Posted by: kcgadiyar | November 3, 2009

Best and Worst movies of the Alphabet: A to D

I saw this series on 411movies. The columnist was listing the best and worst Hollywood movies he had seen one letter at a time. After being sufficiently inspired by the column (like most of our movies get inspired by Hollywood), i decided to make my own list for each letter. (Apart from X, no hindi movies start with X).

Some rules:

1. This list is completely subjective, you may disagree ardently with any of my choices, that is your right.

2. I have only included movies i have seen (which is a lot), so i am not claiming that this is a be all and end all. Also, i do watch a lot of movies, so some movies mentioned can come about as obscure.

3. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

4. A huge load of thanks to Subodh Kapoor who helped me identify even worse movies every time i thought i had already reached the worst one.

5. If ever you get the idea to go and watch the movies i have mentioned as my worst, please don’t.

So with that out-of-the-way, here we go with the first installment, movies from A to D:

 

 

A

Worst movie:

The floodgates basically opened with this letter, there were so many movies deserving of being named worst of the letter. They included recent movies like “Aloo Chaat” “Aabra ka daabra – the school of magic” which was an extended ad for Parle-G and Camlin etc. etc. to the Amitabh superhero “Ajooba” or even the godawful movie “Army” to Govinda’s completely crass comedy in “Aunty No.1”. But, after a deliberation due to the embarrassment of riches to choose from, i finally arrived at the worst movie i have seen from the letter “A”.

ABHAY: Abhay

For those of you who don’t remember this movie, consider yourself lucky. This is probably Kamal Hasan’s worst movie, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s worst music and a very good movie if you want to keep kids off drugs. The movie is basically one long extended acid trip sequence with the characters turning into anime and back to represent the villains mental health. The background music was an exercise in torture and the performances were non existent. A good choice for worst movie from A.

Best movie:

Some great choices i could have made here as well, from my favorite comedy “Andaz Apna Apna” to “Amar Prem” to “Amar Akbar Anthony” and even more recently “Aamir”. In the end, i decided to give this to an all time great movie:

ANAND: Anand

“Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin” – The simple sentence on which Anand lives his life. This is a masterclass in filmmaking, where everything clicks. The direction, the acting, the dialogues and the music. “Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye” is still crooned regularly. This is also a rightfully deserving of the spot.

 

 

B

Worst movie: Again a good collection to choose from, there was Kaizad Gustad’s “Boom”, the Indian version of Heartbreakers “Bachke Rehna Re Baba”. And the “winner” is:

BUDDHA MAR GAYA:Buddha Mar Gaya

As a public service announcement, i have to tell you guys to stay as far away from this movie. I mean it, even out of sheer morbid curiosity, don’t ever consider renting the DVD out. I saw this movie through the movieserver in college, so the only thing i lost was an hour or so of my life and my self-respect. Once again, i repeat, stay away. What were such fine actors like Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Om Puri (who plays a gay sadhu, seriously!!!) thinking when they signed on for this.

Best Movie:

Again, plenty of choices, from “Bheja Fry” to “Bawarchi” to “Bombay to Goa”. I finally had to give this to,

BORDER: Border

Probably the finest war movie made in the past 20 years. The casting was perfect, the jingoism was kept in control and the climax is perfectly shot. I am sure most of you will disagree with this choice, but i stand by it. This was a really good movie and deserves this spot.

 

 

C

Worst Movie: Well, C seems to be a pretty strong letter to start a movie name with. There are very few outright Bad movies, but bad movies can still be found, just not as many as for A or B. The worst movie from C is

CASH: cash

With “Dus” becoming a hit thanks to Style and little to no substance, the next logical move was to make a movie with complete style and absolutely no story or anything even resembling a story. Cash was a wasted opportunity to make a good thriller and instead ends up being the worst movie from C.

Best Movie:First, let me acknowledge some of the fine movies which did not make it to Best movie from C: “Chak De India”, “Coolie”, “Coolie No.1” (back from when David Dhawan and Govinda made good movies), “Chala Murari Hero Banne”, “Chandni”, “Criminal”, “Company”.

But, one movie stood head and shoulders above all others, this is one of my all time favorites, its DVD earns a pride of place in my collection and it is an all round entertainer

CHUPKE CHUPKE: chupkechupkeThis, my friends, is a true classic. Still as entertaining with repeat watches as it was on the first watch. Dharmendra’s best performance as a lover boy. Brilliant comic sequences, the Karela-Corrola sequence still has me in splits each time with Amitabh pretending to be a Botany professor. Seek out the DVD and buy it, this movie is worth it.

 

 

D

Worst Movie:

D is another strong selection. Honorable mention “Drona”. The Winner is

DESHDROHI:deshdrohi

This movie wishes it was a “Jaani Dushman” or a “Gunda” (to be clear, you will not see either of those movies on this list). This movie could have been a cult classic, but the movie goes way beyond being bad into transcendental territory. This is still a one time watch, but the number of loopholes, logical gaps, bad bad cues by the actors and a script which was probably written in a hurry make it a chore to sit through. There are moments of unintentional humour like when Gracy Singh makes her entry in Dhoom style, but the movie cannot rise beyond its flaws to become a cult.

Best Movie:

D was an embarrassment of riches, if i did not have my list frozen before writing this, any of the honorable mentions could have easily made it as the best movie: “Daag” “Damini” “Disco Dancer” “Don” “Do Aankhen Barah Haath”  “Do Bigha Zameen” “Devdas” “Dev D” “Dosti” and many more. But, on my list, for the letter D, there can only be one best movie:

DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAAYENGE: ddlj

The love story of Raj and Simran, a trendsetting movie in more ways than one, and the movie which firmly established SRK, Kajol and YRF in the industry. This movie has it all, and is my best movie of the letter D.

That’s it for this installment, next time we will go from E to H.

Until Next Time,

K.C.G

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