There were five significant Bollywood films which were released today in the past years. Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar starrer Daud in 1999, Abhishek Bachchan starrer Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost in 2003, Irrfan Khan, Kay Kay Menon and R.Madhavan starrer Mumbai Meri Jaan in 2008, Rani Mukherjee starrer Mardaani and documentary drama, Katiyabaaz, in 2014. Let us check how these films fared at the box office
Daud was touted to be one of the most anticipated film of 1997. The hit combination of Ram Gopal Varma – Urmila Matondkar – A.R.Rahman after the blockbuster Rangeela added curiosity to watch the film. However, when the audience watch the film, they were surprised with the terrible script and over-the-top direction. The result – Daud was dud at the box office.
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (2003)
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost was already being compared to Lagaan due to its strong resemblance. Sadly, the Abhishek Bachchan starrer was not even close to it. The Apoorva Lakhia directed film which talks about the condition of electricity in the rural villages of India, was a disaster at the box office.
Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
On 11th July, 2006, Mumbai witnessed one of the deadliest terrorist attack when seven bomb blast occurred over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai. Based on the true incident, Mumbai Meri Jaan was appreciated for its finest performances and riveting direction by Nishikant Kamat. Though the film flopped at the box office, it won several awards and accolades.
From the director of Parineeta , Pradeep Sarkar was in great form for Mardaani which was released in 2014. Hats off to him for creating niche drama with well-written screenplay that will keep you glued on to the screen till the end. Mardaani belonged to queen of hearts – Rani Mukherjee. The supremely talented actress proved the naysayers that she could come back and delivered a solid performance. She was mind blowing with her punches and fiery dialogues.
Directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, Katiyabaaz is a realistic drama which is hair-raising and will give you goosebumps. It would have been hard to capture each moments accurately and completely and salute should be given to the director-duo for presenting such a current situation of Kanpur with aplomb.
It is perfectly blended with hard- hitting drama of battle between electricity officials and politicians. Unfortunately, these kind of films do not work in theaters but should be watched for its beautiful content.