In the year 2023, the Indian film industry witnessed a remarkable lineup of movies that captivated audiences and set new benchmarks at the box office. From Pathan to PS-2, these top 10 highest-grossing Indian movies of 2023 showcased a diverse range of genres, from action-packed blockbusters to heartwarming period dramas to rib-tickling comedies. With their stellar performances, engaging narratives, and impressive production values, these films left an indelible mark on the audience.
Here are the top 10 highest-grossing Indian movies of 2023 and where can you watch them?
Pathan (INR 1050 Crores)
After a long wait of four years, Shah Rukh Khan made a comeback on the big screen with the blockbuster Pathan. For the unversed, Pathan is an action-packed Indian film that follows an Indian agent racing against a doomsday clock as a ruthless mercenary with a bitter vendetta plans an apocalyptic attack against the country.
Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film features a star-studded cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, and Dimple Kapadia. The film had a massive budget of INR 250 crores and went on to become a worldwide blockbuster, grossing over INR 1050.3 crores globally and INR 654.28 crores in India. With its high-octane action sequences and gripping storyline, Pathaan promises to be an exhilarating cinematic experience. You can watch the movie on Prime Video.
Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two (INR 341 Crores)
Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two is an epic Tamil film that showcases the journey of Arulmozhi Varman as he strives to become Rajaraja I, the greatest ruler of the historic Chola empire in South India. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the movie boasts a stellar cast including Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. With its grand scale, breathtaking visuals, and captivating storyline, Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two is a cinematic marvel.
Made with a budget of INR 250 crore, it collected INR 340.5 crore worldwide, with INR 212.3 crore in India, making it a hit. You can watch Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two on Prime Video.
Varisu (INR 302 Crores)
Varisu is an action-packed drama that revolves around Vijay Rajendran, a carefree man whose life takes a drastic turn when his father becomes terminally ill, leaving him to manage their business empire.
Directed by Vamshi Paidipally, the film features Joseph Vijay, Rashmika Mandanna, Shaam, and Prabhu in prominent roles. With its engaging narrative and powerful performances, Varisu is a compelling watch. Made in Tamil, Varisu had a budget of INR 175 crore and collected INR 302.4 crore worldwide, with INR 213.9 crore in India, resulting in a super hit verdict. The film is available on Prime Video.
The Kerala Story (INR 280 Crores)
The Kerala Story is a thought-provoking drama that revolves around Fatima Ba, a converted Muslim woman who shares her harrowing journey of being abducted, manipulated by religious extremists, and eventually becoming an ISIS terrorist. Directed by Sudipto Sen and Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani.
With its compelling storyline and impactful performances, The Kerala Story sheds light on the complexities of religious extremism and its consequences. This Hindi film has garnered blockbuster status with a worldwide collection of 279.75 crore and ongoing success. The movie is expected to release on Zee5 soon.
Waltair Veerayya (INR 223 Crores)
Waltair Veerayya is an action-packed Telugu film that follows the journey of a fisherman engaged in smuggling who accepts a request from a disheveled police officer in order to use it to his personal advantage. Directed by K.S. Ravindra, the movie stars Urvashi Rautela, Shruti Haasan, Ravi Teja, and Chiranjeevi. With its thrilling storyline and power-packed performances, Waltair Veerayya keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
Made with a budget of INR 125 crore, it collected INR 223.4 crore worldwide, with INR 194.8 crore in India, resulting in a blockbuster verdict. You can stream Waltair Veerayya on Netflix.
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar (INR 215 Crores)
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar is a comedy romance film that takes audiences on a hilarious ride as a “player” in the world of romantic relationships encounters a girl who proves to be a worthy opponent, believing that love is a battle of wits.
Directed by Luv Ranjan, the film features Shraddha Kapoor, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Ranbir Kapoor, and Kartik Aaryan. With its witty dialogues and entertaining performances, Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar offers a delightful cinematic experience. The film is in Hindi and achieved hit status, collecting INR 215.8 crore worldwide, with INR 168.4 crore in India. You can watch the movie on Netflix.
Thunivu (INR 202 Crores)
Thunivu is a Tamil action crime thriller that revolves around a mysterious mastermind, Daredevil, and his team who plan and execute a bank heist to retrieve the money looted from corporate entities. Directed by H. Vinoth, the film stars Ajith Kumar, Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, and John Kokken. With its gripping plot and intense performances, Thunivu keeps viewers engaged throughout. The film is in Tamil and garnered a hit verdict, collecting INR 201.9 crore worldwide, with INR 144.7 crore in India. You can watch the movie on Netflix.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (INR 183 Crores)
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is an action comedy-drama that revolves around the eldest brother of a large family who refuses to get married, fearing disharmony. His younger brothers, who are already married, come together to find a suitable match for him. Directed by Farhad Samji, the film features Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh Daggubati, and Aamir Naik. With its entertaining storyline and star-studded cast, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan offers a fun-filled cinematic experience. The film is in Hindi and achieved an average verdict, collecting INR 182.5 crore worldwide, with INR 131.7 crore in India. The movie is expected to release on Zee5 in June.
2018 (INR 180 Cr.)
2018 is a Malayalam action drama set against the backdrop of the devastating 2018 Kerala floods. The film depicts the lives of people from different walks of life who faced catastrophic consequences and the collective efforts made by brave individuals to survive the calamity. Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, the movie stars Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, and Vineeth Sreenivasan. With its gripping narrative and realistic portrayal of the floods, 2018 offers an emotional and impactful cinematic experience. The film is in Malayalam and is still running in theaters, collecting INR 179.4 Cr. worldwide, with INR 110.8 Cr. in India. Beginning June 7, viewers will be able to stream the survival-thriller movie on SonyLIV.
Veera Simha Reddy (INR 131 Cr.)
Veera Simha Reddy is a Telugu action drama that follows the story of Bala Simha Reddy, who returns to India from the USA after his revered father, Veera Simha Reddy, is killed in village politics. He seeks revenge on those responsible for his father’s death.
Directed by Gopichand Malineni, the film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shruti Haasan, Honey Rose, and Duniya Vijay. With its powerful performances and engaging storyline, Veera Simha Reddy provides a thrilling cinematic experience. Made with a budget of INR 85 crores, it collected INR 130.71 crores worldwide, with INR 115.21 crore in India, resulting in a hit verdict. The film can be watched on Hotstar.
*All the box-office collection numbers have been taken from IMDb
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