Unfortunately, as the rule of life goes…you cannot win every time. Even in Bollywood, there are times when even one of a kind directors, superstar actors and earth-shattering budgets do not suffice in order to save a film.
This film was made with an astonishing budget of 75 crores and it was once called one of the most anticipated movies of 2015. Unfortunately, it just took a day for its downfall despite a fresh coupling, lavish sets and super hit songs.
2. Bombay Velvet
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Another big flop of 2015, some say Bombay Velvet, has regrettably become a scar in the career of director Anurag Kashyap. Fans rejected the film so willingly that the 125-crore film had a supreme loss of 100 crores. Many tout it as the biggest flop in the history of Bollywood, even though it had a star studded cast including Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor.
3. Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
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During an era when films were produced in lakhs, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja one had a whopping 9-crore budget thanks to producer, Boney Kapoor. Critics say there are various factors responsible for its downfall including: poor dialogues, weak music and a silly story-line. The film starred Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Jackie Shroff.
Kites could have been the perfect transitional project for Hrithik Roshan to crossover onto international cinema. Rakesh Roshan even had a Brett Ratner cut of the film for American audiences. Unfortunately, due to the clichéd script, a whopping 150 crores were wasted.
Shah Rukh Khan's fantasy project declined to go positively both with critics and fans. The 3-hour long period film failed during an era when 13 crores was an enormous investment.
6. Love Story 2050
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This film was highly anticipated due to its use of special effects as even VFX teams from Australia and New Zealand were involved. Unfortunately, producer Harry Baweja's plan of launching his son Harman Baweja’s dream career failed miserably due to a "senseless" script. Rumor has it that the unoriginal film also brought about his breakup with his rumored girlfriend and his female lead Priyanka Chopra. Uff!
With a sloppy script, the 100-crore film lost more than 50% at the box office. This is despite the fact that the Mani Ratnam starrer casted Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai for this project.
8. Mangal Pandey
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The basic idea of a prostitute romancing one of India's favorite freedom fighters did not go down well with audiences, even though Aamir Khan took an extremely long time to prepare for this film to totally look his part. It was also one of the most keenly awaited movies. The budget for this movie was set at 35 crores…
Under Sanjay Leela Bhansali's banner, it could have been the perfect Launchpad for the careers of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. But unfortunately, the story was not well received in the Indian market. The 40-crore film, after a certain point, left the audiences thirsty for some sunshine and fresh air.
10. Raju Chacha
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During an era in which 15 crores was required for an extravagant movie, Raju Chacha had a budget of 30 crores. It's unsuccessful similarity to the 1965 classic The Sound of Music, a long and meager screenplay, and dull lead performances crashed the film, much to the loss of producer-actor Ajay Devgan.
In 2009, this film became Bollywood’s most expensive with a budget of 129 crores. It showed off some dazzling underwater shots, luxurious action choreography, and a long schedule in Bahamas. The weighty paychecks of Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt pushed the film's budget overboard and its fragile story about eft many dissatisfied. The special presence of Kylie Minogue, who was reportedly paid 6.6 crores added to the producers' sinking pockets.
Good friend and producer Goldie Behl took the risk and invested 87 crores on Abhishek Bachan. However, he soon realized his losses when the film bombed heavily at the box office. The superhero flick, was too full of fictional nonsense.
A film with a budget of 8 crores in 1991 was unheard of and an ample amount to produce a fantastic film. Unfortunately, Shashi Kapoor had to shut down his film production company after this film. This highly hyped and anticipated superhero film failed to make any impression on the audiences.
Ranbir Kapoor’s super stardom and dashingly good looks did draw the audiences, fans and followers to the theaters but, in the long run, the content has to speak for itself and do the talking and regrettably, it was declared a complete letdown. The 85-crore film only managed to recover 35 crores.
Many critics and cinema lovers listed this movie as one of the worst Bollywood movies ever made. The basic principle of remaking a classic such as, Sholay raised many eyebrows and caused a lot of concern from the outset. Ram Gopal Verma messed the older version making Amitabh play Babban Singh on the lines of Gabbar. The film became known for poor casting and bad storytelling. The awful reception made this big budget film a disaster.
What are your least liked Bollywood film or a film you would add to this list?