Best Directors from India

by berdesuhas | created - 12 Jul 2013 | updated - 12 Jul 2013 | Public

This list contains top Indian directors as I know

1. 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 ...

2. Bimal Roy

Director | Bandini

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

3. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Roja

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. Mrinal Sen

Director | Akaler Sandhane

Sen is one of his nation's most politically active filmakers. After having studied physics at university in Calcutta, Sen worked as a freelance journalist, a salesman of patent medicines and a sound technician in a film studio. In the mid-1940s he joined the Indian People's Theatre Association and ...

5. Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Director | Nizhalkkuthu

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is India's most acclaimed contemporary filmmaker. Born in 1941 in Kerala, a state in south India, he belongs to a family with strong links to the performing arts, especially Kathakali, a highly-stylised form of dance drama. From the age of eight Adoor began acting for the stage...

6. Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

Director | Do Ankhen Barah Haath

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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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).

9. Subhash Ghai

Writer | Pardes

Ram Lakhan (1989), Khal Nayak (1993), Hero (1983), Karz (1980), these are some grand films made by a grandiose director. Since 1976, Subhash has been directing films. But recently where has the fanfare and the fire has gone from Mukta arts main director? Subhash started in 1976 with the film ...

10. Aparna Sen

Director | Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

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...

11. Mahesh Bhatt

Producer | Raaz

Mahesh Bhatt was born on September 20, 1948 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a director and producer, known for Raaz (2002), Saaransh (1984) and Arth (1982). He is married to Soni Razdan.

12. 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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. 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...

16. Bhalji Pendharkar

Director | Vande Mataram Ashram

Bhalji Pendharkar was born on May 3, 1898 in Kolhapur, Bombay Presidency, British India as Bhalchandra Gopal Pendharkar. He was a director and writer, known for Vande Mataram Ashram (1927), Netaji Palkar (1939) and Shyam Sundar (1932). He died on November 28, 1994 in India.

17. Tapan Sinha

Director | Ek Doctor Ki Maut

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. ...

18. K. Balachander

Director | Rudra Veena

K. Balachander was born on July 9, 1930 in Nannilam, Madras Presidency, British India as Kailasam Balachander. He was a director and writer, known for Rudra Veena (1988), Roja (1992) and Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981). He was married to Rajam. He died on December 23, 2014 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

19. Shaji N. Karun

Director | Piravi

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 ...

20. Krishna Vamsi

Director | Govindudu Andari Vaadele

Krishna Vamsi was born on July 27, 1962. He is a director and writer, known for Govindudu Andari Vaadele (2014), Khadgam (2002) and Murari (2001). He has been married to Ramya Krishnan since June 12, 2003. They have one child.

21. K. Raghavendra Rao

Producer | Bahubali: The Beginning

A Legend of Telugu Cinema from South India, K.Raghavendra Rao's career spans 4 decades during which he has directed 110 films to date and has produced over 25 films in various Indian Languages.

He started his career successfully in 1975 having a long association with the icon of Telugu Cinema, the ...

22. Shankar Nag

Actor | Geetha

Shankar Nag was born in 1954 in Udupi, Karnataka, India as Shankar Nagarkatti. He was an actor and director, known for Geetha (1981), Greed (1983) and Ondu Muthina Kathe (1987). He died on September 30, 1990 in Bangalore, Karnataka.

24. Priyadarshan

Director | Kanchivaram

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

25. Cheran

Actor | Autograph

Cheran was born on December 12, 1970 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an actor and writer, known for Autograph (2004), Porkkalam (1998) and Pandavar Bhoomi (2001).

26. Bharathiraja

Director | Karuththamma

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...

27. Rituparno Ghosh

Writer | Shob Charitro Kalponik

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 ...

28. Amol Palekar

Director | Bangarwadi

Amol Palekar was born on November 24, 1944 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is an actor and director, known for The Village Had No Walls (1995), Kairee (1999) and Gol Maal (1979).

29. Ashutosh Gowariker

Writer | Swades: We, the People

His passion for cinema immediately draws your attention, making you realize that Ashutosh Gowariker would not have been anywhere except behind the camera, however tempting the choice. An actor who took to film direction after almost a decade in front of the camera, Ashutosh has acted in Hindi films...

30. Ritwik Ghatak

Writer | Madhumati

Ritwik Ghatak was born on November 4, 1925 in Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India as Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He was a director and writer, known for Madhumati (1958), The Cloud-Capped Star (1960) and Reason, Debate and a Story (1974). He was married to Surama Ghatak. He died on February 6, 1976 in...

31. 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 ...

32. Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Director | Deool

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni is a director and producer, known for Deool (2011), Three of Us (2008) and The Well (2009).

33. Vishal Bhardwaj

Composer | Haider

Vishal Bhardwaj is an Indian film director, writer, composer, singer and producer. He has directed ten feature films, produced five and composed music for more than forty. His directorial work includes Makdee, The Blue Umbrella, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, Rangoon, Pataakha as...

34. 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 Mrityudand: The Death Sentence (1997).

35. 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).

36. 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 ...

37. Girish Kasaravalli

Director | Kanasembo kudureyaneri

Girish Kasaravalli was born on December 3, 1950 in Kesalur, Karnataka, India. He is a director and writer, known for Riding the Stallion of a Dream (2010), In the Shadow of the Dog (2006) and Gulabi Talkies (2008). He was previously married to Vaishali Kasaravalli.

38. Govind Nihalani

Cinematographer | Dev

Cinematographs all his films himself.

39. Ram Gopal Varma

Director | Satya

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...

40. Ketan Mehta

Director | Mirch Masala

Ketan Mehta is one of the most internationally acknowledged filmmakers from India. He has a received many National and International awards for his well-known films like 'The Rising - Ballad of Mangal Pandey', 'Mirch Masala', 'Maya Memsaab', 'Sardar', 'Holi' and 'Bhavni Bhavai'. Received Best Film ...

41. Aruna Raje

Writer | Rihaee

Son named Hith and daughter named Gaagi who passed away from Leukemia at the age of 9.

42. John Abraham

Director | Agraharathil Kazhuthai

Malayalam director who studied economics at a college near Kottayam. His grandfather educated him and gave him his first camera. He worked as an insurance salesman in Bellary. Then he went to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) and studied under Bengali director Ritwik Kumar Ghatak. He ...

44. Gajendra Ahire

Director | Pimpal

Gajendra Ahire is a director and writer, known for Pimpal (2017), Bayo (2006) and Divasen Divas (2006).

46. Sai Paranjape

Director | Sparsh

Was involved with cinematographer Virender Saini.

47. S. Shankar

Writer | Anniyan

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 (1993) and since 2015 he has directed 12 movies. He won the ...



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