There are 3 good time periods for Bollywood to score sure-shot blockbusters. Eid (reserved for Bhai), Diwali, and Christmas-New Year holiday season. Apart from these, every now and then the films released in the late Summer also perform well. This has been the case since the beginning of the 21st century. With the advent of multiplexes and opening up of international markets, a lot of dynamics changed. And all came to a crashing halt and a crushing reality dawned upon the wisemen. Thanks to Corona Pandemic.
Bollywood couldn’t ask for a better beginning than Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior. The semi-historical and semi-patriotic drama continued the tradition established by Uri - The Surgical Strike to make hay with current trending subjects. But this Om Raut directorial is not an ordinary Bollywood film. It is the first time that a historical film is given the layered texture and colour palettes of Amar Chitra Katha.
Right from the visual language to the incisive storytelling, it’s as much new to the big screen as it is original way of making the audience to engage with the characters. Rightfully, this Ajay Devgn starrer broke several records and went on to nett Rs. 279.85 Cr. and bagged a worldwide gross of 371 Cr. This was followed by a couple of films in places 2nd and 3rd. It’s an unprecedented trend. Not going to happen in general times. As the film industries across the nation came to a screeching halt, Tollywood’s non-pan-India movies Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and Sarileru Neekevvaru went on to become the 2nd and 3rd highest grossing Indian movies worldwide.
Naturally for a film industry that’s lacking creativity for the last few years and mired in the controversies surrounding nepotism, none of the other theatrical releases performed. It can be seen from the sorry fact of having Baaghi 3 - a pure masala film which just about broke even with a worldwide gross of Rs. 119.84 Cr. as the second highest grossing Hindi Bollywood film (5th highest grossing Indian film). A majority of the highest grossing films of last year, i.e. 2020, are flops. This is either due to lack of intriguing subjects and/or the pandemic. The films that are released on OTTs proved the fact that not many good films are made. Especially in Bollywood.
Rajinikanth’s Darbaar rounds off the top 5 at No. 4 with a worldwide gross of 197.38 Cr. Here is the list of top 10 highest grossing Indian films in 2020. All theatrical releases. We shall check OTT releases soon.