Critics’ choice: 7 Directors with strong storytelling skills!

By Hindustan Times

Bollywood directors have the shelf life of their last hit movie. But money is not everything. Some directors are not necessarily what you might call commercially successful, but their storytelling skills are so strong that they consistently have actors queuing at their doors. Industry insiders introduce us to seven of these directors.

Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday, Gangs Of Wasseypur)
Siddharth Roy Kapoor, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures : He is one of the most revolutionary directors of our time. And he is always looking to nurture new talent. He has given us talents like music director Amit Trivedi, lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya and director Vikramaditya Motwane.

Vikram Malhotra, coo, viacom18 motion pictures: Anurag’s talent is a gift from God. He applies his skills to the art better than anyone I know. I always believed in the passion that he does everything with.

Madhur Bhandarkar (Chandni Bar, Fashion)
Siddharth Roy Kapoor: He is one of the easiest directors to work with. Everyone has a superb time working on his films. He never talks down to his audience; he brings himself to their level and makes the world interesting and accessible to them.

Actor Priyanka Chopra: Madhur doesn’t pressurise you for anything. He just gives you a good script with great scenes and lets you be. He will give you little guidance, but you will have to be at your best when you work with him.

Milan Luthria (The Dirty Picture, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai)
Actor Vidya Balan: Milan is one of the best storytellers I have ever come across. He has commercial sensibility, yet he portrays his characters realistically and manages the two very well.
Ekta Kapoor, head honcho, Balaji motion pictures: He is one of the most economical, dependable and smartest directors I know. He has the unbelievable ability to make mass content that has critical appeal as well. His films are entertaining enough for the masses and thought-provoking enough for the classes.

Tigmanshu Dhulia (Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar)
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh: Tigmanshu is finally getting his due. His last few releases have proved that he is unbeatable.
Ekta Kapoor: He wasn’t celebrated, but he was a well-acclaimed director even earlier. He had the talent and the right script when he came to us before his last two films did well.

Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara, Kaminey)
Priyanka Chopra: Every actor should work with him once in their career. He is like an institution, he tells you what acting is really about and gets you into your character.
Siddharth Roy Kapoor: We’ve worked with him in Kaminey (2009) and Blue Umbrella (2007). He is a singer, composer, writer and a director — an all-in-one powerhouse of talent. He can write a script, very close to a final draft, in 20 days. He is a supremely talented individual, someone who has immense amount of control in not only the art but also the craft of cinema.

Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye)
Siddharth Roy Kapoor: We had the pleasure of working with him in his very first film Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) and then Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye (2008). Dibakar has an incredible command over the craft. He writes lyrics, co-writes his movies, directs them, and is very involved with the music of the film. He is able to bring out the sociological insights of the world in a really funny way.
Ekta Kapoor: He will be ahead of his time and will always think of the unexplored territories of the human psyche.

Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal)
Actor Deepika Padukone: Imtiaz helped me discover a side to myself that I didn’t know existed.

Vajir Singh, editor, box office india: Socha Na Tha (2005) was Ayesha Takia’s best work as was Jab We Met (2007) for Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. He gives his actors performance-oriented roles and box office success. Rockstar (2011) got Ranbir Kapoor recognition as an actor and even made R67 crore at the box office.

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