Best Indian Directors

by SaadKurtAziz | created - 27 Sep 2013 | updated - 02 Oct 2014 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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 '...

5. 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).

6. 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 ...

7. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir is no doubt one of the most dedicated actors in this world. He went through rapid transformations in his body structure for his films to bring out the reality factor in his characters. This is also one of the reasons why his films and he is loved all over the world. His most visible changes ...

8. 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).

9. 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...

10. 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 ...

11. 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.

12. Qaushiq Mukherjee

Director | Garbage

Qaushiq Mukherjee is a director and writer, known for Garbage (2018), Gandu (2010) and Tasher Desh (2012).

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. Raj Kumar Gupta

Director | No One Killed Jessica

Raj Kumar Gupta made his debut as a writer & director with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful 'Aamir' (2008). Shot with a shoestring budget, guerilla style on the streets of Mumbai, this edgy thriller established Raj Kumar as a filmmaker to look out for and garnered several award ...

16. Kundan Shah

Writer | Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

Kundan Shah was born on October 19, 1947 in India. He was a writer and director, 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.

17. Homi Adajania

Director | Being Cyrus

Homi Adajania is a director and writer, known for Being Cyrus (2005), Finding Fanny (2014) and Cocktail (2012).

18. 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...

19. 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 ...

20. 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).

21. 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 ...

22. 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 ...

23. 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, ...

24. Anand Gandhi

Writer | Ship of Theseus

Born 26th September 1980 in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Anand started writing and directing plays in school at the age of 12. At 19, he wrote a total of hundred episodes of two television soap operas, which went on to become the most popular shows in the history of Indian Television. The same year ...

25. Ritesh Batra

Director | Dabba

Ritesh Batra created a world sensation in 2013 with his wonderful The Lunchbox (2013), a bittersweet romantic comedy as well as a sensitive portrait of the city of Mumbai, torn between tradition and progress. Loved by all and everywhere on the planet, "Dabba" is strikingly the young director's ...

26. Mohit Suri

Director | Kalyug

Mohit Suri (born 11th of April 1981, India) is a film director, as well as an assistant director and member of the Bhatt family. His uncle is director Mahesh Bhatt and his cousin is actor Emraan Hashmi who has starred in three of his films. His sister Smilie Suri has also appeared in his film ...

27. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Ghayal

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

28. Gauri Shinde

Director | English Vinglish

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

29. 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 ...

30. 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 ...

31. 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.

32. Vishal Bhardwaj

Composer | Haider

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

33. Rituparno Ghosh

Writer | Raincoat

Rituparno Ghosh is a Bengali film director. He has won 12 National Film Awards in India and several awards at international film festivals abroad. He began directing in advertising. In 1992, he made a low-key film debut with a children's feature titled Hirer Angti (The Diamond Ring). His second ...

34. Reema Kagti

Writer | Talaash

Reema Kagti is a writer and assistant director, known for Talaash (2012), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001).

35. Abhinay Deo

Director | Game

Abhinay Deo is a director and producer, known for Game (2011), Delhi Belly (2011) and Blackmail (2018).

36. Tarun Mansukhani

Director | Dostana

Tarun Mansukhani is an assistant director and director, known for Dostana (2008), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).

37. Hansal Mehta

Director | Shahid

Hansal Mehta is a director and producer, known for Shahid (2012), Raakh: A Poem Masked in Blood (2007) and Omerta (2017).