Eid is known to be a lucky and favorable time for most Bollywood movies, and releases are scheduled specifically during this auspicious festive season. Usually booked by the heartthrob of million fans all over the world, Salman Khan, his Eid releases have topped the charts. Uncommonly, though, there have been non-Sallu releases during this time as well.
Here is a list of the top 10 Bollywood blockbuster Eid releases of all times.
10. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (December 14, 2001)
Karan Johar is known to direct family movies that keep everyone laughing, crying and nabs the attention of the viewers for a wholesome three hours. The Shah Rukh- Kajol magic was all over the screen. With an ensemble cast and beautifully shot song sequences, this epic family drama made a huge hit. Amitabh Bachhan and Jaya Bachhan worked together after 18 long years. A little birdie tells me that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had been offered the role earlier and that Abhishek Bachchan’s cameo shots were deleted from the film. However, Hritik, as ShahRukh’s younger brother and Kareena, as the peppy Pooh, did manage to do justice to their roles in the movie.
9. Kal Ho Naa Ho (November 28, 2003)
This triple starrer movie with SRK, Priety Zinta and Saif Ali Khan stole hearts of millions. The romantic tale of three hearts bound in love, along with some epic funny punches, and not to forget the cute little character of Kanta ben, wove magic on screen. Initially offered to Kareena Kapoor, the role of Naina was played by Priety Zinta, and her job was commendable. To say so, no one suited the role of SRK’s “pretty woman” better than Zinta.
8. Veer Zaara (November 12, 2004)
The job done by King Khan as “Qaidi number 786”, or the imprisoned Indian Air Force pilot, Veer Pratap Singh, jailed in the Pakistan prison for decades was indeed laudable. This intense love story plot was set in the older times and depicted the love between a Pakistani girl and the daughter of a politician and an Indian pilot. Veer Zaara was also the return of Yash Chopra’s to direction after his last movie, Dil To Pagal Hai, back in 1991. With brilliant and heart-warming performances by SRK, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, Veer-Zaara can be deemed as a classic that can be viewed over and over again.
7. Don (October 20, 2006)
Intelligent filmmaker Farhan Akhtar’s third directorial venture, following Dil Chahta Hai in 2001 and Lakshya in 2004, was based on the original 1978 Amitabh Bachhan starrer Don. Akhtar rewrote parts of the plot and allowed for sequels for the film. The rationale behind remaking an epic, you ask. It is simple. The youth should not miss out on a good movie and not many go back to watch age old classics.
6. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (October 12, 2007)
The spooky tale of a young girl with a schizophrenic personality that develops the character of a vengeful dancer of the king’s court made a huge success at the box office. This Akshay Kumar-Vidya ¬Balan comedy starrer was Akki’s first Eid release. Bhool ¬Bhulaiyaa had earlier been made in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Bengali. The spooky comedy also starred Shiney Ahuja, of the Gangster fame and Amisha Patel. Vidya Balan did a praiseworthy role with aplomb as Avni, the newly wedded wife of Siddharth (played by Shiney Ahuja), who on her first visit to their age-old family mansion, develops the vengeful personality of Manjulika, a court dancer, on listening to her stories from other people in the house. The movie was well received and Akshay Kumar’s versatility as an actor was reinforced with it.