The curtains have fallen on 2007 and itâ€™s that time of the year where just about everybody associated with the entertainment industry starts reflecting on the twelve months that passed by in a jiffy.
Every year brings with it its share of khushi and gham, smiles and tears, highs and lows and ups and downs. 2007 was no different. A number of people asked me if 2007, in retrospect, was a year best forgotten for the industry. Their argument was, the ratio of flops hit an all-time high this year.
I donâ€™t subscribe to this statement. Sure, there were flops galore, but we managed several hits as well. Also, letâ€™s not forget that the volume of business increased and how, courtesy films like OM SHANTI OM, WELCOME and PARTNER.
2008 brings in a lot of hope and promise. The â€˜awakeningâ€™ [read, emphasis on scripts] has taken place already and 2008, as I see it, will be the year of fresh concepts, innovative ideas and novel stories. I am supremely confident of that!
The one thing I detest is, people trying to run down commercial/masala movies. Itâ€™s fashionable to criticize masala movies by select critics specifically, or else how would you claim to be intellectual? Theek hain, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but whatâ€™s wrong in pandering to the tastes of millions of moviegoers the world over?
Conversely, the same people love to eulogize and extol praises on anything and everything that the so-called â€˜intellectualâ€™ film-makers have to offer. Even if itâ€™s trash [most of the times, it is!], they go ga-ga over it. Down with such morons and nincompoops!
The year 2007 ended on a sad note. SHOWBIZ had a rough ride from Day 1. The cancellation of shows due to lack of audience proved that the viewers werenâ€™t interested in this media versus star war. On the other hand, RETURN OF HANUMAN suffered due to a wrong release period. With school exams round the corner, its target audience [kids] stayed away from this film, although, I must add, itâ€™s a decent product.
RETURN OF HANUMAN is Anurag Kashyapâ€™s third flop in a row, after BLACK FRIDAY and NO SMOKING. I believe, Kashyap has remarked that RETURN OF HANUMAN would break the record of OM SHANTI OM at the box-office. Quite a commentâ€¦ I am sure, Kashyap would either deny it or apologize to the concerned parties pronto.
Kashyap loves to pass comments at others, but how about analysing his flop status for a change? After all, heâ€™s had a hat-trick of flops in 2007.