Ask any filmmaker in the world and they will tell you that there is no secret recipe to making a guaranteed blockbuster which is why whenever a formula or a film clicks they make sure that they reap all the benefits by making number of sequels, remakes or spin offs. Whether it is Hollywood or Bollywood sequels are the norms of the day as they ensure funding, sponsors and a wide release of a film. Every blockbuster movie need not necessarily be a soul satisfying one but at least they ought to be entertaining after all so many people went to see it, right? In the list below we take a look into such films that became huge blockbusters (i.e. earned more than 100 crores at the box office) upon its release despite being bad and made you wonder why so many people went o see them in the first place. Here is the list of 15 worst Bollywood movies that crossed 100 crores at the box office.
15. Rowdy Rathore
This South inspired Prabhu Deva directorial venture is perfect cringe-worthy cinema. It has crass dialogues, tasteless songs and below par performances. To be very frank this is the kind of cinema that gives Bollywood a bad name and nullifies the efforts of the few filmmakers who are trying to make films that are out of the box. ‘Rowdy Rathode’ presents to us a world where the leading lady (Sonakshi Sinha) is constantly referred to as ‘maal’ and where you can identify a villain with his get up (unruly beards and long hairs). The leading man (Akshay Kumar) is conveniently moralistic i.e. when he is not drinking and ogling at women he beats up goons; in other words it was a staple Akshay Kumar role. However all those shortcomings didn’t matter to the Indian audiences as the film grossed 206 crore worldwide. When Kumar danced on ‘Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita’ the whole theatre burst into dancing and everything else didn’t matter at all. Easily one of the worst Bollywood blockbusters.
14. Happy New Year
Farah Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ is a tutorial in putting together a recipe for an epic cinematic disaster. A faded Shah Rukh Khan (with his six pack intact, of course) and an overzealous Abhishek Bachchan along with an annoying Boman Irani and a pretty dancer played by Deepika Padukone go on a heist mission under the pretext of participating in a dance competition. On paper it might have sounded good but the execution is pure amateurish and the final product is utter rubbish, the only saving grace being Ms. Padukone, the current numero uno actress of Bollywood. Add to it some jingoistic patriotism (remember the Indiawale song?) and some cultural appropriation (Parsi jokes) and boom we have a film that grossed about 345 crore worldwide. This is a film that people in general criticized heavily but also bought tickets to watch it on the big screen. As to why, that’s a discussion for another day.