Bollywood is still alive and the people who had earlier declared the end of Hindi cinema because of consistent flops in 2022 are to rethink their views again. The latest release of Drishyam 2 which has got an amazing response from the audiences, critics, and people visiting the theatres is a rising sign of Bollywood getting back to its form. In the first ten months of the year, Bollywood definitely had many flop movies and below-average films getting released, thus making people feel that there is no further scope in Hindi cinema.
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Also, the constant comparisons of Hindi movies with top-grossing South Indian movies like KGF 2, RRR, and Ponniyin Selvan: 1 was making people working in Bollywood feel insecure. Many rumors started doing the rounds that Bollywood is dying. But the films released in November and December of 2022 have changed that negative perception towards Bollywood again. Although there was a lot of backlash for Hindi films by certain sections of society who would trend on social media about boycotting certain films for their vested interests, the Hindi film industry is still strong in its roots.
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The promising sign was seen when there were two releases together in November 2022 of Netflix’s Monica O My Darling, starring Huma Qureshi, Rajkummar Rao, and Sooraj Barjatya’s Uunchai released in the theatres. The film started slow but with good word-of-mouth publicity, this drama on senior citizens has gained its respect and box office numbers from the audience. In November again, Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam 2 hit the theatres and gave the Hindi cinema a good box office collection. It is right now crossing the third-highest-grossing Hindi film of the year by crossing the Rs. 300 crore mark all over the world.
Although Bhediya starring Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon had mixed reviews but critics loved the performances. It may not have fared that well at the box office but its promising reviews ensure that it gets a good viewership when it gets released on digital platforms. Another film Qala is also getting an overall good response from the audiences. Qala streaming on Netflix is about a talented singer who is haunted by her past and has increased career hopes for her to succeed in life. The film has received good responses from celebrities as well who have appreciated the film to be artistic.
Coming back to Drishyam 2 which is showing good success signs at the box office, the film is a sequel to Drishyam. The Hindi thriller film shows how the case related to Vijay and his family which was closed seven years back, gets reopened. In many unexpected twists and turns, the truth gets revealed to the court. Will Salgaonkars face the jail term or will they again escape from the charge of killing the police officer’s son is the crux of the film? Akshaye Khanna plays an important role in this film and is an addition to the already existing cast of Drishyam film, which includes Shriya Saran, Ajay Devgn, Ishita Dutta, and Tabu in the main roles.