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 Pather Panchali
won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
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...
“ C. V. Sridhar was a South Indian screenwriter and film director. He has directed nearly 60 films in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada ” - albin raj
“ Mayavaram Krishnamurthy Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, also called M.K.T., was a Tamil film actor, producer and Carnatic music singer. He is considered to be one of the most successful Tamil film actors ever. ” - albin raj
“ Mehboob Khan was a pioneer, producer-director of Hindi cinema, best known for directing Mother India, which won the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and Best Director and was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ” - albin raj
“ Ramesh Sippy is an Indian film director, probably best known for directing the popular and critically acclaimed film Sholay. His father was producer G. P. Sippy, and his son Rohan Sippy is also a film director. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, popularly known as Guru Dutt, was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema ” - albin raj
“ A. C. Tirulokachandar Tamil: ஏ. சி. திருலோகச்சந்தர்) is a Tamil film director in Tamil cinema in 1960s. He has also directed few films in Hindi. ” - albin raj
“ Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "middle cinema" in India. ” - albin raj
“ Ritwik Ghatak was a Bengali Indian filmmaker and script writer. Along with prominent contemporary Bengali filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, his cinema is primarily remembered for its meticulous depiction of social reality. ” - albin raj
“ Asit Sen was an Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked both in Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka now in modern day Bangladesh when it was part of East Bengal in British India. ” - albin raj
“ Tarun Majumdar is a renowned Bengali Indian film director who makes films in Bengali and is notable for his depiction of Bengali culture and society. Many of his films are literature-based. ” - albin raj
“ Tiruchengodu Ramalingam Sundaram was a Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Sinhalese film actor, director and iconic film producer. He is the founder of the Salem-based movie production company Modern Theatres. ” - albin raj
“ Prahlād Keshav Atre, popularly known as Āchārya Atre, was a multi-faceted Indian figure. He was a prominent Marathi writer, a poet, an educationist, a newspaper founder–editor of Maratha, a political ” - albin raj
“ Sohrab Modi was an Indian Parsi stage and film actor, director and producer. His films include Khoon Ka Khoon, a version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Sikandar, Pukar, Prithvi Vallabh, Jhansi ki Rani, Mirza Ghalib, and Nausherwan-e-dil. ” - albin raj
“ Akkamappettai Paramasivan Nagarajan was a veteran Tamil film director, who set a trend in film making in Tamil cinema in 1960s. ” - albin raj
“ A. Bhimsingh or Bhim Singh was a film maker, producer, editor and writer from the Tamil Film Industry. He has directed films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He was born on October 15, 1924 in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh ” - albin raj
Born in 1924. Science graduate from University of Calcutta. Sinha began his film career as a sound engineer in Calcutta's New Theatre in 1946. Four years later, he received an invitation to the London film festival and the opportunity of working at Pinewood Studios. He was in the UK for two years. On returning to India...
“ Tapan Sinha, was one of the most prominent Indian directors of his time forming a legendary quartet with Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. He was primarily a Bengali filmmaker who worked both ” - albin raj
“ Debaki Bose, also known as Debaki Kumar Bose, was a top director, writer, actor of Bengali cinema/Indian cinema. He was born on 25 November 1898 in Akalpoush, Burdwan, Bengal, British India. ” - albin raj
“ Ramu Kariat was a Malayali Indian film director for almost three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s. He directed many acclaimed films in Malayalam. ” - albin raj
“ Pattabhi Rami Reddy Tikkavarapu, was an Indian film screenwriter, film producer, director and poet known for his pioneering works in Telugu and Kannada parallel cinema. He has garnered three National Film Awards. ” - albin raj
“ Kota Shivaram Karanth was a Kannada writer, social activist, environmentalist, Yakshagana artist, film maker and thinker. ” - albin raj
“ Ganapathi Venkatrama Iyer was a well known Indian film director and actor. He was nicknamed "Kannada Bheeshma", and was the only person who made movies in Sanskrit, Adi Shankaracharya and which won four ” - albin raj
“ Govindan Aravindan who was popularly known as G. Aravindan was a national award winning film director, screenwriter, musician and cartoonist from Kerala, India. ” - albin raj
“ Jahnu Barua is a multiple national and international award-winning Indian film director from Assam. He has directed a number of Assamese and Hindi films, and along with Bhabendra Nath Saikia was one of the pioneers of Assamese Art cinema. ” - albin raj
Shaji N. Karun
Shaji Neelakantan Karun was born on new years day 1950 as the eldest son of Mr. N. Karunakaran and Mrs. Chandramati in Kollam district of the state of Kerala, India. The family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state in 1963. He did his schooling in Palkkulangara H.S., and took a batchelor's degree from University College...
“ Shaji Neelakantan Karun is a National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer. His debut film Piravi won the Caméra d'Or - Mention d'honneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. ” - albin raj
“ K. S. Sethumadhavan is an Indian director of Malayalam films. He has also directed films in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Since the early 1960s he has directed over 60 movies. ” - albin raj
“ K. Balachander is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Balachander is known for his distinct film-making style. ” - albin raj
“ Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He is widely regarded as part of the first in a wave of directors and screenwriters from the Chennai film industry who revitalised Tamil cinema. ” - albin raj
“ J. Mahendran is an Indian film director in the Tamil film industry, who is best known for his true narration of screenplay and making. ” - albin raj
The die-hard romantic Bharathiraja was born in Alli Nagaram, a small, sylvan village near Theni as Chinnasamy on 17 July 1941. He was the fifth child to his parents, Periya Maya Thevar and Meenatchiammaal alias Karuthammaal. His childhood passions were deer hunting and literature. As a full-blooded youth...
“ P. Bharathiraja is a South Indian filmmaker who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Bharathiraja displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. He is known for his realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his movies. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, predominantly working in Tamil cinema, based in Chennai, India. ” - albin raj
Shankar is an Indian film director and producer who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He started his career as an assistant director to SA Chandrasekar and now he is the highest paid director in the country. He made his debut in Gentleman
and since 2015 he has directed 12 movies. He won the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2010, in the Entertainment category.
“ Shanmugam Shankar, commonly known as Shankar, is an Indian film director and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. Recognized for directing high budget films, he is also a pioneer of vigilante movies in Tamil ” - albin raj
“ Bala is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema" through his realistic, dark and disturbing depiction of the working class on celluloid screen. ” - albin raj
“ K. Bhagyaraj is a Tamil film director, actor, writer and producer. He has directed and produced several Tamil films and also written and directed a few Telugu and Hindi films.He is well known for his mastery in screenplay. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Yash Raj Chopra was an Indian film director, script writer and film producer, predominantly working in Hindi cinema.Yash Chopra began his career as an assistant director to I.S. Johar and his elder brother, B.R. Chopra. ” - albin raj
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 Bombay...
“ Mira Nair is an Indian film director, actor and producer based in New York. Her production company is Mirabai Films. She was educated at Delhi University and Harvard University. ” - albin raj
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 accolades...
“ Deepa Mehta, OC OOnt is an Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter, most known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire, Earth, and Water; among which Earth was sent by India as its official entry for the ” - albin raj
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 latest effort is Lootera...
“ Vikramaditya Motwane is an Indian film director, and screenwriter for films like Dev.D and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal. ” - albin raj
“ Gautham Vasudev Menon, known as Gautham Menon, is an Indian film director and producer, who predominantly works in South Indian cinema. ” - albin raj
“ Thangar Bachan is a Tamil Indian film director and actor, cinematographer and novelist. ” - albin raj
“ Radha Mohan is an Indian film director of the South Indian film industry. He has, to date, directed six films, four of which have been critically acclaimed and box-office hits. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Aditya Chopra is a three-time National Award winning Indian film producer, screenwriter, director and distributor. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Karan Johar often informally referred to as KJo, is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television host based in Bollywood. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and Yash Johar. ” - albin raj
Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960), which was released in the year 1960. Since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a part of the film industry for 52 years...
“ Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, songwriter, playback singer, choreographer and lyricist who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. ” - albin raj
“ Tigmanshu Dhulia is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director. Dil Se.., for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten. ” - albin raj
“ S. S. Rajamouli is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and action choreographer who works primarily in Telugu cinema, known for directing blockbuster films like Magadheera and Eega based on Visual ” - albin raj
“ Zoya Akhtar is a contemporary Indian film director. She made her debut as director with critically acclaimed Luck By Chance ” - albin raj
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...
“ Anurag Singh Kashyap is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. He famously is termed as an Art filmmaker who loves dark and real concepts. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. ” - albin raj
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
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 Indian stories to the world...
“ Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for writing and directing Rang De Basanti, for which he won Best Director awards at the 2006 Filmfare Awards and National . ” - albin raj
“ Sujoy Ghosh is a Bollywood film director. He has directed Jhankaar Beats, Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak, Aladin and Kahaani. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer, lyricist and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the film industry. ” - albin raj
“ Selvaraghavan is an Indian film director who has directed predominantly Tamil films. He is credited as Sri Raghava in Telugu cinema. ” - albin raj
“ Murugadoss, commonly known with his stage name initials as AR Murugadoss, is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. As we had reported earlier, Vijay is all set to team up with director AR Murugadoss for a film next year. ” - albin raj
“ Rajkumar Hirani is a National Award and Filmfare Award winning Indian director, screenwriter and film editor of Hindi films, best known for the films Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots ” - albin raj
“ Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. Bhansali has adopted the middle name "Leela" as a tribute to his mother, Leela Bhansali. ” - albin raj
“ Singeetam Srinivasa Rao is an Indian film director, Known for his works in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi films. He made his directorial debut with the Telugu Film Nīti Nijāyiti in 1972 ” - albin raj
“ A. M. Fazil is an Indian filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but in school and college, extra curricular activities dominated his time. ” - albin raj
“ Bharathan was an Indian film director, artist, lyricist, music director, sculptor, poster designer, editor and art director. ” - albin raj
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...
“ Ram Gopal Varma also known as RGV or Ramu is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. His work is predominantly in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. ” - albin raj
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 equally appreciated by the public and the critics...
“ Neeraj Pandey is an Indian film director best known for his drama-thriller film, A Wednesday, for which he won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. His work on the film was highly praised by audiences as well as critics. ” - albin raj
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
“ Ashutosh Gowariker is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the films Lagaan, Swades, Jodhaa Akbar, What's Your Raashee and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. ” - albin raj
“ SP. Muthuraman is an Indian film director who works in the Tamil film industry. He has directed nearly 75 films in Tamil. He was one of the most successful commercial directors in Tamil cinema. ” - albin raj
“ Ram is an Indian film director, who works in Tamil cinema. After assisting Hindi directors Rajkumar Santoshi and Govind Nihalani and working under Balu Mahendra, he made his directorial debut with ” - albin raj
“ Kasinathuni Viswanath is an Indian film, sound designer turned director and actor known for his works, predominantly in Telugu Cinema. He is a multiple winner of National Film Award and Nandi Award. ” - albin raj
“ Madhur Bhandarkar is a National Award-winning Indian film director, script writer, and producer. He is best known for his films such as Chandni Bar, Page 3, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Heroine. ” - albin raj
“ Priyanandanan is a film and drama director from Kerala, India. His second movie Pulijanmam bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2007. ” - albin raj
“ Soman Priyadarshan Nair is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter. In a career spanning almost three decades, Priyadarshan has directed over 80 films in several Indian languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. ” - albin raj
“ S. Manivannan Rajagopal, popularly known mononymously as Manivannan, was an Indian film actor and director. ” - albin raj
“ Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is a Bengali film director. He is the director and producer of two films: Antaheen and Anuranan. ” - albin raj
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 the box office...
“ 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 third film Jab We Met that brought him success and fame. ” - albin raj
“ Salim Ahamed is an Indian film director, screen writer and producer. After working for a long time as a travel consultant, he joined as a creative director and script writer in a television channel. ” - albin raj
“ Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni is a Marathi film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He is known for Marathi films such as Valu, Vihir and Deool. ” - albin raj
“ Tigmanshu Dhulia is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director. Dil Se.., for which he wrote the screenplay, was the first Hindi movie to chart in the UK top ten ” - albin raj
“ Vishal Bhardwaj is an Indian film director, writer, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer. ” - albin raj
“ Bejoy Nambiar is an Indian director, producer and screenwriter. He is mostly known for his critically acclaimed short films, Rahu and Reflections. ” - albin raj
Aparna Sen is a renowned name in Bengali as well as Indian cinema. She has excelled both as an actor in film and theatre and as a director of parallel cinema. Aparna was born in 1945 in Kolkata. Her father is film critic and film maker Late Chidananda Das Gupta
. She studied at Modern High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Presidency College...
“ Aparna Sen is a critically acclaimed Bengali Indian filmmaker, script writer, and actress. She is the winner of three National Film Awards and eight international film festival awards. ” - albin raj
“ K. V. Anand is an Indian cinematographer, film director and former photo journalist, working mainly in the South Indian film industry. ” - albin raj
“ Siddique is an Indian film director and screenwriter who mainly works in Malayalam cinema. He started his career as an assistant director to Fazil. ” - albin raj
“ Vetrimaaran is an Indian film director, working in the Tamil film industry. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Polladhavan ” - albin raj
“ K. S. Ravikumar is an Indian film director and actor, primarily working in Tamil cinema. He has directed some of the most recognizable and well-known Tamil films and is one of the most popular filmmakers IN Kollywood. ” - albin raj
“ Suresh Krissna is a popular Indian film director. He has directed films in many languages such as Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. His first independent film was Sathya. ” - albin raj
“ Sanjay Gupta is a Bollywood writer-director known for his dark thrillers. He comes from an affluent business family of South Mumbai. He is Best known for films like Kaante and Shootout at Lokhandwala & most recently Shootout at Wadala ” - albin raj
“ Anusha Rizvi is an Indian film director and Screenwriter. Her directorial debut is Peepli Live. The movie won the Best First Film award at the Durban film festival and the Gollapudi Srinivas Award. ” - albin raj
“ Mahmood Farooqui is an Indian writer, artist and director. He specializes in a type of story-telling known as Dastangoi. ” - albin raj
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 Khan
on sets of Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
“ Kiran Rao is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director. ” - albin raj
Rajiv Menon, Founder of "Rajiv Menon Productions", born in Kerala, joined the Film and Television Institute of Chennai in 1981, to study cinematography. In 1984, he went to America to train under cinematographer Garret Brown, best known for his invention of the Steadicam. In 1986, Rajiv founded "Rajiv Menon Productions"...
“ Rajiv Menon kumar is an Indian cinematographer and film maker. He is known for directing critically acclaimed Tamil films like Minsara Kanavu and Kandukondain Kandukondain. ” - albin raj
Mr. Vasanth debuted as Director with 'Keladi Kanmani', regarded by many as one of the 10 best Tamil features in the history of Tamil films. He has directed 10 more features which includes . Keladi Kanmani- 240 days . Aasai- 285 days . Nerukku Ner-175 days . Rhythm -150 days . Sathum podathey-100 days In 2009 Mr...
“ Vasanth is an Indian film director and screenwriter, working in the Tamil film industry. Following a stint as journalist and after assisting K. Balachander, he made his directorial debut with Keladi ” - albin raj
“ Ameer Sultan is an Indian film director, producer and actor, working in the Tamil film industry. He has directed four films and was critically acclaimed for three of them, the romantic comedy Mounam pesiyathe ” - albin raj
“ Vishnuvardhan Kulasekaran, often credited simply as Vishnuvardhan, is an Indian film director. A one-time associate of Santosh Sivan he made his directorial debut in 2003 with Kurumbu, which did not fare well at the box office. ” - albin raj