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NYT obituary on Soumitra Chatterjee

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2020 by Qalandar

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Excerpt: “…In one memorable scene, while delivering a monologue about the novel he plans to write, Mr. Chatterjee furrows his brow with intellectual severity, strikes the faraway look of an imagination at work, pauses and points for emphasis as he narrates the plot, and finally, with arms raised in triumph, smiles with joy at the act of creation. The sequence appears to have the naturalness of improvisation, but it was actually the product of laborious preparation.

Mr. Ray’s son, Sandip, said he saw the work that Mr. Chatterjee put into his roles when he peeked at one of the actor’s scripts. “It was full of handwritten notes,” he told The Telegraph, Kolkata’s English-language daily, in a recent interview. “Every minute detail of voice modulation, pause, look, movement and whatnot was in there.””

Read the complete piece HERE.

Random Songs !

Posted in Refugee, the good on September 28, 2020 by omrocky786

I am sure certain songs have had a huge or not so huge effect on all of us at some point of time in our life.  The idea for this post came to me while commenting on Rangan’s SPB tribute post.

I am listing some songs (in no particular order) which affected me, encouraged me, and helped me cope with life:

1.Zindagi Key Safar mein Guzar Jaatey Hain ( Aap ki Kasam)

2. Ruk Jaan Naheen, tu kaheen haar key (Imtihan)

3.Sach mere Yaar hai , bas yahee pyar hai (Saagar)

4.Naa Umr kee seema ho, naa janam ka ho bandhan (Prem Geet)

5. Bharat ka rehney wala hoon, Bharat kee baat sunata hoon (Poorab aur Paschim)

6.Main Na bhooloonga (sad version) (RKAM)

7.Aur nahee bas aur nahee, gham key pyaley aur naheen (RKAM)

8.Gila Maut sey nahee hai- humen Zindagai ney maara (Alag Alag)

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Happy Holi 2020!

Posted in Refugee on March 9, 2020 by Satyam

to one and all!

Happy 2020

Posted in Refugee on December 31, 2019 by Satyam

The very best to one and all…

The Legend of Dr Shriram Lagoo

Posted in Refugee on December 18, 2019 by munna

Empire Cinema Jabalpur. Now in ruins!

Posted in Refugee on November 14, 2019 by Shetty

Built in 1914, It was taken over by actor Premnath in 1950s. Stopped its operations last decade and now its in shambles!

JayShah Box Office Column – Housefull Week 2

Posted in Refugee on November 14, 2019 by jayshah

Assumptions

  • Using Film Information data
  • To arrive at current week collections I take previous week and compare with current week to arrive at a weekly % drop
  • I then take my prior week estimate and multiply by the % drop
  • Current week collections = Prior week * % drop (based on like for like centres) * % cinemas drop
  • % cinemas drop is the reported # of cinemas from Film Information – it adds a parameter for size of release for the same film
  • # of Cinemas shouldn’t be confused with screen size as the former is independent variable for a movie whereas latter is something for comparing with other movies – an example is HF4 increased coverage in Ahmedabad from 16 to 31 cinemas whereas most stations remained same as first week with nil changes, some reduced too.
HF4 W1 HF4 W2 Total
Week 1 Like for like centres 853,449,307 331,410,037
# centres ratio
173 39%
# cinemas 721 710
# cinemas ratio 98%
Film Information
Reported Collections 86 33 119
Unreported Collections 49 15 64
Total Collections 134 48 183
Ratio Reported/Unreported 64% 69% 65%
Jayshah Est 128 49 177
Kadel 115 33 148
Jaiswal 115 33 148
BOI 136 49 185
Komal 134 48 183
Bollywood Hungama 129 47 176
Addatoday 141 48 190
Average excluding jayshah 128 43 172
Week 2 est = Cinema Ratio * Collection Ratio * Week 1 Est = 98% * 39% * 128crore

My week 2 estimate for HF4 is 49Cr. This is a solid hold considering 1st week had multiple holidays to give an element of front loading, though this front loading only happened post Day 4 after Diwali Day. Considering this hold of 61% fall week on week the movie has done well in it’s second week.

Total collections are 177Cr which is above the average of all other sources. Once again my numbers are closest to Bollywood Hungama and actually my 2nd week is the highest of all estimated numbers.
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#5 World Cup – Akshay Kumar World Cup (KHAKEE wins)

Posted in Refugee on September 22, 2019 by jayshah

8 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILM THAT STAR AKSHAY KUMAr – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
GROUP STAGE pick 2 favourite films from Group of 4 – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM WINS – only need the winning film and if you like a reason for victory. No essays! In The event of a tie score at the end of group stages – a head to head match will be used to determine the winner. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 – matches there on are randomly picked by me.

Final 16 and knockouts – in the event of a tie score the highest voted film overall will go through.

Honourable mentions – A few probably to mention obviously but I’ve tried to pick the most popular 32. Akshay Kumar has over 100 movies, so picking 32 may upset some!

Here are the groups results, below that are the Round of 16 matches

 

Group 1
Khakee 13
Khiladi 12
Rustom 2
Tees Maar Khan 1
Group 2
Mohra 13
Jolly LLB 2 7
Phir Hera Pheri 4
Housefull 2 2
Group 3
Rowdy Rathore 9
Namastey London 8
Toilet Ek Prem Katha 6
Main Khiladi Tu Anari 4
Group 4
OMG! Oh My God 12
Pad Man 10
Suhaag 2
Heyy Babyy 1
Group 5
Hera Pheri 12
Special 26 8
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 6
Gold 2
Group 6
Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty 13
Welcome 7
Dhadkan 6
2.0 2
Group 7
Airlift 10
Ajnabee 7
Singh Is Kinng 6
Kesari 5
Group 8
Baby 12
Aankhen 10
Mission Mangal 3
Housefull 2

Round of 16 Results

Welcome 2 Vs Pad Man 10
Khiladi 7 Vs Aankhen 5
Ajnabee 1 Vs Special 26 11
Khakee 8 vs Namastey London 4
Airlift 5 Vs Mohra 7
OMG! Oh My God 10 Vs Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty 2
Rowdy Rathore 3 Vs Hera Pheri 9
Jolly LLB 2 2 Vs Baby 10

Quarter Finals Results

Khiladi 6 Vs Mohra 6 (Mohra wins due to more votes in Groups+R16 20-19 compared to Khiladi)
Khakee 9 Vs Pad Man 3
OMG! Oh My God 4 Vs Hera Pheri 8
Baby 10 Vs Special 26 1

Semi Finals Results

Mohra 3 Vs Hera Pheri 7
Khakee 7 Vs Baby 3

Final Result

Khakee 8 Vs Hera Pheri 3

 

#4 World Cup – Salman Khan MUSICAL World Cup (MAINE PYAR KIYA wins)

Posted in Refugee on September 22, 2019 by jayshah

8 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILM SOUNDTRACKS THAT STAR SALMAN KHAN – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
GROUP STAGE pick 2 favourite soundtracks from Group of 4 – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM SOUNDTRACK WINS – only need the winning soundtrack and if you like a reason for victory. No essays! In The event of a tie score at the end of group stages – a head to head match will be used to determine the winner. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 – matches there on are randomly picked by me.

Final 16 and knockouts – in the event of a tie score the highest voted film soundtrack overall will go through.

A few probably to mention obviously but I’ve tried to pick the most popular 32.

Here are the groups results, below that are the Round of 16 matches

Group 1
Maine Pyar Kiya 10
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 5
Lucky: No Time for Love 2
Bodyguard 2
Group 2
Patthar Ke Phool 9
Jaan-E-Mann 5
Biwi No.1 4
Ek Tha Tiger 1
Group 3
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 10
Saajan 9
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love 1
Dabangg 2 0
Group 4
Partner 7
Hum Saath-Saath Hain 6
Andaz Apna Apna 4
Kick 1
Group 5
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! 10
Yuvvraaj 4
Bajrangi Bhaijaan 3
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega 2
Group 6
Karan Arjun 9
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke 6
Wanted 3
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 1
Group 7
Khamoshi: The Musical 7
Tere Naam 6
Dabangg 4
Sultan 2
Group 8
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya 9
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 8
Ready 1
Tiger Zinda Hai 0

Round of 16 Matches

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke 3 Vs Hum Saath-Saath Hain 6
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 6 Vs Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 3
Tere Naam 5 Vs Yuvvraaj 4
Maine Pyar Kiya 7 Vs Saajan 2
Khamoshi: The Musical 6 Vs Patthar Ke Phool 3
Partner 4 Vs Karan Arjun 5
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 5 Vs Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! 4
Jaan-E-Mann 5 Vs Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kiya 4

Quarter Final Matches

Hum Saath-Saath Hain 1 Vs Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 8
Tere Naam 2 Vs Maine Pyar Kiya 7
Khamoshi: The Musical 6 Vs Karan Arjun 3
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 9 Vs Jaan-E-Mann 0

Semi Final Results

Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 2 Vs Maine Pyar Kiya 7
Khamoshi: The Musical 3 Vs Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 6

Final Result

Maine Pyar Kiya 5 Vs Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 4

 

Batla House Trailer

Posted in Refugee on July 15, 2019 by omrocky786


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The Lost World of Urdu Film Magazines

Posted in Refugee on January 12, 2019 by Qalandar

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“Lahore had a thriving film industry in those days and the likes of Dalsukh Pancholi, A.R. Kardar and Roop K. Shourie were shaping the course of Indian cinema. Urdu was the dominant language of the region and the city quickly became a springboard for the launch of a host of film publications such as Shabistaan, Filmkaar, Tasveer, Star and, of course, Chitra.

However, it was Delhi that went on to produce the major film magazines in the later years, including the one that is unanimously acknowledged as a milestone.”

Happy 2019

Posted in Refugee on December 31, 2018 by Satyam

the very best to everyone for the new year..

Can Netflix Take Turkey’s TV Dramas to the World? (NYT, Dec. 28, 2018)

Posted in Refugee on December 28, 2018 by Qalandar

I have long felt that India squandered an opportunity for even greater cultural outreach (I hate the term “soft power”) when it jettisoned its organic masala and popular cinema traditions in favor of bowdlerized Hollywood… Qalandar

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EXCERPT: ““The Protector” is the latest evidence of how Turkish television drama is spreading worldwide. In Turkey, several drama series compete for viewers every night, each episode two hours or more filled with romance, family strife and gangsters. (Episodes of “The Protector” are more a manageable 40 minutes.) Some have been associated with rising nationalism in the country; others have angered conservatives by showing historical figures drinking and philandering.

The shows are a phenomenon in the Middle East and Latin America, and have become such a symbol of Turkish soft power that they have been used as counters in political disputes. On March 1, for instance, the Saudi Arabia-based satellite broadcaster MBC abruptly dropped all Turkish drama, cutting off some shows midseason, apparently in response to Turkish support for Qatar. (MBC did not respond to requests for comment.)

Now the shows are spreading across Europe.”

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#3 World Cup – Sridevi beats Madhuri (Sadma wins)

Posted in Refugee on December 20, 2018 by jayshah

Winner winner winner!

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4 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILMS THAT STAR MADHURI DIXIT AND SRIDEVI EACH – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
2 MATCHES EVERY OTHER DAY FROM EACH GROUP – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM WINS – only need the winning film and if you like a reason for victory. No essays! In The event of a tie score at the end of group stages – the head to head match will determine the victor. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 –
ROUND 16 – WILL BE 8 MATCHES OF MADHURI VS SRIDEVI  (head to head) RANDOMLY CHOSEN
QF/SF – RANDOMLY CHOSEN (if even number of films of each star make it through, I will ensure it is HEAD to HEAD)
In the event of tie scores, the highest score from Group will proceed, if this is a tie, my vote will be final!

Final Group Standings 

Group 1
Lamhe 33
Janbaaz 19
Laadla 14
Himmatwala 8
Group 2
Mr India 31
Sadma 20
Khuda Gawah 19
Judaai 4
Group 3
English Vinglish 27
Chandni 24
Nagina 18
Gurudev 5
Group 4
Chaalbaaz 29
Gumrah 16
Aakhree Raasta 16
Mom 13
Group 5
Tezaab 25
Hum Aapke Hain Koun 22
Saajan 21
Dil To Pagal Hai 6
Group 6
Pukar 23
Prem Pratigya 20
Beta 18
Raja 13
Group 7
Parinda 26
Khal Nayak 25
Devdas 18
Yaarana 5
Group 8
Dil 28
Aaja Nachle 19
Anjaam 14
Koyla 13

Quarter Final Madhuri Vs Sridevi Results

Lamhe 10 Dil 2

Sadma 10 Pukar 2

Chandni  8 Hum Aapke Hain Koun  4

Mr India  8 Chaalbaaz  2

Semi Finals Results

Sadma 7  Mr India 6

Lamhe 6 Chandni 7

Final

Sadma 8 Chandni 3

 

 

Kedarnath, 2.0 (ongoing), the rest of the box office

Posted in Refugee on December 6, 2018 by Satyam

last week’s thread

2.0 Trailers (updated)

Posted in Refugee on November 24, 2018 by jayshah

thanks to Master..


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How a Bollywood Music Label Conquered YouTube (NY Times)

Posted in Refugee on November 15, 2018 by Qalandar

Excerpt: “Although not widely known in the United States, T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company, has the most watched YouTube channel in the world. Its videos have been seen 53 billion times. The channel gains over 100,000 subscribers a day and is about to pass the controversial personality PewDiePie to become the most subscribed to channel on YouTube. Continue reading

#2 World Cup – Aamir Khan (Lagaan defeats Rang De Basanti), part 2…

Posted in Refugee on October 17, 2018 by jayshah

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8 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILMS THAT STAR AAMIR KHAN – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
2 MATCHES EVERY OTHER DAY FROM EACH GROUP – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM WINS – only need the winning film and if you like a reason for victory. No essays! In The event of a tie score at the end of group stages – the head to head match will determine the victor. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 – matches there on are randomly picked by me.

Final 16 and knockouts – in the event of a tie score the highest voted film overall will go through.

Honourable mentions to nothing really.

Here are the final group standings from this thread here

Group 1
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 68
Ghajini 55
Mann 20
Baazi 4
Group 2
3 Idiots 59
Rangeela 56
Raakh 26
Holi 5
Group 3
Lagaan 68
Akele Hum Akele Tum 32
Dhobi Ghat 31
Dil 15
Group 4
Dil Chahta Hai 64
Talaash 53
Raja Hindustani 22
Afsana Pyar Ka 7
Group 5
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 62
Mangal Pandey 45
Dhoom 3 21
Ishq 18
Group 6
Rang De Basanti 56
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander 53
PK 26
Ghulam 11
Group 7
Dangal 66
Earth 33
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke 32
Fanaa 21
Group 8
Taare Zameen Par 48
Sarfarosh 46
Andaz Apna Apna 42
Secret Superstar 16

Round of 16 results

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander 19 Vs Talaash 8
Ghajini 8 Vs Sarfarosh 19
Earth 17 Vs Mangal Pandey 10
QayamatSe Qayamat Tak 25 Vs Akele Hum Akele Tum 2
Dangal 13 Vs 3 Idiots 14
Dil Chahta Hai 12 Vs Rang De Basanti 15
Lagaan 25 Vs Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 2
Rangeela 9 Vs Taare Zameen Par 18

Quarter Finals results
Rang De Basanti 15 Vs Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 11
Lagaan 25 Vs Earth 1
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 17 Vs Taare Zameen Par 9
Sarfarosh 10 Vs 3 Idiots 16

Semi Final results

Rang De Basanti 17 Vs 3 Idiots 9

Lagaan 22 Vs Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 4

Final result

Lagaan 20 Vs Rang De Basanti 6

#2 World Cup – Aamir Khan (updated Group Stage standings, Round 1, 2 & 3 voting in progress)

Posted in Refugee on October 10, 2018 by jayshah

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8 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILMS THAT STAR AAMIR KHAN – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
2 MATCHES EVERY OTHER DAY FROM EACH GROUP – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM WINS – only need the winning film and if you like a reason for victory. No essays! In The event of a tie score at the end of group stages – the head to head match will determine the victor. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 – matches there on are randomly picked by me.

Final 16 and knockouts – in the event of a tie score the highest voted film overall will go through.

Honourable mentions to nothing really.

Here are the groups and matches. Please vote by naming the film you prefer and ensure it is in a list like my example.

Group 1
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak 66
Ghajini 52
Mann 19
Baazi 4
Group 2
3 Idiots 56
Rangeela 54
Raakh 25
Holi 5
Group 3
Lagaan 65
Dhobi Ghat 31
Akele Hum Akele Tum 30
Dil 14
Group 4
Dil Chahta Hai 61
Talaash 51
Raja Hindustani 21
Afsana Pyar Ka 7
Group 5
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin 59
Mangal Pandey 44
Dhoom 3 19
Ishq 18
Group 6
Rang De Basanti 56
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander 52
PK 23
Ghulam 9
Group 7
Dangal 62
Earth 30
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke 28
Fanaa 20
Group 8
Taare Zameen Par 45
Sarfarosh 41
Andaz Apna Apna 39
Secret Superstar 15

First Round Group Matches

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Vs Baazi
Mann Vs Ghajini
Raakh Vs Rangeela
Holi Vs 3 Idiots
Dil Vs Akele Hum Akele Tum
Lagaan Vs Dhobi Ghat
Afsana Pyar Ka Vs Raja Hindustani
Dil Chahta Hai Vs Talaash
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Vs Ishq
Mangal Pandey Vs Dhoom 3
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander Vs Ghulam
Rang De Basanti Vs PK
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Vs Earth
Fanaa Vs Dangal
Andaz Apna Apna Vs Sarfarosh
Taare Zameen Par Vs Secret Superstar

2nd Round Group matches

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Vs Mann
Baazi Vs Ghajini
Raakh Vs Holi
Rangeela Vs 3 Idiots
Dil Vs Lagaan
Akele Hum Akele Tum Vs Dhobi Ghat
Afsana Pyar Ka Vs Dil Chahta Hai
Raja Hindustani Vs Talaash
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin vs Mangal Pandey
Ishq Vs Dhoom 3
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander vs Rang De Basanti
Ghulam Vs PK
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke vs Fanaa
Earth Vs Dangal
Andaz Apna Apna vs Taare Zameen Par
Sarfarosh Vs Secret Superstar

3rd Round Group matches

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Vs Ghajini
Baazi Vs Mann
Raakh Vs 3 Idiots
Rangeela Vs Holi
Dil Vs Dhobi Ghat
Akele Hum Akele Tum Vs Lagaan
Afsana Pyar Ka Vs Talaash
Raja Hindustani Vs Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Vs Dhoom 3
Ishq Vs Mangal Pandey
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander Vs PK
Ghulam Vs Rang De Basanti
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Vs Dangal
Earth Vs Fanaa
Andaz Apna Apna Vs Secret Superstar
Sarfarosh Vs Taare Zameen Par