2017 was an exceptionally dry year at the box office in India. The superstars we admire for blockbusters, disappointed by weak scripts, excessive play and terrible execution. That is to say, without even taking into account the kind of disaster we saw on the big screens … Tubelight of Salman Khan and Jab Harry Met Sejal of Shah Rukh Khan are at the top of the list.

The other Khan, Aamir, did not come out in 2017. His Dangal, released at Christmas 2016, took care of the box office figures for several months in 2017, thanks to the release of the film in China and in Taiwan. He appeared in a non-lead role in Diwali’s release in 2017, Secret Superstar.

But 2017 was sadly sad. The box office shed tears for eleven of twelve months, before finally seeing a glimmer of hope in Salman’s second outing this year, Tiger Zinda Hai. Tiger Zinda Hai proved to be the only blockbuster of the year.