The End Of The Year – Time To Review. Time To Reflect. Time To Relive.
2013 Was A Mixed Year For Bollywood – India’s Film Industry.
The 100 Crore Club continued to welcome new members and three movies rocked even into 200 Crore club – Dhoom 3, Krrish 3 and Chennai Express.
At Half Year mark, I had commented: “The content and treatment continues to win. The new talent is getting better results and traditional stars are being challenged. Good times for Bollywood continue!”. It still holds true at the end of the year. (See Bollywood 2013 Half Year Mark Review)
Ranbir tasted first failure when he let money to precede our his cinematic choices. Though Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani was no great cinema, it balanced commercial and contemporary cinema. The same treatment was dished out to Himmatwala, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2. Ranbir’s Rocket Singh is yet to be bettered, Barfi not withstanding.
Ranbir got a challenger in form of Ranveer with Ram Leela and Lootera showcasing his talent. Sushant Singh Rajput is the new talent where banks are betting their money on ! Parineeti and Alia Bhatt are the new ladies to watch for ! Nimrat Kaur seems promising !
Deepika was the actor of the year with 4 hits – Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Ram Leela. Behind the beautiful face and awesome acting is an intelligent mind – who redefined herself. Sonakshi and Shahid Kapoor need reinvention for sure – they can learn from Deepika.
I still feel the best film of the year was Ship Of Theseus. It was seconded by The Lunchbox. Ship Of Theseus showcases the best of Indian Cinema and so does The Lunchbox. A R Rahman still rules in the music department. Though Aashiqui 2 brought new challengers.
Top 5 Films:
1. Ship Of Theseus
3. Kai Po Che
6. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
7. Shuddh Desi Romance
8. Special 26
9. Aashiqui 2
Other Honorable Mentions:
1. Madras Cafe
2. Ram Leela
Top 5 Movies That Did Not Work !:
1. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara
5. Phata Poster
Top Grossers Of The Year:
1. Dhoom 3 – 250 Cr +
2. Krrish 3 – 250 Cr
3. Chennai Express – 225 Cr
4. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – 190 Crore
5. Ram Leela – 110 Cr
I am pleased to note that Bhaag Milkha Bhaag crossed 100 Crores – 100 Crores is not an elusive number anymore with even Grand Masti touching the magical figure.
Surprised to see no Lootera, neither in Top 10 nor in Honorable mentions. I also believe Aurangzeb was a much better movie, especially better than D-Day and Shuddh Desi Romance. However, at the end of the day, it’s all subjective.
Kandarp – I agree – I should include Lootera in the Honorable Mentions. It is definitely subjective as everyone as their own thoughts. I felt D-Day was a good movie with right pace. SDR brought out the new perspective and treated the subject differently in a young India.