PVR Pictures lines up 20 releases for 2008

MUMBAI: PVR Pictures plans to release 20 films, both Bollywood and Hollywood, by the end of this year.

The company recently inked a distribution deal with US-based Focus Features for 13 Hollywood films which will be released in Indian theatres this year. Focus Features is the art house films division of NBC Universal‘s Universal Studios.

PVR acquired a good sum of films at Cannes in France this year. Around 12 films have been acquired from Focus Features. One of the deals have been struck with a distribution studio in Sydney, Australia and QED, Los Angeles, US.

PVR successfully distributed Dan In Real Life from Focus Features in May and Blindness opened at Cannes. Some of their forthcoming releases include In Brughes, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, The Other Boleyn Girl, Be Kind Rewind, Burn After Reading, Strangers.

PVR Ltd director Sanjeev Bijli says, “We have acquired a collection of films at Cannes this year which includes big ticket projects.” It also includes a Mel Gibson starrer film. Bijli confirms the acquisition cost at around $350000 to $400000.

PVR has distributed big films like The Aviator, Chicago, Kill Bill, Finding Neverland.

On being asked about whether PVR plans to strike co-production deals with international studios, Bijli says the company doesn‘t feel there is the need for it. “We don’t see ourselves heading in that area. We want to explore the Indian scenario and there is a lot happening here.”

PVR‘s bouquet of Hindi films for distribution include Ghatotkach (released), Mere Baap Pehle Aap and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Contract, Mere Khwabon Main Jo Aaye are co-produced by PVR Pictures; PVR will also distribute them.

The Hindi films to be released this year have been acquired for a sum of Rs 300 million, says Bijli.

Amongst the Hindi lot, PVR has distributed Omkara, Don, Honeymoon Travels, Being Cyrus and Bheja Fry.

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