The last big Bollywood release was, in fact, on March 6, 2020.
It’s been a long wait, and one hopes that it starts raining blockbusters in theatres again.
Until then, Joginder Tuteja looks at the biggest March releases in the last decade.
Baaghi 3, 2020
Box office collection: Rs 95 crore
Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 3 arrived at the time when the pandemic scare was real, and that reflected in its opening.
The Sajid Nadiadwala production had practically 10 days to collect at the box office, as it was pulled off screens on its second weekend when theatres shut.
Still, it came close to entering the Rs 100 crore club.
Box office collection: Rs 154.41 crore
2019 was pretty much Akshay Kumar’s year as he scored three double centuries with Mission Mangal, Housefull 4 and Good Newwz.
But the year had started with Kesari which had gone past the Rs 150 crore mark.
The Karan Johar production was a big hit.
Interestingly, it was the same month when Kartik Aaryan scored a hit too with Luka Chuppi.
Baaghi 2, 2018
Box office collection: Rs 166 crore
The biggest March release, of course, is Baaghi 2, which had taken a bumper opening and then enjoyed blockbuster status with over Rs 150 crore.
This Sajid Nadiadwala franchise saw Ahmed Khan step in as director and he did complete justice to the action entertainer.
The month also saw Ajay Devgn do well with Raid.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania, 2017
Box office collection: Rs 116.60 crore
Given the kind of success that the Dulhania franchise has seen — first with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and then Badrinath Ki Dulhania — one waits for Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar and Director Shashank Khaitan to return with a third in the series.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania was a much loved romantic drama, which was also popular due to its songs.
Kapoor & Sons, 2016
Box office collection: Rs 73.30 crore
Karan Johar has released quite a few films in March, including Kapoor & Sons.
Primarily, a film that was made for the multiplexes, this Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan starrer with Rishi Kapoor in a pivotal role had emerged as a good success with its target audiences.
ChullM stays on to be a mega chartbuster song.
Agent Vinod, 2015
Box office collection: Rs 43.29 crore
Though Agent Vinod was a big budget film with some massive action sequences set across the globe, it did not do well at the box office.
Saif Ali Khan has talked about quite a few issues with this Sriram Raghavan directed film, but if one doesn’t nit-pick on the narrative, this film — with Kareena Kapoor as Saif’s heroine — made for a thrilling entertainer.
Box office collection: Rs 61 crore
A surprise success of the season, we saw Director Vikas Behl put together a lively narrative for his feel good entertainer, Queen.
After a poor opening, the film went on to sustain quite well, courtesy a spirited performance by Kangana Ranaut.
Box office collection: Rs 47.45 crore
A remake of the Jeetendra and Sridevi-starrer, 2013’s Himmatwala saw Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah Bhatia make their version of it.
It enjoyed a good opening, but did not work well with the audiences.
In the same month, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla’s Jolly LLB released.
The Subhash Kapoor film earned lesser, but was a hit.
Box office collection: Rs 59 crore
Kahaani scored well primarily on the basis of solid word-of-mouth.
When the promo of the Sujoy Ghosh directed film released, it promised an intriguing thriller.
When it released, the Vidya Balan-starrer turned out to be a super hit.
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