|Founded||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (1976)|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Key people||Karan Johar (Chairman) Apoorva Mehta (CEO)|
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 its CEO. It is one of the most successful banners of Indian Cinema, having delivered path breaking hits like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Dostana, Wake Up Sid, My Name Is Khan, I Hate Luv Storys, Agneepath, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Student of the Year , Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and The Lunchbox.
Films produced by Dharma Productions
Highest grossing films
|Rank||Name||Year of Release||Domestic Gross||Worldwide||Starring||Director|
|1||Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani||2013||179 crore (US$27 million)||301 crore (US$46 million)||Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone||Ayan Mukerji|
|2||Agneepath||2012||125 crore (US$19 million)||193 crore (US$30 million)||Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor||Karan Malhotra|
|3||My Name Is Khan||2010||75 crore (US$11 million)||200 crore (US$31 million)||Shahrukh Khan & Kajol||Karan Johar|
|4||Student of the Year||2012||72 crore (US$11 million)||108 crore (US$17 million)||Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt||Karan Johar|
|5||I Hate Luv Storys||2010||60 crore (US$9.2 million)||102 crore (US$16 million)||Imran Khan & Sonam Kapoor||Punit Malhotra|
|6||Kal Ho Naa Ho||2003||51 crore (US$7.8 million)||130 crore (US$20 million)||Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta||Nikhil Advani|
|7||Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...||2001||47 crore (US$7.2 million)||117 crore (US$18 million)||Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrihtik Roshan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan||Karan Johar|
|8||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998||45 crore (US$6.9 million)||103 crore (US$16 million)||Shahrukh Khan, Kajol & Rani Mukerji||Karan Johar|
|9||Dostana||2008||44 crore (US$6.7 million)||86 crore (US$13 million)||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham & Priyanka Chopra||Tarun Mansukhani|
|10||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||2006||42 crore (US$6.4 million)||113 crore (US$17 million)||Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji,Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta||Karan Johar|
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 40 crore (US$6.1 million), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... emerged as a major commercial success, both domestically and internationally, with a lifetime gross of over 117 crore (US$18 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. When adjusted for inflation its total worldwide gross was a huge 130 crore. 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 113 crore (US$17 million). 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.
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.
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 the time. Within four weeks, the film crossed the 70 crore (US$11 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(103 crore). My Name Is Khan is currently the 10th highest grossing Bollywood film with a worldwide gross of 200 crore (US$31 million).
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. The film featured Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film received positive reviews from critics in India and became a humongous commercial success. The film first broke the opening day collections and with a revenue of over 125 crore (US$19 million) in India alone, the film emerged as one of the highest grossing films of all time in India.
The next production Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu featuring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan me t with critical and moderate commercial success in both India and abroad with a domestic nett of over 40 crore (US$6.1 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. The critical reviews were mostly positive." The film became the highest grossing non starcast film upon release with a revenue of 70 crore (US$11 million) after four weeks and was also one of the top grossing productions of the year and also one of the most awarded ones.
The next release in 2013 was Gippi which was critically well received.
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 190 crore (US$29 million) domestically. The film became the highest grossing film of the production house and also the third film ever to cross 300 crore (US$46 million) mark worldwide.
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. Though it wasnn't a commercial film, it proved a surprise economic success and collected over 22 crore (US$3.4 million) in three weeks in India.
Dharma Productions eventually began producing films starring relative newcomers. In Student of the Year, they launched Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. They also have other such films like 2 States and Hasee Toh Phasee.
Ranbir Kapoor's third Film (2009) Wake Up Sid
Imran Khan's fourth film (2010) I Hate Luv Storys
Sonam Kapoor's third film I Hate Luv Storys
Riya Vij debuted (2013) Gippi
Shraddha Kapoor's fourth film (2013) Gori Tere Pyaar Main
Parineeti Chopra's fourth film (2014) Hasee Toh Phasee
Arjun Kapoor's fourth film (2014) 2 States
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