Rarely do we find filmmakers who are so passionate about letting their films talk for themselves. Dibakar Banerjee is the modern-age filmmaker that all cinemagoers yearn for, and the key to his success is his consistency. Shedding light on real-life problems, discreetly interlaced with brilliant storytelling, superlative performances, and specks of entertainment that all beautifully craft these elements into a film worth watching, worth remembering.
Over the years, he has given us some of the most stunning stories in films like Detective Byomkesh Bakshi with Sushant Singh Rajput owning every frame. His path-breaking direction in Lust Stories featured Manisha Koirala, so sensitively telling the tale of a woman taking charge of her desires and wants. Who can forget the compelling story of Love, Sex, and Dhoka that Dibakar made with a lesser-known cast and proved that content is indeed the king. Quite recently, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar which featured Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor went on to gain critical acclaim because of its direction which when it comes to Dibakar, is always on point. A black comedy-drama that’ll always leave you wondering what’s next as a policeman and a corporate employee run for their lives from the thugs who are on the lookout to catch hold of them. Every story is as unique as Dibakar’s vision of filming them.
What makes Dibakar Banerjee incredibly versatile is probably the way he has explored genres to date. From comedy films to movies with a social message, be it a political thriller or a murder mystery – he has tried and tested every technique of storytelling and has always aimed for the best experience he can give to cinephiles. On his birthday, here’s a list of all the films you need to add to your watchlist, by the ace filmmaker to experience several worlds unknown.