A mammoth number of films releasing last year, some went on to create stammering box office records and some went to awe the audience with its charm and the brilliance portrayal of silence in the most candid avatar! The directors’ chair attained gravitas when their vision which they envisioned for the masses went on to strike just the right balance .
Finally, as the year drew to a closure and the new year is welcomed with open hands, we list down the top 10 directors and their top 10 films that made 2012 go down the lanes of history as well.
Karan Malhotra for Agneepath
An age old story of personal vengeance was remade into a classic cosmopolitan new-age drama that suited the generation to the tee. Karan’s desire to make his father’s dream come true on celluloid was given the shape of reality when Karan the director, stepped in. Pulling out an average original to the roads of glory, Karans emerged victorious.
Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani
A definitive film maker, a creatively talented genius who just needed the right script to show his directional prowess, Sujoy Ghosh struck gold with his Kahaani. Spine chilling and befitting, Sujoy’s Kolkata cinematography won hearts but it was his effortless direction and Vidya’s standalone performance that made the enterprise such a huge success.
Shoojit Sircar for Vicky Donor
A comic caper of sorts, Vicky Donor was aimed to cause a stir on the social level, dealing with the sensitive issue of sperm donation through wit and humour. The script stood out as the main hero but it was Shoojit’s behind the camera work that helped Vicky donor emerge as one of the best selling small budget films. Rest as we know is history!
Prabhu Deva for Rowdy Rathore
He directed Wanted and made masala action oh-so-delicious in the filmdom. Following the route, he took on to the director’s chair for Rowdy Rathore, signing Akshay Kumar as the rowdy one. With some baffling action stunt sequences, all under his helm, he scored real high with his direction. Result: the film went on to fetch a whooping 130 crore plus lifetime collection.
Anurag Basu for Barfi!
A fighter himself, this Bengali dada brought in his humility and good heartedness on screen through a mind blowing masterpiece, shouldered by some brilliant performances. Anurag brought the best out of Barfi@ and Jhilmil, on reel and real for sure! Dada rocked with his Barfi! and how!
Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish
A socially resurgent theme, one that stands high on the Indian social backdrop, Gauri Shinde’s story, inspired from her own mother, not only brought life back to celluloid with Sridevi getting in for a comeback, but also the emotions and the little nuances of an Indian housewife who doesn’t know English. Sridevi played Shashi with aplomb but it was Gauri who assured the world that Sridevi can still deliver.
Kabir Khan for Ek Tha Tiger
A high octane adrenaline pumping action spy thriller, with the once upon a time jodi Salman and Katrina playing the leads, Ek Tha Tiger was riding on Salman’s thunderous star presence for sure. But what Kabir made out of an almost no-brainer masala flick with a loose script was beyond admiration.
Umesh Shukla for OMG Oh My God!
A Bollywood satire that was satirical in the truest form, OMG Oh My God! rightfully questioned and hammered upon the wrong notions and the beliefs that we have. Worshipping God isn’t a crime at all, but worshipping the saints and the purohits who call themselves demi-gods is definitely the point which Umesh’s strong screenplay nailed upon.
Yash Chopra for Jab Tak Hai Jaan
The King of Romance was back with his last directorial venture and before he could see the world savoring upon the masterpiece he created, he left us for the heavenly abode. But the gift that Yashji had left for us in the form of Jab Tak Hai Jaan was something beyond surreal. Depicting a romantic saga after ages, that too with a somewhat loose plot, Yashji’s direction definitely turned this film into a landmark. Driving in the best from all his protagonists and churning the film into a classic yet modern love ballad, Yash Chopra lived on with his boots on. We agree!
Arbaaz Khan for Dabangg 2
Matching up to the shoes of Abhinav Kashyap who turned the complete Bollywood story with his Dabangg was definitely difficult but not impossible for our first time actor-turned-director Arbaaz Khan. The dialogues might have lacked the punch than Dabangg had but Dabangg 2 was no way less than its prequel. Moreover, this movie stressed on the emotional aspect of our Robinhood-Pandey-now-Kung-Fu-Pandey even better!