The Indian cinema is changing drastically. From the plot to the gender of the protagonist, from the cinematography to the entire design of the film. Although they usually remain behind the curtains, Bollywood producers are the silent changemakers and they’re making an impact one movie at a time. And in reward for this, the amount that they earn is even bigger. Here is a list of the top 10 richest Bollywood producers in 2019.
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10. Dhilin Mehta
At the age of 26, the net worth of Dhilin Mehta was rupees 1 billion. He is the Chairman and Managing Director who looks after and is accountable for the working of the company. The company is listed on BSE and NSE. It offers Film distribution and Film production services. The firm entered into a Joint Venture with LFS Global to build a billion dollar project in Mumbai. Some of the hit movies from the company include Dabangg, Golmaal, Blue, Jab We Met. Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police arrested Mehta in 2015 for the involvement in the scam of Rs.824 crores.
9. Sooraj Barjatya
Sooraj Barjatya is the director of Rajshri Productions and has been in this field of work since 1979. Starting off as an assistant for the famous and talented Mahesh Bhatt, the first movie he ever directed was at the tender age of 24- Maine Pyar Kiya. Since then, it was only uphill for Sooraj and his company. All his movies have the protagonist named Prem. He has won awards such as Most Sensational Debut of the Year, Filmfare Award for best Screenplay and so on. His most famous and loved productions have been Hum Aapke Hai Kaun , Vivah and Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo.
8. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan Productions is a film-making company based in Mumbai. Not only Aamir Khan, but also his wife- Kiran Rao play an active an important role in the production of all their movies. From tare Zameen Par to Jaane tu Ya Jaane Na, and from Peepli Live to Secret Superstar, most movies under this production try to target a social issue, bring it out in the best way possible and make the entire audience aware of it, while giving them the platform, power and encouragement to fight against them. His net worth in 2019 is $205 Million.
7. Anil Ambani
Apart from being among the top 10 richest men in India, Anil Ambani is also a Bollywood producer who works under the name of Reliance Entertainment. Beyond movies, this group also focuses on internet, mobile, gaming and sports, etc. Through a joint venture with the brilliant Steven Spielberg, Ambani used the platform of DreamWorks to help it have an international crowd. Anil Ambani founded this company in the year 2012 and comes officially under the Reliance Group itself. One of their best releases was Kites which won him international fame and recognition.
6. Shahrukh and Gauri Khan
The charming husband and the beautiful wife are not simply bound together in marriage, they have also come together under a production house named Red Chillies Entertainment which has, by now, released some incredible movies that include Chak De India, Dostana, Chennai Express, Raees and Jagga Jasoos. Not only that, the couple has also been on the television through Ishaan, Like I Love You and Ye Parindey. The net worth currently is $700 Million.
5. Ekta Kapoor
With a net worth of over 83 crores, Ekta Kapoor is known well for her dramatic and romantic comedies and is known as the queen of soap operas when it comes to Indian Television. Her company works under the name Balaji Telefilms and has been producing films right from when she dropped out of college and worked under the guidance and close observance of her father. She has also won Women of the Year 2001 and Business Women of the Year 2002. Her best movies have been Shootout and Lokhandwala, The Dirty Picture and Udta Punjab.
4. Karan Johar
Dharma Productions, the company owned by Karan Johar has a net worth of over $200 Million and is one of the most successful companies for the wide variety of plots, social issues and ideas that it covers within 3 hours of screenplay. The first movie under this production was Dostana. Karan Johar’s movies like Agneepath, My Name is Khan and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has been a huge hit among its targeted audience and remains of the favorite classical movies along all possible age groups. It is the diversity of characters in his movies that makes it so loved.
3. Aditya Chopra
Having studied from Bombay Scottish and Mumbai University, Aditya Chopra is the Chairman of Yash Raj Films that has been a constant source of entertainment for the people for about thirty years now. He has won several National awards and Filfare Awards for his screenplay and producer. From Jab Tak Hai Jaan to Befikre, the Chopras never compromise in quality no matter what story they wish to cover and portray through their movie. Aditya Chopra has produced one of the highest grossing Bollywood movies of all time and continues to satisfy its customers with only the best content.
2. Arjan Lulla
Arjan Lalla is the founder of Eros International, one of the most famous movie production company. He took the company from a small one to one of the biggest one in the country in 2017. Arjan has produced some masterpieces such as Paathshala and Zindagi na Milegi Dobara to fun and chilled out movies such as Housefull and Student of the Year. He has now spread his company to more than 51 countries and dubs its movies into different languages so as to make sure that it is accessible to people all around the world.
1. Ronnie Screwvala
Ronnie Screwvala is not simply a film producer. He is also a philanthropist. Currently, he is the owner and Founder of the famous UTV group that has been active for over 35 years now and continues to make profits and provide entertainment for people all over the world. He was initially a cable operator company owner but as he realised the need for television among the common men, he worked on his company and established the UTV group. He has won several IIFA awards, National Film Awards and Filmfare awards for his commendable work.
A producer is like a leader in a filmmaking. He/she has a plethora of responsibilities from pre-production then during production and finally post-production. Producers main tasks include search for the talents that is bringing the cast and the crew, raising funds and allocating the budgets, approve locations, hiring the studios, marketing, and distribution of the film. These people often end up contributing much more than the people on stage and this sets them apart and justifies all the high revenues that they earn.