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Rang De BasantiBollywood flicks to watch out for in 2007
01st Jan 2007  14.00 IST
By Agencies  

It rained hits like Rang De Basanti , Krrish and Dhoom 2 in 2006, and the coming year holds as much promise, if not more, with a slew of interesting movies lined up for release.

2006 has been the best year that Bollywood has had in a long time. With more than 20 hits and even non-performers breaking even financially, Bollywood trade boomed.

But will it be able to meet heightened audience expectations in the year ahead? Will it be able to keep the momentum going?

On the face of it, 2007 has an interesting and varied menu on offer.

Kick starting the year is Mani Ratnam 's Guru . The film stars Abhishek Bachchan and the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai , who have been the media darlings ever since rumours of their impending marriage surfaced.

'Guru' portrays the protagonist as a person who amasses wealth through dubious means.

The media attention surrounding 'Guru' is clearly tremendous and the film is likely to set the cash registers ringing from the first month of 2007 itself.

Before the month-end, director Nikhil Advani 's Salaam-e-Ishq , which is a big budget, mega star cast ode to love, will hit the marquees.

The film features six couples and traces their lives: 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 Govinda , romancing foreigner Shannon Esrechowitz .

A few more producers have finalised the release dates of their films in 2007.

Some of the other biggies to watch out for include Yashraj Films ' (YRF) Tara Rum Pum starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee and directed by Siddharth Anand of Salaam Namaste fame.

YRF, in fact, is planning to release at least six to seven films next year. Besides 'Tara Rum Pum', there will be Jhoom Barabar Jhoom , Chak De India and Chudiyan (working title).

Madhuri Dixit 's comeback movie is also likely to be ready in 2007. News reports say YRF plans to start work on another two movies, also to be released next year.

While 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' is a Shaad Ali film starring mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan , Abhishek Bachchan , Preity Zinta , Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta , 'Chak De India' will feature superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a never before seen avatar of a coach of girls hockey team. YRF have given the responsibility of the film to Shimit Amin of the Ab Tak Chhappan fame.

Yet another film from that same stable that will keep the newswires buzzing will be Pradeep Sarkar 's tentatively 'Chudiyan'. The film reportedly brings together Jaya Bachchan , Abhishek, Rani, Konkona Sen Sharma , Anupam Kher and Kunal Kapoor .

Besides YRF, well-known financer Firoz Nadiadwala will back director Ahmed Khan in Fool And Final that stars Sunny Deol , Shahid Kapur , Sunil Shetty , Jackie Shroff , Javed Jaffrey , Paresh Rawal , Om Puri , Rajpal Yadav , Vijay Raaz , Razzak Khan, Vivek Oberoi , Bipasha Basu , Arbaaz Khan , Ayesha, Sameera Reddy and Zakir Hussain.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra will return with another magnum opus Eklavya . The promos of the film have been running in theatre halls for a while now and have everyone excited.

Big B essays the title role and is supported by Sanjay Dutt , Jackie, Saif, Vidya, Sharmila Tagore , Boman Irani , Jimmy Shergill and Raima Sen .

Director Anurag Basu will tell a tale about Metro along with actors Shiney Ahuja , Shilpa Shetty , Kay Kay Menon , Sharman Joshi , Konkona, Kangana Ranaut and Irrfan Khan in a film produced by UTV.

UTV is also backing Hat Trick by Milan Luthria and will release Mira Nair 's The Namesake . The later promises to be treat for movie connoisseurs.

Another small budget but eagerly awaited film will be director Vishal Bharadwaj 's 'Blue Umbrella' with Pankaj Kapur and Shreya Sharma in the lead roles. The film's promos are already out and garnering interest.

Politically charged director Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday may also finally see the light of the day in the year ahead.

Among the other biggies will be Sanjay Leela Bhansali 's 'Saawariya', a launch pad of Rishi Kapoor 's son Ranbir and Anil Kapoor 's daughter Sonam. Apart from that the celebrated director has roped in Rani and Salman for the film, which is being backed by Sony.

If the lip-lock between Hrithik Roshan and Ash in 'Dhoom 2' left audience wanting for more, then the film to watch out for will be Ashutosh Gowarikar 's historical Jodha Akbar .

Dutt will return to the silver screen in 'Mr. Fraud' next year, which is directed by Abbas-Mustan . The film also stars Ajay Devgan , Bipasha, Tanushree Dutta , Anuj Sawhney and Satish Shah .

The platter already seems overloaded. And as far as what will work and what will not one only needs to look at the trend this year.

Be it a big budget movie, a multi-starrer, a big banner or a small time production house - almost every good movie managed to mint money in 2006.

In 2007 the hottest contested territory will be overseas and everyone will be in for better quality productions. And last but not the least, anything entertaining will be a winner.

Rang De Basanti
Dhoom 2
Mani Ratnam
Abhishek Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Nikhil Advani
Salman Khan
Priyanka Chopra
Anil Kapoor
Juhi Chawla
John Abraham
Vidya Balan
Akshaye Khanna
Ayesha Takia
Sohail Khan
Isha Koppikar
Shannon Esrechowitz
Yashraj Films
Tara Rum Pum
Saif Ali Khan
Rani Mukherjee
Siddharth Anand
Salaam Namaste
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Chak De India
Madhuri Dixit
Shaad Ali
Amitabh Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan
Preity Zinta
Bobby Deol
Lara Dutta
Shah Rukh Khan
Shimit Amin
Ab Tak Chhappan
Pradeep Sarkar
Jaya Bachchan
Konkona Sen Sharma
Anupam Kher
Kunal Kapoor
Fool And Final
Sunny Deol
Shahid Kapur
Sunil Shetty
Jackie Shroff
Paresh Rawal
Om Puri
Rajpal Yadav
Vijay Raaz
Vivek Oberoi
Bipasha Basu
Arbaaz Khan
Sameera Reddy
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Sanjay Dutt
Sharmila Tagore
Boman Irani
Jimmy Shergill
Raima Sen
Anurag Basu
Shiney Ahuja
Shilpa Shetty
Kay Kay Menon
Sharman Joshi
Kangana Ranaut
Irrfan Khan
Hat Trick
Milan Luthria
Mira Nair
The Namesake
Vishal Bharadwaj
Pankaj Kapur
Black Friday
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rishi Kapoor
Anil Kapoor
Hrithik Roshan
Ashutosh Gowarikar
Jodha Akbar
Ajay Devgan
Tanushree Dutta
Anuj Sawhney
Satish Shah

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