The Walt Disney Company India has signed an agreement with UTV Motion Pictures under which it will handle home entertainment distribution for some key titles from UTV.
The deal includes recent UTV blockbusters Raajneeti and I Hate Luv Storys, along with UTV co-production Udaan, which screened in competition at Cannes this year, and India’s official selection for this year’s Academy Awards, Harishchandrachi Factory. Also included are older titles What’s Your Raashee? and Aage Se Right.
Disney owns a majority stake in UTV Software Communications, the parent company of UTV Motion Pictures, although it does not have managerial control of the company.
“Disney India’s home entertainment business went direct early last year and in addition to distributing our own Disney titles, by working with key titles from UTV’s film slate, we continue to bring great stories and content to the small screens, entertaining families and children all over India,” says Mahesh Samat, managing director of The Walt Disney Company India.
UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur added: “The Walt Disney Company India has established a strong foothold in the home entertainment space within a short span of time and we at UTV are thrilled to partner with them for some of our key titles.”