Director by showman Raj Kapoor, the 255-minute film was in the making for almost 6 years after it finally saw light of day. (Originally filmed for 5 hours, MNJ is still the longest Bollywood film). It is also the first Hindi film to have 2 intervals. But despite heavyweights like Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar and Simi Garewal, the film failed at the box office.
LOC - 2003 - 4 hours, 2 minutes
At 242 minutes run-time, the film was not only one of the longest running films in Hindi cinema but also the biggest flops of all times. Made out of a budget of Rs 40 crores, the film collected barely Rs 19 crores. Even a grand starcast failed to keep the boat from sinking.
Sangam - 1964 - 3 hours, 58 minutes
Directed By Raj Kapoor (his first color film), with a run time of 238 minutes, this love triangle went on to become a classic.
Despite its run-time, the Asutosh Gowariker-directed film made it to the list of most successful films with box office collections topping Rs 59 crores. The 230-minute long film was made out a budget of Rs 40 crores. [If Akbar was as Greek-godly handsome as Hrithik, I wish I was born in the 16th century ;)]
Lagaan - 2001 - 3 hours, 44 minutes
The Amir-starrer epic made a whopping 38 crores out of a budget of 25 crores landing itself a long inning even at the box office. The film was nominated among Channel Four's '50 Best Films to See Before you Die.' Lagaan also became the highest selling DVD in India, trumping Sholay.
'Long' live Bollywood!