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How Bollywood's top actors have fared last decade

Last updated on: March 8, 2011 14:47 IST

How Bollywood's top actors have fared last decade

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Sonil Dedhia in Mumbai

Actors are consistently churning out movies year after year, some of them working and many of them not. Even though the box office status matters to them, their stardom is rarely affected by it.

We look at the films of the leading heroes in this last decade, and see just how many of their films have actually worked.


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Aamir Khan

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In the last 10 years, Aamir Khan has had no flops. Quite a feat for an actor, and one that only he enjoys.

He started the decade with the Oscar-nominated blockbuster film Lagaan, and cult classic Dil Chahta Hai. He went on to star in more blockbusters like Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and 3 Idiots. The last film, in fact, was the biggest hit of the decade.

Even his 'flops' like Mangal Pandey, Fanaa and Dhobi Ghat made money.

Lagaan (2001): Blockbuster

Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Blockbuster

Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005): Average

Rang De Basanti (2006): Blockbuster

Fanna (2006): Hit

Taare Zameen Par (2007): Blockbuster

Ghajini (2008): Blockbuster

3 Idiots (2009): Blockbuster

Dhobi Ghat (2011): Average


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Shah Rukh Khan

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He started the decade with some forgettable performances in One 2 Ka 4 and Asoka. Later, he straightened up his act with the hits Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Veer-Zaara.

With films like Swades, Don, Chak De! India and My Name is Khan, he proved that he can do a lot more than just play loverboy.

From the 17 films that he has worked in the last decade, only three have flopped. The Badshah of Bollywood knows his business well.

One 2 ka 4 (2001): Flop

Asoka (2001): Average

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001): Hit

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002): Flop

Devdas (2002): Superhit

Chalte Chalte (2003): Hit

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003): Superhit

Main Hoon Na (2004): Blockbuster

Veer-Zaara (2004): Hit

Swades (2004): Average

Paheli (2005): Flop

Kabh Alvida Na Khena (2006): Hit

Don (2006): Superhit

Chak De! India (2007): Hit

Om Shanti Om (2007): Superhit

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008): Hit

My Name Is Khan (2010): Hit


Image: Shah Rukh Khan

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Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh worked in a staggering 43 films in the last decade. He's had hits and flops, but most importantly, he's experimented a lot. For example, he played a chef falling for a woman half his age in Cheeni Kum, and for a woman even younger than that in Nishabd. In Paa, he played a 13-year-old while in Black, he played a teacher to a blind, deaf and mute girl.

There have been embarrassments too, like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag and Boom.

But the Big B has certainly kept himself busy.

Aks (2001):Flop

Ek Rishtaa - The Bond Of Love (2001): Flop

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001): Hit

Aankhen (2002): Hit

Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi (2002): Flop

Kaante (2002): Hit

Armaan (2003): Flop

Boom (2003): Flop

Baghban (2003): Hit

Khakee (2004): Hit

Aetbaar (2004): Flop

Dev (2004): Flop

Lakshya (2004): Average

Deewar (2004): Flop

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na (2004): Flop

Hum Kaun Hai (2004): Flop

Veer Zaara (2004): Hit

Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo (2004): Flop

Black (2005): Hit

Waqt - Race Against Time (2005): Hit

Bunty Aur Babli (2005): Superhit            

Paheli (2005): Flop

Sarkar (2005): Superhit

Viruddh (2005): Average

Dil Jo Bhi Kahey (2005): Flop

Ek Ajnabee (2005): Flop

Family-Ties of Blood (2006): Flop

Darna Zaroori Hai (2006): Flop

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006): Hit

Baabul
 (2006): Flop

Eklavya - The Royal Guard (2007): Flop

Nishabd (2007): Flop

Cheeni Kum (2007): Hit

Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007): Hit

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007): Flop

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007): Flop

Bhootnath (2008): Average

Sarkar Raj (2008): Hit

God Tussi Great Ho (2008): Flop

The Last Lear (2008): Flop

Aladin (2009): Flop

Paa (2009): Superhit

Rann (2010): Flop

Teen Patti (2010): Flop


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Hrithik Roshan

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How much Hrithik has improved from the film he started out with this decade -- Yaadien (2001) -- to his most recent film, Guzaarish!

We had seen his amazing dance moves through the years but with his latest film, we saw his terrific acting chops as well.

Out of Hrithik's 13 releases this year, only five did well. But Hrithik is not getting off the A-listers train yet. 

Yaadien (2001): Flop

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001): Hit

Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002): Flop

Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002): Flop

Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002): Flop

Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003): Flop

Koi... Mil Gaya (2003): Blockbuster

Lakshya (2004): Average

Krrish (2006): Blockbuster

Dhoom-2 (2006): Blockbuster

Jodhaa Akbar (2008): Hit

Kites (2010): Flop

Guzaarish (2010): Flop


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Saif Ali Khan

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Saif had to be satisfied with playing second hero in his earlier films but Dil Chahta Hai changed all that.

The world woke up to Saif's Sameer's hilarious comedy, and terrific acting. 

And it seems that Saif woke up to his talent too.

He tried his hand at romance (Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Parineeta) and villainy (Ek Hasina Thi, Omkara, Being Cyrus) and showed us how brilliant he could be on screen.

Even though his flops outnumber his hits, Saif still has what it takes to be in the league of the big heroes.

Dil Chahta Hai (2001): Blockbuster

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001): Flop

Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002): Flop

Darna Mana Hai (2003): Flop

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003): Superhit

LOC-Kargil (2003): Flop

Ek Hasina Thi (2004): Flop

Hum Tum (2004): Superhit

Parineeta (2005): Hit

Salaam Namaste (2005): Hit

Being Cyrus (2006): Flop

Omkara (2006): Average

Eklavya - The Royal Guard (2007): Flop    

Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2007): Flop

Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007): Flop

Race (2008): Superhit

Tashan (2008): Flop

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008): Flop

Roadside Romeo (2008): Flop

Love Aaj Kal (2009): Hit

Kurbaan (2009): Flop


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Akshay Kumar

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After he milked the action film genre, Akshay Kumar made a transition to comedy, delivering hit after hit -- Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, and Singh Is Kinng.

He pulled off his serious roles as well like Ajnabee, Khakee, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Aankhen.

But the golden period ended with Singh is Kinng in 2008. After that, he delivered a series of flops -- Chandni Chowk to China, 8 X10 Tasveer, Kambakth Ishq, Blue, Dan Dana Dan, Action Replayy, Khatta Meetha, Tees Maar Khan and Patiala House.

Out of his 41 releases in the last 10 years, more than 20 films have been flops.

Ek Rishtaa - The Bond Of Love (2001): Flop

Ajnabee (2001): Hit

Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002): Flop

Aankhen (2002): Hit

Awara Paagal Deewana (2002): Hit

Jaani Dushman (2002): Flop

Talaash... The Hunt Begins (2002): Flop    

Andaaz (2003): Hit

Khakee (2004): Hit

Police Force (2004): Flop

Aan - Men At Work (2004): Flop

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004): Hit

Hatya - The Murderer (2004): Flop    

Aitraaz (2004): Hit

Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2005): Flop

Insan (2005): Flop

Bewafaa (2005): Flop

Waqt - Race Against Time (2005): Hit

Garam Masala (2005): Hit

Deewane Huye Paagal (2005): Flop

Dosti - Friends Forever (2005): Flop

Family - Ties Of Blood (2006): Flop

Mere Jeevan Saathi (2006): Flop

Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006): Hit

Phir Hera Pheri (2006): Hit

Jaan-E-Mann (2006): Flop

Bhagam Bhag  (2006): Hit

Namastey London (2007): Hit

Heyy Babyy (2007): Hit

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007): Superhit

Welcome (2007): Superhit

Tashan (2008): Flop

Singh Is Kinng (2008): Superhit

Jumbo (2008): Flop

Chandni Chowk To China (2009): Flop

8x10 Tasveer (2009): Flop

Kambakkht Ishq (2009): Flop

Blue (2009): Flop

De Dana Dan (2009): Average

Housefull (2010): Hit

Khatta Meetha (2010): Flop

Action Replayy (2010): Flop

Tees Maar Khan (2010): Flop

Patiala House (2011): Flop


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Ajay Devgn

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A powerhouse performer, Devgn prefers to let his movies do the talking. He has grown tremendously in the past decade, adding to his popularity with almost every film.

Even with 27 flops out of his 44 releases in the last decade, Ajay has never been short of work. Producers still consider him one of Bollywood's most bankable performers.

Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke (2001): Flop

Lajja (2001): Average

Tera Mera Saath Rahen (2001): Flop

Company (2002): Superhit

Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002): Flop

The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002): Average

Deewangee (2002): Average

Bhoot (2003): Hit

Qayamat (2003): Hit

Chori Chori (2003): Flop

Gangaajal (2003): Superhit

Parwana (2003): Flop

Zameen (2003): Flop

LOC - Kargil (2003): Flop

Khakee (2004): Hit

Masti (2004): Hit

Yuva (2004): Flop

Taarzan - The Wonder Car (2004): Flop

Raincoat (2004): Flop

Insan (2005): Flop

Blackmail (2005): Flop

Zameer -The Fire Within (2005): Flop

Tango Charlie (2005): Flop

Kaal (2005): Flop

Main Aisa Hi Hoon (2005): Flop

Apaharan (2005): Hit

Shikhar (2006): Flop

Golmaal (2006): Superhit

Omkara (2006): Flop

Cash (2007): Flop

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007): Flop

Halla Bol (2008): Flop    

Sunday (2008): Flop

U Me Aur Hum (2008): Flop

Mehbooba (2008): Flop

Golmaal Returns (2009): Superhit

All The Best (2009): Hit

London Dreams (2009): Flop

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010): Hit

Raajneeti (2010): Superhit

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010): Superhit

Aakrosh (2010): Flop

Golmaal 3 (2010): Hit

Toonpur Ka Superrhero (2010): Flop

Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji (2011): Flop


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Salman Khan

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It doesn't matter that Salman has had 19 flops in the last decade, as long as he dishes out his blockbusters year after year. And Salman, unfailingly, does.

No wonder producers and endorsers always line up outside his door even though he has the worst reputation in the industry.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001): Hit

Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002): Flop

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002): Flop    

Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002): Flop

Tere Naam (2003): Superhit

Garv (2004): Average

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004): Hit

Phir Milenge (2004): Flop

Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa (2004): Flop

Lucky - No Time For Love (2005): Flop

Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005): Flop

No Entry (2005): Superhit

Kyon Ki (2005): Flop

Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006): Flop

Jaan-E-Mann (2006): Flop

Baabul (2006): Flop

Salaam-E-Ishq (2007): Flop

Partner (2007): Superhit

Marigold: An Adventure In India (2007): Flop

God Tussi Great Ho (2008): Flop

Heroes (2008): Flop

Yuvvraaj (2008): Flop

Wanted (2009): Blockbuster

Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009): Flop

London Dreams (2009): Flop

Veer (2010): Flop                            

Dabangg (2010): Blockbutser


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Sanjay Dutt

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After his regular set of releases, Munnabhai MBBS revived Sanjay Dutt's career, and reminded us what a good actor he could be.

After that, seven films flopped, followed by two hits that cannot be credited to him (Parineeta worked because of Vidya Balan and Saif's chemistry, while Dus's multi-starrer cast and action worked).

Some more flops followed, after which Lage Rao Munna Bhai rescued him again.

Since then, he has worked in 15 films, of which only three made money. In fact, out of his 38 releases, 26 films flopped. Yet, Dutt, who became a father to twins last year, is still going strong.

Jodi No.1 (2001): Hit

Pitaah (2002): Flop

Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002): Flop

Hathyar (2002): Flop

Annarth (2002): Flop    

Kaante (2002): Hit

Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003): Flop

Munnabhai MBBS (2003): Blockbuster

LOC - Kargil (2003): Flop

Plan (2004): Flop

Rudraksh (2004): Flop

Deewaar (2004): Flop

Rakht (2004): Flop

Musafir (2004): Flop

Shabd (2005): Flop

Parineeta (2005): Hit

Dus (2005): Hit

Viruddh (2005): Average

Shaadi No.1 (2005): Flop

Zinda (2006): Average

Tathastu (2006): Flop

Anthony Kaun Hai (2006): Flop

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006): Blockbuster

Eklavya - The Royal Guard (2007): Flop

Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2007): Flop

Sarhad Paar (2007): Flop

Shoot Out At Lokhandwala (2007): Hit

Dhamaal (2007): Hit

Dus Kahaniyaan (2007): Flop

Mehbooba (2008): Flop

Kidnap (2008): Flop

EMI (2008): Flop

Luck (2009: Flop

Blue (2009): Flop

All The Best (2009): Hit

Lamhaa (2010): Flop

No Problem (2010): Flop

Knock Out (2010): Flop


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Abhishek Bachchan

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Guess it helps to have Bachchan as the last name.

Abhishek gave 10 back-to-back flops at the start of the decade. But producers still signed him on.

The actor saw only a handful of hits -- nine in all -- and 21 flops.

Yet, Abhishek still has quite a few interesting films to look forward to. As we said before, it helps to have Bachchan as the last name.

Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (2001): Flop

Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2001): Flop

Sharaarat (2001): Flop

Om Jai Jagadish (2002): Flop

Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003): Flop

Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (2003): Flop

Kuch Naa Kaho (2003): Flop

Zameen (2003): Flop

LOC- Kargil  (2003): Flop

Run (2004): Flop

Yuva (2004): Flop

Dhoom (2004): Superhit

Phir Milenge (2004): Flop

Rakht (2004): Flop

Naach (2004): Flop

Antar Mahal (2005): Flop

Sarkar (2005): Superhit

Dus (2005): Hit

Bluffmaster (2005): Hit

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006): Hit

Umrao Jaan (2006): Flop

Dhoom-2  (2006): Blockbuster

Guru (2007): Hit

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007): Flop

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007): Flop

Sarkar Raj (2008): Hit

Drona (2008): Flop

Dostana (2008): Hit

Delhi-6 (2009): Flop

Paa (2009): Superhit

Raavan  (2010): Flop

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010): Flop


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