10TANU WEDS MANU (2011)
‘Tanu Weds Manu’ featured Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhvan and Jimmy Shergill in prominent roles and released on 25th February 2011. The film opened to mixed reviews and witnessed dull occupancy across all territories, except North India. One of the major reasons behind the film taking a slow start at the ticket window was the ongoing Cricket World Cup and student exams in most parts of the country. But people who saw the film quite liked it and spread good word about it. Once the word of mouth spread everywhere, people headed cinema halls to watch the film. By the end of its box office run, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ was termed a sleeper hit. Majority of the film’s income came from the Hindi belt, which was understandable as the film was against the backdrop of Kanpur.
Directed by Anand L. Rai, the film earned a lot of love from the viewers in coming days, which was evident in its collections. In its first week, the movie raked in Rs. 18.5 crores. It added another Rs. 8 crores in the second week, taking its two week total to Rs. 27.25 crores. These collections were not at all bad considering the small budget of the film. ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ was produced at the budget of Rs. 15 crores including P&A. It made over Rs. 56 crores at the domestic box office alone. The worldwide collection of the movie was pegged at Rs. 90 crores, which was fantabulous. Since most of filmmaker did not release their films taking the ongoing Cricket World Cup into account, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ practically had nil competition from other releases. Following the positive response from ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, the makers thought of a sequel to the film which released in 2015 to great response. Titled ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, the sequel featured the same leading star cast and released on 22 May 2015. It received positive reviews and made a worldwide collection of Rs. 252 crores.
TRIVIA: Reportedly, the title of the film was changed from ‘Manu Weds Tanu’ to ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ as Kangana felt that it was her character which was the central point of the movie.