Super Cinema : Power List 2017
One of my most favorite movies ever is THE GODFATHER and one of the characters in it says, “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” That’s such a powerful, yet simple line and in many ways I got the idea to do a power list for the very first time for Super Cinema because of this very line. We in the industry are too eager for others to fall, we like to talk people down, we like to kick people who are down and out, we exchange messages when someone at top takes a step out of their comfort zone. We do all of this and all of us do it, but still there are people who keep on working their way with their head held high and rarely paying attention to the talk around them all. Here in our 19th year being in the trade, we would like to bring to your attention the heavy-hitters who run this town and they’re all doing a bloody well job of it all as well. We will do a list every year starting from this one and it will be a main feature in our traditional annual Diwali issue. Without any further ado, have a look at the SUPER CINEMA POWER LIST of 2017. Read on for the excerpts.
1. YASH RAJ FILMS Aditya Chopra
Most Prolific Production house, that fi nances, develops, produces, markets & distributes content on their own without tie up with any other Studio. In last 15 years they have produced 51 fi lms, with some of the highest grossing fi lms ever. Has launched the careers of multiple fi lm directors and actors: Sanjay Gadhvi, Kunal Kholi, Siddharth Anand, Kabir Khan, Manesh Sharma, Ali Abbas Zafar amongst others, and actors Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Bhoomi Pednekar and others.
2. DHARMA PRODUCTIONS Karan Johar
One of the most sought after names of young directors, leading actors and co-producers to be associated with. Has produced 28 films in the last 15 years and oversaw the entire release of the biggest blockbuster ever during this time BAHUBALI 1&2(2015, 2017). Has launched the career of multiple fi lm directors – Nikhil Advani, Soham Shah, Tarun Mansukhani, Ayaan Mukerjee, Karan Malhotra, Puneet Malhotra, Shashank Khatian, Abhishek Varman and actors Alia Bhat, Varun Dhawan & Siddharth Malhotra.
3. NADIADWALA & GRANDSONS Sajid Nadiadwala
Established in 2005, Sajid Nadiadwala is the biggest standalone producer in the Industry today, who wasn’t a director to begin with. He is the favourite producer of some of the biggest Superstars of the country such as Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. In the last 15 years has produced 18 films out of which 12 have been declared Hits & Super Hits. Launched the career of Tiger Shroff & Kriti Sanon, and is in the process of introducing more such talent.
4. EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani
Started the initial wave of clutter breaking content over a decade ago, has since then produced 15 films in the last 15 years, with some of the changing the way other producers think about content. Has introduced many talented directors such as Zoya Akhtar, Reema Khatagi and backed unconventional films like Abhishek Kapoor’s ROCK ON (2008) in which they launched the multi talented Farhan Akhtar as an actor. This Indian film studio was started by Farahan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani in the year 1999 and made their first film DIL CHCHTA HAI (2000) directed by Farhan Akhtar.
5. RIDAY FILMWORKS Neeraj Pandey & Shital Bhatia
In just 9 years in the b u s i n e s s they have made an exceptional mark with their cutting edge real life fact-fiction thrillers, having produced 10 films during this period. Superstar Akshay Kumar ventured into a new territory with their cinema and has been handsomely rewarded great roles in hit films like Special 26 (2013), BABY (2015), RUSTOM (2016) and TOILET- EK PREM KATHA (2017). They are further poised to push the envelope and introduce new ideas, writing talent & directing talent into the industry.
6. VVC Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Over the last 15 years has supported, nurtured and partnered with the biggest fi lmmaker during this time Raj Kumar Hirani in all his 4 landmark films, the iconic MUNNA BHAI MBBS (2003) and its follow up LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI (2006), and the All Time Blockbusters 3 IDIOTS (2009) & PK (2014), and is gearing up for their next mega release the Sanjay Dutt bio-pic starring Ranbir Kapoor.
7. FILMKRAFT Rakesh Roshan
This production house started by Rakesh Roshan has completed over 37 years since its inception. They have made several notable films like KHOON BHARI MAANG (1988), KISHEN KANHAIYA (1990), KARAN ARJUN (1995). He launched his son Hrithik Roshan with KAHO NA PYAAR HAI (2000) and since then has formed one of the best combinations between a Producer & Actor, with his son, has produced the 1st Superhero franchise of this country the KRRISH series (2003, 2006, 2013), KAABIL (2017) directed by Sanjay Gupta and now is further gearing up to making more films with other directors under the banner.
8. COLOR YELLOW FILMS Aanand L Rai
In the just few years, besides helming the productions of the fi lms where he is a director such as TANU WEDS MANU (2011), RAANJHANA (2013), TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS (2015), he has presented or produced/ co-produced 4 cult hits with NIL BATTEY SANNATA (2016), HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI (2016), SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN (2017) & NEWTON (2017). Next year he has geared up for more such titles with Phantom Films; MUKKABAAZ & the SRK starrer. In a short period of time this production house has made a name in the industry, for the simple content driven movies made by this production house.
9. PHANTOM FILMS Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl & Madhu Mantena
In the last 5 year, no other production has dared to push the boundaries of cinema with unconventional cinema than this production house. Having produced 10 films since their inception, they have given some of the most critically acclaimed films such as LOOTERA (2013), QUEEN (2015), NH10 (2015), UGLY (2014), MASAAN (2015), UDTA PUNJAB (2016) & TRAPPED (2017). This production house is also cited as the “Directors Company”. They have launched the mainstream careers of Vicky Kaushal, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, etc and also have given breaks to numerous first time directors.
10. MADDOCK FILMS Dinesh Vijan
Initially having launched a production banner in partnership with actor Saif Ali Khan and then venturing out on his own with Maddock films, he has personally been involved with 12 films as a producer, and has been part of some of the career defining films of actors and directors, like Homi Adjani – Deepika Padkuone in LOVE AAJ KAL (2009), COCKTAIL (2012). After going solo in 2014 Dinesh Vijan launched Maddock films and made movies like Finding Fanny (2014), Sriram Raghvan – Varun Dhawan in BADLAPUR (2015), Sakett Chowdhary – Irrfan Khan in HINDI MEDIUM (2017).
1. AAMIR KHAN PRODUCTIONS Aamir Khan
Has produced some of the most entertaining, path breaking content since he turned full time producer, from having his films being shortlisted in the Oscars top 5 foreign films ‘LAGGAN’ (2001), to break records in China with ‘DANGAL(2016)’ to making a nation weep with ‘TAARE ZAMEAN PAR (2007)’ to making one of the freshest youth love stories with ‘JAANE TU YA JAANE NA (2008)’ to touching upon social issues with ‘PEEPLI LIVE (2010)’ and giving the country one of its entertaining and critically acclaimed A Rated Comedies in ‘DELHI BELLY’ (2011), there isn’t a genre or subject matter that he or his production house not afraid of bringing to the audience as long as its emotionally enriching, engaging and entertaining.
2. RED CHILLIES ENTERTAINMENT Shah Rukh Khan & Gauri Khan
One of the first Actors who recognized that besides acting in films, he wanted to be a leader in developing and producing films. First started by producing films he acted in as the principal lead role, such a blockbusters such as MAIN HOON NA (2004), OM SHANTI OM (2007) & CHENNAI EXPRESS (2013), has now ventured into producing films such as ‘DEAR ZINDAGI (2016)’ and ‘ITTEFAQ (2017)’ where his main role is just as a producer. They launched Farah Kahn as a director with MAIN HOON NA (2004) and Deepika Padukone in OM SHANTI OM (2007).
3. SALMAN KHAN FILMS Salman Khan
This number one superstar was too busy early on his career with professional and personal commitments to focus on production, but when he decided to turn producer, he made sure it was with one of the biggest commercial and critical hits of all time with CHILLAR PARTY (2011) ‘BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015)’. Now is gearing up to produce multiple films where his primary role will be as producer only. He also launched Sooraj Pancholi (Aditya Pancholi’s son) and Athiya Shetty (Suniel Shetty), with HERO (2015) directed by Nikhil Advani.
4. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE/HARI OM ENTERTAINMENT Akshay Kumar
Consistently has been the busiest Superstar for years, and ventured into production with the films he mainly starred in such as ‘SINGH IS KING’ (2008), ‘HOLIDAY’( 2014), ‘AIRLIFT’(2016) &‘RUSTOM’ (2016), TOILET- EK PREM KATHA (2017) but has also backed the gem ‘OH MY GOD.’ The production house, in association with Telefilm Canada produced a hockey based Indo-Canadian film SPEEDY SINGHS (2011).
5. AJAY DEVGN FILMS Ajay Devgn
Has produced multiple films where he has acted in such as ‘ALL THE BEST (2009)’, ‘BOL BACHCHAN (2012)’, ‘SON OF SARDAR (2012)’ &‘Singham Returns (2014)’ SHIVAAY (2016), now looking at playing a producing role only in films with other actors in the leads for his production house. He started his production house in 2000 with movie RAJU CHACHA (2000).
6. CLEAN SLATE FILMS Anushka Sharma & Karnesh Sharma
This versatile actress ventured into film production with NH10 (2015) and since then has never looked back as a producer. Having produced PHILLURI (2017) this year and gearing up for a few more path breaking films in the coming years, mainly starring her as the lead role. Clean Slate Films have announced two more projects as their next productions which will release next year.
7. JA ENTERTAINMENT John Abraham
He is one of the rare few leading actors who started his production house by making a film with another actor and that too, a newcomer; ‘VICKY DONOR (2012)’, has been producer on films such as ‘MADRAS CAFÉ (2013)’ and Force 2 (2016) as well. He has launched actors like Ayushman Khurana and Yami Gautam. His production house’s next film is PARMANU (2017) which is based on India’s Pokhran nuclear test of 1998. His production company’s movies so far have all been different than the normal commercial entertainer movies generally made in Bollywood and his movies have done well at the box office and have been highly appreciated critically.
8. ANIL KAPOOR FILMS Anil Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor
After launching the production house, earlier he personally looked after all the details of films such as GANDHI MY FATHER (2007), NO PROBLEM (2010), over the last few years he has passed on the reigns to his daughter Rhea Kapoor and has produced differentiating films such as AISHA (2010) & KHUBSOORAT (2014) and is currently shooting VEERYE DI WEDDING which is releasing soon.
9. AB CORP/SARSWATI ENTERTAINMENT Amitabh Bachchan
One of the first companies to become corporate, they have produced multi films over the last few decades, such as TERE MERE SAPNE (1996), MAJOR SAAB (1997), PAA (2009) . Movies made by AB corp have had mixed review so far. They have also produced famous Hindi sitcom comedy television series DEKH BHAI DEKH (1993). They have always produced movies collaborating with other production houses.
10. ILLUMANTI FILMS Saif Ali Khan
Launched his production house in partnership with Dinesh Vijan, where they produced hit fi lms such as Love Aaj Kal (2009), Cocktail (2012), GO GOA GONE (2013). After mutually parting ways Saif Ali Khan is the sole producer of his production house. HAPPY ENDING (2014), so far is the latest movie produced by Illumnati films.
1. FOX STAR STUDIOS
Consistently over the last decade they have been amongst the top studios in the business, having financed, produced, marketed or distributed over 30 films, with some of the top titles such as JUDWAA 2 (2017), BADRINATH KI DHULHANIA (2017), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL (2016), MS DHONI- THE UNTOLD STORY (2016), KAPOOR &SONS (2016), NEERJA (2016), BANG BANG (2014), JOLLY LLB (2013), RAZZ 3 (2012), JANNAT 2 (2012), DUM MAARO DUM (2011), FORCE (2011) & MY NAME IS KHAN (2011). They have entered into strong output deals with Dharma Productions & Nadiadwala Grandsons amongst others.
In recent years they have made the shift from a music company to a full time studio, where they are aiming to release 8-10 films a year. They have been associated with recent success such as HINDI MEDIUM (2017), AIRLIFT (2016), BABY (2015), AASHIQI 2 (2013) & READY (2011). They have tied up with multiple production houses to co-produce a strong slate of films year on year.
3. VIACOM 18 MOTION PICTURES
Have navigated the industry for over 10 years and considered amongst the best studios in the business today, having a strong lineup of films year on year where everything is overseen internally from marketing to distribution. Some of the recent films they have been part of, TOILET- EK PREM KATHA (2017), DHRISYAM (2015), GABBAR IS BACK (2015), QUEEN (2014), MADRAS CAFÉ (2013), BHAG MILKHA BHAG (2013), CHASME BADOOR (2013), SPECIAL 26 (2013), SON OF SADAAR (2012),OH MY GOD (2012), KAHAANI (2012), PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA (2011) & TANU WEDS MANU (2011). And are now gearing up for the magnum opus ‘PADMAVATI (2017)’
4. RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT
The company has transitioned multiple times and kept changing their working model to best adapt to function within the industry and to leverage best returns for themselves. Has ventured into exclusive tie-ups with established production houses like Friday Filmworks, Rohit Shetty fi lms, and then merged with Phantom fi lms to form the fi rst studio in the business to be owner of production houses besides just partnering with them. Now gearing up for the release of GOLMAAL 4 (2017), AIYAARI, BHAVESH JOSHI, ANAND KUMAR Bio-Pic amongst others.
5. EROS INTERNATIONAL
Was once the leading player of the business who had phenomenal success buying and producing big ticket films such as DHISHOOM (2016), HOUSEFULL 3 (2016), KI & KA (2016), BAJIRAO MASTANI (2015), WELCOME BACK (2015), BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015), BADLAPUR (2015), R RAJKUMAR (2013), Ram Leela (2013), GRAND MASTI (2013), COCKTAIL (2012), ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOOBARA (2011), GOLMAAL 3 (2010) etc has now changed strategies and is focusing on content driven fi lms such as NEWTON (2017), SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN (2017), HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI (2016) & NIL BATTEY SANATA (2016).
6. KRIARJ ENTERTAINMENT
Entered the industry just a little while ago with the successful RUSTOM (2016), and followed it up with TOILET (2017) this year and now gearing up to release 5 films next year with PARI, PARMANU, PADMAN, FAANEY KHAN, KEDARNATH, SAPNA DIDI, ROSHNI. In most of their films they look to find a 50% co-finance partner.
7. BALAJI MOTION PICTURES
The biggest TV production house of the country, has been constantly churning out films, this past year they released HALF GIRLFRIEND (2017), SUPER SINGH (2017) & LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA (2017), and are gearing up for VEEREY DI WEDDING (2018) next year. They in the past they have made movies like AZHAR (2016), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI (2010), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI DOOBARA (2013) amongst others.
8. SONY PICTURES NETWORKS
The TV channel led production house has gradually made their entry into the Film Business with films such as AZHAR (2016), MUBARAKAN (2017) & POSTER BOYS (2017), and now looking to vamp up in the coming year.
9. ZEE STUDIOS
One of the astute studios in the business who look to get the best deal and best film for any of their platforms, they recently just released MOM (2017) & RUSTOM (2016), and are now gearing up for SECRET SUPERSTAR (2017) and QARIB QARIB SINGLE (2017) and MANIKARNIKA (2018). They also do multi-rights buying besides presenting films. They have also produced Marathi film SAIRAT (2016). They not only produce Hindi movies but also different regional movies including Marathi, Bengali etc.
10. PEN MOVIES
Has been an active player behind the scenes in Video & Satellite rights, but over the years has ventured into film production with such titles like KAHAANI (2012), SINGH IS BLING (2015), SHIVAAY (2016), KAHAANI 2 (2016) etc and now is gearing up to expand their business further. Pen has been associated in the past with films like SAUDA (1995), KOHRAM (1999), LAL BADHASH (1999).
It’s called the movie business and wherever its business; people who can pull string to make things happen behind the scenes are executives. Here is our list of behind the scenes top stars who shape the very business we love to adore. The top 20 list is in alphabetical order.
(CEO Kyta Productions)
(COO Viacom Motion Pictures)
(Ex CEO Balaji Motion Pictures)
(Ex COO SKF; CAO Fox Star Studios)
(VP Studios Disney)
(Head Zee Music)
(CEO Dharma Productions)
(Chief Revenue Officer Red chillies)
(EVP Star Gold & Movies OK)
(Head of Content Amazon Prime)
(President Junglee Pictures)
(Chief Development Office Fox Star Studios)
(Director Acquisition Netflix)
(Ex CEO Balaji Motion Pictures)
(MD Fox Star Studios)
(MD Sony Pictures Entertainment)
(Director Sony Music India)
(COO Reliance Entertainment)
SIDDHARTH ROY KAPUR
(Ex MD Disney India)
(DY President & Head Sony Pictures Networks)