The 10 Best Hindi Film Directors in past 20 years

No place for the much acclaimed:

1. Sanjay Leela Bhansali - gets rewarded for making painful "serious" cinema.

2. Aditya Chopra - who doesn't want to go along with 21st century, thinks his films insults our intelligence.

3. Priyadarshan - hasn't maintained the tempo after the cult "HeraPheri".
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1.
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...
“ Rangeela, Satya, Company, Sarkar...

This folk is fearless. ” - IndianNeo
 
2.
“ The only director whose all films have been highest-grossing hits. ” - IndianNeo
 
3.
“ From Gangajal to recent Rajneeti,
This man has boldly showed us north indian dirty politics. ” - IndianNeo
 
4.
“ He has mastered film makings of all genres except sci-fi.

Comedy - Andaz Apna Apna (A cult)
Drama - Lajja (About four Indian women belonging to different strata of society)
Action - Ghayal (The Best Sunny Deol can ever perform other than Govind in "Damini"
Historic - The Legend of Bhagat Singh (A classic) ” - IndianNeo
 
5.
Karan Johar
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...
“ One of the most successful young filmmakers in Bollywood. ” - IndianNeo
 
6.
“ David Fincher of India ” - IndianNeo
 
7.
“ one of the rare director who dares to show "Realism" in his Films and has made the female the main protagonist in most of his Films. ” - IndianNeo
 
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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[1][2][3] and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings...
 
9.
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...
“ "Swadesh" brings him in this list. ” - IndianNeo
 
10.
“ Don't like when he tries to be "Quentin Tarantino" of India.
Quentin Tarantino don't necessarily need darkness to show violence. ” - IndianNeo