Final Election Day Post! Best 3 and Worst 3 Movies of the Top 15 Box Office Earners All Time

The final post! Not the hardest necessarily, just the longest. Of the top 15 Indian Box Office earners (adjusted for inflation), which do you think are the best 3 as films? And which do you think are the worst 3 as films? Don’t worry if you haven’t seen them all, you can just pick from those you have seen (I haven’t even seen them all). And remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

Best Films of the Current Top Fifteen Indian Box Office Adjusted for Inflation (Pick 3!):


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Mother India

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Bahubaali 2

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Hum Aapke Hain Koun

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenga

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Ganga Jamuna

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Raja Hindustani

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Mere Mehboob

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Naya Daur


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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

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Baahubali 1

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39 thoughts on “Final Election Day Post! Best 3 and Worst 3 Movies of the Top 15 Box Office Earners All Time

  1. This question really scares me because so many of the ones I’ve seen are iconic and classic and I feel really weird picking favorites or calling them bad!


      • Okay then so looking at the films I’ve seen, objectively here’s my list (I haven’t seen 2.0, Gaddar, Naya Daur, Mere Mehboob, and Mother India)
        1) Mughal-e-Azam (Don’t much care for the “love story” but the discussions about duty and family were amazing and it looks fantastic)
        2) Sholay (THE Masala film and changed hindi film forever)
        3) DDLJ (okay it took me a while to appreciate this film and I still don’t quite love it yet but there really was nothing like it at the time in hindi film)

        1) Dangal (the hype has made me grown bitter over the years)
        2) Raja Hindustani (my guilty pleasure!)
        This is the point where things start to blur because all of the films I’ve seen have stuff I like and stuff I didn’t like
        3) …Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (I’m actually really really fond of this film but I did say objectively!)
        Super interesting seeing the number of classic films that have held up over the years.

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        • Yaaaay, you answered all of them!!!!! I am curious if Mughal-E-Azam will end up winning the readers poll along with the adjusted box office.

          And I was stunned to see how high Raja Hindustani was on the list! It’s a fun movie, but really doesn’t fit in quality-wise with the rest of them.


          • Yeah that’s really weird now that I think about it. People don’t usually immediately go to Raja Hindustani when they talk about 90s films


  2. Well I’ve only seen two of these but they’re both great so I’m going Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhania La Jayenge, and for the 3rd I’ll say Sholay because it’s definitely on my list.

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  3. DDLJ, ‘cause even my current teens adore this movie. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ‘cause 80’s clothes in the 90’s, and Mother India ‘cause … hello! Mother India!

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    • Your worst and my worst agree with each other! I haven’t seen Naya Daur, Mere Mehboob, or Ganga Jamuna, but I can’t imagine they would end up in the last three.

      On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 12:44 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I have seen all listed except Mere Mehboob, but seeing the title credits, I too couldn’t imagine it at the bottom. I couldn’t tolerate watching Gadar and Raja Hindustani when they got released.


  4. I have seen only 5 movies from this list, and I will put them from best to worst:
    Baahubali 2
    Baahubali 1

    I think you should also do a post about best/worst highest grossers from let’s say last 19 years so: 2.0, Baahubali 2, Dangal, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, PK, Dhoom 3, Ek Tha Tiger, Bodygaurd, Enthiran, 3 Idiots, Ghajini, OSO, Dhoom 2, No Entry, Veer-Zaara, Kal ho Naa Ho, Devdas, K3G, Mohabbatein.

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        • That is SO WEIRD!!!!! I can’t believe No Entry beat Bunty Aur Babli, B a B was such a phenomenon. And I really can’t believe Salaam Nameste was that popular, it is not a good movie and (besides the soundtrack), you really don’t hear about it much any more.


          • I think the most shocking thing is that Garam Masala was 4 and beat Mangal Pandey, and also that Dus, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, Kaal and Bewafaa earned much more than Paheli! Weird, weird year


          • Wow, Kaal earned more than Paheli? My memory is that people only wanted to see it for the SRK song, but I would think if that were the case Paheli would have earned as much.

            Also, Bewafaa was soooooooooooooooooooooo dumb.

            Mangal Panday not doing well I am fine with.

            On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 10:57 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • BOI is mostly reliable, not as good as rentrack, but generally good.

            Also, HA! Every time Shahrukh has a movie flop, I have to argue that this is hardly a “new” thing, he has always had flops and hits, and every time people tell me I am wrong and he was all hits all the time until just now. But, NO! Paheli flopped! In the same way JHMS and Fan and Zero flopped, ambitious concept and different kind of film and the audience just didn’t embrace it.

            On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:05 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. As always I have difficulties to range, although at the top would be (of those I’ve watched): DDLJ, Mughal-E-Azam, Sholay…more at the bottom would be Dangal, Raja Hindustani and Gadar.

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  6. Best: Sholay, Baahubali 2, Mughal-e-azam
    Worst: KKHH,2.0,Gadar
    Haven’t seen ganga jamuna, mere mehboob, naya daur and raja hindustani.


    • You are as bad as me! I haven’t seen those movies either, except for Raja Hindustani.

      On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 6:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  7. Best: Baahubali 1 and 2, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenga
    Worst of the ones I’ve seen: Mughal E Azam (I really wanted to like it becuz it’s a historical), Gadar (It was actually okay but I’m not a Sunny Deol fan).

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  8. I’ve only seen a few of these. They are so different it’s really hard to say best and worst. I think Sholay is in a category by itself and very good–it’s a buddy film at heart, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I’m going to skip the epic/costume ones Mughal e Azam and the Bahubalis–they’re all good in their way. So that leaves the relationship ones. The best of the ones I’ve seen is DDLJ, and the worst is KKHH.

    What’s Naya Daur, it’s the first I’m hearing this title?


    • It’s a brilliant movie that partly inspired Lagaan and loads of other films. Directed by BR Chopra, Yashji’s older brother/foster father and starring Dilip Kumar. Dilip is a tongawallah, and the wealthy zaminder of the town brings in a bus and starts running it which threatens the livelihood of Dilip and all the other tongawallahs who take people back and forth from the station. Dilip asks the zaminder for help, and the zaminder as a joke suggests a race between Dilip and the bus, if his tonga is faster, the zaminder will shut down his bus company.

      More importantly (for me), this is the film with the MOST SCANDALOUS real life story EVER. Scandalous, and romantic. The heroine was supposed to be Madhubala, who was Dilip’s sweetheart. But at the last minute her father forbade their marriage and also pulled his daughter out of the movie. BR sued for breach of contract, they all had to testify, and it ended up with Dilip Kumar on the stand being asked under oath “do you love this woman?” and answering “I love her”. Like a freakin’ movie!

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      • Oh really I did not know that! Didn’t this case ruin their relationship thought because Dilip Kumar was on BR Chopra’s side?


        • Kind of, but the relationship was already ruined which is why Madhubala’s father pulled her out of the movie. The case was just the final nail in the coffin.

          The romantic legend is that Dilip and Madhubala were in love, her father objected, the case happened, the relationship ended, she was broken-hearted and married Kishore to try to forget and then died of a broken heart (literally), and Dilip never got over her and remained single for years until he finally married in middle age.

          On the other hand, Dilip’s autobiography has a depressingly unromantic version. He was really in love with someone else, another actress, but that didn’t work out. Madhubala was a rebound thing, just sex and fun. He proposed because he felt like he had to and was willing to marry her, but it broke down because her father wanted him to sign a contract with him to manage both their careers as part of the marriage agreement. It was just business, Dilip wasn’t going to sell his career to the guy and Madhubala wasn’t going to go against her father/manager. So it fell apart very undramatically and Dilip was frankly a little relieved because he didn’t like her that much any way. The court case was just her father being petty about the whole thing. Ruined all my romantic fantasies, but on the other hand the version he told of his romance with Saira was so swooningly romantic that I got a whole new set of fantasies.


          • Oh? That unromantic version is very fascinating. Who was this mysterious actress that he was really in love with???Well I really love his stuff with Vyjanthimala so I’m not really complaining that Madhubala ended up not getting the part (need to see more madhubala films). In hindsight his decision to marry Saira very much seems to worked out better for him in the long run. Poor Madhubala. Her and Kishore seem really fun onscreen from the songs I’ve seen though


          • He was very gentlemanly and circumspect about the other actress. But I think it was Kamini Kaushal. He talks about really loving working with her, how they would recite poetry to each other and had a special bond. She married her sister’s widower (HAHK style) but kept acting. Dilip kind of skates by exactly how close they were and why they stopped acting together, but jumps straight from discussing Kamini to saying he met Madhubala at a time of “sadness” in his life and she cheered him up.


  9. I haven’t seen every movie in this list but out of the ones I’ve seen, Raja Hindustani was very bad then and is very bad now. HAHK was loved back then and I get it but it has aged poorly. Some stand the test of time and some don’t. HAHK didn’t.


  10. Interesting, I’ve seen almost half. I haven’t seen Sholay (not for lack of trying! haven’t found it in my usual places), Mother India, Ganga Jamuna, Mere Mehboob, Naya Daur, Dangal (waiting for someone to watch it with me), Gadar, or 2.0. That leaves only 7 to do top 3/bottom 3.

    Bahubali 2
    Bahubali 1
    HAHK (kind of surprised it’s this high, the tone and performances are just so consistent and perfectly frothy, even though I hate the surprise twist)
    Mughal-E-Azam (I tried! I fell asleep and tried again. I can see some of the scenes as classic but also so much solemn striding through corridors in fancy costumes. Such long corridors.)
    KKHH (cute but not my fave)
    Raja Hindustani (did not fall asleep and was entertained but it is an objectively worse film than most on this list)


    • The length of the corridors represent the size of India!!!!!! I said that as a joke, but now I kind of think it’s true. We need to grasp the vastness of the Mughal dominion and corridor length was their attempt to do that.

      I just cannot believe Raja Hindustani is on this list.


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