Top bollywood directors

by shants2000 | created - 29 Sep 2013 | updated - 29 Sep 2013 | Public

List of top Hindi movies director

1. 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 (1975), it is in tackling love and its various aspects that he has ...

2. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Kannathil Muthamittal

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 ...

4. Vikram Bhatt

Director | Raaz

Vikram Bhatt was born on January 27, 1969 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is a director and writer, known for Raaz (2002), 1920 (2008) and Ankahee (2006).

5. Vishal Bhardwaj

Composer | Haider

Vishal Bhardwaj is a composer and writer, known for Haider (2014), Omkara (2006) and Maqbool (2003). He is married to Rekha Bhardwaj.

6. Mahesh Bhatt

Writer | Raaz

Mahesh Bhatt was born on September 20, 1948 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a director and writer, known for Raaz (2002), Saaransh (1984) and Zakhm (1998). He is married to Soni Razdan.

7. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) - he was the youngest child in the trio.

His performance in Earth (1998) as the Ice-Candy man has received rave reviews from Indian and international critics. Using classic "method acting" and an adopted ...

8. Aditya Chopra

Producer | Veer-Zaara

The elder son of veteran filmmaker, Yash Chopra & Pamela Chopra, Aditya was born in the year 1971. Since childhood, he was an ardent film buff.His film career started off as an assistant to his father in 'Chandni' (Chandni - 1989), 'Lamhe' (Moments - 1991) and 'Darr' (Fear - 1993)

At the age of 23, ...

9. Ashutosh Gowariker

Writer | Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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 ...

10. Ayan Mukherjee

Actor | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Ayan Mukherjee is an actor and director, known for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Wake Up Sid (2009) and Swades (2004).

11. Bimal Roy

Director | Do Bigha Zamin

Came from a well-to-do Dacca background, starting in films as an assistant cameraman in 1932. After promotion to full cinematographer, he began to direct from 1943. He was first acclaimed for the experimental low-budget picture, "Udayer Pathey", which achieved national popularity in India despite a...

12. Farhan Akhtar

Producer | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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 ...

13. Gauri Shinde

Director | English Vinglish

Gauri Shinde is a director and writer, known for English Vinglish (2012), Dear Zindagi (2016) and Oh Man! (2001).

14. Govind Nihalani

Cinematographer | Dev

Brother in law of Shatrughan Sinha ( Shatrughan is married to Govind's cousin Poonam aka actress Komal).

15. Anurag Kashyap

Producer | Gangs of Wasseypur

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 ...

16. 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 ...

17. B.R. Chopra

Producer | Kanoon

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 (1965) and Naya Daur (1957), he commands high ...

18. Basu Chatterjee

Director | Sara Akash

Basu Chatterjee was born on January 10, 1930 in Ajmer, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Sara Akash (1969), Rajnigandha (1974) and Swami (1977).

19. Arbaaz Khan

Actor | Dabangg

Arbaaz Khan was born on August 4, 1967 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and producer, known for Dabangg (2010), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007). He was previously married to Malaika Arora.

20. Abhishek Kapoor

Director | Kai po che!

Writer-Director of the successful Bollywood feature films Kai Po Che and Rock On!! and founder of production company Guy in the Sky Pictures (India). He has just wrapped the shoot of his next feature film 'Fitoor' in September 2015, slated for release in February 2016. Fitoor is based on Great ...

21. Deepa Mehta

Director | Fire

Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...

22. Dibakar Banerjee

Director | LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha

He joined advertising as a copywriter first with Shems Combit and then TBWA Anthem, and later he joined Contract Advertising, Delhi, where he worked under Pradeep Sarkar, who was then a creative director at the agency. Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni was also one of his colleagues, who later penned ...

23. 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 ...

24. Gulzar

Music_department | Slumdog Millionaire

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 ...

25. 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...

26. Imtiaz Ali

Writer | Jab We Met

Imtiaz Ali is an Indian film director, actor and writer. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha Na Tha. However, it was his second film Jab We Met (2007) that brought him success and fame. His 2009 film Love Aaj Kal gained much critical success, and was declared a super hit at ...

27. Karan Johar

Writer | Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...

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 (1998). He also had a popular chat show named Koffee with Karan (2004) The success of "KKHH" made him one of the most ...

28. Kiran Rao

Producer | Dangal

Kiran Rao graduated with an economics major from the Sophia College for Women (Mumbai) in 1995. She also received her Masters at AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Kiran Rao started her career as an assistant director in 2001. She met actor Aamir ...

29. Jyoti Swaroop

Director | Padosan

Always mixed up with director Jyoti Sarup. This is because they both have similar sounding names.

30. Kabir Khan

Director | Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Kabir Khan is presently one of the most sought after Bollywood directors. His beat of cinema is very different from the rest of his league. He comes from documentary style of film making. He is known for his brilliant cinematographic skills. He graduated from Delhi University's Kirori Mal College. ...

31. Kundan Shah

Director | Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

Kundan Shah was born on October 19, 1947 in India. He was a director and writer, known for Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), Hum To Mohabbat Karega (2000) and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983). He died on October 7, 2017 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

32. Mahesh Manjrekar

Director | Astitva

Mahesh Manjrekar was born on May 13, 1953 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is an actor and director, known for Astitva (2000), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Kaante (2002).

33. Manoj Kumar

Actor | Roti Kapada Aur Makaan

Manoj Kumar was born on July 24, 1937 in Abbottabad, North-West Frontier Province, British India as Harikishen Giri Goswami. He is an actor and writer, known for Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Upkar (1967) and Clerk (1989).

34. Neeraj Pandey

Writer | A Wednesday

Neeraj Pandey (born 17 December 1973) is an acclaimed Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. In his first movie A Wednesday, his work was largely praised by audiences as well as the critics. A Wednesday also won many awards in different categories. His second film Special 26 (2013) was ...

35. Prakash Jha

Director | Apaharan

Prakash Jha was born on February 27, 1952 in Patna, Bihar, India. He is a director and producer, known for Apaharan (2005), Gangaajal (2003) and The Death Sentence: Mrityu Dand (1997).

36. Priyadarshan

Director | Kanchivaram

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000) and Hulchul (2004). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

37. Prakash Mehra

Director | Laawaris

Prakash Mehra was born on July 13, 1939 in Bijnor, United Provinces, British India. He was a director and producer, known for Laawaris (1981), Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988) and Zanjeer (1973). He died on May 17, 2009 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

38. R. Balki

Director | Paa

R. Balki was born as R. Balakrishnan. He is a director and writer, known for Paa (2009), English Vinglish (2012) and Cheeni Kum (2007).

39. Navdeep Singh

Director | Manorama Six Feet Under

Navdeep Singh is a director and actor, known for Manorama Six Feet Under (2007), Nh10 (2015) and Phillauri (2017).

40. Nasir Hussain

Writer | Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

Nasir Husain Khan was born in Bhopal, India. He was the fourth of five children born to Jaffar Husain Khan, a history teacher, and Aamna, a housewife. He grew up a mischievous child in an orthodox family that looked down on films and theatrical works. Nevertheless, Nasir found himself working on ...

41. Mukul Anand

Director | Khuda Gawah

Cousin of Tinnu Anand.

42. Mira Nair

Director | Salaam Bombay!

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...

43. Mehboob Khan

Director | Mother India

Mehboob Khan was born on September 9, 1907 in Bilimora, Baroda, Bombay Presidency, British India. He was a director and producer, known for Mother India (1957), Son of India (1962) and Aan (1952). He died on May 28, 1964 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

44. Nishikant Kamat

Director | Dombivli Fast

Nishikant Kamat is an actor and director, known for Dombivli Fast (2005), Drishyam (2015) and Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008).

45. 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 (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next ...

46. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | PK

Rajkumar Hirani was born on November 20, 1962 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and editor, known for PK (2014), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and 3 Idiots (2009).

47. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Ghayal

Rajkumar Santoshi is a writer and director, known for Ghayal (1990), Pukar (2000) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994).

48. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Producer | Rang De Basanti

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a director, writer and producer who established Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures (Romp) in India. Romp has cultivated in them an attitude to pioneer the way for the new wave and new age cinema from India, by identifying talent (writers & directors) from India and telling ...

49. Ram Gopal Varma

Director | Rangeela

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...

50. Rakesh Roshan

Producer | Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

Rakesh Roshan was born on September 6, 1949 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India as Rakesh Roshanlal Nagrath. He is an actor and producer, known for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and Krrish 3 (2013). He is married to Pinky.

51. Ramesh Sippy

Director | Sholay

Ramesh Sippy was born on January 23, 1947 in Karachi, Sind Province, British India as Ramesh Gopaldas Sipahimalani. He is a director and producer, known for Sholay (1975), Shaan (1980) and Shakti (1982). He is married to Kiran Juneja.

52. Rohit Shetty

Director | Chennai Express

Rohit Shetty was born on March 14, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is known for his work on Chennai Express (2013), Bol Bachchan (2012) and Dilwale (2015). He has been married to Maya Rohit Shetty since May 27, 2005.

54. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Producer | Black

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 '...

55. Satyajit Ray

Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie ...

56. Shekhar Kapur

Director | Elizabeth

Shekhar Kapur was born on December 6, 1945 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He is an actor and director, known for Elizabeth (1998), Bandit Queen (1994) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). He was previously married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

58. Shoojit Sircar

Director | Vicky Donor

Shoojit Sircar is one of the acclaimed directors in Bollywood film industry. His latest movie 'Piku' got rave reviews and huge love by audience which got him in wider map in the industry. His previous movies Madras Cafe and Vicky Donor are also critically acclaimed. He generally tried to choose ...

59. Shyam Benegal

Director | Ankur

Shyam Benegal was born on December 14, 1934 in Tirumalagiri, Hyderabad State, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Ankur: The Seedling (1974), Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985) and Bhumika (1977).

60. Siddique

Writer | Hera Pheri

Siddique is a writer and director, known for Hera Pheri (2000), Bodyguard (2011) and Kaavalan (2011).

61. Sigitham Srinivasa Rao

Director | Bhairava Dweepam

Sigitham Srinivasa Rao was born on September 21, 1931 in Udayagiri, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a director and writer, known for Bhairava Dweepam (1994), Pushpak (1987) and Vasantha Geetam (1984).

63. Sujoy Ghosh

Writer | Kahaani

Sujoy Ghosh was born on May 21, 1966 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is a writer and director, known for Kahaani (2012), Jhankaar Beats (2003) and Aladin (2009).

64. Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer | Paan Singh Tomar

Tigmanshu Dhulia is a writer and director, known for Paan Singh Tomar (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013).

65. Umesh Shukla

Writer | OMG: Oh My God!

Umesh Shukla is a writer and director, known for OMG: Oh My God! (2012), All Is Well (2015) and Dhoondte Reh Jaoge (2009).

66. Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Writer | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Producer - Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra made his directorial debut with Murder At Monkey Hill in 1976 that won him the National Award, which is the top honor given by the Government of India. Two years later, in 1978, this young FTII (Film & Television Institute of India) graduate made a documentary...

67. 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 ...

68. Vikramaditya Motwane

Writer | Udaan

Vikramaditya Motwane is an Indian film director, and screenwriter for films like Dev.D (2009) and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007). His directorial debut Udaan (2010) was selected to compete in the 'Un Certain Regard' category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and also won seven Filmfare awards. His ...

69. Zoya Akhtar

Writer | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Born in Mumbai on 14th October 1972, Zoya Akhtar hails from one of the most talented film families in the country. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors like Mira Nair, Tony Gerber, and Dev Benegal, before turning Writer-Director in her own right.

She has directed...

70. Abbas Tyrewala

Writer | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Abbas Tyrewala was born on June 6, 1984 in India. He is known for his work on Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Main Hoon Na (2004). He has been married to Paakhi A. Tyrewala since April 30, 2006.

72. Mansoor Khan

Director | Josh

Mansoor Khan is a director and writer, known for Josh (2000), Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995).

74. Mahmood Farooqui

Director | Peepli (Live)

Mahmood Farooqui is a director and actor, known for Peepli (Live) (2010), Harud (2010) and Mango Souffle (2002).

75. Abhinay Deo

Director | Game

Abhinay Deo is a director and producer, known for Game (2011), Delhi Belly (2011) and Force 2 (2016).

76. Akshat Verma

Writer | Delhi Belly

Akshat Verma is a writer and director, known for Delhi Belly (2011), Kaalakaandi (2018) and The Ode (2008).

77. Anubhav Sinha

Director | Ra.One

Anubhav Sinha was born on June 22, 1965 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is a director and writer, known for Ra.One (2011), Tum Bin...: Love Will Find a Way (2001) and Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai (2003).

78. Chandra Barot

Director | Don

Brother of producer Ramesh Barot and Pratap Barot.

79. Dibakar Banerjee

Director | LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha

He joined advertising as a copywriter first with Shems Combit and then TBWA Anthem, and later he joined Contract Advertising, Delhi, where he worked under Pradeep Sarkar, who was then a creative director at the agency. Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni was also one of his colleagues, who later penned ...

80. K. Asif

Director | Mughal-E-Azam

Asif was born Asif Karim in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh to Parents Dr. Fazal Karim and Bibi Ghulam Fatima. He was the youngest of his siblings with Sikander Begum, wife of versatile Actor/Director/Producer Nazir Ahmed Khan being the Eldest and Masood Karim, the first Muslim President of Sindh Club second...

81. Luv Ranjan

Director | Pyaar Ka Punchnama

Luv Ranjan is an alumni of the Asian Academy Of Film & TV .

82. Nikkhil Advani

Director | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Nikkhil Advani was born on April 28, 1971 in Mumbai, Maharahstra, India. He is a writer and director, known for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), D-Day (2013) and Airlift (2016).

83. Ron Reid Jr.

Director | 614

Ron Reid Jr. is a director and cinematographer, known for 614 (2007), Order 9088 (2008) and Andres (2007).

84. Nila Madhab Panda

Director | I Am Kalam

Nila Madhab Panda, has been hailed as a new-age sensation of Indian cinema. His first feature film, the highly-acclaimed I Am Kalam, has already won 24 International awards, one national award, two Industry award (Film fare and screen) and several nominations, which traveled over 60 International ...