Confusing, befuddling, baffling, puzzling. These are words one would often use to describe slick Hollywood sci-fi flicks. The words “confusing” and “Bollywood” are not often mentioned in the same line but there are quite a number of movies that can be deemed confusing (Strictly for Bollywood standards!). And I am not talking about the terribly over-written, melodramatic love stories that befuddle you with its inherent ludicrousness. I am talking about films that challenge its viewers in ways our industry fears to and stretches the limitations of participation.
Confusing Bollywood movies, however, aren’t plenty in numbers and some of them may even have simplistic plot but the underlying thematic complexities and subtle nuances make for such challenging viewing experiences. So, let’s now take a look at the list of most confusing Bollywood movies.
12. 3 Deewarein (2003)
A criminally underrated prison drama, ‘3 Deewarein’ tells the story of 3 prisoners as documented by a documentary filmmaker with whom the prisoners, while initially reluctant, gets friendly but things turn increasingly complex as each of their stories get revealed and a sense of dread, betrayal and deceit consumes the atmosphere. The film, though smartly etched, tends to rely heavily on the performance of Naseeruddin Shah who dominates the film with the least amount of effort. It’s a brilliant performance, simplistic on the surface, yet so richly layered inside.
11. Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)
‘Talaash’ was a film that completely caught me off guard when I first saw it a few years back. It’s a nerve-racking thriller that seamlessly blends elements of horror with remarkable finesse and class. The story follows an inspector investigating the mysterious death of an actor. Things grow increasingly complex with the story taking some bizarre twists and turns throughout that keeps you gripped throughout albeit elements of it feel convoluted. Aamir Khan is unusually brilliant here and displays remarkable vulnerability as he holds the film together, hitting just the right notes at the right places.