While we’ve had some major hits in 2013-14, there have also been quite a few pleasant surprises including Sajid Khan's 'Humshakals' that seems to have taken the box office by storm. Small-budget films, films with newcomers, and films that didn’t really have many expectations took over the Box office. Here are a few:
Humshakals: Sajid Khan’s comedy flick, ‘Humshakals’ starring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Tamanaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta, Ram Kapoor and Bipasha Basu received poor reviews from critics. But this did not stop fans from pouring into theatres to watch the madness onscreen. The film has collected Rs 50 crore.
Heropanti: Despite numerous jokes on lead actor Tiger Shroff, Sabbir Khan’s action romance film did not suffer. A remake of the Telugu film ‘Parugu’, ‘Heropanti’ received mixed reviews but went to take the Box office by storm.
The Xpose: Anant Mahadevan’s musical thriller with Himesh Reshammiya, Sonali Raut, Zoya Froz and Honey Singh, received positive reviews from ciritcs. But some claim it’s not everybody’s cup of tea.
Queen: Vikas Bahl’s comedy drama with Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao was the biggest surprise of 2014. The film about a naïve middleclass girl who get left at the alter, only to go on her honeymoon alone was a massive critical and commercial success. The super-hit flick is declared to be the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of 2014.
Yaariyan: Divya Khosla Kumar’s directorial debut ‘Yaariyan’ told the tale of five friends and their experiences of love and life. After positive reviews from critics, ‘Yaariyan’ which was made on a budget of Rs 10 crore, collected 40 crores and was declared a hit.
Fukrey: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s ‘coming-of-age comedy’ had a poor opening at the Box Office. However, news soon spread and the film went on to run successfully in cinemas for a long time. Featuring Ali Fazal, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadda and Manjot Singh, ‘Fukrey’ was parised by stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan and was considered to be a super-hit in parts of Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan.
Grand Masti: Adult comedy ‘Grand Masti’ with a huge cast of Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh, Karishma Tanna, Sonalee Kulkarni, Kainaat Arora and Manjari Phadnis among others was poorly received by critics, Despite the negative reviews, it had a good opening day and declared a Super Hit in India.
R…Rajkumar: Prabhu Dheva’s action comedy flick starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha was bashed by critics. However, the masala film had a decent opening and went on to perform well commercially, emerging as a semi-box office hit.
Jolly LLB: Inspired by the 1999 hit-and-run case of Sanjeev Nanda, this courtroom dramedy with Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla and Amrita Rao was well received by critics. It also took away the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, while Saurabh Shukla won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Aashiqui 2: Mohit Suri’s romantic musical ‘Aashiqui 2’ starring Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur dealt with alcohol abuse and sacrifice. Though the film received mixed reviews from critics, it became a major commercial success at the box-office. It was declared as a blockbuster after its three-week box office run.
Special 26: Neeraj Pandey’s crime drama ‘Special 26' starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Manoj Bajpai was inspired by a real-life heist. The film received good reviews and though it had a slow opening at the Box office, it performed moderately well.
Chashme Baddoor: David Dhawan’s comedy film which is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name received positive reviews from critics. Starring Ali Fazal, Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma, ‘Chashme Baddoor’ opened well in theatres especially in North India. It grossed at around INR420 million in India was declared a hit.