The year 2022 has been an eventful year, not only for Bollywood but also for the South Indian film industry which successfully made a name for itself across the country and even crossed all boundaries and made us all proud at the global level. It has also been a mixed year of emotions for our celebrities. While some set new standards at the box office, many won huge appreciation for their memorable characters, while some made headlines for all the right reasons. As we approach the end of 2022, we take a look back at some of the biggest newsmakers of the year.
Allu Arjun’s ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ set a historic benchmark at the box office. It left behind all the big films and earned more than 350 crores globally. Such was the pan India appeal and star power of the superstar that the Hindi version alone grossed over 80 crores. No wonder Allu Arjun was crowned GQ’s ‘Leading Man’ at the Men of the Year Awards and graced the highly coveted cover. Not only this, the popular star also represented India as the Grand Marshal at the annual India Day Parade in New York on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Indian actress Deepika Padukone has been ruling the industry since her debut. She has recently released the teaser of her highly anticipated film Pathan, besides being the new brand ambassador of the luxury French designer, Cartier and India’s first global ambassador at the brand’s biggest red carpet bang in Cannes. Also, Louis Vuitton has unveiled Deepika Padukone as the first Indian brand ambassador. Adding more to her achievements, she also joined the jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes. Apart from this, the actress recently launched her own self-care brand 82°E.
Superstar Yash’s popularity skyrocketed again with the second installment of KGF: Chapter Two, which wreaked havoc at the box office and created new records both in India and abroad. The Hindi version of the film became the second highest-grossing film in India after Baahubali: The Conclusion. No wonder why Yash is given full credit for helping the Kannada film industry come back with full force and regain its lost glory.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
After the super success of Pushpa: The Rise and Family Man 2, the beautiful Samantha Ruth Prabhu proved herself as a breakthrough star with her latest release ‘Yashoda’, making her one of the hottest female stars of India. According to Ormax Media, in October 2022, Samantha left behind many actresses like Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif as she topped the list of India’s most popular female stars.
The concept of Bhediya starring Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan was new and because of this the film is doing well at the box office. No other actress apart from Kriti has the ability to pull off this offbeat and challenging role in a male-dominated film… Not to forget her character’s shocking turn in Thumkeshwari, her engrossing dance number in the film! Not only this, the actress has also graced the covers of popular magazines throughout the years, and has also bagged prestigious awards!
This year saw veteran actress Shefali Shah play different roles with great confidence on the big screen and in the OTT space. Known for her choosy nature and unique roles, Shefali has delivered stellar performances in films including ‘Darlings’, ‘Doctor Zee’, ‘Delhi Crime S2’, ‘Jalsa’, ‘Human’ and the most awaited ‘Three of Us’. Mesmerized the audience.
Though Sohum Shah has played many interesting characters, be it in ‘Tumbbad’, Ship of Theseus, ‘Talvar’, ‘Big Bull’ or ‘Simran’, or even Bhima Bharti in ‘Maharani’, an interesting role which is characterized by performance and It was really different in terms of popularity. While Sohum won major accolades for his effortless performance in ‘Maharani Season 1’, he successfully took the story forward by starring in Season 2 of the show.
Vijay Deverakonda’s tremendous fan following and stardom was first seen in Bollywood when the poster of Liger came out. Within no time, the poster took the internet by storm and was trending for more than a week as Vijay’s ardent fans went crazy for their favorite star, who is also known as the ‘National Crush’!
Rakul Preet Singh
Known as one of the most beautiful actresses in the industry, Rakul Preet Singh showcased her acting skills and showed off her different roles in films like ‘Thank God’, ‘Kattaputli’, ‘Runway 34’ and ‘Doctor Ji’. Various roles got a lot of praise.
This year Rashmika has ruled everyone’s hearts with her brilliant performance. While she trended everywhere on social media with Sami Sami, she won everyone’s heart with Good Bye as well. It would not be wrong to say that she is really our national crush.
yami gautam dhar
Creatively, it has been a very successful year for Yami Gautam Dhar as the stunning actress has had two releases so far including ‘A Thursday’ and ‘Dasvin’, both of which are OTT movies. While ‘A Thursday’ dealt with a serious issue, ‘Dasvin’ gave him a lot to do as an actor. In this film, he learned a new language while playing the role of a policeman. On the work front, the actress has projects like ‘Lost’ and ‘OMG 2’ in the pipeline.
After playing the notorious narcotics dealer Sasya in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘She’ and Moeen in ‘Gully Boy’, Vijay Varma played a complex man in Jasmeet K Reen’s ‘Darlings’ and delivered a stellar performance in the film. One of the brilliant actors of his generation, Vijay’s performance in Darlings as Alia Bhatt’s abusive husband Hamza received a lot of praise and appreciation, as well as a lot of hate for the character.