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|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 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).
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 400 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 1.17 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. When adjusted for inflation its total worldwide gross was a huge 1.3 billion (US$22 million). 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 1.13 billion (US$19 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 that time. Within four weeks, the film crossed the 700 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( 1.03 billion). My Name Is Khan is currently the 10th highest grossing Bollywood film with a worldwide gross of 2 billion (US$33 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 1.25 billion (US$21 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 met with critical and moderate commercial success in both India and abroad with a domestic gross of over 400 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. The critical reviews were mostly positive." The film became the highest grossing non-starcast film upon release with a revenue of 700 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.
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 1.9 billion (US$32 million) domestically. The film became the highest grossing film of the production house and also the third film ever to cross 3 billion (US$50 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. 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!." Though it wasn't a commercial film, it proved a surprise economic success and collected over 220 million (US$3.7 million) in three weeks in India. 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 620 million (US$10 million). 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 1.67 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!" 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."
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