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Best Of The Worst. '07 proved to be a bonanza when it came to choosing prized duds

Bollywood lived up to our expectations. Our annual recognition of the worst saw a tougher competition this year than the last time. 2007 may have been a year full of pleasant surprises, but there were duds and disappointments galore too. No wonder we had no difficulty shortlisting a clutch of big films as nominees in each of the five categories of the Outlook-Follywood Film Awards. Neither did the several thousand readers who voted for the final winners through post, e-mail and SMS. Picking up pet cinematic peeves was never this easy.

Two categories—Worst Film and Worst Actress—saw clear winners; both of these awards bagged by the year's biggest disaster, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. It was our readers' favourite Worst Film, polling almost 60 per cent votes, with the nearest competitor, Marigold, trailing laggardly with just 12.2 per cent votes. Nisha Kothari was the leader in the Worst Actress pack, polling 71.8 per cent for her travesty of Hema Malini's Basanti in RGV Ki Aag. Runner-up Aishwarya Rai in the emotionally overloaded Provoked trailed way behind with 9.1 per cent votes. The stubble-mike-cap dude Himesh Reshammiya won the most brickbats for his (non-)performance in Aap Kaa Surroor with 42.7 per cent votes, but expressionless wonder Upen Patel gave him a creditable fight with 31.6 per cent votes for his role in the eminently forgettable Shakalaka Boom Boom.

The fight was much more closely fought in the Worst Story category, with Jhoom Barabar Jhoom reaching the winning post with 34.6 per cent votes, followed by Marigold and Nishabd with 21.7 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. However, the closest race was seen in the Fashion Disaster category, with Big B, patchwork coat and feathered hat and all in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, beating Nisha Kothari, clad in next to nothing in Go, by just a whisker. Big B bagged 29.4 per cent votes while Nisha mustered 27.6 per cent.

Now that our readers have sealed their fate, all that's left for Outlook to do, in keeping with the Follywood spirit, is to warmly congratulate the winners. May the Worst Always Win!


The Winners


Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag - 59.2%

It had everything but the fire; he just couldn't outSholay the Sippy original. Bad performances, bad dialogues and bad songs al made for a bad movie. The Big B proved to be no Gabbar; Urmla's cleavage-heaving Mehbooba was a sad travestyof Helen's iconic item act.

Saawariya - 11.5%

Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal - 4%

Aap Kaa Surroor - 11.5%

Marigold - 12.2%

[1.6% did not respond to the question]


Himesh Reshammiya in Aap Kaa Surroor - 42.7%

Nasal twang, scruffy jeans and trenchcoat do not an actor-singer Kishore Kumar make. Curse him all you like for his annyingly catchy tunes but see him on screen and you know Himesh Reshammiya is one guy who is better heard than seen. Competition was tough, but then our man in a stubble and baseball cap swept the worst showman stake.

Upen Patel in Shakalaka Boom Boom - 31.6%

Salman Khan in Marigold - 10.5%

Shiney Ahuja in Bhool Bhulaiyaa - 8.3%

John Abraham in Goal - 5%

[1.9% did not respond to the question]


Nisha Kothari in RGV Ki Aag - 71.8%

Flaring nostrils and all, she'd have been better cast as Dhanno the horse than the dull Ghungroo to Hema Malini's sassy Basanti. she showed a lot of thigh, tattoo, butt and pout, but acting? Well...

Aishwarya Rai in Provoked - 9.1%

Bipasha Basu in Goal - 7.1%

Vidya Balan in Hey Babyy - 6.2%

Dia Mirza in Shootout at Lokhandwala - 3.8%

[2% did not respond to the question]


Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - 34.6%

An elaborate, stylised format, kitschy musical set-pieces, an engaging title track, even a controversy, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom had it all. But the spirit...well, it must have evaporated some time.

Marigold - all dried flower - 21.7%

Nishabd - left us speechless - 20%

Eklavya - 11.2%

Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag - 10.3%

[2.3% did not respond to the question]


Big B's patchwork coat and feather hat in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - 29.4%

The look was meant to be flamboyant and rakish, but designer Akki Narula couldn't quite pull off a Johnny Depp on Amitabh Bachchan. The Big B looked positively weighed down under all that patchwork, the feather in the cap no feather at all.

Nisha Kothari's bare-all, hide-nothing hanky outfits in Go - 27.6%

Rani's "bangs-and-curls" wig and ghastly minis in Tara Rum Pum - 20.1%

Mahima and Rekha's blinding glitter in Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana - 10.4%

Vidya Balan's figure-hugging dresses in Hey Babyy - 10%

[2.5% did not respond to the question]

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