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chandigarh Updated: Oct 14, 2012 10:57 IST

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Are you among those who fall in love with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander each time you watch it? Are you a fan of Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai? Do you absolutely dig Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? Is the once-banned A Clockwork Orange on your movie playlist? If so, welcome to the league of cult film buffs.

While you may have already stocked the all-time favourite cult flicks in your personal library, we recommend you start shopping for some recent releases that look set for cult status. Here are the top emerging cult films from Pollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood.


Jatt & Juliet: Credited with bringing about resurgence in Punjabi cinema, it is now the highest grossing film in the language. The story is on the familiar lines of romantic comedies: boy meets girl, the two keep bumping into each other, start hating one another and then fall in love.
Glitzy production design and catchy music ensured that the film became a super-hit. Anurag Singh, who directed the 2007 Bollywood thriller, Raqeeb, helms this one. A wholesome entertainer, it has found a place in Punjabi film history. A must-have for your DVD collection.

Starring: Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa, Upasana Singh, Sari Mercer, Rana Ranbir, Amrinder Gill, BN Sharma
Director: Anurag Singh
Year of release: 2012
Cult quotient: 5 out of 5

Carry on Jatta: This one came close on the heels of Jatt & Juliet and became the second-highest grossing Punjabi film. After making waves in Bollywood, Punjab’s very own Mahie Gill returns to Pollywood with this one. Lead actor Gippy Grewal, also a popular Punjabi singer, turns producer
with this film. A madcap comedy of marital mix-ups, it kept the ball rolling for Punjabi cinema. Again, slick production values and foot-tapping music combined with plot to turn out a hugely entertaining film.

Starring: Gippy Grewal, Mahie Gill, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaswinder Bhalla, Rana Ranbir, Binnu Dhillon, BN Sharma
Director: Smeep Kang
Year of release: 2012
Cult quotient: 3 out of 5

Other contenders: As Punjabi cinema is again in the limelight after a prolonged lean period, the situation can only get
better. More cult movies are sure to follow.


Delhi Belly:Irreverent in its tone and humour with generous helpings of swear words and having the now (in)famous song, Bhag DK Bose, for those of you who haven’t seen it already, this is a must-watch. The misadventures of three down-on-luck bachelors living in Delhi’s perhaps dirtiest one-room tenement will have you holding your stomach from beginning till end. Add to it a promising debut by Poorna Jagganathan, catchy lyrics and songs and Aamir Khan spoofing yesteryear stars in the item number, I Hate You (Like I Love You) and you have a rollicking, rib-tickling combo.
Starring: Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan, Shehnaz Treasurywala, Vijay Raaz
Director: Abhinay Deo
Year of release: 2011
Cult quotient: 4 out of 5

Gangs of Wasseypur (parts 1 and 2):India’s very own Godfather saga set in the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, outside Dhanbad. A bloody tale of revenge and backstabbing based on real-life incidents, the films have memorable performances by the ensemble cast. Crackling with profanities, irony, black humour, a spot-on musical score by Sneha Khanwalkar and of course, guns and girls, this gangster mafia epic has given Nawazuddin Siddiqui the recognition he had been waiting for long (he now has 35 lead roles in his kitty). Can’t be missed at any cost.

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, Zeishan Quadri), Reemma Sen, Piyush Mishra
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Year of release: 2012
Cult quotient: 5 out of 5

Shaitan:This one is from Kashyap’s table. Five on-the-edge youngsters bump off two persons on a scooter accidentally with their car after a night of drinking and drug taking. On the run from the law, they end up going on a killing spree. Kalki Koechlin’s troubled act and convincing performances by the rest of the cast, including Rajeev Khandelwal as the cop trying to trace the group, make this often gripping, often slacking thriller watchable. It tanked at the box office, but appears to be a strong contender for cult status.

Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiya, Shiv Pandit, Rajeev Khandelwal, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
Year of release: 2011
Cult quotient: 2 and a ½ out of 5

Shanghai:After attaining cult status with social comedies Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and the voyeuristic Love Sex Aur Dhokha, director Dibakar Banerjee steps into the realm of political thrillers with this one. Not among his best, but nevertheless essential viewing, if you are a Dibakar fan. Abhay Deol as an honest and smart Tamil bureaucrat in Delhi and Emraan Hashmi as a small-time videographer-cum-porn-filmmaker put in great performances. The humour is deadpan and unexpected. This movie will whelm you.

Starring: Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Pitobash Tripathy, Tilottama Shome, Supriya Pathak
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Year of release: 2012
Cult quotient: 3 and a ½ out of 5

Ragini MMS: This horror-thriller flick is from Ekta Kapoor’s stable. With no star power in its cast, it relied on a mix of sex and the tropes of the horror genre — lights flickering, white figure flitting about, sinister voices, a couple of gory murders — to titillate and scare. It belongs to the found footage genre of Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Frightening, but lethargic in reaching the climax, this one still has a shot at cult glory. Last heard, Ekta had signed Sunny Leone for the sequel.

Starring: Kainaz Motivala, Raj Kumar Yadav
Director: Pawan Kripalani
Year of release: 2011
Cult quotient: 2 out of 5

Other contenders: 2012: Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar; 2011: Dhobi Ghat, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Pyar Ka Punchnama; 2010: Dabangg, Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Udaan, Tere Bin Laden


Drive: This neo-noir crime drama about a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver will either having you raving or running away. Stylised violence and a brooding performance by the sexy Ryan Gosling are its high points. An elevator kissing scene between Gosling and Carey Mulligan is also much talked about. This movie has this gloomy, surreptitious quality about it that makes it an automatic choice for cult status. It won the Best Director award at Cannes 2011.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Year of release: 2011
Cult quotient: 4 out of 5

Blue Valentine:You will either hate or love this indie flick, which is likely to make you feel disturbed, depressed and/or suffocated. There is no out once you start watching. The film portrays the descent of a suburban couple’s romance and marriage into a vortex of pain and toxicity. It’s an unflinching look at the breakdown of a relationship and that familiarity breeds
contempt. It never released in India, but is available on DVD/Blu-ray. Grab it for the superb performances by the lead actors.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Year of release: 2010
Cult quotient: 5 out of 5

Inception: A motley group comprising a dream architect and his business partner, an architecture student, a man who commits identity theft and a chemist plant an idea into the subconscious of an heir to an energy conglomerate. The motive: to disintegrate his ailing father’s empire. The layers, or rather mazes, of dreams will amaze you, grab you, confuse you and keep you on the edge of your seats. The visual effects are top notch. Christopher Nolan at his best.

Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Dileep Rao, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Tom Berenger
Director: Christopher Nolan
Year of release: 2010
Cult quotient: 4 out of 5

The Adjustment Bureau: This is a science fiction love story without any of the mind-boggling special effects or the big budget bling of blockbusters. But it is sure to make you go wow with its intriguing plot, quaint twists and great chemistry between the lead pair — Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. How two lovers change their destiny defying a group of men who would do anything to ensure that their lives go according to The Plan forms the crux of this story. This one is for keeps.

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery
Director: George Nolfi
Year of release: 2011
Cult quotient: 3 and a ½ out of 5

Cosmopolis: It got mixed reviews at Cannes this year. Nevertheless, a David Cronenberg film is one to watch out for as it is likely to leave you wondering after the reels are over. Robert Pattinson delivers the most complex performance of his career so far as a young billionaire riding around midtown Manhattan in his stretch limousine to get a haircut. Using a bizarre premise it tries to make a powerful comment about the times we live in, the prevailing economic downturn and the anti-capitalism surge.
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gordon, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric
Director: David Cronenberg
Year of release: 2012
Cult quotient: 3 out of 5

Other contenders: 2012: Take This Waltz; 2011: Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, One Day, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; 2010: The Social Network, Remember Me.

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