Bollywood has worst Box office week for 2007
The year, which started good with Abhishek Bachchan’s terrific performance in Guru, is ending on a positive note too with two successes – Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par and Welcome! While 2007 is no match to 2006, it still is not that bad either. We got to see some experiments – some worked while others bombed. On one hand Bheja Fry, The Namesake, Life in a Metro and SRK’s Chak De India worked both critically and commercially but on the other hand No Smoking, Black Friday, Gandhi My Father, Nishabd, Johnny Gaddaar, Blue Umbrella, 1971 and Manorama Six Feet Under did not find many takers in the audience. Agreed, some of these were bad cinema but at least Bollywood is no more tied within the usual commercial limitations. That’s a healthy sign!
It won’t be wrong to say that 2007 belongs to Akshay Kumar, who gave us 4 hits – Welcome, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Namastey London. He has certainly been one of the most consistent stars over the years and this was his best year so far. King Khan is not far behind with Om Shanti Om and Chak De India proving yet again that he is still No. 1 with both masses and classes. Talking of masses, how can David Dhawan be far behind? He gave one of the biggest hits of his career in Partner, although it was a bad rip-off of Hitch. In Partner, Salman Khan and Govinda did what they could not do with four other stars in Salaam-E-Ishq.
Abhishek Bachchan had a mixed year. He showed with Guru what a good director can do with him. In his most accomplished performance so far, he also gave his first hit with Ash. However Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, his second movie with Shaad Ali, turned out to be a damb squib although its music still tops the charts. And his extended guest apperance could not save Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. That brings me to Yash Raj Films, who had their worst ever year. All their movies, barring Chak De, flopped. Ta Ra Rum Pum, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and even Madhuri’s comeback vehicle Aaja Nachle – all disappointed.
Hrithik Roshan did not have a single release after fantastic 2006 and we will have to wait until Feb 2008 to watch Jodha Akbar.
Amitabh Bachchan gave great performances but except Cheeni Kum, none of them brought box office on aag. I should not even be mentioning about RGV ki whatever but Eklavya and Nishabd did have Amit ji showing us why he is still around and that too at the top.
Jab We Met, Apne, Dhamaal, Shoot Out At Lokhandwala and Aap Ka Surroor – The Moviee were the other hits of 2007.
Among the other major flops, Saawariya ranks as the worst disaster. Its lead stars, however, got good response and with the continued support from their families I am sure they will survive just as some of the other star kids have. At least Ranbir Kapoor will. While Naqaab did not look like an Abbas Mustan movie at all Fool N Final, Cash, Awarapan, Dus Kahaniyaan, Shakalaka Boom Boom, Khoya Khoya Chand, Good Boy Bad Boy, Hattrick, Just Married, Kya Love Story Hai, Darling and The Train never really took off.