First time directors made a mark in Bollywood in 2010. Debutant Abhinav Kashyap’s Salman Khan starrer became the highest grosser of the year with Rs 250 crore. Another first time director Anusha Rizvi’s film Peepli Live won critical acclaim and is India’s official entry to the Oscars.
There were other debutant directors who made their mark in 2010. Directors Abhishek Sharma (Tere Bin Laden), Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya), Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan), Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar), Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys) and Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat).
In contrast, success eluded well-known directors like Anurag Basu (Kites), Mani Ratnam (Raavan), Vipul Shah (Action Replayy), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Guzaarish) and Ashutosh Gowariker (Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey).