Bollywood News Makers 2007
By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
One Wedding and A Funeral: 2007 was a see-saw year for the Bachchans. It started with a wedding and ended with a funeral for the Bachchans. All the through the swing from khushi to gham the new member of the Bachchan family was a pillar of strength to filmdom's pehla parivar.
'Pack It Up': Look at what Shah Rukh Khan started! 'Bare'ly did he take off his shirt in Om Shanti Om when suddenly, everyone started flaunting their 6 packs. Even chocolate- box hero Ruslaan Mumtaz claimed he had a 6-pack all along. Dino Morea went a step further. He said he had an 8-pack 'all along'. Watch out for the 10-packs and 12-packs in 2008. Dil mein mere hai dud-e-disco.
Ouch! : 2007 had its share of grievous injury. If Nana Patekar injured his foot on the sets of a comedy, Hrithik Roshan's knee injury had him incapacitated at the end of the year. Hrithik's director Ashutosh Gowariker didn't lag behind. He was confined to bed with a bad back. Jaya Bachchan cracked her ankle while shooting for Drona. And Randeep Hooda fell and hurt his face on a table while doing an intricate shot.
Bad Vibes: Shahid's split with Kareena made headlines. So did Sanjay Dutt's fall-out with Sanjay Gupta. But some lesser-known skirmishes in the film industry had us amused. Bipasha and Randeep Hooda locked horns when he speeded past her at Karjat. Kareena called John Abraham "expression-less" on Koffee With Karan. Bipasha responded on the same show on her boy-friend's behalf by accusing her of displaying too many expressions. 2007 sure was an expressive year.
God's 'Grand' Plan: Coincidences generally come in 3s. With Abhishek and Sonam Kapoor both shooting for Rakeysh Mehra in Jaipur, it came in a box of 2. First Abhishek lost his grandmother and had to rush back to Mumbai. Then his leading lady Sonam lost her grandfather and was back in Mumbai. Coincidentally, Abhishek was shooting at just about this time last year in Jaipur (for J.P. Dutta's Umrao Jaan) when he was summoned back for his father's illness.
No Comebacks Please: Madhuri Dixit's comeback vehicle Aaja Nachle proved to be a bit if a letdown. Begum Para returned after a gap of 50 years in Saawariya. Mithun Chakraborty also made a comeback of sorts with a spectacular performance at the beginning of the year in Guru.
Decline and Fall Of The Ramu Empire: The saddest humptydumpty of the year was Ram Gopal Varma. After Sholay turned into Aag, Ramu turned into Jai Shri Ramu, bidding a hasty goodbye, changing his cell number and retreating into a shell. Oh hell! Ironically, the producer of the original Sholay G.P Sippy passed away at year-end. So who said life was easy for a self-declared trendsetter? Ramu will have a 100 percent bounce back in 2008 with Sarkar Raaj. Those who've seen the rushes can't stop raving about it.
Role Swapping: 2007 saw a lot of music composers turning to singing. And now in 2008 director Farhan Ahktar is turning into an actor and singer! Yeh ho kya raha hai?! At this rate there will be no clear demarcation between professions in show-biz.