The year 1994 and 1995 are iconic for Indian cinema with the release of Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. While the Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit family drama proved to be the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema, by shattering all box-office record emerging the highest grossing film of all time, the Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol love story is the longest running film of Indian cinema, with a run extending to over 1250 weeks. Due to lack of content, the iconic single screen, Raj Mandir in Jaipur screened DDLJ last week with 3-shows a day and replaced it with Hum Aapke Hain Koun on March 5 to run of a week.
And we Pinkvilla has exclusively got some details about the box-office collections of the two films at this iconic property. In it’s week-long run from Feb 26 to March 4, the Aditya Chopra directorial raked in Rs 3 lakh at the ticket window, with footfalls of approximately 3000. Of this, Rs 1.60 lakh came in the opening weekend. The Sooraj Barjatya directorial on the other hand has completed 3-day run at the box-office so far, and has collected Rs 1.25 lakh, with footfalls of approximately 1100.
It’s an interesting insight considering that both the epics are getting an audience even after 25 years of their release. What makes it special is, the numbers and collections are coming in even after repeat television screening of both the films. While Hum Aapke Hain Koun more frequent in terms of repeat runs on television, becoming a household name, DDLJ has its exclusive big screen audience at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. “People would have wanted to revisit the tale of Raj - Simran, Prem – Nisha on the big screen, which has resulted in ticket sales. The legacy of these films is embodied in the Indian culture and will keep getting audience every time,” a trade source shared.
The Sooraj Barjatya directorial is expected to close its one week run at the box-office at around Rs 2.50 lakh. Meanwhile, DDLJ continues to run strong at Maratha Mandir, recording steady footfalls on a daily basis. Upon their release in the first run, HAHK raked in approximately 72 crore, whereas DDLJ collected in the range of Rs 55 crore, thereby emerging the highest grossing films of 1994 and 1995, with the former being the biggest grosser in history of Indian cinema, surpassing the previous best, Sholay, by a huge margin.