Box Offfice Decade in Review: 2004 - Veer Zaara, Dhoom 1, Main Hoon Naa
Sunday, January 03, 2010

The year 2004 was marked by successful run at the top by Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Raj's Veer Zaara on a love story depicted between an Indian soldier and a Pakistani woman, with special appearances by Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The film was similar in concept to Gadar but not as big a hit as Gadar. Shahrukh Khan however had another success in Main Hoon Na, whereas his Swades by Ashutosh Gowarikar didn't move the box office meters much, though it managed to garnish critical acclaim. Ye Lamhe Judai Ke was a washout.

Hrithik Roshan's attempt at being an armyman in Lakshya with special appearance by Amitabh Bachchan (Bachchan had number of 'appearances' that year) took a good opening on the hype of the starcast but failed to sustain momentum of 2003.

Kyun Ho Gaya Na, a critical film for Vivek Oberoi after failure of his solo release Dum in 2003, proved a major setback for the actor. KHGN in combination with failure of Subhash Ghai's big budget Kisna subsequently proved decisive in defining the actor's decade at the box office.

His nemesis Salman Khan wasn't faring much better either. His Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha and Phir Milenge and Garv couldn't make hay at the box office. One success came in the form of a multistarrer with Akshay Kumar in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge.

Speaking of MSK, 2004 can be considered a major year for Akshay Kumar at the box office, with 3 successes: Aitraaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and Khakee. Police Force and Aan made in the ilk of Khakee however could not do much.

While 2004's top grosser was Veer Zaara, the breakthrough film and actor of this year was Abhishek Bachchan who surprised the critics with hints of a rustic 'angry young man' type performance in the gritty Yuva (average grosser) and finally hit the box office big in a popcorn fare with Dhoom 1 in August. Dhoom 1 brought back the Yash Raj Banner into the action genre and set up foundations for the Dhoom franchise. It released amidst the peak of the banner's hold over Bollywood with consecutive blockbusters year after year from 2004-2006. However while Dhoom 1 was a hit for Abhishek Bachchan, it could not be compared to Amitabh Bachchan's breakthrough hit Zanjeer in 1973 since Zanjeer was a solo hit whereas Dhoom was a multistarrer. Nonetheless, Dhoom was the biggest ROI hit of 2004. Dismissed in the trade papers initially, it ended up netting about Rs. 4.5 crores from Bombay in 2004, about same as Veer Zaara.

South Indian director Priyadarshan made further inroads into Bollywood box office with his offbeat comedy Hulchul.

Top heroine of 2004 at the box office was again Preity Zinta with Veer Zaara and Lakshya while Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha with Salman Khan proved a flop. Rani Mukherjee shot up with Hum Tum, Yuva and supporting role in Veer Zaara. Priyanka Chopra made inroads with Aitraaz and MSK while Kismet, Asambhav, Plan etc. were disasters. Aishwarya Rai continued without success with KHGN and Raincoat. Khakee did somewhat better. Malika Sherawat entered the box office scene with Murder, a minor film on 4 crore budget which netted about 15 crores.

Box office highlights of 2004:
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Top Initial Draw: Veer Zaara
Top Final Grosser: Veer Zaara
Top actor at the Box Office by average: Shahrukh Khan (avg 2004 net for films: Rs. 23 crores. VZ, MHN, Swades, YLJK)
Top actress at the box office by average: Preity Zinta (avg 2004 net for films: 24 crores. VZ, Lakshya, DNJAK)



Actors Rank in 2004 by total Box office turnover in 2004 (Rs. Nett)
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1. Shah Rukh Khan - 4 films, 90 crore total
2. Akshay Kumar - 6 films, 90 crore total
3. Amitabh Bachchan - 5 films, 63 crores (excluding sp. apps like Veer Zaara)
4. Abhishek Bachchan - 5 films, 55 crores
5. Salman Khan - 4 films, 49 crores




Actors Rank in 2004 by total Box office turnover in 2004 (Rs. Nett)
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1. Preity Zinta - 3 films, 73 crore total
2. Rani Mukherji - 3 films, 73 crore total
3. Kareena Kapoor - 5 films, 58 crore total
4. Priyanka Chopra - 5 films, 56 crore total
5. Aishwarya Rai - 3 films, 38 crore total



 

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