Bollywood Movies

These Bollywood Movies Never Made It To The Big Screen

Written by Rochell Pereira

Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world with around 2000 films releasing every year. So it’s not too difficult to believe that some movies tend to go off-track or get lost in production cycles, never making it to the big screen. Let’s take a look at some of the Bollywood movies that were announced and anticipated, but ultimately never released to the audiences:

Devaa (1987)

Starring the ultimate Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, this Subhash Ghai film was all set to be a magnum opus. But the director and actor began to butt heads in the first week of shooting after which the film was called off.

Time Machine (1992)

Did you know that Bollywood attempted to remake Back to the Future? This time travel film starred Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles. The film was almost complete but director Shekhar Kapur left for Hollywood.

Dus (1996)

Two iconic actor Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt teamed up for this movie about two Indian agents trying to prevent an Indo-Pak war. Unfortunately, the untimely death of director Mukul Anand left the film incomplete.

Paanch (2001)

One of the most well-known banned Bollywood movies is this Anurag Kashyap’s thriller. The censor board quickly deemed the film about five wannabe rocksters-turned-murderers too violent and too abusive to make it to the big screen.

Let’s Catch Veerappan (2004)

Legendary producer Ram Gopal Verma was all set to make this black comedy revolving around real-life criminal Veerappan. However, on the first day of shooting, Veerappan was arrested and Verma decided against completing the movie.

Shoebite (2018)

Based on M Night Shyamalan’s 1992 script Labor of Love, this film directed by Shoojit Sircar stars Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. Although it’s unclear why the film didn’t release, the actor recently took to Twitter pleading to give this film the light of day.


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