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Seventymm – India’s answer to NetFlix/Slumdog millionnaire/F1 update

leave a comment » is India’s answer to NetFlix.

I have been using this service for an initial subscription of Rs. 849 unlimited for 1 DVD per day for 3 months and so far, my experience has been very good. The DVD quality has been excellent and their pick-up/drop is a hassle-free experience for us.

We are putting our DVD player to maximum use with an average of 5 movies in 5 days! In just a week we saw the following: Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Naveen Athresh

June 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Automobiles, Bollywood, F1

Ghajini – economics of this movie

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Saw this movie yesterday; finally.

Different storyline and good but slight overacting from all the stars. Some missing links in this film and surprised at that – given Aamir Khan’s attention to detail. I have a feeling that they decided to hurry with the release during the holiday season to catch the wave so they can gross multiples of the revenue they would if they release it in the beginning of the new year!

What is more interesting is the economics surrounding this movie.

The Surya starrer with the same name was the Tamil version released some years ago. By all counts, this Hindi version has grossed more revenue. The film was promoted by Anil Amabani’s Big Pictures entertainment.

The Hindi version has grossed Rs. 600 crores already and counting! It was the first Hindi film to cross Rs. 200 crores earlier!

At the end of the day, it is Anil Ambani and Aamir Khan laughing their way all the way to the bank due to the huge commercial success of this movie!

Written by Naveen Athresh

January 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) – economics

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Today is the final cricket match between the Chennai superkings (led by M S Dhoni) and the Rajasthan Royals (led by Shane Warne)!

Redefining cricket has once again been attempted with great pomp and flourish deacades after the great Kerry Packer ( introduced the world series cricket in Australia (

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Lalit Modi (the scion of the $2billion, Modi enterprise) has done just that with the fusion of India’s icons – the cricketers themselves who are auctioned, the owners of the teams (each IPL cricketing state has been bought out by the bigwigs), the Bollywood actors, the large # of spectators and of course, the television viewers in millions of viewers across over 100 countries.

Its been a success – without doubt, but is this the key to the future of world cricket?

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Written by Naveen Athresh

June 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Blogging guidelines – my two cents

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What are the important factors one needs to consider before one begins to blog:

1. First, get over this obsession of Google adsense. 99/100 bloggers I meet first think of making a quick buck on adsense rather than focus on quality of their blogs and its relevance towards the topic(s) chosen! This is really very disturbing statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

Gul Panag drives a Renault F1 car!

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She is one of my favorite actors. I like her roles because they show strength of character – especially in Dor. Nice to know she has nerves of steel to steer a Renault F1 car and send it screaming down the straits! 🙂

It looks like cars are not new to her when I realized she had featured on a rare Toyota commercial a few years back and I was struck with awe even then: 

Way to go, Gul!

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February 4, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Bollywood films – economic sense!

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Bollywood is India’s answer to Hollywood. This part of the story is known to almost anyone from the film fraternity. What is possibly not that common are the earnings comparisons between the Bollywood films and their Hollywood counterparts.

According to a recent analysis by the consulting behemoth, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bollywood revenues were about $1.25 billion for 2004. This has been predicted to double up by 2009 – that part of it is speculation and as always, speculation is yet to be proven. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Posted in Bollywood