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Om Shanti OmBig budgeted flicks dominated Bollywood in 2007
23rd Dec 2007  22.00 IST
By Agencies  

With the exception of a few small-budget films, year 2007 saw the success of big budget flicks at the box-office.

However, it should perhaps be best remembered for the grand promotions with lots of hype, shocking box-office disasters, emergence of sports as a new success-mantra and an encouraging increase in children's films, besides the usual blockbusters, star break-ups and link-ups, and controversies.

We can safely start with the most noted Battle Royale between Shah Rukh Khan's Om Shanti Om and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya . While the films battled each other at the ticket window, the superstar actor and critically acclaimed director of his times fought it out off-screen.

With the promotion costs of both films breaking all the records, this sure has been the most aggressive marketing battle ever in Bollywood.

Meanwhile, it is 'OSO' that's apparently having the last laugh at the box office. But till the film breaks all the revenue records in the coming weeks, it is yet another Shah Rukh Khan starrer Shimit Amin-directed Chak De India that tops the list of the year's blockbusters. It is followed by Mani Ratnam's Guru , David Dhawan's Partner , Sajid Nadiadwala's Heyy Babyy and Priyadarshan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa . Among other successful films include Dhamaal , Metro , Shootout at Lokhandwala , Namastey London and Aap Ka Suroor . Here Sagar Bellary's Bheja Fry needs a special mention. Just like last year's Khosla Ka Ghosla this film was the underdog of the year. Made at a budget of about 50 lakhs the film went on to make over six crores!

Not only successful films but sometimes even flops become unforgettable. And this time it came from none-other-than the movie maverick Ram Gopal Varma . It was his take on 70's classic film Sholay in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag . Among other notable duds included Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film Eklayva (which could not match up to the success of last year's Lage Raho Munnabhai that he produced), Milan Lutharia's Hattrick , Jagmohan Mundra's Provoked and Salman Khan's much-hyped semi Hollywood flick Marigold - An Adventure in India . But here director Vikram Bhatt leads all others with a hat trick of flops Red , Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee and Speed .

Then, it was Shaad Ali Sehgal who got unlucky with his third film. After the hugely successful films Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli , his multistarrer musical Jhoom Barabar Jhoom went doom at the box office.

Moreover, it was one of the three most disappointing films from Yash Raj banner this year. Despite having one of the biggest hits of the year - 'Chak De!' to their credit, it suffered shocks through dismal performances of their other films like Siddharth Anand's Tara Rum Pum , Pradeep Sarkar's Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Madhuri Dixit's comeback flick Aaja Nachle .

Meanwhile, there were films that broke the mould and brought something new for the audience. Like Rahul Dholakia's national award 'Parzania' that brought alive the pain of post-Godhra riots through the story of a Parasi family. Anurag Kashyap finally made his debut with his recreation of 1993 Mumbai bomb blast. Meera Nair's adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake , by the same, talked about a US-based Bengali family trying to find its roots.

And now, at the close of the year, Aamir Khan has stolen everyone's thunder with his brilliant film Taare Zameen Par . Akshay Kumar's Welcome , on the other hand, falls short of expectations.

Om Shanti Om
Shah Rukh Khan
Chak De India
Heyy Babyy
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Namastey London
Aap Ka Suroor
Bheja Fry
Khosla Ka Ghosla
Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
Lage Raho Munnabhai
Marigold - An Adventure in India
Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee
Bunty Aur Babli
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Tara Rum Pum
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Aaja Nachle
The Namesake
Aamir Khan
Taare Zameen Par

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