10 Shelved Bollywood Films That Might Never Get A Commercial Release

Unlike you on a Monday, Bollywood is very good at churning out stuff quickly.

With movies that get pumped out year after year, the industry has hit slumps, but never anything too drastic. If we’re willing to let go of qualitative standards, Bollywood’s productivity level comes pretty close to you a day before your examinations. Until you consider these shelved Bollywood films.

Whether because of a lack of funding or stars cancelling on films left right and centre, there are some films that just couldn’t get things off the ground.

Whether it was after shooting or before anything got started, there are some films destined to never release.

#1 Dus


Mukul Anand‘s final effort Dus never hit theatres due to the death of the director. The last film he made before his demise “Trimurti” did not do well at the Box Office, but unfortunately, Dus remained incomplete.

Starring Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon, Dus’s plot is as dramatic as it gets featuring terrorists and lovers.

#2 Ladies Only


Based on Kamaal Haasan‘s Tamil remake of the American film 9 to 5, Ladies Only was to be a Hindi version of the same. The plot revolved around office going women conspiring to teach their boss a lesson.

The film was completed but never released.

#3 Time Machine


A remake of the Hollywood hit Back To The Future, Time Machine was a film starring Aamir Khan. The film’s shoot took place over four months, but nothing came of it. It was shelved main;y due to financial reasons.

Shekhar Kapur mentioned revamping the film in 2008, but as of now, there’s no hopeful news.

#4 Shhuddhi


The infamous Shhuddhi was announced by Karan Johar in 2014.

The movie began with rumours that Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were to be cast as leads. Then the project lingered around till 2015 when Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt signed on. Once again the film’s fate remained undecided till Karan Malhotra signed on as director, but the film is still one that won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

#5 Chandni Chowk To Africa


Dear God. The upgrade from a country to an entire continent, Chandni Chowk to Africa was simply an idea. A teaser at the end of the first film. However, the box office bomb was too expensive to make and its sequel was definitely not worth investing in.

#6 Shoebite


The best looking film of the lot, Shoebite chronicles the journey of one John Periera who goes on a walk we’re assuming?

Shoebite was directed by Shoojit Sircar and boasted lyrics penned by Gulzar. The film was initially set to be produced by percept, but when it wasn’t taking off, Sircar took the picture to UTV. And after a legal dispute, the film was eventually shelved.

#7 Munnabhai Chale Amerika


Right. So there were two films, then a teaser and then nothing.

Munnabhai Chale Amerika teased and toggled till it finally came to nothing. there have been many reasons thrown around for the same. The main one, however, seems to be that after his incarceration, Sanjay Dutt is unable to get a US visa. Thus prompting a change in location.

But there has been little chatter about another film in the franchise.

#8 Devaa

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Amitabh Bachchan and Subhash Ghai were all set to create the best-est film ever made with Devaa.

But apparently, the two were unable to get along on set and their differences were so irreconcilable, the film’s production was shelved in one week.

#9 Yaar Meri Zindagi


Okay, technically this film released in 2008. But it was started in 1971. Seventy-one. Talk about procrastination…

The film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha was delayed for 35 years after a tumultuous production cycle. Even its release was pretty arbitrary with only 20 prints having been released.

#10 Sarhad


The movie was to mark the directorial debut of JP Dutta.

With a plot surrounding prisoners of war and a star like Vinod Khanna in the lead, the film was halfway through its production before it was halted due to lack of funds.

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