Bollywood 100 Crore Club is an unofficial designation formed by the movie trade analysts and the media to brand films that have have a grossed a net Rs. 100 crore or more in Indian box office after deducting the Entertainment tax.
From the start of 2012, the 100 crore box office target has become a new benchmark for a film to be declared a hit and those affiliated with the 100 Crore Club were considered part of the elite stars within the Bollywood film community. Zee Cine Awards in their annual awards for 2012 even added a category called "The Power Club Box Office" to recognize directors whose films had reached the 100 crore mark.
Deepika Padukone can easily declare 2013 as her lucky year. All of her three releases last year - Race 2, Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani and Chennai Express have earned Rs.100 crore. Her latest release Ram-Leela too smashed records at the box office and crossed the 100 crore mark. Going by her track record we are expecting more of her films to join the 100 Crore Club.
This 100 crore club designation has replaced previous Bollywood indications of success which had included great music, the "Silver Jubilee" or the "Diamond Jubilee". The concentration on reaching the club has been criticised by a number of celebrities but one can't disregard that this 100 Crore Club has truly become an instrument through which the industry gages the success rate of the films.
The latest addition to the Rs. 100 crore club is the recently released Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt starrer 2 States that released on April 18. After becoming one of the Highest Opening Weekend Grossers, the film has now joined the Rs. 100 crore Club. Reaching the coveted Rs. 100 crore mark has become a must for every big film in Bollywood. Let's take a look at Bollywood's top heroines who are now part of this 100 crore club...
Deepika Padukone's Race 2 , Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ram Leela and the 420-crore grossing Chennai Express have put her firmly on top of the league.
Sonakshi Sinha has been setting the BO on fire with almost every one of her films. Out of her seven films five have breezed their way into the coveted club - Dabangg, Dabangg 2, Rowdy Rathore and Son of Sardaar and R...Rajkumar.
Fiery diva Kareena Kapoor too is well entrenched in the elite club - with three of her movies having crossed the 100-crore mark. They are 3 Idiots, Ra.One and Bodyguard.
Bollywood's Barbie Doll Katrina Kaif is not far behind - with two 100-crore films to her credit. She made it into the club with a Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger and an SRK starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Another actress with two movies in the 100 crore club is Priyanka Chopra. She earned some really rave reviews for her performance in Barfi and Agneepath.
The dark horse of the 100 crore club is Asin. She might not be the hottest property in Bollywood, but that's a puzzler - because this actress has ridden to success on not one, not two, but three movies! Ghajini, Ready and Housefull 2 are the movies.
This Sri Lankan beauty is part of this club because of the success of two of her movies - Housefull 2 and Race 2.
With Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Anushka Sharma also joined the 100 crore club for the first time. And she justifies it with the many awards she got for her performance in the movie.
2013 was a great year for Sonam Kapoor too, whose Bollywood career was teetering on the edge before. With two back-to-back smashers - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Raanjhanaa - Sonam Kapoor is back in the race.
My Name Is Khan got Kajol her entry into this elite club. Although she has been in the industry longer than the other girls, she only has one 100-crore movie to her credit.