For more than 2 decades now, Indian Hindi film industry is being ruled by the 3 mega Khans - Aamir, Shahrukh and Salman. All the three have been consistently successful and have delivered numerous blockbusters over the years. While some of their 'average' movies have done exceptionally well at the box-office, some of their exceptionally good films have gone unnoticed at the ticket window.Here is my list of 5 such movies, featuring the 3 legends, which deserved a lot more success than what they got when they were released.
1. Andaz Apna Apna: A superbly written mad comedy, directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, which featured Aamir and Salman together for the first and probably the last time. The movie has attained cult status over the years and is amongst the biggest all time hits in the DVD and satellite markets. All characters and dialogues are so popular now, that it’s hard to believe that the film didn’t do well at the box-office.
2. Swades: Swades(meaning Our Country) is a brilliantly directed patriotic saga highlighting the issue of brain drain and is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker after his Oscar nominated Lagaan. When it got released, it got rave reviews from the critics but it was criticized for it’s length and lack of entertainment value. Swades was a rare box-office failure for SRK, who as Mohan Bhargav, delivered arguably the best performance of his career.
3. Akele Hum Akele Tum: It was the third and most probably the last outing of Aamir Khan and his director uncle Mansoor Khan after the super success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Akele Hum Akele Tum is a superb portrayal of a sensitive relationship between husband and wife. The performances by Aamir, Manisha and even the child actors were outstanding. This movie has some of the best romantic tracks composed by Anu Malik.
4. Khamoshi – The Musical: Khamoshi, which marked the debut of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was nothing short of a classic. The musical plot was unique and wonderfully directed. Salman, Manisha, Nana, Seema Biswas and Helen were fabulous in their respective roles. Also the songs composed by Jatin Lalit lived upto the musical theme. Despite all these ingredients, Khamoshi remained total Khamosh at the box office.
5. Dil Se: Dil Se is yet another fantastic movie based on terrorism by ace director Mani Rathnam, after the success of Roja and Bombay. Manisha Koirala, unfortunately, is featuring in this unwanted list for the third time. The movie was stylishly shot and A.R. Rahman compositions for Dil Se were probably his best to date.