2010 will always be remembered in Bollywood history as the year where most of the big directors failed to hit gold with their movies. Lets take a look at these high profile directors and their turkey’s.
VEER: The year started with VEER, an ambitious project for both Salman Khan and Anil Sharma. Anil Sharma is one director who gave the biggest blockbuster of Indian Movie History ‘GADAR- Ek Prem Katha’ and he also gave other successful movies in the past like ‘HERO- A lovestory of a Spy’, ‘Apne’ etc. The movie was mounted on a huge budget however the costumer drama fell flat on the face incurring huge losses for the producers and distributors.
KITES: Rakesh Roshan, Rajesh Roshan and Hrithik Roshan always spell box office magic. So when ‘Kites’ was announced it was one of the most anticipated movie of the year. The movie had created a lot of noise because it was a movie that also boasted of starring Mexican Superstar Barbara Mori and also because of the rumours of Hrithik – Barbara love story. For the first time Hrithik was directed by Anurag Basu instead of Rakesh Roshan in their home production financed by Reliance. There was nothing interesting in the movie or in the treatment, this 125 crore extravaganza burnt a huge hole in the pockets of Reliance BIG Cinemas making it one of the biggest disasters in the history of Indian Movies.
RAAVAN: Master-Blaster director Mani Rathnam who always commanded respect and critical acclaim for all his past movies had to take a lot of flak for his latest offering ‘RAAVAN’ starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. AR Rahman who always gave chartbursting music in every Mani movie gave a mediocre score for RAAVAN which added to the losses. The movie was made on a lavish scale at the cost of 100 crore plus however it was another money loser for Reliance BIG Cinemas and Mani Rathnam.
ACTION REPLAY: Vipul Shah has always had an enviable box office track record with three blockbusters ‘Aankhen’, ‘Waqt’ & ‘Namaste London’ as director and ‘Singh Is King’ as a producer. So when Action Replay was announced there was huge curiosity in the trade circle and even the industry tried to forget Vipul’s last movie ‘London Dreams’ which had made below average box office collections. After Raavan this was another flop for Aishwarya and it also hit Akshay’s already staggering career badly.
RAKTCHARITRA 1 & 2: Ram Gopal Varma was one of the most respected names in the trade circles and he also spelt box office success however in the last few years apart from the SARKAR series he didn’t strike gold at the box office. RGV tried resurrecting his career with Raktacharitra however instead of resurrecting the careers of both RGV and Vivek Oberoi it added onto their basket of flops. Another disaster from the RGV ‘Factory’.
ANJAANA ANJAANI: There is still a debate on the box office status of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani starring current heart throb Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Anand always spelt box office success before they teamed up for Anjaana Anjaani. However their combined luck factor didn’t help the movie to recover its costs. If box office returns are to be calculated the movie is a flop however if the satellite and music rights collections are counted then its a profit making venture for Sajid Nadiadwala.
GUZAARISH: After the debacle of SAWAARIYA, Sanjay Leela Bhansali returned with a sensitive story about a Paraplegic patient seeking ‘Mercy Killing.’ Considering the story and the setup the movie shouldn’t have costed SLB anything more than 10-15 crores and if he had made it at that budget the movie would have been one of the superhits of 2010. However SLB made the movie at a huge budget of 90 crores out of which his remuneration was 27 crores plus Hrithik’s fees which was around 15 crores and Aishwarya’s fees which was 3 crores. The movie was a huge disaster although it is one of the masterpieces made by SLB. UTV had to incurr huge losses and Aishwarya got her third flop in a row and Hrithik his second flop after Kites.
We still have not counted few movies like We R Family that came from the prestigious banner of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions or Break Ke Baad by Kunal Kohli Productions or even Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar who have given us big blockbusters like ‘Lagaan’ & ‘Jodha Akbar’.
The year is yet to end and we have the Father of all Big Budget Movies in the form of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ by Farah Khan starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif hope it is not another turkey in the waiting….