New Delhi, Dec. 31 -- This was the centenary of the Hindi film industry, and 2013 in Bollywood was marked by quite a few interesting business trends. "It's been a good year by all standards, and has also been a learning experience since films from various genres made money," says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. We take stock of the two big trends that defined the year.
The ' 100 crore club expanded to the ' 200 crore club this year - Chennai Express (CE), Krrish 3 and Dhoom:3 (D:3). Before this, there was only one film to do that- Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots (2009). D:3 also became the fastest film to earn ' 100 cr, making ' 107.61 cr in just three days.
Even the 100 crore club had more members this year, and saw as many as five films - Race 2 ('100 cr), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ('188 cr). Farhan Akhtar's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag ('108 cr), Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela ('116 cr) and Grand Masti ('102 cr).
"Films like D:3, CE and Krrish 3 were released in multiple screens and in languages like Tamil and Telegu. They also opened on long weekends and the tickets were priced high. The huge business is not a surprise," explains trade expert Vikas Mohan.
SMALL FILMS DID GREAT TOO
Besides the biggies, a number of small (and independent) films, too, hit the bull's eye at the box office. Top among them are Aashiqui 2 ('78 crore), Special 26 (' 67 cr), Raanjhanaa ('60 cr), R... Rajkumar ('64 cr), Madras Cafe ('42 cr). "The success rate has been impressive this year, but it won't improve in 2014, since there aren't many films that cater to pan-India audiences," adds Adarsh.