5 films that rocked the box office this year
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Starring: Prosenjit, Aryaan, Indraneil Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee
Produced by: Shree Venkatesh Films
There’s something about Srijit, that’s the industry buzz after the Kakababu film released during Durga Puja. Mishawr Rawhoshyo was Srijit’s third Puja release after Autograph and 22shey Srabon, and it struck jackpot as the year’s biggest hit till now. Critics were divided but crowds were not as the Rs 7crore-plus collection proved over 10 weeks. Prosenjit as Kakababu, crutch in one hand and iPad in another, Indraneil Sengupta as the rebel with a heart, and the Egyptian desert and pyramids were the show-stealers.
Director: Parambrata Chattopadhyay
Starring: Parambrata, Rudranil Ghosh, Raima Sen, Neha Panda
Produced by: RTC Entertainment
Did Param recover from his debut disaster Jiyo Kaka!!? He sure did. Thanks to funny lines and fundoo acting, Hawa Bodol was watched and liked by many. Made with a crore, Hawa Bodol earned double (“it’s the unadulterated figure!” laughed Parambrata) in its 50-day run. Pet peeve? Hawa Bodol was almost a copy-paste of the 2011 Hollywood film The Change-Up!
Director: Baba Yadav
Starring: Jeet, Subhashree
Produced by: Reliance Entertainment-Grassroot Entertainment
This stylised, action-packed film turned out to be Jeet’s first film to get an all-India release. Director Baba Yadav struck gold with his directorial debut, the song sequences featuring the lead pair romancing in Turkey a big draw. The film about Surya who goes to Mumbai from Calcutta to rule the city grossed a cool Rs 6.75 crore.
Starring: Dev, Subhashree, Nusrat
Produced by: Eskay Movies
Trust Khokababu to bowl you over with oodles of charm and a bagful of tricks. With two women vying for his attention, Dev was on a roll in this action-comedy. Khoka 420 sparked quite a few hit numbers including Gobhir joler fish. Khoka 420’s box office worth? Rs 8 crore!
Director: Raja Chanda
Starring: Dev, Koel Mallick, Rajatava Dutta
Produced by: Nispal Singh ‘Rane’ (Koel’s hubby)
Shooting in various parts of Thailand to hiring professionals for deadly stunts, jumping from a 44-storey terrace in Bangkok to dangling from a chopper.... the Rangbaaz team did all it could to make it a
box-office stunner. Dev and Koel were the jodi of the year and Rangbaaz ran away with Rs 9 crore-plus collections at the box office.
biggest tolly film. ever
Budget: Rs 15 crore. With one shot fired deep in the jungles of South Africa for Chander Pahar, Shree Venkatesh Films raised the Tollywood bar and aimed to change the game. The African adventure of Shankar is the festive release to match Dhoom:3. After over a dozen masala films, Dev has gone daredevil with a capital D for Kamaleswar Mukherjee’s adaptation of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s popular novel. In his “dream film”, the Tolly heart-throb has fought a lion, escaped a wild elephant chase and shot with a black mamba on his bed! For 45 days, the Chander Pahar team shot in the most daunting locales of South Africa. The costliest Tolly film opened big and looked set to stay big through the festive fortnight.