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Viacom18 Studios, Dharma Productions ink four-film distribution deal

These films are expected to release over the next 18-24 months.

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Mumbai: Viacom18 Studios on Wednesday announced its partnership with Dharma Productions on four Hindi films meant for theatrical, broadcast, and streaming distribution.

The titles which are part of this deal are in various stages of production and are expected to release over the next 18- 24 months.

“As Viacom18 Studios scales up and begins a new chapter, we are looking at key partnerships with creators who shape mainstream entertainment," said Viacom18 Studios COO Ajit Andhare. "Collaborating to build a slate of films further strengthens our long-term association with Karan and Dharma Productions.”

The film slate includes Karan Johar’s "Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani" starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, Raj Mehta’s "Jug Jugg Jeeyo" starring Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor and Kiara Advani, Shakun Batra’s next with Deepika Padukone, and Shashank Khaitan’s next directorial venture with Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar as part of the cast.

Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta stated that strategic alliances are the way forward for the film industry and this partnership with Viacom18 Studios is the stepping-stone to a "long-term alliance".

Karan Johar said this partnership will further enable Dharma productions' commitment to entertain the film-goers world over. “In Viacom18 Studios and Ajit, we have a partner who not only shares our vision in storytelling but also our approach to differentiated cinema," he added.

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