From Akshay-Twinkle To Shah Rukh-Gauri -- Meet The Producer Jodis Of Bollywood

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They are partners for life, but did you know that they also join forces professionally? tells you about Bollywood jodis who are also producers:

Akshay Kumar- Twinkle Khanna
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After a fulfilling journey as an actor, Akshay forayed into film production and founded Hari Om Productions in 2008 named after his father Hari Om. The production house aimed at working with new directors and giving India some world-class cinema. The banner has co-produced several hit films such as Singh Is Kinng (2008), OMG – Oh My God (2012), Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014) and Airlift (2016) among others.

Wife Twinkle Khanna, known for her crackling humour and witty comebacks is following suit and is all set to launch her production house – Mrs Funnybones Movies. On January 1, 2017, Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to make the announcement about Twinkle’s first project – Padman. This story is inspired by Arunachalam Muruganantha, who is better known as India’s menstruation man. He has campaigned extensively for menstrual hygiene in rural India. While R Balki will direct the film, Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte will feature in it.

Shah Rukh Khan – Gauri Khan

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The Badshah of Bollywood co-founded Red Chillies Entertainment along with wife Gauri Khan in 2002. Main Hoon Na (2004) that featured SRK, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao and Sushmita Sen in pivotal roles was the studio’s first theatrical release. Since then, the production house has doled out a number of films such as Om Shanti Om (2007), RA.One (2011), Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014) among others.

Aamir Khan - Kiran Rao
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Aamir Khan, who has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema with his acting chops, was initially reluctant to dabble in film production as he has seen his father (Tahir Hussain) struggle with it. However, in an interview, he confessed that it was Ashutosh Gowariker’s script of Lagaan that compelled him to turn producer. The film was not only Aamir Khan Productions’ first release, but also India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Kiran Rao is an integral part of Aamir Khan Productions and has produced a number of films such as Taare Zameen Par (2007), Peepli Live (2010), Dhobi Ghat (2010), Delhi Belly (2011) and Dangal (2016) among others under the banner.

Sanjay Dutt – Maanayata Dutt

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While Sanjay Dutt has produced films like Shortcut: The Con Is On (2010) and Rascals (2011) in the past under his name, it’s only recently that wife Maanayata launched his film production company Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt Ltd. Maanayata is the CEO and the first film under the banner will go on floors next month.

Sheetal Vinod Talwar - Bhavna Talwar
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Sheetal and Bhavna are India’s first couple to walk the untrodden path. To talk of Sheetal, he has won a National Award and international awards for his debut film Dharm.  He also launched India's first film fund, which did films with Shahid, Amitabh Bachchan, Surya, Shatrugan Sinha and Pankaj Kapur among others. The talented producer was the first producer to produce films such as Joneses, Eichmann Show, Broken etc. Bhavna, on the other hand, is India's first female director to work on a major international film with well known stars like Bill Nighy, Helen Backsindale and Mark Williams on a remake of Heidi. 

R Balki - Gauri Shinde 
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R Balki turned producer with wife Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut, English Vinglish (2012). He has since produced films like Shamitabh (2015), Ki & Ka (2016) and Dear Zindagi (2016). Gauri, on the other hand, debuted as a producer with Dear Zindagi which features Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.

Raj Kundra - Shilpa Shetty

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It’s been long since Shilpa Shetty was seen in a full-fledged movie role. However, she hasn’t been away from the film world. Apart from being a regular on TV, she has also dabbled in film production and produced  Dishkiyaoon (2014) alongside her husband Raj Kundra. Raj has also produced films like It Could Be You (2005) and Strangers (2007).

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