New Delhi: Director Shakun Batra’s romantic drama Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)opened to collections of 26 crore last weekend. The film that boasts of an ensemble cast including Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt is the latest to join the long list of multi-starrers.

Bollywood has always had a tradition of bringing multiple popular faces together on screen. Here’s a list of 10 Hindi multi-starrers.

1.Waqt (1965): Often considered the pioneer of multi-starrers, the Yash Chopra film famously re-introduced the lost-and-reunite formula in Bollywood that originated in Ashok Kumar-starrer Kismat (1943) and set a precedent for years to come. The cast included Balraj Sahni, Sunil Dutt, Sadhana, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore and Achala Sachdev, helping the movie bring in massive collections of nearly 5 crore.

2.Sholay (1975): Ramesh Sippy’s cult classic is the ultimate revenge saga, featuring top stars of the time—Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri—as well as rank newcomer Amjad Khan. The film made about 15 crore during release and ran for five straight years at a theatre in Mumbai.

3.Kabhi Kabhie (1976): Yash Chopra’s romantic drama was extremely progressive for its time, dealing with everything from unwed motherhood to old lovers reuniting as friends. Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Raakhee, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Naseem, Simi Garewal and Parikshat Sahni starred in pivotal roles and the film made 3.50 crore at the box office.

4.Amar Akbar Anthony (1977): Director Manmohan Desai’s action comedy, again based on the lost-and-found-theme, made an important statement on secularism, while grossing 9 crore at the box office. Actors Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh and Parveen Babi played the lead roles.

5.Border (1997): The war drama directed by J.P. Dutta featured Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, Puneet Issar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raakhee and Sharbani Mukherjee as members of the Army and their families. The highest grossing film of the year, it made 30 crore.

6.Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999): True to its name, the Sooraj Barjatya film revolved around a family that manages to stay united despite obstacles and conspiring forces. Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Karisma Kapoor and Mohnish Behl play ideal children to golden-hearted parents Alok Nath and Reema Lagoo. As the biggest hit of the year, the movie made 25 crore in box office collections.

7.Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001): Karan Johar’s larger-than-life family drama holds the record for bringing together six of the biggest stars of its time—Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor. Made on a massive budget, the film earned more than 29 crore at the box office.

8.Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut was based on the lives of three young friends played by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna and their romantic interests Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The film made about 6 crore at the box office and has achieved cult status over the years.

9.Omkara (2006): Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello starred Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles with supporting performances by Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu. The film won three national awards and made 26 crore at the box office.

10.Dil Dhadakne Do (2015): Zoya Akhtar’s comedy drama last year was a tale of dysfunctional families. Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma star in pivotal roles along with special appearances by Farhan Akhtar and Rahul Bose. The film made box office collections of 76 crore.

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

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