Bollywood is one of the industries in the world which has shown the consistency of releasing movies every week with the record of producing the maximum number of feature films in the world. It has sold tickets at an average of 3.6 billion globally which is more than Hollywood’s total figures by a margin of more than 1 billion. It is referred as “the Bombay Cinema“.

From its first feature film Raja Harishchandra (without audio) in 1913 to films like Kabir Singh in 2019, it has shown the advancement in the technology used and arrival of a particular type of cinema which is more realistic which can be proved by movies like “Thappad”, “Uri: The Surgical Strike”. Over the years cinema has grown in every aspect and now moving from just being cinematic it is getting closer to real life. Now let us take a closer look at the top twelve grossing Indian movies of all time:

1) Dangal


This movie released in 2016 that means four years ago but it still manages to be at the top position in terms of worldwide collection by a single Indian movie. It was directed by Nitesh Tiwari who is best known for movies like Chillar Party, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Chhichhore. It starred one of the most hardworking and versatile actors Aamir Khan who is also the producer of the movie. It was based on the life of wrestler Mahavir SinghPhogat whose dream of winning gold medal becomes true when one of his daughters wins at Commonwealth Games. The roles of daughters were portrayed by newcomer Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. The movie earned about ₹2,024 crores at the worldwide box-office. It also became the highest-grossing Indian movie in China.

2) Baahubali 2: The Conclusion


This movie created a lot of buzz when its first part Baahubali: The Beginning was released back in 2015. It was originally made in Telugu language but saw great response all over India and released in 2017. Everybody wanted to know “why Katapaa killed Baahubali in the first movie?”. It was directed by S.S. Rajamouli who also directed the previous part and it featured Prabhas and Anushka Shetty. It earned ₹1,810 crores at the global box-office.

3) Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

This movie released in 2015 and it starred Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. It was directed by Kabir Khan who is best known for movies like New York and Phantom. This movie made about ₹969.06 crores at the box-office. The film’s plot basically revolved around a naive man, who was trying to take a lost Pakistani Child back to her home.

4) Secret Superstar


This family drama movie released in 2017 starring Aamir Khan and Dangal fame Zaira Wasim. It was directed by Advait Chauhan who is best known for movies like Taare Zameen Par and Dhobi Ghat. This movie revolved around the singing aspirations of a girl and how she achieves it even his father doesn’t like it. This movie earned ₹966.86 crores at the global box-office.

5) PK


It was a comedy-drama film directed by one of the most loved and successful directors of Bollywood that is Rajkumar Hirani who’s best known for films like Sanju, 3 idiots, Munnabhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho Munnabhai. This film released in 2014 and made about ₹832 crores at the worldwide box-office. It starred Anushka Sharma, Aamir Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput in main roles. Sanju, 3 idiots, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho Munnabhai. He has won many national awards throughout his filmography. This film released in 2014 and made about ₹832 crores at the worldwide box-office.

6) Robot 2.0


This movie featured south’s megastar, Rajinikanth, as Chittiand it was the sequel to the superhit movie Robot. It also featured Akshay Kumar as the main villain and Amy Jackson in a female lead. This movie wasn’t well-received by the critics due to its bad visual effects but the massive popularity of megastar was enough for it to do spectacular business and it grabbed approximately ₹800 crores at the global box office. It was directed by S.Shankar who has directed many hit films like I and Shivaji The Boss. It was released in 2018.

7) Baahubali: The Beginning


No one expected this movie as superhit but as it hit the theatres it gained so much popularity and earned 50 crores at its first day and it broke many records in Bollywood even it was originally made in the Telugu language. This movie took many years to make and it finally hit the theatres in 2015 and it was directed by S.S. Rajamouli and it earned ₹623.33 crores. It starred Prabhas, Tamanna Bhatia in lead roles.

8) Sultan


This movie featured Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles and it released in 2016. It was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar under Yash Raj Films banner. He is best known for movies like Gunday, Tashan and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. This movie grabbed ₹623.33 crores at the world box-office as it depicted the rise and fall of a wrestler. The plot of this movie revolves around a professional wrestler and the different dilemmas he faces in his career.

9) Sanju


This movie featured Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. It was a biopic based on the life of Sanjay Dutt. This movie saw the rise of fame of Ranbir Kapoor in terms of movie business who earlier failed to do this for a long time after back to back hits. Critics praised the movie and his mindblowing display of Sanjay Dutt on-screen. It was also directed by Rajkumar Hirani who has made movies like 3 Idiots and Lage Raho Munnabhai. This movie released in 2018 and it earned approximately ₹586.85 crores at the world box-office and won many Filmfare awards. Vicky Kaushal’s film career also got boosted by this movie.

10) Padmaavat


It was a historic drama movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2018 who is known for films like Ramleela, Devdas, Black. This movie was released in December 2017 but several protests against it took place and this movie finally released at the end of January 2018. But the criticism helped it and this movie became a commercial success nationwide. It featured Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, and Deepika Padukone. It won many awards in Filmfare. It earned a whopping amount of ₹585 crores at the world box-office. It was a joint production by Viacom 18 and Bhansali Productions.

11) Dhoom 3

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It was the third installment of the Dhoom franchise and it was released in 2013. It was one of the most sequels of that time. The original star cast was the same with Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra but as usual, the place of villian lead role changed and Aamir Khan seized the opportunity of playing it and the female lead was played by Katrina Kaif. It was directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It earned around ₹556 crores.

12) War


This movie starred Vaani Kapoor, Hritik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in lead roles. It was directed by the Bang-Bang fame director Siddharth Anand. It was released in 2019 on Gandhi Jayanti. It earned around ₹475.5 crores and it was packed with great action sequences and it was also made under Yash Raj Films banner. This movie also became a great commercial success and on the first day, it made a record of the highest opening movie in India. It had a budget of only 150 crores and it became the highest-grossing movie of 2019 by beating movies like Uri and Kabir Singh.

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