Apr 102008

For the last 4 weeks or so we have been hard at work on our business plan. After 4 years of running our own business, it is time to get some cash infusion to do bigger and better things… Part of putting any business plan together is looking at shitloads of industry specific research as back ups for your own projections. Normally, in stuff like this you quote industry body reports on growth, returns, expectations etal… And normally one tends to use one of the two reports that are put out by the industry [tag]FICCI Frames[/tag] or the [tag]Confederation of Indian Industries[/tag] reports…..

However, this year the number of flaws and errors in the [tag]FICCI Frames[/tag] report makes it virtually unusable. The TV portion is vague .. their content market figures estimated at 9 billion INR (900 crores) seems grossly underestimated, especially given that last year's hours of original content was pegged at 32,000 hours+ hours of programming. On an average a large General Entertainment Channel (GEC) spends about 250 to 300 + crore rupees on content. This doesn't include regional, niche and other channels including news. With news one can take the stance that the costs don't really come into content but into personnel and infrastructure, and even if you discount news the figure is a lot higher than 900 crores. More likely to be INR 1500+ crores ( we did a back of the envelope calculation, and once it is validated I will post that). But, their figure can be defended.

But, what cant' be defended and what is a truly glaring piece of erroneous research is the following :


(source : page 107 of the FICCI Frames: Indian Entertainment & Media Industry Report, 2008

My serious suggestion is click on the JPEG to see the figures it will show the following gems :

Andaman & Nicobar and Arunachal Pradesh (we won't even go into the logic of this clubbing) has 1546 Cinema  screens.

Tamil Nadu has 6 Cinema  screens

Uttar Pradesh has 3  Cinema  screens

And the rest are equally ridiculous. Maharashtra (excluding Vidarbha) , according to the report has  95 Cinema  screens. (aside – i wouldn't be surprised if the Mumbai suburbs has 95 cinema screens

I can only surmise that the reason that [tag]China[/tag] wants to take over Arunachal Pradesh and the reason why [tag]Andaman and Nicobar[/tag] is sinking and the reason why [tag]Uttar Pradesh[/tag] has so much crime is because of the number of cinema screens. With this kind of data, we are going to end up with equally wonky causality 🙂 

Apr 092008

… doesn't seem as simple as it was in early days. There is something about non violent protest and the power of a mighty state brought to bear against these protesters that seems to have got people who don't even know where [tag]Tibet[/tag] is, to have an opinion on [tag]the Olympics[/tag], [tag]China[/tag], [tag]human rights[/tag] and everything else in between. Obviously the story hasn't gone off the front pages, wire services, blogs or discussion boards. Today 3 very different sets of headlines made me shake my head in amazement :

a) Bush May Boycott Elections – the man who killed a million or more in the Name of Democracy has decided that China in Tibet is a worse offender than him in Iraq.  

b) China vows to take Olympic torch to Tibet –  Bull in a China Shop methodology. Let us bludgeon instead of conversing. 

c)  Olympic Torch must Pass Through Inda Safe : Left – The only way that 'instruction' can be followed is to impose a complete curfew replete with shoot on sight orders …. so that those who carry the Olympic Torch are not hampered by protesters. Otherwise, get used to the sight of the Indian police using force on non-violent protesters ….. 

Have 'leaders' worldwide lost it ? 

Apr 072008

The [tag]Arun Govil[/tag] of [tag]Hollywood[/tag] is no more. my dad got bleary eyed while seeing the news. Someone else called up from Chennai to talk about 'the death of Moses'

 He was one of the first Hollywood Actors that i saw on the big screen. There was this film called Earthquake and someone in school (it could even have been me) took a bunch of us to see this film in Eros for a birthday. I remember crying when the lead pair died – ( I was in the 7th standard, and didn't understand too much else apart from that). In later years i realised what a terrible film it was.

I saw more films with him in the nine year stint in London. His movies would be dusted out every Christmas and Easter or other Bank Holidays and shown without a break. He was definitely a man who seemed at home in a costume drama. Be it Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments. I enjoyed neither of these films. Possibly because they were big screen spectacles and by the time I got around to see it in the late 80's it was on television and these kinds of films look really funny on the small screen.


(the picture is from the net…. the reason why there isn't any link back is because it is from one of the poker link back sites

Having said that, I enjoyed Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, El Cid, and of course The Touch of Evil. I also enjoyed the spin off of Dynasty, The Colby's – in which he played the patriarch… (yes, i watched it)

 I felt sorry for him in [tag]Michael Moore[/tag]'s Bowling for Columbine. I thought that the film maker was being completely anal. But, despite Moore's bad behavior Charleston Heston came across as a gentleman.

finally, I am sure that there is a whole bunch of Jewish and Christian kids who grew up with the image of Heston as Moses, Just as there is an entire generation of Hindu kids who visualise Arun Govil as Ram.