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Star power and great content reigned supreme in 2023

Star power and great content reigned supreme in 2023

Be it ‘Taali’ on the small screen or ‘Pathaan’ on the big screen, this was the year of the clutter-breakers

In 2023, India’s entertainment landscape witnessed powerful comebacks, narratives challenging stereotypes, the revival of star power and the much-debated debut of star kids. From compelling web series grounded in real-life stories that achieved record-breaking viewership to blockbuster films propelling superstars into the elite Rs 1000 crore club, let’s explore some standout entertainers of the year. These films and web series are destined to be remembered for their substantial impact on the industry, evoking reactions and connecting deeply with viewers.


This extensively discussed web series of 2023 was created by creators Arjun and Kartk and showcased one of the most compelling performances of the year. Sushmita Sen delivered a transformative portrayal of transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant, emphasising the need for an inclusive society and the urgency to dispel prevailing misconceptions and prejudices about a marginalised community. ‘Taali’ effectively conveys a potent social message and has gained both popular appeal and critical acclaim, solidifying its position as a must-watch series. It is available for streaming on Jio Cinema.


This year proved that Shah Rukh Khan’s ability to deliver a massive surprise can never be underestimated. Following a box-office disappointment like ‘Zero’ in 2018, the actor began the year by showcasing his box-office prowess and made a triumphant return with ‘Pathaan.’ The movie, grossing Rs 1,050.30 crore worldwide, served as the fourth instalment of the YRF Spy universe. It also breathed a fresh lease of life into Hindi cinema, which was struggling to recover from post-pandemic setbacks. SRK received ample support from the rest of the cast, including Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, and Dimple Kapadia. ‘Pathaan’ is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

The Archies:

When Zoya Akhtar’s much-anticipated ‘The Archies’ was announced, it stood out for a significant reason— the introduction of three star kids. Agastya Nanda (Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson), Khushi Kapoor (the late Sridevi’s daughter), and Suhana Khan (Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter). The film may have opened to mixed reviews but it is being avidly watched on Netflix and generating a lot of social media buzz. The curiosity surrounding the debutants has led to both fans and naysayers watching the film in big numbers. The Indian adaptation of Archie Comics and its beloved characters has also won critical acclaim for its nostalgic elements, production design, costumes, cinematography, choreography and captivating locations.

Tiger 3:

Setting new records for initial collections across multiple centres, this Salman Khan starrer proved to be a delight for action film enthusiasts and the dedicated fan base of the Tiger franchise. ‘Tiger 3’ had all the elements the franchise is loved for. Zoya and Tiger’s enduring love story, is a breathtaking sequence featuring Katrina’s action chops as well the hero’s humanity and indomitable strength. The blockbuster not only reaffirmed Khan’s position as one of Bollywood’s most prominent stars but also showcased Emraan Hashmi as a formidable antagonist in a power-packed performance. The movie has been hailed as a stylish and slick entertainer, featuring some noteworthy emotional moments. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, ‘Tiger 3’ will soon be available for streaming on Amazon Prime.