Magazine article Screen International

Indian New Wave "Cannot Be Ignored"

Magazine article Screen International

Indian New Wave "Cannot Be Ignored"

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Guneet Monga, producer of Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, has championed the fast-growing new wave of Indian cinema.

Speaking to Screen on stage at the Zurich Summit, Monga said: "Since 2008, there has been a major shift in the number of Indian films outside of Bollywood that are generating strong box office. This new wave cannot be ignored."

Monga, the co-founder of Sikhya Entertainment and CEO of Anurag Kashyap Films, added that the international opportunities for Indian cinema were considerable.

"In Germany, major Bollywood film My Name Is Khan made $500,000 at the box office, while The Lunchbox made $1.5m," Monga told delegates at The Dolder Grand Hotel.

"The difference is huge and the opportunities are huge. We just need to establish an international distribution pipeline."

India is the guest country of Zurich Film Festival's New World View strand and includes titles such as Monsoon Shootout, produced by Monga, Title and Ship of Theseus. …

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