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Dangal and Jagga Jasoos will be Disney India's last releases


The global studio is exiting from the Indian movie business and has only two films remaining in its production slate.

Sonal Pandya

Last week, news broke that Disney India was choosing to shut shop on its Hindi-language productions and focus instead on releasing its Hollywood films in India. This year alone, The Jungle Book went on to earn over Rs200 crore ($30 million) and become the highest-grossing Hollywood film in the country so far. Their other English films, like Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, have all opened strongly against Indian films.

In the US, it looks to break Universal Studio’s $2.4 billion domestic box-office record and still has Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Marvel’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the animated film Moana and the Star Wars prequel Rogue One as part of its 2016 releases. All these films will also release at some point in India this year.

Meanwhile, in India, Disney India has Nitesh Tewari’s Dangal and Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos pending as its final releases. The studio is still trying to overcome the loss of its recent Mohenjo Daro, with Hrithik Roshan, which only recovered half of its production cost with Rs56 crore at the box office.

Aamir Khan, who stars as wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal, previously delivered with PK (2014) which grossed Rs340 crore domestically. Dangal is one of the most anticipated films of the year as Khan has not acted in a film since PK. The only other film is the long-delayed Anurag Basu-directed Jagga Jasoos, a spy drama starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. The two stars broke up earlier this year and interest is high in the film to see the pairing one final time.

The studio has had hits and misses over the years, but in the end, the misses made more of an impact for the company to decide to move on from local Indian productions.