Bollywood loves a comeback, but do these 6 films spell trouble for Sanjay Dutt’s Bhoomi?

With Sanjay Dutt’s Bhoomi right around the corner, we take a look at six, recent Bollywood comeback films, and chart their performance.

bollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2017 11:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Sanjay Dutt films Bhoomi in Agra.

Sanjay Dutt’s career has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, but with his jail term finally over - the actor had been incarcerated for his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts - it seems more promising than it has been in years. Director Rajkumar Hirani is making a biopic on his life, in which he’ll be played by Ranbir Kapoor, but on Friday, his first film after being released from prison in February 2016, Bhoomi, will hit theatres.

Repeat comebacks are a common theme with the stars on this list. Bollywood loves a good comeback. And stars love being stars.

So here are six recent movies that are considered comeback vehicles for their stars.

Poster Boys

Shreyas Talpade’s directorial debut provided not one, but two comebacks - although Sunny Deol seems to make one every couple of years. For his brother Bobby, however, it was a bonafide chance to regain some of his lost stardom - he’d dabbled in DJing for a while, and hadn’t starred in a film since 2013’s Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. The film performed poorly at the box office, collecting Rs 17 crore against a reported budget of Rs 30 crore.

Mom/English Vinglish

After making her first real comeback after a 15-year hiatus with 2012’s English Vinglish, ‘80s icon Srivdevi took another long break till her next film, 2017’s Mom. Both films performed well with critics and at the box office - English Vinglish was a breakout hit, grossing Rs 78 crore, while Mom made Rs 64 crore.


2017 has been a year of comebacks. This time it was the turn of Raveena Tandon, who made a cameo appearance in 2015’s Bombay Velvet, but reserved a starring role until Maatr. The film made less than Rs 3 crore at the box office, unlike Sridevi’s Mom - with which it shared similar plots and title.

Dilwale/VIP 2

While Dilwale was touted as Kajol’s grand comeback to movies since she took a break after giving birth to her son in 2010, it was more of a Shah Rukh Khan movie. In any case, the film severely underperformed, which meant that 2017 Tamil movie, VIP 2, became Kajol’s next comeback. The film made Rs 25 crore in its first five days. It was also released in a dubbed Hindi version.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 2015 comeback vehicle is perhaps the film that has most in common with Bhoomi. There’s a legitimacy to it that some of these other films simply don’t have. It’s directed by Sanjay Gupta, co-starred Irrfan Khan, but barely recouped its Rs 30 crore budget. The film made between Rs 33 and Rs 42 crore at the BO.

Aa Gaya Hero

At the height of his career in the ‘90s, Govinda used to deliver 6-7 films per year. 2017’s Aa Gaya Hero was his first film since 2014’s Happy Ending. But it couldn’t even manage Rs 2 crore in its entire run. Neither could it give Govinda’s career a second wind.

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First Published: Sep 19, 2017 11:10 IST