Directing a film is a Herculean task. As one needs to look into each and every department of filmmaking. Though, there are individuals who are assigned to head various departments such as photography, action, editing, music and production but the director still needs to be satisfied with their work. Filmmaking is considered to be a collective responsibility of everyone associated with a film. And yet, the director is known as the captain of the ship as it’s he/she who has to oversee everything and make sure that the film turns out well.
If you notice there are very few directors who have a long career span with a reasonable number of films in their kitty. One might wonder if directing maximum number of films is a sign of a brilliant director. No, not at all, as there are directors who take a longer period to shoot depending on the canvas of their films. For instance, S. S. Rajamouli took five years to complete both the films of Baahubali franchise. Directors like S. Shankar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ashutosh Gowariker to name a few take an year or more to direct a film. And there are directors for whom all these efforts seems to be a cakewalk. There are many but let’s take a look at five of them whose percentage of success is above 70%.
J. Sasikumar was a Malayalam film director. He has directed 141 films, which is the highest by any director in world cinema. He was widely regarded as the 'Hit Maker' as majority of his films were successful. There are two more world records in his name. One is doing maximum number of films with the same actor as hero. He has done 84 films with Prem Nazir. And the other is directing maximum films in a year. He directed 15 films in the year 1977. In 2012, the Kerala State Government honored him with prestigious JC Daniel Award.
K. Balachander has directed more than 70 films in four languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi). He was regarded as the master of unconventional films. He was the mentor of the National Award-winning actor Kamal Haasan. Some of his landmark films are Neerkumizhi, Iru Kodugal, Aval Oru Thodharkathai, Apoorva Raagangal, Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu and Ek Duuje Ke Liye.
Priyadarshan has directed nearly 90 films in various languages, mainly in Malayalam and Hindi. His collaboration with Megastar Mohanlal is the most celebrated one in the Malayalam film industry. They have done more than 15 films together. Some of his films that gained cult status are Boeing Boeing, Thalavattam, Vellanakalude Nadu, Chithram, Vandanam, Kilukkam, Mithunam and Kala Pani. He has also directed 26 films in Hindi, which is the highest by any director in Bollywood after David Dhawan. Some of his popular Hindi films are Gardish, Virasat, Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala and Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
He has directed more than 50 films in various languages, predominantly in Tamil and Telugu. His films Sankarabharanam (1979) and Sagara Sangamam (1983) were included in CNN-IBN's (now known as CNN-News18) list of 100 Greatest Indian films of all time. In 1992, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India. His film Swati Mutyam with Kamal Haasan and Radikaa in the leads is regarded as a cult classic and was the official entry of India for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.
Sathyan Anthikad is a Malayalam film director who has done more than 50 films. Majority of his films had Mohanlal and Jayaram in the lead. And the director has delivered maximum hits with these two. His film Sandesam is considered as the best political satire ever made in the history of Indian cinema and was listed in CNN-IBN's (now known as CNN-News18) list of 100 Greatest Indian Films of all time. Some of his famous films are T. P. Balagopalan M.A, Gandhinagar 2nd Street, Nadodikkattu, Varavelpu, Santhanagopalam, Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal and Manassinakkare.