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Bollywood 2012 - A Review
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The year 2012 has been a golden period for Bollywood at the Box Office with many films ruling the roost. Apart from that, the audience has also been able to see new stories alongside commercial pot boilers. With only Salman Khan's Dabangg2 releasing in the last week of 2012, let us review the success and failures of the year...

Movies entering the 100 Crores club is a great thing for business but the real strength lies in a different test - for how long can the movie stay in the hearts of people? We still watch movies like Sholay, Anand, Golmaal, Chupke Chupke, Madhumathi, Aradhana, Pyaasa, Jewel Thief, Deewar, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Andaz Apna Apna, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Hera Pheri, Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Chak De, Taare Zameen Par and Dil Chahtha Hai for so many times. Such movies remain forever in the heart of cinematic fan and become classic.

Some of the impressive films of this year have been Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor, Oh My God, Barfi, Gangs of Wassepyur (I & II), English Vinglish and Taalash. These movies were examples of good story telling with entertainment. They had excellent performances from their lead actors. These movies will rule the roost in Award Ceremonies as well as doing well at the box office. The good film with entertainment value will get their dues from today’s audience. The young film makers should not be afraid and experiment with new stories. The audience is ready to grab this with both hands.

The most impressive (male) performances of this year have been from Irfan Khan in Paan Singh Tomar, Ranbir Kapoor from Barfi, Paresh Rawal from Oh My God, Manoj Bajpai from Gangs of Wasseypur I and Nawazuddin Siddiqui from Gangs of Wasseypur II. From Female Actors, the impressive ones were Vidya Balan from Kahaani, Sridevi from English Vinglish, Parineethi Chopra from Ishaqzaade, Priyanka Chopra from Barfi and Kareena Kapoor from Heroine.

The other films which did great business at the Box Office were Agneepath, Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Ek Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son of Sardar, Student of the Year, Ishaqzaade, Bol Bachan, Jannat2, Raaz 3 and Cocktail. These were our commercial pot boilers. The best thing is that we are having a fine balance between commercial entertainers and good story telling. The audience also needs regular dose of commercial entertainers every month from the big stars, where they chill out with family and friends and enjoy their favorite stars.

Salman Khan (for the third consecutive year) has given the biggest blockbuster of the year with Dabangg, Bodyguard and now Ek Tha Tiger. This decade seems to be belonging to Salman Khan where the Box office is concerned. The record can be still be broken by Salman Khan himself with Dabangg 2.

Shahrukh Khan also had big hit with Jab Tak Hai Jaan but somehow he must not be satisfied. He has always been at the top. At present at the Box Office, he has been facing challenges from Salman Khan and Aamir Khan and with Awards, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. Shahrukh Khan needs one very big blockbuster, which is critically acclaimed by all.

We also had a few disappointments at the Box office including Agent Vinod, Joker, Mausam, Heroine, Tezz, Players and Department. There were big expectations from these films but they proved to be duds. But overall 2012 has been great year for Bollywood and we can expect it to continue like this next year.

The most awaited films of 2013 are Krishh 3, Dhoom3, Chennai Express, Kick, Happy New Year, Radhey, Peekay, Paani, Himmatwala, Once upon a time in Mumbai 2, Special Chhabbis, Jawaani Diwani, Lootere, Ram Leela, Race 2, Shootout at Wadala, Grand Masti and Bhaag Mikha Bhaag.


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