Rock On | A Wednesday | JTYJN
| Dostana | Jannat Video
Recession or no recession, Bollywood continues to attract newcomers
in hordes. A number of first-time directors tried their luck this
year. Some succeeded, some didn't. But the best part was they had
the courage to swim against the tide, narrating diverse stories.
The debutante directors who created a solid impact this year
included Abbas Tyrewala (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na), Kunal Deshmukh
(Jannat), Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday), Rajkumar Gupta (Aamir) and
Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana). And, if one may add one more name,
Abhishek Kapoor (Rock On!!), who, after tasting failure in his
debut film, staged a comeback with his second film.
Tyrewala what worked with the viewers and he replies instantly,
"Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was more of a nostalgic trip. You went back
to the days when you weren't burdened with the responsibilities of
life. That worked," he admits. Abhishek Kapoor, on the other hand,
feels that ROCK ON!! worked because people could identify with its
story and the life-like performances by every member of the cast.
"If I had to make Rock On!! all over again, I'd choose the same
cast. I can't think of anyone else doing justice to those roles,"
Rajkumar Gupta, the man behind Aamir, also feels that Rajeev
Khandelwal portrayed the character with amazing precision. However,
Rajeev and Rajkumar have decided against working with each other in
their second films. Meanwhile, Karan Johar, Tarun Mansukhani's
mentor, gives Tarun the credit for thinking out of the box, while
producers Anjum Rizvi and Shital Bhatia attribute the super-success
of A Wednesday to its debutante director (Neeraj Pandey) as also
the superior performances by stalwarts Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam