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Bollywood’s 10 Biggest Flops of 2023: Dreams Shattered at the Box Office

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Today, we delve into the 10 biggest box office flops of the year, films that promised cinematic gold but delivered box office duds.

In Short: 10 Biggest Flops of 2023

  • Adipurush:(Estimated Loss: Rs. 225 crore)
  • Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 150 crore)
  • Ganapath: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 190 crore)
  • Kabzaa:(Estimated Loss: Rs. 90 crore)
  • Selfiee: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 77 crore)
  • Tejas: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 65 crore)
  • Bheed: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 32 crore)
  • Kuttey: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 31 crore)
  • The Ladykiller: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 35 crore)
  • Pippa (Estimated Loss: Rs. 62 crore)

1. Adipurush:(Estimated Loss: Rs. 225 crore)

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This epic Ramayana adaptation, starring Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, was one of the most anticipated films of the year. With a staggering budget of Rs. 550 crore and stunning visuals, expectations were sky-high. However, controversy surrounding the film’s portrayal of Hindu deities and its visual effects led to boycotts and negative word-of-mouth. Despite collecting Rs. 325 crore, it fell short of its target and lost a staggering Rs. 225 crore (Source: DNA India).

2. Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 150 crore)

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Salman Khan’s annual Eid release, known for its masala entertainment, was expected to be a surefire hit. However, the film’s convoluted storyline, inconsistent pacing, and lack of originality left audiences disappointed. While the official box office figures haven’t been released yet, sources estimate a loss in the range of Rs. 150-200 crore (Source: Hindustan Times).

3. Ganapath: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 190 crore)

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Tiger Shroff’s action-packed sci-fi thriller, boasting a budget of Rs. 200 crore, promised a high-octane adventure. However, the film’s weak plot, underdeveloped characters, and over-reliance on CGI failed to impress audiences. It earned a meager Rs. 10 crore, resulting in a colossal loss of Rs. 190 crore (Source: Sacklink).

4. Kabzaa:(Estimated Loss: Rs. 90 crore)

This Kannada film, starring Kichcha Sudeep and Sanjay Dutt, aimed to be a pan-India spectacle. However, its heavy reliance on outdated tropes, predictable story, and excessive melodrama failed to resonate with audiences nationwide. It recovered only Rs. 30 crore of its Rs. 120 crore budget, incurring a loss of Rs. 90 crore (Source: English Jagran).

5. Selfiee: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 77 crore)

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Akshay Kumar, known for delivering commercial hits, stumbled with this comedy remake of the Malayalam film “Driving License.” The film’s weak humor, lack of novelty, and miscasting of Emraan Hashmi in a supporting role led to lukewarm reception. Made on a budget of Rs. 100 crore, it could only manage Rs. 23 crore, resulting in a loss of Rs. 77 crore (Source: DNA India).

6. Tejas: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 65 crore)

Kangana Ranaut’s ambitious aerial action drama, made on a budget of Rs. 70 crore, faced criticism for its nationalistic messaging and historical inaccuracies. The film’s limited appeal and lack of promotion further hampered its performance, earning a mere Rs. 5 crore and incurring a loss of Rs. 65 crore (Source: Sacknilk).

7. Bheed: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 32 crore)

Veteran filmmaker Sudhir Mishra’s socio-political drama, despite receiving critical acclaim, failed to find its audience. The film’s complex narrative and niche subject matter resonated with only a limited section of viewers, leading to a paltry collection of Rs. 3 crore against its Rs. 35 crore budget (Source: DNA India).

8. Kuttey: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 31 crore)

Aasmaan Bhardwaj’s directorial debut, a dark comedy crime thriller, faced stiff competition from other releases and struggled to attract viewers. The film’s unconventional narrative and lack of star power resulted in a meager Rs. 4 crore collection against its Rs. 35 crore budget (Source: DNA India).

9. The Ladykiller: (Estimated Loss: Rs. 35 crore)

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Arjun Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar’s noir thriller, set in the 1980s, failed to capture audience interest. The film’s slow pace, predictable plot, and lack of originality contributed to its box office failure, earning only Rs. 4 crore against its Rs. 40 crore budget (Source: Bollywood Hungama).

10. Pippa (Estimated Loss: Rs. 62 crore)

Ishaan Khatter’s war drama, Pippa, based on the Battle of Amritsar, was a passionate project for the young actor. However, the film’s release coincided with other big-budget releases, and its complex narrative and slow pace failed to attract viewers, leading to a significant box office loss.

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