VFX That's So Bad, It's Good

Bad VFX makes for good memes. Here are our top picks
VFX that's so bad, it's good
VFX that's so bad, it's good

We can count on one hand (with fingers to spare) the times Indian films blew us away with their VFX. Nowadays, VFX is crucial to getting people to go to the theaters and not just watch movies from their couch. If your film doesn't have cinematic value, who would bother leaving their cozy little abode? If you want people to cough up some cash for a movie ticket, it better be visually stunning to justify the big screen experience. Bad visual effects are downright laughable.

When the first teaser of Adipurush came out, we thought it was going to make this list richer - thankfully they seem to have made some improvements. The gems that remain however, are those that are etched in our minds - again, not in a good way.

Radhe (2021)

Radhe, starring Salman Khan, was a letdown. The VFX was so laughably bad that the action scenes looked like something out of a kiddie cartoon. Was Bhai’s helicopter scene anywhere within the realm of possibility? No.

Kalank (2019)

The most memorable things about Kalank were: the VFX bull, the ensemble cast and the soundtrack - in that order. The producers must have thought that realistic VFX was the key to capturing the thrill of that action-sequence, but the VFX team clearly missed the memo.

Mohenjo Daro (2016)

Mohenjo Daro was a significant box office failure, and its VFX played a significant role in sentencing the film to a lifetime of ridicule. The awful crocodile sequence cemented its place in the hall of shame for the worst man vs. animal moments in movie history.

A Flying Jatt (2016)

Jackie Shroff in Shapath (1997) had already set the precedent for Tiger Shroff to be in a film with bad VFX. A Flying Jatt, starring Tiger Shroff, takes bad CGI and runs with it - or flies with it (if you know what we mean). The movie's cheap quality graphics were extremely obvious, a low point in the superhero genre.

Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)

Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)

Jaani Dushman is a hot mess. You cringe at the unfunny attempts at humor and cackle at the pathetic CGI attempts at horror. The monster designs are so terrible that they end up being more giggle-worthy than scream-inducing. If the filmmakers wanted to scare us, they should’ve shown us the VFX budget.

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