Top 5 Biggest Box Office Hits of Bollywood
Bollywood is the ultimate entertainment factory in India and worldwide. Films are produced in hundreds every year. However, there are movies that have won the hearts of audiences for generations. Here is a glimpse at the top 5 biggest hits of Bollywood.
5. Mother India
Mother India (1957) Directed by Mehboob Khan, starring: Nargis, Raj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar and Sunil Dutt. The movie portrays the social injustice carried out against a poor, uneducated family by the village money loaner. A co-production of Indo-Russian filmmakers and a remake of Aurat (1940) by the same director, Mother India was India's earliest submission in 1958 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of that year but it lost by a solo vote.
Mughal-E-Azam (1960) Directed by K. Asif, starring: Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Prithviraj Kapoor andDurga Khote. The movie relives the legend of the powerful Mughal empire brought to its knees in the 16th century by a dissension between Emperor Akbar and his son, Crown Prince Salim because of his fateful love for a beautiful yet common dancer. The most expensive movie of its time, Mughal-e-Azam took 9 years to complete. This is unquestionably one of the biggest blockbusters in Hindi cinema till date.
Sholay (1975) Directed by Ramesh Sippy, starring: Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jaya Badhuri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan and Asrani. A police officer’s family is brutally murdered in a rural village by a ruthless thug and his men. The officer recruits two fugitives to capture the thug. The movie was announced as a commercial disaster upon its release but movie-goers gave it a shot, making it one of the greatest grossing movies of the Indian theatre. It was honored as the ‘Film of the Millennium” by BBC India in 1999.
2. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaynge
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaynge (1995) Directed by Aditya Chopra, starring: Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Anupam Kher, and Amrish Puri. What begins as friendship with fun and jokes on a trip to Europe ends in love. It is too late by the time Raj (SRK) and Simron (Kajol) realize it as she is already engaged to another man according to tradition. The movie has changed the theme of modern Bollywood. It holds the record for the longest running show in Mumbai theatres, completing 700 weeks in March 2009. Not only was it a hit in India but worldwide too.
Rang De Basanti (2006) Directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, starring: Amir Khan, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Siddharth Narayan, Atul Kulkarni. A young British lady goes to India to recreate the diary entries of her grandfather who lived during the British Raj. After the death of an Indian pilot friend, she comes to realize that the freedom that was fought then has in fact turned into a tyrant rule of corruption. The story of India, then and now, runs undeniably parallel. Being a patriotic movie, it is the top-viewed film on the national holidays of India. It has impacted the minds of young Indians who have woken up to the corruption that is so flamboyant in the country.
Lets hope that Bollywood continues to provide its audience with more such thought provoking and entertaining movies.