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 It is quite disappointing how many of us blame Bollywood for giving us sexist, misogynist, and regressive movies. But, then, when Bollywood makes a brave attempt to give us really progressive movies, we let them fail at the box office. How regressive and sexist movies perform so well at the box office reveals a lot about us as a society.

Here are some of the recent Bollywood Hindi movies that tanked at the box office but are actually good:

1. Jayeshbhai Jordaar (2022)

The hard-hitting Ranveer Singh starrer focuses on various social ills. From foeticide to masculine toxicity, this movie is one of the most progressive movies of all time. But, sadly, this well-made movie promoting an important message bombed at the box office. The movie only grossed Rs 23 crores. However, when the movie was released on Amazon Prime, it received a lot of love and appreciation from the audience.

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Image: Jayeshbhai Jordaar

2. Thappad (2020)

Brilliant plot. Brilliant acting. Brilliant screenplay. But, even after the phenomenal performance, Thappad didn’t perform well at the box office. The movie didn’t make much money at the box office. But, this engaging drama turned out to be a superhit online.

Image: Thappad

3. Jersey (2022)

In this beautiful inspiring movie, there are multiple moments that leave you emotional. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Pankaj Kapoor, and Mrunal Thakur, Jersey isn’t a stereotypical sports drama. It is an inspiring story of a man fighting hard to make his life better. But, unfortunately, the people who accompany him on the journey are the ones who accomplish it.

Image: Jersey

4. 83 (2021)

The movie had to wait for a long to release in theatres only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, when it did, the country was struggling with the onset of the third wave that led to decreased footfall in theatres. But, the movie turned out to be a great hit online.

Image: 83

5. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021)

Like the other movies, this movie didn’t perform well at the box office. Because of COVID-19, this movie did not release in many theatres. However, when the movie was streamed on OTT, it received the love from the audience that it deserved. With word-of-mouth publicity, the movie became a hit on OTT.

Image: Sandeep Aur Pinki Faraar

6. Sonchiriya (2019)

Despite receiving great reviews from the critics, this Sushant Singh Rajput and Manoj Bajpayee starrer bombed at the box office. There are a lot of people who missed out on this great film. Set in 1975, this movie is about a group of decoits in the Chambal region. This movie even received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film in 2020 (along with Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15). It earned ₹8 crores. If you haven’t yet watched this film, we suggest you watch it today.

Image: Sonchiriya

7. Tumbbad (2018)

With an intriguing storyline and excellent graphics, many are in awe of Tumbbad. People loved the movie so much that when India announced its Oscar entry in 2019, many thought Tumbbad would have made a better choice than Gully Boy. But sadly movie didn’t perform well at the box office. It was only after its release on Amazon Prime that it became a cult.

Image: Tumbbad

8. Omerta (2017)

From the makers of Scam 1992, this biopic of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (Rajkummar Rao), a British terrorist of Pakistani descent, didn’t do well at the box office. The movie revolves around the 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India for which Omar was arrested. In 2002, he was imprisoned for scheming the murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl. This Hansal Mehta directorial has one of the finest storytelling and is definitely worth a watch.

Image: Omerta

There are some really iconic movies like Nayak, Swades, and City Lights that couldn’t do well at the box office? Tell us which one is your favorite film out of these in the comments below.


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