Abhishek Bachchan Hits and Flops: Career Analysis

Note: Article was written to be published on Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday (February 5th). Due to some technical difficulties, we couldn’t publish it yesterday.

“Bachchan… the name says it all”. This is one name which stands apart in the Hindi film industry and the general perception has always been that it is easiest for a star kid to find a place in Bollywood. 13 years ago, when Abhishek Bachchan made his debut with J.P. Dutta’s Refugee (2000), he had to carry this colossal burden of stepping into his father, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s shoes. Today, on his 37th Birthday, we wish Junior B loads of luck for the future and analyze his major successes in the past.

Abhishek Bachchan Guru

Abhishek Bachchan Guru – His best performance ever

Abhishek’s first film Refugee opened to an excellent response, but was an Average affair in the long run. After that he acted in 15 successive flop films for 4 years until Dhoom (2004) happened. Post Dhoom, Abhishek featured in few commercially viable and critically acclaimed projects. It’s ironical that in spite of acting in almost 40 films (Main Lead + Second Lead), he only has 12 films that have managed to ‘Hit’ the jackpot at the ticket window.

FILM Net BO Collections | Verdict Comments
Refugee (2000) 18.75cr | Average Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Debut
5th Biggest Grosser of the Year
Dhoom (2004) 29cr | Hit Abhishek’s First Clean Commercial Success
Fourth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) 35.75 cr | Hit Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Second Biggest Grosser of the Year
Biggest Success of Abhishek as Main Lead till date
Sarkar (2005) 23.5cr | Above Average Second Lead to Amitabh Bachchan
Winner – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Eighth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Dus (2005) 23cr | Above Average Sixth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Bluffmaster (2005) 17cr | Average
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006) 45.75cr | Hit Second Lead to Shahrukh Khan
Winner – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Sixth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Dhoom 2 (2006) 80.25cr | Blockbuster Second Lead to Hrithik Roshan
Biggest Grosser of the Year
All Time Opener
Guru (2007) 44cr | Hit Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Eighth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Dostana (2008) 44.5cr | Average Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Eighth Biggest Grosser of the Year
Paa (2009) 31.25cr | Semi Hit Second Lead to Amitabh Bachchan
National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
First Film as Producer (AB Corp. Ltd)
Bol Bachchan (2012) 100cr | Hit Second Lead to Ajay Devgn
Abhishek’s first 100 crore film


Note – The list above illustrates 12 safe ventures Abhishek Bachchan has been part of, but only 7 of these were clean hits. Moreover, just 3 of these 7 successes have Abhishek as lead actor.

Cameos: An interesting aspect in AB Jr’s career has been guest appearances. He boasts of doing as many as 14 special appearances (other than 40 main films): Hum Tum (2004), Rakht (2004), Salaam Namaste (2005), Home Delivery: Aapko…Ghar Tak (2005), Ek Ajnabee (2005), Neal n’ Nikki (2005), Alag (2006), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007), Mission Istaanbul (2008), Luck by Chance (2009), Jhootha Hi Sahi (2010) – voice over.

Box office flops that were critically acclaimed: There have been some films which were ‘letdowns’ at the box office but Abhishek’s performance was praised by the critics

  • Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003): Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Yuva (2004): Winner – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. After his angry young man portrayal of Lallan in this film, the industry came to know about the real potential of Abhishek for the first time.
  • Antar Mahal (2005): Bengali film by Rituparno Ghosh.
  • Sarkar Raj (2008): Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Upcoming Films of Abhishek Bachchan: His confirmed films include Dhoom3 and Happy New Year where he plays second lead to Aamir Khan and SRK respectively. He currently has no films as a lead actor.

Archit Mishra (read more articles by the author)



  • Abhishek bachchan will get the biggest hit of his career this year with “Dhoom 3”. Only his “Dhoom” series performs the best.

  • He gave the performance of his life in Guru, a performance that was one of the best that year. It required an outstanding performance by Shahrukh Khan in Chak De India to beat Abhishek that year.

    That actually sums it up. Abhishek has been extremely unlucky.

  • Abhishek is a very good actor & way way better than most other over-rated & over-acting actors. A real underachiever. Hope he will do some successful films and be in the top 10. All the best abhi.

  • Would like to see ab & srk in dostana 3, they make a great pairing as homo lovers as they have hot sizzling chemistry between them.

  • i guess future is bright for abhishek bacchan because there is 2 100 cr. waiting for him in the form of dhoom3 and happy new year. And even dostana 2 and hera-pheri 4 is also looking good.

  • Abhishek is my most fav actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Indicine for posting such a brilliant article and mind you everybody, he is gonna come back hard soon

  • Abhishek’s best was Bunty Babli and Dostana, because he did more natural acting, rather than ape his father.

    Guru is a different genre film, and i guess he is made for such roles (character driven, subtle roles) not the glam ones.

    After guru, not a single movie of his is hit where he is the sole hero.

    Since he has survived so far, he might get good roles in future, but i doubt he will ever be a superstar, but may be some good character roles.

    All the best to him though.

  • Yaar, I think he is the luckiest person in Planet, having famous surname, or else no person in any profession could sustain after such a big failure ratio. No doubt, he is good actor, but his film choice is very poor.

  • with all due respect only 7 clean hits n only 3 hits as main lead in almost 13 years! this says it all.. he is the ultimate flopstar in the history of indian cinema.. look at people like hrithik roshan n ranbir kapoor who has just started, where they are n where he is.. they have carried the legacy forward.. abhishek bachchan has done nothing but bring shame to bachchan family.. he has survived in this industry after giving so many flops only because of the great mr. amitabh bachchan.. whatever he does he will be remembered only as amitabh bachchan’s son n aishwariya rai’s husband.. this is his only achievement i guess.. even any b or c grade actor who works for 13 years would have more hits than him m sure!

  • indicine please check.. abhishek bachchan has only 6 clean hits not 7.. only in guru he was in the main lead.. even in bunty aur babli mr. amitabh bachchan took away the limelight! in a career span of almost 13 years he has only 1 hit as main lead!

  • who wants to talk about abhishek here????????he’s already out of industry for years..like bobby deol, suneil shetty, vivek oberoi, sunny deol, arshad warsi, sharman joshi, chandrachur singh, uday chopra and a big list of all these C-grade actors!!!!!!!!a dhoom or bol bachchan with other A Listers second lead is not going to take ab junior any further heights…he just have to thank god thats he’s a legend’s son and he’s still in the DHOOM franchise….thats it!!!otherwise we have to say, even ayushmann khurana is better than abhishek in C-Grade.

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