If you’re a movie buff, you’d identify with the fact how the release dates of Bollywood blockbusters are ion the tip of the tongue. Take Sholay, for instance or Jai Santoshi Maa that released on August 15, 1975, or Baahubali 2 that released on April 28, 2017, and the most recent one Sanju, on June 29. But do you remember why August 8 is special? Still guessing, huh? Well, on this day, two of Hindi cinema’s gems were released, which turned out to be two of the biggest money spinners at the ticket windows. So let’s check them out…
Koi… Mil Gaya – August 8, 2003
The Rakesh Roshan directorial science-fiction Koi… Mil Gaya, which was loosely based on 1982 Hollywood hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, turned out to be a game-changing film for Hrithik Roshan. Interestingly, the lead actress’ role in the film was earlier offered to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but post her rejection Preity Zinta came on the board. Apart from garnering immense critical acclaim, the film turned out to be one of the highest grossers of that year. Koi… Mil Gaya also went on to win three National and five Filmfare Awards, which included Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.
Chennai Express – August 8, 2013
Well, Chennai Express is undoubtedly one of the funniest and typical masala entertainers of recent times. The Rohit Shetty action-comedy, which earned over Rs 228 crore is still the biggest hit of Shah Rukh Khan’s career. Also featuring Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj and Nikitin Dheer, Chennai Express was the second highest grosser of 2013 after Dhoom 3. The film crossed the Rs 400 crore mark at the worldwide box office.