Bollywood cinema beats Britain at home

London :Indian movies are doing far better business than British films leading to a dissent among local filmmakers who feel that after Hollywood,
a second film nation is destroying the local industry there.

The spurt in collections of Bollywood movies has been due to the increasing number of films being shot in the UK and the huge amount of subsidies. Seventy four Indian productions made it to the United Kingdom cinemas in 2005, as compared 61 British movies. Nine films from Bollywood made it to the top ten, as opposed to the seven British films.

Hollywood which has dominated every other country’s box office hasn’t been able to make a dent in India but a film like Fanaa was way ahead of the Johnny Depp starrer Libertine in terms of collections. A film like Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna which released in 60 sites had far better collections than that of Manoj Night Shyamalan’s Lady In The Water which was released with almost five times the number of prints.

Garam Masala, made 2,92,033 pounds in its opening weekend, Krrish made 210,499 pounds, Dosti:Friends Forever grossed 146,069 pounds in its opening weekend. Bollywood which now releases 16 per cent of movies released in Britain and also has 11 winners among 20 most successful foreign-language films released in the UK in 2005.

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