Ten Bollywood musical dramas

From ‘Aashqui 2’, ‘Rockstar’ to ‘Taal’, Bollywood revels in weaving its plots around music


Riteish Deshmukh’s musical action drama ‘Banjo’, which notched up Rs1.72 crore on its opening day, revolves around a slum-dwelling band
Riteish Deshmukh’s musical action drama ‘Banjo’, which notched up Rs1.72 crore on its opening day, revolves around a slum-dwelling band

New Delhi: Last Friday’s release, Riteish Deshmukh’s musical action drama Banjo, notched up Rs1.72 crore on its opening day. The film that revolves around a slum-dwelling band and is dedicated to street musicians all over the world carries forward the age-old Bollywood legacy of weaving stories around music.

Here are 10 memorable musical dramas from Bollywood.

1. Aashiqui 2 (2013): Vishesh Films’ sequel to its phenomenal 1990 musical hit, Aashiqui, starred Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur in lead roles as singers. Directed by Mohit Suri, the sleeper hit made Rs.78 crore at the box office.

2. Rockstar (2011): Imtiaz Ali’s romantic drama saw the rise and fall of an aspiring singer played by Ranbir Kapoor. The film, which won Kapoor several best actor awards that season and is still remembered for A.R. Rahman’s tunes, earned Rs.62 crore in box office collections.

3. Rock On!! (2008): Abhishek Kapoor’s critically acclaimed directorial debut that also saw Farhan Akhtar make his acting debut told the story of a four-member rock group that reunites years after disbanding. The film made Rs25 crore at the box office.

4. Veer-Zaara (2004): In the first of its kind, Yash Chopra’s cross-border romance featured compositions by late music director Madan Mohan. The film, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, won the Most Popular Film award at the National Awards and earned Rs40 crore at the box office.

5. Taal (1999): Subhash Ghai’s romantic drama featured Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai in lead roles, supported by a music score by A.R. Rahman. The film netted Rs18 crore at the box office.

6. Dil Se (1998): A.R. Rahman was, yet again, at the helm of musical affairs in the Mani Ratnam-directed romantic conflict drama whose songs rank among the best of the decade. Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala played lead roles in the film that earned Rs8 crore in box office collections.

7. Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994): The classic Rajshri family drama featured a 14-song soundtrack, an unusually large number even for a film that celebrated Indian weddings and traditions. The Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan-starrer was the first Indian film to cross Rs100 crore in collection worldwide.

8. Karz (1980): Subhash Ghai’s rebirth saga featured Rishi Kapoor in the lead role of a singer who discovers his past. Composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal won several awards for the money-spinner that earned Rs2 crore at the box office.

9. Abhimaan (1973): Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film, starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, which revolved around a singer couple featured some of the best-remembered songs of its time. The film made about Rs1 crore in box office collections.

10. Baiju Bawra (1952): The film, as the name suggests, told the story of the legendary musician from the Mughal empire and was based entirely on classical music composed by Naushad. The film that had Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari in lead roles made Rs1 crore at the box office.

All figures have been sourced from movie websites Bollywod Hungama and IBOS Network.

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