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There are films that are dubbed as instant classics to begin with but fail to pass the test of time and then there are films which are perceived as disasters at the time of release but over the years significantly grow in stature among the populace. The latter's gradual ascent catapults them into a rather nebulous space that one often associates with cult classics. According to Wikipedia: "A cult film, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following. Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation."
The latest edition of HT Brunch presents a compilation of Bollywood films, which according to its panel of experts (consisting of actress Richa Chaddha, film critic Rajeev Masand, screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, Bollywood writer Rauf Ahmed, and author Bhawana Somaaya) meet the various criteria for being qualified as cult favorites. The panelists have divided theses films into various categories ranging from Cringe (trashy but popular stuff) to to Indie to Blockbuster, etc..
The Brunch masterlist is as follows (I urge you all to share your own cult favorites in the comment box below):
Jaani Dushman (2002)
Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Ram Gopal Varma's Aag (2007) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Cringe cult favorite.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Chasme Buddoor (1981)
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Bheja Fry (2007)
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)
Gol Maal (1979)
Vicky Donor (2012) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Comedy cult favorite.
Black Friday (2007)
Ardh Satya (1983)
Mirch Masala (1987)
Garm Hava (1973)
The Lunchbox (2013) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Indie cult favorite.
Jab We Met (2007) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Romance cult favorite.
Do Bigha Zameen (1953)
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
Vishal Bhardwaj's Maqbool gets an honorary mention as a possible future Drama cult favorite.
Ragini MMS (2011) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Horror cult favorite.
Teesri Manzil (1966)
Johnny Mera Naam (1970)
Sriram Raghavan's Johnny Gaddar (2007) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Action/Thriller cult favorite.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Mr. India (1987)
Mother India (1957)
Dabangg (2010) gets an honorary mention as a possible future Blockbuster favorite.
Readers, you are encouraged to share your own cult favorites in the comment box. As always your views and opinions are highly appreciated!
- Murtaza Ali
1). HT Brunch
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