Brilliant Cinematography Hidden In Otherwise Shitty Bollywood Films

Some movies have better scripts, other movies have better cinematographers. A well-made movie is a marriage of both. Not only does it look gorgeous, it also has a tight script.

However, there are some films which look better than they sound, thanks to mediocre scripts. Here are some of them.

#1. Fitoor


Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor looked stunning onscreen. The cinematography was visually attractive. All those stylistic detailing were however negated by the somewhat decent script. The movie looked prettier than its reviews and performance at the box office.


#2. Tubelight

Kabir Khan is known for his cinematography.  The film was shot in picturesque locations of Himachal Pradesh. Its natural landscape was the perfect setting for a stunning film, however, the script was not.


#3. Shaandaar

A very big flop at the box-office, Shaandaar couldn’t realize success even with the star cast. Even though the colors on the screen and the shots seemed brilliant, the characters and writing could have been well-developed.


#4. Jab Harry Met Sejal

Okay, even if we ignore the major plothole goofup, the movie was terrible. It performed the way it did thanks to two A-listers as leads. The film major drawback was the script, Imtiaz Ali, known for his solid script failed this time. Even with brilliant cinematography from K.U. Mohanan and stunning European locales, the movie was mediocre at best.


#5. Chef

Bollywood remade this Hollywood hit and it wasn’t half as bad. But they did the same thing that Indian filmmakers do with western adaptations, overdramatize the story and end up losing the essence of the story. However, you got to admit, the culture and locations onscreen looked brilliant, even though end results weren’t.


#6. Yuvvraaj

Unanimously, this movie was a crapshoot in the dark. Inspired by the hit Hollywood flick Rainman, it did a terrible job of remaking it. It bombed at the box-office and even having a jackpot like Salman Khan in the cast did not do it any favors.  The reviews for the film, however, claimed the film’s cinematography was the saving grace.


#7. Saawariya

This was one Sanjay Leela Bhansali film that missed the brief. Even though the film did not make a mark at box office or with critics,  every frame of it was visually stunning.


#8. Phantom

Another Kabir Khan film that looked the part but did not do much for the script. The movie wasn’t bad, but rather the location and cinematography is the most memorable part of it.


#9. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Part of countless memes, this movie was controversial. Some liked it, some hated it. But everyone can agree, that the film was stunning to look at.


#10. Mausam

Mausam was a resounding flop. However, purely based on cinematography it was a brilliant film. The stylistic take and the color palette used in the film makes it a stunning watch.


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