2018 has been a landmark year thanks to the significant events that took place and films that released. In a bid to understand this tumultuous and exciting year, we at Bollywood Hungama on a lighter note decided to redevelop the English alphabets from A-Z keeping in mind the important events of the year
A – Anand Ahuja and Angad Bedi
B – Babas and babies rock the show
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s munchkin Taimur continued to rule the roost and arguably his popularity grew this year. Meanwhile, more kids joined the bandwagon as Neha Dhupia gave birth to Mehr, within six months of her marriage. Neil Nitin Mukesh became proud parents of Nurvi. Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s daughter Misha got a baby brother in the form of Zain. Sunny Leone and Daniel Weber meanwhile adopted two more children – the very cute boys Asher and Noah. Mohit Suri, Abhishek Kapoor, Rohit Dhawan, Rajpal Yadav, Shreyas Talpade, Lisa Ray etc. also were blessed with lovely babies.
C – Cancer and censor
The C-words – cancer and censor – continued to haunt Bollywood. The industry got a jolt when Sonali Bendre, Nafisa Ali and Tahira Kashyap were diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Other ailments also plagued our Bollywood stars. Irrfan Khan moved to United Kingdom to seek treatment for neuroendocrine tumour. Rishi Kapoor is also battling a serious disease in New York. On the other hand, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as Censor Board, remained in the news all year long mostly for the wrong reasons. Pahlaj Nihalani challenged the CBFC after they meted unfair treatment to his Govinda starrer Rangeela Raja.
D – Daisy Shah and Disha Patani
These two beauties made it to the headlines. Daisy Shah became the most talked about actor in the multi-starrer Race 3 after her dialogue ‘None of your business’ went viral and became a catchphrase. Disha Patani meanwhile gave a super-hit in the form of Baaghi 2. But she got trolled when she posted a picture on Diwali, wearing a sports bra with Diwali lehenga, by allegedly enhancing her assets. After the criticism, she re-uploaded her pic, this time without Photoshop.
E – Emergence of digital platforms
Netflix and Amazon Prime become quite big, with the original series like Sacred Games, Breathe and Mirzapur getting lot of viewership. Moreover, some fine entertainers like Love Per Square Foot, Rajma Chawal etc. got a direct digital release. Besides these two platforms, others also jumped into the bandwagon like Hungama, Zee5 etc
F – Future is bright
With the digital boom, rise of China as a potential market and small and medium films doing blockbuster business, it seems that the future would surely be exciting and ‘rich’!
G – Ginni Chatrath
Funny man Kapil Sharma finally got hitched to Ginni Chatrath and hopefully this will mark a new chapter in the former’s life who has had bit of a rocky 2017 and 2018. Earlier this year, he had an abusive spat with a journalist on the phone. His show too started and ended abruptly. It has now restarted and it remains how it fares in 2019.
H – Hare
This animal in Andhadhun was the biggest mystery of the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer. It sprung up multiple theories as to what exactly was the climax of this well-made and one of the most brilliant films of 2018
I – Ishaan, Janhvi, Sara
These star kids finally had their debuts and all three of them did a good job.
J – Jail
It was jail time for Prernaa Arora, who made a lot of noise this year, for the wrong reasons. After her controversial exit from Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran, Kedarnath, Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Fanney Khan, she was arrested for duping Vashu Bhagnani of crores of rupees. Others who were imprisoned were Rajpal Yadav for Rs 5 crore recovery suit, Mika Singh for alleged molestation in Dubai and Armaan Kohli for alleged assault and stocking of imported alcoholic bottles.
K – Kartik Aaryan
This chap was doing a fine job since years but commercial success combined with extreme popularity eluded him. This year proved to be lucky as his comic caper Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety became one of the best films of the year and also crossed the Rs. 100 crore mark. No wonder that the actor became a hot property in no time.
L – Lake Como
M – #MeToo
The much-needed movement that stormed Hollywood last year finally knocked on the Bollywood doors and created madness. Tanushree Dutta ignited the fire by talking about a ten-year-old case against Nana Patekar. The #MeToo fire then engulfed Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor etc
N – Nick Jonas
This hot import from the West won the heart of our ‘Desi Girl’ Priyanka Chopra. In no time, both got married and proved to the world that a woman marrying a guy younger to her by almost ten years is no big deal.
O – Outlandish costumes of Ranveer Singh
This talented actor continued to make headline thanks to his costumes. But we love the way he carries it with ease.
P – Padmaavat
2018 started on a rocky note as the problems associated with Padmaavat didn’t find a logical conclusion. The film didn’t get a release in four major states. Yet, it became a huge grosser and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had the last laugh.
Q – Quality content gets accepted
This year proved that more than stars and glitz-n-glamour, the content was of paramount importance. A much needed change!
R – Ranbir Kapoor
He had proved his acting worth but in terms of box office, he was not able to raise much over the last few years. But in 2018, he surprised one and all as the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sanju, became a Rs. 300 crore grosser. What’s more, it’s also the biggest hit of the year!
S – Sridevi
The beautiful and talented diva left for heavenly abode all of a sudden in February in Dubai, saddening industry and crores of viewers.
T – Thugs Of Hindostan
An Aamir Khan film is nothing short of an event. But this Diwali release was without any fizz or fireworks. The manner in which it crashed each day was scary.
U – Unusual pairings
Besides Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Arjun Kapoor and Malika Arora finally started making their relationship official. The hottie Harshvardhan Rane surprised fans by dating Kim Sharma. Farhan Akhtar meanwhile found love in Shibani Dandekar. Arjun Rampal and Arbaaz Khan also moved on in their lives by going out with Gabriella Demetriades and Giorgia Andriani.
V – Veere Di Wedding
This ‘lady-oriented’ film made a lot of noise pre-release. Thankfully, it met lot of expectations and was a big hit, proving sceptics wrong that an urban, adult female-centric film can’t work.
W – Wink of Priya Varrier
Her 26 second clip from her debut film spread like wild fire all over, making her an instant overnight celebrity.
X – e(x)treme collections of films
Films like Padmaavat, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Baaghi 2, Raazi, Stree, Badhaai Ho, AndhaDhun etc collected much more than what was expected. On the other hand, Aiyaary, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Fanney Khan, Namaste England, Helicopter Eela etc were absolute washouts.
Y – Yash, Rajinikanth – South heroes who rocked 2018
After Baahubali’s super success, two more South films released in Hindi versions in a huge way. And both of them – the Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 and Yash-starrer KGF: Chapter 1 did very well commercially.
Z – Zero
This film was quite true to its name as it was bizarre and silly making many wonder how it got approved in the first place!
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