Friday, July 22, 2011

Top 5 highest-grossing Bollywood films

List by Tosca

I adore Bollywood movies. They're so full of life, colour, drama, music, romance, action, emotion and, let's face it, sometimes cheesey humour. The women are always beautiful and graceful and the men extremely goodlooking. My first tentative foray into Bollywood films wasn't a success at all, though. I had no clue about anything. I didn't know what actors or actresses I liked, I wasn't too sure if I would prefer the comedies over the dramas and I was totally unaware that some of the films are about three hours long. Three hours! I have the attention span of a goldfish so I felt my heart sink right then and there. It was about that time that a colleague at Manurewa Library, Sunita, decided to step in and help. Brilliant for me, probably not so much for her :) Thanks to Sunita I was hooked from her very first recommendation - Baghban starring Amitabh Bachchan - and have never looked back. Baghban is, essentially, a romance. Admittedly one that is 170 minutes long, but it was so beautiful I cried my heart out. How could I not when Raj and Pooja were separated, never having spent a night apart during their marriage, and finding it incredibly hard to stay positive when living in different parts of the city? I remember dad passed through the lounge at one stage and paused. After standing still for about five minutes he sat down and watched the last hour with me. Absolutely quiet. Didn't say a word. Then, when it finished, he took it down to his room and watched it from the start. Around this time mum was living half the week in Kaitaia and half the week here in Auckland and, maybe, it reminded him of that. I'm not sure. I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask. It would be another two years before he felt ready to move up there altogether with mum and, in the meantime, we watched a lot of Bollywood movies - me the romantic comedies (of course) and dad the action movies. In light of the fact that we're celebrating the NZ International Film Festival (NZFF) this month, I was kinda curious about what the highest-grossing Bollywood films would be which, of course, led to this post. (Longwinded explanation that I managed to sum up in one sentence).

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Krrish [DVD videorecording] / directed by Rakesh Roshan
Krishna is a boy with magical powers. He becomes entranced by a pretty girl, Priya, but Priya and her friend have hatched a plot to use Krishna's powers for personal gain. Starring Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, Sharat Saxena, Puneet Issar, Akash Khurana, Hemant Pandey, Maaninee Mishra. In Hindi with optional subtitles in English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Tamil, Telugu & Malayalam. MAPP rating: M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains medium level violence.

My name is Khan [DVD videorecording] / directed by Karan Johar
Rizwan, an Indian man with a unique way of looking at the world, moves to San Francisco and meets a vivacious single mother named Mandira. They form a special bond and fall in love against all odds, but fate and tragedy conspire to tear them apart. That's when Rizwan embarks on a remarkable journey across America to win back the love of his life. Starring Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Shane Harper. In English, with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired and English audio descriptive dialogue for people with visual disabilities. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains violence and offensive language.

Rab ne bana di Jodi [DVD videorecording] / produced by Yash Chopra & Aditya Chopra
"You might have a love story to tell? Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell? But guess what - love does not differentiate between the ordinary and the exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yeild. This is what happened to Surinder Sahni - a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious - Taani for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together" -- Container. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma. In Hindi with optional English, Arabic, Dutch, Telugu or Tamil subtitles. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains offensive language.

Ghajini [DVD videorecording] / Allu Arvind presents a Geetha Arts production ; written & directed by A. R. Murugadoss
"Sanjay Singhania (Aamir Khan) is a rich tycoon suffering from short term memory loss due to being hit by a metal pole when trying to intervene on his girlfriend's murder. Because of the severe injury on his head, his memory can only last for fifteen minutes and he doesn't remember events or incidents that have happened before in his life. He can now only live a comprehendible life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera to remind himself of the incidents that have happened. His story in unraveled by a police officer (Riyaz Khan) who is hunting him due to several murders he has committed while trying to find his girlfriend's murderer through his diary. His story has also piqued the interest of a medical college student, Chitra (Jiah Khan) who is searching for a patient with an "interesting" record for her college project. Chitra comes to know about Sanjay's love with Kalpana (Asin Thottumkal) a model cum activist. When her activist work for children comes in the way of child racketeers, she is killed by Ghajini when she intervened with his plan of kidnapping 25 young girls to Goa. So, with the help of Chitra, Sanjay sets out on a revenge spree, searching for the murderer of the one love of his life... " -- IMDb. Starring Asin, Tinnu Anand, Vibha Chhibber, Sunil Grover, Aamir Khan, Jiah Khan, Riyaz Jhan, Anjum Rajabali, Sonal Sehgal, Khalid Siddiqui, pradeep Singh Rawat, Kunal Vijaykar. Restricted 16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over. Note: Contains violence.

3 idiots [DVD videorecording] / directed by Rajkumar Hirani
"Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend--the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives." -- Publisher's website. Starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Boman Irani, Kareena Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey, Sharman Joshi, Rahul Kumar, Omi Vaidya, Mona Singh. Sung primarily in Hindi with some titles in English. English subtitles. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Content may disturb.


shailen said...

Great efforts in compiling the data. I am a hindi movie lover and admire any efforts to promote it.

catatonia said...

Hi :) Thank you so much for dropping by our blog and taking the time to comment! I enjoy this genre very much and always look forward to requesting newer titles that we receive.