January 1st, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): While Munni became a top grosser, Sheila bit the dust. But both ruled 2010 in the charts. Item numbers continue to dominate Bollywood to the collective appreciation of Indians.
First we catch up with some of the hits and misses of 2010 and those which made great impressions.
The year belonged to Dabangg surely as the story of Chulbul Pandey broke many box office records, with Malaika Arora’s Munni number thrown in for good measure.
Golmaal 3, the sequel, returns and the makers laughed their way to the bank like the audience came out of the theatres after a laugh riot.
Raajneeti is the political thriller of the year and it was fast-paced. The adaptation of the epic Mahabhrata saw the emergence of Ranbir Kapoor the actor.
My Name is Khan is at last a significant film from the Karan Johar stable that got into trouble with the Shiv Sena over SRK’s views on Pakistani players.
Underworld films like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai created ripples too, while candy floss like I Hate Luv Storys starring Sonam and Imran made good business despite clichéd plots.
The flops of the year are led by Kites from the Roshans. Hrithik Roshan we guess would love to forget the film that had all the hype over Mexican siren Barbara Mori. A rip-off from director Anurag Basu’s own film Gangster, Kites failed to fly high.
Anjaana Anjaani, a Priyaka Chopra-Ranbir Kapoor starrer, failed, while Veer, the Anil Sharma film starring Salman in armour, was a flop too.
Raavan, another Mani Ratnam film with Avishek Bachcan and Aishwarya, was rejected by the audiences while Action Replayy failed to encash on the the retro looks of its stars.
The notable offbeat release of the year are Peepli Live, a comic take on the serious issue of farmers’ suicide, Tere Bin Laden, Phas Gaye Re Obama, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, Love Sex aur Dhokha,
Karthik Calling Karthik and the very no frills coming of age story of a teenager in Udaan.
The year had its usual share of reality shows and Amitabh Bachchan is back with Kaun Banega Crorepati 4.
The Bigg Boss season 4 also kicked off this year with a motley group of celebs participating in it. The high point of the show was of course when Hollywood’s sizzling actress Pamela Anderson joined the show. Wrestler The Great Khali, Pakistani controversial actress Veena Malik also participated in the fourth edition of the show and romanced Ashmit Patel.
In Khatron Ke Khiladi 3, B-town beauty Priyanka Chopra stepped into the shoes of Akshay Kumar while the original Khiladi himself hosting a culinary reality show- Master Chef India.