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India’s Hollywood fantasy

It was the West’s fetish for fantasy that charmed India in 2010. The year’s top 10 Hollywood flicks.

hollywood Updated: Dec 29, 2010 02:12 IST

Fantasy, fantasy and more fantasy —Indian audiences swooned to the Hollywood mojo in 2010 thanks to their penchant for out-of-the-world experiences with a dash of action.

Here’s a list of top imports in 2010:

1. Inception:

Mindbender — one word that aptly describes the sci-fi entertainer that took the world by storm and why not, when it comes from a mind that is equally complex yet brilliant —Christopher Nolan. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, it raked in R33 crore in India.

Inception2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I:

The penultimate sequel to one of the most successful wizard franchises the world has seen. Released across English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, it grossed R30 crore.

3. Prince of

Persia: The Sands of Time:

Remember the after-school timepass video game of the same name? Well, this big screen retelling brought out the sword-and-sorcery action from the blurry computer screen in live action to make R28 crore. While Jake Gyllenhaal took centrestage as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton enacted the lovely Princess Tamina and the very own Sir Ben Kingsley donned the evil Nizam’s robe to conquer time.

4. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

This was another epic 3D fantasy-adventure that had kids transported to their bed-time story world. Hitting the Indian screens in four languages a week before its worldwide release, it didn’t take time to make R23 crore, and is still running.

5. Clash of the Titans:

You saw him as an Avatar before he became a part-human part-android Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation. And this one just required you to wear a pair of 3D glasses to see Sam Worthington as a demi-god. A remake of the 1981 film of the same name, the Greek fantasy-adventure cashed in R22 crore.

6. Salt:

Angelina Jolie jumped flyovers and assassinated political bigwigs in her secret mission as a blonde Russian agent. A female spin to the Mission: Impossible series, it did make one fall in love with the beauty again.

7. Knight and Day:

Tom Cruise just won’t stop playing a spy. No. Even if it means drifting to an outing with the now rapidly aging Cameron Diaz before buckling up for his fourth Mission: Impossible movie. The action-adventure earned R16 crore only because of its ‘associative’ value — after all it was a Bollywood film with Hollywood stars!

8. Iron Man 2:

Robert Downey, Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and the comeback kid Mickey Rourke. Man, what else does one need in a metal clanking superhero flick? The answer is Scarlett Johansson as an undercover spy in a body hugging leather suit!

9. The Karate Kid:

Star sons don’t work in Bollywood alone. They do in Hollywood, too, and how! If his father Will Smith has been voted as the most dependable star, the son is no less. Cute as per his 12-year-old looks, intelligent and lethal courtesy a trainer like Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith did what veterans could not — command an ovation. A reboot of the 1984 film by the same name, this one seriously kicked some ass!

10. Resident Evil: Afterlife/The A-Team:

Breaking into a tie with R11.5 Crore each, the two didn’t lag behind in making a mark in the Indian terrain. Afterlife, the fourth part in the sci-fi action series, saw Milla Jovovich in a mission to save humanity from a virus with her numerous clones while The A-Team was a boy’s delight with cigars, guns and panache.

First Published: Dec 28, 2010 18:10 IST