There are movies and then there are movies. There are movies you watch because they are praised to heaven by your peers, like Inception, and then there are movies that you watch just because you want to watch them, like 3 Idiots, or Aisha, because they have been building anticipation in you. There are also movies you watch because they are the only ones playing and you want to get out and watch SOMETHING. Like Knight and Day or De Dana Dan. Finally there are movies you don’t even think of watching, never watch, and wonder who watches them. Like Kidnap, or Luck!
Too much watching/not watching going on in that last paragraph, but the point of that paragraph was to illustrate the different kinds of movies around. It is the third category that I want to specifically talk about. A lot of movies in that category, ones you watch because there is nothing better to do, have caused me multiple headaches(literally) and a select few have surprised me by how good they were. But irrespective of how badly we have been burned by such crap, we keep going back, to watch them.
The very first move in that headache category I happened to watch is called Insaniyat, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Prada and a host of other actors. The only thing I remember about this one is the song “Sathi tera pyaar puja hain” and a whole lot of crying from my mom! The only reason we went to watch this was because my dad is a BIG Amitabh fan and he wanted us to watch a Bachchan movie, as a family! Not a movie to watch, as a family or separately. Oh there was a dog in this movie, or maybe not, it does not matter. I remember having a HUGE headache after that! This was in 1994. A few months after this, my friends and I wanted to watch some movie in a theater, ALL BY OURSELVES. We carefully worded our requests to respective parents, convinced them that it will be safe enough and were over the moon when the parents said yes. So off we went, 6 girls, to the nearest theater(imaginatively called Yadgiri theater) and bought tickets for this awesome movie starring Madhuri Dixit and SRK. We were all BIG Mads fans. Little did we know that this movie would scare us out of our wits. Imagine Madhuri tearing the skin off a man’s arms with her mouth! Yeah!
These two experiences burnt me bad, so I stayed away from on-the-fly movies for about 3 years. When disaster struck in 1997 in the form of Dil ke Jharokhe me. Why disaster you ask? Imagine Vikas Bhalla as the hero, and a story that has snakes etc playing an important part. VB’s pakoda face and the snakes and a song called ‘Dil ke jharokhe me aaja, chanda sa muhda dikha ja’ are the only things I remember. And I also remember the bad headache, and my friends refusing to speak to me for a good hour. I was the one who had convinced them to buy tickets in black! I had to redeem myself by buying tickets for the whole lot of them for Dil tho pagal hain, soon after! Paise bhi gaye aur reputation bhi.
This should have warned me off such movies, but NO! In 2000, fresh off the josh of being independent and being a college student, our motley group of 6 decided to watch a movie. Any movie. That turned out to be Dil pe mat le yaar. Such a PAIN! The husband still remembers this movie for the SPLITTING headache it brought him. Enough said!
Finally, swearing off such bad movie decisions, we stayed away, until last year, when my cousin and her husband were over, and they wanted to watch ANY MOVIE. By now you much have known how this is going to go. We paid a hefty amount(Indian movie tickets are much more expensive than Hollywood movies) and ended up watching De dana dan! And De Dana Dan it gave us, headaches! Although I admit it did elicit a few laughs, but those were not worth the pain!
So now I swear to NEVER watch movies just because I want to watch them. I have never ever had good experiences with such last-minute movie decisions.
What are some of the worst movies you guys have watched in a theater?