Mumbai, September 22: Karan Johar's Dharma Productions has collaborated with Viacom18 Studios to present a slate of films over the next one and a half years. The landmark collaboration will bring some of the finest actors and directors to the big screen in form of different genres.
The two renowned production studios have joined hands for the four most anticipated Hindi films that include Johar's directorial "Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani" starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, and Shabana Azmi. The film marks Karan's comeback in the direction for the first time since Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil".
The latest partnership also includes Raj Mehta's family drama film "Jug Jugg Jeeyo" starring Anil Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, and Kiara Advani, Shakun Batra's next starring Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Dhairya Karwa, and then Shashank Khaitan romantic comedy, starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani, and Bhumi Pednekar. These said films are in various stages of production.
Speaking about the partnership, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said in a statement, "As Viacom18 Studios scales up and begins a new chapter, we are looking at key partnerships with creators who shape mainstream entertainment. Collaborating to build a slate of films further strengthens our long-term association with Karan and Dharma Productions".
Karan Johar added, "In Viacom18 Studios and Ajit, we have a partner who not only shares our vision in storytelling but also has our approach to differentiated cinema. Dharma Productions has been committed to entertaining movie-goers the world over with every film and this partnership will further enable it".
Apoorva Mehta, CEO, Dharma Productions, said, "The partnership with Viacom18 Studios is a significant step for Dharma as together we gear up to bring back the best of Hindi cinema to theatrical audiences. We believe that strategic alliances are the way forward for the film industry and this partnership is the stepping-stone to a long-term alliance".