There are blockbusters, and then there are all-time blockbusters. While blockbusters are no doubt rare, all-time blockbusters are as difficult to come by as finding a needle in a haystack. The major difference between the two is that the former makes tons of money – usually more than any other film in its year of release – and almost doubles its investment, the latter makes even more money – usually more than any other film in any year of release – and almost triples its investment.
However, it’s not just about the money when it comes to all-time blockbusters. These films transcend monetary demarcations to become audience favorites and among the most-loved movies of all time. Obscene amounts of money mean large footfalls in theaters, which in turn mean that a large number of people went to see the film, and that generally results positive word-of-mouth. Hard-nosed critics can argue all they want, but the audience is king and their taste is the final truth, and if so many folks turn up to watch a movie, more often than not it means that said movie has enjoyed ubiquitous love from the audience for a prolonged period.
Hence, all-time blockbusters not only set the cash registers ringing unlike most other films in history, but also set new benchmarks for a film industry, ones which all subsequent releases aspire to live up to. So, on that note. Let’s check out the entire list of all-time blockbusters hitherto witnessed in Bollywood:
|Film||Year||Nett Collection (INR)|
|Mother India||1957||4 crore|
|Jai Santoshi Maa||1975||5 crore|
|Muqaddar Ka Sikandar||1978||8.50 crore|
|Ram Teri Ganga Maili||1985||9.50 crore|
|Maine Pyar Kiya||1989||15 crore|
|Hum Aapke Hain Koun||1994||72 crore|
|Dilwale Dulhani Le Jayenge||1995||61 crore|
|Raja Hindustani||1996||49 crore|
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||1998||47 crore|
|3 Idiots||2009||202 crore|
|Chennai Express||2013||227.13 crore|
|Dhoom 3||2013||285 crore|
|Bajrangi Bhaijaan||2015||321 crore|
|Tiger Zinda Hai||2018||339 crore|
24 all-time blockbusters over the entire time span of Hindi cinema, kind of puts the exclusivity of the club into perspective. Also, as you can see, the decades preceding the 90s saw but seven such films, but, since the 90s, their proclivity has enhanced several fold, and the release of Hum Aapke Hain Koun in 1994 has to be thanked for that. It not only changed the trade-game for the Hindi film industry, but also brought about countless alterations to how people saw films in theaters, the ticket rates themselves while also opening to new doors to the NRI market, which films like DDLJ, KKHH, and Gadar cashed in on.
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The advent of the multiplex raised the stakes even further, with all-time blockbusters bringing in insane loads of dough. But it has also caused much damage as unreasonable ticket and snack rates have led to significantly lesser footfalls for other films, and barring a few films that are reaping the benefits like never before, most others are losing money. A cap on prices at multiplexes (coupled with more-controlled production budgets like in the earlier days) could actually result in more all-time blockbusters as well as better turnovers for Bollywood at large. Let’s see which films add their titles to this list in coming years.
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Disclaimer: Our box-office figures have been compiled from reliable sources and our own extensive research, and are indicative of the film's performance in the trade. However, Movified doesn't claim any legitimacy over the accuracy of the data, and cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy in the same.