Trio of Indian Films Arriving in the US Courtesy Disney

For the last decade or so, Disney has really been focused on expanding untapped markets out of Asia. As it turns out Asia includes the sub-continent of India. Under it’s label “Disney World Cinema” Disney’s latest partnership will help it celebrate some of the unique and diverse stories, cultures, and traditions of that world and, perhaps, portray some commonalities with cultures everywhere.

The Walt Disney Studios just released three films from India, Do Dooni Chaar, Once Upon A Warrior, and Zokkomon, in North America. The movies were released simultaneously on DVD, video-on-demand, and digital download and are featured on iTunes.

Designed to expand the entertainment options of diverse cultural groups in North America, the movies feature some of the most recognizable local talent from each country of origin. The films are produced in local languages and will be subtitled in English.

More about the films below the jump:

DO DOONI CHAAR

DO DOONI CHAAR is a heart-warming comedy about the dreams and challenges of a middle-class family who take a chaotic journey to fulfill their dream of owning a car and discover the true meaning of family along the way. The film was written and directed by Habib Faisal (co-writer of “Salaam Namaste”) and features Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Aditi Vasudev, Archit Krishna, Akhilendra Mishra, Natasha Rastogi, Supriya Shukla, Mohit Chaddha and Avtar Sahni. Run Time: 111 minutes. Languages: Hindi (subtitled in English)

Download Do Dooni Chaar on iTunes.

ONCE UPON A WARRIOR

As the first ever Disney Telugu fantasy adventure, ONCE UPON A WARRIOR is about a swashbuckling warrior on an epic quest to save a mystical young girl from a wicked Queen in the ultimate battle between good and evil. In the tradition of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prince of Persia,” the film features an all-star cast including Siddharth, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu. The background score is from Salim-Sulaiman and the Music Directors are Koti, Mickey J. Mayer, Salim-Sulaiman and M.M. Keeravani. The film is produced by Prasad Devinini, Prakash Kovelamudi and Written & Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi. K. Raghavendra Rao who has over 100 Telugu films among his credits, is also a producer. Run Time: 133 minutes. Languages: Hindi (subtitled in English)

Download Once Upon a Warrior on iTunes.

ZOKKOMON
Zokkomon is a thrilling Hindi action adventure film about an ordinary boy who overcomesextraordinary challenges to become a magical hero. The film had its World Premiere at the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles and a limited theatrical release. Featuring well-known Indian stars Darsheel Safary and Anupam Kher (“Bend it Like Beckham”) the film features music by India’s most popular trio, Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Languages: Hindi (subtitled in English)

Download Zokkomonon iTunes.

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10 Responses to Trio of Indian Films Arriving in the US Courtesy Disney

  1. Brad Phillips says:

    IF you are so interested in Disney’s India business, why have you not reported on this yet: http://reut.rs/r5LbW2 . This deal is essentially Disney acquiring the rest of their long time Indian partner, a deal I’ve looked for for a long time. This is the partner that helped establish Disney in Bollywood and India has a whole. The partner Dinsey bought Hungama TV from to expand their Indian presence. Buying this partner greatly expands Disney’s film and television production in India, as well as their gaming business worldwide. It also allows them to take advantage of UTV’s recently opened animation studio, who are currently working on this film: http://bit.ly/pCDYdL (Wikipedia), which in ways kind of reminds me of Disney animation. Also, it would give Disney a lot of new television stations to broadcast their content on.

    This deal is not only important in the Indian market, but with Disney’s interest in bringing foreign films oversees, as evidenced by this article and Disney’s long partnership with Studio Ghibli, this deal would allow Disney to bring UTV’s films to the U.S. UTV’s gaming business, however, has not done too well and 3 of their 5 studios have closed down in the last year, but the remaining two are doing well, if I remember correctly and are working on several exciting projects: http://us.utvignition.com/ .

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