Other links

Search the library for Anon

Search the library for Cinema



Similar Documents

Distributors’ concern over spiralling star prices

Dutch film festival in Delhi from tomorrow

Life And Letters: Some Festival Films


On the Screen

Pune festival kicks off

Rajni 25: A Millennium Extravaganza

Vienna will showcase works of a lifetime

Interesting fare in children’s film festival

''Fire, Lesbianism and Other Issues''

Seven awards for Nagamandala

Film review

Beyond biceps

Maine prove kiya

Disney not cowed down by China’s threats

Cinema Review

Black image

Thackeray is communalising Fire issue: Shabana

Dubbed Hollywood blockbusters taste success and failure

Out of Focus

Mothering A Revival

KKHH bags seven awards at NY ceremony

Decentralising Cinema

Film Reviews

Peep into pioneering works of cinema


16 films recommended for IFFI

Decentralising cinema

Afghan Uzbek films dropped from fest for lack of English sub-titles

Filmfare awards presented at a dazzling function

S. Asian documentary film fest opens in Kathmandu

Panel on film industry soon


A fiesta for film lovers

A filmmaker meets innocence in Hyderabad

Metamorphosis of the glamour girl

Thought-provoking fare at film fete

Lucky 13 make the grade

Film festival participants condemn US attacks

Docu film on Kokkre Bellur wins award

Mani Ratnam’s film referred to Home Dept

Honeymoon Packages

Bandit Queen returns

Kadal Kavithai

Glitterati converge on Hyderabad for Filmfare Awards presentation

Exhibitors stop payment for FD films

Cinema Reviews

Film Review

Fire! Fire! It’s the Lesbians!

Bad facilities mar IFFI

11th International Children's Film Festival



Festival Without Children

Rail film fest from April 10

History’s Flirtation with Fire: Documenting the Controversy

Review / Cinema

Malayalam films dominate Indian Panorama section

Movie Hangamma' 99

'Naandi' Chitramlo Evarnee Kinchaparachaledu (No one has been insulted in 'Naandi')

Entertainment / City

Tumult of Images

Rape, Entertainment and Bandit Queen

Panel set up to decide on Hindi film

Hitlerki Ghanaswagatham (Grand Welcome to 'Hitler')

Benegal’s ‘Samar’ bags best film award

Chinna Cinemanu Batinchukovali (We should save the small film)

Satellite Wars: exploration of a teeming bazar

Hyderabad all set for children’s film fete

How much Black?

Hollywood waits as Hindi films hog theatres


Choice of judge at film festival bewildering

French Fries & Films

Floored by Jaya's talent

Rental Paddati Poyi Percentage Paddati Ravali (Rental System should be replaced by Percentage System)

Choice of judge at film festival bewildering

Film Fair ‘99 to coincide with IFFI

Bollywood 1998: of bade miyans, chote miyans and major sobs

5th Calcutta Film Festival

A bit overdone

Centre monopolising national film festivals: Basu

Paatacinemalaku Vinodapu Pannu Poortiga Minahayinchali (Old Films should be Fully Exempt from Entertainment Tax)

Cannes festival, no help to movie market

MS Sathyu to inaugurate film festival

Galaxy theatre told to suspend screenings

Regulations for national film awards get nod

Anti-fascist films to be screened in Calcutta

Handful of hits dispel the gloom

Hollywood vs Bollywood

Chinna Chitralaku Adanapu Rayateelu Ivvandi (Give additional subsidies to small films)

Vinodapu Pannu Saganiki Tagginchali (Entertainment Tax should be Reduced by Half)

Cine Exhibitorla Vinati (Film Exhibitor's Appeal)

ET exemption for new cinema theatres

Film fest begins at city of pearls

Mahesh Bhatt, Dilip Kumar begin ‘Fire, fighting exercise

'Fire' generates heated debate at film festival

Dusky, daring Das


Cut it out!

Film to be shown after deleting portions

Cinema falls victim to misplaced priorities

Two weddings and a funeral that never was

Another political thriller

Ananthamurthy heads film panel

Celluloid Vengeance

Calcutta set for carnival

'Bandit Queen' draws crowds and protests

Movies and the man

A degree from Bollywood university

International Film Festival

Children’s film fete from today

‘Tingo Tiger’ for Teheran film fest


Cinema Review

Calcutta film festival from Nov. 10

Ticket to the 'Family Circle' in a suburban cinema hall in Hyderabad

Hello, Dolly

Tribute to Adoor

Model Citizen

Some cans missing

Madhay Pradeshlo Theatrela Moosivetakai Nirnayam (Decision to shut down theatres in Madha Pradesh)

Fire not banned, says Mahajan

KFIDC meeting likely to be stormy

Sathyu’s repertoire: it’s not hot air

Censors refer Iruvar to home dept

Uphaar victims’ kin hold blood donation camp

Children's film fete ends

Tayee Saheb,far removed from book

Gandhi may become a cult film

Mana cinema parisrama - 1. Nirmanam 2. Madhapu (Our film industry - 1. Production 2. Finance)

Russialo paristhithulu (Conditions prevailing in Russia)

Chithrothsavam raddhupy vimarselaku Karnataka kandana

Asia nagarala madhya cine sambhandhalu : Sheila Dixit (Relations between Asian countries in the field of cinema : Sheila Dixit)

Pride of place









Your Profile




Archive \ Indian Film Industry \ Cinema

Indian Film Industry : Index View      |     Contents View      |     


How much Black?

Clipping (47kbs) - Filmfare, 17-10-1975. By Anon

Record Number : A0070734

Click to browse by keyword: Cinema Film Exhibition Cinema Film Finance Surveys Polls Market Research


How much Black?

ONE may not go to the extent of agreeing with the cynic who said, there's nothing so false as facts, except figures. But one can hardly dispute that statistics are multi-faced and can be made to prove or disprove almost The statistics presented in the Annual Report of the Cinematograph Exhibitors Association of India thus make interesting reading.

When these statistics show that last year the box office revenue of the country as a whole was Rs.. 147 crores, and that the revenue earned by the Central and State Governments was as much Rs. 1.02 cores (20 per cent) and the nett earning of the entire industry as little as Rs. 45 crores (30 per cent) the inequity of the taxation structure of the film industry becomes apparent. As the Report puts it, "In no part of the. world and in no other industry even in this country there exists such a situation in which 70 per cent of the earnings of an industry is appropriated by the government in taxes and impositions." The Central and State Governments may thus be considered "the major partners in the film industry."

But when the figure of Rs. 45 crores, which is the nett earning of the industry, is broken up into its three major sectors, it is seen that exhibitors earn as. much as Rs. 20.25 crores (45 per cc; and distributors a and producers between them earn Rs. 24.75 crores (or 55 per cent). This gives substance to the charge often levelled that exhibitors whose risk is less, yet earn more than distributors and producers. The average earning per film, by the industry is given as Rs. 1.36 lakhs. This appears to be a typographical error as the total nett earning of the industry, 45 crores, divided by the total number of films produced during the year, 434 in all languages, gives the figure of Rs. 10.36 lakhs. This in turn raises a most inconvenient question.

The figure of Rs, 10.36 lakhs as the average earning per film, does not still give a correct picture as it is not exclusive of the share of distributors and exhibitors. But this apart, the total nett income of Rs. 15.75 crores which falls to the share of the production sector, has to be distributed among the 400 and odd pictures produced during the period. The average nett earning per picture therefore works out to about Rs. 3.75 lakhs. This on the face of it is too small an amount to cover the investment of even an average black and white film which today costs about Rs.5 lakhs. It is totally insufficient to cover the investment of even a modest colour film with a star cast which comes to about Rs. 40 lakhs.

How staggering the loss per picture works out to can easily be imagined. Considering the figures in previous years on the same basis, the same dismal picture emerges. It is surprising, to say the least, that with this staggering loss year after year, the industry continues to survive and continues to make annually three to Four hundred pictures. The GEM Report throws no light on this, nor do the reports of the other trade bodies.

Could it be because a lot of black or unaccounted money, which does not feature anywhere in the industry's statistics, finds its way into the industry to keep it going?

The question is-how much black?







    Search tips