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Yash Raj@50: The 20 BIGGEST HITS

By JOGINDER TUTEJA
October 19, 2020 11:54 IST
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With a repertoire of over 75 films, it is tough to compile Yash Raj Films's top 20 hits.

Right from the time Yash Chopra started making movies to the empire his son Aditya Chopra has consolidated, there have been countless hits, superhits and blockbusters made by this production house.

As it celebrates 50 years of being in business, Joginder Tuteja looks at YRF's biggest hits.

Please click here to read the first part of the special.

While absolute box office collections are mentioned for all the films, the older ones have revised numbers, taking inflation into consideration.

 

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Box office collection: Rs 85 crore (Rs 165 crore, taking inflation into account)

Aditya Chopra's third film, after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi had a rather implausible plot of a woman not recognising her husband in a disguise.

Suspension of disbelief was key to Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi with Shah Rukh Khan enacting a double role of sorts.

The film marked Anushka Sharma's movie debut.

Though it started slow, it did become a hit.

 

Chak De! India
Box office collection: Rs 68 crore (Rs 135 crore, taking inflation into account)

Another Shah Rukh Khan film which started slow, it went on to be a cult movie over the years.

The actor played a hockey coach, leading a group of 15 unknown leading ladies playing the hockey team.

Director Shimit Amin ensured that there were enough dramatic and patriotic moments to make Chak De! India a hit.

 

Fanaa
Box office collection: Rs 52 crore (Rs 135 crore, taking inflation into account)

 

Aamir Khan was the hero as well as the villain in Fanaa, where he played a tourist guide who turned out to be a terrorist.

After directing a hit in Hum Tum, Kunal Kohli helmed Fanaa and delivered another hit.

A love story with action, drama, thrill and music, Fanaa also starred Kajol, Tabu and Rishi Kapoor.

 

Veer Zaara
Box office collection: Rs 42 crore (Rs 130 crore, taking inflation into account)

Yash Chopra, of course, was happy making films only with Shah Rukh Khan.

With Veer Zaara, he made a classic love story with Preity Zinta as the leading lady.

A cross-border love story with some memorable songs, it also featured Rani Mukerji and Manoj Bajpayee in pivotal roles.

 

Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Box office collection: Rs 122 crore

Yash Chopra's swan song Jab Tak Hai Jaan was nowhere among the best of either Yash Chopra or Shah Rukh Khan.

Still, there was a good deal of nostalgia attached to this music romantic drama with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

 

Bunty Aur Babli
Box office collection: Rs 35 crore (Rs 110 crore, taking inflation into account)

A fun film featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, Bunty Aur Babli was a hilarious ride with some bit of action and love story in there.

One of the key contributing factors towards the film's success was its music, especially Kajra Re featuring Aishwarya Rai.

Amitabh Bachchan showed his swag too.

 

Dhoom
Box office collection: Rs 32 crore (Rs 100 crore, taking inflation into account)

Dhoom launched YRF's action franchises.

On its release, it was a regular action film that told the story of the 'chor' played by John Abraham and the police played by Abhishek Bachchan with Uday Chopra.

Audiences loved the story, and it spun two hit sequels.

 

Chandni
Box office collection: Rs 6 crore (Rs 100 crore+, taking inflation into account)

At a time when action films were trending, Yash Chopra wondered whether it would the right time to make a triangular love story.

He made Chandni with Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi and Vinod Khanna, and the film became a classic.

 

Kabhi Kabhie
Box office collection: Rs 2 crore (Rs 100 crore+, taking inflation into account)

Yash Chopra was known as the master craftsman if love stories.

Kabhi Kabhie was one such film that had a massive cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.

No wonder, Karan Johar was inspired to make Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham after this.

 

Daag
Box office collection: Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 100 crore+, taking inflation into account)

Daag was way ahead of its time and yet, was accepted by the audience.

Directed by Yash Chopra, this was about a man (Rajesh Khanna), who found himself in a situation where he married two women at different junctures of his life.

The concept of bigamy wasn't something that was explored on the big screen and here, it happened for a commercial film.

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