Disney-owned streaming platform Hotstar, the dominant VOD service in the Indian market, has now crossed 400 million app downloads in the country after a bumper 2019. The platform’s growth was three-times higher in 2019 than the previous year, according to a report published by the company, and downloads were twice as high than in 2018. It clocked 555 installs per minute over the last 12 months. One of Hotstar’s big drivers this year was the latest edition of the Indian cricket league IPL, with the service saying its coverage reached more than 300 million people. The platform also hosted coverage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, held in the UK, clocking 25.3 million concurrent viewers per minute for the India vs New Zealand semi-final. Related Story Golden Globes Snubs & Surprises: 'Game Of Thrones', Female Directors, Robert De Niro, Host Ricky Gervais, 'Watchmen's Regina King & 'When They See Us' Regional programming also saw a boost this year, … [Read more...] about Disney-Owned Indian Streaming Platform Hotstar Crosses 400m Downloads
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Not so long ago, Gauri Khan had reacted to Shah Rukh Khan's sudden sabbatical after the Zero debacle and had said that he required the break very much. Gauri had also asserted that she's happy that now, she can travel the world while SRK can look after their little one, AbRam. However, Gauri had assured that SRK will resume work, very soon as cinema is his passion and he can't be away from it for a long time. Meanwhile, rumours of Shah Rukh Khan signing Dhoom 4, Don 3 and Rajkumar Hirani's next, keep floating around. Shah Rukh, who's all set to return as the host of TED Talks India Season 2, addressed the rumours of his next film and said, "I am taking time to think, and reading two or three scripts right now. As soon as they are ready, I'll be ready too but most of the people around me are busy, so I will announce it when the time is right. Till then, the rumours are bound to fly! Some of them have given me great ideas. There was one film called Tarzan and Jane, and I felt like doing … [Read more...] about After Gauri, Shah Rukh Khan Reveals When His Sabbatical Will End!
Back in 2007, when Sandeep Reddy Vanga's 'Arjun Reddy' released, the film created a storm in the Telugu film industry. A boy meets a girl. Falls in love but tragedy strikes, and the two are separated. What follows next is the boy's journey of self-destruction to get over the messy break-up. The story sounded quite familiar. But what made a lot of difference was the way, Sandeep carved his characters. They were real people with real emotions. A far outcry from the star-studded commercial mainstream Telugu flicks. Some termed it a breakout moment in Telugu cinema. Meanwhile, the film also earned its share of brickbats for glorifying toxic masculinity and tones of misogyny. Despite all the nays-says, Arjun Reddy shattered all box office records and became a 'craze'. So much so that it caught the attention of Bollywood too and thus, 'Kabir Singh' was born. Unlike some of the major south remakes in the past, this time, the original director was retained. Kabir Singh is nearly a … [Read more...] about Kabir Singh Vs Arjun Reddy: Who Wins The ‘Rowdy’ Title Out Of These Two?