It is one of those years when the industry had very few hits and it had to come to terms with many disappointments. Though the numbers are the same when compared to past two years, the films that were a hit were mostly small and medium-budget films.
Since most of the big budget films were flops, it left the industry disappointed.
Let’s have a quick glance at the films that were hits and those that couldn’t live up to the expectations…
Blockbuster Of The Year
April saw the release of Race Gurram. But the collections the film made couldn’t be surpassed by other films in the next eight months. While Gabbar Singh made Rs 60 plus crores, Attarintiki Daaredi made Rs 75 crores in 2013. This year, Race Gurram stood first with a share of Rs 58 crores.
The film increased Allu Arjun’s range and also proved once again that a film with heavy doses of entertainment is a sure-shot hit at the box office. However, no other film with star heroes could reach this mark and the market closed at Rs 50 crores as the benchmark for next year.
Movie Of the Year: Manam
Manam. Well, every year sees some hit commercial entertainers. But complete entertainers like Manam happen rarely and probably once in a decade. An Akkineni multi-starrer, the film directed by Vikram Kumar was a huge commercial success and was the biggest career hit for Akkineni heroes. Goes without saying, the film which got the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan to shower praises, was announced as the ‘Movie of the year’ for 2014.
They Left Buyers Happy
Gopichand may be just a bankable hero any other year, but in 2014, his film Loukyam was a surprise hit which left the producers and the buyers happy. Though it released between Aagadu and Govindudu Andari Vaadele, it managed the success that the other two could not, thanks to comedy.
Similarly, Venkatesh’s Drishyam was another experimental thriller that gave double the profits for the makers. Another film that really left many surprised is Geetanjali. The horror comedy became the biggest hit among small films.
These Passed The Test
After Race Gurram, Yevadu made waves at box office. Ram Charan’s Sankranthi release attracted the audiences thanks to its unique story line. Boyapati and Balayya once again proved their stamina with the hit Legend. On the other hand, Ravi Teja proved that he is here to stay with Power.
Similarly, VV Vinayak bailed out his buyers with Alludu Seenu. But since the film was made with a heavy budget, the producers did not make huge profits.
One film that won over the A centre audiences was Sharwanand’s Run Raja Run. Another different film that won over the audience was Nikhil’s thriller Karthikeya. Debutant director impressed the audience with his style of story-telling.
Oohalu Gusagusalade, Bheemavaram Bullodu, Kotha Janta, Lovers, Hrudaya Kaleyam were among other films which were safe for the buyers and did well at the box office.
Now, Let’s See Which Films Missed The Mark
The year saw a lot of releases which did have decent collections but could not make it to the safe zone. One such film which tops the list is Ram Charan- Krishna Vamsi’s Dassera release Govindudu Andari Vaadele which made Rs 40 crores at the box office. But the buyers ended up with some losses. Another such film was Nithiin-Puri’s Heart Attack. Though it did not do well in A centres, it did well in B and C centres, but Puri’s touch could not ensure a hit.
Another mega hero Sai Dharam Teja’s film too had an average run, but wasn’t all good news for the buyers. Bad timing seems to have been the culprit here.
Manchu family’s Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda, small films Ala Ela and The End also managed to intrigue the audiences.
Contrary To Expectations
Sankranthi release 1-Nenokkadine managed to acquire cult status, but failed to rake in money despite Mahesh’s presence. Another release of Mahesh, Aagadu was a huge box office dud too. Meanwhile, there was not much buzz around NTR’s Rabhasa and the film too disappeared without making any noise.
Well, these were the major disappointments. Then there were many flops such as Paisa, Aaha Kalyanam, Jumpu Jeelani, Basanthi, Laddubabu, Anamika, Ulavacharu Biryani, Autonagar Surya, Maya, Gaalipatam, Nee Jataga Nenundaali, Anukshanam, Romeo, Currentu Teega, Errabassu, Brother of Bommali, Joru, Rowdy Fellow, Rough, Yamaleela 2, Chakkiligintha, Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki… etc.
It was not just straight films, even dubbing films left the audiences highly disappointed. Suriya’s Sikander was a huge disaster at the box office. Similarly, Rajinikanth had two of the biggest disasters of his career this year in Vikramasimha and Lingaa. Vishal’s Pooja was a hit though. Since the film was sold for low prices, it worked in favour of the film.
Two films which are the last releases for 2014 are Mukunda and Chinnadana Nee Kosam. While Mukunda had mixed reviews, Chinnadana Nee Kosam got bad talk, though both the films had very good openings. However, one has to wait for a few more days to know the final result for both the films.
In all, it has to be said that 2014 was not the best year for Tollywood. We hope and wish that the big budget films will do well at the box office and that the small films will become hit in large numbers and keep the box office busy in 2015.