Bollywood 2007 Report Card
Despite having dreadful start after swinging 2006, 2007 ended in pretty good note. Within last two months there were more than 5 hits, two of them being blockbuster, while others super hit. Well, those were November & December, but 2007 did have sluggish start. With miserable fate of highly anticipated Salaam-E-Ishq at box-office, all big banners were afraid to release their movies in the first quarter.
The first movie to register into hit category was Guru, starring Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai [Yes till then she was Rai, not Bachchan]. Inspired by Dhiru Bhai Ambani’s real life story, the movie was both well received by the critics as well as by aam janta. Guru is a decades-spanning drama with a compelling Abhishek Bachchan as a ruthless Indian business tycoon who refuses to take no for an answer.
After Guru, Bollywood had a pretty long bad spell, with strings of new genre movies poping out every week just to meet dreadful fate at the box-office. Nishabd, HMTPL, S-E-I, Eklavya, SLBB all bombed without a trace. Even Yash Raj’s Tara Rum Pum was able to garner just average status after blockbuster Dhoom 2 last year.
It was only late March, Akki gave a releif with Namaste London. Romantic story about our desi hunk, Akshay Kumar, wooing V-desi girl – Katrina. Dry spell continued once again in bollywood, and it was only Anurag Kashyap’s – Life in a Metro in mid May which registered as first super hit movie of the year. Metro is a well-crafted multi-narrative film, highlighting city life. Their dreams, their aspirations, their goals and the ‘emptiness’ that city people feel in spite of having all the materialistic things they aspire.
Following Metro, on the same month – Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), a fast paced shootout movie based upon true incident, registered itself as Hit. After which there was a long pause for fireworks. With strings of flops like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, The Train, Cash Bollywood was undergoing into crisis. Some film pundits even suggested we were near at the end of bollywood entertainment era, as huge number of people were glued on small screen soaps and reality shows. Amitabh & Tabu starer Cheeni Kum had a moderate success overseas, but was blatantly rejected in India like his earlier taboo story Nishabd.
It was only early July, where three biggies clashed and two of them survived. Dharmendra, Sunny & Bobby’s – Apne became till date biggest blockbuster in Punjab with all India Hit status. Along with Himesh Reshmaiya’s debut as an actor in Aap Ke Surroor proved profitable. Unfortunately, Mohit Suri’s well made movie starring Emraan Hashmi – Awarapaan was crushed in between Apne and Aap Ka Surroor.
After more than half year had passed, Bollywood didn’t see a single blockbuster this year. It was only on late July, David Dhawan’s take on Will Smith’s Hitch – Partner, which became first blockbuster of the year. Partner defied all the Bollywood logic and finally end the box-office draught. Starring Salman & Govinda, two of David’s best pals Partner had everything to make a mindless junta go crazy. Sizzling music, eye candy babes and the zero logic storyline was all enough to make producers grin from ears to ears.
Following the comedy genre, Sajid Khan’s (Farah Khan’s brother, the annoying anchor) directorial debut – Hey Baby (Akshay, Fardeen, Ritesh and Vidhya) also marked itself superhit status. Early August bollywood got yet another blockbuster – Chak De India. Despite poor opening and series of negative reviews (including from musicnmovies), the movie gradually took up and finally gave Yash Raj Films the much awaited blockbuster this year. Shah Rukh Khan, made it to the nomination list for all major awards for 2007 after this movie’s success.
Since Partner, comedy seemed everyone’s forte from Indra Kumar till Priyadarshan all jumped into the league with Dhamaal & Dhol. Both of them didn’t have anything special, but Indra Kuma’rs Dhamaal had moderate success at metros, while the latter was completely rejected. Late August much awaited another movie – RGV ki Aag made it to the screens and registered itself as most disappointing movie of the year.Early October saw yet another clash of biggies – Laaga Chunari Mein Daag & Bhool Bhulaiya. After hit movie Parineeta, Pardeep Sarkar’s Laaga Chunari Mein Daag – a journey of a women, failed to strike chord miserably. While Priyadarshan’s yet another South Indian movie copy – Bhool Bhulaiya registered itself as super hit. An intelligent mix of horror and comedy using rural eerie backdrop gave audience something new and fresh. Especially the pre-climax 30 minutes was enough to give audience shock and loss of heartbeat.
Early November, Bollywood got two gifts from Bollywood – Shahid-Kareena’s Jab We Met and SRK’s – Om Shanti Om for diwali. With Jab We Met, Kareena once again proved her immense talent after Chameli and Omkara. She has grabbed the Best Actress Award for JWM already at Star Screen Awards 2008. Om Shanti Om was made in same old wafer thin fun formula with ample doses of star glitters; which made the movie immediate hit against its rival release – Saawariya. It went on to become the biggest blockbuster of the year with highest collection worldwide. November also saw, disappointing movies from the big makers – Aaja Nachle, the much awaited Madhuri’s comeback under Yash Raj Banner & Saawariya – Ranbeer & Sonam Kapoor’s launch pad under Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Black fame).
The final month saw yet another blockbuster; surprisingly despite so many negative remarks & lousy script Welcome made it to blockbuster. Well after all its not just SRK sell, but now even Akki sells. Specially in the UK. With four consecutive hit in a year (Namaste London, Hey Babby, Bhool Bhulaiya & Welcome) Akki easily places himself on the top bracket of dependable actors. The final movie to hit the super hit status (it might too become blockbuster, not yet declared though) by now is Taare Zaamen Par. Produced and directed by ace actor Aamir Khan was something much different than what people had expected. A movie revolving around a child suffering from Dyslexia, a movie made from a child point of view was instantly declared Tax Free by the government.
So well, finally we have a complete review of successful movies of 2007. We will soon be posting the movies you should not miss in 2008 very soon. Till Then …