Flops – that weren’t meant to be
2005 was one of the best years for Bollywood, as there were quite a number of hits. Of course, the year had its fair share of disappointments as well. Here’s a look at the unexpected flops of 2005.
This was Aamir Khan’s big comeback film, after a four year sabbatical. Considering his last few releases were Dil Chahta Hai — almost a cult film now — and the Oscar-nominated Lagaan, the expectations from Mangal Pandey were sky high.
Directed by Ketan Mehta, the film promised to whip up nationalistic fervour, as it was about the Indian soldier who took on the mighty British Empire, way back in 1857. Sadly, it didn’t whip up any takers at the box office. Mangal Pandey made at about Rs 500 million, and was just able to recover the money invested.
What a disappointment!
It’s truly hard to believe a man like Subhash Ghai can direct such an awful film. The Showman — who has given us such successful movies as Karma, Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak and Pardes — seems to have misplaced his magic touch.
His last film Yaadein did well abroad, but was overall considered quite an embarrassment.
All of Aishwarya Rai’s 2004 films — Kyon! Ho Gaya Na?, Bride & Prejudice and Raincoat — bombed. In 2005, she had just one release, Shabd. It bombed as well.
The film, co-starring Sanjay Dutt, saw her loosen up a bit and agree to a steamy bedroom scene with her leading man. When asked why she agreed to it, she replied,
I don’t need to do things to draw attention. I didn’t do that in the beginning and I don’t need to do that at this stage of my career.
The film did not draw any attention either.
After Vaastav, Mahesh Manjrekar has yet to prove himself at the box office. In the last six years, all his 11 films have bombed.
Yet, people wanted to believe in Viruddh. After all, it starred — and was even produced by — Amitabh Bachchan. While the critics were undecided about the film, the audiences had no doubts about giving it a miss.
After Haan? Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya flopped in 2002, we thought director Dharmesh Darshan would come up with something different. After films like Raja Hindustani and Dhadkan, we hoped the director would weave magic with his 2005 release, Bewafaa.
Shot in Canada, the movie had a bit of a star cast, including Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Manoj Bajpai and Shamita Shetty. But the film, supposedly a family entertainer, was a sore disappointment.
The Priyadarshan film, starring the never-paired-before duo of Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, generated lot of expectations. Kyon Ki? had a clear advantage because it released during Diwali, a time when almost all films win at the box office.
But the film was far too serious, and could not capture the magic of its Malayalam original, Thalavattam.
It bombed. And how!
Deewane Huye Pagal
When it comes to comedy, Akshay Kumar proved that he was an actor to reckon with in Garam Masala. The Priyadarshan movie was a big hit, and Deewane Huye Pagal opened just a few weeks after that. Besides, DHP starred the winning combination of Akshay, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal (Hera Pheri, Awara Pagal Deewana).
There was just the right rumour buzz as well — it was reported that Akshay edited out a number of co-star Shahid Kapoor’s scenes. But the There’s Something About Mary remake had nothing special to offer.
The film was supposed to rescue Vivek — sorry, Viveik Anand — Oberoi’s career from the doldrums. Besides, it was directed Sujoy Ghosh, who made a promising start with Jhankaar Beats in 2003.
For added luck, Vivek also changed his name.
But the film was a disaster. The plot was weak and left the audiences very disappointed.
The movie released at a time when Amitabh Bachchan was hospitalised. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, who made Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, Ek Ajnabee was inspired by the Hollywood film Man On Fire, starring Denzel Washington.
Big B was riding high on success this year with hits like Black, Bunty Aur Babli, Waqt and Sarkar. Besides, the sympathy wave was expected to sweep the box office. But Ek Ajnabee was no Coolie, and the audiences gave it the thumbs down.
Neal N Nikki
Old Bollywood saying:
Aditya Chopra can never go wrong.
All Yash Raj releases in the last few years have been hits. Like Bunty Aur Babli, Hum Tum, Dhoom, Salaam Namaste, Veer Zaara, Saathiya?
The Chopras even made stars out of Saif Ali Khan (Hum Tum) and John Abraham (Dhoom). So it was expected that Yash Chopra’s younger son Uday would hit the bull’s eye with Neal N Nikki.
The film, directed by Arjun Sablok, was also promoted aggressively. But audiences found it far too bold, and lacking in substance.
New Bollywood saying:
The audience knows better