Can you believe it has already been 10 years since the release of the Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor Khan hit film, “Jab We Met?”
In the year 2007, the Bollywood industry gave us hit films like “Taare Zameen Par” and marked the start of the careers of fabulous actors like Deepika Padukone in her debut film, “Om Shanti Om.” Along with all the great stuff 2007 brought us, we also saw some of the most-ridiculous Bollywood films ever this year.
To mark the 10th anniversary of said horrible films, here is a list of the worst films of 2007:
1. Aap Kaa Suroor
Himmesh Reshammiya plays himself in this film as he tries to clear his name of a murder he didn’t commit while romancing an actress that was barely 18-years-old at the time. The whole murder is solved by HR, not trained cops, in one day so that he can marry his underage love before her father marries her off to someone else.
His lawyer, played by Malaika Sherawat, is in love with him too but she ends up helping him in return for a chance to be in his music video, I’m not kidding that is what actually happened.
2. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
This highly anticipated sequel to “Sholay” was a total bust. Although there was a talented all-star cast the film still failed to reach the hype surrounding it. the film had so much talent involved on all aspects and so much potential, which is why the failure is so depressing.
3. Fool N Final
“Fool N Final” is a play on the phrase “full and final.” The film is based on a British comedy titled “Snatch” and follows the story of a group of misfits who were hired to obtain stolen diamonds. There are way too many tangents in this film and the misadventures will bore you to death.
An amazing ensemble cast featuring Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Govinda, Vidya Balan, John Abraham and more, yet the story failed to impress anyone. There were some decent songs on the soundtrack but the overlapping stories, lack of depth, and mediocre storytelling. With so many talented stars this could have been a mega-hit but unfortunately, it failed and dragged on, boring audiences.
Me, contemplating why I watched this film three times already…
This film launched two children of Bollywood’s biggest stars—Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. It was shot with breathtakingly beautiful scenes, and gracefully depicted Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s signature play with colors, sadly, it failed to impress with its story.
“Saawariya” was based on a short story “White Nights” by the famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Though the famous “Crime and Punishment” author created magic with his writing, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation altered the story and didn’t touch the hearts of his audience.
Maybe it was before its time? Maybe his artistic risks were just too risky? However, we did get one good thing out of this film, that epic butt-cheek shot!
6. Good Boy, Bad Boy
Why? That is my only question, I remember watching this film when it released and remaining in a dazed state the rest of the day. Who told the filmmakers this would be a good idea?
Basically, bad boy Emraan Hashmi ends up in nerdy-goody-two-shoes Tusshar Kapoor’s classes because their names are similar (Raju and Rajan Malhotra) and he wants to flirt with a girl he likes so they don’t switch their classes back. Once the principal finds out, he tries to teach the boys a lesson by sending C student Hashmi to a quiz competition and clumsy A+ student Kapoor to a dance competition. It was based on the 1992 Hollywood film, “Class Act” which was a flop! Why would you recreate a flop film?
And who could resist the thrilling song lyrics “me bad, me bad, me bad bad boy.”
“Cash” was meant to be a modern looking thriller and although Ajay Devgn did give a good performance, even our beloved “Singham” couldn’t save this one. The film was unrealistic, with tragically awful “futuristic” gadgets, bad over-acting and poor action. There were too many things happening simultaneously, it honestly was too confusing to keep watching.
A film you should not watch with your “mind-blowing mahiya.”
8. Ek Lavya—The Royal Guard
Even though “Ek Lavya-The Royal Guard” was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars, this film was a total disappointment. It did not garner up enough excitement among audiences even with an all-star cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff and more. It was also the return of Vidhu Vinod Chopra as a director after seven years.
The film “Speed” released in October 2007 and it was so bad even lists of the biggest flops of 2007 doesn’t even include it. Yes. It was that bad.
The film is an adaptation of the American thriller, “Cellular.” The film featured Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Suri, Zayed Khan, Tanushree Dutta, Ashish Choudhry and Aftab Shivdasani. Shivdasani had that weird “Tere Naam” haircut that Salman Khan had. I mean, I think that’s all I need to say.
On a separate note, did you see the house Urmila Matondkar and Sanjay Suri lived in? It was a palace! How could a chef and a science teacher afford that? If you’re wondering, perhaps Suri is a star chef with multiple restaurants and fame—nope. Matondkar clearly states her husband is just a chef at a restaurant and doesn’t have any money for ransom.
“Raqeeb” is a thriller where a femme-fatale, played by Tanushree Dutta, is killing men after seducing them to get their money. She attempts to frame her boyfriend for the murders and escape with another mysterious lover. This film is an early, poorly developed version of the hit film “Race.” Predictable, boring, and terrible acting, don’t believe me? Watch for yourself!
11. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom tries really hard to be a complex mysterious type love story but essentially it fails to produce any real substance. Also, what was up with Bobby Deol’s hair?
Those blonde curls are not a good look, I guess it’s not like Abhishek Bachchan looked much better in this film.
However, the music and the comedy weren’t COMPLETELY terrible.
12. No Smoking
Critics called this flick “a puzzle that doesn’t want to be solved”—it was that bad. Though John Abraham wasn’t terrible in the film, the story itself was so dark and confusing it was not something the public related to. The essential story line is of a man trying to quit smoking to please his wife.
Critics have asked if the filmmaker was “smoking something” while making this film—their words, not mine—I guess it was that bad?