The last two years were two blessed years for the world of films and of course, the fans! Apart from the Hindi blockbusters that caught the fancy of the fans, quite a few regional movies made their mark this year, climbing to top the charts in the list of highest grossing regional cinema content.
One of the biggest hits that the Gujarati cinema saw this year was a film written and directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, Chhello Divas – A New Beginning. Starring Malhar Thakar, Yash Soni, Mitra Gadhvi, Aarjav Trivedi, Rahul Raval, Janki Bodiwala, Kinjal Rajpriya and Netri Trivedi, this movie that premiered on 20th November 2015, had already recorded gross earnings of seventeen crores by mid-January 2016. The film that revolves around the lives of eight friends in their last year of college was so well made with categorically placed humour, that the makers saw people booking for it multiple times. After all, a story about the final year of college is bound to have gamut of emotions which is difficult not to love!
If Gujarati cinema made its mark with Chhello Divas, then Sairaat did the trick for Marathi cinema. Starring Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar, Sairaat was the first Marathi film to gross more than INR 100 crores worldwide. The sheer number of languages that it has been remade in speaks volumes of its popularity. With a story of an age old love drama where a boy from a lower cast falls in love with a girl from a rich family, what made Sairaat a winner were the effortless performances from the lead pair, the direction and the simplicity of the entire setup. With the Hindi remake rights of the film been acquired by Karan Johar, what remains to be seen is if the Bollywood master director, known for his fancy, is able re-create this simple Marathi film keeping the essence alive. Let’s wait and watch!
How can we talk of highest grossing regional films and not have any one mentioning the biggest regional stars of all time, Rajnikant? Kabali, a Tamil language gangster blockbuster that released in the August of 2015, garnered a whooping INR 670 crores worldwide. Such numbers can only be expected from a film starring Rajnikant, who is nothing less than God down south. Shot in Chennai, Malaysia, Bangkok and Hong Kong, Kabali sees Rajnikant playing the role of a glamorous gangster. With a twisting and a nail biting story line and of course backed by second-to-none performances, Kabaali managed to keep the fans on the edge of their seats like no other film did. All this was also backed by whistles, hooting and dancing by the fans in the theatres which is not unusual for a movie of this stature and star cast.
With many more to add to this ever increasing list, what comes to the fore as a conclusion is that even regional cinema is worth the hype and the wait. So it won’t be a bad idea altogether to go and catch up on these brilliant movies. If you are not too well-versed with the language, just wait for the re-make. Sooner or later, that shall also happen!