Thursday, July 06, 2006

the slow list

I hate lists - top 10s, 20s, 25s, 100s...so, I got to wondering - can a list of the top-25 hindi movies be made, which were critical successes but box-office failures - or rather - disasters? The combination is important.

8 comments:

Harold Kumar said...

how do you want me to send you a list? email?

Toski said...

Harry,
Please post it as a comment...Api, is that okay?

Api said...

sure.

niki said...

ok. here's my top of the head list:
- Arth, mahesh bhatt
- Parinda, vidhu vinod chopra
- jungle, ram gopal verma
- Umrao jaan, starring rekha
- Sadma (kamal hassan, sridevi)
- Pushpak (kamal hassan)
- Silsila (rekha, amitabh bachchan)
- Woh Saat din (anil kapoor)

niki said...

i take jungle back.

Harold Kumar said...

Did you know...?
"From the 1960s through the 1980s, the art film was usually government-subsidised: aspiring directors could get federal or state government grants to produce non-commercial films on Indian themes. Many of these directors were graduates of the government-supported Film and Television Institute of India. Their films were showcased at government film festivals and on the government-run TV station, Doordarshan. These films also had limited runs in art house theatres in India and overseas. Since the 1980s, Indian art cinema has to a great extent lost its government patronage. Today, it must be made as independent films on a shoestring budget by aspiring auteurs, much as in today's Western film industry". (Read more on Wiki_)

Harold Kumar said...

how about (in no particular order):
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (financial disaster, but a cult classic). Inspired by Antonioni's "Blow-Up". One of my all time favorites.
- Bhavani Bahvai
-In which Annie Gives It Those Ones (BTW, I am looking for a copy to buy. Is this movie available anywhere?)
-Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aataa Hai?
-Mirch Masaala
- Maqbool
- Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naan (considered one of SRK's best performances)
- Saaransh
- Kathaa
- Pestonji
- Garam Hawa (did anyone see the shots of Saleem Chisti's Durgha - beautiful!)
- English August
Come to think of it, most really good [hindi/hinglish] comedies have not been commercial success in India.

Toski said...

In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones could well turn out to be one of those lost [not quite] masterpieces. Interesting titbits of the politics with Doordarshan found at:
http://website.lineone.net/~jon.simmons/roy/tgost3d.htm
The screenplay, apparently, is now available on amazon et al...