Lost and found! One of the oft-used formulas which has been applied in Bollywood for years and is still going strong. The very recent big release, Bharat, also gives us a glimpse into this never-fail formula. Director Gyan Mukherjee in his film Kismet (1943) was one of the first to use the lost and found formula. Made during the Second World War, the film is about the separation and reunion of a father and son.
However, at that time this concept was not much acknowledged by filmmakers. The film that reintroduced and set the trend of this lost and found formula was the 1965 release Waqt, directed by Yash Chopra. Featuring Balraj Sahni, Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Sadhana, Rehman and Madan Puri, the film was a true blue multi-starrer and highest grosser of 1965. It earned Rs 3 crore at the box office at that time but the film’s worth today is approximately Rs 1400 crore!
Well, don’t be! The worth of Waqt has been measured in terms of the worth of gold today. In the year 1965, the cost of 10 grams of gold was just Rs 72; today gold of same weight costs Rs 33,730. As per our calculation, the worth of the total business of Waqt in today’s date would be Rs 1398.60 crore.
The biggest of Hindi films today have not earned even half of this amount yet!
- Bhavi Gathani