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With our industry finally opening doors to fresh talent, we’ve seen a slew of newcomers making their foray in filmdom in the last couple of years. Be it actors, producers or directors, they have all been given a chance to prove their mettle.

Last year, we saw many new directors making their debut and leaving a mark as well. And that includes names like Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat), Remo D’Souza (F.A.L.T.U.), Shashank Shah (Chalo Dilli), Bumpy (Luv Ka The End), Luv Ranjan (Pyaar Ka Punchnama), Amol Gupte (Stanley Ka Dabba), Bejoy Nambiar (Shaitan), Vikas Behl (Chillar Party) and Ali Abbas (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan).

This week, yet another promising director, Karan Malhotra made his debut with Agneepath. Needless to add, the film has opened to a thumping response across the world. Well, Malhotra is not the only new talent whose prowess we will be treated to this year. Here are a few new directors whose work we are looking forward to.

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan

Director: Shakun Batra

Genre: Romance / Comedy

Plot: Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan) suddenly loses his job. He meets Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor), a hairstylist, and following a night of debauchery, they wake up to discover they’ve gotten married. They decide to get the marriage annulled. Over the next ten days, they have their share of arguments and laughter which results in an unlikely friendship. The film is about their journey during these ten days.

His Background: Shakun Batra started his career as an assistant director with Rock On! (2008). Later, he also assisted Abbas Tyrewala on Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008) and did a cameo in it. He also did a small role in Farhan Akhtar’s Don.

His Take: Working with Dharma Productions and getting the right cast and the right script is a big challenge. The overall experience was fantastic. According to me, Kareena Kapoor is the best actress we have and there’s no one like her. As for Imran, well, the film was written with him in mind. Having him on board made it perfect. The film wouldn’t have been the same without them. They added a flavour to the story that didn’t seem to be there when it was on paper.

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza

Director: Mandeep Kumar

Genre: Romance / Comedy

Plot: All the boys in town are in love with the free-spirited tomboy Mini (Genelia D’Souza). Her father wants her to get married but when Mini meets mild-mannered Viren (Ritesh Deshmukh), one of her father’s lowly employees, she sees this as an opportunity to escape her impending marriage. She flees with Viren in an apparent kidnapping. A romance develops between the unlikely couple leading to a dramatic climax.

His Background: Mandeep Kumar has directed a Punjabi film, Jine Mera Dil Lutiya. Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is his first Hindi film as a director.

His Take: Genelia and Riteish were my first choices for the film. The film is based in North India. Its script is fresh and it’s a family entertainer. I have worked with Kumar Taurani before so we had a good rapport on the sets as well. The entire team was supportive and it was an enriching experience overall.

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