As the bustling sets of the film business in India came to a deadly standstill due to the COVID19 pandemic, all efforts to revive the industry, especially the Hindi film industry, were in vain. Then came South and pan-India films, which stunned Bollywood with their back-to-back successes, and resonated with masses across the country. While RRR (Hindi) earned 274 crores, KGF 2 surpasses everyone 435 crore collection in Hindi. That was till mid 2022, when Bollywood had a lot to celebrate.
Alia Bhatt starrer with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, which earned 129.10 crore in India in its theatrical run and emerged as a commercial success. While it garnered critical acclaim and proved that Bollywood still has a lot to offer, it didn’t really strike it out of the park in comparison to the blockbusters down south. But it certainly kept the hope alive for the future of Bollywood.
Then came The Kashmir Files, a gritty drama that created a lot of buzz and heated conversations on the digital platform. The bullshit worked in favor of the film and the film made on a modest budget of 15 crores earned 10 times its COP worldwide. A truly unexpected film with a lifetime collection of 252 crores in India.
Finally, 2022 proved to be a savior for the Hindi film industry with young superstar Kartik Aaryan, who made the audience run back in the theaters with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. The horror-comedy, helmed by Karthik, went on to become the biggest Bollywood opener of the year, with its lifetime release. The collection of 266 crores has cemented its position among the 30 highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. The film was a global blockbuster, attracting audiences across geographical boundaries and trending on an OTT platform.
Commenting on the report of Bollywood’s blockbusters so far in 2022, says trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “2022 has been a successful year for Bollywood with three obvious superhits; The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Gangubai Kathiawadi. The year has been particularly remarkable for Kartik Aaryan and Alia Bhatt with tremendous performances in their respective films. Karthik has emerged as a superstar of the people and his film BB2 still holds the record for the highest number of Bollywood openers this year. Many other actors’ films also came this year, but it was a difficult year for most of them.
Industry expert Joginder Tuteja says, “Half a year has passed and we can see that Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 remains a huge commercial Bollywood blockbuster. The one who made it possible was Karthik. We have seen how he remained consistent this time but The film proved that he can bring in big bucks too, which is really commendable. Movies came after BB 2 but none came close to the business that it has done.”
With language barriers removed, there is a plethora of content for viewers to choose from as their preferences have evolved. And in times like these, Hindi-origin films like Gangubai Kathiawadi, The Kashmir Files and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 are doing exceptionally well and speak volumes of credit for all the factors that made them loved so much.
Actors who gave the biggest opener of 2022
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 – 14.11 crores (Karthik Aryan)
Bachchan Pandey – 13.25 crores (Akshay Kumar)
Samrat Prithviraj – 10.70 crores (Akshay Kumar)
Gangubai Kathiawadi – 10.50 crores (Alia Bhatt)
Shamshera – 10.25 crores (Ranbir Kapoor)