Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian film studio based in Mumbai. It was created by Farhan Akhtar, and Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999. The two have gone on to create several films under Excel's banner.
Faran Akhtar is the son of very well known scripwriter, poet and lyricist, Javed Akhtar
and renowned screenplay writer, Honey Irani
. He is also the grandson of Urdu poet
, Jan Nisar Akhtar
. His stepmother is actress Shabana Azmi
At first he was a key role in his family's business, Marlex
, India's largest home appliance company.
- Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
- IIFA Award winner for best choreography (Farah Khan), and best song recording (Vijay Benegal).
- Filmfare Award winner for best choreography (Farah Khan), best comedian (Saif Ali Khan), best editing (A. Sreekar Prasad), best film (critics) (Farhan Akhtar), best screenplay (Farhan Akhtar), and best supporting actor (Akshaye Khanna).
- National Film Awards winner for best playback singer (Udit Narayan), and best regional film (Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar)
- Screen Weekly Awards winner for best choreography (Farah Khan), best dialogue (Farhan Akhtar), best lyrics (Javed Akhtar), best music director (Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendosa), best special effects (Beeps), and best supporting actor (Saif Ali Khan)
- Zee Cine Awards winner for best debuit director (Farhan Akhtar), and best supporting actor (Saif Ali Khan).
- Lakshya (2004)
- Don (2006)
- Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2006)
- Positive (2007)
- Rock on (2008 film) (2008)
(2006) was a remake of the 1978 movie
that starred Amitabh Bachchan
, under the same title. The film was redone with a new twenty-first century feel while still keeping its original roots present.
Excel has distributed several films of its own company, and for others.
Excel has produced a number of commercials for Slice
, and for Finolex
Directors working under Excel Entertainment
The following directors work under the Excel Entertainment Films banner: