The Flip Side of Bollywood : Big Budget Films That Flopped

Over the years, Bollywood has produced several blockbusters and stunning high budget films. While some of these have created history in terms of success, others have created history in terms of being big flops – contrary to expectations and the credentials of the people behind them. In fact, time and again it has been seen that even films with mega stars or super stars have flopped – an impressive or popular star cast is obviously no guarantee for success. Take the high budget film ‘Blue’ for example. This was a film which had a budget of Rs. 120 crores and had a star cast which included Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Zayed Khan and Lara Dutta. The director of the film was Anthony D’Souza. The film was an action adventure film and was expected to yield high income at the box office. But unfortunately the film did not do well at the box office and failed to make an impact on the viewers. ‘Players’ had a budget of Rs. 90 crores and starred Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya in the lead roles. But the film had a disastrous run at the box office. Its collections of just Rs. 29.75 crores made it a big flop in the industry. ‘Kites’ was another movie which did not have a good run at the box office. The budget of the film was 60 crores and it had Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in lead roles. ‘Love Story 2050’ had a budget of Rs. 50 crores and had Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Archana Puran Singh and Dilip Tahil as stars. The film could not even recover the cost of the bare budget of the film, thus making it a big disaster in terms of yielding any sort of profits. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred in the film ‘Ravan’ which had a budget of Rs. 45 crores and was expected to bring in huge profits at the box office. But unfortunately the film did not make any impression at the box office and went on to be a disaster as it incurred huge losses.

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred in the film ‘Ravan’ which had a budget of Rs. 45 crores and was expected to bring in huge profits at the box office. But unfortunately the film did not make any impression at the box office and went on to be a disaster as it incurred huge losses.

‘Saawariya’ was a ‘debut’ film for both Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. The budget for the film was Rs. 42 crores and it was expected to be a super hit under the direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But the film did not do well at the box office and failed to impress the viewers. The songs of the movie were praised but the movie could not make an impact in toto. ‘Action
Replayy’ had a budget of Rs. 40 crores and had star line up that included Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranvijay Singh and Neha Dhupia in the lead roles. The film did not make impression on viewers and thereby could not gather profits at the box office. ‘Mausam’ is another movie in the list of flop Bollywood films which could not match the expectations of viewers or indeed the film’s producer . The budget for the film was Rs. 35 crores and had Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. The film showed a lot of promise but did not appeal to viewers.
Going by these examples and the success of many of the low budget films, does it mean that the days of high budget films are over ? Talented actors, talented producers, talented directors, talented musicians, talented choreographers and an overall talented film production team  there is no dearth of them. And yet, in the final analysis, it is the discerning some say whimsical public which goes by its own yardsticks of what makes a film click. If only all the talented personalities of Bollywood could get a measure of that yardstick which determines whether a film will be a hit or a flop.

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