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.
5. Dabangg (September 10, 2010)
While the peppy Sonakshi, daughter of Shatrughan Sinha made her debut with this Salman starrer, Arbaaz Khan and Abhinav Kashyap, brother of Anurag Kashyap, also made their debuts as a producer and director respectively. Power packed with action and comedy, in the unique Sallu bhai style, this movie saw peaks of ¬phenomenal success. Salman Khan played the invincible cop Chulbul Pandey and his punchlines stuck to the fan tongues long after. Sonakshi Sinha looked ravishing throughout the movie and very femininely stole a billion hearts. Her infamous dialogue: “thappad se darr nahi lagta, sahib, pyar se lagta hai” was one to stay etched in the mind.
4. Bodyguard (August 31, 2011)
The biggest hit delivered in 2011, this Salman-Kareena starrer was actually a remake of a Malayalam movie by the same name. The most popular punchline from the movie was “Mujhpar ek ehsaan karna, ki mujh par koi ehsaan na karna.” Playing the bodyguard of Bebo, Salman Khan managed to woo his fans once again. Bebo looked as stunning as ever and the superhit song “teri meri prem kahani hai mushkil” topped the nation’s music charts.
3. Ek Tha Tiger (August 15, 2012)
This was a highly hyped movie due to the Katrina-Salman break-up and was also the first movie Khan did under the Yash Raj banner. The action packed sequences and the chemistry between the main couple did wonders for the film. While Salman Khan is known to have remained friends with a few former girlfriends (Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali), he made a detour from his usual ideology of not working with his exes.
2. Chennai Express (August 9, 2013)
This SRK-Deepika starrer earned huge success at the box office. With a tale of a simple guy meeting the daughter of a Tamil mafia don and the hilarious sequence of events that followed, Chennai express was a light-hearted comedy. The popular Rajnikanth tribute, the “Thalaiva” song sung by Honey Singh was a major hit and lungis were suddenly cool. The initial movie was called Ready Steady Po, but later the name was switched over to Cheenai express. Also on SRK’s insistence, Deepika Padukone’s name appeared first in the credits, and this has remained the first one to have a female actor’s name feature before the male actor’s.
1. Kick (July 25, 2014)
Sajid Nadiadwala made his directorial debut with this Telugu remake. This movie also saw Salman Khan sing an entire song “Hangover.” The dialogue from the movie that made its way to our minds was Sallu’s “Main dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin.” Also the Sri Lankan Beauty Jacqueline Fernandez dubbed her own voice for the first time and looked absolutely stunning.