Amidst all the flurry of directors that we have today, there are few who cracked open and made their presence felt in the industry in the bygone year! Ushering in commercial success like a maverick, and presenting their forte in the best manners possible, we have few directors who meticulously drove past ahead of their contemporaries as they make their way to this coveted list of the Best Directors for 2013, ones who brought in huge commercial and monetary gains for the fraternity and the guild thereby saving the industry of a major drought!
Mohit Suri for Aashiqui 2:
They say, as a director it is important to understand the audience pulse. And when you have someone as good on that ground as Mohit Suri, film making becomes more of a cakewalk. A powerfully written film that takes you through the emotional wringer was carefully helmed by a young director, who kind of bubbled all his emotions into this flick. The characters became oh-so-relatable in real life and the music made way for all the minor and some major warts and moles existing. All in all, had Mohit Suri not redefined Aashiqui on this scale again, it would have never been made! Period.
Ayan Mukerji for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani:
He wowed us delivering a brilliantly smashing and coming-of-age story in Wake Up Sid. Deconstructing the Sid in everyone’s life, he went over to direct a contemporary and extremely modern romantic tale that took love and friendship to a new level altogether, giving it a different dimension. His magic Midas touch worked wonders as his fun, frothy, candy floss ode to Friendship and Romance made huge moolah at the box office. One of the best young directors this generation will ever witness, Ayan Mukerji’s keen sense of detailing coupled with his lucid narrative skills made Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani a must watch. And only he could bring back the once-loved-real-life pair of Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone back on the silver screens. True that.
Rohit Shetty for Chennai Express:
No one does action better and as entertaining as this man. Definitely innovating the breed of action entertainers in this industry with huge sense of comical timings and power packed high octane death defying car and bike stunts, Rohit Shetty keeps his audience pepped up all throughout his flicks. Mindless and nonsensical as they might be, it’s Rohit Shetty’s powerful stroke of sheer brilliance and connect that makes the unbelievable come alive on screen. And with Chennai Express, he just revisited his old school of comic capers, with a total desi tadka. Meenamma could never have been Deepika’s most iconic character till date and SRK would have remained the same Rahul from his KKHH and DTPH days had Rohit shetty not re-invented them with his film. The film set records at the box offices and was a thorough entertainer. We agree.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag:
He is known for his classic stories and concepts but seldom did he taste as much commercial success as he did with this one. With his terrifically presented biopic on the athletic Milkha Singh, he not only set brilliant standards to filmmaking, but also added a new feather to his caps: that of a commercially viable film maker. Today, when films like a Bhaag Milkha Bhaag works at the box office and does great business along with a heavyweight starrer like a Dhoom 3 or a Chennai Express, it’s a brave testament to the film that audiences today give content a head on even if the films don’t boast of a Khan or a Kapoor. The fact that the Indian movie market has broadened its horizons and welcomed different kinds of films is overwhelming for any movie buff. And definitely Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra set the trend with his marvelous directorial venture.
Rakesh Roshan for Krrish 3:
He had made the superhero flick a revelation, years back and when he decided to come up with yet another installment of the same iconic superhero series, he decided to go all pomp and glamour. Filled with exquisite technicalities, Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3 was a hugely stylized affair where the style, the slick presentation and its hi-fi visual effects create a niche for itself. A powerful director of sorts, one whose films have mostly garnered huge financial profits, Krrish 3 also went ‘on records’ and as claimed to be one of the biggest money spinners of the year.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ramleela:
He’s always been a maverick, a marvel of a film maker who kind of paints pictures with his films. Every shot in the film can be picture framed and sold for a million bucks; each expression is so minutely caught on camera that nothing seems to miss the eagle eyes of this bewitching director. Although his directing prowess never quite catapulted him into the big commercial league, ever since the 100 crore phenomenon has stormed in the industry, he waited for his Ram to do all the Leela until he zoomed in the big league with his Raasleela. He’s got great vision and no doubt about his talent that this man envisions a particular project with a novel way of being unique. He certainly made Ranveer a superstar and gifted Deepika with her career best role and today as he stands on this list, we feel we are humbled to have one such Indian who makes us proud with his beautiful filmmaking!
Vijay Krishna Acharya for Dhoom 3:
His first film kind of burned him to ashes but it took him years to re-frame his state of mind and boast up his self confidence but when he decided to so, he did it with powerful determination. Dhoom 3 had to live upto the slickness, the style and the grandeur of its previous editions and with a failed director who could not prove himself with Tashan previously, it was a difficult task to achieve. Most thought! But once the film released, the certainty of Vijay Krishna Acharya’s techniques and filmmaking talent got proved and how! He made Dhoom 3 stand out and stand unique, thanks to its emotional gesticulations and strong storyline.