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New directors to watch out for!

Last updated on: November 18, 2009 14:02 IST

Image: Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Rensil D'Silva

We've had quite a few new directors in Bollywood this year. Ayaan Mukherjee's Wake Up Sid, Prem Soni's Main Aur Mrs Khanna, Anthony D'Souza's Blue, Sabir Khan's Kambakkhth Ishq... the list keeps growing.

Here's a look at the new names all set to clamber aboard the directing wagon:

Rensil D'Silva

This ad-man's seen his share of Bollywood releases.

He wrote Aks and Rang De Basanti for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Luck for Soham Shah. His upcoming releases include Mani Ratnam's Raavan and David Dhawan's Hook Ya Crook.

Not to mention his directorial debut, Kurbaan, a Karan Johar production featuring the Omkara trio of Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi.

Abhishek Chaubey

Image: A scene from Ishqiyaa

He's been Vishal Bhardwaj's right hand man for quite a while now. He assisted the director on Maqbool, Blue Umbrella and Omkara -- having also co-written the latter two, along with Kaminey.

His own debut, Ishqiyaa, is coming right up, featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan and a whole lot of profanity -- visible right in the clutterbreaking trailer.

Kiran Rao

Image: Kiran Rao

Aamir Khan's wife started her Bollywood innings in 2001, as assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker on Lagaan. She was then the second-assistant director on Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, after which she was the first assistant director on Shaad Ali's Saathiya.

She returned to Gowariker again as the first assistant director on Swades, and now she's readying her directorial debut Dhobi Ghaat, starring Prateik Babbar and Aamir himself. Details on the film have been kept under wraps.

John Owen

Image: A poster of Peter Gaya Kaam Se

Talk about global cinema. John Owen is a British director, making his debut with a Hindi film. Peter Gaya Kaam Se features Aamir stars -- actor Rajeev Khandelwal and cinematographer Alphonse Roy.

The girl in the thriller, about 'a football crazy motorcycle taxi rider' in Goa, is Lekha Washington, best known for chirpy television coverage during the first IPL tournament.

Vijay Lalwani

Image: Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone

Is Farhan Akhtar the best choice for debut directors everywhere? He made his acting debut with Abhishek Kapoor's first film, Rock On.

Then came sis Zoya's Luck By Chance, and this time he teams up with the stunning Deepika Padukone for yet another debutant's film, Vijay Lalwani's Karthik Calling Karthik.

Written by the director, the film apparently features Deepika as a heavy smoker with Farhan helping her kick the habit.

Deven Khote

Image: A scene from Film City

No small fry, this. UTV co-founder Deven Khote (inset) has apparently decided that giving new kids a break is all well and good, but it's time to put on the gloves himself.

Khote's first film, Film City, starring John Abraham is, as the title suggests, a film about workings of the Hindi film industry.

Well, if anyone should know what really happens inside the industry, it's Khote, the ad-man being part of India's biggest banner.

Abhinay Deo

Image: Abhinay Deo

Deo is the man behind yet another Aamir Khan production, Delhi Belly. The film stars Imran Khan and Shenaz Treasurywallah. Deo -- an ad-film veteran who has made over 300 ads -- is confident enough about his script to make the film in English, 'with a smattering of Hindi words.'

Son of television actors Ramesh and Seema Deo, Abhinay has a big chance ahead of him and Aamir is said to be most excited about the film.