It has been a roller coaster ride for Sandalwood, which has witnessed a few ups and downs in the first half of 2012 and had enough controversial moments. Like every year, 2012 too begun with a lot of hope but failed to meet the expectations of the audience.
In the first six months, over 50 movies have been released, out of which only few have become money spinners. Puneet Rajkumar's Anna Bond, despite getting thumbs down from his fans and critics, is the highest grosser in the first half of the year followed by Darshan's Chingaari and Upendra's Katari Veera Surasundarangi.
In the month of January, seven movies (Shakti, Prarthane, Rana Pratap, Sidlingu, Ko Ko, Tsunami and Arakshaka) were released, out of which Sidlingu, Ko Ko and Arakshaka were considered as average grossers.
In February, eight movies like Chingaari, Parijatha, AK 56, Tuglak, Namanna Don, Gavipura, Lucky and Saniha were released. Darshan's Chingaari overpowered all other movies at the Box Office and went on to earn Rs 7 crore in the first week itself. Ramya's Lucky and AK 56 did decent business.
In March, Munjane, Sankranthi, Puneet, Alemari, Bhavantha Kai Kotta, Magadi, Narasimha, Prasad, Silence, A Marma, Govindaya Namaha and Shikari were released. Komal's Govindaya Namah emerged as the winner at the Box Office and turned out to be one of the highest collected movies of 2012. Ganesh's Munjane and Ravichandran's Narasimha got good opening, but could not continue to do wonders at the Box Office.
In April, six movies like Bheema Thiradalli (now, rechristened as Chandappa), Dev S/O Mudde Gowda, Lady Boss, Dashamukha, Toofan and Pari got to see the light of day. But Bheema Thiradalli, which got good publicity through controversies, cashed in on troubles and made good business.
In the month of May, Puneet Rajkumar's Anna Bond and Upendra's Katari Veera Surasundarangi ruled the Box Office, thereby reducing the business of other four releases like Breaking News, Khiladi Kitty, Gandhi Smiles and Villain.
In June, 11 movies were released. Jaanu, Crazy Loka, Bhagirathi, Rana, Devanahalli, Addhuri, Indina Sathya, Paper Dhoni, Nagavalli, Dandupalya and Hey Krishna. Among these movies, Addhuri and Dandupalya have got good opening and the former has done reasonably good business at the Box Office.