The film festival, kicking off on Friday, will be screening films that won accolades from other festivals around the world. The move is great news for Indian filmmakers hoping to gain more prominence through festivals such as this one. The films being screened are:
The Ballad of Rustom (directed by Ajitha Suchitra Veera)
Deool (directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni)
Drapchi (directed by Arvind Iyer)
Koormavatara (directed by Girish Kasaravalli)
Touring Talkies (directed by Gajendra Ahire)
500 & 5 (directed by Raghu Jeganathan)
Fox China reports that with the success of Life of Pi in China over the past two weeks, it's no surprise that the film is now partly responsible for inspiring a growing amount of social buzz throughout the country. And not just over the film, but about India itself. The same applies in Taiwan, home of director Ang Lee, where the film is also doing quite well.
Among the subjects buzzing around Chinese blogs are the city of Pondicherry and the Bengal tiger. The film has opened a window to Indian culture.
Sivahi 3D, directed by S. Shankar, will be the first film released in the Dolby Atmos sound platform in India. The film opens December 12.
Monday (12/3) Update: Fox has confirmed that Life of Pi grossed an actual result of $1.84 million in India over the weekend. Cume remains $7.3 million.
Sunday (12/2) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates a $1.84 million second weekend for Life of Pi in India. That pushes the country's cume to $7.3 million. The film is currently playing on 511 screens.
Sunday (11/25) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Life of Pi has grossed $3.4 million from 697 locations in India, putting it ahead of strong local titles such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar. The opening marks the 3rd Highest non-franchise opening of all-time in the market, behind Avatar and 2012.
Saturday Update: Talaash led all upcoming films on its opening day Friday with 6,625 tweets. This is the first time since I've been tracking that a Bollywood film has led all films and is definitely a huge win for Reliance Big. Its Facebook numbers were much more modest with 120,896 likes. By comparison, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar had 5,975 and 1,459 tweets on their day of release, with 341,072 and 293,891 likes respectively. Based on these Twitter numbers it looks very likely that Talaash will beat out my two comparisons on opening day and over its first three days.
Friday Update: Talaash had a stunning 4,154 tweets on Thursday which vaulted it to the #3 spot on the day amongst upcoming films. This is the highest position of any Bollywood film for the year that I've tracked. Curiously, while its Twitter numbers have been expanding rapidly its Facebook presence has been very sluggish. Its Facebook likes rose to just 117,020 on Thursday which gave it less than a 4,000 like increase since Monday. So far for Friday it is amazingly in the #1 spot and on course to become the most talked about Bollywood film of the year that I've tracked.
Thursday Update: Talaash secured 640 tweets on Wednesday which was up 6% from yesterday but dropped it to #14 on the day amongst the new openers. Its Facebook likes rose to 116,695. By comparison, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar had 1,235 and 97 tweets three days before their release, with 323,666 and 278,290 likes, respectively.
Wednesday Update: Talaash generated 606 tweets on Tuesday which put it at #8 on the day amongst all upcoming openers, sandwiched between Hollywood blockbusters Thor: The Dark World (781) and Zero Dark Thirty (570). Its Facebook likes also rose to 115,328. Continuing my comparisons from yesterday, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar had 794 and 91 tweets three days before their release, with 319,299 and 259,678 likes, respectively.
Tuesday Update: Upcoming release Talaash marks Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's return to the screen for the first time in almost two years. The Reliance Big release generated 406 tweets for Monday on Twitter, while its Facebook likes stood at 114,691. By comparison, the recent Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar had 932 and 117 tweets four days before their release, with 307,666 and 231,898 likes, respectively.