Exclusive New Trailer and Poster: Roadside Romeo (also Disney’s plans for India)

I apologize for the sometimes hard-to-read subtitles, but it’s from the official website! Roadside Romeo marks Walt Disney Pictures’ first venture into Indian cinema, in co-production with Yash Raj Films, one of the biggest local studios.

Disney must have confidence in the Indian┬ámarket as, in addition to two more animated features with Yash Raj Films, they’ve begun planning four live-action films on their own, the first two of which are just about ready to begin production.

‘The 19th Step’ starring top South Indian actor Kamal Hassan, directed by Bharat Bala […] 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,’ starring top child actor Darsheel Safari and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal, is a children’s tale.

As for Roadside Romeo, which opens October 24th, it is written and directed by newcomer Jugal Hansraj, stars the voice talents of Indian stars Saif Ali Khan (Dil Chahta Hai/Do Your Thing), Kareena Kapoor (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…/Happiness & Tears) and Javed Jaffrey (Fire). The film follows a pampered dog who is abandoned by his owner and learns to survive in the streets of Mumbai.

I’m all for American studios producing movies out of the US. Disney is already doing it in China and France, Columbia in India and China, and Warner Bros in France, India and Italy (and those are only the ones I know about). But why stop there? Why not release the movies you make in those movies internationally? Seems like it could only be a win situation wouldn’t it?

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Thirst to get a big release in the US? How about not?

Word has surfaced that Universal Pictures and Focus Features are pitching in to finance Thirst, the new vampire film from celebrated director Park Chan-Wook (Old Boy), and that Focus will distribute the currently shooting film in the US. A lot of people are taking this as a sign that the movie will get some sort of important release in America…All I can say is hold your horses.

You may not know this, but American studios have been financing foreign films for quite some time. As far as I know, Warner Bros has produced French, Italian and Indian films, Walt Disney has made French, Indian and Chinese ones and Columbia has financed Indian and Chinese movies.

Inexplicably, of all these films, barely a handful of them have received any kind of release in the US, and while you can argue that Focus Features is different than other studios, keep in mind they botched Lust, Caution‘s release last year. Thirst will more than likely be one of those movies you’ll have to seek out if you live in the United States, the country where foreign films aren’t allowed.

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