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Highest Grossing Pakistani Films Adjusted for Inflation

“Waar” first hit theaters almost ten years ago and brought Pakistan’s dormant cinema back to life. Bilal Lashari’s steady hand behind the camera gave the country’s slumbering film circuit a 1.21 Jigawatt jolt.

Today, his second film has shattered the 100 Cr barrier and currently stands at 127 Cr.

However, we at PakistaniCinema.Net noticed that “The Legend of Maula Jatt” only just became highest grossing Pakistani film of all time because of inflation.

Humayun Saeed’s “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2” stands at nearly 122 Cr adjusted for inflation and was still the highest grossing film until just a few days ago.

So, we got to thinking about other hit films and what their adjusted grosses are.

Here are the top 10 highest grossing Pakistani films adjusted for inflation (besides “The Legend of Maula Jatt”).

Note: We have used approximate dollar conversion rates during each film’s release times for these figures. Their accuracy is not absolute.

Actor in Law and Janaan (62.5 Cr)

Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi’s biggest hit “Actor in Law” kept cinemas full for many months in Pakistan. Alongside it, Azfar Jafri’s “Janaan” also minted money. The two films kept theaters packed for months. No wonder they grossed so much.

Wrong No. (64.3 Cr)

Yasir Nawaz and Danish Taimoor first hit is still their biggest. “Wrong No.” rode in on the heels of the burgeoning new wave. The film was strictly commercial cinema with a star-studded cast. No wonder it racked up big numbers at the box office.

The Donkey King (70.48 Cr)

“The Donkey King” was the biggest surprise of 2018. Hitting theaters at a time of regime change in Pakistan, the film hit just the right chords and became a massive box office hit. What’s more, director Aziz Jindani gave the film the full foreign release treatment. It toured markets like Spain, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Colombia, Peru, China, etc. It grossed almost as much internationally as it did domestically.

Waar (71.5 Cr)

The Unstoppable Movie was bound to be on this list. “Waar” breathed new life into Pakistani Cinema and kickstarted the new wave. Bilal Lashari’s directorial debut and the return of Shaan to the big screen in gun toting, fist brawling action minted big money at the box office. “Waar” broke records in Pakistan and became the first film since “Choorian” to fill cinema halls everywhere.

Parwaz Hai Junoon (75.5 Cr)

A film focused on the Airforce and their sacrifices, lives, and loves, the film resonated deeply with audiences. “Parwaz Hai Junoon” starred Hamza Ali Abbasi and Hania Aamir pairing up for the first time and did wonders at the box office. Even while competing with the likes of Humayun Saeed, the film made its presence felt at the theaters.

Bin Roye (85.13 Cr)

Mahira Khan’s biggest success and one of the highest grossing films at the international box office, “Bin Roye” was one of the crown jewels of 2015. If not for “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani”, it would’ve been the highest grossing film that year. Humayun Saeed’s star power also lent itself to the success of the film.

Teefa in Trouble (87.66 Cr)

Ali Zafar’s debut at the Pakistani film circuit was always going to be big, but just how big was anyone’s guess. “Teefa in Trouble” was the first film from Pakistani Cinema to make it big as a non-holiday release. Racking up massive numbers at home and abroad, “Teefa in Trouble” was testament to the fact that great action and star power would deliver a spectacle.

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (105 Cr)

Humayun Saeed’s big splash at the box office came in the form of the star studded “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani” in 2015. Starring the superstar along with Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmed Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Ayesha Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Mehwish Hayat, Sohai Ali Abro, Uzma Khan, Bushra Ansari, Ismail Taara and Javed Sheikh, the film had an absolutely massive star cast. That year it became the highest grossing film in Pakistan’s history.

Turns out Humayun Saeed was just getting started.

Punjab Nahi Jaungi (106.68 Cr)

In an otherwise unimpressive 2017, “Punjab Nahi Jaungi” showed once again that Humayun Saeed was the box office king. Starring the superstar, Mehwish Hayat and Urwa Hocane the film got praise for its dialogues written by Khalil Ur Rahman Qamar. By the end of its run, it was the highest grossing film in Pakistan’s history.

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (121.7 Cr)

The sequel to the massively popular “JPNA” was an even bigger hit. Starring the original cast minus Hamza Ali Abbasi, the sequel added Fahad Mustafa, arguably the other biggest male star in Pakistan. Also along for the ride were Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan.

While the film competed with other films like “Load Wedding” and “Parwaz Hai Junoon”, it knocked them all out. And a Humayun Saeed film became the highest grossing Pakistani film in history..again!

“The Legend of Maula Jatt” is still racing towards new records at the domestic and international box office. Will it break the 200 Cr barrier? Only time will tell.

Written by Yousuf Mehmood


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