From Baba to Darbar, Rajinikanth's flop films
First Published Dec 20, 2020, 3:48 PM IST
There is a saying that 'wheels of fortune rotate' and filmmakers who think by roping in superstar Rajinikanth can grab luck with both hands, have tasted failure. If the audience does not get entertained, they don't mind giving thumbs down to stars like Rajinikanth.
Rajinikanth, a name that is enough to send shockwaves and indicate box office collection can also disappoint. Not once but many times here are some films which have big expectations but flopped at the box office.
After 1999's Padaiyappa which was a mass entertainer and a well-balanced family film with every element to cheer, the audience are fans still waiting to get their thirst for Rajinikanth's cult film like this to get quenched but are left disappointed. Here are some films post-Padaiyappa that flopped.
If fortune stops glittering, even superstar Rajinikanth can have bad days. His film Baba which he has produced and also write screenwriter was released with much expectation, however, the audience did not receive the film well, and the film fared badly at the box office.
The much-hyped film was also released in Telugu at the same time with much fanfare, but the film flopped at the box office. The actor had once revealed that he only played a guest role in the film.
The animated film was released with much expectation in other languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Punjabi. Forget faring well in other languages, the film flopped in Tamil itself and many distributors had to face a huge loss.
End of 2014, his much-anticipated film Lingaa was released with much fanfare. Despite the celebrated star cast involving Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Shetty and Jagapati Babu, the film was considered a flop.
Despite the reports of worldwide release and collection, distributors in few areas reported incurring huge losses. Kabali's teaser promised mass entertainment as the Director Pa Ranjith has put heart and soul in presenting Thaliva as a Malaysian gangster.
The 2.0 sequel to Shankar's Robot released in 2018 got mixed responses with one section cheering and the other expressing sheer disappointment. Some audiences claimed that the film lacks logic. By the second week after its release, the collection dropped especially from the South Indian market.
Darbaar like other films is an out and out Rajinikanth fans film and what made it interesting is it was AR Murugadoss film. While the director presented Rajini as a Mumbai police chief taking on the drug mafia, the film fails to entertain post the first half. The director was accused of not working enough on the screenplay in this film.