Cinema and Cricket are two topics that Indians can’t have enough of. We follow our stars, watch their films, and build expectations and hopes on their films.
However, every year, there are a few films that are utterly disappointing. So disappointing in fact, that we have no option but to call them what they actually are – KLPD.
Here is our list of the biggest KLPD films of 2015. These are films that a lot of people placed their hopes on, and yet had to taste a bitter medicine.
1. Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo:
Touted as a comeback film for writer and director Sooraj Barjatya, this film was supposed to set the screens on fire. However, in spite of doing good business, the film offered nothing new or exciting to the viewer. Salman Khan seemed like Sonam Kapoor’s father, and the viewers couldn’t imagine any sort of chemistry between the leads. Overall, the film was a gigantic disappointment and the critics didn’t take too kindly to the film.
2. Bomby Velvet:
With 2014’s Ugly, Anurag Kashyap proved that he still had it in him to stun Indian audiences. One of the boldest, grittiest films to ever come out in Indian screens, Ugly was a stunning piece of cinema. However, with his next film – Bombay Velvet – which was called his magnum opus, Kashyap seemed to have lost the plot completely. Opulent sets, booming background scores, and earnest performances notwithstanding, Bombay Velvet looked so amateurish that it made people question if it was really made by Anurag Kashyap, and not his brother Abhinav Kashyap.
Starring Ranbir Kapoor, easily the biggest star among the younger lot of actors in Hindi cinema, Roy was expected to set records on fire, as the trailers hinted at a smart film. However, the film opened to empty halls as critics panned the film. It was an even bigger KLPD when fans of Ranbir Kapoor found out that he didn’t have the largest role in the film, which went to the wooden Arjun Rampal. In spite of superhit songs, Roy left a bad taste in the mouth of viewers.
4. Hate Story 3:
Honestly, one didn’t expect too much from Hate Story 3, given its past. However, with bigger stars in the form of Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover, and Sharman Joshi, audiences walked in believing they were going to witness something new. Apart from slow-motion songs that might appeal to teenagers without a WiFi connection. There was absolutely nothing in the film, and I doubt there’s going to be a Hate Story 4.
Now, this is going to piss off a lot of SRK fans, but honestly, the film is not something even he is going to be proud of for long. Written by Rohit Shetty, who seems to care about critics as much as he cares about Tata Sumos, the film advertised itself as a comeback launch for Kajol and SRK, but there wasn’t much in the film by way of nostalgia, fun, or even intelligent writing. The film has been panned by critics universally, but continues to do well at the Box Office.
Another Anurag Kashyap production that had a lot of hopes riding on it, Shaandaar was an LSD filled disappointment for fans of both Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. With an ensemble cast and a feel-good, bubble-gummy look, it was expected to appeal to kids and youngsters. But Shaandaar appealed to the chairs of the empty theaters only, resulting in yet another disappointment for Phantom Films, which had a reasonably successful year in 2014. Even the music by Amit Trivedi, which is generally reliable, seemed to pale into comparison with his earlier work.
This film was touted as Aishwarya Rai’s ‘comeback’ film, even though she had four releases in 2010. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, India’s most stylist copycat filmmaker, Jazbaa also starred the dependable Irrfan Khan. However, the green tinted hues, the screeching background score, and the complete overacting by the lead pair resulted in the film being washed away, leaving no impact on the minds of the viewers, or the chairs in the empty halls.
8. Dolly ki Doli:
Directed by a newcomer (Abhishek Dogra) and starring Sonam Kapoor along with Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma, nobody knows when this film came and when it went. Which is sad because the film actually got decent reviews from critics, and surprisingly, they had said good things about Sonam Kapoor’s acting!! However, one assumes it looked too similar to Sonam’s earlier releases, or the lack of a male star – that caused the film to sink.
9. Calendar Girls:
Madhur Bhandarkar must be only filmmaker to win so many National Awards in spite of being utterly mediocre. The multiple award winning director came up his new film – and this time he has chosen to oust the hidden secrets in the world of modeling. Every few years, Madhur Bhandarkar comes up with a new concept where he decides to reveal the dark underbelly of a particular industry – Fashion, Heroine, Corporate, Page 3. Thankfully, the Indian audience seems to have had enough of his trash, and they dumped Calendar Girls unceremoniously.
10. MSG The Messenger:
We thought a lot about whether this film should make it to this list. Honestly, if you expected good things from MSG The Messenger, you HAVE to have an IQ of a garden lizard. The film is so bad that it is good, with hilarious graphics, terrible acting, and a story that crawls about like a drunken snake who’s had twenty tequila shots.
So there you go. That was our list of the biggest KLPD films of 2015.
Do you think we missed any film? Or included a film in the list unfairly? Let us know in the Comments section below, and we’ll add/subtract from our list accordingly!