The entertainment industry, Bollywood can be as unpredictable as any other business. Though it thrives to keep the audience engaged and entertained, there are times when the films they spend their money and hopes on fail to impress us. And even though Bollywood has become versatile in terms of filmmaking and the content it serves, sometimes the audience just cannot connect or relate to that. That’s when the producers and the makers take a hit on their big budget investments. Here, let’s have a look at such big-budget Bollywood movies that bombed at the box office big time.
1. Jagga Jasoos
Jagga Jasoos starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif was a movie of its kind. A musical which was supposed to be the next trendsetter took no time to tank when it hit the theatres. No amount of controversy could save the movie. Ranbir Kapoor had turned producer with the film and clearly was at a loss as the movie was made in about 50 crores but could only recover 29 crores.
2. Bombay Velvet
When Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma paired up for the second time in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, they pulled their audience to the theatres but can’t say the same when they were paired for the first time in Bombay Velvet. Though there were some set of people who really enjoyed the ‘Johnny Balraj’ avatar of Ranbir Kapoor, they could only help the production house collect 31 crores against their 125 crore budget.
This period-drama starring Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan was a disaster. It is said to be historically incorrect and that the writers took way too much creative liberty while making this film. Maybe this is the reason that the film could not impress the audience as well as the critics. It was made at a time when investing 14 crores in a movie was a big deal and even a bigger risk. Shah Rukh’s dream project, Asoka could not stand up to the expectations and could only earn about 10 crores, making it tank at the box office.
When this movie’s trailer had rolled out, it was expected to be a big hit as the Greek God of Bollywood was going to romance the beautiful Barbara Mori in a Hindi-Spanish Romantic Action Thriller film. The album of the movie created quite a rage, so everything was going for the movie before its release but after it, not so much. Let alone a hit, it could not even cover the 60-crore expense and in turn, could only recover 49 crores.
Hrithik Roshan in an almost un-glamorous yet super appealing avatar; his on-screen presence was so strong in the movie, Guzaarish that this Sanjay Leela Bhansali would have been a conversation starter if enough people would have seen it. The word ‘Euthanasia’ was introduced to the unknown and the life of a paralysed man was shown in the film. But sadly, it did not do well at the box office for not many turned to the theatres. The movie was made in about 50 crores and could only collect 30 crores in return.
6. Ra. One
If you believe the three ruling Khans of Bollywood can serve anything and that would be called delicious by the ones tasting it then you’re probably wrong because sometimes even the superstars get hit by a flop. And for Shah Rukh Khan, it was Ra.One. His own production banner, Red Chillies’ attempt to give India its own superhero G.One in this sci-fi flick did not work very well. Pre-release promotional gimmicks were done; money was spent but not recovered. They spent a whopping amount of 130 crores in the making of this film but could only get back 114 crores.
With an ensemble star cast of Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar and Zayed Khan, this movie was the Bollywood’s costliest film of 2009. It was an Indian action adventure film. In spite of roping in international action choreographers and writers, it did not help the film but only disappointed the audience. The movie budget was about 130 crores and the earning were not even 100 crores.
Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ was the movie which stands as the base for Kangana Ranaut’s big success post that movie. But ‘Shandaar’ directed by the same director starring the fresh pairing of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt was not even close. The song ‘Gulaabo’ made to the top chartbusters then but the movie flopped big time. It proved to be a costly affair for the team as they spent 70 crores in the making but could only earn back about 40 crores.