BOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS

by zriyazpasha | created - 13 Jul 2014 | updated - 18 Jul 2014 | Public

1. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Rajkumar Hirani was born on November 20, 1962 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and editor, known for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), PK (2014) and 3 Idiots (2009).

2. 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).

3. Aditya Chopra

Producer | Mohabbatein

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, ...

4. Rohit Shetty

Director | Chennai Express

Rohit Shetty was born on March 14, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and director, known for Chennai Express (2013), Golmaal Again (2017) and Singham (2011). He has been married to Maya Rohit Shetty since May 27, 2005.

5. 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 ...

6. Farah Khan

Actress | Om Shanti Om

Farah Khan was born on January 9, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is known for her work on Om Shanti Om (2007), I'm Always Here (2004) and Happy New Year (2014). She has been married to Shirish Kunder since December 9, 2004. They have three children.

7. 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...

8. Zoya Akhtar

Writer | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. Karan Malhotra

Director | Agneepath

Karan Malhotra is an assistant director and director, known for Agneepath (2012), I'm Always Here (2004) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008).

11. Vijay Krishna Acharya

Writer | Dhoom:3

Vijay Krishna Acharya is a writer and director, known for Dhoom 3 (2013), Dhoom (2004) and Dhoom 2 (2006).

12. Rakesh Roshan

Actor | Koi... Mil Gaya

Rakesh Roshan was born on September 6, 1949 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India as Rakesh Roshanlal Nagrath. He is an actor and producer, known for Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) and Krrish (2006). He is married to Pinky.

13. Siddharth Anand

Director | War

Siddharth Anand is a director and writer, known for War (2019), Salaam Namaste (2005) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).

14. 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 '...

15. Imtiaz Ali

Writer | Jab We Met

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 ...

16. Mohit Suri

Director | Aashiqui 2

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 ...

17. Kabir Khan

Producer | Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Kabir Khan is presently one of the most sought after Bollywood directors. His beat of cinema is very different from the rest of his league. He comes from documentary style of film making. He is known for his brilliant cinematographic skills. He graduated from Delhi University's Kirori Mal College. ...

18. Sajid Nadiadwala

Producer | Kick

Sajid Nadiadwala is an Indian film producer, storywriter, director and owner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. He is the grandson of proclaimed filmmaker A K Nadiadwala and has carry forwarded the 70 years of legacy of Nadiadwalas in the Indian film industry. From writing and producing films ...

19. Vikas Bahl

Writer | 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 ...

20. A.R. Murugadoss

Writer | Ghajini

A.R. Murugadoss is a writer and director, known for Ghajini (2008), Thuppakki (2012) and Ghajini (2005).

21. Prabhu Deva

Lakshya

Prabhu Deva was born as Prabhu Sundaram. He is known for his work on Lakshya (2004), Wanted (2009) and Pokkiri (2007). He was previously married to Ramlath.

22. 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 ...

23. Abhishek Varman

Director | 2 States

Son of Art director R.Varman.

24. Milan Luthria

Director | Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai

Nephew of director Bholu Khosla.

25. Ali Abbas Zafar

Director | Sultan

Ali Abbas Zafar was born 17 January, 1982 in Dehradun, India. He is an Indian screenwriter-director, known for his acclaimed, blockbuster films Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).

After majoring in Chemistry at Delhi University, he assisted various directors in Mumbai before making his ...

26. Abhishek Kapoor

Director | Rock On!!

Writer-Director of the successful Bollywood feature films Kai Po Che, Rock On!! and Kedarnath. He is the founder of production company Guy in the Sky Pictures (India). His latest movie Kedarnath released on 7th December 2018. Abhishek lives and works in Mumbai, India where he is preparing for his ...

27. Anees Bazmee

Writer | Welcome

Anees Bazmee was born on November 1, 1962 in a remote town of Modasa in Gujarat, India. Born to an Urdu poet Abdul Hameed 'Nerang' Bazmee and housewife Khatoon Begum, he realized his cinematic inclination at a very early age. He started working as a Child artist at the tender age of 12 and ...

28. 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...

29. 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 ...

30. Habib Faisal

Writer | Do Dooni Chaar

Habib Faisal is a writer and director, known for Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Fan (2016) and Ishaqzaade (2012).

31. Remo D'Souza

Director | Race 3

Remo D'Souza is known for his work on Race 3 (2018), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and A Flying Jatt (2016).

32. Maneesh Sharma

Director | Band Baaja Baaraat

Maneesh Sharma is an assistant director and producer, known for Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Fan (2016) and Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).

33. Kunal Deshmukh

Director | Raja Natwarlal

Kunal Deshmukh is a director and writer, known for Raja Natwarlal (2014), Jannat: In Search of Heaven... (2008) and Jannat 2 (2012).

34. Aanand L. Rai

Director | Raanjhanaa

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 ...

35. Indra Kumar

Director | Raja

Indra Kumar is a director and producer, known for Raja (1995), Dil (1990) and Beta (1992).

36. Shoojit Sircar

Director | Piku

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 ...

38. Divya Khosla Kumar

Actress | Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo

Divya Khosla Kumar is an actress and producer, known for Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004), Roy (2015) and Sanam Re (2016). She has been married to Bhushan Kumar since 2005.

39. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi

Director | Kanche

Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi is a director and writer, known for Kanche (2015), Vedam (2010) and Gautamiputra Satakarni (2017).

40. Vikram Bhatt

Director | Ghulam

Vikram Bhatt was born on January 27, 1969 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and director, known for Ghulam (1998), Raaz (2002) and 1920 (2008).

41. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Ghayal

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 ...

42. Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla

Director | Soldier

Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla is a director and producer, known for Soldier (1998), Humraaz (2002) and Machine (2017).

43. David Dhawan

Director | Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

David Dhawan is a director and editor, known for Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Aankhen (1993) and Biwi No. 1 (1999).

45. 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.

46. 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 ...

47. 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 ...

48. Shaad Ali

Actor | Dil Se..

Shaad Ali is a director and actor, known for Dil Se.. (1998), Bunty Aur Babli (2005) and Soorma (2018).

49. Nikkhil Advani

Director | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Nikkhil Advani was born on April 28, 1971 in Mumbai, Maharahstra, India. He is a writer and producer, known for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), P.O.W. Bandi Yuddh Ke (2016) and D-Day (2013).

50. Shekhar Kapur

Director | Elizabeth

Shekhar Kapur was born on December 6, 1945 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He is a director and actor, known for Elizabeth (1998), Bandit Queen (1994) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). He was previously married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

51. 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 Dear Zindagi (2016).

52. Shashank Khaitan

Director | Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Shashank Khaitan is a director and writer, known for Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), The Bride of Humpty Sharma (2014) and Dhadak (2018).

53. Sabir Khan

Director | Kambakkht Ishq

Sabbir Khan is an Indian film director and screenwriter. His father was a lyricist in the late 60's and 70's, therefore, his formative years were marked by a strong influence from the Indian film industry. He made his directorial debut in the 2009 film Kambakkht Ishq, followed by Heropanti in 2014,...

54. Abhishek Chaubey

Writer | Udta Punjab

Abhishek, a renowned Indian filmmaker who co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed dacoit action film, Sonchiriya, an RSVP production. He began his career as an associate director and co-writer to Vishal Bhardwaj for his debut Makdee (2002) & went on to assist him in his subsequent films, and...

55. Subhash Kapoor

Writer | Jolly LLB

Subhash Kapoor is a writer and actor, known for Jolly LLB (2013), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Say Salaam India: 'Let's Bring the Cup Home' (2007).

56. 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 ...



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