If it’s a picture and in motion, you’ll find it in Movie Talkies!
Movie Talkies (www.movietalkies.com) was founded in the year 1997 by Alnoor Merchant and Nabeel Abbas.
Nabeel Abbas is the founder of one of the leading entertainment agencies in India, Epigram, which provides a plethora of services including publicity design, marketing and communication strategy, media strategy, media planning, media buying, in-film placements, promotional tie-ins, television promos and theatrical trailers, website design, internet strategy (advertising & promotion) and talent management.
Alnoor Merchant, co-founder, MovieTalkies.com, comes from a technological background while Nabeel Abbas, has also been a noted journalist and film critic for ‘The Times of India’ group. So, the technical know-how of the former along with the literary acumen of the latter gave rise to this portal, www.movietalkies.com.
Movie Talkies was amongst the first to use the Internet, creating a special discussion board for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, way back in 1997-98. The portal was initially meant to be a database for Hindi films that have released ever since Ardeshir Irani’s ‘Alam Ara’ (1931), the first Indian sound film. The website tied up with MSN India, when the latter had just entered the country, and had remained its sole concessionaire till recently. The first film for which Movie Talkies tied-up with MSN was Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in the year 2002. A video-game featuring famous English footballer David Beckham was put together and sourced to around 21 countries in 7 languages. Also, the portal handled the entire campaign for the British comedy on MSN. The association continued down the years with the two having worked together in big-ticket films such as Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’, Karan Johar’s ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, Ketan Mehta’s ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’, Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ and the likes. Of late, the website sources content to globally renowned portals such as MSN,MSN South East Asia and Yahoo! Movies India. Movie Talkies provides detailed information about Bollywood films, in terms of images, stills, events, news, gossips, reviews, interviews, videos, the works!
The website has just begun providing Hollywood film reviews and generation of content for the foreign films is underway. As far as presence on social media in concerned, Movie Talkies has a Facebook Page, wherein posts dedicated to films are uploaded on a daily basis. The page has attracted close to 6.3 lakh fans, which is one of the highest among its contemporaries. In addition, Movie Talkies has even launched an Application for the Apple iPhone and iPad, providing film-related content to the users, on the move.
With a database of over 20,000 films and 70,000 artistes, the website is certainly a force to reckon with. If it’s a picture and in motion, you’ll find it in Movie Talkies!