Diwali – This is that season of the year when biggest of the films are most awaited by audiences across the country. The phenomenon has continued to build strong for over a couple of decades now, so much so that every film that arrives in the festive season is being looked at as the next Blockbuster in the offering.
Ajay Devgn has been one of the superstars to have lapped on to this phenomenon well for a decade now. What started back in 2008 [‘Golmaal Returns’] is pretty much leading to something even bigger in 2017 [‘Golmaal Again’], what with fourth in the Golmaal franchise all set for a major success.
Ever since the release of the second installment of Golmaal, Ajay Devgn has aimed to book the Diwali slot on a regular note. ‘All The Best’, ‘Golmaal 3’, ‘Son of Sardaar’ and ‘Shivaay’ have arrived one after another and each of these films has earned good moolah, last three in the list even entering the 100 Crore Club.
No wonder, it is now pretty much a given that ‘Golmaal Again’ will emerge as fourth century in a row for Ajay Devgn when it comes to his Diwali arrival. This should also mark his triple hat-trick of Diwali successes.
Meanwhile, here is looking at how his films have individually fared whenever released on Diwali:
‘Shivaay’ (2016) – 100.30 crore
The film arrived in direct competition with Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. Its theatrical promo was much loved and though the film by itself had mixed reports, its action was hugely appreciated as a result of which the single screen audiences as well as interiors lapped on to it. The film managed to enter the 100 Crore Club and also found good acceptance when released on online and satellite medium.
‘Son Of Sardaar’ (2012) – 102 crore
This was another film which arrived on a clash, this time with Yash Chopra’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. The spat was out in the open and it even turned ugly to an extent. However, eventually none of that really mattered as the film was accepted well by the audience. With good entertainment quotient to it, the film went on to find its audiences and eventually scored a century as well.
‘Golmaal 3’ (2010) – 108 crore
An Ajay Devgn starrer has never arrived solo on Diwali but none of that has really mattered as they have time and again done quite well. This was the case back in 2010 as well when ‘Golmaal 3’ released heads-on with Akshay Kumar’s ‘Action Replayy’. The film took a huge lead from the very first day itself and then grew from strength to strength over a period of time. Result? First Golmaal film to enter 100 Crore Club.
‘All the Best’ (2009) – 42 crore
A clash of an Ajay Devgn film with an Akshay Kumar starrer had happened a year earlier as well when ‘All The Best’ took on ‘Blue’. Latter went on to take a better opening but former found more audiences as days progressed. This was yet another film which saw Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty collaborating with each other. The film wasn’t a very huge success but made money nonetheless. It was a neat family entertainer.
‘Golmaal Returns’ (2008) – 52 crore
‘Golmaal Returns’ was one of the first Ajay Devgn starrers to arrive on Diwali and make a big splash. Though it did open big and managed to go past the 50 crore mark, it is considered as weakest of the three Golmaal films. The film had arrived with Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’ which was a success as well. However when it came to wholesome entertainment for the masses, ‘Golmaal Returns’ emerged victorious.
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources