Wednesday, March 7, 2012

10 Bollywood films that ran the longest

Films ran for years on the theatres until a decade back. Today if a film manages to stay up for even a month, it's reason enough to celebrate.

Here are those that had a grand run at the theatres.

1. Years ago Aditya Chopra directed his first film. It ran packed houses for more than a decade. October 20, 2011, the film happily turned '16.' No points for guessing. DDLJ (1995) it is.

(Updated - It ran almost 20 years from October 1995 to Feb 19, 2015. It's now off Maratha Mandir. The last show was seen by 210 people.)

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2. After hits like Andaz in 1971 and Seeta aur Geeta in 1972, Ramesh Sippy's thunderous third hit was Sholay (1975). Interestingly, Sholay opened disastrously at the box office. Word of mouth later convinced audiences. It ran for a whopping 5 years in theatres.

longest running hindi film
3. A roaring hit, K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam (1960) took 9 years and $3,000,000 to complete. This was when a typical Bollywood film would cost around $200,000. The film ran for three years on the theatre.

4. Another film that completed its three years on theatre (in Calcutta) was Gyan Mukherjee's Kismat (1943).

5. Raj Kapoor's Barsaat (1949) ran a 100 weeks (two years).

bollywood film ran longest on theater hum aapke hai koun

6. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably have an idea what Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) means to me. Sooraj Barjatya's MPK, grossing 66 crores, ran for 50 weeks (that is almost a year).

8. Dharmesh Darshan's Raja Hindustani, two years later, also enjoyed a year run at the movies.

7. His next film Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) also completed a year at the theaters.

longest running bollywood movie kaho naa pyar hai
9. All films that have ever figured in the list of top grossers have been associated with big names/actors. Kaho Naa Pyar Hai (2000), I guess is among the very few films featuring two debut actors to become a roaring hit. Rakesh Roshan was coming up with Kaho Naa Pyar Hai after two consecutive flops. Interestingly, this film too had a year run at the theatres.

10. Too soon, too near, Bollywood had another reason to cheer. October 27, 2000. Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein became the second biggest hit of the year. 

That I guess was the last film to run that long.

Did I miss something in the list? Share your thoughts.