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Hi Krunal - thanks for writing in. I totally understand but what is my pet peeve is that smaller films haven't been able to find a distribution model that works for them. Films like Bodyguard make most of their money in the first week, whereas 'Chaplin' would need to play for several weeks to make it, by word-of-mouth mostly and the right kind of publicity. Yes there will be DVD sales and TV rights that make sure that no film is actually a losing proposition, but the pleasure of watching cinema is on the big screen. I remember when Plus Channel had come up with its roster of small independent films, and it released 'Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin' only in two theatres. That film ended up being a success. That's why it's important that there is an arrangement with theatre houses that allow these films an extended run rather than yanking it off the screens just because no one came to watch in the first three days. I don't know who the powers-that-be are, but it's shameful that the release strategy of both Bodyguard and Chaplin are exactly the same. Even with bigger names, The Girl in Yellow Boots seems to have been swamped by the big Eid release. Funnily enough, Hum Dono Rangeen was being shown in multiplexes even six weeks after its release, and it's not as if the film was packing them in in the first week. Navketan managed to negotiate a longer stay for it's B/W restored classic. Maybe the smaller filmmakers don't have that kind of leverage because 'might rules' everywhere. More the pity.

Krunal

Wonderful Montage there, Some great views about Indian Cinema...but it's also sad to know that, for most foreign viewers Indian Cinema is all about Bollywood, Song and Dance. And as Majid Majidi rightly said we should at least have some 40-50 good movies every year that could reach out to a wider audience. But unfortunately Indian Cinema is more about commerce than art, and here's something I'd like to share here, one of my friend's parents in Kolkata planned to watch a bengali movie called 'Chaplin' and it had only been four days since the movie had released, but when this old couple reached the cinema hall, to their dissapointment they had no other option but to watch 'Bodyguard' that had occupied all the screens in that particular multiplex being just released on the day of Eid . I don't know if 'Chaplin' was a good film or not but I guess it was at least worth being in the Cinema Hall for a week. Now in a country where a movie can't even reach out to the people who are willing to watch it, how could it reach out to a wider audience

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