Virgin Produced Joints Venture for ‘Virgin Produced India’

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Virgin Produced has teamed up with Capital Venture Fund and Tantrik Group to launch Virgin Produced India, which will create content for the growing Hindi speaking audience in the country. Virgin Produced India will do this by distributing and providing the Hindi speaking population with Hollywood remakes with Hindi content along with Bollywood films.

Based out of Mumbai, Virgin Produced India and Tantrik Group founder Jasbinger Mann, will play the managing role for Virgin Produced India. The CEO and founder of Virgin Produced is excited about their new global venture and had this to say, “We know how to reach a younger demographic,” said Jason Felts, founder & CEO of Virgin Produced. “And we are going to take our unique and successful business model and expand it in Bollywood and throughout India.”

Virgin Produced is responsible for films like Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and Machine Gun Preacher with Gerard Butler, to name a couple. Virgins Produced India’s goal is to cater to the growing demands of today’s younger generation in India who love Hollywood movies but do not speak English.

It’s partner, Tantrik Group, is a LA based media and entertainment management firm. Cinema Capital Venture Fund being the largest movie funding source in India, is confident Virgin Produced India will be a success.“With our experience and extensive network in Indian entertainment and media businesses, and Virgin’s knowledge of creative content, we can make Virgin Produced India a huge success,” said Cinema Capital India’s managing director Samir Gupta.

Go Virgin!

Brits Holding Auction to Honor 100 Years of Indian Cinema

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London will be honoring Bollywood by holding it’s very first rare memorabilia auction in London. In celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, a British auction house is selling items with the proceeds going to a great charity. The proceeds from 2 of the 150 items, along with a percentage of all sales, will be going towards British charity Pratham UK that aims to up the literacy level of India’s millions of impoverished children.

The auction will take place on Friday at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and reflects increased British, as well as global, interest in Bollywood and Indian cinema in general. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year both in domestic and global box office receipts with records seemingly shattered whenever a new film is released. University of London senior lecturer Anna Morcom noted “Since the 1990s, Bollywood has gone global on a new level, embraced enthusiastically by the Indian diaspora and through them has gained a presence in the mainstream of U.S. and U.K. culture.”

Even Saif Ali Khan has chimed in on the rise of Indian cinema globally, saying “My best investment is to join Bollywood. It’s such a good investment. The business is doubling. When we started, things were not the same. It’s a great time now for the filmmakers and actors.” Saif’s first appeared in a Bollywood movie back in 1992’s film ‘Parampara‘ and has gone on to become one of the many Khans that dominate the industry, the other three being icons Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Bollywood’s most successful film to date is ‘3 Idiots‘, which grossed $60 million total worldwide, but that mark is sure to fall soon with production values, story lines, and distribution continuing to increase along with foreign investment in Indian films.

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The 3 Khans: Aamir, Salman, and Shah Rukh Khan
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Valuable items include posters from such seminal Bollywood films as 1960’s ‘Mughal-e-Azam‘ and 1975 Amitabh Bachchan action starrer ‘Sholay‘, among other items. Conferro Auctions director Sharan Seth voiced the attitudes of many Brits when saying ‘With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Indian cinema, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic practices.’

Hooray for Bollywood!!

Photo of the week: Sridevi looking Gorgeous at the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Awards’

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Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi and husband, director Boney Kapoor, attend the first ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Awards‘ ceremony in Mumbai on October 19, 2013.

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Sridevi looked stunning in a off- white sari designed by Mahe Ayyappan.

‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again’ Releases New Trailer

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The makers of  ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Again’ have released a new trailer in anticipation of the film’s August 8th release.  The film looks to capitalize on the success of the original 2010 hit ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ with Akshay Kumar playing a villain for the first time in his career in this latest look at the seedy criminal underbelly of Bollywood’s capital.

Let’s take a look:

The film stars Ashkay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonali Bendre, Sonakshi Sinha and will be going up against Rohit Shetty‘s ‘Chennai Express’ starring Shah Rukh Khan when it’s released on Eid.

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