15 Worst Performances of Famous Bollywood Actors

It’s a given that good actors will only get a handful of such roles in their career which will satisfy them as an artiste and pleases the fans as well. Majority of the roles offered to them will reek of mediocrity and some even deplorable. Today we will talk about roles which fall into the latter category and how some finest actors of Bollywood landed themselves such roles which almost ruined their careers. The list below features only roles of actors who are considered ‘famous’ by various standards; otherwise there is no dearth of bad roles and performances in Bollywood.


15. Aamir Khan in ‘Tum Mere Ho’

He is undoubtedly the finest actor of Bollywood second only to Amitabh Bachchan. With his last release he not only broke box office records in India but in China too. He has an evolved aesthetic sense which ensures that he always picks a sensitive or intelligent subject for his films and gives it a universal treatment. In a career spanning over forty years – he began as a child artiste in ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’ (1973) – he got it right most of the time barring a few flops and strangely unheard of late releases due to production problems. One film is particular – ‘Tum Mere Ho’ – is horrendous. It released in 1990 and was directed by his father Tahir Hussain.

Aamir played a snake charmer in it and his ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ co-star Juhi Chawla was the leading lady. Not only did they failed to recreate the sizzling chemistry of their first film together but also struggled to deliver a run of the mill performance as there was nothing subtle in the film. Aamir was dressed in colourful outfits throughout the film and his character was flat and clichéd to say the least. He was also clearly uncomfortable during the action sequences and his usual charm was missing from the film. Let’s not even get into the details of the film. It does suffice to say that this is one film Aamir would like to delete from his filmography.


14. Salman Khan in ‘Hello Brother’

Salman Khan is not a great actor. Period. But, there is something about his on-screen persona – his childlike quality and his tomfoolery – that makes him such a delight to watch in film after film. Even his harshest critics will agree that he is timeless. However that was not always the case. In the 90s he was still coming to his own as he couldn’t guarantee that every film of his will turn into box office gold unlike the present scenario.

‘Hello Brother’ (1999) directed by his brother Sohail Khan is a film that failed to entertain both the audiences and the critics. And Salman was epitomically bad in it. He popularized something called ‘Pungi’ (a kind of pinching) with his role and took off his shirt at every given opportunity. His performance in the film is a classic example of overdoing something that one is good at. Keeping in mind that the film was a home production Salman took every liberty to overact and over utilize his stardom.


13. Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Umrao Jaan’

‘Umrao Jaan’ released at a time when he had already established himself as a star and actor of caliber thus ending his 17 flops in a row phase. They say one should never remake a classic but J.P. Dutta not only took upon himself an impossible task of matching the original in terms of grandness and intensity but also cast the wrong actors. Well Aishwarya Rai did manage to give Rekha a tough competition in the looks department but Abhishek Bachchan was a total waste in the film. His portrayal of a Nawab lacked novelty and gravity. The big problem is that he doesn’t look like a Prince to begin with – not by the traditional Bollywood standard – and he looked even paler when paired opposite then Ms. Rai. An overall dull film combined with his soulless performance was enough to make the audiences stay away, not that there were many who went to see the film.


12. Akshay Kumar in ‘Action Replayy’

Picture this. A film set in the 60s and Akshay Kumar in long hair and a set of teeth almost coming out of his mouth. Not a pretty picture right. If you can believe it that‘s the guy Aishwarya Rai’s character ‘Mala’ in the film falls in love with. Well love may be blind but the film is dumb beyond any doubt. On top of that Akhsay Kumar – Kishen – plays the resident fool of the neighbourhood who is nicknamed as ‘Kitchen Kumar’ for being meek and domestic. He looks even more foolish when all dressed up in retro fashion. Most of the time Kumar effortlessly pulls off these stupid kinds of roles but in this one he struggles a lot as he mumbles and fumbles his way through the narrative. The mediocre script and poor direction didn’t help either.


11. Manisha Koirala in ‘Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani’

During the 90s when over the top performances were the norm rather than exception Manisha Koirala was a breath of fresh air as she was subtle and nuanced in most of her films. With films like ‘1942: A Love Story’, ‘Bombay’ and ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’ she proved herself to be one of the finest of the decade. However at the turn of the century when lower grade films and controversies plagued her career she had to accept not so flattering roles to keep the ship sailing. One such bad decision was to play the female lead in Rajkumar Kohli’s far from subtle film ‘Jaani Dushman’.

To begin with the film had an outdated look with the songs and the costumes reminding us of the Bollywood films of the late 80s and early 90s. In 2002 it was enough to qualify it as a B grade movie with a couple of A – list actors. This film proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Koirala’s career as she lost both her respect and market value. She played a girl who was a snake in her past life and after she becomes a victim of sexual assault her dead lover comes back to life to exact revenge on the assailants. That was the film but even her performance was horrible. She literally crawls (does the snake dance) and weeps throughout the screen time allotted to her and hardly anyone sympathizes with her as the film fails to create any pathos.

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  • Nana patekar should not be in this list. He was just fabulous in the movie. As his character was that type of person who does not know how to act thats it.