My Favorite Indian Directors

by vggaikwad | created - 08 Jan 2012 | updated - 08 Jan 2012 | Public

These are the people who defined Indian Cinema. I consider myself lucky to be born in this country and fortunate enough to experience/enjoy marvelous works done my these gems.

1. 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 ...

Baazi, Aar-paar, Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke phool.... This man knew how to narrate stories, how to handle different aspect of real life in movies, how to depict characters and how to create situations very well, at the time when movies in India used to be nothing but family dramas. Guru Dutt's directional skill has always been the inspiration to new film makers over decades.

2. 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 ...

Nau do gyarah, Guide, Teesri Manzeel, Tere ghar ke saamne, Jewel Thief, Johny mera naam, Tere mere sapane..... Indian cinema will always be thankful to One and only Dev Anand for this jewel. Viay Anand had style, mind-blowing presentation skill and of course Dev Anand.

3. Bimal Roy

Director | Do Bigha Zamin

Son Joy Shankar Roy worked in the technical department of the film Chaitali.

Madhumati, Bandini, Do beegha jameen, Devdas.... Bimal Roy was awesome, period.

4. 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 ...

Great actor. Original showman. Had given best songs to India through his movies. Raj Kapoor has always been considered as one of the best directors in the world. Been pioneer for many things in India. Had his own studio.

Marathi Industry's Milestone. Also referred as Marathi Cinema's Ram Gopal Varma.

6. Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

Director | Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje

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 ...

50 Great movies in 50 Years of career. Enough Said.

7. 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.

Mother India, Aan, Andaj, Anmol Ghadi, Anokhi Ada and many more classics..... Mehboob Khan was helped by Govt. of India to build his own studio, so he can continue serving Indian cinema with ease. How many directors have been given this kind of respect in the world, by their governments?

8. 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...

Made evergreen movies. Indian Cinema's one of the best import of Bengal...

9. Shyam Benegal

Director | Trikal (Past, Present, Future)

Shyam Benegal was born on December 14, 1934 in Tirumalagiri, Hyderabad State, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985), Ankur: The Seedling (1974) and Junoon (1979).

Pioneer of Parallel Cinema in India. Shyam Benegal is not a person, its a movement, a revolution.

10. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Ghayal

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

Ghayal, Damini, Ghatak - Only person in Indian Cinema to utilize Sunny Deol's potential properly. Directer of two best comic movies ever. Still active and still best.

Agneepath, Hum, Khuda-Gawah and 10 others. What many directors couldn't do in decades, he did within 13 years. Early death. But did make a dent in the universe.

12. Shakti Samanta

Director | Aradhana

Shakti Samanta was born on January 13, 1926 in Burdwan, West Bengal, British India. He was a director and producer, known for Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1972) and Anuraag (1972). He died on April 9, 2009 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Wide span of 57 years in Indian Cinema. Variety movies and marvelous works. Shakti Samanta is a legend.

13. 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.

Janjeer, Mukaddar ka sikandar, Lawaris, Sharaabi...... He created and nurtured Amitabh Bachchhan's career.

14. 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 ...

Great poet, writer and director. Gulzar used cinema as a medium to portray problems of people, daily life and yes, Politics.

15. 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.

Nephew of Vijay Anand. Director of Elizabeth, Bandit Queen, Mr. India and Masoom. Inspired from his uncle, but mastered his own style.

16. 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 ...

Waqt, Deewar, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Mashal, Chandni, Lamhe, Darr.... Best director once. Produces *beep* movies now.

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 ...

Naya daur, Gumraah, Humraaz..... Directed classic masterpieces.

18. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Producer | Bajirao Mastani

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 '...

Inspired by Guru Dutt. Six movies in 15 years, yet considered best director of last two decades.

19. 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...

If you don't know Ram Gopal Varma, You don't know anything about Indian Cinema.

20. 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 ...

The Great

21. 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 ...

22. Prakash Jha

Director | Gangaajal

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

23. 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.

24. 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 ...

25. 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 ...