After a disastrous Sankranthi, film trade circles were expecting February releases to give some hope. Bhaagamathie that released in the last week of January turned out to be the first hit of the year.
Chalo followed it up with a stunning success. This small film was pitted against a big film like Touch Chesi Chudu, but came out winner, thanks to the entertainment quotient and young director Venky Kudumula’s sense of humor.
Chalo eventually became the biggest hit in Naga Shourya’s career. The actor had double joy with the film as he turned producer with it.
Chalo also is the only film in the year so far that has given profits for all parties involved. It is the first blockbuster of the year.
Raviteja’s Touch Chesi Chudu turned out to be a nightmare for its buyers. The film didn’t even collect Rs. 10 crore share in its full run, meaning buyers have lost nearly Rs. 16 crore on it.
Vinayak and Sai Dharam Tej were supposed to deliver a masala entertainer, but the film Intelligent went down as one of the most pointless films ever. Unsurprisingly the film ended up as the biggest flop in both the actor and director’s respective careers.
Gayatri starring Mohan Babu was a non starter at box office. It largely went unnoticed and ended up as a huge flop.
Varun Tej scored another hit with Toli Prema. Debutant director Venky Atluri made a decent romantic drama that appealed to youth and urban audience. The film is a hit but could have done well had they timed the release well. Releasing a youthful film during exams time is not a great idea after all.
Awe produced by actor Nani and directed by debutant Prashanth Varma has won appreciation of a section of audience, but failed to appeal to the majority. The film did well in overseas and Nizam and couldn’t create much impact in other areas. It can be termed as a moderate success considering low costs involved.
Manasuku Nachindi starring Sundeep Kishan was directed by Manjula Ghattamaneni. It is a poor replica of early 2000s youthful hits like Nuvve Kavali and Anandam. The film couldn’t even recover poster expenses.
Films like Howrah Bridge, Ra Ra, Sketch and Chalthe Chalthe also tried their luck, but no one cared about these films.
All in all, February belonged to young directors Venky Kudumula and Venky Atluri who are surely a talent to watch out for.