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Hot 100, Production Houses, Karan Johar, Dharma Productions

Notwithstanding the nepotism debate, there is no denying that Dharma Productions, which is headed by Karan Johar, has a gimlet eye for spotting talent. Johar has earlier directed a slew of hit films that dramatically turned the fortunes of Dharma Productions, which had been set up by his father, Yash Johar. But in recent years, Johar has entrusted the direction of most of Dharma films to a clutch of new directors – Karan Malhotra (Agneepath), Ayan Mukherji (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons) and Shashank Khaitaan (Badrinath Ki Dulhania); and they have vindicated his faith in their abilities. A sure sign of a flourishing production house is when it can creatively collaborate with new stars and new directors with equal felicity.
This year, Dharma spun silver with the spy saga, Raazi. Jointly produced with Vineet Jain, it has the rare distinction of being a crowd pleasing thriller from a director-actress (Meghna Gulzar-Alia Bhatt) combination. With interests in as many as eight major films currently in various stages of production, Dharma Productions is arguably the biggest production house today – it is both prolific and profitable.

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