22 Biggest Bollywood Hits of All Time

Cinema means business as much as it is about art and creativity. No art form can survive without its patrons and for cinema its patrons are its audience. Although every film that earns big money is not necessarily a superior quality of work but it’s a validation nonetheless. A good box office grossing empowers a filmmaker to jump into his next project with new found confidence. There are certain films which manage to garner both commercial and critical success by virtue of its subliminal quality and mass appeal. Hindi film industry has always been known as the happy film industry which churns out films that entertains as well as educates and makes sure that the producers go smiling all the way to the bank.

The list below features the highest Indian grossing of all time (top grossing Bollywood movies) and a good look at those blockbuster movies that features on the list and whether they deserve to be on the list or not.


22. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Worldwide Gross: 103.17 crore.

Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut introduced the concept of the NRI hero. Apart from a being a romantic comedy ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ) wonderfully packs in elements of drama, family values and the undeniable love for the homeland. If news reports are to be believed Tom Cruise was the first choice to play the role of Raj but the makers decided to stick to an Indian cast and Shah Rukh Khan came to the scene only after Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan rejected the offer. When he signed the film he had no idea that it was going to change his life and career forever. The SRK-Kajol pair came into prominence with this film after sharing screen space together in odd films like ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Karan Arjun’. Last heard DDLJ was still running in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theatre and thus holds the record for the longest running Indian cinema ever.


21. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Worldwide Gross: 106.74 crore.

‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’ marked the beginning of a new era in Bollywood i.e. era of Karan Johar and his stylishly crafted popcorn entertainment worthy films. Karan’s directorial debut is a fine balance of commerce, substance and formula. The ever reliable pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol works their magic once again to make us laugh, cry and fall in love all over again. The chart topping music by Jatin-Lalit was also one of the highlights of the film.


20. Hum Aapke Hai koun..! (1994)

Worldwide Gross: 127.96 crore.

Initially the critics didn’t warm up to the film as they do now. They dismissed it as a well shot marriage video and that nothing really happens in the movie. But ‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!’ proved them all wrong with its phenomenal run at the box office and its everlasting influence on Indian pop culture. Indian marriages were never the same again, both on and off screen. Madhuri Dixit was at the peak of her career when she did the film and there were even rumours that she was even paid more than Salman Khan for her role. Not only the ordinary masses but even MF Hussain fell head over heels for Madhuri who inspired him to paint a series of paintings dedicated to her beauty and grace.


19. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Worldwide Gross: 135.53 crore.

Karan Johar’s second directorial venture is not really bad but some portions looks like a desperate attempt to cash in on the glory of his first film. Three generations were shown in the film via some of the biggest names in the Hindi filmdom like Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, SRK- Kajol and Hrithik- Kareena. High on gloss and glycerin ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ is long but enjoyable if you have the patience to sit over three hours at a stretch. It was a bigger hit overseas than it was in India.


18. Om Shanti Om (2007)

Worldwide Gross: 149.87 crore.

‘Om Shanti Om’ is Bollywood potboiler entertainment at its best. It’s the kind of film that reminds you why you fall in love with Bollywood in the first place. The film is set in two time periods and is about reincarnation and revenge apart from being about love and the magic of the movies. Shah Rukh Khan was at his usual charming best in the film but it was Deepika Padukone who made a queen sized debut in this Farah Khan entertainer. It was the biggest hit of the year but naturally.


17. Dhoom 2 (2006)

Worldwide Gross: 151.39 crore.

It has to be one of the best looking Indian films of all time. Hrithik Roshan as the bad guy and Aishwarya Rai in itsy bitsy outfits were enough to set the screen on fire. And what more! They even share a passionate kiss that became the talk of town for quite some time. Apart from their sizzling chemistry and dance moves the film had a very contemporary, exotic look as the majority of the film’s portions were shot in Rio de Janeiro.


16. Bodyguard (2011)

Worldwide Gross: 234.39 crore.

Even Salman Khan’s biggest fans will agree that ‘Bodyguard’ is a childish, silly entertainer whose only selling point is Khan himself. Some chart topping songs and a balanced performance from Kareena Kapoor is what saves the film from being a total waste. But the Midas touch of Salman Khan works its wonders even here too and ‘Bodyguard’ emerged as a winner at the box office.

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  • Hey, nice post good to have a views on multi-budget Bollywood movies. Indian movies are big and colorful when it comes with music. Actually music is more and counts a lot in Indian cinema.