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Bollywood's Top 10 HITS of the year so far

By Joginder Tuteja
Last updated on: June 29, 2015 18:21 IST
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The half-yearly report card.

Finally, Bollywood ke achche din aa gaye!

The heroines are on top this year so far, as Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Piku would have you believe.

Here’s the half-yearly report card of Bollywood's Top 10 hits.


Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Box office collection: Rs 150 crore (expected)

Image: Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu Returns

With almost Rs 150 crore coming in for Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the film with a budget of a mere Rs 30 crore has become an all-time blockbuster.

Director Aanand L Rai into the big league with the film, and R Madhavan staged a mighty comeback to the Hindi film industry. 

Kangana Ranaut, of course, is throwing success parties, and with good, good reason.

Read the review here

ABCD 2 (Any Body Can Dance)
Box office collection: Rs 100 crore (expected)

Image: Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan in ABCD 2

ABCD 2 has taken the biggest opening of 2015, and is marching towards the Rs 100 crore mark.

With huge collections right at the beginning, Varun Dhawan has firmly established himself as the youngest and most dependable star amongst the current lot.

This is Varun's fifth and co-star Shraddha Kapoor's fourth straight success in a row.

It is also India's biggest dance movie hit ever.

Read the review here

Baby
Box office collection: Rs 95 crore

Image: Akshay Kumar and Rana Daggubati in Baby

Akshay Kumar's Baby came pretty close to the Rs 100 crore mark.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the filmenjoyed good word-of-mouth publicity. 

This is the only song-less film to cover such a huge distance; a feat in itself.

Read the review here

Gabbar Is Back
Box office collection: Rs 87 crore

Image: Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in Gabbar Is Back

It's been a good year for Akshay Kumar.

After Baby, Akshay scored again with Gabbar Is Back.

The film enjoyed the biggest opening and first weekend of the year, before ABCD 2 broke the record recently.

At a time when south remakes are being shunned, Akshay and director Krish made sure that Gabbar Is Back counted in a big way.

Read the review here

Piku
Box office collection: Rs 80 crore

Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone in Piku

The biggest surprise grosser of the year, Piku exceeded all expectations.

A mid-budget film, which had none of the trappings of a commercial entertainer, Piku was got great reviews.

The Deepika Padukone-Amitabh Bachchan-Irrfan Khan combo went from strength to strength and enjoyed a long run in theatres.

Read the review here

Dil Dhadakne Do 
Box office collection: Rs 78 crore (expected)

Image: Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in Dil Dhadakne Do

Much was expected from this big budget extravaganza. After all, Dil Dhadakne Do is the only multi-starrer to have released so far this year.

But the film was too urban to really pick on, and did well only in select territories.

Still, Rs 78 crore is a good score.

Read the review here

Badlapur
Box office collection: Rs 51 crore

Image: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan in Badlapur

The only A-certified film to cross the Rs 50 crore mark this year, Badlapur went from strength to strength on the basis of positive word-of-mouth publicity.

The Varun Dhawan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer was a dark and violent affair but the audience didn't mind that and gave it a thumbs-up.

Varun showed the range of his performance and director Sriram Raghavan got a deserving hit to his name.

Read the review here

NH10 
Box office collection: Rs 33 crore

Image: Anushka Sharma in NH-10

Another A-certified film that did really well was Anushka Sharma's debut production, NH-10.

It saw a slow opening but picked up after good word-of-mouth publicity.

Directed by Navdeep Singh, the film was targeted at certain centres, and did well where it was intended to.

Read the review here

Dum Laga Ke Haisha 
Box office collection: Rs 30 crore

Image: Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Dum Laga Ke Haisha opened at a mere Rs 1 crore but it went on to do 30 times the number!

This, even though lead actor Ayushmann Khurranna had delivered a huge disaster in Hawaizaada not too long ago and its lead actress was a newcomer (Bhumi Pednekar).

Read the review here


Ek Paheli Leela
 
Box office collection: Rs 27 crore

Image: Sunny Leone in Ek Paheli Leela

Sunny Leone's Ek Paheli Leela was not a top hit but in a year where successful films have been difficult to come by -- and very few managed to cross Rs 25 crore -- this one managed decent collections.

Sunny Leone has delivered bigger successes in Ragini MMS 2 and Jism 2 before, but Ek Paheli was a good effort.

Read the review here

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