The Hindi film industry's producers have evolved over the decades: From being one-man banks to corporatised film studios. A handful of them churn out multiple blockbusters in a year, making significant contributions to the industry's annual revenues. Here's a look at some of the heftiest names and their recent releases*.
Aditya Chopra: He is the chairman of the Rs 2,900-crore Yash Raj Films, India's largest production house. Dhoom 3 (starring Aamir Khan) is one of his biggest upcoming projects and is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Films: Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl (Rs 37 crore), Ishaqzaade (Rs 14.63 crore), Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 198 crore)
Total collection: Rs 249.63 crore**
Karan Johar: His Dharma Productions is known for its production values and star-studded successes. Of the three films that Johar produced, one was the year's first to cross Rs 100-crore at the box office.
Films: Agneepath (Rs 123 crore), Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu (Rs 40 crore), Student of the Year (Rs 21.9 crore)
Total collection: Rs 184.9 Crore
Mahesh Bhatt: He and brother Mukesh Bhatt own Vishesh Films, known for medium budget, slick, racy, commercial films that make a mark at the box office. In the past one year, Bhatt rolled out sequels to three of his earlier hits, all of which fared well.
Films: Jannat 2 (Rs 42 crore), Raaz 3 (Rs 70 crore), Jism 2 (Rs 33.5 crore)
Total collection: Rs 145.5 Crore
Ekta Kapoor: She has been one of the most successful producers to straddle both TV and cinema with Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. 'The Dirty Picture', which got Vidya Balan a National Film Award for Best Actress, was one of her major commercial successes.
Films: The Dirty Picture (Rs 85 crore), Kya Super Kool Hai Hum (Rs 45 crore)
Total collection: Rs 130 Crore
Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Known more for his work as a director of films with extravagant sets and good music, Bhansali turned producer for three films in the past year. His next big project-Ram Leela, with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-will mark his return as director after a gap of three years.
Films: My Friend Pinto (Rs 1.5 crore), Rowdy Rathore (Rs 131 crore), Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (Rs 11 crore)
Total collection: Rs 143.5 Crore
Farhan Akhtar: He co-owns production house Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani, and produced and directed Don 2, the sequel to his highly successful 2006 film Don.
Film: Don 2
Total collection: Rs 100.12 crore
Anurag Kashyap: Kashyap's films have made their mark for being low-budget productions shot in cramped locations with little-known faces. He produced and directed the two parts of Gangs of Wasseypur.
Films: Gangs of Wasseypur I (Rs 26.50 crore), Gangs of Wasseypur II (Rs 18.50 crore)
Total collection: Rs 45 Crore