Upto 1984 : Total 13 All time earners , 9 Was Starring Amitabh
Below is snippet from 1984 India Today Magazine Article, listing only 13 movies which crossed 1 Crore mark in major territories till date. 9 movies out of these 13 movies were starring Amitabh Bachchan. And by the time this article was written, Mard was about to release which also joined the list later making it 10 Bachchan movies out of top 15 All time grossers.
And below scan is from Filmfare, 1985 , stating same in highlighted box in red.
This article was published in 1984 when Amitabh was to join politics and supposedly left movies. Mard was considered as his possibly last release. Well purpose of this post is not to discuss about his million times written “End of career”. Only purpose of this post is to educate new generation who grew up watching Khans trilogy and unlucky enough not seen the euphoria of superstardom called one man industry. I came across one interesting comment from one member here stating “Amitabh don’t have any All time earner in lead and his only All time earner was Sholay in supporting role”. Well he was right based on his boundaries of knowledge. Most of guys here are educated about box-office from BOI and IBOS only (as these are only online portals that have online history of old movies beyond new millennium). But anyone who witnessed Bachchan era can easily guess how the star of millennium has been degraded in this portal. How the verdict and numbers has been degraded and to make even more dent, competitor’s movies of same era have been inflated.
This was well known fact that Amitabh was starred in maximum all time earners and he was miles ahead of his competitors. One man industry title was not given out of any air. Bachchan was living with status truly for entire 14 years (1975-1988). An article titles like “End of era” can only be written for a man whose legacy truly ruled over an era.
Few phrases which truly lived for 14+ years with this superstar was “One Man Industry” “Amitabh is from No 1 to 10, next comes thereafter” “His flops movies earn more than hits of others”.
BOI just chew, eat and flush all these claims and painted a total different picture of bachchan starrers which look like either smaller or equal success relative to other releases.If one look at BO’s classification of his movies, No one can get this idea of his dominance over such a huge period. BOI systematically degraded verdicts and numbers of Amitabh bachchan movies to such an extent that he looks no more than a usual superstar.
I do have number of magazine scans (Including trade pundits articles as well) which will bring such facts unknown by current generation. For example Deewar which was all time blockbuster (5.5 Crore Nett) movie [ As per definition its business was more than last biggest grosser like bobby, mughl-eazam etc] has been presented as super hit at BOI [ Earlier BOI uploaded approximately true information about bachchan releases in 2003, if you check archive, but with given agenda, has degraded every movie].
Can anyone guess, this magazine article is talking about which 9 All time earner movies starring Amitabh released between 1973-1984? Post your list of these possible movies in comment section below. I will post the right answer along with magazine scan after few days.