With the bests also came films which showed tremendous promise but failed to deliver. There were some films which were downright bad and others which carried a certain expectation but failed to achieve their full potential. Like every year, let me reiterate that not all the films in this list will be bad films but those which because of the actors, directors or the idea held tremendous potential and carried great expectations but at the end fell short.
THE LIST NOT IN ANY SPECIFIC ORDER.
Abhishek Kapoor is known for classy, restrained cinema. When he could do wonders with average material like Chetan Bhagat, one could hope nothing but magic with rich fodder that Dickens provided. The trailer of the film looked absolutely bewitching and coupled with Amit Trivedi’s lilting music, it sure looked a winner. However, the final product was an absolute mess with none of the themes of the book done justice. Weak performance by the film’s lead Katrina also did not do any favor to the film. Only thing worth watching was the talented Tabu who got absolutely no support from the clumsily written script.
Gangaajal is a cult film. When the makers decided to do a gender reversal and then casting powerhouse of talent Priyanka Chopra, it got all of us excited. However, the film could retain none of the original’s film’s intensity or emotions and felt like the many cheap knock off that had been made trying to be another Gangaajal. Director Prakash Jha gets selfish here and to increase the scope of his performance sacrifices important character development and plot progression.
KI AND KA
Balki always gets me excited. He is known to try new things and has the potential to convert them into interesting cinema experience. With this film also he had a winning idea. However, the idea is never fully explored and the plot is just another squabble between husband and wife which has been done much well before by other ace directors.
TERE BIN LADEN 2
Tere Bin Laden was one of the few concept driven comedies in our country. So when it was announced that it will be turned into a series, we could not wait. But the sequel was such a sorry mess that one wished that it was never conceptualized. It was basically the same plot of the first one which was made on a higher budget and ten times less funny. The smart satire which was the life of the first one was absolutely missing here. This is what you call crash and burn.
Mohammed Azharuddin clearly was one of the best candidates to be made a film about. He was controversial in every way he could be. His story had immense potential. Cricket, affairs, scandals. Everything we Indians love to watch on screen. But when the film is made with an agenda to whitewash the facts and clear a person’s image then the whole exercise becomes pointless. It could have been a strong, hardhitting film but ends up being a PR exercise for the player. Shame.
Gulzar is my all time favorite writer-director. He is the very definition of legend. So when you come to know that he has teamed up with the likes of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra after so many years to write a screenplay, you are bound to be excited. But the end result is vague, messy and boring. In all fairness, the film is an experiment in terms of execution. It fails but the writer and director should be lauded for trying something different. How one wishes that they would have gotten it right because the results had the potential to blow your mind off.
This is the film I am the most angry about. Not only is it a bad film but also the makers have clearly just attempted to cheat the audiences. The elaborate setting of the Neolithic era ends up being nothing but a marketing gimmick and the script is the usual boring Bollywood revenge drama. This quality of work was not expected out of the director of Gowariker’s caliber.
Ajay Devgn had always excited me as a director. The visuals of the film looked breathtaking and it looked like a path breaking film in many ways. However, except the international standard of the visuals, nothing else works in the film. There is a earnest story line but the unbelievably slow execution just kills the film.
Please read before you decide to lynch me. IT IS NOT A BAD FILM. But with the names associated with the film, it could have been so much better. Gauri Shinde is a much better writer than what she showcased in the film. The writing feels amateur and it feels like director has stuffed in everything she wanted to say through long monologues and lectures. The excessive length also hampers the film a great deal. Although there is a lot to love about the film, superior writing could have made the film much better. And Gauri Shinde can deliver a better film.
Aditya Chopra delivered the rom com which all of our rom coms have used as a pattern. And no, no one expected another DDLJ from him but what he delivers is grossly underwhelming. Such frivolous writing from the man who has written the beautiful Veer Zara. The shabby climax of the film clearly shows that he had no idea what to do with the film. Again, it is a breezy watch and would have been a decent attempt if delivered by a first timer but not when the credit of direction is taken by Aditya Chopra.