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The Next Big Thing: Film Directors

A new breed of directors, brimming with creativity, have come knocking in tinsel town. Here is an expert look at the movie directors who are going to make it big in 2011.

bollywood Updated: Dec 25, 2010 19:50 IST
Hindustan Times

Here is an expert look at the movie directors who are going to make it big in 2011.

Our judges

Rohit Shetty, Director
Reema Kagti: Her first film was good and I’m looking forward to her next one with Aamir.
Zoya Akhtar : With Hrithik, Farhan and Abhay, the casting of her next film is interesting
Ayaan Mukherjee: I liked Wake Up Sid, so I’m watching out for his next

S R Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures
Vikramaditya Motwane: He has a rare mix of creative spark and technical finesse
Abhinay Deo: Delhi Belly will set him up as a superbly edgy, quirky director
Raj Kumar Gupta: He has the unique ability to take real subjects and make them entertaining

Mudassar Aziz, Adman, producer
Punit Malhotra: Makes very, very enjoyable commercial cinema
Kunal Deshmukh: Knows how to tell a story with a good mix of drama and reality
Reema Kagti: She is directing Aamir in her next film. She must have a fabulous script!

And the film director who gets the maximum votes from our judges is...

Reema Kagti
‘Aamir looks only at the script, nothing else’
What’s the best way to get Aamir Khan to say yes to your next film? Present him with a fabulous script, that’s all. “Honestly, I don’t think he looks at anything else!” says director Reema Kagti, best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. in 2007, her debut feature. And while Honeymoon… was a light-hearted comedy, the script this time around, is a suspense drama, something that Aamir has never done before. “But the moment Zoya (Akhtar, who co-wrote the script) and I showed it to him, he liked it,” says Kagti.

After eight years as assistant to directors like Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya), Ashutosh Gowarikar (Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India) and Mira Nair (Vanity Fair), Kagti is having a ball realising her own vision. “Filmmaking is a very male-dominated industry. I think the fact that there are more and more women directors making films is a reflection of the changing reality of our times, where women work with men in every field. I am working hard and I hope to live up to the expectations.”

Claim to fame
*Her debut movie, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, featured 12 stars
*She is one of the few women directors in India today

- From HT Brunch, December 26

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First Published: Dec 24, 2010 15:50 IST