Chennai Express, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Lootera, Kai Po Che among the favourite films of 2013

The year saw a variety of films. But which ones did the directors like? Read on to find out…

2013 was the year of Bollywood blockbusters.The year began with the mega-hit Race 2 in January and ended with the mother of blockbusters Dhoom:3 in December. As expected the numbers and the critical appreciation did not tally. A film like Ship Of Theseus, which emerges as a clear favourite among the directors, had abysmal box-office collections.

On the other hand, a risque comedy like Grand Masti had the cash counters roaring in orgasmic ecstasy. Significantly, filmmakers we talked to show a healthy respect for box-office winners. Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express and Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani feature in several directors list of favourites. And some precious favourites of the year like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Kai Po Che had both the box-office and the critics cheering in approval. Read on to find the choices of the men who make movies…

Sujoy Ghosh

Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, Nikhil Advani’s D-Day, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, Maneesh Sharma’s Shuddh Desi Romance, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox.

Aanand Rai

Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che. I loved the way the director handled the subject and characters. Liked Bhaag Milkha Bhaag for Rakeysh Mehra and Farhan Akhtar.

Vijay Krishna Acharya

Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian film A Separation. This was the only film I saw in 2013 as I was busy with Dhoom:3.

Abhishek Choubey

Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera. These were original in thought, well-crafted and made with love.

Prabhu Dheva

Ramaiyya Vastavaiya, R… Rajkumar and Chennai Express. I like the first two movies because they were mine and the third because it has Shahrukh Khan in it.

Ritesh Batra

Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (fun to watch), Hansal Mehta’s Shahid (because of the honesty), Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar (because Vidya Balan is always fun to watch).

Tigmanshu Dhulia

I loved watching these movies this year: Aanand Rai’s Raanjhanaa (Dhanush was so fresh and endearing), Kai Po Che (cast was fresh and their bonding fantastic), D-Day (excellent pace, taut thriller).

Mrigdeep Lamba

Ship Of Theseus (fresh story), Lootera (classic storytelling, excellent craft), Shahid (new-age biopic, dramatic storytelling and above all, honest portrayal of a harsh reality).

Subhash Ghai

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Vikaramaditya Motwane’s Lootera. I took something home from each of these films.

Ajay Bahl

Ship Of Theseus (for its brilliant cinematography, riveting performances and the simplicity with which it put forward its argument), Hansal Mehta’s Shahid (for that awesome performance by Rajkumar Yadav), Lootera (for Mahendra Shetty’s astounding cinematography and Vikramaditya Motwane’s masterly craft).

Subhash Kapoor

Kai Po Che(for its simple but powerful narrative style), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (for Farhan Akhtar’s dedication to the role), Shahid (for raising a disturbing and relevant issue).

Gyan Correa

Ship Of Theseus, The Lunchbox and The Good Road. They were fresh films offering new cinematic expressions.They were honest labours of love.

Gauri Shinde

Raj Nidomoru and Krishna DK’s Go Goa Gone, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express.

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