From being described as a social outcast to one of the most controversial filmmakers, there’s no doubt that Ram Gopal Varma made films that were ahead of the time. Although he has some maverick regional outings like Gaayam and Vangaveeti to his credit, today we’ll be taking look at his Bollywood box office journey.


He debuted in Bollywood with a crime film Shiva, which went onto become a big hit in 1990. He further delivered cults in the form of Aamir Khan-Urmila Matondkar’s Rangeela, Manoj Bajpayee-J.D Chakravarthy’s Satya, Ajay Devgn’s Company and Amitabh Bachchan’s Sarkar. Most importantly, he introduced Steadicam technology in the Indian film industry. Influenced by philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer, RGV experimented with different genres in Bollywood.

Happy Birthday Ram Gopal Varma: A Look At The Box Office Journey Of The Filmmaker Who Was Ahead Of His Time
Happy Birthday Ram Gopal Varma: A Look At The Box Office Journey Of The Filmmaker Who Was Ahead Of His Time

His classic Satya opened the floodgates for Mumbai Noir (Noir genre films around Mumbai city). He dared to adapt one of the best films of all time, Godfather, and well, he was highly successful with Sarkar. Not many must be aware but his romantic comedy Rangeela was remade in Hollywood as Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! Not only this but the filmmaker Danny Boyle revealed that he took influences from RGV’s films for his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

Well, there’s a lot to talk about this genius filmmaker but let’s now focus on his box office journey in Bollywood. Take a look:

Shiva (1990)- 3 crores approx (Hit)

Drohi (1992)- collection not available (Hit)


Raat (1992)- collection not available (Average)

Rangeela (1995)- 20.30 crores (Blockbuster)

Daud (1997)- 8.20 crores (Flop)

Satya (1998)- 14.50 crores (Hit)

Kaun? (1999)- 4 crores (below Average)

Mast (1999)- 5.30 crores (Flop)

Jungle (2000)- 8.15 crores (Average)

Company (2002)- 14.25 crores (Average)

Bhoot (2003)- 14.50 crores (Hit)

Naach (2004)- 3.20 crores (Flop)

Sarkar (2005)- 25 crores (Hit)

Shiva (2006)- 2.50 crores (Flop)

Darna Zaroori Hai (2006)- 6.50 crores (Flop)

Nishabd (2007)- 7.60 crores (Flop)

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007)- 7.45 crores (Flop)

Darling (2007)- 3 crores (Flop)

Sarkar Raj (2008)- 34.31 crores (Below Average)

Contract (2008)- 2.70 crores (Flop)

Phoonk (2008)- 10 crores (Hit)

Agyaat (2009)- 5.40 crores (Flop)

Rann (2010)- 8.20 crores (Flop)

Rakht Charitra (2010)- 8.20 crores (Flop)

Rakht Charitra 2 (2010)- 2.55 crores (Flop)

Not A Love Story (2011)- 4.25 crores (Flop)

Department (2012)- 11.88 crores (Flop)

Bhoot Returns (2012)- 5.50 crores (Flop)

The Attacks Of 26/11 (2013)- 11.50 crores (Flop)

Satya 2 (2013)- 2 crores (Flop)

Veerappan (2016)- 9 crores (Flop)

Sarkar 3 (2017)- 9.60 crores (Flop)

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