10 Cult Bollywood Movies that Bombed at Box Office


It has been more than 100 years since Bollywood’s first movie was released. Today we have hundreds of movies that have made their way on the international platforms and several to credit for the cinematic bliss they offered. But, do you know there are many cult classics to name which were declared flopped when they were released? However, with time they have received the tag of cult classics. Here we have listed some of the best movies of Bollywood which initially tanked at the Box Office.

1. Dil Se

Released in 1998, the Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala starter was a flop at a box office. The movie did not do well at the box office but it was the first Indian movie that made it to the Top 10 UK Box Office charts. The movie went on to win 7 Film-fare awards and 2 National awards.

2. Lakshya

The movie had Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan in a leading roles. It is a story of an aimless boy, Karan played by Hrithik Roshan who laters became an army officer. Set in the backdrop of Kargil war, this movie got Prabhu Deva a Firmware award and National Film Award for the song Mai aisakyohu… The movie won many hearts but surprisingly it bombed at the box office. If you are a huge Hrithik Roshan fan, do not miss his upcoming movie War, which is set to release in October. Get your tickets booked in advance and look for Bookmyshow offers code to enjoy the action-packed movie with a hefty discount.

3. AndazApnaApna

AndazApnaApna is one of the cults of the ’90s, starring the 2 Khans of Bollywood, i.e. Salman Khan, and Amir Khan opposite Karishma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon. Over the years the movie has gained huge popularity especially for its catchy dialogues and stellar star cast, however, it was a flop at the box office. Surprising isn’t it!

4. Agneepath

Who can forget a memorable character like Vijay Dinnanath Chauhan? The movie is believed to be one of the best works of Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun Chakravarty, he even won a national award for the movie. Despite the celebrated star cast, the movie was a doom at theaters. In 2012 the movie was remade featuring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in key roles.

5. Lamhe

The Anil Kapoor and Sridevi starrer was amongst the few Indian movies that did well at UK box office and was showcased amongst the Top Ten Bollywood Romantic Movies of 100 years. However, it did not get much recognition at the box office. With the change in time, the movie has become a cult classic and of the best movies of late Sridevi.

6. JaaneBhi Do Yaaron

Released in the year 1983, the movie was a tear-jerker. Despite having an ensemble cast and a modern story, the movie got negative remarks at the box office. It was believed to have a bold story that does not sink with the mindset of people back then. However, with a change in time and culture, people have accepted the movie and today it has become a cult.

7. Swades

The 2004 released movie is probably one of the best movies of Shah Rukh Khan’s carrier. The movie received critical acclaim internationally. It was praised for its moving story. But to your surprise, it was a flop at B.O. The movie has won many hearts over the years.

8. Sholay

Sholay received a disappointment at the box office when it released. However, later it went on to become an overnight sensation. The camaraderie between Jai and Veeru played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan made the movie win many hearts. Because of its stellar fan base, the movie was again released in 3D in 2014.

9. Silsila

The movie had a stellar star cast, including Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, and Jaya Bachchan in pivotal roles. The movie got negative reviews for its bold story. With songs like Ye kha a gaye hum, Dekhaekkhewab, etc. the movie has become one of the cult favorites.

10. MeraNaam Joker

Remember the iconic song- Jeenayhan, marnayhan, the song moved many people into tears. With a bold storyline and unexpected end, the movie was declared a flop at the box office back then. Nevertheless, the movie is one of the best works of maestro late Raj Kumar and continues to win hearts.


Bollywood has given an array of movies that were declared flop at the time they were released. However, with time these movies have gained many hearts and thus, they went on to become cults.


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