Sangati Jogwar

News Highlights

  • Releases of big superstars have underperformed badly in 2024.
  • Fighter, BMCM, Maidaan have not been able to make the business like Pathaan, Jawan, Gadar 2 or Animal.

Bollywood is currently going through a rough patch. It seems the year 2024 until May has not been able to deliver the level of business as expected. Releases of big superstars like Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone’s Fighter, Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff’s-Bade Miya Chote Miyan and Ajay Devgn’s Maidaan have underperformed and have not been able to make the business like Pathaan, Jawan, Gadar 2 or Animal.

And that has forced the filmmakers who have been largely relying on big-budget movies and pan-India releases to evaluate the budget of their current films that are in the pre-production stage. The producers now are wary of taking risks with big-budget action movies because of the recent successes of low-budget but experimental movies like Crew, 12th Fail, and Laapataa Ladies that have clicked with the audience. On the other hand, movies with huge star casts and a lot of expenses showered on VFX have failed to appeal to the viewers.

Rambo, Ganapath 2 put on hold

Peeping Moon has said that the much-discussed movie Rambo which was to be led by Tiger Shroff has been shelved by Siddharth Anand and Rohit Dhawan as the box-office appeal of Junior Shroff has come down considerably. The War director still intends to make it but as of now, it has been put on hold. Similarly, after the debacle of Ganapath, its sequel is no longer in the pipeline.

Another movie that received a lot of hype and attention was a biopic on the life of Kishore Kumar. It was to be helmed by Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor had given the nod for playing the legendary singer. However, despite the family of Kishore Kumar giving a go-ahead for the biopic, Basu has currently kept it on hold.

After a lukewarm response to Yodha, Sidharth Malhotra’s Spyder has also been put on hold.

Ashwatthama's budget slashed by more than 50%

Shahid Kapoor starrer Ashwatthama was earlier announced as a 500-crore budget movie. But following the massive debacle of BMCM, its budget has now been slashed to 200 crore. Reportedly, Sasha has also agreed to cut down his fees keeping in mind the current decline in Bollywood’s business. Janhvi Kapoor and Suriya’s Karna helmed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has also been delayed as now producers are evaluating the budget.

Earlier it was planned as a two-part movie to be made with a budget of 600 crore. But the budget might get a considerable slash due to the current situation. Even Ranveer Singh who is very much eager to work with Uri: The Surgical Strike director Aditya Dhar has been asked to cut down his fees as the makers are re-budgeting it. Makers of Ranveer Singh ’s other project Shaktiman are also revaluating the budget.