5 SUR­PRISE HITS...

Salut­ing the sleeper hits of the year...

Masala! - - BOLLYWOOD FEATURE -

STREE

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.

PAR­MANU

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.

RAID

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.

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