10 things in Bollywood we DON'T want to see again
With just a week left before we step into a brand new year, it’s time to retrospect, compare, appraise, applaud and deride all things cinema.
Bollywood, incorrigible and irresistible as always, doled out its share of dynamite and duds. But when I look back at its part-overwhelming, part-ridiculous imagery, there are (at least) 10 things about Hindi films in 2013 I most certainly don’t wish to see again -- EVER.
P:S: Am sure you, dear readers, have your own share of bones to pick. Go ahead; vent it out.
1. That bored orangutan from Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
To add to his woes and ours, the poor fella is made to boogie against Sheila Ki Jawani with a she-orangutan appearing in an item song cameo.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes never made more sense.
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Image: Dharmendra in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
2. Ajay Devgn's tiger-taming antics in Himmatwala
What could be worse than Ajay Devgn trying to dance?
Him punching a rowdy tiger in the jaw, threatening him and his tribe with dire consequences and watch the latter meekly retreat to the jungle only to resurface as his attacker’s saviour in the film’s asinine climax! Say what?
Save the tiger! Save the movies! Save the viewer!
Image: Poster of Himmatwala
3. Ranbir Kapoor's butt cleavage in Besharam
Bum cheeky cheeky bum, much?
Ranbir Kapoor’s derrière jinx continues. Both his debut Saawariya and last release Besharam, where he went overboard flashing his ‘googly woogly woosh’ sit at the, erm, bottom of his otherwise spanking resume.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Besharam
4. Raising brows, Aamir style in Dhoom 3
Aamir Khan’s perpetually arched eyebrows seem to be bearing the brunt of his perfectionist attitude. Like his mounting box office market, they too seem to curve upwards with alarming ferocity.
Fire the person doing your brows, bruh!
Image: Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3
5. Dalip Tahil as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
One of the worst casting decisions of the year has to be Dalip Tahil as Nehru.
He doesn’t resemble India’s First Prime Minister from any angle or aspect. Tahil’s over-animated performance akin to the schoolboy enthusiasm of a Fancy Dress competitor only triggers moments of unintended hilarity.
You do that again, Madan Chopra and ‘sailaab aayega, sailaab.’
Image: Dalip Tahil in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
6. Vidya Balan's wacky, tacky wardrobe in Ghanchakkar
Before Vidya Balan found her Fairy Godmother in fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, she drew ceaseless criticism for her lousy dressing sense.
Looks like the lady got nostalgic on the sets of Ghanchakkar. The upshot is for all to see in the accompanying pictures.
Image: Vidya Balan in Ghanchakkar
7. When Vivek-Aftab's drag queens almost kiss in Grand Masti
If Grand Masti has one quality at all, it’s consistency. The raunchy comedy is consistently appalling.
And if the brain could simply gargle and spit a memory it would be that of Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani cross-dressed in some ill-fitting clothes and wigs puckering up their lips up close and personal for a scene so prolonged you could mistake it for slo-mo.
Image: Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi in Grand Masti
8. Rishi-Lilette's lampooning the iconic Chamko moment in Chashme Baddoor
David Dhawan’s ghastly remake of Sai Paranjpe’s endearing classic leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
One of the most memorable scenes from the latter is when Farookh Shaikh and Deepti Naval bond over the attributes of ‘jhaagwaala’ Chamko detergent.
So it is especially tormenting to watch my favourite Rishi Kapoor participate in the ruthless massacre of that beloved moment along with an overzealous Lilette Dubey that is everything but respectful, fond or witty.
Image: Rishi Kapoor Lilette Dubey in Chashme Baddoor.
9. Imran Khan as gangsta in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara
See that space next to Dalip Tahil? That’s reserved for Imran Khan, yet another victim of woeful miscasting this year.
With all that Lindt oozing out of his personality, what made director Milan Luthria envision him as badass? I reiterate; no amount of facial hair can wipe off the vanilla in Imran’s essence.
Image: Imran Khan in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara
10. Bokwaas Bollywood dialogues
Sample these. I rest my case.
Tere pichhwade mein itni goliyan marunga ki tere bachche peetal ke paida honge. Zilla Ghaziabad.
Sur Mohammad Rafi ka hai ki nahi power Mohammad Ali ka hai. Policegiri
Meri life mein sirf do cheez hai. Pyaar, Pyaar, Pyaar. Ya Maar Maar Maar. R... Rajkumar
Goli aisi jagah thokunga ki karobar kya har roz ke kaam karna bhi mushkil ho jayega. Zanjeer
Boss ka khoon bolta nahi, khaulta hai. Aur jab yeh khaulta hai toh yeh boss ek ek ko phodta hai. Boss
Image: Poster of R... Rajkumar