The longest Hindi film flopped badly at the box office: Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor-Rashmika Mandanna and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, was over 3 hours long. During the OTT boom, many people call it gambling. But there was a time when most Hindi films of 3 hours duration were considered ideal. But here we are talking about the longest Hindi film so far which is more than four hours. It had 33 stars but it flopped at the box office.
The film we are talking about here is patriotic but people don’t like it. In the film, Indian Army soldiers try to find their patrolling officers when the Pakistani Army crosses the Line of Control. Soon, there was a war between the two countries. However, the movie failed miserably.
Actually, here we are talking about JP Dutta’s war drama LOC Kargil (LOC: Kargil) released in 2003, which now has the distinction of being the longest Hindi film ever made with a duration of 4 hours and 15 minutes . Although patriotic films like Kesari, Uri: The Surgical Strike, Major and Border were all hits, but the 2003 film LOC: Kargil proved to be a disaster.
LOC: Kargil is one of the biggest Indian films of all time, with actors from all over India coming together to retell the story of the Indian Army’s victory in the Kargil War. The storyline of the film is similar to Border but one of the two is loved by people while the other is a super flop.
Expanding on the template of war films set by Haqiq and his hit Border, JP Dutta decided to tell the story of every major gallantry award winner of the Army from the Kargil war. There are about three dozen heroes in this film, for which Dutta hired 33 actors from all over India. It includes bug stars like Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Akshay Khanna along with character actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana, Sudesh Berry, Raj Babbar, Mohnish Bahl and Avtaar Gill. He is accompanied by more than a dozen leading actresses including Rani Murji, Kareena Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Esha Deol and many more. However, this star-studded ensemble did the film no favors.
LOC Kargil suffers because director JP Dutta tries to tell many stories instead of focusing on just a few. The film received negative reviews, affecting word of mouth. This means that the performance of the film is not good. Made on a whopping budget (at that time) of Rs 33 crore, it grossed only Rs 31 crore worldwide and less than Rs 20 crore in India, making it a colossal failure at the box office.
While the big stars of this film flourished, the careers of many young actors had to face the failure of the film. Many like Karan Nath, Armaan Kohli, Puru Rajkumar, Shehzad Khan, Amar Upadhyay, Bikram Saluja, Vineet Sharma, Deepak Jethi, Priya Gill, Akanksha Malhotra and Akbar Naqvi saw their careers interrupted or rather ended after LOC Kargil. Many of them continue to work but do not get the kind of success they hope for.