Guest Post by Learning And Creativity Desk
As the year 2013 is about to drop its curtains, it’s the time to have a quick Bollywood recap. Let’s talk business first.
2013 was an eventful year for Bollywood. After a few box-office disasters including Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar, Bollywood saw its first superhit with Race 2, starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in the lead. The movie collected 100.45 crore at the Boxoffice.
February brought new surprises with some small budget movies such as ABCD – Any Body Can Dance, Special 26, Murder 3 and Kai Po Che!, doing pretty well at the box-office.
Jolly L.L.B., Mere Dad Ki Maruti and Chashme Baddoor were some other movies that were able to entertain audience with a dose of comedy and emotions.
The biggest surprise was the exceptional success of Aashiqui 2, a sequel to Aashiqui, starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. Riding on melodious music and amazing chemistry between the lead pair, the movie became an instant hit, making 78.42 crore at the box-office.
The box-office cash registers zoomed into top gear when Ranbir and Deepika starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was released on 31st May 2013. The movie grossed a whopping 188.57 crore and became the top grosser of 2013, followed by Race 2, another Deepika Padukone movie.
Released on 12 July, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on the legendary athlete Milkha Singh, garnered positive reviews from both critics and audience. The critical acclaim translated into a neat collection of 108.93 crore at the box-office.
The best thing about the year 2013 is that almost every big star made gold at box-office. All big-starrer flicks worked and made money. When everybody was reaping great returns, how the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ could lag behind. One of most-awaited Bollywood movies,
Chennai Express released on 9th August 2013 and records started to fall like bowling pins. 100 crore in opening weekend and 156 crore in the first week!
The movie achieved an unprecedented opening and initial response. Overall, Chennai Express grossed a total of 227 crore, breaking the record previously held by 3 Idiots.
History had been created but the record did not survive for long. Records are meant to be broken. And this one soon fell to make way for the biggest grosser Krrish 3. Just like its famed superhero, Krrish 3 came, saw and conquered. Third in the Krrish franchisee, this superhero flick shattered all previous collection records (even the one that was created a few months ago) collecting around 255 crore.
Some more surprises followed.
Shuddh Desi Romance garnered audience, The Lunchbox grabbed heaps of accolades from critics. However the last wonder of the year was still being awaited. Dhoom machni abhi baaki thi mere dost!
After fifteen days of superhero adventures, came a movie that left audiences awe-struck with something violent and sensuous at the same time. It was Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela that sizzled on the silver screen on November 15. The sizzling chemistry between Ranvir Singh and Deepika Padukone under the direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali worked wonders for the film. The movie made 116 crore at the ticket window and is still running in some cinemas halls.
2013 also brought some relief for Shahid Kapoor who finally tasted some success with R… Rajkumar – directed by Prabhu Deva.
At a time when year 2013 was packing up, it gave Bollywood audience its last gift, the Christmas gift in the form of Dhoom 3, a movie starring Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan and the gorgeous Katrina Kaif.
Though the movie has just released, reverberation of records is loud and clear. With a collection of 36 crore on its opening day, the movie is well on its way to become third entrant to 200-crore club in 2013. And you never know, even 300 crore figure doesn’t seem to be a distant milestone.
By the time it happens, check out the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood movies in 2013:
(Facts and figures: Courtesy bollywoodhungama.com)
Value: in Rs. Crore
Krrish 3 244.92
Chennai Express 227.13
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 188.57
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela 116.33
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 108.93
Dhoom 3 107.61 (collections of opening weekend)
Grand Masti 102
Race 2 100.45
Aashiqui 2 78.42
Special 26 66.8
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