Our reader, Mr. Ayaz Mahmood, from Italy has written a good analysis of ATBB films of Hindi Cinema. Quite an interesting read! Take a look:

An ATBB film has always been able to change many things in the Hindi Film Industry and to bring an actor, a director, a song and anything which is related to the film to another level! Most of the films which became an ATBB turned out be Classics and these film will remain the perfect example for all future films. Take a look at list of some of the top Movies which became an All Time Blockbusters:

Sholay (1975) – 15 crore

Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan in a 'Sholay' movie poster
Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan in a ‘Sholay’ movie poster

Sholay is a defining example of the masala film, which mixes several genres in one work. The film’s dialogues and certain characters became extremely popular. Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films!

Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) – 70 crore

Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in a 'Hum Apke Hain Koun' movie poster
Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in a ‘Hum Apke Hain Koun’ movie poster

There was no song which didn’t become popular! The chemistry between Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit created fire everywhere. This musical romantic-comedy film became the biggest blockbuster of the modern era and the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in 1994.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) – 61 crore

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in a still from 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' movie poster
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in a still from ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ movie poster

To be precise one can only say that there will never be films like this!! Running for more than 1000 weeks at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai it made a history for itself. This is a must watch film by an Bollywood lover.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) – 45.5 crore

Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in a 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' movie poster
Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in a ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ movie poster

What can we say about this film? After Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge the most lovable jodi comes together and how!! Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and the extended appearance of Rani Mukerji contributed to make the film very special and just magical. Surely it will remain one of the most loved romantic film ever.

Ghajini (2008) – 116 crore Benefit from Christmas

Aamir Khan in a 'Ghajini' movie poster
Aamir Khan in a ‘Ghajini’ movie poster

This film was the first one to collect 100 crores thanks to the strong content. Aamir Khan’s out of the world performance and everything else worked beautifully for the film. Special mention to the Aamir Khan’s haircut which became a trend!

3 Idiots (2009) – 202 crore Benefit from Christmas

R. Madhavan, Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor in a '3 Idiots' movie poster
R. Madhavan, Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor in a ‘3 Idiots’ movie poster

After Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai series, the talented director came out with another classic film. 3 Idiots revolutionized everything and it was the first film to collect more than 200 crores, just fabulous! The performances of the entire cast, especially Boman Irani, were praiseworthy!

Dabangg (2010) – 143 crore

Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in a 'Dabangg' movie poster
Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in a ‘Dabangg’ movie poster

Dabangg was the gold light for Salman Khan. Outstanding dialogues, super hit music, the masala genre and the superstar himself made the film do fireworks at the box office!! Since then Salman Khan no longer looked behind.

Chennai Express (2013) – 227 crore Benefit from Independence Day

Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan in a 'Chennai Express' movie poster
Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan in a ‘Chennai Express’ movie poster

After Om Shanti Om we saw SRK and Deepika Padukone reuniting by one of the finest director of this country: Rohit Shetty. The film received mixed reviews but after all Shah Rukh Khan is Shah Rukh Khan! The film went on to join the 200 crore club after 3 Idiots!

Krrish 3 (2013) – 244 crore Benefit from Diwali

Hrithik Roshan in a 'Krrish 3' movie poster
Hrithik Roshan in a ‘Krrish 3’ movie poster

Hrithik Roshan returned in the superhero genre after Krrish with this sequel. The most loved superhero in India received terrific praises for his performance and the visual effects of the film made anyone force to compare it with American superhero films’. Rakesh Roshan deserved credit for setting a new standard for an original superhero in Bollywood!

Dhoom 3 (2013) – 285 crore Benefit from Christmas

Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in a 'Dhoom 3' movie poster
Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in a ‘Dhoom 3’ movie poster

We cannot ask for more knowing that there will be Aamir Khan in negative role along with Katrina Kaif in the Bollywood’s biggest film franchise!! This action-thriller film gained lots of appreciation and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in international markets.

PK (2014) – 339 crore Benefit from Christmas

Aamir Khan in a still from 'PK' movie poster
Aamir Khan in a still from ‘PK’ movie poster

Aamir Khan + Rajkumar Hirani = Perfection! Despite the content was not as great as Rajkumar Hirani’s previous films and despite several controversies, Aamir Khan was enough to ensure the super-success of the film. PK became the first film to cross the milestone of 300 crore and he proved again his supremacy over others actors thanks to his top-notch acting.

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    • Ek tha tiger and Kick were Blockbusters.
      I left out several films such as Kismet (1943), Rattan (1944), Mother India 1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Jai Santoshi Maa (1975), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Ankhen (1993), Raja Hindustani (1996), Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001).

  1. Highest All Time Grosser In India (net.c.)

    Kismet (1943) 1.00 cr. 6 years
    Barsaat (1949) 1.10 cr. 2 years
    Awara (1951) 1.25 cr. 1 years
    Aan (1952) 1.50 cr. 3 year
    Sri 420 (1955) 2.00 cr. 4 years
    Mother India (1959) 4.00 cr. 1 years
    Mugal E Azam (1960) 5.50 cr. 15 year
    Sholay (1975) 15.00 cr. 19 years
    Hum Apke Hai Kaun (1994) 69.00 cr. 7 years
    Gadar (2001) 75.00 cr. 5 years
    Dhoom 2 (2006) 80.00 cr. 2 years
    Ghajini (2008) 114.00 cr. 1 years
    3 Idiots (2009) 202.00 cr. 4 year
    Chennai Express (2013) 208.00 cr. 3 months
    Dhoom 3 (2013) 272.00 cr. 1 year
    PK (2014) 340.00 cr.*

  2. You. R putting Kuch kuch hota h which didn’t even break DDLJ record but not Gadar which earned 77 Cr in 2001 and created history.Hello! You alright?

  3. Maine Pyar Kya; Raja Hindustani; Mughal E Azam; Mother India; Gadar; Ek Tha Tiger; Ankheen (1993)… were also notable ATBB!

  4. @Koimoi your nutss where is #Gadar (Budget 7.5 Cr ) and Boxoffice 76 Cr.#Gadar Is 2nd All Time Biggest Blockbuster and Industry Blockbuster With Footfall 4+ Cr
    Correct Your Data.

  5. Dangal and sultan also came in the list of all time bolocbuster Bollywood movies list and sholay was releasedin 1975 that’s correct don’t change

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