Despite boosting budgets and engaging some of the country's top stars, Indian films are struggling at the box office this year -- in sharp contrast to last year when Bollywood produced record results. Reporting from Mumbai (Bombay), Reuters observed today (Wednesday) that during the first half of 2007, the world's biggest film industry has failed to produce a single blockbuster, and in fact, overall ticket sales amount to only a quarter of what they were at this time a year ago. The wire service quoted Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta as saying, "Whare are the good stories? You can't get away with only star appeal and foreign locales. ... If you have a good script, chances are you will have a hit, stars or no stars." Another analyst, Taran Adarsh, told Reuters: "Once again, it has been proved that big names will not guarantee a hit." On the other hand, films from the U.S. have become big hits this year, with Spiderman 3 outgrossing Titanic to become the highest-grossing Hollywood film ever distributed in India.


27/06/2007