The Top 10 Highest Grossing Films Of Bollywood

Many legendary films have graced the Indian film industry, but some films broke all the records set by their predecessors. Some made their producers and distributors laugh all the way to the bank. Some ran in the theatres for more than 13 years while some smashed the box office records altogether. Here is a list of some of the all time blockbuster films, Bollywood has ever seen.  All the films featuring in the list were made after the 90’s started. This partly due to the state of inflation, which steadily progressed as years ticked.

  • 3 idiots

The film released in 2009, generated a fresh outlook for Indian moviemakers to look into. It was declared an all time blockbuster at the box office and was widely acclaimed for its idealistic depiction of the current education scenario. The movie revolves around 3 engineering students, who ultimately triumph by following their passion. It starred Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor in lead roles. This was the first film of Raju Hirani after the Munna Bhai series. The film holds the distinction of being the highest grossing film in India of all time. The highest net collection record in the first week also belongs to this film.

  • Bodyguard

This 2011 film set the year ablaze by becoming the highest opening day grosser ever in the film industry. It continued its amazing run, by becoming the highest grossing bollywood film ever over a week. The film was produced by actor turned producer Atul Agnihotri and directed by Malayalam director Siddique. The story revolves around a bodyguard, played by Salman Khan who is appointed to protect a girl, played by Kareena Kapoor. How the bodyguard saves the girl and they eventually fall in love forms the screenplay. Part from these two stars, the film has Raj Babbar, Hazel Keech and Mahesh Manjrekar in key roles.

  • Dabangg

The film was released on the auspicious occasion of Eid and went on to set several milestones at the box-office. It earned the rare distinction of being the highest grossing film on the opening day and the highest weekend grossing film. The film is surpassed on total net collections by 3 idiots and Bodyguard only. The movie tells the story of a corrupt police inspector who enjoys a tumultuous relationship with his close ones. How he transforms himself, forms the crux of the story. It marked the debut of Abhinav Kashyap as a director and Arbaaz khan as a producer. The film’s starcast comprises of Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonu Sood.

  • Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…!

Considered a masterpiece in its own right, the film is thought to be one of the grand Bollywood movies ever. It embodies the traditional custom of marriage and the relationship between the individuals. The soundtrack, though quite long comprising of 14 songs was the major point in film’s historic success. Though it features lower than the above mentioned films, if the inflation price is negated than the film may as well be considered the highest grossing film of all time. What is particularly impressive about the film is that it was made on a very low budget and fetched a tremendous return. The film has Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Alok Nath, Mohnish Behl and Renuka Shahane in key roles. The film was a major turning point for the director of Rajshri productions, Sooraj Barjatya.

  • Ready

The film was shot in the exotic locations of Mauritius and this romcom made a superb business by becoming the highest grossing domestic film of the year 2011. It’s a comic caper packed with romance and action. The film stars Salman Khan, who tries to win his lady love Asin and in turn convinces her two warring uncles to unite with each other. The movie also has Paresh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar and Akhilendra Mishra in key roles. The film was directed by noted romantic comedy maker Anees Bazmee.

  • Ghajini

The movie is based on the tamil film of the same name, Ghajini which was itself inspired from the English classic Memento. Ghajini became a bumper hit at the box office and was believed to be the largest grossing bollywood movie, until another Aamir Khan Starrer 3 idiot took away that honor. Apart from Aamir Khan, the film is graced by the presence of Asin Thottukamal and Jiah Khan. The plot of the film is based on the principle of revenge. A business man by profession, a man seeks revenge on those who killed his girlfriend and made him suffer from the medical condition of Amnesia.

  • Gadar:Ek Prem Katha

This iconic film was released in the year 2001. It appealed to the masses because of its unique blend of patriotism and romance. The movie is set against the backdrop of partition of India back in 1947, when a Sikh truck driver falls in love with a Muslim girl. How their love triumphs above all odds, is narrated in the film. The film has Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, Lilette Dubey and Amrish Puri in leading roles. The film is directed by Anil Sharma and was released by Zee Telefilms.

  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The film briefly became the face of all romantic movies churned out by bollywood in the late 90’s. Even now, people compare the new romantic films with this masterpiece. The movie has been declared an all time blockbuster. It was released in 1995 and it holds the record for being the longest running film, being screened still in the Maratha Mandir Cinema hall. The film tells the tale of a couple who fall in love on a vacation and how the boy makes an effort to convince the family members and marry the girl despite the fact that the girl’s marriage is already fixed with someone else. It stars Shahrukh Khan, Amrish Puri and Kajol in pivotal roles.


  • Raajneeti

Raajneeti was a multistarrer political thriller film released in 2010. It sustained the second highest first day gross, surpassed only by 3 idiots. The film is a loose adaptation of the epic Mahabharat. The film tells the gritty tale of political bloodshed and hierarchy in modern India. The movie star cast included Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn. Noted film director Prakash Jha, called the shots for this movie.

  • Golmaal 3

The comedy movie is the third installment of the Golmaal series. Director Rohit Shetty, who directed the previous two parts, was in charge of this film again. It came 7th in the all time highest grossing films of Bollywood. The movie stars Mithun Chakraborthy,  Ratna Shah, Ajay Devgn,Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu and Tusshar Kapoor in lead roles. The story revolves around 2 warring sets of youngsters, whose parents Mithun Chakraborthy and Ratna Shah are single. The story slowly culminates in flashback and then a happy ending follows, when both sets of kids embrace each other, while the parents reunite.

The films mentioned above, have all fetched a great return. It is very difficult to estimate the impact of changing times and inflation, on the net gross of a film. Actual figures are rarely obtained, regarding the actual net gross of a film. Even, the comparisons between the films may differ significantly as the calculation of net gross becomes difficult over time.

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