If we look back on the first six months of 2017, we see crippling setbacks. Towering over them are the biggest hits of Indian cinema. A look at the high and the many lows.
1. OK Jaanu: The first major blow of the year. Shaad Ali’s tepid remake of his mentor Mani Ratnam’s film was as uninspiring as it can get. The ‘sizzling’ chemistry between Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor was like a firecracker doused in water. Just goes to prove, real-life couples should not share screen space.
2. The Republic Day Kaabil –Raees Combat: Proved damaging to both. Not that either was a classic. But given the two films’ velocity, violence, drama and their leading men Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan’s star-power, both films would have performed better if they had come on separate Fridays. Will these movie moghuls never learn?
3. Rangoon: If the first half of 2017 is memorable for the Baahubali blockbuster, it also gave us one of the biggest flops of recent years. Reportedly the co-producers Viacom lost close to Rs 65 crores on this self-indulgent mess of a movie while the director Vishal Bhardwaj went home unaffected by the crippling financial blow. It’s time filmmakers took responsibility for their failure.
4. Raabta: Producer Dinesh Vijan’s directorial debut sank without a trace. Films about reincarnation have always been jinxed. Then there is the jinx on real-life couples. We are presuming Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon are a real-life couple.
1. Baahubali – The Conclusion: The baap of blockbusters continues to break records. Highest grossing film of all time!
2. Jolly LLB 2: Akshay Kumar’s well-intended legal drama about an insensitive lawyer developing a conscience touched a raw nerve in many. The film consolidated Akshay’s image as the conscientious superstar.
3. Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are the new hit-making machines of Bollywood. They not only share a superb chemistry, they seem to care about audiences’ money and tastes. This was producer Karan Johar’s second blockbuster besides Baahubali 2 in the first half of 2017. Or should we say, his fourth blockbuster of the year after his twins Roohi and Yash?
4. Hindi Medium: The Neerja of 2017. Started on a tame note and went on to become a life-changing look at the pitfalls of our education system. Irrfan Khan’s first big commercial success in Bollywood.
5. Sachin- A Billion Dreams: Though the Sachin Tendulkar bio-pic was not the hit it was expected to be, it, nonetheless, performed well enough to be considered an honourable success.