We are started taveling the year 2011, when scams and corruption took away the limelight and headlines more than anything else. Still entertainment industry has stolen some space from all the news stories that matters a lot to the common man. 2010 has been one of the best years for the Bollywood, the Mumbai film industry as six films have made to the top 30 list of the highest grossing film at the Indian Box-office (statistics till November).
The worldwide release of the films are catching up in the Bollywood and a lot of Hindi films were released worldwide with great success which includes year’s highest grossing films like, Dabangg, My Name is Khan, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Rajneeti and Golmaal3.
However, one film that has really kicked on the tempo for the Hindi cinema is Salman Khan Starrer Dabangg, produced by his younger brother ‘Makkhi’ Arbaaz Khan. Proudly for Arbaaz his wife ‘Malaika Arora’ now called ‘Munni’ set up everything for him before the release of Dabangg with her spicy item number ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ that left even the ‘Zandu Balm’ makers massaging their pelvic, only to make the song their promotional video for the Zandu Balm.
Most of the year ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ kept a silent figure after the release of his controversial ‘My Name is Khan’ in February 2010. The star is said to be busy with the shooting of his two upcoming films ‘Don2’ and ‘Ra 1’. The 2010 has been a year Bollywood certainly look forward to repeat in 2011.
Here is the list of 5 top grosser of 2010 at the box-office:
If ‘tere mast mast do nain’ was melodic debut for Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter ‘Sonakshi Sinha’ ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ has added another feather to ‘Malaika Arora’s item girl image. Dabangg was a full entertainment with all the spices that makes a Bollywood ‘Masala’ movie. In 2009 Salman Khan got life with ‘Wanted’ but in 2010 ‘Dabangg’ Salman assured his fans that he has still left with a lot of muscle power to stand on top of the podium – are you listening Mr. SRK, we want your response.
‘Dabangg’ is one of all time blockbusters with an earning of 140,10,00,000 in India only. It shattered all box-office records previously held by 3Idiot, netting 14.5 crore on its opening day, 49.11 crore in its opening weekend and 80.87 crore in its first week of business. Dabangg currently holds the record of being only the second highest grossing bollywood film of all time after 3 Idiots. ‘Dabangg has also given debutant actress Sonakshi an ultimate platform to spell the magic of her eyes.
When ‘Kajol’ and ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ came together for Karan Johar’s ‘My Name is Khan’ the predictions were out rightly in favor of the film. The Kajol-SRK pair is one of the most favorite Bollywood pairs in the industry. The release of ‘My Name is Khan’ hit the controversies with Shiv Sena in Mumbai burned SRK’s effigy over his support to the inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL.
However, controversies are part of Bollywood and most of the times it has gained. ‘My Name is Khan’ released under the Shiv Sena uproar and boycott and become a hit, if not a blockbuster. To SRK’s relief the film became the highest grossing Bollywood film overseas, fetching 110.34 crore.
No sequel in Hindi cinema has done so well as ‘Golmaal’. Director Rohit Shetty has learned some cheap humor through ‘Laughter shows’ that he judge on Television. Golmaal 3 may have tickled the ribs of the movie goers but it wasn’t as good as its previous sequels ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Golmaal Return’. More or less Rohit has kept the same star cast for ‘Golmaal 3’ too only with the addition of Mithun Chakraborty and Kunal Khemu.
Prakash Jha is always known for his tight grip on the socio-political matters of Bihar, the state he hails from. Rajneeti is a bitter truth of politics, prominently Bihar but isn’t as gory has ‘Jha’ tried to convince us with Rajneeti. But, the film was a success at the box office, thanks to leading men and Katrina Kaif to bring their acting in front. Manoj Vajpayee, Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar and Ranbir Kapoor’s acting has put life to the film and Naseeruddin Shah in guest appearance gave extra milieu to the film. Katrina looked great but still her Hindi needs improvement, if she has to do well in films like ‘Rajneeti’.
Rajneeti is another blockbuster of the year after Golmaal 3 and Dabangg which goes to all time blockbuster films of Bollywood. Rajneeti grossed 92,93,00,000 at the Box-office and it was well received in overseas market too.
Here I will give space to Milan Lutharia’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai rather than ‘Housefull’ which has grossed more income than ‘OUATIM’ but here I go with a better film rather than better earning. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, once again bring ‘Ajay Devgan’ in his serious self where he speaks no nonsense and do not act as a jamboree like Golmaal 3. OUATIM is a graceful film to watch in a theater, it takes you to the Mumbai of 70’s when gangsters ruled the city.
It was a salute to the romantic settings of Mumbai of 70’s when the city was called Bombay. OUATIM earned lesser than Housefull but the film was a hit on the Indian box office with 58,03,00,000 and also earned handsomely overseas.