For a large part of their careers, A-list actors such as Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar have worked with established, older directors, who have proved their worth at the box office. However, of late, several such stars are opting to work with younger directors, who are only a few films old, for the sake of novelty, say trade analysts.
“All the actors, including the big ones, have realised that young directors are the ones who are coming up with new ideas. And for some time now, nothing has worked better at the box office than novelty,” says trade expert Komal Nahta, adding, “Plus, big stars can’t continue working only with the same set of directors.”
Nitesh Tiwari — who co-directed Chillar Party (2011) and directed Bhoothnath Returns — will work with Aamir in Dangal. One-film-old Karan Malhotra — of Agneepath (2012) fame — will direct Akshay in Brothers (the Hindi remake of the 2011 Hollywood hit, Warrior).
Ask Akshay what convinced him to sign a film with a young director, and he says, “Salman and I like to give people chances. Also, I know how it feels to start out with nothing. I don’t focus on each film being the best only for me, it has to work for all those involved in it too.” Salman will apparently star in Sultan, a film that will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who has previously helmed Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Gunday.
Shah Rukh, meanwhile, has already shot a portion of Fan that is being directed by Maneesh Sharma (he has helmed three films in the past including Band Baaja Baaraat, 2010, and Shuddh Desi Romance, 2013). While speaking about his next at an event recently, Shah Rukh had said, “I wanted to do a cosy film that is intense, yet commercially viable. Then Maneesh came out of the blue and reminded me of a subject that he had narrated to me eight years ago.” The actor even went on to admit that he isn’t certain whether the film will cross the `200 crore mark, but he’s excited about its prospects nonetheless.
Even Ranbir Kapoor, who is considered the star among the relatively younger lot of actors in Bollywood, is working with a new director. He will be seen in debutant director Vikramjit Singh’s Roy. While speaking to HT Café a few days back, Vikramjit had said, “Till now, Ranbir has had a lover boy image, with boyish charm. So, when I briefed him about this role, he was surprised. But I just asked him to trust me. I’m glad he took it up.”