Overrated Indian Films of recent times
Before I begin attacking films I feel have got more than their worth, either critically or commercially or both, please note, these are my personal opinions, and yes, they are debatable but before you are offended, thinking that I have degraded one of your favorite films, I want you to know that this means no harm to anyone or his/her personal affection for a film.
This is one film, when I was watching with my family, my father slept, my mum was drowsy and I tried really hard to keep my eyes wide open. Such a boring film I might have seen in ages and it is really strange that people loved it.
My problem with Paa is, it is as clichéd and relies so heavily on genre conventions that you almost know what will happen. There is nothing new in the script, it gets preachy, nothing interesting is crafted, music is okay, acting is good, and anything else, is there anything else I might have missed that is As-usual with this film, oh and of course, how can I miss weepy women.
This is one film, where I feel, overdose of schmaltziness was thrown in front of us and we were expected to love it, most of us did. Perhaps, I feel this movie specifically worked for the reason why Indian television has fairly low standards. This simplistic attempt continues to be one of the most boring hit films we might have seen.
Both the films released the same year, this one wasn’t that successful, I am saying it wasn’t that big a hit, because then I read bollywoodhungama, and that said, I don’t have another clue how this film fared at the box office, but for sure, this film was loved by (most of the) critics.
The point here is, this film was, in simplest terms, a mess. A love story, that was half baked, overdone caper story, brother-brother love-hate story that was a strange one, buddy plot was shallow, and Kaminey were merely ordinary villains, or simply Kaminey were not that Kaminey. People say it was homage to Quentin Tarantino, I ask how? When did a film by QT deviate from its basic premise? I don’t remember a single QT film deviate one bit from its core intention that was easily reflected by the title of that film. Ultimately what we had was a distracted caper film, hopping between mini plots and multiple story lines, few of them well done, acting was superlative, and dry humor in between that resulted in a good film, but my point here is over rated movies, critics called it a milestone, few said that’s a start, for me it is just another good but forgettable film.
3. Good Night | Good Morning
This one opened to minimal shows, universal acceptance, and loads of sympathy. Honestly, I dig this film, and when I’d say it is over rated, people would immediately jump up and say, dude I don’t remember seeing more than a 3.5/5 rating for this film. My point here is, not the ratings it received, but the way critics wrote the review. Many times, a reviewer may write the film in negative light, but still give a 2.5/5 rating, sometimes for credibility, sometimes for the sake of the fun that film delivered, many times, critics review the film greatly but give less stars because they know that audience won’t really be bothered about that film and again credibility would come into question.
GNGM faced either of the two situations I mentioned above, reading reviews of that movie might make you feel that the movie is an instant classic but the ratings are restricted, or it might feel that movie is just okay but then rating is good enough. It is this oxy moronic scenario and debatable goodness of this sweet little film that compels me to include it in this list, because this film, though a lot of thought is applied to it along with innumerable cultural and religious references, is extremely inelegant.
It tries to take a lot of interesting themes to handle, like Stanley Kubrick does it, it throws in a lot of cinematic discussion, like Quentin Tarantino does, it tries to show the love of a place or a city and its beauty, like Woody Allen does and many other cinema people that are beyond the scope of my knowledge, tries hard to be cerebral, tries to be a good love story, tries to be an intelligent talky, and I don’t know how hard this film tries to be what. It does turn out to be a good film, but not even an inch deep and least sentimental when it was almost a love story, about opposites attract and about those who are lonely.
If only its characters weren’t good enough this could be a severe debacle and would have floundered painfully, that it didn’t but reviews said, it is creative, path breaking, tremendous and it is this and that and blah and blah, okay guys, I believe in poverty porn now.
Oh yes and a voiceover in this film in the end does tell you that it was also trying to explore all stages in the lifecycle of falling in and out of love, wow, that was meant to be felt rather than told isn’t it?
4. 3 Idiots
Now I am waiting the real knives and scissors and other sharp objects to come and attack, before I start writing about this one, it is quite possible that I am severely trolled and people may stop reading it any further, but heck, I was waiting for this to happen.
3 idiots is just another example of how formulaic films have taken over serious quality. All that is needed is the right ingredient and WHOA, we have a Masala film. First of all the controversially credited book on which it was based wasn’t a superlative one, it was another sympathy oriented story. Then it was a spicy love story, then it was preachy, then its humor was clichéd, perhaps there was no such thing that could be called inventive or fresh, including its subject.
Add to it, taking away bride from her marriage, executing a delivery with a vacuum cleaner and periodic doses of schmaltziness, alright.
3 Idiots is a shining example of how a blockbuster movie is defined, you go with your family, you have fun, your parents do, your best friends do, and then you go again and then again repeat from step one. I had loads of fun watching this film, but when someone says, 3 Idiots was one of the best films of all time, I think again and I just smile and tell myself, if people find it really entertaining and not one moment to be excessive and awkward, it’s alright.
After reading this, my best friends will come running behind me with bats and hockey sticks and anything that could hurt.
Now this is a good film, I know it, because of the honesty with which it is produced, but this is strangely out of place for me, and exclusively for me it is over rated, if someone tries to disagree with me, this is one film where I will not defend myself, but I have to write it because I feel this film is extremely outdated in terms of treatment where idea is topical.
Teenagers and youngsters today are fearful, about most of the things in life; let it be love, career and other important things. Their parents don’t understand it, that is true, fathers can be brutal, and that is true as well. But this was one film where such a brilliant subject was handled with so much heavy handedness that it didn’t connect to me at all.
When I was watching this film, nothing, I repeat nothing I found that was interesting. This must be a deep film, loveable, with a character most of us would root for, but I stayed on the surface, poetry absorbed dialogue wasn’t inspiring and moreover, instead of disgust for the father, I was completely disconnected, I just watched the story and when the lead character really wins, it doesn’t give me a ray of hope or pleasure that I would be emotionally associated with the character. This could be my pampered upbringing or the life as I see it, that I couldn’t relate to it, but ultimately, I was bored watching this film.
And this is one film, when I call it over rated it questions my credibility as a film lover, but as 3 Idiots I had to write it as I feel that way.
The winner of them all, I watched this film, only and exclusively because it is a pampered film, promoted only through word of mouth, online publicity, blogs and indie film makers jumping around it and what not to celebrate it. This is one film where almost every film journalist must have sworn to promote it at least once, and almost every film critic must have sworn to blog about it directly or mention it somewhere or the other.
I may not defend myself for Udaan, because that is a story its maker wanted to capture, characters are true, and the film is crafted with honesty, if only, all that really worked for me, but this is one film, where I tend to offend anyone who intends to promote to this film as sheer genius.
It might be a good experiment, but it is an awful film. Let’s say, you are in a party and your host starts shouting and abusing, saying all his guests suck and he, the host, is really smart and cool and an artist and starts boasting about himself at the same time offending his guests, with this film, the director becomes the host and audiences become his guests. When you don’t want people to see your film then why do you make one, or if you want them to connect to it then why do you want them to leave it in between?
I, for one a poor small time film maker, feel that a director usually has 3 to 4 scenes and one basic idea with him to make a film, he asks someone to write a story around that idea and those 3 to 4 scenes, and then he makes a film. When I think about this film, the most carefully crafted out scenes in this film are those which are most abusive, where nudity and masturbation is shown with such wildness, that I wonder what Kaushik (director of this film) had in his mind when he thought of this film. Perhaps, he wanted to show hard core sex on screen, may be that was his child hood fantasy, or he wanted someone to see him masturbate, or maybe he wanted someone to read sadness in his life came because he has had a sexless life or because he wanted to abuse people because everyone else abused him? Or maybe because he would see a lot of old people having sex in front of him and being least bothered about him and even he too wanted all that pleasure, wow, we have such a perverted film maker with us now, who has probably crossed all the boundaries of ruthlessness, made a snuff film, labeled it as an indie and sold it to all those hypocrites who aren’t sure but had fun with all that content in that film.
To add to the profanity seeing a goddess statue and fantasizing about her, along with his best friend having a threesome, laughing at his mother when she is having sex with her guest, this only proves that director is not an artist, he is a loser as the title of his film suggests, where success is just a matter of luck as he shows, where art is as impure as he thinks and without a clarity of what he wants to say he simply jogs in between those profane scenes he’s been thinking of all his life.
This film doesn’t try to explore its characters, scenes are so short that do everything but distract the viewers from rooting for them as well, his idea of the film is unclear and all in all it is a disaster and I am glad it didn’t reach wide audiences, perhaps, it doesn’t deserve their respect, and not every guy with a camera is David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick that he would make a thematically ambiguous film.
7. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara
INT. Guest House
After Diving and Abhay Deol had a heated chat with kalki Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif have a chat playing with cutleries in a kitchen.
To Tumne bataya nahi kaisa laga
Don’t thank me, job hi kia tumne kia.
HR makes a humble gesture
So, How was it?
<Sigh> It was magical, aisa laga jaise ki mai dunia ki sabse shaant jagah mei hu <sigh again> It was beautiful
<With a Graceful chuckle> I was 16 jab maine apni pehli dive ki, aur uske baad mujhe rokna, heh, it was impossible.
Haan, ism ek Nasha hai.
Nasha?! Nasha mat kaho, its such a negative word. Diving is <orgasm face and sigh> something else for me, it’s like meditation, insaan ko apni ek ek saans, ek ek pal ka ehsaas hota hai
Ohh yeaahh, ohhh, c’mon, c’mon, yeaah, dialogue, dialogue, yeaahhhh
Hritik Roshan, makes a “Khushi Ke aasu tapkao” face once again,
but no, not again, only face, lot of glycerin may be harmful for his eyes
agar hum apni saari zindagi aise jee sakte
Toh ya to regular day job ki tarah isse bhi frustration hone lagti nahi toh koi machlee hume khaa jaati, warna paani mei baithe baithe humay zukaam ho jaata aur usay thik karane k liye wapas zameen pe aakar doctor ko dikhana padta aur fir hum paani mei jaake ek doosre se kehte, kaash hum zameen par hee reh sakte. Aur meri bakwaas gayi bhaad mei, lifelong holidays hee banate rahenge toh saale paise kaha se kamaenge, upar se itne mehnge holidays manate rehne ki aukaat hoti bhi, ya tere jitna raees superstar hota bhi toh bhi, guarantee se, mai ye line toh na hee bolta.
Zindagi na milegi dobaara is filled with such unintentionally hilarious dialogue, its dramatic moments are crafted with such hollowness that you don’t really absorb the sentiments, even the humour, It was bundled with absolutely useless and once again unintentionally hilarious side stories, and pitiful moments. This is one more film that is another example of looks driving and killing the substance, where, to reach its highlight scenes all the drama in between is so simplistically built that I sometimes wondered, Farhan co-wrote this, he wrote Dil Chahta hai as well no? and even Rock On was alright, then, this? You’ve gotta be kidding me!
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