Aamir Khan Productions

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Aamir Khan Productions
Private Limited Company
Industry Motion picture
Founded 1999
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
Aamir Khan (founder)
Kiran Rao
Mansoor Khan
Products Film production
Film Distribution
Website www.akpfilms.com

Aamir Khan Productions (AKP) is an Indian motion picture production and distribution company based in Mumbai. The company was founded in 1999 by actor Aamir Khan; its first production was Academy Award nominated film Lagaan (2001).

B. Shrinivas Rao is the executive producer for Aamir Khan Productions, and Khan's wife, Kiran Rao, also serves as a producer; she was the associate producer for both Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008).[1]

History[edit]

Aamir Khan Productions was set up in 1999 by Hindi film actor Aamir Khan with the purpose of producing the film Lagaan. He decided to produce Lagaan after the script was not purchased by any other studio. B. Shrinivas Rao also joined AKP as the line producer on Lagaan. The movie was released in 2001, with Khan as the lead actor. The film was a critical and commercial success, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category along with four other foreign films, eventually losing to No Man's Land. The film won many major awards at several award functions such as Filmfare and IIFA.

B. Shrinivas Rao later served as the executive producer for Khan's directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par, and became the executive producer for the production company, supervising all of its productions. Khan also starred in Taare Zameen Par, sharing the screen with the child actor Darsheel Safary (in his acting debut) and Tisca Chopra. The film was initially conceived of and developed by a husband-and-wife team, Amole Gupte and Deepa Bhatia. It tells the story of a young child who suffers in school until a teacher identifies him as dyslexic. The movie was critically acclaimed,.[2] Taare Zameen Par won the 2008 Filmfare Best Movie Award as well as a number of other Filmfare and Star Screen Awards. Khan's wife, Kiran Rao, also worked as an associate producer for Taare Zameen Par.

The third film produced by the company was Abbas Tyrewala's Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, released in July 2008. It marked the debut of Aamir Khan and Mansoor Khan's nephew, Imran Khan, and it was co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani.[3]

The fourth offering from AKP was Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries), a low-budget art house film written and directed by Kiran Rao. It focuses on four characters – one of them played by Khan – from different walks of life in the city of Mumbai.

The next film produced by the production company was Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live. This low-budget film was released in August 2010, starring Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Naseeruddin Shah. It was a satire based on the suicides committed by Indian farmers due to the financial hardship. Peepli Live had its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on 6 August 2010 at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne.

In 2011, the English/Hindi Delhi Belly was released, a departure from the "clean, family entertainment" reputation of Aamir Khan Productions. It was a sleeper hit and immensely popular with urban Indian youth, though it was criticised for strong language.

In 2012, the production company released the suspense drama, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, which starred Khan along with Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor. It was directed by Reema Kagti and was also produced in association with Excel Entertainment. This movie was a semi-hit at the box office.

In 2016, the production company released the sport drama, Dangal, which starred Khan along with Sakshi Tanwar. It was directed by Nitesh Tiwari. Siddharth Roy Kapur has also produced the film. This film was an all-time blockbuster.[4]

In 2017, the production company released the drama, Secret Superstar, which starred Khan in an extended cameo along with Zaira Wasim (who also appeared in Dangal). It was also produced by Akash Chawla.

Aamir Khan Productions has been credited with redefining and modernizing the masala film, with its own distinct brand of socially conscious cinema in the early 21st century.[5] The studio's films blur the distinction between commercial masala films and realistic parallel cinema, combining the entertainment and production values of the former with the believable narratives and strong messages of the latter, earning both commercial success and critical acclaim, in India and overseas.[6]

Films produced[edit]

Year Film Director Release Date Notes
2001 Lagaan Ashutosh Gowariker 15 June 2001 National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2004 Madness in the Desert Satyajit Bhatkal 1 June 2004 Documentary film on making of the Lagaan
Also known as Chale Chalo: The Lunacy of Film Making
National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film
2007 Taare Zameen Par Aamir Khan 21 December 2007 Co-produced with PVR Pictures
National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare
Filmfare Award for Best Film
India's official entry to the 81st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Abbas Tyrewala 4 July 2008 Co-produced with PVR Pictures
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2010 Peepli Live Anusha Rizvi 13 August 2010 Co-produced with UTV Motion Pictures
India's official entry to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2011 Dhobi Ghat Kiran Rao 21 January 2011 Longlisted – BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language[7]
2011 Delhi Belly Abhinay Deo 1 July 2011 Co-produced with UTV Motion Pictures
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2012 Talaash Reema Kagti 30 November 2012 Co-produced with Excel Entertainment
Nominated — IIFA Award for Best Film
2016 Dangal[8] Nitesh Tiwari 23 December 2016 Co-produced with Disney India and UTV Motion Pictures
Filmfare Award for Best Film
AACTA Award for Best Asian Film[9][10]
2017 Secret Superstar Advait Chandan 19 October 2017 Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film

TV shows[edit]

Show Channel Airing Dates
Satyamev Jayate Star India, DD National 6 May – 29 Jul 2012 (Season 1)
2 Mar – 30 Mar 2014 (Season 2)
5 Oct – 9 Nov 2014 (Season 3)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Aamir Khan Productions Private Limited. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Taare Zameen Par, Chak De top directors' pick in 2007". Economic Times. 29 December 2007. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ Box Office Top 5 :Midweek: 'Singh Is Kinng' has mind-boggling weekend! Archived 8 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Dangal - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  5. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (8 January 2017). "Masala redux". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Secret Superstar: A moving slice of life". The Asian Age. 2 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Baftas 2012 longlist". The Guardian. London. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  8. ^ mukherjee, Amrita (3 December 2016). "Aamir Khan reinvents movie marketing with his latest film Dangal". www.atimes.com. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "'Dangal' wins Best Asian Film at Australian gala". IANS Live. 6 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "'Dangal' wins Best Asian Film award at AACTA". Outlook. 6 December 2017. 

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