2018 was a rude awakening for Shah Rukh Khan, as his venture with Aanand L Rai – Zero became the most money–losing movie that he had ever produced. It incurred huge losses to all the parties involved and prompted him to reevaluate his decisions regarding career choices. Taking an extended break of three years, Khan has returned from his hiatus and is ready to feature in Yash Raj Films’ upcoming production, Pathaan.
Ahead of the release of Pathaan, Shah Rukh Khan has had to contend with a dubious accolade that he surely won’t be proud of. Laal Singh Chaddha, Aamir Khan’s latest movie, has surpassed Zero to become the biggest Khan disaster ever. “Each of the Khans have experienced failure at some stage in their illustrious career despite them remaining amongst the most well–known stars in modern Indian cinema and also leading lights of Bollywood. However, when budget increases so too does the risk for this illustrious trio. And it appears as if Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha will log in a record amount of losses and stand tall as the most notable flop from any of them,” said a person knowledgeable on the matter.
Laal Singh Chaddha and Zero are the only two films starring Khan which have incurred losses exceeding Rs. 100 crores. Fortunately for Salman, he has been exempt from this esteemed and ill–fated catalogue, as many of his extravagant productions have met success at the box office in recent years. If one seeks out a significant commercial failure for Salman then one must look back to 2009 – Main Aur Mrs Khanna – though even that did not feature any particularly hefty expenses.
Five of the most significant fiascos to occur in Hindi cinema today include 83, Bombay Velvet, Laal Singh Chaddha, Zero and Dhaakad. The Akshay Kumar-starring films Bell Bottom, Bachchan Paandey, Samrat Prithviraj and Raksha Bandhan are similarly regarded as failures and also count among Bollywood’s greatest catastrophes.