Top six movies of 2007
I love movies, whether Bollywood or Hollywood. I guess everyone who visits my blog knows that. Last year I had made a list of my 10 favorite movies of the year, and thought I would make one this year too. This year however I found that there were very few Hollywood movies I loved (I missed Blood Diamond!!) and therefore have only one on my list. In fact most of the movies I saw last year were Indian movies. Even then there are just three movies which I considered really good. Here are the three:
1) Taare Zameen Par (review here.) This is the last movie I saw in 2007, and it’s one of my favorites because the subject – treatment of children by an insensitive school system – is a subject after my heart. Although the movie is a little slow in the first half, it’s a treat to watch the director take us into the world of children.
2) Parzania affected me deeply (review here.) The film is based on a true life story of a Parsi boy who was separated from his mother when goondas attacked the predominantly Muslim Gulbarga housing society in Ahmedabad. This film wasn’t entertainment as such, but it had a strong message of non-violence.
3. I liked Chak De a lot (review here). as it’s a lively entertainer with a social message. The story is about a coach who comes in from the cold, having been discredited once because he lost a match to Pakistan. The film brings out two things: one, that our sports teams, even the ones which officials deride, have innate talent but do not perform because of the lack of team spirit and a killer instinct, and two, that sexism prevails – in the families of the girls, in society and yes, even amongst the members of the hockey board! The casting was excellent and well, the movie has drama and not a single dull moment even though there is no song and dance.
I didn’t see too many Hollywood movies last year but of the ones I did see there is only one I really liked. That’s the The Bourne Ultimatum (review here.) Wow, what a movie! Sheer unadulterated enjoyment. Like eating my favorite dessert for a good one hour and 51 minutes with every minute like the first bite!
If I had to compare the movies on their entertainment value, then The Bourne Ultimatum would win hands down I guess. Despite that I tend to see more Indian movies and enjoy them better. There is something about Indian movies that is a must-see for me. I have explained that here. I can identify with the issues more easily and also enjoy the music . And well, I have some favorite stars.
I want to mention two other movies I enjoyed last year. They were not hits or great cinema, but they were good movies. One was Traffic Signal (review here). It flopped (the critics tore it apart) although the film was good. The movie is entertaining in parts and sad in parts. All in all, a decent film. It’s about the Mumbai beggars and about the mafia that controls them. Another decent movie was Black Friday - a (review here). It’s actually a documentary, a brilliant cinematic portrayal of the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 people and injured over 1,000 people. The film is based on a book by the same name and talks of actual people and events. Bheja Fry was another good movie and would have come up in my top movies of the year if it hadn’t been for the fact that the movie was a copy of a French film.