India’s Yash Raj Films, a producer of live-action films, has teamed up with Walt Disney Pictures to produce Roadside Romeo, a computer animated feature due out next year. This story of a dog lost in the streets of Mumbai is being written directed by actor Jugal Hansraj. Yash Raj Films is subcontracting out the actual animation to other studios and promises to infuse it with a Bollywood sensibility.
India has traditionally been a hard sell for animated movies, but has opened up somewhat in recent years as a viable animation industry has evolved. Disney brings experience in animation to the deal in the probable hope of expanding its presence in the growing Indian market, while Yash Raj Film’s gets a chance to expand into a new area and possibly conquer new international markets.
A trailer for the film can be found here.