Bollywood stars who came crashing down in 2013

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn had two flops in 2013: Himmatwala and Satyagraha

Ajay Devgn was soaring high recently with 100 crore hits like Golmaal 3, Bol Bachchan and Singham. But in 2013, his acting career came crashing down with both his film releases flopping at box office. Himmatwala which was touted to be a big hit by the director of the film Sajid Khan himself turned out to be a huge disaster. Also, his social drama, Satyagraha, which was a multi-starrer did not do too well either.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar had two flops: OUATIMD and Boss

Akshay Kumar got over the disappoints of 2012 with a critically appreciated film like Special 26. But all of that was undone with two big flops to his name – the much-awaited Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara and Boss. OUATIMD, the sequel to the critically acclaimed hit Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, would have probably fared better had it released alongside Chennai Express, but the decision to push the film forward by a week turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes of the year. However, as a film too OUATIMD turned out to be a damp squib. Boss couldn’t help recover his fortunes either and ended up as a box office failure. With quite a few interesting films like Gabbar and Holiday lined up for release in 2014, except the superstar to make a strong comeback – like he always has!

Imran Khan

Imran Khan had a poor year: Matru Ki BIjlee.. OUATIMD and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein all failed

Imran Khan had a disaster year in 2013 with three of his films sinking without a trace at the box office. He started the year with a below average grosser like Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. But what damaged his reputation was Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara. He looked terribly misplaced and miscast in the film. Towards the end of the year, Dharma Productions’ Gori Tere Pyaar Mein was supposed to help him regain his reputation but that film turned out to be one of the biggest disasters of the year.

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor delivered two flops: Satyagraha and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

Kareena Kapoor Khan who was riding high just two years ago having worked with all the three Khans, had a downer of a year in 2013. Her two films Satyagraha and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein both under-performed massively. Even though her acting was mildly liked in Satyagraha, the film flopped and her awkward kiss with Ajay Devgn was one of the worst screen moments of 2013. Gori Tere yaar Mein could have made it all better but the public showed no interest in turning up to watch this romantic comedy.

Sanjay Dutt

Zila Ghaziabad, Zanjeer and Policegiri all failed.

Sanjay Dutt suffered setbacks after setbacks in 2013 both professionally and personally. He had three film releases in 2013 – Zila Ghaziabad, Zanjeer and Policegiri. All of three films set new levels in being poor films and their box office performances reflected the quality of those films. Unfortunately what hit him the hardest in 2013 was being re-imprisoned once again for a 20 year old case.

Sunny Deol

Sunny Deol gave two flops – Yamla Pagla Deewana and Singh Saab The Great

Sunny Deol had two releases in 2013 and one aborted release. The sequel to the funny Yamla Pagla Deewana arrived a week after Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and opened decently in North India. Sadly, the makers couldn’t duplicate the humour of the previous film and the film flopped. Sunny Deol then tried his hand once again at a Gadar-esque film called Singh Sahab The Great. Sadly, neither the story nor the direction could do his screen presence any favour and the film sank after a decent weekend.

Sonakshi Sinha

Critical acclaim for her performance in Lootera wasn’t good enough. All films except R.. Rajkumar failed.

Cut to January 1 2013. Sonakshi Sinha was supposed to be the lucky charm of filmmakers. But now a year later all that has changed. With the exception of the hit R.. Rajkumar, all of the films she appeared in 2013 flopped. Even though she impressed the critics with her performance as Pakhi in Lootera, the film did not do too well. Her next two ventures Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara and Bullett Raja also flopped. The audience is tired of seeing her play the same character in film after film. Maybe it’s time for some reinvention in 2014 for Shotgun Junior!

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  • I am sure Akshay and Ajay will make comebacks in 2014 with films like Holiday, Gabbar and Singham 2. Imran Khan is a hopeless case and should retire along with Sonakshi Sinha.

  • undoubtedly Imran Khan, not just in 2013 he is total failure from the day he has entered this industry

    “the most disappointing”

  • No other actor is more deserving den “Imran Khan” … please vote for him :)….
    To me he is the concrete reason behind failure of OUTIMD

  • Akshay Kumar: He will top this poll because he is the most popular actor in the list. But you can bet that he will make a comeback this year. Holiday looks like a sure shot hit with Ghajini director directing it. Also love his Gabbar look. Its Entertainment looks the riskiest film of the lot, but it has been sold for 100 cr, which shows Akshay’s market value is still huge enough though he none of his films crossed 60 cr in 2013.

    Ajay Devgan: He was never a superstar and he never will be. But Action Jackson and Singham 2 will be huge hits. He ain’t going anywhere. But I hope he does films like before.. OUATIM, Legend Of Bhagat Singh etc

    Imran Khan: Don’t know where he will go from here. Not very talented, doesn’t have female following and career at all time low. Looks like he will be out of work soon like older generation of actors like Fardeen Khan and Zayed Khan.

    Kareena Kapoor: She’s 33, married and way past her prime. She has a big movie like Shuddhi which might help her make a comeback, but honestly I feel Karan should cast Deepika instead of Kareena opposite Hrithik.

    Sanjay Dutt: Failures dont affect him, but I hope his personal life improves. Hopefully he gets out of jail and can be with his ailing wife.

    Sunny Deol: He is close to 60 and has nothing left to prove.

    Sonakshi Sinha: She is talented but should avoid getting type cast. Why does she act in films like R.. Rajkumar?? She should lose a bit of weight and do some female centric roles like Vidya Balan.

  • The crashing of Chennai Express to the 2nd spot was the biggest satisfaction of 2013! SRK and his fans were most disappointed people after Dhoom3

  • Indicine is the most intelligent and unbiased bollywood site.
    Just because it doesn’t favour your favorite star doesn’t mean that you should criticize it.
    Well written articles and fine reviews.

  • SRK was a big star in 1990′s era.
    But he has been crashing down since 2006 and failed to give a single highest grosser since. Hrithik has 1, Aamir has 3 and Salman has 3.
    In the 21st century, Hrithik, Aamir and Salman have gone wayy ahead of SRK now and he cant beat them now.

  • Lolll. ….disappointed. ….in fact it makes us proud that getting only 6 days free run CE is able to cross 200 crs.

  • Akshay is bigger than all of them so people might vote for him.I hope he bounce back well and he should not work with flop directors again and should not do films like k786 again as it does not help increase your fans.But the media is not friendly him at all.Everyday when he is down he comes back strongly.Some observations after 2008
    2008- successful year
    2009- bad year
    2010- housefull brought him back
    2011-none of his films crossed 50cr when others where entering 100cr
    2012- delivered 2 100cr films
    2013-none of his films crossed 70cr when others where entering 200cr
    2014=?
    PLS type this into google and see how when akki fails some site becomes happy
    1.Is akshay kumar finished like ajay in 2007? 2011 article
    2.Has the midas lost his touch? 2013 article all by a leading article who expect sp26 to earn 100cr but donot expect Talaash

  • Akshay would strike with a Bang like he always has………HOLIDAY And GABBAR will be huge…….It’s Entertainment will be about Word of Mouth

  • if topping the year with highest grosser is “EVERYTHING” then Aamir was a big “ZERO” from 1988 to 2008 ? is it true ? Mr. True fan

  • @Dev Aamir did very less films in that time so SRK was slightly ahead of him.
    But today Aamir is the undisputed #1 along with Salman with 3 highest grossers each.
    Even Hrithik beat SRK

  • I like the ending for akshays- like he always has.
    This shows that SONAKSHI>SAIF ALI KHAN
    Now this article shows me that SONAKSHI is a superstar and also has the the talent not like talentless souls like katrina,deepika
    All the best SONAKSHI and AKKI for this year but the SAME people who are criticizing u failed to recognize u except the stupid khans

  • @ True Fan why dont you count the number of Hits of their resp career in India and in Overseas ? ok no overseas , it will be a one man race … but just count the number of Hits in india atleast? and also the variety of roles that both(SRK and AK) have done are almost the same ….. SRK has done from romance to negative to chak de to devdas kind of movies and also AK has done variety of roles…so if you consider entire career SRK is way ahead of the other 2 Khans.

    at the end of their career “number of highest grossers / year” wont be counted….its the number of Hits and variety of roles they ve tried will be……

  • Because of his looks AKSHAY became an actor
    He didnt go to any acting school
    He became an ACTOR by experiencing mor in acting
    His comic timing is the best
    He once beat the KHANS and was targeted by the media
    When was high with SIK,WELCOME and CC2C flopped,ah the media forgot all and he became the punching bag on TV,SOCIAL MEDIA AND TOP SITER
    The MEDIA were very happy

  • WHEN CC2C FLOPPED AN INTERVIEW WITH AKSHAY
    You would have thought with the appalling reviews and public criticism his 2009 non-starter Chandni Chowk To China (CC2C) received in India, Akshay Kumar would have retreated to a corner to sulk and lick his wounds .

    Far from it! Bollywood’s action hero who laughs, cries, sings, dances and kickboxes in the film that producer Warner Bros’ American audiences and the Hollywood press (also, Indian kids) actually enjoyed, is standing on his feet having taken the punches squarely on the chin… BT put him on the mat and got him to deliver straight replies to some more punches…

    With this flop, it’s being said your golden spell is over…
    But my so-called flop has generated Rs 45 crore in the first weekend… it’s the fourth highest, three-day box office collection in the history of Bollywood. Besides, I never said this was the greatest film ever made. I told everyone, ‘It’s a senseless film, leave your brains at home.’ I accept it for what it is, I love it for what it is, and I will stand by it and say that’s the film we wanted to make and we made. I pray you like it, and I’m sorry if you don’t. But I didn’t break my back doing it to have my own fraternity later stab me from behind…

    But you’re hugely successful, you had the opportunity to choose … did you make the right choice?
    I accept failure, no problem; failing isn’t the scary part, reading newpapers is what brings me out in a cold sweat! Mistakes I can live with, but regret is one thing I can do without. I did my best, I’m not Superman, if I never fall how will I pick myself up to climb again!

    Shekhar Suman says you ought to apologise for CC2C…
    Bollywood is a family, if you have a problem come to my house and discuss it with me over tea, don’t poison the minds of our public. Have you ever heard me hurt anyone? But Shekar Suman’s not the only one. His son’s film releases tomorrow and I wish him the very best. I hope no one ever talks about Shekhar’s son the same way he spoke about me.

    Where does CC2C leave you?
    Thank God I’m not considered number one or anything of the sort. I’m happy being the underdog that has to struggle. It’s what I’m used to doing and it’s where I’m happiest. I can get on with being the dude who just wants to make films. Wish me luck …

    What is the road ahead like?
    Bumpy, full of pot-holes, but I’ll reach my destination … I work hard, I do good things with my money, and all I want to do at the end of the day is go home and play with my innocent son. No film, no money and no amount of success is more precious than that. I’m lucky, every month my son’s dying to see another one of my films!

    People say you’ve lost your trademark modesty with success…
    No one can ever take away my modesty. I haven’t changed since the day I started, in fact I’m even more mellow now than I used to be. People are dying to pull me down. I understand why. But I won’t become too big for my boots. Have I ever thrown my weight around or abused my position in the industry? Why do you think after all the flops I am still here!

    You gave away your Best Actor award in the Popular category to Aamir Khan. People claim that magnanimity was not the reason behind your grand gesture…
    Of course they will, you only hear crap about me around release time; they did it to me before Singh Is Kinng and are doing it again now. I gave my award to Aamir because I felt he deserved it. Just because he doesn’t turn up for awards doesn’t mean I can pretend it doesn’t belong to him. I was honoured to be given the award and, to be honest, it took a lot for me to give it away. Aamir knows why I did what I did, he understands me, why can’t people? Everybody’s not corrupt.

  • MEDIA HAPPY ABOUT AKKIS FAILURE
    “Suddenly there is a whole mission to ‘Kill Akshay'” – Vipul Shah

    Chandni Chowk To China may not have taken a huge opening as was expected out of it. However, a large section of media has chosen to target Akshay Kumar and have started writing obituaries about him. Unreasonable as it may sound; the backlash seems to be completely uncalled for, especially for a man who till about a fortnight back was hailed as ‘the darling of the masses’. Vipul Shah, Akshay’s friend, director and producer, gets into a freewheeling chat with Joginder Tuteja and shares his views about the reasons that have perhaps led to such ‘venom being spewed on Akshay Kumar’ (in his own language). Over to Vipul!

    Mission ‘Target Akshay’

    “I think the only thing that Akshay has done wrong is that he has never been a part of any camp. He has never picked up any favorites with media or has tied up with journalists (it’s a shame that some of them are called journalists). Unfortunately he is not a part of any politics and believes in the policy of ‘do your work and go home’. Today, when people are getting an opportunity to tarnish and target him, he doesn’t have people to defend him. Everyone is clearly having a field day.”

    All HITS forgotten?

    “And by the way, why are we forgetting that he is the same man who in the last 3 years has seen 21 films of his getting released out of which 17 have been hits. He is the most consistent actor, star and a lot more than that. Just because one film of his doesn’t take a kick start as expected, people out there have started making judgments. It’s like Sachin Tendulkar failing in one innings and people saying that he should retire! See, these kinds of elements are always there and neither Akshay nor any of his directors or producers would be bothered about it.”

    Of course Akshay is disappointed!

    “Akshay is extremely concerned about the kind of backlash coming towards him and the film. He is feeling at a certain level that despite what media has to say about the film, his audience should not feel let down. It can happen to the best of the people but the way stories are being generated, it seems as if Akshay has almost finished the entire industry with just one film. What are we smoking? It’s really sad! People should realize that he is the only actor who does 4 films a year and still sees so much of success. Now today, if you want to crucify him then well, only God can help you.”

    The ‘J’ factor at play?

    “Jealousy – I guess that too has played a major role in the kind of backlash that is being generated. They feel that Akshay earns a lot of money and I have realized that in my interaction with people. They are jealous about him reaching this position and now they have got a chance to open their mouths. Well, do that as long as you don’t misuse the freedom of expression. But please don’t jump to conclusions. Otherwise it would be a shameful incident in Indian cinema when so-called underperformance of one film would lead to a select bunch of people trying to finish him off. Well, keep trying because ultimately audience would anyways come to see his next film.”

    Why are we demoralizing the industry?

    “While media and some people with vested interest are targeting a man who has come up to such a level through so many hardships in life and done something that people can only dream to achieve, they are only demoralizing others in the industry. Akshay is a man who has come from nowhere and created a space for himself. Today, you want to ignore all his hard work put for so many years; the ton loads of entertainment he has provided to millions out there. Show me one actor whose film hasn’t lived up to expectations. When you see CC2C, Akshay has tried his best. Now may be you like the film or not is a different question but can you say that Akshay hasn’t made an effort? There is a limit to what an actor can do!”

    Akshay should retire? What nonsense!

    “If you want to say that because of one film an actor should retire then I would say that please watch your mouth and language. Because I am so sure that Akshay would deliver a hit next, and that should be soon, and once that happens, the very same people would be touching his feet. That day is not far off! Suddenly there is a whole mission to ‘Kill Akshay’. Well, let me tell you that he is much stronger a person that he won’t die because of one CC2C. He won’t vanish and instead would do a lot more for people. So please save your opinion because tomorrow you would be returning to him for an interview and a front page cover!”

    It’s not only about Akshay

    “Yes, Akshay happens to be a very near person in my life but honestly speaking, Anyone including myself would’ve been disappointed if people would have talked in the same way. What disgusts me most is the attitude of some people in India who are targeting an actor. It is sad because at the time when the industry is not going through its best patch, we are not supporting each other. Seriously, we don’t need enemies from outside when we have a good chunk of them from inside the industry. These are the people who are harming themselves. At the end of the day, this industry sees collective success and failure. If one film does well, it benefits 10 more films that are coming next. And if one fails, it impacts 10 more which are going to be released next.”

    Am I angry? No!

    “I am not angry at the mischief makers; I am just analyzing the situation with a balanced approach and feeling sad at our outlook towards our colleagues. If we continue to have such an outlook in the times when the industry is not going through the best time then obviously our growth should be restricted. We pull each other down rather than supporting, hence we deserve to remain at a lower level. My point is, let’s forget about Akshay and think about yourself. You are just damaging yourself!”

    Akshay is not alone

    “I can recount 100 such cases when someone has been pulled down so badly. A few months back, it happened to Himesh Reshammiya. Earlier, after Saawariya, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was said to be finished. Harman got to hear so much due to Love Story 2050. After Drona, Abhishek was written off and even though Dostana was a success, a large section of media didn’t want to believe it earlier on but later relented. This is our cynicism at play and mind you, one film cannot make or break anyone. Forget a superstar; it could even be the case for a newcomer. Yes, I choose to be vocal about it because perhaps this is what the first time when it is not just backlash but venom being spewed out. I have never seen something like this before and I hope I don’t see it ever again!”
    MORE HERE >>>

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    Labels: Akshay Kumar, Chandni Chowk to China, Features, Vipul Shah

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    Chandni Chowk To China grosses Rs 330 million in India

    Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone starrer Chandni Chowk To China has grossed Rs 330 million (Rs 33 crores) in its opening weekend in India, including paid previews.

    Speaking to Businessofcinema.com, Warner Bros India director sales Neeraj Goswami says, “We are happy to have crossed Rs 300 million (Rs 30 crores) mark in India, considering that not many films grossed that amount in 2008. We are happy with weekend numbers.”

    When queried about public reaction towards the movie and Warner’s expectations of the first week collections, Goswami said, “Well the reaction towards the movie has been mixed. We’ll be able to judge this week’s expectations only once Monday’s collection come in entirely, which should be by tomorrow. But the movie should manage to do well this week since the coming weekend is long. There are new releases this week but every movie has their niche audience.”

    Slated to release this week is the much acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle along with Vishesh Films and Sony BMG’s horror flick Raaz – The Mystery Continues. These films will find a good window with Monday (26 January) being a holiday.

    Chandni Chowk To China released on 16 January. In the US the film was released in 134 cinemas. At the time of filing this story, the weekend overseas collections of the film were not available with Warner Bros.

  • Imran Khan is only getting by because of his maamu Aamir Khan. But even Maamu won’t cast him in his own films.

  • akshay kumar is a pathethic actor. in outimd his acting was worst he overacted in full movie . he was looking funny as villain lol .akki should do only comedy movies.

  • How come HR beat SRK ???

    Aamir and SALMAN just enjoying success going by the rules and Hplaying it safe whereas SRK always tried new things in thisiperiod….for eg AAMIR using Dhoom brand, Chetan Bhagat novel and Salman using masala flicks.While SRK tried new with Ra.1 and Don 2.

    But now SRK is back to his form with CE.

    So beware and keep calm everyone and wait for HNY and RAEES.

  • There is nothing like highest grosser of the year, why not highest grosser of the month, week, day, hour, minute and second.
    Reality is SRK’s only important box office achievement in his career came as Chennai Express, those persons screaming highest grosser of the year are mainly fans of Salman Khan who cannot explain why their megastar is lagging behind Krrish 3 and YJHD.
    This box office phenomenon is now turning towards critically acclaimed directors after failing to beat 3 Idiots for 3 consecutive years despite having masala flicks in his kitty.
    Nothing against Salman, just these loud mouthed fans of these Khans should mind it.

  • @kndicine When did Golmaal 4 release…? Did I miss it or are you confusing yourself by thinking Shettys krappy express was infact the fourth film in the Golmaal series…?

  • My vote goes to Imran- utterly useless and expressionless… I have Delhi Belly on a dvd somewhere but saw it afew wks back and couldnt believe how awful he was in there… Initially I thought he did a good job but after afew views Kunal and Vir look better each time and Imran is sucking more n more… Its worrying for him as he could be one of those actors who look worse n worse n more worse everytime you see them in a particular film…. He needs acting lessons or time out but less films may help him in order to give audience time to recover from his previous lacklustre performance and commercial failure…!

  • 2001–gadar—sunny paji
    2002–raaz……
    2003–koi mil gaya—hritik roshan
    2004–veer zara—sharuk khan
    2005–no entry—salman khan
    2006–dhoom 2—hritik roshan
    2007–om shanti om—sharuk khan
    2008–ghagni—amir khan
    2009–3 idots—amir khan
    2010–dabang–salman khan
    2011–bodygard—salman khan
    2012–ek tha tiger—salman khan
    2013–dhoom 3—amir khan
    1992–beta —anil kapoor
    1993–aankhen—govinda
    1994–hum apke hai kaun—salman khan
    1995–ddlj—sharuk khan
    1996–raja hindustani—amir khan
    1997–border—sunny paji
    1998–kuck kuch hota hai—sharuk khan
    1999–hum saath saath hai—salman khan

    salman khan—-6 time topper
    amir khan—4 time topper
    sharukh khan —4 time topper
    hritik roshan—2 time topper
    sunny paji—2 time topper
    govinda and anil saab—1 time each topper

    so final conclusion is that salman khan is far better than both khan and the fight is between amir and sharukh khan, hritik is yonger then all of them so he is competting with himself……..

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