Shalibhadra Shah of ABC Talkies — India’s first Film Tech company, on building the world’s first cinema marketplace.

Neil Patel
2 min readMay 28, 2022


Get your popcorn ready! Today my guest is Shalibhadra Shah, CEO & Co-founder of ABC Talkies. An online movie platform for filmmakers to submit their films and for cinema lovers to watch independent cinema on a pay-per-view model.

He talks about what motivated him to get this off the ground and what problem they are solving . He talks about how they add value to the filmmaker and talks about the business model & revenue streams including variable ticket pricing.

He talks about being blessed with failure in the early days and keeping the faith. Talks about the current state of the movie industry in India and the booming regional content in tier 2/3 cities. And finally he talks about the time he spent working with PM Modi sharing some interesting tales and insights including the Modi masks and much more .

In this conversation we also talk about:

  • Having an interesting background in digital media
  • leadership
  • Digital consumption trends
  • How it works & who owns the copyright.
  • Short film market is booming
  • The team and hiring process.
  • Huge amount of content not being monetized
  • Wanting to be the Youtube of Movies.
  • Being a stepping stone
  • Favorite movies.

and much more



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Neil Patel

Screenwriter/Podcast host & Producer. Fast learner, Passionate about storytelling. Good sense of humour, & Enjoy challenges!