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The Bollywood Review – 2022

Quick Summary:

  1. Southern Spice was the topic of Bollywood in 2022. Did Bollywood lose the plot to Southern entertainers? Yes and No.
  2. Indian audience has been pampered by best of the global cinema in the last two years of Covid. The mediocrity is shunned. Template movie making is rejected.
  3. Bollywood was indeed outclassed by Southern movies in the big budget masala category – RRR is roaring across India and making an impact at Oscars. Kantara posters are in North India. KGF2 rules. Pre-Bahubali days, no South Indian movie would last beyond a week in North. Today, they are having a golden run. Southern movies have shown that audience will return to cinema – give them worthy content!
  4. Ponniyn Selvan 1, Yashoda, Sita Ramam and Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya He have continued the Southern supremacy. Radhe Shyam proved that audience is unforgiving.
  5. Bollywood’s Brahmastra to Southern challenge was a mixed success – did not live to expectations. The biggest Bollywood blockbuster was also a Southern remake – Drishyam 2.
  6. Remember 100 crore club? In 2019, 100 crore was passe, 200 crore was becoming common and 300 crore club was the new sign of success. In 2022, only a few movies hit the 100 crore club – Gangubai Kathiawadi, The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiya 2, Brahmastra and Drishyam 2. Clearly, audience is spending money wisely and Bollywood is bleeding with its self-inflicted wounds.
  7. Shamshera, Samrat Prithviraj, Raksha Bandhan, Lala Singh Chaddha, Liger, Ram Setu, Cirkus, Jayesbhai Jordaar – Perfect examples of big names and big banners producing duds.
  8. Bollywood did have amazing movies in 2022 as well – but they did not capture the headlines. The list is showcased below.
  9. Gujarati Film Industry came out of age and had a steady churn of interesting movies.
  10. Alia maintained her numero uno status with Gangubai. She was also a part of Brahmastra, Darlings and RRR. Shefali Shah rose with Salsa, Darlings and Dr G – not to forget Delhi Crime 2 and Humans.

Let’s look at the wonderful movies of 2022:

  1. Jalsa
  2. Monica O My Darling
  3. Chupp
  4. Love Hostel
  5. Gangubai Kathiawadi
  6. Jhund
  7. Badhaai Do
  8. Dobaara
  9. Blurr
  10. Thar
  11. Qala
  12. Action Hero
  13. RK / rKay
  14. Matto Ki Saikil
  15. Vikram Vedha

Notable Mentions: Uunchai, Gehraiyaan, Jaadugar, Drishyam 2