Rohit Shetty: He is the man with a midas touch. Whether it's the Golmal series, Singham or Bol Bachchan, Rohit's films have unerringly hit the Rs 100 crore mark at the box-office. Known for his action-comedy films, the 'hitman' recently zoomed past this benchmark with Chennai Express that ushered in the Rs 200 crore league. Son of fight master MB Shetty, Rohit started out assisting Kuku Kohli in films like Phool Aur Kante and several other Ajay Devgn starrers. He developed a good rapport with the actor and together seems to have cracked the success formula. He is currently filming the sequel to Singham and will be directing Shah Rukh Khan again after Chennai Express. He recently turned host with the adventure-reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi adding a new feature to his illustrious career.
Mohit Suri: He is one director who can lay claim to both critical acclaim and commercial success. His initial films as director (he started out as a story writer) Zeher, Kalyug and Awaarapan had moderate to good run at the BO, but all of them were unanimously praised by the critics. He catapulted to the big league with the super hit Murder 2, and consolidated his position at the top with the blockbuster Aashiqui 2. As his uncle Mahesh Bhatt who directed the first Aashiqui says, "Mohit is extraordinary with love stories". To Mohit also goes the credit of giving a fresh lease to the careers of several newbies. Now, he has cast Riteish Deshmukh known for his comic act as a baddie in Ek Tha Villain and has Vidya Balan in an usual role in Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani. Like Bhatt, Mohit too has an ear for music and the songs of his movies more often than not are chart-busters and his films, sleeper hits.
Rakesh Roshan: Actor-turned-director Rakesh Roshan reinvents himself with every film. From the formulaic Karan Arjun to the superhero franchise Krrissh, Rakesh has churned out films in different genres. Apart from a Kites and Koyla that turned out to be tepid fares at the BO, Rakesh has had a high strike rate. To him also goes the credit of giving a dream launch to his son Hrithik, who became an overnight sensation with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. The father-son duo went on to give several hits and are responsible for giving India its first superman Krrish. They are now working on their next film, which for a change is not from the Krrish stable!
Rajkumar Hirani: Ask any upcoming or established director, who's their inspiration and the unanimous answer is Rajkumar Hirani! Not only for his record breaking hits, but also for the way he seamlessly blends values with entertainment. Hirani, who started as a film editor holds the distinction of being a trend-setter. His first directorial venture Munnabhai MBBS, a light-hearted film set against a medical backdrop resurrected Sanjay Dutt's career. His jaadu ki jhappi became his mantra to success. Hirani's next, Lage Raho Munnabhai brought back Gandhian values in a big way. Endearing and entertaining, the film had a huge impact on the audience with Gandhigiri becoming the order of the day. Rajkumar's last film 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan shattered box office records and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of Hindi cinema. His next PK, again with Aamir is eagerly awaited.
Ayan Mukerji: He has the kind of looks to to be a hero himself but Ayan Mukerji, who hails from a film family – his father's actor Deb Mukerji and grandfather Sashadhar Mukerji who established Filmalaya – chose to be behind the camera. And, with his very first directorial venture, Wake Up Sid, an unconventional romantic story wowed the critics and audience alike. He scored a hit with his unusual pairing too – Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma. His next Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, again was a casting coup of sorts as Ranbir and Deepika Padukone came together for the first time on screen after their break-up! It broke the myth that ex-flames cannot work together, a move that went down well the GenNext. What's more, their onscreen chemistry set the cash registers ringing and the film grossed Rs 100 crores within a week! His next film is again with his muse Ranbir and is said to be in the superhero genre.