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Busmen target AFC finals slot against Vietnamese

first_img“It’s great to be back here in Hanoi,” said Silva. “They have an amazing culture and I have so many friends here especially at the club (Hanoi FC). But tomorrow when we play I will have no friends on the other side and will only do everything I can to help my team win.”The semifinal tie between the Filipino and Vietnamese champions is delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg last week at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHanoi has a slim edge due to the away goals rule and aside from a victory, Ceres’ hopes of advancing to the final will be a scoring draw beyond two goals.“Everything is still open,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ HANOI—Returning to this Vietnamese capital city brought back wonderful memories for Ceres-Negros defender Alvaro Silva, who was based here three years ago.Silva played one season for Hanoi FC, but he comes back to this football-mad city with a mission to lead the Busmen to a third consecutive AFC Cup Asean zone final appearance at the expense of the Vietnamese champions on Tuesday night at Hang Day Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Obviously the talent in the Hanoi squad is very strong because they have 10 national team players plus their foreigners. They are the strongest team we have played this year.”The Busmen felt aggrieved by some controversial decisions in the first leg particularly the handball and offside infractions that were not called in the leadup to the Hanoi goal in Bacolod.But the Busmen have the lethal combination of Bienve Marañon, who already has a tournament-leading 10 goals in the tournament, and Stephan Schrock to lead the attack. Nigerian Ganiyu Oseni, who has nine goals, has been ruled out for Hanoi in the second leg due to an injury.“We will see a big fight from our team tomorrow,” vowed Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too CDM Ramirez going about his tasks smoothly ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

Small is big when it comes to profits

first_imgThere is all that talk of the much-hyped 100-crore club that Bollywood loves to flaunt, and then there is real success – validated by a films profitability. Bollywood buffs often mix up the two, forgetting that a Rs 100-crore haul at the box-office is not necessarily foolproof evidence of profitability. That is where the growing importance of the small film lies, in contemporary Bollywood’s scheme of things. The increasing success of the small film, coupled by many biggies performing below par in recent times, proves profitability, which is based on return on investment, has often nothing to do with whether your film made a hundred crore or two. Also Read – The Puja carnivalTake Ayushmann Khurrana’s new film, Dream Girl for instance. It may have earned lesser than the Prabhas biggie Saaho, but the former is a more profitable venture for the producers. At the end of first week, Dream Girl has garnered Rs 72.2 crore at the domestic box-office. Given the fact that the film has a budget of around Rs 30 crore only, that scores a return on investment (ROI) of Rs 42.2 crore for its producers. That’s a whopping 140.66 per cent profit so far. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraIn comparison, Saaho, released across multiple languages, has grossed Rs 424 crore so far against a rumoured budget of around Rs 350 crore. Its ROI margin is 112.14 per cent so far. There are more examples, to prove how the small film is proving beneficial to the Bollywood producer. Uri: The Surgical Strike is this year’s most profitable film so far, ahead of Kabir Singh, which is the year’s biggest blockbuster. There is a difference between earning and making profit, you realise comparing the two films. Kabir Singh, at a reported budget of Rs 60 crore grossed Rs 278.24 at the Indian box-office, thereby recording a 363.73 per cent return on investment (ROI) for its producers. The film is a huge success, but in terms of percentage falls short of Uri, which, with a mere Rs 25-crore budget, earned Rs 244.06 domestically – which means its ROI margin stands at a fabulous 876.24 per cent. More and more producers are realising a simple fact: While the hazard of backing big, star-studded projects will never go away in a business as speculative as films, the small film has emerged as a relatively safe option in the era of multiplexing. So, while Salman Khan’s Bharat managed to rake in Rs 209 crore in the domestic market since release on Eid, its rumoured Rs 100-crore budget ensured that the film had to settle for a ‘hit’ status. On the other hand, do the math on the profitablity of any random small film that has succeeded lately, and the figures will surprise you. Badla, at a reported budget of Rs 10 crore, raked in Rs 88.02 crore at the Indian box-office – which spells an ROI margin of 300.09 per cent. The math is simple: the higher the budget, the lower the profitability. That is where the small film is gathering steam at Indian multiplexes. Akshay Kumar’s self-co produced Mission Mangal was made at a reportedly contained budget of Rs 32 crore. It is a small film by Akshay Kumar standards and, ironically, it looks like it will go ahead to become his biggest hit ever. The film has amassed Rs 200.16 crore at the domestic box-office and is also doing impressively abroad. If you simply consider its haul at the domestic market, the film has already seen returns worth 344.8 percent. The writing is on the wall. The film business has changed, in this era of multiple releases and a trade pattern that restricts income primarily to the first weekend. Small budget is not necessarily a bad deal as long as you go big on original idea of entertainment. Akshay Kumar is a mainstream superstar who has quickly realised that fact. (Only films with budget of Rs 50 crore or below have been considered)last_img read more