Bollywood this year started with a bang with “Ghajini” with all time record collections and sharukh as suri sahni in “rab ne bana di jodi” too impressing the family audiences.But both these movies relased in December so by the time 2009 began profits were done for the producers.A lot was expected in the early movies in January with movies like Chandni Chowk to China,Raaz,Luck by chance and a few other promising small budget films slated for release.
Shockingly only two of these movies could get its money back which was Raaz-2 and Luck by chance which was well appreciated by a good section of horror and dramatic movie lovers.Its unique treatment of horror and its performances from the impressive Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in great form after Fashion could save the film.Akshay Kumar just went through an all time low with his film cc2c suffering huge lossses.This was all due to the magnificient Slumdog millionaire sweeping off the crowds with its boild message to the slums of the Bombay.
February too was a month with starry releases but bollywood couldnt smile again.Sharukh’s much hyped up billu too earned rave reviews from the critics and with an ensemble star cast it was expected to pull off big crowds but that never there to happen.Billu flopped miserably.Finally all hopes were dished on Abhishek and Sonams DELHI 6 coming frm an in form Rakesh mehra the one who directed Rang de Basanti.The movie had great music to boast about with Oscar champion A.R.Rahman doing the compositions.But the producers too should understand that they cant run a whole fim based on a monkey man who rocked delhi a few years back.Delhi 6 had its good moments but was too minimal.Sorry got worser then.
In between this hulla came the unexpected cocktail of the devdas DEV D.It shocked the audiences but still its unique way of moulding devdas according to todays time went on well with the viewers.It was surely unexpected but to the relief of bollywood it was a good success.
March had a very interesting start with dhoondthe reh jaaoge and 13 b releasing.Both were unique in its own ways and with many films not doing too well in Feb people crowded to the theatres to catch on these movies.Dhoondthe flopped with a miserable 20% collections while 13b wooed the crowds well.Its unique theme and good performances from madhavan and neetu chandra.This was it for march many idiotic films like jai veeru,the critically acclaimed little zizou and gulaal all failed to bring out collections.This was also the cricket season and exams time so bollywood was hugely affected by this.Adding to the long list of problems,differences cropped up between distributors and the multiplex owners over sharing issues.So it was decided not to release any new movies after April 4th.A serious jolt to the multiplexes and the crowds.Aamir Khan and Sharukh too joined hands and supported the cause.It definitely couldnt get worser.Admist this high drama Aa dekhen zara entered the theaters followed by bobby deols ek the power of one,a remake of a telugu film athadu starring mahesh babu.Both were action thrillers and especially very important for actors like neil nitin mukesh,shriya saran to shape up their careers and bobby deol to revive his faltering career.But few multiplexes due to their fight didnt screen adz and ek.it affected the business badly so by the time people thought to go for it ,it was out of the reels.
The sad story continued.Akshay kumar who deperately was in need of a big hit came out with 8×10 tasveer with nagesh kukunoor and ayesha takia.Its new concept of supernatural power promised something thrilling and it was particularly marked as a supernatural thriller.It was just barely a 2 hour movie.The director just couldnt catch the pulse of the restless viwers and gave the film a tame end.It was a sorry tale and as expected the box office collections too weren’t withstanding.Nothing after that.No screening in mutiplexes meant that the producers had to postpne their releases.A flurry of english movies and old hindi movies are now being screened in the theatres.But all the excitement is gone…It was a disatrous phase for bollywood and it ll take a month or two to settle down.So an intersting set of movies like kal kisne dekha,kaminey,kambhaqth ishq,3 idiots,wanted,dulha mil gaya and main and Mrs khanna are slated for release in the next few months.So the biggies will start fighting it from the early weeks of june.