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Skyfall heats up race to Indian TV

In India, the race to the TV premiere is mostly run by Bollywood films. Now, however, with the market increasingly receptive towards foreign productions, the demand for new Hollywood films has seen a rapid increase.

tv Updated: Oct 27, 2013 15:05 IST
Sarit Ray
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In India, the race to the TV premiere is mostly run by Bollywood films. The logic is simple: a film that makes big money at the box office — Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) or Ek Tha Tiger (2012), for instance — will also generate high TV ratings. Now, however, with the market increasingly receptive towards foreign productions, the demand for new Hollywood films has seen a rapid increase.

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall (the 2012 film which premieres today, October 27, at 1 pm and will be screened again at 9 pm on Sony Pix) was one of the biggest grossers among Hollywood films last year. In fact, the Sam Mendes-directed film, starring Daniel Craig as secret agent 007, set the record for the second-highest opening weekend for a Hollywood film in India (`27.5 cr reportedly) when it released here in November 2012. Add to that list the two previous James Bond films — Quantum of Solace (2008) and Casino Royale (2006) — and The Amazing Spiderman (2012), which also had remarkable box-office opening figures. Earlier, the 2009 sci-fi film, Avatar, got record sponsorship deals for its TV premiere in 2011.

Skyfall won several awards, including Best British Film at the BAFTA, besides an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the title track, for singer Adele. In the film, a former agent, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), attacks MI6 and tries to discredit M (Judi Dench).

The writer travelled to see the Bond In Motion exhibition as a guest of Sony Pix