2017 has already created quite a lot of buzz as far as films are concerned. The year will see two films from Shah Rukh Khan, two from Salman Khan, two by Ajay Devgn, three by Akshay Kumar, one by Hrithik Roshan and a cameo by Aamir Khan. The year will also see the return of Sanjay Dutt on the big screen, not just that it will also mark the reuniting of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif on the big screen after four years. But there is one thing that also makes this year important is the fact that it marks the ten year anniversary of ten of the most loved films in the history of Indian cinema. Let’s take a look at the ten films that were released in 2007 and will be celebrating ten years of their releases. These films were loved upon the release by critics and audiences alike and were a huge success at the box office.
This Abhishek Bachchan starrer was released on January 12, 2007 and was the first success of that year. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film was a biopic based on the life of Industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries. Abhishek Bachchan played the titular character of Gurukant Desai and it is termed as his best performance so far in his sixteen year long career. He was ably supported by a plethora of brilliant performers in his onscreen as well as off screen wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Mithun Chakraborty and R Madhavan. Watch out for the epic finale scene and the hardhitting monologue of Abhishek Bachchan. This is one performance that stays with you even after the movie ends. AR Rahamn’s soulful music added value to this masterpiece.
# Namastey London
Often termed as one of the best love stories of the new millenium, this Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer is still remembered for its beautiful music and heart wrenching story. This film was instrumental in turning Akshay Kumar’s career and turned him into a force to reckon with. Music of Himesh Reshammiya and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics were one of the best. The music is remembered even today. Watch out for the scene when Akshay Kumar schools the British man about Indian history and the love track of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Rishi Kapoor among others.
This was Govinda’s comeback film. Boy he nailed it and how! Govinda’s comic timing and his ‘Partner’ship will Salman Khan wreaked havoc at the box office. From its chartbuster tracks to mad performances to umpteen laugh out loud moments, the film had it all. Watch out for the climax, that’s just outrageously funny. Govinda is legend. Period.
# Chak De! India
Shah Rukh Khan returned to the silver screen in 2007 with the film that is often considered as the best sports film of all time. In a cricket crazy country Shah Rukh Khan made people fall in love with the game which is often ignored; Hockey. The film was unlike any Shah Rukh Khan starrer we had seen in the past. There were heroines but none was paired opposite him. He didn’t stretch his arms, he didn’t sing romantic songs. This was one of his most powerful performance as a former disgraced Indian Hockey captain and the coach of a rookie women’s Hockey team. The film won several awards including Filmfare best actor award to Shah Rukh Khan.
# Heyy Babyy
Sajid Khan’s first attempt at full fledged filmmaking turned out to be laugh riot. The film which was inspired by Three Men And A Baby turned out to be far better than the original film, thanks to funny gags by funny man Sajid Khan and equally funny act by its lead cast Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Fardeen Khan.
The remake of Malayam film Manichithrathazhu, Bhoolbhulaiya was the runaway success from the world go. This Akshay Kumar’s psychological thriller was loved by audience and critics alike. Vidya Balan’s split act gave chills. This film is the perfect blend of horror, comedy and psychological thriller.
# Jab We Met
This was the film that changed everything for Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor. The film is still considered as best of Kareena Kapoor and of director Imtiaz Ali. Did you know the original choice of the film were Bobby Deol and Ayesha Takia. Well the songs, the lead’s chemistry, the plot of the film, everything about this movie is still loved by fans.
# Om Shanti Om
This was the biggest blockbuster of Bollywood upon its release. This was Farah Khan’s tribute to Manmohan Desai style of cinema and it worked wonders. This marked the debut of Deepika Padukone and she became an overnight star with this one. Shah Rukh Khan’s dual act, Arjun Rampal’s evil act, plethora of Bollywood stars in one song (31 to be precise), foot tapping plus melodious tracks and Shah Rukh Khan’s six pack abs. This was the last film that was big family entertainer.
Akshay Kumar returned for the record fourth time in a single year and gave us the biggest comedy hit up until then in the form of much loved Welcome. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal and Feroze Khan. A sequel to the film was released in 2015 sans Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and late Feroze Khan, but it couldn’t match upto the craziness of the previous one. The dialogues, the quirky characters especially Nana Patekar’s Don Uday Shetty, Anil Kapoor’s Majnu Bhai and late Feroze Khan’s RDX. Also this is one of the rare comedy films of Bollywood that had an equally effective climax as the whole film was.
# Taare Zameen Par
Aamir Khan’s turn as a director for the first time with Taare Zameen Par turned out to be one of the most sensitive and loved film on human emotions and relationships. The more I say is less for Aamir Khan’s directorial debut. The film had a child as the lead and Aamir Khan played the supporting role of his mentor. The film very maturely dealt with the condition of Dyslexia and contrary to the norm, had the parents sit up and take notice of what they do wrong when bringing up a kid. And most important of all it told every parent that “Every Child Is Special”.