11DABANGG (215 CRORE)
Starring Salman Khan, Sonu Sood and debutant Sonakshi Sinha in prominent roles, ‘Dabangg’ released on September 10, 2010. When the makers rolled out the first trailer of the movie, people found it quite entertaining. The first reaction of the audience after watching the trailer was that the film had potential and that it would do well at the box-office. But hardly anyone had guessed it would turn out to be such a massive blockbuster, breaking all existing box-office records set by previous films of Salman Khan.
The movie fearlessly continued to spin money at the box office for more than four weeks and minted Rs. 142 crore at the domestic box-office. In addition, the film made Rs. 73 crore from international markets. In total, the film pulled in Rs. 215 crore as its lifetime collection from India and overseas and was declared an all time blockbuster.
Directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan, the film turned out to be the best bet for everybody involved. It cemented Salman Khan’s position in the industry like never before, and also established newcomer Sonakshi Sinha’s career in Bollywood. Arbaaz Khan, who made his debut into film production with ‘Dabangg’, could not thank his star enough for the humongous success of the film. It was the first film of Salman Khan which entered the Rs. 100 crore club, after that there has been no looking for the star as he has been creating a new history of sort which each one of his film.
TRIVIA: Late actor Om Puri was apparently not happy with the makers as his role was trimmed to a three scene cameo, originally his role was lengthier with more scenes with Salman.