Top Ten Highest Grossing Indian Movies

10. Padmaavat


We start our list with the 10th highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time is Padmaavat. Padmaavat is an epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Lela Bhansali which was released on 25 January 2018. The movie is loosely based on epic poem Padmaavat. The storyline follows Rani Padmavati who was a wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh. Padmavati was a Rajpoot queen known for her beauty, and when Sultan Alauddin Khilji hears about her, he attacks her kingdom to claim her. Padmaavat grossed over 585 crore INR ($82 million), and that makes this movie one of the highest-grossing movies of Bollywood. 

  • Genre: Epic period drama film
  • Director: Sanjay Lela Bhansali
  • Release Date: 25 January 2018
  • Budget: 215 crore INR
  • Box Office: 58.5 crore INR ($82 million)
  • Trailer Link: Padmaavat



9. Sanju


Number 9th highest-grossing Indian movie is Sanju. Sanju is a biographical film directed by Rajkumar Hirani that was released on 29 June 2018. The movie follows the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, his drug addiction, relationship with his father, arrest for alleged association with 1993 Bombay bombings and his jail term. With the budget of 100 crore INR, this movie grossed over 586 billion INR ($82 million).

  • Genre: Biographical film
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Release Date: 29 June 2018
  • Budget: 100 crore INR
  • Box Office: 586 crore INR ($82 million)
  • Trailer Link: Sanju



8. Sultan


Number 8th Indian movie from our list is Sultan. Sultan is a sports drama film that is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film was released on 6 July 2016. The movie follows the story of Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional Pehlwani wrestler, a former world wrestling champion from Haryana. Despite his successful career or we can say because of his successful career, his life became a mess somehow. With the total production budget of 145 crore INR, the movie grossed 623.33 crore INR ($96 million) worldwide that was a big hit in 2016.

  • Genre: Sports drama film
  • Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
  • Release Date: 6 July 2016
  • Budget: 145 crore INR
  • Box Office: 623.33 crore INR ($96 million)
  • Trailer Link: Sultan



7. Bahubali: The beginning


Next, we have Bahubali: The beginning Indian movie at number 7th spot. Bahubali is an epic action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli that as released on 10th July 2015 worldwide. The storyline follows Shivudu who learns of his true identity as he heir the throne of Mahishmati, and he gets to know that he is the son of Amarerndra Bahubali. He knows about his true identity in the process of rescuing Devasena, who is imprisoned, from the tyrannical rule of Bhallaladave. With the total budget of 180 crore INR, this movie grossed over 650 crore INR ($91 million).

  • Genre: Epic action film 
  • Director: S. S. Rajamouli
  • Release Date: 10th July 2015
  • Budget: 180 crore INR
  • Box Office: 650 crore INR ($91 million)
  • Trailer Link: Bahubali: The beginning



6. 2.0


Coming up next at number 6 we have the Indian movie 2.0. 2.0 is a science fiction action film directed by S. Shankar, and it was released on 29 November 2018. The story follows the conflict between a once humanoid robot Chitti and a former ornithologist Pakshi Rajan who want revenge upon cell phone users to prevent the decline of the population of avian. The budget of the movie is roundabout 570 crore INR that makes this movie one of the most expensive Indian movies. The movie grossed 821 crore INR ($115 million) that is not much in my opinion, if we compare it with its budget.

  • Genre: Science fiction action film
  • Director: S. Shankar
  • Release Date: 29 November 2018
  • Budget: 570 crore INR
  • Box Office: 821 crore INR ($115 million)
  • Trailer Link: 2.0



5. PK


PK is at number 5th in our list of highest-grossing Indian films. PK is a satirical comedy-drama movie directed by Rajkumar Hirani and movie was released on 19 December 2014. The story of PK follows an alien who lost his remote to a thief while visiting earth for a research mission. After that, he befriends with a journalist in a quest to retrieve remote. With the very low production budget of 85 crore INR, this movie grossed 854 crore INR ($140 million) worldwide. The movie was also the 70th highest-grossing movie worldwide in 2014.

  • Genre: Satirical comedy-drama film
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Release Date: 19 December 2014
  • Budget: 85 crore INR
  • Box Office: 854 crore INR ($140 million)
  • Trailer Link: PK 



4. Secret Superstar


Next Indian movie is Secret Superstar. Secret Superstar is a musical drama film directed by Advait Chandan, and it was released on 19 October 2017. The film follows a teenage girl who wanted to become a singer and upload a video on youtube while hiding her identity by wearing Niqab and her relationship with her father, mother and teacher. The movie deals with social issues including domestic violence, feminism and gender equality. With the very limited budget of 15 crore INR, this movie earns over 966 crore INR ($150 million) with 6k% ROI(Return on Investment).

  • Genre: Musical drama film
  • Director: Advait Chandan
  • Release Date: 19 October 2017
  • Budget: 15 crore INR
  • Box Office: 966 crore INR ($150 million)
  • Trailer Link: Secret Superstar



3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan


Moving on in our list we have Bajrangi Bhaijaan as the 3rd highest-grossing Bollywood movie. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a comedy-drama movie directed by Kabir Khan, and it was released on 17 July 2015. The movie follows the story of a deaf and dumb girl who got separated from her mother in India. Bajrangi Bhaijaan embarks on a journey to take that 6 years old girl back to her homeland Pakistan. The movie's budget was 90 crore INR, and it grossed 969 crore INR ($154 million).

  • Genre: Comedy-drama film
  • Director: Kabir Khan
  • Release Date: 17 July 2015
  • Budget: 90 crore INR
  • Box Office: 969 crore INR ($154 million)
  • Trailer Link: Bajrangi Bhaijaan



2. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion


At the second spot, we have Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. It is the second instalment of Baahubali movie which we discussed above. The movie is an epic action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli, and it was released on 28 April 2017. The storyline follows the events after the first Baahubali movie and people were curious why Kattapa killed Baahubali. With the total production budget of 250 crore INR, this movie grossed 1801 crore INR($278 million).

  • Genre: Epic action film
  • Director: S. S. Rajamouli
  • Release Date: 28 April 2017
  • Budget: 250 crore INR
  • Box Office: 1801 crore INR($278 million)
  • Trailer Link: Baahubali 2: The Conclusion



1. Dangal


At number first spot, we have Dangal film. Dangal is a sports film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. The movie was released on 21 December 2016 in the US, 23 December 2016 in India, and 5 May 2017 in China. The movie is loosely based on Phogat family, Amir Khan as a Mahavir Singh Phogat trains his daughters to become India's first world-class female wrestler. This movie grossed 2100 crore INR ($311 million) with the production cost of 70 crore INR. 

  • Genre: Sports film
  • Director: Nitesh Tiwari
  • Release Date: 21 December 2016 (US), 23 December 2016 (India), 5 May 2017 (China)
  • Budget: 70 crore INR
  • Box Office: 2100 crore INR ($311 million)
  • Trailer Link: Dangal 


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