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“Bollywood”, the Hindi film industry of India is now the third highest-grossing film industry in the world with its movies being watched all over the globe. Bollywood too had its humble beginnings as it started off by producing Black and White silent movies in 1912 but the tables have turned now as Bollywood is now popular for producing some of the most colorful and high budget movies in the world. Bollywood movie makers have the perfect formula to touch and connect the heart of billions despite their caste or nationality.
The songs, the dances, and the overall jolly nature of the Bollywood movies make the movie even more enjoyable for the non-Bollywood fans also and part of the reason why Bollywood movies are getting popular overseas each passing day, and their overseas fans are generating a much larger profit for the movies. Here is our list of the most successful Bollywood movies ever.
This movie is another masterpiece of one of the finest directors in Bollywood Raj Kumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, and Sushant Singh Rajput as its Lead. This movie broke the box office charts and became the highest-grossing film of quite some time. PK is a comedic drama/romance film in which an innocent alien (PK) who looks like humans lands on earth (gola) and loses his communication device and he is bamboozled at the ways of our world and show the hardships and the funs he goes through to get his communication device (remotwa) back. The movie questions our undeniable faith in God and it delivers a social message that Gods don’t need our protection and we are no one to protect them. PK was a blockbuster both in the domestic and the global market and it fetched a whopping INR 832 crores or USD 112 million.
4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
“Humanity knows no border” Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Kareena Kapoor starring movie delivered this message beautifully. Artistically the movie is beautiful it shows some of the most beautiful scenery of Kashmir and it connects the culture of two separated nations. Shahida a Pakistani mute child separated from her mom in India and she meets Pawan (a religiously strict Hindu). The story revolves around the efforts made by Pawan to somehow deliver the child to her home. The movie is a complete package of action, drama, comedy, songs and aesthetics with a touch of Bollywood. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a super successful movie both in India and in overseas and it managed to cross a revenue of INR 922 crores or USD 125 million.
3. Secret Superstar
Secret Superstar is one of the finest emotional drama movie ever created in Bollywood. The movie depicts the hardships of a mother and the girl who wants to become a recognized signer who wanted to become a popular star and who wanted to liberate herself from a conservative ideology and break the barrier to fulfill her dreams. This movie shows how strong a woman can be, a woman’s tolerance for domestic abuses and it is important for a woman to be empowered. The movie was a masterpiece that depicted the issues such as Domestic Violence and the emotions of a mother and child. Secret Superstar was not a major hit in India but it was a blockbuster overseas as it fetched over INR 965 crore or USD 130 million.
2. Bahubali 2 – The Conclusion
S.S. Rajamouli’s epic Bahubali 2 is the epitome of Action/Drama in the history of Bollywood. The movie is an entire roller coaster ride and it revolves around promises, love, betrayal, drama, and revenge. This visual extravaganza is a treat for your eyes, the story-telling is perfect, the CGI effects and the war sequence are some of the best in the world even by Hollywood standards. The character and cinematography of this epic are also amazing and all this makes Bahubali 2 a blockbuster for today and a classic for generations to come. Bahubali 2 was a massive success both domestically and overseas and it has collected a gross amount of INR 1810 crore or USD 245 million till now.
Based on the life of the commonwealth gold medalist Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, Dangal is a huge commercial success as it is the most successful Indian movie ever, 5th most successful non-English movie and it is also the most successful sports film worldwide. Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), a former wrestler, decides to fulfill his dream of winning a gold medal for his nation by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games despite the existing social stigmas. This film depicts the struggles of a father and the narrow minds of society towards female athletes. Dangal was a blockbuster both in India and overseas as it amounted to a gross total of INR 2024 crores or USD 311 million.
This is our list of the most successful Bollywood movies ever. Records are made to be broken and as the popularity of Bollywood movies increases these records are going to get shattered. Note that we considered both domestic and overseas collections of movies for this list and we have not adjusted any inflation rates in this list. Please send us your suggestions/queries.