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Nominations 2013/Best Director

Abhishek Kapoor  (Kai Po Che) Ayan Mukerji (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) Hansal Mehta (Shahid) Rakesh Roshan (Krrish 3) Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela) Shoojit Sircar (Madras Cafe) That’s great news! What has surprised me is that I got nominated for a film which has several newcomers, not […]


January 17, 2014 1:00:22 am

Abhishek Kapoor  (Kai Po Che)
Ayan Mukerji (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
Hansal Mehta (Shahid)
Rakesh Roshan (Krrish 3)
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela)
Shoojit Sircar (Madras Cafe)

That’s great news! What has surprised me is that I got nominated for a film which has several newcomers, not only in the acting department but in the other departments as well. Having said that, if I had taken big names for Kai Po Che, maybe I couldn’t have made the film that was eventually made and appreciated. The film clinched because of several factors, whether it was the story, the performances or the music.
Abhishek Kapoor (Kai Po Che)

I really feel proud of myself. I liked my film and was not surprised at being nominated. So it’s a good feeling when the kind of work you believe in is validated. For me the major challenge of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was in the writing. It was a film where I had to get the balance right between the floss and the gloss with the core emotions. I don’t know what clicked with the masses, but it did!
Ayan Mukerji (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)

This is the first nomination of my career and a big thing for me. I am really happy. What worked for Shahid was that it was made straight from the heart, and the fact that the unique story of an underdog was told in a new way. I think I did the right thing by sticking to my beliefs and not making it commercial, or else I would have lost the honesty.
Hansal Mehta (Shahid)

It’s such a wonderful feeling to see myself and the movie among the nominees. I always look forward to Screen Awards. The clinching factor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and the reason it struck a chord with the masses was the story. A thin, homeless boy who fought against all odds and refused to give up, stirred the conscience of the nation. What also worked was that the film the biopic of an athlete of the ’60s was made relevant to today’s times.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)

It feels good to be nominated. No other film-maker has tried the VFX that we tried in Krrish 3. And God was kind that both — the critics and the audience — liked the film. If you ask me about the clinching factor, I could see that the audience liked the film in totality and appreciated everything about it. That’s why it did the kind of business it did.
Rakesh Roshan (Krrish 3)

Iam not surprised …Ram-leela has got so many nominations. The lead actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been inundated with compliments for their performances. What worked for it was the fact that the film continued with the tradition of true Bollywood style of film-making in terms of song, dance and drama, a tradition which is slowly dying. With the film doing well I am reassured that the legacy of Bollywood will continue.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela)

When we started on Madras Cafe, the only thought in mind was how to present a hardcore political thriller in the present scenario. As an audience, we are still not ready for real incidents based on a political thriller. I was surprised that the film was so well-received. There was a very thin line between fact and fiction, and to balance that without going overboard on either side, was the main challenge in making the film. Creating a civil war was another challenge for me.
Shoojit Sircar (Madras Cafe)

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