But the list of those new directors who left no impression is quite long. Those that came and went without creating even a slight tremor were Puneet Sira ("I Proud To Be Indian
"), Shrey Shrivastava ("Insaaf
"), Rohit-Manish ("Muskaan"), Santram Verma ("Krishna Cottage"), Jeeva ("Run
"), Ahmed Khan ("Lakeer
"), Samir Karnik ("Kyun...Ho Gaya Na
"), Poori Jagannath ("Shart: The Challenge"), Ravi Shankar Sharma ("Hum Kaun Hain
"), Atul Agnihotri ("Dil Ne Jisey Apna Kaha
"), Tanveer Khan ("Madhoshi
"), Kabir Sadanand ("Popcorn Khao...Mast Ho Jao"), Anupam Sinha ("Shukriyaa
") and Omkar Nath Mishra ("Dil Bechara Pyar Ka Mara").
Interestingly, even 'well-connected' directors like Anupam Sinha (brother of Anubhav Sinha), Atul Agnihotri (Salman Khan's brother-in-law), Jeeva (a well known cinematographer) and Poori Jagannath (one of the highest paid directors in south India) couldn't make a mark.
It would be no exaggeration to call 2004 a dull year for directorial talent.
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