The new age directors are setting trends making a dazzling debut followed by a disaster film. There can be plethora of reasons behind this ranging from beginner’s luck to over-confidence.
For instance, we had Nandini Reddy delivering one of the best rom-coms ever in Telugu cinema – Ala Modalaindi. This was followed by another rom-com Jabardasth, which had a striking resemblance to Band Baaja Baaraat. The film, despite having a proven hit script and popular star cast failed miserably with a flawed execution.
Similar case was observed with V.N.Aditya, who scored one of the most memorable love stories- Manasantha Nuvve. However, his second attempt Sriram (remake of Tamil hit Dhill) with Uday Kiran in the lead got a lukewarm response. Till date, Aditya hasn’t bagged a hit after his first film.
Even the current most sought after directors are embroiled in the same jinx. Puri Jagannadh had a failure with Bachi after scoring a hit like Badri. Likewise, Sukumar’s second film Jagadam was a huge disappointment after delivering the path-breaking Arya. Athanokkade fame Surender Reddy too failed with films like Ashok and Athidhi.
Another classic example is director Dasaradh. His debut, Santosham was a big hit with family audiences. He hastily made his second film Sambaram. The movie bombed. Dasaradh couldn’t hit the bull’s eye till Mr. Perfect, which was almost a decade after his debut.
On the flip-side, there are directors who have learnt lessons from a failed first attempt and proved their mettle with their second. Harish Shankar is one such best illustration with a ‘shock’ing blockbuster Gabbar Singh.
Time and again it had been proven that talent matters and not the index, when it comes to filmography.