Salman Khan’s films that failed to create magic at box office

Salman Khan is one of the most bankable and highest paid actors in Bollywood today and he has been giving nothing less than blockbusters or superhits since the past few years. However, his latest release ‘Tubelight’ has been tagged “disappointing” by critics. Though it has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in a week, his previous Eid releases – ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Sultan’ crossed the figure in their opening weekends itself. This shows how much of an under-performer ‘Tubelight’ is as per Salman Khan standards. In over 25 years of his career, the ‘blockbuster’ Khan has witnessed much lower response to his films. Here are some of Salman Khan films that failed to create magic at the box office:

Marigold: Released in August 2007, it was a mushy romantic film starring American actress Ali Larter opposite Salman Khan. Ali’s titular character eventually falls in love with a prince who also loves her, but is already betrothed to marry another girl since childhood. The film was a flop and its poor performance was attributed to the cliched plot.  

Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love: Directed by Nikhil Advani, this 2007 romantic drama had an ensemble cast of Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Govinda, Shannon Esra, Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar. It weaved six love stories together and was an unofficial remake of 2003 British film ‘Love Actually’. Upon release, the film met with negative reviews and was declared a box-office disaster. However, its music was appreciated.

Yuvvraaj: The 2008 musical film starred Salman Khan, alongside Anil Kapoor and Zayed Khan. Katrina Kaif played the female lead of the film inspired from 1988 Hollywood film ‘Rain Man’. It was a story of three brothers who try to con each other to inherit their father’s wealth. Although the film’s music, composed by A R Rahman, were chartbusters, the film received mixed reviews and box office declared it a major flop. 

Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna:  Starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan in the lead roles, the 2009 romantic drama revolves around an extramarital affair and was the directorial debut of Prem Soni. It was co-produced by Sohail Khan and Ronnie Screwvala. The movie failed to open well and had a dismal performance at the box office. Also, word-of-mouth publicity couldn’t help since it garnered negative reviews.

Tumko Na Bhool Payenge: It was an action thriller starring Salman Khan alongside Dia Mirza and Sushmita Sen. The story was about a man with memory lapse, who learns that his close friend had tricked him and tried to kill him after regaining his memory. Though the film received positive reviews, Salman was mired in controversies, including his break-up with Aishwarya Rai and court cases when the film released. This contributed to its dismal at the box office and the film flopped.

Phir Milenge:  The 2004 drama starred Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Abhishek Bachchan. The film was inspired by American movie ‘Philadelphia’ and dealt with the sensitive topic of AIDS and the social stigma faced by infected people. Although the performances of the actors were praised and Abhishek even bagged the Zee Cine Award for Best Supporting Actor – Male, the film failed at the box-office.    

Kyon Ki…It’s Fate: The Priyadarshan-directed 2005 film starred Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Jackie Shroff, Om Puri and Suniel Shetty. The movie ends on a sad note with the protagonist dying and his lover losing her mental balance. Though it released on the occasion of Diwali that year, it performed poorly at the box-office, as another of Priyadarshan-directed comedy ‘Garam Masala’ received the footfalls. Audience preferred a good comedy over a sad love story.           

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