List of highest-grossing Indian Bengali films

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Cinema of West Bengal, popularly known as Tollywood, is the filmmaking industry based in Kolkata, West Bengal. The films are made primarily in Bengali language.

The following is a list of highest-grossing Bengali (Indian) films based on gross. There is no official tracking of sales and online sources publishing data are frequently unreliable.

Tollywood film industry[edit]

The Indian Bengali film industry is centered in the Tollygunge neighborhood of the city of Kolkata, West Bengal, and has been known by the nickname Tollywood, a portmanteau of the words Tollygunge and Hollywood, since 1932.[1] West Bengal was the center of Indian cinema in the 1930s,[1] with Bengali cinema accounting for a quarter of India's film output in the 1950s.[2] A 2014 industry report stated that while there were about 100 films created in Bengali every year, no more than ten percent were breaking even financially.[3] The Bengali film industry which valued around 120-150 crores in terms of revenue in 2014, has diminished over the years to 66 crores in 2023.[4][5]

Highest-grossing films[edit]

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Rank Film Year Worldwide gross Ref
1 Amazon Obhijaan 2017 48.63 crore (US$7.47 million) [6][7]
2 Chander Pahar 2013 22.78 crore (US$3.89 million) [8][9]
3 Projapoti 2022 ₹14 crore (US$1.7 million) [10]
4 Boss 2: Back to Rule 2017 10.50 crore (US$1.61 million) [11]
5 Pather Panchali 1955 ₹10 crore ($ 2.1 million) [12]
6 Paglu 2011 9.95 crore (US$2.13 million) [13]
7 Sathi 2002 9.80 crore (US$2.02 million) [14]
8 Poran Jai Joliya Re 2009 9.50 crore (US$1.96 million) [15]
9 Karnasubarner Guptodhon 2022 ₹9.25 crore (US$1.2 million) [16]
10 Nabab 2017 9.15 crore (US$1.56 million) [17][18]
11 Rangbaaz 2013 9 crore (US$1.54 million) [19]
12 Game: He Plays to Win 2014 8.95 crore (US$1.47 million) [20]
13 Chaamp 2017 8.90 crore (US$1.37 million) [21]
14 Awara 2012 8.50 crore (US$1.59 million) [22]
Praktan 2016 8.50 crore (US$1.26 million) [23]
15 Khoka 420 2013 8.20 crore (US$1.4 million) [24]
16 Posto 2017 8 crore (US$1.23 million) [citation needed]
17 Mishawr Rawhoshyo 2013 7 crore (US$1.19 million) [25]

Highest opening weeks[edit]

   Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 12 April 2024 in theaters around the world.

Rank Film Year Director Studio(s) Worldwide gross Ref
1 Amazon Obhijaan 2017 Kamaleswar Mukherjee Shree Venkatesh Films 8.8 crore (US$1.35 million) [7]
2 Karnasubarner Guptodhon 2022 Dhrubo Banerjee 5.0 crore (US$630,000) [26]
3 Chander Pahar 2012 Kamaleswar Mukherjee 4.83 crore (US$824,263.03) [27]
4 Rangbaaz 2013 Raja Chanda Surinder Films 4.5 crore (equivalent to 4.8 crore or US$600,000 in 2023) [citation needed]
5 Dawshom Awbotaar 2023 Srijit Mukherji SVF
Jio Studios
4.15 crore (US$520,000) [28]
6 Chengiz 2023 Rajesh Ganguly Grassroot Entertainment
Jeetz Filmworks
3.5 crore (US$440,000) [29]
7 Bagha Jatin 2023 Arun Roy Dev Entertainment Ventures 3.4 crore (US$430,000) [30]
8 Raktabeej 2023 Shiboprosad Mukherjee & Nandita Roy Windows Production 2.5 crore (US$310,000) [31]
9 Projapoti 2022 Avijit Sen Bengal Talkies
Dev Entertainment Ventures
2.17 crore (US$270,000) [32][33]
10 Awara 2012 Ravi Kinagi Jeetz Filmworks 1.95 crore (US$240,000) [citation needed]
11 Aparajito 2022 Anik Dutta Friends Communication 1.86 crore (US$230,000) [34]
12 Pradhan 2023 Avijit Sen Bengal Talkies
Dev Entertainment Ventures
1.7 crore (US$210,000) [35]
13 Bela Shuru 2022 Nandita Roy
Shiboprosad Mukherjee
Windows Production 1.5 crore (US$190,000) [34]

Highest-grossing franchises and film series[edit]

Highest-grossing franchises and film series[§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show".)
Rank Series Total worldwide box office (in crores) No. of films Average of films (in crores) Highest-grossing film (gross in INR() crores)

Highest-grossing films by year[edit]

Year Films Box office(Domestic Net Collection) Director Note Ref.
1950 Vidyasagar

50 lakh (equivalent to 55 crore or US$6.9 million in 2023)

Kali Prasad Ghosh
1951 Jighansa

60 lakh (equivalent to 63 crore or US$7.9 million in 2023)

Ajoy Kar
1952 Basu Poribar 50 lakh (equivalent to 54 crore or US$6.8 million in 2023) Nirmal Dey
1953 Sharey Chuattor 65 lakh (equivalent to 69 crore or US$8.6 million in 2023) Nirmal Dey
1954 Agni Pariksha 72 lakh (equivalent to 73 crore or US$9.1 million in 2023) Agradoot
1955 Sabar Uparey 75 lakh (equivalent to 81 crore or US$10 million in 2023) Agradoot
1956 Shyamali 68 lakh (equivalent to 78 crore or US$9.7 million in 2023) Ajoy Kar
1957 Harano Sur 77 lakh (equivalent to 77 crore or US$9.7 million in 2023) Ajoy Kar
1958 Indrani (film) 70 lakh (equivalent to 67 crore or US$8.4 million in 2023) Niren Lahiri
1959 Deep Jwele Jaai 1 crore (equivalent to 92 crore or US$11 million in 2023) Asit Sen (director)
1960 Meghe Dhaka Tara 70 lakh (equivalent to 63 crore or US$7.9 million in 2023) Ritwik Ghatak
1961 Saptapadi 80 lakh (equivalent to 71 crore or US$8.9 million in 2023) Ajoy Kar
1962 Bipasha 75 lakh (equivalent to 64 crore or US$8.0 million in 2023) Agradoot
1963 Deya Neya

78 lakh (equivalent to 65 crore or US$8.1 million in 2023)

Sunil Banerjee
1964 Lal Pathore 75 lakh (equivalent to 55 crore or US$6.9 million in 2023) Sushil Mazumder
1965 Thana Theke Aschi 70 lakh (equivalent to 47 crore or US$5.9 million in 2023) Hiren Nag
1966 Nayak 80 lakh (equivalent to 48 crore or US$6.0 million in 2023) Satyajit Ray
1967 Antony Firingee 87 lakh (equivalent to 46 crore or US$5.8 million in 2023)

Sunil Bannerjee

1968 Chowringhee (film) 80 lakh (equivalent to 41 crore or US$5.2 million in 2023)

Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee

1969 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne 88 lakh (equivalent to 46 crore or US$5.7 million in 2023) Satyajit Ray
1970 Nishi Padma 85 lakh (equivalent to 42 crore or US$5.2 million in 2023) Arabinda Mukhopadhyay
1971 Dhanni Meye 85 lakh (equivalent to 41 crore or US$5.1 million in 2023) Arabinda Mukherjee
1972 Mem Saheb 82 lakh (equivalent to 37 crore or US$4.6 million in 2023) Pinaki Mukherjee
1973 Shriman Prithviraj 80 lakh (equivalent to 31 crore or US$3.9 million in 2023) Tarun Majumder
1974 Amanush 1.8 crore (equivalent to 54 crore or US$6.8 million in 2023) Shakti Samanta
1975 Sanyasi Raja 85 lakh (equivalent to 24 crore or US$3.0 million in 2023) Pijush Bose
1976 Datta (film) 75 lakh (equivalent to 23 crore or US$2.9 million in 2023) Ajoy Kar
1977 Anand Ashram 95 lakh (equivalent to 27 crore or US$3.3 million in 2023) Shakti Samanta
1978 Dui Purush 70 lakh (equivalent to 19 crore or US$2.4 million in 2023) Sushil Mukherjee
1979 Joi Baba Felunath 70 lakh (equivalent to 18 crore or US$2.3 million in 2023) Satyajit Ray
1980 Hirak Rajar Deshe 80 lakh (equivalent to 19 crore or US$2.3 million in 2023) Satyajit Ray
1981 Ogo Bodhu Shundori

92 lakh (equivalent to 19 crore or US$2.4 million in 2023)

Salil Dutta
1982 Troyee

29 lakh (equivalent to 5.5 crore or US$690,000 in 2023)

Gautam Mukherjee
1983 Protidan 70 lakh (equivalent to 12 crore or US$1.5 million in 2023) Prabhat Roy
1984 Shatru 70 lakh (equivalent to 11 crore or US$1.4 million in 2023) Anjan Choudhury
1985 Bhalobasa Bhalobasa 78 lakh (equivalent to 12 crore or US$1.4 million in 2023) Tarun Majumder
1986 Pathbhola

21 lakh (equivalent to 2.9 crore or US$360,000 in 2023)

Tarun Majumdar
1987 Amar Sangi 86 lakh (equivalent to 11 crore or US$1.3 million in 2023) Anjan Choudhury
1988 Choto Bou 85 lakh (equivalent to 9.7 crore or US$1.2 million in 2023) Anjan Choudhury
1989 Asha O Bhalobasha 88 lakh (equivalent to 9.4 crore or US$1.2 million in 2023) Sujit Guha
1990 Apan Amar Apan

88 lakh (equivalent to 8.6 crore or US$1.1 million in 2023)

Tarun Majumdar
1991 Beder Meye Josna 0.9 crore (equivalent to 7.8 crore or US$970,000 in 2023) Tojammel Haque Bokul
1992 Goopy Bagha Phire Elo 98.57 lakh (equivalent to 7.6 crore or US$950,000 in 2023) Sandip Ray
1993 Shraddhanjali 1 crore (equivalent to 7.2 crore or US$910,000 in 2023) Srikant Guha Thakurata
1994 Rakta Nadir Dhara 88 lakh (equivalent to 5.8 crore or US$720,000 in 2023) Ram Mukherjee
1995 Sangharsha 95 lakh (equivalent to 5.7 crore or US$710,000 in 2023) Haranath Chakraborty
1996 Bhai Amar Bhai 1 crore (equivalent to 5.5 crore or US$680,000 in 2023) Swapan Saha
1997 Bakul Priya 1.8 crore (equivalent to 9.2 crore or US$1.1 million in 2023) Swapan Saha
1998 Ranokhetro 1 crore (equivalent to 4.5 crore or US$560,000 in 2023) Haranath Chakraborty
1999 Jibon Niye Khela 1 crore (equivalent to 4.3 crore or US$540,000 in 2023) Anjan Choudhury
2000 Sasurbari Zindabad 2.5 crore (equivalent to 10 crore or US$1.3 million in 2023) Haranath Chakraborty
2001 Pratibad 2 crore (equivalent to 8.0 crore or US$1.0 million in 2023) Haranath Chakraborty
2002 Sathi 9.80 crore (equivalent to 37 crore or US$4.7 million in 2023)[16] Haranath Chakraborty
2003 Sangee 2.5 crore (equivalent to 9.2 crore or US$1.2 million in 2023) Haranath Chakraborty
2004 Bandhan 2 crore (equivalent to 7.1 crore or US$890,000 in 2023) Ravi Kinagi
2005 Yuddho 3 crore (equivalent to 10 crore or US$1.3 million in 2023) Ravi Kinagi
2006 MLA Fatakeshto 4 crore (equivalent to 13 crore or US$1.6 million in 2023) Swapan Saha
2007 I Love You 7.5 crore (equivalent to 23 crore or US$2.8 million in 2023) Ravi Kinnagi
2008 Mon Mane Na 6.5 crore (equivalent to 18 crore or US$2.3 million in 2023) Sujit Guha
2009 Poran Jai Joliya Re 9.50 crore (equivalent to 24 crore or US$3.0 million in 2023) Ravi Kinagi
2010 Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo 12 crore (equivalent to 27 crore or US$3.4 million in 2023) Sujit Mondal [38]
2011 Paglu 10 crore (equivalent to 21 crore or US$2.6 million in 2023) Rajiv Kumar Biswas
2012 Awara 8.5 crore (equivalent to 16 crore or US$2.0 million in 2023) Ravi Kinagi
2013 Chander Pahar 21 crore (equivalent to 36 crore or US$4.5 million in 2023)[16] Kamaleshwar Mukherjee
2014 Game : He Plays To Win 8.95 crore (equivalent to 14 crore or US$1.8 million in 2023) Ashok Pati [39]
2015 Shudhu Tomari Jonno 7.50 crore (equivalent to 11 crore or US$1.4 million in 2023) Birsa Dasgupta
2016 Praktan 8.5 crore (equivalent to 12 crore or US$1.5 million in 2023) Nandita Roy, Shiboprosad Mukherjee
2017 Amazon Obhijaan

50 crore (equivalent to 70 crore or US$8.8 million in 2023)[6]

Kamaleshwar Mukherjee
2018 Haami 6 crore (equivalent to 8.0 crore or US$1.0 million in 2023) Nandita Roy, Shiboprosad Mukherjee [40]
2019 Durgeshgorer Guptodhon 6 crore (equivalent to 7.5 crore or US$930,000 in 2023) Dhrubo Banerjee
2020 Dwitiyo Purush 4 crore (equivalent to 4.7 crore or US$590,000 in 2023) Srijit Mukherjee
2021 Tonic 6 crore (equivalent to 6.7 crore or US$840,000 in 2023) Avijit Sen
2022 Projapoti 14 crore (equivalent to 15 crore or US$1.9 million in 2023)[10] Avijit Sen
2023 Chengiz 6.75 crore (US$850,000) Rajesh Ganguly [41]

See also[edit]

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