Animation to be produced in India

HONG KONG — “Roadside Romeo” will be the first film to flow from an animation alliance signed Tuesday between Disney and India’s Yash Raj Films.

Agreement is to create a series of original and exclusive computer-animated feature films that they will co-produce. The two companies will be equal partners in the venture and will contribute creative, technical and financial support to the project.

“Romeo” will be produced by Aditya Chopra and written and directed by Jugal Hansraj. It will utilize state-of-the-art computer animation technology done entirely in India.

Deal sees likely production of one animated movie per year. Budgets are in the $4 million-$10 million range. Aditya Chopra will supervise the animation slate.

“Romeo” is expected to be released in at least three languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Hindi cast will feature the voices of Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

YRF has long been one of India’s top live action producers and distributors. Tie-up with Disney allows it to venture further into animation, which is seen as a major growth sector for India.

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