This is what legacies are all about.
With a repertoire of over 75 films, it is tough to compile Yash Raj Films’s top 20 hits.
Right from the time Yash Chopra started making movies to the empire which has been consolidated by his son Aditya Chopra, there have been countless hits, superhits and blockbusters made by the production house.
As it celebrates 50 years of being in business, Joginder Tuteja looks at YRF’s biggest hits. The first part of a special.
While absolute box office collections are mentioned for all the films, the older ones have revised numbers, taking inflation into consideration.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Box office collection: Rs 56 crore (Rs 450 crore, taking inflation into account)
DDLJ remains the biggest blockbuster made by Yash Raj Films.
The Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer is one of the biggest blockbusters in Indian cinema.
If not for the pandemic, the film would still have been running at central Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theatre as it has been since it released in 1995.
The film celebrates 25 years on October 20.
Tiger Zinda Hai
Box office collection: Rs 339.25 crore
YRF have a few successful franchises and Tiger is one of them.
Led by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, YRF delivered a blockbuster with Tiger Zinda Hai .
Plans are already on for Tiger 3.
Box office collection: Rs 318 crore
Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff came together for the action blockbuster War.
Aditya Chopra trusts Director Siddharth Anand to deliver and the young film-maker lived up to expectations of bringing masala entertainment on screen that *everyone* liked.
Box office collection: Rs 301.50 crore
Salman Khan also delivered a major blockbuster for YRF with Sultan, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
He was the star attraction of course, but Anushka Sharma gave him able support.
Dil Toh Paagal Hai
Box office collection: Rs 35 crore (Rs 285 crore, taking inflation into account)
Years ago, when Yash Chopra preferred to make films only with Shah Rukh Khan, they made magic with Dil Toh Paagal Hai.
Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor joined in, and the dance musical touched many hearts.
Box office collection: Rs 284 crore
Besides the Tiger series, the Dhoom franchise was a big hit.
Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra played cops, and the bad guys were interesting at every turn.
It was the third installment — which saw Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif — that was the biggest hit.
It has set the stage for Dhoom: 4.
Box office collection: Rs 42 crore (Rs 250 crore, taking inflation into account)
After directing Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra waited for a few years before he made his next directorial, Mohabbatein.
The film was led by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, and also starred younger actors like Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jimmy Shergill, Preeti Jhangiani, Jugal Hansraj and Kim Sharma.
The music is still popular.
Box office collection: Rs 82 crore (Rs 210 crore, taking inflation into account)
If Dhoom was a major hit, Dhoom: 2 was bigger.
Besides Abhishek and Uday, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan joined in.
The film was an instant blockbuster.
Ek Tha Tiger
Box office collection: Rs 199 crore
A love story of two spies from India and Pakistan, the concept was very interesting and Director Kabir Khan put it together very well.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif brought in good popcorn entertainment for the big screen.
The film came close to the Rs 200 crore benchmark.
Box office collection: Rs 11 crore ( Rs 190 crore, taking inflation into account)
The film that launched Shah Rukh Khan’s blockbusters.
While he had delivered a superhit in Baazigar, Darr brought him to the big league.
Yash Chopra loved the intensity and energy that the new kid on the block brought with him and since then, SRK has been a regular feature at YRF.