This post is in continuation of the my list of best movies of 2007 . The first part of the post listing my top 5 movies can be read here.
6. Bheja Fry: A tickling movie made on a shoestring budget of 50 lakhs. (50 lakhs is, by no means, shoestring to me though). I watched this movie in my most overworked, stressed period at work. It was the only free day I had, and I had laughed away my mounting hill of stress by simply watching this movie. 🙂 Full marks to Vinay Pathak for playing such an endearing, funny fool.
7. Gandhi, My Father: A story about Father of Nation’s personal life that most Indians must be unaware of. Story is from the point of view of Harilal, who has to live up to the expectations of a great man, Gandhi.
It has some moving moments when Harilal can not even grieve for his father’s death in face of grief of a common man, a shopkeeper. This movie may not be entertainer for an average audience, but it certainly did have some excellent performaces by Darshan Jariwala (Gandhiji), Shefaly Chhaya (Baa) and Bhumika Chawla (shined through even in a small role as Harilal’s wife).
8. Jab We Met: Everyone on blogosphere seems to hate it. Cliçhed and nothing new, they say. My verdict, guilty on all counts. Yet wasn’t it an energetic and out-an-out entertainer? (certainly better than star-studded Om Shanti Om) And before I forget, what a chemistry between the lead pair! Pity the lead couple Shahid and Kareena broke up! 😦
9. Water: Star of the movie surely is little girl Chuhiya…who is shunned to a widow’s shelter at a age when she does not even understand the meaning of the word “widow.” Movie depicts the treatment of widows by Hindu scriptures in an Indian era when it was ruled by British.
Chuhiya was played by a Sri Lankan girl called Sarala. It was not easy for her to speak her lines in Hindi as Hindi was not her mother tongue. Yet she was wonderful. And did you know that it was Anurag Kashyap who wrote dialogues for Water?
10. TBD: I did not get a chance to watch some other amazing movies that came out this year: Parzania, Manorama Six Feet Under, The Darjeeling Limited, A Mighty Heart, Loins of Punjab, Dharm, Bourne Ultimatum and some other good movies. Therefore, I have kept the 10th slot empty. 🙂 Maybe will update my list later when I watch these movies. 😉
Other notable mentions of the year are I am Legend, Namesake, Namastey London and Guru. I liked the unique concept in I am the Legend and Will Smith was wonderful. Only I thought movie could be shortened as it became repetitive at times and it was bit unrealistic to strike a chord. As for Namesake, because I had read the book earlier, for me movie was a predictable affair. Looking back, nice movie yet did not etch in my memory 😦 . Namastey London and Guru (This one is more notable to me for the fact that I could bear a usually decorative-and-incompetent actress Aishwarya, for second time, in a movie 😛 ) were ok but they simply lost in competition with above-listed movies. 😉
Some over-hyped movies that I watched but do not figure on my top-10 list are Om Shanti Om (Starry entertainer with no story, Deepika was great introduction though), Laaga Chunri Mein Daag (Pathetic sob story with little credibility), Golden Compass (A visually great movie that was more a preparation of sequel), Partner (Pathetic remake of Hitch) and Welcome (Another brainless humor, humor it had though).