Rewind & Replay: 10 Movies Of 2017 That Were So Bad, They Were Actually Great
Posted On 28th December, 2017 @ 17:10 pm by MTV Editor

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Bollywood had its fair share of hits and misses in 2017. Except that some misses were so spectacular that they made cinema-goers think, “Is this a movie? Am I watching a movie or is the movie watching me? Was I supposed to bring the plot from home?” 

 

We may never find the answers to these questions, so here’s our roundup of the 10 movies this year that were so bad they were good.

 

1. Raabta

For a movie whose name literally translates to “connection”, Raabta fails to make one. The two lead roles are played by Budapest and Croatia, while Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon serve as supporting cast. Rajkummar Rao underwent a major transformation for his role so that his expression could match that of the people watching the movie:

 

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2. Badrinath ki Dulhaniya

A movie where the protagonist casually kidnaps a woman because she wouldn't marry him and then makes the woman apologise for not marrying him. The only way it could be worse is if he physically assaulted her and stalked her till she married him. Oh wait, that's only the first act of this movie.

 

 

 

3. Golmaal Again

Golmaal Again is a comedy horror film because the audience enters the theatre expecting comedy and leaves the theatre horrified. It’s surprising that Rohit Shetty is not on Twitter because all of his scripts can fit in 280 characters. We found out names of the upcoming movies in the franchise: Golmaal Yet Again, Golmaal One Last Time: None After This We Promise and Golmaal: Sorry Actually Tusshar Kapoor Needed Pocket Money.

 

 

 

4. OK Jaanu

The experience of watching this Hindi movie is similar to watching the original Tamil version because in both cases, it doesn’t make sense. The screenplay could be written by any pseudo-progressive distant relative who starts off in support of live-in relationships but ends on, “sau baat ki ek baat yeh hai ki shaadi karna toh zaroori hai!

 

 

 

5. Jab Harry Met Sejal

Someone needs to tell Bollywood that a character’s identity is more than the name of their home state. We wouldn’t be surprised if Anushka Sharma was asked to tweak her diction and have a thepla to prepare for her role as Sejal. Jokes apart, there is a genuine plot twist when Harry and Sejal remove their face masks to reveal that they are in fact, Sam and Frodo from Lord of the Rings, strip-searching Amsterdam for The One True Engagement Ring.

 

 

 

6. Half Girlfriend

This is one of the few movies where the book is as good as the movie because both are fu*king awful. The songs are good but here’s an observation—the songs Tum Hi Ho, Enna Sonna and Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga feature Shraddha Kapoor, which leads us to an important question: would we like her even if Arijit Singh was not singing about her all the time? Here’s a scene that showcases her minimalistic acting skills:

 

 

You can almost hear the director go, “Cut! Ma’am, did your facial muscles suffer a mild paralytic attack? Because inanimate objects blown over by the wind could have given a better take than that.”

 

 

7. Tiger Zinda Hai

If Sholay’s sequel were named Jai Zinda Hai, people would go crazy, but when Tiger Zinda Hai was announced, there was no hype because everyone thought, “Yeah, duh! It’s not like he died in the first movie anyway!” In this movie, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have a conversation about striving for peace followed by:

 

 

The real reason behind the name was to reiterate that Salman Khan is serious about keeping all animals alive in his movies.

 

 

8. Judwaa 2

David Dhawan described the film best when he said, "I was not writing a new script. There are some 8-10 scenes from Judwaa that I loved, and that made me make this film." Can the people who’ve seen Judwaa watch it for free? No? Because you’re lazy and just want to bank on their nostalgia? Oh, okay.

 

 

 

9. A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky

Is it not enough that your prospective groom is a decent fellow with a stable income? Of course not! If he can’t also be an international spy who can cook a meal after driving a car off a skyscraper, then does he even deserve you? We’re never getting over double roles, are we?

 

 

 

10. Mubarakan

Yet another authentic and nuanced work of art by the maker of Welcome and Ready, Mubarakan is a movie about twin brothers where the only difference between them after years of living in separate hemispheres is hairstyle. The scriptwriter has carefully hidden comedic gems in the exposition by making all the characters Punjabi. Ratna Pathak Shah also features in the movie because they needed at least one real actor to justify the existence of two Arjun Kapoors.

 

 

Let’s hope 2018 is the year that Bollywood embraces fresh, progressive storytelling even though Karan Johar has already announced Student of the Year 2. As they say, hope trumps inevitable disappointment! Happy New Year!

 

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