5 SURPRISE HITS...
Saluting the sleeper hits of the year...
Not much was expected from this spooky satire about a smalltown tailor (Rajkummar Rao) who falls in love with a mysterious girl who may be a chudail (witch). Rao’s ‘Vicky pleej’ dialogue was heard all across Hindustan. Folklore met a campy horror in this mix of myth and mirth which proved its worth. The producers and director RAJ-DK hoped to make a tidy profit. It cracked the magical 100-crore collection.
John Abraham’s glorious comeback fought against all odds. It was a troubled project with the producers (one of them, John) at loggerheads. Legal wangles, financial chaos and all other hurdles were somehow surmounted. John bravely released this noble, if a little trite, nationalistic film about India’s first nuclear experiments. Director Abhishek Sharma had his heart in the right place. Belying all predictions, Parmanu made huge profits. Everyone associated with this noble project deserves a standing ovation.
VEERE DI WEDDING
Sparkling with humour and warmth, eye-catching locations and irresistible glamour, made this Kareena-sonamswara Bhaskar-shikha Talania chick flick a chic trick and freak hit that had us all hooked. This film was great fun to watch. The quartet of gorgeous women were more entertaining than the guys in Dil Chahta Hai. Veere Di Wedding was one helluva joyride, a designer’s delight and yet not quite the airheaded experience, it loudly proclaimed itself to be.
SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY
Who would have expected this non-star rom-com with pronounced misogynist leanings to swish past the 100-crore mark?! Director Luv Ranjan is still reeling. And after seeing this bromance-versus-romance about an over-possessive friend (Kartik Aaryan) creating hurdles in his best friend’s love life and marriage, we are reeling too. The meanest comedy of the year, it turned Kartik Aaryan into an overnight superstar.
The fifth surprise 100-crore earner of the year was a onenote plot about an income-tax raid carried out on the fortified premises of a wily politician in Uttar Pradesh who threw his weight around, because he had a lot of it to throw. Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla played off against one another in this smash-the-fortress video-game-on-wheels with vigour and robustness.