Over the years, several films made in India have had mega budgets and huge stars but failed to realise their potential at the box office. These disasters often end up giving their makers huge financial losses. Recent examples of mega films that failed to recover their costs include Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera, Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, and Prabhas’ ambitious Adipurush. However, there is one film that outdoes all of these in terms of losses.

The biggest flop in Indian cinema history

The film that has the dubious distinction of being Indian cinema’s biggest flop is not Adipurush, but rather another Prabhas movie. Radhe Shyam is that movie. The 2022 release of the romance film, which also starred Pooja Hegde, had a reported budget of almost Rs 300 crore. However, the movie only made about Rs 130 crore in net profits globally, leaving the distributors with staggering losses of Rs 170 crore. Adipurush may barely surpass Radhe Shyam at this point as the movie only grossed about Rs 325 crore net against a purported budget of Rs 500 crore. Given that the movie is still playing in theatres, it could avoid that destiny.

Radhe Shyam, directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, was shot simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu. The film starred Prabhas and Pooja Hegde, along with Bhagyashree, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sathyaraj, Jagapathi Babu, Krishnam Raju, Sachin Khedekar, Murali Sharma, and Jayaram in supporting roles. The film had a mega budget of Rs 300 crore. However, it was a massive flop, earning only Rs 101 crore net in India and an estimated Rs 25 crore net overseas. It’s worldwide gross collection was also a disappointing Rs 144 crore.

Biggest flops in Indian cinema

Another huge disappointment from last year was Samrat Prithviraj, starring Akshay Kumar. The historical action drama lost almost Rs 140 crore. The third-biggest failure was released in Indian film in 2022, which was a very poor year for the industry. Losses of almost Rs 100 crore were reported for Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera. Other notable flops in Indian film history include Thugs of Hindostan (Rs 60 crore), Kabzaa (Rs 80 crore), Laal Singh Chaddha (Rs 70 crore), and Acharya (Rs 80 crore) in Telugu and Kannada, respectively.

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