Specials

First timers ruled 2010







 


MUMBAI: The year 2010 stands out as the year when many newcomers came into films. It also saw filmmakers departing from the traditional ways of filmmaking and venturing into new kind of content-driven films.


Among them were directors Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat), Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan), Abhishek Sharma (Tere Bin Laden), Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baraat) and Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar); producers Pooja and Aarti Shetty (Tere Bin Laden); and actors Ranvir Singh and Sonakshi Sinha among others.


The session at Ficci-Frames on ‘Successful Film Content for the Future: Rise of the Debutants‘ was unique in the sense that the panelists Rao, Motwane, Abhishek Sharma, Maneesh Sharma, Faisal, Ranvir Singh and Sonakshi Sinha talked about the films that they debuted with.


Rao started by saying how she launched the shooting of her ambitious film, Dhobi Ghat, in a shoe-string budget. “It was always my dream to make a film on my own, even though I had Aamir besides me. I floated my own company Cinema 7, a subsidiary of Aamir Khan Productions (AKP). But all along the making, I saw that the budget didn’t go overboard and that everything was under my control. Once the film was made, it was taken over by AKP for distribution.”


Said Motwane, “ When I finished writing Udaan, the film industry was just coming out of the economic slump. Then no producer or production house wanted to back my film. Later, the time did come when producers were not averse picking up newer subjects. This gave me a good opportunity to put across the idea of my film to the UTV bosses who promptly decided to back me. Fortunately, the film was well-acclaimed and struck a chord with the viewers and eventually went on to become a success.”


Averred Maneesh Sharma, “ Initially, for the first two weeks, there was hardly anybody coming in to see Band Baaja Baraat. We were very nervous for in the next two weeks 7 Khoon Maaf was going to be released. But later, by the reviews and the word-of-mouth publicity, the film slowly gathered steam and eventually turned out to be a hit. All said and done, it was YRF’s backing that did the difference.”


Faisal’s Do Dooni Chaar (DDC) was distributed by Disney India. “ These days most filmmakers are practical in their approach. Hence by our method of approach, it wasn’t difficult for us to appease the distribution house into distributing the film. So the film to be distributed by Bang Bang Motion Pictures went into the hands of Disney. The popularity of DDC later grew and the film did well at the box office. There were two things that contributed to the film’s success -the kind of approach and the corporate handling,” detailed Faisal.


Being a medium-budget film, Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden was well received and did a very good business across the country. Said Sharma, “Once I came to Mumbai, I joined Adlabs to gain knowledge about the business of cinema. Later through Manmohan Shetty, I came to know his daughters Pooja and Aarti Shetty. After hearing the plot, they decided to back me under their own distribution house, Walkwater Films. What they liked was initially the concept and then the screenplay. Finally, when the film clicked, our joy knew no bounds. I have vowed to work for the banner so long as they make films and ask me to helm them.”


Daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi, captured the hearts of cinemagoers. Naturally, she was the first choice of both Arbaaz and Salman Khan for Dabaang. “I was previously into fashion. For the last several years, Salman used to pester me to join films. After a lot of thought, I decided upon doing a film and was lapped up by the Khan brothers for Dabaang,"she said.


Does being an actor’s daughter put extra pressure on her? “Yes, every single day, you have to prove a point. These things don’t happen when you don’t have family roots deep into films," Sonakshi observed.


Maneeesh Sharma, who directed Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baraat, invited the young star by disclosing as to how he was taken on board the film. “ Ranveer had to go through three screen tests. In the first he was awesome; the second saw him in a very poor shape; and in the last he performed dismally. I then went to him and said that from your first test, I could make out that you are a fantastic actor. Get in shape and perform. And the rest is history.“
 

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/17/year.jpg?itok=5GvcFiSh
2017 was a regulatory roller coaster and the ride continues

NEW DELHI: The year 2017 for the media industry certainly couldn’t be called easy from the point of doing business despite efforts and claims by the federal government that significant progress had been made in the regard.

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/17/ye.jpg?itok=x24qJXmR
Guest column: Digital outlook for 2018

MUMBAI: The year 2017 is behind us and, as we peek into 2018, there is so much to look forward to. The digital landscape is so dynamic and ever-evolving that an annual trend-spotting article would be unfair. But still there are key areas where digital is heading and I can safely say that 2018 is...

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/11/content.jpg?itok=_9GC25n5
Content segmentation defines English entertainment, movies in 2017

MUMBAI: It was the year of HD for English entertainment in India. Add to it, the bump up in the number of movie premieres and series that you could now see in better quality. Increased adoption of HD set top boxes encouraged broadcasters to go for HD. Content segmentation has emerged as a big...

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/11/dth.jpg?itok=QkzMsFlZ
DTH's year of consolidation

MUMBAI: It would be safe to say that this was the year of the big DTH challenge. India’s cable TV multi system operators (MSOs) could not go into many phase IV areas and DTH stepped in wherever analogue broadcast signals were switched off following the crossing of the digital addressable system (...

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/09/year.jpg?itok=Qc8RGGh9
2017 a year of rebranding and extending time slots for Hindi GECs

MUMBAI: The year 2017 was a roller-coaster ride for Hindi general entertainment channels (GEC) in the truest spirit of the term. The tussle for the top slot in the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) ratings has seen pay TV and free-to-air (FTA) channels hold on tight to the rope.

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/09/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=bmTRbT_m
The year of hiccups for marketers

MUMBAI: The year 2017 was when brands were unwillingly thrown into a roller-coaster ride only to emerge dizzy and faint. The highs weren’t enough to ride out the lows.

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/04/ear.jpg?itok=jT2Q8mKD
2017: The year OTTs went regional in India

MUMBAI: Over-the-top (OTT) services were undoubtedly the centre of attraction in 2017. The boom in India’s internet users, mainly aided by the growth of Reliance Jio, ensured that OTT players got the right reception and target audience. Not just  mainstream TV broadcasters but even smaller players...

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/03/year.jpg?itok=SbrfiYTZ
Making the news: A look at what news broadcasters did in 2017

MUMBAI: News channels were thrown into a storm of activity in 2017 with each player keeping up its oars to wade out of challenges that hit at them like ten-foot waves. With elections and sensational news driving up viewership at various points throughout the year, English news channels had to...

Specials Year Enders
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/30/Sahil-Shah1.jpg?itok=weZUchlK
Guest Column: The comeback of full-service agencies in India

By 2020, we will be close to a billion digitised screens. With the advent of cheaper data and smartphones and by virtue of tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon entering the grassroots of India, digitisation has become inevitable. And it’s going to be mobile plus digitised television (...

Specials Year Enders

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories