Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction

November 14, 2017

Most people are distracted right now. They’re distracted while they’re at work. They’re distracted when they’re with family and friends. They’re distracted at the gym, on their commute, and even in the shower. The mediocre majority will continue going through life this way, never experiencing the fullness of a life filled with deep focus and […]

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Tax reform changes to meal and entertainment deductions

September 14, 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made sweeping changes to the tax system, with many provisions affecting small and large taxpayers alike. Once such change significantly modifies the deductibility of meals and entertainment expenses. The new tax law decreases the amount of allowable deductions as of January 1, 2018, and may require changes to […]

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Walt Disney: How Entertainment Became An Empire

July 14, 2017

Walt Disney is one of the most powerful companies, in one of the most powerful sectors of any economy: entertainment. Before it became a $164 billion dollar company, with interests spanning the globe, Disney was more closely associated with the vision of the man after whom it was named. It was this vision that laid the groundwork for the […]

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Farhan Akhtar On Bollywood Bole Toh: Movies Dying In India?

May 14, 2017

I’m sorry to sound alarmist, but here’s the fact: A plastic bag has been put over the head of the movie industry in India. The challenges before it are obvious. What are we doing about it? Absolutely nothing. Of course, at one end, there’s the invasion from digital space, which is actually a good thing, […]

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A world beyond Bollywood

March 14, 2017

As a programmer of Indian and South Asian cinema working with Western festivals, it has always seemed bizarre to me that Bollywood and mainstream Indian films – those with stars, songs and dancing – have so often been programmed alongside arthouse cinema from other countries. At the Berlinale, for instance, where I have worked since […]

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Nepotism Is Not Just A Bollywood Problem

January 14, 2017

Over the last several days, the entire debate about nepotism in Bollywood has resurfaced after a lame attempt at a joke at the IIFA Awards landed filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan in a social media mess. The outrage many rightly felt was specifically targeting the self-made actress Kangana Ranaut. […]

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