Balaji Motion Pictures

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Balaji Motion Pictures
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2001
Founders Jeetendra
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Key people Jeetendra(chairman)
Shobha Kapoor(managing director)
Ekta Kapoor(joint managing director & creative director)
Products Motion Pictures & Television Programmes
Parent Balaji Telefilms
Subsidiaries ALT Entertainment
Website www.balajimotionpictures.com

Balaji Motion Pictures is the sister company of Balaji Telefilms. It entered the Indian motion pictures business in 2002. The company operates the Motion Pictures Division through its wholly owned subsidiary.

Till 2011, the company had produced and/or acquired 17 films, including Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Sarkar Raj. For 2013, it has tied up with Raaj Kamal Films International to distribute Vishwaroop across India which is the Hindi version of Kamalhaasan's Vishwaroopam.[1]

Operations[edit]

Balaji Motion Pictures is based in Mumbai in the Balaji House on New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai. It operates from its head office in Andheri West and has studios in Film City and other locations in Mumbai. In terms of studio facilities Balaji Motion Pictures is one of the largest film productions houses in Mumbai's larg .

History[edit]

Balaji Motion Pictures (Balaji Films) was set up in 2001 by Hindi television producer Ekta Kapoor with the purpose of venturing into film production. She produced Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta, released in 2001 with Govinda and Sushmita Sen as the leads. The film was not a success, collecting INR13 crore (US$2.1 million).[2] Later, the company produced Kucch To Hai, Krishna Cottage and Koi Aap Sa in 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively. The movies did not fare well at the box office.[citation needed] In 2005, the company produced and released Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, which grossed INR21.5 crore (US$3.5 million)[3] and made it to the top three films of 2005.[4] In 2007, the company co-produced Shootout at Lokhandwala with Sanjay Gupta. The film was a critical and commercial hit,[5] collecting INR68.17 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[6] In 2008, the company produced and released C Kkompany, which was a commercial and critical failure.[citation needed] In the same year, the company co-produced Mission Istanbul and EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Parega with Sunil Shetty. Both films failed critically and commercially.[7] Also in 2008, the company acquired the distribution rights of Bhool Bhulaiyaa[8] and Sarkar Raj with a deal of almost INR40 crore (US$6.5 million).[9] The film were both commercially success thereby marking a step further of Balaji. In 2010, the company sub-branded ALT Entertainment, a youth focused brand and produced a low-budget movie, Love Sex aur Dhokha,[10] which proved to be a critically and commercially successful film.[11] In the same year, the company released Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, which was also a commercial and critical hit.[12] The films also marked the company's successful entry in the films.[citation needed]

In 2011, the company marked its entry into Marathi films by producing Taryanche Bait.[13] The film was a critical and commercial hit[14] and also won many accolades including three awards for Best Film.[15] The company also released Shor in the City, a small-budget critically acclaimed movie.[16][17] The same year also saw the release of Ragini MMS, co-produced with Amit Kapoor and Sidhartha M. Jain. The response to the movie fetched Stardust Award for Best Film and Ekta Kapoor announced the sequel of the film soon to be released in the year 2013 starring Indo-Canadian star Sunny Leone.[18] Later, In the same year, the company released The Dirty Picture starring Vidya Balan as lead on 2 December 2011. The film proved to be a huge Blockbuster and was one of the best films of 2011 thereby bagging Vidya Balan her first National Award and all other awards of 2011 for her performance and six awards for Best Film.[citation needed] In the Year 2012, the company released first ever seen Adult Comedy Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum, sequel to 2005 hit Kyaa Kool Hai Hum which was slammed by critics but was a Box Office Success thereby made at a Budget of INR13 crore (US$2.1 million) and collecting INR33 crore (US$5.3 million) itself in its first week.[citation needed]

In 2013, the company released its Horror Film Ek Thi Daayan, co-produced with Vishal Bhardwaj. The film received mostly positive response. It was well-accepted by critics and received 3 out of 5 on an average. Jinson John of Indian Box Office also stated "Ek Thi Daayan is not that regular Bhootiya Isshtoorry, the plot stands out of them all, it's surely is an Experimental Plot, but not written by an Idiot."[citation needed] The film opened Ek Thi Daayan opened at around 30-40% occupancy with better opening in multiplexes rather than single screens netted around INR18.07 crore (US$2.9 million) over the first weekend.[citation needed] In May 2013, released by the company was Shootout at Wadala. The film opened with great reviews from many quarters. Bollywood Hungama, rated the film with Star full.svg stars whereas The Times of India rated it with 4/5 stars stars.[19] Made on the string Budget of INR26 crore (US$4.2 million), the film grossed INR54.6 crore (US$8.8 million) worldwide. The film was declared Average by Box office India.[citation needed] In July 2013, the company released Lootera, starring Ranveer Singh & Sonakshi Sinha as leads. The film opened with best reviews from many critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film with 4/5 stars Stars, describing "On the whole, LOOTERA is an intrinsically earnest and profoundly heartwarming story that stays in your heart. An absolute must for those who love romantic films or are romantic at heart. This one's a cinematic gem!".[20] Raja Sen of Rediff.com rated 4/5 stars stars and noted, "Lootera is a gorgeous, gorgeous film, one that uses its period setting affectionately, with loving detail, and not exploitatively, as our cinema is wont to do."[21] Meena Iyer of The Times of India assigned the film 4/5 stars Stars and noted, "Lootera is a love saga of yore." She added, "You may find this film boring if state-of-the-art, slow romance is not your idea of a movie outing."[22] The film was made on the Budget of INR27 crore (US$4.4 million) and netted INR38 crore (US$6.2 million) worldwide in its lifetime .[23] In August 2013, the company released Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! the sequel to one of its most successful film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.[24] The film opened with mixed reviews from all the critics and was also slammed by many critics for its poor drafting and execution of story line.[25] The film was made on the high Budget of INR85 crore (US$14 million) to INR100 crore (US$16 million) and collected INR70 crore (US$11 million) worldwide, thereby contributing the loss and was declared "Flop".[citation needed] In 2014, On February 28, the company released Shaadi Ke Side Effects starring Farhan Akhtar & Vidya Balan. The film opened with positive reviews from various quarters and collected INR5.7 crore (US$920,000) on its day one. The film went on to gross INR21.2 crore (US$3.4 million) in its opening weekend. The film grossed INR70 crore (US$11 million) worldwide during its lifetime run and was declared "Below Average" by Boxoffice India.[26] In the same year, On March 21, the company released Ragini MMS 2 starring Sunny Leone, the sequel to yet another successful film of the company Ragini MMS. Made on the budget of INR18 crore (US$2.9 million), the film opened with mixed reviews from the critics and went on to collect INR65 crore (US$11 million).[26] The film was a major commercial success and was declared "Hit" by Boxoffice India.[27]

On April 04, 2014, the company released Main Tera Hero starring Varun Dhawan as a the protagonist directed by David Dhawan. The film released with positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated 3.5/5 stars Stars, & wrote "On the whole, Main Tera Hero is a wild, wacky, madcap entertainer that has the unmistakable stamp of the master of entertainers -- David Dhawan. An over the top plot, humor quotient and performances are three aces the film stands on. The film should work well with admirers of typical Bollywood masalathons, also because Varun Dhawan pulls off the act with flamboyance and bowls you over with an uproarious act in this zany entertainer. Go, have fun and laugh out loud!".[28] Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India gave the movie 3.5/5 stars stars saying, Main Tera Hero is a pav bhaji picture, quick, spicy, hot. It has the depth of a comic strip but it also has its neon-shaded fun. For those who want a light laugh, here's your boy."[citation needed] Made on the budget of INR42.5 crore (US$6.9 million), the movie went on to collect INR77 crore (US$12 million) worldwide[26] and was declared "Hit" by Box office India. On May 30, 2014, the company released small Budget film Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi which was co-produced by Bejoy Nambiar.[citation needed] The film opened with mixed reviews from critics and also failed to collect at Box office. The film collected a mere INR3 crore (US$490,000) from Boxoffice thereby recovering its costs.[citation needed] In June 2014, the company released Ek Villain co-starring Sidharth Malhotra & Shraddha Kapoor. The film opened with positive reviews from its critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama awarded the movie 4/5 stars and wrote that, "On the whole, Ek Villain is a stylish, spellbinding and terrifying edge-of-the-seat thriller. It's a step forward in this genre, without doubt. A sure-shot winner!"[29] Raedita Tandon from Filmfare gave the film 4/5 stars stars and noted that, "Though indulgent in parts, Ek Villain packs in a punch. Copy of a Korean film or not, it’s ‘good’ paisa vasool entertainment. Make it your weekend watch."[citation needed] Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film 3/5 stars Stars, stating that "You cannot fault the scale of Ek Villain or berate its lead star cast. But you wish you could celebrate this thriller like you did Suri's last movie outing Aashiqui 2.[citation needed] The film made on the budget of INR35 crore (US$5.7 million) went on to collect INR105.05 crore (US$17 million) from India[30] and grossed INR135 crore (US$22 million) (approx) with a distributor share of INR49.75 crore (US$8.1 million) itself in India.[31] The film was declared "Super Hit" by Boxoffice India.

The Other films that are in pipeline unscheduled for release includes Badtameez Dil and Milan Talkies.[citation needed] Balaji Motion Pictures ranks in the top five[32] film production companies in India.

Film production[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Cast Genre Notes Award(s)
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta David Dhawan Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Rambha Comedy
2003 Kucch To Hai Anurag Basu &
Anil V Kumar
Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol,
Natassha, Yash Tonk
Horror Flop
2004 Krishna Cottage Santram Verma Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar,
Natassha, Rati Agnihotri
Horror Flop
2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Sangeeth Sivan Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh,
Isha Koppikar, Neha Dhupia
Comedy
Thriller
2005 Koi Aap Sa Partho Mitra Aftab Shivdasani, Natassha,
Dipannita Sharma, Himanshu Malik
Romance Flop
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Apoorva Lakhia Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty,
Vivek Oberoi, Arbaaz Khan, Amrita Singh,
Tusshar Kapoor, Rohit Roy
Crime Co-produced with Sanjay Gupta Winner:
2008 Mission Istanbul Apoorva Lakhia Vivek Oberoi, Shriya Saran, Zayed Khan,
Nikitin Dheer, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Suniel Shetty
Crime Co-produced with Sunil Shetty
2008 C Kkompany Sachin Yardi Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher,
Rajpal Yadav, Raima Sen
Comedy Flop
2008 EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Parega Saurabh Kabra Arjun Rampal, Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar,
Malaika Arora Khan, Aashish Chaudhary, Neha Oberoi
Social Co-produced with Sunil Shetty
2010 Love Sex aur Dhokha Dibakar Banerjee Anshuman Jha, Nushrat Bharucha,
Sandeep Bose, Rajkummar Rao
Found footage Winner:
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Milan Luthria Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut,
Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda
Gangster Nominated:
2011 Taryanche Bait Kiran Yadnyopavit Vinay Apte, Sachin Khedekar,
Ashwini Giri, Ashmita Joglekar
Drama Marathi Film Winner:
2011 Shor in the City Raj Nidimoru &
Krishna D.K.
Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi,
Preeti Desai, Sundeep Kishan, Pitobash,
Radhika Apte, Girija Oak
Drama Flop Selected at:
2011 Ragini MMS Pawan Kripalani Rajkummar Rao, Kainaz Motivala Horror
Thriller
Co-produced with Amit Kapoor & Sidhartha M. Jain Winner:
2011 The Dirty Picture Milan Luthria Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi,
Tusshar Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah
Biographic Superhit Nominated:

Winner:

2012 Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum Sachin Yardi Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh,
Sarah Jane Dias, Neha Sharma, Anupam Kher, Chunky Pandey
Comedy
2013 Ek Thi Daayan Kannan Iyer Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma,
Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin
Thriller Co-produced with Vishal Bhardwaj Nominated:
2013 Shootout at Wadala Sanjay Gupta Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut,
Manoj Bajpayee, Tusshar Kapoor
Gangster
Crime
Prequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala
Co-produced with Sanjay Gupta
2013 Lootera Vikramaditya Motwane Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha Romance Co-produced with Anurag Kashyap
2013 Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobara Milan Luthria Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha Crime
Romance
Sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
2014 Shaadi Ke Side Effects Saket Chaudhary Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan Romcom Sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects
Co-Produced with Pritish Nandy Communications
2014 Ragini MMS 2 Bhushan Patel Sunny Leone Horror
Thriller
Sequel to Ragini MMS
2014 Main Tera Hero David Dhawan Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Nargis Fakhri Romance Remake of Telugu film Kandireega
2014 Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Aman Sachdeva Siddharth Gupta, Simran Kaur Mundi Comedy,
Romance
Co-Produced with Bejoy Nambiar
2014 Ek Villain — There's one in every love story Mohit Suri Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor Romance
Thriller

Upcoming[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Cast Genre Notes
2014 Milan Talkies Tigmanshu Dhulia Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor Drama Upcoming
2015 Mohammed Azharuddin Tony D'Souza Emraan Hashmi Biopic Upcoming
2015 Badtameez Dil Akshay Roy Emraan Hashmi, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kritika Kamra Romance
Drama
Upcoming
Co-Produced with Karan Johar
2015 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Tusshar Kapoor Comedy Upcoming
2015 Romil & Juggal Danish Aslam Comedy Upcoming
2015 Half Girlfriend Mohit Suri Kriti Sanon Drama Upcoming
Co-Produced with Chetan Bhagat
2015 Suspect X Sujoy Ghosh Vidya Balan Upcoming
Adapted from The Devotion of Suspect X
2015 Untitled Shabbir Khan Tiger Shroff Upcoming

Film distribution[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2008 Bhool Bhulaiyaa Priyadarshan
2008 Sarkar Raj Ram Gopal Varma
2013 Vishwaroop Kamal Haasan

Awards & ceremonies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ekta Kapoor takes up cudgels for Kamal Haasan". The Times Of India. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Report of 2001.". 
  3. ^ "Kya Kool grossess Rs 21.5 crores". 
  4. ^ "Kya Kool in 3 Top hits of 2005". 
  5. ^ "Shoot Out is the biggest hit of Balaji till date". 
  6. ^ "Box Office report of Shootout At Lokhandwala". 
  7. ^ "Mission Istanbul fails at Box Office". 
  8. ^ "Balaji acquires Priyadarshan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa". 
  9. ^ "Balaji acquires Ram Gopal's Sarkar Raj". 
  10. ^ "Ekta to produce up a different film". 
  11. ^ "LSD a rare to see hit film". 
  12. ^ "Once Upon a Time is Superhit.". 
  13. ^ "Ekta's next in Marathi". 
  14. ^ "Ekta's Taryanche Bait takes Extraordinary opening". 
  15. ^ "Ekta's marathi venture bags top accolades". 
  16. ^ "Lifetime Box-office collection of Shor in the City.". 
  17. ^ "Review:Shor in the City is a terrific Film.". 
  18. ^ "Sunny Leone signed for Ragini MMS 2". 
  19. ^ Review:Shootout At Wadala- The Times of India
  20. ^ Lootera is a terrific gem - Taran Adarsh
  21. ^ Lootera is an absolute masterpiece - Raja Sen
  22. ^ Lootera is Lovesaga of yore - Meena Iyer, The Times of India
  23. ^ Lifetime collections and Economics of Lootera
  24. ^ Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara: Another film to hit the jackpot?
  25. ^ Anupama Chopra's review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara!
  26. ^ a b c Box office collextions Jan to April 2014
  27. ^ Ragini MMS 2 is one of the major commercial success of 2014
  28. ^ Main Tera Hero is the masala entertainer of 2014 - Taran Adarsh
  29. ^ Ek Villian is stylish and a sure-shot winner - Taran Adarsh
  30. ^ Ek Villian is first for Balaji to enter 100 crore club
  31. ^ Ek Villian makes 49.75 crore share for its distributors
  32. ^ "Balaji ranks one of the top 5 Film companies of India". 

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