From 2007 to 2017, Here Are All The Bollywood Diwali Releases That Were Superhits

Bollywood has a tradition of always picking up a Friday for its releases. This is one rule that the entire film fraternity follows like a mantra. However, there is one day in the entire year when Bollywood breaks the rule happily and that is the auspicious day of Diwali. Time and again, movie makers have chosen Diwali to release their movies and the entire nation looks forward to the day for another movie to mark the festival. While some movies follow the stars and come up with flying colours, many tank at the box office. Here are all the Bollywood Diwali releases that did phenomenally well in the numbers as well.

1. Om Shanti Om: November 9, 2007

The movie garnered attention not just because of its dramatic story around reincarnation but also because of Deepika Padukone being the new face.


2. Golmaal Returns: 29 Oct 2008

The 2008 Diwali marked the return of Rohit Shetty’s only purpose in this world, ‘Golmaal Returns’ and it performed great, much to everyone’s surprise. The movie collected around 108 crores worldwide.


3. Fashion: 29 Oct 2008

What came as a fresh surprise for Diwali was one of Priyanka Chopra’s finest performances with Fashion. Despite the evident clash with Golmaal Returns, Fashion too was a performer.

4. All The Best, Blue and Main Aur Mrs. Khanna: 16 Oct 2009

The Diwali of 2009 saw three releases hitting the theatre with All The Best, Akshay Kumar’s Blue and Main Aur Mrs. Khanna. Unfortunately, none of them could perform well and flopped. Diwali this year was not so happy for Bollywood.

5. Golmaal 3: 5 Nov 2010

Once again Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3 worked well and the tradition continues this year as well!

6. Ra.One: 26 Oct 2011

Diwali 2011 saw a sci-fi hitting the theatres with Ra.One and Shah Rukh Khan managed to swoon the audience with a Diwali release post a gap of 4 years. The film managed to get some positive attention due to its good technical frame but unfortunately dipped at the numbers post-Diwali.

7. Jab Tak Hai Jaan: 13 Nov 2012

Diwali in 2012 was known for its clash between two big production banners. Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan faced a stiff competition from Ajay Devgan’s Son Of Sardaar. Thankfully, Jab Tak Hai Jaan did not get affected by a parallel release despite Ajay Devgan slapping a case against Yash Raj Films.

8. Son of Sardaar: 13 Nov 2012

While people speculated that the movie would face dire consequences for releasing parallel to Shah Rukh Khan starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son Of Sardaar surprised everyone with a very stable release. Infact, the movie exceeded its expectations while the latter fell a little short.

9. Krrish3: 1 Nov 2013

2013 saw the release of the third sequel of one of the biggest series of Bollywood. Krrish 3 brought back Hrithik Roshan to the silver screen playing the role of a superhero. Despite the controversies building around the movie, this one surely set new records for its previous releases and was a blockbuster. If we talk about numbers, the movie collected around 384 crores worldwide.

10. Happy New Year, 24 Oct 2014

The movie released on Diwali and was a huge blockbuster with ‘Happy New Year’ being the third collaboration of Shah Rukh Khan with director Farah Khan. The movie had a huge star cast and despite the storyline being vague, the movie collected huge numbers.

11. Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo: 12 Nov 2015

This year saw Salman Khan coming up with a Diwali release after a very long time. Sooraj Barjatya’s magnum opus with Salman Khan after full 16 years was a huge hit bringing Sonam Kapoor into the 100 crore club.

12. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: 28 Oct 2016

The Diwali of 2016 saw a clash between Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgan’s Shivaay and created quite a rift between the two banners. Also, political unrest made sure Ae Dil Hai Mushkil got its own share of issues. However, despite all of it and another sad romantic story that ends in the most predictable manner, the movie made up for the numbers.

13. Secret Superstar: 19 Oct 2017

Aamir Khan has come with a Diwali release this year with Secret Superstar that brings in Dangal girl Zaira Wasim’s impeccable acting skills and a fresh new story. As always, Aamir Khan doesn’t disappoint.

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