Today's Top Story: India's '3 Idiots' Dominates in Japan Three Years After Release on July 30, 2013

Nearly four years after 3 Idiots’s first theatrical release in India, the film has collected over ¥100 million in the first two weeks of screening in Japan. That makes the film the highest grossing Hindi film ever in Japan — and it is still running in Japanese cinemas. 

Released in December 2009, 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, and Boman Irani. It was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vindhu Vinod Chopra. The film tells the story of two college friends’s search for a lost companion while stumbling through reminiscences along the way.

This film’s success in Japan was not an isolated event. 3 Idiots had profitable runs at the box office in Taiwan, Korea, China, and Hong Kong which led to it being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in overseas markets. Domestically, it was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend and had the highest net collections in the first week of a Bollywood film. It finished its run by becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time — surpassing Ghajini, which also starred Khan. [Yahoo! Omg! India]

INDIA: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' Wins Again on July 27, 2013

bmbstill.jpgBhaag Milkha Bhaag stayed in first place for the second consecutive week among domestic films in India. The sports biopic maintained its strong pace at the box office with a $4.3 million gross over the week, taking its total to $13.2 million. Neither of the week's two releases, Ramaiya Vastavaiya and D-Day, opened ahead of the hold-over hit. Ramaiya Vastavaiya hit 1,373 screens and took in $3.6 million, while D-Day opened in 1,031 locations to $2.4 million. Ship of Thesus rounded out the week's new releases with an $82k tally from a modest 62 screens.

Top 10 Domestic Films in India. July 19-25, 2013.


9 Releases this Friday Night! on July 25, 2013

Nine movies are being released in India this Friday: Nasha, Love U Soniyo, Issaq, Bajatey Raho, Buddha, Ek Bura Aadmi, Oops-a-Daisy, Planes and Main Hoon Surya Singham 2! This overload will not be good news for the box office. Trade anaylist Taran Adarsh says, "Doesn't make any business sense. Why this hurry to release so many films? Where are the theatres to accommodate so many films? How many shows can each film get?" [DNA India]

'Shuddh Desi Romance ' to Receive the Red Carpet at TIFF on July 24, 2013

The Indian film Shuddh Desi Romance has been selected as the Gala Red Carpet Premiere of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. A press release for the event and the film's trailer are included below:


Shuddh Desi Romance at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013: Yash Raj Films' next Shuddh Desi Romance has been invited for the esteemed Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2013 for the prestigious Gala Red Carpet Premiere.

The grand screening will be attended by director Maneesh Sharma and writer Jaideep Sahni along with the cast Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and debutant Vaani Kapoor. The Gala Red Carpet Premiere will be held on September 11th at the prominent Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, amidst a 2000 strong audience of media and fans.

"We are delighted to have Shuddh Desi Romance invited to the Toronto International Film Festival for the Gala Red Carpet Premiere. We believe the film is perfect for Toronto, as it is a film that is rooted in rustic India and the characters are very contemporary in their thought, which will no doubt appeal to the diaspora but also the more mainstream audiences. In fact since the announcement was made last night we have had a number of sales agents vying for the film already - that's the power of TIFF," said Avtar Panesar, Vice President - International Operations at YRF.

Shuddh Desi Romance, is a fresh and very real love story about the hair raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment. A romantic comedy that finally tells it like it is!

TIFF is among the top film festivals in the world and it is indeed an honour to be selected for such a screening. A publicly-attended film festival, nearly 400 films are screened at approximately 23 screens in venues across Toronto. The annual attendance at TIFF exceeds 300,000 from public and industry audiences.


100 Years of Cinema Celebration Postponed on July 23, 2013

The South Film Industry is celebrating its 100th year of producing films this year. The celebration, which was initially supposed to be held on September 1-3 of this year, was postponed due to the nonavailability of the Indian president, Pranab Mukhaerjee. It is unclear when the celebration will now take place, although it is rumored that it will now be at the end of September instead. [IndiaGlitz]

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