UTV Motion Pictures has gotten off to a great 2008 with the first 2 blockbusters of the year – the magnum opus love story Jodhaa Akbar & the pacy thriller Race.
Jodhaa Akbar, the historical rendition of the romance between Princess Jodhaa & Mughal Emperor Akbar touched a chord with audiences worldwide and went on to become the 1st Hit of 2008. The romantic-royal saga is now the 7th biggest All Time Grosser at the Worldwide Box Office with revenues close to Rs.130 crores. The film has performed incredibly well in the international markets becoming the 2nd highest all time grosser for any Indian film in the US & Australia. JA is also featured amongst the Top 5 Hindi film earners of all time in the Middle East & the highest non SRK starrer in the UK after Dhoom 2, two years ago.
Following on from Jodhaa Akbar, another overwhelming success with Race; the Abbas Mustan directed thriller, which wowed audiences with its ensemble cast, unique twists and chartbusting music. The film is racing ahead at the box office, and has already raked in Rs. 70 crores at the BO in just 10 days in India, making it the 2nd highest opening week of all time. Internationally too, Race has grossed a box office of 20 crores, taking its 10 day box office figures to 90 crores worldwide.
UTV Motion Pictures is currently enjoying its hattrick in Pakistan with the release of Goal, Tare Zameen Par & Race; it’s for the first time that a production house has been able to release 3 of their films consecutively in Pakistan, with Goal and Race being day and date releases. All 3 films have met with tremendous success at the Box Office.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, Director UMP – "It has been an exciting & rewarding time for all of us at UTV Motion Pictures, having had the opportunity to market and distribute two of the biggest successes in recent times. Our line up for the next 9 months of the year also promises to live up to the benchmark we have set for ourselves."
To sum it up – It’s been a great quarter at UMP.