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Top 50 Film of Last 50 Years

Worth their weight in Gold Series

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It is the eternal debate: which are the biggest films of all time?

If you were to go by box-office collections, the list would be dominated by very recent films like 3 Idiots, Bodyguard, Dabaang, Ready, Ghajini, Golmaal 3 and Singham – all of which have crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in domestic collections.

‘Not fair!’ some would protest. The large numbers chalked up by these films represent the devaluation of money or, in other words, inflation. Earlier films may seem to have lower numbers, but if there was some way of measuring apples-to-apples by taking inflation out of the picture, then the pecking order would be quite different.

Fair point. But the million-dollar question, quite literally, is how do you arrive at an objective measure to create a level playing field to compare films across eras? The official inflation rates are ridden with weaknesses – for one, they are based on the wholesale prices, rather than the more appropriate consumer prices; second, the-powers-that-be keep changing the algorithm. No wonder, announcements of official estimates of inflation are more often than not subject to subsequent revisions.

So if we can’t use the official inflation rates, then we are back to square one – how, and with what, do you compare a Mughal- E-Azam to a Sholay to a DDLJ to a 3 Idiots to a Bodyguard?

In this week’s issue, which releases in the afterglow of the festive season of Diwali, we have tried to compare films of different eras using a commodity that has been used as a bankable and valued currency since time immemorial and is the object (and also the motivation!) of worship as we pray to the Goddess Lakshmi to bless with prosperity at Diwali – Gold!

Check out our very interesting number-crunching on major films over the last five decades using the relative price of gold in different years to arrive at a hypothetical current value of box-office collections of past films.

 

Without giving the suspense away, I must say that the results of the ‘gold test’ are very startling indeed. And while the utility of this academic exercise is largely, well, academic, it does give credence to the adage – Old is Gold!

Happy Diwali and Happy Reading!

 

 

Top 50 Film of Last 50 Years
No. Year Movie NBOC Value of Gold at the time of Film’s release Box Office Value of the Film in today’s time
1 1960 Mughal E Azam 5,50,00,000 119.00 12,34,95,79,832
2 1961 Ganga Jamuna 3,50,00,000 127.00 7,36,37,79,528
3 1975 Sholay 15,00,00,000 545.00 7,35,12,95,831
4 1964 Sangam 4,00,00,000 149.00 7,17,31,54,362
5 1963 Mere  Mehboob 3,00,00,000 141.00 5,68,51,06,383
6 1970 Johny Mera Naam 4,00,00,000 185.00 5,77,85,46,713
7 1967 Upkar 3,50,00,000 171.00 5,46,90,05,848
8 1969 Aradhana 3,50,00,000 180.00 5,19,55,55,556
9 1965 Waqt 3,00,00,000 157.00 5,10,57,32,484
10 1968 Aankhen 3,25,00,000 176.00 4,93,40,90,909
11 1969 Do Raaste 3,25,00,000 180.00 4,82,44,44,444
12 1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile 2,75,00,000 157.00 4,68,02,54,777
13 1971 Haathi Mera Saathi 3,50,00,000 200.00 4,67,22,62,190
14 1966 Phool Aur Patthar 2,75,00,000 163.00 4,50,79,75,460
15 1967 Ram Aur Shyam 2,75,00,000 171.00 4,29,70,76,023
16 1966 Suraj 2,50,00,000 163.00 4,09,81,59,509
17 2001 Gadar Ek Prem Katha 70,00,00,000 4,579.00 4,08,46,27,614
18 1964 Ayee Milan Ki Bela 2,25,00,000 149.00 4,03,48,99,329
19 1971 Mera Gaon Mera Desh 3,00,00,000 200.00 4,00,47,96,163
20 1973 Bobby 5,50,00,000 369.00 3,97,90,97,284
21 1970 Sachaa Jhutha 2,75,00,000 185.00 3,97,27,50,865
22 1960 Barsaat Ki Raat 1,75,00,000 119.00 3,92,94,11,765
23 1967 Farz 2,50,00,000 171.00 3,90,64,32,749
24 1965 Himalay Ki God Mein 2,25,00,000 157.00 3,82,92,99,363
25 1994 Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun 65,00,00,000 4,667.00 3,72,12,57,103
26 1969 Ek Phool Do Mali 2,50,00,000 180.00 3,71,11,11,111
27 1966 Mera Saaya 2,25,00,000 163.00 3,68,83,43,558
28 1961 Junglee 1,75,00,000 127.00 3,68,18,89,764
29 1971 Dushman 2,75,00,000 200.00 3,67,10,63,149
30 1970 Aan Milo Sajna 2,50,00,000 185.00 3,61,15,91,696
31 1964 Dosti 2,00,00,000 149.00 3,58,65,77,181
32 1972 Seeta Aur Geeta 3,25,00,000 243.00 3,57,99,97,526
33 1967 Hamraaz 2,25,00,000 171.00 3,51,57,89,474
34 2009 3 Idiots 2,02,50,00,000 15,864.00 3,41,07,41,301
35 1965 Arzoo 2,00,00,000 157.00 3,40,38,21,656
36 1963 Taj Mahal 1,75,00,000 141.00 3,31,63,12,057
37 1972 Pakeezah 3,00,00,000 243.00 3,30,46,13,101
38 1966 Teesri  Manzil 2,00,00,000 163.00 3,27,85,27,607
39 1970 Purab Aur Paschim 2,25,00,000 185.00 3,25,04,32,526
40 1977 Amar Akbar Anthony 7,50,00,000 638.00 3,14,14,10,500
41 1964 Ziddi 1,75,00,000 149.00 3,13,82,55,034
42 1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 50,00,00,000 4,268.00 3,13,02,71,790
43 1995 Dilwale Dulhaniyan Le Jayenge 58,00,00,000 4,958.00 3,12,60,28,724
44 1967 Shagird 2,00,00,000 171.00 3,12,51,46,199
45 1968 Do Kaliyan 2,00,00,000 176.00 3,03,63,63,636
46 1971 Maryada 2,25,00,000 200.00 3,00,35,97,122
47 1962 Bees Saal Baad 1,50,00,000 134.00 2,99,10,44,776
48 1965 Guide 1,75,00,000 157.00 2,97,83,43,949
49 1969 Prince 2,00,00,000 180.00 2,96,88,88,889
50 1970 Jeevan Mrityu 2,00,00,000 185.00 2,88,92,73,356

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