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Eskay Movies
Media and Entertainment Company
Founded February 1988 (as Eskay Video Private Limited)
Headquarters Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Key people
Ashok Dhanuka
Himanshu Dhanuka
Subsidiaries
  • Eskay Filmmaking University
  • Eskay Music
  • Music Fatafati
  • Dhoom Music
  • Music Bangla
  • Radio Eskay
  • UMW Projection
  • Eskay Digilab
Website www.eskaymovies.com

Eskay Movies is an Indian media and entertainment company which started in 1988 by Ashok Dhanuka and Himanshu Dhanuka. The expanded Eskay Movies into becoming one of the biggest media and entertainment houses in eastern India. In the film industry, Eskay Movies has following divisions: Production, Distribution, Exhibition, Digital Cinema and Music and Online Store. The production house is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal and prominently produces Bengali language films. Digital movie distribution firm United Mediaworks (UMW) has expanded its operations into Bangladesh by distributing and co-producing films with Bangladeshi companies, such as Jaaz Multimedia. Under the new partnership, United Mediaworks will provide its digital cinema production and distribution technology to over 256 screens in Bangladesh.[1] With this expansion, UMW claims to have a distribution chain present across 550 screens in both India and Bangladesh.

History[edit]

1988-2009: Early years and initial releases[edit]

Eskay Movies was founded by Ashok and Himanshu Dhanuka in 1988.[2] In 2005, Eskay released their first feature film, Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai, starring Mithun Chakraborty, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Jisshu Sengupta.[3] From 2008, Eskay would begin to release films every year, such as Bhalobasa Bhalobasa,[4] Dujone,[5] ',[6] and Jamai Raja.

2010-2013: Commercial successes[edit]

Eskay Movies released two films in 2010, Kohono Biday Bolo Na and Wanted, the latter of which became popular for its director-actor duo of Rabi Kinagi and Jeet.[7] After releasing Hello Memsaheb, Eskay would go on to release Fighter[8] and Shotru[9] in 2011.

Eskay began 2012 with the critically acclaimed film Khokababu starring Dev and Subhasree,[10][11] which became one of the highest grossing Bengali films. Eskay would go on to release Bikram Singha: The Lion Is Back[12][13] and Idiot.[14] After the successful release of Kanamachi,[15] Eskay released Khoka 420[16] and Khiladi,[17] with the former becoming a box office success.[18] Eskay has also acquired the rights to remake the hit youth-centric romantic comedy Kannada movie Googly.[19]

2014-present: India-Bangladesh joint ventures and critical acclaim[edit]

Eskay Movies' sole release in 2014 was Ami Shudhu Cheyechi Tomay, which was co-produced with Bangladeshi film company Action Cut Entertainment.[20] The film, which won the award for Best Bengali Film at the 2015 Kalakar Awards, would go on to spark a trend of Indo-Bangla joint venture films, most of which would be a co-production of Eskay Movies and Jaaz Multimedia.[1]

Aside from their film Mayer Biye,[21] Eskay Movies co-produced three films with Jaaz Multimedia in 2015: Romeo vs Juliet, Agnee 2 and Aashiqui: True Love. Despite having initial success with the audience,[22] Romeo vs Juliet, a remake of the film Jatt & Juliet, was panned critically.[23] Agnee 2, a sequel to the Bangladeshi film Agnee, was released to commercial success[24] but mixed critical reception.[25] Aashiqui: True Love would launch the career of actress Nusrat Faria in both India and Bangladesh.[26][27]

Eskay Movies released seven films in 2016, all of which were co-produced by Jaaz Multimedia: Angaar, Hero 420, Niyoti, Badsha – The Don, Shikari, Prem Ki Bujhini and Rokto. The year began with two films starring Om, Angaar,[28] a drama, and Hero 420, a romantic comedy.[29] Hero 420 was released for the occasion of Valentine's Day, releasing on 12 February in India and 19 February in Bangladesh.[30][31] After debuting in Angaar, Jolly starred alongside acclaimed actor Arifin Shuvo in the film Niyoti, which released in India in June[32] and in Bangladesh in August.[33] Badsha – The Don, a remake of the film Don Seenu starring Jeet[34] and Nusrat Faria, received commercial success[35][36] and mixed critical reception.[37] Shikari, which stars Shakib Khan and Srabanti Chatterjee,[38][39] was a commercial success[35][36] and received critical acclaim,[40][41] leading to a Best Film win at the Kalakar Awards, where Srabanti Chatterjee also won Best Actress.[42] Shikari also led for two Best Actor wins for Shakib Khan, at the Tele Cine Awards[43] and Bangladesh's Meril Prothom Alo Awards.[44] Prem Ki Bujhini received negative reception[45] while Rokto received mixed reception.[46]

In 2017, Eskay Movies released two Indian films, The Bongs Again and Byomkesh O Agnibaan, and two films co-produced with Jaaz Multimedia, Nabab and Doob: No Bed of Roses. The Bongs Again, a sequel to The Bong Connection, received mixed reception.[47] Byomkesh O Agnibaan, a sequel to Byomkesh O Chiriyakhana, also received mixed reception.[48][49] Both Nabab and Doob were a box office successes and received critical acclaim,[50][51][52][53] but Doob, starring Irrfan Khan, received international praise,[54][55][56] competing at the Shanghai International Film Festival[57] and winning at the Moscow International Film Festival.[58]

Filmography[edit]

Released[edit]

Year ilm Language Cast Director Notes
2005 Chore Chore Mastuto Bhai Bengali Mithun Chakraborty, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Jisshu Sengupta Anup Sengupta Remake of Victoria No. 203
2008 Bhalobasa Bhalobasa Bengali Hiraan, Shrabanti Rabi Kinnagi Remake of Telugu film Bommarillu
2009 Dujone Bengali Dev, Srabanti Malakar Rajiv Kumar Biswas Remake of Nuvvu Nenu
Le Chakka Bengali Dev, Payel Sarkar Raj Chakraborty Remake of Chennai 600028
Jamai Raja Bengali Prosenjit Chatterjee, Anu Choudury Swapan Saha
2010 Kokhono Biday Bolo Na Bengali Jisshu Sengupta, Rajatabha Dutta, K.Murlidharan-Malabika
Wanted Bengali Jeet, Srabanti Malakar Rabi Kinnagi Remake of Telugu film Athadu
2011 Hello Memsaheb Bengali Jeet, Priyanka Trivedi Nandita Roy, Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay
Fighter Bengali Jeet, Srabanti Malakar, Ferdous Rabi Kinnagi Remake of Telugu film Lakshyam
Shotru Bengali Jeet, Nusrat Jahan Raj Chakraborty Remake of Singam
2012 Khokababu Bengali Dev, Subhasree Ganguly D. Shankar Aiyya Remake of Telugu film Dhee
Idiot Bengali Ankush Hazra, Srabanti Malakar Rajiv Kumar Biswas Remake of Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam
Bikram Singha: The Lion Is Back Bengali Prosenjit Chatterjee, Richa Gangopadhyay Rajiv Kumar Biswas Remake of Telugu filmVikramarkudu
2013 Khoka 420 Bengali Dev, Subhasree Ganguly, Nusrat Jahan Rajiv Kumar Biswas Remake of Telugu film Brindavanam
Kanamachi Bengali Ankush Hazra, Srabanti Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Saayoni Ghosh Raj Chakraborty Remake of Ko
Khiladi Bengali Ankush Hazra, Nusrat Jahan Ashok Pati Remake of Telugu film Dhenikaina Ready
2014 Ami Shudhu Cheyechi Tomay Bengali Ankush Hazra, Subhasree Ganguly Ashok Pati Remake of Telugu film Arya 2

Co-produced by Action Cut Entertainment

Won Kalakar Awards for Best Film

2015 Romeo vs Juliet Bengali Ankush Hazra, Mahiya Mahi Ashok Pati Remake of Singh vs Kaur
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Agnee 2 Bengali Om, Mahiya Mahi Iftakar Chowdhury, Himunshu Dhanuka Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Aashiqui: True Love Bengali Ankush Hazra, Nusraat Faria Mazhar Ashok Pati Remake of Telugu film Ishq
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Mayer Biye Bengali Saayoni Ghosh, Sreelekha Mitra Abhijit Guha,Sudeshna Roy Radical Story
2016 Angaar Bengali Om, Falguni Rahman Jolly Wazed Ali Sumon, Nehal Dutta Remake of Appayya
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Hero 420 Bengali Om, Nusraat Faria Mazhar, Riya Sen Sujit Mondal Remake of Telugu film Maska
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Niyoti Bengali Arifin Shuvoo, Falguni Rahman Jolly Zakir Hossain Raju Remake of The Notebook
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Badsha: The Don Bengali Jeet, Nusraat Faria Mazhar, Shraddha Das Baba Yadav Remake of Telugu film Don Seenu
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Shikari Bengali Shakib Khan, Srabanti Chatterjee Joydip Mukherjee Remake of Aadhavan
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Prem Ki Bujhini Bengali Om, Subhashree Ganguly Sudipto Sarkar Remake of 100% Love
Co-produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Rokto Bengali Pori Moni, Ziaul Roshan Wazed Ali Sumon Loosely Based on Hollywood movie The Long Kiss Goodnight
Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
2017 Kiriti Roy Bengali Chiranjeet Chakraborty Aniket Choudory Based on Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s Setarer Sur
The Bongs Again Bengali Jisshu Sengupta Anjan Dutt
Nabab Bengali Shakib Khan, Subhashree Ganguly Joydip Mukherjee Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
Byomkesh O Agniban Bengali Jishu Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee Anjun Dutt
Doob: No Bed Of Roses Bengali,
English
Irfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Co-Produced by Jaaz Multimedia
2018 Ami Neta Hobo Bengali Shakib Khan, Bidya Sinha Mim, Omar Sani, Moushumi, Sadek Bachchu Uttam Akash Co-Produced by Shapla Media
Chalbaaz Bengali Shakib Khan, Subhashree Ganguly Joydip Mukherjee Remake of Subramanyam For Sale
Co-Produced by Action Cut Entertainment
Bhaijaan Elo Re Bengali Shakib Khan, Srabanti Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar Joydip Mukherjee
Tui Sudhu Amar Bengali Soham Chakraborty, Mahiya Mahi, Om Joydip Mukherjee Co-Produced by Action Cut Entertainment

Upcoming[edit]

Year Films Language Cast Director Notes
2018

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