BIG Home Video picks up Jodhaa Akbar rights for Rs 40 mn

MUMBAI: BIG Music & Home Video has acquired the home video rights of Jodhaa Akbar.

According to industry sources, BIG Music & Home Video has picked up the rights of the movie for Rs 40 million (Rs 4 crores). "This is one of the highest price that has been paid for the home video rights of a movie," said the source.

It may be recalled that Jodhaa Akbar music was earlier supposed to release on BIG Music. However, the deal was called off at the last minute due to some tax issues and the music was eventually released on UTV’s new music label UTV Music as the release date of the film was inching closer. It was distributed by Sony BMG.

The film is a co-production between UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions.

This comes close on the heels of BIG Music & Home Video’s last home video release of Welcome.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Jodhaa Akbar portrays the epic romance between Mughal Emperor Akbar and the fiery Rajput princess Jodhaa and stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan. Released across 26 countries in the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East the film has raked in a gross box office of more than Rs 125 crores till date worldwide.

Says UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur, "UTV and AGPPL are proud to have produced a once in a lifetime film and are happy to collaborate with BIG Music & Home Entertainment to ensure that Jodhaa Akbar home video reaches out to the widest audience possible."

BIG Music & Home Entertainment CEO Kulmeet Makkar says, "We have always believed in the power of content. Jodhaa Akbar is a great example of lot of creative and talented people coming together. The treatment is excellent, a novel subject, superb casting and great performances – the movie is grand on every scale. It is not only a masterpiece but a case study in film making."