Some of Bollywood's top directors started very young.
Some of Bollywood's finest films have been made by very young directors.
From Sooraj Barjatya to Mohit Suri, directors -- barely in their 20s -- have managed to showcase their vision brilliantly on the big screen.
Here's looking at some of the youngest blockbuster directors.
Debuted with Maine Pyar Kiya at 25
Sooraj Barjatya changed the face of Bollywood romantic dramas with the Salman Khan and Bhagyashree-starrer Maine Pyaar Kiya.
His subsequent films -- the monster hit Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!, Hum Saath Saath Hain, and Vivaah reflected Barjatya's strong familial values.
He has reunited with his favourite leading man Salman Khan for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Debuted with Andaz at 24
Ramesh Sippy made a beautiful mature romance with Shammi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Rajesh Khanna in Andaz.
He went on to make many more cult movies like Sholay and Shaan, as well as hits like Seeta Aur Geeta, Shakti and Saagar.
Debuted with Zeher at 23
One of the youngest directors at 23, Suri also holds the enviable record of having had as many as nine releases in nine years.
He has also tackled an impressive variety of genres too, be it crime thriller (Ek Villain), romantic musical (Aashiqui 2), horror (Raaz - The Mystery Continues), drama (Awarapan) and adultery (Zeher).
How about a comedy now, Mohit?
Debuted with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at 24
Even though he has directed only three films in 20 years, Aditya Chopra is widely considered to be one of the best directors in Bollywood.
Most of this steady stream of adulation comes from his debut Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that has famously stood the test of time.
Debuted with Wake Up Sid at 26
Ayan Mukherjee's Wake Up Sid, starring his close pal Ranbir Kapoor, is widely hailed as a well-made coming-of-age story.
His second film, the multi-starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, went on to become the biggest blockbuster of Ranbir Kapoor's career so far.
Ayan is reportedly set to bring out his third film in the winter of 2016.
Debuted with Dil Chahta Hai at 27
Farhan redefined buddy comedies in Hindi with his stylishly urban debut, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Khanna, Preity Zinta, Dimple Kapadia and Sonali Kulkarni.
Though the film was successful mainly in cities on its release in the pre-multiplex era, it has grown as a cult amongst all age groups.
Farhan followed up his debut success with Lakshya and the Don films.
Ram Gopal Varma
Debuted with Siva at 27
With over 45 films to his credit as a director, not many know that Ram Gopal Varma started out very young.
He made Siva with Nagarjuna in Telugu, which was later released in Hindi as Shiva.
A non-conformist to the core, RGV went on to make quite a few cult films like Rangeela, Company, Satya, Sarkar, Bhoot and many more in years that followed.
Debuted with Salaam Namaste at 27
Aditya Chopra was so impressed with a young Siddharth Anand that he signed him on for a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films.
Anand started with the hip and refreshing rom-com Salaam Namaste, starring Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.
After a series of feel-good films, Siddharth tackled action with one of the most expensive films of all times, the Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bang Bang, and entered the Rs 100 crore club last year.
Debuted with I Hate Luv Storys at 28
Karan Johar has mentored many talents in Bollywood, one of them being Punit Malhotra.
Malhotra's debut film I Hate Luv Storys was a decent success and helped Sonam Kapoor's career too.
His follow-up Gori Tere Pyar Mein failed to replicate his debut success though.
Debuted with Zameen at 30
Rohit Shetty took his time to turn to direction but is one of the most successful directors in Bollywood today.
With 10 films in 11 years, his films have made more money than any of his contemporaries.
Shetty also holds the record of helming as many as five Rs 100-crore films!