Cine Blitz is a noted 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
Cine Blitz belongs to Blitz Multimedia Pvt Ltd It was originally started by Rifa Publications, headed by Russy Karanjia and publishers of the popular political weekly Blitz His daughter Rita Mehta was the first editor-in-chief of the magazine Currently, Nichola Pais is the editor of Cine Blitz and owned by VJM Media Private Limited of Vijay Mallya, after a 2001 acquisition
- 1 History
- 2 References
- 3 Bibliography
- 4 External links
Cine Blitz was launched by Russy Karanjia's Rifa Publications in December 1974,and his daughter Rita Mehta became the first editor-in-chief of the magazine The first issue of December 1974, had Zeenat Aman on the cover To give the new magazine "a flying start," Rita Mehta approached Protima Bedi and asked her to do a streak run across Mumbai, first at Flora Fountain and then at Juhu Beach Pictures of it would be carried in the inside pages of the inaugural edition
The ensuing controversy forced the magazine to then falsely claim that the naked run was actually shot in Goa and later superimposed on images of Mumbai However, the goal of popularising the new magazine was achieved and Cine Blitz went on to become one of India's leading film and gossip magazines for years to come Its attitude was reflected in its rather tongue-in-cheek tagline of "C to Z of Hindi Films - Everyone covers AB"
For the subsequent three decades Cine Blitz continued to be a leading film magazine However around 2000, the magazine sales stagnated for three years and in 2001 it was acquired by UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya under groups by VJM Media Private Limited, though Rita Mehta, its previous owner continued as editor-in-chief of the magazine
The acquisition lead to the revamp of the magazine, and in 2003 Cine Blitz launched its international editions, US and UK editions catering to the Asian diaspora, with launch function in London And in 2006, Rita Mehta was replaced as editor-in-chief by Nishi Prem, the former editor of Stardust
In 2009, to mark its 35th anniversary, the magazine released a coffee table book about history of Hindi film industry, Love & Longing in Hindi Cinema by editor Nishi Prem
- ^ Wendy L Bowcher 2012 Multimodal Texts from Around the World: Cultural and Linguistic Insights Palgrave Macmillan p 179 ISBN 978-0-230-25163-2
- ^ Kasbekar, Asha January 2006 Pop Culture India!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle ABC-CLIO p 119 ISBN 978-1-85109-636-7
- ^ a b c "Protima's naked run: Cine Blitz Profile" Hindustan Times Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "Cine Blitz profile" The Hindustan Times Retrieved 27 July 2014
- ^ Bachi Karkaria Feb 2, 2008 "'Blitz' founder Karanjia dead" The Times of India Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "RK Karanjia: Living through the Blitz" The Hindu February 6, 2008 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "Diageo-USL deal puts to test Mallya's credentials" Mint newspaper Nov 9, 2012 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "CineBlitz Film Magazine" VJM Media Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ a b Alokananda Chakraborty October 30, 2001 "Business houses and publishing: Is there a synergy" afaqs! Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "Vijay Mallya to buy Cine Blitz magazine" Rediffcom, Reuters Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "International edition of Cineblitz launched in London" Economic Times Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ Bollywood gossip mag Cine Blitz is relaunched Archived 2009-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Cine Blitz celebrates 32nd anniversary Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ "Coffee-table book 'Cine Blitz Gold' launched in Mumbai" Daily News & Analysis, DNA 1 December 2009 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "CineBlitz Gold book launch with Vijay Mallya, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif & Karan Johar" First Post 2009 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "Covers and coffee" The Tribune Chandigarh December 13, 2009 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- ^ "Chairman of UB Group Vijay Mallya, actor Aamir Khan" Hindutan Times December 1, 2009 Retrieved 2014-07-30
- Nishi Prem 2009 Love and Longing in Hindi Cinema VJM Media
- Official website
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