Behind every successful film is a director who knows his art well. The year 2014 saw a list of directors whose films gained immense critical acclaim. From Vikas Bahl’s Queen to Hansal Mehta’s Citylights this year has proved that story matters and films made from the heart will always remain special to the audience. Here is a list of top 5 critically-acclaimed directors who hit the target with their films this year:
1. Vishal Bhardwaj: With Haider the director has proved his worth again. His films usually have a unique story and a deeper meaning. Known as the Shakespeare of Indian cinema, his latest film Haider did exceptionally well. This film has an elegant, thrilling script that casts a brave, unflinching eye on the Kashmir struggle.The director has a complete understanding of cinema and knows how to translate his ideas on to celluloid. All his films are a work of art that Vishal brilliantly portrays onscreen.
2. Hansal Mehta: Citylights, the director’s master piece is a hard, unrelenting film whose raw storytelling shows people a version of a city they love, in a way that they would never have seen. After a thought-provoking film like Shahid, Hansal Mehta’s Citylights received numerous positive reviews. The director is known for his films that portray close to real life characters. This national-award filmmaker successfully connects with the masses with his incredible films.
3. Amole Gupte: His films are a perfect blend of entertainment and inspiration. His last film, Hawaa Hawaai is a heart touching story about a young boy who fulfills his dream of being a champion skater. Amole Gupte presents to his audience a chance to dream and be motivated by the little things in life. The director’s films are inspired from true real life stories of the common man.
4. Vikas Bahl:This new age director floored the audience with his slice of life film Queen. The film broke barriers and united cinema lovers everywhere with its innocence and forward thinking. Queen is rare film that takes the viewer on a journey of love and self discovery. Vikas has now become the most sought after director in Bollywood with audiences eagerly looking forward to more such heart touching stories.
5. Imtiaz Ali: Imtiaz Ali’s Highway was an unconventional film in Indian cinema. The director has been giving a new dimension to romance ever since his film Jab We Met. Imtiaz is the master of romantic stories whose films have an emotional appeal that capture the audience completely. Highway surprised the audience with its brilliant story, unforgettable direction and amazing performance by Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. Imtiaz is a director to look forward to in the coming years.
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