Big budget Bollywood movies that failed, in last decade

The audience of Bollywood is hungry for good content along with how the actors are doing their roles. There is so much that goes into those two hours of entertainment you enjoy and one of the critical factors is money. People have opened up to watching the small budget and meaningful films recently but the craze for larger-than-life and big-budget films is still huge. In Bollywood, there is no dearth of big budget movies that bombed at the box office. Some of these films failed to do good business in spite of having popular star cast. In last decade the budget of the movies has increased a lot after the success of movies like Bahubali, 2.0, Saaho etc. Following is a list of top biggest budget movies of Bollywood those failed in box-office.

Panipat (2019)

Panipat (2019) Movie Poster
Panipat (2019) Movie Poster

Made on a budget of almost 100 crores, Panipat earned a little more than 4 crore rupees on the opening day. After that, on Saturday, it earned almost 6 crore rupees, and on Sunday the film earned more than 7.5 crore rupees. All in all, Panipat has earned Rs. 17.68 crores domestically and 5.4 crores approximately from international collections, which is abysmally low for a film worth 100 crores.

The Movie made is a budget of Rs 100 crore only able to collect Rs 49 crore in box-office.

One of the prime reasons behind the film tanking at the box office is the bizarre casting. If you’re choosing a villain, whose acting will undoubtedly leave the audience in awe, you need a hero to at least match him, if not supersede the same. However, by making Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali and Arjun Kapoor as Sadashiv Rao Bhau, Ashutosh literally sealed the fate for his film. Despite being appreciated by some critics, fell flat on its face as it is on its way to become a disastrous flop.

Kalank (2019)

Kalank (2019) Movie Poster
Kalank (2019) Movie Poster

With a stellar cast of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapoor and a bottomless budget to boast of, Kalank was meant to be a vintage style multi-starrer. But movie failed in box-office.

The movie made in a budget of Rs 150 Crore but collected only Rs 85 Crore.

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.

Bombay Velvet (2015)

Bombay Velvet (2015) Movie Poster
Bombay Velvet (2015) Movie Poster

Bombay Velvet despite of having a star-cast of Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movie failed in fox office miserably. As a period cinema, Bombay Velvet could have done a much better job. Even though the visuals are rich in colour and beautiful props, the story that connected the frames was not strong enough for the viewer. 

The Movie made is a budget of Rs 120 crore only able to collect Rs 39 crore in box-office.

The progression of the film is quick, yet ineffective. The story revolved around petty concerns and the film failed to show substantial life incidents except a few. Emotional developments/fallout between characters were also left out either intentionally or unintentionally, which worked against the mood the film wanted to create at each point in the story’s development.

Mohenjo Daro (2016)

Mohenjo Daro (2016) Movie Poster
Mohenjo Daro (2016) Movie Poster

A period film Mohenjo Daro, a film by Ashutosh Gowariker, created quite a bit of hype before its release. Right from the promotional events to the trailer to the debutant beautiful heroine Pooja Hegde and to Hrithik Roshan’s look, fans simply waited for its release with utter curiosity and interest. The movie failed to get the attraction of audience. Mohenjo Daro took a huge beating at the box office, grossing just a little over Rs 30 crores at the domestic box office in three days.

The movie made is a budget of Rs 120 crore only able to collect Rs 80 crore in box-office.

The movie reportedly failed due to ordinary story line, poor VFX and predictable ending. The class with Rustom had a huge impact on boxoffice.  Meanwhile, Mohenjo Daro’s marketing was not much to talk about. In this era of aggressive marketing, that’s a huge missout!

Zero (2018)

Zero(2018) Movie Poster

Zero had all the ingredients for being a blockbuster. Anand L. Rai was directing, Ajay-Atul was composing, Shah Rukh, Anushka and Katrina were in lead roles. It was made on a budget of 200 crores INR which is by far the costliest Hindi film till now. It had cameos of actors like Deepika, Salman, Sridevi etc. Even when the Trailer came out many people liked it. I mean everything was perfect before the release but still, it tanked on the box-office.

The Movie made is a budget of Rs 200 crore only able to collect Rs 90 crore in box-office.

The movie was unable to attract audience due to Non-cohesive screenplay, Poor climax, acting, poor script etc.

Jagga Jasoos (2017)

Jagga Jasoos (2017) Movie Poster
Jagga Jasoos (2017) Movie Poster

After Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu’s first collaboration, Barfi!, hit the bull’s eye commercially and critically, people had sky-high expectations from their next Bollywood outing, Jagga Jasoos. However, the film was reportedly made on a staggering budget of Rs 130 crore and it failed to earn even Rs 50 crore in its first week. Its fortunes are only dwindling further.

The Movie made is a budget of Rs 130 crore only able to collect Rs 85 crore in box-office.

Changing the Film’s Release Date is a major issue.The trend of the audience has shifted from this movie due to the lack of time spent in the film. When the movie came, people didn’t get excited about the movie,  the result was that in the first weekend there was no special earnings.

Thugs of Hindostan (2018)

Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Movie Poster
Thugs of Hindostan (2018) Movie Poster

Thugs of Hindostan was the most expected movie of 2018 because of the starcast and budget. One of the biggest releases Bollywood has ever seen, Thugs of Hindostan started well by earning approximately Rs 52 crore on its opening day. But it was unable to continue that collection because of the poor direction, poor script and unfamiliar genre of the movie.

The Movie made is a budget of Rs 220 crore only able to collect Rs 145 crore in box-office.

Even though the film collected more than 100 crores, the film was touted as a flop because of its high costs of production that far exceeded 100 crores. This is the film where Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan came together for the first time. Nobody could predict that the film would end up to be such a disappointment.

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