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Indian films that made it big globally

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With just a few days left for the new year, wouldn’t it be interesting to look at the top five Indian films that made it big globally in 2022? The Indian Film Industry churns out around 2000 films annually. Out of which, a rare few make it big.

Here’s a round-up of the Indian films that fetched massive box-office numbers and penetrated the international market.

RRR(Rise, Roar, Revolt) directed by S.S.Rajamouli:
The name S.S.Rajamouli is synonymous with the word conviction. The filmmaker pushed the boundaries of cinematic language like no other in the last decade.The Baahubali franchise made way for the Pan-Indian trend.The success of the film made it possible for other filmmakers to tell stories on a larger scale.

RRR opened to a fantastic response from the audience and critics on March 25, 2022. Reportedly, the film ended up collecting around 1200 crores globally at the end of its theatrical run. RRR hit the Japanese screens on October 26 and collected 400 million yen(24.10 crores) surpassing the 26-year-old box-office record of Rajinikanth’s Muthu(23.50 crores).

Having already won several prestigious international awards like the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best director and LAFCA award for the best music score, the makers are basking in glory. RRR has also been shortlisted for the 95th Academy Awards in the original song category for Naatu Naatu. The movie even earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Non-English Film and Best Original Score.

Kantara directed by Rishab Shetty
Rishab Shetty’s Kantara is the best example of a film going big through word of mouth. Kantara is an eco-sensitive drama that’s deeply rooted in its culture. The conviction of the cast and crew coupled with a compelling story worked like magic in theatres. Made with a budget of 16 crores, Kantara collected an earth-shattering 450 crores globally. The movie witnessed heavy footfalls across the country within a few weeks of its release. The success of the film shed light on Bhoota Kola artisans. As a result, the Karnataka government decided to pay a monthly allowance to performers above the age of 60. What can we learn from this? Stick to your roots, my friend!

Vikram directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj
Vikram tells the story of a forgotten agent trying to end the activities of a drug cartel along with his team. None can read the minds and hearts of the audience like Kamal Haasan. However, the actor says, “The audience is way ahead”. With exposure to a wide variety of cinema, the tastes and preferences of people have changed over the years. Director Lokesh Kanagaraj not only grasped the sensibilities of the market but also helped Kamal Haasan make a massive comeback and reclaim his lost glory. Besides its success in India, the film performed exceptionally well in the USA, UK, Australia, France, and Russia. With a lifetime collection of 420 crores, Vikram is one of the most profitable films of 2022. The script for the sequel is being developed and one can be sure that part 2 is going to be bigger and better.

K.G.F 2 directed by Prashanth Neel
The K.G.F franchise changed the fate of Kannada cinema. The instant success of part 1 transformed the cinematic landscape altogether.The film was released in the hot summer month of April this year and racked up approximately 1200 crores worldwide making it the highest-grossing Kannada film. Although the critics complained that K.G.F. supports the antics of an anti-hero, the audience seemed to have fallen in love with the character. The box-office numbers and the craze remain intact for the stylish flick with the filmmaker hinting at part 3.

Brahmastra Part One- Shiva: directed by Ayan Mukerji
The first installment of the Astraverse ended the dry spell for Bollywood at the box office. Collecting approximately 400 crores against an overall budget of 400 crores for the trilogy, the film ended up being the highest-grosser in Bollywood. The film set high standards for visual effects in Indian cinema with critics and the general audience praising the filmmaking style. Brahmastra is considered to be a modern-day big-budget experiment by film pundits.The franchise gained popularity among filmgoers for its representation of mythological and supernatural elements in the best way possible.

Now that the experiment worked for the makers, it’d be interesting to see what they’ve got to offer with part 2 of the franchise.

The future of the Indian film industry looks promising with a great line-up of films in 2023. Kudos to all filmmakers who raised the bar of Indian cinema.

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