2014 was an amazing year for Bollywood. Whether you love action, romance, comedy or drama, this year had something for everyone. But Bollywood’s highlights went beyond just the movies. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here are some of the most notable moments of 2014:
Unsurprisingly, the Khans dominated the box office in 2014. With a domestic box office collection of over INR 200 crore, Kick became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year! Shah Rukh Khan wasn’t far behind either. The superstar’s film, Happy New Year, has grossed over INR 200 crore in the country! Though it’s a little too soon to say, it seems like Aamir Khan‘s PK is headed down the same path too. The film, which grossed over INR 95.21 crore on its opening weekend, is quickly surpassing the year’s biggest films!
But the Khans aren’t alone! The reigning kings of Bollywood are facing some serious competition from the industry’s fresh new faces. Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor‘s 2 States made its way into the prestigious 100 Crore Club. Ek Villain (97 Cr), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (75 Cr) and Gunday (72 Cr) managed to make their mark on the box office as well!
2014 also saw many of our favorite B-Town stars making their much-awaited comebacks! Madhuri Dixit, who was last seen in 2007’s Aaja Nachle, charmed us with two releases this year – Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang. But our favorite comeback of the year has got to be Govinda. With Kill Dil and Happy Ending, the actor reminded us exactly why we love him so much. Oh, how we’ve missed his epic dance moves!
Pyaar ka Punchnama
Love was in the air in 2014. Some of our favorite couples took the plunge and tied the knot this year, whereas others found love. Between Sonakshi–Arjun, Deepika–Ranveer, Alia–Sidharth, Anushka–Virat, Rani–Aditya and Ranbir–Katrina, we don’t know who our favorite Bollywood couple is anymore!
Other jodis we love welcomed and gave us a glimpse of their adorable little ones this year! Shah Rukh Khan‘s son, Abram Khan, quickly became Bollywood’s cutest debutant! Genelia D’Souza and Riteish Deshmukh welcomed their little bundle of joy, Riaan, in November 2014. Imran Khan‘s wife, Avantika Malik, also gave birth to Imara Malik Khan this year.
It was a good year for on-screen couples as well. Don’t believe us? This picture is proof enough:
Unlucky in love
Not everything was hearts and roses, though. Some of our favorite stars were unlucky in love in 2014. Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan parted ways after 14 long years of marriage. Though they had an amicable separation, not everyone was as lucky. Preity Zinta filed a police complaint against former beau Ness Wadia, alleging that he molested and threatened her.
The Hollywood Connection
Bollywood’s impact wasn’t just restricted to India this year! Happy New Year, Kick and Bang Bang! became some of the highest grossing Indian movies of all time!
Some of our favorite celebs found recognition across borders as well. Nimrat Kaur, who won our hearts in The Lunchbox, charmed international audiences in Homeland. Priyanka Chopra also inked a talent deal with ABC. But that’s not all! Some of Hollywood’s biggest names also discovered India in an all new way. Helen Mirren joined Om Puri in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Additionally, Lea Michele of Glee fame has signed on to voice an animated character in the upcoming musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey!
Not only were we treated to some spectacular sports films this year, but Bollywood also brought sports to the forefront offscreen. Though the IPL is always a star-studded affair, it was certainly nice to see our stars promoting other sports in the country. The Indian Super League, the Pro Kabaddi League and the International Premier Tennis League were just a few of the year’s biggest sporting events! We didn’t even know we needed to see our favorite actors playing against tennis bigwigs until we saw this picture:
Girl power was everywhere in 2014, both on and off the silver screen. Stellar films like Queen, Mary Kom, Mardaani and Gulaab Gang made 2014 the year of the womaniya. What’s better? Our favorite leading ladies, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha, took a stand against misogyny, making waves everywhere. You go, girls!
All in all, a good year for Bollywood. Don’t you agree? We can’t wait to see the surprises in store for us next year!