Well – there is a category of mainstream commercial movies that were box office duds when they released, but later went on to become cult classics.. Sholay, Kaagaz ke phool, Lamhe, Andaz apna apna, Jeene bhi do yaaron or Swades top this list..
And then there were classics that never made it big to the box office, but no one got surprised because they were more of the parallel, experimental or the ‘big small films’ were types.. My all time favorite Ijaazat, or Gulzar’s Namkeen or more recently films like Masaan, Nil Battey Sannata makes this list..
There is yet another category which were well made good commercial movies, had all the ingredients to succeed and yet very few people watched them when they got released.. These clearly are missed opportunities for the viewers! IMO, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ is the most recent addition to this list.. But there are many others in this list, and here is an attempt to recall them.. The idea is to keep growing the list, so that it also creates a ‘watch bucket list’ – so look forward to more names .. here is what I can recall sitting at the airport now…
Dil Dhadakne Do
Ek haseena thi
What do you recall?