Indian celebrities in the film industry get media attention more often than not. Like when they act in a movie and when it becomes a blockbuster hit at the box office, they hit the headlines for all the right reasons. The stars across all the cities have scores of supporters not just in India but elsewhere too.
They do get paid handsomely for each movie and they are known to lead a luxurious life. Besides earning in the grand stage, they also get tonnes of bonuses to earn money in the form of advertisements or endorsing brands.
At times, some films don’t perform and fail at the box office. In such cases, producers would face a huge loss. In this listicle, we will take a look at the list of big actors who almost went bankrupt after their movies failed to perform well.
Govinda is well-known for his legendary dance routines as well as his hilarious comedy roles. Earlier, he confessed to having extramarital affairs outside of his marriage. He did not go into depth on any of it, adding, Any aspects in life should not be discussed openly.
Immensely popular for his humorous performances and dancing skills, the veteran actor is considered a mass entertainer and a highly successful actor in Bollywood. It is fair to say that he ruled Bollywood from the early 1990s to the early 2000s.
Nonetheless, his career saw a steady decline. Since last 4 years, he didn’t do a single film and found himself in debt. He also broke down while addressing the media reporters in the press conference. However, the Coolie No.1 actor made a grand comeback with Salman Khan’s film Partner, which finally got him back on his feet.
4. Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor was widely recognized as the greatest showman in the history of Indian cinema and entertainment. He received several honours including three National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India. The film producer and film director who worked in Hindi cinema produced the film Mera Naam Joker (1970).
It was indeed a remarkable move of that era. Although it received good views from the critic and several awards, it was considered a big flop. Rishi Kapoor recalled Raj Kapoor’s passion for making films and said, “We were in severe problems.
Then he made a film called Bobby with a new boy and a new girl, which was a huge risk after seeing the failure of Mera Naam Joker. But it became super hit and that is when his friends and my uncles insisted on him to buy a house.”
3. Preity Zinta
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta is known for the knack of acting in movies and she has a massive fan-following. Even at the age of 46, she looks young and pretty. Kings XI Punjab co-owner was seen cheering for her franchise during the IPL 2020.
Whenever the cameraman focuses her during the match, fans would go crazy. She made her Bollywood comeback through the Ishqk movie in Paris in 2013. She produced the film but as it turned out, it didn’t perform well at the box office.
As the film was a flop, it left her in a bad state financially. Needless to say, her close friend Salman Khan stepped in and helped her out of the crisis.
2. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan, famously known as SRK, is a recognised Indian actor, film producer. He is also referred to as the “Baadshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” and “King Khan”. He has acted in as many as 80 Hindi films in his career.
He earned several honours to his name including 14 Filmfare Awards. SRK and his wife Gauri Khan produced a science fiction Bollywood film named “Ra. One”. It is to be noted that the overall budget of the film was ₹150 crores.
Needless to say, the film failed to perform as per the expectations which led to SRK’s bankruptcy. However, he recovered his financials with Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Don 2.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan’s Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) was in a massive financial mess. Due to the failure, Big B had almost gone bankrupt. He shared a post on his blog, “In the year 2000 when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune.
There were no films, no money and no company.” In 2003, Amitabh Bachchan was going through a financial crisis. Due to this, the actor did a B-Grade film titled ‘Boom’. The legendary actor soon recovered his financial status through Kaun Banega Crorepati and Mohobattein.