The Hindi film industry, popularly christened as Bollywood, is one of the largest film production centers in the world. The first feature film produced in India was the Dadasaheb Phalke directed silent black-and-white film Raja Harishchandra, which was released in 1913. With time, the industry expanded and the number of films produced kept increasing throughout.
We also posted a list of the 10 biggest Worldwide grosser in the history of Hindi film industry. 2012 saw some of the greatest hits, many even making it to the Rs. 100 crore club. While Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger broke many records. The year gone by saw some mind-blowing movies – suspense, drama, romance, action – 2012 had it all! Let’s look at the top 10 Highest Grossing Bollywood movies of 2012 here.
Top 10 Highest Grossing Bollywood Movies.
Director: Reema Kagti
Cast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Raj Kumar Yadav, Vivan Bhatena
Box office 90.25 crore (US$16.43 million) and US$ 8.5 million overseas (Continue)
A cop, investigating the mysterious death of a film-star meets a sex-worker, while he faces some personal problems psychologically. The mystery connects these people in a way, that ultimately changes their lives.
9. Bol Bachchan
Director: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Prachi Desai
Box office 100 crore (US$18.2 million) (domestic nett) and US$ 4 Million overseas.
It was hard to think of a modern day version of the 1979 comedy “Gol Maal”. But Rohit Shetty made it happen – and how! This Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn-starrer turned out to be truly ‘paisa vasool’. Ajay’s one-liner English dialogues and Abhishek’s double dhamaal paved the way for crossing the Rs.100-crore mark for this film.
8. Son of Sardaar
Director: Ashwni Dhir
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Vindu Dara Singh
Box office 105.03 crore (US$19.12 million) nett in India and around $3 million overseas.
Returning to his parents’ village, a man becomes the latest target in a long-standing family feud. A turban-clad Ajay managed to tickle the viewers’ funny bone, along with Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha, and helped this movie make around Rs.106 crore.
Director: Anurag Basu
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz
Box office 106 crore (US$19.29 million) in India
The simple story line, sensitive treatment and excellent performances helped Anurag Basu’s “Barfi!” establish an emotional connect with the audience. The love story of a deaf and mute boy, played deftly by Ranbir Kapoor, with an autistic girl, essayed by National award-winning actress Priyanka Chopra, left many teary eyed. India’s official entry for the foreign film category Oscar this year, the movie, which is now out of the Oscar race, made collections of Rs.110 crore.
6. Dabangg 2
Director: Arbaaz Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna
Box office Domestic 147 crore (US$26.75 million) nett approx in three weeks and $8.75 million collected Overseas. (Contineue)
Salman Khan is back as Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 2, the second adventure in one of the most successful franchises of all time in Indian cinema. In Dabangg 2, Chulbul Pandey has to battle the evil goon turned politician Baccha Bhaiyya. As he tries to strengthen his family ties with his father and brother. And romance his newly wed wife. And remain ‘Dabangg’ (fearless) no matter what.
5. Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Director: Yash Chopra
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma
Box office 177 crore (US$32.12 million)
After finding and losing his true love in London, Samar Anand defies death by becoming a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army. Returning to London after 10 years, he suffers amnesia after an accident. Will he be reunited with his love?
4. Housefull 2
Director: Sajid Khan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ritesh Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Boman Irani
Box office 180 crore (US$32.76 million)
One would hardly think of enjoying a movie with 12 known actors playing key roles. But this one managed to entertain viewers. A sequel to hit 2010 movie “Housefull”, this Sajid Khan film, with its classic comic sequences, but slightly crowded cast, made over Rs.180 crore at the box office.
Director: Karan Malhotra
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra
Box office 193 crore (US$35.13 million)
A young boy’s father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge. A remake yet again. The success ratio of remakes of past hits has been low, but”Agneepath” was a dream debut for Karan Malhotra. He added a contemporary touch to the eponymous 1990 movie. With Hrithik Roshan reprising the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt playing the villain Kaancha Cheena, “Agneepath” turned out to be 2012’s first blockbuster and managed to mint around Rs.193 crore.
2. Rowdy Rathore
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Box office 201 crore (US$36.58 million)
The return of ‘khiladi’ Akshay Kumar – that’s what this film was awaited for. Akshay’s action, mixed with Prabhudheva’s distinct taste of dance and exaggerated jumps, gave Hindi movie buffs a perfect masala affair. The Bollywood remake of Telugu movie “Vikramarkudu”, it also stared Sonakshi Sinha. The movie earned Rs.201 crore.
1. Ek Tha Tiger
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Box office 307 crore (US$55.87 million) (worldwide approx gross)
RAW agent Tiger is on a mission to retrieve information from a scientist in Dublin. The very fact that former real-life couple Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan were the lead pair for this film was enough to draw audiences to the theatres. Its songs, picturisation and power-packed action kept the cash registers ringing, and helping this film garner approximately Rs.307 crore worldwide. Salman played an Indian spy named Tiger, who falls head over heels in love with a female spy from Pakistan, essayed by Katrina. Their chemistry, of course, worked.