February 2021 hardly has any notable releases.
Usually, the Valentine’s Day weekend would have important movie releases.
Just how well do Hindi movies do in February?
Joginder Tuteja looks at the big hits in the decade gone by.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, 2020
Box office collection: Rs 60.78 crore
After a string of hits, Ayushmann Khurranna was expected to hit a century with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan too.
The promo, however, wasn’t crackling enough and the theme was not one that would have enticed family audiences.
Still, it managed to go past the Rs 50 crore mark and emerged as a fair success.
Total Dhamaal, 2019
Box office collection: Rs 154.23 crore
After Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal, Total Dhamaal was expected to deliver well.
The multi-starrer, with addition of Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, went on to meet expectations and ended up going past the 150 crore mark.
Director Indra Kumar made sure the film catered to family audiences, especially children,and it has enjoyed repeat runs.
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, 2018
Box office collection: Rs 109 crore
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety finally made Kartik Aaryan a star, even though he had enticed the youth with his Pyaar Ka Punchnama series earlier.
The Luv Ranjan directorial went past the Rs 100 crore mark and emerged as a bonafide blockbuster commercially.
Jolly LLB 2, 2017
Box office collection: Rs 117 crore
The second in Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB franchise, Akshay Kumar took over from Arshad Warsi, and had Huma Qureshi for company.
The courtroom drama had several light-hearted moments and was quite entertaining.
Special mention to Saurabh Shukla, who is an integral part of Jolly series.
Box office collection: Rs 75.65 crore
In an author-backed role, Sonam Kapoor made sure Neerja touched a chord, especially among women.
Director Ram Madhwani’s thriller had several edge-of-the-seat as well as touching moments.
Result? A superhit.
Box office collection: Rs 53 crore
One of Varun Dhawan’s most acclaimed films, Badlapur has found a cult following over the years.
The actor took a big risk by stepping into an arena which was a far cry from his Student of the Year or Dulhania series.
He delivered well as an actor in this Sriram Raghavan thriller.
The presence of Nawazuddin Siddiqui helped too.
Box office collection: Rs 78 crore
The kind of opening that Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday took surprised one and all.
Though the follow through post the opening weekend was just about okay, the film had done its job to emerge as a good success.
The multi-starrer cast, comprising of Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, ensured that there was a lot in there for the masses to cherish.
Special 26, 2013
Box office collection: Rs 67 crore
Special 26 should have emerged as a far bigger success than it eventually did.
A superb thriller by Neeraj Pandey, it had fine performances from Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill, Anupam Kher, Rajesh Sharma, and many other actors.
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, 2012
Box office collection: Rs 40 crore
One of the few Valentine’s Day releases to find its way among the top 10 February hits, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu was a sweet film that did well on its release.
It was appreciated by multiplex audiences, for which it was aimed.
Featuring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, it was a good looking film on screen.
Tanu Weds Manu, 2011
Box office collection: Rs 40 crore
On its release, Tanu Weds Manu was a regular romcom, which did not carry much expectations.
But Director Aanand L Rai had an ace up his sleeves and it was his conviction in the subject that took it to the theatres despite delays in its release.
Result? A good success that was followed by a blockbuster sequel.
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