From DDLJ to Sholay - 5 Longest-Running Bollywood Films In Theatres

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Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (1995)

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol breathed eternal life into Raj and Simran’s love story in Adita Chopra’s directorial debut. DDLJ is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. It is still being screened at Martha Mandir to this day, 28 years after its release.

Sholay (1975)

Released on Independence Day in 1975, this Ramesh Sippy action-adventure film brought us the beloved bromance between Jai and Veeru (played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra). It ran for 5 years at the theatres, and was re-released in the 3D format in 2014.

Kismet (1943)

This Gyan Mukherjee drama was a box-office success despite tackling unconventional themes for the period, such as a woman getting pregnant out of a wedlock. The film’s patriotic songs were popular as well. Kismet ran for 3 and a half years at Roxy Cinema in Calcutta.

Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Directed and produced by K. Asif, this epic historical drama depicts the tragic love story of Mughal Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali. With its opulent sets and elaborate musical sequences, it was the most expensive and highest-grossing film for its period. It ran for 3 years at Maratha Mandir.

Barsaat (1949)

Directed by and starring Raj Kapoor in the lead role, this film follows two polar opposite friends as they fall in love with two women during their holiday. Barsaat was the highest-grossing Indian film at the time of its release. It had a 2-year-long theatrical run.

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