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Excel Entertainment is an Indian film production and distribution company, founded by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar in 1999. Based in Mumbai, Excel Entertainment produces and distributes Hindi films, and has branched out into web series.
|Private limited company|
|Founder||Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar|
Excel Entertainment has been producing and distributing Hindi films since its first release in 2001, 'Dil Chahta Hai'. Excel has produced films as diverse as 'Lakshya', a coming of age film set against the 1999 Kargil War, 'Don' an edge of the seat thriller, a boys road trip movie 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobra,' and the 'Fukrey' franchise. They ventured into making a film based on hockey named Gold which was a critical and commercial success. In December 2018, they distributed KGF:chapter 1 which stars Yash. Their latest film in 2019 is Gully Boy, based on the rapper group Gully Gang, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.
Farhan 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.
Sidhwani has played a key role in his family's business, Marlex, India's largest home appliance company.
|Inside Edge||2017||Amazon Video||Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi, Tanuj Virwani, Sayani Gupta, Sanjay Suri|
|Mirzapur||2018||Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Rasika Duggal, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Harshita Gaur|
|Made in Heaven||2019||Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi|
|Fukrey Boyzzz||2019||Discovery Kids||Animated series|
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