Year 2007 – Masala Maar Ke

bollywood.jpgAs the New Year has almost set in, we endeavor to look back at the year that has gone by and see what all it gave us and what all we contributed. 2007 was a “rocking” year although the hearthrob of the nation got married, a.k.a Abhishek Bachchan to the queen of hearts, the now Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, leaving some men and women a wee bit unhappy! However, the year also took away their dear, adorable grandmother, Mrs Teji Bachchan, towards the end of the year. Moving on to the Khans from the Bachchans, Shahrukh Khan added the biggest hit of the year to his kitty, Om Shanti Om, directed by Farah Khan, a good friend of his. Not to miss the new entrants into the film industry, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor who tried to make a mark with the Saawariya fame which did not prove to be so sucessful. Our USA returned Madhuri Dixit Nene also made her comeback in this year with Aaja Nachle. Aamir Khan debuted as a director with his excellent film, Taare Zameen Par. We saw sports oriented movies like Chak De! and Goal taking shape and gearing up to enter the main foray, giving the audiences a new insight into their world. Moving over to the lives of actors and actresses, we saw some amazing link ups and some trashing break ups. Shahid Kapur (if that is how he finaly decided to spell it!) and Kareena Kapoor parted ways. According to the rumour mills, Amrita Rao or Vidya Balan might have been the cause of the fall apart, but what actualy lies beneath is yet to be unfurled. Saif Ali Khan first tried his luck with Bipasha Basu but being unsuccessful, he soon moved on to the actress who had a major makeover and remained haughty still, our very own Bebo. Govinda made his re-entry into the 70 mm screen after trying his luck at television with a few reality shows. And gave the smashing hit Partner with his good friends and partners David Dhawan and Salman Khan and Lara Dutta and Kartina Kaif, his co-actors. Not to forget, Lara Dutta also chose out of her years long relationship with Kelly. Much to everyone’s surprise, Sanjay Dutt, our very own Sanju baba, was declared free of any charges from all his illegal acts. He thanked his beloved Maanyata for being his lucky charm while his wellwishers thanked god for it. Rani Mukherjee was linked up with Aditya Chopra and many others. Despite the attack, she managed to give hits like Tara Rum Pum and Laaga Chunri Mein Daag . Also, she was able to grab a role in SLB big banner movie Saawariya, playing a character similar to what she played in LCMD, that of a prostitute. The year also was witness to many movies belonging to the comedy genre, small banner films, like Dhamaal and Dhol, getting recognition. To sum up, it was a great year for most of the players of this Upstage wide screen and as for those who dint make it this year. we can only say “Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost ……” . The show must and will go on. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Kaveri Trehan