Bollywood fans are a forgiving race. By that, I mean they are not particularly known for hating most of what the film industry dishes out. How else would you explain Rohit Shetty films? Over time, Bollywood has pulled off some risky maneuvers to impress its fan base. But not everything floats with everyone. God bless their soul, for they never stop trying. Do they?
Here are 10 things that proved to be tough pills for even the most hardcore Bollywood fans to swallow:
1. A clean shaven Amitabh Bachchan in the ’90s
Today, Mr. Bachchan is the face of the Indian film industry. But not too long ago, he went through a weird slump. His career graph resembled that of his son’s today. Those were the days when he made a couple of movies in an entire decade, including the horror that was Sooryavansham. A beardless Amitabh Bachchan was cool in the ’80s. Then age caught up with him. Thank God KBC happened. Which brings us to point number 2.
2. Anyone else hosting KBC
After overcoming the dry spell, AB Sr. and his iconic voice reached an entirely new level of fame with Kaun Banega Crorepati. For its third season, however, the producers decided to bring Shah Rukh Khan in as the host. And what a disaster that turned out to be. We are not saying SRK is annoying as a host. Wait… that’s exactly what we are saying.
3. Them shiny 8 pack abs
Okay, this is where we draw a line. For someone who grew up watching Govinda, the whole “hunky hero” concept was still too alien. And then along came Salman, Hrithik and Shah Rukh with their perfectly chiseled abs. But this inhuman atrocity didn’t stop there, did it? Aamir Khan, Mr. Perfectionist himself, had to push the envelope further and force his body to sprout two more abs. Suffice it to say, this trend didn’t quite catch on.
4. Plagiarised music and films
“The art of stealing” – A crash course in “inspired” film-making by Bollywood.
That’s a catchy book title if there ever was one. And a stolen one at that. Bollywood has enjoyed way too much leeway in the past wherein its content and music was shamelessly lifted from sources which Indian filmmakers thought the masses would never discover. The urban audiences were soon to catch up on this though and immediately raised their displeasure. There’s only so much copying David Dhawan and Anu Malik could get away with. A glimpse at their career now is enough to help us understand why copycats don’t go to heaven.
5. A married Madhuri Dixit
There was a time when Madhuri Dixit smiled and the first four rows in a cinema hall fainted simultaneously. Not really. But you get what I’m trying to say. Madhuri Dixit had captured a crazy fan following, which weirdly enough, quietly dispersed when she got married to Dr. Nene. The classic example of Aishwarya getting all the love when Devdas released should tell us why we, as fans, are so obsessed with our imaginary love stories that we don’t shy away from hating the star we once loved openly.
6. Vivek Oberoi
Vivek Oberoi who? Exactly!
7. Films with Logic
Ask a Bollywood fan to say logic three times in a row. Step away and watch their soul burn.
Race 2, Dhoom 3, Bang Bang and of course, some more Rohit Shetty. That’s our staple diet in films these days. So yeah, give us a Lunchbox or a Paan Singh Tomar and we’ll run away from it like directors run away from Tusshar Kapoor (and Vivek Oberoi).
8. Movies without item numbers
Your father is dying? Here’s an item number. Your brother is suffering from Cancer? Here’s an item number. You love me? Let’s go dance in the fields… JK, here’s an item number. Lol.
Have feet, will dance in minimum clothing. Why? The fans need it bro.
What aspect of Bollywood do you have trouble going along with? Don’t be shy. Let us know in the comments below.