Star Studios
FormerlyFox Star Studios (2001–2022)
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedSeptember 2001; 20 years ago (2001-09)
Key people
Bikram Duggal[1]
ParentDisney Star
(The Walt Disney Company India)[2]

Star Studios (formerly known as Fox Star Studios) is an Indian motion picture production and distribution company. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney Star, part of the Disney International Operations segment of The Walt Disney Company.[2] The studio produces Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and other South Asian language films through acquisitions, co-productions and in-house productions for worldwide distribution. It also distributes English films produced by 20th Century Studios' divisions in India.


The Fox Star Studios logo before it was rebranded
The Fox Star Studios logo before it was rebranded

The studio was founded in September 2001 as a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and co-owned Star India. Soon after launch the studio had explored the option to co-produce and distribute Karan Johar's Dharma Productions films.[3][4] In 2009, the studio acquired the rights for My Name is Khan, the studio’s debut film as distributor and co-producer.[5][6]

In 2011, Fox Star Studios entered the Tamil film industry with Engaeyum Eppothum, as co-producing and distributing partner for AR Murugadoss's AR Murugadoss Productions.[7] In 2013, the studio released Tamil-feature Raja Rani, which won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.[8] In 2015, the studio entered 9-film deal with Dharma Productions as a co-producer and distributor.[9] In 2016, Kapoor & Sons was released as the first film under the arrangement.[10] The same year, the studio won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for its in-house production Neerja. The studio also released M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, the biopic of then Indian Cricket captain MS Dhoni. In 2017, the studio entered a three-film deal with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.[11] In May 2018, the studio entered multi-film deal with Akshay Kumar's Cape of Good films and had set Mission Mangal with Kumar attached to star.[12] In 2019, the studio released Chhichhore which it co-produced with Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment had won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi 2019.[12]

In early 2020, the studio had released Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone, sports-drama Panga starring Kangana Ranaut and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Shikara all of which are lukewarmly received by the audience.[13][14][15] The studio had released Baaghi 3 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the film ended its box-office run as the second-highest grossing Hindi-film of 2020.[16] In June 2020, Star India, the parent company of the studio decided to release the rest of the 2020 slate directly on the sister streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar under Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex Initiative. The films released on the platform were Dil Bechara, Lootcase, Sadak 2, and Laxmii.[17] In late 2020, several reports indicate The Walt Disney Company's was not going greenlighting newer films with the studio ceasing its operations after the releases of Tadap and Brahmāstra as the studio's CEO Vijay Singh has resigned.[18][19] In December 2021, the studio released Tadap.[20] In February 2022, the studio ended speculations of ceasing operations by announcing Babli Bouncer starring Tamannaah Bhatia, co-produced with Junglee Pictures.[21] In March 2022, the company announced the release of Kaun Pravin Tambe? on Disney+ Hotstar.[22] Soon after the studio started production on Manoj Bajpayee starrer Gulmohar.[23] Later that month, the studio along with Dharma Productions had acquired the remake rights for blockbuster Malayalam film Hridayam in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.[24]

On 27 May 2022, Fox Star Studios was renamed Star Studios, as part of the removal of the "Fox" name from studios that had been acquired from 21st Century Fox by Disney.[25]


Year Film Language Director Notes Ref.
2001 Bollywood Calling English Nagesh Kukunoor Distributon only; Co-produced with Eros International [26]
2003 Pat & Mat Movie Dominique Distributon only; Co-produced with BBC
2008 Friends Mark Dindal Distributon only; Co-produced with Regency Enterprises
2009 Quick Gun Murugun Shashanka Ghosh Co-produced with Phat Phish Motion Pictures [27]
2010 Khichdi: The Movie Hindi Aatish Kapadia distribution only; produced by Hats Off Productions [28]
My Name Is Khan Karan Johar Co-produced with 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Dharma Productions & Red Chillies Entertainment. [29]
Little Mole Kingdom English Dominique Distributon only; Co-produced with Blue Sky Studios
2011 Stanley Ka Dabba Hindi Amole Gupte Co-produced with Amole Gupte Cinema [30]
Dum Maaro Dum Rohan Sippy distribution only; produced by Ramesh Sippy Entertainment, Louverture Films and Cheyenne Enterprises [31]
Engaeyum Eppothum Tamil M Saravanan Co-produced with AR Murugadoss Productions [32]
Force Hindi Nishikant Kamat distribution only, produced by Sunshine Pictures [33]
Friends 2 English Mark Dindal Distributon only; Co-produced with Regency Enterprises
2012 Second Show Malayalam Srinath Rajendran distribution only; produced by AOPL Entertainment Private Limited [34]
Ekk Deewana Tha Hindi Gautham Vasudev Menon Co-produced with RS Infotainment [35]
London, Paris, New York Anu Menon distribution only; produced by Rose Movies [36]
Jannat 2 Kunal Deshmukh distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films [37]
Bol Bachchan Rohit Shetty distribution only, produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd [38]
Raaz 3D Vikram Bhatt distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films [39]
2013 Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Vishal Bharadwaj Co-produced with VB Pictures [40]
Murder 3 Vishesh Bhatt distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films [41]
Jolly LLB Subhash Kapoor [40]
Vathikuchi Tamil Kinslin Co-produced with AR Murugadoss Productions
Raja Rani Atlee Kumar Co-produced with AR Murugadoss Productions and The Next Big Film Productions
Bullett Raja Hindi Tigmanshu Dhulia distribution only; produced by BrandSmith Motion Pictures and Moving Pictures
2014 Cuckoo Tamil Raju Murugan Co-produced with The Next Big Film Productions
Hawaa Hawaai Hindi Amole Gupte Co-produced with Amole Gupte Cinema [30]
CityLights Hansal Mehta distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films
Mundaasupatti Tamil Ram Co-produced with Thirukumaran Entertainment
Humshakals Hindi Sajid Khan Co-produced with Pooja Entertainment
Finding Fanny English Homi Adajania distribution only; produced by Maddock Films
also dubbed in Hindi
Bang Bang! Hindi Siddharth Anand
2015 Mr. X Vikram Bhatt distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films
Rajathandhiram Tamil AG Amid distribution only; produced by Sunland Cinemas and White Bucket Productions
Khamoshiyan Hindi Karan Darra distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films
Bombay Velvet Anurag Kashyap distribution only; produced by Phantom Films
Kaaka Muttai Tamil M. Manikandan distribution only; produced by Wunderbar Films and Grass Root Film Company
Hamari Adhuri Kahani Hindi Mohit Suri distribution only; produced by Vishesh Films
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Vinod Kapri
Guddu Rangeela Subhash Kapoor
Brothers Karan Malhotra distribution only; produced by Dharma Productions, Lionsgate Films and Endemol India
10 Enradhukulla Tamil Vijay Milton Co-produced with AR Murugadoss Productions
Shaandaar Hindi Vikas Bahl distribution only; produced by Phantom Films and Dharma Productions
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Sooraj Barjatya distribution only; produced by Rajshri Productions
2016 Neerja Ram Madhvani National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Kapoor & Sons Shakun Batra distribution only; produced by Dharma Productions
Manithan Tamil I. Ahmed distribution only; produced by Red Giant Movies
Kabali Pa. Ranjith distribution only; produced by V Creations
Traffic Hindi Rajesh Pillai distribution only; produced by Endemol India
Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran Tamil Ezhil distribution only; produced by Vishnu Vishal Studioz and Ezhilmaaran Production
Half Ticket Marathi Samit Kakkad distribution only; produced by Video Palace
Akira Hindi AR Murugadoss distribution only; produced by A.R.Murugadoss Productions
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Neeraj Pandey also released in Tamil, Telugu and Marathi versions
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Karan Johar distribution only; produced by Dharma Productions
2017 Ok Jaanu Shaad Ali distribution only; produced by Madras Talkies and Dharma Productions
Jolly LLB 2 Subhash Kapoor
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Shashank Khaitan distribution only, produced by Dharma Productions
Phillauri Anshai Lal Co-produced with Clean Slate Films
Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae Tamil Ike Co-produced with A for Apple Production
Rangoon Rajkumar Periasamy Co-produced with AR Murugadoss Productions
A Gentleman Hindi Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Katha Nayagan Tamil Tha. Muruganantham distribution only; produced by Vishnu Vishal Studioz
Judwaa 2 Hindi David Dhawan distribution only; produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
2018 Baaghi 2 Ahmed Khan distribution only; produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Bioscopewala Deb Medhekar Co-produced with Handmade Films
Sanju Rajkumar Hirani distribution only; produced by Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films
2019 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Shelly Chopra Dhar distribution only; produced by Vinod Chopra Films
Total Dhamaal Indra Kumar Co-produced with Ajay Devgn FFilms, Maruti International, Pen India Limited and Mangl Murti Films; last film produced by Fox Star Studios before the acquisition by Disney
Kalank Abhishek Varman Co-produced by Dharma Productions and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment; first film to be released after the acquisition by Disney
Student of the Year 2 Punit Malhotra Co-produced with Dharma Productions
India's Most Wanted Raj Kumar Gupta Co-produced with Raapchik Films
Mission Mangal Jagan Shakti Co-produced with Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions
Chhichhore Nitesh Tiwari Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
The Zoya Factor Abhishek Sharma Co-produced with Adlabs Films
Housefull 4 Farhad Samji Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
2020 Chhapaak Meghna Gulzar Co-produced with Ka Productions and Mriga Films
Panga Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Shikara Vidhu Vinod Chopra distribution only; produced by Vinod Chopra Films
Baaghi 3 Ahmed Khan Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Dil Bechara Mukesh Chhabra
Lootcase Rajesh Krishnan Co-produced with Soda Fiilms
Sadak 2 Mahesh Bhatt Co-produced with Vishesh Films
Laxmii Raghava Lawrence co-produced with Cape Of Good Studios,Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House
2021 Tadap Milan Luthria co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
2022 Kaun Pravin Tambe? Jayprad Desai Co-produced with Friday Filmworks and Bootroom Sports; Last film released under the name: Fox Star Studios before it was renamed to Star Studios by Disney on May 27, 2022
Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva Ayan Mukerji Co-produced with Dharma Productions; first film released under the Star Studios name
Babli Bouncer Madhur Bhandarkar Co-produced with Junglee Pictures


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