Bollywood's Cult Classics
Cult films or cult classics are films that fail to do so well at the time of the release but over time gets highly devoted fans. Many cult movies have gone on to become classics.
Andaz Apna Apna – This Salman & Aamir starrer which flopped at the time of its release has achieved a cult status among Indian audiences.
Mera Naam Joker – Raj Kapoorr’s Mera Naam Joker flopped at the box office. In later years, however, the film has garnered critical praise.
Lamhe - The movie had a poor box-office response with the Indian mass market because of its supposed incest theme. Over the years the film has been hailed as a cult classic and is regarded as a modern masterpiece and possibly Yash Chopra's finest film.
Kaagaz Ke Phool - The film was a box office disaster in its time but was later resurrected as a world cinema cult classic in the 1980s
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro - The film was not immediately successful at the box office, over time got the cult status and regarded as 'Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films'.
Pakeezah – Meena Kumari’s death contributed to the success of the film, it is regarded as a cult success.
Hera Pheri – The Film did not open well upon release, but picked up later and became a box office success. The film has achieved a cult status among Indian audiences, and is regarded as one of the best Hindi comedy films ever made.
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein The film was unsuccessful during the time of its release, but over the years it has developed some sort of a cult following among Indian youth.
Agneepath - Agneepath was failure, both at the box office as well as among the critics, however later the movie was declared a Cult film for its treatment of the subject, direction and gold-standard performances
Movies like Jab we Met, Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam started slow at box office but continued to rise slowing. Even though these movies did good business at the box office, the liking it got after the release on TV, DVD’s etc managed to give these movies the cult status.
These are just couple of movies I could think or found while I was looking for cult films. Which other films in Bollywood have managed to receive the cult classic status? Do share.