Bollywood Directors Making a Comeback
Film directors who’ve been out of action for years are making a comeback soon
The Quint DAILY
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NH10 director Navdeep Singh has returned to the Bollywood fold after a gap of eight years. But he is not the only one. Some of the biggest Bollywood directors of yesteryear are making comebacks this year.
Last film: Vivah (2006)
Next film: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
While a mixture of cynicism and hope drives the world ahead, Sooraj Barjatya is one director who exists in a world entirely owned by him with unbridled love for family and sugary-sweet characters. The union of Salman Khan and Sooraj has delivered three blockbusters in the past and their comeback after 15 years carries a huge curiosity factor considering Salman will be wearing the garb of ‘Prem’ once again after his ‘Bhai’ phase.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Last film: Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
Next film: Broken Horses
Though Eklavya didn’t really hit the bull’s eye despite a stellar cast, Vidhu Vinod Chopra kept himself busy producing blockbusters like 3 idiots and PK. His next directorial venture, titled Broken Horses, is a tale of two brothers set in the shadows of the US-Mexico border gang wars. If the praises from Hollywood heavyweights like James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaron are to be believed, VVC will make a successful run to the Hollywood hills.
Last film: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)
Next film: Mohenjo Daro
Okay, we will not mention his last two films. But it looks like his next will be another potent amalgamation of history and spectacle. Teaming up with Hrithik Roshan, Gowariker is putting together perhaps his most ambitious project yet in Mohenjo Daro. Set against the backdrop of the Indus Valley Civilisation, the film has the promise of a love story served on a platter of time gone by.
Last film: Zamaana Deewana (1995)
Next film: Shimla Mirch
Who doesn’t know Ramesh Sippy, the man behind India’s most loved, most quoted, most parodied film, Sholay? The maverick will be back after two decades with Shimla Mirch. Featuring his lucky mascot Hema Malini, and Rajkumar Rao, the film, if the buzz is to be believed, is a romantic comedy where both mother and daughter fall for the same man.
Last film: Dus Kahaniyaan and Just Married (2007)
Next film: Talwar
Murmers suggest that Meghna Gulzar’s next will be a hard-hitting smash. And why not? Vishal Bhardwaj has written the script. Reportedly based on the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case, it has terrific actors like Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Tabu. We are waiting.
Last film: Ek Se Badhkar Ek (2004)
Next film: P Se PM Tak
Shah is will be back with P Se PM Tak which tells the tale of a prostitute who becomes a chief minister. Though the film is devoid of any star value, we hope his trademark humour will be a hit.
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