Like every year, 2018 was full of glitz and glamour, celebrity affairs, successes, failures, and a whole lot of entertainment. As this year comes to an end, we look back to what an amazing year we had with all that’s happening in B-town. We have listed the top highlights below:
Weddings were never as hyped as they were this year. All our leading ladies got married one after the other. One can count more marriages this year than there were in the past two. Have a look at the most hyped of all:
2. Priyanka Chopra – Nick Jonas
3. Sonam Kapoor – Anand Ahuja
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Anand & I would like to thank everyone who made our wedding the most magical 2 days of our lives. We would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who made this day special & here's a few people who deserve a special mention: @ranipinklove for creating the perfect fairy tale wedding! @wedniksha I don’t think we could have pulled this off without you! Thank you for pushing through and making this dream, reality. @jomalonelondon for creating the most beautiful atmosphere! @reelsandframes for capturing our most treasured memories and being our wedding photographers and to @signe_vilstrup @taras84 @thehouseofpixels we can’t wait for the stupendous pictures you took of Anand & I! A special shout out to @BellezaJewels @fizzygoblet @isharya @andmystories_in @teacultureoftheworld for creating beautiful mementos for my nearest and dearest @namratasoni @artinayar @bbhiral @alpakhimani @mallika_bhat @rohit_bhatkar for transforming Anand and me into the best versions of ourselves! @abujanisandeepkhosla @anamikakhanna.in @anuradhavakil @raghavendra.rathore @masabagupta @rajeshpratapsinghworks @jimmychoo @shehlaakhan you are all some of the most talented people I know & my wedding could never have been what it was without your inspired garments. @kapoor.sunita & @amrapalijewels for creating special pieces for Anand and I that will become heirlooms that we can pass on to our children! Special mention @vani2790 @chandiniw @manishamelwani @abhilashatd for styling! @marut_sikka @poojadhingra & @indianaccent you served up a storm! Thank you to the brilliant team at the @theleela @sunteckrealty for the awesome venue @theweddingbartenders for keeping guests in high spirits @anaitashroffadajania @priyanka86 & Divya @vogueindia you guys are so supportive @vandana_weddingplanner for helping with the rituals @ravishkapoorinvitations for fabulous invitations @media.raindrop for always being there The Indian Media thank you for respecting our privacy & celebrating with us & covering us with such positivity & warmth Mumbai Police for all the support Dome Security you guys were on point at all times!
4. Neha Dhupia – Angad Bedi
5. Milind Soman – Ankita Konwar
7. Shriya Saran – Andrei Koscheev
8. Sumeet Vyas – Ekta Kaul
9. Himesh Reshammiya – Sonia Kapoor
10. Shweta Tripathi – Chaitanya Sharma
This year was quite unique from any other year in Bollywood. From the very beginning, the focus shifted to content-rich movies, not only by the makers but also from the audience. Massive movies like Thugs of Hindostan, Race 3, Namaste England, Fanney Khan or Loveyatri didn’t do well on the box office regardless of the force behind them while Stree, Andhadhun, Raazi, Badhaai Ho, and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety did exceedingly well in terms of the moolah as well as critical appreciation. The top five have been listed here:
1. Badhaai Ho – 136.80 cr
2. Stree – 129.67 cr
3. Raazi – 123.17 cr
4. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety – 108.71 cr
5. Andhadhun – 72.50 cr
Like every year, this year also had a lot of movies raking in the money at the box office. What’s wonderful is that many of the entries truly deserved it! Some of the notable box office collections are as follows:
1. Sanju (June 2018) – 341.22 cr
2. Padmaavat (Jan 2018) – 300.00 cr
3. Baaghi 2 (March 2018) – 165.00 cr
4. Thugs of Hindostan (November 2018) – 145.29 cr
5. Badhaai Ho (October 2018) – 136.80 cr
Bollywood is ruled by the three Khans – Salman, Shah Rukh & Aamir. Releases from all three heroes are always extremely hyped and open to houseful shows. This year, we already have releases by both Salman & Aamir viz. Race 3 & Thugs of Hindostan. While Race 3 performed average at the box office, Thugs of Hindostan was a massive flop. Shah Rukh Khan, however, has a highly anticipated upcoming release, Zero, and everyone’s looking forward for it to become the comeback of the quintessential SRK.
Each year, the Bollywood family expands and we have new talent coming in to keep us entertained. 2018 wasn’t so different either. We had some of the most amazing and awaited debuts this year, who not only impressed us but also won themselves a space in our hearts. Some of the best debutants are:
1. Sara Ali Khan (Kedarnath)
2. Mouni Roy (Gold)
3. Janhvi Kapoor (Dhadak)
4. Banita Sandhu (October)
5. Warina Hussain (Loveyatri)
6. Ishaan Khattar (Beyond the Clouds)
7. Rohan Mehra (Baazaar)
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8. Aayush Sharma (Loveyatri)
9. Dulquer Salmaan (Karwaan)
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Had a super fun Day 1 of #Karwaan promotions ! Thanks to the entire team for putting it all together ! Much love ☺☺🤗🤗 #Karwaan #mumbailove #promotions #whatteday #muchfunhad @rsvpmovies Jacket : @gasjeans @reliancebrandsltd @fizzaphillips T shirt : @benetton @prpundit Pants : @celioindia Shoes : @adidasoriginals Styled by : @abhilashatd Assisted by : @yashita_goyal Photo: @thehouseofpixels
10. Mithila Palkar (Karwaan)
Bollywood and controversies go hand in hand. Like every year, there were a lot of gossips that made rounds in the news and some of them even landed at the court. Without stretching much, here are few of them that gained the most amount of coverage:
1. Padmaavat release:
The SLB’s magnum opus invited a lot of allegations and petitions but emerged a winner. There were bounties on beheading Deepika and security threats to all the actors and crew by political groups. However, the same also started promoting the movie after watching it.
2. Tanushree – Nana #metoo:
The entire nation was in shock when Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Both the actors have taken legal routes now and the verdict is still not out. However, this action revolutionalized the #MeToo movement in the industry and for good.
3. Death threats to Salman Khan:
The year started great for Salman Khan until he received a death threat from one the most notorious gangsters, Lawrence Bishnoi. Bishnoi belongs to the same community that took Salman to court for the Black Buck poaching case.
4. PC stepping out of Bharat:
Bharat has been in the news since its announcement, mostly because of the cast. Priyanka Chopra, who was to play the leading lady of the movie, walked out after signing for it, which left Bhai a little miffed. There was a cryptic tweet by the director that hinted towards the wedding as the reason for her opting out.
5. Allegations of plagiarism against Pad Man:
After its release, Pad Man received great reviews and was reigning the box office. But between all this, a legal trouble came in the way when Ripu Daman Jaiswal accused the movie to have plagiarised his draft that he sent to Dharma Productions earlier. The claims were refuted by the director R. Balki.
Well, this brings us to the end of this year. With a hope that the next year will bring us more entertainment, talent, and movies, we bid adieu to 2018.
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Have a happy new year guys!