Shah Rukh Khan’s TED Talk

In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight. “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star.

 

With a fan following that runs into multi-millions, Shah Rukh Khan is at forefront of the Indian film industry and continues to rule at the box office in India. (link to TED)

 

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Bahubali 2 Phenomenon in the US

The desi blockbuster movie Bahubali 2 has been sweeping all records for earnings the past few weeks. Not surprisingly (for desis), the movie also beat records in North America this past week.

The desi blockbuster movie Bahubali 2 has been sweeping all records for earnings the past few weeks. Not surprisingly (for desis), the movie also beat records in North America this past week.

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The Wall Street Journal took note, highlighting

It’s being called India’s “Star Wars,” smashing box-office records worldwide. The wild superhero epic “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which opened at the end of April, has become the highest grossing Indian film in history, and its breakthrough in the U.S. may be just as significant.

With a $10.3 million opening weekend April 28, it was the No. 3 film in America, beating DreamWorks Animation’s “Boss Baby,” Tom Hanks in “The Circle” and other Hollywood fare. It did so even though it opened on only 425 screens around the country, selected for their demographics, averaging $24,364 per screen. The No. 1 film the same weekend, “The Fate of The Furious,” averaged only $4,890 per screen, on 4,077 screens.

“We were stunned. This clearly turned into an event,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX. “When you have full houses on Thursday night, on something that was unbelievably viral in how the information was disseminated to the Indian diaspora, you’re tapping into something.”

WSJ writer was also surprised how the movie took off without support from mainstream movie critics  “Critics on Yahoo or Rotten Tomatoes, or somewhere. I haven’t seen anything like that,” he said. On Rotten Tomatoes recently “Baahubali 2” boasted a 92% audience score and had no rating at all from critics. Imports like this still take a back seat to Hollywood blockbusters.





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Amazon India announces Original series on Subhash Chandra Bose's INA

American e-commerce giant Amazon, that is ramping up its presence in the Indian video streaming space through Prime Video, announced yet another Indian original series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA). The series will be directed and produced by Kabir Khan, who has to his credit movies like ?Ek Tha Tiger?, ?Bajrangi Bhaijaan? and ?Kabul Express?.

The Forgotten Army (working title) will be Khan?s debut in OTT digital video services and is scheduled to start production by the end of 2017.

Roy Prince, Head of Global Content, Prime Video stated,

Our aim is to build a compelling lineup of Indian shows, working with the greatest talents from the industry. Our association with Kabir Khan is one of the many such partnerships that India will see

Kabir Khan also chimed in stating

Amazon Prime Video provides greater access to reach new and vast Indian audiences. They are also bringing in global talent and knowledge to collaborate with Indian scriptwriters and content creators to further hone their skills and know-how. The web series has a scale and reach far greater than any Hindi film.

Media references to the announcement