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New Delhi: Last Friday’s releases, Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali and Irrfan Khan’s Madaari, may be poles apart in terms of content and treatment, but both were revenge dramas, one of Indian cinema’s all-time favourite themes. Here are 10 Bollywood movies based on the theme of revenge.

Sholay (1975): Ramesh Sippy’s cult classic is Bollywood’s most popular revenge saga. It’s the tale of an anguished former policeman, Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar), who lost both his arms and his family, up against dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) and is the stuff film folklore is made of. Also starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan, the film made about 15 crore during its release and ran for five straight years at a theatre in Mumbai.

Karz (1980): Subhash Ghai’s rebirth saga was the tale of a young man murdered by his gold-digger wife reborn to take revenge. The film starring Rishi Kapoor, Simi Grewal and Tina Munim made 2 crore in box office collections.

Khoon Bhari Maang (1988): The Rekha-starrer, a remake of Australian mini-series Return to Eden, was about a wealthy widow who is almost killed by her lover but returns to seek revenge. The Rakesh Roshan-directed film was a critical and commercial success, netting more than 2 crore at the box office.

Agneepath (1990): Director Mukul Anand’s action drama about a gangster son who avenges his idealistic father’s death won Amitabh Bachchan his first national award for best actor. The original that made about 4 crore at the box office was remade in 2012 with Hrithik Roshan in the lead.

Baazigar (1993): In what is often regarded as his breakthrough role, Shah Rukh Khan avenges his family’s ruin, even unhesitatingly throwing a young girl off the terrace in the process. Directed by Abbas Mustan, the film won him his first set of best actor awards and earned 9 crore at the box office.

Ghajini (2008): Aamir Khan’s psychological thriller was the first film ever to cross the 100 crore mark at the box office. Named after its antagonist, the film tells the story of a patient of short-term memory loss who is out to avenge his beloved’s murder.

Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (2012): The sequel to Anurag Kashyap’s cult crime film is the story of a gangster son, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, avenging his father’s (Manoj Bajpayee) death. The film won Siddiqui a Special Mention at the National Awards that year and earned 22 crore at the box office.

Kahaani (2012): The mystery thriller directed by Sujoy Ghosh ultimately centered on a woman avenging her husband’s death. The Vidya Balan-starrer that has inspired a sequel, currently in production, earned more than 51 crore at the box office.

Haider (2014): Vishal Bharadwaj’s crime drama was a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet about a young boy who comes home to Kashmir to seek answers about his father’s disappearance. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon, the film made 56 crore in box office collections.

Badlapur (2015): As the name suggests, director Sriram Raghavan’s film is the ultimate revenge saga. The Varun Dhawan-starrer that revolves around a man’s quest to avenge the murder of his wife and child made more than 50 crore at the box office.

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

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