UTV lines up 17 films till March 2010; 30 under development

MUMBAI: UTV Motion Pictures, which released 12 movies during 2008-09, has a slate of almost 17 films that are lined up for release upto March 2010. Additionally, the company has a development slate of at least 30 more movie projects. UTV’s 13 movies, which are in various stages of development and production, are scheduled for release in 2010-11.

UTV will be producing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with a film by Anees Bazmee starring Akshay Kumar. Additionally, directors like Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Priyadarshan, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Gupta, Nishikant Kamat, Sourabh Narang and Prakash Jha are also on board to direct films for the company.

In the animation space, the company will release Arjun, The Warrior Prince and Alibaba & the 41 Thieves and Chillar Party.

The movies that will be release this financial year are: Ramgopal Varma’s horror film Agyaat, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey starring Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra, Aage Se Right starring Shreyas Talpade and Kay Kay Menon, Main Aur Mrs Khanna starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, Dharma Productions’ two films Wake up Sid starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sensharma and Kurbaan directed by Rensil D’Silva starring Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi.

Two films, which have been co-produced along with Aamir Khan Productions are: Delhi Belly directed by Abhinay Deo starring Imran Khan and The Falling written and directed by debutant Anusha Rizwi starring Raghuveer Yadav.

Some of the other films that are scheduled for release include Ashutosh Gowarikar’s romantic musical What’s your Rashee? starring Priyanka Chopra and Hurman Baweja, David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook starring John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza, Ken Ghosh’s dance musical starring Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza, Season’s Greetings starring Tabu and Shreyas Talpade, Peter Gaya Kaam Se starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Paan Singh Tomar starring Irrfan Khan, Deven Khote’s directorial debut Phillum City starring John Abraham, Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar and Ajay Devgan and the Tamil and Telegu remakes of A Wednesday starring Kamal Hassan and Mohanlal respectively.

UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur said, "The incredible range of movies we have in store for audiences up until March 2010 is testament to our vision to produce movies across all genres and scales, with a relentless focus on combining the very best talent in the industry with great scripts. We are confident that 2009-10 will be a banner year for the company, after our dream run last year, during which all our movies, performed well both commercially and critically."