2017: The Year That Destroyed ’90s Bollywood

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2017: The Year That Destroyed ’90s Bollywood

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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his year has been as frightening for Bollywood as it was for Congress during the Gujarat elections. It wasn’t enough that we had to witness a frighteningly dull SRK-Imtiaz Ali union in Jab Harry Met Sejal while simultaneously tolerating three hours of Salman Khan going full Tubelight. Bollywood in 2017 took it several notches lower by churning out glorious abominations like Begum Jaan, Kaabil, Haseena Parkar, Raabta, Bhoomi, and Judwaa 2, at routine intervals.

But, the biggest letdown of all, one that left a bigger hole in our hearts than the combined disappointment of Rangoon, Phillauri, and Raees, was how 2017 was the year that mercilessly killed our rose-tinted memories of the ’90s.

This year saw most of our favourite actors from the ’90s attempting to stage a comeback into our shrunken attentions spans. This year also witnessed them humbled (maybe), considering not one could recreate the sway they once wielded over the box office.

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