Diwali has not always brought in wealth and happiness in Bollywood. This year’s Diwali releases look more than merely interesting and has too many expectations from them. Yash Chopra’s untimely death has quadrupled the expectations from his last directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan which has been deemed as the climax and culmination of his legendary career as a film maker. Son Of Sardaar despite seeming to miniscule in comparison to that has left no stone unturned and have ensured that this Diwali box-office entertainment will be to the hilt. Trade Analysts confirm that both the films were walking neck to neck in terms of publicity, till the death of Yash-ji who succumbed to Dengue shortly before the ‘King of Romance’ was all set to shoot the last song sequence in the Swiss Alps, a destination he popularized in Bollywood films. Jab Tak Hai Jaan has an obvious edge as being the last gift of Yash Chopra to his audiences providing them with YRF kind of magical passion and romance.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar Movie Posters
Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar Movie Posters

With such buzz building around the films and the publicity hypes almost warring with each other, we can’t help but look at the Diwali releases of the past few years. Diwali doesn’t necessarily mean crackling happiness for Bollywood. Thankfully this Diwali does seem to be excessively appealing but taking a close look at the past Diwali releases, they have often gone a step forward in dampening the festive spirits of the audiences. Koimoi brings to you a list of the biggest Diwali flops in Bollywood –

Ra.One (2011)

Ra.One Movie Poster
Ra.One Movie Poster

This movie could have been so much better than what Shah Rukh Khan claimed it to be. A soggy reception from critics and a very average lukewarm reception from audiences made this film to be an absolute dud. The crazy fan following of the teeming billions of SRK, the internationally acclaimed singer Akon’s Chammak Challo, or even the ridiculously large amounts spent in the publicity of the film could spare the audience from this disaster. This film did badly more because of the hype it created and how it failed to elevate the film to those heights. The film has a few successes to its name, but in audience’s memory it will be remembered as a disaster!

Action Replayy (2010)

Action Replayy Movie Poster
Action Replayy Movie Poster

This movie was a blemish on the names of two of Bollywood’s biggest stars ever – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. Given their fan following the films fared beyond pathetic at the box office. No Akshay Kumar film has opened that low at box office in recent times. Being an ambitious storyline, the film lacked wit and drama both. The critics shunned the film and audiences proclaimed it to be a disaster. The film dampened the spirits of all that Diwali, mostly of those associated with the film.

Blue (2009)

Blue Movie Wallpaper
Blue Movie Wallpaper

Laden with sophisticated underwater stunt scenes, the film starred action heroes – Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar. The film will be remembered as one of its kind for dealing with a plot so Hollywood in its outlook. It was quite a bold choice of story. But the film obviously couldn’t create ripples at box office. The thrill from the thriller was absolutely missing and the direction was terrible. The movie bombed badly at the box office and couldn’t run at all beyond the first week.

Saawariya (2007)

Saawariya Movie Wallpaper
Saawariya Movie Wallpaper

Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s acting debut was an ambitious film of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Based on the short story ‘White Nights’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky was an unusually, intriguing film. An overdose of dull blue with a damp plot, people would remember this film for the sheer reason how badly it bombed at the box office opposite Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om which launched Deepika Padukone that year. The performances of debut actors Ranbir and Sonam were conspicuously noticed by audiences and critics.

Jaan-E-Mann (2006)

Jaan-E-Mann Movie Wallpaper
Jaan-E-Mann Movie Wallpaper

Shirish Kunder, better known as the spouse of choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan, started his career as a director with this film. The film starred Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar after the mega success of Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and also explored the lesser seen chemistry between Salman and Preity, which the critics had great expectations from. The film received average reviews from critics but saw an instant drop in collections on the second day due to huge competition from Shah Rukh Khan starrer Farhan Akhtar’s films Don. The film’s collections were beyond disappointing and remain to be one of biggest box office Diwali flops.

Kyon Ki (2005)

Kyon Ki... Movie Wallpaper
Kyon Ki… Movie Wallpaper

Priyadarshan’s directed Kyon Ki… starring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor was a remake of Priyadarshan’s Malayalam film Thalavattam which was released in 1986. Salman’s performance was appreciated by critics but except that the film turned out to be a flop at the box office. Stars like Jackie Shroff and Om Puri, despite a good script couldn’t pull through the film.

Pinjar (2003)

Pinjar Movie Poster
Pinjar Movie Poster

Amrita Pritam’s Punjabi novel ‘Pinjar’ the considered to be finest work of literature based on Partition theme. The film won National Award for Best Feature film on National Integration and starred actors like Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Suri, all recognized for their skills and caliber in acting. Despite a great plot and good performances, the film failed to gather audiences at theatres because of it wrong timing of release. Watching a film that painful in character, people thought, would just spoil the festive spirit of fun and frolic. The film was declared a flop despite being a great film.

Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002)

Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Movie Poster
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Movie Poster

Starring Kareena Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor, the film is an unusual story of an unusual love story which was far from being impressive. It bordered on boredom and a film which cannot definitely find a place in public memory due to being a morose film.

Diwali’s crackers don’t boom every film that is released during this time; neither does Goddess Lakshmi smile at all alike. In the end, everyone makes films for the audiences and if they are impressed by the film, nothing else matters. As the advance bookings for both Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar are closely competing with each other, here’s Koimoi wishing them both good luck and hopes they get their desired as well as deserved share from Goddess Lakshmi this Diwali.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Are you serious??

    How could a movie after earning a profit of around 20 crores (though below expectations) could be considered a FLOP???

    I haven’t mentioned the name of the movie but if you know which movie I am talking about, that means you know I am right.

  2. SAAWARIA, KYON ki, Jeena Sirf Mere liye, Janeman flopped because they were romantic/emotional love stories. Blue & Action replay flopped bacause they were released against Ajay devgan’s Golmaal3 & All the best. Raone underperformed because of high expectation and no value in actual. So What I want to say is (1) to rock Diwali, it has to be Either an Ajay starrer or a masala comedy like G3 or All The Best or Om Shanti Om or Golmaal returns. SOS is both Ajay starrer and masala entertainer (2) To flop it has to be a SAD/Romantic story with lots of Hype or it has to be released against either an Ajay starrer or against a masala entertainer. JTHJ falls in that category releasing against the COMBO pack of Ajay and entertain ie SOS. Thank you. Comment please

  3. aisi article mat post kiya kr nai toh kisi din janta teri office par aur tere sar me joote chappal mara karegi ek no. ka jhootha…….

  4. RA.One is a Box office disaster? But according to trade it is a hit in India and super hit in Overseas.It netted 123 crores from all versions and 115 crores from Hindi version.It did $ 10 million in Overseas.The Worldwide Gross of the movie is 240 crores.How many disaster movies have made 240 crores can you explain.Majority critics of good reputation have given high ratings to Ra.One and can be checked on Google.It is 100 times better than crap remakes of south movies.

  5. SOS will be a blockbuster. In the recent years masala , fun movies which entertains you are finding flavour amoung the audience. SOS belongs to masses and would surely be liked by one and all. Happy Diwali & All the best to SOS.

  6. Screw this review…….Blue wasnt a Disaster or a Washout it earned its share of profit…..Ra. One though opened with negative reviews Still managed to be a 100 Cr Grosser and was a Success Overseas……Jaan-e-Mann didnt opened to Average reviews……It opened to Extremely Positive Reviews and wasnt a Disaster…..It was a flop but Decent Overseas…….SOS and JTHJ both have capablity to open big…..But after 3 Dayz one film would definitly dent the collections of Other’s….

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