The Best Directors of Bollywood

Presenting you the top directors from bollywood in somewhat chronological order.
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Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram
Rajaram has been married twice. His second marriage was to actress Jayashree. Jayashree passed away on the 19th of October, 2004 in Bombay, at the age of 84. Jayashree and Rajaram are survived by their son, Kiran Shantaram, former Sheriff of Bombay, and daughter, Rajashree, well-known former Bollywood actress.
“ Known for Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Navrang, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje and Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Raj Kapoor
Actor, Sangam
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag, with his new company, RK Films. His next production...
“ Known for Awaara, Shree 420, Sangam, Mera Naam Joker. The showman. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Mother India, Aan, Andaz and Anmol Ghadi. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Bimal Roy
Director, Madhumati
“ Known for classics like Bandini, Devdas, Do Bigha Zameen and Madhumati ” - Sandeep Gupta
Guru Dutt
Actor, Pyaasa
Considered to be a man ahead of his time, Guru Dutt was one of the greatest icons of commercial Indian cinema. Although he made less than fifty films, they are believed to be the best to come from Bollywood's Golden Age, known both for their ability to reach out to the common man and for their artistic and lyrical content...
“ Known for Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Baaz. The best of Black and White era. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Vijay Anand
Writer, Guide
Vijay Anand was a celebrated filmmaker, writer, editor, and actor in Hindi cinema. Known as "Goldie," the younger brother of filmmaker Chetan Anand and matinée idol Dev Anand, Vijay Anand was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India on January 22, 1934. He lost his mother when he was only seven, and he along...
“ Known for Guide, Jewel Thief, Jhonny Mera Naam. Complete entertainer. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Director, Anand
By no means is he any glamorous director, yet Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of the most popular and beloved filmmakers in Indian cinema. His magic lay not in the glamor or largeness so often associated with cinema, but in its simplicity and warmth. He began his career in Bombay, 1951, as an editor and assistant director to Bimal Roy...
“ Known for Anand, Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Gol Maal, Khubsoorat, Bemisal. Simplicity and flawless direction. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Upkar, Shor, Purab Aur Pashim, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan. Superb in songs, music, use of light. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Yash Chopra
Producer, Veer-Zaara
Labeled the eternal romantic and with one of the best musical senses in the business, Yash Chopra is arguably India's most successful director of romantic films. Although he made action-oriented films like the ever-popular Deewaar, it is in tackling love and its various aspects that he has been at his best...
“ Known for Waqt, Deewaar, Mashaal, Trishul, Kala Patthar, Silsila, Lamhe, Veer-Zaara. Moved from anger to love effortlessly. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Masoom, Mr. India, Bandit Queen, Elizabeth. India's gift to hollywood. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Music Department, Anand
Gulzar is a writer, a lyricist, a director and, at heart, a poet. His films, sensitive, lyrical, and yet successful, were a welcome relief from the violent films that filled the 1970s and 1980s. Born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Deena, in the Jhelum District in what is now Pakistan, he came to Delhi after the partition during independence as a poet...
“ Known for Koshish, Parichay, Aandhi, Kitaab, Angoor, Maachis. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, Junoon, Manthan, The Making of Mahatma and Welcome to Sajjanpur. ” - Sandeep Gupta
B.R. Chopra
Producer, Mahabharat
One of India's most respected film personalities, Baldev Raj Chopra (better known as B.R. Chopra) has been an architect of what is now known as the golden era of the Bollywood industry. Having converted offbeat stories into immortal classics like Waqt and Naya Daur, he commands high regard in the world film fraternity...
“ Known for Naya Daur, Dastaan, Hamraaz, Nikah and Kanoon. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Govind Nihalani
Cinematographer, Dev
“ Ardh Satya, Dev, Aakrosh and Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Zakhm, Saaransh, Hum Hai Raahi Pyaar Ke, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi, Arth, Naam ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Ghayal, Damini, Ghatak, Andaz Apna Apna, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Khakee. Amazing sense of anger and sense of humour. surprised!! ” - Sandeep Gupta
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is among the most celebrated Film Makers of the Bollywood. Having worked with the biggest stars of Indian Film Industry, Bhansali is the most sought-for director of the Bollywood. He started his career as an assistant director to Vidhu Vinod Chopra. If one has to name his 'niche' genre...
“ Known for Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Black. Amazing use of light and sounds. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Mani Ratnam
Writer, Bombay
The man who revolutionized Tamil-language cinema, Mani Ratnam is the biggest director in south India and one of the most respected directors in all of India. Each of his films contain its own unique style, with beautifully photographed songs and unique back-lighting. However, his films contain substance as well as style--Ratnam has dealt with a wide variety of topics...
“ Known for Guru, Yuva, Bombay, Roja, Naykan. Best when not self indulgent. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings...
“ Known for Black Friday, Dev D, Gulal. Movies a bit different. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Ashutosh Gowariker
An actor who took up directing after almost a decade, Ashutosh Gowariker is one of those rare people who take the path less taken and, although it was a rough going, he is now one of India's elite directors. He began his film career modeling in commercials by Govind Nihalani and Jenny Pinto. He entered Hindi cinema with Ketan Mehta's Holi...
“ Known for Lagaan, Swades, Jodha Akbar. Movies with substance and extra length. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Gangajal, Apharan, Raajneeti. He loves political dramas. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots. Flawless direction. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Khoon Bhari Maang, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish. Complete entertainer, knows what audience want. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma was born in Hyderabad, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He initially was a video store owner before eventually becoming one of India's leading film directors. A film buff during his youth, Varma would watch both American and Indian cinema regularly. As a young man...
“ Known for Shiva, Rangeela, Kaun?, Satya, Company, Sarkar, Nishabd, Rann. Known for gangster movies and making some of the worst movies as well. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Ab Tak Chappan, Chak De India, Rocket Singh. Known for deep details inside the movies. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, LSD. Known for amazing sense of story telling and depth of characters. ” - Sandeep Gupta
“ Known for Maqbool, Omkara, Kaminey, Makdee, The Blue Umbrella. Known for literature inspired movies. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Karan Johar
Producer, Kal Ho Naa Ho
A close friend of Shahrukh Khan, he assisted Yash Chopra's Yash Raj Films during the early days of of his career, making his directorial debut with the mega-hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He also had a popular chat show named Koffee with Karan The success of "KKHH" made him one of the most high-profile directors in the Hindi-language Mumbai Film industry, popularly known as Bollywood...
“ Known for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna, My Name Is Khan. Known for movies based on NRIs. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Farhan Akhtar
Writer Javed Akhtar's and Honey Irani's son 'Farhan Akhtar' is an extremely talented and creative and young director and has made a place for himself in very little time. He entered Bollywood at the age of 17, assisting directors and cinematographers. He dropped out of college and did various jobs like working for a TV production house and setting up his own production house...
“ Known for Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Don, Don 2. Apart from that he is a great actor as well. ” - Sandeep Gupta
Anurag Basu
Director, Barfi!
Anurag Basu, a Bollywood director and writer explores relationships and adversity on reel. He had his share of tough times when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Basu directed television serials among which is Tara (1993), which became one of the first soap operas on Indian television. He also directed Balaji Telefilms' Koshish Ek Aasha (1997) and Miit (2002)...
“ Known for Gangster, Life In A Metro and Barfi! ” - Sandeep Gupta