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    Disney India planning 4 live-action films

    Disney India planning quartet of action films

    Sign of increased interest in the subcontinent

    By Nyay Bhushan
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Oct 3, 2008, 12:49 PM ET

    NEW DELHI -- In another sign of Hollywood's growing interest in the Indian film industry, the Walt Disney Company India is planning a quartet of live-action features under its local banner, Walt Disney Pictures India.

    "We have finalized two projects to start with, which include 'The 19th Step' starring top South Indian actor Kamal Hassan, directed by Bharat Bala. The second is 'Zokkomon,' starring top child actor Darsheel Safari and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal," a WDCI spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

    A timeline for both films is being finalized. Budgets were not given. The two other features are in the development process.

    Along with Hassan, "Step" will feature Japanese star Asano Tadanabo and Indian actress Asin. Director Bala is one of India's best-known music video directors. "Step" is said to revolve around the ancient Indian martial arts form Kalarippayattu and will be a multilingual Indian release.

    "Zokkomon," meanwhile, is a children's tale. It's star, Safari, won acclaim last year for the hit "Taare Zameen Par" (Stars On Earth), which tackled the theme of dyslexia. Walt Disney Home Video recently acquired the film for international video distribution in select territories.

    Disney made its first foray into local production last year with an exclusive three-picture deal to co-produce animation titles with veteran Mumbai-based banner Yash Raj Films. The first release, "Roadside Romeo" -- voiced by top Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and actress Kareena Kapoor -- opens Oct. 24.
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    Re: Disney India planning 4 live-action films

    I wonder if they'll be producing movies like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=LbvP7dT3Dx0

    Maybe they'll take the same guy, but film Captain EO?

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    Re: Disney India planning 4 live-action films

    I've seen really interesting films from India. Something is bound to be lost in translation, much like Japanese anime dubs. Though I would like to see the films simply to see how Disney handles them.
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    Re: Disney India planning 4 live-action films

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    I wonder if they'll be producing movies like this:

    YouTube - Indian Thriller

    Maybe they'll take the same guy, but film Captain EO?
    Huh. I don't quite know what to say to that video.

    It would be a treat to see what Disney India produces. The movies from Bollywood are amazing even though the stories are usually the same. I can imagine Disney India with the flair of Bollywood....
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