Indians have a really big craze for movies, “big, with a capital B”. There is a song in one of the great movies of the legend of Bollywood cinema, Amitabh Bachchan, with the following lyrics, which shows this craze for cinema-
“Ishq-e-phillum, junoon-e-phillum, dard-e-phillum, davaa hai phillum, dua hai phillam … salaam-e-phillum, salaam-e-phillum, salaam-e-phillum”, where the meaning of word “phillum” is film/movies.
Some movies are just good for entertainment, some work for a limited time and some prove out to be a Blockbuster, which are remembered by the world forever. Here is list of top 10 highest grossing Bollywood movies of all times. Undoubtedly, the best of box office.
10. 3 Idiots
3 Idiots is a movie which is well known by the today’s generation. Focusing towards the present day education system, the movie proved to be a blockbuster with highest grossing, not only in India but also overseas.
Ghajini is an Indian romantic-thriller movie of A. R. Murugadoss as with Aamir Khan, the perfectionist, as the lead actor. It was the highest grossed movie in the year 2008 and its plot was adapted from Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’.
8. Gadar- Ek Prem Katha
Gadar was the fourth movie, which grossed over Rs 100 Crore. The movie takes its audience to the era when India was in the bondage of the Britishers. Movies with Nationalist themes generally do not gross much, but Gadar broke this monotony making a blast in the box office.
7. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
The Sharukh-Kajol magic has never been found failing at the box-office. With a net gross of Rs 61 Crore, DDLJ was the second biggest hit that happened to the film industry in the 90s. Other than Mother India, DDLJ is the Bollywood movie which was included in Steven Jay Schneider’s book, ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’.
6. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!!!
‘Hum aapke hain koun’ was a romantic-comedy with family drama and was the first movie of such theme in the 90s. It was the first Bollywood movie to cross the mark of Rs 100 Crore. The movie contents celebrations of Indian marriage traditions and its relation with an unmarried couple.
Manoj Kumar’s ‘Kranti’, which was released in the year in 1981 was the biggest hit of the 80s. With a total collection of Rs 10 Crore (at that time) it can also be called one of the most expensive movies during that era.
Who can forget the dialogue “Basanti, inn kutton ke samne mat naachna”, Well the dialogue belongs to one of the greatest and unforgettable movies of the Indian cinema, Sholay (1975). The movie brought two of the greatest actors together- Amitabh and Dharmendra, also known as Jai and Veeru, who is still remembered by the world for their friendship. Sholay has got a record of 60 golden jubilee making it yet another box office hit.
The release of Mughal-e-Azam, on itself, was a major chaos, as it was one of the most expensive movies at that time. Mughal-e-Azam proved itself as a landmark in the history of Indian cinema. The riot that occurred while the movie was being played in the Maratha Mandir, is enough to measure the epic scale of the popularity of the movie. It came in 1960 and took away a great collection of Rs 5.5 Crore (really a large amount of that time).
2. Mother India
Released in the year 1957, Mother India is one of the most successful movies in the Indian Cinema. This movie was made by the filmmaker as a counter strike to Katherine Mayo’s Mother India, which criticized the Indian culture. The movie revolved around the hardship of womanhood contrasting its values and ideals. The movie, in a nut shell, reflects the Indian women who is not a mother only to her son but also to the society. She serves the nation and the society with her sacrifices. Mother India is regarded as one of the best films in the Indian and world cinema.
Kismet, which was released in the year 1943, was written by Gyan Mukherjee. Kismet was the first blockbuster movie and it showed bold themes.