10DANGAL (INR 387.39 CRORES)
Apart from being the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema, ‘Dangal’ (2016) has many other records to its name also. It is not only the biggest hit of Hindi cinema, but also the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. Starring Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan in the male lead along with Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in important roles, the Nitesh Tiwary directorial was a biopic based on the inspiring life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters, Geeta and Babita, to become world wrestling champions. The moment the project was announced, the audience knew that it would do thunderous business at the box office, considering the track record of Aamir Khan who never delivers anything less than blockbuster. But no one had any idea that it would surpass all previous box office records within blick of an eye and emrge as one of the most profitable ventures of Indian cinema. The film inflaimed the box office like none movie before and raked in Rs. 375 crores before ending its run at the ticket window. Despite big budget films ‘OK Jaanu’ and ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’ running parallel in most of the cinema halls across the country, ‘Dangal’ held strongly at the box-office and gave a tough challenge to all new releases.
Apart from domestic box office, ‘Dangal performed outstandingly well in the international arena also. It minted Rs. 206.5 from total overseas sources. Made on a moderate budget of Rs. 70 crore, the ROI of ‘Dangal’ is mind-boggling and one of the highest ever. If the toral box-office earnings of the film are taken into account, ‘Dangal’ earned over Rs. 721.14 crores gross at the worldwide box-office. The film broke the box office record of Aamir Khan’s previous film ‘PK’, directed by Raj Kuamr Hirani. It will be interesting to see if the biggies which are lined up for their release in 2017 will be able to smash the string of records ‘Dangal’ has set.
TRIVIA: The first trailer for the film was released on October 20th, 2016. It clocked over 4.5 million views on YouTube in less than 15 hours, which was very surprising and unusual for an Indian film trailer.