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B'wood toppers of '07

As 2007 comes to an end, Subhash K Jha lists the actors, directors and newcomers who helped set the box office on fire.

entertainment Updated: Dec 31, 2007 20:13 IST

As 2007 comes to an end, Shah Rukh Khan is the undisputed king of box office and Kareena Kapoor is the "actress number 1".

Director Shimit Amin hit the bull's eye with Chak De! India and revived the hockey mania. Ranbir Kapoor led the pack of newcomers in 2007.

The top actors

Shah Rukh Khan: Undisputed king of the box office with two super hits Chak De! India and Om Shanti Om oozing star-power in every frame. Next feature is with good friend Karan Johar.<b1>

Akshay Kumar: Take a bow, Akshay. With four hits - Namastey London, Heyy Babyy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and at the yearend Welcome - the man is the new invincible Midas at the box office.

Aamir Khan: With Taare Zameen Par Aamir proves he a man of integrity and an artiste who puts his money where his mouth is.

The top actresses

Kareena Kapoor: One rousing performance in Jab We Met, and she's back at the top. But where does Kareena go from here? Yash Raj Films' Tashan is her next release and the buzz is she's bagging Karan Johar's next with Shah Rukh.

Vidya Balan: Three solid hits - Guru, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa have suddenly made Vidya a force to reckon with. In 2008, she'll be competing with Priyanka Chopra, who has an impressive line up of lavish releases, and Aishwarya Rai whose Jodhaa-Akbar could be the biggest.

Konkona Sen-Sharma: From Rani's chirpy sibling in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag to Kunal Kapoor's besotted Laila in Aaja Nachle, Konkona didn't really deliver the hits. But her solid performing powers put her among the formidable actresses.

The top directors

Shimit Amin: He made hockey sexy. Shah Rukh Khan in his most sober role to date was putty in Amin's hands. The guy has taken a long sabbatical after the triumph of Chak De! India. Of course, he returns to a Yash Raj Film.

Imtiaz Ali: And so what if Jab We Met came when the lead pair parted? Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor never seemed to share stronger chemistry in any of the films that they did together as a real-life pair. Ali, who earlier directed Abhay Deol's debut film Socha Na Tha, is flooded with offers. He has agreed to direct a film for producer Saif Ali Khan.

Priyadarshan: Only director of 2007 with two hits, a minor Dhol and a major Bhool Bhulaiyya, Priya sure has come a long way.

Top music directors

Monty Singh: The scintillating score of Saawariya has single-handedly revived the era of pure melodies.

Pritam Chakraborty: The composer delivered modern songs in Life... In A Metro, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Jab We Met.

Vishal-Shekhar:Sajna ji vari-vari in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd at the beginning of 2007 and Dard-e-disco in Om Shanti Om at year-end rocked the charts.

The top newcomers of the year

Ranbir Kapoor: Rock-solid pedigree, endearing screen presence and oodles of self-confidence made the newest Kapoor on the block every girl's favourite Saawariya. Next year Ranbir will be seen wooing Bipasha, Katrina, Deepika Padukone and Minissha Lamba.

Sonam Kapoor: She's been compared with Waheeda Rehman and Rekha. Sonam is here to stay. Everyone from Ekta Kapoor to Preity Zinta finds her interesting.

Ruslaan Mumtaz:Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar was a damp squib, but Ruslaan created a ripple in a quiet way. Watch out for him in his second film Tere Sang.

Deepika Padukone: Shah Rukh Khan's dreamy girl from Om Shanti Om made a dream debut in a double role. Her next film Made In China pairs the OSO babe with Akshay Kumar.