Year Ender 2023: Worst Bollywood debacles through the year

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 December, 2023 1:22 pm IST
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NEW DELHI: As the present year shuts its blinds for the next, the Indian film industry saw its share of massive successes, however, the box office duds were not too far behind. No matter the reviews earned, everything comes down to how much amount the movies have earned across domestic and international markets.

These are the top 10 worst-performing movies at the box office.

1. Ganapath

The much talked about movie starring a powerhouse ensemble of veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, and superstars Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, with famed director Vikas Bahl at the helm of its production, suffered a massive debacle as it made its debut at the box office. Earning a measly Rs 20 crore at the box office, against a budget of Rs 200 crore, it was the worst-performing movie that the BO witnessed amid its fold this year.

After the movie debuted in theatres, Bahl’s magnum opus saw a collection of Rs 13.02 crore in India, while earning a meagre Rs 2.5 crore overseas. The director has gone on to tell the media that after the shooting started, the direction of the film started confusing him.

2. Adipurush

Another entry into the list of movies based on Indian mythos which suffered a terrible debacle at the Indian box office was the Prabhas-starrer based on the Ramayana. From the very beginning of the movie being announced through its teaser, the movie was received with enormous flak, with the audience hitting out at director Om Raut for not sticking to the myth of authenticity.

Consequently, the results were seen in the box office collections itself, as it secured a net collection of only Rs 393 crore against a total budget of Rs 450 crore. Domestically, the movie earned Rs 288.15 crore, while earning Rs 50 crore overseas.

3. Selfiee

Another strange happening at the Indian box office was witnessed with Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi’s multi-starrer failing to show up at the box office. The movie was set up along the premise of the two lead actors going on a battle of egos, however, the battle ended with a whimper.

Through the course of its lifetime collections, the movie was only able to amass an overall of Rs 24.6 crore, with the domestic collection being Rs 17.03 crore and the overseas collection being Rs 4.5 crore. The movie was made on a budget of approximately Rs 100 crore.

4. Kuttey

Banking on the reputation of his father, Vishal Bharadwaj, Aasmaan went on to direct his magnum opus at his debut, while harping on the success of Vishal’s ‘Kaminey’. To put matters into perspective, the cast was perceived as Arjun Kapoor’s career’s revival, with Tabu and Naseeruddin Shah for support, earning massive acclaim from critics.

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However, the movie only managed to acquire Rs 8.47 crore against a budget of Rs 50 crore, failing to cross even half of the amount spent. It amassed a meagre Rs 5.91 crore domestically while earning a meagre Rs 1.5 crore overseas.

5. Shehzada

Another addition of flops in Kartik Aryan’s kitbag, Shehzada projects itself harbouring itself on the premise of Aryan’s charm and the oomph factor provided by Kriti Sanon. The fact remains that it could not effectively play up with either, with the audience sleeping through the snooze-fest until they stopped appearing to the screens altogether.

The Rohit Dhawan directorial only earned Rs 47.8 crore at the box office against a budget of Rs 50 crore, earning Rs 32.02 crore domestically and Rs 10 crore internationally.

6. Tejas

Adding to Kangana Ranaut’s castle of failures, she returned to deliver yet another disaster class directed by an almost unknown director Sarvesh Mewara. Ranaut’s belief in herself to pull off a fantastic movie on the pretext of her “star power” is commendable yet it must be said that it’s misplaced. Her movie on aerial firefights and the Indian Tejas fighter plane stands testament to the previous statement.

To put matters into perspective, the movie only earned Rs 8.05 crore, against a budget of Rs 60 crore, with it earning Rs 6.2 crore domestically and Rs 0.75 crore overseas.

7. The Vaccine War

Financially backed by Kangana Ranaut, the movie directed by Vivek Agnihotri was slated to celebrate India’s success during the harrowing times of COVID-19, unfortunately, it only reminded the people of the death and disease of the pandemic. These effects were also reflected at the box office. Despite its low budget of around Rs 10 crore, it only managed to cross the finish line, earning a mere profit of Rs 2 crore.

8. Bholaa

In a similar fashion to ‘The Vaccine War’, the movie starring and directed by Ajay Devgn also faced the wrath of barely getting past the finish line with a lukewarm reception and an even worse showing at the box office. The movie, made on a budget of Rs 100 crore approximately, was only able to recover around Rs 123 crore across the box office.

9. Bheed

Another massive disaster related to the COVID pandemic, the movie made by Hansal Mehta and starring critically acclaimed actors Rajkumar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, was one of the worst disasters at the box office this time around. Based on the workers’ exodus during the pandemic, frightened the audience to show up at the theatre.

Thus, the movie made at a budget of Rs 30 crore, was able to earn a sad Rs 2.1 crore. It earned Rs 1.75 crore domestically while earning nothing in the overseas market.

10. Thank You For Coming

The movie which saw Instagram influencer Kusha Kapila lead the way alongside Bhumi Pednekar for a movie which was slated to discover the sisterhood between women, and to initiate conversation regarding female sexual discovery, fell flat on its face. The film barely found any takers in either the domestic market or the overseas market.

Made on a budget of around Rs 45 crore, the movie only managed to make a disastrous Rs 9.6 crore. Domestically, the movie minted Rs 6.75 crore domestically and Rs 1.6 crore overseas.

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