Breaking the norms and presenting a film that may not necessarily gain commercial success or have a globally appealing star cast is a difficult task and not many directors are ready to take that risk. Ever year, we are served with certain films that stun us with their honesty and class apart presentation.

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Here is a look at directors who did not play safe. Check out the nominations for Best Director with a Difference here :

Sharat Katariya: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Poster
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Poster

Sharat Katariya’s debut film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha won hearts all over. The film’s realistic elements helped the story not only make a relatable but also an enjoyable experience. Right from choosing locations that are apt for the story to creating the 90s era so perfectly, Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a good example of how good content can lead to a success irrespective of its commercial elements.

Harshavardhan Kulkarni : Hunterrr

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Hunterrr Movie Poster

Harshavardhan Kulkarni was handling a rather scandalous topic at hand. The story of a sex addict being portrayed in Bollywood is difficult. Kulkarni managed to handle the film’s subject in a non-vulgar fashion and kept the film far from being tagged as yet another ‘sex comedy’. In a modest budget, Kulkarni presented a film that was high on content than glamour.

Shonali Bose : Margarita with a Straw

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Margarita with a Straw Movie Poster

Margarita With A Straw was a film that was dealing with multiple subjects at hand. With Kalki Koechlin’s stellar performance, Shonali Bose made a film that addressed the issue of cerebral palsy patients, the way society deals with them and also the identity crisis of the protagonist who deals with homosexuality. Bose handled both the sensitive issues extremely well with her film.

Ketan Mehta: Manjhi The Mountain Man

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Manjhi The Mountain Man Movie Poster

A film that celebrated the life of a an unsung hero like Dashrath Manjhi, Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi The Mountain Man was an excellent biopic. Staying true to the real-life story, Mehta’s film made sure to throw light on the difficulties faced by those from the small towns of Gehlaur in Bihar. The film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, won a lot of critical acclaim for his performance.

Meghna Gulzar: Talvar

Talvar Movie Poster
Talvar Movie Poster

Talvar won a lot of praises from the critics and has managed to win the jury awards too. The Meghna Gulzar film was not a case of brilliant casting and acting but it was the execution that mattered the most. Based on India’s most controversial murder mystery, Gulzar’s film turned out to be a eye-opener of sorts. The film was made in a Akira Kurosawa style filmmaking.

Neeraj Ghaywan: Masaan

Masaan Movie Poster
Masaan Movie Poster

Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut film Masaan presented two different tales and how they confluence into one towards the end. His representation of the holy town of present day Varanasi was impressive. The director’s execution of a gauche Vicky Kaushal and Richa Chadda’s weary yet determined characters made the film exceptionally real and hard hitting. The film rightly captured the constant yet changing nature of Benrares like never before.

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