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UTV Motion Pictures

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UTV Motion Pictures
IndustryFilm production, film distribution
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)
FounderRonnie Screwvala
Zarina Screwvala
DefunctJuly 14, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-07-14)[1]
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Key people
  • Mahesh Samat
    (Managing director)
  • Amrita Pandey
ProductsMotion pictures
ServicesFilm production, marketing and distribution
ParentUTV Software Communications
(The Walt Disney Company India)

UTV Motion Pictures (also known as Disney-UTV) was the feature film unit of UTV Software Communications founded by Ronnie Screwvala and Zarina Screwvala in 1996 as UTV Motion Pictures Plc., the film distribution division of UTV Software Communications. It was one of the leading film studios in India and one of the largest production studios in South Asia. The studio's activities span creative development, production, marketing, distribution, licensing, merchandising and worldwide syndication of films in Indian territories. It was also a distribution label of Disney for feature films produced by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in India.

UTV Motion Pictures had a library of domestic regional films and animation productions alongside select international productions with the studio moving into film production in Bollywood, and further expanded in Hollywood in partnership with studios such as 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures and Sony Pictures.[2] In July 2017, Disney-UTV closed the production company, with its final film, Jagga Jasoos.[3] The label was overseen by Amrita Pandey, who currently oversees Walt Disney Studios feature films in South Asia.[4]


Films produced by UTV Motion Pictures

Year Film Director Notes
1997 Dil Ke Jharoke Main Ashim Bhattacharya
2000 Fiza Khalid Mohamed -
2003 Ishq Vishk Ken Ghosh As a distributor with The Walt Disney Company India & Tips Industries
2003 Chalte Chalte Aziz Mirza Co-produced with Dreamz Unlimited
2004 Lakshya Farhan Akhtar Co-produced with Excel Entertainment
National Film Award for Best Choreography (Prabhu Deva)[6]
Swades Ashutosh Gowariker Co-produced with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Udit Narayan)[6]
National Film Award for Best Cinematography (Mahesh Aney)[6]
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2005 D Vishram Sawant Co-Produced with RGV Film Company
Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh Chandan Arora Co-produced with Makefilms
2006 Rang De Basanti Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Co-produced with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment[7]
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Naresh Iyer)[7]
National Film Award for Best Editing (P. S. Bharathi)[7]
National Film Award for Best Audiography (Nakul Kamte)[7]
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language[8]
India's official entry to the 79th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film[9]
Chup Chup Ke Priyadarshan
Khosla Ka Ghosla Dibakar Banerjee Co-produced with Tandev Film Production
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi[10]
2007 The Namesake Mira Nair Indian-American co-production
Co-produced with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Mirabai Films
Indian distribution only
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male (Irrfan Khan)[11]
I Think I Love My Wife Chris Rock Co-produced with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Zahrlo Productions
Indian distribution only
Hattrick Milan Luthria
Life in a... Metro Anurag Basu
The Blue Umbrella Vishal Bhardwaj National Film Award for Best Children's Film[7]
Athidhi Surender Reddy Telugu Film
Co-produced by Krishna Productions Pvt.Ltd
Kannamoochi Yenada V. Priya Tamil Film
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Vivek Agnihotri
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Ashutosh Gowariker Co-produced Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
Filmfare Award for Best Film
The Happening[2] M. Night Shyamalan Co-produced with 20th Century Fox, Spyglass Entertainment and Blinding Edge Pictures
Mumbai Meri Jaan Nishikant Kamat National Film Award for Best Special Effects (Govardhan)[12]
A Wednesday! Neeraj Pandey Co-produced with Anjum Rizvi Film Company and Friday Filmworks
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director[12]
Poi Solla Porom A. L. Vijay Tamil Film
Co-produced with Four Frame Pictures
Remake of 2006 Hindi film Khosla Ka Ghosla
Fashion Madhur Bhandarkar Co-produced with Bhandarkar Entertainment
National Film Award for Best Actress (Priyanka Chopra)[12]
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kangana Ranaut)[12]
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Dibakar Banerjee National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment[12]
2009 Delhi-6 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Co-produced with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration[13]
ExTerminators John Inwood Co-produced with Michaelson Films
Direct-to-video film.
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Umesh Shukla Co-produced with Bindass
Agyaat Ram Gopal Varma Co-produced with Dreamforce Production
Kaminey Vishal Bharadwaj Co-produced with VB Pictures
National Film Award for Best Audiography (Subash Sahoo)[13]
National Film Award Special Jury Award for Film editing (A. Sreekar Prasad)[13]
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
Phir Kabhi V. K. Prakash Co-produced with Culture Company
Direct-to-video film.
Unnaipol Oruvan Chakri Toleti Tamil Film
Remake of 2008 Hindi film A Wednesday!
What's Your Raashee? Ashutosh Gowariker Co-produced with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
2010 Chance Pe Dance Ken Ghosh
Harishchandrachi Factory Paresh Mokashi Marathi Film
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi[12]
India's official entry to the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film[14]
Raajneeti Prakash Jha
I Hate Luv Storys Punit Malhotra Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Peepli Live Anusha Rizvi Co-produced with Aamir Khan Productions
Nominated – Asian Film Award for Best Film[15]
Nominated: Filmfare award for Best Film
India's official entry to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film[16]
We Are Family Siddharth P. Malhotra Remake of 1998 American film Stepmom
Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Guzaarish Sanjay Leela Bhansali Co-produced with SLB Films
Tees Maar Khan Farah Khan Remake of 1966 American-Italian film After the Fox
Co-produced with Hari Om Entertainment and Three's Company
2011 Delhi Belly Abhinay Deo Co-produced with Aamir Khan Productions
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
Thank You Anees Bazmee Co-produced with Hari OM Entertainment
Deiva Thirumagal A. L. Vijay Tamil film
Co-produced with Rajakaliamman Medias
Muran Rajan Madhav Tamil Film
Co-produced with Dream Theatres
My Friend Pinto Raghav Dar Co-produced with SLB Films
2012 Vettai N. Lingusamy Tamil film
Co-produced with Thirupathi Brothers
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Shakun Batra Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Mandeep Kumar Co-produced with Tips Industries Limited
Grandmaster B. Unnikrishnan Malayalam Film
International distribution only
Vazhakku Enn 18/9 Balaji Sakthivel Tamil Film
Co-produced with Thirupathi Brothers
international distribution only
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil[17]
National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist (Raja)[17]
Kalakalappu Sundar C. Tamil Film
Co-produced with Avni Cinemax
international distribution only
Arjun: The Warrior Prince Arnab Chaudhuri Animated Film
Co-produced with Disney India and Disney World Cinema
Nominated – Grand Prix at 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival[18]
Rowdy Rathore Prabhu Deva Remake of 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu
Co-produced with SLB Productions
Joker Shirish Kunder Co-produced with Hari Om Entertainment, Cape of Good Films and Three's Company
Mugamoodi Mysskin Tamil Film
Barfi! Anurag Basu Co-produced with Ishana Movies
Filmfare Award for Best Film
India's official entry to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film[19]
Heroine Madhur Bhandarkar Co-produced with Bhandarkar Entertainment
Husbands in Goa Saji Surendran international distribution only
Thaandavam A.L Vijay Tamil Film
2013 Kai Po Che! Abhishek Kapoor
Himmatwala Sajid Khan Remake of 1983 Hindi film Himmatwala
Co-produced with Puja Entertainment and Films
Settai R. Kannan Tamil Film
Remake of 2011 Hindi film Delhi Belly
Gippi Sonam Nair Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Sundar C. Tamil Film
Co-produced with Avni Cinemax
international distribution only
Ghanchakkar Raj Kumar Gupta
Chennai Express Rohit Shetty Co-produced with Red Chillies Entertainment
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire Prakash Jha Co-produced with Prakash Jha Productions
Sigaram Thodu Gaurav Narayanan Tamil Film
The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra International co-production between India, US, Germany and France
Co-produced with DAR motion pictures, Dharma Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, NFDC, ROH Films, ASAP Films and Cine Mosaic
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language[20]
Nominated – Asian Film Award for Best Film[21]
Ivan Veramathiri M. Saravanan Tamil Film
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Ayan Mukerji Co-produced with Dharma Productions
2014 Anjaan N. Lingusamy Tamil Film
Raja Natwarlal Kunal Deshmukh
Khoobsurat Shashanka Ghosh Co-produced with Disney India and Anil Kapoor Film Company
Haider Vishal Bharadwaj Co-produced with VB Films
National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Dialogues) (Vishal Bharadwaj)[22]
National Film Award for Best Music Direction (Vishal Bharadwaj)[22]
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Sukhwinder Singh)[22]
National Film Award for Best Choreography (Suresh Adhana)[22]
National Film Award for Best Costume Design (Dolly Ahluwalia)[22]
Nominated – Asian Film Award for Best Film[23]
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2015 ABCD 2 Remo D'Souza Co-produced with Disney India
Phantom Kabir Khan Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Yatchan Vishnuvardhan Tamil Film
Co-produced with Vishnuvardhan Pictures
Katti Batti Nikkhil Advani Co-produced with Emmay Entertainment
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai S. P. Jananathan Tamil Film
Co-produced with Binary Pictures
2016 Fitoor Abhishek Kapoor Co-produced with Guy in the Sky Pictures
Baaghi Sabbir Khan Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Irudhi Suttru Sudha Kongara Tamil Film
Co-produced with Y NOT Studios, Thirukumaran Entertainment and Dream Factory
Simultaneously shot in Hindi as Saala Khadoos
Saala Khadoos Sudha Kongara Co-produced with Y NOT Studios, Rajkumar Hirani Films and Tricolour Films
Simultaneously shot in Tamil as Irudhi Suttru
Mohenjo Daro Ashutosh Gowariker Co-produced with Ashutosh Gowariker Productions
Dangal Nitesh Tiwari Co-produced with Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions and Disney India
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (Zaira Wasim)[24]
Filmfare Award for Best Film
2017 Jagga Jasoos Anurag Basu Co-produced with Disney India, Picture Shuru Entertainment and Ishana Movies; final film

UTV Spotboy

The following films were produced under the UTV Spotboy banner.

Year Film Director Notes
2008 Aamir Raj Kumar Gupta
Welcome to Sajjanpur Shyam Benegal Co-produced with IX Faces Pictures and Bindass
2009 Dev.D Anurag Kashyap Co-produced with Bindass
National Film Award for Best Music Direction (Amit Trivedi)[13]
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
Aagey Se Right Indrajit Nattoji Co-produced with Bindass
2010 Udaan Vikramaditya Motwane Nominated – Prize of Un Certain Regard at 2010 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2011 No One Killed Jessica Raj Kumar Gupta Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
7 Khoon Maaf Vishal Bharadwaj Co-produced with VB Films
Chillar Party Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl Co-produced with SKBH Productions
National Film Award for Best Children's Film[25]
2012 Paan Singh Tomar Tigmanshu Dhulia National Film Award for Best Feature Film[17]
National Film Award for Best Actor (Irrfan Khan)[17]
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Sameer Sharma Co-produced with Anurag Kashyap Films and JAR Pictures
2013 Shahid Hansal Mehta Co-produced with Bohra Bros.
National Film Award for Best Direction (Hansal Mehta)[26]
National Film Award for Best Actor (Rajkummar Rao)[26]
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Remo D'Souza
2014 Filmistaan Nitin Kakkar Co-produced with Satellite Pictures Pvt. Ltd
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi[17]
Pizza Akshay Akkineni Remake of 2012 Tamil film Pizza
Co-produced with Getaway Films

Films only distributed

Year Film Production Company
2004 Hyderabad Blues 2 SIC Productions
Morning Raga K. Raghavendra Rao Films
2005 Mughal-e-Azam (Colourized version) (US distribution) Sterling Investment Corporation
Parineeta Vinod Chopra Films
Viruddh... Family Comes First Amitabh Bachchan Corporation
Satyajeet Movies Pvt. Ltd
Shaadi No. 1 Puja Entertainment
Deewane Huye Paagal Base Industries Group
Bluffmaster! Entertainment One
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (international distribution only) Inderjit Films Combine
Taxi No. 9211 Entertainment One
Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
2007 Welcome (2007 film) Base Industries Group
2008 Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (international distribution only) Aamir Khan Productions
Race Tips Industries
Kismat Konnection
2009 Wake Up Sid Dharma Productions
2010 Raajneeti Prakash Jha Productions
Walkwater Media Ltd
Phillum City IBC Motion Pictures
2011 Dhobi Ghat Aamir Khan Productions
Zokkomon Walt Disney Pictures
Disney India
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
2013 Race 2 Tips Industries
Ship of Theseus Recyclewala Films
Rangrezz Pooja Entertainment
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Indian distribution only) Dharma Productions
2014 Sholay 3D Sippy Films
Pen India Limited
Highway Window Seat Films
Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
2 States Dharma Productions
Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Heropanti Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
PK Vinod Chopra Films
Rajkumar Hirani Films
2015 Tamasha Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Dilwale (international distribution only) Red Chillies Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Productions
2016 Baaghi Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Kaptaan (international distribution only) Tips Industries

Walt Disney Studios films in India

UTV's distribution relations with Disney first began when in 2005, Miramax Films, then owned by The Walt Disney Company, sold distribution rights to several films of their catalog in a 10-year deal;[27] however it is currently unknown whether this deal continued even when Miramax was sold to Filmyard Holdings. In December 2008, following their purchase of a majority stake in UTV, The Walt Disney Company, which would later acquire the entirety of UTV Motion Pictures through UTV Software Communications in 2012,[28] handed over exclusive distribution rights to their films in the Indian subcontinent, starting with Walt Disney Pictures' Bedtime Stories.[29] UTV Motion Pictures became the exclusive distributor for all Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures releases for South Asian territories from 2013 onward, excluding those from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, whose distribution rights are handled by sister company Star Studios.

Non-Disney international films

Year Film Country Indian Release Title Notes
2005 Unleashed France
United Kingdom
Gulam Belagam Released in both Original and Hindi Dubbed versions
Indian distribution only
2011 Crayon Shin-chan: Jungle That Invites Storm Japan Shinchan in Bungle In The Jungle Animated Film
Originally released in 2000 in Japan
Hindi Dubbed Version
Indian distribution only
Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels Doraemon in Nobita and the Steel Troops-The New Age Animated Film
Hindi Dubbed Version
Indian distribution only
2013 Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles—Animal Adventure Doraemon The Movie Nobita Aur Jadooi Tapu Animated Film
Originally released in 2012 in Japan
Hindi Dubbed Version
Indian distribution only

Unreleased/shelved films

See also


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  2. ^ a b "UTV & Fox in Strategic Tie-up -To co-produce M Night Shyamalan's next movie". India PR Wire.
  3. ^ "Disney India to exit from Hindi film production business". The Economic Times. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
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  5. ^ "Disney UTV Releases". Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "52nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e "53rd National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Rang De Basanti gets BAFTA nomination". The Hindu. 12 January 2007. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Rang De Basanti, India's official entry to Oscars". 26 September 2006. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  10. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  11. ^ "'I'm Not There' feels the Spirit". Variety. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "56th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d "57th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  14. ^ "'Harishchandrachi Factory' India's entry for Oscars," Indian Express, PTI 20 September 2009.
  15. ^ "5th Asian Film Awards". 20 January 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  16. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (24 September 2010). "'Peepli Live' is India's Oscar entry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  17. ^ a b c d e "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Arjun: The Warrior Prince Nominated for Annecy Cristal Award 2013". 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  19. ^ "'Barfi!' selected as India's entry at the Oscars in Foreign Language Film category". 22 September 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Awards – Film | Film Not in the English Language in 2015". BAFTA 2015.
  21. ^ "8th AFA Awards". 28 March 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  22. ^ a b c d e "62nd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  23. ^ "9th AFA Awards". 25 March 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  24. ^ "64th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  25. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  26. ^ a b "61st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  27. ^ "Miramax sells India pic rights". Variety. 8 March 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2022. Miramax has sold distrib rights for more than 135 films to Indian production and distribution company United Television (UTV) Motion Pictures for 10 years. Deal includes Robert Rodriguez's Bruce Willis starrer "Sin City" and "Danny the Dog"...
  28. ^ "Disney Acquires Controlling Stake in India's UTV". The Hollywood Reporter. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  29. ^ Frater, Patrick (8 December 2008). "UTV to handle Disney distribution". Variety. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  30. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (20 November 2009). "David Dhawan reveals reason behind Hook Ya Crook delay : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama".

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