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Udita Jhunjhunwala

  • Indian cinemas go dark as producer stand-off continues


    Programming has virtually dried up at Indian multiplexes due to the on-going stand-off between exhibitors and the United Producers Forum which started on April 4.
  • Indian producers strike against revenue-sharing terms


    Percept Picture Company’s Hindi film 8x10 Tasveerand Paramount Pictures’ Fast & Furious 4, both released in India today (April 3), might be the last two films to open before India’s United Producers Forum begins its strike against multiplex owners from April 4.
  • Tough times at the Indian box office


    A reduction in multiplex ticket prices across India is an indicator of the delicate economic times in the territory.
  • Indian multiplexes lower ticket prices to counter downturn


    Indian multiplex operators are slashing ticket prices in an attempt to keep admissions steady during these delicate economic times.
  • Indian Film Company to co-produce Chadha's Afterlife


    London and Mumbai-based The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced that it will co-produce Gurinder Chadha's upcoming project, It's A Wonderful Afterlife, with the director's Bend It Films.
  • Singh moves from Sony India to PVR Pictures


    Uday Singh, executive vice president of production at Sony Pictures India, has left his post after 12 years with the studio to take up theposition of CEO at PVR Pictures.
  • Financing - Box office - Stars fell to earth


    After a disappointing 2008, Indian distributors and exhibitors have high hopes for 2009. Last year began weakly, went on to have a few upswings thanks to some unexpected small-budget successes, and finished with two December hits. Take into account the cost of producing, marketing and releasing the films, however, and it appears the industry ended the year in the red.
  • Indian Film Company's Ghajini takes $40m in two weeks


    Indian Film Company's Hindi film Ghajini has earned more than $40m (Rs1.94bn) in less than two weeks.
  • Big Pictures to roll out Ghajini in 23 international territories


    India's Big Pictures is planning to release Ghajini, starring Aamir Khan, in more than 300 cinemas across 23 countries on December 25.
  • UTV to handle distribution of Disney releases in India


    Following news that the Walt Disney Co is taking a majority stake in India's UTV Software Communications, the two companies have announced that subsidiary UTV Motion Pictures will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of all Disney releases in India.
  • Fox Star to release Slumdog Millionairein India, Pakistan


    Fox Star Studios is set to release the Danny Boyle-directed, Mumbai-set Slumdog Millionaire in India and Pakistan in January, 2009.
  • Warner Bros signs three-picture deal with India's People Tree


    Warner Bros Pictures India has entered into a deal for the production and distribution of three films from Nikhil Advani and Mukesh Talreja's People Tree Films.
  • Tulpan takes Golden Peacock at IFFI in Goa


    The 39th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) closed on December 2 in Goa with Sergei Dvortsevoy's Kazakhstan film Tulpan picking up the top prize of best film.
  • Mumbai cinemas remain closed asattackscontinue


    The Mumbai terrorist attacks, which had still not been completely contained as of Friday afternoon, are also having an impact on the Hindi film industry which is based in the city.
  • Indian producers sayslowdown could lead to healthier industry


    The global economic slowdown has begun to impact the Indian film business, but producers and filmmakers attending the Film Bazaar projects market in Goa (Nov 26-29), say they expect this to have positive as well as obvious negative effects.
  • Production - International Film Festival of India - India's window on the international scene


    The 39th edition of the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) runs November 22 -December 2 in the seaside town of Goa. Around 5,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend. Some 15 films will compete for the Golden Peacock in the World Cinema section. All are titles from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region and include Marie Miyayama's The Red Spot, Sergei Dvortsevoy's Tulpan and Ekachai Uekrongtham's The Coffin.
  • Interview: Aamir Khan


    When the Indian film industry selected Hindi film Stars On Earth (Taare Zameen Par) as its official entry for best foreign film for this year's Academy Awards, it was a triple celebration for Aamir Khan.
  • Warlords, My Magic to open India's IFFI Goa fest


    Peter Ho-sun Chan's The Warlords and Singaporean director Eric Khoo's My Magic will open this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is taking place in Goa from Nov 22-Dec 2.
  • NDTV Lumiere strikes online deal with BIGFlix


    NDTV Lumière has partnered with Indian entertainment portal to provide 30 world movies titles from its extensive acquisitions list to India and the SAARC territories.
  • India's NDTV Lumiere launches world cinema channel


    After announcing its intention to launch a 24-hour world cinema channel earlier this year, NDTV Lumiere has given the channel a soft launch on October 10 and is gearing up for the official launch in late November or early December 2008.
  • Fox Star Studios seals two-picture deal with Shah


    Fox Star Studios, the pan-Asian joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and regional broadcaster Star, has struck a two-picture deal with producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah whose credits include Namastey London and Singh is Kinng.
  • India rolls out three big titles for Eid, Gandhi holidays


    Two big Hindi movies and a Pakistani film are set to open on Thursday, October 2, in India in order to capitalise on the Eid and Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary) holidays.
  • Quantum Of Solace to open in India one week before US


    Sony Pictures Releasing India has announced that Quantum Of Solace will be released in India on November 7, one week before the US opening on November 14.
  • Reliance subsidiary signs video deal with Paramount


    India's Big Music & Home Entertainment, owned by Reliance ADAG group, has entered into a video licensing deal with Paramount Home Entertainment for library titles from Paramount and DreamWorks in India and Sri Lanka.
  • Warner Brothers' case against Mirchi Movies dismissed


    The Delhi High Court has rejected Warner Bros' plea that Indian film Hari Puttar - A Comedy Of Terrors, produced by Mirchi Movies, sounds too similar to their franchise series Harry Potter.
  • Taare Zameen Par is India's Oscar entry


    Hindi language film Taare Zameen Par is to represent India in this year's Oscars.
  • India's Moser Baer ramps up theatrical distribution


    Following the release of family comedy Air Buddies and romantic drama Feast Of Love, India's Moser Baer is extending its theatrical distribution plans by releasing psychological thriller Righteous Kill, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, in India this week.
  • Singh is Kinng rules on opening weekend


    The Indian Film Company-Studio 18 release Singh Is Kinng has became the biggest Bollywood opener of 2008 in India and overseas.
  • India's PPC, Mirah join forces to distribute US films


    Indian production and distribution company, Percept Picture Company (PPC), has signed a $21m (Rs900m) deal with Mirah Entertainment to jointly produce and distribute films in Hindi, English and regional languages.
  • BIG Music signs distribution deal with Warner Home Video


    India's BIG Music & Home Entertainment, part of Reliance BIG Entertainment, has announced that it has been appointed by Warner Home Video as the exclusive licensee for the release of its catalogue in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  • Adlabs commissions studyof Indian cinema audiences


    Mumbai-based Adlabs Cinemas has commissioned India's leading research agency, IMRB International, to carry out research that will probe the Indian cinema audience on parameters such as advertising exposure, cinema habits and exposure to media.
  • India's UTV crosses $5m in US market in first six months


    UTV Motion Pictures has announced that it has entered the list of top 20 film distributors in North America in the first half of 2008, by becoming the first Indian film studio to cross the $5m revenue mark.
  • Palador lines up October release for Tokyo Sonata


    India's Palador Pictures is planning to release Tokyo Sonata by Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa in October this year. Palador picked up theaward-winning titlefrom Fortissimo Films at this year's Cannes.
  • Kismat scores second highest opening of the year in India


    UTV Motion Pictures release Kismat Konnection grossed $6.3m (Rs270m) worldwide on its opening weekend (July 18-20), including $4.9m (Rs208m) in India, which makes it the second biggest opener of the year in its home territory.
  • UTV releases Kismat day-and-date in Pakistan


    India's UTV Motion Pictures released its fourth Hindi film of the year today (July 18), Kismat Konnection, across 720 screens in India and 200 in overseas markets.
  • Hindi films have tough half year at domestic box office


    Hindi films have seen an unarguably poor run at the Indian box office in the first half of 2008, according to local analysts.
  • PPC set to release Ramchand Pakistani in India


    Indian distributor Percept Picture Company (PPC), which made history earlier this year by acquiring Indian rights to Pakistani film In The Name Of God (Khuda Kay Liye), is set to also release US-Pakistani co-production Ramchand Pakistani in India.
  • Festival preview: Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema


    Now the Indian film industry is making more noise on the world stage, its film festivals are also starting to attract a more international crowd. One of the best known outside India is Mumbai-based Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema, which this year takes place July 10-20 in Delhi.
  • Reliance Big Entertainment signs five-picture deal with Puja


    In yet another announcement of an affiliation, Reliance Big Entertainment's (RBE) Big Pictures has joined hands with Indian producer Vashu Bhagnani's Puja Films for a five-picture slate to be completed over the next two years.
  • Cinefan film festival to open with Johnnie To's Sparrow


    Johnnie To's Berlin competition title Sparrow will be the opening film of the 10th Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (July 10-20) in New Delhi.
  • launches Bindies online film festival


    South Asian cinema online platform,, is launching an internet film festival for independent filmmakers, dubbed the Bollywood Indies (The Bindies).
  • Reliance forms joint venture with the Bachchan family


    Just one week after news broke that Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) is in talks to invest in DreamWorks, the Indian company has announced a joint venture with India's first family of Hindi cinema, the Bachchans.
  • Hakim to head jury of Cinefan's Asian-Arab competition


    The Osian's-Cinefan Film Festival has announced the juries for this year's tenth anniversary edition (July 10-20), which will feature four competition sections: Asian & Arab, Indian, First Features and In-tolerance.
  • Adlabs acquires majority share in Malaysian cinema chain


    Continuing with its global expansion plans, Adlabs Films, part of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, is set to acquire a majority and controlling interest in Malaysia's Lotus Five Star Cinemas.
  • Sony signs three-picture deal with Pritish Nandy


    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Films India and Indian company Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) have entered into a three-film first-look deal.
  • Warner Bros planning Hindi remake of Wedding Crashers


    Warner Bros has enlisted Mukesh Talreja and Nikhil Advani's Orion Pictures to produce a Hindi-language remake of its 2005 hit Wedding Crashers.
  • Warner Bros boards Indian title Saas Bahu Aur Sensex


    Warner Bros India has announced its second local Indian film production, Shona Urvashi's sophomore effort Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (SBS).
  • Chak De India, Om Shanti Om lead IIFA technical awards


    Yash Raj Films' Chak De India and Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om are the big winners at this year's International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in the technical categories. Both films star Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Om Puri appointed chairman of India's NFDC


    Veteran actor Om Puri has been appointed chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) by the Indian government.
  • Darjeeling Limited gets greenlight for India release


    Wes Anderson's India-set Darjeeling Limited, initially scheduled to be released in India in January, is finally being released on April 25.
  • Warner Bros signs multi-picture deal with India's Ocher Studios


    Warner Bros Pictures India is following its foray into the production of Hindi-language films with an exclusive multi-picture deal with South Indian-language film company Ocher Studios.
  • India's IIFA awards to be held in Bangkok


    Now heading into their ninth year, the Indian International Film Awards (IIFA) are heading east to Bangkok.
  • Indian effects house EyeQube opens its doors in Mumbai


    Eros International's previously announced visual effects joint venture, EyeQube Studios, has officially commenced operations in Mumbai with two Hindi-language productions, Aladdin and Drona.
  • Eros strikes co-production deal with Nadiadwala Grandson


    India's Eros International has entered into a four-picture co-productionagreement with local production house Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.
  • Eros International unveils bumper slate for 2008


    India's Eros International seems to be on a roll. After a successful 2007 with hits such as Namastey London, Partner, Heyy Babyy and Om Shanti Om, Eros has announced that it plans to release 35 films in 2008.
  • India's Pyramid Saimira makes production push


    Indian exhibitor Pyramid Saimira is set to produce 52 films this year, via its production label Pyramid Saimira Production International, including ten Tamil-language films with an investment of $10m (Rs400m).
  • India's UTV restructures film division


    UTV has restructured UTV Motion Pictures, its film production and distribution division, and promoted Siddharth Roy Kapur to CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.
  • FICCI Frames: The 2008 line-up


    The eighth edition of India's biggest convention on the entertainment business, Ficci Frames, will take place March 25-27 in Mumbai.
  • UTV lines up two films for Pakistan release


    After securing a Pakistan release for Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal in November 2007, Indian production house UTV Motion Pictures has managed to get Race a Pakistan censor certificate.
  • India's film finance giants


    Eros International
  • Indian film industry continues impressive growth


    The impressive growth in the Indian film industry shows no signs of slowing, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
  • Frozen, Tingya win top honours at Mumbai fest


    Frozen, directed by Shivaji Chandrabhushan, was awarded with the special prize of the jury at this year's MAMI International Film Festival in Mumbai, which closed March 13 with a screening of Naomi Kawase's The Mourning Forest.
  • Eros strikes DVD deal with Wal-Mart for Canada stores


    Indian film powerhouse Eros International and retail giant Wal-Mart have announced a collaboration to sell Bollywood content through the latter's distribution network in Canada.
  • India's UFO Moviez digitalises more than 1,000 cinemas


    India's UFO Moviez has announcedit hassuccessfully completed the installation of digital technology in more than 1,000 cinemas across India.
  • Religare, Vistaar launch India's first film fund


    Religare Enterprises and Vistaar Entertainment Ventures have joined hands to launch the Vistaar Religare Film Fund (VRFF), touted as India’s first regulated film fund.
  • Eros International releases Heyy Babyy on Blu-Ray format


    India's Eros International has released Hindi comedy Heyy Babyy on Blu-ray, marking the first global release of a Bollywood film on the format. The film is the first of a slate of planned Blu-ray releases by Eros.
  • Eros launches free online streaming service


    Indian media and entertainment company Eros International has launched an online video-on-demand (VOD) service supported by advertising.
  • Mumbai film festival to open with Wajda's Katyn


    The 10th edition of the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) film festival will open in Mumbai on March 6 with Polish master Andrzej Wajda's Oscar-nominated Katyn.
  • Palador, Zee Studio join forces to broadcast world cinema


    Mumbai-based Palador Pictures, which aims to promote world cinema in the Indian sub-continent, has tied up with 24-hour movie channel Zee Studio to showcase 26 films from its catalogue.
  • Orion Pictures unveils six-film production slate


    India's Orion Pictures has announced a six-film slate to be produced over the next 12 months.
  • UTV plans epic release for Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar


    UTV Motion Pictures is planning to release Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar in 26 countries and 1,500 screens on Feb 15, which it claims is the biggest ever release for an Indian film.
  • Johar's Dharma Productions unveils expansion plans


    Hot Indian filmmaker Karan Johar has announced expansion plans for his production outfit, Dharma Productions.
  • NDTV, Shetty, Doshilaunch platform for world cinema in India


    NDTV Imagine, the entertainment channel recently launched by Indian broadcaster NDTV, has formed a joint venture with Adlabs founder Manmohan Shetty and Alliance Entertainment chief Sunil Doshi to release worldcinema titles in India.
  • French producers arrange rendezvous with India


    A high-powered delegation of French producers will be visiting India later this week for the 'Rendezvous With French Cinema' which aims to expand the audience for French film in a market that is dominated by local product.
  • Mumbai film fest launches short film competition


    The International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) is launching a short film competition as part of the celebrations for its ten-year anniversary this year.
  • Indian Censor Board derails Darjeeling Limited


    Wes Anderson's India-set Darjeeling Limited was derailed in the country where it was filmed last week, when the Indian Censor Board denied the film a certification.
  • Eros-owned Ayngaran to back Robot starring Rajnikanth


    After much speculation on who would star in his next project, sci-fi feature Robot, Indian director Shankar has confirmed that he is reuniting with the Tamil-language film industry's biggest star, Rajnikanth.
  • Goa fest to open with 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days


    Romanian director Christian Mungiu's Cannes Palmes d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days will be the opening film of this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, with Mungiu himself expected to attend.
  • India's Yash Raj ventures into full movie downloads


    Leading Bollywood studio Yash Raj Films has signed licensing deals with two VoD-enabled web-sites - and - which will offer digital downloads of its back catalogue and more recent films.
  • Indian distributor-exhibitor PVR ramps up production


    Indian distribution and exhibition company PVR Ltd, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PVR Pictures, plans to invest $25.2m (Rs1bn) in film production and expand its slate to three to four films in the current financial year.
  • Eros takes on Krazzy 4 from Roshan's Film Kraft


    Eros International has taken international rights to Krazzy 4 from Rakesh Roshan's Film Kraft Productions. The project is currently shooting.Jaideep Sen will direct the comedy with a social message. ...
  • Eros and Darby set upIndia-based effects companyEyeQube


    In yet another strategic expansion, India 's leading integrated media company Eros International is working with international visual effects expert Charles Darby to start a new venture called EyeQube Studios Private Ltd.
  • UTV's Spotboy unveils three-picture slate


    After establishing movie production brand Spotboy in May this year, UTV Motion Pictures has unveiled a slate of three Hindi films under the new division, to be directed by Shyam Benegal, Anurag Kashyap and debut director Raj Kumar Gupta.
  • UFO signs exclusive deal with DG2L for 1,500 digital systems


    Indian digital cinema pioneer UFO Moviez has signed an exclusive deal with DG2L Technologies for digital cinema equipment and support.
  • UTV, Palador announce separate world cinema channels


    After severing ties,India's UTV and Palador Pictures haveseparately announced initiatives to promote world cinema.
  • Eros signs string of new media deals in SE-Asia


    India 's Eros International, which has a library of around 1,300 films, has signed multiple content licensing deals with leading telcos and on-demand service providers in South-East Asia.
  • Eros adds 146 English-language titles to library


    After announcing a slate of film deals and co-productions, Eros International, the integrated media company in the Indian entertainment sector, is now expanding its library of Hollywood films and added 146 English titles to its catalogue. This list includes titles like Rambo 4, Rush Hour 3, Lonely Hearts, The Accidental Husband, Incubus and others.
  • Screwvala re-elected as Producers' Guild president


    UTV Motion Pictures CEO Ronnie Screwvala has been re-elected as president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India.
  • Eros signs Kajol, Devgan for 3D animated feature


    Eros International has signed up leading Indian actress Kajol and her husband Ajay Devgan for a 3D animated feature, Toonpur Ka Super Hero.
  • Eros signs up Kajol and Devgan for 3-D animation


    Eros International, India's leading media and entertainment company, has signed up leading Indian actress Kajol and her husband Ajay Devgan for a 3-D animation film.
  • India selects Chopra's Eklavya for foreign Oscar race


    India has selected Eklavya - The Royal Guard as its official entry to the best foreign-language film category of the Oscars, marking the second time that a film from director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has been submitted.
  • Eros to release Om Shanti Om on 2,000 screens


    Eros International is preparing its widest ever release for Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om, which will open on more than 2,000 screens worldwide on November 9.
  • NFDC launches co-production market at Goa fest


    India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is launching a co-production market for Indian projects to take place during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa from November 24-26.
  • Eros secures $100m credit facility from Citigroup


    Indian producer and distributor Eros International has secured a $100m five-year credit facility from Citigroup Global Markets, to support the company's strategy of ramping up acquisitions.
  • UTV moves into Telugu-language film production


    Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures (UTVM) is making a foray into Telugu-language films by signing Telugu star Mahesh Babu, one of the most bankable stars in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, for two movies.
  • Eros teams up with Dutt's White Feather Films


    India's Eros International has signed a co-production, marketing and distribution deal with local production company White Feather Films (WFF).
  • Sholay rights owners strike $100m deal with Pritish Nandy


    After Sholay Media and Entertainment won its court case against Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, restricting him from using the title or names of characters in his alleged remake of the cult classic, the owner of the rights to Sholay has now entered into a deal with Pritish Nandy Communications to remake the film.
  • Eros picks up Varma's Darling, Bhool Bhulaiyaa


    India's Eros International has acquired the overseas distribution rights to two forthcoming films from local production house T-Series - Ram Gopal Varma's Darling and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, directed by Priyadarshan.
  • UTV strikes DVD on-demand deal with TitleMatch


    Indian producer-distributor UTV Motion Pictures has signed a DVD on-demand deal with US-based TitleMatch Entertainment Group for distribution of its library titles via retailers and e-tailers in North America.
  • Goa to host new script development workshop with NFDC


    India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, will conduct a script development workshop from Nov 18-24 in Goa during the International Film Festival of India.
  • UFO partners for digital releases of RK Films library


    UFO Moviez, the Indian digital cinema company, has partnered with the legendary Indian studio RK Films to release their popular classics like Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Prem Rog and Heena among others in digital wide screen format.
  • Palador gets Olive Collection and catalogue after UTV split


    The dispute between Indian companies UTV Motion Pictures and Palador, reported in May, has been amicably settled. After releasing two films (City of God and 13 Tzameti) under the UTV-Palador brand, the Indian motion picture company terminated all business relations with Palador for its world cinema business citing 'material breach of terms of agreement by Palador'.
  • Simpsons make it into Indian multiplexes after boycott is resolved


    After losing out on opening weekend collections for the The Simpsons Movie in India , local distributor Warner Bros reached an amicable settlement with the Multiplex Owners Association leading to the film being back on regular shows from today (Aug 7).
  • Beyond Dreams works with foundation for $20m Buddha feature


    Beyond Dreams Entertainment of India has partnered with Sri Lanka 's The Light of Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka for a $20m film project on the life of Gautam Buddha, the historical founder of Buddhism.
  • UTV taps three portals for online film releases


    Indian motion picture company UTV has tied up with three portals that will premiere two of their forthcoming feature film releases online.
  • Bollywood box-office: for better or for worse


    Why are Bollywood distributors optimistic despite recent local flops' Udita Jhunjhunwala reports.
  • Bollywood star Dutt sentenced to six years in prison


    The Hindi film industry was reeling on Tuesday afternoon (July 31) following the news of actor Sanjay Dutt's prison sentence on the final day of the on-going Mumbai bomb blasts case.
  • UTV strikes co-production pact with Karol Bagh


    Indian media conglomerate UTV today announced a co-production deal for the entire slate of productions to be launched by Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik, under their banner Karol Bagh Film and Entertainment.
  • India's CCL, Deepak Nayar launch talent search


    India 's Century Communications Ltd (CCL) and producer Deepak Nayar have launched an internet-based film competition portal,, designed by established filmmakers to discover emerging talent in India.
  • Mumbai's Yashraj pacts with Walt Disney Animation


    Leading Mumbai-based movie studio, Yashraj Films, has announced a 50-50 alliance with Walt Disney Animation.
  • Ambitious Pixion recruits visual effects master Crawford


    Pixion, the post-production arm of Century Communication Limited (CCL), has recruited specialist David Crawford to lead its VFX team in India. Crawford is associated with Hollywood blockbusters such as Spiderman, Titanic, Mission Impossible 2, XXX, and Vanilla Sky.Pixion has recently seen an exponential growth and is working on around 40 films under various banners to be released in ...
  • Viacom forms joint venture with India's TV18 Group


    Viacom and India 's TV18 Group have announced a 50:50 joint venture, Viacom-18, spanning film, television and digital media content.
  • India's Saregama taps Sen, Sharan for production push


    Indian music company Saregama HMV has unveiled its plans to enter film production which includes adding prominent Indian filmmakers Aparna Sen and BR Sharan to its leadership team.
  • UTV terminates business relations with Palador


    After releasing only two films (City Of God and 13 Tzameti) under the UTV-Palador brand, India 's UTV has terminated all business relations with Palador for its world cinema business with immediate effect.
  • India: beyond the blockbuster


    Indian distributors are discovering the attractions of independent foreign films. Udita Jhunjhunwala reports.
  • India's PNC, Motion Pixel Corp team for five-picture slate


    Indian media and entertainment company Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) has signed a five-picture deal with Florida-based animation house Motion Pixel Corporation (MPC) and its animation studio Estudio Flex in Costa Rica.
  • India - UFO prepped for lift-off


    One of the more surprising revelations made by the Indian businessman and entrepreneur Raaja Kanwar, the man pioneering digital cinema and exhibition in the territory, is that he is not "a fan of Hindi movies".
  • India's iDreamlines upCannes market premieres


    The international sales arm of India's iDream Production- iDream Independent Pictures (IIP)-is lining upfourmarket premieres for Cannes 2007: Americanising Shelley, Bombil And Beatrice, Telling Lies and Karma Confessions And Holi.
  • Penguins march into India with aims for 1m admissions


    The Oscar-winning French documentary March Of The Penguins sees its Indian release this week under the name Penguins - A Love Story.
  • India's UTV launches world cinema distribution venture


    Mumbai-based entertainment giant UTV plans to bring world cinema to the Indian market through a joint venture with local distributor Palador Pictures, UTV Palador, which encompasses arthouse theatres, a DVD label and a movie channel.
  • UTV and ROMP reunite for four films over three years


    Indian entertainment conglomerate UTV and filmmaker Rakeysh Mehra's company Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Productions (ROMP),which teamed up for last year's hit film Rang De Basanti, have reunited. Together they will invest $64.9m (Rs2.8bn)in four films to be produced over three years.
  • Shadow Of The Dog wins best film at Mumbai fest


    Girish Kasaravalli's Kanada-language film In The Shadow Of The Dog (Nayi Neralu) won the best film award at the International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) which concluded on Thursday.
  • UTV to co-produce Shyamalan's Happening with Fox


    Indian entertainment conglomerate UTV Motion Pictures has announced that it will co-produce M Night Shyamalan's next film The Happening with Twentieth Century Fox.
  • Golden Flower to open Mumbai festival


    The 9th edition of the International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) will open with Zhang Yimou's The Curse of the Golden Flower on March 8.The week-long festival, presented by Adlabs, will close on March 15 with Mira Nair's The Namesake.
  • BR Films sets March 9 Indian release for Mehta's Water


    Distributor BR Films have scheduled the Indian release of Deepa Mehta's Oscar nominated Water for March 9. Ravi Chopra of BR Films confirmed that the company would be releasing up to 100 prints nationally with a focus on multiplexes.
  • India's BR Films sets March 9 release date for Water


    Indian distributor BR Films has scheduled the local release of Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated Water on 100 prints nationwide, with a focus on multiplexes, on March 9.
  • Indian drama Parzania faces unofficial ban in Gujarat


    Rahul Dholakia's controversial drama Parzania has been unofficially banned in the state of Gujarat, where cinema owners have opted not to screen the film for fear of a political backlash from the ruling party.
  • Controversial Black Friday finally cleared for release in India


    After being banned for 20 months, controversial docu-drama Black Friday, based on the 1993 bombings in Mumbai, is being released in India and overseas this Friday. Adlabs Films acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is releasing it on 100 screens in India, 10 in the USA and 3 in South Africa.
  • Adlabs, MTV Networks ink three-picture deal


    India 's Adlabs Films and MTV Networks India have signed a deal to co-produce three youth-oriented films to be released in specific Indian markets.
  • Controversial film Water secures release in India


    Deepa Mehta's controversial and critically acclaimed Water will finally have an Indian release next month.
  • Indian box office jumps 40% in 2006


    Indian box office revenues increased by 40% last year in what may prove to be a landmark year.Films like Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, Krrish, Kabie Alvida Na Kehna, Phir Hera Pheri, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Dhoom 2 were the frontrunners. The cops-and-robbers action chase film, Dhoom 2, led the pack taking $37m (Rs 1.65bn). Its closest contender was
  • Chinese film wins Golden Peacock at Goa


    HasiChaolu's Chinese drama The Old Barber won the Golden Peacock best film award at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
  • Garg joins India's Studio 18 as head of UK/Ireland


    Former UTV executive TanujGarg has been appointed head of UK & Ireland for the recently-launched Studio 18, owned byleading Indian news broadcaster Network 18, which has ambitious plans for internationaldistribution and co-production.
  • IFFI promises to show Indian diversity to film world


    The theme of the 37th International Film Festival of India Goa 2006 is 'Diversity of Indian cinema' and The Whole World Is One Family.
  • Volver, Babel bookend Goa International Film Festival


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