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Dangal, Hum Aapke Hai Koun and few other Bollywood films that rewrote history at Box Office!

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:47 IST

Nitesh Tiwari's Dangal starring Aamir Khan and Sakshi Tanwar is still going strong at the ticket window and has surpassed the lifetime Box Office collections of PK (Rs 340 crores) thus becoming the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of all time.

It has the become fifth all time grosser for Aamir Khan. This is a commendable achievement as Mr Perfectionist has delivered the all time grosser within a span of 8 years.

While Box-Office has always been synonymous with Salman Khan, in reality it is Aamir Khan who started the 100, 200 and 300 crore club with Ghajini, 3 Idiots and PK respectively. While most of the stars strive to deliver just one highest grossing film of all time, Aamir Khan is miles ahead of his contemporaries by delivering five highest grossing films as compared to two by Salman Khan and one by Shah Rukh Khan.

Here are some of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time:


The 1943 blockbuster, Kismat starring Ashok Kumar was the first Bollywood film to rake in over 1 crore at the Box-Office. The record stood unchallenged for nearly 6 years.


In 1949, Raj Kapoor's Barsaat collected 1.10 crore at the Box-Office thus becoming the highest grosser of all time.


Dilip Kumar is one of India's most successful superstars and with the 1952 blockbuster Aan, he managed to deliver his first ever blockbuster. The movie went on to collect nearly 1.50 crore at the Box-Office and surpassed the collections of Barsaat.

Shree 420:

3 years after Aan, Raj Kapoor was at it yet again as the actor delivered yet another highest grosser in the form of Shree 420. The movie raked in 2 crore at the Box-Office there by becoming the first film to attain the feat.

Mother India:

Sunil Dutt - Nargis starrer Mother India redefined the way cinema was projected in India. The film which gave a new dimension to the female characters in Bollywood films shattered all previous records by a huge margin. The movie collected 4 crore at the Box-Office.

Mughal E Azam:

The 1960 cult classic Mughal-E-Azam is considered as a text book for making period saga's in Bollywood. The film has lived on for nearly 5 decades and the songs are hummable even today. The Dilip Kumar film raked in 5.50 crore at the Box-Office thereby becoming the first ever to do so. The film witnessed several re-runs in the 1960's and the unaccounted ticket sales would take the numbers even further.


The dynamics of business in Indian cinema changed post Sholay. Although the movie was a slow starter at the Box-Office, the tremendous word of mouth made it the longest running films of that era. The Amitabh Bachchan - Dharmendra film broke the 15 year long standing record of Mughal-E-Azam by collecting nearly 3 times more than the record holder. Owing to lack of digitization and enormous re-runs over the decades, it is difficult to track the unaccounted ticket sales. The collections of the movie in its lifetime run stood close to 15 crore at the Box-Office.

Maine Pyar Kiya:

Maine Pyar Kiya marked the beginning of a new era in India cinema and changed the audience perspective towards romance. While the decade of 1980's is considered to be the worst ever for Bollywood in terms of content as maximum films were formula revenge film, Maine Pyar Kiya served as a breeze of fresh air. The Sooraj Barjatya directorial established Salman Khan as the 'Prem' of Bollywood and the movie surpassed the 14 year old standing record of Sholay. The film collected a little over 15 crore at the Box-Office.

Hum Aapke Hai Koun!:

5 years after Maine Pyar Kiya came Hum Aapke Hai Koun! The movie was panned all across by the critics with majority of them labelling the film as 'Shaadi Ki Cassette', however the movie is credited to get the families back to theatres in large number. The Indian cinema is divided into two eras: Pre-Hum Aapke Hai Koun and Post-Hum Aapke Hai Koun. The Salman Khan - Sooraj Barjatya film shattered the previous record by a humongous margin of 367%. It was the first Bollywood film to collect more than 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 crore at the Box-Office. The film collected about 69 crore at the Box-Office and the record stood unchallenged for 7 years.


Very few Bollywood stars have managed to generate mass hysteria the way Sunny Deol did. The actor was at the peak of his career in 2001 delivered the biggest blockbuster of all time in the form of Gadar. What makes this feat commendable is the fact that the film clashed with another hit film, Lagaan at the Box-Office. The Anil Sharma directorial collected around 75.50 crore at the Box-Office.

Dhoom 2:

The second instalment of YRF's biggest franchise Dhoom starring Hrithik Roshan set the Box-Office on fire upon its release in 2006 as the film surpassed the collections of Gadar by collecting 80.25 crore at the Box-Office.


Ghajini was the beginning of the Aamir Khan era. The movie started the trend wherein success of the film was judged on the basis of the amount of money the film earned at the Box-Office. Ghajini collected 114 crore at the Box-Office thereby becoming the first ever Bollywood film to earn more than 100 crore.

3 Idiots:

Just a year after Ghajini came the modern day classic, 3 Idiots. The Christmas 2009 release collected over 200 crore at the Box-Office and left each and every person in trade by shock. Although Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger (2012) came close to the 200 crore mark, the record was eventually broken by Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express.

Chennai Express:

Shah Rukh Khan came close to deliver a highest grosser of all time a couple of times in his career. King Khan's 2007 blockbuster, Om Shanti Om fell short of Dhoom 2 by merely 80 lacs to become the highest grosser of all time. SRK nearly delivered the highest grosser of all time in 2009. Aditya Chopra's directorial Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi which released 2 weeks ahead of Ghajini surpassed the collections of previous highest grosser Dhoom 2. However you call it mere bad luck or destiny, the movie surpassed the collections of Dhoom 2 in its fifth week and by that time, Ghajini in its second week had marched past the collections of Dhoom 2 thereby becoming the highest grosser of all time. Although technically in terms of release date, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is the highest grosser of all time, but logically, by the time it surpassed Dhoom 2, Aamir Khan's Ghajini had set new records at Box-Office.

Shah Rukh Khan finally delivered his first every highest grosser of all time in 2013 with Chennai Express. The Rohit Shetty directorial raked in 227 crore at the Box-Office thereby surpassing the record set by 3 Idiots.

PS: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) is the longest running film in Bollywood history, however the Box-Office collections of the romantic saga fell short of Hum Aapke Hai Koun (1994)

Dhoom 3:

The record set by Chennai Express could not last for a long time. Four months after the release of the film, Aamir Khan's Dhoom 3 shattered the record by collecting nearly 275 crore at the Box-Office.


Aamir Khan started the 300 crore club with PK. The Rajkumar Hirani directorial opened with glowing reviews and the same along with the audience word of mouth resulted in all records crumpling at the Box-Office. The film collected 340 crore at the Box-Office and till date it is the highest grossing film of all time.


Aamir Khan is at it yet again with his recent release Dangal. The much anticipated film received few of the best reviews ever with a few labelling it the best film made in this century. The Nitesh Tiwari directorial has set the Box-Office on fire and has surpassed PK thereby becoming the highest grossing film of all time.

Some actors with maximum highest grosser of all time:

Aamir Khan:

  • Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3, PK and Dangal (expected)

Dilip Kumar:

  • Aan, Mughal-E-Azam

Raj Kapoor:

  • Barsaat and Sree 420

Salman Khan:

  • Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun!

Shah Rukh Khan:

  • Chennai Express

Amitabh Bachchan:

  • Sholay


  • Sholay

Ashok Kumar:

  • Kismat

Sunil Dutt:

  • Mother India

Sunny Deol:

  • Gadar

Hrithik Roshan:

  • Dhoom 2

First published: 3 January 2017, 3:33 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.