Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ten Worst Bollywood Films

By Anant Mathur (November 30, 2010)
DRONA (2008)
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kay Kay Menon
Director: Goldie Behl
Producer: Shrishti Behl
Music: Dhruv Ghanekar
Analysis: What can I say about this supreme disaster of a film. Its too childish an attempt to even be considered as a contender for a professional piece of work. With the kind of budget this film had, one would think the producer could have hired an experienced writer. I can't even say that it was a good idea because even the idea is not altogether there, it's more like several thoughts trying to come together as one idea, and it doesn't work at all.

LOVE STORY 2050 (2008)
Starring: Herman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Archana Puran Singh, Dalip Tahil, Kurush Deboo
Director: Harry Baweja
Producer: Pammi Baweja
Music: Anu Malik
Analysis: Having top class special effects is of no use when the film's story lacks power. Probably one of the first time travel movies to come out of Bollywood, Harry Baweja had a lot of material to use as reference, sadly instead of using this material to inspire, he simply tries to copy and this comes across as a cheap imitation of the original works.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan, Arjun Rampal
Director: Sajid Khan
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Analysis: You know it's a bad comedy when you don't laugh even once through out the film. Forget laughing in this film you never break into a chuckle.

NEAL 'N' NIKKI (2005)
Starring: Uday Chopra, Tanisha, Abhishek Bachchan
Director: Arjun Sablok
Producer: Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra
Music: Salim-Suleiman
Analysis: This film has nothing to offer other than some T & A. Easily the worst film from the Yash Raj Films banner it was the first example of a new direction YRF has taken - make films on the sole basis of YRFs reputation regardless of how dumb the stories are.
Starring: Sunny Deol, Armaan Kohli, Manisha Koirala, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Arshad Warsi, Rambha, Sonu Nigam
Director/Producer: Rajkumar Kohli
Music: Anand Raj Anand, Anand-Milind, Sandeep Chowta
Analysis: After seeing the original, with superstars like Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Neetu Singh and Jeetendra, I had great expectations from this remake. Especially, since it was being made by the original director, sadly though, the film is no patch for it predecessor. The greatest strength of the original was it's suspense in not knowing who the monster is, but when the monster is replaced by a revenge seeking snake with magical powers, well, you can probably imagine how bad this film is. The original was a super hit and became one of the highest grossing films of 1979. The remake was a disaster and destroyed the careers of many of its stars.

Starring: Feroz Khan, Fardeen Khan, Celina Jaitley, Pinky Harwani, Kashmira Shah, Archana Puran Singh, Yash Tonk
Director: Feroz Khan
Producer: Feroz Khan
Music: Anand Raaj Anand, Channi Singh, Sukhwinder Singh
Analysis: Being a huge fan of Feroz Khan's Qurbani, I spent $35 on purchasing the DVD of this film and regret spending each penny. It's sad that this is the last film Feroz Khan ever directed, I would've loved to see his remake of Qurbani with Fardeen Khan in his father's role and Feroz Khan in Amjad Khan's role.

NAACH (2004)

Starring: Antara Mali, Abhishek Bachchan
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Suleiman Merchant, Amar Mohile
Analysis: There's nothing quite as bad as an idea gone wrong. Naach may seem like a good idea on paper, but it has not translated into a good film. Even the performances leave a lot to be desired. The erotic dance sequences actually hurt the films credibility instead of helping its narrative. If only RGV could have taken the subject seriously and translated it into a film we may have enjoyed instead of exposing us to such torture.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Om Puri, Neha Dhupia, Rajpal Yadav
Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Producer: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Analysis: Action Replayy was one of the most anticipated films, since it's based on the time travel genre, sadly the film doesn't live up to an ounce of it's expectations. Vipul Shah tried hard not to show, but it's easy to see he has ripped of Back to the Future and tried to cover it up. In his attempt to cover up the fact that he has stolen the idea from a fantastic Hollywood film, he lost the soul of the film. When Marty becomes Bunty, you know where this film is headed. Instead of being about time travel as the title suggest, the film ends up being a bickering contest between Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar and although it has some good jokes the screenplay just doesn't work. The story would've done better as a stand-up comedy act or duologue.

RED ROSE (1980)
Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Poonam Dhillon, Om Shivpuri, Satyen Kappoo, Roopesh Kumar
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
Producer: M.P. Jain, Ravi Kumar
Music: R D Burman
Analysis: I was 14 years old when I saw this film and to this day it gives me the creeps. Rajesh Khanna (who gave us hits like Amar Prem, Anand, Daag and Aradhana) was one of my favourite actor until I saw this film. I won't go into details as it's still unbearable to think about it, but this is the worst Rajesh Khanna film you will ever see and I request you not to see it, not even for curiosity's sake. 


Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn, Prashant Raj, Nisha Kothari, Sushmita Sen
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Ganesh Hegde, Prasanna Shekhar
Analysis: As good as Sholay is, and will always remain the top rated Bollywood film, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It's hard to believe any film could ever be as bad as this remake. It is not the first time Sholay has been remade, others have tried and failed miserably, but this much hyped film, with Amitabh Bachchan playing the role of Gabbar Singh (known as Babban Singh due to copyright issues), is the ultimate in film misery. I'm just glad the Sippy clan was able to keep RGV from copying the names of the irreplaceable characters in Sholay and the films title. Not all is lost though, RGVs Aag will always be utilized as a measuring stick whenever we're judging bad films.

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