1. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  2. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  3. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  4. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  5. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  6. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  7. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  8. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  9. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  10. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  11. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  12. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  13. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  14. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  15. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  16. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  17. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  18. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  19. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  20. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  21. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  22. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  23. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  24. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  25. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  26. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  27. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  28. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  29. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  30. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  31. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  32. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  33. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  34. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  35. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  36. Dilip Kumar stable
  37. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  38. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  39. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  40. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  41. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  42. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  43. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  44. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  45. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  46. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  47. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  48. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  49. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  50. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  51. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  52. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  53. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  54. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  55. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  56. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  57. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  58. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  59. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  60. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  61. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  62. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  63. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  64. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  65. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  66. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  67. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  68. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  69. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  70. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  71. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  72. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  73. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  74. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  75. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  76. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  77. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  78. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  79. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  80. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  81. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  82. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  83. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  84. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  85. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  86. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  87. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  88. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  89. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  90. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  91. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  92. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  93. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  94. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  95. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  96. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  97. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  98. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  99. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  100. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  101. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  102. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  103. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  104. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  105. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  106. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  107. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  108. French TV exports on the rise
  109. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  110. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  111. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  112. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  113. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  114. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  115. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  116. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  117. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  118. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  119. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  120. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  121. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  122. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  123. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  124. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  125. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  126. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  127. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  128. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  129. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  130. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  131. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  132. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  133. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  134. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)

Films as we know them have always been divided into various genres like action, romance, comedy, festival and intellectual films and at different times, we have seen different genres succeed due to which we start films indiscriminately of the genre which has hit the bull’s eye on the box-office. Like the success of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Neerja, Airlift, Mary Kom, has set the ball rolling as far as biopic are concerned and now, in the recent future, we are going to face a barrage of such biopic like Traffic, Sarabjit, Rangoon, Azhar, Dhoni-The Untold Story, which are being made just because some biopic have worked without giving a thought to whether the story deserves to be told or not.

We should never forget that enough is enough and the audience cannot be taken for granted anymore as they are exposed to international cinema, as well as all local, linguistic cinema by virtue of the internet due to which they can watch whatever they want, wherever they want and on the device that they want. The proliferation of mobile phones turning into smart phone phobia is resulting in an explosion in the market of entertainment because nobody is interested in watching boring and repetitive news, on the mobile but everybody wants a dose of entertainment of his choice. Unfortunately all filmmakers in their obsession to make a genre based film forget the basic requirement of entertainment of the ticket buyer, who is spending his hard-earned money to find some release from the tensions and tortures of his daily life. To expect such a man to buy a ticket for a film based in a prison or a hospital, just because it happened to some unfortunate people in their lives, is in my view, not something deserving of being made into a film. These incidents have already been highlighted in the daily news which is broadcast 24 x 7, and when these incidents happened they were in the news for days. Hence where the novelty is and what new can you say in the film?

The audience is very clearly on the side of different without a thought about the genre, which is why if we go through the list of various hit films since the beginning of the film industry, we will find that the films have succeeded because they have been good and not because they were of a particular genre. Recently, the biggest hit of Hollywood so far in India and which continues its journey towards making more and more money all over the world including India, is The Jungle Book a film of which all the language versions are continuing to run in the cinema halls even in the fifth week a feat even Hindi films are not able to touch. Most star-cast films have shelf life of three weeks if successful and normally of one week out of which also only the first weekend matters and second week is almost, a written-off story. In such circumstances, the breath taking success of The Jungle Book, all over the country and the world, to the extent that in its fifth week, all its combined language versions, have more screen presence that all the new Hindi films like Traffic, One Night Stand and 1920 London, and is only slightly lesser than the new Hollywood film, Captain America: Civil War, whose 3D English version only has a good presence on cinema screens, whereas its Hindi version has hardly one or two shows per screen.

This proves that the fear that English cinema will take over the space of Indian cinema, is not really true because unless they start making The Jungle Book, one after the other, the so-called American sci-fi heroes, will work only in the English language which thanks to the apathetic policy of education in our country, will only be limited to a certain educated class of people and will never form a sizeable audience enough to threaten the existence of Hindi cinema.

Everybody expected Captain America: Civil War to continue the blazing trail that was set up by Fast and Furious and taken to unlimited heights by The Jungle Book but unfortunately due to appeal only for the English cinema audience, it will never be able to be called a major hit.

Today, hit does not depend on any star or any genre because what people want is something different and if you are going to rely on a genre or a star-based film, you are barking up the wrong alley. We have to understand that the audience has changed and what used to be a medium of entertainment for the middle-aged, has now been totally taken over and reserved by the audience in the age of 15-35 years and that too majorly female audience, which have started frequenting the cinemas in large numbers. This is because earlier cinema halls were badly maintained and security as well as toilets was a major issue for women. With the advent of luxurious multiplexes, cinema going has become the favorite pastime of most women including my won wife and daughter, who prefer spending a day at the multiplex and mall rather than staying at home.

As filmmakers, if we want to tap this audience, we have to shed our inertia and wake up to the realities of life because no longer can we make what we want because the people very clearly know what they want. Unless we give them what they want, we will never succeed and that is why we should concentrate on making films like Queen, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kapoor & Sons, Ki & Ka, Neerja, Airlift and others, which films were as different from each other as chalk is from cheese and which worked primarily because they were good films, which entertained everybody and no other reason. We have to forget the beaten path and stop watching old films for inspiration and trying to copy them for enticing artistes to work in the film. Instead we should spend our energies and time on trying to locate new subjects which will appeal to this new youthful audience which is most intolerant and which does not have even a minute for something that they don’t like as they are used to and have 24 hours unlimited choice of entertainment available to them. Anything will attract their attention only if it is extraordinary and out of the ordinary as they are very choosy but if we want to succeed, we have to please them. So go ahead without caring about the genre if you want to make a good film and succeed.

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