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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 14:51 IST

Not Adipurush or Thugs of Hindostan, THIS Hema Malini starrer is the biggest flop in Bollywood

Released in 1983, Kamal Amrohi directed Razia Sultan remains the biggest flop film in the industry of Bollywood. The film starred Hema Malini and Dharmendra.

Razia Sultan
Razia Sultan | Image:IMDb
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The Hindi film industry churns out several historical, period dramas. From Pakeezah and Mughal E Azam, some of the biggest films have been historical dramas. While most such movies get commercial and critical acclaim, some fail to strike a chord with the audience. One such film was the 1983 film Razia Sultan which became the biggest flop of the industry.  

How Razia Sultan became the biggest flop of industry 

Pakeezah and Mahal fame Kamal Amrohi directed the 1983 film Razia Sultan. The filmmaker desired to make a film based on the life of Delhi Sultanate’s only female ruler - Razia Sultan. The film starred real-life couple Hema Malini and Dharmendra in the lead roles. 

Razia Sultan official poster | Image: Youtube 

The production of the film began in 1975 and went on for a long time after suffering from several delays. The cast members and other key aspects of the film kept changing numerous times. This led to an eight-year delay in production. 

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Razia Sultan box office bomb 

Reportedly, the film was made on a budget of ₹10 crore, which was staggering at the time. Razia Sultan became the most expensive Indian movie, at the time. However, the film’s reception put the filmmakers and producer in severe losses. 

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A still from Razia Sultan | Image: IMDb

The movie did a lifetime business of only ₹2 crores worldwide. Some members of the audience complained that the Urdu dialogues in the film were too difficult to understand and others argued that the film’s pace was too slow. Given the scale of the film, everyone involved in the production suffered major losses. The film became a big financial setback for the director Kamal Amrohi. Razia Sultan remains his last film before his passing in 1993. 

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 14:51 IST

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