Bollywood's worst and best this time

Only two things sell in India. Cricket and Bollywood. Indeed. We eat, sleep, drink, pray films and cricket. They are undoubtedly an integral part of our lives and one cannot pass a day without them. If 2012 will be remembered for when Sachin Tendulkar bid adieu to ODIs, it will also be recalled for Bollywood stars whose films entered the 100 crore club.

Here’s a peek-a-boo at Bollywood’s journey in 2012. Our boy-next-door Ranbir Kapoor made his entry into this club with Barfi!, which also made it to the Oscar race but however did not make the cut. Seven other films made it to the coveted club. Agneepath, Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Bol Bachchan, Ek Tha Tiger, Son of Sardar and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Salman Khan who has become his own competition when it comes to collections, bettered his previous record set by Bodyguard as his Ek Tha Tiger broke into the 100-crore club in five days flat during Diwali.

With about a week to go for year-end, Dabangg 2 could be 2012’s ninth film in the 100-crore club and Salman’s fifth straight. Meanwhile, Aamir’s Talaash, which is still running in theatres, has netted Rs 93.4 crore so far.

Giving stiff competition to Sallu Bhai is Akki, who too has been delivering 100-crore hits. Not belonging to any ‘camp’ in Bollywood, he has his own fan base and continues to be
the ‘Khiladi’ of Hindi film fraternity.

While the year may have been great for some, it was a disaster for others. Some films in spite of having a great star cast fell flat. Films that bombed this year were Abhishek Bachchan-Bipasha Basu starrer Players, Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor’s Agent Vinod; Priyanka Chopra-Shahid Kapur’s Teri Meri Kahaani; Aiyyaa and Dangerous Ishq, the so-called comeback vehicles for Rani Mukerji and Karisma Kapoor respectively.

2012 saw a lot of films garnering critical acclaim and won hearts and respect both. Vicky Donor; Gangs of Wasseypur; Kahaani, English Vinglish and Paan Singh Tomar became successful alongside Bol Bachchan.

From the Khans to Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor, Bollywood’s 100-crore club has grown manifold. At this rate 2013 should have many more films signing up in the club but let’s hope at the same time, that undeserving films like Jab Tak Hai Jaan do not make the cut.

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