Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Directors with original ideas

Continuing my earlier discussion, there have been many directors who've made some of the most memorable movies in Hindi cinema have been original. Some of the names that immediately come to my mind are Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor, B. R. Chopra, Yash Chopra, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Chetan Anand, J. Om Prakash, Basu Chatterjee etc.

Even some of the younger lot like Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ram Gopal Varma have made movies that have been refreshingly original. Of course, Farhan Akhtar is re-making Don and Ram Gopal Varma was inspired while making Sarkar and is planning to re-make Sholay. The difference is that they are open about these remakes / inspirations and they actually ensure that the inspiration / remake is keeping in mind the taste of present Indian audiences.

Till sometime back, even David Dhawan used to make original and mindless movies. But since the past few years, he's also started raking up his bills on DVD rentals.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali started very well with Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, but with his "Miracle Worker" inspired Black. Technically, Black was very good, but as a movie, I wasn't too impressed.

In my next post, I'll try to list out some of the movies that have been inspired from hollywood flicks.

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