The curtains have fallen on 2007 and it’s that time of the year where just about everybody associated with the entertainment industry starts reflecting on the twelve months that passed by in a jiffy.
Every year brings with it its share of khushi and gham, smiles and tears, highs and lows and ups and downs. 2007 was no different. A number of people asked me if 2007, in retrospect, was a year best forgotten for the industry. Their argument was, the ratio of flops hit an all-time high this year.
If the truth can be told about 2007, then, let's begin with saying that it wasn't a bad year at the box-office at all. There were biggies and semi-biggies knocking at the turnstiles beginning with Guru, Mani Ratnam's bio-pic based on the life and times of a Gujarati textile businessman who climbs all the way to the top of the tycoon's tower. A well-carved performance by Abhishek and the Abhishek-Aishwarya alliance helped cement the film's fate. There was nothing synthetic about this polyester yarn…
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In 2007, the Hindi entertainment industry embraced the new-age marketing mantra of selling to and through children. The recently released "Taare Zameen Par" is a case in point.
Never before had the industry taken films about children as seriously as it did this year. After decades of avoiding children's cinema, the dream merchants of Hindi filmdom did a complete turnaround and audiences were treated to nearly a dozen films about children and even one about a baby.
Detours from convention, digitisation and a ringing till! Bollywood never had it so good.
The year 2007 rained largesse on the world's second largest movie industry with hits like "Chak De! India", "Bheja Fry" and "Taare Zameen Par" - three medium-budget movies with rather unconventional plots. Bollywood raked in a profit of Rs.4 billion. And there's quite a lot that's waiting to happen in 2008.
Farhan Akhtar: "After much deliberation my favorite film of 2007 will have to be Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday. It is a great adaptation of the book. Relevant poignant issue, tight and taught screenplay. An amazing insight into the day of the Mumbai bomb blasts and what eventuated thereafter, and a powerful message. The performances were well etched and the camerawork was absorbing.
By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
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