Ask the people who have worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and they will tell you that the best and the worst characteristics of this celebrated Indian director, producer and writer are the same- his obsession with his work. Bhansali had said in an interview, “It’s a sacred medium. You can’t afford to take things lightly.” Perhaps, that is why over the years he has given superhits like Devdas and Padmavat. Unarguably these films wouldn’t have turned out the way they did had it not been for Mr Bhasali. But that doesn’t mean SLB doesn’t have his share of failures in the industry.
Check out all the hit and flop movies by the director who most of Bollywood dream of working with.
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Budget: INR 28 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 65 crore
Plot: A violent and uncontrollable eight-year-old blind girl Michelle McNally (Rani Mukherjee) has her life turned upside down when an alcoholic (and rather eccentric) teacher for the deaf and blind, Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan) enters her life to give her basic education and life coaching. His harsh teaching methods are also met with criticism from Michelle’s parents. But it is only with Debraj’s involvement that Michelle will see a silver lining in her world. Years later, they will meet again. This time Michelle guiding him from darkness to light, just the way he did when she was a child.
Budget: INR 50 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 100 crore
Plot: Parvati aka Paro (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) are childhood sweethearts who reunite after ten years when Devdas returns from England after completing his education. Dev and Paro will get married someday is an open secret in the neighbourhood. But when Paro’s mother proposes their wedding, Dev’s mother publicly insults her. Enraged and humiliated, she announces that she will find a better and richer match for her daughter. As a result, Paro is married to Bhuvan Choudhary, a 40-year-old widower. A heartbroken Devdas finds solace in alcohol and a brothel where he meets Chandramukhi, the gorgeous courtesan who falls in love with him. Will Chandramukhi’s love give a new meaning and direction to Dev’s life? Will Dev and Paro’s story get lost in the tide of time? Or destiny has something else in store for them?
Budget: INR 16 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 52 crore
Plot: Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the only daughter of a classical music maestro falls in love with Sameer (Salman Khan), a young Indian-Italian man, during his short stay with the family to learn classical music from the Pandit. When the family comes to know about the affair, Sameer is forced to return to Italy while Nandini is forcibly married to Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). Vanraj is left heartbroken when he learns that his wife is in love with another man and takes a pledge to reunite the lovers. Will Nandini and Vanraj be able to track down Sameer? Will Vanraj’s selfless love change Nandini's mind (and heart)? Or will she run back into the arms of her first passionate love?
Budget: INR 215 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 585 crore
Plot: Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), the sultan of the Khilji dynasty is obsessed with the beauty of Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), the queen of Chittor. He devises a plan to convince the king of Chittor, Maharaja Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) to let him get a glimpse of Padmavati. That one glimpse is enough to drive him crazy and Khilji is determined to make Padmaavati his. Will Padmavati succumb to Khilji’s motives? Will she be able to save her king? How will the war end?
Budget: INR 145 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 356 crore
Plot: Maratha ruler Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) meets Mastani (Deepika Padukone), the daughter of a Rajput king, who asks for help to fight invaders in her father’s kingdom. Impressed by her warrior skills, Bajirao complies and defeats the enemy. When it’s time for the love-struck couple to part ways, Bajirao gifts Mastani his dagger as a souvenir of their love, unaware that it’s believed to be a marriage proposal among the Rajputs. Madly in love, and oblivious to the fact the Bajirao is already married, Mastani arrives at his palace but is humiliated by his mother. Bajirao knows that Mastani will never get the same respect and treatment that his wife Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) gets, nevertheless he marries her. With the entire palace conspiring to get her out of the way, will Mastani be able to survive there for long? Or Bajirao and Mastani’s ill-fated love story will be the cause of their doom?
Budget: INR 88 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 315 crore
Here we presenting a list of the flop movies of Sanjay Leela Bhansali which failed to perform at the box office.
Budget: INR 6 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 7 crore
Plot: Annie (Manisha Koirala) is born to a deaf and mute couple Joseph (Nana Patekar) and Flavy (Seema Biswas). A few years later they give birth to a baby boy, Sam. Both Annie and Sam can speak and hear, unlike their parents. Annie’s life revolves around music but after the death of her grandmother and her brother, she is shattered and withdraws totally from music. Years later, she meets Raj (Salman Khan) who brings music and love back to her life. But now Annie is pregnant with Raj’s child. Will she go against her parents’ wishes, marry Raj and give birth to their child? Will she abort the child? Or there are other drastic events waiting to happen in her life?
Budget: INR 40 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 39 crore
Plot: Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), a singer at the town bar, asks Gulabji (Rani Mukherjee), a prostitute who is also a frequent visitor at the bar to look for a job and a house for him. At the new neighbourhood, Raj meets Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) and falls in love with her. Sakina ignores him initially but later makes friends with him when she discovers he is a good man. The day when Raj decides to confess his love to her, Sakina will make a big revelation, that will change everything between Raj and her.
Budget: INR 50 crore
Box Office Performance: INR 54 crore
Plot: Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) is a former magician who suffers from paralysis of all four limbs. He now works as a lively radio jockey. His nurse, Sofia D’Souza (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) has been taking care of him for the last 12 years. When his internal organs start failing, Ethan files a petition in the court for mercy killing, shocking everyone who knows and loves him. Will Ethan’s plea be accepted? Will Ethan and Sofia identify the great love they have for each other? Will Sofia’s love make Ethan change his mind?
Gustakhiyan is SLB’s upcoming movie based on the life of Urdu poet, Shahir Ludhianvi and his love affair with writer Amrita Pritam.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali will be launching Poonam Dhillon’s son, Anmol Dhillon with Tuesdays and Saturdays. The rom com will be produced by SLB and directed by Taranveer Singh.
With Inshahalla, fans will see the pair of Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali creating magic on the big screen yet again. The film will also star Alia Bhatt.
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