It’s like a whole genre, right? I think this every time I update my Saavn playlist. If you are a fan of light happy songs (which I am), a large number of wonderful light happy songs end up living within bad movies. Specifically, rom-coms that aspire to be light and happy but never manage to live up to their soundtrack.
None of these are like super super super bad unwatchable films. But they also aren’t necessarily films I would whole-heartedly recommend. But I would whole-heartedly recommend their soundtracks!
Kismat Konnection-That brief time when Vidya was trying to be a regular “heroine” type and it never quite worked! Also, just a terribly stupid plot. Our hero decides our heroine is his lucky charm, thanks to a gypsy woman telling him so and stuff, and complications ensue. I mean, a cute film, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. However, the soundtrack by Pritam is EXCELLENT!!! Especially these two songs:
Yaariyan: Confession: I’ve never actually seen this movie. Because, why would I? Small director, no stars, didn’t get “oh my gosh a hidden gem” kind of reviews, why bother? And then the soundtrack randomly popped up on my soundtrack and OMG I love it! Especially this song:
Salaam-Nameste: Such a great soundtrack! Such a flawed movie! Great cast, good dialogue, a lot of nice moments, but the plot is one of those where you just get so ANGRY at one of the characters that, even if the people in the film manage to forgive him, you the audience member never really can. At least, that’s how it was for me.
Desi Boyz: Okay, this is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, as I suspect it is for many of us. But it is also definitely not a “great” movie! On the other hand, the songs are start to finish excellent. Especially this one, which is totally ridiculous in context and yet also charming.
I Hate Luv Storys: Another guilty pleasure for me! Some parts of this film are legitimately clever and original. And then other parts go back to that “I just want to punch our hero in the face” problem from Salaam-Namaste. However, the soundtrack is SO GOOD that I have to include two songs from it.
Ta Ra Rum Pum Pum: This movie makes me SO ANGRY!!! It’s not just a ridiculous film, it has the basic premise that rich people suffer more when they are suddenly made poor, than poor people who were already poor. But then on the other hand, I really love these two songs.
Heyy Babbyy: Before Housefull, there was Heyy Babyy! Sajid Khan’s first film, which I personally think is also his best. It’s still not great, but it is a little bit more clever. And definitely has the best soundtrack of any of his movies! And also another one of those “Vidya, why are you playing a boring heroine? You look as miserable in this role as I feel watching you” moments.
Ishq: I’ve been leaning heavily on the early 2000s (my era of film), but let’s get some golden oldies in here! Ishq, a truly terrible film in a wonderfully entertaining way, which also has a great soundtrack! There’s a reason it was just sampled for Golmaal Again.
Duplicate: my friend may love this movie, but it is still a TERRIBLE movie! In an entertaining-ish way, but also TERRIBLE. However, the songs are wonderful, no apologies or explanations required.
Dil: Even perfectionist Aamir Khan has not escaped the “not great movie, great songs” curse. This is a ridiculous silly romance, not a great movie in anyway, but the songs are excellent!
Raja: Speaking of Madhuri, remember Raja? Yeah, I didn’t think so, no one does. Except of course for the awesome songs!
Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai: I think this is probably as early as I can go with the “not great movie, great soundtrack” list. Because earlier than this, the actual films are hard to judge in quality and stuff, because we don’t have access to all of them. But the late 70s, we can definitively say this particular film was an average success and of so-so quality, but the songs are great!
To end, perhaps the patron saint of “bad movie-good soundtrack”, Rehnaa Tere Dil Main!
I know this is a far from comprehensive list, I am sure I missed some gems. What is your favorite “I love this soundtrack and can’t get through this movie” movie?
Oh, and would you argue with my putting any of these films in the “not-great” pile?