Best Films of 2007

Note : The edited version of this post appears in the Spotlight Section of Planet Bollywood, here.

2007

This was the year of the little known film-maker. While big banners floundered with their attempts at crowd-pleasing cinema, small-time, independent film-makers carved out the top-spots with innovative, imaginative moves. Very pleased with the outcomes, I bring to you my picks for the Top 10 films of 2007 :

10. Taare zameen par : In the mood for a weepie ? A heart-tugging tale of a dyslexic little boy and an unsympathetic world, this one brings up the rear of the Top 10 count-down. Here’s the full review.

9. Honeymoon travels Pvt. Ltd : Reema Kagti’s first directorial venture, by way of Farhan Akhtar is a tale of a bunch of honey-mooners, out celebrating. With well-etched out characters, the elements of love, drama, humor, surprise, fantasy are nicely intertwined to create a clean, fresh, and enjoyable film. Full review here.

8. Jhoom-barabar-jhoom : This is your above average masala film with a twist. Shaad Ali’s second attempt at film-making , this one’s a little loopy, a little kitschy, and can boogie with the best. The full scoop here.

7. Bheja Fry : One of the better comedies of the year, this one still takes the cake for situational (and realistic) humor. Quirky characters abound, and inflict themselves upon poor, unsuspecting souls, creating a comedy of errors you won’t forget. Read the entire review.

6. Life in a metro : A group of stories all inter-twined, and each one well told. An amazing starcast brings the characters to life, and a great sound-track brings home the emotion. Metro is surely the thinking man’s cinema, and an engrossing film. Full review here.

5. Cheeni Kum : What, want more romance ? And you want it sans the juvenile inanities that make desi romances such a chore ? Well then, CK is it for you. A grown-up attitude towards amore, CK sizzles with wry wit, humor and superb acting. Love, is now, in the air. Here’s the full review.

4. Jab we met : I like JWM so much because it’s light, fluffy and melts in the mouth. Not without it’s flaws, and a slightly “heavy” second half, this one still comes in at #4 because of it’s humor, feel-good-ness and nicely done romance. The on-screen chemistry between Kareena and Shahid is a lovely bonus. Details here .

3. Manorama six feet under : Perry Mason, Poirot, move over ! Make way for our very own home-grown, small-town desi detective, Satyaveer Singh Randhawa. Not very Herculean by nature, Satyaveer’s attempts to do the right thing inspite of all odds, garners the film much appreciation and the #3 slot on this countdown. Read the full review here.

2. Johnny Gaddar : There are crime mysteries galore, but ever hear the one about how he got away ? An interesting, intelligent crime thriller, JG is top grade desi noir. Here’s the lowdown on the film.

1. Chak de India ! : How do you like your under-dog : rare, medium or well-done ? Well-done it seems with CDI, which takes the age-old formula, infuses it with charm, and feel-good vibes to trot out the most endearing film of the year. Classy flick this one – read the full review here.

Other watchable films for 2007 are few, and they are :

Guru
Aaja Nachle
Gandhi, my father
Salaam-e-ishq
Ek chaalis ki last local
Risk

Forward looking, aren’t we ? Here are the Blockbusters from 2008 ! Plus make sure you didn’t miss the cream of the crop from last year – check out The Top 5 films of 2006 !

Hmmm … forgiving mood ? See the Worst Films of 2007.

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12 Responses to Best Films of 2007

  1. Raj says:

    Really good list. You missed “The Blue Umbrella” though. What funny is that my top 10 list would mostly have the same movies just in a different order. I am about to do a top 5 list on my blog soon. :)

  2. prisca says:

    I can’t believe JBJ with its racist jokes and irritating characters is on your list… but otherwise nice picks. I agree with you on CDI and Metro.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Firstly let me mention that this blog has introduced me to many relatively unknown Hindi Movies , Thank you very much !!!!

    But please try to avoid lines like “How do you like your under-dog : rare, medium or well-done ?”

    Its not a question of it being offensive or not , that line isn’t even funny. From what i have read so far , you write much better than that. Its your post , so you have the right to write whatever you want , but in my Worst 10 blog posts of this year , this post surely would find a honorable mention.

  4. AMODINI says:

    Raj,
    Thanks ! Still waiting for your Top 5.

    Prisca,
    Thanks ! I probably didn’t get the racist jokes then ? I thought JBJ was fun and laughed at itself, something quite rare in B’wood.

    Anon,
    Very glad to be of service – I hope you enjoy the movies. As far as bad lines go :

    – That wasn’t meant to be offensive
    – Humor is subjective
    – I can’t please everyone; I write to please myself

    I’m very happy to get feedback though, so please keep it coming.

  5. adhip iyer says:

    Impressive blog! i like the scale & details. it is what i’d have done if i had more time. it’s always good to come across a movie buff. do take a look at my blog. the url is:

    adhip.rediffblogs.com

    keep ’em coming.

  6. Raj says:

    My list is online now! :)

  7. AMODINI says:

    Adhip,
    Thanks. I did checkout your blog too – nicely done reviews !

    Raj,
    Great ! I commented.

  8. SKD says:

    Amodini,
    Thanks for you Hindi movie review blog, every now and then I come to your blog and read your great reviews. Most of the time I find your reviews very enjoyable and use it for my next selection of movie to watch.
    I haven’t not watched most of all those top 10 movies of 2007. I have only seen Chini kum and Life In a Metro in that list, but I was really surprise to see chini kum in it and also seeing standing ahead of Life In a Metro. I think, Chini kum is not near to the excellence of the Life in a Metro in terms of story telling, acting and intense of movie scenes. I think, Paresh Rawal’s character role development in Chini Kum has spoiled making it a good romantic movie with a controversial courtship.
    Along the similar story line,in my opinion, Nishabd is far better than Chini Kum. Unfortunately it is not your list. I heard a lot of people not enjoying it too. I am not sure, how much similarity this movie has with Lolita. But i think Nishabd is very powerful movie and made very well with a great acting, plots and of course its great ending. AB acting looks outstanding in this movie.

    Anyway, Thanks for your blog and list. It is always pleasure reading it though..

    SKD

  9. AMODINI says:

    SKD,
    I haven’t seen “Nishabd” so can’t say. Thanks for your appreciative comments.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nice list. I also highly recommend “khuda ke liye”, a movie about 2 musician brothers in lahore – one ends up under taliban influence and the other in a chicago music school but mistakenly tortured as a terrorist.. naseeruddin shah has a short role but wows with his enlightened analysis of islamic doctrine to demolish taliban fanaticism…

  11. AMODINI says:

    Anon,
    I've seen "Khuda ke liye", and liked it. If I haven't reviewed it yet, will do so one of these days.

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