It was a fabulous month for Bollywood as medium budgeted films like Luka Chuppi and Badla wooed the multiplex junta while Kesari shattered the box office records.
The 1st of March saw the clash of two very different films – dacoit-drama, Sonchiriya, and romantic-drama, Luka Chuppi. Luka Chuppi starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon was very well received by the multiplex audience and turned out to “Super-Hit”, earning a massive Rs 93 crores (still counting). On the other hand, Abhishek Chaubey directed Sonchiriya has an interesting premises about the state of Chambal, Madhya Pradesh with a very good star cast. Unfortunately, Sonchiriya could not be turned into a gold-digging machine minting just below Rs 10 crores, despite receiving very good reviews.
Following week, we saw the remake of Spanish film, The Invisible Guest (2017) – Badla. Produced by Shah Rukh Khan, under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment, Badla received some of the best reviews in recent time by both audience and the critics. Result – the Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer became the highest grossing film of Big B and is still minting money in its 5th week at Rs 86 crores.
On 15th March, we saw clash of multiple films like Photograph, Mere Pyaare Prime Minister and Milan Talkies. Though all these films had known stars and directors but none of them could attract the audience to the theaters.
The following week we saw yet another clash between Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari and super-hero film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. Based on the true story of Battle of Saragarhi, which saw 21 soldiers of the Sikh Regiment of the British Army fighting against 10,000 Afghanistan tribes in 1897, Kesari broke all the records for Akshay Kumar as it became the second highest grossing of his career along with the third highest grossing film of 2019. The war drama has collected close to Rs 145 crores and should be able to cross Rs 150 crores by the end of its run. The other film, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, was a complete washout at the ticket window.
The last week of March saw the clash between Salman Khan’s produced Notebook and Vidyut Jammwal starrer Junglee. Junglee carried good buzz word, thanks to the enthralling trailer and was able to make a decent earning (should end by Rs 25 crores), Notebook became the lowest earning film ever produced by Salman Khan, collecting under Rs 5 crores.