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How first-time directors fared this year

More than 30 debutant directors entered Bollywood this year. While some rose to fame, others sank without trace

Every year sees fresh faces attempting to win the audience with their histrionics. Equally important are some of the talents from behind the camera that deserve to be focused on. Some prominent ones were...


Kiran Rao: 'Dhobi Ghat'
Being Mrs Aamir Khan ensured that despite an offbeat film, it was marketed and promoted well.
BO fate: Hit The film's budget was about R 10 crore and it went on to make about as much more from all sources of revenue.
Next step: Kiran's next is reportedly based on a concept by Aamir Khan. She is also reportedly working on another script with the backdrop of classical music..



Parvin Dabas: 'Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande'
Actor and underwater photography enthusiast Pravin Dabas forayed into production and direction with this one. BO fate: Flop. However, Dabas' efforts received critical acclaim
Next step: Not known.



Satyajit Bhatkal: 'Zokkomon'

An advocate by profession, he started by documenting the making of Lagaan, a book and also the much-acclaimed Chale Chalo.
BO fate: Flop
Next step: Not known



Abhinay Deo : 'Game', 'Delhi Belly'

An advertising professional, Deo got lucky with two chances this year, Game for Farhan Akhtar's production house and Delhi Belly for Aamir Khan's productions..
BO fate: While the thriller Game found no takers, the adult comedy, Delhi Belly was a hit and well appreciated.
Next step: Not Known.



'Tere Mere Phere': Deepa Sahi (Comedy/Romance)

Actress Deepa Sahi turned director with this one.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not known..



Luv Ranjan: 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama'

Despite running into some censor trouble, this comedy was well appreciated.
BO fate: Hit
Next Step: Ranjan along with his producer Abhishek Pathak is planning a sequel to the film.



Remo D'souza: 'F.A.L.T.U'

This choreographer turned director's film had nothing new to offer, except for a pacy party anthem, Char baj gaye.
BO fate: A surprise hit. Producer Vashu Bhagnani also made money by selling the satellite rights for R 12 crores.
Next Step: Remo's planning one more film for Bhagnani, with of course, Jackky Bhagnani in the lead. PNC has signed him to direct their next film.



Pankaj Kapur: 'Mausam'

Considering his reputation as an actor, everyone waited with bated breathe for Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut. Billed as a romance saga spanning across five continents and about eight years, the film took the biggest opening for a Shahid Kapoor starrer.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not known



Barnali Ray Shukla: 'Kucch Luv Jaisaa'

This female oriented film ended up being a big bore, in spite of having the talented Shefali Shah playing the lead, with doting husband Vipul Shah producing it.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not known



Amol Gupte: 'Stanley Ka Dabba'

His foray into direction was aborted after actor-producer and good friend Aamir Khan took over the reins of Taare Zameen Par. Nonetheless, Amol Gupte's debut Stanley Ka Dabba, in which he cast his own son Partho earned a lot of critical acclaim.
BO fate: Average hit
Next Step: Gupte has already started working on his next script.



Raghav Dhar: 'My Friend Pinto'

Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced this one but wasn't really liked by masses and critics alike.
BO fate: Flop. The movie is said to have barely registered 10 per cent occupancy.
Next Step: Not known



Bejoy Nambiar: 'Shaitan'

Erstwhile assistant of Mani Ratnam, Bejoy Nambiar's debut was produced by Anurag Kashyap. The thriller managed to get much critical acclaim.
BO fate: However, it didn't make any money for Viacom 18 Motion pictures.
Next Step: Nambiar is said to be busy scripting a gangster comedy.



Rohit Dhawan : 'Desi Boyz'

Rohit Dhawan followed on his father David Dhawan's footsteps and directed a corny comedy for Eros, which invested R 70 crore in the film.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not Known.



Nila Madhab Panda: 'I Am Kalam'

Yet another children's film, I Am Kalam earned international acclaim even before its release here. The child star of the film, Harsh Mayyar, also won a National Award for the film.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not Known.



'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan': Ali Abbas Zafar (Romance)
Yash Raj Films gave a dream platform for Ali Abbas Zafar, with a good cast and a sizeable budget of R 30 crore.
BO fate: Hit. Even though the film was nothing to write home about, it made more than R 60 crore from all avenues.
Next Step: Zafar will be directing yet another movie with Katrina, Imran for Yashraj productions.

Mrigdeep Singh Lamba: 'Teen Thay Bhai'
There were high expectation as the film was produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. But the film wasn't up to the mark.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not known.

Sohan Roy: 'Dam 999'
Roy's film is said to have re-ignited the Mallaperiyar dam fight between the Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments. The movie was banned in the South.
BO fate: Flop
Next Step: Not known

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