Looking at Hollywood's desi blockbusters
Hollywood is quickly gaining ground in India. Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots may be 2009's biggest hit but the dubbed version of 2012 -- called Pralay Ki Shuruaat -- ranks second. There were as many as 104 dubbed releases in 2009, and many of them did good business.
Film Information trade magazine provides us a list of the most profitable dubbed Hollywood movies last year. We take a look.
2012 - Pralay Ki Shuruaat
Cast: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glove
Director: Roland Emmerich
2012 was dubbed in Hindi for Indian audiences, and renamed 2012: Pralay Ki Shuruaat. The film, which predicted that the world would end in 2012, got universal bad reviews. Yet, it was the biggest Hollywood hit in India, beating even the brilliantly-reviewed Avatar.
2012 was a huge hit abroad as well.
Image: A scene from 2012
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Patel, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Tanay Chheda, Rubina Ali, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
Director: Danny Boyle
Slumdog Millionaire became the movie to watch out for, as it bagged eight out of 10 Oscars early in the year. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel went on to start exciting careers in Hollywood, working with directors like Woody Allen and Manoj Night Shyamalan respectively.
The film's Hindi version Slumdog Crorepati also did well, and helped the film recover its cost of production, plus earn 25-30 percent profit.
Image: A scene from Slumdog Crorepati
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Director: James Cameron
Abroad, the film has become the second hit of all time, following Cameron's earlier blockbuster Titanic.
Image: A scene from Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman
Director: David Yates
Harry Potter goes on his magical adventures once again in this sixth installment of the blockbuster series. The dubbed version recovered the film's budget in India, and even made a profit of 20 percent. Abroad, it was the second biggest hit of the year, following Avatar.
Image: A scene from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
M.I. 4 Invisible Target
Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing
Director: Benny Chan
M.I. is the only Chinese film on the list, suggesting that India was a great mood for action last year, loving a good pow-wow film irrespective of where it originated from.
M.I. recovered its budget in India, and made about 20 percent profit.
Image: A scene from M.I. 4 Invisible Target
Raftaar Ka Junoon
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: Justin Lin
Vin Diesel's fourth Fast & Furious installment was as successful as the previous movies. The dubbed version Raftaar Ka Junoon recovered its budget in India and also made a profit of about 20 percent.
Image: A scene from Fast And Furious
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Henney
Director: Gavin Hood
Another action film, Hugh Jackman showed off some cool fight scenes in X-Men: Wolverine, where his character took centrestage.
The dubbed version of the film was a hit, as it made about 20 percent profit in India.
Image: A scene from X-Men: Wolverine
Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: Joseph McGinty Nichol
Terminator Salvation may not have starred Arnold Schwarzenegger but it went on to make decent business in India and abroad. The film had Christian Bale take over as the famous John Connor, who leads his men in the Resistance against the machines.
The dubbed version recovered its cost, and made a profit of 20 percent in India.
Image: A scene from Terminator Salvation
Transformers - Intequam Ke Kagar Par
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox
Director: Michael Bay
We saw more of the gorgeous Megan Fox in this film than in the first installment. But what really got fans to the theatres was its great action.
The dubbed version Intequam Ke Kagar Par made a profit of about 20 percent in India.
Image: A scene from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen