India’s Most Successful International Film: A Forgotten Gem That Sold 300 Million Tickets Overseas, Outperforming RRR, Pathaan, and Dangal Combined

Abhijeet Kaul

India's Most Successful International Film

This movie, which wasn’t a big hit in India, was incredibly popular in other countries. It sold more than 30 crore tickets overseas, which is even more than the combined ticket sales of RRR, Dangal, Baahubali, and Pathaan.

When we think about successful Indian movies abroad, we often remember recent blockbusters like RRR and Dangal, which made a big impact in the United States and China. Some people might also mention Shah Rukh Khan, who has a great track record with his movies in Europe and the Middle East. But there’s an older film from the 1980s that outshines them all.

The Most Popular Indian Movie Abroad: 300 Million Tickets Sold

The biggest overseas hit from India that sold 30 crore tickets is “Caravan,” starring Jeetendra and Asha Parekh. It was released in India in 1971 and did well, earning Rs 3.6 crore at the box office and being called a super hit. But its real success story happened eight years later when it was released in China. “Caravan” became a massive blockbuster there, breaking all records by selling 30 crore tickets in the country. To put this in perspective, Aamir Khan’s “Dangal,” which set records in 2018, sold 4.5 crore tickets in China. “Caravan” even surpassed Raj Kapoor’s “Awara” as India’s biggest overseas hit. “Awara” had sold over 20 crore tickets overseas, mainly in China and the Soviet Union.

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India's Most Successful International Film

Now, let’s talk about how “Caravan’s” overseas success compares to modern blockbusters. In 1979, “Caravan” earned around Rs 31 crore in China. If we adjust this amount for inflation, it would be over Rs 1000 crore in today’s currency. If we consider today’s ticket prices, it might even reach over Rs 3000 crore. In contrast, “Dangal” made Rs 1300 crore overseas, and both “Pathaan” and “RRR” earned just under Rs 400 crore. “Baahubali 2,” one of the biggest overseas hits, earned Rs 425 crore overseas. None of these movies come close to what “Caravan” achieved.

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Interestingly, “Caravan” wasn’t a particularly significant film in India. In 1971, it was only the sixth highest-grossing Indian film, with movies like “Haathi Mere Saathi,” “Mera Gaon Mera Desh,” and “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” outperforming it. However, in China, “Caravan” remains culturally significant. It was directed by Tahir Hussain, who happens to be Aamir Khan’s father. In 2018, when Aamir Khan visited China to promote “Dangal” and “Secret Superstar,” he discovered that “Caravan” is still fondly remembered there.

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