2013, the year of box office records, expanding territories and independent cinema

  | December 25, 2013 16:38 IST (New Delhi)
Aamir Khan

Stills from Dhoom: 3, Chennai Express, The Lunchbox and Madras Cafe

In 2013, the centenary year of Indian cinema, the Hindi film industry saw several high points.

In 2013, the centenary year of the over $2 billion world of Indian cinema, the Hindi film industry saw several high points - whether it was Dhoom: 3 becoming the fastest movie to mint Rs 100 crore in just three days, Chennai Express collecting a whopping Rs 216 crore or megastar Amitabh Bachchan making his foray into Hollywood.
IANS lists down Bollywood's high points in the year gone by:
New box office record: Around mid-2013, Shah Rukh Khan proved he is indeed the Baadshah of Hindi films as his Chennai Express became the biggest grosser till then at Rs 216 crore.

Fastest Rs 100 crore collection: Aamir Khan came in with Dhoom: 3 in December and zoomed ahead of Chennai Express with a whopping Rs 107.61 crore in its first three days. It was a year when as many as six films - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Krrish 3, Ram-Leela, as well as Chennai Express and Dhoom: 3 minted over Rs 100 crore.
New territories: Hindi cinema meandered into non-traditional markets like Peru, Panama and Morocco. Chennai Express released seven new international destinations, making it a breakthrough year for the industry. Boss starring Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan's Krrish 3 and Aamir's Dhoom: 3 were among the films which added to Bollywood's clout in international shores.
International forays: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, in his over four-decade-old acting career, featured in a Hollywood film - The Great Gatsby - for the first time while our desi girl Priyanka Chopra lent her voice for an Asian character in animation film, Planes. The actress-singer's second international single Exotic was also launched earlier this year. Yet another Indian face who made a mark abroad was veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has featured in international films, in the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.
Independent cinema received warmly: Who would have thought that the unique story of two lovelorn individuals via a lunchbox will click with Indian audiences who have been heavily fed on desi potboilers spiced with item songs and melodrama? But The Lunchbox did. Also, Ship Of Theseus, Shahid and B A Pass, with strong story lines and different treatment established independent cinema has takers in the country with names like Karan Johar and Kiran Rao backing them, the scope of Indian movies is only poised for growth.
Films with unconventional themes charmed: Madras Cafe, Shorts, Bombay Talkies, ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance, and Ship of Theseus, won the audiences' hearts despite being out-of-the-box.
Merchandising on new high: Thanks to films like Chennai Express, Krrish 3 and Dhoom: 3, film merchandise remained in demand. Video games, toys and apparel related to the movies were much talked about. More than 150 products were made available for Krrish 3, starring Hrithik Roshan, while Yash Raj Films launched over 200 products for Dhoom: 3.
Promising transitions from TV to films: Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Vidya Balan are a few who tried their luck in films after a stint on TV, and it worked in their favour. In 2013, it was actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Karan Kundra and Manish Paul who made impressive transitions.
Foreign faces in desi land: Swedish actress Elli Avram and Australian actresses Kristina Akheeva and Rebecca Breeds made inroads into Bollywood this year with Mickey Virus, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag respectively.
Influx of southern stars in Bollywood: Making impressive debuts in Bollywood films were southern cinema's shining stars Ram Charan Teja, Dhanush, Tammannah Bhatia and Taapsee Pannu. Ram Charan was seen in Zanjeer, while Dhanush delivered a promising performance in Raanjhanaa. Tammannah was seen opposite Ajay Devgn in Himmatwala and Taapsee tickled the audiences' funny bone in Chashme Buddoor.