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The Year That Was: 2007
Rediff looks back at the highs and lows, the successes and failures, the heroes and villains, the wild and the overblown that made this year.


How 2007 raised a few laughs

December 26, 2007

Like the many thousand years preceding it, this one too brought with it a strange kind of balance. For every tragedy, the gods granted us a ray of sunshine; for every disappointment, a taste of the absurd; for every failed reality show star, one who somehow managed to be worse.

When it came to those who made us laugh most through 2007, most honours went -- as usual -- to the pretty men and women on national television. From the overblown to the overdone, the stupid to the downright ridiculous, we got all we have come to expect from the noble folk at tinsel town, and more.

Here are a few things you may remember chuckling over.

The Ash-Abhishek saga
Here's a thought: If you were a famous star, with a famous son and more famous daughter-in-law, and you were given the task of planning their famous wedding, what would you do? If you wanted privacy, as you said you did, you -- being the famous star you are -- could have a private affair at a secluded spot outside the city, yes?

But Amitabh Bachchan had other ideas. He wanted privacy, of course. And no media attention, of course. So, he did the only sensible thing he could. He decided to celebrate the marriage of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at his rather famous home, in the crowded Mumbai suburb of Juhu!

Crowds gathered. Passers-by blocked traffic to and from the rest of the city for hours. The media left trivial issues like Parliament, democracy, crime and punishment by the wayside, for what was clearly an event of international importance. Abhishek's arrival on a horse was documented meticulously, with photographs of every trot, and close-ups of said horse's tail. Members of the press, the police, the traffic police, and the few thousands who gathered spent time jostling each other.

Yes, it was a real private affair.

Text: rediff Entertainment Bureau
Also read: The Aishwaraya Rai-Abhishek Bachchan Wedding
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