The Hindu has an informative report about the major events of Bollywood in 2006. According to this report, 4 things caught the attention of the media:
1. 2006 was the year of mega blockbuster movies. The report stated:
Some of the decade's biggest blockbusters were witnessed this year with film revenue touching unprecedented heights. The Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai film from the Yashraj stable "Dhoom 2" reportedly earned Rs 110 crore within the first three weeks of its release.
The new year, however, looks equally exciting for the industry with Ashutosh Gowariker's magnum opus "Akbar Jodha", again starring Hrithik and Aishwarya Rai, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much awaited "Saanwariya" that will see the debut of Ranbir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's son) and Sonam (Anil Kapoor's daughter).
The past year also witnessed sequels and remakes. New versions of hits of yesteryears "Umrao Jaan" and "Don" saw the light of theatres while more such ventures, including Ram Gopal Verma's "Sholay", were announced.
The success of one after another Bollywood movie in 2006 indicates the maturity and strength of Bollywood artists.
2. Sanjay Dutt’s fight in the court made headlines throughout the year.
3. It was the year of come back for a number of artists. The report said:
The outgoing year will also be remembered as the year when firebrand actress Kajol made her comeback and superstar Amitabh Bachchan returned to films after a three-month break due to a stomach illness.
The film industry also lost some of its stalwarts including music director Naushad, filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee and actress Nadira.
4. Aishwarya-Abhishek romance and possible marriage also caught the attention of the media. Will they finally get married or not?
So, 2006 was a great year for Bollywood after all.