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Promising directors 2010

A fresh breed of directors have barged into Bollywood this year and how! They have certainly taken Indian cinema to another level with films like Tere Bin Laden, Peepli Live and Thanks Maa. Here's a look at the most promising directors of this year.

bollywood Updated: Dec 30, 2010 16:11 IST
Khyati Sehgal
Khyati Sehgal
Hindustan Times

A fresh breed of directors have barged into Bollywood this year and how! They have certainly taken Indian cinema to another level with films like Tere Bin Laden, Peepli Live and Thanks Maa. Here's a look at the most promising directors of this year...

Siddharth Malhotra (We Are Family)
He considers Karan Johar as his guru and maintains that he would work only with Dharma Productions till he gets kicked out by Johar. His first directorial venture, We Are Family, got mixed reviews from critics, but the director is hopeful about his future.

Anusha Rizvi (Peepli Live)

AnushaHer directorial Debut, Peepli Live won the Best First Film award at the Durban film festival and made her an international name. An alumunus of St. Stephens college, University of Delhi and journalist by qualification, Anusha Rizvi recalls, that when she approached Aamir Khan to make the film, he almost rejected the script. There is certainly no looking back for Anusha after her film got selected as India's official entry for Oscars.

Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan)
An Indian film has been selected in the competition section of the Cannes Film Festival after 16 years. It is an achievement for debutante Vikramaditya Motwane in itself. Motwane is the writer of movies like Dev.D and Goal.

Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg)
No one would have thought that Robinhood Pandey would become a household name, not even Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap.Dabangg which acquired the status of an all-time blockuster in only second week of its release and got overwhelming response with the audience made Abhinav Kashyap come out of his elder brother Anurag Kashyap's shadow.

Irfaan Kamal (Thanks Maa)
Thanks Maa has been officially selected to be screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival of India and Palm Springs International Film Festival. The debut child actor Master Shams Patel has also won the Best Child Artist for the film, in the 56th National Film Awards. Debutante director Irfaan kamal says that he has just tried to achieve a home for the abandoned newborns and feels he has achieved his goal to some extent.

Kiran Rao (Dhobhi Ghaat)

She is better known as Aamir's wife but Kiran Rao prefers to be known by her work. Kiran Rao started her career as Kiran Raoan assistant director in the epic movie Lagaan directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. But what got her into the limelight was her directorial debut Dhobi Ghat. The film got critical appreciation and international acclaim as it rocked at Toronto film festival.

Abhishek Sharma (Tere Bin Laden)
Anybody would dare not attempt a spoof on Osama Bin Laden, but debutant Abhishek Sharma's Tere Bin Laden did exactly the same and may be that's the reason it got into issues with the Censor Board. The movie which was a comic satire on America's war against terror and the realities of the post-9/11 world garnered positive reviews though it had to face angst in Pakistan where its release was banned. Sharma was also sent threatning letters but beside all this his debut effort got a thumbs up with the movie buffs.

Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya)
Ishqiya' is a story of romance between individuals caught in web of crime, suspense, passion and deceit. The threat of imminent forces them on a path of violence and betrayal. The efforts of Abhishek were appreciated world around and the movie was showcased at several film festivals, including the Munich Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival as well as the Indian Film Festival of London.

Faruk Kabir (Allah Ke Bandey)
"I had approached Mr. Bhansali for a job as an assistant. He didn't entertain my request. Destiny,I guess," Faruk Kabir, director Allah Ke Bandey, states in one of his interviews. Although his luck didn't work much at that time but it faired well in case of his debut film. Allah Ke Bandey spans the life of two young children taking audiences through various socio-economic problems that plague many a lives. Faruk's directorial venture was compared with Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar)
He managed to get Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor on screen after 30 years in his very first directorial venture, Do Dooni Chaar. He is none other than Habib Faisal. Do Dooni Chaar is a story about the state of teachers in India. Critics praised the movie giving an average of 3 /5 stars. Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times giving 4/5 stars said, "Full on paisa vasool! dig into the duggals." Vinayak Chakravorty of Mail Today gave it three stars, writing: "Debutant Habib Faisal's direction works for the way he underplays routine ironies of life."

First Published: Dec 30, 2010 16:03 IST