Category — Entertainment Business
In Beauty and the Beast, Disney‘s film set in France, Britain’s Emma Watson, starring as Belle, wears a beautiful, delicately hand embroidered bodice created by India’s artisans. “They used a technique called ‘Aari work’ which is a very fine chain stitch traditional to the Kutch area of Gujarat,” said assistant costume designer Sinead O’Sullivan. She went on to mention that the style of embroidery “lent itself very nicely to eighteenth century French floral design.”
CNN reports that Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director for Vogue India and a stylist in the Indian film industry said, “It’s not just the film industry that’s turning to India. Some of the biggest names in fashion get their work done in the country.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore the creations of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan on two occasions while Bibhu Mohapatra from India’s eastern state of Orissa has created outfits for Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow.
March 28, 2017 No Comments
At the FICCI FRAMES conference in Mumbai, an annual entertainment industry report by consulting firm KPMG stated that there was a 10 percent increase in Hollywood film revenue in India in 2016, and that The Jungle Book was the highest-grossing Hollywood film in India ever, collecting $38.2 million last year.
The report added that this growth was driven by increasing contribution of dubbed versions, highlighting that over the last two to three years, “nearly 40 percent of English releases are dubbed in at least one local language” in India.
The report also noted that the rising trend of Indian actors featured in Hollywood films, such as Irrfan Khan, who starred with Tom Hanks in Inferno, was another growth factor. Hollywood’s share of the Indian market is estimated at about 10 percent, says The Hollywood Reporter.
March 23, 2017 No Comments
The San Francisco International Film Festival, to be held April 5-19 at various venues throughout San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., will pay a special tribute to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. This event will take place April 14 at 8:30 p.m. at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, and will be followed by a screening of Khan’s 2010 film, “My Name is Khan,” in which the city of San Francisco formed the backdrop.
India West reports that according to the San Francisco International Film Festival, “To muster an American equivalent to Shah Rukh Khan, you’d have to combine several high-wattage celebrities – Brad Pitt plus Tom Cruise plus Will Smith – and it still wouldn’t be enough.”
As part of this tribute, director and producer Brett Ratner will moderate an intimate conversation with the actor, producer, and humanitarian, exploring his unique balance between commercially-minded cinema and artistic values.
March 22, 2017 No Comments
Having launched its Prime Video at a lower price than Netflix, Amazon India is now consolidating partnerships to expand its user base in the country. It recently partnered with Vodafone, which, after its merger with Idea Cellular in a $23 million deal, is the biggest telecom company in the country with a customer base of 400 million. Amazon aims to penetrate this user base and also build a competitive edge against Reliance Jio and other Indian service providers that are offering streaming services on mobile phones.
Forbes reports that Amazon India is focusing on local content and targeting smartphone video consumers in India. Mint claims that India is expected to have 650 million internet users by 2020, making it a huge market for video-on-demand consumption.
Amazon’s strategy of partnering with a telecom operator that can provide 4G services on mobile phones will likely work since the majority of India’s population is not likely to invest in a fast landline broadband connection to view content on large screens.
March 20, 2017 No Comments
With the Information & Broadcasting Ministry urging the Ministry of Home Affairs to create a separate category of visas for international film-makers, India’s government has agreed to offer ‘Film Visas’ to producers to shoot films and TV shows in the country.
Prospective international film-makers will need to send their proposal and scripts for clearance to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, either directly or through an Indian mission abroad. The Ministry will scrutinize the proposal within 60 days and give its clearance to the Indian missions abroad, states BusinessLine.
The Information & Broadcasting Ministry will also recommend to the customs authorities to waive customs duty on the temporary import of equipment required by the international film production crew. The Film Facilitation Office will set up a portal for online applications soon.
March 7, 2017 No Comments