Is there any Hope in the Cinema Business?
Well, just a little more than a month after reopening their cinemas,owners are already contemplating closure once again. Since people are devoid of cinemas now, they are finding solace in magazines of Bollywood now.But the situation here is not favourable too.
Generally, Bollywood magazines are amongst most read magazines not only in India but across the globe as well. Who does not like to know what’s happening in Hindi Cinema aka Bollywood. In this cut-throat film trade, today, growth, expansion and even sustaining magazine-consumers have become extremely tough, a task.
However, Movie Industry’s most influential guide and adviser, Hirav Shah has again come up with his Mantra and Opinion for redemption !!
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On that note, let’s take a look at 8 Bollywood Magazines which have finally made it to the prestigious ‘Hirav Shah List’, this time.
Filmfare is an English-language, tabloid-sized magazine about Hindi-language cinema, popularly known as Bollywood. Established in 1952, the magazine is published by Worldwide Media, a subsidiary of The Times Group, India’s largest media services conglomerate.
Filmfare is one of the most popular entertainment magazines in India.Since 1954, it gives popular film awards the annual Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South and Filmfare Awards East.
The English magazine is dedicated to Hindi Cinema, popularly known as Bollywood . It is one of the famous entertainment magazines in India. Filmfare magazine covers movies, music, and celebrities. The Filmfare group also organizes renowned film awards called The Annual Filmfare Awards every year.
Stardust is an Indian monthly Bollywood news and gossip magazine published in English and Hindi. It also sponsored the Stardust Awards. In 2016, Sumita Chakraborty was appointed as its editor.
Stardust Magazine is published by Magna Publishing Co. Ltd. The same magazine sponsors annual awards known as Stardust Awards for Bollywood movies. The magazine started in 1951, and it covers an array of genres, including lifestyle, music, movies, show timings, celebrities, health tips, celebrities, and the latest updates about the entertainment world.
3. Cine Blitz
Cine Blitz is a Hindi and English film magazine published every month from Mumbai about Bollywood, Hindi cinema.Started in December 1974, as of 2006, it was one of the top three film magazines in India.
CineBlitz is amongst the noted entertainment magazine available in India. It is printed monthly. The magazine covers all the current news from Entertainment a.k.a Bollywood. It was started in the year 1974, and in 2006 it was ranked in the list of top 3 entertainment magazines in India. The magazines are owned by Blitz Multimedia Pvt Ltd.
4. Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly Magazine is amongst the most-read entertainment magazines in the market. It keeps readers updated about all the hottest and trending topics.
In addition to the latest news and gossips, it covers Bollywood news, the latest movies, music, etc. The magazine is available on digital platforms like Magzter. The magazine is inspired by the American magazine with the same name. It was launched in the year 1990.
5. Vogue India
Vogue India is the Indian edition of the monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine called Vogue. It is the 17th international edition of Vogue and the first edition in South Asia. Vogue India is published by Condé Nast India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% owned subsidiary of Condé Nast International. Vogue India was the first magazine released in India that is 100% foreign owned. Condé Nast India is based in Mumbai and also has an office in New Delhi.
Vogue Magazine is one of the leading and top 10 entertainment magazines in the country. The magazine is all about Entertainment, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, celebrities, hot tops related to celebrities’ culture and living, gossip, shows, and whatnot. Vogue India was the first kind of magazine that is completely foreign-owned. Vogue India was founded in the year 2007. The first issue of the magazine featured Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, and Gemma Ward.
Femina is an Indian magazine owned by Worldwide Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Times Group. Femina, the oldest women’s English magazine in the country, has been published for almost six decades. It has evolved to cover a broad spectrum of topics, including relationships, career, fashion, beauty, and women achievers who have left a mark in their chosen field
Femina Magazine is a Women oriented monthly magazine that is circulated across the globe. It is published by worldwide media and sponsors the national beauty pageant-The Femina Miss India. The competition is held every year in the country, along with the Femina Look of the Year contest.
FHM is a men’s lifestyle magazine that is published in several countries. Its master edition contained features such as the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World, which has featured models, TV presenters, reality stars and singers.
FHM- For Him Magazine was a men oriented magazine until 1985, where for the first time, a woman, Gina Davis, was featured on the first page. Since then, the magazine covers women achievers across the globe, including actresses, singers, TV stars, and singers. The magazine is also known for its list of FHM 100 sexiest women globally, which features yearly in the master issue. The first edition of the magazine was introduced in India in 2007, which has featured Ujjwala Raut on the cover page. FHM stands out for its unique concept that embraces celebrity photo-shoot and lots more.
Verve was one of India’s premier and only home-grown luxury and lifestyle magazines for women that remained in print 1995 onward. The magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. The last digital issue of the magazine was released in June 2020.
Launched in the year 1995, Verve Magazine is of its kind of homegrown luxury and lifestyle magazines in India. This women-oriented fashion magazine provides all the information related to fashion, lifestyle, fashion, Indian models, photography, camera, dressing, nightlife, luxury and design, and many more topics to name. It covers in- depth interviews with known people from Bollywood and other genres.
Verve is known for its strong people focus, with in-depth interviews of famous people, Bollywood stories and a platform for the discovery of new talent.
Verve has an annual Power Issue (curated list of the power women of the year in June), the annual Best Dressed Issue (curated list of the best dressed women of the year in October) and the January fresh list which has a curated list of young achievers. Verve has an art-themed issue in July and a bridal issue in September. Verve celebrates its anniversary in December.
So, now we know about these incredible Bollywood magazines but have we realized what is that one thing that binds all of these !!
Apart from everything else,it is the ‘Timing Factor’
How will the newer magazines and upcoming ones be able to envision the pitfalls of this trade much before in advance?
Well, moral and astro-strategical support to the Media and Entertainment world, is the need of the hour, concludes Celebrated Astro-Strategist and Movie Astrologer Hirav Shah.