The year 2022 will be remembered for the Indian film industry witnessing some fantastic highs even as the Hindi industry also saw some grave lows. The success of RRR in the West took everyone by surprise but the dismal performance of Hindi films at the box office became a topic of discussion almost every week after various films starring superstars like Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, among others, failed to bring the audience to the theatres.

The #Boycott trend that appeared to follow Hindi films and their stars doesn’t help either. Actors have been criticised and trolled for years (there’s some truth to them being soft targets in a largely polarised country) but this was perhaps the first time that the Boycott Bollywood trend was seen having impact on the box office performance of films. Then, we also saw storms over Ranveer Singh’s nude photoshoot, Kichcha Sudeep and Ajay Devgn debating the national language and The Kashmir Files being called a ‘propaganda’ film by IFFI jury chief. All in all, a busy, headline, making year.

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