You don’t need to be a genius to make a bad movie. Literally anyone can do it. But it’s a challenge to make a movie so bad that it transcends into greatness. Making a good “bad” movie is nothing less than an art form. We don’t know if the makers of these movies actually intended to make them this way or it was completely unintentional. Nonetheless, we found these movies so bad that they actually end up being a fun watch. So, we list down Bollywood films so bad that they will have you in splits.
Watching a non-Hindi language Indian film can feel a bit like traveling off the beaten path. It’s like you ditched the touristy things and went local, stayed in an Airbnb instead of a hotel. Hindi cinema has dominated the popular consciousness for so long, that it has, over the years, become our default choice of movie watching. But that might be changing. Some of the coolest films made in India in the last few years haven’t been in Hindi. The fact that the highest grossing Hindi film, Baahubali: The Conclusion, is the dubbed version of a Telugu film, shows that we are open to the idea of watching a film that's not originally made in a language we understand, and that has actors we aren't familiar with.
Earlier, even if the intent was there, there was the problem of access — apart from the rare screenings at film festivals, Satyajit Ray’s films hardly ever got shown anywhere outside Bengal. But today, a Tamil gangster flick is a few clicks away, thanks to digital platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar. Just like driving to a secluded hill in Maharashtra is possible, thanks to the GPS on your phone.
To make it easier for you, we have drawn a list of the best of such films from the last five years: from a Tulu language oddity, to a genre mash-up from Guwahati, to an unapologetically bonkers crime epic set in the gold mines of Bengaluru - our picks of the best regional films since 2014. Not all of them are available on streaming right now but we hope will land up on one of the platforms sooner or later.
What your mom really wants is a loooong video call with you and to know everything from what you are eating, to whom you're meeting. But Mother's Day is coming up and it's always nice to get a little surprise. Here's a list of things we think every mom will love (but never ask for) available on Amazon India. If you order online this week, you can make sure it reaches her in time for Mother's Day.
San Francisco and the Bay area are full of ways to commute if you don’t have a car. These are the main means of transportation:
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, regional subway / train system):
-All lines get to San Francisco, except the Richmond-Fremont line.
From the East bay: use lines that are going to SFO, Daly City, or Millbrae to go through the city.
From the peninsula: all lines will go through the city.
-To get to SOMA ride to Montgomery and Powell stops.
-Embarcadero stop is good for the Financial District.
BART closes after midnight, and only certain lines are open.
And the fare? Each stop has different prices, depending on what stop you are planning on getting off at. You can find a chart of prices on the BART website. You can load your clipper card online so you don’t have to pay in the stations. The clipper cards can be found in most convenience/drug stores, and also online.
CalTrain is good for commuting from the peninsula/Silicon Valley. It only has one rout, but this route stops at all of the major cities between SF and San Jose. The end of the line is right by AT&T Park, in the SOMA area of SF.
Fares range from $7-20
Muni (SF bus system)
The Muni bus and metro system runs throughout the city of San Francisco. It operates buses, trains, cable cars, and the F-line streetcar. You can use your clipper card, one-way fares are $2.75.
These are the most common bus lines that you’re probably going to use if you ever use the bus:
38-Geary: Goes from the Richmond District to the Financial District, goes in a straight line down Geary
10-Townsend: Goes between Pacific Heights and Potrero Hill, great for going between FiDi and SOMA – it travels right through both
E: Goes from Fisherman’s Wharf to SOMA via Embarcadero, ends at the CalTrain station
F: Goes from Fisherman’s Wharf to The Castro via Embarcadero and Market
KT: This is both the K and the T line, it switches names midway through the route. Goes down Market and Embarcadero, good for getting to the Financial District or SOMA
14-Mission: Goes from Daly City to downtown, goes right through the mission district and travels down Market
AC Transit (East Bay bus system):
The East Bay bus system is great - fast, reliable, and safe. Value on clipper cards can be used to pay the fare, it’s normally $1-3.
AC Transit also has transbay busses that take you between SF and cities in the East Bay.
Ferry transportation in the San Francisco area is only getting better and better. The ferry can take you from multiple locations around San Francisco (AT&T Park, Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, South SF) to different locations in the Bay Area, including Marin, Vallejo, Alameda, and Oakland. Fares depend on the route but typically range from $5-10 one way.
It is California, but it’s not always Sunny: If you’re thinking it’s the area of eternal summer, you’re thinking about Southern California. The Bay weather is very topsy-turvy, one block you’re cold, and the next you’ll be sweating. It’s all about layering here!
The commute here is not easy: SF and the Bay area have big companies, with thousands of workers, that all have to get to work in the morning. The traffic here is challenging, and it’s all about finding the good commute that will save you time and energy. Test different routes and transportation types to find out what works for you.
Foodies, it’s your time to shine: forget New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and the bay area is big when it comes to food. From organic, local markets, to gourmet restaurants, quality is not hard to find, and don’t even start with the different cuisines.
We are surrounded by amazing nature: Tahoe, the Redwoods, Yosemite - you name it. There are so many travel and hiking destinations a car drive away, use your weekends wisely!
SF is all about diversity: historically the bay area is the center of diversity and acceptance. This means two things: you can be who you are, and you need to accept other people and embrace the inclusivity.