Bollywood Box Office Duds of 2016

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Bollywood has always had its fair share of ups and downs over the years. Nobody expects every film to do well but movies that have been heavily promoted and hyped for months are expected to do well or at least recover their costs. This year, Bollywood had some massive flops with big-ticket films like Mohenjo Daro and Fan doing very poorly. They are not the only failures at the box office this year — Bayside Journal brings to you the biggest box-office duds of 2016.

1. Mohenjo Daro

What do you expect from a film that has been made on an epic scale with a massive 100 crore budget starring Hrithik Roshan, directed by Oscar-nominated Ashutosh Gowariker and a music score by A.R. Rehman? A box-office hit at the very least? The film was termed a disaster at the box-office with negative reviews from both critics and audiences. The inaccurate historical depictions and Hrithik’s blonde streaks and bronzed body didn’t help either. It managed to recover just INR 58 crores.

2. Fan

Shah Rukh Khan in a double role giving one of his career-best performances sounds like the recipe for a massive success, doesn’t it? Wrong. The 105 crore film made just 85 crores. It seems even SRK isn’t as popular as Tom Cruise after all.

3. Shivaay

The film was touted as Ajay Devgn’s debut as director with the audience being subjected to teasers and trailers months in advance. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be a snooze-fest thanks to the poor script, unrealistic action scenes, and the slow pace. Although the film earned a decent 100 crores it wasn’t enough to recover the 120 crore budget.

4. Rock On 2

The film had an unfortunate release on November 11, 2016, when the country was still grappling with the effects of demonetisation. This took a toll on the box-office collections of many films in that period including Rock On 2. The film which was made on a modest budget of 55 crores made only 11 crores. A weak soundtrack, inadequate script, and poor characterisation only added to its woes.

5. Baar Baar Dekho

The film was produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and the hit song ‘Kaala Chashma’ had everyone raving about the choreography and Katrina Kaif’s abs. But the weak script that unfolded with random flashbacks and flash forwards coupled with poor performances by the leads ensured that the 55-crore budget film recovered just 31 crores.

6. Mirzya

Anil Kapoor’s son, Harshvardhan Kapoor, made his much-awaited debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya. The film was based on the Punjabi folklore of Mirza Sahiban tells the story of how a horse groomsman reconnects and falls in love with a princess who is engaged to marry a prince. Both Kapoor and Saiyami Kher who made her Hindi film debut with Mirzya failed to impress audiences. Despite the gorgeous locales and cinematography, the film was declared a disaster at the box office with earning of 11 crores against a budget of 55 crores.

7. Fitoor

Katrina Kaif delivered her second flop of the year with Fitoor. The film was poor adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Great Expectations and the plot revealed around a poor, talented boy who falls in love with a rich girl. The boy (Noor, played by Aditya Kapoor when he is older) goes to London and becomes a successful artist and tries to win a now-engaged Katrina Kapoor’s heart. Even a decent performance by the ever-dependable Tabu couldn’t salvage the poor script and the oscillating romance. The film — made on a budget of 55 crores — disappointed viewers and critics alike and earned only 20 crores at the box-office.