Bombay’s landmark Minerva cinema & the Sholay history
thanks to Aajkaarjun
One of the biggest hits in history of Bollywood, Sholay (in English as Embers, Flames, Flames of the Sun), was recognized as the Best Film of 50 years at the 50th Filmfare awards.
It was India’s first 70 mm, stereophonic sound film and was released on Friday, August 15, 1975, with as many as 250 prints, including at the Minerva Theatre in Bombay (now Mumbai). Sholay, directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by G P Sippy, altered the course of Indian cinema. This was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theatres across India. To date, more than 1,100 prints of Sholay are in circulation-the highest number for any Hindi film.
Sholay is the highest grossing movie of all time in India with collections of Rs. 2,134,500,000/- or US $ 50 million. Even today, it remains the box office gold, a reference point for both the Indian film-going audience & the film industry.
It is widely acknowledged by movie critics to be one of the best movies ever created by Bollywood and to be the most watched and popular. It was declared “Film of the Millenium” by BBC India and internet polls in 1999.
A great ensemble cast, spectacular cinematography, superb performances from each actor, powerful dialogues & music boosted this superlative film.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Asrani, Helen, Mac Mohan, Sachin, Jagdeep, Satyen Kappoo, A K Hangal, etc.
When released the film was initially declared to be a commercial disaster. However, the collections slowly picked up and became a huge hit. As a testament to its popularity, the movie ran uninterruptedly for five and half year (286 weeks) at the Minerva in Mumbai. (Though Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge has crossed its 300 weeks mark at Maratha Mandir (Mumbai), the film was not released in this theatre at its release time.) For 75 weeks the current booking of Minerva remained shut as the prestigious cinema hall used to get full in advance booking itself! Sholay fetched Rs. 50 lakhs as distributor’s share from the Minerva, Mumbai which could be estimated at approximately Rs. 5 to 7 crores today.
Week 0001 – Week Ending Aug 21, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 46,66,224/-
Week 0002 – Week Ending Aug 28, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 34,98,605/-
Week 0003 – Week Ending Sep 04, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 25,57,450/-
Week 0004 – Week Ending Sep 11, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 21,27,120/-
Week 0005 – Week Ending Sep 18, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 17,76,520/-
Week 0006 – Week Ending Sep 25, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 13,84,464/-
Week 0007 – Week Ending Oct 02, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 11,74,001/-
Week 0008 – Week Ending Oct 09, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 10,78,480/-
Week 0009 – Week Ending Oct 16, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 9,24,365/-
Week 0010 – Week Ending Oct 23, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 9,72,574/-
Week 0011 – Week Ending Oct 30, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 8,74,492/-
Week 0012 – Week Ending Nov 06, 1975: Box Office Collection: Rs. 8,09,285/-
Week 0060 – Week Ending Oct 07, 1976: Box Office Collection: Rs. 53,920/-
Week 0150 – Week Ending Jun 29, 1978: Box Office Collection: Rs. 28,601/-
Week 1500 – Week Ending May 13, 2004: Box Office Collection: Rs. 38,359/-