Karan Johar's Dharma Productions partners with Sikhya Entertainment

The deal will see the production houses produce diverse and captivating content for both theatrical and digital releases internationally

By Priyanca Rajput 11 May 2023

Karan Johar's Dharma Productions partners with Sikhya Entertainment
Karan Johar

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has formed a strategic content partnership with Indian production house, Sikhya Entertainment, founded by Guneet Monga Kapoor.

According to Deadline, the two companies will produce multiple projects across feature films and digital formats. Although no projects were announced under the deal, the partners said they will reveal details in two-three months. 

The deal brings together one of Indian cinema's biggest production companies with an outfit better known internationally for independent and festival content. 

Dharma’s credits include classics such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, to recent releases such as Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva, a big-budget fantasy action film co-produced with Disney, and Selfiee, an action comedy starring Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi.

Sikhya has been a producer or co-producer on festival shorts and feature films such as The LunchboxMasaan and What Will People Say, as well as Oscar-winning documentaries Period. End Of Sentence, directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, and Kartiki Gonsalves’ The Elephant Whisperers. Monga Kapoor also transitioned into producing digital formats in 2020 with short film anthology, Zindagi In Short, alongside Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart. 

The two companies first worked together on Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, which Dharma co-distributed in India with UTV Motion Pictures.

In a statement, the partners said that Dharma’s mainstream expertise and talent discovery would be combined with Sikhya’s experience in independent cinema “to produce diverse and captivating content for both theatrical and digital releases. Together, they aim to set new benchmarks for creativity and innovation in the industry.”

Johar said: “We are extremely excited to collaborate with Sikhya Entertainment. As a filmmaker, I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences. With this alliance, we have the opportunity to bring together our shared passion for creating innovative content and telling stories that resonate with people from all walks of life. This partnership represents a unique blend of two brands that have always supported diverse and unconventional talent, and I can’t wait to see what we will create together.”

Monga Kapoor said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Dharma Productions, India’s leading production house, and bring together our experience and expertise to create impactful and unforgettable cinema. This partnership is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between two distinct and unique brands in the industry, and we are excited to work together to create content that resonates with a wider audience.” 

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