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Jungle Book: Highest Grossing Hollywood Film in India

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book has become the highest-grossing Hollywood release ever in India, a country where 90% of the box office grosses go to films that are home grown. . After only 12 days in release in the country, the movie has grossed $24.6M

This release is the most recent example of Hollywood studios localizing content in India to increase audience share. The film was dubbed into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, in addition to the English language version and was rolled out across 1,640 screens across the country.

The Jungle Book was not just a big movie, but one that at its heart is an Indian story, which doesn’t happen very often. Most Indians have grown up on stories of The Jungle Book, and it is a beloved story that we want to pass on to generations,” Amrita Pandey  VP, Studios, Disney India, told Variety.

The Jungle Book Poster

The Jungle Book Poster


For the Hindi version, Disney hired popular actors to voice characters with Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) performing Kaa, Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World) Baloo, Om Puri (The Hundred-Foot Journey) Bagheera, Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding) Raksha, and Nana Patekar (Welcome Back) Sher Khan.

“Each character was treated in a way that we included local cultural relevance in all the dialogue for each character. This has really paid off as the audience feedback on the Hindi language version has been exceptional,” Pandey said. “The dubbed contribution is a staggering 56% and English is 44%.”

May 3, 2016   No Comments

L’Oreal India Takes Top Stars to Cannes Film Festival

Bollywood actresses Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, brand ambassadors of L’Oréal Paris, will represent the company at the upcoming 69th Cannes International Film Festival, scheduled to take place from May 11 till May 22, reports The Indian Express. For the past 19 years, L’Oréal Paris has been a sponsor of the Festival de Cannes. Every year, L’Oréal Paris puts its expertise and product innovations in the service of Cinema and sponsors the Festival’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies. L’Oréal Paris is also a Founding Member of Cinéfondation.

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


April 27, 2016   No Comments

From Bollywood to the Cover of Time Magazine

Former Miss World and lead star of Quantico, Bollywood sensation Priyanka Chopra who made the TIME 100 list of Most Influential People, is on the cover of TIME Magazine this week.  Just who is the woman who has 19 million ‘likes’ on her Facebook page, outnumbering Leonardo DiCaprio by 3 million!

Priyanka Chopra

Born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur,  in what is now India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both physicians in the Indian Army, Chopra’s grew up as an Army brat  living in many, many “Cantoments” across the country.

When she turned thirteen, Chopra moved to the United States to study. Living with her aunt .whose family also moved a number of times, she attended schools in Newton, Massachusetts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Queens, New York City. She returned to India after three years and graduated from high school.

In 2000 she won the Miss World title after which offers from Bollywood started pouring in. Among her notable movies are Mary Kom a 2014  biopic about five time world boxing champion and India’s Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom. To prepare for this role, Chopra  trained in boxing for four months. Mary Kom emerged as a major commercial success, with revenues of $15 million at the box-office, and Chopra won the Screen Award for Best Actress, and the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

In 2015 Chopra was cast as t he star  the ABC prime time drama,  Quantico. James Poniewozik of The New York Times described Chopra as the “strongest human asset” of the show, adding that “she is immediately charismatic and commanding.” She received the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Actress in a New TV Series” for her role in Quantico, becoming the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award.

Yet another successful film of hers is Bajirao Mastani. It grossed $52 million at the box-office, to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. For her performance, she won the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Chopra supports various social causes related to the girl child through her foundation, “The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education”, which works toward providing support to underprivileged girls across India.

April 22, 2016   No Comments

Hollywood Movies Gaining Popularity in India

The top 10 Hollywood releases in the country last year collected about $98 million in box office, up almost 34 percent from $64.7 million in 2014, according to a report by consulting firm KPMG India. This marked the highest ever growth recorded for the top 10 Hollywood box-office titles in India recorded by KPMG.

The annual report on the overall state of the Indian entertainment industry was released at the three-day Ficci Frames Conference that began on March 30 in Mumbai.

The report stated that Furious 7 was the top Hollywood title in India in 2015 with $23.3 million in box office, followed by Jurassic World with $21.8 million. Both titles crossed the local billion rupee bench mark, the first time two Hollywood titles did so in the same year

“Hollywood’s performance last year means that its market share in India increased from about six percent to about eight to nine percent,” KPMG India consultant Jehil Thakkar told The Hollywood Reporter.

The report also shows that total revenue in 2015 for the Indian film industry was up by about nine percent to $2.09 billion. This would mean that Hollywood’s overall market share of this figure amounted to about $188.1 million.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron ($16.2 million), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($11.6 million) and Terminator Genisys ($4.9 million) were among the top five earners. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in the seventh spot with $4.6 million as it competed against two of the biggest Bollywood releases during its opening weekend: top star Shah Rukh Khan‘s Dilwale and historical drama Bajirao Mastani, starring actresses Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh. The film went on to collect over $50 million.

March 31, 2016   No Comments

Rising India, Inc., Acquires Saint James Films

Omaha, Nebraska-based Rising India Inc., a company focused on undervalued opportunities in hospitality and media, announced that it had acquired Arizona-based Saint James Films, LLC, a motion picture production company dedicated to producing entertaining genre films for the global marketplace.

Saint James Films, LLC and its library, licenses and receivables was purchased from Mike The Pike Productions Inc., for 50,000,000 shares in restricted common stock to build shareholder value by bringing assets that hold potential for growth.

Rising India will focus on bringing in subsidiaries and joint ventures that are diversified within the entertainment and media space, including income producing websites, new media channels, sales agency/distribution, gaming and possible investment in technology which will impact the virtual reality space, Bloomberg Business reports.


February 16, 2016   No Comments