In a country where millions come to the dream city of Mumbai to fulfill their dreams, and roughly one thousand movies release every year, what decides if a movie is hit or flop in Bollywood? Is it a good script, or an A grade cast? The story plus the box office collection and when it’s about India, ironically luck plays a greater role than hard work. Here is a list of the biggest flops of the Hindi cinema.
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
What is the term used for making a remake of a superhit movie resulting in a huge failure? It is known as RGV Ki Aag. We wonder what inspired Ram Gopal Varma to work on the project and pay one million INR fine for copyright infringement as ordered by the Delhi High Court.
Amitabh Bachchan, who was a protagonist in Sholay played the antagonist in the latter. The movie is one of the lowest grosser of all time and also received negative public reviews.
Tees Maar Khan
Farah Khan believed SRK to be her lucky charm, and
Happy New Year was a project that she had announced sometime in 2005, but due to some reasons, the project shelved and she made
Om Shanti Om with him. After the movie, the relations between the two became bitter and she signed
Akshay Kumar for her next film. The only hit thing about this was the item song Sheela Ki Jawani, and we guess she decided to patch up with SRK since then.
It is the story of an orphan (
Abhishek Bachchan) who later comes to know that he belongs to the dynasty of ancestral warriors and he begins his journey to pay his role in saving the kingdom, and in the process meets his partner, played by
Priyanka Chopra. The fantasy film received poor critics and public reviews. It was one of the lowest ranked movies on IMDb.
After a controversial lip-lock in Dhoom 2 which the Bachchans were not very happy about,
Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai appeared together again in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial Guzaarish. It centered on a handicapped magician Ethan Mascarenhas, who appealed for euthanasia in the court. Although SLB does not have a good equation with flops, this one could not perform well in spite of having a good story.
5. Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
This 1993 movie directed by
Satish Kaushik after
Shekhar Kapur left the direction mid way. It featured
Jackie Shroff and Sridevi in the lead, and
Anupam Kher played the antagonist who was in a double role. The story was based on a typical 90s masala movie track, where two brothers, one inspector and one rowdy are unaware of each other’s identity, and they unite to kill the villain in the climax. In spite of having A-list actors, the film could not manage to make box-office collections.
This action thriller movie was directed by
Mani Ratnam, and featured Abhishek Bachchan as an antagonist (compared to Raavan) cum protagonist , who kidnapped
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (compared to Sita) to seek revenge on her sister’s death. The two gradually fall in love, although she was a married woman. The movie was compared to Ramayana in a politically wrong way, thus with poor critic reviews, the film failed at box-office too.
Love Story 2050
Priyanka Chopra and then boyfriend
Harman Baweja appeared together on-screen for the first time in a science fiction movie, directed by latter’s father. The film showed the story of a boy, who travelled in the future in search of her lost love. The debut of the actor turned out to be a disaster at the box-office and received negative critic reviews.
This action comedy was the official remake of 1983, Jeetendra starred movie with the same name. With the regular 80s track, the actress, who is the daughter of the antagonist falls in love with the simplicity and bravery of the hero, when he saves her life. The two plot against the villain and he apologizes to everybody for his past deeds in the climax. The original version was a blockbuster, but Sajid Khan’s experiment failed.
It is a period movie set up in the 60s that showed the love story of a street fighter Johnny (
Ranbir Kapoor) and jazz singer (
Anushka Sharma) and the rich villain, Kaizad Khambatta (
Karan Johar) who exploits the poverty of the protagonist in order to proceed his illegal business. We all have seen KJo create magic with his direction, but his debut as an actor probably did not go well for him. The movie was a critical and commercial disaster.
It is a risky job if you announce a remake of a blockbuster movie because the expectations are too high with the remake. The same happened to Satish Kaushik’s directorial Karzzzz, which was conceived from Subhash Ghai’s Karz. The story of re-incarnations did not work well for
Himesh Reshammiya. The movie received harsh critics’ reviews and failed at box-office too.
11. Tera Suroor
After succeeding as a singer and doing few music videos, Himesh Reshammiya tried his hand in acting with ‘Aap Ka Suroor’ which to everyone’s surprise, turned out to be a hit. The actor went on to film a sequel, Tera Suroor and it turned out to be a critical as well as a commercial flop.
Anurag Kashyap in an interview confessed, “I don’t have connection with high box-office collections.” This is true in his case. If we take a look at his history, the results haven’t been impressive. The same happened with his
John Abraham and
Ayesha Takia starred No Smoking that centered on a narcissist who joined the rehabilitation centre to save his marriage. The movie performed badly commercially, although it had a good story line.
13. Neel ‘n’ Nikki
When Uday Chopra’s performance was not appreciated in his debut, daddy Chopra came up with another movie that was the debut for Taneesha Mukherjee. It was a happy ending romantic movie with a few twists and turns. The movie was a disaster critically as well as commercially since it was said to violate the Indian cultural valuesbecause the movie involved intimate scenes that were not shown in a major Bollywood movie before.
Sirish Kunder’s directorial Joker turned out to a commercial and critical disaster. The movie starred Akshay Kumar and
Sonakshi Sinha in the lead and centered on a scientist who reaches his village and rumors about the existence of aliens, but in the climax, they actually turn up and rid the place of the depravity of oil. The science fiction lacked a few elements that stopped it from doing well.
15. Jaani Dushman
A protean snake (
Armaan Kohli) and his girlfriend (Manisha Kohirala) seek revenge of her death on a group of friends who were accidentally present there at that time. This multi starrer movie with an unreal story line failed to impress the critics as well as the audience.
We all know the greatness and bravery of Emperor Ashoka who ruled the Indian region in the third century. The same, rather the youth phase of his life was depicted in the historical drama movie that was directed by
Santosh Sivan and featured
Shah Rukh Khan and
Kareena Kapoor Khan (not Khan then) in the lead. The movie did a little well overseas but faied to impress the Indian critics and audience.
This action comedy movie that released in 2011 was directed by
David Dhawan. It cast
Sanjay Dutt and Kangna Ranaut in the lead. It follows two cons that rob each other and become sworn enemies. They both fall in love with the same girl and play tricks to win her heart. She ultimately turns out be the girlfriend of the guy they had initially robbed. The movie had a strong opening but eventually turned out to be a flop.
This one was loosely inspired by Ramayana. It featured Sanjay Dutt,
Bipasha Basu and
Isha Koppikar in the lead and was directed by
Mani Shankar. It follows a paranormal researcher who meets a man with extra ordinary power of healing others’ pain by absorbing them and into the further comes across the devil side of it. The critics as well as the audience panned the movie.
This 2006 film was conceived from the Hollywood movie The Rundown and featured
Vivek Oberoi, Jackie Shroff and
Sameera Reddy in the lead. It was about two half-brothers who look for an ancestral treasure with the help of a map made by their father and seal it to avoid any destruction. It failed to impress the audience as well as the critics and got a low score of 3 on IMDb.
20. Jism 2
The movie was an erotic thriller based on a porn actress and a story of love and mistrusts. The film got an A certificate from the censor board and went through a series of protests before its release. It, however failed at the box-office after a high first day collection because of poor critic reviews.