The Indian film industry (which is commonly baptized as Bollywood) is one of the largest movie production hub in the world. The first movie, named Dadasaheb Phalke (silent feature film) was released in 1913, which was before independence. With development, newer equipment’s were setup and together with the use of sound and color the industry produced no of films. Alam Ara was India’s first sound film, whereas Kisan Kanya was India’s first color film. In the beginning of 1950s, Hindi film industry touched major commercial accomplishment, and numbers of box office milestones were breached. Theatrical income kept on increasing with the spreading out of Indian cinema.
Movies in India are the most watched when compared with other countries in the world. People here are like crazy to see upcoming films and awaits eagerly weeks before its release. For Indians it is their favorite time pass to watch a movie in theater or in home. Below are the top 10 biggest and most successful movies of Indian cinema.
1.) Awara – is a 1951 Hindi film directed and produced by Raj Kapoor who also plays the leading role. The film became an overnight sensation in South Asia, and found success abroad in the Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In particular, the song “Awara Hoon” (I am a Tramp), sung by Mukesh with lyrics by Shailendra, became hugely popular across the Indian subcontinent, as well as in the Soviet Union, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Romania. The film was also nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Owing to its popularity in so many countries, the film is a candidate for most successful film of all time. In 2012, Awaara was included in the 20 new entries to All -Time 100 greatest films by TIME.
2.) Mother India – is a 1957 Hindi epic melodrama film, directed by Mehboob Khan and starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, and Raaj Kumar. The film was the most expensive Hindi cinema (Bollywood) production and earned the highest revenue for any Hindi film at that time. Adjusted for inflation, Mother India still ranks among the all-time Indian box office hits. Mother India became a definitive cultural classic and is regarded as one of the best films in Indian and world cinema. It was India’s first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958.
3.) Mughal-E-Azam – is a 1960 Indian period epic film directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji. The development of Mughal-e-Azam began in 1944 Upon completion, Mughal-e-Azam became the most expensive Indian film. Upon its release on 5 August 1960, after 15 years, the film broke box office records in India, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, a distinction it held for 15 years. The film won many accolades including one National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards. Mughal-e-Azam is widely considered a milestone in Indian cinema, and critics have praised the film, commenting on its cinematic grandeur and attention to detail. Film scholars have commented on its effective portrayal of themes that have endured in Indian cinema, while also questioning its historical accuracy.
4.) Guide – is a 1965 Hindi film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. The film is based on the critically acclaimed novel, The Guide, by R. K. Narayan, and is widely considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Indian film industry. The film was a box office hit upon release. The movie proved memorable for its award-winning performances by the lead actors and memorable music by S. D. Burman. Forbes and Time Magazine listed it one of the Best Bollywood Classics. The film was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, 42 years after its release.
5.) Bobby – is a 1973 Bollywood film directed by Raj Kapoor. The movie is known to be a trend-setter in its own right. It introduced in Bollywood the genre of teenage romance with a rich vs poor clash as a backdrop. The film was widely popular, and widely imitated. Numerous movies in the following years were inspired by this plot. The film became a ‘blockbuster’ and was the top grossing hit of the 1970s decade.
6.) Sholay – is a 1975 action-adventure Hindi film directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father G. P. Sippy is considered a bollywood classic and one of the best Indian films. It was ranked first in the British Film Institute’s 2002 poll of “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time. In 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards named it the Best Film of 50 Years. It broke records for continuous showings in many theatres across India, and ran for more than five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre. By some accounts, Sholay is the highest grossing Indian film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
7.) Deewaar – is a 1975 Indian crime-drama film directed by Yash Chopra. Deewaar was a ground-breaking work. It was one of a major films which established Amitabh Bachchan as a super Hero of Indian Cinema. This movie cemented the success of the writing duo of ‘Salim and Javed’, who went on to write many more blockbuster films, and made them one of the most memorable writers in Hindi cinema. It is said that after the success of this film, the value of film writers skyrocketed, thanks to Salim-Javed, and they soon were being paid as high as some of the actors at the time.
8.) Maine Pyar Kiya – is an Indian Bollywood film directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya, starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree. It was released on 29 December 1989. Maine Pyar Kiya was the biggest hit of 1989 and also the biggest hit of the decade, receiving an “All-time Blockbuster” status at the Box Office. This film marked the debut of Salman Khan. The movie won the six Filmfare awards.
9.) Hum Aapke Hain Koun – is a 1994 Indian musical romantic family drama film directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya. The film became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time and held the record for 7 years. After adjusting for inflation, it is still one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. It was the first Hindi film to gross over Rs 1 billion. Box Office India described it as “the biggest blockbuster of the modern era.” Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! won 5 Filmfare Awards as well as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment.
10.) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – is a 1995 Indian romantic comedy musical film. It was written and directed by debutante director Aditya Chopra. the film was declared an “All-time Blockbuster” and became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever.During the 1996 awards season, the film won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most ever for a single film at that time, as well as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It was one of two Hindi films in the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” list along with Mother India. It was also placed twelfth on the British Film Institute’s list of the top Indian films of all time. The film was declared an all-time blockbuster and it remains as the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. As of 2013, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai, completing 900 weeks on 11 January 2013.
We know, the list above is only to show top 10 Indian movies but here is one movie that has remarkably changed the prospect about Indian Cinema. See how…
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – was released in India and United Kingdom on 16 October 1998, the movie was extremely successful in abroad, becoming the highest earning Indian film of the year, and the first Bollywood film to enter the UK cinema top ten. It was one of the Indian film that was successful and even watched in countries like China and Japan. The soundtrack also became the biggest seller of the year. The film won many major awards including the “Best Film” honours at the Filmfare Awards, the National Film Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, and Bollywood Movie Awards. Years after its release, it still makes appearances on Indian television and has achieved an iconic status.