Joker is an 2012 Hindi science fiction comedy film directed by Shirish Kunder, and also his second directorial venture after Jaan-E-Mann. The film stars Akshay Kumar opposite Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles. This was the second film in which Sinha paired opposite Kumar after Rowdy Rathore (2012). The film released worldwide on 31 August 2012, and received mixed to negative response upon release. Despite collecting mediocre box office collections, the film was panned by the audience and was declared a ‘disaster’ at the box office. The film is regarded as one of the worst films of the decade. The trailer of the film revealed on 11 July 2012, and also in cinemas along with Cocktail.