10 Bollywood Superstars Who Had Disastrous Box Office Debuts

Making a mark in Bollywood is not an easy task. The way to success here has several hurdles at every step, which one needs to cross to fulfill his or her dreams. The industry has seen a number of actors who took several years and several films to prove their acting mettle, because their first film bombed at the box office. Despite an unsuccessful beginning, they did not take failure to their hearts and worked even harder and finally made a name for themselves. Here is a list of such 10 Bollywood Superstars who had disastrous Box Office debuts.


9Ranbir Kapoor

Though Ranbir Kapoor belongs to the first family of Bollywood, his journey in Bollywood has not been a cake walk. The actor started his acting career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s tragic romance ‘Saawariya’ in 2007. The film clashed with the Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer reincarnation drama ‘Om Shanti Om’ and tanked at the box office without a trace. The dismal performance of the movie came as a shocker to the new lad and pulled up his socks almost immediately.

After ‘Saawariya’, Kapoor starred in ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’, (2008), which was a moderate success at the box office. The actor achieved critical acclaim with superlative performances in three movies which hit screens in 2009 – ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’, and ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year’. Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ (2011) and Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’ (2012) established him as one of the leading men in Bollywood and earned him two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare. In 2013, he appeared in Karan Johar’s production ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, which emerged as one of his biggest commercial success. His next few films such as ‘Besharam’ (2014), ‘Roy’ (2015) and ‘Bombay Velvet’ (2015) did not perform as per expectations. But his performance in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’ (2015) earned his great critical acclaim and moderate box office success. But the actor returned with a bang with Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. It was the first time when the actor joined hands with the popular filmmaker. Also starring Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ did excellent business at the box office and made around Rs. 112.00 crores.

Ranbir Kapoor will next be seen in Anurag Basu’s upcoming film,’Jagga Jasoos’, opposite Katrina Kaif. The film is scheduled to release on April 7, 2017. The actor has also started shooting for the much awaited Sanjay Dutt biopic where he plays Sanjay Dutt. According to latest reports, Ranbir is also in talks to host the upcoming season of the popular reality game show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, which has previously been hosted by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

TRIVIA: Ranbir Kapoor started his career in films as an assistant director in ‘Prem Granth’ (1996) and later assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on ‘Black’ (2005).

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