Finally, we can say that the days of cliched Bollywood movies with useless emotional drama and overt dance sequences are gone, thanks to the new genre of cinema we’re witnessing in the last couple of years. Now we have directors who’ve done away with the romance of running behind the trees. Let’s take a look at the filmmakers who have defied Bollywood filmmaking myths with their young, triumphant and bold movies.

Vikas Bahl

Although he started with quintessential masala movies like Thank You and Hasee Toh Phasee, he charmed audiences with the record-breaking story of a simple Punjabi girl who travels on her honeymoon alone in Queen. Vikas has also produced movies like NH10, Ugly and Bombay Velvet while being a passionate co-founder at Phantom Films.

Shakun Batra


A director who touched the sensitivities of the youth of today like insecurities of a gay person, ego clashes of brothers and the issues that do arise in Indian families at different phases of life in Kapoor and Sons (2012) has made a mark for himself in Bollywood. His earlier works are Ek Main Aur Ek Tu which was a loosely followed remake of Hollywood blockbuster What Happens in Vegas and his small stints as an Assistant Director for Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Rock On! and Don 2 with Farhan Akhtar’s production house – Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Ayan Mukherji


The man who beautifully captured a coming-of-age Ranbir Kapoor in the colourful, vibrant yet thoughtful Wake Up Sid! was a director coming from the Mukherjee-Samarth film family. In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ayan brought alive the dreams of the current generation- to travel the world and never settle down. After YJHD registering a box-office title of 10th highest grossing film of all-time, Ayan plans to steal the thunder again with a superhero trilogy, Dragon.

In recent years, these directors have produced so many scintillating movies that will always remember in our hearts for a long time. In some movies, the star role haven’t even been played by a superstar. This shows how much important a director’s script can be. Have you planned which movie to watch this week? If not, grab these Bookmyshow codes right now!

Maneesh Sharma

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His offerings to the masses were the much talked about Band Baaja Baraat which was a hit within 10 days of its release because of its completely fresh storyline and sparkling chemistry of Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. After that, he came up with Shudh Desi Romance – a movie which launched Sushant Singh Rajput into Bollywood as well as SRK’s magnum opus Fan. The height of his career came by when he won the National Award for Best Feature Film for his absolutely desi Dum Lagake Haisha – a story that slammed various Bollywood stereotypes in one go!

Anshai Lal

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The youngest is this league is Anshai Lal who started his journey in Bollywood with modeling and landed as an Assistant Director after meeting a few industry biggies. He has worked on the sets for Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Shimit Amit’s Chak De! India, Dostana, Housefull and in the remake of Himmatwala and finally launched as a debutant director with Phillauri. As an outsider in Bollywood, he recollects “It’s not easy even for those who are part of the industry. Today, big production houses are backing people and talent, which is great.”

Dibakar Banerjee


Known for his runway hit, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye with Abhay Deol as the lead actor, he became a household name for his movie Khosla ka Ghosla in 2008. Few of his thought-provoking movies were Shanghai (2012), Love Sex and Dhokha (2010) and Bombay Talkies (2013). Bombay Talkies although didn’t find many takers in India, it left audiences astounded in various film festivals worldwide.

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra


He’s the obvious first choice for this list, considering the revolutionary road he created for cinema in India with his hard-hitting movies Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Not a soul can deny that he couldn’t feel the emotional upbeat in any of these movies, which is why his movies spark off unusual levels of eagerness before their releases.

Zoya Akhtar


Zoya Akhtar belongs to that category of B-town kids who surprise us with their innate talent. She’s known for her thoughtful storylines such as Luck By Chance, Sheila Ki Jawani (part of Bombay Talkies) and cult movies Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara and Dil Dhadakne Do. Zoya’s nuanced portrayal of characters brings alive problems the youth faces, especially those with relationships. No wonder we never get bored watching her creations even if it’s for the umpteenth time.

As audiences, we’re completely in awe of what each of these directors has given us and it goes without saying that we’d happily like to welcome more such creative prodigies in future!

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