December 31, 2013

2013 : Bollywood Recap

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  

2013 brought so much also took away. That is life. This was a year, when the Hindi film industry lost some of its legends  - Manna Dey, Shamshad Begum, Pran and Farooq Sheikh. We lost aspiring star Jiah Khan and budding singer Sandeep Acharya in a very young age.  Death snatched the extremely talented director Rituparno Ghosh. 

We remember these souls, who with their timeless contribution to the industry have immortalized the songs they sung, the characters they portrayed the creativity they exhibited in their work. 

This year is almost over, so here’s looking back at our favourite industry in retrospect.

New box office record: Around mid-2013, Shah Rukh Khan proved he is indeed the 'badshah' of Hindi films as his Chennai Express became the biggest grosser at Rs 216 crore.

Fastest Rs 100 crore collection: Aamir Khan came in with Dhoom 3 in December and whooshed ahead of Chennai Express with a whopping Rs 107.61 crore in its first three days. It was a year when as many as six films - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Krrish 3, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, as well asChennai Express and Dhoom 3 minted over Rs 100 crore.

New regions: Hindi cinema roamed into non-traditional markets like Peru, Panama and Morocco. Chennai Express released seven new international destinations, making it a breakthrough year for the industry. Akshay Kumar’s Boss, Hrithik Roshan's Krrish3 and Aamir's Dhoom3 were the films which increased Bollywood's attraction in international shores.

International forays: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, featured in a Hollywood film - The Great Gatsby - for the first time while our 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra lent her voice for an Asian character in animation film, Planes. The actress-singer's second international single Exotic was also launched with internation singer Pitbull earlier this year. Yet another Indian face who made a mark abroad was veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has featured in international films, in the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

Independent cinema received warm welcome: Who would have thought that a distinctive story of two individuals love via a lunchbox would hit it off the Indian audiences who are used to offer desi potboilers spiced with item songs and melodrama? But The Lunchbox accomplished. Also, Ship of Theseus, Shahid and B.A. Pass, with strong story lines and different treatment established independent cinema has convincing viewers in the country. With names like Karan Johar and Kiran Rao backing them, the scope of Indian movies is only composed for growth.

Films with unconventional themes charmed: Madras Cafe, Shorts, Bombay Talkies, ABCD - Any Body Can Dance, and Ship of Theseus, won the audiences' hearts despite being out-of-the-box.

Merchandising on new high: Thanks to films like Chennai Express, Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3, film production remained in demand. Video games, toys and apparel related to the movies were much talked about. More than 150 products were made available for Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish 3, while Yash Raj Films launched over 200 products for Dhoom 3.

Promising changeovers from TV to films: Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Vidya Balan are a few who tried their luck in films after a spell on TV, and it worked in their favor. In 2013, it was actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Karan Kundra and Manish Paul who made impressive moves.

Foreign faces in desi land: Swedish actress Elli Avram and Australian actresses Kristina Akheeva and Rebecca Breeds made inroads into Bollywood this year with Mickey Virus, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag respectively.

Entry of southern stars: A long list in this segment! The most promising debut made by Southern Actor Dhanush in Raanjhanaa while Ram Charan Teja fail to impress viewers. Himmantwala was unsuccessful at box office but Tammannah drew attention and Taapsee tickled the audiences' funny bone in Chashme Buddoor.

The major controversies of the year: The alleged involvement of   Sooraj Pancholi in the suicide of actor Jiah Khan and as the year comes to a close the sad parting of Hrithik Roshan and his wife for 13 years Sussanne. Ranbir’s holiday with his rumored girlfriend Katrina Kaif in Spain also hit the headlines for various reasons.

Sequels this year : The year will also be remembered as the year of sequels  that include ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Grand Masti’, ‘Krrish 3’, ‘Murder 3’,  ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara’, ‘Race 2’, ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’, ‘Shootout at Wadala’, ‘Satya 2’, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ and ‘Dhoom: 3’ etc. 

As we approach the gateway of another year let us welcome the New Year, full of things that never were Lets, hope in the coming year Bollywood gets more powerful , play an important role in world cinema and create best works of art and a lot more.. Happy New Year !

Inputs - IANS

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