5 Reasons Why The Big Star Movies Didn't Capture The Audience's Imagination In 2017
The year 2017 saw the release of big budgeted films that went on to become super hits and blockbusters, but still, a number of big star vehicles tanked at the box office. It's not like they performed averagely at the box office, the audiences simply ignored them and the films turned out to be underwhelming flops.
Gone are the days when a big star was the sure shot way to get a certified box office hit. The audiences are now accepting films that have a greater content appeal and it doesn't matter who is the star. But there are always expectations from a big star release and a number of films that were expected to do well flopped at the box office. Here are the reasons why this happened:
Predictable Films: A number of stars didn't venture out of the genres most comfortable to them and we saw those kinds of films faring poorly at the box office. Films like Rangoon, Jab Harry Met Sejal, and Raabta fell into the category that didn't offer anything new to the audiences.
Unrealistic Stories: While the audiences are aware of the fact that they are going to see a work of fiction in the theatres, sometimes, the films often showcase the most unrealistic of the stories that simply fail to make a connection with the audiences. At the same time, some films forgot the themes they were based on and went off track, like Chef and Raabta.
Changing Audience's Mindset: The trends are changing and 2017 was the best year for the content-oriented films in terms of box office collections and universal acceptance. Films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Newton, Lipstick Under My Burkha etc. went on to become box office hits even though a majority of them were simply banking on content.
Not So Successful Experiments: Big stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan had a rare miss at the box office with films like Jab Harry Met Sejal and Tubelight. While SRK went on a fun-filled adventure through Europe in an Imtiaz Ali film, the script was changed in order to make the story happier and Salman Khan tried to come out of his usual stylish persona in Tubelight. The fans of both ignored the films.
The dearth of Content: The big star vehicles don't necessarily have to be based on colorful songs, larger than life characters or gravity-defying action scenes and stunt sequences. Akshay Kumar showed everyone how it's done with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, a film with a big star that was full of content and Aamir Khan in Dangal, who, as per the story, took on the role of an aged wrestler with 2 daughters, something his contemporaries won't do.