How badly does the Pakistani Film Producers Association want to see domestic products begin to edge out Indian films? Pretty badly, apparently.
Syed Noor, the association's chairman, recently released this quote: "We will take out rallies and organise hunger strike camps if the government does not take any action to save the local industry."
The association is asking for a 90% cut in the screening of Indian films so that Pakistani films can prosper.
Note: These grosses come from areas with reliable reporting. They do not represent the entire country.
Source: Box Office India
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has cleared Deepa Mehta's film, Midnight's Children, without any censoring or cuts. The film is an adaptation of the 1980 Booker-Prize winner book written by Salman Rushdie. The film is already a critical success but recently made waves for several controversial subjects, drawing the initial attention of the CBFC.
The 35th International Clermont-Ferrand Shoft Film Festival runs from February 1-9, 2013 and will feature two Indian films competing in the International Competition section of the festival: Achele (Sister) and Calcutta Taxi.
Achele is a UK-India-England co-production while Calcutta Taxi is co-produced by India and Canada.
Ryan Murray, the Motion Picture Associations's director of content protection, Asia Pacific, delivered a brief presentation on the continuing problem of piracy in key Asia Pacific markets such as China and India.
The biggest problem is that both countries lack proper laws designed to prevent camcording. The MPA is lobbying local authorities to establish new laws, but it's clearly not happening fast enough.
Forensic matches, a process by which the MPA analyzes pirated copies in order to figure out where they came from, have increased by 45% year/year for a total of 119 this year in the Asia Pacific. India has the most with 66, followed by Thailand with 30 and 14 in China.
Pirating in India is largely concentrated in three cities: Ahmedabad, Indore and Ghaziabad. "We're dealing with three well-organized criminal syndicates," Murray warned.
One piracy site that Murray drew attention to is Tom365.com, a Chinese site that allows users to stream films instantly. The page ranks #1,381 in China, according to Alexa.
A question from a member of the audience addressed the lack of legal streaming in the Asia, where sites such as Hulu and Netflix are not available in key markets. Murray answered by stressing the need for a healthy content environment before distributors are willing to establish legit streaming models.