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.


8Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi is one of the most underrated actors in Bollywood. He has given a number of immensely successful films in his career, but has not got his due in the showbiz more often. However, with a massive fan following all over India and in some other parts of the world, the hot and handsome actor is a superstar in his own right. But do you know that his debut film under-performed at the box-office?

Emraan, who belongs to the prestigious Bhatt family of Bollywood, started his career in films as an assistant director. After assisting Vikram Bhatt on the 2002 horror film ‘Raaz’, he began his acting career with the crime thriller ‘Footpath’ in the year 2003. The film was produced by his uncle and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Though ‘Footpath’ did not fare that well at the box office, Emraan came into limelight, thanks to his intense performance.

By 2004, Hashmi had become a force to reckon with. His rising popularity ensured great success at the box office. His terrific performances in films such as ‘Murder’ (2004), ‘Zeher’ (2005) and ‘Gangster’ (2006) made him a sensation. However, after being a part of some commercially successful films, he experienced a low phase in his professional career as suddenly his movies started under-performing at the ticket window. But the year 2008 marked a turning point in his career as his crime drama film ‘Jannat’, wherein he played a conman, clicked with the audience and emerged victorious at the box office. Critics and the audience appreciated his performance in the film. He subsequently appeared in various critically and financially successful movies, including the second installment of the ‘Raaz’ franchise, ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ (2009), which turned out to be biggest hit film of the actor’s career. The biographical drama ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011), wherein Emraan played a filmmaker, was also a box office winner. He then went on to appear in the psychological thriller ‘Murder 2’ (2011), the romcom ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ (2011), ‘Jannat 2’ (2012), and the supernatural thrillers ‘Raaz 3’ (2012) and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ (2013).

Hashmi’s subtle performance in the underworld drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ (2010) remained one of the best rated performances of his entire movie career. His performance in the political thriller ‘Shanghai’ (2012) was also well received. Last year, Hashmi was seen in two films, the biographical sports drama ‘Azhar’ and the horror thriller ‘Raaz Reboot’. Unfortunately, both films did not perform as per expectations. The actor is now looking forward to the release of ‘Baadshaho’.

TRIVIA: Emraan was about to debut in 2001 with film ‘Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar’, but was dropped by the makers, as they didn’t feel that he was fit for the character.


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  1. in indian cienema there was tri moorthy dilip dev raj after that the phenoman Rajesh khana and then angry one man BIG b , in between them many came and goes like jeetendra dharmendra manoj kumar shashi kapoor shammi kapoor, in early tiumes ashok kumar was and KL saigal was reaL SUPER STAR OF THERE TIMES, SAMADHI WAS NO LESS THEN SHOLAY

  2. Big B ke paas kaam nahi tha sarey films box office failure kaam ke liye 1973 mein Yash Chopra ke paas Jaake Big B bheek manga kaam dene ke liye Zanjeer se Naam kamaya BIG B. Aaj kithna ghamand hai BIG B ko…..only the real star of Bollywood is king Khan got fame on his own talent.

  3. If you are a superstar or whatever nomenclature you give it to you by journalists who is are not actual journalist honestly practising their trad, but is are a lobbyist whose palms is s are to be greased if one has to prove himself or herself.

  4. These Bollywood information are how much true of don’t know. I just wanted to enjoy watching and listening to them which now in this world has because easy because of digital technology like YouTube, vimeo, http://hindi.media and so many coming up.

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