Box Office Milestones of the Hindi Film Industry

Readers here on Indicine are well aware of most box office records in recent times, but ever wondered which Hindi film was the first film to do 1 crore net business? Or for that matter the first film to collect 5 crore and 10 crore at the domestic box office?

Way back in the year 1943, Gyan Mukherjee’s Kismet was the first film to collect Rs 1 crore in its entire run at the box office. Starring Ashok Kumar, Mumtaz Shanti and Shah Nawaz, Kimset was produced by the first public limited film company Bombay Talkies.

Bollywood Blockbusters

Bollywood Blockbusters

More than 17 years later, K Asif’s iconic Mughal-e-azam was the first Hindi film to surpass the 5 crore mark. The historic costume drama featured Prithviraj Kapoor as Emperor Akbar, Dilip Kumar as Salim and Madhubala as Anarkali.

The industry had to wait for 15 more years, when Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 All-time-blockbuster Sholay became the first film to collect 10 crore. The Amitabh Bachchan – Dharmendra – Hema Malini – Jaya Bachchan starrer was also the first to 15 crore.

And then the ‘KHAN Domination’ began. Apart from Sunny Deol’s Gadar Ek Prem Katha which was first to 75 crores, every milestone was owned by either Salman Khan (25 and 50 crore), Aamir Khan (100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 crore) or Shahrukh Khan (225 crore).

Full list of all the major milestones. It goes without saying that all the below films are some of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema.

  • 1 crore – Kismet (1943)
  • 5 crore – Mughal-e-azam (1960)
  • 10 crore – Sholay (1975)
  • 25 crore – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
  • 50 crore – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
  • 75 crore – Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001)
  • 100 crore – Ghajini (2008)
  • 125 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 150 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 175 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 200 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 225 crore – Chennai Express (2013)

Which film will be the first to 250, 275 and 300? It could well be Krrish 3 or Dhoom 3 this year. There is Mental, Happy New Year and Kick. If none of them manage to break into the the 250 crore club, Aamir Khan’s Peekay directed by Rajkumar Hirani is almost certain to achieve the next milestone!

Do post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Where is the longest running movie of bollywood which is still running somewhere in an unknown theatre in Mumbai.Can’t see in above list.I think Salman’s “HAHK” kicked it out of this list.lol




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  • With due respect to all the. All the 3 khans are gems of Bollywood. Though I am Slman fan, but must admit, the combined business of 3 stars [inflation adjusted], will be unparalleled in the times to come.

    Any way coming back to 250 crore – K3, D3 or otherwise Kick will kick all the records.




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  • Now SRK is first 225
    In overseas SRK is 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th ……. … ………………. 100th
    SrK rule around the world




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  • Smitten by Khans…….Chal hawa aane do……Akshay Kumar,Hritik Roshan,Ajay Devgyn are there too…..By the End of 2015…….Movies like Boss,Thupakki Remake,Gabbar,Krishh 3,Bang Bang,Shuddhi,Golmaal 4,Singham 2,Action Jackson would create wonders too……SRK is a piece of crap….His movies are torturous……CE,JTHJ,RA.One…….Salman with ETT,BDYGRD,READY……Aamir is Great…..His movies speaks it all…….!!




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  • By predicting the script/storyline (must be a strong one) along with the star cast, production house/team, and overall appeal/expectation, Krrish-3, Dhoom-3 and Peekay (uncertain, since we don’t know much about it other than the team) are the most logical choices. Mental, Happy New Year, and Kick also have the potential and very good chance to cross those figures, but they won’t be releasing before 2014. One more thing, it must be a ”commercial” film.




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  • HRITHIK will be the first non-khan to achieve that milestone !!! K3 is a sureshot winner, and it will be too damn difficult to break its record ! kid krrish animated series,krrish comics,krrish app,krrish games, krrish is everywhere !!! India’s first iconic superhero !!!!




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  • If Krrish3 does 250 cr, then Dhoom3 will have to cross 275 cr and all films releasing next year will have higher standards to beat! picture abhi baaqi hai!




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  • k3 has to be after chartbusrter trailor video song raghupati raghav,,,,record just shatter ,,after long time we got ultimate dance number……all song are good and unique




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  • @sachin11: Hey bro you forgot Talaash? Oh it was so bad that you are ashamed of mentioning it as aamir film, Lets blame Nawazuddin for its failure :P
    LOL @ ”Only aamir can give back to back ATBB”.




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  • Yes your right sachin11 right but not exept 1 but 3 the other two are ghajni and hahk how can you say that hahk and ghajni are greatest but one thing that ce have these movies like 3i,ghajni,hahk,sholay didn,t and it,s orignility,3i script was taken from novel ghajni,hahk and sholay are remakes and i don,t know about others and if they are greatest exept ce then it shows srk,s star power even with everage it makes 227 crores and please don,t say it,s do to star power of deepika because movies work do to male star powers not director and other thing i want to say i know the topic is not about the point but i will say, these srk haters say that he works with big banners and aamir didn,t but this is not the problem of srk that big producers spend their money on him not aamir i know that srk have always work with big producers but you shouldn,t forget that srk movies budget is always bigger than all actors and other when ever these big producers movies tanked at box office then they work with srk and who was even dare to make a 50 crore budget movie in 2002 this aamir khan still didn,t have a movie budget is more than 50 crore ghajni was made at 50 but not more and i want to talk about two other points one that a stupid aamir fan say in site that aamir made a masala movie in 2000 and then in 2008 8years gape and srk made in 2007 and then in 2013 so 6 years so aamir is ahead, but he should not forget that mela was flope and om shanti om was blockbaster so srk is ahead and other point is that srk have rejected:3i,rdb,kaho na pyare hain,slumdog milionore due to kissing scenes not other things like risk remmember he have two rules i know that he have done kissing but it was other issue that you know and he have rejected other movies due to other problems not acting understand.




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  • superb article indicine team.
    with due respect to all actors it clearly shows since 1990’s only khan dominated in the industry and except Sunny deol no other actor taken place in the milestone list.Aamir,Salman & srk r the best trio of recent time who combinely dominated the bollywood.
    salman has 2 milestone with 1 Film HAHK
    srk has 1 milestone with 1 film CE
    while the winner in the list is Aamir who has 5 milestone with 2 Films and both were his back to back atbb, he clearly dominates the list even having not so great fan following, so an eye opener to his haters.

    after khans only hritik which can take place in the list in recent time with K3 it might be collect 250cr+ but according to the list it clearly shows once a all time record made its not easy to surpass that one so its been a crucial task to any movie to pass ce 225 cr.
    after that D3,Kick has great chance to be in the list & HNY also have chances not bigger but still in the race.

    @shehanshah srk is not 1—100th in overseas if we count milestone in overseas Aamir’s 3 Idiots was a first movie to collect 50cr,75cr & 125cr. so srk ruled in overseas no doubt but he is not captured even 1-10th spot according to above mentioned milestones…..




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