While the majority of the worst Bollywood films of 2015 are guilty of garden variety stupidity, a pair of movies were especially loathsome. Here are my picks for the worst Bollywood movies of 2015. (Click on the title of each movie to read my original review.)
The dual-narrative romantic drama Roy wound up on the list due to an excess of ennui and emotionally immature dialogue.
I wish that both Gabbar Is Back and Welcome Back had stayed away.
Jazbaa managed to make talented actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan look ridiculous (and green-tinted).
Two awful examples of Bollywood nepotism made the list. Producer-offspring Jackky Bhagnani’s inevitable rise to super-stardom was deferred yet again by his awful performance in Welcome 2 Karachi. In her Bollywood debut, Govinda’s daughter Tina single-handedly ruins Second Hand Husband with her squinty delivery and nonexistent dance moves.
The most painful theater-going experience of the year was Shamitabh, a movie so annoying that I was literally begging out loud for it to end.
Dirty Politics is a textbook example of how not to make a movie.
The offensive Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 came in a close second place for suggesting that all women who report being raped are liars. That such a hateful movie purports to be a comedy makes it all the more disturbing.
My worst movie of 2015 struck a nerve, going beyond just offending and veering into moral recklessness. Director Umesh Shukla and writers Sumit Arora and Niren Bhatt should be ashamed for claiming that Alzheimer’s disease is a result of filial neglect that can easily be cured if children are nicer to their parents. Given that a lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s persists in India, using a film to offer bogus medical advice and assign undeserved blame is irresponsible. For those reasons — in addition to it being just a plain old sucky movie — my worst Bollywood film of 2015 is All Is Well.
Kathy’s Ten Worst Bollywood Movies of 2015
- All Is Well — Buy/rent at iTunes or Amazon
- Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 — Buy at Amazon
- Dirty Politics — Buy/rent at iTunes or Amazon
- Shamitabh — Buy at Amazon
- Second Hand Husband
- Welcome 2 Karachi
- Jazbaa — Buy/rent at Amazon
- Welcome Back — Buy at Amazon
- Gabbar Is Back — Buy/rent at iTunes or Amazon
- Roy — Buy/rent at iTunes or Amazon
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