The best Bollywood blockbuster movies of 2023



Many reports revealed that the year 2023 was essentially a revival for Bollywood. The exceptional movies connected with the entire Indian diaspora and welcomed international fans. The movies were a blend of different genres, including enthralling dramas and amazing comedies. Many actors have portrayed their best performances so far. The latest Bollywood updates have yet again proved, that the year was one of the best trendsetters for Bollywood. So, what were some of the Bollywood blockbusters last year?

1. Jawan

The director Atlee, did his best to bring a societal concern into focus throughout the film. Shah Rukh Khan had a powerful comeback and played a double role. The story mainly focuses on a fight against corruption. The casting has other premium actors including, South Indian stars like Nayantara, Vijay Sethupathi and others like Deepika Padukone, Sania Malhotra, Priyamani and many more. The film crossed over INR 1148 crores internationally. It grew to be the highest-grossing film of the year. Jawan was not the only contribution of SRK in the year. Keep reading more to find out about the others.

2. Pathaan

The film is of an action thriller genre set in the spy universe of YRF. The film was directed by Siddharth Anand and it was produced by Aditya Chopra. The ISI agent is played by Deepika Padukone of the name Rubina Mohsin, SRK and John Abraham takes the roles of ex-raw agents of the name Pathaan and Jim, respectively. John Abraham had already taken up a villain role in the 2020 movie called ‘Malang’. He reappears as a negative character who is seeking revenge against the Indian government. The lead characters join to stop him from his pursuit to destroy India. It crossed over INR 1050 crores globally.

3. Animal

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film became a huge commercial hit. The movie is of the action and drama genre. The story revolves around Ranvijay Singh, who would do anything to protect his father and explores the complicated dynamic of a father-son relationship. The movie features many popular actors like Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol, and even Tripti Dimri. Bobby Deol received massive attention, making it a strong comeback for him. The film crossed over 910 crores, making it the third highest-grossing film in Bollywood in the year.

4. Gadar 2

Gadar 2 was released in August. It crossed over INR 690 crores and became a huge commercial success. The premise of the film is set in 1971, when the Indo-Pak War happened. The lead character, Tara Singh, goes to Pakistan to rescue his imprisoned son. The movie was played by the same stars as its prequel, including Sunny Deol.

5. Tiger 3

This was a movie fans had been waiting for since ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. The genres include action and thriller. It is an installment in the YRF spy universe. The fan favourites Salman Khan, Emraan Hashmi and Katrina Kaif united for this action piece.

The story is a sequel after the events in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, ‘War’, etc. The main characters Tiger and Zoya, get entangled in a false feud with an ex-ISI agent called, Aatish Rehman. Although the trio met on a bad note, the remaining story witnesses the characters come together to find out the truth. This film crossed over INR 465 crores on an international platform.

6. Dunki

It revolves mainly around the practice of ‘donkey flight’. It is basically the hard way or path to immigrate to foreign nations. SRK and Taapsee Pannu played the lead roles. Other actors like Vicky Kaushal, gave heart-wrenching performances in the film. The movie crossed over INR 470 crores and became a commercial hit.

7. Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

The national awardee Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh were the lead actors in the film. It is a Bollywood rom-com, directed by the romantic drama veteran himself, Karan Johar.

It is an interesting love story revolving around the classic theme of how opposite individuals attract. The movie also covers other generic issues like gender role expectations. The casting has some of the veteran actors including, Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra Jaya Bachchan and many more. The film was the duo’s second collaboration after their successful venture in Gully Boy, in 2019. The movie crossed over 355 crores and became a commercial success.

8. Adipurush

It is an Indian movie focused on mythology and action. It had a very high budget. The film was directed by Om Raut. The lead actors were the Baahubali star, Prabhas, national awardee, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan. This film was also a commercial hit. The story mainly revolved around the Hindu scripture, Ramayana.

9. The Kerala Story

The movie was a dramatised version of real-time incidents. The story was about a few Keralite women, who were trapped and brainwashed by terrorist recruiters. The story continues to reveal their journey to the Islamic State by force or will. The lead role was played by Adah Sharma. She is known for her action movies. The film also received critical reviews for its controversial subject. But the director Sudipto Sen, believes in his work, and the movie is recognised on global platforms.

10. The movie- OMG 2

Directed by Amit Rai, the story emphasises having sex education in India. It is a blend of satire and drama and became a box office hit, crossing INR 221 crores internationally. It stars the fan favourites Akshay Kumar, Yami Gautam and the Mirzapur star Pankaj Tripathi. It is the second instalment of the first film called, ‘OMG-Oh my God’. That movie was released in 2012.

Notable Mentions

Bollywood has increasingly talked about its quality of content in recent years. There were many other successful endeavours in 2023. One such film is ’12th Fail’. The movie starred Vikrant Massey and is still appreciated by the viewers. Another movie worth mentioning is ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’. ‘Animal’ was not the only successful project for Ranbir Kapoor. The rom-com ”Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’, played alongside Shraddha Kapoor, was also a hit.

Summing Up

The year 2023 saw many creative explorations within the Bollywood film industry. It is intriguing to notice the daring attempts to present these visual treats. Do not wait if you haven’t watched these already, and keep your fingers crossed for more amazing filmy news in 2024.

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