Do you remember movies that released the previous few weeks? Hard to recall, right?
In a time where one is bombarded with numerous films every week, it is hard for a movie to stay in our minds or in theatres beyond a couple of weeks. But there was a time when the success of a movie was calculated by the number of weeks they were screened in theatres. So instead of 100 crores, 200 crores and 300 crores the bar of achievements used to be silver, golden and diamond jubilees. We bring you 10 such films that were screened for the longest time in theatres. Why? Because it is an achievement not many movies can boast of. Here’s our list:
Mohabbatein – 50 weeks
Released on 27th October 2000, it was the first film to star both the Shahenshah and the Badshah of Bollywood. It was not only screened for a year (50 weeks) but was also the highest grossing film of the year 2000, worldwide.
Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai – 50 weeks
Released on 14th January 2000, the film marks the debut of Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel. The romantic thriller was added to Limca Book of Records for the highest number of awards won by a Bollywood film. The film ran in theatres for a year (50 weeks) consecutively. (and gave us the world’s most good looking guy to gawk at).
Raja Hindustani – 50 weeks
Released on 15th November 1996, the film awarded Aamir Khan with the much awaited Filmfare award in the best actor mail category (after being nominated for it for 8 years consecutively). The film was shown in the theatres for a year (50 weeks).
Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! – 50 weeks
Released on 5th August 1994, the film is considered as the best work of director Sooraj Barjayta, till date. The film has been given the title of "the biggest blockbuster of the modern era" by BoxOfficeIndia. The National award winning film ran for a year (50 weeks) in theatres.
Maine Pyar Kiya – 50 weeks
Released on 29th December 1989, was the possibly the best gift that Salman Khan got for his birthday. This was Salman’s debut as a lead actor. The movie is counted among his most successful films till date. This movies was screened for a year (50 weeks) in the theatres.
Barsaat (1949) – 100 weeks
Released on 21st April 1949, Barsaat was one of the first major hits directed by Raj Kapoor. The music of this film was highly appreciated and the success of the film allowed Mr. Kapoor to buy the RK Studios. Fifth Highest, 100 weeks.
Mughal-e-Azam – 150 weeks
Released on 5th August 1950, it was the first black and white film to be digitally colored and re-released in cinemas. It is one of the most expensive movies of its time and created a benchmark in all possible departments. Everything was detailed to micrometers. Fourth Highest, 150 weeks.
Kismet (1943) – 187 weeks
Released in 1943, the film was the first blockbuster for the Indian Film Industry. It was shown for three and a half years at the Roxy Cinema, Calcutta. Third highest, 187 weeks. (This was the first film ever to show premarital pregnancy, a villain and a double role, on-screen.)
Sholay – 286 weeks
Released on 15th August 1975, the film broke all records for continuous showings in numerous theatres across the country and ran for more than five years in Minerva Theatre, Mumbai. Second highest, shown for 286 weeks. (By some accounts, the film is the most popular and highest grossing Indian film of all time.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – 1000 weeks and counting…
Released on 20th October 1995, DDLJ (as it is fondly known) is the longest-running film in the history of Indian Cinema. As of April 2016 (over two decades!), the National Award winning film is still shown in Maratha Mandir, Mumbai. More than 1000 weeks, still running. *applause*
Y2K gave us the last golden jubilee and 21st century has moved to the 100 crores club. What do you think is a better parameter to judge? Let us know!