Film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is married to actress Vidya Balan, is stepping down as the Managing Director of the Walt Disney Company India to “explore his own business interests”. Mahesh Samat will be taking his place.
Walt Disney International, a division of the Walt Disney Company, has announced that Samat will return to his leadership role of the Walt Disney Company India as Managing Director.
“Mahesh guided Disney in India in its early days, and we are thrilled with his decision to return to the organisation he helped build,” said Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International.
Samat succeeds Kapur, who is departing the company to explore his own business interests.
“Sid is a pillar of the Indian entertainment industry and has demonstrated passion and commitment for the Disney business. He carved a strong position for Disney in the Indian media and entertainment space that positions us well for the future. We are immensely thankful for his service and wish him well in his next venture,” Bird said.
While working for the company, Kapur introduced Indian Broadway version of timeless classic “Beauty and the Beast”, which was a huge success.