Dharma Productions

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Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (1976)
Founder(s) Yash Johar
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people Karan Johar (chairman) Apoorva Mehta (CEO)
Products Films
Website www.dharma-production.com

Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian motion picture production and distribution company, based in Mumbai. The company was founded by Yash Johar in 1976. It is now headed by his son Karan Johar after the death of the former in 2004. Apoova Mehta is the CEO of the company. Notable films produced by the company includeKuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna(2006) , My Name Is Khan (2010), Agneepath (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), The Lunchbox (2013), and 2 States (2014).

Films produced[edit]


Shahrukh Khan, who starred in five of the top-grossing films of Dharma Productions

Dharma Productions rose to success with Karan Johar's directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The film was extremely successful in India and abroad, becoming the highest grossing Indian film of the year, and the first Bollywood film to enter the UK cinema top ten. The soundtrack also became the biggest seller of the year. The film won many major awards including the "Best Film" honours at the Filmfare Awards, the National Film Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, and Bollywood Movie Awards. Years after its release, it still makes appearances on Indian television and has achieved an iconic status in the history of Indian Cinema.

Karan Johar's next directorial Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... also emerged a huge critical and commercial success. Made on a budget of INR400 million (US$6.6 million), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... emerged as a major commercial success, both domestically and internationally, with a lifetime gross of over INR1.17 billion (US$19 million) and was declared a blockbuster. Outside India, the film was the highest grossing Indian film ever, until its record was broken by Karan's next directorial, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... won several awards at popular award ceremonies the following year, including five Filmfare Awards.

The next release of the production house, "Kal Ho Naa Ho" was declared a major hit in India by Box Office India.The film was a critical and commercial success and emerged as the second highest grossing film, domestically and the highest grossing film in the overseas market, that year.[1] When adjusted for inflation its total worldwide gross was a huge INR1.3 billion (US$22 million).[2] The following year, Kal Ho Naa Ho won two National Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards.

Johar's next film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna starring Shahrukh Khan became a huge success and grossed a worldwide total of INR1.13 billion (US$19 million).[3] The script received recognition by a number of critics and was invited to be included in the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4]

Dostana, the 2008 release featuring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham nad Priyanka Chopra was a major critical and commercial success in India and abroad and became the eighth highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 2008.[5]

In 2009, the company produced Wake Up Sid and Kurbaan which were critically well received.

2010 proved to be a turning point for Dharma Productions as Johar's next directorial venture My Name Is Khan which starred Shahrukh Khan and Kajol became a hugely successful film. On its release, the film broke many box office records. My Name Is Khan was the highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas at that time. Within four weeks, the film crossed the INR700 million (US$12 million) mark in India and became the first film of 2010 to do so and is the highest grossing film released in February. In the overseas markets, the film grossed US$23 million(INR 1.03 billion).[6] My Name Is Khan is currently the 10th highest grossing Bollywood film with a worldwide gross of INR2 billion (US$33 million).[7]

The success of MNIK was followed by I Hate Luv Storys. The film was released on 2 July 2010 and went on to become a major box office hit and was one of the highest grossing films of the year.[8]


Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, the stars of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the top earner of Dharma Productions.

After a huge 2010, the company produced Agneepath, a retelling of the 1990 film of the same name and was directed by Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra. Johar paid tribute to his father, Yash Johar, the producer of the original, through the film.[9] The film featured Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film received positive reviews from critics in India[10] and became a humongous commercial success.[11] The film first broke the opening day collections and with a revenue of over INR1.25 billion (US$21 million) in India alone, the film emerged as one of the highest grossing films of all time in India.[12]

The next production Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu featuring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan met with critical and moderate commercial success in both India and abroad with a domestic gross of over INR400 million (US$6.6 million).

Karan Johar's next directiorial Student of the Year featuring newcomers Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan became a major critical and commercial success.[13] The critical reviews were mostly positive."[14] The film became the highest grossing non-starcast film upon release with a revenue of INR700 million (US$12 million) after four weeks and was also one of the top grossing productions of the year and also one of the most awarded ones.[15][16]

The second release of 2013 was Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The movie earned a positive to mixed critical reception. The film emerged a global blockbuster and became the third highest grossing film of all time with earnings of over INR1.9 billion (US$32 million) domestically. The film became the highest grossing film of the production house and also the third film ever to cross INR3 billion (US$50 million) mark worldwide.[17]

The third release of the year was The Lunchbox, which was co-produced by DAR Motion Pictures, Anurag Kashyap and UTV Motion Pictures, starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the lead characters. The movie earned critical acclaim over the globe for its story, screenplay, performances and direction. Taran Adarsh called it, "Easily one of the finest films to come out of India"; Koimoi wrote,"Elegantly done, the film conjures a connoisseur variety of cinema where love and romance are stretched beyond the contours marked out by epic Bollywood romances. The love here has so much tenderness, eulogizes companionship of two very unlikely people who are drawn close over notes exchanged via a lunchbox, which almost builds up as a character in their story. Films like these are gratifyingly piquant and should definitely not be missed!."[18] Though it wasn't a commercial film, it proved a surprise economic success and collected over INR220 million (US$3.7 million) in three weeks in India.[19] The final release of the year was the Imran Khan- Kareena Kapoor starrer Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, a box-office disaster.

In 2014, the production house' s first release was Hasee Toh Phasee starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra which received critical appreciation and became a box-office success with a worldwide gross of INR620 million (US$10 million).[20] Rediff stated,"Hasee Toh Phasee is that rare film that allows you to know the two people you're investing in. And the closer you get, the more they win you over."

The second release of the year was 2 States, which was co-produced with Sajid Nadiadwala and UTV Motion Pictures, and directed by Abhishek Varman. The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name, written by Chetan Bhagat, and starred Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. 2 States earned mixed to positive reviews from critics, but was received exceptionally well by the masses, and became a major commercial success with worldwide gross of over INR1.67 billion (US$28 million). Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, "On the whole, 2 States is one of the finest movies to come out of the Hindi film industry of late. This is one of those rare Hindi movies that commands a repeat viewing. Strongly recommended!"[21] Mohar Basu of Koimoi gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, and wrote, "2 States is barely unwatchable but misses the magic of Chetan Bhagat's novel. As a stand alone, it is endearingly done with Alia and Arjun's scorching chemistry coming off as adorable. The Bhagat fan in me is disappointed but the cinegoer isn't."[22]

The future releases of Dharma Productions are Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Ungli, Badtameez Dil Shuddhi, Pricelss-Remake and Warrior.


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  9. ^ Gil Harris, Jonathan (15 September 2012). "The Alpha Beta". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Adarsh, Taran (26 January 2012). "Taran Adarsh Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 4.5/5 stars
  11. ^ "Agneepath Extended Weekend Territorial Breakdown". Box Office India. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Agneepath crosses Rs. 125 crores !!!". Pinkvilla. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Student Of The Year's magic wand is Karan Johar | NDTV Movies.com". Movies.ndtv.com. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Taran Adarsh (18 October 2012). "Student Of The Year (2012) - Critic Review by Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 4/5 stars
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  18. ^ http://www.bollymoviereviewz.com/2013/09/the-lunchbox-movie-review.html
  19. ^ Koimoi.com Team (14 October 2013). "The Lunchbox Beats Profit Rate Of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Kai Po Che & Chashme Baddoor". Koimoi.com. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.bollymoviereviewz.com/2014/02/hasee-toh-phasee-first-week-box-office.html
  21. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "2 States". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 4.5/5 stars
  22. ^ Basu, Mohar. "2 States Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 3/5 stars

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