India’s newest Studio, Cinestaan Film Company today announced a joint venture with Anil
Thadani. The new company “Cinestaan AA Distributors”
shall distribute Indian films overseas.
Anil Thadani’s AA Pictures is India’s leading independent distributor. He shall be the Managing
Director and CEO of the new Company while Rohit Khattar shall be the Chairman.
Says Cinestaan Film Company, Founder Chairman, Rohit Khattar
, “We are delighted to join
hands with Anil, who is undoubtedly India’s most prolific and credible distributor. Together we
wish to create the most reliable and transparent overseas distribution network to further the
reach of Indian Cinema
Says Anil Thadani, Managing Director, AA Films
“Extending from the domestic market to the
international is a natural progression. More so to have a partner in Rohit who shares similar
aspirations and passion like me, it has worked out perfectly for us.
Not all Indian films released every year in India are fortunate enough to find overseas
distribution. According to industry data, overseas theatricals are expected to grow at par with
the Indian M&E industry. Most of the leading Studios usually distribute only their own films.
Therefore, there is a substantial void in the market, which Cinestaan AA Distributors intends to
fill. The overseas theatrical market is expected to grow at 10.5% CAGR till 2020 with the Indian
diaspora in the US, Middle East & UK being major contributors to its growth.
Cinestaan Film Company has created an international division, which also acts as a Sales Agency
for films it does not produce. Marina Fuentes, Director International Sales and Deborah Sathe,
Director International Operations of Cinestaan International will further strengthen Mr.
Thadani’s expertise in distribution by being able to also penetrate into non-diaspora territories.
It is particularly important for Cinestaan to champion small independent films from India which
usually do not find overseas distribution. Khattar is also the Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media
Ltd., which supports Screenplay Writers through the Mumbai Mantra CineRise Screenwriting
ABOUT CINESTAAN AA DISTRIBUTORS
Cinestaan AA Distributors is a 51:49 joint venture between Cinestaan Film Company and AA
Films, with Rohit Khattar as Chairman and Anil Thadani , Managing Director. The J.V. is an
overseas distribution company specialising in propelling big Indian audiences throughout the
world into cinemas. Overseen by Anil Thadani and his team, who have run multi award winning
Indian campaigns, Cinestaan AA Distributors has the infrastructure to sell and distribute Indian
a blockbusters into the global diaspora audience. With specific expertise in the territories of
USA, Canada, UK, UAE, Australia & New Zealand, Cinestaan AA Distributors have the capacity to
board and partner both studio and independent projects at any stage, creating a distribution
strategy that will yield global results.
ABOUT CINESTAAN FILM COMPANY
Cinestaan Film Company (CFC), is a boutique Film Studio committed to championing stories that
resonate with global audiences. By building a formidable international brand for films with an
India connect, Cinestaan strives to nurture and continue India’s rich cinematic legacy,
supporting both national and international cinemas. Releasing next is Saif Ali Khan starrer
"Kaalakaandi" written and directed by ‘Delhi Belly’ writer Akshat Verma. A 50-50 Co-production
with IFC and a 50-50 Co-production with Film London, ‘The Hungry’, is also under production.
Cinestaan has appointed veteran Sales Agent Marina Fuentes as Director International Sales to
head C International Sales which would help sell films within non-diaspora territories, while
films shall be distributed in diaspora territories by Cinestaan AA Distributors.
More details at www.cinestaanfilmcompany.com
ABOUT AA FILMS
Anil Thadani set up AA Films in 1995 as a propriety concern into film distribution. It has
distributed over 150 films across Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu languages
since its inception including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995, which is the longest running
film in Indian History and is still in theatres.
AA Films is the largest single owner film distribution company in India and has been associated
with reputed producers like Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Mukesh Bhatt and
Bhushan Kumar. There are several films lined up for release in the coming years.