Five big-budget Hindi films that flopped

When Bollywood comes out with big-budget films, many assume that they will naturally be huge successes. But a big budget has not always translated into commercial success.

Here’s a list of five films that tanked at the box office in spite of their huge budget.


Rangoon will go down as one of the biggest failures of Bollywood in recent times. In spite of the presence of big stars such as Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor, it just sank. Ironically, it was one of the most awaited films of 2017. The much-hyped period drama was expected to set the cash registers ringing and have a grand opening. Sadly for the producers, nothing of the sort happened.

Rangoon was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, in association with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Made on a budget of Rs 85 crore, the film managed just Rs 23 crore as its lifetime collection. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures suffered losses of around Rs 50 crore.


The 2015 film, Shaandaar, was an unexpected flop. The trailer and music of the film were very well-received, but the film did not do well on release. Director Vikas Bahl, who had just delivered a huge success with Queen (2013), was certainly not expecting the film to meet this fate! In spite of featuring talented actors such as Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Pankaj Kapoor, and having foot-tapping numbers, Shandaar failed at the box office.

Made on a budget of Rs 45 crore, its worldwide collection was pegged at Rs 59.69 crore. The film was declared as one of the biggest box office duds of all time.

Bombay Velvet

This was one of the most ambitious projects of director-producer Anurag Kashyap, but it failed miserably. In fact, so bad was its fate that it has been termed as the biggest disaster of all time amongst Hindi films. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in lead roles, the film was produced at a cost of Rs 90 crore. An additional Rs 20 crore was spent on prints and publicity, taking the total budget to Rs 120 crore. Its lifetime collection was just Rs 21 crore, making it the biggest loss-making venture of Bollywood.

The period drama was based on Gyan Prakash’s book, Mumbai Fables.


Besharam fell flat at the box office, after enjoying a fantastic first day. It received scathing word-of-mouth reviews, as well as bad reviews from film critics, and it simply could not gain ground. Filmmaker Abhinav Kashyap had just delivered a huge blockbuster, Dabangg, with Salman Khan in 2010, and Besharam was his next project. Naturally, nobody expected it to fizzle out like it did.

The film starred Ranbir Singh, Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, but bombed in spite of the impressive cast. It was declared a super flop within just four days of its release. It was made at a budget of Rs 65 crore and garnered Rs 95 crore as its worldwide, lifetime earning.


This 2013 film was an official remake of the 1983 film of the same name. The original film was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, which was, in turn, a remake of the 1981 Telugu film Ooriki Monagadu.

The 2013 version was touted to be the most-awaited entertainer of the year and was expected to garner at least Rs 100 crore. Starring Ajay Devgn and southern superstar Tamannah Bhatia, the movie was directed by Sajid Khan. The film tanked within days of its release.


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