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    Another year draws to a close and every year Bollywood keeps saying the same, “hope at least next year brings us luck”. But, like the White Wizard says to Pippin, “It’s only a fools hope”.

    Year 2010 was pitched to see some of the biggest hits but alas! it just saw one (Dabanng) or may be two (Golmaal 3).

    So what are the ones that failed miserably despite being promoted extensively?

    Veer- A Salman Khan-Anil Sharma dud, Salman more than coped up for the miserable story he has written with Dabanng in the year’s second half.

    Teen Patti- Despite containing two of the finest actors from the last century (Ben Kingsley and Amitabh Bacchan) from both Hollywood and Bollywood, none even bothered to notice this flick.

    Kites- Could have been a wonderful launch pad for Hrithik into Hollywood. But, why did you forget the Indian audience Roshan Sr.?

    Raavan- Mani Ratnam- A.R.Rahman-Aishwarya Rai-exotic locales, nothing could save this Mani Ratnam directorial. nuf said.

    We Are Family- The first of its kind official remake of a Hollywood classic (Step Mom), well KJo messed up the entire plot, nevertheless despite hiring two of the finest actresses that Hindi cinema has seen.

    Anjaana Anjaani- Yet another film of RK bit the dust at the B.O. Except for the opening weekend, people remained anjaana-anjaani from the theatres screening the film.

    Action Replayy- A partial lift from the Hollywood comedy Back to the Future, well the live action went missing completely. Vipul Shah followed up last year’s failure (London Dreams) with another.

    Guzaarish- When will Sanjay Leela Bhansali stop painting a canvas and start directing something for the celluloid? The finest performance by Hrithik to date went begging.

    Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey- Ashuthosh Gowarikar is having casting problems as well as adoptation problems. Harman last year and Abhishek this year. If it was Kimball Ravenswood in 2009, it was Do and Die this year.

    Apart from the above, there were movies like Badmaash Company, Lafangey Parindey, Raktha Charitra, Aisha, Break ke Baad and Hissss that had a dismal run at the BO.
    ...being a human...



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