Disney set to release pics in India

Movies will be Mouse's first local live-action offerings

The Mouse House is prepping to storm India’s box office.

The Walt Disney Co. India is set to release three local-language films kicking off Oct. 8 with helmer Habib Faisal’s family drama “Do dooni chaar” (Two Times Two Equals Four), which was produced by Planman Motion Pictures.

The Hindi-lingo film stars real-life couple Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh who were a hit pair in the ’70s. They haven’t appeared together since then, barring a brief scene in last year’s hit “Love aaj kal.”

It’s Disney’s first live-action local pic. The Mouse entered the market in 2008 with Jugal Hansraj’s Hindi-lingo toon “Roadside Romeo,” a co-production with Yash Raj Films. But it failed at the box office despite featuring the voices of Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Disney has high hopes for “Do dooni chaar,” about a middle-class family that aspires for better things despite an income that fails to keep up.

“Storytelling is at the heart of Disney’s creative heritage and ‘Do dooni chaar’ is the best representation of this with its delightful and touching narrative that will resonate with every Indian family and features characters to fall in love with,” said Swati Shetty, executive director, theatrical productions and acquisitions, Walt Disney Studios Intl. Production, India.

Next up is director Prakash Rao Kovelamudi’s Telugu-language fantasy “Anaganaga – o – dheerudu” (Once Upon a Warrior), featuring South Indian child actor Harshita and thesp Siddharth (Daily Variety, March 11).

“Warrior” is a fantasy adventure that follows a 9-year-old girl’s quest to save her land from oppression by an evil queen, aided by her special healing powers and protected by a blind swordsman. Film, which will also be dubbed into Tamil, is due out in January.

Satyajit Bhatkal’s kid superhero pic “Zokkomon,” in Hindi and featuring child star Darsheel Safary, is in post. First announced in 2009, pic was due out in May but has been delayed.

Disney recently entered the local-language homevideo distribution space via an agreement to distribute some of UTV Motion Pictures’ titles including Bollywood films “Raajneeti,” “I Hate Luv Storys,” “What’s Your Raashee?,” “Aage se Right” and Marathi language “Harishchandrachi Factory.”

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