1. Salaam-E-Ishq (2007)
Riding high on the success of her performances in Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Guru, Vidya Balan chose to partake in Nikhil Advani’s romantic multi-starrer. Her amnesia fuelled story with John Abraham had the trappings of a classical Bollywood melodrama, which should have made you reach for the tissues. Instead the overly done melodrama sent you searching for a month’s supply of aspirin.
3. Heyy Babyy (2007)
Balan continued her dismal year by starring in Sajid Khan’s directorial debut along with three grown babies and one actual toddler. She never was the movie’s focus and her by-the-numbers performance only served to leave everyone scratching their heads as to where the talented actress who had shown such spark in her early run, had vanished.
5. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Yes, she did get nominated for a Filmfare Award for this Priyadarshan remake of a South blockbuster, but her only qualification in the movie seemed to be popping her eyes out as wide as possible. The movie was a massive stinky turd and once you see Shiney Ahuja in that 70s style porn moustache it’s an image that you can’t shake off easily. Vidya did dance quite gracefully but honestly they don’t appreciate performances in this country based on that do they?…err…wait they actually do…sorry.
7. Kismat Konnection (2008)
Balan played Shahid Kapoor’s “lucky charm” in this Aziz Mirza misfire, but all the leprechaun gold in the world cannot light up the utterly charmless chemistry the two shared. The movie itself was a listless remake of an equally morbid Hollywood movie (Just My Luck) and even the great Aziz Mirza couldn’t save this from sinking. Playing second fiddle to a hyperventilating and twitchy Shahid Kapoor is bad enough that she had to do it in this tedious rom-com that had neither.
9. Ghanchakkar (2013)
Having hit rock bottom with Kismat Konnection, the only way was up for someone who wanted to be there and barring a few bad cameos (Thank You, Dum Maaro Dum); Balan showed what she was capable of in the five years since. All good things come to an end though and Ghanchakkar proved just that for Balan’s dream run. A reuniting with her ‘The Dirty Picture’ co-star Emraan Hashmi’ and her ‘No One Killed Jessica’ director Raj Kumar Gupta got everyone excited and expectations were only sky-high after the initial trailer that promised a lot of eccentricity, decadence and buffoonery. Balan’s risqué character even radiated shades of her earlier hit movie, but alas all was a damp squib when the movie finally hit theatres. Audiences were astounded by how inane and lifeless the movie actually was. All of Balan’s suggestive body language, gaudy wardrobe and lewd dialogues couldn’t entice the audience to stay stuck in their seats as ‘The Dirty Picture’ had.