Music is a vital component in a Bollywood movie. In fact, Indian films are famous all over the world for their music and dance numbers. Often, the music album of a film turns out better than the film itself. There have been several Bollywood films in which the music surpassed the film’s content. Though the film failed to connect with the audience, the music topped charts. Here is a list of ten such Bollywood films which were flops but had hit music.
The film Fitoor released in the year 2016 and starred
Aditya Roy Kapur
and . The audience expected great things from the movie because of its star cast and director Abhishek Kapoor’s reputation. However, the film failed to make a mark on the box-office. It earned a measly 19 crores at the domestic box-office. On the other hand, the music of the movie became a super hit. The songs like “Yeh Fitoor Mera”, “Pashmina”, “
”, etc, were extremely melodious and were widely loved.
This movie was a complete critical and commercial disaster. Directed by
, it starred
, etc. It garnered a lot of hype before its release. Its soundtrack turned out to be a superhit, with songs like “
”, “Dil Kyun Yeh Mera”, etc. The melody of the songs is remembered till date. Upon release, the film tanked commercially and proved to be a great loss to the producers. Even a stellar cast could not save its fate.
Baar Baar Dekho
Nitya Mehra’s 2016 film, Baar Baar Dekho, starred
opposite Katrina Kaif. It was a fantasy romantic film incorporating the theme of time travel and destiny. The film had an interesting concept, but it failed to connect with the audience. Though the film did not earn much revenue, its music topped the charts. The party anthem “Kala Chashma” became the song of the year. Apart from that, tracks like “Sau Aasmaan”, Nachde Ne Saare”, “Teri Khair Mangdi” struck a chord with the audience.
The 2015 film, Roy, was directed by
in the lead roles. Actor
appeared in an extended cameo. The viewers had great expectations from the film but it turned out to be a huge disappointment regarding critical and commercial praise. However, the film had a superb soundtrack with each song holding its own. “Sooraj Dooba Hai”, “Tu Hai Ki Nahi”, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan”, etc, became common features on television, radio, and playlists.
Based on Dostoevsky’s story, White Nights, Saawariya was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring debutants Ranbir Kapoor and
and Rani Mukherjee in cameo roles. The trailer of the film generated great buzz, and the audience seemed to be very interested in watching the movie and the actors. However, all that changed after the film’s release. The film was criticised by critics and viewers. Its music was a different story altogether. “Saawariya”, “Jab Se Tere Naina”, “Masha-Allah’, etc were poignant and melodious.
The 2010 Bollywood film, Anjaana Anjaani, was directed by
and featured Ranbir Kapoor opposite
. It was based on two individuals who connect with each other over their shared intention of ending their lives. The film failed to impress the critics and the viewers. Nevertheless, the songs of this film are hummed even today. Tracks like “Hairat”, “Aas Paas Khuda”, “Tujhe Bhula Diya”, “Anjaana Anjaani”, etc are still remembered and played in India.
On paper, Tashan seemed to be a fool-proof idea and a superhit film. Having a stellar cast including , ,
, and Kareena Kapoor, Tashan was an action film consisting of a heist, romance, and all other commercial factors. However, the audience did not like the movie very much. Its script and visual effects were criticised extensively. The soundtrack of Tashan, on the other hand, was a winner. It had hit tracks like “Dil Haara”, “Chhaliya”, “Dil Dance Maare”, “Falak Tak”, “Tashan Mein”, etc.
, Anwar was a drama film with the additional attraction of a thriller. It starred
. The film had the theme of Hindu-Muslim conflict as well. Apart from the fact that the film did not have any major stars, it failed to put across its point to the audience. The songs, however, are very well-composed. The film had gems like “Maula Mere Maula’, Jo Maine Aas lagayi”, “Javeda Zindagi”, etc.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom starred
. It was touted as a musical, with all the spicy factors of a Bollywood love triangle. made a special appearance in the movie as well. Though the film had all the ingredients to be a hit, it did not work commercially or critically. However, the film had a stellar soundtrack. Composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, it had tracks like “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”, “Ticket to Hollywood”, “Bol Na Halke Halke”, “Kiss of Love”, etc.
Vikas Bahl’s 2015 romantic film, Shaandaar, had a cast including
. The film had a weak script and flat characters. The critics and the viewers panned the film universally, and it failed to become a commercial hit. Its soundtrack was composed by talented music director,
. Some of the hit songs of this film are “Gulaabo”, “Shaam Shaandaar”, “
Eena Meena Deeka
”, etc. These tracks succeeded in connecting with the audience and became frequently played in public areas like nightclubs, functions, etc.