Our Indian cinema produces nearly 2,000 movies per year. Obviously, not every movie grabs the eyeballs. In fact, only a few of them grab it for the right reasons. Most of the films will actually make you think like ‘Why were they even made?’ We are here to present you with five such Bollywood movies of 2021.
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai
Even from the trailer, it was clear that it’s a typical Salman Khan movie. But Bhai’s fans were in for a surprise. It turned out to be cringier than his earlier avatars. In one of his entry scenes, Salman slashes a person’s cheek by throwing a glass from his teeth. Obviously, you did not expect Newton to correct him.
Bhai’s character is a typical combo of Bollywood characters being showcased on-screen during the last decade. He romances with a heroine like Imran Hashmi of Jannat, his connection with Youth will remind you of Ranbir Kapoor of Rockstar, Bhai’s street fight will take you down the memory lanes on the sets of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. In the end, Bhai fights like Salman Khan of Wanted movie.
Basically, Salman Khan played the on-screen persona of Salman Khan in Radhe.
Owing to the grand success of Hungama1, everyone had high hopes for its sequel. The film is a grand example of how over-confidence can clutter someone’s mind. Its viewers had to wait for at least half an hour before having their first laugh. The actors cast for the movie did not show any sincerity at all. It almost felt like, they had taken some time from their social media schedule to show some sympathy towards producers.
The storyline was also a mockery of relationships. Extramarital affairs, illegitimate children are recurring themes of the movie. At one point, I felt like I am watching people fighting out a divorce court battle. Poor acting and the brain-dead script made it intolerable to watch.
Satyamev Jayate 2
One thing people love about John Abraham is his physique. John Abraham’s Satyamev Jayate 2 came off as a movie that went on to exploit this image. And boy, you cannot imagine the way it backfired. John Abraham has been shown doing stunts like lifting a heavy bike and throwing it off like Cameroon Bancroft throwing sandpaper after being caught by a camera.
Oh, we did not even mention John playing the triple role. John took up three intergeneration roles. His stint as a farmer was one of the funniest. It looked more like a five-star activist taking up farming for one camera hour. The agenda peddling failed on a massive scale. Probably, John overestimated his acting ability and producers did the same with John’s six-pack.
It had one of the most promising trailers. But all that glitter is not gold. Like a typical Bollywood movie, it revolves around marriage. Rajkumar Rao and Varun Sharma have aptly copied an average tik-toker for their characters. However, the fun ends here.
The plot has been termed as romantic-horror-comedy. Its’ everything but that. Jhanvi Kapoor never looked convincing as a ghost. When it comes to comedy, apart from Varun Sharma’s typical Chooncha (remember fukrey?) caricature, nothing was remotely funny. The audience could not even wait for intervals to leave the screen.
Girl on the train
After watching this movie, no novelist will ever allow their creativity to be handled by a Bollywood scriptwriter. The movie promised to be a suspense thriller. It had everything to make it a hit job. Trains, London, 1-minute interactions, envy, divorce, extramarital affairs and to cap it all, a murder mystery.
However, the cinematography of the movie is such that you can barely sit for more than an hour. The abrupt pace and disarranged scenes made it impossible for someone to understand it. Very few people actually waited for the revelation of the murderer. Probably, Paula Hawkins would have blocked every Bollywoodian from her contact list.
As they say, Grass is always greener on the other side. Hope 2022 turns out to be a game-changing year for Indians. They have loads of expectations from our industry. At least for one-day, Bollywood would stop copying Hollywood and come out with a genuine script and actors.