Bollywood’s 2023 Journey: Lessons from Blockbusters and Surprises

From Animal’s Dark Charisma to Jawan’s Common Man Power – A Year-End Reflection

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12th December 2023,Mumbai: Year Ender 2023: Lessons to be learnt from Animal

Dark Tales and Mass Appeal

As 2023 draws to a close, the Bollywood landscape has seen its share of highs, and the talk of the town is the blockbuster ‘Animal.’ Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Triptii Dimri, this film has crossed Rs 700 crores worldwide. The key lesson here is that a movie need not cater to everyone; it can still draw massive audiences with a well-crafted storyline, even if it delves into darker themes. Films are not just entertainment; they’re journeys through diverse characters.

Year Ender 2023: Lessons to be learnt from Shah Rukh Khan movie Jawan

Empowering the Common Man

The pivotal lesson from ‘Jawan’ lies in the power of the common man. Atlee’s creation, inspired by real-world scenarios, showcases the strength of sticking to the core of filmmaking, resulting in a blockbuster. ‘Jawan’ now holds the title of the highest-grossing film of all time. It’s a testament to the fact that authenticity in storytelling can resonate powerfully with the audience.

Year Ender 2023: What Bollywood can learn from Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan

Aging Gracefully and Cross-Border Dynamics

‘Pathaan’ has a story to tell about embracing age in heroes and making successful comebacks. Shah Rukh Khan, in the lead, exemplifies this. The film also underscores the importance of strong female characters, brilliantly portrayed by Deepika Padukone. Additionally, the India-Pakistan angle proves to be a potent ingredient for success in Bollywood.

Year Ender 2023: Lessons that Gadar 2 taught Bollywood

Nostalgia and Original Connections

Surprisingly successful, ‘Gadar 2’ starring Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel teaches the importance of nostalgic value. Maintaining a link to the original movie can strike a chord with audiences, as seen in the film’s resonance with the audience. The India-Pakistan war angle continues to be a captivating element.

Year Ender 2023: What can we learn from Salman Khan starrer Tiger 3

Patriotism’s Limits

While ‘Tiger 3’ did decent business, it fell short of expectations. The film emphasizes that strong sentiments of patriotism should not be compromised or twisted. Attempting to showcase a peaceful scenario between nations, especially after the success of ‘Gadar 2,’ proved challenging for fans to accept.

Year Ender 2023: Lessons from Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

Timeless Rule of Veterans

This year reinforced that veterans like Karan Johar still rule hearts. ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ showcased that actresses need not conform to skimpy attire; traditional sarees continue to captivate audiences. The film also taught the age-old lesson of not judging a book by its cover.

Year Ender 2023: What Prabhas’ Adipurush taught to filmmakers

Respecting Mythology and Religious Sentiments

‘Adipurush’ serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the pitfalls of tampering with mythology and religious sentiments. Despite initial earnings from advance bookings, the film turned out to be a colossal disaster, emphasizing the need for filmmakers to tread carefully in these sensitive areas.

Year Ender 2023: Here’s what we learned from The Kerala Story

Power of a Strong Narrative

The movie starring Adah Sharma, Sonia Balani, Siddhi Idnani, and Yogita Bihani, ‘The Kerala Story,’ demonstrated the impact of a robust storyline. Even labeled as a propaganda film, its focus on terrorism spread by ISIS resonated strongly with the audience.

Year Ender 2023: What lessons Pankaj Tripathi, Akshay Kumar movie OMG 2 taught Bollywood

Addressing Critical Issues

‘OMG 2’ brought to light the importance of sex education, especially in the age of smartphones and the OTT boom. Despite receiving an A rating, indicating mature content, the film proved that addressing critical issues could still result in a successful Rs 150 crore movie.

Year Ender 2023: Lessons to be learned from Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar

Reviving Rom-Com and Modern Love Stories

‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar,’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, shattered the notion that the rom-com genre is outdated. It reaffirms that modern-day love stories still hold a special place in the audience’s heart, proving that the demand for this genre remains strong.

-By Kashvi Gala

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