When was the last time when a Director of the Film and a writer of the Hindi films was given a preference over film stars in being selected as the person of the year. But it has happened for the year 2007. In the nomination for the CNN-IBN Indian of the year 2007 award in the list of nominees are included Shimit Amin and Jaideep Sahni, getting preference over Shah Rukh Khan. The director and the writer have been nominated along with the likes of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and leaving behind the stalwarts like Rajnikant and Akshay Kumar to vie for being the Indian of the year.
It is indeed a moment of pride for the Hindi film industry as the nominations have been based on the feedback given by the common citizens and therefore is an expression of the esteem that people of the country have for the films which become watershed and become a inspiration for the nation to change the way they look at things. For this sheer fact and nothing else the director and the writer of CHAK DE! INDIA have found a place for themselves in the exalted list.
The Hindi cinema is indeed being taken seriously also manifest from the fact that at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2008, Dev Anand and Aamir Khan have been given an opportunity to speak to the international literature experts and other intellectuals. According to the organizers of this festival, these two stars have been invited to attend the meeting because of their recent association with the literature. For Dev Anand it is his Autobiography, which has earned him the place in Jaipur Literature Festival, and for Aamir Khan it is TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. The invitation that has been extended to Dev Anand and Aamir Khan has been owing to their works that they have been doing in the Hindi films and it indeed is a time for celebration for the industry.
A beginning had already been made to accord the stars the place in the esteemed category by the India Today conclaves, as also in the Hindustan Times Business Summit but it is for the first time that the invitation has been extended at the gathering of the littérateurs to a representative from the Hindi film industry. It indeed is a time to rejoice, as also to ensure that the space that has been provided to the industry in the forums like these is capitalized upon to espouse the cause of the Hindi films in a big way.