The mightiest names in Bollywood ruled the roost over 2013 with box office money-spinners. But which macho stud proved once again that he is right at the top of his game? You tell us…
The unquestionable kings of the box office might not have impressed audiences with their work this year, but it would be stupid to dismiss the power of their megastardom. After all, it set the cash registers a-clinking, and brought in the mega-bucks, hai na?
If Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express was the biggest blockbuster of the year, Aamir Khan raced ahead of the baadshah with his latest release, Dhoom: 3. The biggies of B-town cemented their position with grand openings their movies received this year. And then there were others who set the box office on fire with stellar performances.
Farhan Akhtar’s portrayal of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh received tremendous response and television hottie Sushant Singh Rajput’s performance in Kai Po Che and Shuddh Desi Romance brought in a breath of fresh air. The charming Ranbir Kapoor might have been besharam in the choice of his movies and his off-camera histrionics, but with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani the colourful lad proved that he is a crowd puller. Ranveer Singh too – with his incredible energy and raw, boyish charm – enchanted audiences with Lootera and Goliyaan ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.
As the curtains are drawn over 2013, here are some of the biggest successes of the year. You tell us, who should we call Entertainer of the Year?
Shahrukh Khan: He is not called the King Khan for nothing. While Chennai Express netted Rs 216 crore in India, it garnered serious moolah at international centres. This year – besides the regular international markets like US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany – Rohit Shetty’s masala entertainer was screened at unconventional locations like Peru and Israel. In fact, the blockbuster film became the only Indian production to have fetched Rs 8 crore in the first weekend of its releases, proving that SRK continues to be the blue-eyed boy of the overseas market.
Hrithik Roshan: The third instalment of India’s most popular superhero franchise garnered a whopping Rs 166 crore in the first week of its release. Hrithik Roshan, with his super-heroic silver screen presence coupled with some really spectacular visual effects helped bag the movie Rs 266 crore in total. The spectacular collections also showed the might of papa Rakesh Roshan’s flight of imagination!
Aamir Khan: The 48-year-old Khan dude might have struggled to draw himself to his fullest height to match with leggy beauty Katrina Kaif in the year’s much-awaited flick, but Mr Perfectionist is definitely standing tall and solid at Rs 211 crore at BO with Dhoom: 3. With nearly 100 percent occupancy in single screen theatres and 80 percent occupancy at multiplexes, Dhoom: 3 has become the fastest entrant to the Rs 100 crore club. Steadily but surely the shorty Khan on his killer bike is racing ahead of SRK in Chennai Express. Trade pundits are speculating that Dhoom:3 will easily cross the unbelievable Rs 300 crore mark!
Akshay Kumar: Akki had three releases this year – Special 26, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobarra and Boss. While Special 26 made Rs 106 crore (gross), OUATIMD and Boss went on to make Rs 64 crore and Rs 45 crore respectively.
Ranveer Singh: The hyper energetic Singh lad won us over with his performance in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera. Though the movie received fabulous reviews and positive critical appreciation, it failed to mint much moolah. And then came the big bucks. Credit it to his raw sex-appeal, his chiselled body or his sizzling chemistry with sassy Deepika Padukone in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, the Singh dude helped make the film a certified hit!
Farhan Akhtar: From India’s legendary athlete Milkha Singh’s dream run to grab a glass of milk to his unbelievable leap of faith to make India shine on the international map was beautifully captured by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Farhan Akhtar’s sculpted body and amazing intensity made him the Flying Sikh. No wonder then that the movie raked in Rs 104 crore at the box office and dashed to unbelievable glory!