Bollywood films haven’t had a very good year at the Box Office this time around. With some of the big budget films, with stellar star casts, bombing at the Box Office, the fate of Indian cinema is repeatedly questioned. Coming to the rescue are films like Rajkummar Rao’s Newton and Lipstick Under My Burkha, proving that audiences now, want much more than films baring big names.
Earlier this year, when Salman Khan’s Tubelight, Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and Ranbir Kapoor’s Jagga Jasoos received lukewarm responses, we were left in a tizzy, wondering how films with perfect ingredients didn’t manage to create an impact. While audiences thought the dud would end with Kangana Ranaut’s Simran, they were again left puzzled and disappointed, and the box office numbers are testimony to it.
After Kangana wowed audiences in Queen and the Tanu Weds Manu series, fans had high hopes on her film, Simran- especially after all the attention it gathered because of the controversy. Once the film released, they were left rather disappointed, pointing out at the weak, one-sided storyline. Kangana’s performance was however appreciated.
Following Simran, Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film, Bhoomi and Shraddha Kapoor’s Haseena Parkar also didn’t impress. Having released on the same weekend, both the films shared a similar fate and soon fizzled out. According to reports on Box Office India, “Getting worse week by week, Bhoomi was unable to take the opening of even a Simran, and Haseena Parkar couldn’t reach the numbers of Daddy which was another underworld film, that released a couple of weeks back.”
However, coming through as a breath of fresh air, was Rajkummar Rao’s Newton. The talented actor delivered an exceptional performance, and the film gathered more attention after it was declared India’s first entry into the Oscar’s. Even Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan received a lot of praise from audiences, along with a good response at the Box Office.
Considering the fact that some of the biggest Bollywood films have failed to impress the Box Office gods until now, the fate of the rest of 2017’s releases is yet to be seen.
Do you think other big budgeted films like, Judwaa 2, Secret Superstar, Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai will manage to bail Bollywood out from its lull period? Or will the small budgeted, content rich films save the year?