Though Bollywood may have achieved some success in 2023 with movies like Pathaan, Gadar 2, and Jawaan, there are still many big-budget and star-studded Bollywood films that have failed to impress the audience and bombed miserably at the box office. From bad dialogues to zero acting, here are the reasons why Bollywood movies failed at the box office in 2023.
Key Reasons Why Bollywood Movies Flopped in 2023
1. No Effort In Film-making – Zero Script, Zero Acting
Hindi filmmakers might think they make great movies. But as audiences, we hate spending hundreds and thousands of rupees, just to watch senseless movies with no excitement or thrill. The “so-called” dramas recently made have made audiences sleep in theatres.
2. Senseless & Unnecessary Songs
Let’s accept it. We no longer live in the 70s when songs used to complement the storyline. The lengthy songs placed unnecessarily in Bollywood movies only elongate the movie time, adding no value or providing any entertainment. As the audience, we love a crisp storyline with minimal paraphernalia. No wonder, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was heavily criticized for its senseless and stupid song – ‘Let’s Dance Chotu Motu’
3. Lousy Scripting
Be it Cirkus, Selfiee, or Shehzaada – it is clear that the audience has no regard for superstar movies without good scripts. We have seen many small-screen (OTT) movies with unknown actors faring much better.
4. Better OTT Content
Whether it’s Panchayat, Mirzapur, Yeh Kaal Kaali Aankhein, OTT has offered the Hindi audience different flavors with amazing scripts. It’s time Bollywood realizes that their “formula” films would not cut anymore. They need to evolve soon!
5. Crappy Remakes
We have seen some really terrible remakes by Bollywood. Whether it’s the South movie remakes like Shehzada or Bhola; or Hollywood movie remakes like Laal Singh Chaddha – in both cases, Hindi filmmakers have failed us.
6. Movies Made In a Hurry or full of factually incorrect information
We wonder what prompts Bollywood to finish movies in a hurry. Whether is budget reasons, or scheduling problems – we just want Bollywood to not have their “hurriedly” made movies that have hundreds of loopholes. We recently had some great blunders in the movie Samrat Prithviraj where Akshay Kumar was tied with loose loops, and headbutted another guy wearing a helmet.
Even 500 Crore Adipurush was full of blunders and errors. From calling Sita the daughter of India to factually incorrect information, Adipurush is full of errors and blunders. It’s high time that Bollywood should stop treating the audience as fools and, start spending some effort in research before making any movie.
7. Regressive & Sexist Movies
In 2023, the makers tried misogynist and regressive formulas once again. But, this time, the audience refused to engage. Rather, people took to social media to call out sexism and misogyny. Remember Ranbir’s ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar’? Many took to social media to criticize the makers for being regressive and women-hating.
8. Horrible & Bad Dialogue
In recent times, Bollywood’s dialogue writing has reached new lows, with big-budget movies like Brahmastra and Adipurush featuring cringeworthy lines. With such atrocious dialogue writing, it’s hard to blame the audience for the industry’s downfall.
And, now this:
Dear Bollywood, please stop blaming the audience, OTT, and other factors for movies failing at the box office. Buckle up your shoes, adapt, and create logical and entertaining movies. We love the big screen, but we love our sanity even more.