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, NaachGaana.com, Bollybusiness, koimoi, Rediff, twitter and other websites).

2019

2018

2017

2016

2012 Thanks to Marcus…

2011

2010 Thanks to JC…

2009 Thanks to JC…

2008

2007

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

1998

1997 – Thanks to Shetty @ BOE

1997 – Page2 – Thanks to Shetty @ BoE

1997 – Incomplete – Original

1996 – Page 1

1996 – Page2

1995

1994 – Page1

1994 – Page2

1994-Page3

1991

1987

1985 – Thanks to Shiva Prasad Shetty

1984

1982

356 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 👍

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  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.

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  4. My Classifications 2019

    -ATBB

    Avengers End Game

    -Blockbuster

    Uri
    Kabir Singh
    War
    Mission Mangal

    -Superhit

    Good Newwz
    Dream Girl
    Badla
    Chichore
    The Tashkent Files

    -Hit

    Housefull4
    Total Dhamaal
    Super 30
    Kesari
    Bala
    Pati Patni aur wok
    Lion King
    Captain Marvel
    Article 15
    Luka chippi
    Mardaani 2
    Bharat (absent in this classification)

    -Semi Hit

    Dede Pyaar de
    Marjaavan
    Batla House

    – Average to flop (in few sectors)

    Dabangg3
    Thackeray

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    • 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.

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

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

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    • My Classification gives Bharat a HIT and so does Taran

      #EkHiSach💪

      F1 doesn’t event classifies Bharat 🤣😜

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  5. @Munna – Here is 2012:

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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

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

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  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.

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  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 😉

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    • 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.

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

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

      **Added to Post**

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      • 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 🙂

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

    **Added to Post**

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

    Lagaan
    K3G (Remember him calling it an “Overflow film” in the media couple of weeks after it’s release)
    Devdas
    MHN
    RDB
    Krrish3
    HNY

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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 😛

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  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.

      Koimoi.com also does classification of movies which I think is worth a look.

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  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.

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  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

      Amen!

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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).

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      • 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.

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

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    • 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

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  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 🙂

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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..

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.
          Disaster
          Flop
          Average
          Hit
          Superhit
          Blockbuster

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

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        • @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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  18. The classification criteria is fine.
    Problem.is 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.

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  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.

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  20. Here is the right classification for MM.

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    • 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.

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

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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

    https://imgur.com/di6ZDVy

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  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.

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  25. CLASSIFICATION: 1996
    (Total 125 films, including 29 dubbed films)

    Movie Marvel Of The Year
    RAJA HINDUSTANI
    AA (Super Hit)

    A1 (Hit)
    SAAJAN CHALE SASURAL
    AGNI SAKSHI (‘AAA‘ in Maharashtra)
    BANDIT QUEEN

    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)
    Loafer
    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)
    Chaahat
    Army
    Mission: Impossible (dubbed)
    Mita Doonga Naam-O-Nishan (dubbed)

    https://filminformation.com/featured/flashback-31-december-2021-from-our-issue-dated-4th-january-1997/

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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.

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

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      • 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.

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    • 1990 Film Information Verdict

      Superhit
      Dil, Ghayal

      Hit
      Aaj Ka Arjun, Aashiqui

      Semi Hit
      Baaghi

      Overflow
      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?

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

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

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        • 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.

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

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

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        • 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).

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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  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.

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    • He is nowhere near even Roshan, forget Khans.

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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        • 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.

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    • 1992 Film information

      Superhit
      Beta

      Hit
      Deewana
      Shola Aur Shabnam
      Jigar

      Semi Hit
      Bol Radha Bol

      Overflow
      Tehalka
      Khiladi

      Commission Earner
      Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar
      Police officer
      Angaar

      Coverage To Commission Earner
      Khuda Gawah

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

    2013 – https://www.koimoi.com/box-office/box-office-bollywood-films-of-2013/

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  29. Another missing year substitute:
    2015 – https://www.koimoi.com/box-office/hits-flops/verdict-2015/

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  30. 1992 Film information

    Superhit
    Beta

    Hit
    Deewana
    Shola Aur Shabnam
    Jigar

    Semi Hit
    Bol Radha Bol

    Overflow
    Tehalka
    Khiladi

    Commission Earner
    Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar
    Police officer
    Angaar

    Coverage To Commission Earner
    Khuda Gawah

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  31. 1993

    Super Duper Hit
    Aankhen

    Superhit
    Khalnayak

    Hit
    Darr
    Baazigar
    Phool Aur Angaar

    Semi Hit
    Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke

    Overflow
    Damini
    Anari
    Dalaal
    Lootere

    Commission Earner
    Gardish
    Gumrah
    Aaina

    Coverage To Commission
    Muqabala
    Roja

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    • 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.

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

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  32. Aman Basha Says:

    1997 complete classification as per Rediff (with prices, profits and losses0:
    https://www.rediff.com/movies/1998/feb/02hit.htm

    Super-Duper Hit
    Border

    Super Hit
    Dil Toh Pagal Hai
    Pardes (?)

    Hit
    Yes Boss
    Gupt
    Ziddi
    Judwaa
    Judaai
    Hero No 1
    Virasat
    Ishq
    Chachi 420

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

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

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    • 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.

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        • 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.

          https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/society-the-arts/films/story/19880315-amitabh-bachchan-makes-spectacular-come-back-with-shahenshah-797041-1988-03-15

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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!

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

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    • 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.
      Rediff.com’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 Rediff.com, 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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 …

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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)

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      • 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.

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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        • TG has these 8 as Blockbusters:

          Deewar
          Sholay
          Amar Akbar Anthony
          Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
          Suhaag
          Naseeb
          Laawaris
          Coolie

          What are they missing, if any?

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        • Where does DON figure?

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        • Don and Mard are Super Hits as per TG.

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        • 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.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          http://web.archive.org/web/20061015173504/http://www.boxofficeindia.com/aamirkhan.htm

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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        • @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.

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

    https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/yakuzas-blasts-from-the-past/

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  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.

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  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?

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      • 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
    -Andaa
    -Bhoot
    -Jism

    BB (Overflow) -Ishq Vishq
    -Tujhe Meri Kasam

    B1 (Commission)-Khwahish
    -Chota Jadugar

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

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

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

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        • 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

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

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        • Overflow

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

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        • 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.

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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 …

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        • 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%)

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        • 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.

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

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        • 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…

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        • 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.

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        • ROFLMAO

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        • KMG ‘Nett’ was 30 cr by FI. KNPH was 32 cr and K3G was 30 cr. Check: https://web.archive.org/web/20040115134437/http://boxofficeindia.com/trade%20info.htm

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  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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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).

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  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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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

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  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.

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    • 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?

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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

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        • 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.

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        • Any idea what he’s up to now?

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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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

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

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    • 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.

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  46. Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

    1997 Complete Classification

    Superhit
    Border
    Dil Toh Pagal Hai

    Hit
    Hero No. 1
    Judwaa
    Gupt
    Judaai
    Ziddi

    Semi Hit
    Ishq
    Chachi 420
    Virasat

    Overflow
    Pardes
    Bhai
    Deewana Mastana
    Aastha
    Yeshwant

    Commission Earner
    Shapath
    Koyla
    Kaalia

    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)

    1.Border
    2.Dil Toh Pagal Hai
    3.Ishq
    4.Gupt
    5.Hero No.1
    6.Judwaa
    7.Ziddi
    8.Pardes
    9.Deewana Mastana
    10.Chachi 420

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  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 90s.in 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 92-97.in 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)

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    • 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

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        • 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.

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        • 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)

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        • 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.

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        • Trade Guide & Filminformation Says:

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

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        • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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

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        • 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

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  48. Suman halder Says:

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

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    • Does anyone has film information yearly classification 2000-2006

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      • 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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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      • 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

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  49. HALF-YEARLY CLASSIFICATION: 1997

    AA (Super-Hit)

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

    A1 (Hit)

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

    A (Semi-Hit)

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

    BB (Overflow)

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

    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.

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  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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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).

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  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.

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

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      • 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.

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

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        • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • And Ramesh Sippy of course..

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