5 Bollywood Films That Had The Longest Run In Theatres

Mina Muzumdar |Feb 11, 2019

5 Bollywood film that broke the record for longest screening in the cinema.

1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Director: Aditya Chopra

Duration: 22 years and counting 

Without a doubt, the first position of this list must belong to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a timeless favourite movie of numerous Bollywood fans. With the feature of the best on-screen catalyst - Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan - the film has attracted and made entire generation ecstatic at it. Additionally, this was the debut movie of the director Aditya Chopra, the elder son of Yash Chopra. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was proof that Aditya Chopra can do everything to be on top of the business.


The plot has no surprise and not “the first on-screen", but then audiences can realise that they could easily immerse in the storyline of the movie and find themselves in main characters. The reason is that the film was not just about the plot, the movie is exceptional for some ideas. First of all, the movie had delivered a fresh and innocent spirit. Secondly, the film contained numerous paradoxes. On one hand, the movie brought powerful and magical things to audiences, on the other hand, it is subtle and realistic. Even though it is complicated, parts of it are essential in a variety of ways.

In addition to winning National Award, the movie gained 10 Filmfare Awards after hitting the cinema. The number of achievements increased when it surpassed the record of Sholay of Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan; Marathi theatre had been kept Sholay on screen for over five years. Indian cinema history beheld the longest-running movie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which has been on Maratha Mandir for 22 years and not yet have any signal to be stopped. Starting with a financial plan of roughly Rs. 4 crores, the movie has earned 120 crores during its lifetime.

2. Sholay (1975)

Director: Ramesh Sippy 

Duration: 5 years 

The climax scene when Veeru witnessed Jai took the last breath in his arms had touched to the heart of audiences and it was not easy to hold back tears. For anyone watched Sholay, that scene will stay in their mind and could be there forever. Furthermore, the movie had an unbelievable contribution to the revolution of the film industry in India. How movie producers created productions, how scripts were made, and how characters were designed and developed had been changed since the day Sholay was released.


Shekhar Kapur, a master in the industry, separated the Indian cinema’s history into 2 periods: ‘Sholay BC’ and 'Sholay AD'. At that time, there was not much movie could keep a position in cinemas for a long time and Sholay had maintained its attraction to audiences from different age throughout 5 years after the movie was released.

3. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Director: K. Asif

Duration: 3 years 

The movie had the participation of Prithviraj Kapoor as Emperor Akbar, Durga Khote as the Queen Jodha and Dilip Kumar as the successor to the throne, Prince Salim. Despite the noble background, Salim fell in love with Anarkali, a court dancer. The distinction in the background prevented her from expressing her felling, nevertheless, the love of Salim was finally reciprocated. The conflict between Akbar and Salim arose when the relationship of Salim and Anarkali was detected.


The movie was on the list of the grandest and expensive movies and it can be described to be an incomparable movie for the perfection that the movie achieved. Indian cinema had screened this movie for approximately 150 weeks. Furthermore, Mughal-E-Azam was the first movie digitally coloured at that time and once again, the movie was released in the new format.

4. Kismet (1943)

Director: Gyan Mukherjee

Duration: 3 years 

Kismet is supposed to be the pioneer of blockbuster movies in Indian cinema. The film brought together talented star casts which consisted of Mumtaz Shanti, Shah Nawaz and Ashok Kumar there was no surprise that the movie got love from all sides of the nation which help it maintaining the position in cinemas for 3 years. Kismet holds the record of 187 weeks screening in a cinema in Calcutta, Roxy Cinema until the movie Sholay broke the record with the number 286 weeks in 1975.


Kismet was leverage for Ashok Kumar to introduce his fame as part of the greatest stars of the movie industry. In the movie, Ashok Kumar was in a role as a criminal who had no embarrassment and no bravery but he had a heart of gold. This can be considered as the first time the villain was the main character. Additionally, it was the first on-screen that one character was in charge of 2 roles and a girl got pregnant prior to marriage. Besides, a classic recipe was applied, Separation and Reunited.


One of the factors made Kismet became a successful movie was its music. Anil Biswas was the one composed memorable song like Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali, Dheere Dheere Aa, and Door Hato O Duniyawalon Hindustan Hamara Hai for the movie.

5. Barsaat (1949) 

Director: Raj Kapoor 

Duration 2 years 

Barsaat was released at the beginning of Bollywood. People remember the movie not just because the movie was set a record for the time that it stayed on screens of cinemas, but for some specific reasons. Truth be told, Barsaat turned out to be such a monstrous achievement that lead to the establishment of RK Studios by Raj Kapoor after the movie was released.


The film recounted the story of two companions whose perspective of love were different from each other; while Pran (Raj Kapoor) put his faith in true love, love was something casually was what Gopal (Premnatth) believed in. Both of them found their lover; Meanwhile, Reshma (Nargis) own a charm that conquered the love of Pran, Gopal fell in love with Neela (Nimmi).  In spite of confronting numerous challenges, Pran and Reshma managed to get married. Nonetheless, it had been too late when Gopal understands the cruciality of true love.


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