The first half of 2017 is over and has given us many memorable moments in terms of movies, box office records and many more. From hits to flops to clashes and milestones, here are the events of Bollywood that defined 2017.
The Dangal Domination
Released on 23rd December, 2016, Aamir Khan’s Dangal broke and set many box office records in January 2017. The film was the fastest one to enter 300 crore club in India, until Baahubali 2 broke its record. Also, Dangal collected 387 crore in India, becoming the Highest Grossing Film in India, again Baahubali 2 broke the record in May.
Moreover, Dangal released in China on 5th May and it has created history there by collecting more than 1200+ crore so far there. It is the Highest Grossing Indian Film in China. Also, Dangal beat Baahubali 2 at worldwide box office with more 2000 crore total, becoming the Highest Grossing Indian Film of All Time Globally.
Raees vs Kaabil – Ugly Clash
More often than not, clashes have turned ugly in Bollywood, be it for a major screens count or ego of stars, it has hurt the business of both the films. It was evident when Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil clashed with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.
From release dates, number of screens to inflation in box office numbers, this clash witnessed it all. Both the movies could have minted more but couldn’t due to the screen sharing. That was a bad time for Bollywood. Raees ended up collecting 139 crore while Kaabil minted 121 crore.
Stars we lost
Bollywood lost Om Puri, Vinod Khanna and Reema Lagoo in 2017. Their contribution to Indian cinema is unparalleled. May they Rest In Peace.
Attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati had been in the new for mostly wrong reasons. Although constantly announced by Bhansali that the film is not showing any distorted historical aspects and there are no romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji, SLB was attacked in Rajashtan and Kolhapur and the shooting of the movie was stalled.
100 Crore Club Movies
Bollywood had a mixed first half. The big stars’ films went on to collect 100+ crore but small budget and mid-buzz movies faced rejection, failing to make a mark. Raees (139 crore), Kaabil (121 crore), Jolly LLB 2 (117 crore), Badrinath Ki Dulhania (116 crore), Baahubali 2 (Hindi) (506 crore) and Tubelight (109 crore, still running) all entered the 100 crore club.
Akshay Kumar vs Shah Rukh Khan
Many of Shah Rukh Khan’s films are clashing with other movies in recent times. After the latest Raees vs Kaabil face-off, SRK’s film ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal‘ (Title was finalized recently) was going to clash with Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.
However, fortunately, the clash has been avoided now as Shah Rukh has pre-poned the released from 11th August to 4th August, 2017.
Yes, Another clash. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India so the big movies are always looking for this slot for their release. Till now, there have been lots of developments for Diwali release. Earlier, Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0, Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar were going to release in Diwali but 2.0 has shifted its release to 25th January, 2017. So, it’s Golmaal Again vs Secret Superstar this Diwali.
The Baahubali 2 Storm
On 28th April, 2017, a gigantic storm named Baahubali 2 released and it took the Indian cinema to greater heights. Baahubali 2 has become a pride of India as it won the hearts of millions of people in India as well as the audience across the globe.
Baahubali 2 is the Highest Grossing Film in India with its all version total (nett.) is around 1050 crore and its Hindi version collections are 506 crore. Its Hindi version is also the Highest Grosser of All Time in India. Baahubali 2 is the Highest Grossing Indian Movie in US and is the 2nd Highest Grossing Indian Film at Worldwide Box Office with 1660 crore.
Baahubali 2 (Hindi) has opened the 400 crore, 450 crore and 500 crore clubs in India. Its gigantic collections seem unbeatable at this time. Hats off S. S. Rajamouli for this epic saga.
The Unexpected Failure of Tubelight
This has happened once in this decade that Salman Khan’s film Tubelight has got a very poor response at box office and that too, on Eid release, one of his premiere releases slots. From negative reviews to average footfalls, the film has only managed to cross the 100 crore mark and there are not much hopes from it.
While Salman’s films tend to do massive business with blockbuster which cross 300 crore mark, Tubelight surprised everyone by becoming a flop.
The second half of 2017 is also looking highly promising as festival seasons are approaching and big films are all set to win the audience and dominate the box office. Stay tuned for all the interesting news of Bollywood.