When the year 2016 started, the industry and trade analysts pinned their hopes on a few movies performing extremely well at the box office. However, with the turn of events, many of these big budget movies did not rule the box office. Here is a look at a few Bollywood movies that were expected to do well, but disappointed viewers, critics and film traders.
Mohenjo Daro: After the success of Jodha Akbar, the Hrithik Roshan – Ashutosh Gowariker got together to make another fiction based on historical events, Mohenjo Daro. The much-anticipated film was opened reasonably well on its first weekend but couldn't keep the theatres' houseful. While Roshan's performance was top notch, it wasn't enough to attract viewers. The film, made on the budget of Rs 100 crore, could hardly earn back half the amount invested through the Indian market. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the movie's net earnings stand over Rs 55 crore.
Baar Baar Dekho: After the success of Kapoor and Sons, viewers were expecting to see another fun-filled time travelling drama from the Dharma Productions. Unfortunately, the film did not entertain viewers as it expected it would. While the songs of the film became popular during the promotions, unfortunately, the film was not a popular pick among viewers. The film was not only unsuccessful at the box office; it did not impress the critics either. This was an important film for Katrina Kaif as her previous box office ventures – Fitoor and Phantom – did not perform well either.
Rock On 2: The second movie from the popular musical franchise, Rock On 2 had a lot of expectations riding on it. The first from the series was a huge success and many box office analysts expected the second to reach the same height. However, everyone from the industry was in for a surprise when the film did not even get through the double digit through the first weekend. "#RockOn2 is DISAPPOINTING...Fri 2.01 cr, Sat 2.41 cr, Sun 2.58 cr. Total: 7.01 cr. India biz," Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Mirzya: Starring Anil Kapoor's son, Harshvardhan Kapoor and actress Saiyami Kher, Mirzya's announcement made every person in the industry hopeful that there is another hit in making. Based on the Mirza Sahiban folklore, the songs became popular around the release time. However, the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial venture failed to cash in at the box office. The film was set to give Kapoor's son a grand launch pad but the movie vanished post the release. The film was made with a budget on Rs 63 crore. But it couldn't even cash in a double digit return.
Great Grand Masti: The third edition of the Masti series, Great Grand Masti was expected to be a huge success. Given that the previous two editions of series cashed in a huge profit (the second one earning a place in the 100 crore club). The adult comedy revolving about a haunted house left many theatres deserted too as the movie failed to attract audiences. Made with the budget of Rs 39 crore, the movie couldn't make half the money.
Fitoor: The big budget release had everything it needed to be commercially successful movie – good looking actors, popular songs by Amit Trivedi, performances by renowned actors and beautiful backdrop of Kashmir to make it a perfect cinematic experience. And yet, all the right things couldn't keep this movie from sinking.
Akira: This girl action garnered a lot of positive reviews from critics. Written for a male actor, the lead character portrayed by Sonakshi Sinha won many reviewers hearts. However, it failed to impress movie goers. The power packed action saw minimal viewers and the film failed at the box office. While it made the investment amount, the movie did not fare as expected.
Azhar: Based on the infamous life of cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, Azhar created the right kind of buzz among movie and cricket followers. However, the expectations of both the people weren't met when the movie released. The Emran Hashmi-starrer was made with a budget of Rs 40 crore but managed to only make returns worth Rs 27.56 crore. The film not only didn't do well, it also managed to piss off many people like Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar and Sangeeta Bijlani to name a few.
Apart from this, other movies that were expected to do well but didn't include Tiger Shroff's A Flying Jatt, Priyanka Chopra's Jai Gangaajal, Aishwarya Rai starrer Sarabjit, Kya Kool Hai Hum 3, Raaz Reboot and John Abraham's Rocky Handsome, to name a few.