Piracy, lack of screens plague Indian film industry

Piracy, lack of screens plague Indian film industry

Though the number of films that hit the ₹100-crore mark is increasing, piracy, low penetration of quality exhibition infrastructure in Tier-II and Tier-II cities is hindering the growth of the industry. Piracy is eating away the vitals, with the film industry losing ₹19,000 crore annually. A latest Deloitte report on the industry said that over […]

Heartwarming, irresistible!

Heartwarming, irresistible!

Cecelia Ahern’s book ‘Where the Rainbows End’ is a heart –warming book which leaves you warm inside. The story is about Alex and Rosie who are best of friends since childhood. They are torn apart as teenagers as Alex’s father moves to Boston from Dublin as he got a new job. Despite of the distance […]

Skepta wins Brit’s best Alternative Music Award

Skepta wins Brit’s best Alternative Music Award

THE LONDON MUSIC SCENE:   Grime hip-hop artist Skepta was awarded Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize last week (Sept 15) for his album Konnichiwa in recognition of a resurgent home-grown genre. As he presented the prize, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker paid tribute to the late rock legend David Bowie who had been tipped to win the […]

Award to save ‘endangered’ nature writing?

Award to save ‘endangered’ nature writing?

Bombay –based writer Meghna Pant will receive the  Kumaon Literary Festival’s FON (Fellows of Nature) South Asia Short Story Award in Nature writing in October for her short story “People of the Sun.” She will be felicitated with the award as well as a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh  next month. Two other Indian […]

Top Model with Patna Connect

Top Model with Patna Connect

Sir, India’s Next Top Model is an adaptation of the TV reality show America’s Next Top Model. The show was judged by celebrity photographer Daboo Ratnani and Model-Actress Lisa Haydon. The contests were groomed by Neerja Gaba and mentored a VJ- Actress Anshu Dandekar. The show started with 13 faces competing for the title among which […]

In Defence of Cliff Richard

In Defence of Cliff Richard

STATEMENT FROM SIR CLIFF RICHARD – FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER Just three days ago Sir Cliff was informed that a complainant has requested a review of the CPS’s decision. When a person is told that their complaint is not going to be the subject of any further action they are also told that they have the […]

Sex abuse stories still hound Sir Cliff Richard

Sex abuse stories still hound Sir Cliff Richard

A second alleged ‘sexual abuse victim’ of  India-born British singing superstar Sir Cliff Richard has challenged a decision not to bring charges against him, prosecutors have said. The Crown Prosecution Service said last month it was reviewing one case after a request by a male complainant, and another has now requested a review. In June […]

Kiev to host Eurovision 2017

Kiev to host Eurovision 2017

Finally, Europe’s iconic pop music contest moves to Kiev! The Ukrainian city of Kiev will host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, it has been announced. The venue was due to be announced on 26 August, but a press conference was cancelled at the last minute. Fans speculated Ukraine might pull out of the contest for […]

No, you won’t be jailed for watching Torrents!

No, you won’t be jailed for watching Torrents!

Breathe easy, internet users. Amid the confusion and panic, the Bombay High Court has ruled that it is not illegal to watch pirated content on the web. A somewhat misleading notice posted by internet service providers in India last month said that “viewing” copyright infringing content too is a punishable act under Indian law. Justice […]

The Boy who kept his Mom alive with funny voices

The Boy who kept his Mom alive with funny voices

Gene Wilder is no more. His performances combined sentimentality, comedy and suppressed rage, often veering between idiocy and apoplexy.   Gene Wilder died holding hands with his family while listening to Somewhere Over the Rainbow… after Alzheimer’s battle which he kept secret from fans so he wouldn’t upset them. Gene Wilder died aged 83 at […]

Pak TV Channels fined for fabricated news, shouting matches…

Pak TV Channels fined for fabricated news, shouting matches…

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)’s Council of Complaints Saturday recommended Rs 5 Lakhs (Pakistan currency) fine each on as many as 13 television channels for running a report on wedding of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan without evidence. The council has also recommended that these channels would air apology and also recommended […]

Will you be thrown in jail for visiting a torrent site?

Will you be thrown in jail for visiting a torrent site?

Can you land up in jail for viewing a torrent site in India or not? Yesterday, we heard that a jail term as well as a fine of Rs 3,00,000 was the penalty for a visit to a blocked URL, including a torrent site. Today, some reports said no, you won’t be jailed just because […]