Bollywood flops that critics loved

(Compiled by Aparna Sajinath)

1. SONCHIRIYA (2019):

This Bollywood action-drama tells the story of Dacoits in Chambal.


Considered the biggest box-office flop of Sushant Singh Rajput’s career and categorised as a disaster, this movie was well-acclaimed by critics after its release on OTT and has an IMDB rating of 7.9.

2. ANDAZ APNA APNA (1994):

Despite an assembled star cast of Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor and Raveena Tandon, who were all in their prime, this film turned out to be a huge box-office failure.


It was highly praised for the Aamir-Salman duo’s dynamic chemistry, comic timing, and hilarious script and later got recognised as one of the cult-classic comedies in Indian cinema history that altered the genre.

3. UDAAN (2010):

This coming-of-age drama delves into themes of abuse, the pursuit of passion and family dynamics.


This film earned critical acclamation for its sincere portrayal of characters and received several awards, despite its failure at the box office.


This feel-good rom-com with an unconventional ending, labelled as a bad film, can be called a diamond in the rough.


While it was a commercial flop due to its clash with 'Baahubali 2', it did not fail to capture the hearts of both the audience and the critics, creating a nostalgic atmosphere for the audience.

5. MERA NAAM JOKER (1970):

This classic movie based on Raj Kapoor’s life was an epic flop at the box office, which even caused a financial crisis for Kapoor.


It failed to impress the audience at its initial release but garnered the reputation of one of the iconic films in Bollywood over time. Today, it is considered the best film made by Kapoor.

6. SWADES (2004):

Shah Rukh Khan’s Swades became unsuccessful at the box office following his two hits in 2004.


Regarded ahead of its time, Swades is a thought-provoking patriotic drama that earned recognition from critics and is often referred to as an unfortunate flop that had a lot of potential.

7. GUZAARISH (2010):

This Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai starrer, made on the debatable topic of euthanasia, with its ability to evoke the thought of moral dilemmas surrounding the theme, is not everyone’s cup of tea. | YouTube screengrab


It was acclaimed by critics for both technical and emotional aspects but failed to perform well at the box office.