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Director Shimit Amin spent his growing years in the US, finishing his school and college education. But instead of settling down there, the iconoclastic director shifted to Mumbai and made his first foray into Bollywood with the hard-hitting, Ab Tak Chhappan (2004). He followed it up with the cult movie, Chakde! India. Defying popular belief, lack of Bollywood formula in his films did work for him, twice over!
His first movie, Ab Tak Chhappan, portraying the life of an encounter specialist, did not get its due recognition (box-office wise). After his first outing, it took Shimit, a Yash Raj-Shahrukh Khan combination to take India by storm, in the award-winning (V Shantaram), Chakde! India. The movie is tipped to sweep most of the popular awards and make a strong claim for the Nationals too.
However, unlike many others in his profession, who would have gone on a signing spree (after a blockbuster success), the non-conformist director is taking it easy. When asked about his future projects, the man of few words disclosed unabashedly that there was nothing to talk about, adding that if anything concrete comes up, he would go public with it.
Certainly Bollywood will go places by embracing superbly talented yet unassuming directors like Shimit Amin.