From 83 and Mohnejo Daro to Bombay Velvet and Jagga Jasoos, the last decade (read 2011-2021) has seen its fair share of massive disasters in Bollywood. To be fait, several Bollywood movies have bit the dust and been declared as disasters at the box office right from 1953 when Sohrab Modi's Jhansi Ki Rani was one of the first Hindi films to tank miserably at the box office. As the years have gone buy so have the rate of disasters occurring and the amount of money they lose grown exponentially. And with the insane amount of money riding on Bollywood since the past 12-15 years, a movie ending up as a disaster not only severely affects the trade, but also drills a gargantuan hole in the finances of producers and distributors, not to mention crushing the hopes of exhibitors (read theatre owners).
There are two types of movies that become disasters at the box office – the first, where the audience has little to no interest in since the beginning, the medium-to-small-budget washouts, which are dead on arrival at cinema halls due to zero buzz they carry, and really don't surprise many when they turn out to be washouts. Then, there's the second kind, which we'll be listing out today, the ones that are made on big budgets, feature big stars, hold relatively keen interest, but either turn out to be duds that sink post day one a la Bombay Velvet or receive great reviews, coupled with amazing word-of-mouth, but simply don't click with the masses at large due to a number of factors a la 83.
So, without further ado, check out the biggest disasters of the second kind from the last decade below:
Joker (2012): Collection: ₹22.51 crore nett / Loss: ₹30 crore
Tezz (2012): Collection: ₹15.42 crore nett / Loss: ₹35 crore
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013): Collection: ₹16.32 crore nett / Loss: ₹25 crore
Ungli (2014): Collection: ₹19.47 crore nett / Loss: ₹25 crore
Mr. X (2015): Collection: ₹24.79 crore nett / Loss: ₹20 crore
Bombay Velvet (2015): Collection: ₹23.67 crore nett / Loss: ₹75 crore
Mohenjo Daro (2016): Collection: ₹58 crore nett / Loss: ₹60 crore
Fitoor (2016): Collection: ₹19.28 crore nett / Loss: ₹40 crore
Rock On 2 (2016): Collection: ₹10.47 crore nett / Loss: ₹25 crore
Jagga Jasoos (2017): Collection: ₹54.16 crore nett / Loss: ₹50 crore
Raabta (2017): Collection: ₹25.67 crore nett / Loss: ₹35 crore
Rangoon (2017): Collection: ₹20.68 crore nett / Loss: ₹70 crore
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se (2018): Collection: ₹19.42 crore nett / Loss: ₹25 crore
Kalank (2019): Collection: ₹80.35 crore nett / Loss: ₹40 crore
83 (2021): Collection: ₹102.27 crore nett / Loss: ₹70 crore
Fingers crossed that not too many movies are added to this list in the coming years.
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