It isn't common for Bollywood to deliver multiple blockbusters in a year. In fact, the Hindi film industry is notorious for having way more flops in a year than hits, leave alone blockbusters. Heck, even if one or at the most two blockbusters emerge from Bollywood's stable each year, both the industry and trade feel pleased as punch with the result. However, did you know there was one year when all these conventions went flying to the wind and the industry witnesses as many as eight blockbusters in a single calendar year. Nope, we kid you not, and what's even more marvellous is that it was none of the usual suspects, the superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar or Hrithik Roshan, who pulled off this rare box office feat. Rather it was the young brigade who well and truly announced their arrival.
The year was 2018, and it was an actress who cemented her position as the next female superstar of the country (years after Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit) along with a young star who made a glorious comeback, a bunch of other young stars who rose to the occasion, two other actresses who also cemented their place as names with an insane fan-following in A, B and C centers, and one gen-Z actor who became an overnight star. We're referring to Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Tiger Shroff, Ayushmann Khurrana, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kartik Aaryan correspondingly, who came together in 2018 with movies like Padmaavat, Sanju, Simmba, Baaghi 2, Badhaai Ho, Stree, Raazi and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to give Bollywood by and large it's most glorious year ever.
Check out the collections of these movies and their rankings in 2018 (Note: All are not ranked chronologically Avengers: Infinity War, 2.0, Race 3 and Thugs of Hindostan collected more than some of them, despite the latter two being flops, and 2.0 being just a clean hit.)
Sanju (rank 1) - Rs. 342.53 crore nett [this was an all-time blockbuster]
Padmaavat (rank 2) - Rs. 302.15 crore nett
Simmba (rank 3) - Rs. 342.53 crore nett
Baaghi 2 (rank 7) - Rs. 164.38 crore nett
Badhaai Ho (rank 9) - Rs. 137.61 crore nett
Stree (rank 10) - Rs. 129.908 crore nett
Raazi (rank 11) - Rs. 123.84 crore nett
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (rank 12) - Rs. 108.95 crore nett
When will Bollywood get a year like this again? Well, first and foremost, we bet the industry will be more than happy just with theatres functioning again at full capacity when the threat of this never-ending COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Then we can look to the future.
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