Top 10 Flop Bollywood Films Which Attained Cult Status!

Bollywood churns out hundreds of films every year. Some of these films make money at the box office, while others fail to draw audiences to theaters. But there are some films which are above their box office fate. Here we are talking about those movies which did not earn big moolah at the ticket window at the time of their release, but went onto attain a cult status over the years. We have listed down here top ten flop Bollywood films which attained cult status years after their release.


9LAKSHYA (2004)

‘Lakshya’ was the second directorial of Farhan Akhtar after the huge success of his first coming of age film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001). Since his debut film had done tremendously well at the box office, the same was expected from his second outing also. Unfortunately, that did not happen. ‘Lakshya’, which released on 18 June 2004, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan in prominent roles, failed to live up to the expectations. By the end of its theatrical run, the movie was declared a flop.

‘Lakshya’ had everything from romance to patriotism. Even then it could not strike a chord with the audience. What worked against it possibly was its length. The film was three hours long, which was not an ideal length for the multiplex audience which had by then accustomed itself to watching well trimmed film. However, the movie has gathered a cult following over the years, particularly among the youth. Repeated telecast over the television helped it achieve this feat. After watching the film on television, the youth of the country started identifying with Hrithik’s character, Lieutenant Karan Shergill, who develops from an aimless young man into an army officer, and made it what it is today, a cult movie.

Apart from its storyline, direction and brilliant performances by each and every artist, the film is still remembered for its hit song ‘Main Aisa Kyon Hoon’. The path breaking choreography by Prabhu Deva in the song won him a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award. Hrithik’s performance in the film is considered his best performance till date.

TRIVIA: Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar returned to scriptwriting in this film after more than 14 years. ‘Main Azaad Hoon’ (1989) had been the last movie in which he wrote.


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  1. Dear Mohnish,
    Brilliant analysis. Unfortunately these masterpieces did not do great at the box office but they have been crafted by heart and soul by their makers.
    Good job Mohnish, Keep it up.

  2. Are u mad Agneepath made on a lavish budget 28.5 crs ? Till 1993 biggest budget was ROOP KI RANI CHORON KI RAJA an that was 9 crs. Agneepath was made at 6 crs and it was avg movie. Jyst because Amitabh was duped in bofors case , media tried to tag it as flop,.

  3. Waheeda Rahman did not play Guru Dutts wife. She never married or even have an affair with the hero. The relationship was distant but electric.

  4. you missed out many other movies in this list. A few of theese movies dont deserve to be in here. Movies like –

  5. Why do journalists, who have neither watched the classics (or cults in this case) nor were born when the movies being referred to were released, attempt to write such a critical article?

    Some gems, referring to Shaan as a flop and as a cult is nothing but a joke. Shaan, being the next ultra large budget film from the Sippy family after Sholay, had humungous expectations. Of course it didn’t meet Sholay’s superlative stardom, but compared to the films of those times (1980s), it was a major commercial success.

    Let’s take another example, Agneepath. Johar Sr made this garbage of a film, certainly one of the horrific films from Bachchan in that period. Watching it even today gives you the shock on how nonsensical the film was. And yeah, the National award. Just goes to prove how the national awards too can be manipulated.

    Let’s move on. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron? Commercial flop???? Wake up dear critic. It was a super duper hit in 1984. For that genre of film, with those genre of actors (budding and promising pass-outs mostly from FTII), the film generated stupendous returns on investment. Success of film is not measured on the money made by the film, but on the profit percentage the film makes. And Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron made massive profits.

    I can rip apart a few other examples given by the respected critic. But I shall not go on further. I believe that my point is made. Rookie critics must refrain from trying to pretend to know the films and their context by penning such pieces. Pieces that can be ripped apart by anyone double their age and having watched more than double the films, especially the films being referred to on first day first show.


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