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Just how successful are college romances?

April 24, 2019 16:31 IST
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From his debut movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to his latest, Student of the Year 2, Karan Johar has created a whole new college life in Bollywood movies.

Directed by Punit Malhotra, SOTY 2 stars Tiger Shroff, Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria, and the movie promises a lot of glitz, glamour, music, dance, fun and frolic when it releases on May 10.

While Bollywood loves to go back to college, Joginder Tuteja looks at how well these romances have actually done.

Note: Box office collections are as per the year of release and have not been adjusted for inflation.


Student Of The Year
Box office collection: Rs 70 crore

Karan Johar showcased an alternate campus atmosphere to the one Indians were used to in Student of the Year<./p>

Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra were introduced in this glossy film.

A good commercial success, it ended up launching many careers.


Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Box office collection: Rs 50 crore

It all started with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which marked Karan Johar's directorial debut for his producer dad Yash Johar.

Shah Rukh Khan looked convincing as a college student, as did Kajol and Rani Mukerji.

What added to the cool quotient was the introduction of designer labels into mainstream Bollywood cinema.

The film was an All-Time Blockbuster.


2 States
Box office collection: Rs 102 crore

Based on Chetan Bhagat's namesake book, 2 States had Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala join hands and bring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt together.

Debutant director Abhishek Varman, who went on to make Kalank, impressed with his storytelling in this film. The music was good too.


Box office collection: Rs 42 crore

Shah Rukh Khan graduated from being a student to a teacher with Mohabbatein, as Amitabh Bachchan took up principal duties.

A Yash Raj Films production, it had Jimmy Sheirgill, Jugal Hansraj and Uday Chopra playing students along with Preeti Jhangiani, Kim Sharma and Shamita Shetty.

With a musical set-up as an integral part of the film's narrative, this was Aditya Chopra's second directorial venture.


Box office collection: Rs 25 crore

A surprise affair, it really came out of nowhere!

Such was the magic of the hit song Chaar Baj Gaye Lekin Party Abhi Baaki Hai and it pulled audiences into theatres.

Jackky Bhagnani was the leading man of F.A.L.T.U, which stood for Fakirchand and Lakirchand Trust University.

The film marked Choreographer Remo D'Souza's debut as a film director.


Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
Box office collection: Rs 55 crore

Director Abbas Tyrewala's film was a heartwarming tale of a young college romance.

Marking Imran Khan's acting debut, it co-starred Genelia D'Souza and a good supporting cast.

The film had good music as well.


Half Girlfriend
Box office collection: Rs 60 crore

After 2 States, Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend was made into a film.

Arjun Kapoor joined the cast once again, this time with Shraddha Kapoor.

Though the film fared average at the box office, with mixed reviews, the songs were a big hit.


Main Hoon Naa
Box office collection: Rs 34 crore

When Shah Rukh Khan entered the college campus again after Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Mohabbatein, it was in a different andaaz altogether.

Director Farah Khan didn't quite create a Riverdale in Main Hoon Na. Instead, she brought SRK into the mix by letting him play his age.

Sushmita Sen, as a professor, added a lot of oomph.

Zayed Khan and Amrita Rao also starred.


3 Idiots
Box office collection: Rs 202.5 crore

The baap of all campus entertainers.

Yet again, Chetan Bhagat is the common element, as the film was based on his bestseller The 3 Mistakes Of My Life.

A well-told campus movie which did not digress even once, this Raj Kumar Hirani blockbuster featured Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani.

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