Decade and years – 1930s

1930’s
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film Year Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Shirin Farhad 1931 Blockbuster Though Aalam Ara is the first talkie and a huge rage, Shirin Frahad emerges the biggest hit of the year and decade
2 Alam Ara 1931 Blockbuster India’s first talkie is a huge blockbuster
3 Deavdas 1935 Blockbuster One of the biggest hit that started the trend of musicals and tragedies.
4 Achhut Kanya 1936 Blockbuster Social as a genre emerge, would dominate Bollywood for most part of the 70 years
5 Pukar 1939 Blockbuster In the tradition of Historicals and Parsi theatre towards the end of their domination and beginning of socials getting bigger
6 Amrit Manthan 1934 Blockbuster Huge Blockbuster
7 Street Singer 1938 Blockbuster Takes the musical format forward
8 Zindagi 1940 Blockbuster Another huge hit
9 Bandhan 1940 Super Hit Socials getting stronger
10 Mahabharat 1933 Super Hit Reinforces the losing grip of Mythologicals
1931
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Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Sheerin Farhad Blockbuster Silent Era’s last biggest Blockbuster.
2 Aalm Ara Blockbuster India’s first talkie, huge blockbuster Makes Zubeida No 1 heroine and takes Prithvi Raj Kapoor to no 3.
3 Alladin Ka Chiraagh Super Hit Patience cooper’s Big hit.
4 Baaz Bahadur Super Hit Silent era’s no 1 superstar Sulochana (Ruby Mayers) has a setback with the coming of Talkie as she is not very good with Hindi and slides down to No 2.
5 Draupadi Super Hit Prthviraj Kapoor’s second hit, silent era star Khalil manages to keep his position at no 2.
6 Hoor E Misr Hit Zubeida’s second hit, Master Vitthal’s saving grace that keeps him at no 1 depite a slow year.
7 Laila Majnu Hit The first hit in a series of Bollywood’s most remade story.
8 Khuda Ki Shaan Hit Sulochana’s hits are not drying up anytime soon.
9 Farebi Jaal Hit Hit with unknown names.
10 Veer Abhimanyu Hit Zubeida’s 3rd hit within the year.
1932
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Ali Baba 40 Chor Blockbuster Patience Cooper and Jahaan Ara Kajjan try to maintain their positions .
2 Maya Machhindra Blockbuster V Shantaram has a huge hit as a director, Master Vinayak moves to the top spot with this one.
3 Ayodhya Ka Raja Super Hit Durga Khote, Bollywood’s first Graduate heroine enters and is a star. Master Vinayak also has another big hit.
4 Bilwamangal Super Hit Patience Cooper – Jhaan Ara Kajjan duo does it again with smaller male stars. Kajjan’s ‘s past records added take her to No 2 position. Cooper is at No 3.
5 Zarina Super Hit Zubeida’s super hit keeps her at top.
6 Indrasabha Super Hit Jahaan Ara Kajjan’s hit.
7 Madhuri Hit Sulochana’s only hit, she is out of top 3.
8 Mohabbat Ke Aansu Average After a failed debut in Zinda Laash, Kundan Lal Sehgal has a modest success in this one.
9 Subah Ka Sitara Below Average Though even this film fails to be a big hit, it gets K L Sehgal noticed enough.
10 Subhadra Hanan Hit Zubeida has another hit .
1933
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Mahabharat Super Hit Zubeida retains top position with another huge hit. Master Bachchu is a surprise winner.
2 Sairandhari Super Hit Master Vinayak reamins top star for second year.
3 Rajrani Meera Super Hit K L Sehgal moves up with this one, so also the highly educated and professional Durga Khote. Prithviraj Kapoor adds a multistarrer hit too.
4 Lanka Dahan Super Hit Big hit with little known stars.
5 Mirza Sahibaan Super Hit Master Bachchu is on a roll.
6 Nal Damyanti Hit Again Master Bachchu features in another hit, helping him enter the countdown at No 3.
7 Alif Laila Hit Another Big hit with smaller stars. Zohra Jaan moves into the countdown at no 3 as she has had some small successes previously while no other heroine has any hits.
8 Puran Bhagat Hit It’s with a small appearance in 4 songs where Sehgal sings Bhajans in this film that he is a rage for the first time .
9 Mandir Ki Ghanti Hit Sulochana though out of top 3, still manages occasional hits.
10 Yahudi Ki Ladki Semi-Hit Sehgal has another success.
1934
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Amrit Manthan Blockbuster V Shantaram delivers a huge blockbuster as a director establishing Chandra Mohan at no 3 and making a star out of Shanta Apte.
2 Chandidas Blockbuster K L sehgal is fially the no 1 star of Bollywood with this one.
3 Seeta Super Hit The humungous heroine oriented hit establishes Durga Khote even more firmly in the countdown at her no 2 while helping Prithviraj Kapoor move up to the same spot.
4 Adl E Jahangir Hit Zubeida is still No 1 as she has a hit though it’s not in top 3.
5 Cinema Queen Hit A star is born in Mehtaab with Cinema Queen.
6 Daaku Mansoor Semi-Hit Both Sehgal and Prithviraj Kapoor were about to get a hit with this film that opens to excellent response based on Sehgal craze – just when the british government bans it and collections are limited.
7 Ganasundari Hit Gohar and E billimoria taste success.
8 Indira M A Hit Sulochana though out of countdown, is not out of business. She still has a stary hit.
9 Mazdoor Hit Khalil has a hit after long though the starpping Jairaj is noticed more.
10 Griha Lakshmi Semi-Hit Hits with unknown names are still there, though reducing.
1935
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Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Devdas Blockbuster K L Sehgal’s status as No 1 singing sensation and superstar of Bollywood is further established. Jamuna zooms to the top.
2 Jawaani Ki Hawa Super Hit Devika Rani emerges a star with this one after failure of much hyped Karma with 4 minute long kiss. Moves staright to No 2 in an industry looking for dependable female names.
3 Inquilaab Super Hit Prithviraj Kapoor is frimy entrenched in No 2 position.
4 Hunterwali Super Hit Fearless Nadia (Mary Evans ) is born as a star along with regular aide, John Cawas.
5 Chandarsena Hit V Shantaram continues to give huge hits without depending on any stars.
6 Khoon Ka Khoon Hit Sohrab modi emerges as an actor Director, so also Naseem Banu as a star.
7 Dharmatma Hit V Shantaram has second hit as a director, giving Chandramohan a hit too helping him retain 3rd spot.
8 Dhoop Chhaon Hit Sardar Akhtar is noticed as an actor, Nitin Bose as a director.
9 Al Hilaal Hit Mehboob Khan delivers a hit with his very first film.
10 Anarkali Hit Guess what! Sulochan still has a hit but just short of entering the countdown for technical reasons (no big hits though very consistent) .
1936
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Achhut Knya Blockbuster Devika Rani, who just entered the countdown previous year, moves very fast to claim the top spot with huge hits. Bombat Talkies’ lab assitant Ashok Kumar launched as a hero opposite her. Franz Osten has his first big hit.
2 Amar Jyoti Super Hit V Shantaram who was giving hits without stars gives a superhit with Durga Khote, Chandra Mohan and Shanta Apte for company. Khote retains second position, Mohan his 3rd.
3 Deccan Queen Super Hit Mehboob Khan’s second film is a hit too, making Surendra Nath a star and a long term ally.
4 Bambai Ki Billi Super Hit And she does it. Despite her poor Hindi leading to her vacating the Queen Bee position, Sulochana gives hits consistently and makes it back to the 3rd spot wih a big hit.
5 Janmabhoomi Hit Second hit for Devika Rani – Ashok Kumar pairing. Franz Osten again directs.
6 Pujarin Hit Sehgal may not have the top hit but he retains hit top position.
7 Miss Frontier Mail Hit Fearles nadia is consistent.
8 Manmohan Hit Mehboob Khan has his 3rd hit within 2 years of his debut. Surendra Nath is furher established.
9 Jeevan Naiya Hit 3rd hit for Devika Rani – Ashok Kumar pairing making Ashok Kumar no 2 star of the year. Franz osten is consistent again.
10 Jungle Queen Semi-Hit Sulochana has her second success.
1937
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 President Blockbuster The first male superstar of Bollywood is K L Sehgal. (Female was Sulochana) His Heroine Leela Desai also moves to no 2 position ousting Durga Khote.
2 Vidyapati Super Hit With this Prithviraj Kapoor becomes unshakable from his No 3 spot. Leela Deasai features in top 2 hits of the year.
3 Duniya Na maane Super Hit V Shantaram goes stronger as a star director with this one. Shanta Apte, a consistent performer is at no 3.
4 Savitri Hit Ashok Kumar – devika Rani have 4th hit in a row. Ashok Kumar is undisputed N0 2 to Sehgal. Devika Rani without a doubt is numero uno.
5 Jagirdar Hit Mehboob Khan is some sort of a miracle delivering 4th hit in 3 years. Surendra again gets a hit.
6 Jeevan Parbat Hit Devika Rani’s second hit, this time without Ashok Kumar but director remains Franz Osten.
7 Hurricane Hansa Hit Fearless Nadia and JohnCawas are as consistent as they come.
8 Khan Bahadur Hit Sohrab Modi – Naseem Banu seem to be forming a successful pair too.
9 Fakhr E Islaam Semi-Hit Patience copper resurfaces after a long time with little known names to deliver a hit in the true 30s fashion.
10 Izzat Semi-Hit Ashok Kumar Devika Rani score a hat trick – that too second year in a row. So does Franz Osten who is no 1 director with 6 hits in a row.
1938
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Street Singer Blockbuster Sehgal Sehgal Sehgal. Its Sehgal all around. Heroine Kanan devi moves to 2nd spot.
2 Dharti Mata Super Hit Again Sehgal, this time with Nitin Bose.
3 Gopal Krishna Super Hit Socials are dominant but one big mythological a year is a tradition. Shanta Apte retains No 3 with this one.
4 Nirmala Hit Devika Rani is still on top, Ashok Kumar No 2.
5 Hum Tum Aur Who Hit Hit Machine Mehboob Khan introduces another rising star Motilal with this one.
6 Jailor Hit Sohrab Modi for a change not with Naseem Banu but gives industry another star – Leela Chitnis.
7 Watan Hit This is Mehboob Khan’s 6th hit in 3 years. Already the most consistent director ever, though that big blockbsuster eludes him. Kathak exponent Sitara Devi is emerging a big star too.
8 Meetha Zeher Hit Sohrab Moi and Naseem banu are back with the latter just knocking at the doors.
9 Vachan Semi-Hit Ashok Kumar – Devika rani’s modest success, 7th in a row. Franz Osten is a director of all of them. Apart from Jawaani Ki Hawa, and jeevan Prabhat with Devika Rani.
10 Sati Semi-Hit Durga Khote tastes success after a gap.
1939
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Pukar Blockbuster Finally Sohrab Modi – Naseerm Banu have that huge blockbsuter taking naseem to no 2 in the countdown.
2 Kangan Super Hit Leela Chitnis emerges a star as Ashok Kumar is at no 2 as he has a hit with a heroine other than Devika Rani. Director – yet again Bombay Talkies regular Franz Osten.
3 Aadmi Hit You can always expect one big hit without any known stars from V Shantaram each year. He is no 2 director.
4 Dushman Hit Sehgal may not have had top hit of the year but his no 1 position is intact.
5 Leatherface Hit Vijay Bhatt launches Baby Meena Kumari in this one.
6 Punjabi Mail Hit Fearless Nadia – John Cawas deliver mandatory stunt hit of the year.
7 Durga Semi-Hit Devika Rani’s modest Success keeps her at no 1 due to past records.
8 Adhuri Kahani Semi-Hit Prithviraj Kapoor too has a modest hit to remain at no 3 in the men’s countdown.
9 Sadhna Semi-Hit Shobahan Samarth is a minor star.
10 Sapera Semi-Hit Prithviraj kapoor’s second success but a small one.
1940
1931      1932      1933      1934      1935      1936      1937      1938      1939       1940
Rank Film ROI Nett Gross Average Ticket Price Footfall Verdict Note
1 Zindagi Blockbuster Aftera year’s gap Sehgal delivers top hit again though his position cant be any higher than the No 1 he already is. Jamuna gets to enjoy No 2 position once again – in Sehgal’s company.
2 Bandhan Super Hit Asok Kumar is as consistent as Sehgal, only at No 2 though, for lack of compettition heroien Leela Chitnis has move up to top position.
3 Achhut Hit Motilal too has occasional big hit.
4 Pagal Hit Prithviraj Kapoor’s hit keeps him at no 3 in the countdown.
5 Nartaki Hit Leela Desai is once again in the countdown.
6 Aurat Hit Mehboob Khan delivers another hit with Sradar Akhtar.
7 Punarmilan Hit The annual hit with little known stars.
8 Alibaba Semi-Hit After a hitless year Mehboob Khan tries his hand at one of the most repeated stories with allies Surendra and Akhtar – and delivers his 8th success in 6 years.
9 Daimond Queen Semi-Hit You guessed it Fearless Nadia and John Cawas.
10 Chingari Semi-Hit Prithvirak kapoor’s second success of the eyar.