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Shah Rukh Khan Flops Which Were Better Than Many Hits

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57-year-old Shah Rukh Khan is often touted as the “Biggest movie star in the world. In a career spanning over 3 decades, SRK has taken the Indian Film Industry global. The actor enjoys an unparalleled fan following in the Indian subcontinent. 

In his 80-odd movies, Shah Rukh Khan has seen several blockbusters, and a sizable amount of flops as well. Khan has always been known for his choices, more than his successes or failures, he is known for his experiments. From being one of the first Hindi language actors to work on a Tamil project to working in a small-scale movie as “Paheli”.

Here is a list of Shah Rukh Khan movie flops, that were appreciated by the public/critics – 

  • Dil Se – 

Shah Rukh Khan teaming up with the maverick Tamil director Mani Ratnam was a mouth-watering prospect when announced. Shah Rukh Khan who had mastered the genre of romance in the 90s. With ‘Dil se’, Mani Ratnam brought out one of Shah Rukh’s best performances. A toxic love story, set in the backdrop of a militant uprising. 

The movie failed at the box office, but gained a global appreciation and earned the status of a cult classic.

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Dil Se – Official Poster

  • Asoka

This historical drama was released at a time when it was not a norm to do so. Directed by Santosh Sivan, the movie had Shah Rukh Khan playing the titular character, and it also starred the Tamil Superstar Ajith Kumar, in his first and only Hindi movie.

The movie flopped at the Indian Box office but received overwhelmingly positive reviews from all around the world. The movie was selected for a screening at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival

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The movie is based on a 3rd century ruler, emperor Ashoka

  • Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

One of the least talked about films of Shah Rukh Khan’s entire career, PBDHH was an interesting mix of mass appeal, backed by a social message. Directed by Aziz Mirza, the movie had an impressive ensemble including Juhi Chawla and Paresh Rawal. 

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Shah Rukh Khan plays a journalist in Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

  • Swades

Ashutosh Gowarikar became a hot property after his 2001 Lagaan. After the release and success of the Aamir Khan starrer, he finally got a chance to work with the actor he admired the most, Shah Rukh Khan. 

Swades was an ambitious movie, it looked to tackle several social and cultural taboos. It was not a quintessential Shah Rukh Movie, as it was devoid of his iconic pose, ‘seeti maar’ dialogues, and it did not even have a romantic angle at the centre of the plot. Perhaps that was the reason for the box office failure. 

Swades was released in December 2004, and around the same period, another SRK movie ‘Veer Zaara’ was released at the theatres. While the latter became one of the highest grossing movies of the year, the former even struggled to open to a decent number.

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Weak Marketting Strategy was seen as a major reason for the box office failure of Swades

  • Fan 

Many of his fans will also agree that SRK has not been at the top of his game in the last decade or so. Although there have been a bunch of hits in the form of Chennai Express, Don 2, and even Happy New Year, the ‘Shah Rukh’ element, which earned him all the fame and name was not visible. In the same decade, a Maneesh Sharma movie by the name ‘Fan’ was released, and it received mixed reviews from the audience. While the movie underperformed at the box office, Shah Rukh Khan’s performance was praised by everyone. 

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Shah Rukh Khan Plays a double role in the movie Fan


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