Adlabs to disappear!
One of the most famous names in Indian cinema, Adlabs Films is to disappear when the company is rebranded Reliance Mediaworks.
The move reflects the company's takeover by Reliance ADA Group in 2005 as well as the expansion of its range of activities.
From being the largest film processing company in India, it has expanded into film exhibition in India and abroad, digital post-production, digital cinema mastering, studios/shooting facilities, equipment rentals, visual effects and image enhancement and film restoration. It is outright owner of L,A.-based Lowry Digital.
Indian animation industry to face slow growth
India's animation industry will see slower growth according to the annual report by the National Association of Software and Services Companies.
Last year's report had forecast that the animation industry would grow at a CAGR of 27% to reach $1.2 billion by 2012, from $460 million in 2008. The gaming industry was to grow at a CAGR of 50% to reach $1.060 billion by 2012, from $212 million in 2008.
"The Indian animation industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 22% to reach $1 billion while the gaming industry will grow at a CAGR of 49% to reach $830 million by 2012," said Nasscom president Som Mittal.
The report, prepared by Nasscom and Ernst & Young, provides a detailed insight on the growth drivers, business models, issues and challenges for the gaming and animation industry in the next few years.
Slow growth of domestic box-office for animation movies, absence of adequate proof of concept or intellectual property creation, and lack of availability of skills for the animation industry are other factors that have led Nasscom to revise its earlier forecast.
Aj Dil --hot song from BLUE
Amir Khan to play Hanuman in Hollywood film
Well, according to rumours Amir Khan will be playing as lord Hanuman in a hollywood movie along with actor Keanu Reaves, who is set to play the Ram. The movie will be directed by "Chuck Russell" who earlier directed The Mask, will be produced by NRI producer "Uru Patel" who came up with the idea of making a film based on Hanuman.
Dark Knight fame actor "Gary Oldman" has reportedly been approached to play the character of the devil "Raavana" in the movie.
Nayanthara declines to be the sister of Abhishek
Nayanthara refuses to become the sister of Abhishek Bachan. Well, not in real life, but in a movie. She was approached by Mani Ratnam, for his latest film, Raavan. Raavan is a big budget movie made both in Hindi and Tamil. Raavan is a modern day adaptation of epic Ramayana. Tamil superstar Vikram will be playing the Ram and Aishwarya Rai as Sita. Abhishek Bachan will be the Ravan.
Nayanthara was not happy with the role. The national award winning actress Priyamani has given her approval to the role. She will now play the role of Shoorpankha, sister of Ravan.
There are rumours that the scripting team missed out the important character of Shoorpankha while making the first draft. It's only now when a chunk of the movie has been shot have the realised the missing character of Raavan's sister Shoorpankha.
The movie is being shot at some locations at Kerala. The movie is expected to hit the theatres in January 2010.