It was recently reported that the horror-comedy, Bhoot Police, starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Yami Gautam will take a direct to digital route with a premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. The platform apparently has been in talks with multiple films for their acquisition. Here are some inside details about the deal structure of Bhoot Police, directed by Pawan Kriplani.
A source informs Bollywood Hungama, “The satellite and digital rights of Bhoot Police have been sold to Star Network for a sum in the range of Rs. 60 to 65 crores as compared to the budget of Rs 40 crores. With this deal, the producer, Ramesh Taurani, has made an easy table profit in the range of Rs. 20 to 25 crore with some more income expected from the sale or exploitation of music and other rights.”
In the deal, the digital rights of Bhoot Police have been valued in the range of Rs. 45 crores, whereas the satellite rights have fetched Rs. 15 to 20 crores from Star Network. “Being a horror-comedy featuring reasonably big names, Bhoot Police is expected to do well even on television. Hence, Star Network has got blanket rights around Rs. 60 crore mark,” the source added.
Apart from Bhoot Police, Star Network has also acquired the Priyadarshan comedy, Hungama 2 starring Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty, and Meezaan Jaffrey. Disney+Hotstar also has acquired Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi and Dinesh Vijan’s Shiddat as per the reports.
Last year, Disney+ Hotstar had acquired the digital rights of Akshay Kumar starrer horror-comedy, Laxmii for a sum of Rs, 90 crore, Rs. 45 crore for the satellite rights, totalling the deal value to Rs. 135 crores.