Most Successful Bollywood Movie Franchise Of All Time

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The series or franchise culture of movies has not started from west. Bollywood is the first film industry to started making film franchises.Hunterwali released in 1935, was the first film to have a sequel named “Hunterwali Ki Beti”, which was released after 5 years, both starring Fearless Nadia.
Later in 80s Naagin was a franchise having two movies Naagin and Nigahein.But Bollywood gets first hit sequel as Xcuse Me and first super-hit was Phir Hera Pheri. Bollywood has lots of successful film series in every genres including science fiction, action, comedy, romantic comedy etc. Here we counting some of the best movie franchise ever made.

Top 10 Most Successful Bollywood Movie Franchises Of All Time

#1.Munna Bhai

Taking first place on our list is “Munna Bhai.” The first instalment of Munna Bhai was released in 2003, directed and written by Rajkumar Hirani. Vidhu Vinod Chopra produced this film on a minimal budget (5 Crore). At that time Lagaan and Gadar were made on 25 Crore. After the post-production, none of the distributors bought the film, Vidhu by his own released the movie and later it became one the most successful movie of 2003.
The second instalment was released in 2006, which was written by Abhijat Joshi who previously wrote Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Kareeb. Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a psychological thriller based on a backdrop on Mahatma Gandhi. Both the film won Best Popular Movie at National Award in their respective year. Munna Bhai MBBS was remade in several languages in India and also in other countries.

The Tamil and Telugu remakes of Munna Bhai starring Kamal Hassan and Chiranjeevi are also cult among their audience. Munna Bhai 3 is planned to release in 2020.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Writer: Abhijat Joshi
No. of Films: 2
Average IMDb Rating: 8.15
Genre: ComedyThe Tamil and Telugu remakes of Munna Bhai starring Kamal Hassan and Chiranjeevi are also cult among their audience.

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Munna Bhai MBBS Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Gracy Singh Rajkumar Hirani Hit 8.2
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan Rajkumar Hirani Blockbuster 8.1

#2.Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur was not meant to be a film series, and it was made in a running time of 5 hours. Gangs of Wasseypur story was written by Zeishan but not as a film script. Varun Grover land his story to a film script and Varun Grover also write the lyrics of landmark music of this film. Gangs of Wasseypur showcase many debut actors like Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadha and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Both the parts are released in the same year. The first part was a commercial hit which helps the second part.
The violent scenes and songs remain memorable moments of all time in the history of Indian Independent Film. In a recent interview, Zeishan Quadri said he was working on Gangs of Wasseypur 3.

Director(s) : Anurag Kashyap
Writer (s) : Varun Grover, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Zeishan Quadri
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 8.2/10

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 1 Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha and Tigmanshu Dhulia Anurag Kashyap Above Average 8.2
Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 2 Nawazuddin Siddique, Huma Qureshi and Zeishan Quadri Anurag Kashyap Hit 8.2

#3. Hera Pheri

Hera Pheri is remade from Siddiqui-Lal’s Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking. After 16 flop films of Akshay Kumar, he accepts this comedy film directed by Priyadarshan. Hera Pheri is a crime comedy film, the popular trio of the film will not be seen in the third installment of Hera Pheri.
At the time of the release, Hera Pheri was the very first movie to receives highly critical acclaim from the critics in the era when David Dhawan’s brainless comedies were ruling at Indian Box Office. Paresh Rawal playing the role of Babu Rao was one of the most popular characters in Bollywood.
The second installment of the franchise is Phir Hera Pheri, which was a more significant hit than the first one. Phir Hera Pheri was directed by Neeraj Vora, with slightly different secondary characters, but with a similar reception from both audience and critics.

Director(s) : Priyadarshan, Neeraj Vora
Writer (s) : Siddique-Lal, Neeraj Vora
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 7.4
Genre : Comedy

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Hera Pheri Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal Priyadarshan Hit 8.2
Phir Hera Pheri Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal Neeraj Vora Super Hit 6.6

#4.Tanu Weds Manu

In Hollywood, most of the directors have their big blockbuster franchise, but in India, it was scarce to see. After two failures including Strangers and Thoda Life Thodi Magic. Anand L Rai came with a rom-com starring Kangana Ranaut and R.Madhavan. The film released in an excellent number of screens and became a profitable film. Tanu Weds Manu was the film for which Kangana Ranaut became a female superstar.
TWM franchise will always be remember for it’s supporting cast which includes Swara Bhaskar, Jimmy, and Zeeshan Ayub. Tanu Weds Manu Returns was not a planned sequel, still managed to make watch a good story, Tanu Weds Manu is more than the first installment in every aspect, Kangana Ranaut won her second National Award, and also the film won Best Popular Film. Tanu Weds Manu Returns gross 200 Crore only in Domestic Box Office, the first film with a Female Lead Actor.

Director(s) : Anand L Rai
Writer (s) : Himanshu Sharma
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 7.2
Genre : Romantic/Comedy

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Tannu Weds Mannu Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut Anand L Rai Hit 6.2
Tannu Weds Mannu Return Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut Anand L Rai Blockbuster 7.1

#5.Jolly LLB

This film series is most unique from the other film series in our list. This court room drama series and both the film installment in the series is different. Jolly LLB was based on drunk drive and while the second installment Jolly LLB 2 was about a fake encounter, both starring different lead actors.
Jolly LLB 2 was the second court room drama of Akshay Kumar after OMG, but In Ohh My God!, Paresh Rawal was playing as a lawyer. Jolly LLB 2 is the story after Jolly LLB but from the Judge played by Saurav Shukla prospective.

Director(s) : Subhash Kapoor
Writer (s) : Subhash Kapoor
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 7.4

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Jolly LLB Arshad Warsi Subhash Kapoor Hit 7.5
Jolly LLB 2 Akshay Kumar Subhash Kapoor Super Hit 7.3

#6.Pyar Ka Punchnama

Pyar Ka Punchnam released a very small budget hindi film. Pyar Ka Punchnama came in a very good time ,when romantic comedies are very trendy among Bollywood audiences. Also, the small budget films like Phas Gaya Re Obama and Tere Bin Laden were the most profitable film of the time.
Pyar Ka Punchnama opened with a poor opening and due to it’s positive word-of-mouth, the collections picks up. Pyar Ka Punchnama runs for 50 Days in theaters and turns out to be a major hit of 2014 summers.
PKP 2 came after 4 years with a great hype and stands on the expectation. Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 has a slightly different male cast but female cast remain same. Pyar Ka Puncnama was made on a decent budget and collects more than 60 crore.
Director(s) : Luv Ranjan
Writer (s) : Luv Ranjan
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 7.5
Genre : Comedy

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Pyar Ka Punchnama Karthik Aaryan, Divyendu Sharma Luv Ranjan Hit 7.7
Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 Karthik Aaryan, Sunny Singh Luv Ranjan Blockbuster 7.3

#6.Fukrey

Fukrey was the fourth coming-of-age film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. The first three film were Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya and Rock On , all these films were a cult classics. Fukrey film series was written and directed by Mrighdeep Lamba starring the same cast in both. Fukrey is a comedy fantasy film series which deals with several topics like Lucid Dream and Premonition. All the characters from ChooChaa, Bholi Panjaban to Pandit Ji all remains humorously memorable characters among the mass audience.

Director(s) : Mrighdeep Lamba
Writer (s) : Vipul Vig
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 6.8
Genre : Comedy

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Fukrey Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha Mrighdeep Lamba Hit 6.9
Fukrey Returns Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha Mrighdeep Lamba Blockbuster 6.6

#7.Don

Don was the first action thriller series of Bollywood. A remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Don written by Salim-Javed with alternate end written by Farhan Akhter. Don was the first commercial hit directed by Farhan Akhtar, Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya receives positive response but failed to make a huge collection despite both the film has a huge cult following. Don 2 released in 2011 is a heist film with a different supporting cast. Both the film receives mostly positive reviews and one of the highest grossing film franchise of all time.

Director(s) : Farhan Akhtar
Writer (s) : Salim-Javed, Farhan Akhtar
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 7.1

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Don ShahRukh Khan Farhan Akhtar Hit 7.2
Don 2 ShahRukh Khan Farhan Akhtar Hit 7.1

#8.Style

Style was the first comedy film directed by N.Chandra, with two newcomers, made on a  very less budget and later become a very successful venture. Style became a cult after it’s Television Premiere and still audience watch on TV. Xcuse Me was released after 2 years and penned by critics. Sharman Joshi acting was praised in both films by everyone. And Later, he becomes a successful comedy actor but Sahil Khan never seen in this genre.

Director(s) : N.Chandra
Writer (s) : N.Chandra
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 6.2
Genre : Comedy

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Style Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan N.Chandra Hit 6.7
Xcuse Me Sharman Joshi, Sahil Khan N.Chandra Hit 5.7

#9.Tiger

Tiger franchise was first started with Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan and produced by YRF. ETT released on 2013 diwali and became Bollywood biggest opener of that time of 32 Crore and closed at 199 Crore. Ek Tha Tiger is the second spy thriller released on that year after Agent Vinod,which was a disaster at Box Office.

Ek Tha Tiger is about Tiger aka Manish who works as a agent for Research And Analysis Wings (RAW) and Zoya played by Katrina Kaif who worked for ISI. This is first Salman Khan filmed directed by Kabir Khan, later they made 2 more films including Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tubelight.
Tiger Zinda Hai, the second installment of the series is written by Kabir Khan and directed by Ali Abbas Mughal. Tiger Zinda Hai released with a mixed response and collects 64 Crore on first day becoming the highest grossing Bollywood film for a Christmas release.
Director(s) : Kabir Khan, Ali Abbas Mughal
Writer (s) : Kabir Khan, Neelesh Mishra
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 5.8
Genre : Action

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Ekk Tha Tiger Salman Khan Kabir Khan Blockbuster 5.5
Tiger Zinda Hai Salman Khan Ali Abbas Mughal Blockbuster 6.1

#10.Krrish

Krrish is the only successful superhero franchise in Bollywood. And Krissh has everything to be called a franchise, from Television series to games. The first installment of the franchise was Koi Mil Gaya, which was a science fiction film about a mentally challenged young boy Rohit Mehra. Rohit Mehra meets an alien and he became more powerful than normal. Then a Television series J Bole Toh Jadoo aired on Nickledon, which did not get that much attention and cancelled after the first season. But later another animated series based on the superhero Krissh, Kid Krrish aired on Cartoon Network was successful among the kids.
The sequel to Koi Mil Gaya is not about Jadoo and Rohit, Krrish is a superhero origin. After few years Rohit Mehra’s son Krrishna Mehra was born with powerful abilities. And so his grandmother keeps as a secret about him from the world. The film became more interesting when the suspense revealed and Dr Arya ,who was willing to make a machine where people can see there future.
Krrish 3 released as 2014 Diwali release, Krrish 3 is more like a Krrish versus X-Men or Meta-Humans. Krrish 3 receives negative reviews despite audience accepted the film. The fourth installment of the series “Krrish 4” is announced and planned to releasing on 2019 Diwali.
Director(s) : Rakesh Roshan
Writer (s) : Rakesh Roshan
No. of Films : 3
Average IMDb Rating : 6.5
Genre : Sci-Fi/Superhero

Movies Cast Director Box Office Verdict IMDb Rating
Koi Mil Gaya Hrithik Roshan, Preety Zinta Rakesh Roshan Super Hit 7.7
Krrish Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra Rakesh Roshan Super Hit 6.3
Krrish 3 Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra Rakesh Roshan Blockbuster

With this, we conclude the list of Top 10 Bollywood Movie Franchise of All Time. Let us know which movies you’re looking forward to in the comment section.

Some of the desirable Bollywood Movies Series, which didn’t make any place on our list of Top 10 Bollywood Movie Franchise of All Time. So, here are some honourable mention.

#.Race
Director(s) : Abbas-Mustan, Remo
Writer (s) : Shiraj Ahmed
No. of Films : 3
Average IMDb Rating : 4.7

#Singham
Director(s) : Rohit Shetty
Writer (s) : Hari, Rohit Shetty
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 6.5

#Dabangg
Director(s) : Abhinav Kashyap, Arbaaz Khan
Writer (s) : Abhinav Kashyap,
No. of Films : 2
Average IMDb Rating : 5.6

#.Dhoom
Director(s) : Sanjay Gadhvi, Vijay Krishna Acharya
Writer (s) : Vijay Krishna Acharya
No. of Films : 03
Average IMDb Rating : 6.2

#.Baby
Director(s) : Neeraj Pandey, Shivam Nair
Writer (s) : Neeraj Pandey
No. of Films : 02
Average IMDb Rating : 6.2

#.Golmaal
Director(s) : Rohit Shetty
Writer (s) : Rohit Shetty
No. of Films : 04
Average IMDb Rating : 5

#.Rakta Charitra
Director(s) : Ram Gopal Verma
Writer (s) : Prashant Pandey
No. of Films : 02
Average IMDb Rating : 5.2

#.Housefull
Director(s) : Sajid Khan
Writer (s) : Sajid Khan
No. of Films : 03
Average IMDb Rating : 5.3

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