2017 has certainly not been the most wonderful years of Bollywood as far as films are concerned. In fact, this year has seen disappointments more than any other recent years. Even the most anticipated films like Salman Khan starrer ‘Tubelight’ and Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Jab Harry met Sejal’ failed to make an impression on the audience, not to mention the loss it incurred to the distributors.Here we take a look at some of the films that released this year that failed to impress the audience…
OK Janu’ starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor was an official Hindi remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ featuring Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menon. The film released in January. While the Tamil original received a good response from the critics and audience alike, the Hindi remake failed to recreate the magic for the Hindi audience.
While the original film was hailed something of a greatest-hits package of Mani Ratnam, the scene to scene remake of ‘OK Janu’ made it tedious and boring for the ones who have seen the original. The film also recreated and incorporated the cult song ‘Humma Humma’ from 1995 film Bombay.
Rangoon remained one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017 with its most talked about star cast and storyline. The film that released in February had gained much eye balls even before the release of the film for it starred Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor together for the first time. Given the fact that Shahid shares a past with Kareena Kapoor Khan who is currently Saif’s wife, much was written about the duo and their budding professional relationship.
To add it all, the star cast also consisted of Kangana Ranaut as the only female lead in the film. Right from the looks of the actors to its interesting story line, it was touted to be one of the possible hits of 2017. However, the film tanked at the box-office badly. Vishal’s attempt to pack in too much on war, love and deceit, ended up with some haphazard division of war scenes versus love games, which left the viewer muddled.
Aa Gaya Hero
It was a moment of joy for the fans of Govinda when the actor announced his film ‘Aa Gaya Hero’ that will mark his comeback in his original and much loved form. However, the film failed to work its magic over his fans.
Directed by Dipankar Senapati, the film that released in March this year unfortunately had nothing new to offer to the audience. Although it had all the song-dance sequences and quirky dialogues which one loved in a Govinda movie, it also incorporated the mindless comedies from the 90s that have supposedly stopped working with the audience of this age. Apart from Govinda’s ever amazing dance moves, the film offered nothing worth to watch.
‘Machine’ marked the debut of Abbas Burmawala (Abbas-Mustan fame)’s son Mustafa. Abbas-Mustan is known for creating some successful brand of cinemas in the 90s. And they chose a similar kind of vehicle for Mustafa too. But it would not be right to say that they borne him similar fruits. Mustafa, paired with Kiara Advani, failed to grab the spotlight through his debut film.
‘Phillauri’ happens to be Anushka Sharma’s second production after ‘NH10’. Because ‘NH10’ was appreciated by audience and critics alike for its bold content and story line, expectations with her second venture were manifold. However, fantasy comedy was not successful in striking a chord with the audience. Anushka, who played a friendly ghost in the movie, promoted the film extensively before its release. The actors like Suraj Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Mehreen Pirzada managed to steer the film to some extent with their performance but the one-line plot of the film had nothing great to offer.
Based on the Pakistani novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’, ‘Noor’ is an account of a Mumbai based Indian journalist’s misadventures and love life. Starring Sonakshi Sinha in the titular role, the film was the second film of the actress after Akira to have flopped as solo-heroine films.
Apart from the recreated version of the old cult song ‘Gulabi Aankhein’, the film lacked soulful music. Director Sunhil Sippy, the film was over-written and proved to be a disaster at the box-office.
An Ashtar Sayed directorial, ‘Maatr’ starred Raveena Tandon in the lead role. The film was a revenge drama of a mother who avenged the rape and murder of her daughter.
While the film was topical, it seemed to over-dramatise and trivialise the subject. Raveena as a revengeful mother stood out in her performance. However, that was not sufficient to hook the audience to the screen. The film was released on a high hope as yet another film ‘Mom’ starring Sridevi was in the making and both the films were touted to be based on similar lines. While ‘Mom’ managed to create an audience for itself with its strong script and impressive performances, ‘Maatr’ tanked at the box-office.
The third instalment in the Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sarakar’ franchise, ‘Sarkar 3’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role yet again, released in May. Although the set-up and actors resemble the first part, it lacks the nuances that ‘Sarkar’ had.
The film also featured actors like Ronit Roy, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam. While the performances of allthe actors in the film were praiseworthy, the film was not engaging enough and sadly lacked RGV’s touch. With great ensemble of cast, hopes rode high on this one. However, it failed to make a mark on the audience as well as at the box-office.
After the success of ‘2 States’, Chetan Bhagat’s next novel ‘Half Girlfriend’ was in great demand. So much so that, Ekta Kapoor and Mohit Suri bought the rights of making the film on the novel even before the completion of the novel. While Arjun Kapoor, who sizzled in ‘2 States’ as well, was roped in for this one too, this time with Shraddha Kapoor as his female lead. However, unlike ‘2 States’, ‘Half Girlfriend’ was clichéd and also lacked intensity between the lead pair.
Director Mohit Suri tried his best to stretch the thin plot with some melodious music tracks but failed to hook the audience.
Meri Pyaari Bindu
Akshay Roy’s ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ was yet another outing of actress Parineeti Chopra with Yash Raj Films opposite Ayushmann Khurrana as the male lead. While this film gained good word of mouth publicity before it’s release due to Parineeti’s debut song as a singer in the film, the film in totality after its release proved to be a disaster.
It was a simple rom-com with all its necessary clichéd ingredients. The shifting narratives in the film from past to present kept the audience confused in most of the parts. Too lengthy, the film failed to deliver what was expected of it. It was also declared a ‘flop’ at the box-office.
After ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, Kabir Khan’s ‘Tubelight’ starring Salman Khan was presumed to be a hit even before the film was released. Set at the backdrop of 1962 Sino-Indian War, the film also stars Sohail Khan, Om Puri and others.
By roping Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, the film had raised its level of anticipation amongst the viewers. And after the kind of acceptance that Salman received for his character in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, the makers were hopeful that the actor would be able to ace it this time as well. However, while Salman played his character with utmost sincerity, it failed to make a connection with his fans who is pretty used to his macho image. Accepting Salman as a child-like man with a golden heart, who seldom retaliated, was difficult for the fans of the ‘Dabangg’ Khan. The film also had much-talked about cameo of Shah Rukh Khan in the movie which failed to make an impact on the film.
As a result, although the film was appreciated critically for its message and performance, it bombed at the box-office, leaving its distributors and makers in utter shock. Salman, later reportedly promised to pay for the loss of the distributors.
Dinesh Vijan’s ‘Raabta’ starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon is a romantic thriller that released in June of this year. The film also starred Jim Sarbh and Rajkummar Rao in prominent roles. The film played on the theme of reincarnation.
There was much that ‘Raabta’ was in buzz for. Right from Sushant’s break-up with his long-time girlfriend Aankita Lokhande to his link-ups with his co-star Kriti. All raised the anticipation level amongst the viewers. While the audience got to see a lot of Sushant-Kriti chemistry, it failed to work for the benefit of the film. Surprise element Rajkummar Rao and a special song stint by Deepika Padukone also failed to lift the movie.
The film was also in legal trouble over plagiarism from ‘Magadheera’ producer Allu Arvind. The court however later ruled in favour of the makers of ‘Raabta’.
While Jim and Sushant shine in their own spaces, it just didn’t seem enough to make people love the film. The film tanked at the box-office.
Behen Hogi Teri
Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Haasan, the film was not mounted high right from the start. Apart from the actor’s performance, there was nothing watch-worthy in the film.
The film had some quirky dialogues and brilliant punch-lines but other than that there was just a flat story. Needless to say, it did not make an impact on the audience and the box-office.
Directed by Bumpy and distributed under the Yash Raj Films banner, the comedy thriller starred Riteish Deshmukh, Rhea Chakraborty and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles. The film was a comeback to YRF for Vivek Oberoi after ‘Saathiya’.
The film not only failed to make an impact on the audience but also wasted some good actors like Riteish and Vivek. The film seemed simply dragged with lame twitter jokes with absolutely nothing new to offer.
The film was supposed to be a slapstick comedy which eventually goes the thriller way. But neither does the film make you laugh, nor does it deliver thrills.
Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha
‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’ happened to be the second attempt of Suneel Darshan to give his son Shiv Darshan a new lease of life in the movies after the debacle of his first film ‘Karle Pyaar Karle’. However, the second attempt seemed as futile as the first one.
The film is based on an absurd premise where the lead is a hyper-natural being, being part goon and part spirit. Also starring Upen Patel and Natasha Fernandez, the film had a poor screenplay and script. Needless to say, it bombed badly at the box-office.
Guest Iin London
‘Guest Iin London’ is the second film in the lines of ‘Athithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’ but more than being a sequel it looked like a complete copy of the original film. Directed by Ashwini Dhir, the film starred Kartik Aaryan, Paresh Rawal, Kriti Kharbanda and Tanvi Azmi in prominent roles.
While Paresh Rawal has always been a delight to watch, he is given nothing new in the forced sequel. While it had its funny moments, the film seemed dragged unnecessarily. There is no two ways to the fact that actors like Tanvi Azmi, Sanjay Mishra and Paresh Rawal did their best, but it was too little to save the movie which had nothing more to offer.
Although the film made up for its expenses, it unfortunately did not click with the audience.
After a long hiatus, Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ managed to finally release in July this year. The film starring the alleged, now estranged couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, was in news even before the release of the film due to various reasons. While the alleged love affair of Katrina and Ranbir kept the film in the buzz, their alleged break-up too added to it. Despite all the roadblocks, the makers managed to complete and finally release the film.
Even after much hype about Ranbir’s character and the plot of the film, the film failed miserably. The film tells the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father. While its musical methods of unravelling mysteries are noteworthy, it lulls when it bends backwards to conform to Bollywood logic. Ranbir is good while Katrina has very little to do in the film.
The film had some captivating moments but everything didn’t quite add up to an entertaining film.
A Sabbir Khan directorial, the action dance film also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nidhi Agerwal in the lead roles. This film was looked forward to because it brought together Tiger Shroff and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the first time. The film also had Nawaz shaking his legs along with Tiger.
While Tiger aced yet again in what he did the best, Nidhi in her debut film was pretty decent. The film received mixed reviews; it failed to impress the audience in all.
Yet another gripping Madhur Bhandarkar product, Indu Sarkar was one of the much touted films of the year. It gained much publicity after the Indian National Congress protested against the movie criticising the director’s attempt to portray Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in bad light. They even tried to stall several of its screening. ‘Indu Sarkar’, set during the emergency period, failed to break any fresh ground. The film garnered mixed reviews from critics but failed to make the necessary and expected impact.
‘A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky’ is an action adventure film filled with romance and comedy. Directed by Raj and D.K, the film starred Jacqueline Fernandez and Sidharth Malhotra. While it was second time that the actors worked together, it was for the first time they were paired opposite each other. Much was talked about their brooding chemistry in the film as was evident during the promotions.
‘A Gentleman’ had its share of laughs but the much talked about action scenes were neither breathless nor awe-inspiring. Overall, the film tanked at the box-office.
Jab Harry Met Sejal
An Imtiaz Ali film, ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ brought back the ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ couple Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan back in a yet another unusual love story. Being an Imtiaz Ali film, it was definitely mounted high.
The music of the film also received much appreciation from the critics and audiences alike. However, it failed to create the magic it was expected to. The soul-searching bits between the leads don’t quite add up.
The film, which was one of the most anticipated films of the year, ended up being one of the most disastrous films.While Salman had set an example by returning some amount to the distributors, reports were rife that distributors were expecting Shah Rukh too to follow suit.
‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ happens to be the third debacle of the Badshah of Bollywood in a row after ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Fan’.