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Don’t take out the trash

A Facebook group is celebrating and curating the best of worst of Hindi cinema.

bollywood Updated: Feb 13, 2011 14:05 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Remember dumbcharade sessions when Hindi movies such as Hawas, Zakhmi Sher, Khoon Ki Pookar, Shaitani Dracula or even the very topical IPL-inspired Can Mumbai Vadapaws defeat Hyderabadi Biryanis were deliberately chosen simply because they sounded so funny? These cheesy titles not only sound comic but also belong to a separate cult category of their own in the annals of Indian cinema – Most trashy Hindi films.

Honouring these trashy films is a group of movie buffs who started a group on Facebook nearly two years ago. Today, I Love Trashy Hindi Films is nearly a 1,800 member team of film lovers who post pictures and hold regular discussions about these corny Hindi films.

36-year-old Shome Sengupta, who works at SC Johnson, started the group along with his close friends. It all started with their drinking sessions revolving around the most macabre movies in Indian cinema. When they had their fill of films by Ramsay Brothers, they ended up with a database of some cult classics ranging from Jaani Dushman, Boyfriend and even contemporary ones like Bachelor Party and Adimanav Aur Sarprani.

“After all the kind of trash we’d seen, we came up with a script that we began developing called Khoon Mein Talle Samose. Though that is still a work in progress, we decided to start the group to discuss these films after work,” says Sengupta.

The group began running discussions on trashiest scenes ever shot, dialogues, songs, titles, poster art, villains, torch-bearers like Mithun Chakraborty and even new movies that have the potential to be cult trash of the future.

“After a point you start identifying the bad movies from the trite trash. You know what can be cult, what the inspiration is and where they might be headed,” adds Sengupta. So while the classy trash that Bollywood continues to produce is turning up as an oeuvre of kitsch, recent movies like We Caught The Financer, Aishwarya and the Mumbai terror attacks inspired 26 and Total Ten keep joining the league.

Which is why the group is now running a voting awards for the trashiest movies of the year with categories ranging from acting, songs, debut and direction. “We don’t know what we will do with the winners yet. But the response has been massive,” says Sengupta.

From the group wall

Bachelor Party: Jimmy Shergill and Arbaaz Khan must make merry ‘between the legs’, the oft copied Hollywood poster.

Mast Kalandar: B-Town’s first open gay character played by a orange-mohawk wearing Anupam Kher as Pinku with trashy movie king Shakti Kapoor.

Hamilton Palace: Son Mimoh will soon join this league of extraordinary gentleman as the new Bengal Tiger.

Adimanav Aur Sarprani: Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford must prepare for this acid test, where a pre-historic man romances a snake-woman.

Haseena Atimbum: The best thing to happen to Kanti Shah.

Wahan Ke Log: In the 1950’s we had our first video conference in this sci-fi thriller. Progressive or what?!

Deshdrohi: Kamal Khan with two leading ladies (ahem! Gracy Singh and ahem! Kim Sharma), gave us what even an SRK couldn’t in a year of recession. Deshdrohi is the new Jaani Dushman.

Harinman Singh: While Hollywood had Bela Lugosi, Bollywood has its own blood-sucking vampire in the actor who gave us movies like Shaitani Dracula.

Zakhmi Sher: No, Sagar wasn’t Dimple Kapadia’s comeback wagon. Jeetendra made sure she winced in this body-pinching outfit before Sagar.

Jaani Dushman: This movie inspired the group.