Cult kisne dekha: Part 2
Two weeks back, the topic of cult movies came around and a few movies (fantastic movies which became cult classics on television) were recalled. Fun, weren’t they? Ah well, along with good things, you also have to adjust to those little nuggets of craziness which are beyond definition. You want to hate them but end up loving their silliness. I am talking about films which are so bad that they are good. Every scene is a masterpiece worth your tears of joy. We hope that they exist to live life with endless mirth. The following movies have been authenticated by me, by watching them completely and surviving the horror (pun intended) to tell the tale. You may agree, disagree or add your own inputs to the said things. Your pick. Let’s go on the trip.
Almost a whole generation (the 90s) was witness to some really whacky movies. Sainik can be the poster film for that decade. It is a complete masala film with a twist (if you want call them that) funnier than your daily soap. Akshay Kumar plays the lead role of a soldier whose melodramatic family consists of a father (Anupam Kher), wife (Ashwini Bhave) and sister (Farheen). When he goes missing and is presumed dead, each of the relations know about it but keep it a secret from one another. What ensues next is nothing short of total amusement. The film is stashed with the core ingredients which made a 90s film special: drama, over acting, silly music and the works. Ask anyone who belonged to the era if s/he has seen Sainik, most of them will say yes. It is a totally fun film to watch and beat your blues.
WHAT’S YOUR RASHEE? (2009)
No, I did not get the opportunity to see this film in the theatre, leave the film before interval and then wallow in self-pity. But to be honest, the film grows on you. You tend to behave like a person suffering from Stockholm syndrome after Harman Baweja’s character meets the second girl. In the film, Harman has to marry soon as his grandfather has willed his property to him and it will be Harman’s if he gets married in stipulated time. His brother is under debt, you see. So, he devises a plan wherein he meets 12 girls from all the zodiac signs. Huh! Ya, that was the reaction most could say, after bearing the innumerable songs sung by the girls he meets (all played by Priyanka Chopra). Too long, the film manages leave one expression for you: Huh. And yes, Harman does remind one of Hrithik Roshan.
MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON (2003)
If Sainik defined the 90s, then Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon defines the end of an era when Hindi films meant total gloss like Manish Malhotra’s clothes. This movie defines the phase in the lives of the three leads – Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan – when they were trying find their groove and came up with duds like this. Directed by sanskari movies specialist Sooraj Barjatya, it was his attempt to be the cool dude. A remake of an early Rajshri Productions classic, Chitchor, it is just a list of what not to like – Kareena and Hrithik in a hamming mode, some so-called fashionable clothes, an insipid Abhishek, an irritating parrot and heroine’s friends you want to strangle and so on. And despite this line-up, watch it as a fantastic attempt to change images and dicey values shown in the film.
RAM GOPAL KI AAG (2007)
Please sit down and read the fine line, before throwing eggs at me (The eggs will just hit your screen and tarnish it, nothing will happen to the website or me 😀 ). I have a confession to make. I saw the film First Day Third Show and I have survived. Yes, the film does not stand even on the remotest levels of bad film. But that’s what makes this remake of the classic Sholay such a must-watch. You cannot decide whether the storyline (reworked) is bad or the characterizations or the acting. There is absolutely nothing to save this film from inevitable doom, not even the eerie looking and behaving Amitabh Bachchan. But you might make the efforts to have a good laugh. By the way, my counseling sessions are still on, to get rid of my nightmares.
JAANI DUSHMAN: EK ANOKHI KAHAANI (2002)
Before I write about this film, let me finish my laughter……….Done! Now we can talk of a film which has managed to evoke the choicest of reactions and got catapulted into the ‘so bad it is good’ Hall of Fame. The storyline of a reincarnated Nag taking revenge for his Nagin’s rape and subsequent suicide is difficult to digest in this age. The acting by everyone just about gets you in a pill-popping mode. There are just too many ingredients in it to make you laugh out like the hyena. To describe its levels of badness (and must watch funny flicks), read the Wikipedia section of the film where they mention critic Akshay Shah from PlanetBollywood.com’s review. “The only reason he gave it a 2 out of 10 is because his keyboard had problem with the keys 0 and 1 hence couldn’t give a rating lower than 2.”
FEW OTHER WORTHY MENTIONS
A few additions need to be done. We cannot do disservice to those who want to enjoy bad flicks. The first would be the 80s classics starring Jeetendra, Sridevi and Jaya Prada. Mallika Sherawat did an attempt at so-called serious cinema called Hissss. Naaissh. I have heard a lot about Mithun Chakraborty classic Gunda. It requires special article on itself
We should be thankful to these filmmakers for making such colossal no-brainers. Our minds have become so developed after these films entered our lives. Enough now! Check out these classics and do give us the response. I finish the article with a special dialogue from Gunda: Itihaas badalne waale ka naam, kabhi itihaas mein nahin hota hai.