Anushka Sharma is the latest to join the bandwagon of Bollywood actors turning producers with her upcoming film NH 10 which is also co-produced by Phantom. Anushka Sharma plays the lead in this movie, she is said to have liked the script so much that she decided to co-produce it. At the age of 25, Anushka Sharma is the youngest actor-producer on the block.
On this subject the actress was quoted saying, "I am thrilled to get a chance to do this so early on in my career. And I couldn't have found a better project than 'NH-10' to kick-start this new phase in my film journey. This is my second film after 'Bombay Velvet' with Phantom.. its a blast working with them."
Apart from this, Anushka has two big films up for release -- Rajkumar Hirani's Peekay with Aamir Khan and Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet with Ranbir Kapoor. Shilpa Shetty too is on the crest of a new wave now. She has jumped on the production bandwagon with Dhiskiyaoon with Harman Baweja as the lead. The movie didn't farewell at the box office which was not a big surprise considering Harman starred in it.
Come on if you rope in a flop actor for your debut venture and expect it to do well, then obviously something is wrong with you. Anyways it is time to scan the success and failure ratio of her and other actresses who turned producers. How many of the actually got it right and how many of them burnt their money?
Let's take a look at the list of actresses who took a risk as producers.
Anushka Sharma is the latest to join the bandwagon of Bollywood actors turning producers with her upcoming film NH 10 which is also co-produced by Phantom.
For Dishkiyaoon, Shilpa and producer Sunil Lulla have risked their money on Harman Baweja, who is yet to give a hit, and newcomer Ayesha Khanna. Sunny Deol, whose stakes are not on the rise right now, also stars in the film. They may be backing the wrong horse, but Shilpa seems to be confident and recently described the film as an "interesting masala entertainer on underworld". She has even tried to up the glamour quotient by featuring in an item number for the film.
Another beauty queen-turned actress tried her hand at production by teaming up with her co-star Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Aziz Mirza and launched Dreamz Unlimited. They made Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), a social satire that had Shah Rukh-Juhi in the lead roles, while Mirza helmed it. But the dream team's first venture bombed. Juhi, who co-owns Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team with SRK and her husband Jai Mehta, said in an interview that Dreamz Unlimited was a very ambitious project that never happened and that everything does not happen according to a plan and you learn your lessons the hard way.
Preity's modelling and acting career has been pretty successful and thanks to hits like Soldier and Kal Ho Naa Ho, she was a most sought after actress. When she tried her hand in business by becoming the co-owner of Kings XI IPL team along with ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman and Karan Paul, she did it with aplomb. But she burnt her fingers when she turned producer with "Ishkq In Paris" (2013), which saw a debacle at the box office despite her being in the female lead along with Rhehan Malliek.
The former Miss Universe announced in 2007 that she will delve into production with English film Jhansi Ki Rani, but it was later shelved. If reports are to be believed she may revive it as she has completed the writing part.
Model-turned-actress Dia has a few solo films to talk about, but she had her share of successes in hits like Heyy Babyy, Shootout At Lokhandwala, Parineeta and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. After the roles started drying up, she along with actor Zayed Khan launched her production house Born Free. Their first film was romantic comedy Love, Breakups, Zindagi (2011) and they played the lead role in it, but it tanked. Now Dia is trying to reboot with Bobby Jasoos, a spy-thriller centred on a female detective played by Vidya Balan. She is hoping Bobby Jasoos is loved by viewers.
The Saudagar and Bombay fame Nepali beauty turned producer with Paisa Vasool (2004), but it wasn't a fruitful effort.
A former beauty queen and star of hits like No Entry and Partner, Lara floated her production house Bheegi Basanti with husband and tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi and they came up trumps at the box office with their maiden production venture Chalo Dilli (2011), which also received critical acclaim.
An actor to reckon with, Pooja, who proved her mettle with films like Daddy, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Zakhm, comes from a family of producers and directors and so the next natural step for her was to produce and direct. She started producing with Tamanna (1997) in which she was part of the cast. Pooja, who produces under her banner Fisheye Network, has so far made about 10 films and out of them Dushman, Zakhm, Jism, and Jism 2 set the cash registers ringing.
She may have debuted opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Asoka, but Hrishitaa couldn't climb higher on the success ladder as an actress. When she turned producer with Shakal Pe Mat Jaa (2011), a comedy directed by Shubh Mukherjee, she met the same fate.