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    The year 2009 is really looking like the year of the debutant director.
    We can't remember the last time so many high-profile, interesting projects were being helmed by first-timers. Here are a few to watch out for:

    Ayaan Mukherjee -- Wake Up Sid

    Karan Johar's next production is being directed by Kajol's cousin, the young Ayaan Mukherjee.

    Johar has been praising the lad to the skies, and Mukherjee's already got tongues wagging with his atypical casting decision pitting Ranbir Kapoor opposite Konkona Sen Sharma.

    The film is rumoured to be a quirky comedy, and lets see how un-Karan the final product turns out.

    Abhishek Chaubey -- Ishqiya

    Vishal Bhardwaj's screenwriter Abhishek Chaubey heads behind the camera with the intriguingly titled Ishqiyaa.

    Details about the film have been kept impressively under wraps, but it is being called a crime-thriller and Chaubey's cast includes Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah.

    Unconfirmed reports suggest Balan plays a rural seductress who entices both Warsi and Shah, who plays his uncle.

    Kiran Rao -- Dhobi Ghaat

    Aamir Khan's better half makes her directorial debut with Dhobi Ghaat. Aamir stars in the film alongside Prateik Babbar, whom we all loved in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.

    The film features Aamir as an artist, but other details are currently sketchy -- some reports peg this as a one-scene role while others call it the lead.

    Leave it to Khan to keep us guessing. What we do know is that the film is instrumentally made up of a largely new ensemble cast, just like Jaane Tu was.

    Rensil D'Silva -- Jehaad

    Ad-man Rensil D'Silva wrote Aks and Rang De Basanti for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and now like most Bollywood scriptwriters who get any notice, he's coming up with a movie all his own.

    Rensil's a fascinating character, and his film Jehaad stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, the lovers apparently playing terrorists in the romantic thriller.

    What scares us just a little is that Vivek Oberoi and Minissha Lamba also star.

    Anthony D'Souza -- Blue

    Everyone's talked about Farah Khan making Kylie Minogue dance and Akshay Kumar's spectacular underwater stunts. But in the midst of all this hubbub silently works the film's debutant director, Anthony D'Souza, an ad-man.

    D'Souza's underwater thriller promises to give us wetter thrills than we've ever seen in India, and hey... there's always Kylie.

    Abhinav Deo -- Delhi Belly

    Actors Ramesh and Seema Deo's son Abhinav makes his directorial debut with Aamir Khan Productions' Delhi Belly, starring the refreshing Imran Khan and Shenaz Treasurywala.

    The film has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and, judging by an Imran Khan interview on television the other night, it's going to be something really different.

    Vijay Lalwani -- Kartik Calling Kartik

    After tasting plaudits as an actor in Abhishek Kapoor's Rock On, Farhan Akhtar now stars in another newcomer's debut film.

    Vijay Lalwani kicks off his Bollywood innings with Kartik Calling Kartik, and he's gotten quite the cast in Farhan and Deepika Padukone.

    The film is said to be a thriller but Akhtar says he's excited about his character's comic potential, so we best just wait and watch.

    Rohit Dhawan -- Come On Pappu

    In what seems like a truly fitting ode to his father, slapstick sultan David Dhawan's son makes his directorial debut with a film essentially about a monkey.

    Pappu the monkey is joined by A-listers Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor, and this film doesn't even try to pretend it isn't a farce. One hopes it'll make for more fun than Sonam's last monkey-movie.

    Prem Soni -- Main Aur Mrs Khanna

    Kareena Kapoor's gone on record to say that both she and co-star Salman Khan haven't ever done 'a pure love story' quite like debutant Prem Soni's film.

    Essentially a tale involving adultery -- in case the title wasn't clear enough -- MAMK also features Sohail Khan, Govinda, Bappi Lahiri and Preity Zinta.

    vibhu Puri -- Chenab Gandhi

    Sanjay Leela Bhansali's erstwhile assistant Vibhu Puri takes on the director's mantle with this period film.

    Based on the life of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Gaffer Khan -- played here by Amitabh Bachchan -- the film features Vidya Balan and John Abraham. Bhansali himself is co-producing his protege's film.

    John Owen -- Peter Gaya Kaam Se

    India-based British filmmaker John Owen swings into action with Peter Kaam Se Gaya, a film that sees Aamir star Rajeev Khandelwal in the lead role as a motorcycle-cabbie based in Goa.

    There have been reports that Lekha Washington, the host of last year's IPL coverage, has been selected as the female lead opposite him.

    Sabir Khan -- Kambakth Ishq

    It's a truly exciting time in Indian cinema when Bollywood's first film to be shot in Universal Studios is being made by a first-time director.

    And no Warner Bros or Sony for this film, the money's coming from Sajid Nadiadwala, who has gone all out to bring in actors like Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards.

    Akshay Kumar plays the film's lead, a lovable stuntman, while Kareena Kapoor is his lady love.

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    waiting for Main Aur Mrs Khanna, thanks for sharing dear

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    Thank you very much for sharing with us.



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