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Movie NFTs gaining momentum in India


The strong traction for the digital collectibles of Amitabh Bachchan has set the stage for the upcoming movie-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFT marketplace Fantico recently announced Tamil actor Kamal Haasan's digital collectibles will be offering 100-1,000 NFTs which will include customized posters, avatars, among others. "...We are working on the concept of metaverse and this will...

Review: ‘India Sweets and Spices’


By Lisa Kennedy In Geeta Malik’s comedy-drama “India Sweets and Spices” the aunties maim. At least emotionally. The wives and mothers who live in an upscale New Jersey enclave of Indian Americans like their gossip spicy and don’t seem to care who feels the burn. (The scotch-drinking, suit-clad uncles aren’t laggards in that department either.) When...

IFFI honors cinematic legends Scorsese, Szabo


The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred upon two living legends of modern cinema -- Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and Hungarian auteur Istvan Szabo -- at the inaugural event of the 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji on November 20. Both were not present to receive the award personally, but they...

Indian cinema business takes a beating courtesy OTT


By Vinod Mirani Films were mainly made to entertain. Of course, some films catered to religious sentiments and some others to patriotic fervor. A rare few were also made to provide edge-of-the-seat thrills, the horror kind. Filmmaking was never and is still not a social service. Big money is at stake in every film and, hence,...

How OTT and music videos hijacked B-Town stardom


By Vinayak Chakravorty New Delhi: The most exciting screen sensation over the past 12 months has been Pratik Gandhi, about whom most of India hadn't heard of before OTT gave us "Scam 1992". And, if you care about Bollywood, your most embarrassing experience over roughly the same period would be a tie between watching "Radhe"...

Huge screen can’t be erased by your phone: Boman Irani


Good writing is the need of the hour, feels actor Boman Irani, to sustain audience interest at a time when OTT provides a surfeit of choice. "The OTT platform gives an opportunity not only for writers but also actors and technicians. However, on OTT, there are thousands of choices. It takes 10 to 15 minutes...