Sujoy Ghosh: Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express, Nikhil Advani's D-Day, Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che, Maneesh Sharma's Shudh Desi Romance, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox.
Aanand Rai : Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che – loved the way the director handled the subject and characters, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Rakeysh Mehra and Farhan Akhtar displayed a superb team spirit, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram Leela – purely and entirely for Deepika Padukone.
Vijay Krishna Acharya: Asghar Farhadi's A Separation – This was the only film I saw in 2013 as I was busy with Dhoom 3.
Abhishek Choubey: Anand Gandhi's Ship Of Theseus, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera – These were original in thought, well-crafted and made with love.
Prabhu Dheva: Ramaiya Vastavaiya, R… Rajkumar, Chennai Express – The first two because they were mine and the third because it's Shah Rukh Khan.
Ajay Bahl: Ship Of Theseus – For its brilliant cinematography, riveting performances and the simplicity with which it put forward its argument, Hansal Mehta's Shahid – For that awesome performance by Rajkumar Yadav, Lootera – For Mahendra Shetty's astounding cinematography and Vikramaditya Motwane's masterly craft.
Subhash Ghai: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, Vikaramaditya Motwane's Lootera. I took something home from each of these films.
Tigmanshu Dhulia: Aanand Rai's Raanjhanaa – Dhanush was so fresh and endearing, Kai Po Che – cast was fresh and their bonding fantastic, D-Day – excellent pace, taut thriller.
Subhash Kapoor: Kai Po Che – for its simple but powerful narrative style, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – for Farhan Akhtar's dedication to the role, Shahid– for raising a disturbing and relevant issue.
Gauri Shinde: Raj Nidomoru & Krishna DK's Go Goa Gone, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express.
Mrigdeep Lamba: Ship Of Theseus– fresh story, moving, philosophical as well as cinematic, Lootera– classic storytelling, excellent craft, Shahid – new-age bio-pic, dramatic storytelling and above all, honest portrayal of a harsh reality.
Gyan Correa: Ship Of Theseus, The Lunchbox and The Good Road. They were fresh films offering new cinematic expressions. They were honest labours of love.