Viacom18 to release nine films in 2011-12

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Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) Viacom18 Motion Pictures has nine films on its slate for 2011-12. The company has plans for 10 to 12 movies, nine of which have already been finalised and are at various stages of development and production, an official said.

The banner will open its offerings for the year with rom-com "Tanu Weds Manu" releasing Feb 25, followed by two films that are co-productions with Anurag Kashyap - "Michael" (Working Title) and "Shaitan".

Other films include "Gangs of Wasseypur", "Buddah", "Chasme Badoor" and "Players" among others.

"Our release slate for the next year is a reflection of our direction in the Indian film industry - to establish a significant presence across various spectrums of this business," Vikram Malhotra, chief operating officer of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, said in a statement.

"We have an unparalleled slate for this year, with films that span diverse genres right from romantic comedies to action, from thrillers to drama," he added.

Another new initiative is the launch of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' new brand "Tipping Point Films," that will cater to the evolving sensibilities of the urban Indian youth by offering edgy and engaging film content to this audience segment, the statement added.