Is film making only about making money? Times have changed now, so much so that the verdict of the audience is misconstrued with the opening weekend collection of a film. 2011 is a testimony of bad films doing well purely on basis of opening weekend figures. If a poll is to be conducted, majority of the audience have shown their thumps down to the below mentioned films, yet they have emerged as big hits solely on the number of tickets sold.
Amidst all this, what does a common man get after spending his hard earned money? Were you really entertained by these films? Let’s have look.
Bodyguard- This Salman Khan blockbuster was a classic example of a quintessential bad film which had everything but a decent plot to boast of. The film relies hugely on Salman’s star appeal and the actor doesn’t disappoint his producers by bringing in mammoth opening day collection of 22 crores. This Eid release was so bad in its content that after a point you would curse yourself for wasting your time and energy watching it. From silly gags to illogical action sequences, with a terrible climax, the film crossed every limit of absurdity, making it a colossal disappointment for fans. However, inspite of all the criticisms, the film became one the highest grosser of all times, thanks to the long Eid weekend that it enjoyed.
Ra-One- This SRK starer re-established the fact that money can never buy art and creativity. Investment of 150 crores, unlimited promotions, good music and SRK’s brand value, this sci-fi film had all the credentials required to hit the jackpot, except a decent story line. The film looked so amateurish that one wondered what Shah Rukh must have had for his drink while reading the script, if they had any.
The action sequences looked a better version of a cheap video game. Kareena looked disinterested and Srk was so bad that even a Robot would look better in his comparison. The film got a huge opening but fizzled out post the Diwali Holidays. This so call trend setting movie is now remembered as one of the biggest duds of 2011.
Rockstar- A lot was expected from this Ranbir Kapoor film which did show promise but couldn’t live up to the huge expectations it generated. Ranbir as a “Jim Morrison” inspired was brilliant. He carries the film on the shoulder, especially when the script had very little to support him. Imtiaz Ali needs to work on his screenplay to harbor any hope of being in the elite club of India’s greatest directors. Newcomer Nargis Fakri failed to impress but considering it was her 1st film, a 2nd lease of life can be given to her.
Rahman does justice to the film by giving some soulful numbers. The film recovered its cost and might fetch Ranbir his 1st Best Actor Award, but was far off from being a universally accepted hit.
Don 2- Any Farhan Akhtar film is highly anticipated and this SRK starer was no different. The sequel to 2006 average hit Don1, was a huge let down in terms of content. From reel one to end credits; the film relied heavily on car chases, action sequences seen before in Hollywood films like Oceans Eleven and the famous MI series (Mission Impossible). Farhan, known for his great writing sense, couldn’t impress his audience this time as the film had no story to tell. Srk looked good and was in better form than Ra-One. Priyanka had no substance in her role and Lara Dutta was a show piece. Music was one of its biggest let downs with not a single song worth remembering.
Inspite of all the shortcomings, this action film made its way to the 100 crore club thanks to the Christmas weekend and has been termed as a “hit” in India. But Overall it was a quite a let down, if not a disaster.
We as an audience are open to all kinds of cinema as long as it entertains. Let’s hope 2012 turns out to be different and manages to “entertain” audience in actual sense, without being just restricted to making big bucks. [Article View] : 5737