As Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh starrer Thugs of Hindostan released this Diwali, we look at the success pattern of Bollywood films that released during the festive season in the past decade and find out what made a blast and what turned out to be a damp squib
2007: Farah Khan's Om Shaanti Om achieved success at the box-office while Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya turned out to be a flop. Saawariya marked the debuts of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor while Om Shaanti Om saw Deepika Padukone make her Bollywood foray.
2008: Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Returns and Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion clashed at the box-office on October 29. Though a Box Office clash hampers business for sure, both films fared quite well.
2009: Rohit Shetty's All The Best, Anthony D'Souza's Blue and Prem Soni's Main Aur Mrs Khanna released on October 16. Out of the three only 'All The Best' was a Diwali blockbuster, while the rest tanked at the Box Office.
2010: The third film of the Golmaal series Golmaal 3 released on November 5 along with Vipul Shah's Action Replayy. The former was a success while the latter failed to impress audiences.
2011: Shah Rukh Khan's sci-fi thriller Ra.One entered the arena alone on Diwali, October 26. The Anubhav Sinha directorial did fair business at the Box Office, though it wasn't a huge success.
2012: November 13 saw a major box office clash with Yash Chopra's last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Ashwini Dheer's Son of Sardaar going head to head. While the makers on a bitter note, fought for screen counts with distributors, both films courted success.
2013: Hrithik Roshan's superhero film Krrish 3 was the solo Diwali release on October 31. Directed by Rakesh Roshan, the film was a super-hit.
2014: Farah Khan's Happy New Year starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone was a solo Diwali release. Hitting screens on October 24, the film turned out to be a profitable venture, collecting Rs 205 crore at the Box Office.
2015: Sooraj Barjatya's directorial Prem Ratan Dhan Payo released on November 12 and was a hit. Sonam Kapoor reunited with Salman Khan on-screen, after Saawariya, while the actor played a double role. The film collected approximately Rs 207 crore at the Box Office.
2016: Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn's directorial Shivaay released on October 28. While the former broke box-office records, the latter was an average grosser!
2017: Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty's deadly combination worked wonders at the Box Office with Golmaal Again as well. The movie made a whopping business of Rs. 205 crore at the Box Office, despite clashing at the Box Office window with Secret Superstar, starring Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim. Though, even the latter went on to become Hit, collecting Rs 62 crore.
With Thugs of Hindostan releasing at the box-office this Diwali, we look at how Bollywood films that hit theatres during the festival fared over the last decade
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