As human beings, we all have different shades to ourselves and we all have many stories to share. Artists, though, have the capability to tell the stories to the world. Bollywood has seen extremely talented story-tellers.
While there are filmmakers who say the same story in a different setting, some have really taken challenges up and made it a point to tell different stories.
Vishal Bhardwaj is best known for his Shakespeare adaptations and music compositions.
In 2002, Vishal gave us the nightmarish Shabana Azmi in Makdee, as a kid I could not sleep for a week. Makdee revolved around a Munni and Makdee (a 100-year-old witch) who asked for 100 hens in exchange to release Chunni, her twin sister. A year later we saw Maqbool hit the theatres and in 2014, this man gave us the masterpiece called ‘Haider’. One man who can tell such contrasting stories is a genius.
2. Anurag Basu
Anurag Basu has directed 14 films in his 18-year-old career.
It is hard to believe that the same director who gave Bollywood a film like ‘Murder’ could go ahead and make ‘Barfi’ or even a larger than life musical ‘Jagga Jasoos’.’ Murder’ was Bollywood’s Unfaithful and the movie gave us Emraan Hashmi. 8 years later, we get to see a deaf and dumb Ranbir Kapoor and the most adorable Priyanka Chopra; undoubtedly a movie we will never get tired of.
Anurag Kashyap’s directorial debut still remains unreleased.
Did anyone know in the year 2007, Anurag Kashyap wrote and directed an animated movie known as ‘Return of Hanuman’? Yes, that was Anurag Kashyap. The same man went on to give us a cult classic like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.
Raman Raghav 2.0 was crafted by the same man who made ‘Paanch’ and well, Return of Hanuman, for heaven’s sake!
4. Rohit Shetty
Rohit Shetty has directed 14 films in his 15-year-old career.
Most of you might not remember but a movie known as ‘Zameen’ that released in 2003, was Rohit Shetty’s debut in the industry. It revolved around two officers who join forces to fight against terrorists who hijack a plane. It starred Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, and Ajay Devgn. Then he made Golmaal: Fun Unlimited and rest is history.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has directed 9 films in his 17-year-old career.
There was a movie saw Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee together. The plot was literally like Freaky Friday but here, it is between a cop and a terrorist. The terrorist’s soul gets transferred into the cop’s body. Freaky Friday with a tadka you never thought it needed.
5 years later, this man wrote and directed Rang De Basanti. We could go on and on about how amazing this movie is but you already know.
6. Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt has directed 53 films in his 48-year-old career.
He delivered a masterpiece like ‘Arth’ which revolved around a film-maker who leaves his wife for an actress and how she finds her identity.
16 years later, he made Duplicate which showed two Shah Rukh Khans. One was a don and a chef. Two extremely different movies, one brilliant man.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has crafted 1o films in his 19-year-old career.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first movie was ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’. The Salman Khan and Manisha Koirala where a deaf and mute parents daughter finds love and music through Salman Khan. He went ahead to make a completely different Ram Leela and recently Padmaavat. Unlike Devdas and Bajirao Mastani, Khamoshi wasn’t a grand movie.
Shoojit Sircar is fondly called ‘dada’ and has directed 6 films in his 13-year-long career.
‘..Yahaan’ was Shoojit Sircar’s first outing as a director at the movies. Shoojit Sircar made this inter-caste love story based in Kashmir. The film starred Jimmy Shergill and Minissha Lamba.
The same man delivered Vicky Donor after seven years. October is an extremely different movie Bollywood has ever attempted.
We hope that like life, these directors too, keep on surprising us.