The year 2014 has an interesting line-up of new directors, making films that look promising. We take a look.
Cinema thrives on fresh bursts of ideas and constant innovation to prosper.
Every year brings its share of promising new talent on the fore. And 2014 looks no different with its line up of several new directors.
Take a look.
Soumik Sen, Gulaab Gang
Release date: March 7
After acquiring a Masters' degree in economics, Soumik Sen pursued journalism only to realise his true calling in films.
Following writing assignments in films like Anthony Kaun Hai, Ru-Ba-Ru, Meerabai Not Out and Hum Tum Aur Ghost, Sen is ready with Gulaab Gang, a fiery tale of feminism that pits 1990s rivals Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla against each other.
Divya Khosla Kumar, Yaariyan
Release date: January 10
T-Series honcho Bhushan Kumar’s significant other and erstwhile actress (Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon), Divya Khosla Kumar is ready to take on a brand new role of director.
Her Yaariyan is a youth-oriented campus caper than focuses on the usual concerns of this age group.
Vinil Matthew, Hasee Toh Phasee
Release date: February 7
With solid ad filmmaking experience to boot, Vinil Matthew is ready to make his mark under the Dharma-Phantom banner with Hasee Toh Phasee.
Starring Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, the romantic comedy is about the oddball chemistry between a clueless boy and loopy girl.
Sajid-Farhad, Its Entertainment
Release date: May 1
From writing lyrics to scripts, the writer duo responsible for mindless masalas like Housefull 2, Himmatwala, Bol Bachchan and Golmaal Returns are now gearing up for their directorial debut, Its Entertainment.
Though they insist the Akshay Kumar-Tammanah vehicle will include only ‘clean humour.’
Vikramjit Singh, Roy
Release date: June 20
Vikramjit aka Vicky Singh dumped a lucrative job in the banking sector to pursue a career in films.
Singh, who also happens to be Ranbir Kapoor’s school-time chum, makes his directorial debut with a romance triangle Roy, which features his buddy in an extended cameo along with Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandes in central roles.
Shashank Khaitan, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
(Tentative) Release date: June 27
The Student of the Year jodi -- Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt -- reunites for another Dharma confection, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania directed by newbie Shashank Khaitan.
An alumnus of Whistling Woods Internationa, Khaitan is said to pay tribute to the modern day classic, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in his maiden attempt.
Omung Kumar, The yet untitled Mary Kom biopic
Release date: Not finalised yet
Known for his vibrant production design in films (Saawariya, Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Yuvvraaj) and television shows (Bigg Boss, Just Dance), Omung Kumar is taking his creativity to an altogether challenging level with his filmmaking aspirations.
And his first film is not just any regular affair but the biopic of champion Indian boxer Mary Kom to be essayed by Priyanka Chopra.
Devika Bhagat, One By Two
Release date: January 31
With extensive screenplay writing experience to her credit (Manorama Six Feet Under, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Aisha and Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Devika Bhagat is all set to extend her vision as filmmaker.
Bhagat concocts her speciality -- urban romances for the Abhay Deol-Preeti Desai starrer, One By Two, which is slated for a January end release.
Abhishek Varman, 2 States
Photographs: Rediff Archives
Release date: April 18
Looking at the response to 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che!, it’s quite obvious Chetan Bhagat’s books are hugely successful as movie adaptations.
Abhishek Varman, who assisted Karan Johar on My Name is Khan and Ashutosh Gowarikar on Jodhaa Akbar, is next in line to turn his most personal book, 2 States, a north-meets-south romance echoing Bhagat’s own life story featuring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
Sajid Ali, Banana
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
Release date: Summer 2014
With highly appreciated films like Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Rockstar, Imtiaz Ali is regarded as one of the most respected filmmakers of Bollywood.
Younger brother, Sajid Ali hopes to follow the Highway director’s footsteps with his first directorial venture, Banana produced and starring an already impressed, John Abraham.
Samar Shaikh, Bobby Jasoos
Release date: Summer 2014
Bobby Jasoos already attracted its share of attention after images of a virtually unrecognisable Vidya Balan, in the garb of a street beggar, surfaced in the papers.
Directed by Samar Shaikh, known for his contribution to the art department of several Yashraj capers (Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Dhoom franchise, Bunty Aur Babli, Tashan, Chak De! India) is now all set to direct a full-fledged feature film about a lady sleuth named Bobby Jasoos.