Another year comes to an end and now it’s time to look back and see how Bollywood entertained us in 2019. This year has had its fair share of blockbusters that impressed us with their scripts, performances, masala, and of course, their grandeur. Of all the movies lined-up, we had predicted the blockbusters of each month earlier in the year. Find out below if the box office result matched our predictions:
January: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
Prediction: The first month of the year brought releases like URI: The Surgical Strike, The Accidental Prime Minister, Super 30, Thackarey, and Cheat India. We thought Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi had everything that a blockbuster needed – a good actor, a cannot-go-wrong-with-it script, and the much-needed hype.
Result: While Kangana Ranaut‘s magnum opus did get a lot of hype, URI was the surprise winner of the month. It became the year’s first blockbuster and enjoyed a long run in the box office over the other releases.
February: Gully Boy
Prediction: Based on the life of rappers Divine and Naezy, Gully Boy was not your typical Bollywood story. Starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, the atypical movie also had a brand new jodi that the entire industry was rooting for. We felt that in February, the nation would fall in love with Ranveer and Alia once again.
Result: No surprises here! Gully Boy emerged as the biggest winner of the month. Not only did it enter the 100-crore club in its very first week, but the film also found immense love overseas. Total Dhamaal was a close second but could not manage to surpass Gully Boy’s total earnings.
Prediction: Another gem from Khiladi Kumar, this one revolved around the story of Havildar Ishar Singh who participated in the Battle of Saragrahi and yearned for the respect of his estranged daughter. Kesari was set to battle Judgementall Hai Kya at the box office, but the latter got pushed and we placed all our bets on the former.
Result: Kesari was the biggest hit of March, even with noteworthy films like Badla and Luka Chuppi in the competition. It crossed the 200-crore mark worldwide and was the tenth highest Bollywood grosser of the year for a long time.
Prediction: Karan Johar‘s 15-year-old dream project, Kalank was a mega multi-starrer featuring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, and more. It was a formula project that we were sure would set the box office on fire.
Result: Unfortunately, big stars did not result in a big hit and Kalank was Bollywood’s first disaster of 2019. Yet, it had the highest opening day sales of the year until then and still managed to make some money in the box office.
Prediction: Like the first installment of Student of The Year, we had our hopes high for the sequel. Starring Tiger Shroff, SOTY2 marked the debut of Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday.
Result: Student of the Year 2 resulted in back-to-back flops for Dharma Productions as the students failed to impress critics and audiences. Instead, Ajay Devgn‘s De De Pyaar De emerged as the winner of the month and one of the year’s most succesful comedy blockbusters.
Prediction: In the month of a Bhai release, the selection of a blockbuster was fairly easier. Bharat had been in news since the announcement of the movie and marked the unison of the hit jodi of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Did a movie need anything else?
Result: As expected, Bharat broke all the records set by the above movies and emerged as the biggest winner of 2019, second only to URI: The Surgical Strike. Of course, Kabir Singh released later that month and knocked both Bharat and URI off their perch.
July: Judgementall Hai Kya
Prediction: With a brand new name and a new release date, the highly awaited Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer finally hit theatres at the end of the month. Super 30 and Arjun Patiala were enjoying a good run at the box office but the entry of this comedy thriller was predicted to change the box office game in the month.
Result: In the box office battle between Hrithik and Kangana, Hrithik’s Super 30 emerged as the winner. Despite many controversies, the movie fared exceptionally well and went on to become the tenth highest Bollywood grosser of the year till then.
Prediction: Once again, we had Akshay Kumar and John Abraham facing each other on Independence Day with their new releases. But Mission Mangal and Batla House had another competitor in the mix and this one looked tougher to surpass. Saaho starred Prabhas in the lead, whose previous films – the Baahubali series – were a blockbuster internationally.
Result: Saaho turned out to be a box office dud while all the praises were showered on Mission Mangal. Akshay Kumar‘s blockbuster even beat Super 30 and Gully Boy to claim the No. 5 spot in the highest Bollywood grossers of the year.
September: Dream Girl
Prediction: After a heavy month of blockbusters, September seemed like a breather with many small-budget releases that could make a big impact. Our money was on the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer, which could surpass The Zoya Factor in the box office.
Result: The Ayushmann charm definitely worked better than the Zoya kavach in the box office. Dream Girl emerged as the highest-grossing film of the actor’s career but its thunder was ultimately stolen by Nitesh Tiwari‘s Chhichhore, which emerged as the ninth highest Bollywood grosser of the year so far.
Prediction: It was supposed to be a month of blockbusters! On Gandhi Jayanti, we had the Hrithik and Tiger starrer in theatres, followed by the return of Priyanka Chopra to Bollywood in The Sky is Pink. Even with the releases of Housefull 4 and Made in China later in the month, War could just emerge as the winner of October.
Result: Even with releases like Housefull 4 and The Sky Is Pink, War emerged as the winner of not only the month but the entire year. It surpassed the total earnings of Kabir Singh and went on to become the tenth highest-grossing Bollywood film ever.
Prediction: November marked the return of our favorite on-screen jodi – Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar – in Bala. Yami Gautam joined them in this quirky drama, which released early in the month. Even the release of Marjaavaan was not likely to deter the Ayushmann charm.
Result: As expected Bala did emerge as the highest-grossing film of November but did not surpass the earnings of Ayushmann’s previous film Dream Girl. Marjaavaan was a close second that performed well in Indian and international circuits.
December: Dabangg 3
Prediction: The year was going to end with a big bang. December brought five highly-awaited movies to theatres, even after the postponement of Brahmastra. In the first week, Panipat and Pati, Patni Aur Woh clashed in the box office, followed by Mardaani 2, which was predicted to slow down the progress of the aforementioned movies. Bhai made his big release in the last week and the year ends with the star-studded Good Newwz that will compete with the Salman Khan-starrer. Our bet – Bhai will have his cake and eat it too!
Result: Dabangg 3 has entered the 100-crore club but its earnings have not been as steady as expected. Pati, Patni Aur Woh has also been trending well and the release of Good Newwz could still shake up the box office this month. As of now, War still stands as the highest-grossing movie of the year, followed by Kabir Singh, and URI – A Surgical Strike. All three movies are included in the list of Top 20 Highest Grossing Indian Films Ever.
It has indeed been a year of surprises. Revisit it once again right here!