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Wednesday, 22-May-2019

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Year 2016 saw a roller coaster ride at the box office with few hits and many misses, writes

The Mumbai film industry has its own unusual ways. Box office collection, magic of stardom, film’s performance are the striking factors for the review. Here is an overview of the 365 days of the bollywood.

 Forlorn hope with one big hit

Wazir, Chalk and Duster, Airlift, Jugni, Kya Kool Hain Hum-3, Saala Khadoos, Mastizade, Sanam Teri Kasam were the films released in the first three months of the year but all led to disappointments. During this period more than a dozen movies were released.

 However, only Airlift and Sala Khadoos were considered movies worth watching. Saala Khadoos did business quite well at the same time Airlift became the first movie to enter the much coveted 100 crore club. It was perhaps 49 year old Akshay Kumar who could do this wonder again.

 The tragic fall

The beginning was astounding however the next three months was a somersault as the movies Aligarh,  Jai Gangajal, Kapoor & Sons, Rocky Handsome, The End, Fan, Nil Battey Sannata, Baaghi, One Night Stand, could not reach 100 crore mark. Except Neerja not even a single movie can qualify for the category of decent movies.

Ghayal Once Again, Fitoor, Fan, Ki & ka could not do well. In Ghayal Once Again Sunny Deol proved that he is a good actor but not the director.

After Kai Po Che, director Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor was chink in his armour. This actually proved that he has not yet become much experienced to tackle with such subject. On the other hand, the movie Fan made Shah Rukh realize that he has lost his charm. The meager 60 crore business has proved this fact.

The director of Ki & Ka, R. Balki, after Shamitabh, has indicated once again that he has lost his rhythm. It certainly indicates to the paucity of good directors in film industry.

 ‘Sultan’ on the roll

Several films were released this year too however Sultan was on the roll. The ‘Sultan’ of Salman Khan did business of 320 crore in India and 584 crore in world. This proved that viewer in our country loves entertainment. They do not accept any fluff. This however has been proved by box office collection of 1920 London, Azhar, Sarabjit, Veerappan, Houseful 3, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani, Teen, Udta Punjab, Raman Raghav, Great Grand Masti, Madari, Dhishoom. Houseful 3 comedy was stale this is why they had to be satisfied in business of 80 cr. Amidst these, some good movies were also released like Sarabjit, Veerappan, Udta Punjab, Raman Raghav, Madari but people did not spend money in multiplexes. The viewers who spend money are somehow punishing directors like Gauri Shinde, Abhishek Chaubey, Anuraag Kashyap, Anirudh Rai Chaudhary, Reepu Dasgupta, Deewakar Banerjee. The high prices of multiplexes makes viewer not to spend excess money. 

Instead they spent money on Indra Kumar’s sex comedy Great Grand Masti. Ironically, the film was leaked on internet even before its release.

 Another hit

The month of September and October saw release of movies like Mohanjodaro, Rustam, Happy Bhaag Jayegi, Flying Jat, Akeera, Baar Baar Dekho, Freaky Ali, Raaz Reboot, Pink was in hit movie category, Akeera did business of 30 crore which was far below the expectation.

Ashutosh Govarikar’s 100 crore Mohanjedaro could not even recover its cost of production which was 67 crore. On the other hand Shakun Batra’s film Baar Baar Dekho has got the status of the most boring film of the year.

 Tall claims all shallow

From October to December, Ajay Devgan starrer Shivay and Shah Rukh’s Dear Zindagi could not do business of 100 crore and proved that the magic of big name is effervescent only for limited time. Director of Mirzya, Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra must have learnt lesson from it. Dangal was however a saving grace, as it touched 100 crore figure  in just 3 days. Aamir Khan’s film had a grand opening due to its  strong storyline and stellar performances.

Tutak Tutak Tutiya, Saat Uchakke, Rock On 2, Tum Bin 2, Force 2, Kahaani 2, Befikre, Wajah Tum Ho are other released films of these three months. In Befikre, Aditya Chopra was seen on entirely different track.

Similarly, serious director Sujoy Ghosh was left behind in Kahani 2  but this could not be said about perfectionist Aamir Khan as his new film Dangal can easily break the records of many blockbusters.

 Shah Rukh has lost his charm

Last year was not very lucky for Shahrukh Khan. It is often said that King Khan has lost his charm. His aura and stardom seems to be on a slippery slope and so are his movies’ collection. The box office report of his newly released film Fan, Dear Zindagi is not satisfactory. Moreover, his often controversial statements have reduced his fan following.

 Akki on the right track

In this case, Akshay’s efforts are quite laudable. He did not leave the company of serious directors for several years. The outcome was the films like Airlift and Rustam, and Toilet Ek Prem Katha this year.

Anushka on the top

Be it sultan or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil , this year Anushka Sharma passed with flying colors. Not even a single film of Deepika was released this year. On the other hand Priyanka’s Jai Gangajal could not make its mark. This really worked for Anushka. She is getting all big movies these days.

 Small movies disappoint

Last year there was plethora of small films. For cine lovers it is hard to reckon them as these were the films that could not manage to go beyond the budget of 1 crore to 5 crore. Trade expert Amod Mehra says that the reason behind making of these movies is the reason that they do business of 10 crore. But infelicitously most of the movies don’t even reach that mark, as their shows are cancelled in most of the multiplexes. To run a single show at least 5 to 10 people are required.

Among small films released this year Chalk and Duster, Saala Khadoos, Neerja, Aligarh, Nil battey Sannata, Do Lafzon ki kahani and Madari was laudable.

 Where are efficient directors?

Perhaps this year transpires a pungent truth. Abhishek Chaubey, Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde, Remo D’Souza. Shakun Batra, Nishikant Kamath, Farhad-Sajid, Manish Sharma, Ravi Jadhav, Suhail Khan are not among those directors who can run the industry. We need plethora of directors who can deliver super hit movies consistently. After all the box office collection is a sinew for Bollywood movies. Alas! There is an apparent crisis of hit movies this year.