With Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom trailer dropping today, our mind couldn't help but race back to some of Bollywood's classic spy movies. While many of you may be infatuated with the Mission Impossibles, James Bond and Jason Bourne of the cinematic world, and rightly so, it wouldn't hurt to pay some attention (for the uninitiated) to Hindi cinema's homebred spies as you'd be surprised to know how many great espionage thrillers and spy action movies have emerged from our stable. And we're not even restricting our thoughts to modern classic like Baby, Raazi and Tiger Zinda Hai, no siree, just in case you think the so-called new content wave in Hindi cinema (something that has existed since the 1940s and 50s) or modern technology and advanced shooting techniques are responsible for better spy movies these day.
No, we're going all the way back to the 1960s, when Bollywood's tryst with espionage began with big commercial hits like Jeetendra's Farz and Dharmendra's Ankhen that have also critically stood the test of time to this day. Over the years, we've had several great spy films like parallel cinema king, Director Govind Nihalani's Droh Kaal, starring Om Puri, or underrate gems like Mani Shankar and Nikkhil Advani's, 16 December and D-Day, starring Milind Soman and Arjun Rampal respectively.
However, as we're on the topic of Bell Bottom, and with Akshay Kumar having had a Midas touch on the box office over the past 5-6 years, let's today focus on the highest grossing Bollywood spy movies, which include no small share of critical masterpieces, too, with titles as diverse as Baby, Raazi, Tiger Zinda Hai and the aforementioned 60s classics.
Here are the biggest Bollywood spy movies at the box office with their collections and verdicts...
Farz (1967) - Rs. 2.50 crore nett [Verdict: Superhit]
Ankhen (1968) - Rs. 3.25 crore nett [Verdict: Blockbuster]
Ek Tha Tiger (2012) - Rs. 198.78 crore nett [Verdict: Blockbuster]
Madras Cafe (2013) - Rs. 42.67 crore nett [Verdict: Semi-Hit]
Baby (2015) - Rs. 95.56 crore nett [Verdict: Semi-Hit]
Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) - Rs. 339.16 crore nett [Verdict: All-Time Blockbuster]
Raazi (2018) - Rs. 123.84 crore nett [Verdict: Blockbuster]
Will Bell Bottom, starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta join the ranks of these commercially and critically successful Bollywood spy films? Let's wait and watch...
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