A great performance is essential to make a movie great and memorable. Most Bollywood stars give great performances in a movie, and it becomes a hit and earns good numbers at the box office. But that is not the case always. Sometimes, great performances go unnoticed in flop movies. And, sometimes great movies don’t reach the desired audience. Today, we look at some of the best acting performances from Bollywood actors in movies that failed to leave a mark at the box office.
Swades follows Mohan, an Indian expatriate employed with NASA, who comes to India to track down his beloved nanny. He finds himself promoting development in a village while he is there. Released in 2004, Swades was way ahead of its time. Shah Rukh Khan gives one of his best performances in the film. Made on a budget of Rs 21 crores, it earned Rs 15 crores in India and flopped domestically.
Lootera, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane Vikramaditya Motwane is a film producer, writer, a >> Read More... , remains an underrated gem of Bollywood. Set in 1953, it follows Pakhi, an aristocrat’s daughter, who falls in love with an archaeologist, who leads a double life. Lootera showcased Ranveer Singh’s true potential and established him as an actor. Sonakshi Sinha gave her best performance to date in the film, which garnered her much acclaim. It collected Rs 39 crores and was declared a flop.
Manto follows the legendary author and playwright, Saadat Hasan Manto Bio coming soon... >> Read More... , and his experiences when his family is forced to flee to Pakistan following the Partition of India, amid rising communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims. Nawazuddin Siddiqui transforms himself in Manto and gives one of his best performances ever. Made on a budget of Rs 10 crores, Manto collected only Rs 3.5 crores.
Revolving around the life of an aspiring boxer Shravan Singh, this Anurag Kashyap Born on 10th September 1972, Anurag Kashyap has es >> Read More... directorial didn’t receive the attention from the audience that it deserved. The movie has some great direction, cinematography, and best-choreographed fight sequences. Vineet Kumar Singh gives one of the most underrated performances of all time. He gives his all in the role of Shravan. To prepare for the role, he trained in boxing for one year. The movie grossed only Rs 10 crores domestically.
A misunderstood masterpiece at the time of its release, Guzaarish, has gained a devoted fanbase today. It follows Ethan, a former magician turned quadriplegic, who files a petition for euthanasia. Hrithik Roshan gives one of his career’s best performances as Ethan. It is a challenging role but Hrithik completely nailed the character. Guzaarish grossed Rs 39 crores and was declared a box office disaster.
One of the best westerns of Bollywood, Sonchiriya, deserved much more love from the audience than it got. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey Abhishek Chaubey, an Indian Film Director was born >> Read More... , it received rave reviews from critics. It features stellar performances from the entire cast, including the likes of Sushant Singh Rajput Sushant Singh Rajput is one of the famous Indian t >> Read More... , Bhumi Pednekar Bhumi Pednekar is Maharashtrian unconventional act >> Read More... , Manoj Bajpayee Born on 23 April 1969, Manoj Bajpai is first a Bol >> Read More... , Ashutosh Rana A versatile actor, Ashutosh has worked in Indian f >> Read More... , and Ranvir Shorey Intro: Ranvir Shorey is a popular Indian movies ac >> Read More... . Everyone has mastered the Bihari dialect. The movie grossed only Rs 7 crores domestically and became a box-office disaster.
Another masterpiece by Vikramaditya Motwane, Trapped follows Shaurya, who mistakenly locks himself in his new apartment, with no supplies. He then has to fight for his survival and find a way to get out of the apartment. Rajkummar Rao gives one of his best performances as Shaurya. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his brilliant performance. Made on a budget of Rs 5 crores, the movie grossed Rs 2.85 crores.
Based on the real-life story of Dr. Ramchandra Srinivas Siras, Aligarh follows the story of the sting operation carried out to determine his sexuality. Aligarh is a hauntingly beautiful film and a poignant portrayal of the right to live and love. Manoj Bajpayee gives a career-best performance, which is one for the books. His performance garnered him critical acclaim and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. The movie was made on a budget of Rs 11 crores and grossed Rs 4.27 crores only.
One of the best films that didn’t deserve to be a flop, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! follows a rookie detective, Byomkesh, who, while investigating a chemist’s disappearance, unearths an even bigger conspiracy that will upend Calcutta. The late Sushant gives one of his best performances in the film. It was the film that showcased his dedication and skills as an actor. Sushant stayed in a hotel without any mobile phones to prepare for the role. Made on a budget of Rs 35 crores, it grossed Rs 36 crores domestically and was declared a commercial failure.
Another Rajkummar Rao film on this list, Shahid is one of the best biographies in Bollywood. It follows Shahid Azmi, a militant operative turned criminal lawyer, who fights for those falsely accused of terrorism. One of Rajkummar’s best performances came in early in his career, with Shahid. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal. The movie grossed a mere Rs 3.6 crores at the box office.
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