It is our list of directors who were daringly different and had tremendous confidence in their products which also delivered big time with the audiences in 2007. Remember these guys had limited budgets, were willing to experiment and four of them had no stars!
Number 1- Ameer
The soft spoken director made a forceful statement with his Paruthiveeran. He had no star power but a raw newcomer as the hero who could perform, a plain jane heroine with no hits but could emote! With the backing of a well written script, Ameer along with Ramji's realistic camera work could mould Karthi and Priyamani, Ponvannan and others to come out with Paruthiveeran a knockout movie.
Ameer's winning points- Guts, boldness and a new freshness to the village milieu story. For us he is the director of the year.
Number 2- Venkat Prabhu
When the producer has a shoe-string budget, and the director is asked to make a movie with it, very few people deliver. But Venkat Prabhu re-wrote the way a city based movie is made with his Chennai- 60028. He just depended on the magic of cricket a religion in India, some new faces that could provide entertainment, and a fast paced script. The sheer pace of the movie worked wonders.
Venkat's Winning points- Thinking out of the box and batting to his strengths.
Number 3- Vishnu Vardhan
Vishnu's winning points- Cool Cat with the right attitude and understanding of generation next viewers.
Number 4- Radha Mohan
He re-worked the family film formula with Mozhi. Radha Mohan proved that a heroine oriented film with a simple straight forward narration will work big time without any steamy soap opera sentiments, glycerin tears, loud dialogues, no villains, crude comedy etc. It is a path breaking film that augered well for Tamil cinema.
Mohan's winning points- Brilliant script sense, could gauge the pulse of the multiplex audiences.
Number 5- Vetrimaran
Vetri has been able to do the impossible. For his Polladhavan he borrowed the plot of a world classic The Bicycle Thief and suitably changed its Italian milieu to that of Chennai, brought in sentiments, romance, action with songs shot like a music video and churned out a hit!
Vetri's winning points- Peppy packaging, moving story line with easily identifiable characters.