Films are a director-driven medium. With millions at stake, the pressure is immense. Making a film also requires an unshakable amount of dedication. Some directors manage to nail their debut as if they have been making films since ages. Most of us know such directors – Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai MBBS), Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hai), Karan Johar (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), Imtiaz Ali (Socha Na Tha), Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance), Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday), Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge) and more. But here are 10 directors with brilliant debuts, which you may not have known about.
1. Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
What a way to mark Sridevi’s comeback.
2. Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Khamoshi
This man has gone on to make some of the greatest films in Bollywood – Devdas, Black, Saawariya, Guzaarish, Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani.
3. Aamir Khan – Taare Zameen Par
Directed by Mr. Perfectionist himself, he also produced it and acted in it.
4. Shoojit Sircar – Yahaan
He then made the acclaimed film Vicky Donor and also wrote the powerful film, Pink.
5. Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
After making this cult film, he also made the brilliantly crafted film, Trapped.
6. Dibakar Banerjee – Khosla ka Ghosla
Even with a small budget, it did well at the box office.
7. Sriram Raghavan – Ek Hasina Thi
He followed this with another thriller, Johnny Gaddaar, before making Agent Vinod as well.
8. Shimit Amin – Ab Tak Chhappan
While this one was great, he smashed it with the award-winning Chak De! India.
9. Prabhu Deva – Wanted
Everybody’s favorite dancer also became everyone’s favorite director for a while, when he made his Bollywood directorial debut.
10. Karan Malhotra – Agneepath
Perhaps his only good film so far, his debut film was a successful remake.