When the promos first came out, a section of the trade felt that Dhanush’s unconventional looks could go against the film. But the positive recall of Kolaveri Di, Rahman’s melodious music, Sonam Kapoor’s restrained performance and above all Dhanush’s convincing act as the obsessive lover, came together perfectly to give us a thoroughly engaging film.
YJHD cemented Ranbir Kapoor’s position in the top league and performed exceptionally well in all markets, despite its city-centric theme. The film also benefited from an extremely popular score and some solid performances from Deepika Padukone, Kalki and Aditya Roy Kapur who complemented RK’s irresistible charm.
3.Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Nobody would have expected a Farhan Akhtar starrer to enter the 100 Crore club. But the gripping biopic made with mainstream sensibilities, worked across the board and became a huge hit with the classes and the masses.
Despite negative reviews, the public welcomed this film with open arms and turned up in huge numbers to watch SRK and Deepika in Rohit Shetty style.
It is the third installment of the Dhoom series featuring Aamir Khan as the antagonist and paired him opposite Katrina Kaif. Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra reprise their roles as Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar respectively as seen is previous franchise.
Biggest Flops Of 2013
1. Zanjeer - Ram Charan Teja, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt
2. Zila Ghaziabad - Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi
3. Boss - Akshay Kumar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Johnny Lever, Parikshit Sahani, Ronit Roy
4. Bullett Raja - Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan, Gulshan Grover, Raj Babbar, Chunky Pandey,Vidyut Jamwal, Mahie Gill
5. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! - Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor,Anupam Kher, Nizhalgal Ravi
6. Besharam - Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda
7. Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobaara! - Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan
8. Satya 2 - Punit Singh Ratn
9. Rajjo - Kangana Ranaut
10. Himmatwala - Ajay Devgn, Tamannaah
Top 5 Unexpected Hit Actors Of 2013
* Farhan Akhtar makes the cut for the tremendous commitment he shows in his role as the Flying Sikh in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. Not many actors have worked harder on a physical transformation quite like Akhtar. And here, he does so with relevance to the role. He runs like a gazelle, with perfect precision, and how grueling it must be to do takes and retakes especially in locations like Ladakh. But it is also his acting that surpasses all expectations.
* Irrfan Khan continues with excellent work. In ‘The Lunchbox’ his best, most nuanced performance of the year he enjoys the freedom the indie format provides, taking his time, allowing space for the emotions to form into expressions that don’t need support from dialogue or further exposition. In ‘D-Day’, some of the best moments of the movie belong to his story of dilemmas. This is not strictly Irrfan territory and yet he does a phenomenal job outside of it. He is also the single most compelling reason to watch ‘Sahib, Biwi aur Gangster Returns’. It’s impossible to look away when he’s on screen .
* Rajkumar Rao It’s been the big breakout year for Rajkummar Rao (the artist formerly known as Raj Kumar Yadav). He had two significant releases: ‘Kai Po Che’ and ‘Shahid’. In KPC we saw more of what we’re used to of him. But it was in ‘Shahid’ where he truly matures as a performer and demonstrates his superb range. Unlike lead actors in Hindi films, who attempt to shine through their sheer energy, or by underplaying, or simply carrying off a certain look; he bares his soul like few others have in the past. This is not an easy thing to do as not every performance of actors who takes this route comes off looking sane. But Rajkumar controls that animal and delivers an exceptional rendition of slain lawyer Shahid Azmi.
* Dhanush Everyone had an opinion about Dhanush based on the promo of ‘Raanjhanaa’, but surely no one had an inkling of the mighty acting talent that he was. It turned out to be the underdog performance of the year. Dhanush is so good in the film; he makes you want to be him. His madly infectious enthusiasm as the young Kundan and the signature tune that plays every time his heart beats for the love of his life makes you want to grab on to these moments, pin them down so you can stare at them on your time with the same elation as Kundan’s eyes have for his lover.
* Deepika Padukone She was the best reason to watch ‘Chennai Express’, her absurd accent only adding to her charm. In ‘Race 2’ she was the only one who looked truly racy. But it was in ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Ram Leela’ where Deepika Padukone really showed us how she’s matured as an actor and grown in confidence since her debut. Whether it is Ranbir Kapoor or Ranveer Singh, she effortlessly manages to match the boys’ energy and conviction with relentless chemistry, all the while making it look easy and natural. Now she’s gone on to become a true star in her own right given the many hundred crores her films have grossed at the box-office.
Top 10 Bollywood songs of 2013
1 Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui2 Arijit Singh
2 Badtameez Dil, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares
3 1234 Get On The Dance Floor, Chennai Express Vishal Dadlani and Hamsika Iyer
4 Teri Jhuki Nazar, Murder 3 Shafqat Amanat Ali
5 Raanjhanaa Raanjhanaa, Shiraz Uppal and Jaswinder Singh
6 Lungi Dance, Chennai Express Yo Yo Honey Singh
7 Sun Raha Hai, Aashiqui 2 Ankit Tiwari
8 Party All Night, Boss Yo Yo Honey Singh
9 Maanjha, Kai Po Che Amit Trivedi
10 Balam Pichkari, YJHD Shalmali Kholgade and Vishal Dadlani