Bollywood Celebrates the Best of the Worst
India just held the second annual Ghanta Awards (Bollywood’s version of the Razzies). The ceremony, which commemorates the best of Tinseltown’s worst, was held March 17th at at Mumbai’s Comedy Store, and some of the “winners” were surprising to say the least.
It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has endured a truly awful movie at some time in their lives. This is not just a film with one of two problematic elements, but a colossal train wreck of bad writing, acting, and special effects that meld together in an experience so colossally awful that it becomes sort of memorable—if only as a reference of what not to do during cinematic production.
Any film released between January and December last year was eligible for consideration. A panel of judges decided the nominees, and the public then voted for the winners via an online poll.
Some of the categories included Worst Breakthrough, Worst Rip-off, Worst Song, That’s Anything but Sexy, and WTF Was That. Salman Khan claimed the dubious honour of worst actor for Bodyguard and Ready while Nargis Fakhri won for her performance in Rockstar. Despite being one of the highest grossing (and costly) films in Bollywood history, Shahrukh’s super hero flick Ra.One surprisingly took first place for Worst Film of 2011.
Of all the nominees, only one Bollywood star showed up to accept the award in person. Ms. Sonam Kapoor proved she was a real sport when she won the WTF nomination for an awful character romance with Shahid Kapoor in Mausam. The star went so far as to praise the function and posed for pictures as she was accepting the award.
Other notable mentions include Anees Bazmee for worst director (Ready); Dhinka Chika for worst song, and Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri for worst couple (Rockstar).
Since Bollywood is slowly gaining recognition for critically acclaimed work, it’s only fair they also take their lumps for the duds. If nothing else, theghantas.com give frustrated fans a way to rant after wasting money on a movie that failed to live up to its own hype.