7 Bollywood Directors Who Started With These Underrated Gems Of Hindi Cinema

These debut films of 7 Bollywood directors proved their mastery and passion towards the art of film making.

Wake Up Sid, Ayan Mukherjee, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Khamoshi, Vikramaditya Motwane, Udaan, Anurag Kashyap, Paanch
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You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. The first glimpse of work is all the more important in Bollywood because of the cut throat competition in the film industry. While there are many directors who started with a bang from the word Go, there are a few whose debut movies didn't go bonkers but left a lasting impact.

Here are 7 Directors whose first work showed they are here to stay:

1. Imtiaz Ali (Socha Na Tha)

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Ask any 90s kid about it and Socha Na Tha would bring a smile on their faces. Starring the very innocent Abhay Deol and peppy Ayesha Takia, the movie had a certain feel-good charm about it that spoke a lot about Imtiaz Ali's potential.

2. Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance)

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While the movie fell flat in the box office, Luck By Chance swelled its fan base only after it was aired on national television. The movie touches the struggles of first timers in Bollywood while also subtly hinting at the dirty underbelly of the industry. Farhan Akhtar and Konkana Sen Sharma have put up stellar performances.

3. Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Khamoshi)

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Nana Patekar was a hit for his stupendous dialogue delivery. So when Khamooshi had him playing a deaf and dumb character, many were initially disappointed. But the show he put up took everyone's breath away. Khamooshi remains one of SLB's underrated gems. Salman Khan and Manisha Koirala were equally good on their part. But the movie had enough glimpses of Bhansali's excellent movie making skills.

4. Anurag Kashyap (Paanch)

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The movie never got released but is a known name, courtesy the torrents and online movie watchers. Paanch was raw, just like Anurag Kashyap's all other movies but it was his boldness that said a lot of about his skills. If you are a Kashyap fan and haven't seen this, make sure you do it. It won't disappoint you.

5. Kabir Khan (Kabul Express)

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Before Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan happened, Kabir Khan was this little-known war photographer and documentary filmmaker. He pitched in Kabul Express to many but Aditya Chopra realised its worth. The movie bombed initially but is rated as one of the best war zone movies.

6. Vikramaditya Motwane

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Much before Lootera, Vikramaditya Motwani, in his typical style, delivered a mind-boggling movie called Udaan. The flick depicted struggles of teenage and spoke about a young boy who is expelled from school and how he comes home to an abusive father. The way the subject was crafted by Motwani was commendable as he looked evolved as a director in his very first film. Of course, he raised the bar in Lootera later.

7. Ayan Mukerjee

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Nothing would better describe the term sleeper hit than ‘Wake Up Sid’. Alright, the movie did have Ranbir Kapoor but frankly, the charmer wasn’t a crowd-puller when the movie released. Yet, the close-to-reality story line and superb direction by Ayan gave the movie a good word of mouth and it started minting bucks too. While Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ayan’s second movie, fared enormously well at the box office, there are still many who rate Wake Up Side a notch above YJHD.


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