Dharma Productions

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Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd
Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (1979)
Founder Yash Johar
Headquarters
Mumbai, Maharashtra
,
India
Key people
Apoorva Mehta
Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Products Film production
Film distribution
Owner Karan Johar
Website Dharma Productions

Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian production and distribution company established by Yash Johar in 1979. [1] It was taken over in 2004 after his death by his son Karan Johar. Based in Mumbai, it mainly produces and distributes Hindi films, [2] and is known in the media for its relatively high production-value content. [3] In November 2018, a new sector of the company was introduced, called Dharmatic, focusing on producing digital content for online distribution platforms. [4]

A production company, production house, production studio, or a production team provides the physical basis for works in the realms of the performing arts, new media art, film, television, radio, comics, interactive arts, video games, websites, and video. Production teams are a group of technical staff who produce the media. Generally the term refers to all individuals responsible for the technical aspects of creating of a particular product, regardless of where in the process their expertise is required, or how long they are involved in the project. For example, in a theatrical performance, the production team includes not only the running crew, but also the theatrical producer, designers and theatre direction.

Yash Johar Indian Bollywood film producer

Yash Johar was an Indian Bollywood film producer. He founded Dharma Productions in 1976 and made Hindi films that were noted for featuring lavish sets and exotic locations, but upheld Indian traditions and family values.

Karan Johar Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and television host

Karan Kumar Johar, often informally referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who works in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the producer Yash Johar.

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Initial success (1980–1998)

The company's first production was Raj Khosla's Dostana (1980) starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, and Zeenat Aman. The film was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. [5]

Raj Khosla Indian film director

Raj Khosla was one of the top directors, producers and screenwriters in Hindi films from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was known for bringing in "neo-noir" and style in Indian cinema since black and white times, and also as a "women's director" because he showcased actresses at their best. He is often credited for the success of actors such as Dev Anand. Starting his career under Guru Dutt, he went on make hit films like, C.I.D. (1956), Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Mera Saaya (1966), Dostana (1980) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978), which won the Filmfare Best Movie Award. His early background in classical music ensured that most of his films excelled in music.

<i>Dostana</i> (1980 film) 1980 Hindi film directed by Raj Khosla

Dostana ("Friendship") is a 1980 Indian action-drama film, written by Salim-Javed, produced by Yash Johar, and directed by Raj Khosla. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra, Amrish Puri, Helen, Pran and Paintal. The film was the fourth highest-grosser of 1980, behind Qurbani, Asha and Ram Balram. Dostana was one of the last successful films directed by Raj Khosla. The film was remade in Tamil as Sattam, with Kamal Haasan.

Amitabh Bachchan Indian actor

Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former politician. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay, and was dubbed India's "angry young man" for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Sadi ka Mahanayak, Star of the Millennium, or Big B, he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry". Beyond the Indian subcontinent, he also has a large overseas following in markets including Africa, the Middle East, United Kingdom, Russia and parts of the United States.

The company then went on to produce Duniya (1984) [6] and Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987). [7] Its next film was Agneepath (1990), which was not a major box office success, but won a National Film Award for its lead actor Amitabh Bachchan. [8] Its next two films were Gumrah (1993) and Duplicate (1998), which were both directed by Mahesh Bhatt. [9] [10]

<i>Duniya</i> (1984 film) 1984 film by Ramesh Talwar

Duniya is a 1984 Hindi film directed by Ramesh Talwar, starring Rishi Kapoor and Dilip Kumar as leads. The music was given by R.D. Burman.

<i>Muqaddar Ka Faisla</i> 1987 film by Prakash Mehra

Muqaddar Ka Faisla is a 1987 Indian Bollywood film directed by Prakash Mehra and produced by Yash Johar. It stars Raaj Kumar, Raakhee, Raj Babbar, Meenakshi Seshadri, Tina Munim and Pran in pivotal roles.

<i>Agneepath</i> (1990 film) 1990 film by Mukul S. Anand

Agneepath is a 1990 Indian action-drama film directed by Mukul Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan as the protagonist Vijay Deenanath Chauhan along with Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari, Rohini Hattangadi and Danny Denzongpa as the antagonist Kancha Cheena. The film was produced by Yash Johar.

Rise to prominence (1998–2009)

Karan Johar has directed six films for Dharma and has produced all of the company's films since his father's death in 2004. Karan Johar.jpg
Karan Johar has directed six films for Dharma and has produced all of the company's films since his father's death in 2004.

The production house reached a turning point with the release of Karan Johar directorial debut, the blockbuster romantic drama Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan. [11] The film won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and the Filmfare Award for Best Film, and has become a classic over the years. [12]

<i>Kuch Kuch Hota Hai</i> 1998 film by Karan Johar

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai also known as KKHH, is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film, released in India and the United Kingdom on 16 October 1998. It was written and directed by Karan Johar, and starred the popular on-screen pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in their fourth film together. Rani Mukerji featured in a supporting role, while Salman Khan also had an extended-cameo appearance. Sana Saeed, who was featured in a supporting role, made her debut in this film. The plot combines two love triangles set years apart. The first half covers friends on a college campus, while the second tells the story of a widower's young daughter who tries to reunite her dad with his old friend.

Shah Rukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality

Shah Rukh Khan, also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" and "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, and the Government of France awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d'honneur. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

Kajol Indian film actress

Kajol, also known by her married name Kajol Devgan, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born in Bombay to the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, and alongside her aunt Nutan, she holds the record for most Best Actress wins at the ceremony, with five. In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country. Kajol is considered as one of the highly successful and highest paid actress of indian cinema having global fan following.

The company's next film was Karan Johar's family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) featuring a large ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, and Kareena Kapoor. [13] This was followed by Nikhil Advani's tear-jerking romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) starring Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta. Both of these films earned commercial success and critical acclaim. [14]

<i>Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...</i> 2001 Indian film directed by Karan Johar

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., also known as K3G, is a 2001 Indian family drama film written and directed by Karan Johar and produced by Yash Johar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in leading roles, with Rani Mukerji appearing in an extended special appearance. The music was composed by Jatin Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya and Aadesh Shrivastava, with lyrics penned by Sameer and Anil Pandey. The background score was composed by Babloo Chakravarty. The film tells the story of an Indian family, which faces troubles and misunderstandings over their adopted son's marriage to a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group than them.

Jaya Bachchan Indian politician and actress

Jaya Bachchan born on 9 April 1948 is an Indian film actress and politician. She is currently the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, notably serving four terms since 2004. She is recognised as one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time, particularly known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and "middle-of-the-road" cinema. During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the overall most-awarded performer in the female acting categories, along with Nutan. She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Hrithik Roshan Indian actor

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He has portrayed a variety of characters and is known for his dancing skills. One of the highest-paid actors in India, he has won many awards, including six Filmfares, four for Best Actor and one each for Best Debut and Best Actor (Critics). Starting in 2012, he appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 based on his income and popularity.

Dharma's next release was the natural horror film Kaal (2005), which received mixed to positive reviews from critics. [15] This was followed by Karan Johar's musical romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) featuring a large ensemble cast led by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher. [16] The film became a moderate commercial success despite the fact that it dealt with the controversial subject of marital infidelity, though it was the all-time biggest earner in the overseas markets at the time of its release.

Kaal

Kaal or Kāla is a word used in Sanskrit to mean "time". The Tamil word kaalam refers to duration in time. It is also the name of a deity, in which sense it is not always distinguishable from kāla, meaning "black". It is often used as one of the various names or forms of Yama. Kaal/Kaala is also referred to the concept of Spacetime. In the Yogic System the concept of SpaceTime was referred to as one word rather than two separate concepts of Space (darkness) and Time.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is a 2006 Indian musical romantic drama, directed by Karan Johar and produced under the Dharma Productions banner. Released on 11 August 2006 in India and North America, it stars Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji and Kirron Kher. Arjun Rampal makes a special appearance in the film.

Abhishek Bachchan Indian actor

Abhishek Bachchan is an Indian film actor and film producer known for his work in Bollywood. Part of the Bachchan family, he is the son of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.

Dharma's next release was Tarun Mansukhani's commercially successful romantic comedy Dostana (2008) starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, and Priyanka Chopra. [17] This was followed by Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid (2009) starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma. [18] Rensil D'Silva's counter-terrorism thriller Kurbaan (2009) starring Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Vivek Oberoi. [19] Both Wake Up Sid and Kurbaan received critical acclaim, but the latter failed to make a mark at the box office.

Widespread success (2010–Present)

In 2010, Dharma produced two of the top ten highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year. The fifth spot on the list was taken by Karan Johar's counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, while the seventh spot was taken by Punit Malhotra’s romantic comedy. All movies of Dharma productions were flops though

 I Hate Luv Storys  (2010) starring Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor. Later that year, the production house produced the family drama  We Are Family  (2010), a Hindi remake of the 1998 American film  Stepmom . The film was not a major commercial success, but received praise for the performances of the two lead actresses Kajol and Kareena Kapoor.

The company's first film of 2012 was Karan Malhotra's Agneepath , a retelling of Dharma's 1990 film of the same name. It featured Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt in the roles originated by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa respectively, while Priyanka Chopra and Rishi Kapoor played principal roles not in the original film. This film emerged as much larger commercial success than the original Agneepath. This was followed by Shakun Batra’s moderately successful romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012) starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. After this came Karan Johar's coming-of-age comedy-drama Student of the Year (2012), which marked the debut of its three lead actors Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.

Dharma's first release of 2013 was the unsuccessful teen comedy Gippi . This was followed by Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age romance Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles with Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin in supporting roles. The film became a major commercial success upon its release and still ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time. Dharma was also one of the many production houses associated with the widely acclaimed drama The Lunchbox (2013) starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. They finished off the year with Punit Malhotra's relatively unsuccessful romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.

In 2014, Dharma produced three commercially successful romantic comedies all directed by first-time directors. The first was Vinil Matthews's Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, which Dharma co-produced with Phantom Films. They then teamed with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment to produce Abhishek Varman's 2 States (2014) starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, a film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name. After this came Shashank Khaitan’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014) starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. After these three romantic comedies came Rensil D'Silva's relatively unsuccessful black comedy Ungli (2014).

In July 2015, Dharma distributed the Hindi-dubbed version of S. S. Rajamouli's epic film Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), which was originally filmed in Telugu and Tamil. Upon its release, the film became a major commercial and critical success and currently ranks as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all-time. In August 2015, the company released Karan Malhotra's Brothers , an adaptation of the 2011 American film Warrior , starring Superstar Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra in the lead roles with Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff playing supporting roles. Dharma also collaborated with Phantom Films to co-produce Vikas Bahl's romantic comedy Shaandaar starring Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, which was released one month later. Neither of these films fared well commercially or critically.

March 2016 saw the release of Shakun Batra's critically and commercially successful family drama Kapoor & Sons starring Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt. This was followed in September 2016 by Nitya Mehra's relatively unsuccessful romantic drama Baar Baar Dekho , a co-production with Excel Entertainment starring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. In October 2016, Karan Johar's romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil , featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles, was released. It received mixed to positive reviews from critics and became a commercial success. This was followed in November 2016 by Gauri Shinde's coming-of-age film Dear Zindagi , which Dharma co-produced with Red Chillies Entertainment and Hope Productions. Starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, the film became a commercial success and was praised for addressing themes of mental health and wellness.

In January 2017, Dharma released Shaad Ali's romantic film OK Jaanu starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, a Hindi-language remake of Mani Ratnam's Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani (2015). The film received a tepid response critically and commercially. This was followed by Shashank Khaitan's Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. A follow-up to 2014's Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, this film became a major commercial success. In April 2017, the company distributed the Hindi version of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion , which emerged as a larger success than the original. It currently ranks as the highest-grossing film in India and the second-highest grossing Indian film. The next was Abhay Chopra's moderately successful mystery thriller Ittefaq, an adaptation of Yash Chopra's 1969 film of the same name. Co-produced with Red Chillies Entertainment and BR Films, the film starred Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles.

Dharma's first release of 2018 was Meghna Gulzar's spy thriller Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. Based on Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat , the film became a major critical and commercial success. Later that year came Shashank Khaitan's romantic drama Dhadak (2018), which launched the careers of lead actors Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor. An adaptation of the widely acclaimed Marathi film Sairat (2016), the film emerged as a major commercial success despite mostly negative reviews.

In 2019, Anurag Singh's Kesari , a period drama based on the Battle of Saragarhi, starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles. The movie earned 200 crores worldwide in the box office and is Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing film. [20] This will be followed by Abhishek Varman's period drama Kalank featuring an ensemble cast including Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Sanjay Dutt. Kalank received negative reviews and only praised Kunal Khemu’s acting.

Upcoming projects

Slated to release in the beginning of 2019 is Tarun Mansukhani's Drive starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez.

The company's next release will be Student of the Year 2 directed by Punit Malhotra and starring Tiger Shroff, which will mark the feature film debut of lead actresses Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday. [21]

Dharma has also announced the production of Good News , a comedy film starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani. The film will be directed by first-time director Raj Mehta and is currently slated to release in July 2019. [22] This will be followed in December 2019 by Ayan Mukerji's fantasy film Brahmastra starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt.

Dharma has currently announced more productions to be released in 2020 and beyond. One is Rohit Shetty's cop comedy masala action film Sooryavanshi starring Akshay Kumar as Veer Sooryavanshi, Katrina Kaif as his love interest, and Amyra Dastur as the victim. Another is Shashank Khaitan's war film Rannbhoomi starring Varun Dhawan [23] The other is Karan Johar's Takht, a period drama based in the Mughal era, which is set to feature a large ensemble cast including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor. [24] Shershah which it’s directed by Vishnu Vardhan and stars Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, Untitled Horror Comedy which is directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh and it stars Vicky Kaushal, and Bhumi Pednekar, Kargil Girl, which it is directed by Sharan Sharma and will star Janhvi Kapoor, Angad Bedi, and Pankaj Tripathi.

Dharmatic

On 28 November 2018, Johar announced on Twitter that Dharma Productions had officially expanded into creating digital content for web channels via a new division, called Dharmatic. This new sector of the company would be headed by Somen Mishra and Aneesha Baig, who would head the fiction and non-fiction divisions, respectively. [4]

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