In 2010, quite a few mighty stars and superstars had a bad year at the box office. Quite a few of them acted well but the film as a whole let them down, hence leading to a red in the report card. If Bachchans had to hunt for the box office success, someone like Hrithik who picks up films quite sparsely had to face double disappointment. Old gun like Sanjay Dutt couldn't fire either while the real life couple of Bipasha Basu and John Abraham didn't have much to smile either.Abhishek BachchanKhelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
For Abhishek Bachchan, 2010 was mighty disappointing with two of his epic films - Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
as well as Raavan
- turning out to be quite bad at the box office. He played two contrasting characters in these films. While he was overtly aggressive in Raavan, Khelein Hum
... had him keeping the pitch of his performance low. However, while box office was quite cold to him, even from critical reception perspective, Abhishek didn't find many takers. What went well for him though was the fact that he accepted the failure of both the films with utmost humility rather than turning offensive.
Aishwarya Rai BachchanRaavan
- FlopAction Replayy
(dubbed) - Above average
After a quiet 2009 where she didn't have a single release to her name, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had luxury of riches in 2010. To her misfortune though, she had to face the ignominy of a hat trick of failures with Raavan, Action Replayy
as well as Guzaarish
seeing a mighty fall at the box office. She did find some good critical acclaim coming her way in Raavan
as well as Guzaarish
but from commercial standpoint; she had a forgettable year in Bollywood. She can take solace from the fact that Endhiran
(seen in Hindi as Robot
) is still running to packed houses down South.
Amitabh BachchanTeen Patti
All said and done, the man is beyond the numbers game. However, the fact remains that his fans were mighty disappointed when they saw him in an irrelevant film like Teen Patti
. He tried hardest to get some sanity in the proceedings but a poor narrative meant that his central protagonist role in the film didn't find any takers. Same holds good for Rann
which was an unfortunate flop as Amitabh Bachchan was quite good in his comeback film with Ram Gopal Varma.
Bipasha Basu isn't quite having the best of the times at the box office and this showed in 2010 as well where she had to suffer a hat trick of flops. One wonders what made her sign Pankh
which was the most bizarre film to come out of Bollywood since her partner John Abraham's No Smoking
. She was quite good in Lamhaa
but the film was patchy due to which her act went unnoticed. On the other hand, she herself was hardly noticed in Aakrosh
where Bipasha hardly had a couple of important scenes for herself.
For someone who is overtly selective about the work that he does, Hrithik Roshan had as many as two films to his credit in a single year, something which is a rarity. To his misfortune though, both Kites
as well as Guzaarish
were major flops. He can take solace from the fact though that Kites
did take a massive opening due to his name being attached to the project. As for Guzaarish
, he can well expect the awards of the highest stature being extended to him once the ceremonies begin.
Irrfan KhanRight Yaaa Wrong
- FlopKnock Out
Irrfan Khan is the trusted one if one expects a performance per se in each of his outings. He is also in news for an integral part he is supposed to play in Spiderman Reboot
. However, closer home, Irrfan didn't have much going for him with 2010 turning out to be an inconsequential year for him. He was quite good in both Right Yaa Wrong
as well as Knock Out
but both films were major flops. As for Hisss
, he was clueless in the entire narrative but only has himself to blame that he actually gave a go-ahead to such a shoddy script.
- FlopJhootha Hi Sahi
It was a matter of delayed releases for John which must have been really frustrating for the actor. On a high after back to back successes of New York
, John had to suffer a delayed release in Aashayein
which failed miserably. Jhootha Hi Sahi
too came after a delay and though the man was appreciated from many quarters for an act that totally went against his hunky image, box office had a different story to tell.
She came, she was hardly seen and she didn't conquer anything at all. It was a typical case of 'na ghar ke na ghat ke' as after making Hollywood as her home, Mallika Sherawat could neither find any luck running there nor did she have much to show in Bollywood. Resultantly Hisss
, which was once pitched as that true blue crossover film, found a poor release for itself and the most terrible reviews of the year. Madame Sherawat's act too didn't have much to talk home about and as a result, her only appearance in Bollywood after a long-long time didn't quite see a 'heroine welcome'!
- FlopKnock Out
- FlopNo Problem
While he is accused of sleep walking in quite a few of his films, that wasn't really the case in Sanjay Dutt's three releases of 2010 - Lamhaa, Knock Out
and No Problem. Lamhaa
, a long-in-the-making film was the worst hit of all and though Dutt was decent here, the film was totally ignored by the 'junta'. Knock Out
did have a few interesting moments but the film just didn't appeal to the audience and failed to take an opening. As for No Problem
, Sanju baba was the best part of the film and though the film did take a decent start, it couldn't sustain much beyond the first week.
Sushmita SenDulha Mil Gaya
- DisasterNo Problem
One wonders if Sushmita Sen would actually be continuing to do films from this point on. She hasn't seen a single successful film since Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
(2005) and the first decade of the millennium is now ending on a disappointing note for her with both her films turning out to be flops. She tried to 'shimmer' in Dulha Mil Gaya
at year beginning but the film was a disaster. As for her year end release No Problem
, she could have made her 'multiple personality disorder' comic act far more interesting but that didn't quite come off convincingly on screen.