Why: It took over 85 films as an actor for Prithviraj to finally decide to become a director. Yet, when he took that plunge, the idea wasn’t to make an offbeat indie to satisfy the brooding artiste in him; it was to make a film that would satisfy everyone. Lucifer may not have achieved that entirely but it certainly caused a disruption at the box office, becoming the first Malayalam film to cross the Rs 200-crore barrier. And in doing so, he became arguably the only director to make his/her respective industry’s biggest-ever hit with a first film; an achievement made even better given how he resisted the many regressive cliches of the genre.
For creating the expansive and layered soundscape of Sacred Games.
He's given good performances in good films, time after time.
For creating the divisive and disruptive character, Kabir Singh.
Tumbbad showed us that horror movies aren’t only about jump-scares.