Bollywood’s Top Directors – First Half 2012
We often watch a film for its star cast, music or story. But sometimes, we end up liking people behind the camera more than those in front of it. Talking about them, the leader of this gang is the director. He is the captain of the ship of the film. His direction can either lead the ship to the shore, or drown it in the vast ocean. Hence, a director’s role is very important in deciding the fate of a film.
Lately, Bollywood has witnessed many new directors on the rise, who have led their films to the hit-superhit-blockbuster clubs. A great example of this would be Abhinav Kashyap, whose debut direction ‘Dabangg’ went on to become a blockbuster hit. An ordinary story was well-treated by Kashyap, and his unique style and the presence of brand Salman Khan kicked off the trend of hits and superhits at the box office.
Another instance would be that of director Maneesh Sharma, whose debut film Band Bajaa Baraat struck gold with the audience, as the entire cast grabbed many eyeballs for the excellent work done by them.
If the new bunch of directors is creating ripples in the industry, the experts of the business are not letting themselves be far behind in the rat-race. The very name of these directors and the fact that they cast cleverly in their films gives them a decent opening at the box office. Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani, Rohit Shetty, Sajid Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar are some of the names which have successfully delivered back-to-back hits and handled big budgets tactfully.
Not just these, directors from down south are also making a grand entry into the industry with their superhit remakes. If Murugadoss hit it right with Ghajini, Siddique hit the blockbuster with Bodyguard! And not to forget the latest sensation ace choreographer-turned director Prabhudeva, who hit the jackpot twice with Wanted and Rowdy Rathore. These filmmakers have got it in them to make it big in Bollywood.
Let’s take a quick look at such star-directors and captains who added great numbers to the Bollywood 6 month Profit and Loss Account:
The year 2012 began with a smash hit, thanks to a certain Karan Malhotra along with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. A first-time director, Malhotra made the remake of Agneepath quite intelligently and earned the blockbuster status. The presence of Hrithik Roshan also helped a great deal.
The way he made his ‘Kahaani’ known to the audience was commendable. Vidya Balan was the right choice for a film like that, and Mr. Ghosh proved that at the end of day, a film works due to its content.
He took his Housefull legacy a step further by delivering Housefull 2. The film became a bigger hit than the original production of the franchise, grossing more than a 100-crore and also maintaining Sajid Khan’s identity as an ace-hit director.
Another director who proved that a film does not become big with the presence of big names. It is the story and its reproduction to the audience that matters. Vicky Donor launched Sircar as a new director, John Abraham as a producer and television stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam as the coming-of-age leads.
His first Bolly directorial venture Wanted, starring Salman Khan, turned out to be a massive hit. And he did it again with Rowdy Rathore, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. The film got mixed reviews, but who cares if it earned a 100-crore at the BO??
The director, who became known for his films like Do Dooni Chaar, Band Bajaa Baraat and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, continued the trend with Ishaqzaade. Newcomer Arjun Kapoor was well-received and Parineeti Chopra became a hot property, thanks to Mr. Faisal!
He is not new to the industry, and he knows how to play his cards well. His Gangs of Wasseypur turned out to be the dark horse of the first half, and became a surprise hit. Part II of the same film is ready for release.
The next time you watch a film, think of the efforts put in the by the director. If you like the film, praise him, and if you don’t, then you know who is to be blamed!