February has perhaps been the most transparent month in terms of showing what the audience wants for real. While on one side they have expressed their love for Akshay Kumar yet again, on the other, they have neglected Kangana Ranaut‘s Rangoon completely. Content with a dash of entertainment seems to be the mantra as far as box office numbers are concerned. And that’s where Akshay’s Jolly LLB 2 cinched the deal. It was his month and his month alone, from the time the film released. But we would like to mention The Ghazi Attack here which is the favourite movie of the month for many. That’s not all that happened in February, so let the drill begin.
Winners of the month
We are pretty sure you know the winner here is Jolly LLB 2. The film completed 20 days today and is still earning the bucks at the box office. The film released on February 10 and was the third superstar biggie after Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil turned Bollywood rich in January. An Akshay Kumar film guarantees a minimum collection of Rs 100 crore and Jolly LLB 2 didn’t disappoint at all. The film may not have enjoyed great reviews but the audience seems to have loved it. What also worked in the film’s favour is the brilliant cast. Apart from Akshay, it features stalwarts like Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla who take the film to a completely different level.
We would also like to talk about The Ghazi Attack which may not have seen exemplary numbers at the box office but it is one film which has received the best reviews of 2017 till now. Everything in this film was praised. Sometimes box office collections are not all that you look for when you talk about films.
Losers of the month
Unfortunately, for this month, the list of losers is pretty long. While films like Running Shaadi, Irada and Mona Darling weren’t really expected to stir up a storm at the box office, it was Rangoon’s dismal performance that will hurt Bollywood more. Despite featuring names like Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, the film couldn’t manage to pull crowds to the theatre. It had a disastrous opening and didn’t pick up in next few days too. It definitely comes as a shocker because this was brilliantly promoted film and had some of the big names in movie business to back it. Yes, it’s true that Vishal Bharadwaj is not known to spew blockbusters at the box office but Rangoon’s poor show was unexpected.
February didn’t really show any extraordinary trend. Superstars are still favoured and always will be but what gives us hope is that these superstars have started to take the love of their fans seriously. They have become responsible actors who are taking up stories that matter since the reach of their movies is unparalleled. Akshay surely is the most bankable actor Bollywood has ever seen. Every film of his is a surefire success. Jolly LLB 2 has already become a hit and has made profit for the people involved. And guess what? It’s still running! It must be the only film that worked well in February!
Akshay Kumar obviously deserves a mention here but we would also like to add Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla’s name to this list, without whom Jolly LLB 2 wouldn’t have been half as entertaining. It’s an honour to have such talent in Bollywood. The Ghazi Attack actors too deserve plaudits here for shouldering a film completely on story and presentation.
We had high hopes from February, given the fact that there were biggies up for release. But apart from Akshay’s film, nothing really made much money for the industry. So although March seems very upbeat, we are having a guarded approach towards it. The month will begin with Commando 2, a sequel to Vidyut Jammwal’s 2013 action fest. The previous film was a sleeper hit, so the second could earn brownie points as well. But all eyes are on the Holi release of this year, Badrinath Ki Dulhania that stars Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. It releases on March 10and has created a lot of buzz especially because Alia and Varun are one of the most loved pairs of Bollywood. This might result in good outcome at the box office. And then there are two women-centric films Naam Shabana and Phillauri that will test waters at the box office.