special screenings heldfor church groups.
  • Period epic Kisna wraps Himalayan shoot


    Hindi film producer-director Subhash Ghai has completed a forty-day shoot of his period epic Kisna in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.
  • Mira Nair hatches film deal with Indian poultry giant


    Mira Nair's Mirabai Films has announced a partnership with Indian poultry giant Balaji Rao's Bala Entertainment to establish a film production company that will create independent Asian cinema for the world market.
  • Top producers launch Indian awards ceremony


    Indian producers body the Film Producers Guild of India is to launch its own awards ceremony next month.
  • India strengthens industry ties with Pakistan, UK


    The first ever entertainment industry delegation from Pakistan is currently in India to meet with its counterparts in Mumbai after a gap of 40 years.
  • Mumbai cinemas threaten permanent closure


    Over 900 cinemas in Mumbai and the surrounding Indian state of Maharashtra have threatened to close indefinitely on March 19 in protest against the government's entertainment tax policy.
  • Disney to launch TV channel into India


    Walt Disney is to launch a satellite TV channel in India next year.
  • Indian entertainment revenues to hit $9.5bn by 2008


    India's entertainment industry will generate $9.5bn in revenues 2008, according to a new study by consultants Ernst & Young.
  • Kal Ho Na Ho dances off with eight Indian Oscars


    Nikhil Advani's debut film Kal Ho Na Ho has emerged as the main winner at India's Oscar equivalent, the 49th Filmfare awards.
  • Columbia TriStar ups Indian release slate


    Columbia Tristar's Indian office is to release 40 new films this year, 10 more than last year. Among the films scheduled to be released are Spiderman 2, Hell Boy and Anaconda 2.
  • South African broadcaster to air 13 Indian films


    South Africa's public broadcaster SABC, is to air 13 Hindi films for the first time in its history this summer.
  • New tax scheme for 'Bollywood UK'


    UK Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt is backing a scheme to raise £34m to set up a production base for Indian films made in Europe, specifically in the Leicester area of England.
  • Indian filmmakers boycott film festival


    MIFF 2004, the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentaries, Shorts and Animation, which runs from February 3-9, has run into trouble with 12 Indian filmmakers withdrawing their films from the festival in protest against censorship and the selection process.
  • UK based steel billionaire to invest in Indian film


    UK based Indian billionaire Lord Swraj Paul has announced that his steel and engineering conglomerate Caparo Group plans to invest more in India in areas such as films, fashion and tourism.
  • Indian film-makers eye Pakistani market


    As India and Pakistan Governments make progress on peace talks, Indian filmmakers are showing renewed interest in the Pakistani film market.
  • Indian war epic soldiers ahead at box office


    One of the most anticipated and biggest budget Indian films of the past year - the war movie L.O.C Kargil - opened to reasonable returns in its home territory on Dec 26.
  • India's distribution, box office system to be upgraded


    India's chronically out-dated film distribution and box-office infrastructure is set to enter the 21st century with the announcement of a major distribution tie-up between Zee Telefilms and Rajshri Pictures.
  • India's Zee Telefilms unveils expansion plans


    Zee Telefilms, India's largest listed media company, plans to invest $30m over the next two years in the production and distribution of Indian films. The company will also set up a distribution network for Indian films overseas.
  • Rising producer hits back amid backer dispute


    Bobby Bedi, the producer of big budget Indian feature The Rising, has spoken out following reports that Indian conglomerate Sahara India has pulled out of the film.
  • Warriors to open Mumbai festival


    Mumbai's International Film Festival will open on Nov 20 with He Ping's Warriors Of Heaven And Earth, the Chinese language film co-produced by Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia.
  • India Rising to big budget challenge


    Ketan Mehta's The Rising starts production in Mumbai next week, with Britain's Prince Charles lined up to snap the clapperboard to mark the start of principal photography. Prince Charles is currently on a nine-day visit to India.
  • Dreyfuss gets on Kumar's Road To Ladakh


    Actor Richard Dreyfuss production outfit Dreyfuss/James Prods. has pacted with Indian born writer-director Ashvin Kumar to turn his short film Road To Ladakh into a feature film.
  • Cinema People's Academy takes shape in India


    Hindi film producer Smita Thackeray has announced the launch of a new Indian film-industry body called Cinema People's Academy.
  • Mukta's Ghai lines up Oberoi for Kisna love story


    Indian filmmaker Subhash Ghai's next film will be musical love story Kisna with Vivek Oberoi in the title role.
  • Singh's Videovision to handle Maqbool sales


    Anant Singh's South African company Videovision Entertainment has signed a landmark deal with Indian production outfit Kaleidoscope Entertainment to handle international sales for critically acclaimed Indian film Maqbool.
  • Weinstein, Bachchan in Mumbai meeting


    Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein made a short private visit to Mumbai to meet Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan last week.
  • Makhmalbaf's Afternoon wins India fest prize


    Samira Makhmalbaf's At Five In The Afternoon has won The Golden Peacock for the Best Film in the Asian competition section of the International Film Festival of India.
  • Indian cinemas call off protest strike


    Cinemas in India's Maharastra state - which encompasses Bollywood capital Mumbai - have re-opened after a strike over entertainment taxes was called off after three days.
  • Indian Film Development Corp targets Asia


    India's National Film Development Corporation has invited buyers from the former USSR, China and Japan to attend the Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) being held in Delhi.
  • MIP TV lines up BBC chief, China focus for 2004


    Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC will be the keynote speaker at next year's MIP TV market 2004, which will be held from March 29 to April 2.
  • Kher named as Indian Censor chief


    Indian actor Anupam Kher, who has appeared in Bend It Like Beckham has been appointed chief of India's Censor Board. The move was announced by the Indian information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi, who said Kher had worked in commercial cinema, cross-over cinema and had considerable experience in theatre.Kher takes over from film director Vijay Anand, whose brother - film star and director Dev Anand - had declined to accept the post.
  • Bollywood megastar arises from bankruptcy


    Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan is to relaunch the operations of his film production company Amitabh Bachchan Corp Ltd. on Oct 11 in Mumbai.
  • International Festival of India unveils line-up


    The 34th edition of the International Film Festival of India (Oct 9-20) - the last to be held in New Delhi before the venue shifts to Goa next year - will open with Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi's magnum opus Pinjar.
  • Star TV strikes Indian production deal


    Rupert Murdoch's STAR TV India has struck a deal with Indian production company UTV to make three big budget movies.
  • 1000 Indian cinemas stage protest closures against tax rates


    Almost 1,000 single-screen cinemas in the Indian state of Maharashtra will close from Oct 17 in protest against high entertainment taxes.
  • Movie mogul plans revenge with comeback feature


    Indian film producer Bharat Shah - one the biggest film financiers in the Mumbai film industry - has announced fresh plans to invest in Indian films.
  • Top Bollywood producer convicted for Mafia connections


    Leading Bollywood film financier Bharat Shah has been found guilty of failing to inform police that the criminal underworld had muscled in on a film he made three years ago.
  • Sony to stock up on Hindi movies


    Indian TV outfit Sony Entertainment Television is planning to buy TV rights to up to 50 Hindi movies in the next year.
  • Veteran Polish director named jury head of Dehli festival


    Polish film-maker Krzystof Zanussi is to head up the five strong jury of the 34th International Film Festival of India in New Delhi (Oct 9-19).
  • Joggers Park director dies just ahead of film's release


    Anant Balani, the director of Hindi film Joggers Park, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Aug 28 - 17 days ahead of the film's release.
  • Mumbai film production continues after bomb attacks


    This week's terrorist attack in Mumbai, the film capital of India, has so far had little direct impact on the Indian film industry.
  • Maya team ready Indian Opium tale


    The production outfit and director behind the acclaimed Indian film Maya have launched their next project, Opium Royale, which is budgeted at $3.5m.
  • Disney dissolves Indian joint venture


    The Walt Disney Company and Modi Enterprises Ltd have dissolved their joint venture company, Walt Disney India Pvt Ltd.
  • India's most expensive film to be a trilogy


    The $20m three-part epic The Rising, directed by Ketan Mehta is set to be the most expensive film ever to be produced in India.
  • Film-makers line up Indian Pakistani co-production


    London based film producer Sevy Ali and well known Indian film maker Mahesh Bhatt are working together on an Indian Pakistani co-production.
  • Indian music major unveils ambitious film plans


    Indian music major Saregama is planning to re-enter movie production and has unveiled plans to produce 20 Indian language films over the next three years.
  • Bengali cinema triumphs at Indian Film Awards


    A revived Bengali cinema was the focus of attention at India's 50th National Film Awards on Saturday with Mr And Mrs Iyer and Mondo Meyer Upakhkhan taking the top prizes.
  • Indian beer baron moves into film production


    Indian beer baron Vijay Mallya has entered the Indian film business and is to produce his first Hindi film, Rakth.
  • Krishna Shah launches three Indian features


    Hollywood-based Indian filmmaker and former Double Helix head Krishna Shah has announced a slate of three films in Mumbai.
  • Multiple Taj Mahal films line up for release


    Warner Bros is currently looking at making a Hollywood version of the story of the Taj Mahal.
  • Indian box office heats up for the summer


    Seven local box-office hits released over the last few months have brought much-needed relief to the Hindi film industry of Mumbai.
  • India to invest $50m in international film festival location


    The Governments of India and Goa, and the Confederation of Indian Industries are clubbing together to invest $50m into a project to turn the coastal tourist paradise of Goa into the permanent location for India's travelling International Film festival.
  • Indian director joins with US producer for Chess mystery Move 5


    Mumbai-based Hindi Film Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his company Vinod Chopra Productions have entered into an agreement with Los Angeles-based Bobby Newmyer and Jeff Silver of Outlaw Productions to produce a Hollywood English-language film, Move 5.
  • iDreams sets sights on global markets


    iDreams, the film production-distribution house floated by stock broker Sripal Morakhia and responsible for the Indian release of Bend It Like Beckham, is going global.
  • iDreams sets sights on global markets


    iDreams, the film production-distribution house floated by stock broker Sripal Morakhia and responsible for the Indian release of Bend It Like Beckham, is going global.
  • First Indo-French co-production unveiled


    Indian TV network Zee has signed a deal with France TV and Silhouette Films to co-produce One Dollar Curry, the first time France and India have allied on a film.
  • India to relax foreign production regulations


    The Government of India is to allow shooting of foreign films in India as well as offering post-production facilities, minister for information and broadcasting Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi on 26th April.
  • One to be most expensive Bollywood production ever


    Bollywood's Varma Corp is developing the most expensive Indian film ever made, EK (One), an international action adventure for the global market.
  • Protests hit theatrical releases in India


    The dispute surrounding the waiting time between a film's theatrical release and its TV screening in India has led all Bollywood producers to stop releasing any films from this week onwards.
  • Asian Pictures Int'l announces first Bollywood projects


    London-based Asian Pictures International has announced its first Bollywood productions.
  • Sex, History and Hinglish - Bollywood's new genres


    The failure of several big-budget Indian films last year, both at home and abroad, has forced Indian filmmakers to experiment with new themes.
  • India's Tata steps in to film production


    Indian conglomerate the Tata Group has entered the Indian film production business, stepping in to rescue stalled production on Bollywood title Aitbaar.
  • Bollywood's most ambitious film unveiled


    With a budget of $22m, Indian film Director Rajkumar Santoshi's version of Mahabharat is likely to be the most expensive Indian film ever made.
  • Devdas scoops Indian Oscars


    Film Producer Bharat Shah's $10m Devdas may not have won an Oscar nomination but it did win 11 Indian Oscars at the 48th Filmfare awards.
  • Mukta Arts plans $18m Indian film school


    Mumbai-based film Production Company Mukta Arts is launching a film school named Whistling Woods International.
  • Lagaan director signs Shahrukh Khan for next feature


    Ashutosh Gowarikar, director of India's Oscar nominated cricket epic Lagaan, is lining up a new $6m film starring Shahrukh Khan.
  • Cancellations hamper India's biggest industry event


    With the keynote speaker pulling out at short notice, the Indian Film Industry conference FRAMES 2003 is facing a daunting task of attracting speakers - and delegates, given the global economic and political climate.
  • Indian delegation heads for AFM


    Led by Mrs. Anjuli Duggal, joint secretary of India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, a 25-strong delegation of Indian film directors, producers and financiers is heading for the AFM.
  • Expat Indians plan to raise funds for Bollywood productions


    Indian IT Millionaires settled in Silicon Valley are looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in Bollywood.
  • Bollywood gears up for slate of high-profile productions


    After Kaante became one of the big Bollywood success stories of 2002, the Indian film Industry is gearing up to launch more Hollywood co-productions this year.
  • Amitabh Bachchan rescues Bollywood box office


    Bollywood may be the biggest producer of films in the world but the ratio of hits to flops in 2002 made depressing reading. In one of the worst years in the history of the local film industry, 2002 saw the release of 132 films out of which 124 failed to make an impact at the box office.
  • Yash Chopra wins India's highest film award


    Veteran Hindi film-maker Yash Chopra has been chosen for the highest national award for a filmmaker - the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2001.
  • Bollywood braces itself for most expensive Indian film yet


  • China buys into Bollywood


    The Indian Film Exporters association has announced the sale of 104 films to a Chinese delegation in New Delhi on a visit to the 33rd International Film Festival of India.
  • Festival of India to showcase local wares at market Bazaar


    The 33rd International Film Festival of India (1-10 October) is to launch an expanded 'Film Bazaar' market section to showcase Indian film and to promote the country as a destination for shooting and post-production facilities.
  • Indian industrial giant Tata Group moves into film production


    Indian industrial giant Tata Group has entered the Bollywood film production sector, signing up Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan to star in its first film, Aitbaar.Tata is the latest in line of new entrants into the Indian film industry: in July 20th Century Fox announced plans to produce its first Bollywood film, which is expected to be ready for release in January 2003.Aitbaar will be produced under the banner of Cutting Edge Entertainment, a new division ...
  • Bollywood hits lead re-scheduled International film festival of India


    Bollywood hit Dil Chahta Hai (pictured) and winners of the 49th National Film Awards Dweepa and Chandni Bar are among the 20 feature films selected from 96 entries to be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in New Delhi in October 2002.
  • Bollywood shocked by mafia connections


    Mumbai police today released audio tapes of conversations between an alleged member of the underworld and leading Bollywood film directors and actors The police say the recorded conversations, between the alleged Karachi-based don Chhota Shakeel, actor Sanjay Dutt, directors Mahesh Manjrekar and Sanjay Gupta and producer Harish Sugandh, reveal that an Indian actor was requesting personal favours from the mafia. The conversations ...
  • India's Censor Board chairman resigns over porn proposal


    Vijay Anand chairman of India's Censor Board of Film Certification is understood to have offered to resign after his proposal to legalise the exhibition of X-rated films in selected approved cinemas in the country was rejected by the Indian Government.
  • Devdas expected to gross $10m in first week on release in India


  • 20th Century Fox announces first Bollywood production


    20th Century Fox is to produce its first Bollywood film: a Hindi feature titled Ek Haseena Thee (There Was A Beautiful Girl) to be directed by Ram Gopal Verma.
  • Deepa Mehta plans $10m English-language historical drama


    Toronto-based Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta (pictured) is planning to make a $10m English-language feature about the 1914 epic journey by Punjabi immigrants from India to Canada and back on a ship named the Komagata Maru.
  • Ketan Mehta to produce The Rising, raise $12m via IPO


    Veteran Hindi film producer and director Ketan Mehta has announced plans to produce a three-part international English-language feature titled The Rising based on the 1857 revolt of the Indian forces against the British Raj.
  • India's film censors to allow pornographic cinemas


    India's traditionally ultra-conservative Censor Board has announced that it may allow pornographic films to be played in certain cinemas. Having so far been unable to control widespread abuse of its rules, it has opted to regulate the practice and, presumably, impose entertainment taxes.
  • India's film industry counts the cost of Bolly-flops


    Bollywood is facing a serious downturn this year, after a string of high-profile flops and not a single local box office success in the first six months of 2002.
  • India scraps $2m limit on bank financing for films


    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has withdrawn the $2m ceiling on banks for film financing, opening the way for much-needed boost to industry investment.
  • India's Hinduja Group announces Hollywood-style studio for Mumbai


    The Hinduja Group, one of the oldest overseas distributors of Bollywood films, has announced plans to set up a Hollywood-style studio enterprise in Mumbai. Their Indian film production and distribution venture 'In Network' company will produce 15 - 20 features a year.
  • Patriotic fever hits Bollywood


    As the threat of war intensifies, Indian filmmakers are rushing to make patriotic movies, with five separate films about the famous Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, in various stages of production.
  • Record-breaking Spider-Man sets new precedent in India


    Columbia Tristar India's release of Spider-Man has set at least three new records in the territory having grossed nearly $1.4m from 250 screens on its first weekend - just three weeks after its US debut.
  • India's location shooting rules to be relaxed, as local production soars


    As a result of meetings held in Cannes last week, the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is considering relaxing the rules for international companies planning to shoot films in India.
  • Indian film industry brings Bollywood flavour to Cannes


    Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj is heading to Cannes with a high-profile delegation of the Hindi film industry, including Yash Chopra, Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sharma, Uma Gajapati Raju, Ronnie Screwvala and Amit Khanna.
  • Canada's Decode to shoot The Church Mice


    Canadian Production company Decode Entertainment has announced plans to make its first children's feature. The film: The Church Mice is to be shot like the Hollywood feature film Babe, combining computer graphics and live-action.
  • Columbia develops European dramas


    Columbia Tristar International Television (CTIT) has announced that it is developing local European dramas and plans to launch them internationally at Mipcom in October. CTIT has Spanish, French, German and Italian-language connections in the region. The model of As If - a European youth drama format that first aired on Channel 4 in the UK - is expected to be followed. Also in the pipeline are around four contemporary action and youth-oriented dramas.
  • India's first film completion guarantor launched


    Los Angeles-based Film Finances and Bandit Queen producer Bobby Bedi's Kaleidoscope Films have launched India's first film completion guarantee company, with Indian director Yash Chopra also expected to join the outfit.
  • Indo-Canadian production treaty imminent


    India and Canada are on the brink of signing a co-production treaty that will extend the nascent film production relationship between the two territories, which has already seen a number of Indian films shoot in the country.
  • Indian banks find confidence to fund films


    Indian information and broadcasting minister, Sushma Swaraj has cleared the way for the Industrial Development Bank of India, the Bank of India and the Reserve Bank of India to grant loans to filmmakers.
  • India's Zee Group plans major Asian studio


    India's Zee Telefilms has taken a further step towards realising its ambitions of creating one of Asia's largest studios, by acquired a majority stake in Padmalaya Telefilms, a Hyderabad-based film, television and animation production company, for $12m.
  • India removes restrictions on film investment


    The Indian government has lifted restrictions on foreign investment in the burgeoning film and broadcasting industries, in a landmark move that is expected to have wide-reaching effects on the growth of the sector.
  • Lagaan sweeps Indian Filmfare Awards


    Aamir Khan's performance as Bhuvan in his debut film as a producer, Lagaan won him the Best Actor Award at the Filmfare Awards 2001, held at Mumbai's bandra-Kurla's MMRDA grounds. Lagaan also won the best picture and best director award for Ashutosh Gowarikar.
  • Indian love story attracts multiple suitors


    The Taj Mahal, the Mughal monument of love and India's premiere tourist attraction has become the favourite subject of a handful of Indian filmmakers. There are at least four films in pre-production and one already complete on the story of the Taj.
  • Afghanistan to host Indian film festival in Kabul


    The Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Directorate of Film Festivals have announced that they will be hosting an Indian Film Festival in Kabul in late January.
  • Indian directors, cable cos agree piracy measures


    The representatives of Indian film producers and cable operators have
  • Zee confirms Indian partnership with AOL offshoot


    Zee Telefilms , India's largest media firm, and AOL Time Warner offshoot Turner International (India) Private Ltd, have agreed the establishment of a joint venture outfit that will distribute Zee's channels abroad and AOL's in India.
  • Indian superstar Kumar dies, aged 90


    Veteran film actor and the first Indian superstar Ashok Kumar died in Mumbai on Monday (Dec 10) aged 90.
  • India's biggest ever movie set for release


    Indian film producer Yash Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow), the most expensive Indian film ever made at a cost of $10m, is set for its world premiere on 14th December.
  • Fox signs Indian feature co-production deal


    Rupert Murdoch's 20th Century Fox has developed a deal with Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) to produce English-language movies in India.
  • Mumbai festival extended by popular demand


    The fourth edition of the International Film Festival of Mumbai, organised by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) has been extended for a day by popular demand from the delegates.
  • India's film and cable industries fight piracy


    The Indian film industry and cable operators have reached an agreement to curb video piracy, with the film sector coming forward to make available "properly authorized" old films, legally to the cable operators for telecast over cable.
  • Academics attack Asoka's historical accuracy


    Academics in the Indian state of Orissa have hit out at the historical accuracy of actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan's international hit Asoka.
  • Bandits to open Mumbai festival of Indian film


  • India announces anti-piracy measures


    Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sushma Swaraj has announced the formation of a six-member committee to regulate the showing of films on cable networks. She also committed to preventing the screening of pirated versions of films on Indian cable TV networks.
  • Film Festival of India moves dates


    The government-sponsored International Film Festival of India now in its 32nd year is being held in Bangalore from Oct 10 - 20.
  • Hindi film Dattak to open at Toronto


  • India's Zee TV to enter film production


    Following the success of its maiden venture Gadar/I, India's leading satellite television operator Zee TV has plans to enter film production as a backward integration policy for its networks.
  • Indo-US joint venture plans animation series


    Film Club USA and AAFD (Anglo American Film Distributors) have joined with Padmalaya Telefilms Ltd to produce and market a 200 part animation series based on the popular Indian folk stories, The Jataka Tales.
  • Indian TV production company moves into film


    Balaji Telefilms, whose television serials rank among India's top shows has announced plans to begin making low-budget films.
  • South India's 'Marlon Brando' dies


    Legendary Tamil film star Villupuram Chinnaiah Pillai "Sivaji" Ganesan, dubbed the Marlon Brando of south Indian cinema, died on 21 July aged 74, after a brief illness.
  • Kerry Packer pulls plug on Indian TV joint venture


    The HFCL-Kerry Packer joint venture (HFCL Nine Broadcasting India) has announced that it is shutting its television business in India and that the company's programmes on the government-owned DD-Metro channel will be taken off the air from September 10.
  • Zee seeks partner for int'l expansion drive


    Zee Telefilms Ltd (ZTL) is looking to partner with a multi-national media group in order to catapult itself into Asian and international markets.
  • Swaraj promotes booming Indian film sector


    The Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sushma Swaraj announced this week that the government is in discussions with The British Film Institute with a view to setting up a Museum of Moving Images in New Delhi. Discussions advanced during a meeting at last week's Cannes Film Festival.
  • Pentamedia bids to rescue Film Roman deal


    Senior officials, including V Chandrasekaran chairman of India's Pentamedia have rushed to the US to renegotiate their deal with Film Roman on a stock and cash basis (Screendaily, Oct 24, 2001).
  • Sony buys broadcast rights for Yashraj library


    Sony Entertainment Television has acquired five-year multiple broadcast rights for Yashraj Film's library for around $3.5m.
  • India Lotus to shoot Taj Mahal for Imax


    India Lotus Inc. a film production company owned by Indian filmmaker Bharat Bala has announced plans to produce an IMAX film on the Taj Mahal.
  • Indian superstar tops Forbes list.


    A year after being voted 'Superstar Of The Millenium' for an online BBC poll ahead of such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin, Hindi cinema actor Amitabh Bachchan, has been ranked at the top of India's most powerful film stars by the web site.
  • New Indian outlet formed for Miramax-style films


    Mumbai-based film production company Numero Uno has teamed up with both leading Indian film distributor Shringar Films and New York-based Rossellini Associates in a venture to distribute specialist foreign titles across the Indian sub-continent.
  • Indian epic to be most expensive ever


  • Pentamedia goes big with Little John


  • Stealthily, Secretly causes rioting in India


  • Indian bank to finance films


    The Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) has announced that a scheme to finance commercial films will be available by the end of this month (March 2001).
  • Hamlet to be made by The Cell's Tarsem Singh


    Indian born filmmaker Tarsem Singh, who made it to Hollywood's A-list with the sellout, The Cell is producing an Indian version of Hamlet. The film, titled Aditya, will be produced by Los Angeles based James Killough and New Delhi based William Gains.
  • New tax relief heralds Indian multiplex boom


    The Indian exhibition industry is on the brink of a multiplex revolution following finance minister Yashwant Sinha's reduction of customs duty on cinematography equipment from 25 to 15 percent on 28 Febuary.
  • India's Toonz lines up Taj Mahal animation


    India's Toonz Animation is producing a 70-minute animated feature, aimed at international audiences, based on the tragic love story between Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Shah built the Taj Mahal when Mumtaz died.
  • Hindi mogul arrested


    In the biggest scandal to hit the Hindi cinema in recent years, police have arrested leading film financier Bharat Shah under the Organized Crime Act.
  • Indian film business signs biggest music contract


    Music company Saregama India has signed the biggest ever music contract with the Indian film industry, striking a $6m accord with leading production company Puja Entertainment.
  • Pakistan suspends Star TV licence


    The Pakistan government has suspended the licence it recently granted to Rupert Murdoch's Asian satellite platform Star TV, claiming that the company had fixed tariffs without its approval.
  • Mumbai police hunt for mafia money in film


    The police in the Indian city of Mumbai have reportedly launched a crackdown on the involvement of criminal organisations in Hindi film financing.
  • India's Adlabs to raise $12m via flotation


    Mumbai-based film processing laboratory, Adlabs Films Ltd, which is opening India's first IMAX theatre in partnership with the Canadian large-format pioneer, plans to raise $12m via an IPO on the Mumbai Stock Exchange.
  • Indian producer Sippy honoured at Mumbai fest


    Veteran Indian film producer G.P. Sippy received a life-time achievement award from the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) at the third edition of the increasingly important Mumbai International Film Festival (November 23-30).
  • India's Maya Entertainment plans IPO


    Indian computer graphics company Maya Entertainment, owned by producer-director Ketan Mehta, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) on the Mumbai stock exchange within the next few months.
  • Star to invest over $400m in Indian DTH service


    Rupert Murdoch's Star TV has said it will invest more than $400m on setting up a direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platform in India, following the Indian government's decision to open its doors to such services earlier this month.
  • Indian film star Rajkumar released by bandit


    Indian film star Rajkumar has finally been released by bandit king Veerappan after 108 days in captivity in the jungles of the southern state of Karnataka.
  • India's Doordarshan, Hinduja reveal DTH plans


    India's Hinduja group and state broadcaster Doordarshan have unveiled separate plans to follow rival Zee Telefilms into India's fledgling direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting sector.
  • Sony to step up Indian operations


    Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is eyeing a grand entry into Bollywood after executives made a fact-finding mission to India last week.
  • UTV in talks for broadband, DTH partnerships


    Leading Indian content and animation producer United Television (UTV) is in talks with a raft of local broadband players as it readies to scale up its broadband streaming service and launch four niche channels for DTH telecast.
  • India opens doors to DTH broadcast services


    After years of indecision, India's government has finally given the go-ahead for Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast services in India. In addition, foreign investment in the DTH sector has been allowed but is capped at 49%.
  • Indian film sector wins industry status


    India's information and broadcasting minister, Sushma Swaraj, plans to grant the Indian film sector with "industry" status, thus enabling it to receive loans from banks and financial institutions. Indian films can now also be insured, as is the practice in the west.
  • B4U signs Doordarshan supply deal


    International Hindi movie channel B4U has signed a three-year contract with Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan to supply 35 big blockbusters to the national network. The two partners will share advertising revenues generated from broadcast of the movies. B4U, which claims to have built a subscriber base of more than 40,000 in the US since February, also plans to invest $40m in launching two more channels in the US market.
  • Sony to distribute Hindi movies worldwide


    Sony's Indian channel, Sony Entertainment Television (SET), is moving into international theatrical distribution of Hindi films, starting with Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Mission Kashmir which opens in the UK on October 26.
  • MIPCOM: SBS signs output deal with Buena Vista


    The Dutch arm of broadcasting giant SBS has signed a multi-year output deal with Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV) for terrestrial rights to all movies from Walt Disney Pictures.
  • MIPCOM: TVB to launch in the Netherlands


    TVB Europe, owned by Hong Kong-based broadcaster TVB, is entering the Dutch market where it will be carried by cable operators Mediakabel and UPC.
  • Zee Telefilms to offload stake in cable network


    Indian cable and satellite broadcaster Zee Telefilms plans to sell up to 20% of its fully-owned cable network, Siticable. According to chairman Subhash Chandra, the company has appointed investment bank AIA Capital to oversee the sale.
  • Tax inspectors swoop on Indian film stars


    The Indian Directorate of Investigation, Income Tax, raided the houses and offices of several leading Hindi film personalities yesterday (September 27).
  • Star, PacNet in talks for Indian internet venture


    Star TV and Asian internet service provider (ISP) Pacific Internet (PacNet) are in talks about forming a joint venture to launch internet services in India according to local press reports.
  • Indian film star kidnap talks break down


    Negotiations to secure the release of Indian film star Rajkumar, kidnapped by bandit king Veerappan, broke down this week after the Indian Supreme Court refused to release 127 of the outlaw's accomplices
  • Indian state mulls tax exemption for multiplexes


    The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra is considering a proposal to grant tax exemption to proposed multiplex projects in order to encourage investment in the region’s cinema sector.Maharashtra currently has about 1,300 cinema halls but few are equipped with high-tech projection and sound systems. Modi Entertainment, Zee Telefilms and Adlabs are among the companies planning to build multiplexes in the state.
  • B4U launches entertainment channel in India


    International Hindi movie channel B4U launched a free-to-air entertainment channel - B4U Digital Entertainment Channel - in India on September 3.
  • Indian stars offer to plead for Rajkumar's release


    Prominent Indian film stars - including Tamil superstar Rajnikanth - have offered to walk into the jungle to plead with bandit Veerappan for the release of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar.
  • MGM, Zee join forces for Indian movie channel


    MGM has formed a joint venture with India's largest private broadcaster Zee Telefilms to establish a 24-hour movie channel for South Asia in the third quarter of this year.
  • Indian filmmakers turn to bilingual period epics


    In a bid to penetrate the international film market, Indian filmmakers are taking the historical route with several Hindi and English period pieces now going into production.
  • Sagar to launch India's first pay-per-view portal


    Ramanand Sagar's Sagar Entertainment plans to launch India's first pay-per-view broadband entertainment portal within the next two months.
  • Channel Nine bags second slot on Doordarshan


    Kerry Packer's Channel Nine has won a second primetime slot on state broadcaster Doordarshan's Metro channel, from 21.00 to 22.00, to add to its existing slot between 19.00 and 21.00.
  • Vivendi Universal eyes Indian content


    Following the merger of Seagram, Vivendi and Canal Plus, the new entity, Vivendi Universal, plans to invest in Indian film and TV production and build up an Indian music catalogue, according to local press reports.
  • B4U plans private placement ahead of Indian launch


    B4U Multimedia International, which owns Hindi film channel Bollywood For You (B4U), is planning a private placement of equity with non-resident Indians (NRI) and overseas corporate bodies (OCBs) ahead of its proposed $120m float and Indian launch.
  • Star to launch classic movies channel in India


    Star TV plans to launch a classic Hindi film channel, Star Gold, in India on August 15.
  • Indian star Raj Kumar kidnapped by bandit king


    In a series of events that might have been lifted straight out of an Indian movie, Indian actor Raj Kumar has been kidnapped by bandit king Veerappan.
  • Indian government passes cable act


    India's government has approved the introduction of the Cable TV Act which will regulate all programme content and advertising on cable channels.Among other things, the act aims to curb obscenity on Indian cable television and requires all cable operators to carry at least three channels from state broadcaster Doordarshan.All national and international broadcasters uplinking from India or abroad will have to comply with the act.
  • Pentafour grabs internet rights to Indian movies


    Indian computer graphics company, Pentamedia Graphics, has acquired internet broadcast rights to about 2,000 Indian movies.
  • Vanaprashtham feted at India's Film Awards


    Shaji N Karun's Malayalam title Vanaprashtham picked up the best film award at India's 47th National Film Awards which were announced today. The film also won the best actor award for Mohan Lal's performance.
  • Hindi prods win right to one-year satellite window


    Hindi film producers have won the right for their films to be broadcast on satellite one year after the theatrical release following a landmark agreement signed with the Indian film distributors association, the Central Circuit Cine Association (CCCA).
  • Indian government to allow direct uplinking


    India's government has decided to allow satellite broadcasters to uplink directly from the country. Permission will be granted to Indian television companies and news agencies which are 100% Indian-owned, along with foreign television companies which have an Indian, or a non-resident Indian, owning at least 60% of the shares in the company.Private satellite channels have been demanding direct uplinking from India for the last few months.
  • India set to privatise state film bodies


    India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is considering privatising state-backed film production company, the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and the government-owned Indian Film and Television Institute.
  • India's Sriven acquires US animation company


    Hyderabad-based Sriven Multi-Tech, which specialises in multimedia and 2D animation, has acquired a 51% stake in Los Angeles-based 3D animation company Station X Studios LLC.
  • World's largest Imax theatre to open in Mumbai


    India is set to get its first Imax theatre - in its leading film city Mumbai - following an agreement signed last week between the Canadian large format specialist and Indian film processing lab, Adlabs.
  • News Corp buys stake in Indian portal


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has acquired a 15% stake in Indian technology portal, managed by network computing company Microland, for an undisclosed price
  • Star in talks to buy stake in India's Hathway


    Rupert Murdoch's Star TV is in talks to acquire a 20% stake in Indian cable operator Hathway Cable & Datacom as part of its plan to re-enter the Indian cable industry.
  • India's Mukta Arts unveils flotation plans


    Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts has lined up a $25m initial public offer on the Mumbai stock exchange for the second week of July, making it the first major Indian film production company to go corporate.
  • Zee, Reliance join race to wire India


    India's communications infrastructure is set for two massive tranches of investment as corporate giant Reliance Industries and media conglomerate Zee Telefilms have unveiled separate plans to build major cable networks across the country.
  • Channel Nine to invest $12m in Indian programming


    Kerry Packer's Channel Nine is commissioning Indian producers after being awarded the daily 19.00-21.00 slot on Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan's Metro channel for a block of branded programming.
  • Uttar Pradesh takes on Mumbai with new film policy


    The government of North Indian state Uttar Pradesh is aiming to compete with India's principal film-making centre, Mumbai, with a new film policy that includes upgrading facilities at the NOIDA Film City in the New Delhi suburbs.
  • India's Modi, Penta team for animation venture


    India's Modi Entertainment Network and computer graphics company PentaMedia Graphics have formed a 50:50 joint venture to provide animated software to broadcast and Internet platforms in India and overseas.
  • Millennium Dome to host Indian Oscars


    An Indian cinema awards night - christened the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) - will be held at the Millennium Dome in London on June 24.
  • Flotation fear hits Indian film companies


    Reflecting events in the US and Europe, several Indian film and TV companies have postponed their planned IPOs, in this case because of the decline in value of media companies on the Mumbai stock exchange.
  • Penta, 3Dmax to digitally recreate Indian stars


    Indian computer graphics company PentaMedia and Silicon Valley-based 3D animation outfit 3Dmax Media have unveiled details of their joint venture which plans to bring late Indian director and film star Raj Kapoor to life using digital animation.
  • Bollywood For You plans Indian launch


    Hindi film channel, Bollywood For You (B4U), backed by UK entrepreneur Lakshmi Mittal, is preparing for an ambitious launch in the Indian market in the second half of this year.
  • Bollywood film companies join IPO goldrush


    The Indian stock market is set to be hit by a tidal wave of IPOs launched by Bollywood production houses planning to finance expansion plans that range from distribution arms to dotcom start-ups and a digital studio in Mumbai.
  • Packer, Sahara to form Indian joint venture


    Kerry Packer is trailing Rupert Murdoch's footsteps in India where he is negotiating to launch an international sports and events channels with Subrata Roy's Sahara Group.
  • Star forms alliance with India's UTV


    Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV is taking a 12% stake in Indian broadcaster United Television (UTV), and has formed a strategic alliance with the company to jointly produce content intended for movie theatres, the Internet and TV.
  • Szabo, Leigh headed for Kerala fest


    The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has attracted several top film-makers to this year's event, including Istvan Szabo, Mike Leigh, Miklos Jancso and Marco Muller.
  • Zee launches English-language movie channel


    Indian broadcaster Zee Network launched two 24-hour satellite channels on Saturday (March 18) - an English-language entertainment channel, called Zee English, and an English-language film channel, Zee Movies.
  • PentaMedia forms joint venture with Digital Domain


    Indian computer graphics company PentaMedia Graphics and US digital effects powerhouse Digital Domain have created a 50:50 joint venture to develop feature-length special effects-driven pictures for the international market.
  • BBC signs deal with India's Broadcast Worldwide


    BBC Worldwide has licensed the BBC branded block BBC Exclusive to India''s Broadcast Worldwide, the proposed network founded by former Star India CEO Rathikant Basu. Rupert Murdoch''s News Corp has a 5% stake in Broadcast Worldwide.The BBC Exclusive brand will be broadcast on the Broadcast Worldwide network in Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Bengali. The network will broadcast the block five days a week for the next three years.
  • Murdoch unveils plans to pump up Indian investment


    Rupert Murdoch''s News Corp is planning a fresh investment of several hundred million dollars in India''s television and information technology markets, including the launch of a raft of new channels to add to Star TV''s present line-up.
  • India's Penta in talks with Digital Domain


    Indian computer graphics and animation company Penta Media and US-based Digital Domain are in talks about creating a joint venture.
  • Murdoch to visit Indian politicians


    Rupert Murdoch will visit India for five days from March 12 to review the expansion of Star TV. The News Corp boss was facing an arrest warrant in India until recently because a participant on the Nikki Tonight show, broadcast on Star, had abused Indian icon Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Gandhi film stirs political conflict in India


    Following the trouble surrounding Deepa Mehta's Water, a second production filmed in India - Kamal Haasan's Hey Ram, about Mahatma Gandhi's assassination - is stirring controversy in different parts of the country.
  • Doordarshan changes name; gains autonomy


    Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan will be renamed Prasar Bharati Corporation (Broadcasting Corporation of India) and receive a $250m grant when it becomes a fully fledged autonomous body from April 1 this year.
  • AFM: HBO Asia signs five-picture deal with J&M


    HBO Asia has licensed five pictures from London-based production and sales outfit J&M Entertainment, including House On Haunted Hill which was distributed in the US by HBO sister company Warner Bros.
  • Star mulls Indian Internet drive


    Star TV has joined the rush to invest in Internet ventures by unveiling plans to pump between $50m-$100m into Asian Internet properties including consumer portals in India.
  • India's GV, Asian Online form webcasting venture


    Madras-based production outfit GV Films is linking up with UK internet portal Asian Online to create a joint venture focusing on internet broadcasting and related ventures.
  • Bengal offers security to Mehta's troubled Water


    The Indian state of Bengal has offered Deepa Mehta's troubled production, Water, safe passage if the film relocates to Calcutta or elsewhere in Bengal.
  • Mehta's Water to relocate


    Director Deepa Mehta has revealed that after weeks battling with protestors on the set of her film Water, she has decided to shift location from the Indian city of Varanasi.
  • Mehta's Water off again following suicide attempt


    Production on Deepa Mehta's Water has been halted again in the Indian city of Varanasi following a suicide attempt and further protests by local government.