Another year has come and gone by. We are all a bit too familiar with this feeling of ‘but we just celebrated New Years a few months back’.
As we approach the end of 2016, we take a look at the year that was in the entertainment industry and what was the talk of the town.
Box office report
This year’s most successful film (money-wise) was undoubtedly Salman Khan’s Sultan grossing more than NZ$124 million worldwide, thus becoming the fourth highest grossing film of all time.
It was a year of biopics and films inspired by real-life incidents. Beginning from Airlift, the trend continued with Neerja, Azhar, Sarbjit, Raman Raghav 2.0, and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. All these films did well at the box office. The year’s last biopic, Dangal, starring Aamir Khan, is releasing this week. And with all the hype built around it, it is expected to shine at the box office.
Among other successful movies this year were Kapoor & Sons, Fan, Udta Punjab, Rustom, Pink and most recently released Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Dear Zindagi. Some anticipated movies from big banner that failed to impress cinema-goers were Te3n, Ki & Ka that saw a different subject line of a working woman and a homemaker husband, and sequels of past hits such as Jai Gangaajal, Housefull 3, Rock On!! 2, Tum Bin II, Force 2, Kahaani 2. Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro, Sidharth Malhotra’s Baar Baar Dekho, Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay and Raveer Singh’s Befikre failed miserably, despite the big names associated with them.
Apart from the commercial aspect, Nil Battey Sannata and Parched garnered much attention and critical acclaim worldwide with a positive Rotten Tomatoes—the American review aggregator website for film and television—rating of 86 % and 94 % respectively.
Quite a few Bollywood celebrities tied the knot this year and marked the beginning of a new life. Here’s a list of the most popular celeb wedding of 2016.
Kabir Bedi and Parveen Dusanj
Actor Kabir Bedi married his 29 years younger lady love Parveen Dosanjh on his 70th birthday this year. This was Kabir’s fourth marriage.
Asin Thottumkal and Rahul Sharma
Actress Asin Thottumkal married Micromax CEO Rahul Sharma. Their wedding was a private affair with only close friends and family members in attendance while the grand reception in Mumbai saw the who’s who of the film industry.
Irfan Pathan and Safa Baig
Indian cricket team’s blue-eyed bowler Irfan Pathan tied the knot with a Jeddah-based model Safa Baig in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Preity Zinta and Gene Goodenough
Bubbly actress and Kings XI IPL team owner Preity Zinta got married to her long-time boyfriend, Gene Goodenough—a financial analyst—in Los Angeles.
Urmila Matondkar and Mir Mohsin Akhtar
The Rangeela girl got married to Kashmiri businessman Mir Mohsin Akhtar this year in a low-key event. Mir is 10 years younger to Urmila and has also acted in Bollywood movies such as It’s A Man’s World and Mumbai Mast Kalandar.
Ravindra Jadeja and Rivaba Solanki
The dashing Indian cricket star, popularly called Sir Ravindra Jadeja, tied the knot with Rivaba Solanki in Rajkot.
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover
The two hotties got married in April this year and I am sure, most of you would have seen your Facebook timeline filled with picture of Bipasha and Karan’s wedding rituals almost every day. It was undoubtedly the most popular wedding of the year. The couple got married as per Bengali rituals in a family affair and hosted a grand reception that saw big faces from film, television, and fashion industry.
Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya
Another popular wedding of the year was of TV’s top actor Divyanka and her love Vivek. They got married in July in a grand series of wedding rituals and reception. If you were active on social media at that time, there is a little chance that you would have missed the pictures of this beautiful couple.
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech
The most recent wedding was of cricket heartthrob Yuvraj Singh and model-turned-actress Hazel Keech. They got married on November 30.
Celebrity couples who became parents this year
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sail Ali Khan gave birth to a boy
Shahid Kapoor and Meera Kapoor gave birth to a boy
Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra gave birth to a boy
Genelia Dsouza and Riteish Deshmukh gave birth to a boy
Rani Mukherjee and Aditya Chopra gave birth to a girl
Making their Bollywood debut
Harshvardhan Kapoor, Anil Kapoor’s son, in Mirzya
Saiyami Kher in Mirzya
Pooja Hegde in Mohenjo Daro
Diljit Dosanjh in Udta Punjab
Waluscha De Sousa in Fan
Aparshakti Khurranna, Ayushmann Khurranna’s younger brother in Dangal
Fatima and Sanya in Dangal (as Aamir Khan’s daughters)
Topping the music charts
Chull: Kapoor & Sons
Kala Chashma: Baar Baar Dekho
Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai: Sultan
Jag Ghoomeya: Sultan
Title song: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Chann Mereya: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
The Break Up Song: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Nashe si Chadh gyi: Befikre
Ude Dil Befikre: Befikre
Baapu Hanikarak: Dangal
Kaun Tujhe: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Tere Sang Yara: Rustom