Indian cinema has come a long way in its evolution. It’s made up of a collection of all of the films that have been produced in the country of India. It’s popular with the people who support the industry that churns out around 1,600 new films a year. They’re made in various languages. Tickets to see Indian films are sold in mass quantities in India and in other parts of the world including in Hollywood. Sony Pictures.
The Indian cinema is supported by international investments from Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures. They’ve joined to support Indian cinema enterprises including Eros Films, UTV, Suresh Productions, Pyramid Saimira, AVM Productions, PVP Cinemas, Ayngaran International, Sun Pictures, Prasad’s Group, and several others. The revenues from the Indian film industry have topped $1.86 billion in U.S. dollars and it has now become the third largest in the entire world. We’ve put together a list of the five highest grossing Indian films of all time, along with the dollar amounts that they brought in at the box office.
5. “Secret Superstar” – $120 million
Secret Superstar is an Advait Chandan Aamir Khand Productions Hindi film released in 2017. It grossed $120 million at the box office. The movie is in the musical and drama genre and it stars Meher Vij, Zaira Wasim, Raj Arjun, and Aamir Khan. It’s about a teen girl who has a desire to become a professional singer. She launches her career by uploading videos on YouTube. The film is hard hitting and addresses many social issues of the day including domestic violence, feminism, and gender equality. It is an award-winning film that received multiple nominations and wins.
4. “PK ” – $129 million
This film was released in 2014 by Rajkumar Hirani Vinod Chopra Films. The total amount of revenue that was generated at the box office was $129.77 million in USD (₹792 crore). This film was a blockbuster hit in the drama/ fantasy genre that ran 2 hours and 33 minutes at its showing. It’s a film about a stranger that enters a city and begins asking questions that have never been asked before. The title of the film is taken from his initials which are PK. He is only known by this name. The main character asks questions that are innocent in nature and it leads him on a powerful journey of laughter, love and letting go.
3. “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” – $130 million
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a drama/Bollywood film with a duration of 3 hours and 4 minutes. It’s about a beloved king who simply wants to live as normal people do. This role is played by Salman Khan. The main character assumes the identity of an average non-royal who bears an amazing physical resemblance to him. The film was released in 2015 and it was a success at the box office bringing in $130 million.
2. “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” $274.8 million
This film was released in 2015 with a run time of 2 hours and 39 minutes. It is a drama fantasy film that tells the story of Shivudu in the kingdom of Mahishmati who pursues his love and discovers truths about his past which are filled with many conflicts. He learns about his family and his legacy and prepares to face an arch-enemy that he has discovered. The film was directed by S.S. Rajamouli and written by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, his father. The story takes place in medieval India.
1. “Dangal” $310 million
The highest grossing Indian film of all time is “Dangal.” The film was released in 2016 by Nitesh Tiwari Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures. Walt Disney Studios India was a collaborating investor in the film. Dangal in English means Wrestling competition. This film is biographical in the sports and drama genres. It stars Aamir Khan in a lead role as Mahavir Singh Phogat. The film details the life, struggles, and victories of two female wrestlers who are sisters and it gives a look inside of their lives and their family in some detail. This film has won multiple awards for Best Asian Film, Best Foreign Film and multiple other international awards throughout the world. The film was such a raging success that it brought in an estimated $300 to $310 million at the box office. This makes it the highest grossing film that the Indian cinema has ever released.