WINDING UP 2019!

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It’s not often where everyone unanimously feels that a year has been a great year for the movies! We usually see a mixed bag of hits of flops – but this year largely, we’ve seen many successful films. Everyone is similarly opinionated that the year has been phenomenal, so here’s taking a look at the trends we saw and the films that did well. Not to mention, let’s look at what some industry insiders have to say. 

FORMULA IS STILL WORKING

We do have those formulaic films – big comedies, massy films working – provided they entertain. Thus, breaking the myth that only message-oriented films work! We had ‘Housefull 4’ this year which was one of the biggest successes. Then there was ‘Bharat’, ‘Dabangg 3’, ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ and ‘Total Dhamaal’. So, if made well, those big franchise films will work. The only criterion is entertainment!

Newer concepts being welcomed

While the formula is working, there’s no dearth of newer concepts also balabecause they are being appreciated and received well by the audience. Be it ‘Dream Girl’ or ‘Bala’. The horizon of the audience is now getting wider with their exposure to outside content, and hence, such subjects are being appreciated and welcomed. Hopefully, that shall only keep getting better.

The Hindi cinema hero is changing

The audience isn’t just looking for a big star in a film; perhaps, they are looking for good stories and characters. Explains why ‘Uri’ does so well, despite being the first release of 2019. The audience is now ready to see the mainstream Hindi cinema hero playing a girl or being bald. The concept of hero is changing and now it’s time for characters to come to the forefront. We are having the new-age heroes who seem more real. Having said that, we do love our larger-than-life herogiri once in a while, don’t we?

OTT comes to the forefront like never before!

The rise of the OTT platforms is one of the biggest highlights of the past two years and the change is probably here to stay. With mainstream fi lm actors jumping on to the web to newer concept-driven shows being launched and having the widest reach – for many the OTT platforms come as a boon and a great extension of creative freedom.
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INDUSTRY OPINION

Ramesh Taurani

2019 was very good for the industry. We saw many new kind of films working, with newer concepts which is a healthy sign that people are wanting to watch newer films. I loved many films this year. There was ‘Uri’, ‘Good Newwz’, ‘Article 15’, ‘Dream Girl’, ‘Bala’, ‘Bharat’, ‘Housefull 4’; ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Lukka Chuppi’ and ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’. And here’s looking for many more films in 2020.

Amod Mehraamod_mehra

2019 was fantastic because we saw a lot of progress in the film industry and also a good progress in the content driven films which did wonders. Also, a difficult subject like Good Newzz has earned a huge amount of money. Audience are liking even the adult subjects showcased in a good way, which was not the case earlier. Even a firm like Article 15 was appreciated. Disappointing films were Total Dhamaal, Pagalpanti, Dabangg 3 which didn’t meet our expectations. All varied genre worked and it was a very progressive year and hoping for 2020 to be great.

atul_kasbekarAtul Kasbekar

For us actually, we are going to be overworked in 2020 because the movies that were scheduled for 2019 are delayed so we are going to have a very hectic 2020. But for me, personally, I don’t want to see 2019 again in any form – I think at all levels, whether it’s the economy or anything.

Jay Shewakramanijay_shewakramani

I think 2019 has been a great year for Hindi cinema we started with a bang with Uri and ended it with a bang with Good Newzz ..like every other this year also has had its share of hits and misses but what I feel is important to look at is that the quality of our films in terms of story telling and their look is getting better and better with each passing year..

milap_zaveriMilap Zaveri

I think it has been a historic year for Hindi Cinema. All kind of genres worked in 2019. Blockbuster like ‘War’ and ‘ Uri’ , ‘ Kabir Singh’, ‘Total Dhamaal’ , ‘ Mission Mangal’ , ‘Batla House, ‘Pati Patni Air Woh, Luka Chuppi, Badla, now Good Newzz, the list is so huge. There were many people who came back strong for instance Hrithik didn’t have great films in past years but this year he gave two big hits with WAR and Super 30. Be it comedy, romance, action, thriller drama, biopic, every genre worked successfully. Even though films like a no brainier worked and was enjoyed by the audience. This has been a fabulous year and many more to come. There is lot of expectations from the film’s coming in January. Looking forward to 2020 and I believe it’s going to even be a bigger year for Hindi Cinema.

Ravi Machhar, distributor, Saiyog Filmsravi_machhar

This year was good for the industry. Though some big star films didn’t do well, some small star films did really well. The footfall in the theatres has increased by around 20-25 per cent. Good content came and so the so-called small stars are no longer small stars. Then of course, Akshay Kumar did very well. The four films of Akshay Kumar – equal to about 792 crores in the country. The Salman Khan movie didn’t do well. So, these content-driven films got actors to the theatres. Then there were some good English films which did well. And next year also looks promising.

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