Vote: Best Directorial Debut 2009

We begin the Indicine Awards 2009 with a few very talented people, some who promise to take Bollywood beyond typical formula movies. Check out the nominees and vote. 

Ayan Mukherji (Wake Up Sid) – A director with a lot of confidence and enough skill to extract great performances out of his cast.  Wake Up Sid was soulful, well-paced and very refreshing. Not much of a plot, yet its those wonderful moments that made the film, a great watch.

Anthony D’Souza (Blue) – 60 crores+ as its budget, stars like Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Lara Dutt.. What more can a director ask for, in his very first film? Anthony D’Souza had a dream debut, unfortunately, the film lacked much of a plot and overall was quite forgettable.

Indrajit Nattoji (Aagey Se Right) – Its the writer and not the director in Indarjit Nottoji, that is to be blamed for the failure of Aagey Se Right. The film was a non-starter at the box office.

Prem R Soni (Main Aur Mrs Khanna) – In one of the biggest disasters of the year, Prem Soni direction was too out-dated. He’s probably better off as a television director.

Prabhu Deva (Wanted) – Remaking his Tamil blockbuster Pokiri in Hindi with Salman Khan, Wanted was a runaway hit at the box office, re-establishing Salman Khan as one of the top stars in the country.

Rensil D’Silva (Kurbaan) – One of our picks for the Best Debut director of the year along with Ayan Mukerji and Zoya Akhtar, Rensil is a director to watch out for.

Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance) – Critically acclaimed, but didn’t get what it deserved at the box office. Zoya Akthar is one fab director. She has signed on Hrithik Roshan for her next Running With The Bull and we just can’t wait!

Sabbir Khan (Kambakkht Ishq) – Whose to be blamed if a 2 and a half hour long movie, seems longer than J.P Dutta’s 4 hour long LOC? The writers and the director of course. Torture had one more name in 2009, Kambakht Ishq.

Umesh Shukla (Dhoondte Reh Jaoge) – Not much to say here, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge was watchable only due to its casting.

Note – The original Pokiri was made in Telugu, written and directed by Puri Jagannadh. It was then remade with the same title in Tamil and was directed by Prabhu Deva.

Vote now, you are allowed to pick 3 directors from the list below. A request to all, to be honest with your voting.

Best Directorial Debut 2009

  • Prabhu Deva (Wanted) (35%, 245 Votes)
  • Ayan Mukherji (Wake Up Sid) (23%, 163 Votes)
  • Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance) (13%, 88 Votes)
  • Rensil D'Silva (Kurbaan) (9%, 65 Votes)
  • Anthony D'Souza (Blue) (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Sabbir Khan (Kambakkht Ishq) (6%, 39 Votes)
  • Prem R Soni (Main Aur Mrs Khanna) (3%, 23 Votes)
  • Umesh Shukla (Dhoondte Reh Jaoge) (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Indrajit Nattoji (Aagey Se Right) (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 410

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Voting ends on 31st January 2010 11:59 PM.



  • Only Ayan Mukherji deserves it. others wer not upto d mark..

    Wanted was already made in Tamil by prabhu deva so der was nothin new he added to it.. same settings same dressing same plot same action…;) His directorial debut was in tamil not here..;)

  • By the way, the top 3 directors from this will be included in the Best Director Poll, soon after the release of 3 Idiots.

  • Would be sad if Prabhu Deva wins, ahead of Ayan and Zoya!

    And Amish, not bad, Prabhu Deva – Sabbir Khan – Ayan Mukherji eh? Your one of the more unbiased members here, come on!

  • compitition is only between prabhu deva and ayan mukarji
    zoya akhtar is ok
    as akki fan i should vote for anthony or sabbir khan but i m honest person as well , if i got script of blue it could be 4.5 star and 1st week could be more then 50 cr . when i watched it was realy disappointed that anthony got a dimond but he dropped it , fantastic idea , fantastic casting , fantastic locations , fantastic stunts, fantastic camera work , fantastic music ,fantastic akki n zayad’s performances , fantastic marketing but ……… diasester ending , and that shit ending covered every fantistic thing.
    i dont wana say abt sabbir khan coz he made a movie without script and script is a blood for the movie.
    other all are ok in their movies dont need to discuss even none of any one gave them any vote yet.
    ptabhu deva made good intereting movie good action sequences but… like ghajini nothing new every thing from tamil movies , i dont like it
    about ayan mukerji i want to say only one thing most powerful and brillient movie of 2009 we will chase abbas mastan , sanjey lila , ashutosh , karan johar , aditya chopra and all other good directors , good idea , good scriot , good music , good performances , every thing fantastic.
    are u agree with me indicine ???

  • INDICINE TEAM:i mistakely choose anthony of blue….But i wanna vote Ayan Mukherji ……………Plz can i change my tht one rating???????????????????????

  • For me …i m going with 2 commercial movie director Prabhu deva n Director of kambhaat ishq(1st half was entertaining but second was ok)……..ZOya akhar may have pleased critics but for me..luck by chance is dull film… was like watching telefilm of 2 hr+ …..So boring…..I have not seen kurbaan so i cannot mention or comment abt director……For Me Wake up sid director aryan is best among all…

  • Zoya made a fantastic debut as a director.I will be disappointed if she doesnt win. Wanted is a good movie but it worked only because of salman’s performance.

  • Luck by chance was a treat for bollywood lovers..awsum direction nd outstanding screenplay..i voted for wanted zoya nd ayan…best luck by chance..

  • I think everybody should see KAMBAKT ISHQ nd BLUE MAMK to learn how a bad movie is made..Thanx sabeer ANTHONY nd soni

  • @amit

    Blue is not such a bad movie amit. It is much better than kI AND MAMK.
    We expected a lot from this movie because of its starcast, thats why many people are not liking it but it is an above average movie.

  • INDICINE-Quite shocked to see prabhu deva out there on top for was a decent timepass flick certainly not the best this year.ACC TO ME-1.ZOYA AKHTAR FOR LUCK BY CHANCE..2 WUD BE AYAN MUKHERJEE FOR WUS…3 RENSIL FOR KURBAAN

  • it is not the awards by crictics it is the award of aam janta and prabhu deva wins. those who(including indicine) are saying that zoya was that and that good sorry but movie was just not watcheble acting of farhan yak

  • boring articales indicine i dont know why for whole this week u didnt hv any good artical , maza nahi aa raha aaj kal is site pe batter listen some good songs of tayler swift ( my love) or boyence or lady gaga .
    lady gaga’sew song bad romance is amazing i wana listen that song and tayler’s new song 15 fantastic she looks like a angal of heaven.

  • Bollybusiness did the same poll.n pravu deva won if it is popular choice it is pravu deva all the way.but i would also like to say that zoya aktar was brilliant in for me they r best.

  • ^ dude most users in bollybusiness r from here so obviously salman n his movies top both d sites..;)
    Have seen ur comments der .. ha ha

  • INDICINE TEAM:What is ur rating for AVATAR????????????? give it 60/100%……..Looking forward ur review on comment page???????PLZ reply me

  • ANyone have seen AVATAR?????????????????????/Most of critics has rated this movie more than 3.5/5…..Even in rottentomato…it getting 85%/100%………..But most of the critics say it has no solid storyline but visual effect is just superb and last 40 mins is stunning

  • First Promo of MY NAME IS KHAN is today at 10 pm IST….Looking forward to see it…whether it make to curious to watch this movie or not…fate will decide from today first promo……………….

    Amish:YUp…it may be but….i will definately see thix on friday…

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