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Bollywood's 10 YOUNGEST Hitmakers!

Last updated on: July 08, 2014 17:55 IST

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Here's looking at Bollywood's youngest director talent.

Director Mohit Suri has done it again.

Just a year after Aashiqui 2, he has struck gold again with Ek Villain, which is steadily marching towards the Rs 100 crore mark.

At the age of 33, he's among the youngest Bollywood directors with maximum number of movie releases to his credit, and most of them hits.

We look at the industry's young talent, and their success rate behind the camera.

Mohit Suri

Age: 33
Hits: 7
Flops: 2

Making about an average of one film every year and maintaining a good success record, Mohit Suri has accumulated an impressive repertoire -- he's released nine films in nine years! Out of them, only two were flops, Awarapan and Crook

He may be looking at international cinema for inspiration but his graph has gone up from Zeher, Kalyug and Woh Lamhe to Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Murder 2, Aashiqui 2 and now Ek Villain.

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Image: Mohit Suri with Ritesh Deshmukh and Siddharth Malhotra
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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Ayan Mukerji

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Age: 30
Hits: 2
Flops: 0

The youngest of the lot, Ayan Mukerji has made two distinct films -- Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Confessing that he was unhappy with 'just decent' business of the former, Ayan must be thrilled that his Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer went on to garner six times the moolah of his directorial debut.

An insider, who is related to the famed Mukherjee family, he is here to stay.


Image: Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor
Photographs: abhijit Mhamunkar

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Ali Abbas Zafar

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Age: 32
Hits: 2
Flops: 0

When Ali Abbas Zafar made his debut with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, it appeared to be a safe bet, and he hit gold with the romcom affair.

It also seemed that coming from the house of Yash Raj Films, the youngster would continue to make musical love stories.

However, he turned it all upside down with Gunday, which had an altogether different texture, and demonstrated his range.


Image: Ali Abbas Zafar with the cast of Gunday Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Maneesh Sharma

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Age: 33
Hits: 3
Flops: 0

A Delhi boy, Maneesh Sharma showed in his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat that he understood the city well.

Later, even though his Ladies v/s Ricky Behl did better business, the reviews as well as audience appreciation was mixed.

His next film Shuddh Desi Romance got a better response.

He will now enter the big league with Shah Rukh Khan's Fan.


Image: Maneesh Sharma with the cast of Band Bajaa Baaraat Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Siddharth Anand

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Age: 36
Hits: 4
Flops: 0

Consistent when it comes to making safe movies, Siddharth Anand has not seen a flop at all, with releases like Salaam Namaste, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ta Ra Rum Pum and Anjaana Anjaani.

Though his films have garnered mixed reviews, what stays consistent is a polished look and some fabulous foreign locations.

Now his film Bang Bang, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, is all set to embark on a global 'darshan'!


Image: Siddharth annad along with the cast of Anjaana Anjaani Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor and producer Sajid Nadiawala
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Rohit Shetty

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Age: 40
Hits: 7
Flops: 2

Rohit Shetty has generated the maximum business for Bollywood in the decade gone by.

His first film Zameen, starring Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan, didn't do as well, but he changed gears with the comedy Golmaal series.

All The Best did not work but Singham and Bol Bachchan, followed by Chennai Express, did the super trick.

While Singham Returns looks very hot, Rohit will begin his next venture with Shah Rukh Khan in 2015.


Image: Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty on the sets of singham


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Neeraj Pandey

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Age: 40
Hits: 2
Flops: 0

Neeraj Pandey waited for quite some time before A Wednesday finally saw the light of the day and grew from strength to strength.

This wasn't the beginning of a rosy road ahead for the director though, as he had to wait all over again before Akshay Kumar entrusted him with Special 26.

The film saw critical acclaim as well as the audience's nod of approval, and now, Akshay and he are working together again on Baby.


Image: Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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Abhishek Kapoor

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Age: 42
Hits: 2
Flops: 1

When Abhishek Kapoor directed Aryan with Sohail Khan, many felt that it would be an end of the road for the man who had started his career as an actor a few years ago.

Things changed drastically with Rock On!, which was quite an unconventional affair.

His next film Kai Po Che! again was truly different.

He is now making Fitoor.


Image: Abhishek Kapoor with the cast of Kai Po Che! Sushant Singh, Raj Kummar Rao, Amit Sadh
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Reema Kagti

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Age: 42
Hits: 2
Flops: 0

A non-conformist, both personally as well as professionally, Reema Kagti made an unassuming debut with Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.

The film was a decent success and noticed for its unique narrative.

She waited though to pick her next and entered big league with Talaash, where she roped in Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji.

One waits to see what she picks up next.


Image: Rani Mukerji, Reema Kagti, Javed
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Aanand L Rai

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Age 43
Hits: 2
Flops: 2

When Aanand L Rai made his directorial debut with Strangers, the film couldn't even survive a week.

Released sans any promotion, this well-made thriller sunk without a trace.

Later, his Thoda Life Thoda Magic saw a small release too.

The huge turnaround happened once Aanand came into his own with Tanu Weds Manu.

Raanjhanaa worked as well, and now he is working on the Tanu Weds Manu sequel.


Image: Aanand L Rai with the cast of Raanjhanaa Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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