Pakistani Cinema has seen a huge growth this decade as none of Pakistani film had managed to hit even PKR 100 million mark in previous decade. However this decade 24 Pakistani films have breached PKR 100 million mark. Furthermore, cinema has reached to the extent where highest grossing film has grossed over PKR 500 million.
Let’s take a look at the 9 films in past one decade which took box office to new levels in Pakistan. Films are listed in order of their release dates.
Released way back in 2011, Bol goes down as one of the biggest blockbusters of Pakistani cinema. Huaima Malick, Mahira Khan and Atif Aslam starrer Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol was the first film to hit PKR 100 million mark. The film stayed at cinemas for a very long time and is till date longest running film at the cinemas.
Shaan Shahid led the charts in 2013 with Waar. Bilal Lashari’s directorial debut took the box office to new levels as the film was not only highest grossing film of the year but it also created new benchmarks for Pakistani cinema. Waar became first film in the history to hit PKR 150 and 200 million marks in Pakistan.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani:-
Records were rewritten in 2015 by Humayun Saaed and Hamza Ali Abbasi led multi starrer Jawani Phir Nahi Ani. The film became first film in the history to breach PKR 300 million mark in Pakistan. The film also became the cult hit with massive following in mass circuits. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani was highest grossing film of 2015. The film saw a sequel in 2018 which took box office to another level.
Actor In Law:-
Nabeel Qureshi and Fahad Mustafa led the charts in 2016 with Actor In Law. Starring Mehwish Hayat opposite Fahad Mustafa, Actor In Law was highest grossing film of 2016. The film is till date highest grossing film for Nabeel whereas it is second highest grossing film for Fahad Mustafa. The film is third highest grossing film for Mehwish Hayat.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi:-
Tow years long standing record of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani was broken by the same team with Punjab Nahi Jaungi in 2017. The duo of Humayun Saeed and Nadeem Baig gave a monstrous hit in the shape of Punjab Nahi Jaungi. For the first time in history a film became all time highest grossing despite having a major clash with another big film upon release. Punjab Nahi Jaungi was not only the biggest hit of 2017 rather the film breached PKR 350 million mark for the first time.
Teefa In Trouble:-
Ali Zafar and Maya Ali starrer Teefa In Trouble became a massive hit in the summers of 2018. Ahsan Rahim directorial broke the myth that Pakistani films can gross big on Eid Holidays only. The film released just few weeks prior to Eid ul Azha in pre-Eid season which is a dull season at box office yet it went on to become only non Holiday Pakistani release too cross PKR 300 million.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2:-
2018 goes down as the best year in recent times in terms of box office returns. We saw four blockbusters in a single year. Humayun Saeed and Nadeem Baig’s Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 became first film in the history to cross PKR 400, 450 and 500 million marks. Humayun and Nadeem did it again despite the mega clash with Parwaaz Hai Junoon and Load Wedding. Films stands at top position with huge lead and it is yet to be seen that when will this record be broken.
Parwaaz Hai Junoon
It is a very rare sight that we see two films clashing on a same date and both emerge a huge success. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir and Hania Amir starrer clashed with Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 and emerged a mega success with box office revenues topping PKR 350 million. Haseeb Hassan directorial stands tall as second highest grossing film of all time only behind Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.
The Donkey King
Aziz Jindani’s The Donkey King rewrote the box office history for animated films in Pakistan. Animated films have always struggled at Pakistani box office and they never got big box office returns. But The Donkey King redefined the rules of box office becoming first and only animated film in history to hit PKR 100, 150 and 200 million marks. The film actually stands tall as second highest grossing non Holiday Pakistani film only behind Teefa In Trouble.