Often you can smell a flop a mile away. From the trailers to the poster campaign, everything feels off from the get-go. And there have also been times when all signs point to a movie’s success, but when you watch them, they’re not upto your expectations.
All the hype, budget and A-list talent can help make a hit movie, sure, but they don’t guarantee success. All these things doesn’t amount to big bucks when the box office bean counters are done tallying up the gate receipts of their latest “sure-fire” hit.
There have been films with the biggest stars attached which have launched to much fanfare, only to flop. Neither the star power, nor the publicity can save some flicks from being box office bombs.
Bollywood has produced a lot of these over-hyped duds and here’s a look at the 7 of the flops.
Budget: ₹250 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹146.31 crores
After seeing the movie, some people called it a rip-off of Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, while some even said that Karan Johar is trying to copy Bhansali. With a stellar cast and a bottomless budget to boast of, Kalank was meant to be a vintage style multi-starrer. With the kind of promotional and marketing push that the film received, it opened quite well. The downfall came soon after when the subject and content was rejected by audiences. However, turns out that Tabaah Ho Gaye was not just a song in the movie, but it was also the audience’s reaction after watching it.
Budget: ₹200 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹186 crores
When Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L Rai came together and roped in Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as the leading ladies, it seemed they had a guaranteed blockbuster. Zero was sold to the audience with the promise that it would be SRK’s ‘career best’ performance. However, the promise was quite to the contrary. Ironically, the film struggled to reach the Rs 100 crore mark. Living up to its name, Zero neither took an opening nor did it sustain in the theaters.
3- Namaste England
Budget: ₹54 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹4.18 crores
When Vipul Shah announced that he was making Namaste England as a follow-up to his hit Namaste London, many expected Akshay Kumar’s chemistry with Katrina Kaif to be replicated in the Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra movie. But that did not happen and the audiences were not enthused by what Namaste London had to offer. Though the movie was widely promoted, but its box office collections were quite disappointing.
4- Thugs Of Hindostan
Budget: ₹210 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹145 crores
With a cast like Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Sheikh, and Katrina Kaif you would at least expect some perfection in terms of the story and the acting. The story was non-existent and the action made no sense. According to reports, the exhibitors demanded a refund from the makers, and the theater owners even asked for compensation. The reviews were so poor that the film gave birth to innumerable memes! Of course, the thugs could not save the fate of this movie.
Budget: ₹70 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹32.54 crores
There was much speculation about this movie that had some of the finest castings. Yet it did nothing for the fate of the movie and it could only recover a fourth of its budget. Rangoon just wasn’t able to tell its story with consistency. Bollywood’s attempt at a serious wartime romance was something of an ambitious misfire.
6- Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Budget: ₹49 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹37.73 crores
After Padmaavat and Stree, one would have assumed that the Shahid Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor combination would create a lot of interest. However, that wasn’t the case with Batti Gul Meter Chalu, which was dull right from the time the promos came out. The film did not even take a start and poor reviews sealed its fate. The movie was a failed attempt at socio-comedy.
7- Rock On 2
Budget: ₹45 crores
Box Office Collection: ₹15.7 crores
The second movie from the popular musical franchise, Rock On 2 had a lot of expectations riding on it. The first from the series was a huge success and many box office analysts expected the second to reach the same height. However, everyone from the industry was in for a surprise when the film did not even get through the double digit through the first weekend.