2021 has been a disappointing year for Bollywood with cinema halls shut down in almost half of the year.
While the horror drama Roohi brought some hope in March 2021 but the deadliest COVID-19 situation started the second wave which destroyed the business of cinema until Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom became the first Hindi film to start the theaters following COVID-19 cases trending down. It was the Diwali 2021 that cheered the audience, exhibitors and distributors with super-hit Sooryavanshi and brought relief to the film producers.
Sooryavanshi – 5th November
Sooryavanshi, starring the superstar Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif finally hit the box office and the big budgeted Rohit Shetty’s cop universe cheered up audience during the Diwali festival this year as the cop drama went on to collect Rs 120.66 crore in first week. As of today, the action has collected Rs 196 crore. The budget of Sooryavanshi is Rs 165 crore.
83 – 24th December
Much was expected from Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Pankaj Tripathi starrer 83 due to humongous star cast, mega budget and solid trailer. However, the cricket biopic drama failed at the box office in its first week itself. Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 and produced by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and Kabir Khan Films Production, 83 opened on a low note with Rs 12.64 crore from 3741 screens nationwide. There was a slight jump on Christmas day with Rs 16.95 crore but Sunday was limited with Rs 17.60 crore. The cricket biopic drama continued to drop on the weekdays bringing the first week total to around Rs 71.50 crore crore in Hindi. The good news is that 83 will not face any competition this week due to Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey getting postponed. However with huge budget close to Rs 200 crore and restrictions due to rising COVID-19 cases and limited occupancy, 83 has dim chances to sail it through at the box office.
Antim – 26th November
Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma starrer Antim brought some cheers to the theaters as film showed a healthy collection in its first week with Rs 29.35 crore. Despite the new releases, Antim held well tight at the ticket window and touched around Rs 40 crore due to positive word of mouth. The budget of Antim was Rs 35 crore.
Bell Bottom – 19th August
The Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom managed to perform decently first week at the box office despite restrictions and less number of shows (there was no release in Maharasthra), bringing Rs 19.40 crore. As Bell Bottom premiered on Amazon Prime, the action drama almost crashed in its fifth week. collecting around Rs 85 lakhs and bringing the overall collections to around Rs 33.70 crore. The budget of Bell Bottom is around Rs 60 crore (Production Cost – Rs 50 , Promotion – Rs 10 crore)
Tadap – 3rd December
Directed by Milan Luthria, who has made films like Kacche Dhaage, Taxi No. 9211, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture, Tadap catered to the young audience who gave thumbs up the romance drama performed well in its first week at the box office, collecting Rs 21.04 crore from 1656 screens. Tadap faced competition from Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor starrer Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui but still managed to collect Rs 26.15 crore by end of its theater run against a budget of Rs 20 crore.