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UTV Motion Pictures unveils movie slate

MUMBAI: Having had a successful year in Bollywood and the South Indian movie market, UTV Motion Pictures is geared up for new releases in Bollywood and regional markets in India.

The studio has also announced that its masala thriller with Emraan Hashmi earlier titled ‘Shaatir’ will now be called ‘Raja Natwarlal’, which captures the essence of the character in the film. Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, the film is slated for release on 29 August.

Elated on the title change, Deshmukh said, “It’s a fantastic title and takes the film to another level. I always wanted to present Emraan in a never seen before avatar. He plays a master street con artist- the modern day Natwarlal. So the title is just apt.”

Hashmi plays the role of a conman in the movie, a modern day Natwarlal who along with his partner in crime, lives off short cons and day-to-day hustles in Mumbai. The movie progresses through many twists and turns, cons and more cons, leading to a big one.

Disney India Studio marketing and distribution VP and head Amrita Pandey added, “Emraan, Kunal and our team were thrilled about this title from the moment we hit upon it, as it sums up his character so perfectly. Emraan Hashmi and Kunal Deshmukh together have entertained audiences with back to back hits earlier and we look forward to ‘Raja Natwarlal’ to entertain our audiences with the ultimate thriller comedy.”

Apart from the entertainer, the studio will also release a slate of other films like Khoobsurat, P.K and Jagga Jasoos in Hindi spread throughout the year.

The studio will also release movies for the regional market with titles like Sigaram Thodu, Anjaan and Purambokku in Tamil.

It will distribute the English films ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in India later in the year.

The studio has to its credit four films in the last seven years to have been selected to represent India at the Academy awards which include ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006), ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ (2009), ‘Peepli Live’ (2010) and ‘Barfi’ (2012).

In 2011, UTV ventured into South Indian cinema with ‘Deiva Thirumagal’ and ‘Muran’, and has had a successful run with movies like ‘Vettai’, ‘Masala Café’, ‘Mugamoodi’, ‘Thaandavam’, ‘Settai’ and ‘Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru’ in Tamil, and ‘Grandmaster’ and ‘Husbands in Goa’ in Malayalam.

The Walt Disney Studios has also seen box office success in India in 2012 with ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’, which was distributed and marketed in India by UTV Motion Pictures. The film emerged as the fourth highest grosser of all-time among Hollywood films in India. ‘Iron Man 3’ released in 2013 also became the highest Hollywood grosser for the year.

Earlier, Disney released its first live action Hindi feature ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ in 2010 and subsequently after the success of the film, released ‘Anaganaga-O-Dheerudu’, a Telugu feature targeted at the southern audiences and second Hindi live-action film ‘Zokkomon’.