It's the year of debutants. It won't be surprising if one were to say that the ongoing year belongs to debutant directors. Fresh talents have been pouring in numbers in this amazing cauldron called Bollywood. What background these directors have is hardly of any concern. Not even six months have gone by and judging by the number of films released as many as six directors are through with their debut film and now are on with their next and in the next few months an equal number are in queue with their films - all set to hit the marquee.
Its the year of debutants. It wont be surprising if one were to say that the ongoing year belongs to debutant directors. Fresh talents have been pouring in numbers in this amazing cauldron called Bollywood. What background these directors have is hardly of any concern. Not even six months have gone by and judging by the number of films released as many as six directors are through with their debut film and now are on with their next and in the next few months an equal number are in queue with their films - all set to hit the marquee. But if one were to have an introspection of what these debutant did, for some it was a disaster but for others it was a sweet success.
Tashan and Bhootnath were hyped to no limits but in the litmus test at box office, both proved to be damp squibs. Vijay Krishna Acharya aka Victors Tashan was one of the most awaited films of the year but despite the presence of a stellar star cast nothing could save it from sinking at the box office. The face off YRF had with multiplex association aggravated things further and a lackluster screenplay proved to be the last nail in its coffin. But Victor, who assisted Kundan Shah for his film Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa, has reasons to enjoy; YRF bosses believed in his film. The literature graduated despite having made Bombay as his base as early as 1992 finally got to direct a film of his own only in 2008.
Head honcho of BR Films, Ravi Chopra had similar faith aka Aditya for his protg Vivek Sharma. Vivek before directing Bhootnath had a sound grounding in various departments of film making by assisting his mentor and having worked with SRK before. Bhootnath had everything to go by - two superstars in one film, bringing back the much-loved combo of SRK and Juhi and an able marketing hype surrounding the film. But blame it on IPL, despite a decent effort, it tanked at the box office thereby leaving exhibitors stranded at box office counters with no long-standing queues to support them. Vivek had struggled for 12 years before finally getting an opportunity to assist Mahesh Bhatt.
Thankfully Kunal Deshmukh did not had to suffer such a fate. His debut film Jannat fetched him three star ratings in most of the newspapers and TV channels. Despite a not-so-saleable starcast, Jannat because of its lilting score and a strong storyline captured audiences attention and thus the cash registers for once in the bad phase of IPL rang. Age was no factor for this 24-year-old director who started by assisting films of Bhatt camp. Kalyug, Zeher, Awarapan, Woh Lamhe were few films were Kunal or more popularly KD, as he is known in the Bhatt camp, got his sound fitting.
Ajay Devgan had everything going for - an amazing actress by his side, a powerful marketing hype coupled with able tunes of Vishal Bharadwaj, were some factors which have this potent ability of bringing audiences to theatres. But despite a moving story nothing got going for this film. Jaideep Sen was another victim. His Krazzy 4 stopped Filmcrafts streak of giving one hit after another. The film was a disaster from day one and it amply proved that the only thing, which works in Bollywood is stars and not performers. The histrionics of Arshad Warsi, Rajpal Yadav, and Irfan Khan was just not enough to garner audience to see their antics. Jaideep started as an assistant to Harry Baweja and from there moved on to assist Raj Kanwar and finally got to make his debut for Rakesh Roshans banner.
But those mentioned above have already tasted the success of their first release whatever their fate be. The forthcoming months will witness another galaxy of stars that would be helming affairs behind the camera. Abbas Tyrewala tops the list. Known better in the film fraternity as dialogue writer and as a lyricist, Abbas would get to see his baby Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa on 4th July, the same day as Love Story 2050. Abbas has nothing much to worry as he has the backing of the maverick producer Aamir Khan also the man with the Midas touch. The film is already making news with its good compositions made by none other than AR Rahman and the digs, which Aamir has been taking at various stars of the film fraternity as part of the promotional gimmick of the film.
The promo of Hijack looks promising and as the title suggests centers around the theme of Hijack. This film would mark the debut of Kunal Shivdasani at the age of 35 years. Before directing this acting thriller with Esha Deol and Shiney Ahuja, Kunal has to his credit of directing over 300 commercials.
With C Company, writer Sachin Yardi too will don the mantle of director. Sachin assisted Madhur Bhandarkar during his initial films and penned the raunchy Kya Kool Hai Hum and the more thought provoking Traffic Signal. If reports are to be believed C Company talks about few middle class people a genre now forgotten but was staple of filmmakers in the era of 70s.
The first film of Arjun Chandramohan Bali led him to Thailand. Ru-ba-ru, the title of his film is a romantic drama with Randeep Hooda and newcomer Shahana Goswami. Bali holds years of experience in the advertising world, his resumes mentions names of leading firms like Lowe, Ogilvy, Darcy, McCann and Leo Burnett. His short-films have also been part of many international film festivals. Throughout his career in Media, Bali has consistently applied his expertise in visual communication, writing and design in television, film and computer game design. Bali is a gold medallist and holds thorough knowledge of Japanese society and culture.
It a tough fight out there to bring audiences to theatres but with new ideas and talents, Bollywood is witnessing a revolution in its own way. And revolutions are always welcome.