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Disney Utv Chief Targets Indian Diaspora With Brace of Local-Language Pics

7 August 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2012, when Disney completed its $450 million buyout of Indian conglom Utv, there was concern in Indian filmmaking circles that the company’s motion picture arm would abandon edgy pics like the sex, drugs and alcohol-soaked “Dev. D” in favor of family-friendly fare. Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of studios for Disney Utv, put an immediate kibosh to such talk. “We will continue to make the kind of movies we always (have),” he said, noting that Utv product would be branded as such, while a separate slate of films with Mouse branding would cleave to family values.

The combined box office of Disney Utv’s five 2013 releases so far is more than $45 million, including directing duo Abbas-Mustan’s Hindi-language “Race 2,” starring Anil Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, which collected $22 million globally. In 2011-12, its last year of trading before the company delisted from the Bombay Stock Exchange in the wake of the Disney buyout, »

- Naman Ramachandran

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