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Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director–Studios, Disney UTV

The UTV logo at the start of a movie is an indication for the audience to know they can expect something unique and special

What makes a great movie? Well, if we knew the definitive answer to that, we would all only be making great movies. But let’s make an attempt to put down a few things that all great movies share. Those movies that stand the test of time and emerge to be called iconic or great are those that the audience keep going back to year after year, decade after decade. They have the ability to engage and enthral generations of film goers down the years. What they all share in common is that at their heart, they always have a great story that entertains and engages, while revealing some basic truths about human relationships or human nature that will always be relevant and never go out of style.

The stories that we’ve told through the years have been in turn emotional, thought-provoking, dramatic, iconoclastic - but the attempt has been to always keep them entertaining. As a Studio we have aimed to produce a slate of movies that is as eclectic and varied as possible. From Rang De Basanti and Khosla Ka Ghosla, to Raajneeti and Udaan; from Jodhaa Akbar and A Wednesday, to Delhi Belly and No One Killed Jessica; from Dev D and Paan Singh Tomar, to Rowdy Rathore, Barfi! and Heroine – the attempt has been for the audience to catch the UTV logo at the start of the film and know they’ll be in for something unique and special. Thankfully we’ve gone right more often than we’ve gone wrong – and in the movie business, that’s what really matters!

It’s a wonderful time in cinema when movies from Ek Tha Tiger and Rowdy Rathore to Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar are all performing. It means our audience tastes have broadened to now include what were earlier considered subjects for parallel cinema into the mainstream.

In the coming months, we will continue to entertain viewers with equally diverse genres, including Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Kai Po Che!, ABCD – AnyBody Can Dance, Himmatwala, Ghanchakkar, Satyagraha, Chennai Express and many other movies in development. We have an exciting slate of South projects, including Settai – the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly. What’s more, our Hollywood release slate will include tentpole titles like Iron Man 3, Oz and The Lone Ranger.

It’s an exciting time at the movies in India and here’s wishing Box Office India many more years of superb reporting on this incredible industry.

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