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2007 in Perspective - PB Critics´ Roundtable –Shruti Bhasin´s Top 10
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Planet Bollywood presents you an exclusive series of top movie picks of 2007 by its critics.

Best Films of 2007

10. Eklavya

The film has all the elements of a good drama along with a sense of intrigue mixed with plotting and consipiracy of a royal family. Despite controversy, Eklavya is heading to the Oscars. It is among the best of 2007, so check it out for strong performances from Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan.

9. Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Priyadarshan might be losing his touch with quality films but he can always depend on Akshay Kumar to deliver. What a year for the actor; where his screen presence alone overshadowed all other characters. The film is spooky thanks to an excellent performance by Vidya Balan.

8. Johnny Gaddaar

Talk about no expectations. This dark thriller came from the maker of ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ and blew me away with its subtle references to 70s films. The movie boasts of a fresh soundtrack and introduces us to a talented new actor; Neil Mukesh.

7. Om Shanti Om

Nonsensical to the core, but very entertaining! In a year where most films disappointed, King Khan made fun of Bollywood and had the biggest hit of the year. Deepika Padukone makes a confident debut and we can look forward to seeing her in more films.

6. Saawariya

Perhaps the most hyped debuts and film of the year, however, it surprises me that the film failed. This will be the first time that a Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie will not sweep awards. However, give the movie another chance. The film is a work of art to be appreciated!

5. Jab We Met

Old wine in a fresh bottle! Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor break up in real life only to prove that they work in reel life. The story looks fresh, the main characters are realistic, it has one of the best soundtracks of 2007 and a picture perfect Hollywood ending. Expect this movie to be nominated for many awards!

4. Chak De! India

Shah Rukh Khan downplays his role and allows many female characters to match him on the screen evenly. In a country where cricket is the national sport, this field hockey movie took India by storm. It has a lot of heart and makes you never give up a fight.

3. Life In A Metro

Inter-twined stories could fail if not handled with care. Luckily, we had many interesting plots coming to adequate conclusions in the end. Most importantly, welcome back to Bollywood Shilpa Shetty!

2. Guru

Mani Ratnam certainly knows how to tell a story and extract the right emotions from his actors. This is Abhishek Bachchan’s best role since ‘Yuva’, and his chemistry with Aishwarya is at its strongest. Sometimes a simple man can conquer the world.

1. Taare Zameen Par

Perfectionist Aamir Khan comes out of nowhere with this small film to end the year. ‘Moving’ is the only way to describe the story of a child to overcome his shortcomings and still shine. From a great soundtrack, down to excellent performances from all the characters, including Aamir Khan’s direction, this movie is a winner and a must-watch with the whole family. It’ll make you cry and appreciate a teacher from your past.

Shruti Bhasin is based in Montreal, Canada where she works as a Technical Resource Manager. She does comedy creative writing as a hobby and some of her favorite films are: ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Sholay’, and ‘Black’.

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this article are entirely those of the writer and are neither those of Planet Bollywood nor its management.

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