Also, this is officially the year that Akshay Kumar stole everyone's hearts with a ridiculous FOUR mega-hits.
Here are the top grossing films of 2007:
#1 Om Shanti Om
#3 Chak De India
#5 Taare Zameen Par
Other notable films:
The Akshay Kumar No. 1 Ladies Fan Club supported his hits (all of which made the top 10): Welcome, Bhool Bhuliya, Heyy Babyy, and Namastey London.
For critically acclaimed films, 2007 saw Guru, The Blue Umbrella, Manorama Six Feet Under, Cheeni Kum, Eklavya, Johnny Gaddar, and Life in a Metro.
Flops that found cult status include Salaam-e-Ishq, Aaja Nachle, No Smoking, and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
And major flops that became cultural touchstones: Saawariya and Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag.*
*I remember hearing Amitabh talking about this on Love Bollywood. I don't think anyone realized how big a flop this was going to be.
THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES
The hit jodi of the last few years had its debut in Namastey London: Akki & Kat!
Shahrukh was King of the World in Om Shanti Om.
Madhuri Dixit's comeback was hyped and then fizzled.
Rani began her downward slide with two major bombs: Tara Rum Pum and Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag.
Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor debuted and charmed our pants off in Saawariya.
Kareena and Shahid had a major hit with Jab We Met and then broke up.
THE FILMFARE AWARDS (awarded 2008)
Best film: Taare Zameen Par
Best director: Aamir Khan for Taare Zameen Par
Best actor: Shahrukh Khan for Chak De! India
Best actress: Kareena Kapoor for Jab We Met
Best supporting actor: Irrfan Khan for Life in a... Metro
Best supporting actress: Konkona Sen Sharma for Life in a... Metro
Best male debut: Ranbir Kapoor for Saawariya*
Best female debut: Deepika Padukone for Om Shanti Om
Best music director: A.R. Rahman for Guru
Best lyricist: Prasoon Joshi for "Maa" from Taare Zameen Par
Best male playback: Shaan for "Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya**
Best female playback: Shreya Ghoshal for "Barso Re" from Guru***
And Filmi Girl's honorary categories, as voted by me, for the awards that Filmfare is now too cool to hand out!
Filmi Girl's Best Villain: Arjun Rampal in Om Shanti Om
Filmi Girl's Best Comedian: Ranvir Shorey in Bheja Fry
*And what a debut! "Jab Se Tere Nainaaa..."
**I love Shaan (and this song!)
***This song was the best part of the film.
MEMORABLE SCENES AND SONGS
Mallika Sherawat showing off her comic chops in Welcome! With bonus hilarity from Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar.
Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhuliya... you might not want to watch this one if you haven't seen the film.
Hero No. 1 of the year... AKSHAY KUMAR smoldering up a storm in Namastey London.
Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra being adorable in Salaam-e-Ishq.
Ranbir Kapoor making his grand entrance in Saawariya.
The trailer for RGV ki Aag.
The hot couple for one film only... Shahid and Bebo.
And Madhuri's short lived comeback....