Diwali box office: Explosions and burnouts

Bollywood considers Diwali an auspicious day for releases. But does it pay off? Not always. Here's a ready reckoner.


For SRK, it all started with his breakthrough film, Abbas-Mustan's thriller Baazigar which released on Diwali day in 1993. Co-starring Kajol, the movie became a huge hit and SRK's graph was firmly northbound.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

A Diwali release proved second time lucky for SRK with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Co-starring Kajol again, the movie became one of Bollywood's biggest blockbusters ever. Aditya Chopra's debut as director and produced by the late Yash Chopra, DDLJ created SRK the romantic hero.

Dil To Pagal Hai

Another Diwali, another hit for SRK in the form of Yash Chopra's musical-drama Dil To Pagal Hai. Giving SRK company this time were Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapur.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

And by now it was only natural that come Diwali, it was time for another SRK film. This time, director Karan Johar's debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The result: yet another blockbuster for SRK and Kajol.

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan

David Dhawan took a huge risk and released his movie Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda along with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. But it was worth it since his movie too did good business at the box office.


If the Diwali of 1998 saw SRK and Big B in different movies, 2000 was a happy Diwali for both in Yash Chopra's Mohabbatein also starring Aishwarya Rai. The movie opened well and was declared a hit.

Mission Kashmir

Along with Mohabbatein came Hrithik Roshan's Mission Kashmir. The movie did average business at the box office.


Starring Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpai in lead roles, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's Pinjar based on the Hindu-Muslim divide during the partition of India won critical acclaim. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.


SRK was back to ruling Diwali week with another Yash Chopra movie Veer-Zaara , also starring Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji.


Akshay Kumar was giving SRK competition at the box office with thriller Aitraaz co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The movie fared fairly well.

Garam Masala

The following year too Akshay Kumar was seen on the big screen during Diwali in the comedy movie Garam Masala, also starring John Abraham. The movie became a hit.

Kyon Ki

Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Kyon Ki released along with Garam Masala. Diwali turned out to be unlucky for Salman Khan as the movie flopped.

Don: The Chase Begins Again

SRK reprised Amitabh Bachchan's Don role in Farhan Akhtar's remake. The movie was a hit.


2006 also witnessed a Khan war at the box office, as Jaan-E-Mann starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta also released with Don: The Chase Begins Again. The directorial debut of Shirish Kunder flopped miserably.

Om Shanti Om

With a hope to continue his winning streak, SRK yet again released his home production Om Shanti Om on Diwali. This proved to be yet another hit in SRK's kitty.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali took a very risky decision of releasing Saawariya starring two newcomers Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor along with SRK's movie. The movie was a flop.

Golmaal Returns

Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Returns starring Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade was the only Diwali release in the year 2008. The movie did well at the box office.


The film resurrected Priyanka Chopra's career and fetched her a National Award for her performance as a failing supermodel. Kangana Ranaut also had praise heaped on her.

All The Best - Fun Begins

Released alongside a big budget film Blue, Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu, Fardeen Khan and Sanjay Dutt starrer All The Best hit bulls eye at the box office. The laugh riot scored a thumbs up both from critics and fans alike.


The film had all the ingredients of making of a super hit - music by AR Rahman, a hit song by Australian Kylie Minogue and a power packed cast including Sa Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta. But it failed to cast a spell, proving that not every Diwali is bright for a hit-in-the-making.

Main Aur Mrs Khanna

From the promos, this Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer looked perfect for a Diwali release. But the film directed by Salman’s friend Prem Soni failed miserably due to of its patchy storyline.

Action Replayy

The Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan film, which was reportedly a remake of the 1985 Hollywood blockbuster Back to the Future, directed by Vipul Shah had good music but the audience could not connect to the “Time Machine” concept.

Golmaal 3

Rohit Shetty's third film in the hit Golmaal series, opened with mixed to negative responses worldwide but the film, starring Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Arshad Warsi, was eventually declared a blockbuster. It went to become the 9th highest grossing Bollywood fil


SRK's dream project RA.One, made at a production cost of Rs.150 crore, was one of the biggest flops of 2012. The movie, which featured the super hit Chammak Challo sung by Akon and starring the red hot Kareena Kapoor, had a great opening but eventually fell flat at the box office.