2016: Big films of the year that failed to live up to expectations


Like every year, Bollywood churned out number of movies, small-budget, mega-budget, hyped and not-so-hyped films in the by gone year, 2016. Among them, there were some highly anticipated films that were expected to perform well and do good business at box-office. While came out with expected results, others Faniled to impress. Here’s a look at those big films that could not live up to the expectations of the audience, critics and trade pundits.

Fitoor: The romantic drama based in novelist Charls Dickens’ classic ‘Great Expectations’ released on Valentine’s Day weekend. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, ‘Fitoor’ starred good-looking actors like Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapur, and a stalwart like Tabu. A major part of the film was shot in picturesque location of Kashmir, and its music was also great. But despite all these elements, the film made a hasty exit from theatres and was declared a flop.  

Jai Gangaajal: Praksh Jha’s films are acclaimed for raising socio-political issues plaguing the society. Riding on the success of 2003 film ‘Gangaajal’ its sequel ‘Jai Gangaajal’ starred Priyanka Chopra in a cop’s role for the first time. Prakash Jha too made his acting debut with a pivotal role in the film, and there was a lot of hype around the movie. Although the movie didn’t suffer loss, but it couldn’t live up to the hype.   

Fan: Starring Shah Rukh Khan in a double role as a superstar and his die-hard look-alike fan, the film was made on a budget of over Rs 100 crore, including its promotional campaigns. ‘Fan’ got off to a good start, and Shah Rukh’s performance as well as his look as the doppelganger fan, was much appreciated. But the film could not generate the word-of-mouth publicity, and after its first weekend, the box office collections witnessed a nosedive and the film couldn’t crawl into the Rs 100 crore club. That was disappointing for a Shah Rukh Khan movie.   

Mohenjo Daro: Hrithik Roshan-starrer epic adventure-romance set in the backdrop of the Indus Valley Civilization was made on a budget of Rs 100 crore, with another Rs 15 crore spent on its promotion. But its box-office returns were highly disappointing as it could not recover even the half of its investment. Despite being helmed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the maker of cult films like ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Swades’, music composition by two-time Oscar winner A. R. Rahman, and top -notch acting by Hrithik, ‘Mohenjo Daro’ didn’t live up to expectations. It did manage to business of about Rs 58 crore.

Rock On!! 2: It was a sequel to the 2008 National Award winning acclaimed film ‘Rock On!!’. The movie starring Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Purab Kohli and Arjun Rampal, had a lot of expectations riding on it. After all, its predecessor had earned rave reviews and appreciation from critics and audience, alike. But unfortunately, the poor script of ‘Rock On!! 2’ disappointed viewers, and coupled with the impact of demonetisation, the film made only about Rs 11 crore during its time in theatres.   

Mirzya: The debut film of Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan Kapoor and actress Saiyami Kher, ‘Mirzya’, based on the popular Punjabi folklore of Mirza-Sahibaan, the romantic saga generated a hype soon after it was announced. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the man behind National Award winning films ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, directed the film. The good-number of songs composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and sung by talented singers like Daler Mehndi, Nooran Sisters, Mame Khan among others, also were popular. But upon release, it didn’t get the expected response.

Kahaani 2: Vidya Balan is known for her power-packed performances. The 2010 suspense thriller ‘Kahaani’, the prequel of the film, was a blocbuster and was critically acclaimed. Vidya had solely carried the Sujoy Ghosh directorial on her shoulders. As such, hopes were high on the sequel, ‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’, but failed to live up to the expectations build up due to the success of its predecessor.