Top 12 Cringiest Bollywood Movies of 21st Century (Part 2)

Part 2? I know, SHOCKING! Much like the sequels of certain movies, you must be thinking if this was really necessary but all I gotta say is that guys, I really like this pair of shoes and I would love to buy them. Hence, I need the money. So, without further ado, let us dive into it.

Love Story 2050

Starring Priyanka Chopra, Harman Baweja, Boman Irani and Archana Puran Singh was released in the theatres in 2008. The runtime of the same is nearly three hours and falls in the Sci-fi and romance genre. A dedicated scientist spends 15 years of his life developing a time machine. Another character Sana expresses her desire to time-travel to Mumbai in the year 2050 but is killed in an accident before she gets to marry her beau Karan. It is then Karan makes up his mind to travel back in time to look for Sana.

Though a bold choice from Bollywood to play with a difficult genre and special effects, some people still refuse to look at it as the cringefest that it was. What the team at Bollywood fails to understand is the fact that special effects hold no appeal if the storyline of the project falls weak, which was the case with this one where the writing took a complete backseat. In turn, this brings down the empathy of the viewers and what’s the point of a love story when the audience can’t even relate with the characters!

8) Mission Istanbul: Darr ke Aagey Jeet Hai

I will leave the debate of the latter half of the title representing the tagline of a very famous soft drink and which of it came first, to you. Or was it a marketing move? Figure that out. The movie finds itself directed by Apoorva Lakhia and released in 2008. Its star cast includes Vivek Oberoi, Zayed Khan, Sunil Shetty and Shriya Saran.

The synopsis of the movie is such that a journalist gets offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a controversial Istanbul television station, with an incredibly lucrative salary. However, after a considerably short duration of working there, the journalist decides to quit, a move that has larger implications than just his career.

The movie is flooded with unnecessary fight sequences that add zero value to the plot but is still stuffed into it. And as you may have guessed that the scriptwriting is not its strongest suit either. Factual accuracy, you ask? Well, that is out the window as well. The exhibit of which is seen in the scene where the police enter the embassy because god knows whatever happened to diplomatic immunity.

9) Fight Club: Members Only

If you have read the novel or watched the Hollywood adaptation featuring Brad Pitt but still want to absolutely torture yourself and cry blood tears, I suggest you watch this movie. The Bollywood adaptation of the same hit the floor in 2006 with Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan, Yash Tonk and Dia Mirza. It is directed by Vikram Chopra.

The movie revolves around four College students that start an underground fight club in order to make a quick buck but the odds not in their favour lead them to be prime suspects in the murder of a man who happens to be the mob boss’ brother.

Like any remake with a Bollywood twist, the movie streamlines the College life with excess clubbing, substance abuse and of course, dancing in the clubs. It seems like the makers made a deliberate effort to rip off the depth of the story. In order to deliver justice to the title, the characters are seen engaging in meaningless spat to build a premise for their start of fight club. Yes, nuances died in the same corner as me.

What adds to the cringe of the movie is the stalking sequences of it. Both the actor and the actress engage in secretly watching each other via binoculars as they change clothes or during their workout.

10) Good Boy, Bad Boy

This movie stars none other than our very own serial kisser Emran Hashmi. Alongside him, sharing the screen space are Tusshar Kapoor, Tanushree Dutta and Paresh Rawal. Released in 2007, the movie is directed by Ashwini Chaudhary. The plot of this revolves around the “good boy” and the “bad boy” and how they find themselves in opposite sections as there is a mix up of the College IDs. The bad boy lands in the section of good boys and vice versa.

The movie is so bad that it is a hard pick for me to choose the starting point to pick on. Right on from the choice of its cast to cinematography to acting to the plot, everything is the purest form of shit. So, I suggest you save yourself the time and energy for something better along the way.

And guys, it’s going to be a quick sayonara because I am absolutely exhausted but do let us know the movie and/or movies you watched that left you speechless because it is so bad.

11) Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag

By the title you can pretty much figure out who the director of the movie is and it was released in 2007. Not gonna lie, though, after reading the title, your brain kinda does go like ‘what the hell’? But then again, this entire list is about that.

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal and Priyanka Kothari, the movie runs on an IMDb of 1.7/10. The movie revolves around the lives of a Politician’s bodyguards who find their position under threat when their employer’s hand becomes evident in a scandal. To escape, they flee to Mumbai to find work with a gangster only to realise that the police are after them.

The movie is said to be a remake of Sholay but unlike the original, the movie misses big time in trying to leave a lasting impression on the viewers. It comes off as a compilation of RGV’s interpretation of scenes from the original movie and the dialogues written sound nothing but amateur. Not only that, several critics have issues with the casting as well where Ajay Devgn has been given the responsibility of being the funny bone which is an epic fail while Prashant Raj plays a character that carries the weight of the world on his shoulders but all his acting left was a huge disappointment.

12) What’s Your Raashee?

This movie derives its inspiration from the Gujarati novel Kimball Ravenswood by the playwright and novelist Madhu Rye. It was released in the theatres in 2009 with Priyanka Chopra, Harman Baweja in the lead and Dilip Joshi as a side character, among others of course. It is directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.

The plot line of this one is pretty unique I would say which involves a guy named Yogesh who in order to save his family from running into trouble, is forced to get married in a hurry. It is not long before he realises that finding his dream girl is equivalent to a Herculean task so he decides to meet one girl from every zodiac sign.

As the protagonist has to meet over 12 girls in a limited span of time, the movie tends to have a long run time with only the first half of it passing as slightly entertaining. Anything beyond that stands on repetition which wears you down as you watch on. Much like Gowariker signature style, he has introduced dance sequences and songs with majority of the prospects that Yogesh meets which acts as nothing but narrative speed-breakers. The backbone of the movie rests on the side characters that have contributed to the humour.

Let us know your cringiest watch to date.

By Deepali Verma