I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with 35 Indian movies that were just added to the streaming catalog. Three Tamil films, two Malayalam movies, and the 2018 Punjabi drama Asees are now available, along with a trove of Hindi films released theatrically from 2006-2015. Most of the titles are new to Netflix. Here are links those I’ve previously reviewed:
I decided to select the absolute worst movie of the year from films that I awarded zero stars when I reviewed them. Abhishek Bachchan starred in two of those movies: Sarkar Raj and Drona. I was tempted to give the dubious honor to Love Story 2050, if only because it suggested that we’ll all still be playing the Xbox 360 forty years from now.
But the worst movie of the year had to be the one that was most painful to watch, the one that wasn’t bad in a funny way (like Sarkar Raj, Drona and Love Story 2050), but was just bad. Based on those criteria, the Worst Bollywood Film of 2008 is Golmaal Returns. No other movie approached its level of immaturity and ineptitude. Everything about it was annoying, and if I hadn’t been reviewing it, I would’ve walked out of the theater after thirty minutes.
Congratulations, Golmaal Returns. May you never return again.
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! follows the exploits of a petty thief named Lucky (Abhay Deol), who steals TVs and stereo systems from homes when the residents aren’t paying attention. None of his heists are that daring, he’s never in any real danger and, during the few run-ins he has with police, he escapes in such a casual manner you hardly notice he’s gotten away before the next scene begins. The people in Lucky’s life don’t really challenge him to change his ways, hence he doesn’t develop as a character. The film would’ve been just as compelling if it had been about Lucky preparing breakfast.