Thursday February 21, 2019

Bollywood 2018: 10 Blockbuster Movies Of First Half Of The Year

Here are 10 movies of 2018 that made their mark in the industry

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Bollywood 2018: 10 Blockbuster Movies Of First Half Of The Year
Bollywood 2018: 10 Blockbuster Movies Of First Half Of The Year. flickr

Half of 2018 has passed and if we look back, we had a pretty decent year in terms of Bollywood movies. Many much awaited movies were released in the first half of the year and it’s time to review the year so far.  It’s the end of June and fans were waiting for the much-awaited Sanjay Dutt biopic which released this week. The movie created a lot of buzz before its release due to the actor-director duo and due to the fact that people will get to know about Sanjay Dutt’s life, covering everything from his childhood to the time he spent in jail and beyond. The combination of Rajkumar Hirani and Ranbir Kapoor worked like a dream. At the box office, despite not being a ‘typical Rajkumar Hirani family entertainer’, ‘Sanju’ will score tremendously and emerge as a Monstrous Hit! Don’t miss it!

Here are 10 movies of 2018 that made their mark in the industry:

Padmaavat: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmaavat’ may have had a number of roadblocks leading up to its highly anticipated release, but there was no stopping it as it charged on at the box office. It earned an estimated Rs 284 crore net at the domestic box office. Deepika Padukone , Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh brought grandeur  and irresistible sensual appeal  to the film. Audience was impressed by its dazzling visuals and Bhansali’s composed and executed musical numbers.

Padman: PadMan was based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented low-cost sanitary pad making machine and raised awareness about sanitary health among rural India. The film, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, made approx. Rs. 78 crore. It was directed by R Balki and produced by Twinkle Khanna. Audience lauded Akshay’s performance and appreciated the makers’ bold take on a rather hush-hush subject.

Akshay Kumar in and as the Padman.
Akshay Kumar in and as the Padman. Flickr

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety: Directed by Luv Ranjan of Pyaar Ka Punchnaam fame, the film earned Rs 107.81 crore and made its mark in the list of highest grossing films of the year. Starring Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha and Kartik Aaryan, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety opened to mixed reviews and was mainly slammed for a sexist approach. The film’s collections, however, grew on word-of-mouth and it became the first sleeper hit of the year.

Raid: Raid is a film that caters to public sentiment against black money and corruption. Ajay Devgn starrer opened to mixed reviews while Ajay and Saraubh Shukla received wide acclaim for their performances. The film collected Rs  100.05 crore, ultimately became a box office hit.

Bhaagi 2: The Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani-starrer Baaghi 2,directed by Ahmed Khan, was a sequel to Tiger’s 2016 hit film Baaghi that starred Tiger and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles. The film was inspired by Tamil film Kshanam. It was a superhit on box-office by earning an estimate of Rs 159 crore. The power packed action was loved by the audience.

102 Not Out: Director Umesh Shukla’s ‘102 Not Out’ was a slice-of-life film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles. The veterans impressed everyone with their performances and the result was clearly visible at the box office. The total collection of the film stands at Rs 49.9 crore.

Raazi: Set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war in 1971, an Indian girl marries a Pakistani Army officer to spy for her country. Based on Harinder Sikka’s book Calling Sehmat, Raazi is an account of the life of Indian agents at that time. Unlike other ‘spy’ films, Razzi refrains from being loud or jingoistic. The Dharma Productions’ film collected Rs 120.90 crore and Alia Bhatt once again gave an outstanding performance as the lead.

Q. "Raazi" is your first political film. And you play a selfless woman ready to die for her country. Do such people really exist anymore?
Alia Bhatt, wikimedia commons

Parmanu: The movie tells the story of how India decided to become a nuclear state and about the people who made it possible. This John Abraham starrer made a mark at the box-office and collected Rs 63.68 crore, becoming his highest solo grosser. Actress Diana Penty was seen alongside John in the lead role.

Veere Di Wedding: The movie was about free-wheeling womanhood, a story of four friends, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania. How they deal with love, marriage and heartbreak in their own unique ways. It was a box-office hit, it earned around Rs 69 crore.

Race 3: Though Salman Khan starrer was not liked by the public but the movie collected Rs 169 Crore. Race 3 failed to impress the audience but before the release of movie it was declared as super hit, but the movie tanked and people didn’t find Salman Khan charming in the film which used to be in his other films. Now, Race 3 has joined the league of lowest rated films of the world rated by IMDB.

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Though movies like Hichki, Beyond The Clouds, Omerta, Blackmail did not earn much but were highly liked by the audience. People have great expectations from movies like Kedarnath, Simmba, Dhadak, Gold and Zero which are yet to come. (IANS)

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Bollywood Tells Stories About Love, But Also Highlights Stalking

Cinema gets a dose of creepiness in the name of love

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Be it Varun Dhawan’s attempts to woo Alia Bhatt in “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, or Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar and clicking her photographs without her consent in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” or Shah Rukh Khan singing the famous “Tu haan kar ya na kar, tu hai meri Kiran” — Bollywood tells stories about love but also highlights stalking.

Social activist Ranjana Kumari blames cinema for creating a culture of stalking women.

“They show that initially women say ‘No’ but don’t take ‘No’ for a ‘No’. It is actually a ‘Yes’. It has been there since long. Stalking has been packaged in a romantic way,” Kumari told IANS.

“It conveys the superiority that men have over women. She, in any case, has to give in. It is a myth that is being perpetuated by creating this culture… She is still an object of his desire,” she added.

Actress Swara Bhasker, who appeared in “Raanjhanaa”, admitted that the Aanand L. Rai directorial glorified stalking.

Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan.

“When it came out, it got panned by feminists for glorifying stalking… For a long time, I refused to believe it and thought that it is not true… But then as time passed by, I was like, actually, maybe yes,” she said when she joined actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for an episode of her radio show.

According to psychologist Samir Parikh, films have an impact on people at some level or the other.

“When you see something being presented in a palatable manner to you, you feel it is okay to do it, so you get desensitised to it. You get disinhibited and it changes your perception of reality. People, especially youngsters and vulnerable ones, end up doing what they see their role models doing,” Parikh told IANS.

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“It is important to educate and upgrade people and give them the right support and guidance,” he said.

All is not fair in love, and it is time to put the lens on it as well. (IANS)