From ‘War’ To ‘Kabir Singh’, Here Are The Films That Set The Box Office On Fire In 2019
2019 In Review: The Year That Was
If you’re a Bollywood fanatic or have been following the news trickling in from tinsel town, you probably know that 2019 saw some big releases. While some lived up to the hype and expectations, others fell short miserably, and were dubbed as box-office misadventures.
As they say, ‘numbers never lie’ and are often used as an accurate measure of how a film performed worldwide. To know which movie(s) ruled the box office this year, we have compiled a list of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019.
Read on, and take a look back at 2019, the year that saw some of the biggest box-office releases.
‘War’ Emerges Victorious In Rs 100-cr Club
The Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘War’, hit the silver screens on 2nd October and instantly became a hit among the audience. ‘War’ opened with a collection of Rs. 53.35 crore on its first day, which is the highest opening-day collection.
The film entered the coveted Rs 100-crore club within 3 days of its release and broke several records. What’s more? The action-thriller became the fastest Bollywood flick of 2019 to cross the Rs 200 crore mark. Currently, ‘War’ is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year, with a gross collection of Rs. 292.71 crore.
Bad Boy ‘Kabir Singh’ Does Good At BO
Easily one of the most controversial films of 2019, ‘Kabir Singh’ hit the theatres earlier this year. While the movie was a hit among the audience, it was unanimously slammed by critics for its portrayal of the protagonist Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor). Some even called the film a ‘justification of hyper toxic masculinity’ that came close on the heels of the #MeToo movement. The movie left the audience divided and evoked polarised reactions.
However, the controversy did little to deter the movie from becoming the second highest-grossing film of Bollywood in 2019. According to the latest box office reports, the film has amassed a collection of Rs. 276.34 crores, and is still going strong.
‘Uri’ Running High On Josh
‘How’s the Josh?’, ‘High Sir!’ from the Vicky Kaushal-starrer ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ became the favourite dialogue of India in 2019 with even Prime Minister Narendra Modi using it in his election campaign. The film is a dramatised account of the 2016 Uri attack and India’s subsequent retaliation with a surgical strike. The film that whipped up nationalistic passion and frenzy hit the theatres on 11 January 2019, approximately a month before the Pulwama incident which escalated the tensions between India and Pakistan.
The film was appreciated by critics and audience alike and has earned Rs. 244 crore at the box office.
‘Housefull 4’ Enters 200-Crore Club
Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Housefull 4’ is the fourth installment in the comedy film franchise ‘Housefull’. The movie generated a lot of buzz online and on social media, thanks to the viral #BalaChallenge, which saw the who’s who of Bollywood dance to the tune of the catchy song ‘Shaitaan ka Saala’.
Celebrities from Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh to Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, tried their hand at the signature move of the song and shared the chuckle-worthy videos online. The challenge set social media ablaze and ended up grabbing a lot of eyeballs. Housefull 4 clocked in Rs 205.22 crore at the box office and entered the prestigious Rs 200-crore club.
Salman Charms India With ‘Bharat’
The Katrina Kaif-Salman Khan starrer ‘Bharat’ hit the theatres on 5 June. As they say, no Eid is complete without a Salman Khan release and the actor lived up to his promise of delivering a blockbuster film on the festival. Based on the 2014 South Korean film ‘Ode to my Father’, ‘Bharat’ explored the turbulent times of the India-Pakistan Partition.
While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it performed beyond expectations at the box office, clocking Rs 197.34 crore, missing the Rs. 200 crore club by a whisker.
‘Mission Mangal’ Soars High
‘Mission Mangal’ is one film which didn’t fight shy of portraying women in lead roles. It packed a stellar female cast with Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and gave them the roles of women who are full of imperfections but still try their best to make ends meet.
The film was appreciated by most of the critics precisely for this reason and opened to positive reviews. It starred Akshay Kumar in titular role, with the actor making his second appearance on the list. And it amassed Rs 192.67 crore at the box-office, setting the cash registers ringing.
‘Kesari’ Wins Box-Office Glory
The Hindi language action-war film saw Akshay Kumar in the lead, playing Havaldar Ishar Singh, a part of the Sikh Regiment of the British Indian Army. The film received critical acclaim upon its release, getting great reviews from the critics. Akshay's Midas touch continued as ‘Kesari’ did over Rs 151.87 crore at the collections.
‘Total Dhamaal’ Strikes Gold
A reboot of the 2007 film Dhamaal, ‘Total Dhamaal’ hit the silver screen on 22nd February The film had a large ensemble cast including Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, and Esha Gupta. Upon release, the flick was slammed by critics and generally received negative reviews. Despite that, ‘Total Dhamaal’ performed well, going on to make Rs. 150.07 crore.
‘Saaho’ Fails To Win Over The Critics
‘Saaho’ marked ‘Baahubali’ star Prabhas’s debut in Hindi films. Produced on a budget of Rs 350 crore, it made its entry into the list of the ‘Most Expensive Bollywood Films’ ever made. Needless to say, expectations were running high but the movie failed to live up to the hype.
‘Saaho’ was panned by critics on release but somehow managed to earn its spot on the highest grossers list, gathering Rs 148.84 crore.
‘Chhichhore’ Leaves A Mark
The coming-of-age, comedy-drama film managed to leave its mark on the audience. The plot follows the lives of seven friends from the year 1992 to the present day, exploring their friendships and their unbreakable bonds.
Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma in titular roles, ‘Chhichhore’ received favourable reviews from the critics and ended up crossing the Rs 100-crore mark, totalling Rs 147.32 crore. (All figures are courtesy Box Office India)