Balaji Motion Pictures

Balaji Motion Pictures is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Balaji Telefilms Limited which is an Indian film production and distribution company established by Shobha Kapoor and her daughter Ekta Kapoor. Based in Mumbai, it mainly produces and distributes Hindi films. The chairman of the company is former Bollywood actor Jeetendra Kapoor.

Balaji Motion Pictures
FounderJeetendra Kapoor
India Mean Pune
Key people
Shobha Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor
Ruchikaa Kapoor
Nachiket Pantvaidya
BrandsALT Entertainment
ALT Digital Media Entertainment
OwnerBalaji Telefilms Limited
ParentBalaji Telefilms
WebsiteBalaji Motion Pictures


Balaji Motion Pictures is based in Mumbai in the Balaji House on New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai. It operates from its head office in Andheri West and has studios in Film City and other locations in Mumbai. In terms of studio facilities, Balaji Motion Pictures is one of the largest film productions houses in Mumbai.


Balaji Motion Pictures (Balaji Films) was set up in 2001 by Hindi television producer Ekta Kapoor with the purpose of venturing into film production. She produced Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta, released in 2001 with Govinda and Sushmita Sen as the leads. The film was not a success, collecting 13 crore (US$1.9 million).[1] Later, the company produced Kucch To Hai, Krishna Cottage and Koi Aap Sa in 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively. The movies did not fare well at the box office.[2] In 2005, the company produced and released Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, which grossed 21.5 crore (US$3.1 million)[3] and made it to the top three films of 2005.[4] In 2007, the company co-produced Shootout at Lokhandwala with Sanjay Gupta. The film was a critical and commercial hit,[5] collecting 68.17 crore (US$9.9 million) worldwide.[6] In 2008, the company produced and released C Kkompany, which was a commercial and critical failure.[7] In the same year, the company co-produced Mission Istanbul and EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Parega with Sunil Shetty. Both films failed critically and commercially.[8] Also in 2008, the company acquired the distribution rights of Bhool Bhulaiyaa[9] and Sarkar Raj with a deal of almost 40 crore (US$5.8 million).[10] The film were both commercially success thereby marking a step further of Balaji. In 2010, the company sub-branded ALT Entertainment, a youth focused brand and produced a low-budget movie, Love Sex aur Dhokha,[11] which proved to be a critically and commercially successful film.[12] In the same year, the company released Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, which was also a commercial and critical hit.[13] The films also marked the company's successful entry in the films.[14][15][16]

In 2011, the company marked its entry into Marathi films by producing Taryanche Bait.[17] The film was a critical and commercial hit[18] and also won many accolades including three awards for Best Film.[19] The company also released Shor in the City, a small-budget critically acclaimed movie.[20][21] The same year also saw the release of Ragini MMS, co-produced with Amit Kapoor and Sidhartha M. Jain. The response to the movie fetched Stardust Award for Best Film and Ekta Kapoor announced the sequel of the film soon to be released in the year 2013 starring Indo-Canadian star Sunny Leone.[22] Later, In the same year, the company released The Dirty Picture starring Vidya Balan as lead on 2 December 2011. The film proved to be a huge Blockbuster and was one of the best films of 2011 thereby winning Vidya Balan her first National Award and all other awards of 2011 for her performance and six awards for Best Film. In the Year 2012, the company released first ever seen Adult Comedy Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum, sequel to 2005 hit Kyaa Kool Hai Hum which was slammed by critics but was a Box Office Success thereby made at a Budget of 13 crore (US$1.9 million) and collecting 33 crore (US$4.8 million) itself in its first week.

In 2013, the company released its Horror Film Ek Thi Daayan, co-produced with Vishal Bhardwaj. The film received mostly positive response. It was well-accepted by critics and received 3 out of 5 on an average. Jinson John of Indian Box Office also stated "Ek Thi Daayan is not that regular Bhootiya Isshtoorry, the plot stands out of them all, it's surely is an Experimental Plot, but not written by an Idiot." The film opened Ek Thi Daayan opened at around 30-40% occupancy with better opening in multiplexes rather than single screens netted around 18.07 crore (US$2.6 million) over the first weekend. In May 2013, released by the company was Shootout at Wadala. The film opened with great reviews from many quarters. Bollywood Hungama, rated the film with stars whereas The Times of India rated it with stars.[23] Made on the string Budget of 26 crore (US$3.8 million), the film grossed 54.6 crore (US$7.9 million) worldwide. The film was declared Average by Box office India. In July 2013, the company released Lootera, starring Ranveer Singh & Sonakshi Sinha as leads. The film opened with best reviews from many critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film with Stars, describing "On the whole, LOOTERA is an intrinsically earnest and profoundly heartwarming story that stays in your heart. An absolute must for those who love romantic films or are romantic at heart. This one's a cinematic gem!".[24] Raja Sen of rated stars and noted, "Lootera is a gorgeous, gorgeous film, one that uses its period setting affectionately, with loving detail, and not exploitatively, as our cinema is wont to do."[25] Meena Iyer of The Times of India assigned the film Stars and noted, "Lootera is a love saga of yore." She added, "You may find this film boring if state-of-the-art, slow romance is not your idea of a movie outing."[26] The film was made on the Budget of 27 crore (US$3.9 million) and netted 38 crore (US$5.5 million) worldwide in its lifetime .[27] In August 2013, the company released Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! the sequel to one of its most successful film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.[28] The film opened with mixed reviews from all the critics and was also slammed by many critics for its poor drafting and execution of story line.[29] The film was made on the high Budget of 85 crore (US$12 million) to 100 crore (US$14 million) and collected 70 crore (US$10 million) worldwide, thereby contributing the loss and was declared "Flop". In 2014, On February 28, the company released Shaadi Ke Side Effects starring Farhan Akhtar & Vidya Balan. The film opened with positive reviews from various quarters and collected 5.7 crore (US$820,000) on its day one. The film went on to gross 21.2 crore (US$3.1 million) in its opening weekend. The film grossed 70 crore (US$10 million) worldwide during its lifetime run and was declared "Below Average" by Boxoffice India.[30] In the same year, On March 21, the company released Ragini MMS 2 starring Sunny Leone, the sequel to yet another successful film of the company Ragini MMS. Made on the budget of 18 crore (US$2.6 million), the film opened with mixed reviews from the critics and went on to collect 65 crore (US$9.4 million).[30] The film was a major commercial success and was declared "Hit" by Boxoffice India.[31]

On April 4, 2014, the company released Main Tera Hero starring Varun Dhawan as the protagonist, directed by David Dhawan. The film released with positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated Stars, & wrote "On the whole, Main Tera Hero is a wild, wacky, madcap entertainer that has the unmistakable stamp of the master of entertainers -- David Dhawan. An over the top plot, humor quotient and performances are three aces the film stands on. The film should work well with admirers of typical Bollywood masalathons, also because Varun Dhawan pulls off the act with flamboyance and bowls you over with an uproarious act in this zany entertainer. Go, have fun and laugh out loud!".[32] Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India gave the movie stars saying, Main Tera Hero is a pav bhaji picture, quick, spicy, hot. It has the depth of a comic strip but it also has its neon-shaded fun. For those who want a light laugh, here's your boy." Made on the budget of 42.5 crore (US$6.1 million), the movie went on to collect 77 crore (US$11 million) worldwide[30] and was declared "Hit" by Box office India. On May 30, 2014, the company released small Budget film Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi which was co-produced by Bejoy Nambiar. The film opened with mixed reviews from critics and also failed to collect at Box office. The film collected a mere 3 crore (US$430,000) from Boxoffice thereby recovering its costs. In June 2014, the company released Ek Villain co-starring Sidharth Malhotra & Shraddha Kapoor. The film opened with positive reviews from its critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama awarded the movie 4/5 stars and wrote that, "On the whole, Ek Villain is a stylish, spellbinding and terrifying edge-of-the-seat thriller. It's a step forward in this genre, without doubt. A sure-shot winner!"[33] Raedita Tandon from Filmfare gave the film stars and noted that, "Though indulgent in parts, Ek Villain packs in a punch. Copy of a Korean film or not, it's ‘good’ paisa vasool entertainment. Make it your weekend watch." Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film Stars, stating that "You cannot fault the scale of Ek Villain or berate its lead star cast. But you wish you could celebrate this thriller like you did Suri's last movie outing Aashiqui 2. The film made on the budget of 35 crore (US$5.1 million) went on to collect 105.05 crore (US$15 million) from India[34] and grossed 135 crore (US$20 million) (approx) with a distributor share of 49.75 crore (US$7.2 million) itself in India.[35] The film was declared "Super Hit" by Boxoffice India.

Film production

1 2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta David Dhawan Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Rambha Comedy
2 2003 Kucch To Hai Anurag Basu
Anil Vimal Kumar
Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol, Anita Hassanandani, Yash Tonk Horror
3 2004 Krishna Cottage Santram Verma Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar, Anita Hassanandani Reddy Horror
4 2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Sangeeth SivanTusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Isha Koppikar, Neha DhupiaComedy
5 2005 Koi Aap Sa Partho Mitra Aftab Shivdasani, Anita Hassanandani, Dipannita Sharma, Himanshu Malik Romance
6 2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Apoorva Lakhia Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Arbaaz Khan, Amrita Singh, Tusshar Kapoor, Rohit Roy Crime
7 2008 Mission Istanbul Apoorva Lakhia Vivek Oberoi, Shriya Saran, Zayed Khan Crime Co-produced with Popcorn Motion Pictures
8 2008 C Kkompany Sachin Yardi Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Raima Sen Comedy
9 2008 EMI – Liya Hai Toh Chukana Parega Saurabh Kabra Arjun Rampal, Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar, Malaika Arora Khan, Aashish Chaudhary, Neha Oberoi Social Co-produced with Popcorn Motion Pictures
10 2010 Love Sex aur Dhokha Dibakar Banerjee Anshuman Jha, Nushrat Bharucha, Sandeep Bose, Rajkummar Rao Found footage
11 2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Milan Luthria Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai Gangster
12 2011 Taryanche Bait Kiran Yadnyopavit Vinay Apte, Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Giri, Ashmita Joglekar Drama Marathi Film
13 2011 Shor in the City Raj Nidimoru &
Krishna D.K.
Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi Drama
14 2011 Ragini MMS Pawan Kripalani Rajkummar Rao, Kainaz Motivala Horror
Co-produced with iRock Films
15 2011 The Dirty Picture Milan Luthria Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah Biographic
16 2012 Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum Sachin Yardi Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma Comedy
17 2013 Ek Thi Daayan Kannan Iyer Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin Thriller Co-produced with VB Pictures
18 2013 Shootout at Wadala Sanjay Gupta Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, Tusshar Kapoor Gangster
Prequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala
Co-produced with White Feather Films
19 2013 Lootera Vikramaditya Motwane Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha Romance Co-produced with Phantom Films
20 2013 Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobara Milan Luthria Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha Crime
Sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
21 2014 Shaadi Ke Side EffectsSaket Chaudhary Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan Romcom Sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects
Co-Produced with Pritish Nandy Communications
22 2014 Ragini MMS 2 Bhushan Patel Sunny Leone Horror
Sequel to Ragini MMS
23 2014 Main Tera Hero David Dhawan Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Nargis Fakhri Romance
24 2014 Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Aman Sachdeva Siddharth Gupta, Simran Kaur Mundi Comedy
Co-Produced with Bejoy Nambiar
25 2014 Ek Villain — There's one in every love story Mohit Suri Sidharth Malhotra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor Romance
26 2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Umesh Ghadge Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Mandana Karimi Adult Comedy
27 2016 Azhar Tony D'Souza Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta Biopic Co-Produced with Sony Pictures Networks
28 2016 Udta Punjab Abhishek Chaubey Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh Romance
Co-Produced with Phantom Films
29 2016 Great Grand Masti Indra Kumar Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Urvashi Rautela Adult Comedy
30 2016 A Flying Jatt Remo D'souza Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez Superhero,
31 2017 Half Girlfriend Mohit Suri Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor Romance
32 2017 Super Singh Anurag Singh Diljit Dosanjh, Sonam Bajwa Superhero,
Punjabi film
Co-produced with Brat Films
33 2018 Veere Di Wedding Shashanka Ghosh Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas Comedy-drama Co-produced with Anil Kapoor Films
34 2018 Laila Majnu Sajid Ali Mir Sarwar, Avinash Tiwary, Tripti Dimri, Ruchika Kapoor Romance, Drama Co-production with PI Pictures[36]
35 2019 Judgementall Hai Kya Prakash Kovelamudi Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao Comedy, Thriller Co-produced with Karma Media and Entertainment
and ALT Entertainment
36 2019 Jabariya Jodi Prashant Singh Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra Romance, Comedy Co-produced with Karma Media and Entertainment
and ALT Entertainment
37 2019 Dream Girl Raaj Shaandilyaa Ayushman Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha Comedy, Humour Co-produced with ALT Entertainment
and Zee Studios

Upcoming films

1 2019 Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Alankrita Shrivastava Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar Comedy, Satire Premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival on 4 October 2019.[37]
2 2020 KTina Ashima Chibber Disha Patani Comedy Filming[38]
3 2020 Shararara Anees Bazmee Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan Comedy Pre-Production[39]
4 2020 Ek Villian 2 Mohit Suri Arjun Kapoor Suspense Scripting[40]
4 2020 Pagglait Umesh Bist Sanya Malhotra Comedy Filming[41]

Film distribution

Year Film Director Notes
2007DarlingRam Gopal Varma
2008Bhool BhulaiyaaPriyadarshan
2008Sarkar RajRam Gopal Varma
2013VishwaroopKamal Haasan
2017Lipstick Under My BurkhaAlankrita Shrivastava

Awards & ceremonies

  • The Global Indian Film and TV Honours


  1. "Box Office Report of 2001". Archived from the original on 18 January 2013.
  2. Television Queen Ekta Kapoor flops at Box-office
  3. "Kya Kool grossess Rs 21.5 crores". Archived from the original on 30 June 2012.
  4. "Kya Kool in 3 Top hits of 2005". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013.
  5. "Shoot Out is the biggest hit of Balaji till date".
  6. "Box Office report of Shootout At Lokhandwala".
  7. C Kkompany flops at Indian Box-office
  8. "Mission Istanbul fails at Box Office".
  9. "Balaji acquires Priyadarshan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa".
  10. "Balaji acquires Ram Gopal's Sarkar Raj".
  11. "Ekta to produce up a different film". Archived from the original on 13 May 2013.
  12. "LSD a rare to see hit film".
  13. "Once Upon a Time is Superhit". Archived from the original on 7 August 2010.
  14. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai markks successful re-entry of Balaji
  15. The return of Ekta Kapoor
  16. A Brand called Ekta Kapoor
  17. "Ekta's next in Marathi". Archived from the original on 17 January 2013.
  18. "Ekta's Taryanche Bait takes Extraordinary opening".
  19. "Ekta's marathi venture bags top accolades".
  20. "Lifetime Box-office collection of Shor in the City".
  21. "Review:Shor in the City is a terrific Film". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012.
  22. "Sunny Leone signed for Ragini MMS 2". Archived from the original on 15 July 2012.
  23. Review:Shootout At Wadala- The Times of India
  24. Lootera is a terrific gem - Taran Adarsh
  25. Lootera is an absolute masterpiece - Raja Sen
  26. Lootera is Lovesaga of yore - Meena Iyer, The Times of India
  27. Lifetime collections and Economics of Lootera
  28. Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara: Another film to hit the jackpot?
  29. Anupama Chopra's review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara!
  30. Box office collextions Jan to April 2014 Archived 8 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  31. Ragini MMS 2 is one of the major commercial success of 2014
  32. Main Tera Hero is the masala entertainer of 2014 - Taran Adarsh
  33. Ek Villain is stylish and a sure-shot winner - Taran Adarsh
  34. Ek Villain is first for Balaji to enter 100 crore club
  35. Ek Villain makes 49.75 crore share for its distributors
  36. Balaji Motion Pictures next Laila Majnu with Imtiyaz Ali
  37. "Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare: Konkona, Bhumi's movie to have world premiere at Busan International Film Festival- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 5 September 2019.
  38. "Disha Patani starts shooting for KTina. Is she playing Ekta Kapoor? See first look". India Today. 25 October 2019.
  39. "Sara Ali Khan to romance Vicky Kaushal in Anees Bazmee's next produced by Ekta Kapoor".
  40. "Arjun Kapoor roped in for the sequel of Ek Villian".
  41. "Two powerful producers. One heartwarming tale. Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga join hands for #Pagglait starring Sanya Malhotra. Directed by Umesh Bist, the first schedule of the film kickstarted in Lucknow!". Balaji Motion Pictures on Twitter. 21 November 2019.
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