Top 15 Bollywood flop movies one must watch in their lifetime

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The success rate of a movie not only depends on the box office collections but also on the reviews, storyline, and plot. Sometimes flop movies consist of good storylines and reviews, whereas the hit ones carry bad storylines and reviews. Flop movies don’t necessarily mean that the movie is uninteresting. Other factors, such as riots, lockdowns, etc. also contribute to the success rates of flop movies. Let’s read about the best flop movies one must watch in their lifetime.

Thappad (2020)

A young woman living a happy and content life with her husband gets shattered when the husband slaps her out of frustration in front of everyone at a party. This incident left her devastated and forced her to file a divorce. Everyone confronted her to step back and live together again but she felt the opposite and she carried on with the divorce proceedings. Meanwhile, the husband and his lawyer pressed false charges against her to stop the divorce. In the end, the husband realized his mistake and apologizes to her while parting their way through a divorce. They end the film on a happy note by becoming good friends and hoping to reunite soon.

The movie is a message for every woman going through the harassment from her husband or her in-laws to stop this evil practice and raise their voices against it. This film brought tears and a sense of hope at the same time to the women who face such issues. Taapsee Pannu played the lead role in this movie. 

Khubsoorat (2014)

The movie centres around the story of a physiotherapist, Mili, who stays with a royal family to treat their son. While treating him, she falls in love with the young prince of the family, who is already engaged to someone else. By the end, everything falls into place when the prince, Vikram, also confesses his love for the physiotherapist and calls off his former engagement. Sonam Kapoor, along with Fawad Khan featured in this film. 

Badhaai Do (2022)

The most recent Bollywood movie based on LGBT focuses on the life of a gay and a lesbian, which succeeded well at the box office. Starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Padenkar, the film revolves around the story of a policeman and physical education female teacher who binds themselves into a marriage under family pressure and for hiding their real identities as gay and lesbian respectively. They further involve in extramarital affairs with their boyfriend and girlfriend, which remains unknown to both the families.

Troubles began when the couple was forced to have a baby from their families. As the events unfold, the woman’s mother in law catches her in bed with another woman, which creates havoc for them. But they relieved themselves from all the lies and hidden secrets, which allowed them to openly accept and love their partners. In support of LGBTQ, they launched a role while closing the film to inspire and teach everyone a lesson. All four of them, the couple and their boyfriend and girlfriend collectively adopt a child to experience parenting.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021)

A recent film starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor brought to us another important message through their excellent film. The film portrays the story of a fitness freak, who falls for a Zumba instructor and both start dating each other. But things take a turn when the bodybuilder discovers that the woman he loves, underwent a sex change operation. He feels ashamed and disgusted for falling in love with a body formerly of a man, and therefore, breaks up with her. The instructor felt humiliated after receiving so much insult and disrespect from her lover. She got abandoned even by her family after deciding to change the sex but reunites with them at the end of the film. She even found her love back, when he realized his mistake and admitted the same. The film won plaudits from all over the country and even the LGBTQ community.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

The film tells us the story of a closeted lesbian, played by Sonam Kapoor and her efforts to open up about her sexuality to her conservative and traditional Punjabi family. Sonam, under the constant pressure of her family to marry a decent man, tries to avoid the topic. Upon meeting a male playwriter, he fell in love with Sonam and misunderstood her feelings as love. Sonam’s family too took their relationship as an affair, which later turns into an engagement. Whereas Sonam loved another woman, who later reunites with her after revealing everything to her family. The family initially criticises her due to their conservative beliefs but finally accepts her and her girlfriend. Along with Sonam, the film also casts Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao. 

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Presenting the love life of two gay men, the story depicts their struggles to convince their families. Things never go easy whenever a revolution takes place in society. Ayushmann Khurrana along with Jitendra Kumar came forward to bring something exceptional to the cinema. The film takes their journey to a secret marriage, but their secret unveils very soon, putting their family into a shocking state. At that moment, the police arrive at the scene to arrest both of them for their sexuality. The very next day, Supreme Court announces its judgement to decriminalise homosexuality. The film surely gives a nudge that’s required to the narrow-minded parents and guardians. 

The Lunchbox (2013)

An unusual mistake by the Mumbai Dabbawalas, a tiffin carrier service, sparks a ray of romance between two strangers. A housewife, who sends a tiffin to her husband, gets it delivered to a stranger, whom she writes a letter the next day to clear the misunderstanding. But the series of letters exchanged between the two leads to the beginning of a romantic relationship. Late Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur were featured in the movie. 

Angrezi Medium (2020)

A movie close to the hearts of many Irrfan fans, because it was the actor’s last film before facing death. With its theatrical performance affected by the closing of cinemas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the makers cancelled the plan for a re-release. They made the film available digitally less than a month after its release on Disney+ Hotstar. The movie features a story of a daughter, who decides to further her studies in London. Her father, a hardworking Rajasthani businessman, does everything in his power to make her dreams come true. The movie also featured Radhika Madan. Though the movie delivered some good lessons, it suffered due to the pandemic.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015)

The film that stars Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, and Rajkummar Rao features the love story of producer Mahesh Bhatt’s parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother. It showcases the story of a single mother who finds solace with a wealthy, but lonely hotel business owner. They both find love until her past comes back to confront her. And as the title suggests, their love story remains unfulfilled with the death of the male protagonist. 

Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016)

A woman and her daughter live unless they come across a deadly incident. The daughter gets kidnapped and while trying to locate her, the woman meets with an accident and goes into a coma. As Inspector investigates the car accident, he discovers that the woman appears more than what she is. Her dark past links her to a wanted criminal on the run for kidnapping and murder. Vidya Balan plays the titular role in the film, and Arjun Rampal also plays the lead role. The first instalment of this series made a lot of success at the box office but this movie carried different plans. 

Tumbbad (2018) 

One of the very finest films of Bollywood, though it won many fans’ hearts but not box office hearts. It joined the list of flop movies for unknown reasons. The story revolves around the three generations of a family who face the consequences when they make a temple for the firstborn of a goddess, named Hastar. Hastar must not be worshipped in the village. Hastar seems like a terrible entity who carries the power to curse a person yet also grants gold coins. And this way, the story put emphasis on human nature and the never-ending greed. It starred Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Mohammad Samad and others in the lead roles. 

Panga (2020)

The story of this movie takes inspiration from the life of an Indian National-level Kabaddi player. It follows her triumphs, struggles, and overcoming stereotypes. It shows the importance of family love and support for success. The movie is based on the real-life story of Jaya Nigam. She carried the title of captain of the Indian Kabaddi team, but now carries the title of a mother who works in the railway department. Kangana Ranaut plays the titular role and Megha Burman, Jassie Gill and Richa Chadha also feature in the movie. No wonder why this also joined the flop movies list.

CityLights (2014)

It portrays the story of a middle-class man from Rajasthan. After a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai with his wife and child to provide them with a better life. However, after arriving, they soon discover the challenges of living in a big city. It casts Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa Paul in pivotal roles. Though the story featured a very simple and up to the point lesson, it didn’t go well at the box office.

I am Kalam (2010)

The film celebrates the survival of the human spirit against overwhelming odds and highlights the essentials of educating underprivileged children. The storyline of this film is based on the real-life story of the former Indian president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. It aims to inspire the poor to educate their children. It stars Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Pitobash and a few others. Such flop movies carry the life story of a great personality and must surely be watched. 

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015)

Featuring the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role, the film serves as a treat to Sushant’s fans right now. The film, set in the Second World War torn Calcutta follows the first adventure of Byomkesh Bakshy. He came fresh out of college and pits himself against an evil genius who sets out to destroy the world. Using his wits against the most villainous arch criminal the world has seen, in a world of murder, international political intrigue and seduction. 

The viewers must watch these top movies once in their life. These flop movies surely won hearts, though they failed at the box office. Let’s watch these flop movies with the best storyline.

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