Bollywood's Most Successful Action Movies
Will Salman Khan's Kick break all records at the box office?
Salman Khan's action movie Kick is all set to storm the box office this weekend.
Action movies, incidentally, have done quite well in the past -- from Dhoom 3 to Krrish 3, these movies seem to know how to rake in the moolah.
Here's looking at the 10 most successful action movies in Hindi cinema.
Box office collections: Rs 284 crores.
The biggest action blockbuster has been 2013's Dhoom 3, which is also the most celebrated franchise that Bollywood boasts of today.
Dhoom may have had humble beginnings with Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra battling John Abraham on bikes, but there was a huge rise in fortunes with Hrithik Roshan coming on board in the second installment.
With Aamir Khan, in a double role, the franchise has now become all about the villains.
Image: Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3
Chennai Express is a complete package -- it has action, comedy, romance, music and drama.
But it's a Rohit Shetty film.
So it's obvious that action will take precedence, and that cars would fly, and muscles would enjoy their day in the sun.
Box office collections: Rs 227 crores
Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express
Hrithik Roshan's superhero movie Krrish 3 was a huge hit, but there was a debate whether it earned Rs 178 crores (as indicated by trade pundits) or Rs 245 crores (as declared by the Roshans).
The franchise has grown manifold, and recognised Rakesh Roshan's keen sense of direction.
Box office collections: Rs 178 crores
Image: Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in Krrish 3
Ek Tha Tiger
A Salman Khan Eid release, Ek Tha Tiger was a blockbuster, thanks to its cool action scenes, as well as hot chemistry between its lead stars.
Shot across the globe in exotic locations, the film also showed off director Kabir Khan's talent.
Box office collections: Rs 199 crores
Image: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in Ek Tha Tiger
For Arbaaz Khan, Dabangg 2 was an acid test, as he had to prove himself as a director and also live up to the huge expectations tied to the Dabangg franchise.
With Salman by his side, he succeeded.
Box office collections: Rs 155 crore
Image: Salman Khan in Dabangg 2
The film that started it all when it came to masala actioners, Dabangg caught everyone by surprise with its entertainment factor.
Even though the superstar had tasted a lot of success, it was with this film that he became a demi-God.
The man hasn't looked back since, as each of his forthcoming films have been a 100 crore plus affair.
Box office collections: Rs 139 crores
Image: Sonakshi Sinha and Salman Khan in Dabangg
Akshay Kumar picked up the right kind of masala movie, with a huge dose of action in it, directed by Prabhu Dheva no less.
Rowdy Rathore was a big, big success.
It's no wonder that a sequel is being planned now.
Box office collections: Rs 133 crores
Image: Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathore
Karan Johar's most violent film till date, Agneepath went many notches ahead of the original Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, when it came to blood and gore.
Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor were terrific and the film was a super success.
Now, director Karan Malhotra is making another action movie called Warrior.
Box office collections: Rs 115 crores
Image: Hrithik Roshan in Agneepath
Even before the arrival of Dabangg, Aamir Khan made a hardcore action film called Ghajini.
A remake of a Tamil film and directed by the same director AR Murugadoss, Ghajini broke many records.
The film had some of the most brutal action scenes seen in a Hindi movie but the audience seemed to approve.
Box office collections: Rs 114 crores
Image: Asin and Aamir Khan in Ghajini
A.R. Murugadoss went on to remake yet another of his Tamil films in Hindi.
And so Thuppakki became Holiday, and was just as successful.
Holiday, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, got some good reviews as well.
Box office collections: Rs 115 crores
Image: Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar in Holiday
The biggest action hit, of course, remains Ramesh Sippy's iconic Sholay, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan.
Maintaining a cult status for four decades now, the film also holds the record for maximum re-releases at an all-India level.
Image: Dharmedra and Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay