Last year we came up with our very first POWER LIST and it did the trick. From phone calls to texts I was asked why X person was missing from the list to why a Y person was so high up on it. I love when anything we do here in Super Cinema stars a conversation within the industry and the POWER LIST did get a lot of people talking. I once read somewhere that “The measure of a person is what they do with power” that is one line that has always remained with me. So for this year’s POWER LIST I asked myself how people in position of power have used that same power, have they made better choices of have they continued on the same path like the last year. All most all of the ratings this year will show how I ’ve assessed these powerful people who literally run this town. So without further ado presenting the POWER LIST of 2018! Read on

Words: AMUL VIKAS MOHAN

1 Yash Raj Films or simply YRF is one of the biggest and most profi table production houses in the industry. The company keeps churning out some of the biggest movies every single year and continues the working sans a traditional studio backing because in many ways it is a studio in itself. Since last Diwali, YRF has had three releases in TIGER ZINDA HAI, HICHKI and SUI DHAAGA and all of them have turned out be major plus films for the banner. They’ve arguably one the biggest movies in THUGS OF HINDUSTON up for release next week and some big ones in the coming year as well. And that is the reason they retain their top spot from last year.

2 Dharma Productions is one of the oldest and one of the most respected banners in the country. Year on year the production house continues to shine by doing some great movies as well as some great collaborations. Since our last list, the company has had three releases in ITTEFAQ, RAAZI and DHADAK out of which the last two were bona-fi de hits of the year, they also have SIMMBA up for release before the end of the year. But it is their next year’s massive slate which could be envious to any production house in the country with movies like KASERI, KALANK, GOOD NEWS, BRAHMASTRA and a few others lined up for release.

3 Sajid Nadiadwala’s banner Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment is probably the only standalone banner run by an individual producer who is still a top pick in terms of production houses in the country. The company is singular in its vision to provide ‘paisa vasool’ entertainment to its loyalists fan base and continues to take major strides in the industry. This past year post our last POWER LIST, the company has had one major release in BAAGHI 2 which was one the biggest blockbusters of the year. Now next year they already have some major movies lined up in their slate which include fi lms like SUPER 30, KALANK and HOUSEFULL 4 to name a few.

4 Excel Entertainment is one of the first production houses in the country to begin the wave of new wave and content driven movies in the country. The banner began almost two decades ago and till date is synonymous with high quality content movies. Since our last list they’ve produced three movies namely FUKREY RETURNS, 3 STOREYS and GOLD out of which barring 3 STOREYS both the other releases gave handsome returns to the banner. They’ve a massive movie lined up next year as well in GULLY BOY starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead and that alone makes them retain their spot in the top 5 like last year.

5 The combination of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani one that screams of an all-time blockbuster verdict, because almost everything the pair of them do it generally translates to a massive box-office turnout. This year as well keeping up with their tradition the two companies had one major release SANJU starring Ranbir Kapoor and directed by Hirani which was a massive blockbuster. They also have some interesting movies lined up as well.

6 Maddock Films run by Dinesh Vijan is one of the biggest mover in our POWER LIST this year. But after the sensational the company has had not many would argue with their rise to the top. Although the banner had had only one major release in STREE which was one the biggest success stories of the year! The banner already has an envious line up of movies for next year as well which include the likes of ARJUN PATIALA, MADE IN CHINA and LUKA CHUPPI!

Colour Yellow Productions headed by Aanad L Rai has been tantamount to Indian earthy characters and Indian heartland stories and that has come across in all their choices till date. This year since our list the banner has had four releases including movies like HAPPY PHHIR BHAG JAYEGI, MANMARZIYAAN and the recent release of TUMBBAD while they’ve not got the box-office register ringing to the hilt but they’ve stayed true to the stories they want to say. Now they’ve movies like ZERO and the yet untitled Saif Ali Khan starrer up for release in their slate and it looks like it will exciting times ahead for the banner once again. 

8 Emmay Entertainment is slowly but steadily becoming one of those rare production houses in the industry who are not chasing a project but they’re after telling some important stories. This past year since our list they’ve had one of a major universal hits of the year in SATYAMEVA JAYATE and the highly appreciated BAAZAAR which came out last week. They have some serious movies lined up in their slate as well and it will be intriguing to see how much of a jump can they take come next our next POWER LIST!

9 Luv Ranjan Films headed by talented filmmaker Luv Ranjan has come out of the blindside of many in the industry and landed a perfect knockout punch in this year’s runaway hit SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY. The banner has some great movies lined up including Ajay Devgn’s solo DE DE PYAAR DE and Ranjan’s next directorial venture starring Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. It will be interesting to see how many spots can this one jump in our next edition of the POWER LIST.

10 2017 ended on a troublesome note for everyone involved in Bhansali Productions headed by fi lmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali as their movie PADMAAVAT couldn’t see the light of day as fi rst intended by the makers. In 2018 however the luck of the company and everybody in the movie changed when the movie opened to pack houses and went on to be one the highest grossing movies ever produced in the country. The company on that feat alone made it to our POWER LIST and with some interesting movie lined up by them for the forthcoming year we are certain they warrant their spot here as well.

1 Aamir Khan and his production company as a collective have a strong power pull in the industry. This year since our last POWER LIST, the actor had one release which has done well not only in India but created massive records in China as well. His production house’s next is yet to be announced officially but joining hands with him is like guaranteeing a blockbuster at the very least and hence he retains the top spot in this year’s POWER LIST as well.

2 Shah Rukh Khan was one of the first actors in the new lot to start a production house in the industry and he has been going strength to strength ever since. The actor now rarely works with production houses outside his own banner but in the last few years he has started to change the way the business is conducted within his company as well. This year his massive content deal with Netfl ix is a testament of that change in gears for him. He has some of the biggest movies lined up and we are sure he will continue to strive to be at the very top of this game.

3 Salman Khan is one of the biggest superstars in the country and he has taken that same swagger along with him to his banner as well. Since our last POWER LIST he produced two movies in 2018 but something tells us that his upcoming slate is a pretty envious one with his next BHARAT toted to one of the biggest releases in 2019. His star status simply precedes himself and that is one of the prime reasons for him to continue at the very top of our POWER LIST!

4 Akshay Kumar is one of the most consistent actors in the industry who not only does work in quantity but also with some top notch quality attached to it as well. His production house also seems to carry that same motto and it is a verifi cation of the rise and rise of his production banner. Since our last POWER LIST, Akshay has produced only one fi lm in the successful PADMAN and he has a massive release early next year as well in KESARI which is a co-production with Dharma Productions. Collaborating with likeminded production houses is one of the best parts of Kumar’s working style and that is the main reason he continues to be in the top 5 of our POWER LIST.

5 One of the few actors who believes in putting his money where is his mouth is. He backs the content he believes in and then goes out there and produces the same too. Since our last list his company has only one major release which didn’t fare too well at the box-office, but that has not deterred him or his ambitions to endeavour for bigger and better movies in the next year. His grit is one of the main reasons why he is still in top 5 of our POWER LIST. 

6 What a stellar year it has been for John Abraham and his banner JA Entertainment. After a lot of legal issue and tussles for his pet project PARMANU the movie finally saw the light of day and went on to be on the biggest solo grossing movies for the actor. But then just a few months later his next release SATYAMEVA JAYATE smashed the earlier record set by PARMANU and went to be his highest grossing solo movie to date. With renewed vigour and determination the actor has a great slate for the upcoming year and warrants his hike in our POWER LIST as well.

7 The father – daughter duo of Anil and Rhea Kapoor have had a great year at the movies. VEERE DI WEEDING has been a big hit for the company with the talks of a sequel already stirring up in the fi rst week of its theatrical run. But barring just hear say, Anil Kapoor Films has already lining up some interesting movies as well as some intriguing stu for Netfl ix and also Amazon Prime. They’ve also been bumped up by a spot in this year’s POWER LIST as well.

8 One of the only major actresses on the scene to run a production house Anushka Sharma along with her brother Karnesh have been doing a swell job with it all. Since our last POWER LIST they have a solidarity release PARI which got them some great reviews for pushing the content envelope. And now they’ve some interesting content planned with Amazon Prime which is going to be officially announced soon.

9 Although the banner floated by actor Emraan Hashmi hasn’t had a single release till now but the line up surely is one that would make many take notice. The actor has only recently finished filming his maiden venture CHEAT INDIA with his partners T-Series Films and Ellipses Entertainment plus he has also just wrapped up the shoot for his next which is the remake of the Spanish movie BODY with his producing partner Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Azure Entertainment.

10 Hrithik Roshan has producing movies in his genes. His father’s banner Film Kraft is one of the oldest and the most reputed banners in the country. So it comes as no surprise to anyone that Hrithik too has aspirations to be take that legacy forward. His apparel and lifestyle brand, HRX is one of the most profi table companies in the Indian apparel scene and now he is going to launch his banner with his next major release SUPER 30. We do hope that he makes many more projects from this banner so that we could witness the rise of his name on this POWER LIST in the coming years.

1. FOX STAR STUDIOS

Fox Star Studios has been constantly building up an aura of invincibility around them. By hand-picking some of the most lucrative project which in turn give them a chance of high returns has been a mantra that they’ve been following to the T since past couple of years. Since our last POWER LIST the international studio has had two major releases in the calendar year of 2018 in BAAGHI 2 and SANJU both of which have been two of the biggest grossing movies of the year. But it is their slate of the forthcoming movies which can get any number of heads to turn. With movies like KALANK, TOTAL DHAMAAL, STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2, HOUSEFULL 4 amongst many more it surely looks like they’re going to reside on the top spot of our POWER LIST for many more years to come.
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2. T-SERIES

The sheer volume of movies that T Series Films churn out can put the biggest international studios to shame. Since our last POWER LIST the studios has had a total number of eight releases most of which have proven to be major money spinners at the box-office as well. Like a well drilled machine T-Series Film’s model has another dozen movie already lined up in their slate. Joseph Stalin once said, “Quantity has a quality all its own” and this seems to be the mantra for the folks at T-Series Films and it is working like a charm for them so why shouldn’t they keep on chanting it.

3. VIACOM 18 MOTION PICTURES

Viacom18 Motion Pictures had has a sensation year since our last POWER LIST. The company has had four major release which include one of the biggest grossing movie of 2018 in PADMAAVAT the victory on that movie is surely a little extra sweeter given the torrid time the studio must’ve to face to the lead up for the release of the movie earlier in the year. And more recently, the studio gave one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year in ANDHADHUN which further certifi es their spot in the top three studios of the country on our POWER LIST.

4. RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT

Unlike many studios in the country and more importantly on our list, Reliance Entertainment has a different business model which has worked for them since their switch. They invest in filmmakers and then work backwards from that thought process. Since our last list, they’ve had five new release which include one of the biggest grossing movies of 2017 i.e. GOLMAAL RETURNS. Plus now the folks at Reliance Entertainment already have some of the biggest movies ready in their slate which include the likes of SIMMBA and SUPER 30; if that doesn’t justify their spot in our top 5 we don’t know what will. 

5. EROS INTERNATIONAL

Eros International has been and will be one of the cornerstones of Indian entertainment scene. Since our last POWER LIST, Eros International has had half a dozen releases which have all done decently for the studio and in their new look approach they have actually weathered the storm which was over their heads. The new direction the company has taken for the digital space with EROS NOW also gives them a sharper edge in this cut-throat market and therefore substantiate their claim to be in the top 5 studios in the country. 

6. Junglee Pictures

Junglee Pictures is one the biggest gainer in this year’s POWER LIST. A new entry to the list, the studio has had two major releases since our inaugural list from last year and both have turned out to be massive hits. RAAZI and the recent BADHAAI HO have been movies which audiences pan India have connected with and that has only cemented Junglee Pictures such high up on the list. With interesting movies been lined up in the studio it seems like a great time to be in their corner and maybe they can really mount a challenge on the top 5 next year onwards.

7. ZEE STUDIOS

Another big gainer in the POWER LIST has been Zee Studios. The studio has had fi ve major releases since our last list and most of them have be highly profi table ventures for the studio. Movies like SECRET SUPERSTAR and DHADAK have worked wonders for the studio in the past year and they’ve a strong line up of movies to take on any other studio on this top 10 to push for a higher spot in the next edition.

8 BAJALI MOTION PICTURES

Balaji Motion Pictures have had a change in direction in the last few years and till now it has worked very well for them. The company is chasing high-concept films and one look at their recent movies plus their forthcoming movies will tell you how that has worked or will work for the company in the longer run. They’ve had two releases since our first list which include the Hit movie VEERE DI WEDDING; While they’ve some great movies lined up for the next year as well.

9. KYTA PRODUCTIONS

Another new entry in the list is Kyta Productions and they’re slowly but surely started to cement their place in the industry. The company has had four major releases this year since our first POWER LIST which include the breakout Hit like PARMANU. Plus now they have some major movies lined up for release in the coming year as well. So it will be interesting to see how they fulfi l their potential eventually with this one.

10. PEN MOVIES

Pen Movies has had a steady year at the movies since our first POWER LIST and that also shows them keeping their spot on the list as well. The studio has had fi ve releases but none of them have done exceptionally well for them but they have kept their ship steady and continued on their journey in a smooth manner. They have some interesting movies in their pipeline for the forthcoming year as well and it will be fascinating to see where they land in our next POWER LIST.

NON STUDIOS / NON PRODUCTION

It is called movie business and wherever there is business to be done; there are always going to be people working behind the scenes to pull the strings to get that business done. This list is a little altered from our last edition and honours people who are working round the clock to bring new money in our industry, all day, every day. The top 10 list in alphabetical order.

James Farrell

AMAZON PRIME CONTENT HEAD

Afsar Zaidi

EXCEED ENTERTAINMENT

Madhu Mantena

KWAN ENTERTAINMENT

Reshma Shetty

MATRIX ENTERTAINMENT

Swati Shetty

NETFLIX ACQUISITION

Shrishti Behl

NETFLIX INTERNATIONAL ORIGINALS

Sanujeet Bhujpal

SONY MUSIC

Hemal Jhaveri

STAR INDIA SATELLITE

Anurag Bedi

ZEE MUSIC

Ruchir Tiwari

ZEE SATELLITE

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