As is the case with every year, this year, too, a large number of films tried their luck at the box-office – most of them fizzled out and a few managed to leave a mark, at varying degrees. There were several conjectures about the next film Shah Rukh Khan is going to sign but there has been no official confirmation on the same yet. Aamir Khan, who suffered a major setback last year in the form of ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’, too, did not have a single release as an actor this year. Salman Khan had two releases – ‘Bharat’ and ‘Dabangg 3’ – and both of them, especially ‘Dabangg 3’ turned out to be under-performing films at the box-office. Some actors cemented their super-stardom further while some from the younger lot made giant strides towards the big league.
- Hrithik Roshan
After not having a single release for two and a half years (Kaabil released in January 2017), Hrithik Roshan bounced back with two films this year. What is interesting is that these two films – ‘Super 30’ and ‘War’ – were as diverse as chalk and cheese. While he portrayed a real-life personality in ‘Super 30’, he was seen as a true-blue action hero in ‘War’ after a hiatus. ‘Super 30’ was a respectable success; Hrithik’s super-stardom helped the well-made film reach out to smaller centres which, perhaps, would not have been possible had there been a lesser star in the film. ‘War’ was an out-and-out actioner and presented Hrithik in an avatar which had his fans swooning over him. The film turned out to be the highest grosser of the year. The actor has not, officially, signed his next film and one keenly looks forward to see what he laps up next.
- Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar has not delivered a 300-crore plus hit in his career. He entered the 200-crore club only this year with two of his films going past this number and a third one is on its way to enter the club. Despite his films mostly missing out on being in the ‘top-3 grossers’ list of the year, here is an actor who does 3-4 films a year and most of them bring in a good amount of profit for the people involved in it. This year, all the four films he had been a part of – ‘Kesari’, ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Housefull 4’ and ‘Good Newwz’ turned out to be clean successes with every release doing better than the last. With three well-mounted films (‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘Laxxmi Bomb’ and ‘Prithviraj’) in 2020, here is hoping he finally gets into the 300-crore club with one of these films.
- Ayushmann Khurrana
‘Slow and steady wins the race’ – this adage sits well with Ayushmann Khurrana’s career. The actor, who started his film career with ‘Vicky Donor’, suffered a few bumps in his career initially. Post the success of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, he took a step back and chalked out a plan which would help him further his career. The result was a slew of unconventional, offbeat films most of which turned out to be successful. 2019 was definitely the best year of his year as he had three releases and all of them turned out to be hugely successful. While ‘Article 15’, a modestly budgeted film, raked in close to 70 crores at the domestic box-office, ‘Dream Girl’ and ‘Bala’ both went past the 100-crore mark.
- Shahid Kapoor
Ever since he made his debut with ‘Ishq Vishk’ in 2003, Shahid Kapoor has only matured as a performer. His popularity, too, had grown exponentially with time. However, the one thing that served as a blemish on his career was a lack of commercially successful films. Till last year, his last clean hit was ‘Jab We Met’ which arrived way back in 2007! There were films like ‘Kaminey’ (2009), ‘R…Rajkumar’ (2013) and ‘Haider’(2014) which did moderately well but he was still looking for that one big hit which would give the much-needed push to his career. That film finally came about this year with ‘Kabir Singh’. Though Shahid had a huge hit last year with ‘Padmaavat’, he had not even delivered a 100-crore hit as a solo hero till date. ‘Kabir Singh’ managed to go past the 200-crore mark and ended up being his biggest hit by a very good margin.
- Vicky Kaushal
In 2015, Vicky Kaushal made his debut as a leading man with ‘Masaan’, a small-budgeted film. At that time, nobody could have possible envisioned him giving young and senior actors a run for their money. He climbed up the ladder steadily with strong performances in films like ‘Raazi’ and ‘Sanju’ and delivered a mega-success as a solo hero earlier this year with ‘Uri The Surgical Strike’. The war-drama collected around 245 crores at the box-office, hence becoming one of the top grossers of the year. Vicky became a star and now, now with a bunch of big-budgeted films in his kitty, 2020 promises to be an even more exciting year for the actor.
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