There were four significant Bollywood films which were released today in the past years – Sunny Deol starrer Gadar-Ek Prem Katha, Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan, Salman Khan starrer Race 3 and Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta starrer Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Let us check how the films fared at the box office.
Gadar-Ek Prem Katha (2001)
Probably one of the most memorable partition film of Indian cinema, Gadar Ek Prem Katha shattered all the box office records when it clashed with Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan in 2001. With 1947 India-Pakistan as background, Gadar-Ek Prem Katha was the love story, directed by Anil Sharma and starred actors like Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel and Amrish Puri in key roles. The movie was “All-Time Blockbuster” earning a massive Rs 77 crores (approx) against a budget of Rs 19 crores.
Though the starting of the century saw a big disappointment in form of Mela (2000), the year 2001 belonged to Aamir Khan where he played the role of a villager, Bhuvan, who fought against Britishers in the cricket-match drama, Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Aamir Khan third clash with the mighty Sunny Deol starrer Gadar-Ek rem Katha, again proved lucky (after Dil-Ghayal clash in 1990 and Raja Hundustani-Ghatak war in 1996) for him as it won critical acclaim for his role. Lagaan, was a risky subject which paid off as the cricket-drama collected a very good Rs 34 crores against a budget of Rs 20 crores.
Race 3 (2018)
Directed by Remo D’Souza, who has made a decent film ABCD and forgettable ones like A Flying Jatt and ABCD 2, Race 3 was a big disappointment considering the mammoth budget of Rs 185 crores. The Salman Khan starrer collected just Rs 170 crores, thanks to his star-power but turned out to be his yet another EID flop after Tubelight.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Another example of poor content film – Shaad Ali directed Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Huge budget, high production values, big star cast, lyrics (Gulzar) and amazing songs (thank you Shankar-Eshaan-Loy) – yet Jhoom Barabar Jhoom was a big failure thanks to weak direction, poor screenplay and over-the-top performances. The silver-lining was the guest appearance by Amitabh Bachchan song at the opening scene of the film.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom collected Rs 27 crores against a budget of Rs 27 crores and was termed as “Below Average” at the box office.