A few days ago, we looked at the 10 best films of Amitabh Bachchan a wholly subjective list meant to mark the 71st birthday of one of India’s finest and most loved actors. Though Big B has been responsible for giving Indian cinema some of its biggest hits and most cherished cinematic moments, he has starred in his share of duds as well.
Some of the films Amitabh Bachchan starred in were so bad that the question “what was he thinking!” springs instantly to mind. But as any human being is, legends are also fallible; they can have poor judgment too. Bad acting, poor direction, wafer thin stories, implausible plots, terrible dialogues, shoddy editing, forgettable music – there are many reasons why a number of his films turned out so bad and why they also bombed at the box office.
We look at some of Amitabh Bachchan’s worst ever films –
Insaniyat (1994) – Never heard of this one? Well don’t worry – I hadn’t either, but the IMDB movie data base voted this Sunny Deol, Jayaprada, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Tom Alter starrer as the worst ever Amitabh Bachchan movie. The story was an unlikely tale of a police officer who takes the help of two gangsters to combat terrorism.
Mard (1985) – The title track Mard Tangewala is a song that I have always found unintentionally hilarious. But that was not even the worst song of this terrible film. View the Will you marry me video above to really understand “unintentionally hilarious” – he is riding a horse through saltpans and she is chasing him singing will you marry me. This was the top grossing film of the year, but I am moved to repeat myself – what was he thinking!
Toofan (1989) – This film belongs to what was possibly the worst phase of his career – when the aging actor was trying to pass off as a young man and still playing the Angry Young Man. But this was a dark time for Indian cinema in general: when very few decent films were being made, VCRs were striking terror in the hearts of film makers and one after another film was bombing at the box office. The small youtube video above encapsulates all that was horribly wrong with the film – terrible music, overacting, implausible sequences and more!
Ajooba (1990) – This clumsy attempt at making a superhero type Hindi film was a resounding flop – filmmakers simply did not seem to get the fact that audiences would not go watch a film based on star power alone. I often say that Hindi film music is the best in the world – obviously I do not mean songs such as Ajooba, Ajooba, Ajooba, duniya ka athwa ajooba or the song in the video above when I say this.
Akayla (1991) – Another film from that rather dark phase of Amitabh Bachchan’s career, this one was about a lonely (akela) cop on the trail of twin criminals. And that song! I have heard more erudite nursery rhymes!
Mrityudaata (1997) – Big B played a surgeon called Dr Ram Prasad Ghayal who exchanges his scalpel for a machine gun in this revenge saga. This Daler Mehndi song was perhaps the most memorable part of this film.
Lal Badshah (1999) – Audiences have always tolerated older men paired opposite much younger women, but this pairing with Manish Koirala was ridiculous even by Bollywood standards. And this is a song that urges one to open a lock with a key – brand new information!
Boom (2003) – The combined hotness of Katrina Kaif, Madhu Sapre and Padma Laxmi couldn’t salvage the movie about an international diamond heist featuring menacing dons and supermodels, over the top getups, some style and very little substance.
Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag (2007) – This wasn’t a movie; it was the desecration of a classic and unanimously voted the worst ever Bollywood remake of an Amitabh film. As for the desecration of the original party song Mehbooba Mehooba, well people did not take at all kindly to the remake, appreciating neither the vocal renditions nor Urmila’s effort to pull off a Helen song.
Aladin (2009) – The film came and went – few were troubled by having to go to the theater to view it. Amitabh as a genie called Genius was a little difficult to swallow, though there is a view that this film did not deserve the fate that it ultimately suffered.
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