Film Information verdicts over the years

Here is collection of Film Information verdicts over years. This is not complete. If you have for missing year then please share as comment and it will be added to post with credits.
Please note there is no intention of copyright infringement and it is for informational purposes only. It is collected from different users and websites (Facebook Sanity Group, Syed Abid,, Bollybusiness, koimoi, Rediff, twitter and other websites).





2012 Thanks to Marcus…


2010 Thanks to JC…

2009 Thanks to JC…



Year 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 – Source

2006 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :- Dhoom 2, Krrish
Super-Hit :- Lage Raho Munnabhai, Vivaah
Hit :- Fanaa, Malamaal Weekly
Semi-Hit :- Rang De Basanti, Phir Hera Pheri, Gangster
Overflow :-

Commission to
Overflow:- KANK, Don
Commission-Earner:- Aksar, Pyar Ke Side Effects, Apna Sapna Money Money, Bhagam Bhag, 36 China Town
Coverage :- Taxi 9211, Tom Dick and Harry, Golmaa, Kabul Express
Coverage :- Corporate, Anthony Kaun Hai, Khosla Ka Ghosla

2005 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :-
Super-Hit :- No Entry, Bunty Aur Babli
Hit :- Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
Semi-Hit :-
Overflow :- Dus, Zeher, Garam Masala

Commission-Earner to
Overflow:- Waqt – The Race Against Time, Sarkar, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Hanuman
Commission-Earner:- Kaal
Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Page 3, Black, Lucky No Time For Love, Parineeta, Iqbal, Salaam Namaste, Kalyug, Apaharan

2004 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :-
Super-Hit :-
Hit :- Veer-Zaara, Murder, Dhoom
Semi-Hit :- Main Hoon Na, Hum Tum
Overflow :- Julie, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Commission-Earner to Overflow:- Masti, Hulchul, Girlfriend
Commission-Earner:- Tauba Tauba
Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Hawas
Coverage :- Gayab, Vaastu Shastra

2003 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :-
Super-Hit :-
Hit :- Koi Mil Gaya
Semi-Hit :- Baghban, Andaaz
Overflow :- Kal Ho Na Ho, Chalte Chalte, Khwahish
Commission-Earner to Overflow:- Tere Naam, Qayamat, Humgama, Gangaajal, Ishq Vishk

Commission-Earner:- Jism, Bhoot
Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Munnabhai MBBS
Coverage :- Janasheen

2002 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :-
Super-Hit :-
Hit :- Raaz
Semi-Hit :-
Overflow :- Devdas, Ek Chotisi Love Story
Commission-Earner:- Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, 16 December, Awara Paagal Deewana, Humraaz, Yeh Dil Aashiqana, Deewangee, Saathiya

2001 #FI Classifications – Gamer RSK
Super duper hit:- Gadar
Hit:- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Semi Hit:- Lagaan, Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai
Overflow:- Indian
Commission Earner:- Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Jodi No. 1, Dil Chahta Hai, Kasoor, Nayak, Pyar Tune Kya Kiya, Chhupa Rustom, Kasoor, Tum Bin, Style
Coverage To Commission:- Ek rishta, Ajnabee, Farz

2000 #FI Classifications
Blockbuster :-
Super-Duper-Hit :- Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
Super-Hit :-
Hit :- Mohabattein
Semi-Hit :-
Overflow :- Baadal, Kya Kehna
Commission-Earner:- Dhadkan, Fiza, Josh, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Jungle, Kurukshetra, Mission Kashmir, Pukar, Refugee, Champion, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega

1990-1999 – Thanks Marcus & Gamer RSK

1999 Page 1

1999 Page 2


1997 – Thanks to Shetty @ BOE

1997 – Page2 – Thanks to Shetty @ BoE

1997 – Incomplete – Original

1996 – Page 1

1996 – Page2


1994 – Page1

1994 – Page2


1993 – Check Heman’s comment



1985 – Thanks to Shiva Prasad Shetty




445 Responses to “Film Information verdicts over the years”

  1. Marcus – here is the treasure 🙂

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  2. Worth its weight in gold. Thanks Munna 👍


  3. Big hits are pretty accurately captured here. But so are by most of the BO classifications by other sources. Issue comes with Hits/Superhit/SemiHit classifications.

    Can see many Akshay’s movies given one classification less compared to other similar hits like Welcome, Toilet, Rustom, AIrlift, HF4, Kesari, Bhul Bhulaiya, Heyy Babyy, …they all are inaccurately classified.

    There are few discrepancies in the ratings of others actors as well like Badla. It is surely one or two notches above.

    Again the transparency would not come unless the Distributor cost is shared. We now pretty much know the nett collection and classification method.

    This classification is not very popular among the trade experts, the way it used to be. The film distribution model has also changed every 5 years with several deals now included.


  4. My Classifications 2019


    Avengers End Game


    Kabir Singh
    Mission Mangal


    Good Newwz
    Dream Girl
    The Tashkent Files


    Total Dhamaal
    Super 30
    Pati Patni aur wok
    Lion King
    Captain Marvel
    Article 15
    Luka chippi
    Mardaani 2
    Bharat (absent in this classification)

    -Semi Hit

    Dede Pyaar de
    Batla House

    – Average to flop (in few sectors)



    • LOL! No need for every member of this forum to give his own classification based on their own bias. Munna has shared something very valuable. Will refer to that. Thanks Munna.


    • I see most here agreeing to my classification of 2019 movies over anything else.


    • War and Mission Mangal both are Blockbusters. My classification ties them together and correctly.


    • My Classification gives Bharat a HIT and so does Taran


      F1 doesn’t event classifies Bharat 🤣😜


  5. @Munna – Here is 2012:


    • Thanks and updated!
      if there are better scans of other years then please post.


    • Thanks Marcus. Was wondering about 2012.

      Oh My Good is a semi Hit?

      The ROI was over 200%. Again a clear case of devaluing it at least by one notch. here i would say couple of notches. And yes this is Akshay’s movie too.

      Quite a few Akshay movie are also correctly classified like Good Newwz, Gold, etc. it is not that it has been done for all his movies and….
      Also it is not that it is done only for his movies. Few movies of every star has been inconsistently mentioned few notches less.

      So i am not saying this is biased against any star. I am just saying that this is not as consistent as it used to be and carrying genuine mistakes.


      • Do you even know how FI classifications work? Its circuit wise distribution cost vs share ratio. For a hit, the Roi per circuit is gotta be >100%. OMG was sold at relatively high rates to circuit distributors which implied producers made handsome profits while distributor profit was comparatively less. Producer profits are not considered in FI classification, hence its a Semi Hit.


  6. Tag of commission earner suits Akshay Kumar most as he earns best yearly commission right Naveen?!? 🤔


    • his commission is earned by clashing with superstar movies (The Khans, Hrithik, Bansali, Ajay) and postponing for 10 cr each incident 🙂


  7. Guys in process of deleting some unwanted comment now some comments which should be visible is not shown. And I don’t have bandwidth to see what has happened.

    1. Refrain from multiple small comments. A longer comment should be preferred.
    2. No personal comments.
    3. Talk on topic.

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    • Can I be given right to edit? I often find myself unable to.merge small comments into one or do grammar/ spell corrections.

      Also little banter is fine I think. Little Provocation and replies are part of the blogging game. I wrote an award winning poetic reply to Jayshah and Yoddha. It is now moderated.


  8. So Airlift and Rustom were only Overflow? LMAO. Btw SRK fans would be pleased to see a clean hit to his credit in the last 5 years in DZ 😉


    • Always had both of them as Semi Hits in my books despite the media hyperbole. They’re nothing more than small time urban metropolitan successes.


  9. Meanwhile here’s the FI Classification for 2009:


    • Not sure if it went to spam. Let me try again.

      **Added to Post**


      • Still remember the controversy when certain orgasmic Salman fans could not accept a Commission verdict for the all time historic mega masterpiece of a movie called Wanted! Looking at Prabhu D(h)eva’s subsequent work, Wanted surely seems like a Titanic 🙂


  10. And here’s the original FI Scan for 2010 that was put up on NG 🙂

    **Added to Post**


  11. All that I want to see now are the verdicts Nahta had for:

    K3G (Remember him calling it an “Overflow film” in the media couple of weeks after it’s release)

    Everything else seems pretty clear for the major stars from 2000-2019.


    • Lagaan – Semi Hit
      K3G – Hit
      Devdas – Overflow
      MHN – Semi Hit
      RDB – Semi Hit
      Krrish 3 – Hit
      HNY – Hit

      Don’t have the scans but remember them from NG updates and Koimoi’s a few years ago.

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  12. If someone says JTHJ was hit and OMG was semit hit and SOS verdict was less than jthj. Something is wrong with his verdicts. It seems like he is talking about money made by producers by various rights and through subsidies etc, not about the theatrical run.


    • I think most of his verdicts are from distributors point of view…

      I wish there was transparency in terms of how verdict was reached but typically it has been consistent and on stricter side.


      • If this is what you call strict, I wonder what you’d call my verdicts where I rate Kesari, Total Dhamaal & Super 30 as Average and War as a Hit, Badla being a Semi Hit 😛


  13. Kabir Singh should have been in the Block Buster category … I am sure that ROI was much higher than WAR.
    Surprises for me were- what I had in mind is in parenthesis .
    1.Ki and Ka ( Flop)
    2.Hum ( Superhit)
    3. Wanted ( Clean hit)

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    • Yash raj distribute their movies so they don’t incur much loss in any movie they make.

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    • Agree on Kabir Singh, Hum and Wanted.

      I am fine with strict classification as.long as they are consistently used. However just like all other sources. Here too we see few discrepencies in classification of movies. Of course it is less than what BOI gives. also does classification of movies which I think is worth a look.


  14. We are missing a few years here. Hoping that someone can fill in the gaps. Bit surprising that scans of 2013, 2014 and 2015 are not available given that its only a few years back. Its understandable that nineties or early noughties scans will be difficult to get.


    • This is even more offensive for Akshay fans.


      • I read somewhere that Welcome was the first Akki movie to get a Hit status in FI after Mohra. In other words none of his movies from 1995-2006 got a Hit verdict by Nahta 😉 He has come a long way since then.


  15. I guess people take offense mainly because they dont read these verdicts with proper perspective. Featuring in these lists means the movie has done good at the box office. Nahta’s ‘Coverage’ means Average at BO; his ‘Commission Earners’ are Above Average fares. Overflow means producer sharing profits beyond a point and these are basically ‘Hit’ films in common trade parlance. Nahta’s ‘A’ categories means the films have really done well, even though he starts by calling them Semi-Hits. That is why many commonly acknowledged superhit films are often found in this category.

    His Hits are actually Superhits in common knowledge and Superhits are Blockbusters and so on and so forth. His classifications are strict in this sense that his labels are one or two notches below whats generally accepted. Otherwise these are the best classifications available in the entire industry. Nothing comes close.

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    • Maybe Akshay fans will find solace if we reinterpret Nahta’s classification of his recent run into ‘common language’:

      1. Airlift – Hit
      2. Rustom – Hit
      3. Housefull 3 – Above Average
      4. Jolly LLB – Hit to Superhit
      5. Toilet Ek Prem Katha – Hit to Superhit
      6. 2.0 – Blockbuster
      7. Pad Man – Above Average
      8. Gold – Average
      9. Good Newwz – Blockbuster
      10. Mission Mangal – Blockbuster
      11. Kesari – Hit
      12. Housefull 4 – Above Average



      • By this logic War, KS & Uri are Mega BB’s while movie marvels like Ghajini are ATBB’s and 3I, Dangal etc are ATBB’s of historic proportions while HAHK, BB2 are ATBB’s to the power of infinity.


        • Yes, the likes of Uri, KS or Sanju are mega blockbusters. However, komal puts hahk, bb2 in the same category as ghajini, 3I and dangal – he calls them movie marvels or wonders. It means historic grossers.


        • Because Nahta has run short of vocabulary for HAHK, BB2, Sholay etc. Any novice would know these 3 along with Mughal e Azam are the greatest Hindi BB’s ever, well ahead of 3I & Dangal and surely ahead of Ghajini which is nothing more than a Super Hit in my books (So are KS and Uri while War is just a Hit).


      • Marcus/Shivaay
        By picking only Akshay’s movies you are.trying to make the wrong look right by suggesting I am picking Akshay’s movies differently. This kind of logic to score a silly point is quite common in social media space.

        Please look at my 2019 classification. One can use any classification but the movies that are clubbed together should have same classification.


        • Good Newwz is superhit and is widely accepted. Noone cares about other classifications.


    • And tracking Aamir’s career with the lens of FI:

      1. QSQT – Superhit to Blockbuster
      2. Dil – Superhit to Blockbuster
      3. DHKMN – Hit
      4. JJWS – Average to Above Average
      5. HHRPK – Hit to Superhit
      6. AAA – Average to Above Average
      7. Rangeela – Blockbuster
      8. AHAT – Average
      9. RH – Blockbuster to All Time Blockbuster
      10.Ishq – Hit to Superhit
      11.Ghulam – Hit
      12.Sarfarosh – Hit
      13.Lagaan – Hit to Superhit
      14.DCH – Average to Above Average
      15.RDB – Hit to Superhit
      16.Fanaa – Superhit
      17.TZP – Superhit
      18.Ghajini – All Time Blockbuster
      19.3I – All Time Blockbuster
      20.DG – Above Average
      21.Talaash – Hit to Superhit
      22.D3 – All Time Blockbuster
      23.PK – All Time Blockbuster
      24.Dangal – All Time Blockbuster
      25.SS – Superhit


      • DHKMN is Average, Ghulam/Sarfarosh are Semi Hits, Talaash is Semi Hit/Average, Rangeela is Super Hit, AAA is Below Average. Even I’m an Aamir fan but lets not do a Naveen here.


  16. The Hum box office was a hoax by Nahta. It was widely known back then that he was filrmly in Anil kapoor’s camp, probably being bribed by Boney Kapoor. He was making claims that Bachan had bought most of the tickets for Hum to bolster the collections. His BO classification merely reflects that claim, and not the collections reported.

    At the end of the day, the figures on Trade Guide and Film Information told another story. The film had a % occupancy of 100% almost all over in its first week. I had seen the collections of the film with my own eyes back then and they were humongous during its few weeks.

    Just goes on to show that Indian BO reporting never ever really was reliable. There were hidden agendas and camps.

    In the whole history of Bollywood, nothing has been more scandalous than the BO reporting of Devdas. There were unbelievable stunts to hide the truth and the classification given could beat any Papa Roshan calculator.

    Those who were following it back then would know about it. Is there any scan for 2002 in there? I would be intrigued to see that.

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    • BOI themselves had Devdas at BB (Overflow) or A (SemiHit) for a looong time. Unsurprisingly that was changed to Hit. It’s Net Total went from around 28-29 Cr initially to 41+ Cr currently 🙂


      • Kal Ho na Ho too is Semi hit. Still stands for me. Devdas upon release was nothing more than Commission for distributors (loser for few). Nahta elevated it to Overflow just like he elevated Ghajini to Super Duper despite Ghajini barely hitting overflow in some circuits, thanks to its record fetching price. War & S30 bo performance as well as audience acceptance proves HR would be much better off without Papa Roshan (whose anyways neither directed, nor produced a worthwhile film with him after KNPH & KMG). Comscore or Boxofficemojo is the kinda stuff Bollywood needs.


        • So Kal No Na No (a bona fide superhit) and Talaash (god knows what it was but definitely not a hit) both have same classification?
          Were ROI same?
          Please prove.


        • I had seen BO results of 2003 through both BOI and IBOS and Taran’s numbers. I had kept it as record for a long time just to prove to a friend how big a hit Baghban was.

          BOI have since the ‘manipulated’ the final numbers. If one has access to the original numbers, he may confirm. But there has been serious manipulation of final numbers since then!

          These were roughly as follows:

          1. KMG- 42cr (FI had it at 40cr)- Nahta claimed it had done half the business of Gadar (which was the benchmark back then).
          2. KHNH- 33cr
          3. The Hero- 25cr
          4. Munnabhai- 22cr
          5 Baghban-20cr (IBOS had it slightly higher than MBBS, but I think BOI were more accurate there)
          6. Chalte Chalte- 16cr

          KHNH was the 2nd highest grosser of the year. By contrast, Talaash was its year’s 9th or 10th (depending on SOS’s final figures where there was huge disagreement). That year’s highest grosser was ETT whose collections were twice that of Talaash.

          As good as Talaash was as a film and as much as I hate KHNH, it should not be in the same classification of Talaash. There is a lack of consistency somewhere, even if Nahta and FI in recent times have been quite reliable.


        • I think it is not as simple by just looking at final Nett or grosses…
          If my cost is X and revenue is Y then it simple deduction.
          I sell my movie to a distributor for Z which could be less than X or more than X.
          In old days exhibition was main source of revenue but nowadays you have other source of revenues.
          Additional complexity comes with Z being sold to different sub distributors..

          FI ratings are based on Z or subditributors cost and revenue..

          NETT cannot be used for classification because it contain exhibitors opportunity cost which is not part of cost anywhere.
          Distributor Share has to be used which flows back to people who have invested.

          LAK is classic example, movie has made more than cost of making for producers but it was sold high to distributors so it would be classified flop for distributors.

          Question is, is movie Hit or flop for distrutor, producer or target audience..


        • Target audience IMO. This is about expectations in long game. One can actually do both. An economic or business result plus a performance metric. Do I really care about former? The X, Y or Z doesn’t impact consumers at all.
          I would bet 95% of classifications can be determined by a trend. Take a multiple of sorts and it will work. The rest is so murky. In basic terms some kind of relationship between opening weekend to final nett is enough. Only in rare instances will it fail. X, Y and Z fails all the time it seems. Especially when those numbers are not known or disclosed. Netts are.


        • Economics and target audience are connected; I cannot invest 200 crore for a small audience.
          Also when I invest, I want to sell at certain price point. I think disconnect happens when buyer is buying based on factors like reputation, last movies, sequels which are no way related to quality of movie made. There are exceptions where bad movies could do well but extraneous factors decide distributor’s decisions.

          For audience, I think trending is a good metric. For producer, return of investment. For distributor, return of the invested money.


        • First sentence is so true. There will be a correlation.
          For controversial verdicts
          Dch- average
          Mangal Pandey- flop
          Talaash- average
          Khnh- Hit
          Ra.1- flop
          Devdas- Hit
          Gold- average
          Padman- average
          Tubelight, race3- flop
          Bharat- average

          Do we need many verdicts? Who picks up phone and says to aunty housefull 4 is overflow you should watch it? Utter nonsense.

          6 should cover everything, for common man to technical trade guy.


        • @Naveen : Talaash is Average in my books while KHNH which was nothing more than a metropolitan hit during release (a mega budget production at that) is a Semi Hit imo.

          @Munna : Audience verdict is the ultimate factor imo. Every movie has a production cost (market value) the the ratio of final nett : market value coupled with bo trending is good enough indication for an audience verdict. FI & Boi ratings are irrelevant for the audience at large. Based on nett : market value ratio & bo trend, my classifications for 2019 are as follows :

          SUPER HIT :

          1. Kabir Singh :

          All India nett : ₹ 276 Cr (Budget : ₹ 60 Cr)
          All India footfall : 2 Cr+

          2. Uri The Surgical Strike :

          All India nett : ₹ 244 Cr (Budget : ₹ 40 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1.8 Cr+

          HIT :

          1. War :

          All India nett : ₹ 306 Cr including dubbed (₹ 294 Cr Hindi) (Budget : ₹ 180 Cr)
          All India footfall : 2 – 2.5 Cr

          2. Good Newz :

          All India nett : ₹ – Cr
          All India footfall : – Cr+

          3. Mission Mangal :

          All India nett : ₹ 195 Cr (Budget : ₹ 75 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1.4 Cr+

          4. Chhichhore :

          All India nett : ₹ 148 Cr (Budget : ₹ 40 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1 Cr+

          5. Dream Girl :

          All India nett : ₹ 138 Cr (Budget : ₹ 32 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1 Cr+

          6. Bala :

          All India nett : ₹ 112 Cr (Budget : ₹ 35 Cr)
          All India footfall : 80 Lakh+

          SEMI HIT :

          1. Housefull 4 :

          All India nett : ₹ 203 Cr (Budget : ₹ 140 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1.5 Cr+

          2. Badla :

          All India nett : ₹ 87 Cr (Budget : ₹ 30 Cr)
          All India footfall : 60 Lakh+

          3. Luka Chuppi :

          All India nett : ₹ 87 Cr (Budget : ₹ 30 Cr)
          All India footfall : 60 Lakh+

          4. Pati Patni Aur Woh :

          All India nett : ₹ 81 Cr (Budget : ₹ 36 Cr)
          All India footfall : 50 Lakh+

          AVERAGE :

          1. Saaho :

          All India nett : ₹ 303 Cr All Versions (₹ 150 Cr Hindi) (Budget : ₹ 300 Cr)
          All India footfall : 2 – 2.5 Cr

          2. Kesari :

          All India nett : ₹ 152 Cr (Budget : ₹ 100 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1 – 1.25 Cr

          3. Total Dhamaal :

          All India nett : ₹ 150 Cr (Budget : ₹ 100 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1 – 1.25 Cr

          4. Super 30 :

          All India nett : ₹ 147 Cr (Budget : ₹ 100 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1 Cr+

          5. Gully Boy :

          All India nett : ₹ 134 Cr (Budget : ₹ 80 Cr)
          All India footfall : 90 Lakh+

          6. Batla House :

          All India nett : ₹ 88 Cr (Budget : ₹ 50 Cr)
          All India footfall : 60 Lakh+

          7. Article 15 :

          All India nett : ₹ 63 Cr (Budget : ₹ 30 Cr)
          All India footfall : 40 Lakh+

          8. Mardaani 2 :

          All India nett : ₹ 45 Cr (Budget : ₹ 25 Cr)
          All India footfall : 30 Lakh+

          9. The Tashkent Files :

          All India nett : ₹ 16 Cr (Budget : ₹ 8 Cr)
          All India footfall : 10 Lakh+

          BELOW AVERAGE :

          1. Bharat :

          All India nett : ₹ 196 Cr (Budget : ₹ 175 Cr)
          All India footfall : 1.4 Cr+

          2. De De Pyaar De :

          All India nett : ₹ 93 Cr (Budget : ₹ 75 Cr)
          All India footfall : 60 lakh+

          3. Marjaavan :

          All India nett : ₹ 46 Cr (Budget : ₹ 32 Cr)
          All India footfall : 30 Lakh+

          4. Commando 3 :

          All India nett : ₹ 33 Cr (Budget : ₹ 25 Cr)
          All India footfall : 20 Lakh+

          Footfalls are vague estimates. No attempt to manipulate to the last decimal like BOI.


    • Nahta’s dumbed down media commentary is another joke. But FI classifications make more sense than anything else out there. Devdas was overflow or commission earner.


  17. DHKMN is an interesting one. I remember I had an argument once over Sunny Deol’s BO record in the 90s when I claimed that Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Narsimha and Henna’s box office were at par. I had seen the collections and Narsimha’s and DHKKN’s collections at the time of release were at par while Henna’s was slightly inferior in some circuits. Henna obtained Tax exemptions in some circuits. Narsimha had started off at 95% in Mumbai and Delhi-UP.

    But the perception in some quarters is that DHKMN and Henna were hits while Narsimha was less than that. Sunny Deol’s movies were quite strong in the 90s. Ziddi for e.g. was much bigger in reality than perception-wise right now. Nahta’s classification also shows that.

    When a star fades, his success looks lesser. One can also see many films with Aamir, Salman and Akshay or SRK were not as strong in the 90s as it looks perception-wise these days.


  18. The classification criteria is fine. in clubbing few movies in categories which are different from their box office performance.
    The search for a reasonable accurate BO source continues for classification.

    The course that give the numbers fairly correctly does the classification wrong.
    The one that get the numbers wrong, do the classifications right.


  19. I reject F1 classifications of recent years.

    As I have been saying we have different credible sources for Box office

    Box office numbers – BOI 95% right, Producers/Taran 90% right, Komal 85% right

    Classifications – Taran 90% right, Komal/F1 85% right, BOI 70% right

    Overall Taran remains the undisputed expert when it comes to what is most acceptable by industry, filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors.

    Till 90s Komal used to lead. But he lost way somewhere. He is getting back now.


  20. Here is the right classification for MM.


    • Have shared the classification by Taran for War and Bharat above where I have given my classification for 2019 movies. Makes my classification par excellence vis a vis F1.

      F1 can call War a Super Duper HIT but then have to classify all movies where ROI is same as Super Duper HIT. So Mission Mangal also becomes a Super Duper HIT. They have wrongly given it a notch lower. I am exposing the incorrectness here.

      Ignoring Bharat to not consider it to be even in average status is crime. It is HIT according to my classification and would qualify to be at least a Commission earner here though Semi Hit would be deserving.

      Kesari, Housefull 4 have also been given absurd classification.


    • Are these classifications from Film Information or Trade Guide? Never seen scans of TG classifications. I wish they were available too.


      • FI, TG and BOI, they all have changed methodology and classifications over years and decades. None of them are accurate or consistent and surely not reliable, although FI might be the closest to consistency despite discrepencies.


        • In India, there is lack of transparency in BO figures and Distributor Prices per territory. So just like BO numbers need to be taken with a pinch of salt, so do verdicts. I usually prefer Taran for numbers and Komal for verdicts. BOI is also serves as a reference.


    • @Munna – Where did you get these complete TG classicifications for 2001? The link you have posted has only hal-year verdicts; but you have posted full year. What is your source?


      • My mistake…I edited my comment couple of days back when I encountered this link.

        Trade Guide verdicts for 2001


        A11 (Super-Duper Hit)

        Gadar (Historic in Delhi, U.P., Punjab)

        A1 (Super Hit)

        Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (‘A11’ in Mumbai, South, Overseas)
        Lagaan (‘A11’ in Mumbai, South, Overseas)

        A (Hit)

        Chandni Bar (Mumbai, South)
        Dil Chahta Hai (Mumbai, South, Overseas only)

        Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai

        Jodi No. 1 (better in Mumbai, Delhi, U.P.)
        The Mummy Returns (dub.)

        +B (Overflow)

        Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (‘A’ in Mumbai, South)

        Chhupa Rustam (‘A’ in Bihar; Commission Earner to Overflow in some territories)

        Indian (‘A’ in Delhi, U.P., Punjab)

        Kasoor (Mumbai, South)

        Ek Rishtaa (Mumbai, Delhi, U.P., Rajasthan)

        Tum Bin

        Good B (Commission to Overflow)

        Ajnabee (Mumbai, South)

        Albela (Mumbai, Delhi, U.P.)

        Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (Mumbai)

        Farz (North India)

        Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (Mumbai)

        Monsoon Wedding (dub.; Mumbai, Delhi, U.P.)


        B (Coverage to Commission)

        Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein


        Releases: 219
        Hit to Average Films: 21 (9.59%)

        Losers: 198 (90.41%)


        • Inconsistent verdicts. Even Boi has more consistency than TG. K3G is a HIT as per FI & so is Mujhe Kuch.. Lagaan is Semi Hit and DCH is a commission. Someone needs to dig NG archives.


        • Some NG member made up those verdicts and called them FI verdicts. We dont know FI’s verdicts for Lagaan or DCH for sure.

          I have told Munna previously to remove those made-up verdicts for 2000-2006.


      • Great! Thanks for the link.


  21. @Munna – Here is complete classification for 1999:


  22. This thread is now in sidebar for easy access.


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  24. Added 1985 – Thanks to Shiv Shetty at Boxoffice Expert; He comments here with a different screen name.


    (Total 125 films, including 29 dubbed films)

    Movie Marvel Of The Year
    AA (Super Hit)

    A1 (Hit)
    AGNI SAKSHI (‘AAA‘ in Maharashtra)

    A (Semi-Hit)
    GHATAK (‘BB‘ in Eastern Circuit)
    JEET (‘B1‘ in Eastern Circuit)

    BB (Overflow)
    Hindustani (dubbed; ‘AAA‘ in Maharashtra, losing in Rajasthan)
    Jaan (‘A‘ in Delhi-U.P. & East Punjab)
    Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi

    Commission To Overflow
    Masoom (‘A‘ in Maharashtra)
    Diljale (losing in some circuits)
    Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat (losing in some circuits; ‘BB‘ in Bihar & C.P. Berar)
    Tere Mere Sapne (‘A‘ in Bombay & losing in Eastern Circuit)
    Fareb (‘A‘ in Maharashtra)

    B1 (Commission Earner)
    Antim Yudh (dubbed; ‘BB‘ in South)

    Coverage To Commission
    Ek Bandar Hotel Ke Andar (dubbed)
    Mission: Impossible (dubbed)
    Mita Doonga Naam-O-Nishan (dubbed)

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  26. Just going through this thread….**Edited**.

    Classification of 2019 movies had several flaws and what Taran gave was most consistent.


    • Kesari, HF4 are not successful beyond their Average status. Fact it is. Taran’s only capable of a copy paste job from boi.


      • I dont think its fair to call Kesari or HF4 as averages. Komal has HF4 as Commission Earner, which is above average in common language. Kesari is overflow, which is as good as a minor hit. Nothing wrong in 2019 FI classifications – its the best and most consistent verdicts given for that year.


    • 1990 Film Information Verdict

      Dil, Ghayal

      Aaj Ka Arjun, Aashiqui

      Semi Hit

      Kishen Kanhaiya, Thanedaar, Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri

      Commission Earner
      Ghar Ho Toh Aisa,Swarg, Shiva, Police Public, Pratibandh

      Coverage To Commission
      Izzatdaar, Veeru Dada

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      • Thanks a bunch! Whats the source, if u dont mind?


      • Also, do u have FI verdicts for 1992 and 1993?


        • Aankhen was Super Duper and Khal Nayak was Super Hit in 1993 while Baazigar and Darr were Hits. Not sure about the rest.


        • The big hits are obvious, but i am more interested in the verdicts given to smaller ones like Deewana, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, JJWS, HHRPK, etc … like its good to know that salman’s second film Baaghi was. Semi-hit.


        • Deewana – Hit, JJWS – Commission, HHRPK was overflow.


        • Deewana was a Hit by FI? Good to know.
          Seen HHRPK to a Semi-Hit somewhere, not sure.


        • Yes Deewana was a Hit and HHRPK was semi hit. Check BOIs 2003-04 archives for more FI verdicts (before boi went into manipulation mode).


        • Even those archives are consistent with FI classifications. BOI had always twisted verdicts based on their star preferences. These days the bias is more pronounced.


        • For example, BOI previous classification of DHKMN was ‘Average’. I was under the impression that it was a commission earner in FI terms. However, when i finally saw FI 1991 scan, DHKMN was actually in overflow category.

          Similarly prev BOI classification had JJWS also as ‘Average’. I am really interested to know the actual FI classification for JJWS – was it actually commission earner or overflow? Not that it matters much, given the extraordinary shelf-life of that particular film. However, BOI had systematically downgraded Aamir’s films before Ghajini happened, and since then they have been slowly in self-correction mode.

          HHRPK was semi-hit by FI classification, i think i have seen that in Yakuza’s blog sometime back.


  27. 15 years of Ranbir Kapoor (2007-2021) from FI lens:

    1. Bachna Ae Haseeno – Commission Earner
    2. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani – Commission Earner
    3. Raajneeti – Overflow
    4. Barfi – Hit
    5. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Superhit
    6. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Semi-Hit
    7. Sanju – SuperDuperHit

    Must say that the Shehzaada falls short quite a bit of what the Khans individually achieved in their first 15 years in the industry.


    • He is nowhere near even Roshan, forget Khans.


      • True, Roshan has done better than this in his first 15 years (2000-2014).


        • Super Duper – KNPH, Krrish, Dhoom 2, War

          Hit – KMG, Agneepath, Krrish 3, Super 30.

          I’d wanna know if Akshay or Ajay have anything close.


        • I think K3G was also Hit or Superhit (not sure) as per FI. He also has some commission earners in Fiza, MK, JA, ZNMD and BB.

          An impressive BO record overall.


        • ZNMD is a surprise. I expected that to be higher.


        • Most excel films are commission earners as they cater well to niche multiplex audience, but are usually made with handsome budgets featuring foreign locales. Be it DCH, Don, Don 2 or ZNMD. Only their films shot in India with a controlled budget has got higher verdicts, like Talaash is a semi-hit.


    • 1992 Film information


      Shola Aur Shabnam

      Semi Hit
      Bol Radha Bol


      Commission Earner
      Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar
      Police officer

      Coverage To Commission Earner
      Khuda Gawah


  28. Since we are missing FI scans for 2013 and 2014, here are Koimoi verdicts for these 2 years:

    2013 –


  29. Another missing year substitute:
    2015 –


  30. 1992 Film information


    Shola Aur Shabnam

    Semi Hit
    Bol Radha Bol


    Commission Earner
    Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar
    Police officer

    Coverage To Commission Earner
    Khuda Gawah


  31. 1993

    Super Duper Hit


    Phool Aur Angaar

    Semi Hit
    Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke


    Commission Earner

    Coverage To Commission


    • Thanks again. I have been looking for the FI verdicts for 92, 93 for sometime now.

      Great to have you here!

      @Munna – I think we can add the classifications for 90, 92 and 93 as provided by GAMER RSK to the main post.


    • @Gamer RKS – Do you have FI verdicts for recent years like 2013, 2014 and 2015? We are missing those too.


  32. Aman Basha Says:

    1997 complete classification as per Rediff (with prices, profits and losses0:

    Super-Duper Hit

    Super Hit
    Dil Toh Pagal Hai
    Pardes (?)

    Yes Boss
    Hero No 1
    Chachi 420

    Also Ran (whatever it’s supposed to mean)
    Deewana Mastana
    Mr and Mrs Khiladi


    • Pardes ,deewana mastana and ishq were overflow
      Virasat was semi hit
      Border was just superhit


    • Aman, Rediff and TG also used to talk in terms of overflow and commission earners but their verdicts wud be different from FI. We have the rediff verdicts for year 97 and 99 in this thread, but we are missing the FI classifications. I am hoping that Gamer Rsk can dill these gaps too if he has these years too. In that case our nineties classifications wud be complete.

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      • If anyone can contact Yakuza aka YakuzaZoomin, he’s got the data for the 70s and 80s.


        • First the letters arrived: “Warning No.l: if you release Shahenshah we will set your cinema on fire.” Then, a telephone call: “You did not heed our warning, now face the consequences.” So on February 12, when Shahenshah was finally released, 250 cinema owners across the country had protected themselves against the threat with truck-loads of Sten gun-wielding policemen.

          What came instead was a human tidal wave. The advance booking for Amitabh Bachchan’s controversial come-back film shattered all records and in some cases, the windows of booking counters. In Shiela cinema, in the heart of Delhi, a crowd of 20,000 people began collecting from 9 a.m. onwards for the first show. “It was larger than anything anyone can remember. Twenty, thirty times larger,” said the owner, Ajay Kaushish.

          Never perhaps has there been so much anticipation before a film. On one hand, youth wings of several opposition parties had sworn they would not let the film be released as they considered Amitabh a symbol of corruption. On the other hand, the film industry itself was nervous enough. Would the film survive the threats – and the expectations? As a safety measure, director Tinnu Anand crossed his fingers and released Shahenshah simultaneously across the country. Oddly, Amitabh, at the last minute, got rid of his Bombay territory rights which he had held on to for so long.

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        • Yakuza had TG’s verdicts for Amitabh and Khanna’s films through 70s and 80s. I dont think he has yearly verdicts of all movies through those decades. But thanks to GAMER RSK, we have the entire nineties data here in this thread. This is fantastic!


  33. Does anyone know the verdict of Amitabh’s Agneepath?


    • Fact: The film was inspired by the life of Mumbai don Varadarajan Mudaliar and gangster Manya Surve. Bachchan modelled his mannerisms and voice on Surve for his character.

      Upon release the film received polarized reviews.

      Film Trade Analyst Komal Nahta wrote about Bachchan’s voice: “But the biggest undoing of the film is Amitabh Bachchan’s voice. He has spoken the dialogue in a different voice (similar to what Marlon Brando did in The Godfather) which will not be accepted by the audience. Further the mixing not being clear, his dialogues are incomprehensible at places.” He further wrote that the film lacked a gripping drama, well-set script, and that even the murder scenes lacked excitement.’s review of Agneepath suggested that perhaps, the grim, violent, aggressive, and dark portrayal of the underbelly of Bombay’s underworld had worked against the film.

      However, the perception of the film changed gradually over the years. Karan Johar recounts in an interview how younger city-based audiences thought it was a cool film. The movie’s review in, mentioned that: “Agneepath, despite its amplified sentimentality, strong language and violence works on account of this very dynamism. ”

      The film, despite being the 4th highest-grosser of 1990, had collections way below its high budget, and thus, the film was unsuccessful at the box-office.


      • This is exactly why trade analysts SHOULDN’T be allowed to commit the sin of reviewing a movie. The review by Nahta is so laughable that it is an insult to even exercise the jaws a bit. AB’s voice is perfectly clear. And more than VM as inspiration, calling the spade a spade, SCARFACE is a heavy, heavy influencer for Agneepath. Mudaliar doesn’t even come close to Scarface, and by that, I also mean Mithun’s character playing the alter-ego.

        The only thing I agree with him on is that it was too dark a film for its time, what with Aamir, Juhi, and Bhai capturing the youth with their youth…

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      • Komal Nahta was widely known to be on the payroll of Boney Kapoor back then. There was some rivalry between the Anil Kapoor camp and Bachan back then. Boney Kapoor was hell-bent to project Anil Kapoor as the new No.1 and Anil Kapoor played the game along.

        Agneepath did not do well at the BO and Kishan Kanhaiyya was a hit. Both films came simultaneously.

        BO reporting was polarised with Taran Adarsh’s Trade Guide and Nahta’s Film Information. Taran was said to be neutral. Boney and Nahta claimed he was in Bachan’s camp. Nahta was widely known to be in Anil Kapoo’s camp.

        The Boney Kapoor PR propaganda was in full swing back then. You can see it in the review of Agneepath. It is one thing that the audience did not like Bachan’s voice back then. But claiming that the film is dull and the action lacks punch tells it all. The film boasts of powerful scene after powerful scene. That fight in the slums when Bachan kills Deepak Shirke still gives goosebumps.

        But the Boney Kapoor victory was short-lived. It culminated in Nahta claiming that Bachan was buying tickets when Hum released with a bang and Anil Kapoor films started underperforming.

        The collections given by Nahta in FI for Hum are an embarassment. They were akin to collections of Jaadugar!

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        • Yes, Hum has downplayed by FI. They have it at Commission Earner while TG had it as Hit. But usually there is a notch difference between TG and FI verdicts, but even after accounting for that Hum shud have been at least Overflow in FI classifications.

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        • Oh they tried to pit each and every actor against AB; even the likes of Raj Babbar!!! Even Raj must have been like, ‘Kya kar rahe ho yaar’!

          Jackie, Anil, Baba, all tried and got tired of his stories. Jhackass then moved on to trying to be a Hassan by trying to imitate him through Swati Muthyam and Thevar Magan…

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        • The issue with Hum was not merely with the verdict. The collections reported by Nahta was indeed shameful. He reported a first week average occupancy of 88% when films like Toofan opened better than that. Aaj ka Arjun opened on an average of 98% in Mumbai despite it being a rural film! Khuda Gawah opened at 92% on average.

          As per Trade guide, Hum opened at around 100% all over and was above 90% all over in the 2nd week. It reflected the huge pre-release buzz and post-release craze for the film. I don’t know about tags like hit or anything else given but it was as good as you could get BO-wise on those days.The opening figures given by Nahta reflected deals like Jaadugar and Insaaniyat and were so far from reality.

          And openly putting in claims that Bachan had bought all the tickets was downright ridiculous. He went on to later claim that Insaaniyat had debuted quite well only because people were eager to watch the trailer of Anjaam that was being showed before the show. So, people were flogging to the theatres and paying tickets merely to watch a 2 mins trailer of a future flop film!

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        • @Rahul apart from the ridiculous claims that AB bought tickets – BTW I haven’t heard about this claim at all; I understand AB is poor with business, but not so piss-poor that he would let everybody get a clue that he bought the tickets!! Weird statements were made … and it was wise to ignore them then, and now of course more than ever…

          As far as i remember, it was THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA that used to carry just a page on Hindi films and they reported with honesty how humongous HUM was – and they did it inspite of that fact that Pritish Nandy carried a cover-piece on AB named ‘FINISHED.’ Of course, the irony of the whole situation was that a ‘finished’ AB still merited a 10 pp in a national magazine…

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        • @An Jo- It practically was an open war between Nahta and Taran in the written press at that time. But it was Nahta making all the tall claims:

          1. By claiming Taran was biased towards Bachan
          2. By claiming that Bachan had bought tickets
          3. By then putting forward his ridiculously low numbers.

          But the written press were wise enough to allude to Nahta’s agenda linked with Boney Kapoor’s propaganda machinery.

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        • Your comments wrt to Nahta and TA are very insightful! What a joke box office reporting was, is and still is!

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      • Thanks Rahul for these insights. Brilliant.
        Growing up never knew the names of any critics.
        HUM –
        I only remember the long queue, my elder brother told me about, which was there on the day advance opened. One had to be there for 3 hours to get a ticket.
        Black market was rampant and price quoted were unheard then.
        In Cibaca Sangeet Mala, Jumma Chumma was banned. Hence Amin Sayani would always say in his mesmerising voice, waise to pure India mein No 1 song kuch aur hai…lekin banned hone ki wajah se…eis maar ka no 1 song hai…..
        He said it for straight 16 weeks. Hum was during the time when Rajini was a BIG star, like what Vijay/Prabhas is now and Govinda was also at the level of what Tiger Shroff is now.

        But public only wanted to See Amitabh. Amitabh. Amitabh.

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    • Amitabh’s Agneepath didnt even make it to Coverage category of FI. Was sold for v high price.


      • No. It was a coverage to commission affair. Nahta was intentionally providing false verdicts to downplay trade guide back then. Agneepath was average, Hum was a Hit and Khuda Gawah was Semi hit.

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        • When a star is fading out there are usually strong propaganda at play from both sides regarding the last few successes. Look at BOI’s verdicts of the likes of CE, HNY and Dilwale …


        • The thing about AB is he never fades out. Has INR billion riding on him even at 80!

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        • But he did fade out and then started a second innings. No point in denying that.


        • Was a voluntary hiatus. The only time he flopped was 1996-99.

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        • After 86 there was not much happening except Shahenshah and Aaj Ka Arjun. There definitely was a fade out and then a break. Even after he came back it took a while to get to Mohabbatein.


        • Shehenshah, Aaj ka Arjun were record initials and hits. Hum was a hit and second highest of 1991. Khuda Gawah was a semi hit, Agneepath was average. All the way upto 1992 after which he took a hiatus till 96.

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        • Other side of the same story:

          Shahenshah, Aaj Ka Arjun – Hits (not Super Hits)
          Hum – Commission Earner
          Khuda Gawah – Coverage
          Agneepath – Flop

          This side of the story depicts a fade compared to his heydays (1973-86) IMO.


        • There was a leaner period for AB around the time of Toofan, Jaadugar and GJS. However, Aak Ka Arjun and Hum did very well and Khuda Gawah did moderately well.

          Even for flops like Ajooba, Amitabh charged the territoy of Delhi-UP as his fee and you had to see those figures. It would beat almost any film there. However, the standards and costs were on another level.

          As for Hum, if one calls it a commissioner earner, then I remember some trade expert calling Ghajini an overflow or something like that and that is a ridiculous claim. Because those collections were huge.

          It is like saying that War is a smaller success than Bala, for instance in 2019. Of course, it may be the case. But we also know about the magnitude in terms of difference in collections. Those collections of Hum were absolutely humongous and much bigger than a superhit like Sanam Bewafa, for example.

          If Bachan had a lean phase, it was at the afore-mentioned phase and it coincided with a period when he was into politics and the BOFORS issue. Toofan started well at least but GJS and Jaadugar did not at all. And he was not having a good press at that time as he had practically put an embargo on them. But even after that phase Agneepath remained an event film, by far the most awaited film of that year. AKA put things right after that, and maybe still is producer KC Bokadia’s biggest feat ever.

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        • Hum collections maybe better than Sanam Bewafa, but the differential between the distribution prices of the two are more humongous. And Hum collections were not all time record grossing that it compares to Ghaijini. I dont think your argument stands. Yes, as a mark of his superstardom his films like Agneepath and Hum were still being sold huge prices (like Salman’s films at present). But when the star is in fading phase, such distribution prices act as deterrents and films flop or are commission earners despite moderate grosses. No rocket science here.


        • Aman Basha Says:

          Both Hum and Aaj Ka Arjun are given Hit status by the BOI archives, how is there such a difference between two magazines. Rahul’s explanation about Komal Nahta’s corruption makes sense in this context. If we could find some older articles about Nahta’s link with Boney, it’d make more sense.

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    • I think Agneepath was B, there was this list where it showed he had 10 flops or so between 73 till Khuda Gawah. Sure that Agneepath was not one of them.

      I’d be quite surprised if Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman is a flop, wouldn’t make sense why they’d team up for Yes Boss again.


      • According to TG Agneepath maybe Coverage. Same goes for RBGG. FI is stricter in the sense it does not list losing fares like these. If i am not mistaken, Aamir’s MP also did not make it to FI’s 2005 list although being Below Average.


      • TG classifications are more lenient. Case in point, here is TG verdicts for 2001 below. If you compare with FI, Lagaan is Suerhit by TG but Semihit by FI.

        2001 Trade Guide Verdicts

        A11 (Super-Duper Hit): Gadar (Historic in Delhi, U.P. and Punjab)

        A1 (Super Hit): Lagaan (‘A11’ in Mumbai and South India)

        A (Hit): Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, Jodi No.1 (better in Mumbai, Delhi and U.P.)

        BB (Overflow): Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (‘A’ in Mumbai and South India), Chhupa Rustam (‘A’ in Bihar; Commission Earner to Overflow in some territories), Kasoor (in Mumbai and South India), Ek Rishtaa (in Delhi and U.P., Rajasthan and Mumbai)

        B (Commission Earner to Overflow): Albela (in Mumbai, Delhi and U.P.), Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (Mumbai), Farz (North India), Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (Mumbai)


      • Rbgg, adharm and agneepath were clean flops according to komal nahta
        Don’t go by yakuza he even call some commission earner like abhimaan kasauti chupke chupke Khoon pasina as clean hits

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        • Abhimaan and Chupke Chupke were not hits? Has the definition changed over the years? What was a ‘commision earner’ back then? And what is it now? Since clearly, when it comes to modern-day ‘superstars’ there are factor of safeties thrown in like IPL, too much TV, OTT, etc., etc., where as actors then had it easy since it was either cinema on the screens or BBC cricket on the radio…

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          Abhimaan and Chupke Chupke were both hits as per Trade Guide. Kasauti was break even/average per the same.

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        • Abhimaan and chupke chupke were just successes not clean hit and i was born in 80s so don’t know about 70s my dad said that chupke chupke only did well on bombay

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        • Abhimaan and Chupke Chupke wud perhaps be in Overflow category as per FI (not sure). These 2 were metro-centric Hits as far as I have heard.

          Wud be interesting to see how many clean Hits AB has in his first innings as per FI terminology? As per TG’s lenient verdicts he has 34.


        • Hey dude how can i post on satyamshot (gamerrsk)


        • Admin is missing in action; I don’t have rights to make you poster.

          if you want a new thread, Please post your content as comment.


        • Fact : Deewaar and Trishul that were tagged super hits back then recorded higher footfall than the ATBBs like 3Idiots, pk & bajrangi.

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        • @Marcus : Abhimaan was before AB got fame and Chupke Chupke had him in a supporting role. Both were the legend Hrishi da s films for whom even superstars like Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and AB used to act for half their fee. Such was the status of the great man. Abhimaan was A and Chupke Chupke was an A1.

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        • According to TG they’re A hits, but not sure FI wud give them same status. Btw, according to TG he had 8 blockbusters in his first innings.


        • AAA, Muqaddar and Coolie are ATBBs. Sholay is beyond a classification.

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        • TG has these 8 as Blockbusters:

          Amar Akbar Anthony
          Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

          What are they missing, if any?


        • Where does DON figure?


        • Don and Mard are Super Hits as per TG.


        • That’s coz the term ATBB didn’t exist back then. Else do you really think Sholay or even Muqaddar would be anything less? MKS is a bigger hit than DDLJ & Gadar.

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      • RBG was average and did quite welll in Mumbai. Not a flop by any means. Even Chamatkar did moderately well.

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        • Yes, sure, but only by BOI’s twisted take on reality.


        • Aman Basha Says:

          If Oh Darling Yeh Hai India, Chaahat and Army can be coverage films, then RBGG and Chamatkar must have done well.


        • Tum mere ho, love love love, afsana pyar ka were also averages and did moderately well. But they didnt make the cut as per FI’s strict verdicts. Same goes for Baazi, Mann or MP.


        • Tum Mere Ho, believe me, made decent money. APK, LLL and Baazi did not. They did not work at all. Mann was sold at high prices and failed to recover those. But MP is not a flop.

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        • All these films are basically in the borderline of recovery. TG includes them in ‘B’ Coverage category, but FI ignores them. Its the criteria they follow respectively.

          Also its not just about grosses, the price is the key here.


        • Aman Basha Says:

          Rahul’s right about the following films, even BOI pre 2005 archive corroborate this.


        • You are expecting TG like verdicts from FI when it comes to Amitabh’s films. The problem is till date u have only seen TG verdicts for AB films as FI data was not available. So ur expectations are not inline. You also believe BOI archives are FI classifications, but its not the case. BOI archives are grossly manipulated ones.

          Nothing is perfect, but FI from what i hv seen is most consistent, next comes TG but their data is hardly available online. BOI archives or present are the worse and carers mainly to SRK fandom.


        • The reason is technical. The films have to break even in all territories to be in Coverage status of FI. TG and BOI archives were more lenient with their Below Average category where they ignore losses in some circuits.


        • It’s pan India share vs cost for FI. Not every individual circuit. ZNMD, Don 2, Talaash and even Airlift made losses in mass circuits yet are all successful as FI due to overall plus pan India share.


        • It has the pre-requisite of recovery in all circuits and then share vs cost. Its a bull idea that excel films make losses, they dont sell at high prices in mass circuits in the first place.


        • Komal has himself clarified this in 2010 when he wrote for Koimoi. And don’t believe his verdicts blindly.


        • @Shivaay – You are expecting TG like verdicts from FI when it comes to Amitabh’s films. The problem is till date u have only seen TG verdicts for AB films as FI data was not available. So ur expectations are not inline. You also believe BOI archives are FI classifications, but its not the case. BOI archives are grossly manipulated ones.

          Nothing is perfect, but FI from what i hv seen is most consistent, next comes TG but their data is hardly available online. BOI archives or present are the worse and carers mainly to SRK fandom.


  34. From Yakuza’s BLAST FROM THE PAST…some interesting information…


  35. @Munna – I have collected all the FI verdicts together from 1990-1999 here. You can put it in the main post (or a separate post) for better visibility.

    created post

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    • We are missing 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the last decade. I was hoping GAMER RSK will be able to fill that gap too…


  36. DON is another Amitabh Bachchan BLOCKBUSTER from 1978. Due to Chandra Barot’s low profile as director the movie fetched far lower prices than most Prakash Mehra/Manmohan Desai/YRF films in major circuits of Mumbai, Delhi/UP and even Mysore. With a net collection in excess of 5 Cr and a share of over 3 Cr, the film was the second biggest hit of 1978 after Muqaddar and the third highest grosser after MKS and Trishul. Only an AB could sell over 25 million tickets with a rank newcomer director in a year when he already had the top 2 biggest BBs (one of them being an ATBB).

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    • that is like ’83 being the 2nd highest Bollywood grosser of 2021 after Sorryvanshi and being declared a Blockbuster on that accord. Hum also had a huge budget. So collections maybe huge for those days but were they economically beneficial to all the stakeholders involved?


      • Are you comparing last year’s BO to 1991? There was hardly any theatrical release last year and using that as a comparison?? I give up.

        I talked about the Komal Nahta agenda against Hum here and people here backed it with evidence. You know, even Boney Kapoor joined in back then openly to claim that Hum is a flop. Those figures given by that camp were shameless.

        I saw Hum’s collections with my own eyes and believe me, they were huge.

        Unfortunately, I don’t have scans or copies 30 years on. But I know what I saw with my own eyes and it’s not BOI or anyone using secondary sources with hindsight or approximation or then Nahta’s corrupted agenda who are going to change my mind. |I believe what I saw with my own eye.

        When a film starts at 100% average occupancy all over, when you have Trade Guide putting ‘record’ in bracket after so many centres collections, and when you look at those figures, nothing else matters.

        A more apt comparison in terms of purely in terms of costs and BO tags (not in terms of humungousness) would be War and Bala as I said. Maybe Bala is declared a bigger hit in 2019 due to lower costs, but we know the difference in terms of magnitude of figures. They are huge. There was such a difference between a superhit like Sanam Bewafa and Hum during those times. And Salman was no Ayushman Khurana. He was the Hrithik Roshan of 2000 kind-of-craze right after MPK.

        Now, imagine if there was a HR superhit in 2001 and another film making collections twice or even more than three times that in certain centres. That was Hum. I saw the difference in collections. Overflow or Commisioner Earner? Tell Nahta to go to hell with Boney’s bribe money. No wonder, he was the one journalist Boney Kapoor contacted to give account of Sridevi’s death in Dubai. That account looked like a pitiful whitewashing exercise rather than anything else.

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  38. 2003 FILM INFORMATION Verdicts (Half-Year)

    AAA (Super-Duper Hit)-

    AA (Super Hit)-

    A1 (Hit)-

    A (Semi Hit)-Chalte Chalte

    BB (Overflow) -Ishq Vishq
    -Tujhe Meri Kasam

    B1 (Commission)-Khwahish
    -Chota Jadugar


    • GAMER RSK – Do you have the FI verdicts for 2003 year end?


      • Hit – Koi mil Gaya
        Semi – Baghban, munnabhai
        Overflow – Kal ho na ho, Qayamat
        Commission – Tere naam.


        • KHNH was overflow? Dont think so. Whats your source?


        • Hit – Koi Mil Gaya
          Semi Hit – Baghban, Andaz
          Overflow – Kal Ho Na Ho, Chalte Chalte, Khwaish
          Commission To Overflow – Tere Naam, Qayamat, Hungama, Ishq Vishk, GangaJal
          Commission Earner – Jism, Bhoot
          Coverage To Commission Kashmir – Munna Bhai MBBS
          Coverage – Janasheen


        • Thanks for the 2003 FI classifications! What was Devdas’s verdict in 2002? Was it Overflow or Semi Hit?


        • Overflow


        • @Heman – Why is ur full year classification for 2003 not matching with the above half-yearly classifications of 2003?


        • Old Boi had Devdas at BB, which is commission earner from FI. You mean to say BOI gave lower verdict to Devdas than FI? Not possible given their preferences.


        • Also first munnabhai wud not be above commission earner. Maybe coverage to commission.


        • KHNH is overflow, so is Devdas and Munnabhai is commission but later changed to semi hit after 2+ months of extended run in Mumbai. Now don’t ask me for sources. Dig them up if you wish.


        • You are again passing old BOI verdicts as FI ones, when they are obviously not matching for available data. Whats the point on digging them up?

          Also, u need to dig up what old Boi verdicts stand for (as published by themselves) and compare them with FI terminology as the ratio of share vs price:

          BOI code – FI verdict – Share %

          AAA – Super Duper Hit – share is 300+% of the cost
          A11 – Super Hit (200+ %)
          A1 – Hit (125-200%)
          AA – Semi Hit (100-125%)
          A – Overflow (50-100%)
          BB – Commission Earner (25-50%)
          B1 – Coverage (upto 25%)
          B – Losing (Coverage in some circuits but flop in others)

          If anyone understands FI verdicts, then they can see the obvious difference between BOI. Thats irrespective of dirty laundry gossip of how BOI came into being …


        • FI code – FI verdict – Share %

          AAA – Super Duper Hit – share is 300+% of the cost
          A1 – Super Hit (200+ %)
          AA – Hit (125-200%)
          A – Semi Hit (100-125%)
          BB – Overflow (50-100%)
          B1 – Commission Earner (25-50%)
          B – Coverage (upto 25%)


        • In old BOI archives, A is actually Overflow, BB is Commission, B1 is Coverage and B is Losing.

          Even with this self-confession in BOI archives, their verdicts dont match with FI ones.


        • The overflow for khnh and devdas is from fi. From boi they both were hits.


        • From what I recall, in old BOI and IBOS, KMG was at around 42cr, KHNH was at 33cr, The Hero was at around 25cr. They were the top 3.

          They were then followed by Munnabhai and Baghban. IBOS had Baghban higher than Munnabhai. The latter was a surprise success and would done even better, but was affected by LOC’s release in its 2nd week. But it held on very well from then on.

          Chalte Chalte had done around 16cr. These may have been manipulated or modified later.

          Nahta said in F1 that KMG had done very well. He said it was the first film post Gadar to have done 50% of the latter’s business.

          The success stories of that year most probably were KMG, Baghban and Munnabhai.

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        • From what I remember, when everybody was going bonkers over KMG — a really silly, poor film by the way with bad acting uniformly by all — ‘Baghban’ just came out of nowhere and conquered the imagination of the seniors. With ridiculous, over-the topmost-top scenes like Bhai having photos of AB and Hema in his ‘Pooja’ room — we all know what and who ‘Pooja’ means to him — it was filled with many LOL scenes. But some scenes were identifiable; like the parents getting split across sons or/and daughters. I used to laugh when I saw such scenes but when it happened in my own joint family, I couldn’t believe the level of trash people resorted to. Bachchan and Hema looked damn good together even when dancing at the stupid Valentine’s Day get-together but boy, they had superb chemistry. And Bachchan’s last 10 minute dialogue was to die for…


        • I avoid this film at any cost with parents lurking 😂

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        • As per FI, KMG did 30 cr nett, which was a couple of cr less than what KNPH did in 2000.

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        • The 30 cr was the SHARE, not Nett. FI never reported nett collections. That method began only after the coming of BOI. KMG nett was comfortably over 45. As for Baghban, it’s always been as shameless and ridiculous a film as K3G.

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        • Yup Jayshah; I remember your fondness for the movie; especially when you were caught red-handed refusing to buy a pair of glasses for your Dad inspite of working in a multi-national company…in UK of all places.


        • ROFLMAO


        • KMG ‘Nett’ was 30 cr by FI. KNPH was 32 cr and K3G was 30 cr. Check:


  39. All these verdicts are retrograde now. We cannot discuss films on the basis of what’s commission and what’s overflow in lay man’s language. Better to stick to our BB, Hit, Semi Hit, Average terminology.


    • How can bollywood’s BO history be retrograde? It is what it is. That is why FI is still the golden standard for verdicts even today, for 48 years till date.

      For layman’s armchair BO analysis, anything that is ‘Overflow’ and above by FI can be considered as a ‘Hit’. Share being 150%+ of price is a good enough criteria in general terms for layman ‘Hits’. BOI also started with this theory in 2003 (that is how they modified their BO classification by making Overflow as ‘A’), but screwed up their database with their own biases.

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      • Hits were meant to be 100% roi in original FI terminology while 150%+ was a super hit. It still is. For modern day analysis FI should stop using terms like overflow and commission.


      • In FI parlance, Overflow means the profits are more than 50% of the price but less than 100%. That is the criteria followed by early BOI to call them Semi-Hits instead (A and above).


  40. I think these classification will soon be outdated with theatrical revenue now becoming 《 50% of overall revenue for a producer/ distributor.

    Second, these classification is based on unknown Distributor’s cost. Distributor’s cost is not shared for all movies by any source – FI, TG or BOI. Unless we know, we will not be able to really agree to these classifications. This again leads to disagreements.
    Change in Distributor’s cost leads to change in classification. Sometimes 3 movies are bundled and sold to distributors. So it becomes difficult to know the classification.

    Overall it is not transparent and consistent. Only thing which is close to truth is territory wise gross or nett collection. Now add an imaginary Distributor’s cost and we can classify any movie anywhere.


    • FI gives out distribution cost of releases and all … you need to 3.5K monthly subscription for that data. Golden standard build over years dont get outdated because so-called the reigning #1 cant deliver beyond overflow/commission.


      • That doesn’t sound like money well spent.

        Naveen has a point on denominator of calc. If you don’t have visibility on cost a lot is open to fiddling.

        Even these categories (overflow, commission basis) are too much.

        Cost is definitely important. Revenue too.

        Where I disagree with Naveen is the juxtaposition of entire Revenue against cost of theatrical release.

        Theatrical cost vs theatrical revenue. Rest is going into different pockets.

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        • Also I think some balance is needed. There is no need to be incredibly prescriptive or scientific in classifications. No fun in that.

          Some cases like Rahul said on Hum – people see with there eyes what is happening. Hum was a big movie when I was growing up. Even Agneepath. The latter is probably outgrowing all Bachchan 90s movies.

          I’ve never trusted BOI period. Likes of TA and Nahta seem untrustworthy too but at least they share(d) centre wise data.

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    • You are right

      Komal didn’t classified Bharat, Patthar Ke Phool and Yes Boss . These were definitely successful ventures

      Bharat should have classified in overflow category as recovered it’s distributor cost. Patthar ke phool it did hit business in Bombay , South and Delhi it should have been classified as overflow. Yes Boss did semi hit business in Cities and should have been classified as commission to overflow.

      And his 1994 and 1999 classification was completely bogus

      As for me 1994 classification would be (dubbed films excluded)

      Movie Marvel Of The Century – Hum Aapke Hain Koun
      Superhit – Dilwale, Mohra
      Hit – Raja Babu, Laadla
      Semi Hit – Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Gopi Kishan
      Overflow – Anth, Vijaypath, Suhag, Elaan
      Commission To Overflow – Yeh Dillagi, Salaami,Cheetah
      Commission Earner – Khuddar, Andaz Apna Apna ,Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Saajan Ka Ghar, Zaalim
      Coverage – Dulaara, Dulaara, Aatish

      1999 classification for me would be

      Superhit – Hum Saath Saath Hain

      Hit – Biwi No.1

      Semi Hit – Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain,Daag The Fire

      Overflow – Kachche Dhaage, Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Sarfarosh,Sirf Tum

      Commission To Overflow – Vaastav,Jaanwar

      Commission Earner – Taal, Hindustan Ki Kasam

      Coverage – Arjun Pandit, International Khiladi


  41. Thanks Jayshah for understanding and getting my point.

    On the point you told you differe from me – Theatrical cost is unknown while theatrical revenue is known.

    As i mentioned, theatrical cost is traditionally taken as same as distributors cost. How do we find distributors cost if
    1. Movies are bundled and sold
    2. Movies are sold on commission
    3. Producers themselves distribute
    4. Movies are fold on fixed price
    5. Non hindi films have no data point on distributors cost.

    With all the above factors, in 90% case, distributors/ theatrical cost is not clear. One takes speculated actors fee, prodiction cost, print and marketing cost and come to 200 cr or 150 cr and use it as its cost. And then add some extras and make it distributor cost. This is too much of fudginess.


    • Take for an example Bachchan Pandey.

      Now what is its distributors cost? NGE films have partnered with AA films to distribute it on commission at 10%.

      Suppose Bachchan pandey is made at a cost of 100 cr (not including Akshay fee)
      And suppose Bachchan Pandey does 200 cr nett.
      Exhibitors get approx 50% = 100 cr
      Then from remaining 100 cr, AA films make 10 cr and NGE gets 90 cr.

      Here AA film cost of distribution is unknown but will 10 cr be considered as HIT or Super hit?

      NGE films who got 90 cr from theatricals + 150 cr non theatrical makes 240 cr.
      Profit = 240 – 100 = 140 cr

      Akshay takes 100 cr
      NGE films take 40 cr.

      So in the overall economic above….what will you call this movie?


      • I try to avoid too much on cost stuff unless it’s massively material.
        I look at opening/first week/lifetime and the ratios. If the opening/first week/lifetime is low and it’s obvious a big budget…then that’s not good.

        In absence of all the information above, sources, multiple sources confirming I rather stick to what business film is making and how it made it.

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        • Yes sounds good because this way you are only working on knowns most of the time. And 80% of the time cost of production is known or can be reasonably estimated +/- 25 cr for large movies.

          Otherwise, as i said and gave the example of Bachchan Pandey, no way the classifications of FI are relevant in today’s new world of entertainment industry.


        • Firstly, Nahta knows what he’s doing and will adjust his methods accordingly. Secondly, his verdicts are for industry insiders and the IT dept. Not for us lay men to have endless discussions upon. Cost of production (minus digital rights in post COVID times) vs All India nett is the best way to analyse performance right now. Sooryavanshi COP minus Netflix deal is 150 CR and it’s nett is 195. That a 30% add on which leads to an Above average verdict.


        • 30% ROI means a commission earner. I think Sooryavanshi has done better than that even by Nahta’s strict criteria.


        • Not really. I’m not very confident of Sooryavanshi distributors earning overflow although Krish or Saket might know better.


        • FI for IT dept. is a far fetched theory. But yes, it is referred by industry insiders to take business decisions.

          Many films get released on commission basis. FI definitely has some criteria to judge the cost/price for such cases.


        • Shivaay – Cost of production (minus digital rights in post COVID times) vs All India nett is the best way to analyse performance right now.

          This is also fine because here also we are talking about knowns.

          But again it changes the entire classification. You can say 30% add on is above average. Someone will say 10% add on will be above average etc.

          As long as its consistently used, am fine.


        • FI being used by IT dept was confirmed by Syed Abid himself, when he wrote for planetbollywood.


        • I wouldn’t trust that guy at all. He was a real shady character…


        • Understatement of year 🤣

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        • I am really fond of Abid bhai. Tango still rings a bell. He was knowledgeable and he helped many of us to understand boxoffice.


        • Any idea what he’s up to now?


  42. 30% ROI means a commission earner. I think Sooryavanshi has done better than that even by Nahta’s strict criteria.


  43. What we think is an authentic source differs.

    Recently I read a Deloitte paper on Indian film business from 2019 (you can search it)…there source data was Bollywood Hungama and KoiMoi so go figure. Not BOI.


    • There certain industry standards that are followed and maintained within the industry, FI being one of them.

      However, foreign publications wont have access to FI data, and even if they do, have may not get the total nett figures for movies as FI publishes only reported centers. For that purpose, BollywoodHungama fits the bill as it has an extensive database of producer totals (yes, some of that is controversial like Krrish 3 and Bang Bang, etc), but suits the reporter who is looking for total collections.

      As I said, we are century behind BOMOJO and 500 years behind chinese box office tracking.


  44. 1992 First Six months Trade Guide – Thanks to Shiva Prasad Shetty


  45. Trade guide verdicts are very lenient according to them Jaagruti and Koyla were coverage to commission earners


    • Both TG and FI have had biases from time to time. 1985 results of FI are shocking since RTGM was always a monumental Super Duper Hit with an unknown cast and low investment, yet turning out to be the HGOTY.


  46. Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

    1997 Complete Classification

    Dil Toh Pagal Hai

    Hero No. 1

    Semi Hit
    Chachi 420

    Deewana Mastana

    Commission Earner

    Interesting thing is Yes Boss and Mr and Mrs Khiladi were flops by Film Information and now a fraud box office site like box office india declared them hit and semi hit respectively. Even Pardes was barely a hit (only performed good in 3-4 big cities otherwise it was flop to average ) in most of the parts.

    As per trade guide top grossers of 1997 (as I used to follow trade guide and film information regularly in 90s)

    2.Dil Toh Pagal Hai
    5.Hero No.1
    9.Deewana Mastana
    10.Chachi 420


  47. Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

    Top stars of 90s considering initials, hits,fan following

    1.Sunny Deol – his film opened to bumper response expect for Romantic films, Very good run between Jeet and Border. Though he was inconsistent in most of the part of 90s but he had some hits to his credit like Ghayal, Darr, Narsimha, Lootere and Vishwatma (semi hit).

    2. Salman Khan – one of the rare star who had a good fan following in cities, interior and urbans centers. Was almost numero uno Between 1990-1991.after Jeet to till Hum Saath Saath Hain performed excellently. His films started to open bumper response after Karan Arjun though between 90-94 there were some excellent openers like baagi, kurbaan, saajan, jaagruti, hum aapke hain koun (less prints otherwise considering occupancy it was bumper ) and dil tera aashiq. Delivered big hits without any big directors and heroines.

    3. Shah Rukh Khan – though his film never opened big expect for some exceptional. Srk was depended on big banners and big directors. He wasn’t that big like his pimps Anupama , Filmfare, Movie, Gauri’s Uncle (Mama) (he was the big name in print media) tried to show him.

    4. Ajay Devgan – one of the most underrated star of term of opening he was only 2nd to Sunny Deol. In interiors ajay films used to prove money spinner. He was consistent in most of the part of 90s expect for 93.

    5.Govinda – he was more of a moderate star , haven’t have a hit without David Dhawan expect for Dulhe Raja. Though between 93-98 Govinda films were performing pretty film.

    6.Aamir Khan – expect for Dil, Ishq, Raja Hindustani and Rangeela his films never opened big. Lacked all india hits. His films only used to work in mysore and Bombay.

    7.Sunil Shetty – Had a very good run between term of opening between 94-97 he was the biggest star star sunny. Had decent numbers of solo hits like Balwaan, Anth, Gopi Kishan and Bhai (a fraud site like box office india had given these films as semi hit but in reality these were declared hit by all expect for film information). Apart from these he had multistarer hit like Mohra , Dilwale and some moderately successful films like Waqt Hamara Hai (semi hit) Pehchan (Average) Suraksha (above average) Takkar (Average) Krishna (Above Average) Judge Mujrim (Average) Qahar (Average).

    8.Sanjay Dutt – Before superhit Sadak he was not In big league though his film used to work in interiors. Between 1991-1993 he was the biggest star in term of opening and some of really big hits like Saajan (Blockbuster),Khalnayak (Blockbuster),Sadak (Superhit),Thanedaar (Hit), Daag (Hit) , Haseena Maan Jayegi (Hit) , Adharam (Semi hit) and Vaastav (semi hit) to his credit.

    9. Jackie Shroff – Between 1990-1993 he performed very well with hits like Khalnayak,Izzat, 100 Days, Aaina and some semi hits like Hafta Bandh, Police officer, Gardish and Angaar.between 94-97 he had only multistarer blockbusters like Rangeela, Agni Sakshi and Border. After 1998 he started doing character roles.

    10. Akshay Kumar – Enjoyed very good run between 94-96 with many hits like Mohra , Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Sabse Bada Khiladi,Main Khiladi Tu Anari. Suhag, Yeh Dillagi, Elaan
    Though he had many big flops in 90s like Mr and Mrs Khiladi (it was super flop and a biase site like boi show it semi hit)


    • Aamir did better than you are acknowledging here. He was definitely among the top 5 stars. He had 5 all india hits in the 90s in Dil, HHRPK, Rangeela, RH and Ishq. You can check FI classifications, they are all A category hits. His other films like DHKMN, JJWS, Ghulam and Sarfarosh were not all-india hits, but did well only in Bombay and South territories.

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      • Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

        Rangeela and hhrpk were not all india hits. Rangeela was blockbuster in South and Bombay, average elsewhere
        Hhrpk was low budget success


        • No, Rangeela and HHRPK were Superhit and Semi-Hit as per FI respectively These are not overflows that did hit business only in one or two territories. They did hit business all over. HHRPK was a small budget hit, but an all India hit nonetheless.


        • Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

          Jitni kam price mein film sold kroge utna better verdict milega.

          Hhrpk was only low budget hit.

          Rangeela minimum price par sold thhi and the it did blockbuster business in South and Bombay only and in other places it was just average (tanhaji type case)


        • So u are talking about verdicts or high grossers? I think u are confusing between the two. You have an interesting take on 90s stars here, but no way was Devgn doing better than Aamir in the 90s. We have all lived through it. Anyway you slice it or dice it, Aamir was easily within top 5.


        • Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

          See exhibitors and distributor column, ajay was in most of those but aamir was barely in 10-12


        • Shivaay Says:

          Stardom is about high grossers and the actor’s ability to fetch record distribution prices for his films. Aamir is well ahead of Ajay and Govinda on both counts.


    • tonymontana Says:

      If what you say is true, it Shows the taste of audience in India by and large.
      We were never a refined group of people.

      Hafta bandh did well but Aamir Khan movies didn’t open well. LOL.

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      • Its how you look at it. If you give too much importance for opening in interiors, then yes Aamir was not in the top 10. However, his movies used to open very well in cities and territories that were not mass interiors.


      • Its easy to overlook that it was quite difficult for Aamir to give successes and hits in qualitatively better films than the average masala fares during the single screen culture of the 90s.


        • tonymontana Says:

          Yes, we have suddenly opened up to judging box office clout of stars in India by their fan following in interiors.

          By that yardstick, Mithun would beat everyone hollow and Yamraaj and Cheetah must be the gold standard to beat in Mandawa and Gonda


        • Shivaay Says:

          Not really. Popularity is always gaged at a pan India level. Some of Sunny Deol’s films did exceptionally well in the A centers as well and Shahrukh was the biggest 90s superstar purely on merits of his popularity in the A1 and A centers.

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    • Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

      Considering Market value and how their films fetched price

      1) Srk 2) Salman 3) Govinda 4) Sunny 5) Aamir 6) Ajay 7) Sanjay 8) Sunil 9) Akshay 10) Jackie


  48. Suman halder Says:

    Hello brother 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989 , 1950 these years verdicts are missing please gave this also


    • Does anyone has film information yearly classification 2000-2006


      • From Twitter (not verified)

        2006 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :- Dhoom 2, Krrish
        Super-Hit :- Lage Raho Munnabhai, Vivaah
        Hit :- Fanaa, Malamaal Weekly
        Semi-Hit :- Rang De Basanti, Phir Hera Pheri, Gangster
        Overflow :-

        Commission to
        Overflow:- KANK, Don
        Commission-Earner:- Aksar, Pyar Ke Side Effects, Apna Sapna Money Money, Bhagam Bhag, 36 China Town
        Coverage :- Taxi 9211, Tom Dick and Harry, Golmaa, Kabul Express
        Coverage :- Corporate, Anthony Kaun Hai, Khosla Ka Ghosla


      • 2005 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :-
        Super-Hit :- No Entry, Bunty Aur Babli
        Hit :- Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
        Semi-Hit :-
        Overflow :- Dus, Zeher, Garam Masala

        Commission-Earner to
        Overflow:- Waqt – The Race Against Time, Sarkar, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Hanuman
        Commission-Earner:- Kaal
        Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Page 3, Black, Lucky No Time For Love, Parineeta, Iqbal, Salaam Namaste, Kalyug, Apaharan


      • 2004 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :-
        Super-Hit :-
        Hit :- Veer-Zaara, Murder, Dhoom
        Semi-Hit :- Main Hoon Na, Hum Tum
        Overflow :- Julie, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
        Commission-Earner to Overflow:- Masti, Hulchul, Girlfriend
        Commission-Earner:- Tauba Tauba
        Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Hawas
        Coverage :- Gayab, Vaastu Shastra


      • 2003 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :-
        Super-Hit :-
        Hit :- Koi Mil Gaya
        Semi-Hit :- Baghban, Andaaz
        Overflow :- Kal Ho Na Ho, Chalte Chalte, Khwahish
        Commission-Earner to Overflow:- Tere Naam, Qayamat, Humgama, Gangaajal, Ishq Vishk

        Commission-Earner:- Jism, Bhoot
        Coverage to Commission-Earner :- Munnabhai MBBS
        Coverage :- Janasheen


      • 2002 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :-
        Super-Hit :-
        Hit :- Raaz
        Semi-Hit :-
        Overflow :- Devdas, Ek Chotisi Love Story
        Commission-Earner:- Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, 16 December, Awara Paagal Deewana, Humraaz, Yeh Dil Aashiqana, Deewangee, Saathiya


      • 2000 #FI Classifications
        Blockbuster :-
        Super-Duper-Hit :- Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
        Super-Hit :-
        Hit :- Mohabattein
        Semi-Hit :-
        Overflow :- Baadal, Kya Kehna
        Commission-Earner:- Dhadkan, Fiza, Josh, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Jungle, Kurukshetra, Mission Kashmir, Pukar, Refugee, Champion, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega



    AA (Super-Hit)

    BORDER (‘AAA‘ in Delhi-U.P & East Punjab)

    A1 (Hit)

    JUDAAI (Average in West Bengal; ‘BB’ in Rajasthan)
    HERO NO. 1

    A (Semi-Hit)

    VIRASAT (‘A1’ in Bombay; Average in West Bengal)

    BB (Overflow)

    Yeshwant (‘A1’ in Bombay; ‘B1’ in Delhi-U.P. & East Punjab)

    Coverage To Commission

    Koyla (losing in some circuits)
    Kaalia (losing in some circuits)

    The Rest (43 Films)

    Ganga Maange Khoon, Bandit Lovers (partly in Hindi), The Rock (dubbed), Nazarr, Jai Mahalaxmi Maa, Darawani Haveli, Aar Ya Paar, Love Birds (dubbed), Jaya Ganga, Chupp, Lion Heart (dubbed), Auzaar, Salma Pe Dil Aagaya, Tamanna, Sabse Bada Shaitaan (dubbed), Jeeo Shaan Se, Lahoo Ke Do Rang, Himalay Putra, Agnee Morcha, Gudgudee, Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhootha, Dil Ke Jharoke Main, Khilone Ki Chahat Bani Papa Ki Aafat (dubbed), Suryaputra Shanidev, Mrityudaata, Ramayan Shri Ram Katha (animation), Sapnay (dubbed), Duniya Dilwalon Ki (dubbed), Dragonheart (dubbed), Sanam, Chudail, Zameer, Maun (dubbed), Mahanta, Sardari Begum, Insaaf, Zabardast Khatra (dubbed), Babe (dubbed), Gundagardi, The Phantom – Vetal (dubbed), Itihaas, Suraj, Allah Meherban To Gadha Pahelwan.


  50. 1975

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    • So Chupke Chupke was Commission Earner to Overflow (B+) category. It was not a clean hit. As I had said before, more you dig into old FI classifications, the myths of many so-called Bachchan hits will be deconstructed.

      TG had many of these Overflow/CE as Hits.


      • I am not sure if it is a Trade Guide or Film Information verdict.
        The nomenclature (+B) is more like Trade Guide but top heading looks like Film Information. It showed up on Twitter.

        ps – Also the movies within a verdict category is alphabetical. If you see 1882 Trade Guide verdict that is also alphabetical.


        • Yes, ‘+B’ category is consistent with Trade Guide terminology. I guess its not FI and FI will probably have it a notch lower (CE probably).


  51. Just checked the 1997 full FI classification (added recently?). Ishq is as known a Semi-Hit (A). Pardes is overflow, while both Yes Boss and Koyla are no more than commission earners.


    • And surprisingly Judwa is not a clean hit but an overflow.


      • All these are quite forgettable flicks. But Chupke Chupke was a very good film. It has aged well and it has repeat value. I watched it many times. This film information is about boxoffice and it cant be taken to diss good films like Chupke Chupke.


        • If a film is not a clean hit, then it s being dissed?
          What has aged well or not are personal opinions.


        • Well, I am not sure but most of Hrishikesh mukherji’s films are not clean hits but they are a class apart.
          CC was a multistarrer and Om Prakash was a riot.

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        • I myself think CC is fine wine and has aged really well. But then some believe those ridiculous masala films of 70s and 80s have aged better, so dont want to get into that.


        • No one in their right mind would diss Hrishi da’s films Sanjana. However his films were more of urban class appealing content and yet he managed to sign up superstars like Khanna, Dharmendra and Bachchan sir which by default escalated acquisition costs. FI verdicts is all about acquired cost vs returns model regardless of footfalls or collections. Its a tribute to Bachchan’s mega stardom and finesse that he could deliver outstanding films across various genre’s like Anand, Zanjeer, Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Deewar, Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar, Trishul, Don, Shaan, Kala Patthar etc with legendary film makers like Yash Chopra, Prakash Mehra, Manmohan Desai and Hrishi da in the same decade.

          ps – And Ramesh Sippy of course..

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  52. 2001 classification is wrong. I had the photo of 2001 classification.


    • We have never seen scans of FI verdicts from 2000-2006. The verdicts mentioned here for these years are on various unconfirmed sources.

      If you have the scans/photos of any of these years, then please post them here.


    (Total 120 films, including 28 dubbed films)
    (Super-Duper Hit)

    (Super Hit)
    DIL TO PAGAL HAI (‘AAA’ in Bombay, East Punjab & West Bengal)

    HERO NO. 1

    VIRASAT (‘A1’ in Bombay)
    CHACHI 420 (‘AA’ in Bombay, C.P. Berar)

    PARDES (‘A1’ in Bombay)
    DEEWANA MASTANA (‘A1’ in Bombay)
    JUDWAA (‘A’ in Bombay)
    YESHWANT (‘A’ in Bombay)
    ANACONDA (dubbed)

    B1 to BB
    GUPT (‘A1’ in Bombay & Tamilnadu-Kerala; average in some circuits)
    BHAI (‘A’ in Delhi-U.P.)


    B to B1
    YES BOSS (‘A’ in Bombay & Nizam)
    KOYLA (‘BB’ in Nizam)
    AUZAAR (‘BB’ in Nizam)

    CHUDAIL (‘BB’ in some circuits)
    GHULAM-E-MUSTHAFA (‘BB’ in Bombay & C.P. Berar)


  54. FI did not publish yearly verdicts for the Covid years of 2020 and 2021. I guess there were not enough successes in the first place to provide them.

    In 2020, Tanhaji would be the only success and would be classified as a Super Hit.

    In 2021, Sooryavanshi would have been a Hit. Spiderman 3 and Pushpa 1 would have been Superhits.

    Dont think any other released films would have made FI classification lists in 2020 and 2021.


    • Not sure if this has been posted in this thread above or not, but this is Komal Nahta’s 2020 Year End Report:

      Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior opened on 10th January, 2020 and went on to become a blockbuster. Baaghi 3, which released in March 2020, was also a successful fare. Other than these two films, no film in the first three months set the cash registers ringing at the ticket windows. Thappad did fair business but just about.

      In all, only ten films released in the cinemas in the last almost two months. Adding these ten films to the 56 films released in cinemas prior to the lockdown, the tally went up to 66 films in the entire year. The figure of 66 new films has to be viewed in light of the extraordinary situation created by the pandemic and the lockdown. Effectively, Bollywood has had 66 new releases in just five months as there was not a single new release in cinemas from the month of April to October. Of the five months, November and December, the two months after the lockdown was lifted, were not too conducive for new releases.


      • FI did not post 2020 Classifications for just 3 films. But from Nahta’s commentary it looks like it would had been:

        Super Duper Hit – Tanhaji
        Commission Earner to Overflow – Baaghi 3
        Coverage – Thappad


  55. Year 2022 has been one of the worst years for the Hindi film industry. At least 14-15 films, which had big budgets and/or exciting star casts and lots of hopes pinned on them, failed to make the mark at the box-office. And of the 14 films, which scored at the ticket windows, just five were Hindi films, the others being dubbed versions of either South Indian films or of Hollywood films. The Hindi films which roared at the box-office were Drishyam 2, The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva and Gangubai Kathiawadi. The other language films from India, which contributed phenomenally to the Hindi box-office were K.G.F. Chapter 2, RRR, Kantara and Karthikeya 2. The Hollywood films which created magic at the Hindi box-office were Avatar: The Way of Water, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Thor: Love And Thunder.

    The total box-office collections of the 14 successful films of 2022 was approximately Rs. 2,750 crore. This was around 50% of the total box-office collections of all the 197 films released in the year gone by. In other words, the total box-office revenues of the 14 successful films were almost equal to the box-office takings of the balance 183 unsuccessful/average films.

    Cirkus, Shamshera, Vikram Vedha, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Samrat Prithviraj, Laal Singh Chaddha, Raksha Bandhan, Dhaakad, Salaam Venky, Liger, Heropanti 2, Jersey, Bachchan Paandey and Radhe Shyam were the resounding flops which, considering their canvas and/or their budgets and other things, ought to have scored at the turnstiles. In other words, the trade had pinned a lot of hopes on each of the aforementioned and a few other films but their initials, public reports and ultimate businesses disappointed big time.

    Sequels and franchise films were popular. Of course, there were several franchise films which failed to enthuse the public.Heropanti 2, Ek Villain Returns, HIT: The 2nd Case, Khuda Haafiz Chapter 2: Agni Pariksha, Jurassic World: Dominion (dubbed) and Prem Geet 3 (dubbed) were the sequels which did not live up to the expectations generated by the success of the earlier part/s. However, a whole lot of second and later parts of films worked wonders at the turnstiles. Drishyam 2 and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 were the Hindi sequels which not only did extremely well at the box-office but also exceeded the business of their respective first parts by leaps and bounds. Among the hit/super-hit dubbed franchise films were K.G.F. Chapter 2, Avatar: The Way Of Water, Karthikeya 2, Top Gun: Maverick and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.


    • Hit The 2nd Case is a Telugu film and Prem Geet part 1&2 never witnessed theatrical release in India. Komal’s articles seem as dated as his methodology now. Time for the next gen to take over FI.

      Brahmastra & Gangubai being “roaring successes” is another one of his bluffs.


    • Petty quibblings aside, 24 hindi films made it to 2019 FI classifications. Whereas in 2022 there are only 5!

      In contrast, there were 8 Hollywood successes in 2019. In 2022 there are 5, which is quite healthy.

      Total successes have reduced to 14 from 32, a reduction of 56%! A thoroughly bad year at box office.

      I think FI’s full classification for 2022 will be avaailable by tomorrow. I seriously doubt if Brahmastra or Gangubai will get Hit status.


  56. Super Duper Hit



    Semi Hit
    Tiranga (class AA in Bombay)

    Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke (A in Maharashtra)
    Muqabala (A in some circuit)

    Commission To Overflow
    Aashik Awara (A in Bombay)
    Gardish (A in Bombay, Delhi-Up)
    Waqt Hamara Hai (A in some circuit)

    Commission Earner
    Sir (A in Bombay, losing in other circuits)
    Phool Aur Angaar (A in Bengal, losing in some circuits)

    Coverage To Commission
    Aadmi (BB in Bombay)
    Dil Tera Aashiq (BB in Bombay,Nizam)
    Ek Hi Raasta



    A11 [Super Duper Hit]
    Koi… Mil Gaya

    A1 [Super Hit]
    Andaaz [Delhi-U.P., Bihar, Rajasthan; ‘A’ elsewhere]
    Bhoot [Mumbai, Delhi, South; ‘+B’ elsewhere]
    Chalte Chalte [Mumbai, Delhi; ‘A’ elsewhere]
    Kal Ho Naa Ho [Mumbai, Delhi, West Bengal; Commission to Coverage in other circuits; ‘A11’ in Overseas]

    A [Hit]
    Hungama [Mumbai; Commission to Overflow elsewhere]
    Tere Naam [U.P.; Commission to Overflow elsewhere]
    Tujhe Meri Kasam [Maharashtra, Bihar, C.P. Berar, C.I., Nizam]

    +B [Overflow]
    Baghban [‘A’ in Mumbai, Delhi-U.P., ‘A1’ in Overseas]
    Ishq Vishk [‘A’ in Mumbai]
    Munnabhai M.B.B.S. [‘A’ in Mumbai, Delhi; Coverage to Commission elsewhere]

    GOOD B [Commission/Overflow]
    J2M2 [Mumbai]
    Khwahish [some circuits]
    The Hero [Mumbai, Delhi-U.P.]
    Zameen [U.P.; Coverage to Commission in some circuits]

    B [Coverage/Commission]
    Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon [‘A1′ in Overseas]
    Market [some circuits]

    Chota Jadugar [Mumbai]
    Dil Ka Rishta [Gujarat-Saurashtra; dull elsewhere]
    Ek Aur Ek Gyarah [Delhi-U.P., Bihar; dull elsewhere]
    Fun2shh [better in Mumbai]
    Hawayein [best in Punjab, Overseas; dull elsewhere]
    Janasheen [Commission to Overflow in some circuits]
    Joggers’ Park [best in Mumbai, Delhi; average elsewhere]
    Jhankaar Beats [best in Mumbai]
    Jaal – The Trap [best in U.P.; dull elsewhere]
    Kuch Naa Kaho [best in Mumbai; dull elsewhere]


  58. 2005 CLASSIFICATIONS – TRADE GUIDE (Taran Adarsh)

    No Entry

    Bunty Aur Babli
    Garam Masala
    Kyaa Kool Hai Hum
    Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
    Page 3 [Super Hit in Mumbai]
    Sarkar [Super Hit in Mumbai]
    Salaam | Namaste [Super Hit in Overseas]
    Waqt [Super Hit in Mumbai, Overseas]


    Barsaat [Hindi belt]
    Black [multiplexes of metros]
    Dosti – Friends Forever [Hindi belt]
    Iqbal [multiplexes]
    Lucky – No Time For Love
    Mangal Pandey – The Rising [due to extra-ordinary initial]

    Aashiq Banaya Aapne [some circuits]
    Bluffmaster! [Better in Mumbai, Delhi; losing in some circuits]
    Ek Ajnabee [some circuits]



    A11 (Super Duper Hit):

    A1 (Super Hit):

    A (Hit):
    Devdas Ek Chhotisi Love Story

    +B (Overflow) :
    Awara Paagal Deewana (in Mumbai, Delhi-U.P.; Good B elsewhere)
    Deewangee (in Mumbai; Good B to B elsewhere)
    Die Another Day (Dubbed)
    Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (in Delhi-U.P., Bihar, Rajasthan, Nizam)
    Humraaz (in some circuits)
    Kaante (in some circuits)
    Spider-Man (Dubbed)
    16 December
    The Guru (Dubbed; in Mumbai, Delhi-U.P.)
    Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa (in Delhi-U.P., Bihar, Punjab, C.P. Berar)
    XXX (Dubbed)

    Good B (Commission/Overflow):
    Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (in some circuits)
    Men In Black II (Dubbed)
    Saathiya (in some circuits)

    B (Coverage/Commission):

    Mixed Response :
    American Desi (partly Hindi)
    Dil Hai Tumhaara
    Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai
    Leela (partly Hindi)
    Maine Dil Tujhko Diya
    Na Tum Jaano Na Hum


  60. Was looking through the Trade Guide yearly classifications in place of the missing FI verdicts for the years of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

    Taran is usually very lenient and his TG classifications are consistently lenient from what I have seen so far.

    If we go with TG verdicts, then surprisingly DCH is a clean hit and films like Mangal Pandey and Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon were commission earners due to huge initials, MP moreso as it took record opening as far as i can remember.




    Dhoom 2
    Lage Raho Munnabhai

    Super Duper Hit:

    Rang De Basanti
    Vivah [Blockbuster in Bihar]

    Super Hit:

    Phir Hera Pheri


    Gangster [Mumbai; Semi Hit in other circuits]
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Malamaal Weekly

    Semi Hit:

    Apna Sapna Money Money
    Golmaal – Fun Unlimited
    Pyaar Ke Side/Effects
    Taxi No. 9211

    Partial/Moderate Success:

    Bhagam Bhag
    Chup Chup Ke [Mumbai, Delhi]
    Khosla Ka Ghosla
    Woh Lamhe


    Being Cyrus [metros]
    Shaadi Se Pehle [some circuits]
    Tom Dick And Harry [some circuits]
    36 China Town [some circuits]



    Om Shanti Om

    Chak De India
    Welcome [Mega-Blockbuster in Delhi-U.P., Punjab, C.P., C.I., Rajasthan, Bihar]

    Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    Heyy Babyy
    Namastey London [North; Hit at places]
    Taare Zameen Par [multiplexes]

    Aap Kaa Surroor
    Apne [North; Above average at places]
    Bheja Fry
    Guru [Super Hit in Mumbai]
    Jab We Met
    Shootout At Lokhandwala [Above average at places]
    Ta Ra Rum Pum

    Dhamaal [Average at places]

    Cheeni Kum [Better in Mumbai, Mysore]
    Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. [Better in Mumbai]
    Metro [Hit in big city multiplexes]

    Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
    Dil Dosti Etc.
    Fool N Final
    Traffic Signal [Better in Mumbai]



    Jodhaa Akbar

    Krazzy 4
    Sarkar Raj [Mumbai-Maharashtra, South only]

    Mere Baap Pehle Aap

    Bhoothnath [some circuits]
    One Two Three
    Sunday [some circuits]
    U Me Aur Hum [some circuits]


  64. @Munna – Do you have Trade Guide/Taran Adarsh classifications for 2004? I could not find it in bollywoodhungama archives.


    • Classification of films 2004

      By Taran Adarsh, December 28th, 2004 – 0930 hrs IST

      [Super Hit]



      Hum Tum
      Main Hoon Na
      Mujhse Shaadi Karogi



      GOOD B

      Tauba Tauba


      Aitraaz [some circuits]
      Girl Friend [some circuits]
      Khakee [some circuits]
      Musafir [some circuits]

      Note: [i] Last week�s releases have not been included in the classification.
      [ii] Repeat-run films have also not been included.


  65. 98 report. Not sure if it is Taran Adarsh..

    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Sold at 2 crore per territory
    Gains 10 crore per territory
    Did you know that Rani Mukherjee’s role was originally conceived for Twinkle Khanna

    Pyar To Hona Hi Tha
    Sold at 1.2 crore per territory
    Gains 3.5 crore per territory
    Did you know that the film was delayed by six months because frost affected the mustard harvest around Chandigarh where a portion of film was shot

    Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
    Sold at 1.1 crore per territory
    Gains 3 crore per territory
    Did you know that the camera fell into the water and Khan brothers had to dive in to rescue the equipment

    Sold at 1.2 crore per territory
    Gains 2.5 crore per territory
    Did you know that Shekhar Kapoor recommended Preity Zinta for the film. She refused to go to the producer’s office saying that she was uncomfortable. As a result , the producers had to go to Shekhar’s house to sign her on

    Sold at 1.25 – 1.35 crore per territory
    Gains 1.5 – 2 crore per territory
    Did you know that Rani Mukherjee’s role was assigned to Pooja Bhatt earlier and she refused

    Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai
    Sold at 1.1 crore per territory
    Gains 1.5 – 2.2 crore per territory
    Did you know that on screen love-pair Salman & Twinkle were not on talking terms while the shooting was on, but the rift did not show up on the screen.

    Dulhe Raja
    Sold at 80 lakhs per territory
    Gains 1.5 – 2 crore per territory
    Did you know that before this film , Govinda & Raveena were pencilled in as lead pairs for 4 other films which did not take off

    Released on commision basis
    Gains 4.5 crore in Bombay and 3 crore in rest of India
    Did you know that there were no songs in the film initially, but Bharat Shah insisted on putting songs for some relief between the shootouts

    Sold at 85 lakhs per territory
    Gains 2.5 crore per territory in UP-Delhi & 1.5 crore in rest of India
    Did you know that the film was snoozing in the cans for three years because the producers had run out of cash. Eventually, the VENUS records pumped in some money and got life out of it.

    Bade Miya Chote Miya
    Sold at 2.5 crore per territory
    Gains 3.5 crore per territory
    Did you know that one of the recorded songs (Doongi sau sau Rupaiya) was scrapped because David Dhawan felt a Punjabi number (Makhna) would be more appealing


  66. No full report or classification here, but some commentary from IndiaFM on the year 2000:

    The year 2000 will go down in the annals of Hindi cinema as the worst year. Worst, because the film industry in Mumbai saw the mightiest of films biting the dust. Films that were expected to take the nation by storm came and went without even a whimper. The year saw 230 films releasing in the calendar year, which is a record of sorts. For, never before has any year witnessed 230 releases ever. But the number of flops in the year 2000 was also a record breaker. You’ll be surprised to know that 90% of films flopped at the turnstiles, most of them not managing even a face-saving opening. What could be the reason behind the alarming ratio of flops? Just one factor Film scripts. With film-makers concentrating on enhancing the look of the film by way of production values and outdoor locations, the department that took a backseat was film scripts. To state that predictability ruled the roost, would be an understatement. Most Hindi films had nothing new to offer, which is why they were rejected outright. The year 2000 also witnessed well-made love stories being patronised by families in a big way. The three biggest hits of the year KAHO NAA PYAAR HAI, MOHABBATEIN and KYA KEHNA! were all love stories. Not that action flicks were rejected outright. But the paying public was not too excited watching blood and gore on screen. A wide section of people are of the opinion that with so much frustration and misery in everyday life, the common man is more inclined towards romance and music, which explains why love stories called the shots in 2000.


    • Mide 2000 commentary and ranking…

      Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge completed 100 days last week and Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai notched up a superb silver jubilee. The year 2000 saw the release of about 91 films till June 30th which is a higher figure than the previous year. Out of these 91 films, only a marginal 7 percent made a mark at the box office while the rest were duds at the box office. Looking the top 5 films of the year, the no.1 position goes to Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai which is still going strong in about 84 theatres in the country. The success of this movie gave rise to two brilliant performers in Hrithik & Anmisha and gave birth to Hrithik mania which is still spreading like a fever in the country as well as overseas. Kya Kehna bagged the second position with it’s strong and a never-before-told story. It bought into limelight fading stars such as Preity, Saif & Chandrachur and silenced critics who always wrote off women oriented movies. The no.3 position goes to Mansoor Khan’s Josh. Shahrukh Khan who desperately needed a hit to counter the Hrithik mania found a solace in this movie. It added an icing on the cake to Aishwarya’s rising graph career and made people sit up and look at Sharad Kapoor’s performance as well as gave one more chance to Chandrachur Singh. Mansoor Khan could not celebrate the success of this movie as his mother expired one week after the release. Hera Pheri which mesmerized the Bombay audiences with it’s humorous and comedy flair bagged the fourth position. It was also a winner in some of the southern regions. Paresh Rawal emerged as the real hero of the movie while it proved that Akki & Sunil Shetty could also manage to do comedy. Going by the current collections, Refugee bags the fifth position. Though the film is a major let-down, it has managed to attract audiences due to the debut of two artistes, Abhishek Bachchan & Kareena Kapoor and the hype created around the movie. October 27 will witness the fight of the top three movies. Yash Chopra’s Mohabbatein will be in a duel with Aamir Khan’s home production Lagaan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Mission Kashmir. If Mission Kashmir bombs, Hrithik’s position will be more affected than Shahrukh’s. Hrithik’s one hit put down Shahrukh and so the reverse is expected if Mission Kashmir fails in it’s mission. Yash Chopra who has the highest sucess at the box office so far could prop up the sagging career of Shahrukh and write off Hrithik temporarily. The sword now hangs over Hrithik. Let’s see who gets killed in the box office wars. The fight for the best male debutant of the year will be witnessed between Hrithik & Abhishek while Kareena & Amisha will lock horns for the best female debutante. Joining them will be Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Kirti Reddy, Preeti Jhangiani and others who are sure to give each other a run for their performance. Should we say that this year is a do or a die battle for the young aspiring stars ?


  67. BOI 2022 classification:

    All Time Blockbuster
    KGF2 (South)

    Super Blockbuster
    Avatar – The Way To Water (Hollywood)
    The Kashmir Files

    RRR (South)
    Drishyam 2
    Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

    Super Hit
    Kantara (South)

    Dr Strange – In The Multiverse Of Madness (Hollywood)
    Gangubai Kathiawadi

    Semi Hit
    Thor – Love And Thunder (Hollywood)
    Jurassic World Dominion (Hollywood)

    Jugjugg Jeeyo
    Black Adam (Hollywood)
    Karthikeya 2 (South)

    Below Average
    The Batman (Hollywood)
    Top Gun – Maverick (Hollywood)
    Ek Villain Returns
    Rocketry – The Nambi Effect

    Vikram Vedha
    Ram Setu
    Badhaai Ho
    Major (South)
    Vikram (South)

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    • Quite whimsical from BOI as usual. Kantara was as big a blockbuster as TKF. And Gangubhai/Brahmastra are both semi-hits. Bhediya shud be below average. Top Gun shud at least be average, if not above average.


      • I think they are talking only Hindi. Kantara in Hindi around 75 crores. TKF did 250 crs and RRR did 275 crs and Drishyam 2 also near to 240 crs. Some difference between them is fine.


        • Kantara hindi was 80 cr nett and its distribution price was negligible. Verdicts are not given based on end totals but wrt distribution price.


  68. Vijay Shivaay Says:

    SUPER-HIT — CLASS ‘AA’ (films which earn three times their cost or more that in the box office): Hum Saath-Saath Hain

    HIT — CLASS ‘A1’ (films which earn more than twice their cost, but less than three times their cost): None

    SEMI-HIT — CLASS ‘A’ (films which earn twice their cost): Biwi No 1, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Daag — The Fire

    OVERFLOW — CLASS ‘BB’ (films which earn more than 125% of their investment): Sarfarosh, Sirf Tum, Munnibai (this one is a very, very small-budget film which did good business in small towns and moffusil areas on the strength of its sex scenes), The Mummy (dubbed)

    COMMISSION EARNERS — CLASS ‘B1’ (films which cover at least 20% over and above their investment): Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet, Kachche Dhaage, Taal (losing in some circuits but did very well in Bombay, south India and overseas), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (losing in several circuits but a hit in Bombay and Gujarat as well as in overseas), Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Vaastav (losing in parts of India but did very well in Maharashtra), Jaanbaaz Khiladi (dubbed), Maut Ka Samudra (dubbed)

    AVERAGE — CLASS ‘B’ (films that earned back their investment): Arjun Pandit, Jaanwar, International Khiladi, Tez Raftaar (dubbed), Hindustan Ki Kasam, Titanic (dubbed)


  69. Like

    • 1987 was superstar Dharam’s last hurray with Hukumat and Aag hi Aag. Was 52 by then and almost 3 decades of work behind him.


      • Dharmendra also had 2 Semi-hits in 1987 in Loha and Insaaniyat Ke Dushman. That year was indeed his last triumph.

        One has to feel for Dharmendra. He often does not get his due. I read somewhere that he has equal number of hits in his career as AB, maybe a couple more or less. The box office data from those days are hardly precise to be honest. And Dharmendra’s hits were spread out over 3 decades – sixties, seventies and eighties. He reached his peak in the seventies, but was drowned by the incredible runs of Rajesh Khanna in the early seventies and then AB from mid seventies. Otherwise his record in the seventies is much better than any of our 3 Khans’ best phases. Had it not been for such bad timing, Dharmendra would have got better recognition.

        Much like Sunny’s best phase in his career was the nineties. But that also hardly gets its due, because Salman and SRK were at par with him in the nineties. And then Salman and SRK went to dominate over decades after, while Sunny’s last hurrah was in 2001 with Gadar (ATBB) and Indian (Hit).


        • Dharmendra’s career of hits lasted twice as long as Sunny’s and was always second to Rajendra Kumar (60s), Rajesh Khanna and then AB. That hoax about most hits is untrue though. They’ve included Avg grossers there. In terms of sheer success count he might be second to AB but in terms of huge hits and Blockbusters its Dilip Kumar whose probably at par with AB. Jeetendra is another under rated superstar by the way. Was huge in the 80s. Comparisons with the present lot might be unfair due to low volume of films signed by today’s superstars but if there’s anyone whose had a 4 decade+ long career apart from AB, its Dilip Kumar alone.


          Gives somewhat of an idea although not entirely accurate. Dharmendra had his prime from 73-75 but had a far longer career than Khanna & Rajendra Kumar making him a far bigger star. Jeetendra was genuine competition to AB during the late 80s while Dilip Kumar & AB are the only actors to have unmatched #1 runs for over a decade. Much unlike SRKs dominance in the late 90s & early 00s that got regularly punctured by eith Sunny Deol or HR (post 2000). Even Salman’s dominance from 2010-16 was routinely bombed by Aamir Khan. I doubt Hindi cinema would ever see superstars of Dilip Kumar and AB levels again.


        • Its not a hoax. I once did some sanity check and found that Dharmendra surely has 50+ Hits (including Semi-Hits & excluding Average/Above Average fares), quite similar to AB. Dharmendra definitely had a similar breadth of hits as AB, if not more. Its just that AB’s hits were bigger.

          As i said, Dharmendra just does not get his proper due anywhere. The main reson for that he cudnt dominate and dictate terms at box office over an extended period of around 10-12 years that AB/DK did with elan. Otherwise, he had a remarkable career spread over 3 solid decades.


        • There was no reinvention on Dharam’s part post his 40s like that of AB and DK. A huge superstar during his prime for sure. So were the likes of Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Jeetendra etc. Its the longevity that sets AB & DK apart especially post their peaks. The longevity factor is applicable today as well but unlike yesteryear most gen z stars are gonna peak only post 40.


        • AB/DK has indeed distinguished themselves with respectable second innings. Dharmendra (despite some attempts) could not do so.

          Rajendra was big in the sixties. But AB’s competition in 80s was not that intense from the likes of Jeetendra or Mithun, both of whom had extended careers with many hits; although the latter had indulged in B grade films. Jeetendra and Mithun’s challenge to AB in eighties were like Akshay/Devgn’s competition to the Khan trio today.


        • The Khans are touching 60 now. But do they need reinvention at this point? Aamir perhaps, since he has got nothing going after Dangal. But Srk and Salman are doing well and has excellent line-up of biggies these days. I dont think they are even thinking of re-invention (or will need to for sometime now).


        • You obviously won’t need reinvention when you have half a dozen visually appealing sequels with body doubles and CGI to cover up for your age 😉 Salman’s a gone case beyond all these countless sequels and remakes while SRK too would struggle to mold into something more suitable for his age. I don’t see any of these guys doing the likes of Kranti, Karma, Black, Sarkar or Pink from here on in. Its something like a Tom Cruise vis a vis Di Niro/Pacino. At least Cruise is genuinely fit and not a fakester like these 2 Khans.


        • SRK is no Tom Cruise (be it acting or fitness/stunts aspect) and Pathaan is not even close to being a Top Gun Maverick (perfect film in its genre).


        • Vijay Shivaay Says:

          The only one in Hindi cinema whose got the physicality and body language to replicate the TG/MI brand of cinema is Hrithik Roshan himself, as he proved it in War. More so nowadays when he’s managed to get rid of those hyperactive shenanigans and is a lot more comfortable being himself on camera over his last 3 films. If Fighter’s got a solid script minus the popcorn witlessness of the Dhoom and spy films, its one film to watch out for. The action would undoubtedly be phenomenal with more of practical effects & live locations than the gimmickry green screen CGI of a Pathan.


  70. Vijay Shivaay Says:

    First half of the 2003 archives are here. A bland Semi Hit/Average grosser like Chalte Chalte is now celebrated as a Hit by SRK loyalists. Ditto for Akshay’s Andaz.


    • Interesting. So Chalte Chalte, Andaz, Bhoot and Jism are all Overflows in mid-year ratings of 2003. No clean hits.

      Would like to see the year end FI verdicts from 2000-2006.


      • Nahta unfortunately left Rediff in 2003. Koi Mil Gaya was the only clean Hit that year with Baghban and Munnabhai being Semi Hits. Even KHNH was rated BB by the old BOI rating which i think was borrowed from FI.


    • This matches well with FI’s 2003 half-yearly verdicts as printed in FI archives:

      A (SEMI-HIT):
      – Chalte Chalte (Mumbai only BB/B1 elsewhere)
      – Andaaz (Delhi/UP,Bihar/B1 elsewhere)
      – Bhoot (Mumbai only/B1 elsewhere)
      – Jism(Mumbai only/BB/B1 elsewhere)

      BB (OVERFLOW):
      – Ishq Vishq (Mumbai only,poor elsewhere)
      – Tujhe Meri Kasam (Mumbai,B1 elsewhere)

      – Khwahish
      – Chota Jadugar (Mumbai only)


      • Actually this is printed wrongly in BOI archive. Chalte chalte was Semi-Hit only in Mumbai. Its overall verdict will be Overflow. And so on for other films in this list.


  71. Vijay Shivaay Says:

    And Mohabbatein is Above Average to Hit! Quite a shocker.


  72. From archives of Rediff weekly box-office by Komal Nahta:

    2000 FI Verdicts:

    SUPERHIT (AA) – Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai

    HIT (A1) – Mohabbatein

    OVERFLOW (BB) – Kya Kehna! (A1 in Bombay)

    COMMISSION EARNER (B1)- Jungle, Refugee

    COVERAGE (B) – Bichhoo (B1 in north India), Josh (B1 in Bombay & South), Joru Ka Ghulam (B1 in Maharashtra), Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (Losing in some circuits), Mission Kashmir (B1 in Bombay), Kurukshetra, Fiza (B1 in Bombay), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (A1 in Gujrat & B1 in Bombay), Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Badal (B1 in North, Bengal, Bihar), Pukar (B1 in Bombay, South, CP Berar), Krodh, X-Men, Gladiator, Chote Miyan, Qayamat

    LOSER/BELOW AVERAGE – Kunwara, Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Dhadkan (Good in Bombay and Maharashtra and excellent in Bihar), Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, Tarkieb, Jung, Hera Pheri (BB in Bombay & South), Chal Mere Bhai, Baaghi, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (B in Bombay), Sultaan, Hey! Ram, Mela (B1 in Hindi Belt), Champion


  73. @Shivaay – We once debated on whether 2003-2004 old archives of BOI had verdicts from FI or not. I was checking BOI archives recently and found the exact difference between their classification methodology and FI’s.

    Old BOI’s verdicts were classified with this methodology:

    A111-All Time Blockbuster(300%+ Return)
    AAA-Super Duper Hit(225-299% Return)
    A11-Super Hit(175-224% Return)
    AA-Super Hit/Hit(125-174% Return)
    A1-Hit(75-124% Return)
    A-Semi Hit(50-74% Return)
    BB-Above Average(25-49% Return)
    B1-Average(10-24% Return)
    B-Below Average

    Whereas, FI’s classification terminology is the following:

    AAA – SUPER-DUPER-HIT (films which earn much more than three times their cost)
    AA – SUPERHIT (films which earn three times their cost)
    A1 – HIT (films which earn more than twice their cost, but less than three times their cost)
    A – SEMI-HIT (films which earn twice their cost)
    BB – OVERFLOW (films which earn more than 125% of their investment)
    B1 – COMMISSION EARNERS (films which cover at least 20% over and above their investment)
    B – AVERAGE(films that earned back their investment)

    So what is a Semi-Hit (A) by old BOI is actually no more than Overflow (BB) by FI. So these are not clean hits. Even some of the Hits (A1) films in old BOI will only be Overflows(BB) and SEmi-Hits(A) as per FI. Such differences has to be kept in mind when reading the verdicts of old BOI and comparing it with FI …


    • BOI archives of 2003-04 is still the closest thing to FI until we get hold of FIs actual scans. And I doubt Komal himself is using this method these days. I don’t see films like Mission Mangal, Good News, Raid or S30 doing over 200-300% ROI based on their production costs.


      • Due to the difference in the classification terminology, the old BOI data on AB’s films look much larger-than-life than AB’s filmography actually is. It is still an incredible record, although the lifetime hit count comes down to 57 instead of 69 (including the semi-hits or overflows). In his first phase of career itself (1969-1994), the hit count was 43 (again including semi-hits or overflows).

        For comparison sake, Srk till date has 29 hits, Salman 32 and Aamir 20 (again including semi-hits or overflows), making these finer adjustments from old BOI data.

        Also, FI considers ‘cost’ as distribution price – NOT entire budget of the film. I dont know the distribution cost of Good News, Mission Mangal or Raid to comment on their ROI %.

        Anyways, FI has stopped giving their verdicts from 2020 onwards.


        • BOI archives most likely borrowed their data from Trade Guide than FI. And liberalized it further to suit their agenda down the years. Either ways AB didn’t have more than half a dozen flops from 1973-88 despite doing 75 odd films. Which is a historic success ratio for any mainstream star in his prime. Only Dilip Kumar might be equal but with less than half the number of films.


        • It seems to me that BOI was attempting to have its unique verdict systemduring its foundation years of 2003-04, which was somewhat of a middle-ground between FI and TG verdicts. Eventually they redesigned the site in 2005 & they changed/liberalized verdicts according to their biases.

          FI verdicts will remain the best data (and most unbiased although its not always perfect – nothing actually is) in future, to refer back to the Bollywood box office story in the last 3 decades. It would have been nice if TG data was also preserved, not unfortunately v less has been so far. TG maybe be quite lenient with its verdicts, but its also unbiased like FI. It is BOI’s current data which is heavily corrupt & biased based on their star preferences.

          AB’s record is incredible, no matter how it is sliced or diced. No two ways about it. Its just lamentable that so little data and verdicts from 70s and 80s have been archived from FI and TG. Pathetic job by Komal and Taran who are more busy making silly commentary in current times on popular media (completely redundant in today’s age of over information from too many other sources).


        • AB’s success ratio may have been astounding in his first innings, but it got diluted a lot with all the flops accumulating over his second innings. So overall success ratio is nothing exemplary. Dilip Kumar was much more selective in his films both in his first innings and second innings. DK did 56-57 films overall in his career as opposed to 150+ films in AB’s filmography. They are not comparable.

          DK’s hit ratio will perhaps remain the highest among all Bollywood superstars (assuming Khans and HR are the last of that species). I dont see SRK/Aamir matching up to DK’s by the end of their careers, although they have been quite selective for major portions of their careers. They have perhaps 10-15 films left to do yet, unless a miracle happens and they start doing films left and right. Aamir will do well if he does even 10 films from here onwards.


  74. Dilip Kumar’s career:

    1. Jugnu (1947) – HIT
    2. Mela (1948) – HIT
    3. Shaheed (1948) – SUPERHIT
    4. Nadiya Ke Par (1948) – SEMI-HIT
    5. Shubnam (1949) – HIT
    6. Andaz (1949) – SUPERHIT
    7. Jogan (1950) – HIT
    8. Arzoo (1950) – SEMI-HIT
    9. Babul (1950) – HIT
    10. Deedar (1951) – HIT
    11. Hulchul (1951) – SEMI-HIT
    12. Aan (1952) – SUPERHIT
    13. Daag (1952) – HIT
    14. Footpath (1953) – SEMI-HIT
    15. Insaniyat (1955) – SEMI-HIT
    16. Udan Khatola (1955) – HIT
    17. Azaad (1955) – SUPERHIT
    18. Naya Daur (1957) – SUPERHIT
    19. Yahudi (1958) – HIT
    20. Madhumati (1958) – SUPERHIT
    21. Paigham (1959) – SUPERHIT
    22. Kohinoor (1960) – HIT
    23. Mughal-E-Azam (1960) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    24. Ganga Jamuna (1961) – SUPERHIT
    25. Ram Aur Shyam (1967) – SUPERHIT
    26. Gopi (1970) – SEMI-HIT
    27. Kranti (1981) – SUPERHIT
    28. Vidhata (1982) – SUPERHIT
    29. Shakti (1982) – SEMI-HIT
    30. Karma (1986) – SUPERHIT
    31. Saudagar (1991) – SEMI-HIT


  75. Raj Kapoor’s career at box-office:

    1. Neel Kamal (1947) – SEMI-HIT
    2. Barsaat (1949) – SUPERHIT
    3. Andaz (1949) – SUPERHIT
    4. Parivartan (1949) – SEMI-HIT
    5. Sargam (1950) – SEMI-HIT
    6. Dastaan (1950) – HIT
    7. Aawara (1951) – SUPERHIT
    8. Anhonee (1952) – HIT
    9. Boot Polish (1954) – SEMI-HIT
    10. Shree 420 (1955) – SUPERHIT
    11. Chori Chori (1956) – HIT
    12. Phir Subah Hogi (1958) – HIT
    13. Parvarish (1958) – SEMI-HIT
    14. Anari (1959) – SUPERHIT
    15. Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960) – HIT
    16. Sangam (1964) – SUPERHIT
    17. Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) – SEMI-HIT


  76. Dev Anand’s career:

    1. Ziddi (1948) – HIT
    2. Jeet (1949) – HIT
    3. Dilruba (1950) – SEMI-HIT
    4. Baazi (1951) – SUPERHIT
    5. Jaal (1952) – SUPERHIT
    6. Tamasha (1952) – SEMI-HIT
    7. Taxi Driver (1954) – SUPERHIT
    8. Munimji (1955) – SEMI-HIT
    9. Insaniyat (1955) – SEMI-HIT
    10. C.I.D. (1956) – SUPERHIT
    11. Nau Do Gyarah (1957) – HIT
    12. Paying Guest (1957) – HIT
    13. Kala Pani (1958) – SEMI-HIT
    14. Kala Bazar (1960) – SEMI-HIT
    15. Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961) – HIT
    16. Hum Dono (1961) – HIT
    17. Asli-Naqli (1962) – HIT
    18. Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963) – HIT
    19. Guide (1965) – SUPERHIT
    20. Jewel Thief (1967) – SUPERHIT
    21. Mahal (1969) – SEMI-HIT
    22. Johny Mera Naam (1970) – SUPERHIT
    23. Tere Mere Sapne (1971) – SEMI-HIT
    24. Hare Krishna Hare Ram (1971) – HIT
    25. Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972) – SEMI-HIT
    26. Amir Garib (1974) – HIT
    27. Warrant (1975) – HIT


  77. Rajendra Kumar’s career:

    1. Vachan (1955) – HIT
    2. Toofan Aur Diya (1956) – SEMI-HIT
    3. Mother India (1957) – ATBB
    4. Dhool Ka Phool (1959) – HIT
    5. Goonj Uthi Sehnai (1959) – HIT
    6. Kanoon (1960) – SEMI-HIT
    7. Gharana (1961) – HIT
    8. Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) – HIT
    9. Sasural (1961) – HIT
    10. Mere Mehboob (1963) – SUPERHIT
    11. Dil Ek Mandir (1963) – HIT
    12. Gehra Daag (1963) – SEMI-HIT
    13. Sangam (1964) – SUPERHIT
    14. Aye Milan Ki Bela (1964) – SUPERHIT
    15. Zindagi (1964) – HIT
    16. Arzoo (1965) – SUPERHIT
    17. Suraj (1966) – SUPERHIT
    18. Gora Aur Kala (1972) – HIT
    19. Love Story (1981) – SUPERHIT


  78. Rajesh Khanna:

    1. Bandhan (1969) – HIT
    2. Aradhana (1969) – SUPERHIT
    3. Do Raaste (1969) – SUPERHIT
    4. Doli (1969) – SEMI-HIT
    5. Ittefaq (1969) – SEMI-HIT
    6. The Train (1970) – SEMI-HIT
    7. Sachaa Jhutha (1970) – SUPERHIT
    8. Safar (1970) – HIT
    9. Kati Patang (1970) – HIT
    10. Aan Milo Sajna (1970) – HIT
    11. Anand (1971) – SEMI-HIT
    12. Andaz (1971) – HIT
    13. Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) – SUPERHIT
    14. Amar Prem (1971) – SEMI-HIT
    15. Maryada (1971) – SEMI-HIT
    16. Dushman (1972) – HIT
    17. Apna Desh (1972) – HIT
    18. Anuraag (1972) – SEMI-HIT
    19. Namak Haram (1973) – SEMI-HIT
    20. Daag (1973) – HIT
    21. Prem Nagar (1974) – HIT
    22. Roti (1974) – HIT
    23. Aap Ki Kasam (1974) – SEMI-HIT
    24. Amardeep (1979) – SEMI-HIT
    25. Thodisi Bewafaii (1980) – SEMI-HIT
    26. Souten (1983) – SEMI-HIT
    27. Avtaar (1983) – HIT
    28. Maqsad (1984) – SEMI-HIT


  79. Bachchan:

    1971 – Anand (SEMI-HIT)
    1973 – Zanjeer (SUPERHIT), Namak Haram (SEMI-HIT)
    1974 – Roti Kapada Makaan (BLOCKBUSTER), Majboor (SEMI-HIT)
    1975 – Sholay (ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER), Deewar (SUPERHIT), Chupke Chupke (SEMI-HIT)
    1976 – Hera Pheri (HIT), Kabhi Kabhie (SEMI-HIT), Do Anjaane (SEMI-HIT)
    1977 (3) – Amar Akbar Abthony (BLOCKBUSTER), Parvarish (HIT), Khoon Pasina (SEMI-HIT)
    1978 (4) – Muqaddar Ka Sikander (BLOCKBUSTER), Trishul (SUPERHIT), Don (HIT), Kasme Vaade (SEMI-HIT)
    1979 (2) – Suhaag (HIT), Mr Natwarlal (SEMI-HIT)
    1980 – Dostana (SUPERHIT), Ram Balraam (SEMI-HIT)
    1981 – Lawaaris (SUPERHIT), Naseeb (HIT)
    1982 – Khudaar (SUPERHIT), Namak Halaal (SUPERHIT), Desh Premee (HIT), Satte Pe Satta (HIT), Bemisaal (SEMI-HIT), Shakti (SEMI-HIT)
    1983 – Coolie (SUPERHIT), Andha Kanoon (HIT)
    1984 – Sharaabi (HIT)
    1985 – Mard (HIT), Geraftaar (HIT)
    1986 – Aakhree Raasta (SEMI-HIT)
    1988 – Shahenshah (SEMI-HIT)
    1990 – Aaj Ka Arjun (HIT)
    1991 – Hum (SEMI-HIT)
    1998 – Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (SEMI-HIT), Major Saab (SEMI-HIT)
    2000 – Mohabbatein* (HIT)
    2001 – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham* (HIT)
    2003 – Baghban* (SEMI-HIT)
    2005 – Bunty Aur Babli (HIT), Sarkar* (SEMI-HIT), Waqt (SEMI-HIT)
    2006 – Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (SEMI-HIT)
    2015 – Piku* (HIT)
    2016 – Pink** (HIT)
    2018 – 102 Not Out* (SEMI-HIT)
    2019 – Badla* (HIT)
    2022 – Brahmastra (SEMI-HIT)


  80. Dharmendra:

    1. Shola Aur Shabnam (1961) – SEMI-HIT
    2. Anpadh (1962) – HIT
    3. Bandini (1963) – SEMI-HIT
    4. Haqeeqat (1964) – HIT
    5. Aye Milan Ki Bela (1964) – SUPERHIT
    6. Kaajal (1965) – HIT
    7. Aye Din Bahar Ke (1966) – HIT
    8. Phool Aur Patthar (1966) – SUPERHIT
    9. Izzat (1968) – SEMI-HIT
    10. Shikar (1968) – HIT
    11. Aankhen (1968) – SUPERHIT
    12. Yakeen (1969) – SEMI-HIT
    13. Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969) – HIT
    14. Kab Kyon Aur Kahan (1970) – SEMI-HIT
    15. Tum Haseen Main Jawan (1970) – HIT
    16. Sharafat (1970) – HIT
    17. Jeevan Mrityu (1970) – HIT
    18. Naya Zamana (1971) – SEMI-HIT
    19. Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971) – SUPERHIT
    20. Samadhi (1972) – SEMI-HIT
    21. Raja Jani (1972) – HIT
    22. Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) – SUPERHIT
    23. Loafer (1973) – HIT
    24. Kahani Kismet Ki (1973) – HIT
    25. Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973) – HIT
    26. Jugnu (1973) – SUPERHIT
    27. Patthar Aur Payal (1974) – SEMI-HIT
    28. Dost (1974) – HIT
    29. Pratiggya (1975) – SUPERHIT
    30. Chupke Chupke (1975) – SEMI-HIT
    31. Sholay (1975) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    32. Maa (1976) – SEMI-HIT
    33. Charas (1976) – HIT
    34. Chacha Bhatija (1977) – HIT
    35. Dharam Veer (1977) – SUPERHIT
    36. Azaad (1978) – SEMI-HIT
    37. Ali Baba Aur 40 Chor (1980) – SEMI-HIT
    38. Ram Balram (1980) – SEMI-HIT
    39. Kaatilon Ke Kaatil (1981) – HIT
    40. Samraat (1982) – SEMI-HIT
    41. Baghavat (1982) – SEMI-HIT
    42. Jaani Dost (1983) – SEMI-HIT
    43. Naukar Biwi Ka (1983) – HIT
    44. Ghulami (1985) – SEMI-HIT
    45. Aag Hi Aag (1987) – HIT
    46. Hukumat (1987) – HIT
    47. Loha (1987) – SEMI-HIT
    48. Insaaniyat Ke Dushman (1987) – SEMI-HIT
    49. Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987) – SEMI-HIT
    50. Ilaaka (1989) – SEMI-HIT
    51. Tehalka (1992) – SEMI-HIT
    52. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) – HIT
    53. Munnibai (1999) – SEMI-HIT
    54. Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) – HIT


  81. Jeetendra:

    1. Farz (1967) – SUPERHIT
    2. Jeene Ki Raah (1969) – HIT
    3. Jigri Dost (1969) – HIT
    4. Waris (1969) – HIT
    5. Khilona (1970) – HIT
    6. Humjoli (1970) – HIT
    7. Caravan (1971) – HIT
    8. Bhai Ho To Aisa (1972) – SEMI-HIT
    9. Jaise Ko Taisa (1973) – SEMI-HIT
    10. Bidaai (1974) – HIT
    11. Roti (1974) – HIT
    12. Nagin (1976) – SUPERHIT
    13. Dharam Veer (1977) – SUPERHIT
    14. Apnapan (1977) – HIT
    14. Swarg Narak (1978) – HIT
    15. Karmayogi (1978) – SEMI-HIT
    16. Jaani Dushman (1979) – SUPERHIT
    17. Khandaan (1979) – SEMI-HIT
    18. Aasha (1980) – SUPERHIT
    19. Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980) – HIT
    20. Judaai (1980) – HIT
    21. Maang Bharo Sajana (1980) – SEMI-HIT
    22. Meri Aawaz Suno (1981) – SUPERHIT
    23. Ek Hi Bhool (1981) – HIT
    24. Farz Aur Kanoon (1982) – SUPERHIT
    25. Chorni (1982) – HIT
    26. Jeeo Aur Jeene Do (1982) – HIT
    27. Samraat (1982) – SEMI-HIT
    28. Dharam Kanta (1982) – SEMI-HIT
    29. Himmatwala (1983) – HIT
    30. Justice Chaudhury (1983) – HIT
    31. Mawaali (1983) – HIT
    32. Jaani Dost (1983) – SEMI-HIT
    33. Arpan (1983) – SEMI-HIT
    34. Tohfa (1984) – HIT
    35. Maqsad (1984) – SEMI-HIT
    36. Qaidi (1984) – SEMI-HIT
    37. Sanjog (1985) – HIT
    38. Haqeeqat (1985) – SEMI-HIT
    39. Swarg Se Sundar (1986) – HIT
    40. Ghar Sansar (1986) – SEMI-HIT
    41. Dosti Dushmani (1986) – SEMI-HIT
    42. Sindoor (1987) – HIT
    43. Khudgarz (1987) – HIT
    44. Aulad (1987) – SEMI-HIT
    45. Thaneedar (1990) – SEMI-HIT


  82. Salman:

    1. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER *
    2. Baaghi (1990) – HIT
    3. Sanam Bewafa (1991) – SUPERHIT
    4. Saajan (1991) – SUPERHIT *
    5. Kurbaan (1991) – HIT
    6. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER *
    7. Karan Arjun (1995) – BLOCKBUSTER
    8. Jeet (1996) – HIT
    9. Judwaa (1997) – SEMI-HIT
    10. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) – HIT
    11. Jab Pyaar Kissi Se Hota Hai (1998) – SEMI-HIT
    12. Bandhan (1998) – HIT
    13. Biwi No. 1 (1999) – HIT
    14. Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) – SUPERHIT
    15. Tere Naam (2003) – SEMI-HIT *
    16. Baghban (2003) – SEMI-HIT *
    17. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) – SEMI-HIT
    18. No Entry (2005) – SUPERHIT
    19. Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005) – SEMI-HIT
    20. Partner (2007) – HIT
    21. Dabangg (2010) – SUPERHIT
    22. Ready (2011) – HIT
    23. Bodyguard (2011) – SUPERHIT
    24. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) – BLOCKBUSTER
    25. Dabangg 2 (2012) – SUPERHIT
    26. Kick (2014) – SUPERHIT
    27. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) – BLOCKBUSTER **
    28. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) – SEMI-HIT
    29. Sultan (2016) – BLOCKBUSTER *
    30. Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) – BLOCKBUSTER


  83. SRK:

    1. Deewana (1992) – HIT
    2. Darr (1993) – HIT
    3. Baazigar (1993) – HIT
    4. Karan Arjun (1995) – BLOCKBUSTER
    5. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    6. Ram Jaane (1995) – SEMI-HIT
    7. Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) – SUPERHIT
    8. Pardes (1997) – SEMI-HIT
    9. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    10. Mohabbatein (2000) – HIT
    11. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) – HIT
    12. Devdas (2002) – SEMI-HIT
    13. Chalte Chalte (2002) – SEMI-HIT
    14. Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) – SEMI-HIT
    15. Main Hoon Na (2004) – SEMI-HIT
    16. Veer-Zaara (2004) – HIT
    17. Chak De India (2007) – SUPERHIT
    18. Om Shanti Om (2007) – SUPERHIT
    19. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) – SUPERHIT
    20. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) – HIT
    21. Chennai Express (2013) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    22. Happy New Year (2014) – HIT
    23. Dear Zindagi (2016) – HIT
    24. Pathaan (2022) – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER


    • Why is KANK listed as a Semi-Hit for Bachchan but not for SRK?


      • Its not even overflow (25% profit) – remove it from everywhere.


      • Raj: It’s all relative. It’s basically all semi-hits are clean Hits, and superhits are Blockbusters and Blockbuster are Super blockbusters. It’s just a another way to classify and eventually it means the same. So many flaws in this classification that none if them take it seriously.


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