If 2018 was the year of weddings, 2019 saw the rise of new stars and the reiteration of superstars. Ayushmann Khurrana had a triple hit, the critics being his loudest cheerleaders. Vicky Kaushal entered the league with the blockbuster Uri: The Surgical Strike. Kartik Aaryan, apart from his swinging and changing romances with Ananya Panday and Sara Ali Khan, continued his track with Pati Patni Aur Woh. The quirky trinity of Ayushmann-Vicky-Kartik has marked the new face of cinema, which celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary.
The year also marked the rebirth of Hrithik Roshan with Super 30 and the war of superhits. Amitabh Bachchan, at 78, dominated the Badla 100 crore plus, proving that it is timeless. Read on to learn more about last year’s movers and shakers …
If there is one person who has owned 2019, it is Ayushmann Khurrana. The mild-mannered superstar turned out to be a box office hurricane. After the super success of Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho, Ayushamann accomplished his “Seven Wonders” with Article 15, the Light-hearted Dream Girl and the Spoofy Bala last year. Low in budget, his films rake in crores increasing the cost-benefit ratio. Having won the Filmfare Award and a National Award for AndhaDhun last year… Ayushmann has enough encouragement to explore and excel more.
Kesari, Mission Mangal, Housefull 4 and the just released Good Newwz, no one has had as prolific and profitable a year in cinema as Akshay Kumar. The action star, who understands both the trade and the craft industry, is now the champion of meaningful mainstream films. While all of his films have killed a box office, his role in the mission centered on women, Mission Mangal, has been most appreciated. Refusing to rest on its past laurels, Akshay has already gone on to eclectic projects like Prithviraj, Bachchan Pandey, Laxmmi Bomb, Sooryavanshi and
The lower end of the bell.
Shahid Kapoor was part of the most talked about film of 2019. Arjun Reddy’s Hindi remake Kabir Singh not only broke many box office records, but also sparked a debate about toxic masculinity in Indian society. While feminists have pushed back the main character’s arrogance toward women, in an interesting paradox, Shahid’s female sequel has only grown. Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga was filmed for the sado-masochistic tone of the film. Shahid, too, was upset for playing a regressive character. But beyond any idea of good and evil, there is a “field” at the box office. And the film came out victorious. Unprecedented reputation and compensation – Shahid now benefits from both.
His talent was never questioned even if he was sailing in rough waters. Hrithik Roshan reversed the lull in his career with an inspiring performance as mathematician Anand Kumar in Super 30. His sensitive representation lit up the screen. Then he was back in his element with Warner, the very stylized actor of Yash Raj Films, with Tiger Shroff. The film, in addition to being the biggest gross of the year with 300 crores more, is an important step for Hindi cinema in terms of technical finesse. The machismo and strength of Hrithik are so convincing that they could not prevent colleague Deepika Padukone from tweeting: “Hrithik at war is like death by chocolate from Corner House! … I’m just saying.” That’s right. a delicious compliment.
Vicky Kaushal caused a sensation in 2018 with Raazi and Sanju. He had a hat-trick in the first week of 2019 with Uri: The Surgical Strike. The audience loved the direction of Aditya Dhar. Call it the right theme at the right time, the movie then hit over 200 crores. “How’s the josh?” Has become everyday language and Vicky the populist poster. The national award validated his credentials. The Masaan boy has now slalomed in the mainstream with Takht from Karan Johar, Sardar Udham Singh from Shoojit Sircar and Bhoot: first part of Bhanu Pratap Singh: the haunted ship. Big, dark and different … his popularity with women also kept him in the news. First her breakup with Harleen Sethi and now her observations with the alleged girlfriend Katrina Kaif … Vicky is someone that social media likes to track down.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Sonchiriya may not have been a commercial success, but Sushant Singh Rajput wowed critics with his off-the-cuff character. Set in the Chambal Valley, the film followed a bunch of dacoits in the heart of India. His second album, Nitish Tiwari’s Chhichhore, caught the eye of the bull. Decoding the metaphors of success and failure, he joined the 100 crore club and proved Sushant’s resilience as an actor. He was also in the news for his alleged romance with the pretty Rhea Chakraborty.
Crores is synonymous with Salman Khan. It is therefore not surprising that his exit from Eid, Bharat, made about 200 crores more last year. What has kept Salman in the news, apart from Bigg Boss 13, is his collaboration once again with friend Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Inshallah. What also sparked interest was that the superstar was to be paired with a younger manner, Alia Bhatt. But as Bhai is predictable and unpredictable, the project was suddenly abandoned. Although no official reason was given, insiders have suggested that the creative difference between SK and SLB had sabotaged the film. Salman was quick to announce another movie, Radhe, and locked in the Eid 2020 date, originally granted to Inshallah. Produced by Sohail Khan, Radhe will mark the third collaboration between Salman and Prabhudheva after Wanted and the recent Dabangg 3.
The Big B is unstoppable. Badla totaling around 100 crores stressed that the box office is still in love with Amitabh Bachchan. He returned to the small screen with another season of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 and turned out to be a game player once again. An interesting chemistry with the candidates coupled with his inspiring presence reiterated that he is also the God of the small screen. With Jhund from Nagraj Manjule, Brahmastra from Ayan Mukerji, Gulabo Sitabo from Shoojit Sircar, the veteran has a complete journal. On the negative side, his health spoiled the sport. Doctors advised the seventies to slow down. But age is just a number for the public.
Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Zoya Akhtar
The Valentine’s Day weekend of 2019 presented a film that reflects the misery and radiance of India. Inspired by the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy, the anguish of the Indian urban belly resonated in Gully Boy. Using the hip-hop language, the protagonist Murad (Ranveer Singh) crosses his limits to take center stage. Speaking the language of the dispossessed, his jargon struck a chord with demography, as did the survivor of Safeena (Alia Bhatt). Director Zoya Akhtar has proven that she knows both the richness of India and the claustrophobia of Asia’s largest slum. Making his way to the 100 crore club, he has won hosannas from both critics and the masses. Were you surprised that it was declared official entry of India in the category of best international feature film for the 92nd Oscars?
The year 2019 started with Kangana Ranaut engaged in a war of words with certain colleagues from the industry. She accused Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt of not having supported her film Manikarnika: the queen of Jhansi. She said that even if she did everything she could to watch their movies, they avoided the same thing. Aside from controversy, Manikarnika won the box office battle and joined the 100 crore club. A few months later, during a media event to promote Judgmentall Hai Kya, Kangana interviewed a journalist, which resulted in a temporary media ban. The talented actor has a checkered list of upcoming movies. While Panga from Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari plays her kabaddi, Dhaakad from Razneesh Ghai will see her do some action. His first look as the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the late Jayalalithaa, in A L Vijay’s biopic Thalaivi, has already gone viral.
Ananya Panday, Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan
Sara Ali Khan entered 2019 on a high note after the successes of Kedarnath and Simmba in late 2018. Ananya Panday made her sparkling debut in Student Of The Year 2. Kartik Aaryan continued his winning streak with Luka Chuppi . But that’s not why they got on the list of news writers. The trio made more noise because of their so-called love triangle – a virtual game of musical chairs. It was first Sara, who declared that she wanted to go out with Kartik on a prime-time show. It seems that Kartik was already hooked on his Pati, Patni Aur Woh’s co-star, Ananya, then. A few weeks later, it was reported that the duo had broken up and that Kartik had found love in Sara while they were shooting for #Aaj Kal by Imtiaz Ali. Various photos and videos of Sara visiting Kartik on the Lucknow plateau have surfaced, confirming their relationship. But news of the breakup of Sara and Kartik quickly appeared. Kartik would now be back with Ananya. Phew! It is a rotating carousel.