Best Producer/Studio of 2018

A new category! Let us recommend the person behind the people! The studio and producers who coordinate it all. Some of this are all in one type places, loads of money and studio space and all that. Some of them are more about the moral support and advice. But, who is the best? The one who picked the best most interesting films of 2018?

Ekta Kapoor, Balaji Pictures

Laila Majnu

Veere Di Wedding

Anurag Kashyap, Phantom Films

Mukkabaaz

High Jack

Youngraad

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

Manmarziyaan

Dharma, Karan Johar

Raazi

Dhadak

Simmba

Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra

Hichki

Sui Dhaaga

Thugs of Hindostan

Panorama Studios, Kumar Mangat Pathak

Raid

Satyamev Jayate

Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Andhadhun

Bazaar

Excel Entertainment, Farhan Akhtar

3 Storeys

Gold

KGF: Chapter 1 (Hindi version)

T-Series, Bhushan Kumar

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Hate Story 4

Raid

Blackmail

Fanney Khan

Satyameva Jayate

Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Colour Yellow, Aanand L Rai

Mukkabaaz

Meri Nimmo

Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi

Manmarziyaan

Tumbbad

Moothon

Zero

So, what do you think? Who is the most progressive interesting outside the box producer/studio/banner in Hindi film?

18 thoughts on “Best Producer/Studio of 2018

    • Im really sick. Kwk requires being awake and upright (so i can take notes) for 48 minutes. Ive written the last few posts in 5 minute bursts.

      But yes, im not ignoring it, just putting it off.

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    • It’s an interesting year for them, starting with a thriller and ending with an action film, and only one romance in the middle.

      On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 11:03 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Yes! That was my reaction reading the Yash Raj list too. Every other studio had failures and experiments and so on, but Yash Raj was the one with the definite across the board failures in what they set out to do.

      Panorama is an odd one, I can’t find any information about them, I’m not clear if they are a studio that finds projects and supports them, or one that is just sort of a behind the scenes matchmaker type. Looking at their list of films, I would have expected more information about them.

      On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 12:23 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. I’m very undecided between Colour Yellow and Anurag, with Ekta Kapoor in the middle too.
    I will vote for Colour Yellow, second Balaji, and Anurag will be my director of the year. But it’s all very subjective e.g Ekta is on my list because of Laila Majnu. It’s the last movie from my “must watch” list which I wasn’t able to watch and now I’m obsessed with it.

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      • Yes, and Manmarziyaan too, and I didn’t mind Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi, I’m watching Meri Nimmo now and I prepare myself to watch Tumbbad (and Zero).

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  2. I will cheat and say Junglee Pictures because they produced both Raazi and Badhaai Ho, both script driven and sleeper hits of a kind. Plus they are young and are picking interesting content so far…

    …and yes the YRF polish is wearing thin

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  3. I would’ve Said Phantom Films and Colour yellow productions. But Phantom got caught up in the #MeToo movement, and got disbanded, I actually have a lot of respect for Anurag for pulling the plug on the production house because I don’t think any other Indian production company would have done the same (No one knows what kind of sexual harassment skeletons are hidden in closets at YRF and Dharma). Colour yellow productions under Anand L Rai took some awesome decisions this year wether it be Mukkabaaz or Tumbbad. I hope Anurag is able to band together a replacement for Phantom films maybe with people like Sri Ram Raghavan, Varun Grover, Anand L Rai, Vikramaditya Motwane. Because Phantom films was the only ray of light in terms of quality cinema especially in the genres of True Crime and Horror not to mention how they had nurtured a set of talented outsiders. (With these posts continually praising Anurag, I think I may have become a MASSIVE Anurag Kashyap Fan Boi, lol!)

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    • I would say that Aanand L Rai challenges Anurag in his willingness to think outside the box. Full credit to Dharma and Yash Raj for nurturing new talent as well, but they aren’t as willing to jump out of genres, Colour Yellow and Phantom really try everything.

      On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 4:28 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. Colour yellow and junglee picture for there out of box movies
    Anand Rai backed different genres like mulkabaz ,manmarzuyan and tumbad also zero ..
    Junglee pics gave 2 biggest hits in razee and badhai ho.
    So it’s a tie for me

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    • Yeah, I can forgive Yash Raj for Thugs, because I’ve been disappointed in their big tentpole movies for a few years. But what happened with the others?

      On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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