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16 Flop Bollywood Movies that Deserves Watching Once

There is no fixed formula of making a hit Bollywood movie. Movies with a popular star-cast usually perform well at the box office, but that too is not even certain. In the last decade, there are movies that flopped but had the potential be a hit.

In this article, we’re enlisting few such Bollywood movies that may have flopped but are worth watching once.

  1. Akaash Vani: My personal favorite, Akaash Vani has a very nice story but it failed to get viewers attention. Its a story of a couple who love each other like anything. They have their good times, bad times, then girl gets married to someone else yet they end up together. Story is great, songs are good, and performance by the actors are simply awesome. If you’ve loved someone or wanna be in love, grab a DVD or watch it online on YouTube. [Cast: Kartik Tiwari (Aryan), Nushrat Bharucha]
  2. Shaitan: Hindi cinema seldom make films where characters reveal their inner dirty self without getting lured by things like morality; Shaitan is one such film. It tells story of five rich kids who are emotionally estranged from their family. They make their own kidnapping plan to pay for one road accident that killed two innocent people. As things turn horribly out of control, each one of them decides to listen to their ugly head. A brave attempt by first time director towards making an engaging film, which should not be missed. Here is Shaitan on YouTube. [Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Rajeev Khandelwal, Rajkumar Yadav]
  3. I am Kalam: A welcome addition to the genre of children films in India, I am Kalam is a thought-provoking cinema. Story of a young protagonist Chotu, and his ambition towards becoming someone big like our then president, Mr APJ Abdul Kalam. The movie has a freshness in it that gives you a sense of hope. [Cast: Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar]
  4. Heroes: The movie has a strong message for youth. Heroes beautifully showcase the mentality of today’s youth and how they feel about being an army man. It focuses on the fact that pride and desire to do something for the country is the major driving factor for a person to become a soldier. One doesn’t need to wear a uniform to serve the nation, just a small attempt to bring a change in any manner is enough. Its best for watching in group like with friends on weekend. [Cast: Sohail Khan, Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Priety Zinta]
  5. Rehna Hai Terre Dil Me: A love-triangle masala movie with good chunk of humor, action and tragedy. Songs are pretty soothing; some like ‘Zara Zara mehakta hai’ and ‘sach keh raha hai deewana’ are still very much alive among youth. Its an entertaining movie best for watching with friends. [Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Madhavan, Diya Mirza]
  6. Gulaal: If you are in for some dark, bold movies, Gulaal is for you. Its a simple movie with no fancy locations and kinky stuff but has an awesome story. It tells story of an India that is trying hard to cope-up with its complicated history and contemporary identity. From Zamindars to love, betrayal, and ragging, the movie talks about a number of serious issues, and does it with style. [Cast: Ayesha Mohan, K K Menon]
  7. Jhootha Hi Sahi: A movie flopped but deserves watching once. One of the off-beat movies by John Abraham, Jhootha Hi Sahi is little close to reality but good enough to watch on a weekend with girlfriend. The story is engaging and doesn’t give a low moment anytime. Music is good and ‘mere chehre ki do nishaniyan’ song by Sonu Nigam is the highlight of the movie. [Cast: John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewala]
  8. Aashayein: Probably the best movie in our list, Aashayein is a story of compulsive gambler who wins big amount in lottery but hell breaks loose when he comes to know of his cancer. The movie is his story from being a careless man to a man who understands the importance of life and spreading happiness to others. Acting of John Abraham deserves accolades. Like other movies in the list, songs of aashayein are pretty awesome as well. Some songs deserving attention includes ’Pal me Mila Jahan’, ‘Ab mujhko jeena’ and ‘Chala Aaya Pyar’. [Cast: John Abraham, Sonal Chauhan]
  9. What’s Your Rashee: How this movie went unnoticed at the box office is still a mystery for me. A good story, awesome music with strong performance of Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, What’s your Rashee shouldn’t be a flop going by the norms. Songs like ‘Jao Na’ and ‘Bikhri Bikhri’ added more stars to the beauty of the movie. [Cast: Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra]
  10. Ankahee: Ankahee is a movie on extra-marital affair. The movie has strong performances by Esha Deol, Amisha Patel and Aftab Shivdasani. It has some beautiful romantic songs like ‘Tumse Yun Milenge’, ‘Ek Pal Ke liye’ and ‘Aa Paas aa’. Its pretty clean movie but has a U/A rating so not appropriate for kids. [Cast: Esha Deol, Aftab Shivdasani, Ameesha Patel]
  11. Dor: Just like other movies made by Nagesh Kukunoor, even Dor brings along with it a ray of hope. It is a wonderful movie that beautifully explains the difference between two widows living in different corners of India yet how they are united by the pain within. The film in aesthetically shot in picturesque locations of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. It’s one movie that is sure to touch your soul and deserves to be watched at least once. [Cast: Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag, ShreyashTalpade]
  12. Pyar Ke Side Effects: The movie shows the mindset of 3 guys; one dumped by his girlfriend due to his careless nature, another of a man who loves his girlfriend but isn’t ready for marriage and third of a man who isn’t ready to be a father after marriage. The movie has a touch of humor and could be a weekend-spender for you. ‘Pappe Pyar Karke Pachtaya’ and ‘Dil Tod Ke Na Jaa Muh Mod Ke Na Ja’ are some hit songs from the movie. [Cast: Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat]
  13. 3 Deewarein: A remake of the Hollywood movie ‘Swashank Redemption’, 3 Deewarein is a story of 3 criminals who’re facing death sentence unaware of the fact that two of them are guilty of the crime done by third. The final 30 minutes of the movie is the most gripping and has an interesting end. Its a Nagesh Kuknoor movie so it has to be different from the rest and hence deserves watching once. [Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Nagesh Kuknoor]
  14. Dhoka: It’s a story of Muslim women who becomes a suicide bomber after she is sexually abused at a police station. The movie has a sensitive touch and beautifully showcases the wrong practices existing in our legal system including unsafe atmosphere at police station for women and double standards for executing suspect based on his religion. Songs like ‘Roya Re’ and ‘Kab Tujhe Zindagi Se’ are pretty good. [Cast: Muzmil Ibrahim, Tulip Joshi]
  15. DevD: If you are used to see the story of Devdas in traditional black and white characters, you must watch this one. A different take on the life of Paro, Devdas and Chandramukhi, this is a sure winner in terms of music, cinematography, background score, and most importantly story-telling. Being an awesome movie, Dev D isn’t freely available on internet. [Cast: Abhay Deol, Kalki, Mahie Gill]
  16. Socha Na Tha: Socha Na Tha is a lovely movie. The movie depicts the confusion of love and commitment in today’s generation, the movie is a winner all the way. If you want to forget your worries, go ahead and buy a DVD of this one. [Cast: Abhay Deol, Ayesha Takia]

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