DEBUT DIRECTORS While we endeavor to discuss a wide breath of films each year, few things give us more pleasure than the arrival of bold new voices and faces. The good and entertaining movie can only be made by the directors and their passion for film making. Here’s the list of the finest directorial debut in 2017 that most impressed the film fraternity and the audience.

By – DRISHTI PANDEY

R.S.PRASANNA (SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN)

R.S.Prasanna is a Tamil filmmaker who made his bollywood debut with Anand .L.Rai’s film SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. The film was accepted by the audience and it was critically acclaimed. The film was nominated as the best film for Screen Awards and R.S.Prasanna was also nominated for best debut director for Zee Cine Awards.

ADVAIT CHANDAN (SECRET SUPERSTAR)

Advait was an assistant director before stepping into making his directorial debut with the Aamir Khan’s film Secret Superstar. Though there was something way too obvious about this story of a middle-class girl’s realization of her dreams and having Aamir Khan in this film, there was something supremely sincere and pure in Chandan’s storytelling. It literally made the audience fall into theaters and was appreciated and loved by all.

RAVI UDYAWAR (MOM)

Ravi is an artist, ad filmmaker and he made his directorial debut with Sridevi starrer film Mom.  How many directors get a chance to direct the mighty Sridevi in their first film? And how many come out of the trial by fire unscathed? Ad maker Ravi Udyawar managed this familiar rape-vendetta saga with tremendous restrain, eliciting remarkable performances from all from Sridevi to Abhimanyu Singh.

SURESH TRIVENI (TUMHARI SULU)

Suresh is an Indian writer- director who had made a few shorts films before his directorial debut with the film Tumhari Sulu. The story of a rather clumsy housewife who constantly dreams of outdoing herself, told in a way that was fresh stimulating and revealing. Triveni’s talent was worth the watch.

ABHAY CHOPRA (ITTEFAQ)

Abhay is an actor, director and son of producer-director Ravi Chopra. He made his directorial debut with the film Ittefaq, under the production of Red Chilles Entertainment and Dharma production.  The film was inspired from the 1969’s Ittefaq, which was directed by Yash Chopra.

RANJIT TIWARI (LUCKNOW CENTRAL) 

Ranjit Tiwari is an Indian filmmaker, he had assisted in various known films like ‘Katti Batti’, ‘Hero’, ‘D-Day’. He then made his directorial debut with the film Lucknow Central starring Farhan Akhtar and Diana Penty. The film was about the innocent prisoners who were held back in the jail, it was inspired by the true events.

SANKALP REDDY (THE GHAZI ATTACK)

Sankalp is Telugu film writer and director, he made his bollywood directorial debut with The Ghazi Attack and also it was his first debut in Tollywood. The sinking remains a controversial topic in the annals of the war. And to relive those days, Sanklap from Hyderabad, came up with this script that bought the submarine back to life in the first submarine film in India.

KONKONA SEN SHARMA (A DEATH IN THE GUNJ)

Konkona is an Indian actress, writer and director, she seems to be one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema and also she has done quite inspiring and independent cinema which she has been awarded for.  Sen Sharma is a very quiet actress. To no one’s surprise, she made her directorial debut with a thriller with an eerie stillness at its heart. Besides being a remarkably poised film, A Death In The Gunj also gave us incontrovertible proof of Vikram Massey’s proclivity to assume character traits until he disappears into the person he plays. Can’t wait to see what Konkona Sen has next for the audience.

SHUBHASHISH BHUTIANI (MUKTI BHAWAN)

Shubhashish is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and script writer; he made his directorial bollywood debut with the film Mukti Bhawan. For a 24-year-old director, understanding the dynamics of death and decoding the irony of mortality with such warmth, vigor and compassion, was not only rare, it was miraculous. Bhutiani made a marvel of a movie whose message on life and death splashed against our senses like the holy waters of the Ganga. He even won National Film Award for directing Mukti Bhawan.

MILIND DHAIMADE (TU HAI MERA SUNDAY)

Milind is an ad maker who had commenced his directorial debut with the film Tu Hai Mera Sunday which had premiered last year at the London film festival and had gained accolades at many film festivals across the world.  He had struggled a lot to make this tender, bittersweet but illuminating film about life in the metropolis. Such inspiring films make life worth the pain.

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