Factory made

Factory made

Dharma Productions

Karan Johar’s production company, founded by his father Yash Johar in 1976, is a

Amitabh Bachchan Corp

Amitabh Bachchan launched his own banner, Amitabh Bachchan Corp. Ltd (ABCL), in 1996, as a company that would produce big-ticket commercial films, as well as music and DVDs. Its first production, Tere Mere Sapne, bombed at the box office and after a few more unsuccessful films the company was mired in financial difficulties. In the early 2000s, Bachchan relaunched the company as Amitabh Bachchan Corp. In the last two years, the firm has entered the regional language film segment with Umesh Kulkarni’s Marathi film Vihir, and it made Paa last year with both father and son in it. The company has shifted its focus many times over the years, looking for commercial success.

Red Chillies Entertainment

Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and his wife Gauri Khan launched their banner Red

Anil Kapoor Film Company

After nearly two decades as an actor, Anil Kapoor launched his banner in 2002 and

Illuminati Films

Actor Saif Ali Khan teamed up with the producer of Homi Adajania’s Being Cyrus to launch Illuminati Films in 2007. Its first film Love Aaj Kal, directed by Imtiaz Ali and released in 2009, was the first major hit of the year and Khan, in a double role, had his first major star success. The banner’s second film, on the floors now, is Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod, a crime thriller that spans more than two cities, with Khan himself and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor in the lead. Khan has often said that he has plans to introduce niche films under his banner but there have been no concrete announcements yet.

Balaji Motion Pictures

After the success of Balaji Telefilms Ltd, Ekta Kapoor launched Balaji Motion Pictures in the late 1990s with a few box-office winners such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum and Bhool Bhulaiyaa in its nascent years. The company has turned more experimental, beginning with Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha this year—it attained cult status and did well at the box office. Kapoor says she wants to encourage a variety of writing and sensibilities. The next film, which releases on 30 July, is Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, based on the life of Haji Mastan—in look and music, an interesting throwback to the 1970s.

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