Big Budget, Big Flops: Bollywood’s Box-Office Bombs

We keep talking about the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood but there are many films that have bombed at the box-office. The only formula that sells is content and exorbitant budget often leads to disasters which are passed by the masses and thrashed by the critics. Let's look at some of the big budget films that bombed at the box-office.

Big Budget, Big Flops: Bollywood’s Box-Office Bombs Big Budget, Big Flops: Bollywood’s Box-Office Bombs Source : Press


Bollywood is one of the biggest and most prolific film industries in the world. Every year, more than three hundred films are produced in Bollywood. Bollywood's box-office figures are now in multibillion-dollars, making it one of the most profitable ventures in the country. The successful films do extraordinary business.


Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar was made on a production budget of ₹15 Crore and went on to gross ₹977 Crore worldwide, of which less than 10% was grossed domestically.


As money pumping has steadily manifold, production budget in excess of ₹50 Crore is no big fuss today. As a reason, the failures have become more glaring financial setbacks for the production companies and the stars.


Big Budgets guarantee A-List actors, fantastic production design, high-standard audio-visual but not the success. There is a famous saying in Hindi film audience when they don't like a movie, "Koi story hi nahi thi." which reiterates that the audience care most about the content, which entertainment is a byproduct of.


Box-office bombs create a big hole in the career of everyone associated with the film, especially the director, writer, actor and most significantly, the producer and distributor who bear the brunt of economic losses as well.


Here's a list of Bollywood's All-Time Biggest Bombs at the Box-Office:


Ajooba: The 1991 Indian-Soviet fantasy superhero film, produced and directed by Shashi Kapoor made only ₹4.5 Crore on a budget of ₹8 Crore which was huge in its time.


Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja: Boney Kapoor's ambitious 1993 action-comedy film was made on a budget of ₹9.2 crore (equivalent to ₹50 crore in 2018) but it grossed only ₹2.7 crore (equivalent to ₹15 crore in 2018) at the box-office.


Raju Chacha: Ajay Devgn-Kajol starrer film was an epic failure. Made on a budget of ₹30.6 crore (equivalent to ₹94 crore in 2018), Raju Chacha grossed only ₹8.6 crore (equivalent to ₹27 crore in 2018) at the box-office.


Asoka: Satosh Sivan's epic historical dram film made in 2001, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor was made on a budget of ₹12.5 Crore, a huge sum at the time, incurred heavy losses as its net gross was only ₹11.54 Crore in India.


Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story: Akbar Khan directed 2005 historical drama film directed by Akbar Khan was the most expensive film of its time costing more than ₹50 Crore. It made only ₹31 Crore at the box office and was a huge failure.


Saawariya: Based on Dostoevsky's short story "White Nights", the romance film produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was made on a budget on enormous budget of ₹45 Crore (in 2007) grossed only ₹39 Crore at box-office.


Aag: Ram Gopal Verma's terrible flop is considered to be one of the worst films of all time. It was a total disaster. Aag was made on a budget of ₹21 Crores and grossed mere ₹13 Crore worldwide.


Yuvvraaj: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Yuvvraj was directed by Subhash Ghai. This film's budget was an excessive ₹48 crore, but it bombed at the box office nevertheless, grossing only ₹31.2 Crore worldwide.


Drona: Abishek Bachchan-Priyanka Chopra starrer fantasy adventure film was made on a budget of ₹43 Crore. It was a box-office bomb in true sense, with worldwide gross at only ₹18 Crore.


Love Story 2050: Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja starrer 2008 sci-fi romance film grossed only ₹18.5 Crore in box-office on a production budget of ₹40 Crore. The reason for its failure was explained by critics who called its script ‘senseless'.


Blue: Akshay Kumar's 2009 action-adventure film stole headlines for its brilliant under-water shots and cameo appearance by Kylie Minogue who was paid ₹6.6 Crore. The budge was ₹110 crore (equivalent to ₹207 crore in 2018) and made only ₹75 crore (equivalent to ₹141 crore in 2018) at the box-office because of its weak story.


Raavan: Mani Ratnam's epic adventure film starring the then mega couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan is considered a box-office failure even though it has grossed ₹79 Crore worldwide on a production budget of ₹55 Crore.


Guzaarish: Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan cost ₹50 Crore to make but collected only ₹29 crore at the box-office.


Kites: Rakesh Roshan's 2010 romantic action-thriller film made only ₹86 Crore worldwide on a production budget of ₹60 Crore. Domestically, the collection was ₹49 Crore. Even the Mexican actress and model Barbara Mori couldn't save the film.


Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey: Ashutosh Gowariker's ₹45 Crore adventure film bombed at the box office, collecting only ₹5 Crore.


Ra.One: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Ra.One also had Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. The production cost of this film was ₹130 crore but it grossed only ₹114 crore at the box office.


Besharam: Ranbir Kapoor starrer 85-crore action-comedy film only managed 35 crores at the box-office. It was received poorly by critics and audience alike.


Bombay Velvet: Director Anurag Kashyap's biggest commercial failure was made on a budget of ₹125 Crore but suffered losses of around ₹90 Crore. Anurag Kashyap's film was praised for its production, costume and visuals but failed to impress anyone with its story.


Mirzya: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's musical-romance film was made on a decent budget of ₹63 Crore but it made only ₹11 Crore at the box-office. The film received mixed reviews from critics and the absence of any big stars is said to be its downfall.


Mohenjo Daro: Ashutosh Gowariker's ₹138 Crore period film made only ₹75 Crore in box-office. It was negatively received by critics and audience alike for its lack of depth.


Jagga Jasoos: Anurag Basu's big budget action film was poorly received by the audience even though it was star studded. It grossed only ₹70 Crore on a budget of ₹131 Crore.


A Gentleman: Siddharth Malhotra-Jacqueline Fernandez starrer action-comedy was a box-office disaster. At a budget of ₹67 Crore, it crossed only ₹23 Crore.


Namaste England: Vipul Shah's movie was last year's epic failure. Box-office collection at ₹4.18 Crore was less than even 10% of its budget at ₹54 Crore.


Thugs of Hindostan: Made on an estimated budget of ₹240-310 Crore. Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer had a record opening at ₹50.75 Crore but because of poor reception it folded at just ₹145 Crore.


Zero: Aanand Rai's star-studded romantic drama film fail to impress the audience. It received mix reviews and only grossed ₹186 Crore worldwide on a production budget of ₹200 Crore.


Some of the older films which flopped at box-office:


Jhansi ki rani (1953)
Kaagaz ke phool (1959)
Son of India (1962)
Guide (1964)
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
Shalimar (1978)
Shaan (1980)
Razia Sultan (1983)



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