There was a time when even the minutest of the blows on the faces were faked on screen, but today in the generation of new-age technicalities and realism, film makers are trying every stone unturned to make sure their films look real on screen. Whether it is about the gritty stunts or the dhoom dhadaka maar-dhaad, the action in films have grown eons more than what it ever used to be.

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And this year was no less, as our heavyweight biggies turned up to action in a year that missed the Emperor of Action, Salman Khan. From Shah Rukh Khan to Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar to Saif Ali Khan, every B-town A lister tried their hands at action and came out with flying colours. Let’s take a recap.

Race 2:

Jacqueline Fernandez and Saif Ali Khan in a still from Race 2
Jacqueline Fernandez and Saif Ali Khan in a still from Race 2

This film set new benchmarks when it came to technology and gizmos, but not just that, Race 2 was instrumental in putting forward a new trend when it came to stunts and action sequences. From speedy adrenaline pumping car crashes, to road accidents and even that nonsensical monkey jumping that Saif did around the entire country of sorts, Race 2 had a little too huge of action dosages, but one that sustained throughout the film. Our pick would be the fencing sequence between Jacqueline and Saif that was marvelously well picturised!

Commando:

Vidyut Jamwal in a still from Commando
Vidyut Jamwal in a still from Commando

Technically, Commando was the best in the Action department as kalaripayattu and martial arts trained Vidyut Jamwal took up the reins of carrying forward with action stunts, so dynamic and real that it kind of made way for a rather loose plot line. He did everything from jumping, diving, killing, thwarting and wooed the audiences with his power as he single handedly shouldered the film that reigned high on action and enthusiastic stunts. Could you ever imagine a guy as tall and brawny like Vidyut slip through a car’s open window. He marveled at it and how! We were left open mouthed for days.

Shootout At Wadala:

John Abraham in a still from Shootout At Wadala
John Abraham in a still from Shootout At Wadala

History has it that Balaji has always done justice to films that required masaledaar action, especially the gangster flicks. And when you have a sculpted hot bod like John doing it and baring it all for you, you can just gape at it for hours. John’s Manya Surve act was stellar but what made it even more praise worthy was the calculated stunt sequences which did add to the masala but wasn’t typical nonsense either.

Boss:

Ronit Roy and Akshay Kumar in a still from Boss
Ronit Roy and Akshay Kumar in a still from Boss

Another action comedy that was high on wham bam dhishoom dhishoom and less on storyline, much like its other contemporary action comedies, Boss fueled up Akki’s Khiladi image a step further. Touted as the Action Kumar all his life, it was time that Akshay claimed the throne that was rightfully his ever since he started off, although all his other contemporaries decided to go the action way. And he did, like a Boss!

Chennai Express:

Shah Rukh Khan in a still froom Chennai Express
Shah Rukh Khan in a still froom Chennai Express

When Shah Rukh decided to venture into tod-for masala action with Chennai Express, he raised many eyebrows and caused many faces to frown but after he wonderfully pulled off his action packed Rahul, for once (after those romantic Rahul sagas), he could well shun away his critics. From smashing body-builders to car being bombarded, Chennai Express was more a Rohit Shetty film than Shah Rukh’s, but SRK did fit in well with the character. Plus, the ceetees that followed when he used his kulta to thrash the jeep was oh-so-appreciative.

Krrish 3:

Hrithik Roshan in still from Krrish 3
Hrithik Roshan in still from Krrish 3

When you make a superhero flick on the lines of a Spiderman or a Superman, you do need to realize that you are about to go a step further. And Rakesh Roshan understood those logistics beautifully as he gave Krrish the power to fly, jump, run and cause wonders. And not just that, with Krrish 3 he reinforced even more action by having mutants play a pivotal part in the story. Kaal was menacing and the action sequences were well choreographed. Thanks to a wonderful visual effects as well.

Dhoom 3:

Aamir Khan in a still from Dhoom 3
Aamir Khan in a still from Dhoom 3

Aamir had promised the eyar to end with a Dhoom and that’s what exactly happened. Although Dhoom 3 was not a usual Aamir Khan film which triggers the intelligentsia, the action packed stunts and maneuvers added to the slickness of the franchise. Suave and charismatic, Aamir’s Sahir might not have been caught to rob as beautifully as Hrithik did in Dhoom 2 but the way the bike moves were used, the races were scened was impeccable. Plus, they had a bike-cum-hovercraft-cum-submarine to do everything else to make sure Dhoom 3 hit the bull’s eye.

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  1. My box office predictions for some films in 2014:-

    1. Salman Khan
    a. Jai Ho : 135 crores
    b. Kick : 165 crores
    The above 2 films cannot be directly predicted based on the performance of the south originals. The taste of south audience is different from the north audience. The masala genre is strong in south but in north it is losing appeal now because of overdose of such films. But both films are holiday releases so should get some initial benefit. And if there is good emotional and family content then collections can be much more. Right now only entertainment for the masses can be expected.

    2. Shah Rukh Khan
    a. Happy New Year : 250 crores
    Musical thriller heist film. This genre-combo will work best on good thrills and chartbuster music. This kind of film appeals to both classes and masses. The multi-starcast is added bonus. Not sure about content but music of Farah Khan’s films have been chartbusters (so similar expectations).
    b. Fan — 130 crores
    Maneesh Sharma directed romantic film (Band Baaja Baarat, Shuddh Desi Romance) and YRF production. SRK and YRF can take it to 100 crores but nothing except content will take it much further.

    3. Aamir Khan
    a. PK : 250 crores
    Aamir-Hirani combo gave 3 Idiots. But can they repeat it again? Raju Hirani films are always super-strong in content and Aamir is also a perfectionist when it comes to scripts. So as far as content is concerned, we can rest assured that it will be good. Only problem is this film is a satire on religion and godmen so it may get involved in political and legal controversies. And it is doubtful how much it will appeal to the masses (class audience will like such satirical films). Good supporting cast with Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani and Sushant Singh Rajput. And I read somewhere Aamir plays an alien. Interesting.

    4. Hrithik Roshan
    a. Bang Bang : 150 crores
    Spy film with top list actors Hrithik and Katrina. Just hope it is not another Agent Vinod since the orignal Tom Cruise starrer (Knight and Day) got poor reception. But if there are good action sequences and the film is made to Indian audiences liking it will be a run away hit.

    5. Akshay Kumar
    a. Holiday : 150 crores
    If this film is anywhere as good as the Tamil Thuppakki , nothing can stop it from making 200 crores. Should be Akshay’s highest grosser. But its collections will be affected by Action Jackson and The Amazing-Spider-Man 2.
    b. It’s Entertainment : 70 crores
    Seems like one of the usual Akshay Kumar’s comedies like Housefull. Sandwiched between biggies Kick and Singham 2. Nothing but good content can save this film.
    c. Gabbar : 100 crores
    Remake of Murugadoss tamil film Ramanna. Huge critically-acclaimed blockbuster in south. So good word of mouth like Special 26 and Oh My God can be expected if the content is good as original. But Akshay should stop releasing more than 2 films a year as it leads to viewer fatigue.

    6. Ajay Devgn
    a. Action Jackson : 70 crores
    Prabhu Dheva film so masses will love it. But clashing with highly-awaited Holiday and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Not much going for it. Content can be the only saviour.
    b. Singham 2 : 150 crores
    Ajay-Rohit combo. Among the top 5 most awaited films of the year. Holiday release. Biggest commercial director today — Rohit Shetty. Box Office dhamaka. Only terrible (not even bad) content can stop this film.

    7. Ranbir Kapoor
    a. Roy : 60 crores
    Thriller film. Not much is known about it. Stars Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline alongside Ranbir.
    b. Jagga Jasoos : 130 crores
    Ranbir — Katrina starrer. Entertaining content will be the key to success.
    c. Bombay Velvet : 90 crores
    Anurag Kashyap film set in 1950. Off-beat film with Ranbir and Anushka; Karan Johar in special cameo. Might clash with SRK’s ‘Fan’ during Christmas.

    8. Saif Ali Khan
    a. Happy Ending : 40 crores
    Romantic comedy multi-starrer film with Saif, Govinda, Preity Zinta, Ranvir Shorey, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Kareena (cameo).
    b. Humshakals : 60 crores
    Sajid Khan film. Means content = ZERO. Stars Saif, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.
    c. Phantom : 100 crores
    26/11 based anti-terrorism film directed by Kabir Khan. Stars Saif and Katrina. Kabir Khan films have good action and content so this film might be Saif’s much needed hit.

    • @X, yes i know you are in indicine and you are a khan fan especially a srk fan. lol 250 cr for happy new year ?? that crap from farah-srk combo ?? almost everyone are aware that its copied from a hollywood film of the same name starring peter falk.

      you are a hrithik hater because i have seen you bashing k3, let me remind you, bang bang is the most commercial movie and it will wonders at the box office aided by hrithik’s performance and starpower,vishal shekhar’s peppy music.

      • Let me make it clear I have nothing against Hrithik himself. He is the most underrated actor in India. I am only against the manipulation of Krrish 3 (by passing off gross collections as nett collections).
        Bang Bang can certainly make more than 150 crores if content is good. But it is facing clash with Phantom and is releasing in dull pre-diwali period. Thats why I am predicting a conservative figure. Moreover due to Hrithik’s ill health it is doubtful whether the film will be ready in time and might be postponed to 2015.
        As for Happy New Year, how do you know it is copied from Peter Falk’s film? It is getting a 2 week free Diwali release and will easily break records. Only PK can challenge it for top grosser of the year.

  2. Shame on those guys who voted for chennai express as best action film. Shame on the guy who add chennai express as a choice of best action film. OOPS!!!!!!

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