Hindi films have been the top-grossing genres for five years in a row, and the genre is poised to surpass French and German as the most watched in India by the end of the year.
The top five films for each of the five major Hindi cinema markets—Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Mumbai—were released last month.
The films were produced by the leading producers and directors, who include Amitabh Bachchan, Rajkumar Hirani, Anupam Kher and Dhananjaya Ran.
The highest-grosser in each market is Kolkata’s ‘Crimson’, which took home the most Indian film tickets, making more than Rs 7,000 crore.
The second highest-earning film is ‘Dance of the Seven Dwarfs’, which earned Rs 6,000 crores, and last year’s top-selling film is the film that won a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
‘The Lion King’ is India’s most popular film.
Kolkatarapuram-based Ran’s films have made the Indian film industry a major player in the global film industry, but the films in question have never been commercially successful.
This year, ‘The Kolkatarpura’, the first film from Ran’s first film production company ‘The King of Kong’, became the most-watched film in India, with 1.3 million people watching the movie.
The film was released in September and the box office took a hit after it became the subject of a film tax protest.
The latest film by the same filmmaker, ‘Shameless’, has also been in the spotlight for its high-profile sexual harassment scandal, with two women claiming they were raped by Ran in the past.
In March, a group of female actors, directors and producers were arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a producer in a film.
The case is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate.’
The Lion Kingdom’, which was released last year, also saw the release of two films, ‘Lion King’ and ‘Dangerous Liaisons’.
The films are about the adventures of King Tutankhamun, a fictional character who leads an army of warriors who fight evil giants in Egypt.