2016 has been a rather melancholic year (in all aspects) and we can only hope and pray that 2017 brings joy and peace around the world. That being said, we were confronted with multiple entertainment sector disasters which we wish would NOT repeat in 2017. We have compiled a list of some of these disasters that really made us squirm!
The world was shook twice by the global political realm this year. First came ‘Brexit’ which still makes no sense to many; followed by the Trump being elected as the next US President. The Republican vs Democrat campaigns were thoroughly broadcasted on social media. We are still trying to comprehend how Simpsons predicted all this 15 years ago! Oh and let’s not forget our local Dhandli king: Imran Khan….
Starting with the local scenario, whilst audiences have sworn that “Dobara Phir Se”, “Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai” and “Lahore Se Agay” have been sheer waste of time, the masterpiece “Mah-e-Mir” has to be our worst nightmare! People were scarred for days trying to grasp the abstract cinematography, sets and dialogues.
Hollywood’s “Zoolander 2 and Dirty Grandpa” were both categorized as “trying too hard for commercial purposes”. We sincerely believe that Robert De Niro would have been better off not starring in this revolting film. Other movies that did not do well at the box office were Warcraft, Gods of Egypt and Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Bollywood, also, gave us some memorable flops. Film-makers’ sudden interest in making VERY bold films is certainly backfiring. Movies like “Mastizaade”, “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” and even “Befikre” have too much (unnecessary) adult content which the subcontinent’s majority audience is dejecting. We really feel that tasteful and sophisticated cinema was rare this year.
Katrina Kaif’s transformation made her look sizzling hot in “Baar Baar Dekho”; unfortunately both her films (other one being Fitoor) were box office flops. Maybe it’s time for her to consider a change?
Last, but by far not the least, “Sanam Teri Kasam” is a work of art (all pun intended). Mawra Hocane may have made many fans and friends across the border but her continuous weeping performance in this film was cringe-worthy. First of all, the film felt like a fast forward summary of a Star Plus soap. Secondly, everything else in the movie including the dialogues, the male lead’s urge to wear shrunken shirts, the instant fraaaandships and falling in love and the songs made NO SENSE.
As much as this is the catchiest song of 2016, can anyone tell us the purpose of these soulful lyrics?
3. Disappointing Revivals
Two hit shows from the past came back this year with very hyped revivals following promising trailers and publicity. Unfortunately for their fans, both shows, namely Fuller House and Gilmore Girls, failed to recreate the magic. Rory Gilmore, in fact, has been unanimously voted as one of the worst TV characters this year!
We sympathize with reputable stars who experiment to give something new but the outcome turns out to be horrendous. This was the case this year with Britney Spears’ “Private Show” and Fergie’s “M.I.L.F”. Jacob Sartorius’ “Sweatshirt” and Meghan Trainor’s “No” make our ears plead for mercy!
5. Fashion Disasters
This list is ever ending really. We shortlisted a few for your entertainment.
- Sofia Vergara’s hairstyle at the Emmy’s killed the actress’s oomph.
- Jared Leto at the Suicide Squad Premiere
- Sobia Nazir’s formal collection at the Fashion Pakistan Week. Faux fur? Faux pas!
- Kosem Sultan Costumery by Shameel Ansari and Amir Adnan at the FPW:
- Vidya Balan’s never ending love for absurd sarees surfaced again this year:
- Sonam Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez at the 18th Mumbai Film Festival:
6. DYOT music video
This video of young Pakistani girls breaking into a dance routine in the middle of Anarkali Bazaar in Old Lahore launched as a DYOT (Do Your Own Thing) movement to address harassment is FAR from women empowerment in our opinion.
Anyone who doesn’t know about this wedding hashtag has seriously missed out on the most extravagant wedding of all times. We hear that this couple hosted 14 (or more) events for their wedding, some of which took place in Turkey. Everything from clothes to décor was over the top and we seriously hope that no one gets inspired to replicate this *cough* overdone *cough* wedding in 2017.
8. Faryal Makhdoom Controversy
We are still baffled by the sudden turn of events following Faryal’s snapchat confessions and claims about her abusive in-laws. Let’s hope that Faryal gets justice but we feel that it’s better to refrain from airing your dirty laundry in public (goes both ways)!
While there were many other things that made us put our glasses on to reread or even fall off our chairs in shock, let’s end our list here. If there is anything that you feel should be included in this post, please comment below!