Bollywood to generate 1,000 crores in the second half of 2016

If the recent projections are to go by, back to back blockbusters are slated to churn out the big bucks, trumping the Rs 2,657.069 crore box office collections of 2015.

Movies that are lined up to release towards the end of the year are Hrithik Roshan's “Mohenjo Daro”, Aamir Khan's “Dangal” and Akshay Kumar's thriller “Rustom”. Each of which are thought to generate around 100 crores on their weekend.

Previously, Salman Khan’s Eid release Sultan, which opened to more than Rs.180 crore last weekend, is only the first of the many offerings Bollywood has lined up for the second half of 2016, which so far has been dominated more by the unexpectedly huge successes of Hollywood and regional movies.

Therefore, according to industry experts, nearly 1,000 crores are riding high on these Hindi films put together. It's been a trend for the past eight to nine years for major movie businesses to happen only in the second half of the year. said Atul Mohan, editor of trade magazine Complete Cinema. This is because all the major festivals, such as Eid, Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas, fall only in the second half. Everyone's busy with schools, exams and the IPL in the beginning of the year.

Along with Mohenjo Daro and Sultan, in October, however, that viewers will be spoilt for choice. Karan Johar returns to direction after four years with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, while Ajay Devgn brings action epic Shivaay, which he has directed and in which he also plays the lead. The two films are expected to clash on the Diwali weekend.

November is the month of sequels with Rock On 2, Force 2and Kahaani 2. The year ends on a high note with Aditya Chopra’s directorial vehicle Befikre, featuring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, and Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, which is produced by Disney and, according to Pandey, is “a movie that every family should watch together”.

Many of these films, Mohan said, have already started generating excitement and curiosity. Pretty soon, they will begin to spawn the moolah as well.