Every year has its share of bad films. This is one area where mainstream Hindi cinema never fails to disappoint, and 2016 was no different. Here are the worst films of the year.
Wrapup: The worst films of 2016
Mumbai - 31 Dec 2016 8:00 IST
The Cinestaan Team
The trailer had received good response. Shot in Bulgaria, Ajay Devgn's Shivaay promised a Bond-like action thriller. But never judge a book by its cover or a film by its trailer. Shivaay turned out to be the year's big disappointment. A shoddy script, painfully slow screenplay, and archaic dialogue turned it into a close-to-three-hour torture, one that wouldn’t have the blessings of Lord Shiva. Even Devgn looked lethargic in the action sequences. That it competed with Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil at the box office sealed the film's fate.
The reboot was misleading, as the fourth instalment of the Raaz franchise was nothing but a rehash of its preceding films. The most difficult part of the horror genre is the script. Vikram Bhatt clearly seemed bereft of ideas while scripting Raaz Reboot. The film was minus any real spook or chills, leaving you wondering whether Bhatt really made use of the Gothic locales in Romania. A shallow script and annoying screenplay made sure Raaz Reboot suffered dearly with its spooky actors boring you. Emraan Hashmi, who needed this film to reboot his career, continued his poor run. Debutant Kriti Kharbanda showed promise but there was nothing she could do to save a film that was doomed from the beginning.
There are many questions to be asked of Vivek Agnihotri's Junooniyat, one of which is how many days does an army officer take off in a year? Pulkit Samrat plays an army officer who falls in and out of love with a sugar-high Yami Gautam. A sappy love story that has no sense of balance, Junooniyat lacked anything close to the passion that its title proclaimed.
There is speculation that the director of Satya, Company and Bhoot might have been lost in the same forests that Veerappan once reigned over. Nothing else can explain the travesty that emerged from Ram Gopal Varma's head. A film about a legendary brigand, fighting a lone battle against the establishment, could have been a film perfect for Varma's rebirth. Yet, it just raised far too many questions, including about Sachiin Joshi's credibility as an actor and Varma's as a director.
A Flying Jatt
A Flying Jatt is one superhero movie which Hollywood’s sci-fi filmmakers must avoid watching, for fear of inducing depression. From getting superpowers from a tree to a villain breeding on pollution, the incidents were unimaginative. But what took the cake was the climax, with the hero (rather, superhero) dragging the villain to another planet to finish him off! Yes, you read it right.
Great Grand Masti
Ghosts in Hindi cinema generally yearn for revenge, sometimes for decades. But the ghost in Great Grand Masti only wanted one thing — sex! This was indeed a benchmark for ghostly desires. Probably this was the film's only achievement as it swung between irritating and cringeworthy. The scene where the three men decide to have a foursome with the mother-in-law of one deserves special mention.
It’s a quintessential Sunny Leone film — a couple of dance songs, sensual outfits, romance and a few intimate scenes. But to survive Beiimaan Love you needed something more than mere enthusiasm for the Hindi film siren. You had to have a high threshold for pain, as the clichéd narration, contrived plot points and hamming got to you pretty fast.