Disney goes Bollywood

Co. to distribute 'Taare' via homevideo network

In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network.

Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures.

Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, who breaks the rules to connect with his pupils, and an 8-year-old boy, who lives in an imaginary world of his own.

Local media sources report that Disney paid 70 million rupees ($1.68 million) for the rights.

UTV handled the rights in certain Indian territories and is looking to license them within India, too.

Khan is expected to provide special commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and storyboard illustrations for the homevid release.

Disney has a close relationship with the UTV group. It bought UTV’s kids channel Hungama and in February paid $200 million to lift its stake in parent company UTV Software Communications from 14% to 33% and a further $30 million to buy a 15% stake in UTV Global Broadcasting.

More Scene

  • Carter Hudson, John Singleton, Angela LewisFX's

    John Singleton on Disney-Fox Deal: 'You Gotta Let FX Be What It Is'

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Kevin Durant Lindsey Vonn

    Kevin Durant, Lindsey Vonn to Keynote Variety's Sports & Entertainment Breakfast

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Cher and Meryl Streep'Mamma Mia! Here

    How the Cast of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Geeked Out Around Cher

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Demi MooreComedy Central's Roast of Bruce

    Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis' Comedy Central Roast

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call

    Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org Got Your 6

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

  • Tiffany HaddishTiffany Haddish at the Hollywood

    Tiffany Haddish on Future Career Plans, Taking Advice From Tyler Perry, Melissa McCarthy

    In what is thought to be the first deal of its kind, Walt Disney will distribute a major Bollywood title across its homevideo network. Mouse House has acquired rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia to helmer Aamir Khan’s hit “Taare zameen par,” from UTV Motion Pictures. Story concerns the relationship between a teacher, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content