Producers Who Scored at the Box Office

The Film Producers who reaped it in at the box office

Published: Feb 5, 2013

The Hindi film industry’s producers have evolved over the decades: From being one-man banks to corporatised film studios. A handful of them churn out multiple blockbusters in a year, making significant contributions to the industry’s annual revenues. Here’s a look at some of the heftiest names and their recent releases*.

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Aditya Chopra
He is the chairman of the Rs 2,900-crore Yash Raj Films, India’s largest production house. Dhoom 3 (starring Aamir Khan) is one of his biggest upcoming projects and is scheduled to be released in 2013.

Films:  Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl (Rs 37 crore), Ishaqzaade (Rs 14.63 crore), Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 198 crore)
Total collection: Rs 249.63 crore**

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Karan Johar
His Dharma Productions is known for its production values and star-studded successes. Of the three films that Johar produced, one was the year’s first to cross Rs 100-crore at the box office.

Films:  Agneepath (Rs 123 crore), Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu (Rs 40 crore), Student of the Year (Rs 21.9 crore)
Total collection: Rs 184.9 Crore







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Mahesh Bhatt
He and brother Mukesh Bhatt own Vishesh Films, known for medium budget, slick, racy, commercial films that make a mark at the box office. In the past one year, Bhatt rolled out sequels to three of his earlier hits, all of which fared well.

Films:  Jannat 2 (Rs 42 crore), Raaz 3 (Rs 70 crore), Jism 2 (Rs 33.5 crore)
Total collection: Rs 145.5 Crore


Image: Aditya: Indian Express Archive; Karan: Getty Images; Mahesh: Sachin Kadvekar / Fotocorp



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Ekta Kapoor
She has been one of the most successful producers to straddle both TV and cinema with Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. The Dirty Picture, which got Vidya Balan a National Film Award for Best Actress, was one of her major commercial successes.

Films:  The Dirty Picture (Rs 85 crore), Kya Super Kool Hai Hum (Rs 45 crore)
Total collection: Rs 130 Crore


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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Known more for his work as a director of films with extravagant sets and good music, Bhansali turned producer for three films in the past year. His next big project—Ram Leela, with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone—will mark his return as director after a gap of three years.

Films:  My Friend Pinto (Rs 1.5 crore), Rowdy Rathore (Rs 131 crore), Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (Rs 11 crore)
Total collection: Rs 143.5 Crore

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Farhan Akhtar
He co-owns production house Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani, and produced and directed Don 2, the sequel to his highly successful 2006 film Don.

 Film:  Don 2
Total collection: Rs 100.12 crore



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Anurag Kashyap
Kashyap’s films have made their mark for being low-budget productions shot in cramped locations with little-known faces. He produced and directed the two parts of Gangs of Wasseypur.

Films:  Gangs of Wasseypur I (Rs 26.50 crore), Gangs of Wasseypur II (Rs 18.50 crore)
Total collection: Rs 45  Crore


*Time period for films considered: October 2011 to September 2012
**Box office collection source: Koimoi.com

Image: Ekta; Sanjay, Farhan, Anurag: Getty Images

(This story appears in the 08 February, 2013 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Siddharth Ananth

    I believe you have missed \"Jab Tak Hain Jaan\" from Yash Raj\'s list of Movies released last year. Considering JTHJ the tally for YRF would be much higher.

    on Feb 5, 2013
    • Sohini Mitter

      No. We haven\'t missed it. We did not include JTHJ because it fell out of our time frame (Oct 1, 2011 to Sept 2012). This was the time frame considered for the entire celebrity issue. Any articles/data will pertain to this period. Nothing before that. Nothing beyond that.

      on Feb 6, 2013
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