Why: Is the era of the superstar over? This question comes up every time a big Khan film underperforms. Akshay Kumar has powered through the crisis, and emerged as the only massive superstar of the post-Modi era. The 52-year-old typically finds a genre he’s good at and makes it his own. It started with the ‘khiladi’ action films, progressed into comedies and then remakes of South masala hits. His current phase of doing patriotic and socially-relevant films, in which he plays the everyday superhero fighting social evils, has been his most disruptive yet. He now owns every Republic Day and Independence Day release date and there’s speculation of a career in politics in the future. Kumar’s Mission Mangal, in which he plays a project manager who drives India’s Mars satellite mission, is the biggest box office hit of his career, with a collection of Rs 200 crore and counting.
His Super Deluxe disrupted the notion of Tamil mainstream cinema.
She’s given us fabulously messy female characters in a short span.
Lucifer became the first Malayalam film to earn over Rs 200 cr.
For creating the expansive and layered soundscape of Sacred Games.