With new and unique content coming in everyday, here is an appreciation for some Bollywood directors from recent times that make us fall in love with movies again and again!
Praise for Shoojit Sircar would be very incomplete without praise for writer Juhi Chaturvedi. The long-time collaborators have a talent for fleshing out refreshingly unseen and surprisingly common human stories to provide a vivid insight into society. The elegant storytelling which always delivers the best performance is cinema that is made to last.
Through different characters, different stories, and different settings Zoya Akhtar has consistently and bravely asked the most radical question : what if we choose to live life on your own terms?
It’s when her vulnerable hero’s internal journey trumps his external one, when the subtext of the poems starts sinking in, does she reveal the beautiful array of possibilities of living and loving.
At first glance, he might appear to be highly cynical – which he is. But we can’t deny him credit for his intelligent choice of musical collaborators, the rhythmic camera-work and – most importantly – his eye for the raw passion that drives crime, revenge, madness and love. An emotion so well executed in his films, it has captured our imaginations mainly because he’s tapped into the open secret : deep down, we are all capable of it.
I think Vishal Bhardwaj’s fate was sealed when he directed Makdee 18 years ago. He has such a natural flair for drama, it hasn’t been surprising to see him re-create Shakespearean plays in the best possible Indian way. From Maqbool to Omkara to Haider, there is something so hauntingly magical about the sounds, the smells and the visions of that universe – it can never be forgotten.
If Yash Chopra ruined realistic love for our parents’ generation, Imtiaz Ali has butchered it for ours. His fantastic imagination, impractical philosophies and the most perfect choice for songs are to blame.
But why – WHY should his world make any sense when ours doesn’t? After all, it takes little effort to submit to his alluring universe. set somewhere beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing.
Andhadhun. That should be reason enough. Andhadhun – one of the finest Hindi films of this century. Andhadhun – the most extraordinary theatrical experience. Andhadhun with its restless pacing and impeccable performance. That should be reason enough.
At their core, movies are all about emotions. Movies can be such an watching an intensely cathartic experience that you may remember the feeling you felt more clearly than the visuals you saw while sitting in the cold dark theatre, Kapoor and Sons was one such experience. And the credit really goes to Shakun Batra.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Having been brought up in the closed spaces of the chawls of Bombay, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is obsessed with perfection. His stories revolve around romantic ideals like dignity, grace and love. You might find flaws in his stories, or accuse him of being problematic, but you Can’t deny him of his most prized talent – his vision.
Meghna Gulzar’s greatest talent is her sincerity ( tied closely with her clinical and precise execution). Her well balanced vision ensures that her personal intent and her beliefs never overshadow the story. The subtext always organically becomes a manual for sharp-edge commentary on the state of the nation. Her work speaks for itself.
Their films have definitely made a mark in Bollywood and for all the right reasons, hope to see that Bollywood keeps getting movies made by them