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Excel Entertainment

Excel Entertainment is an Indian motion picture production and distribution company which is based out of Mumbai. It was founded by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar in 1999. Excel Entertainment produces and distributes Hindi films, and has branched out into web series.[1][2] Excel Entertainment has been producing and distributing Hindi films ever since its first release in 2001, 'Dil Chahta Hai'.[3] Excel has produced films as diverse as 'Lakshya',[4] a coming of age film set against the 1999 Kargil War, 'Don' an edge of the seat thriller,[5] a boys road trip movie 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobra,'[6] and the 'Fukrey' franchise.[7] They ventured into making a film based on hockey named Gold which was a critical and commercial success.[8] In December 2018, they distributed KGF Chapter 1 which stars Nimma Yash.[9] Their upcoming film in 2019 is Gully Boy based on the rapper group Gully Gang,[10] starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

Excel Entertainment
Private limited company
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded1999, Mumbai
FounderRitesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Key people
Ritesh Sidhwani
Farhan Akhtar
WebsiteExcel Entertainment



Farhan AkhtarEdit

Faran Akhtar is the son of scriptwriter, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar and screenplay writer Honey Irani. He is also the grandson of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar. His stepmother is actress Shabana Azmi.

Ritesh SidhwaniEdit

Sidhwani has played a key role in his family's business, Marlex, India's largest home appliance company.

Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Director Cast Notes
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Farhan Akhtar Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia Filmfare Award - Best Film (critics)
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
2004 Lakshya Farhan Akhtar Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
2006 Don Farhan Akhtar Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Isha Koppikar
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Reema Kagti Amisha Patel, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen Ensemble cast
2007 Positive Farhan Akhtar Arjun Mathur, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani Short film
2008 Rock On!! Abhishek Kapoor Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny
2009 Luck by Chance Zoya Akhtar Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Isha Sharvani, Juhi Chawla Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Vijay Lalwani Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone
2011 Game Abhinay Deo Abhishek Bachchan, Sarah-Jane Dias, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, Kangana Ranaut
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Zoya Akhtar Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin Filmfare Award - Best Film
Don 2 Farhan Akhtar Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Kunal Kapoor
2012 Talaash Reema Kagti Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor Khan Co-produced with Aamir Khan Productions
2013 Fukrey Mrighdeep Singh Lamba Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh
2015 Bangistan Karan Anshuman Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat
Dil Dhadakne Do Zoya Akhtar Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah
2016 Baar Baar Dekho Nitya Mehra Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Rock On!! 2 Shujaat Saudagar Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor
2017 Raees Rahul Dholakia Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan Co-produced with Red Chillies Entertainment
Fukrey Returns Mrighdeep Singh Lamba Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda
2018 3 Storeys Arjun Mukerjee Renuka Shahane, Sharman Joshi, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha[11]
Gold Reema Kagti Akshay Kumar, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mouni Roy[12]
2018 KGF:chapter 1 Prashanth Neel Yash distribution of the Hindi version, produced by Hombale Films
2019 Gully Boy Zoya Akhtar Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt
2020 KGF:chapter 2 Prashanth Neel Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Srindhi Shetty, Jagan distribution of the Hindi version with Dharma Productions, produced by Hombale Films
Accha Lagta Hai Arjun Mukherjee Arjun Kapoor, Amyra Dastur, Tridha Choudhury, Vikrant Massey
Toofan Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Farhan Akhtar, Isha Talwar co-produced with ROMP Pictures



  1. ^ "Ritesh Sidhwani and Excel Media and Entertainment to throw a party celebrating the success of Mirzapur". 12 December 2018.
  2. ^ "India's 'Inside Edge' on Amazon Nominated for International Emmy Awards". 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ "15 Years of Dil Chahta Hai: A debt all '90s kids owe Farhan Akhtar". 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ "12 Years Of 'Lakshya': 5 Facts About The Film You May Have Missed". 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Remembering Shah Rukh Khan's Don as the film clocks Twelve Years". 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "7 things that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara taught us". 15 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Fukrey 2 movie review: Varun Sharma and Richa Chadha shine in this toilet-humour driven comedy". 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Gold". 15 August 2018.
  9. ^ "KGF box office collection Day 12: Yash film soars high". 2 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Gully Boy: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt's De-glam Look is Quite Intense in This New Poster; See Here". 2 January 2019.
  11. ^ "3 Storeys: Here's the motion poster for Pulkit Samrat's new film, produced by Farhan Akhtar". hindustantimes. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Check out Akshay Kumar's 'Gold' look for Reema Kagti's next". DNA India. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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