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 For those who thought all it takes is a big star for a movie to be hit - Akshay Kumar’s latest Samrat Prithviraj will debunk that myth once and for all. Just like box-office hits that break records and mint money, there are box-office duds. There was a time when actors were hailed and their stardom name was enough gate crash the ticket booth. However, as the consumption pattern and understanding of cinema changed for the viewers, the cinema industry witnessed that even the best directors, producers, actors and the sky-high budget can’t save a movie if the story fails to rouse the audience. Let’s take look at the biggest flops in the history of Bollywood cinema.

1. Dhakaad - Rs 85 Crore
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Kangana Ranaut's movie Dhaakad had a terrible run at the box office and couldn’t stand its ground against Kartik Aaryan’s Bhool Bhuliayaa 2 which turned out to be the biggest Bollywood opener of the year. Made on a budget of Rs 85 crore, the movie just managed to make a lifetime of Rs 2.58 crore at the box office, per Indian Express. Though the movie received decent reviews, it couldn’t survive the box-office battle.

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2. Shaandaar - 69 Crores

Contrary to its name, there was nothing grand about this movie's box office earnings. Shaandaar was one of the most anticipated movies of 2015 given that Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in it together. However, the popular faces, lavish sets, superhit songs couldn't make up for the lack of script. The movie made a gross collection of Rs 39.48 crores, reports BoxOffice India. 

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3. Kites - Rs 50 Crores
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With Kites, Rakesh Roshan wanted to make a mark internationally. However, not everything always goes as planned. Directed by Anurag Basu, the film had a great budget, was shot in international locations, fronted by actors like Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori and Kangana Ranaut. But a cliche script made it a flop. 

According to a report in HT, talking about Kites Basu said, "I was just going there and directing. And we would discuss how we are going to execute. I was not thinking of market, returns… It started out as a small, indie. It was taking its shape, with four or five people making decisions. Also, my vision and Rakeshji’s were separate. Eventually, yeh naa idhar ka raha, naa udhar k. Na gaon pe pahuncha na Hollywood mein (It didn’t attract Indian or Western audiences).”

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4. Bombay Velvet - 120 Crore

Made on a budget of Rs 120 crore, Bombay Velvet's failure shocked the entire industry. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar. The movie tried its best to cop some of that 1940s American noir vibe. But every scene showcased in the movie drips with effort. The movie made a gross collection of Rs 34 crore worldwide, reported India Today

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5. Saawariya - Rs 40 Crores
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Expectations of a film used to run a notch higher when Sanjay Leela Bhansali was at the helm. Saawariya marked the debut of Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. People loved their performances, but couldn't get on board with the storyline, the blue cinematic theme and Salman Khan's appearance. While Bhansali's opulent romantic tragedies usually made a killing at the box office, this one was something of a joke. The movie made a gross of Rs 18.48 crores, reports BoxOffice India. 

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6. Ra.One - Rs 130 Crores

Shahrukh's dream project Ra.One was Bollywood's full-fledged attempt to experiment with VFX. The marketing budget was huge for the movie as well. Despite all the effort, Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead and Akon's music, the movie tanked. Talking about the gross figures Nandu Ahuja, vice president, India theatrical, of Eros International, told HT, “The net figures add up to around Rs 96 cr to R 97 cr. If you calculate the gross amount only in India, then it will be about Rs 137 cr. This includes all the versions.”

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7. Kalank - Rs 150 Crores

Massive sets, mega-star ensemble, costumes: Kalank had everything, including a slow-as-snails script. It raked collection Rs 20 crores on opening day. The movie became the first failure of Varun Dhawan's career. In a YouTube video that Dhawan has released, he said, "My 32nd birthday... But I am going to tell you how it all went down. I was a little down because my latest release did not go the way I thought it would and it did hit me a little hard, I will be very honest. I didn't know how to react to it. Lot of people told me, 'don't show it'. I don't know how to behave like that. Failures are a part of life." Starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur, the movie collected Rs 78 crore in the domestic box office, as per News18

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8. Tubelight - Rs 135 Crores

In the past few years, Salman Khan movies have done wonders at the box office but Tubelight was an exception. The movie was an attempt just like Bajrangi Bhaijaan to touch the emotional side of the viewers. Starring Salman Khan and Sohail Khan, Tubelight couldn't light up the collection. 

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9. Samrat Prithviraj - Rs 300 crore

One of the most anticipated period dramas of the year, Akshay Kumar’s Samrat Prithiviraj's infamous failure at the box office is not hidden from anyone. Said to be Yash Raj Films' dream project, the movie was made on a crazy budget of Rs 300 crore. Released on June 3, the movie faced tough competition at the box office from Kamal Hassan starrer Vikram and Jurassic World Dominion.

The movie brought to light the first battle of Tarain led by King Prithviraj Chauhan and also marked Manushi Chillar’s Bollywood debut. According to India Today, the film's total earnings may end at Rs 75-80 crore in India and around Rs 85-90 crores worldwide. The collection of the movie has been dropping day by day, making it one of the biggest flops of 2022.

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10. Zero - Rs 200 Crores

Not every Shah Rukh Khan movie can be a hero and Zero was a great example. SRK played a dwarf, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were the leading ladies. For the longest time, the movie struggled to cross even Rs 100 crores and managed to rake in a total of Rs 178 crore worldwide, reports TOI.

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