Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to Pyaar Impossible: 10 Worst Romantic Films Of Last Decade
There are several romantic movies which make us wonder why they were made in the first place altogether. The scripts are bland, the acting is stale and their grip on reality is tenuous.
Romance is the most favourite genre of filmmakers and audiences alike. There is so much to experiment when it comes to romance. Flying off the cast to exotic and beautiful locales, make them hold hands, pose and make our hearts melt. Some of the movies on star-crossed lovers have us crying our hearts out, and why not! Romantic movies make us feel alive, relive our own memories of being in love, live our hearts and put a smile on our face even after the end credits have long rolled in. Every moment in the film is palpable, the dialogues evoke your hidden feelings and the stories keep us invested in the movies for long. Some of us end up watching the same movies over and over again.
However, there are several romantic movies which make us wonder why they were made in the first place altogether. The scripts are bland, the acting is stale and their grip on reality is tenuous. Some of the romantic films come across as downright wannabe, cheesy and extremely insipid. No, I am not talking about a dish, but of badly made romantic films. Here are some of the worst romantic films of the last decade.
1) Pyaar Impossible (2010)
The film is based on an age-old trope of a geek falling in love with the most popular girl in school and then winning her overall thanks to a makeover in the second half of the film. Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra play lovers in this film which we can only say was perhaps one of the worst films to ever come out of the YRF stable. Directed by actor turned director, Jugal Hansraj, this film lacked depth, the script and screenplay were patchy and the story was just bizarre. We can safely assume that Mrs Jonas wants to clearly forget that she ever did this film. Not to forget the movie bombed badly at the box-office as well.
2) Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
This may seem like a surprise entrant to the list considering it stars the King Of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan. Paired opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, Jab Tak Hai Jaan was the last directorial of movie mogul Yash Chopra. Box-office pandits may differ on the collections of this film, but this was a complete bizarre film. The movie had a very flimsy and ridiculous storyline. The love triangle was literally unbelievable and like we said earlier the grip on reality was tenuous. The length of the film was also too long, and it became painful to sit through the entire film watching SRK ham and Katrina Kaif emote like a ceramic tile. This movie also makes it to the list of some of the most overrated films ever. The music was the only saving grace for this film.
3) Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
Yet another Priyanka Chopra Jonas starrer makes it to the list. This time paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor, the film starts off with two people bored and tired with their lives and trying to commit suicide, but then decide live life to the fullest till New Years and then commit suicide together. Strange, right? For two people who are supposed to be unemployed, they seem pretty well-off and they wear designer outfits throughout the film. The movie did not have an interesting plot, to begin with, and lacked consistent characterization. Moreover, it was difficult to sympathise with the two leads. Also, can we add here that suicide is a serious thing and this film just made it look like child's play between two rich spoilt kids, who just can't figure out their lives and hence want to kill themselves?
4) Break Ke Baad (2010)
This Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan starrer seemed good from the promos, but the movie was just plain drag. Directed by Danish Aslam, this movie was based on a long-distance relationship between Abhay and Aaliya, played by Imran and Deepika. However, the script and the screenplay were pretty unconvincing, to begin with. Imran Khan, who had previously done Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, seemed like revisiting his role. Deepika seemed pretty unconvincing as Aaliya and her across as wannabe and not at all jarring. Plus haven't we already seen enough of spoilt rich brats trying to figure out their lives stories masquerading as romantic films?
5) Half Girlfriend (2017)
Well to begin with, this movie is based on Chetan Bhagat's book by the same name. If that shouldn't warn you about the content of the film, I don't know what will. Starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, this movie is about a guy who does not understand the meaning of the word consent and has serious comprehension issues when a woman says she is clearly not interested in him. This is the story of every second Indian man as we know. The makers even superimposed the face of Bill Gates in one scene. More than a romantic story, this seemed like an case study of men you need to avoid in educational institutions.
6) Raabta (2017)
This movie starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon is one of the most absurd movies to have ever been made in Bollywood. The movie has absolutely no story to tell and is as pointless as a blunt pencil. The lead stars of this film keep falling in love, get pulled apart, come together again and pulled apart and this rigmarole continues till the audiences can bear it no more. The makers were clearly confused as to what they were trying to convey with this film and outcome is a slow, painful watch for the audiences. The movie was badly panned by the critics and was termed a huge disaster at the box-office.
7) Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
This movie directed by Karan Johar had big names to boast of with the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma as the leads. But sadly, the movie had several problems to begin with. For starters, the audiences are tired of watching rich spoilt brats with no jobs struggling to figure out their lives while falling in love. Also, Ranbir seemed more like a stalker in the film than a lover who clearly doesn't have shame trying to force a kiss from a terminally ill woman. This movie also was lifted off from a Hollywood film Closer, with no credits given to the fact. The movie had its share of controversies, but all in all, this was a poor excuse of a movie parading as a romantic film. Every woman who watches this film should ask the question if Ranbir's Ayan is the kind of the man she should want as a life partner, who clearly doesn't understand consent?
8) Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)
Are you surprised to see yet another Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma film make it to the list? Yes, we are too. Director Imtiaz Ali who previously made Jab We Met and Rockstar clearly ran out of ideas and made yet another film on self-discovery of the male lead. This time it was Shah Rukh Khan, who's acting chops was marred by sloppy and lazy writing. At that time in 2017, the audiences were bored with seeing movies being churned out that romanticised coming-of-age of the male lead. The story and the script weren't that great either. Plus for an actor who is pushing 50, does it feel right to do a movie on coming-of-age and self-discovery? This is what the audiences felt as well, as the movie turned out to be a huge dud at the box-office and got negative reviews as well.
9) Namastey England (2018)
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra had crackling chemistry in their debut film Ishaqzaade. They won awards and critical acclaim for their roles of star-crossed lovers. However, this chemistry did not spill into their film Namastey England. The movie directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah had a mild backdrop of illegal immigrants in Europe. But, overall the plot had many holes and the dialogues were too cliched. Secondly, the movie dragged in the second half and for a movie marketed as a romantic comedy, one couldn't relate to the leads as a romantic pair. While the locations and cinematography were at times beautiful, the movie was a huge letdown when it came to script and screenplay.
10) Humari Adhuri Kahaani (2015)
This is perhaps one of the most shocking and surprising entries to the list of the worst romantic films. The movie stars three consummate actors- Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao, all of whom have proved their salt as actors. From the trailers, it seemed like a movie was based on three people craving and yearning for love but get none. As the audiences, you don't anything from the film either. Three brilliant actors are let down by extremely shoddy writing and dialogues that seem relevant in the 90s but simply seemed misplaced in this film. The plot too seems half-baked and the title of the film Humari Adhuri Kahani seems quite relevant.