GuruWhile 2006 gave us several ‘must-see’ films, hits like Rang De Basanti, Krrish and Lage Raho Munnabhai, the coming year seems to hold as much promise for more ‘must-see’ films with a large line-up of interesting films lined up for release.
Here’s a brief breakdown of the films and what they have to offer.

Kick-starting the year will be Mani Ratnam’s Guru. Starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Apparently the film is based on the life of an Indian tycoon, who is worshiped as well as loathed by many. Guru shows the protagonist as a person who amasses wealth through dubious means. The media attention around this film has been tremendous and is expected to hit the screens early January 2007.

Which brings us to the next film and the month-end. Director Nikhil Advani’s Salaam-E-Ishq, the big budget, mega star cast film on love. The film traces the lives of six couples and stars Salman Khan opposite Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor with Juhi Chawla, John Abraham with Vidya Balan, Akshaye Khanna opposite Ayesha Takia, Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar and last but not the least Govinda who will be romancing foreigner Shannon Esrechowitz.

While we have an idea about the release dates of some films, there are yet others that we wont get a idea about until we get further into the year.

Other biggies to watch out for include futher into the New Year are: Yash Raj Films’ Tara Rum Pum which stars Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji and is directed by Siddharth Anand of Salaam Namaste fame.

Additionally, YRF is planning to release at least six or seven films in 2007. In adition to Tara Rum Pum, they will release Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Chak De India and Chudiyan (working title). Jhoom… is a Shaad Ali film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta, while Chak De India will feature Shah Rukh Khan as a coach of a childrens team again, only this time in a never before seen avatar of a coach of girls hockey team. YRF have given the responsibility of the film to Shimnit Amin of the Ab Tak Chhappan fame.

This brings us to yet another film from YRF will be Pradeep Sarkar’s tentatively titled Churiyan. Reportedly the film features Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek, Rani, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher and Kunal Kapoor.

YRF and Feroz Nadiadwala will back director Ahmed Khan on his Fool N Final project starring Sunny Deol, Shahid Kapur, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Javed Jaffrey, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz, Razzak Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Bipasha Basu, Arbaaz Khan, Ayesha, Sameera Reddy and Zakir Hussain.
Madhuri Dixit’s comeback movie is likely to be ready in 2007.

Meanwhile, Vidhu Vinod Chopra will return with Eklavya – The Royal Guard. Amitabh essays the title role with support from Sanjay Dutt, Jackie, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya, Sharmila Tagore, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill and Raima Sen.

We will also hear from director Anurag Basu who will tell a tale about Life In A Metro with actors Shiney Ahuja, Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Sharman Joshi, Konkona, Kangana Ranaut and Irrfan Khan in a film produced by UTV.

Speaking of UTV, the company is also backing Hat Trick by Milan Luthria and will release Mira Nair’s The Namesake.

Another eagerly awaited small budget film will be director Vishal Bharadwaj’s Blue Umbrella with Pankaj Kapur and Shreya Sharma in the lead roles.

The politically charged director Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday may also finally see the light of the day in the year ahead.

Of course there will be plenty of biggies, and among them will be Sanjay Leela Bhansalis’s Saawariya, the launch vehicle for Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir and Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam. Apart from that the director has roped in Rani and Salman for the Sony backed film.

Another period film to watch out for will be Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical Akbar Jodha.

Munnabhai, aka Sanjay Dutt, will return to the silver screen in Mr. Fraud, directed by Abbas and Mustan Burmawala. Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu, Tanushree Datta, Anuj Sawhney and Satish Shah also star in the film.

2007 looks to be a promising year for the film goer – which means a promising year for the box offices at home and abroad.

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