Bollywood, the largest film industry in India, is known for its grandiose and colorful productions filled with catchy tunes, dramatic twists, and stunning dance sequences. With a global audience of over 3.5 billion people, the industry has produced some of the biggest box office hits in the world. Here’s a recap of some of the most successful Bollywood movies of all time.
1. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, Baahubali: The Beginning is a grand epic set in a mythical kingdom. The film features spectacular visuals and intense action sequences, coupled with a gripping storyline that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The movie’s astounding success proved that visual effects and special effects are no longer a challenge for Indian cinema.
2. Dangal (2016)
Dangal tells the story of a father who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers, defying societal norms and patriarchal values. The film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing Indian movie of all time. Starring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Dangal highlights the importance of gender equality and perseverance.
3. PK (2014)
PK, starring Aamir Khan, is a satirical comedy that takes on the religious and cultural beliefs of Indian society. The film highlights the absurdity of blind faith and superstitions that plague the country. PK became the highest-grossing Bollywood movie ever upon its release and cemented Aamir Khan’s position as the King of Bollywood.
4. Padmavat (2018)
Padmavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a historical drama based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a 13th-century queen from Rajasthan. The movie stirred up controversy due to its depiction of the Rajput community, but it went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. The movie’s grand scale and brilliant performances were praised by critics and audiences alike.
5. Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017)
Baahubali: The Conclusion set new records for box office collections not only in India but also worldwide. The epic conclusion to S.S. Rajamouli’s saga had the nation waiting with bated breath to find out why Kattappa killed Baahubali. The movie’s grand scale, larger-than-life characters, and stunning visuals solidified Baahubali’s place as a modern classic in Indian cinema.
6. Kabir Singh (2019)
Kabir Singh is a controversial romantic drama that tells the story of a heartbroken doctor who spirals into drunkenness and self-destruction after a breakup. The film, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, was criticized for its portrayal of toxic masculinity but became a commercial success upon its release. The movie’s music was another factor that added to the record-breaking success of Kabir Singh.
These blockbusters have broken all the box office records and made history in Indian and global cinemas. They prove that Indian cinema is not just a local fad but a global phenomenon. With a growing audience worldwide, Bollywood continues to produce movies that not only entertain but also challenge social norms and inspire societal change. As the industry continues to evolve, we can only imagine what spectacular cinematic epi eras are just around the corner.