Mumbai is a city that is home to the ‘Hindi Film Industry’ also known as ‘Bollywood’. And so, it is obvious that in the city there exists a few top quality ‘Film Production Houses’. Now, the question to be asked is, which are those productions houses that can be categorized as the best? Here is then providing a curated list of ’10’ production houses’ considered to be the best in ‘Bollywood’.

1. Yash Raj Films:

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Yash-Raj-Films Banner (Source:: Mumbai Live)

‘1970’ is the year when the late Yash Chopra established this famous production house. It was after directing 5 films under his brother’s banner BR Films that he decided to go his own and establish this production house. After Chopra’s untimely death in 2012, this production house is managed by his son Aditya Chopra. The other members involved in this company include: Chopra’ wife Pamela, youngest son Uday, and daughter-in-law who are all directors. It has produced over 70 Hindi films, and also possesses an integrated film studio. Furthermore, apart from production they also are into distribution, and have offices abroad and in India. As of today, it still remains one of the most powerful Film Production Houses’ in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: 5, Shah Industrial Estate, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053. Phone Number: 022 3061 3500.

2. Dharma Productions:

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Dharma Productions logo (Source: Wikipedia)

Established in the year 1979 by Yash Johar, this production house is being managed by his son Karan, wife Hiroo, and Apoorva Mehta. It was managed by senior Johar until his death in 2004, after which Karan took over. The 1980 movie ‘Dostana’ directed by Raj Khosla was the first film to be produced by this production house. However, it was eventually in 1998 with ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (Karan Johar’s directorial debut) that this company experienced its first major success. It was post 2000 that this production house found wiidespread success with films like Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham and My Name Is Khan. Currently, it continues to flourish, and along with Yash Raj Films is one of the most powerful Film Production Houses’ in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: Unit No 201& 202, 2nd Floor, Supreme Chambers, 17/18 Shah Industrial Estate, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053. Phone Number: 022 6179 0100

3. Aamir Khan Productions:

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Aamir khan productions logo (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Oscar nominated 2001 movie ‘Lagaan’ was this first film produced by this highly successful production house. Founded by ‘superstar’ Aamir Khan in 1999, this film company has in the past 19 years only produced 9 films. However, what is unique about this production company is, that most of films produced under this banner have tasted both ‘box office’ and ‘critical’ success, a rare feat in Bollywood. Furthermore, it was mainly set up because not a single soul in the Hindi Film Industry wanted to finance Lagaan. Currently,it is managed by Khan himself, his wife Kiran Rao, and cousin Mansoor Khan. It is because of its ‘visionary’ outlook towards film making and high success rate which makes Aamir Khan Productions, one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: Flat No 501, 5th Floor, Dhairya Residency, 12th Road, Khar West, Mumbai – 400052, Opposite Gayatri Mandir. Phone Number: 022-26050681.

4. Red Chillies Entertainment:

‘Dreamz Unlimited’ was how Red Chillies Entertainment earlier referred to as in the year 1999. Owned by the ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, this production house apart from making films possesses a visual effects studio called ‘Red Chillies VFX’. Furthermore, it also holds a 55% stake in the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders. It was the Farah Khan film ‘Main Hoon Na’  which was this company’s first production. Established in 2004, it has then gone on to produce 20 films in 14 years, with many of them like Om Shanti Om, and Chennai Express proving to be blockbusters. And so, it is this ability of Red Chillies Entertainment to churn of ‘mass oriented films successfully consistently, which makes it one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details:  Backstage, Plot no. 612, Junction of Rama Krishna Mission Road & 15th Road, Santacruz (West), Mumbai 400054. Phone Number: +91-22-6669-9400.

5. Balaji Motion Pictures: 

Established by yesteryear star Jeetendra in 2001 is the Balaji Motion Pictures. It is managed by Shobha and Ekta Kapoor the wife and daughter of Jeetendra. Furthermore, it considered to be one of the largest film production house in Mumbai. After successfully creating content for television for few years, it was in 2001 that this production house started producing films with the movie ‘Kyon Kii Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta’. This company then prolifically went to  produce/co-produced about 32 films in 17 years. In among the many typical ‘Bollywood’ potboilers produced, were interesting niche films such as ‘Shor In The Cty’ and ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’. It is therefore this ability to strike a balance between pure ‘commerce’ and ‘arts’, which makes Balaji Motion Pictures one of the most powerful Film Production Houses’ in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: C-13, Balaji House, Dalia Industrial Estate, Opposite Laxmi Industrial Estate, New Link Road, Andheri (West) , Mumbai – 400 053. Phone Number: 91-22-4069-8000.

6. Phantom Films: 

‘Director’s Company’ is how Phantom Films loves to describe themselves. It was established in 2011 by, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, and Madhu Mantena. Furthermore, this company was created basically ‘to allow a filmmakers to make a film they believed in’. This production house produced its first film in 2013 in the form of the Motwane directed Lootera. They then went to produce/co-produce 18 films in 7 years. The films produced are a mix of ‘commercial’  i.e. Queen, Bombay Velvet and ‘experimental’ i.e. Trapped, Masaan. It was in March 2015, that Reliance Entertainment brought a 50% stake in this company. And so, it is this fusion of ‘innovation and commerce’ which Phantom Films strives for that, makes it one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: J/6, Hemlata Aditya Bungalow, Opp. Fairie Land High School, Millat Nagar, Off. Lokhandwala Back Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400053.    Email Address: website@phantoms.in.

7. JA  Entertainment:

‘2008’ was when JA Entertainment was officially launched. Founded by actor John ‘The Handsome’ Abraham, this production house tasted success with its first film Vicky Donor in 2012 both in terms of ‘critical and commercial acclaim’.  It then produced Madras Cafe won a lot raving reviews. Furthermore, this production house has produced about 5 films out of which a few have set the box office on fire while others have not. It is then the mixing  of good content with smart commerce, which makes JA Entertainment one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: GROUND FLR., GREENACRE, UNION PARK, PALI HILL ROAD OPP PETIT GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, KHAR (WEST), MUMBAI MH 400052 INDIA. Email Id: nishant@johnabrahament.com.

8. Vinod Chopra Films:

Established in 1985, was the famous Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films. Founded by director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, this production has over the years produced some fantastic Hindi films. Beginning with the experimental suspense thriller ‘Khamosh’, and then directing the cult gangster classic ‘Parinda’, this film company has over the years acquired a solid reputation. Furthermore, in 2000’s it was this production house that produced Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, and 3 Idiots, considered to be the finest films in Indian cinema.  It is therefore the ability of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films to innovate and still taste ‘critical’ and ‘box office’, which makes it one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: Bhagtani Krishaang, 16, Dattatray Rd, Hasmukh Nagar, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054. Phone Number: 022 2661 5059.

9. UTV Motion Pictures:

Considered to be ‘one of the leading film production houses’ in South Asia is UTV Motion Pictures. Established in 1996 by Ronnie and Zarine Screwvala, this film company first produced the 1997 movie ‘Dil Ke Jharoke Mein’. Furthermore, in 22 years since its establishment it has produced/co-produced about 83 feature films. Currently, it is being managed by Mahesh Samrat and Amrita Pandey. Apart from commercial movies, it has produced path breaking films such as Rang De Basanti and Haider. It is therefore its effort to merge good content with smart business, which makes UTV Motion Pictures one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: Building No. 11, 1st Floor, Solitaire Corporate Park, Guru Hargovindji Marg, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093, India. Phone Number: +91-22-40981400 and +91-22-40981450.

10. Excel Productions:

‘Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’ were the co-founders of Excel Productions. It was founded in the year 1999, this film company entered ‘Bollywood’ like a fresh breath of air with their first production ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Furthermore, they went on to produce about 22 films maintaining a decent success rate. In addition, like many other production houses they too have balanced good content with sharp business acumen. It is therefore a fusion of good creativity and business sense which makes Excel Productions, one of the most powerful Film Production Houses in Mumbai.

Address and Contact Details: Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.,
701, Orchid Pride, S.V Road, Santacruz (West), Mumbai – 400 054, India. Phone Numbers: 022 26041011 / 26007273.

Image Credits: Mumbai Live Wikipedia Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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