It is a known fact that India is a country that loves movies. But, some films continued to receive so much love from the public that they then made history at the box office. So, as we come to the end of the decade, we list the most profitable Bollywood movies of each year.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 141 crore
Dabangg was a film that came during Salman Khan’s redesign phase in the cinema. After Wanted’s success, it became apparent that the actor ‘s fans wanted him to pass all the guns on the big screen and that is exactly what he gave them. Dabangg is a saga of revenge in which Salman plays the character of Chulbul Pandey, a cop who could be corrupt but has a good heart. Fans loved the film and the character that helped it become one of Bollywood’s most beloved franchises.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 144 crore
Continuing the action trend, Salman returned to the big screen a year later with Bodyguard and, like Dabangg, managed to set the box office on fire. Salman played a bodyguard named Lovely Singh in the film, who is responsible for protecting Divya Rana (Kareena Kapoor Khan), the daughter of a wealthy politician who is facing death threats. The chemistry shared between Kareena and Salman in the film was also a treat for the fans.
Ek Tha Tiger
Ticketing collections: Rs. 186 crore
In the 2012 version, Ek Tha Tiger, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif played the role of undercover agents from India and Pakistan respectively. Directed by Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger ticked all the boxes when it came to action thrillers because he was in charge of exceptionally choreographed action sequences and many twists and turns. Salman clearly followed the motto: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and by looking at the box office numbers of these movies, we don’t blame him.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 260 crore
Dhoom is another franchise that has received a lot of love from fans. The concept of high speed chases on super bikes has never been seen before in Bollywood, so this factor alone has drawn audiences to the theater. In Dhoom 3, Aamir Khan played the character of the antagonist. Aamir had a rather difficult double in the film, but he managed to switch effortlessly between the two bipolar characters with ease.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 337 crore
The collaboration of Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani first enjoyed success at the box office with 3 Idiots and 5 years later, they once again reigned over the counters with PK. PK was a film based on the life of a stranger played by Aamir Khan. The stranger is sent to earth to study how we function as a society and to account for it to his planet of origin. The film provided an interesting overview and showed us how redundant certain beliefs and traditions are. The film also starred Anushka Sharma, who played the role of Jaggu. Jaggu was PK’s only friend in the film who also helped him get home.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 315 crore
Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a touching story of a man who leaves no stone unturned to ensure that a girl arrives at home, even if it may be beyond borders. At Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan played the role of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi. Pawan was a simple man who believed fully in the principles of Lord Hanuman. He has felt the need for “the right thing” no matter what and because of this nature, he takes responsibility for bringing the lost girl home to Pakistan.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 374 crore
Besides being a film about empowering women, Dangal has also shown the value of hard work. Aamir Khan plays the charter of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a man who has only one goal in life – to win a gold medal for India. After abandoning his dream, he realizes that a gold medal is of equal importance, no matter who wins it. From that day on, he puts everything aside and forces his daughters to focus on the fight. With her advice and hard work, Mahavir’s daughters, Geeta (Fatima Sana Sheikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra), turn into world-class wrestlers with Geeta winning gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Tiger Zinda Hai
Ticketing collections: Rs. 329 crore
With Tiger Zinda Hai, we dive back into the world of Tiger (Salman Khan) and Zoya (Katrina Kaif). The two agents of the sworn enemies decided to give up their life on the ground and to start their own family. But when they discover that a terrorist organization has taken Indian nurses hostage, they decide to suspend their break. Despite the responsibility of a franchise halfway, Ali Abbas Zafar has done an excellent job of maintaining the bond of the formed public with the main charters.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 321 crore
Pursuing the trends of biopics in Bollywood, Rajkumar Hirani returned to the big screen with Sanju. The film was a biopic about the life of Sanjay Dutt and dealt with the controversial life and the ups and downs that the actor has known in his career. Ranbir Kapoor not only underwent an astonishing physical transformation for the role, but he completely adapted his body language, manners and timbre to make it an authentic impression of Baba. With Ranbir, the film starred a host of talented actors such as Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor and Boman Irani.
Ticketing collections: Rs. 317 crore
If a movie stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, you expect action … a lot. With War, they met expectations and gave much more. If the story of the film is nothing extraordinary, the presentation is phenomenal. Hrithik plays the character of an agent who has become a thug and Tiger Shroff is responsible for bringing him down. Overall, War is a totally paisa vasool movie.