Fox Star to distribute MY NAME IS KHAN

Bollywood Trade News Network
8/6/2009 6:30:54 PM



Fox STAR studios, a pan-Asian joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and STAR, today announced a groundbreaking deal with Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan, and director Karan Johar (K3G, KANK), to finance and distribute MY NAME IS KHAN

The Partnership on MY NAME IS KHAN follows Fox STAR Studios' successful release of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE in India earlier this year. Fox STAR Studios will market and distribute the film in India and leverage the strength of Fox's theatrical distribution network worldwide. Fox Searchlight Pictures - which marketed and distributed 'SLUMDOG MILLIOANIRE' in the U.S. to tremendous box office results and eight Academy Awards including the Best Picture - will release the film in United States; while Twentieth Century Fox International will distribute outside of India and the U.S.

''For us it was important to find a partner, who is like minded, has a similar vision and the capability to take Indian Cinema to International Markets'' said Karan Johar. ''This movie is essentially about human emotions that are relevant to people across the world, and I am happy that audiences unfamiliar with these films will get a chance to see what Indian cinema has to offer the world.''

''STAR has long and enviable relationship with both Karan and Shah Rukh that goes back many years. No other media can claim such a privileged relationship with two so big entertainment icons. Since STAR has now entered the business of movies, it is not only natural for us to extend this relationship to movies. I am confident that MNIK is a first in a long series of compelling movie entertainment that this relationship will deliver,'' said STAR India CEO, Uday Shankar.

MY NAME IS KHAN examines how the life of a Muslim man from India (Shah Rukh Khan) living in San Francisco embarks on a remarkable journey across the United States, inspiring people and inviting debate, creating an accidental revolution.

The film reunites Shah Rukh Khan with his frequent onscreen paramour, Kajol, who plays his wife in MY NAME IS KHAN. They have previously starred five films together including KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, KABHIE KHUSHI KABHI GHAM, BAAZIGAR and KARAN ARJUN all of which were blockbuster hits.

MY NAME IS KHAN also marks a re-teaming of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, who most recently collaborated three years ago on the hit KABHIE ALVIDA NA KEHNA. Over the years, Karan and Shah Rukh have enjoyed unbelievable run at the box office, working together on such hit films as KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, KABHIE KHUSHI KABHI GHAM, KAL HO NAA HO and KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA - all of which were successful internationally, as well.

''We are extremely proud of this collaboration, which reflects our ongoing commitment to partner with the best filmmakers in the world,'' said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment. MY NAME IS KHAN is a powerful, economical journey that will cross borders and cultures and enthrall audiences all over the world. Karan and Shah Rukh have a brilliant vision for the film, and we're thrilled to combine their enormous talent with our global commitment to its success in 2010.

Vijay Singh, CRO Fox STAR Studios India who has spearheaded the deal said ''Karan and Shah Rukh have been the most successful combination of Bollywood, and we are delighted to be working together on MY NAME IS KHAN. This relationship will help us further build the FOX Star presence in India, and provide an opportunity to demonstrate our marketing and distribution capabilities.''