Bollywood duds that sank without a trace!

By Hindustan Times

It's 'dangerous' to trust 'players' who don't do justice to their 'department'. That's what happened with some of the big films that promised loads of entertainment, but gave headache instead. We are talking about films that had stylish packaging, but content that left a sour taste in the mouth.

Here're 6 most disappointing films of 2012.

1. DEPARTMENT
Budget: Rs. 30 crore (approx)
Box office collections: Rs. 10.25 crore (approx) (11 days total)
RGV has had his share of unsuccessful films, but Department is different on many counts. First it's one of the lowest openers of the time. Second, RGV's unique way of filming has garnered him negative reviews from all quarters and last but not the least, the failure of the film triggered an ugly spat between Sanjay Dutt and RGV.

What went wrong?: Though Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag is considered to be the filmmaker's landmark flop, it's Department which is rendered unwatchable because of its weird camera angles.

We pity... Amitabh Bachchan who has given a stellar performance in this film and also Sanjay Dutt whose money was invested in the film.

Amitabh Bachchan in a still from Department

Director's reaction: “Some critics panning the film doesn’t bother me because I didn’t make the film for them…In Department, it’s the rapid swish pans and some hitherto unseen movement perspectives which bothered some people, but the same were liked by many others…I don’t believe that there is anything wrong with the script. I have always put the same passion in all my films, be it a Rangeela or Daud. Now a lot of people tell me that Daud was ahead of its times, but when it came out, it was panned more than any of my films.”

2. PLAYERS
Budget: Rs. 45 crore (approx)
Box office collections: Rs. 29.75 crore (approx)
The picture perfect trailers and the success record of Abbas Mustan made sure Players generated enough interest. Bipasha Basu's sultry bikini scene was also much talked about. Sonam Kapoor looked her best in the film.

What went wrong? "A thriller is usually fast-paced. But the actors' performances are so lifeless that the pace doesn't come through. Bad music and the 170-minute running time made it worse," says Komal Nahta, acclaimed trade expert.

We pity... the producers and distributors who lost about Rs. 25 crore on the desi version of The Italian Job.

Director's reaction: Not available. But we hear that producers and the director duo locked horns post the film's debacle.

Sonam Kapoor in a still from Players

3. TEZZ
Budget: Rs. 40 crore (approx)
Box office collections: Rs. 16.81 crore (approx)
Looks like Hollywood remakes are not the best bet for Bollywood filmmakers. After Players' disaster, the remake of Speed also sank without a trace. The film made news for many reasons, but the feud between producer Ratan Jain and director Priyadarshan over Mallika Sherawat takes the cake.

What went wrong?
"The ineffective drama in the first half; the lack of emotional connect between the characters in the film; the below-average visual effects," according to Koimoi.com

We pity... Ajay Devgn who trusted Priyadarshan for a hit and Ratan Jain who lost his money

Director's reaction: "Ajay trusted me completely. We had earlier worked in Aakrosh and hit it off beautifully. He signed Tezz because of me. He could've done any project but he chose mine instead. And this is what happens! I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed."

Sameera Reddy in a still from Tezz

4. AGENT VINOD
Budget: 60 crore (approx)
Box office collections: Rs. 50 crore (approx)
Saif-Kareena's desi spy thriller was much awaited. Reams and reams of newsprint were wasted on the film, but to no avail. When it came to box office results, the film proved to be a disaster. Even the blockbuster song Pungi couldn't save the film.

What went wrong?
Though the film was good in parts, it failed to impress in entirety.

We pity... Saif-Kareena who were expecting atleast one hit together

Director's reaction: "We have got a good response. The area where we need to improve is length. As it is a fast-action-spy movie, we need to reduce its length. In the next series, we would make sure the length is of two hours only," PTI quotes Sriram on plans of the film's sequel.

5. DANGEROUS ISHHQ
Budget: Twice the budget of Haunted (around 16-17 crore) (approx)
Box office collections: Rs. 5 crore (approx)
The film which was touted to be Karisma Kapoor's comeback vehicle failed to impress. The film was given a thumbs down by critics

What went wrong?
Weak screenplay that gets taxing and boring after a point.

We pity... Karisma whose chances of getting meaty roles are hampered

Director's reaction: Not available

6. JODI BREAKERS
Though Bipasha and Madhavan's jodi looked fresh, the film was dull. Performance by lead actors could not salvage the film at the box office. Probably Indian audiences are lovers of wedding sagas and not jodi breaking stories.

What went wrong?
The film is a routine, clichéd and formulaic with an unimpressive screenplay.

We pity... R Madhavan who has taken a break from films post the debacle of Jodi Breakers. Though we are not sure if it's because of the failure of the film.

Director's take: Not available

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Box Office Results

  1. Finding Fanny INR 25 cr.
  2. Mary Kom INR 54 cr.
  3. Raja Natwarlal INR 30 cr.
  4. Mardaani INR 35.7 cr.
  5. Singham Returns INR 139 cr.

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