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Namaste England, Thugs of Hindostan, Zero – check out the top 5 flops of 2018

Check out the biggest flops of 2018 including Thugs of Hindostan, Zero, Race 3, Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Namaste England!

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While 2018 has been a decent year for Bollywood with several films turning into hits and quite a few of them earning in excess of Rs 100 crore, we even saw some movies flop at the box office. In fact, biggies like Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan, Salman Khan’s Race 3 and Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero faltered big time at the ticket window. A lot was expected from them, however, faulty screenplay, poor script and below par performances left the audiences running away from these movies. But it’s not just these three movies, a few others like Namaste England and Batti Gul Meter Chalu also faltered at the box office.

These films not only had a huge investment, but with the poor collections, they even failed to recover the required moolah. With that, several exhibitors and distributors lost money. The films in turn became the biggest box office duds of 2018. But which one is the most unprofitable film? Read on to know…

# Namaste England

Cost: Rs 35 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 9 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 26 crore

ROI %: – 74

Being the sequel to a hit film like Namaste London, a lot was expected from this Arjun Kapoor – Parineeti Chopra starrer, especially with their crackling chemistry making the audience excited. However, with a lacklustre story and a very poor screenplay, the film fell flat and didn’t even enter the double-figure crores at the domestic box office.

# Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Cost: Rs 50 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 38 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 12 crore

ROI %: – 24

A social drama about a very relevant subject along with talented stars like Shahid Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Shraddha Kapoor should have been a bonafide hit, right? However, with a high production value, sub-par execution of the subject and a shoddy final product, left the makers with a heavy dent in their pockets.

# Zero

Cost: Rs 125 crore

Lifetime collection (expected): Rs 100 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 25 crore

ROI %: – 20

Though this film has just released, but the fact that it has got poor reviews and not seen any spike in collections over the first week, means that this Shah Rukh Khan – Anushka Sharma – Katrina Kaif starrer will end up losing money. In fact, Zero might just touch the Rs 100 crore mark, but with a huge VFX and production budget, the makers are going to lose some huge money.

# Thugs of Hindostan

Cost: Rs 180 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 151.90 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 28.10 crore

ROI %: – 15.61

Touted to be the biggest film of the decade, a lot of hype was generated around Thugs of Hindostan. But after a record breaking first day, the film tanked and could garner only Rs 150 crore at the domestic box office, meaning that the makers, who had invested heavily on the VFX of the movie, would end up losing money. The poor execution, predictable plot and screenplay are the major factors for the film’s downfall.

# Race 3

Cost: Rs 120 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 166.40 crore

Return on investment: Rs 46.40 crore

ROI %: 38.66

While Race 3 did make a slight profit at the box office, the fact that such a huge franchise film struggled at the box office especially with stars like Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Bobby Deol being a part of the movie, is reason enough for Race 3 making to this list. A flawed storyline, bad editing and screenplay left the audience calling it one of the worst films till date.

Surprised to see Thugs of Hindostan, Zero and Race 3 in the biggest duds list na? Well, it is very clear that if you get your content wrong, the audience will surely reject you. We wonder how the biggies will fare in 2019? Will Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan rise once again next year? To know that and more, stay tuned to Cine Blitz right here.


Before Badla, Amitabh Bachchan’s box office track record looks impressive

Badla actor Amitabh Bachchan is a bankable star and his track record at the box office is proof

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Amitabh Bachchan is one of the biggest superstars Bollywood has seen. In fact, his popularity across India is massive. He has been acting in Indian cinema for several decades and over time, he has become quite the bankable star. In fact, the megastar commands a huge following and can guarantee an opening even today. If you look at his last five releases before Badla, you will understand that he can assure you a considerable amount of money and profit even today. Just that everything depends on the script, the story, the actors and the size of release!

Looking at his last five releases and analysing them, you will realise that he is a pretty bankable star. In fact, with a limited release and low buzz, he could still garner Rs 20 crore for a film like TE3N (2016). And even though Sarkar 3 (2017) did not work due to the poor screenplay, he could make it earn Rs 10 crore. He delivered stand out performances in Pink (2017) and 102 Not Out (2016). And both of them had a fantastic lifetime collection. Pink, with a limited release, managed to collect Rs 70 crore. 102 Not Out, on the other hand, raked in Rs 50 crore. Thugs of Hindostan (2018) was his biggest release in the last decade. And though it was not good enough, it gave him his biggest collection, with a box office total of Rs 150 crore.

Talking about Amitabh Bachchan’s stature, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) mentioned, “Mr Bachchan is a legend in his own right. He’s been one of the biggest superstars the country has ever seen! But I really feel it is unfair to put the onus of the film’s recovery on him, because he is the pricey jewel on the crown. He decorates the film like no other actor can. So I guess as big a legend he is, I really feel it is unfair to draw parallels to his popularity in the business to the amount of money his films draw. He is like a MF Hussain painting today, you cannot really put a value to it. He is a thing to watch. Let’s not try and read into his stature. He is beyond that! He is priceless!”

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Before Badla, Taapsee Pannu has consistently raked in the moolah at the box office – here’s proof

Badla actress Taapsee Pannu is a consistent performer and her track record at the box office is proof

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Taapsee Pannu is one helluva actress. Her choice of roles and the conviction with which she pulls them off is fantastic. Yes, she might not call herself an A-lister yet. But Taapsee cannot deny the fact that she is a consistent performer. Not only for the audience, but also at the box office. Don’t believe us? Well, check out the actress’ box office track record before the release of Badla. And you will have your answer! In fact, she is so consistent, that she will pretty soon be one of the most bankable actresses of recent times.

Taking a look back at her last five releases, let us tell you that she has balanced her career well. From masala entertainers to commercial potboilers and some unconventional roles, she’s chosen it all. Her biggest hit till date is Judwaa 2 (2017), which saw her in a pivotal part. The movie raked in nearly Rs 150 crore, making her one of the few actresses to have managed to achieve this feat. Post that, she was seen in a very limited release – Dil Junglee (2018). And even though it did not do well due to its story , it did earn a meagre amount (Rs 2 crore) courtesy her fan following. Then started her consistent phase, which saw her deliver three back-to-back decent releases. And mind you, Soorma, Mulk and Manmarziyaan collected the amount it did because of her strong presence. While Soorma raked in Rs 35 crore, Manmarziyaan (Rs 30 crore) and Mulk (Rs 20 crore) followed suit with decent collections.

Talking about Taapsee Pannu’s track record, Akshaye Rathi reveals exclusively, “It is nice to see a young and fresh actress like her try out new roles. It is really great to see her take the onus of a film’s business on her shoulders. Like Mulk was a Taapsee Pannu film supported brilliantly by Mr Rishi Kapoor. If you look at Manmarziyaan, of course Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan were there. But Taapsee was also as responsible for the business of the film as they were! She is making some really brave choices. She balancing it up with films like Judwaa 2 and whole lot of others, which are commercial. That earns her a fan following and an audience base! I genuinely feel she is making some great moves. If she sustains and continues to deliver, then she will be a bankable star at the box office!”

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Sonchiriya: 5 reasons why you should watch the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer

Raw and real – here’s why you should not miss Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya

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Sonchiriya is metaphorically the search for the elusive – for absolution and redemption. All of us are looking for our Holy grails – or if you speak dacoit  –  our Sonchiriyas. Abhishek Chaubey’s film Sonchiriya makes an impression for many reasons. Here are the five main pillars that held up Sonchiriya, amongst others.

NO GLAMOURISATION:  A dacoit film where despite notoriety as dacoits, the characters were not made to look larger-than-life or like caricatures. They were human. They were immensely fallible. Their nobility was not magnified nor criminality minimised. More than anything, it ventured an insight into the mind of the rebel, who questioned his dharam even though he lived by a code, who suffered agony and guilt even though he could be trigger-happy. And the film portrayed the real hardships in life on the run in the ravines. No, the dacoits were not glorified nor glamourised. Abhishek Chaubey’s takes are raw and real. So the response is gut level. Every single time.

REAL REAL REAL: The fact that the film was shot in real locations lent it credibility like nothing else could. And it must have been no cakewalk, shooting in the arid and mountainous parts of MP, and the Chambal. A logistical nightmare for a cast and crew of near 400 people, to create the most real looking dacoit film made. The shooting in the interiors of Madhya Pradesh distinctly lacked in facilities. The sweat, the grime was all real. The thirst, and the crinkled eyes from too much harsh sunlight was also real. The authenticity and attention to detail in near every aspect- whether it was the dusty and worn clothes, shoes, the gamchas, the windblown hair, the dirt in the fingernails and on their skin wasn’t  applied), their hair-cuts, the costuming of each character, the dust in the air, everything looked real.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: The camera work by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan was riveting. Chilling in points and blazing in points, it was the director’s vision translated in the most unaffected manner. The very soul of the ravines, the stillness of the ponds, and the screaming torment of the rebels’ minds… the stench of their sweat came through the screens… the maggots and flies buzzing on a dead snake, the weariness in their pores, the recoil from the staccato firing of machine guns, everything was captured in unforgettable frames.

THE PERFECT CASTING: Every single actor right down to the last member of the supporting cast seemed chiselled from that very soil, landscape, mountains and deserts. Sushant Singh Rajput as Lakhna, dacoit chief – Dadda Man Singh played by Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey as Vakil Singh, Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar, Ashutosh Rana as the blood-thirsty vengeful policeman Virendra Singh Gujjar, and a horde of secondary cast played their parts perfectly. The dialogue delivery was noticeable, and since the Bundelkhandi dialect and accent is uncommon to the regular movie dialogues, it stood out, but rang no false notes. Apparently, in order for the cast to get acclimatised to speaking the accents, they made it mandatory for them to speak the same right through the shooting, even on breaks… sure enough, not one actor slipped up even once.  And Halleluiah, in the cause of authenticity, the dialogue which was rife with swearwords, sailed through the CBFC, without cuts, nothing short of a miracle!

HAUNTING MUSIC SCORE: Mercifully bereft of unnecessary songs, what played out in the score was soulfully eloquent and heartbreakingly beautiful music composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. So relieved to know that has not been set aside simply because he aced direction with a string of films. The right notes, and the right voices – Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, and Rajasthani folk singer Mame Khan nailed it for Varun Grover’s lyrics, except for two songs, Naina Na Maar, which had traditional lyrics, and was recreated by Ashok Mizaj Badr, and the Daaku anthem which had lyrics by Abhishek Nailwal and music by Ketan Sodha.

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