We went there with high expectations. We left extremely disappointed. Here are the 5 best movies that left us disappointed.
1. Gulabo Sitabo: What a massive disappointment from the director of the beautiful October. After Vicky Donor we expected Shoojit Sircar to create more magic. Gulabo Sitabo was a huge disappointment for all involved. Shoojit Sircar, who has directed some of the best movies of recent years, seemed to have come up with a new method to make our life in quarantine more miserable. By pinching us to his satirical demands, Sircar delivers a film about proprietary greed that largely misses its mark. To put it bluntly, Gulabo Sitabo it’s just not funny. I guess this murderous comedy is meant to be funny. Because everyone is talking about that laid back, eye-catching way the comics are famous for. Except the joke here is on us.
2. Shikara: 60,000 families became homeless overnight. Forced to flee their homes, the Kasmiri Hindus had only their memories. Some like Shiv the hero of Shikara were fortunate enough to have their life partners with them as they struggled to accept their life as refugees in their own country. It’s an idea so immense in its political and emotional reach that it would take an epic ineptitude filmmaker to spoil it. Fortunately, Vinod Chopra is not that filmmaker. He treated the subject with the delicacy and sensitivity he deserved. But the narrative and its highlights lacked the emotional impact and spiritual sustenance of other similar films about a mass exodus like that of MS Sathyu. Garm Hawa and Deepa Mehta’s 1947 Earth. Chopra’s heart is in the right place. He went through the hell that Kashmiri Hindus faced when they were intimidated outside their homes. The film just failed to convey the same emotional weight that the director no doubt feels.
3. Likes Aaj Kal: No Valentine’s Day outing could be more anti-Valentine than Likes Aaj Kal, an alleged love story spanning two eras and two loving couples who seem to hate the idea of idealizing love so much that they end up romanticizing the opposite of love. Or do these characters love each other more than they love, love each other? Why did we go to this one hoping for something after the atrocious Jab Harry meets Sejal by Imtiaz Ali. Consciously or not, Ali denies the love feeling of all romance, makes it look like a torrential train hurtling through the land of trauma. Kartik Aryan played the multi-generation double lover with all the seriousness of Charlie Brown sneaking midnight goodies for Snoopy. Honestly, there was no way to tell the two Kartiks apart. Saif Ali Khan had at least the turban in the previous Imtiaz film of the same name. As for recreating 1990, Imtiaz resorts to the most practical and lazy tool of nostalgia: movie songs.
4. Sadak 2: Subtlety was certainly not one of the highlights of this late sequel to a 1991 film ripped from Martin Scorcese. Taxi driver. This Sadak deviated from the freeway in no time. It’s shocking that such a mediocre and stupid script could serve as a throwback to directing for Mahesh Bhatt, and that too to direct his star daughter Alia Bhatt. Both deserved better. Just like Sanjay Dutt. U.S. too. Sadak 2 It was the kind of debilitating disappointment Indian cinema suffers when top talent come together to deliver a certifiable dud. It happened when Kamal Amrohi did Razia Sultan or more recently when Yash Raj’s films made Thugs Of Hindustan. What makes a truckload of talented people go on a suicidal mission destined to be doomed the day someone suggests it?
5. Khaali Peeli: It was a squeaky party, an orgy of unskilled writing and awkward direction where even an actor like Jaideep Ahlawat, playing the kind of pimp and child molester that no self-respecting actor would want to step into, is short of words and where Child abuse and pedophilia are seen as fodder for potboiler-drama, the kind of specialty Guddu Dhanoa and Harmesh Malhotra specialized in in the 1980s. Khaali Peeli was our worst nightmare version of a 1980s potboiler with two child actors rolling their eyes and making faces until they got older. And what do you know! They were still rolling their eyes and making faces. Ishan Khatter and Ananya Pandey shared as much chemistry as two volunteers during an earthquake in Syria and Spain. Their Bambaiyya sounded as authentic as Zeenat Aman’s Awadhi in Satyam Shivum Sunderam. Can anything be worse than this?
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