The first quarter of 2019 was great for Bollywood. In fact, one could say that it has been an excellent first quarter for Bollywood in terms of Box office collections. However, the second quarter has not started off well, with big budget movie Kalank getting rejected by the audience.
Kalank and Romeo Akbar Walter – RAW (starring John Abraham) made Rs.74.23 crore and Rs.38.70 crore respectively at the box office. The Tashkent Files got some great reviews and made just under Rs. 10 crore in box office. Others like Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aaata Hai?, Blackboard v/s Whiteboard, No Fathers in Kashmir and Chousar Firangi, sank at the box office.
So it was up to Hollywood film Avengers: Endgame to make up for the dismal performance of Bollywood offerings this April, and it did it in great style. Making Rs. 189.70 crore in just four days, it seems the Marvel movie will smash records not just set by Hollywood but local Indian releases as well.
Top films in the first quarter
Blockbuster Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri is still going strong in most theatres. Made on a budget of Rs 45 crore, the movie based on the 2016 terrorist attack on Indian armed forces stationed in Uri (Kashmir), has made over Rs 250 crores, and has run much longer than any other average Hindi film (most run max 4-8 weeks).
Kangana Ranaut’s maiden directorial venture, Manikarnika, based on Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, also earned more than Rs 100 crores.
Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy (starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt), based on hip-hop musicians from the slums in Mumbai, was a big hit, especially its music which was topping all charts, especially the hip-hop songs Apna Time Aayega and Sher Aaya.
Movies like Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Badla, comedy offerings Luka Chuppi and Total Dhamaal, and Captain Marvel also set the cash registers ringing.
Despite critics panning the film, multi-starrer (Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor) Total Dhamaal turned out to be a hugely successful film, earning over Rs 150 crore at the box office.
Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, based on the battle of Saragarhi (21 Sikh soldiers taking on thousands of Afghani tribesmen) is also off to a good start.
So all in all, a great first quarter for the Hindi film industry.
Reduction in movie tickets (due to lower taxes) also drew more people to cinema halls and helped the box office collections.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be in focus in April 2019. Expect our stars to canvas for political parties, urge people to come out to vote, prepare for elections (those who already in politics). Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar announced her decision to join politics.