Which director makes the best music?

One requires a keen sense of melody while the other is about painting imagination on celluloid. Making music and movies is not quite the same thing. Yet there are a few who’ve dared to do both.

While some fortunate ones did well in both, there are not-so-successful examples of just the same.

The latest to sign up for this dual role is director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

In his latest offering, Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bhansali demonstrates his know-how of the sur-taals through some surprisingly impressive compositions like Tera zikr, Chand kikatori and Keh na saku.

The man’s reasonably good and it won’t be a surprise if he decides to design the soundtrack of all his future ventures.

Close on the heels of Guzaarish followed the music release of  Tees MaarKhan, which boasts of a spunky title track concocted by its writer-producer Shirish Kunder.

Although the con caper is directed by his nifty wife Farah Khan, Kunder’s not new to filmmaking.

The erstwhile editor made his debut behind the camera with Salman Khan-Akshay Kumar-Preity Zinta starrer Jaan-E-Mann in 2006.

Too bad the big-budgeted Diwali release got trounced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Don: The Chase Begins at the box-office.

Now here’s a man, who enjoys the enviable reputation of being both jack and master of all trades.

Though he began his innings producing classy score for Gulzar’s Maachis and Hu Tu Tu alongside Chachi 420, Satya and Betaabi, Bhardwaj realized his own potential as filmmaker after he stumbled upon some exceptional foreign films.

Turns out he’s aces at both, following his debut Makdee, Bhardwaj gathered stupendous acclaim for films like Maqbool, Omkara and Kaminey.

Similar reactions are expected for his 2011 release Saat Khoon Maaf.

A man of innumerable talents, Kishore Kumar ruled showbiz with his impeccable comedy and animated singing.

Refusing to restrict himself to as pacific role, Kishoreda turned director and composer with films like Jhumroo, Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein and Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi, a tongue-in-cheek follow-up to the hugely successful Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.

Some of his memorable compositions include Koihumdum na raha, Main hoon jhoom jhoom jhumroo and Aa chal ke tujhe.

Hemant Kumar’s soulful rendition of unforgettable songs like Tum pukaar lo, Na tum humein jaano, Beqarar karke humein continue to regale listeners to this date.

His work as the music director of films like Kohraa, Khamoshi, Anupma and Bees Saal Baad is equally notable.

In 1972, Hemantda made his debut as the director of Anindita, a Bengali film featuring Moushumi Chatterjee, which he produced as well but it wasn’t a major success.

Composer Salil Chaudhary is responsible for some of the finest songs in Hindi cinema with soundtracks like Madhumati, Parakh, Chhaya, Anand and Rajnigandha to his credit.

Perhaps inspired by the works of filmmaker, who’d often repeat him, Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Chaudhary, too, tried to don the director’s cap with his little known attempt, Pinjre Ke Panchhi starring Abhi Bhattacharya and Meena Kumari.

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