Gone are the days when films used to regularly be two-and-a-half or 3-hour affairs. There was a time when the audience would feel that they didn’t get their money’s worth if the film wasn’t at least two-and-a-half hours long, and full satisfaction would occur only and 2 hours 45 minutes or 3 hours. Things like quality and entertainment did matter, but runtimes also went hand-in-hand. That’s why theaters used to run shows with timings like 12-3, 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12.
However, the advent of multiplexes has changed all that, and, nowadays, people have gotten used to films with shorter runtimes. In fact, today’s metro moviegoers who frequent multiplexes tend to roll their eyes at films with long runtimes, and multiplex owners themselves are more welcoming of Hindi films running between 2 hours and 2 hours 20 minutes as it permits them to run more shows of the same movie. (The single-screen audiences though, especially in B and C centers, still relish their lengthy films.)
Even in this scenario of shorter films, it’s highly unlikely to find a Bollywood movie running at under two hours. But, there are a few exceptions to the norm – feature-length films that break Hindi-cinema traditions to clock it at anywhere between 90-100 minutes either because of the demands of their scripts, which do not allow for long narratives, or due to the valued inputs of their editors, which enabled snappier, crispier final cuts.
Here’s presenting the shortest Bollywood movies in terms of runtime:
|I Am Kalam||87 minutes|
|Jia Aur Jia||92 minutes|
|Ragini MMS||93 minutes|
|Dolly Ki Doli||93 minutes|
|B.A. Pass||95 minutes|
|That Girl in Yellow Boots||99 minutes|
|Delhi Belly||100 minutes|
|Margarita with a Straw||100 minutes|
|Nil Battey Sannata||104 minutes|
|Peeply Live||104 minutes|
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