Bollywood Flops Which Became Cult Classics Films

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1. Mera Naam Joker (1970) 

This classic film by Raj Kapoor was loosely autobiographical and one of the most extensive and lengthy films in Indian cinema. This was Raj Kapoor’s dream project about the philosophy behind being an entertainer. After 6 years in the making, the film didn’t receive good response in the theaters due to its length and narrative structure. But today, the film is regarded as a cult classic of Indian cinema.

2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) 

40 years later, this film by Kundan Shah still manages to be relevant and fresh. A satire comedy, the film revolves around two young friends trying to make it as photographers. They get involved in the shady circle of Bombay real estate and rampant corruption. This film is regarded as one of the best slapstick comedies, with unforgettable sequences like the staged performance of the Mahabharat.  

3. Andaz Apna Apna  (1994) 

This film by Rajkumar Santoshi is regarded as one of the most popular cult classics today. A story about two goofs, Amar and Prem fighting over a millionaire’s daughter and how their lives turn upside down when faced by a gangster. The film didn’t do very well at the box office, but with iconic characters like Crime Master Gogo and Teja, it eventually took over the audiences and became a forever rewatch favourite. 

4. Swades (2004) 

This musical drama by Ashutosh Gowariker is about Mohan, a scientist at NASA who travels back to India and reconnects to his roots. Regarded as one of Shahrukh Khan’s finest performances, this film also has an important message and the music by A.R. Rahman is very touching. Despite the commercial stagger, Swades is considered one of the gems in Indian cinema. 

5. No Smoking (2007) 

This thriller by Anurag Kashyap is a story about a chain-smoker who takes a mysterious path to deal with his habit. The film explores human conscience, addiction and catharsis with an abstract narrative. It is an interesting take, incorporating dark themes with surrealism through a realistic lens. Despite not doing well commercially, this movie stands tall as film noir in India. 

6. Luck by Chance (2009) 

This film was Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut. It is a drama which portrays the Hindi film industry through a satirical lens. The story is a brilliant balance of comedy and insight into the industry, which only an insider could provide. Despite a lukewarm response in the theaters, this film was appreciated critically and loved by many. 

7. Udaan (2010) 

This coming-of-age drama was Vikramaditya Motwane’s directorial debut. Although the film went to the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and received a lot of critical acclaim, it underperformed at the Indian box office. Regardless, this film is considered as one of the most sensitive and impactful stories about a young boy finding himself. With memorable music by Amit Trivedi, this film holds a special place in the hearts of many.

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