2007 was one of the best years for Shahrukh Khan as he had one hugely critically and commercially appreciated film in ‘Chak De India’ and one out-an-out commercial film in ‘Om Shanti Om’. In 2015, the superstar has two keenly-awaited films lined up for release – while ‘Fan’ is confirmed to hit screens during the Independence Day weekend this year, ‘Raees’ is likely to release next year.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Shahrukh Khan will start shooting for a Rohit Shetty film in April (2015), after the first schedule of Raees and release the film during Christmas. Either way, we doubt Shahrukh would want to let go of a big release weekend like Christmas this year.
Interestingly, this year has quite a few similarities with 2007. In 2007, Shahrukh had two releases – Chak De India and Om Shanti Om – and both films went on to be box office blockbusters. It’s not just the same number of releases we are talking about. There are quite a few other similarities. (article continued below the image)
- Chak De India was produced by Yash Raj Films and released during the same week as ‘Fan’ (again Yash Raj Films), which is scheduled to release on 14 August.
- Om Shanti Om was the more commercial potboiler, which could be 2015’s film with Rohit Shetty.
The stars of the other actors match up too
- Akshay Kumar had 4 releases in 2007 (Namastey London, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiya and Welcome) and this year too he has the same number of films. In fact, the sequel of Welcome Back releases this year, even though it doesn’t feature Akshay.
- Hrithik Roshan had no release in 2007, but was busy shooting for ‘Jodha Akbar’ which was scheduled for release in the first half of 2008. Ironically, this year he has no release, and his next is with the director of Jodha Akbar – Ashutosh Gowariker for Mohenjodaro early next year.
- 2007 was a turning point in Shahid Kapoor’s career as he featured in Imitiaz Ali’s Jab We Met. This year, he will be seen in ‘Queen’ director’s next titled ‘Shandaar’ produced by Dharma Productions. Shahid has also said that Alia, his co-star in ‘Shandaar’ reminds him of Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met.
The future always resembles itself to the past. Do you think 2015 will be the new 2007? Will Fan be 2015’s Chak De India? Similarly Akshay’s line-up of films looks exciting too, will he be able to deliver a memorable film like Namaste London again this year? Only time will tell.