BEST DIRECTORS IN INDIA

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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. Mani Ratnam

Writer | Dil Se..

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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. Farhan Akhtar

Producer | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

An accomplished and award-winning producer-director-writer-actor-singer, Farhan Akhtar is the ultimate Bollywood multi-hyphenate. Born in 1974 to prolific Indian film writer and poet, Javed Akhtar and writer-director, Honey Irani , Farhan was raised in an environment where creativity and ...

5. Zoya Akhtar

Writer | Gully Boy

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 movies like the critically acclaimed ...

7. I.V. Sasi

Director | Eeta

I.V. Sasi was born in 1946 in Kerala, British India as Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran. He was a director and writer, known for Eeta (1978), Itha Ivide Vare (1977) and Karimpin Poovinakkare (1985). He was married to Seema. He died on October 24, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

8. Jeethu Joseph

Writer | Drishyam

Jeethu Joseph is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. He has also worked in a few Tamil and Bollywood films. Jeethu made his directional debut with the 2007 police procedural film Detective and later went on to direct five successful films...

9. Priyadarshan

Director | Oppam

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Oppam (2016), Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (2021) and Kanchivaram (2008). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

10. Alphonse Puthren

Writer | Neram

Alphonse Puthren is a writer and director, known for Neram (2013), Premam (2015) and Paattu (2021).

11. Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Director | Mathilukal

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...

12. 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...

13. 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).

14. 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 ...

15. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | PK

Rajkumar Hirani is an Indian film director and editor. Hirani has directed five Hindi films, including Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK and Sanju, and all of which have been commercial and critical successes. Most of which have won several awards, including the national awards...

16. Anjali Menon

Writer | Bangalore Days

Anjali Menon is an Indian film director and screenwriter. Born in Calicut, Kerala, Anjali grew up in Dubai. She did her high school education in Calicut and graduated with a degree in commerce from Providence Women's College, Calicut. She did post-graduation work in communication studies, ...

17. 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 ...

18. Mrinal Sen

Director | Chorus

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 ...

19. 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...

20. Dibakar Banerjee

Director | Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Dibakar Banerjee was born on June 21, 1969 in New Delhi, India. He is a director and writer, known for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) and Shanghai (2012).

21. P. Padmarajan

Writer | Oridathoru Phayalwan

P. Padmarajan was an Indian author, screenwriter, and film director who was known for his landmark works in Malayalam literature and Malayalam cinema. Padmarajan was the founder of a new school of film making in Malayalam, along with Bharathan, in the 1980s, which created films that were widely ...

22. Bharathan

Director | Prayanam

Bharathan was born on November 14, 1947 in Vadakkancheri, Trichur, Kerala, British India. He was a director and art director, known for Prayanam (1975), Thevar Magan (1992) and Thakara (1980). He was married to K.P.A.C. Lalitha. He died on July 29, 1998 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.

23. Mysskin

Writer | Anjathe

Mysskin is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with Chithiram Pesuthadi. His other directorials Anjathe and Nandalala received high critical acclaim. He has also proved his acting skills by starring as a mentally challenged person in Nandalala.

Mysskin ...

24. S. Shankar

Writer | Enthiran

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 ...

25. Ashutosh Gowariker

Writer | Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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...

27. Lokesh Kanagaraj

Director | Master

Lokesh Kanagaraj is a director and writer, known for Master (2021), Kaithi (2019) and Maanagaram (2017).

28. Karthik Subbaraj

Director | Pizza

Karthik Subbaraj is an Indian film director. He started his career working as a software engineer in Bangalore working for Infosys. During this period he got interested in film making. He learnt the basics of film making, during a one-day workshop run by Sanjay Nambiar. He made a short film "...

29. Vikas Bahl

Director | Queen

Vikas Bahl is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director, know for his works predominantly in Hindi Cinema. He produces films under Phantom Films, and was the former head of UTV Spot Boy. One of the most respected Media Executives India has seen, headed the Marketing for Radio Mirchi and ...

30. S.S. Rajamouli

Writer | Bãhubali 2: The Conclusion

S.S. Rajamouli was born on October 10, 1973 in Manvi, Karnataka, India as Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli. He is a writer and producer, known for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Eega (2012).

31. Vetrimaaran

Writer | Visaaranai

Vetrimaaran is a writer and director, known for Visaaranai (2015), Aadukalam (2011) and Vada Chennai (2018).

32. Vikramaditya Motwane

Director | Udaan

Vikramaditya Motwane is a writer, director and producer (unfortunately not always in that order) and a partner in Phantom Films with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. His directorial debut Udaan (2010) was selected to compete in the 'Un Certain Regard' category at the 2010 Cannes Film ...

33. Sujoy Ghosh

Writer | Kahaani

Born on 21st May 1966 in Kolkata, Sujoy Ghosh is an Indian film writer, director, actor and producer who is well known for his critically acclaimed movies like Jhankar Beats, Kahaani, Ahalya and Badla.

The film maker started the trend of multiplex movies in Bollywood with his directorial debut ...

34. K. Balachander

Writer | Ek Duuje Ke Liye

K. Balachander was born on July 9, 1930 in Nannilam, Madras Presidency, British India as Kailasam Balachander. He was a writer and producer, known for Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), Thaneer Thaneer (1981) and Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989). He was married to Rajam. He died on December 23, 2014 in Chennai, ...

35. Shaji N. Karun

Director | Vanaprastham

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 ...

36. Kamal Haasan

Actor | Vishwaroopam

Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960). Since then, he has starred in nearly 220 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a...

37. Gautham Vasudev Menon

Director | Vaaranam Aayiram

Gautham Vasudev Menon (born 25 February 1973), also known as GVM, is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. He has also directed Telugu and Hindi films, which are remakes of his own Tamil films. Many of his films have been critically acclaimed, ...

39. Lal Jose

Director | Kerala Cafe

Lal Jose, a proficient Indian film maker, was born in Valapad in Thrissur district, Kerala to Jose and Lilly. Later the family moved to Ottapalam owing to personal commitments. Lal Jose did his schooling at NSS KPT School and NSS College Ottapalam. He is married to Leena. The couple has two ...

40. Sreenivasan

Actor | Sandesham

Sreenivasan is an actor and writer, known for Sandesham (1991), Nadodikkattu (1987) and Njan Prakashan (2018).

41. Vineeth Sreenivasan

Music_department | Premam

Vineeth Sreenivasan is known for his work on Premam (2015), Aravindante Athidhikal (2018) and Malarvaadi Arts Club (2010).

42. Kamal

Director | Celluloid

Kamal was born on November 28, 1957 in Thrissur, Kerala, India as Kamaluddin. He is a director and writer, known for Celluloid (2013), Megamalhar (2001) and Ulladakkam (1991). He is married to Saburabi. They have two children.

43. T. Hariharan

Director | Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Hariharan entered the Malayalam film industry in 1965, and has so far directed more than 60 films, many of which were highly successful both commercially and critically. His movies have mostly explored the complexities of social issues and human relationships, set in the backdrop of Kerala's rich ...

44. A.K. Lohithadas

Writer | Thaniyavartanam

A.K. Lohithadas was born on May 10, 1955 in Chalakudy, Kerala, India as Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas. He was a writer and director, known for Thaniyavartanam (1987), Kasthuriman (2003) and Joker (2000). He died on June 28, 2009 in Kochi, Kerala.

45. Joshiy

Director | Lion

46. Roshan Andrews

Director | Kayamkulam Kochunni

Roshan Andrews is a director and writer, known for Kayamkulam Kochunni (2018), 36 Vayadhinile (2015) and The Pirates of Diego Garcia.

47. Siddique

Writer | Hera Pheri

Siddique is a writer and director, known for Hera Pheri (2000), Bodyguard (2011) and Big Brother (2020).

48. Dileesh Pothan

Actor | Maheshinte Prathikaaram

Dileesh Pothan is a path-breaking Indian director, producer and actor from Malayalam cinema. Pothan began his career as an associate director on the 2010 film 9 KK Road, and went on to be an assistant director with producer-director Aashiq Abu for five films. He also made his acting debut with a ...

50. Geethu Mohandas

Writer | Liar's Dice

Geetu Mohandas formed her film production house- Unplugged in 2009 which produced her directorial debut short fiction film titled "Are You Listening?" The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and subsequently won 3 International awards as well as the National Film Award in ...

51. Rajeev Ravi

Cinematographer | Dev.D

Rajeev Ravi is an Indian cinematographer. A 1997 graduate from FTII, Pune, he has worked with director Anurag Kashyap several times. He has operated the camera for many Hindi films as well as Malayalam films. He first assisted in the Malayalam film, Pranayavarnangal. His first independent work is ...

52. Madhupal

Director | Thalappavu

Madhupal is an actor and director, known for Thalappavu (2008), Oru Kuprasidha Payyan (2018) and Crossroad (2017). He has been married to Rekha Vasumathi since September 27, 1990. They have two children.

53. Joy Mathew

Writer | Shutter

Joy Mathew was born on September 20, 1961. He is an actor and writer, known for Shutter (2012), Uncle (2018) and Drishyam 2 (2021).

54. Cochin Hanifa

Actor | Enthiran

Cochin Hanifa was born on April 22, 1951 in Kochi, Travancore-Cochin, India as Salim Ahmed Ghoush. He was an actor and writer, known for Enthiran (2010), Paasa Paravaigal (1988) and Moonnu Masangalkku Munpu (1986). He died on February 2, 2010 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

55. 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...

56. Balachandra Menon

Actor | Samantharangal

Balachandra Menon was born on January 11, 1954 in Kerala, British India. He is an actor and writer, known for Samantharangal (1998), Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki (1985) and Vivahitare Itihile (1986).

57. Dhanush

Actor | Raanjhanaa

Venkatesh Prabhu known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer who has worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film "Aadukalam" and in the same year, he received international ...

58. S.P. Muthuraman

Director | Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu

S.P. Muthuraman was born on April 7, 1935 in Karaikkudi, Tamil Nadu, India. He is known for his work on Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu (1976), Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977) and Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979).

59. Nassar

Actor | Bãhubali 2: The Conclusion

Nassar is one of the most acclaimed actors in India. He is the current president of South Indian Actors Association. Nassar is well known for Thevar Magan (1992), Bombay (1995), Anbe Sivam (2003) and Nayakan (1987).

Nassar was born on 5 March 1958 to Mehaboob Basha and Mumtaz in Chengalpattu, Tamil ...

60. Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

Director | Pushpaka Vimana

Singeetam Srinivasa Rao was born on September 21, 1931 in Udayagiri, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a director and writer, known for Pushpaka Vimana (1987), Mayuri (1984) and Little John (2001).

61. Santosh Sivan

Cinematographer | Asoka

Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer and director, known for Ashoka the Great (2001), Dil Se.. (1998) and The Terrorist (1998).

62. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir is doubtless one of the most dedicated actors in this world. With his recent successes in both the Indian and Chinese markets he has shouldered his way into becoming one of the world's biggest superstars. Undergoing rapid transformations in his body structure to better embody the variegated ...

63. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Andaz Apna Apna

Rajkumar Santoshi is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter of Hindi films. Counted as one of the most successful filmmakers in the Hindi film industry, he has received several accolades,including three National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards.

Santoshi made his directorial debut ...

64. 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 '...

65. 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 ...

66. Nitesh Tiwari

Writer | Chhichhore

Nitesh Tiwari is a writer and director, known for Chhichhore (2019), Dangal (2016) and Seeking True Love (2017).

67. Reema Kagti

Writer | Talaash

Reema Kagti is a writer and producer, known for Talaash (2012), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Gully Boy (2019).

68. A.R. Murugadoss

Writer | Thuppakki

Murugadoss Arunasalam, commonly known by his stage name AR Murugadoss, is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter who predominantly works in the Tamil Film Industry. He is best known for his action Tamil films and Telugu films and for remaking them in Hindi cinema. Murugadoss won the ...

69. Aanand L. Rai

Producer | Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Aanand L. Rai is a Hindi film director and producer known for romantic-comedy movies Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Raanjhanaa (2013), Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015) and Zero (2018). Rai started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series. Eventually he made his ...

70. R. Balki

Writer | Paa

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

71. Gauri Shinde

Director | English Vinglish

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

73. Nasir Hussain

Actor | Devdas

Nazir Hussain was concerned with the Indian film and multimedia.He was born in Usian village near Dildarnagar , famous character hero at his time. He was earlier associated with the Azad Hind Fauz set up by Subhas Chandra Bose. He established the "Kamsaar Film" , under the banner of which many hit ...

74. K. Viswanath

Director | Sruthilayalu

K. Viswanath was born on February 19, 1930 in Peddapulivarru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Kaasinathuni Viswanath. He is a director and writer, known for Sruthilayalu (1987), Sagara Sangamam (1983) and Sankarabharanam (1980).

75. Sukumar

Writer | Rangasthalam

Sukumar was born as Sukumar Bandreddi. He is a writer and director, known for Rangasthalam 1985 (2018), Arya (2004) and Nannaku Prematho (2016).

76. Chandra Sekhar Yeleti

Writer | Manamantha

Chandrasekhar Yeleti is a film maker working prominently in Telugu film industry. He is well-known for his original and highly creative concepts contrary to his peers. He started his career shooting 'Janmabhoomi' ads for the state government of Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with K. Raghavendra ...

77. Surender Reddy

Director | Race Gurram

Surender Reddy is an Telugu Film director who made his directorial debut with Athanokkade movie. His noted films are Kick starring Ravi Teja , Ileana D'Cruz and Race Gurram starring Allu Arjun and Shruti Haasan. All the films he directed except for Athanokkade are the stories written by Vakkantham ...

79. 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 Vetri kodi kattu (2000).

80. Prakash Raj

Actor | Anniyan

Prakash Raj was born on March 26, 1965 in Bangalore, Mysore State, India as Prakash Rai. He is an actor and producer, known for Anniyan (2005), Kalki (1996) and Abhiyum Naanum (2008).

81. Lijo Jose Pellissery

Director | Ee. Ma. Yau

Lijo Jose Pellissery is a director and actor, known for R.I.P. (2018), Jallikattu (2019) and Double Barrel (2015).



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