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2014: The year of big films
The year 2014 saw some big movies, and some bigger flops. The record of the highest grosser, Aamir Khan’s ‘Dhoom 3’, was broken by Salman Khan’s Eid release ‘Kick’, which was only to be broken again by Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’.
TelevisionPost.com brings to you a quick look back at the hits and misses of 2014.
Rs 100 crore club
2014 saw nine films crossing the Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) mark, out of which three starring the three Khans—‘Happy New year’ (Shah Rukh Khan), ‘Kick’ (Salman Khan) and ‘PK’ (Aamir Khan)—could breach the Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion) mark.
Of the six films that pocketed between Rs 100 and 200 crore (Rs 1–2 billion), there was one each from Hrithik Roshan (‘Bang Bang’), Ajay Devgn (‘Singham Returns’) and Akshay Kumar (‘Holiday’). Salman Khan had one more movie ‘Jai Ho’ in the list, while the other two were ‘Ek Villain’ and ‘2 States’.
There were 28 films, including ‘Manjunath’, ‘Mr Joe B Carvalho’, ‘Pizza 3D’, ‘Darr @ The Mall’, ‘Rang Rasiya’, ‘Super Nani’, ‘Total Siyapaa’, ‘Youngistaan’ and ‘Roar’, which could not collect even Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 million) at the box office.
About 10 films were in the Rs 10–20 crore (Rs 100–200 million) net collection bracket. These included ‘Creature 3D’, ‘Ungli’, ‘Gulaab Gang’ and ‘Bobby Jasoos’.
Another 16 films collected between Rs 20 and 50 crore (Rs 200–500 million), while 10 could manage between Rs 50 and 100 crore (Rs 500 million–1 billion).
T-Series’ January release ‘Yaariyan’, which collected around Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) was the second superhit film from the label. Last year, it had given the bumper hit ‘Aashiqui 2’.
Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Queen’, which collected Rs 61 crore (Rs 610 million) at the box office, was a film driven by a female actor. It started slow with less than Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 million) in the first weekend, but picked up slowly on positive word of mouth.
Alia Bhatt- and Arjun Kapoor-starrer ‘2 States’, based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name, was a low-budget film that went on to collect Rs 104 crore (Rs 1.04 billion) at the box office.
Another female actor-driven film ‘Mary Kom’, a biopic where Priyanka Chopra played the five-time world boxing champion, opened to very positive reviews from both critics and audiences. The film collected Rs 64 crore (Rs 640 million) at the box office.
Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Haider’ garnered both critical and popular acclaim and collected Rs 58.30 crore (Rs 583 million) at the box office.
‘Gundey’, starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, received a bumper opening at the box office. This Yash Raj film managed to collect Rs 76.55 crore (Rs 765.5 million) and the chemistry between the male actors and the films’ songs got thumbs up from the audiences.
Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh and Shraddha Kapoor starrer ‘Ek Villain’ was the biggest surprise of the year. The film managed a place in the Rs 100-crore club and collected Rs 105.50 crore (Rs 1.05 billion).
Big disappointments of 2014
Ajay Devgn’s ‘Action Jackson’, which collected Rs 55.25 crore (Rs 552.5 million), was one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Prabhu Deva’s masala flick could not attract audiences once the negative word of mouth started.
In spite of its star cast including Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar, ‘Kill Dil’, which also marked Govinda’s return to the big screen, could only collect Rs 31.15 crore (Rs 311.5 million).
Another multi-star film which could only manage Rs 19 crore (Rs 190 million) at the box office was ‘Ungli’. Directed by Rensil D’Silva, the film had Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda and Sanjay Dutt, among others. The film received extremely bad reviews, with ‘The Indian Express’ giving the film half a star.
When Vidya Balan appeared in ‘Bobby Jasoos’ this year, her fans were shocked to see the same actress who had pulled up lead roles in films like ‘Kahani’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’ in the past with aplomb. Balan’s role as a female detective failed to pick up at the box office. The film ended its run with collection of Rs 10.85 crore (Rs 108.5 million).
Although Sajid Khan’s ‘Humshakals’ saw one of the best openings of the year, the film received severe criticism, as a result of which the fate of the film starring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor was permanently sealed. The flick collected Rs 63.72 crore (Rs 637.2 million).
‘Super Nani’ was another film, which turned out to be a disaster. Directed by Indra Kumar, who had given last year’s superhit adult comedy, ‘Grand Masti’, the Rekha-starrer film could only collect Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million) at the box office.
Whatever praise Kangana Ranaut got owing to her performance in ‘Queen’, she cancelled it out with ‘Revolver Rani’. With a net collection of just Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 million), the mafia action thriller sank, thankfully, without a trace.
Year of male actors
While in 2013 Deepika Padukone emerged as the strongest actress of Bollywood with four super hit films under her belt, 2014 saw no such wonder from any of the leading females. Once again, the three Khans shone the brightest at the box office. Among the female actors, the younger crop got better reception, including Anushka Sharma (‘PK’) and Jacqueline Fernandez (‘Kick’).
Padukone (‘Happy New Year’), Katrina Kaif (‘Bang Bang’), Kareena Kapoor Khan (‘Singham Returns’), Sonakshi Sinha (‘Holiday’), Shraddha Kapoor (‘Ek Villain’) and Alia Bhatt (‘2 States’ and ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’) all got one or two good films in the year.
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