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.