There are more than 100 different production houses in India and they produce romantic, action, comedy, sci-fi, and animated movies every year.
The production house plays a major role in filmmaking as it handles the budget, advertisement, marketing, and release of the film.
Here we are sharing with you the complete information of India’s 10 biggest film production houses.
Which are the top 10 biggest production houses in India in 2023?
1- Eros International
Founder: Kishore Lulla
Founded: 1977, Mumbai
Subsidiaries: Digicine Pte Ltd, Eros Animation Pvt Ltd, Eros International Films, Eros International Distribution LLP, Eros Music Publishing Limited, Eyeqube Studios Pvt Limited.
The Eros International company formed in 1977 by Arjan Lulla continues to produce and distribute the film.
It is known for producing hit films like Bajirao Mastani, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Badlapur, and Welcome Back.
Eros International has produced more than 3000 films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and other languages and its Subsidiaries are Big Screen Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Color Yellow Productions Pvt Ltd, Copsale Limited, Digicine Pte Ltd, Eros Animation Pvt Ltd, Eros International Films, Eros International Distribution LLP, Eros Music Publishing Limited, Eyeqube Studios Pvt Limited and Techzone 56060.
Presently Arjan Lulla’s two children Kishore Lulla and Sunil Lulla run this company and generate revenue of around 500 crores every year.
After producing Manik Chatterjee’s Hindi film Ghar under the banner of Eros International in 1978, it gradually became one of the top production companies in India and produced some Indian films every year, mostly South Indian movies.
2- Excel Entertainment
Founder: Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
Headquarters: Mumbai, India
India’s largest production house Excel Entertainment was founded by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999 in Mumbai.
Then in 2001, Farhan and Riteish produced the first film Dil Chahta Hai under their production house, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Akshaye Khanna.
After giving the first successful film Dil Chahta Hai under the banner of Excel Entertainment, the company produced many hit Bollywood films like Lakshya (2004), Don (2006), Rock On (2008), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Fukrey (2023), etc.
Now Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani are producing upcoming movies Yudhra, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, Jee Le Zaraa, Mudgaon Express, and Apna Time Aayega under their production company Excel Entertainment.
3- Balaji Telefilms LTD
Founded: 11 November 1994
Subsidiaries: ALTBalaji, Balaji Motion Pictures,
Balaji Telefilms was founded by the legendary Bollywood actor Jeetendra on 11 November 1994.
Jeetendra’s wife Shobha Kapoor and daughter Ekta Kapoor continue to produce different films and television programs by working as Chief Executive Officer in this production house.
After producing Doordarshan’s horror television serial Captain House in 1995, Balaji Telefilms continued to produce different serials and now has emerged as the biggest production house in Indian Television.
The supernatural series Naagin is its most popular television program and many TV programs like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kundali Bhagya have ruled the hearts of the audience.
Balaji Motion Pictures is a subsidiary company of Balaji Telefilms Limited, formed in 2001 and produced the Bollywood film Kyo Kii… Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta in the same year, starring Govinda and Susmita Sen.
Balaji Motion Pictures has so far produced 45 Indian films, in which Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, The Dirty Picture, Ek Villain, Udta Punjab, and Dream Girl are among the most successful films made under it.
Total Subsidiaries of Balaji Telefilms Limited are Balaji Motion Pictures, Cult Movies, ALTBalaji, Chayabani Balaji, Entertainment Ptd Ltd and BRAND EK.
4- Dharma Production Ptt Ltd
Owner: Karan Johar
Founder: Yash Johar
Founded: 1979, Mumbai
Subsidiaries: Dharmatic Entertainment, Dharma 2.0, Dharma Cornerstone Agency
Dharma Production Company was formed in 1979 by Yash Johar, the father of film director, producer, screenwriter, and costume designer Karan Johar.
In 1980, this production company first produced director Raj Khosla’s Hindi film Dostana, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, and Zeenat Aman.
Then produced some more successful films like Duniya (1984), Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987), Agneepath (1990), Gumrah (1993), and more.
It went on to become one of India’s top production companies by producing the blockbuster films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).
After Yash Johar’s death in 2004, his son Karan Johar took over the reins of Dharma Productions and produced several hit films like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Dostana (2008), Agneepath (2012) and Student of the Year (2012), it became one of the biggest production companies in India.
In 2023, Karan Johar’s film Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, produced under the banner of Dharma Productions, starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, was also well received by the audience.
Dharmatic Entertainment, Dharma 2.0, and Dharma Cornerstone Agency are Subsidiaries of Dharma Productions and distribute the film along with production.
5- Hombale Films
Founder: Vijay Kiragandur and Chaluve Gowda
Hombale Films production company formed in 2012 by Vijay Kiragandur and Chaluve Gowda has quickly become one of the top production company in India.
After first producing the Kannada film Ninnindale in 2014, Hombali Films has produced all-time blockbuster films like K.G.F: Chapter 1, K.G.F: Chapter 2, and Kantara over the years.
In 2022 it was one of the most successful film production companies in India and is now producing the most awaited pan India film Salaar Part One starring Prabhas.
The upcoming products of this production company are Yuva, Bagheera, Raghu Thatha, Richard Anthony, Tyson, and Salaar: Part 2.
6- Yash Raj Films
Founder: Yash Chopra
India’s most popular film production company Yash Raj Films was formed by veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra in 1970.
Yash Raj Films has a huge hand in taking Indian films to new heights because many blockbuster films like Fanaa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Dabangg, Chennai Express, PK, Krrish, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai have been produced under this banner.
Many actors like Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, and Manushi Chhillar have been given their first chance in films by Yash Raj Films and filmmakers also want to produce their films under the banner of Yash Raj Films.
Currently, Yash Chopra’s son Aditya Chopra is running this production company.
7- Lyca Productions
Founder: A Subaskaran
Headquarters: Chennai, India
Lyca Productions formed in 2014 by Subaskaran Allirajah is known for its big-budget films 2.0 (2018) , Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022) and Ponniyin Selvan: II (2023)
Lyca Productions produces South Indian films as well as Hindi films and first produced the Tamil film Kaththi under its banner in 2014.
Good Luck Jerry and Ram Setu are two Hindi films produced by this production company and now they are producing upcoming big-budget Tamil films like Chandramukhi 2, Indian 2, Lal Salaam, Aranmanai 4, and Vidaa Muyarchi.
8- Red Chillies Entertainment
Founder: Shahrukh Khan, Gauri Khan
However, in 1999 Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and director Aziz Mirza started a production company called Dreams Unlimited and produced Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) & Asoka (2001) under the banner of this company.
But in 2002, Shah Rukh Khan along with his wife Gauri Khan took full control of Dreamz Unlimited and changed the name to Red Chillies Entertainment.
Then, Khan produced Main Hoon Na with his wife Gauri in 2004 under the Red Chillies Entertainment banner.
This production company has produced successful films like Paheli, Om Shanti Om, My Name Is Khan, and Student of the Year and is currently working on the upcoming Jawan, Dunki, and Bhakshak.
9- Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Founder: Sajid Nadiadwala
Nadiadwala is one of the oldest families in India involved in film production since 1955.
Film production in the Nadiadwala family was started by Abdul Karim Nadiadwala who was known for producing films such as Inspector (1956), Taj Mahal (1963), and Chitralekha (1964).
Abdul Karim’s grandson Sajid Nadiadwala took his family business to new heights in 2005 by renaming it as Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Company.
However, Sajid first produced the Hindi film Zulm Ki Hukumat in 1992 under the banner of his own company named Nadiadwala Theater Productions (Formerly known as Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd).
Nadiadwala has produced many films so far, in which Satyaprem Ki Katha and Bawaal have been released some time back while work is underway on the upcoming biopic Chandu Champion starring Kartik Aaryan.
10- Super Cassettes Industries Ltd (T-Series)
Founder: Gulshan Kumar
Founded: 11 July 1983
Owners: Bhushan Kumar, Gulshan Kumar
Singer or producer Gulshan Kumar founded the T-Series company on 11 July 1983 in Delhi, the capital of India.
After the death of Gulshan Kumar on 12 August 1997, his sons Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar are running the T series company.
However, Gulshan Kumar produced Hindi songs by starting the T-Series company, which emerged as India’s largest music production company in India and now produces some films along with the songs.
T-Series had recently produced Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, Bholaa, and Adipurush.
Gulshan Kumar launched T-Series (the top 10 production house in India) in the year 1983. The firm is highly renowned for Bollywood movie soundtracks and Indi-pop songs and is one of India’s top ten production houses. T-Series is the largest record label in India.
Q. Who is the number one film producer in India in 2023?
A. Aditya Chopra is India’s number-one film producer in 2023.