A director is like the captain of the ship, carrying the load of making a story, a script come alive with his execution on the screen. The style of story telling from script to screenplay is a way that works wonders and is a cinematic treat for the audiences. And so here we nominate the directors with best film in 2014 that created magic.

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Vikas Bahl – Queen (2014)

Vikas Bahl and 'Queen (2014)' Movie Poster
Vikas Bahl and ‘Queen (2014)’ Movie Poster

This comedy – drama was a simple story said in the simplest way. The Kangana Ranaut starrer touched the hearts of many. Vikas Bahl’s direction was so natural that not even for a second the audience could get their eyes off. The theme of the movie was kept intact with the perfect set up, symbolism and elements that made the emotions of Queen ‘Rani’ look real and strike a connection with the audiences. The movie swept away maximum awards and also turned out to be a surprise hit at the Box- Office. For the beautiful portrayal of Rani’s story, Vikas Bahl takes a place in our list of nominations for the director with best film.

AR Murugadoss – Holiday : A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014)

AR Murugadoss and 'Holiday (2014)' Movie Poster
AR Murugadoss and ‘Holiday (2014)’ Movie Poster

Known for making high octane action thrillers, A.R. Murugadoss delivered a quality product in terms of intelligence and content with a sensible action film Holiday. The Hindi remake (starring Akshay Kumar) of his Tamil film Thuppakki was justified to quiet an extent. And so takes a spot in our list of nominations for director with best film.

Mohit Suri – Ek Villain (2014)

Mohit Suri and 'Ek Villain (2014)' Movie Poster
Mohit Suri and ‘Ek Villain (2014)’ Movie Poster

Ek Villain was inspired by the South Korean revenge film I Saw the Devil. The plot was quite exciting, and it was Mohit Suri’s direction which made the film turn out to be a Super hit at the box office. He made it a constantly watchable affair and like many of his films, it was the romantic sequences, and tracks that added as a plus point. Well, for his style of story telling that griped the audience for long, Mohit Suri takes a place in our list of nominations for director with best film in 2014.

Hansal Mehta – Citylights (2014)

Hansal Mehta and 'CityLights (2014)' Movie Poster
Hansal Mehta and ‘CityLights (2014)’ Movie Poster

As expected from this national award winning director, Hansal Mehta did an excellent job with Citylights as well. The film was a remake of a British film Metro Manila, but Mehta did not replicate it, and gave his style of direction and storytelling. Rajkumar Rao too was applauded for his performance and the music of the film too garnered popularity. Undoubtedly, the film had to take a place in our list of nominations for director with best film.

Pradeep Sarkar – Mardaani (2014)

Pradeep Sarkar and 'Mardaani (2014)' Movie Poster
Pradeep Sarkar and ‘Mardaani (2014)’ Movie Poster

Who better than Pradeep Sarkar could bring this subject of ‘child trafficking’ in such a brilliant manner by not making it complex at the story and direction level. The way he weaved the story of the victim ‘Pyaari’ the cop ‘Shivani Shivaji Roy’ and the insane villain ‘Karan Rastogi (Walt)’ came across as unfolding of layers one by one and breaking the web. For the intellectual execution of the intense and dark subject, Pradeep Sarkar deservingly takes a spot in our list of nominations for director with best film.

Vishal Bhardwaj – Haider (2014)

Vishal Bhardwaj and 'Haider (2014)' Movie Poster
Vishal Bhardwaj and ‘Haider (2014)’ Movie Poster

Vishal Bhardwaj’s robust staging of Hamlet against the troubled landscape of Kashmir at the peak of militancy in the mid-nineties and placing his protagonist in the backdrop with an engaging story makes ‘Haider‘ more than just a film. Bhardwaj beautifully encapsulated the territorial and time set up with the identity conflict of the characters. For giving such a cinematic treat, Vishal Bhardwaj deservingly takes a place In our list of nominations for director with best film.

Rajkumar Hirani – PK (2014)

Rajkumar Hirani and 'PK (2014)' Movie Poster
Rajkumar Hirani and ‘PK (2014)’ Movie Poster

PK, a satire on Hindu god and their godmen, interprets religion and beliefs, through an outsider’s eyes that is PK, an alien. Rajkumar Hirani knows very well how to prove his point in a way that it neither sounds preachy nor seems forced. He is a master of his craft. The movie did had great social and cinematic impact by offering a different way of thinking, modern in a traditional sense. For his light yet intrigue film, Rajkumar Hirani takes a place in our list of nominations for director with best film.

Anurag Kashyap – Ugly (2014)

Anurag Kashyap and 'Ugly (2014)' Movie Poster
Anurag Kashyap and ‘Ugly (2014)’ Movie Poster

Like many of his films, Ugly too was screened at International Film Festivals before releasing in India. This drama thriller was written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. Anurag’s style of unravelling the realism of lives through his characters gives for a strong, quality content in his style of storytelling which looks effortlessly brilliant in his film. Hence, takes place in our list of nominations for director with best film.

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