When we talk about the biggest flop movies of Bollywood, we need to be aware of some vital facts. Around 250 movies released in India across all the languages annually. Out of these films, only 10 to 20 movies find their success.
Unlike the last decade, Bollywood films now have considerable market abroad and they have released in around 500–600 screens spanning across 50–60 countries. Some movies create a big hype but do not make bucks. Unfortunate ones are below..
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Some of the most talked Bollywood flicks did not do well after a release. A negative word of mouth, the timing of the release and high production cost pushed them towards the greatest flop movies of Bollywood list.
Let us not forget that films have a peculiar nature. Such that, even an initially flop declared flick may recover loss elsewhere. The side profit also flows through global distribution, sales to satellite televisions, and distribution through DVD, download, and pay-per-view.
So, some movies even became cult films and got re-evaluated over time.
Neal N Nikki
First in the list is the ‘Neal N Nikki‘. This film is represented as Yash Raj’s greatest flop.
Yash Raj banner has been known for making musical, sentimental family entertainer flicks but intimate scenes in the film did not quite go well with the audience.
Tanisha and Uday Copra played their leadership role. The songs of this movie were a hit but it could not even take the profit to a permissible level. It merely collapsed due to a crap script.
Even the glamor and skin show by Tanisha could not save the film from disaster.
No Smoking film arrived and disappeared without any trace. The film had John Abraham in the lead role.
This movie did not create an expectation and also at the same time could not succeed well.
The film had a clueless name. Consequences? no one went to the theater causing financial loss to the production house.
Critics labeled the film as boring and worthless. One critic went ahead with the exclamation ‘terrible and copied‘!
It was believed that ‘Black Friday’ which was Anurag Kashyap’s debut directorial film hampered this the film.
Mangal Pandey was an eagerly awaited film much of it owes to Aamir’s star power and historical background.
It was the story of a historic hero ‘Mangal Pandey’. The efforts and homework Amir put for the film ended in a vain.
The film had taken more than 2 years for filming and post-production. Albeit, in the end, the film is just remembered for the hairstyle of Aamir Khan!
The idea of Heera Bai (Rani Mukherjee) romancing with a historical hero had created an uproar and was seen as an attempt to distort the historical facts.
It was also the first time when Aamir shed his clean-shaven look to sport big mustaches with long hair.
Saawariya was a debut film for both the hero and heroine. The romantic story and big budget could not woo the Indian viewers and became a flop.
The story didn’t click well in the Indian market. Sanjay Leela Bhansali disappointed critics after setting a high level with his previous films.
Another bad day in Amir Khan’s history is the opening of this film.
The throwback happened in the period from 1980-1990. It has stuck the cine industry and given a bad name to Amir.
The film also had Faisal Khan – the younger brother of Aamir.
Faisal was later on diagnosed with a mental disorder and there was a legal battle between Aamir and his father for his custody.
Jaani Dushman-Ek Anokhi Kahani
This flop is from Sunny Deol and Manisha Koirala. The expectation for the film began due to the explanation of the director as ‘a unique story’.
The film was created as a launch pad for Arman Kohli. In the villainous role, he played the confused character of half-ichhadhari naag (mythical snake), half-assassin and a full-time lover!
He played This multi-star cast film also had Sonu Nigam – the well-known playback singer.
The fast drop in film’s collection at the box office resulted in the film being declared a huge flop in just its second week. The film sealed all the hopes of Armaan Kohli’s comeback in the Bollywood film industry.
Director Manoj Kumar has given the failure in the Indian film industry under the name of the clerk.
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
This film was dubbed as a terrible movie by the viewers in the theatres.
RVG messed the older successful version Sholay where Amitabh portrayed the role of Babban Singh having shades of Gabbar Singh.
The pathetic movie was a disaster at the box office and received the title – worst remake Bollywood has ever seen by the critics.
The audience of this film did not like Big B dancing with girls half his age.
These drop out has been translated into bad form in the movies. Katrina Kaif’s first film failed miserably at the box office.
The film with a lost storyline confused the audiences.
In fact, it turned out to be a sleaze due to skin shows. One of the film critics even described it as a soft-porn venture.
Roop Ki Rani Choron ka Raja
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (Beauty Queen and the King of Thieves) was a huge flop at the ticket counter.
Boney Kapoor who had invested heavily in the movie suffered a huge loss. Before a release, the film was dubbed as the most expensive Hindi movie ever made at that time.
A rough estimate puts the budget of the movie around 9 crores.
Trade analysts held the poor dialogues, weak music and storyline responsible for the debacle.