(Last Updated on : 26-08-2017)
The Indian movie directors have contributed a huge deal to take Indian movies
to dizzying heights since the conception of cinema in the subcontinent. In 1913, the first Indian movie was released. The film was Raja Harishchandra directed by Dadasaheb Phalke
. This is the reason Phalke is considered as the father of Indian cinema. Through ages, Indian movie directors have helped in the evolution of Indian cinema. While they have entertained the masses with commercial movies they have also presented thought provoking films that have compelled the audiences to introspect.
Famous Indian Movie Directors
The endowment of the Indian movie directors cannot be put within any geographical boundary. Yet if one is forced to sort out the Indian movie directors then they can be clubbed into the following:
: He had encouraged a generation with his flawless exploration of the human condition. Ankur
, Junoon, Well Done Abba, Nishant, Manthan, Bhumika are some of his great works.
: Amar, Anmol Ghadi, Andaz
are some of his great works. But his most famous work is Mother India
, the first Indian film to put Indian cinema on international map.
: His Notable Films are Iru Kodugal and Apoorva Ragangal. Balachander was one of the few Indian filmmakers whose movies were feminist. He is one of the finest filmmakers in the history of Tamil cinema
: Yash Chopra is known as the “king of romances”. His best films are Dewaar, Kaala Paani, Itefaaq, Mashaal etc. He is also the most commercially flourished director in Indian Cinema.
: His contributions as a director in Indian Cinema are significant. Mera Naam Joker, Awara are some of his great works. The mainstay philosophy
of his filmmaking rested on challenging the norm.
: V Shantaram was an extremely gifted director. His Do Ankhen Barah Haath is one of the greatest films made in India. The film was the first one to win Golden Globe Award and Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival. His Marathi film
Manoos was praised by Charlie Chaplin.
: He along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray
and Ritwik Ghatak
revolutionized the face of parallel cinema in India. His cinemas were always indisputable Indian in its implementation. Bhuvan Shome and Khandhar are some of his great works.
: He is undeniably amongst the most significant filmmakers of his generation. Ghatak brought a certain impudent passion to his cinema that was exclusively refreshing. Nagarik, Jukti, Jakko Aar Gappo etc. are his masterpieces.
: He changed Malayalam cinema
in the 70s. being one of the most internationally acclaimed Indian director; he won 6 FIPRESCI Prizes. Mukhamukham, Anantaram, Mathilukal, Vidheyan, Kathapurushan and Nizhalkuthu, Swayamwaram and Mathilukal are some of his great works.
: Hrishikesh Mukherjee has made a number of great films. His movies were designed to celebrate numerous characters and their peculiarities which exist in this world. Anand and Golmaal are some of his great works.
: His movies were full of ideas for social change. The eternal classics like Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, Kagaz ke Phool and Pyaasa are some of his great works. His films still stay significant in the modern times.
: His movies were brilliant with flawless representation of humanity and human relationships. He is often compared to literary and artistic giants like Anton Chekov and Mozart. Pather Panchali
is one of his extremely compassionate movies in Indian Cinema. Pather Panchali, Charulata
and Apur Sansar
are some of his great works.
: His first film Udaan is considered as one of the most inspiring films of the last decade. Motwane directed Lootera which was an era romantic drama based on O Henry's short story The Last Leaf.
: He's a man with outstanding cinematic sense. From Dev D to Gangs of Wasseypur, hes one of those few directors who have produced his own loyal audience.
: Ketan Mehta is one of the most globally acknowledged filmmakers from India. He has a received many National and International awards for his films like 'The Rising - Ballad of Mangal Pandey', 'Mirch Masala', 'Maya Memsaab', 'Sardar', 'Holi' and 'Bhavni Bhavai'. He has received the award of Best Film on Human Rights for Bhavni Bhavai.
: Aparna Sen is a famous name in Bengali
and Indian cinema. She has received eight BFJA Awards. She is the winner of three National Film Awards
and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the Padma Shri
. Aparichito, 36 Chowringhee Lane
, Paroma, Sati, Yugant, Paromitar Ek Din, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
, 15 Park Avenue, The Japanese Wife, Iti Mrinalini, Goynar Baksho are some of her great works.
: He was a Bengali film director
. He has won 12 National Film Awards in India and quite a few awards at international film festivals abroad. Raincoat, Hirer Angti, Unishe April, Asukh, Chokher Bali, Chitrangada are some of his great works.
: Kabuliwala, Apon Jon, Sagina Mahato, Kshudhita Pashan are some of his great works. His movies were based on spanning genres from social practicality, family drama, labour rights, to children's fantasy films.
: Bala is extensively acclaimed for revolutionizing Tamil cinema
. His movies are realistic, dark and alarming representation of working class. He has received several awards including the National Film Award for Best Director for his film Naan Kadavul.
: He gave India its first superhero with the blockbuster Mr India. His film Bandit Queen is one of the most controversial films in Indian history
. Bandit Queen, Masoom and Paani are some of his great works.
: Enthralment with romanticism and its corrosion over time can be seen in his movies. Nayakan and Iruvar are some of his great works.
: His work crossways the various platforms which depicts his artistic philosophy, a certain poignancy and individualism in ideals and principles. Uttarayanam and Esthappan are some of his great works.
: He is the Renaissance man of Hindi cinema. His classic dramas are Do Bhigha Zameen and Devdas. His cinema had a communist outlook and dealt with issues of great significance.
: Mira Nair is an Indian American filmmaker and receiver of Padma Bhushan
. Her films are based on Indian society, whether in the economic, social or cultural spheres. Among her best known films are Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, the Golden Lion-winning, Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay.
: His movies are based on Shakespeare's novels for Indian Movies. Maqbool and Omkara
are some of his great works.
: Shes yet another most talented female director. Her first film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. was a hit. Her movie Talaash is considered to be one of the best thrillers in Bollywood
: She is the director and producer of the film Margarita with a Straw, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
: Phani Sharmas Piyoli Phukan was nominated for the national award. Though the film was awarded a Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film it brought the limelight on the cinema of the region.
: She has won multiple national awards. She also won the national award for Aai Kot Nai. She received national award for films in multiple languages.
: He is a National Award and Filmfare Award winning director, screenwriter and editor of Hindi films. He is best known for the films Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai
and 3 Idiots.
: Priyadarshan has directed over 80 films in several Indian languages including Malayalam
, and Telugu
. He has directed some of the best comedies of Indian Cinema like Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Chup Chup Ke, Dhol, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa
: He is most known for his political and socio-political films such as Damul, Mrityudand, Gangaajal, Apaharan and Raajneeti. He is also the maker of National Film Award winning documentaries like Faces after the Storm and Sonal.
: She is a contemporary Indian film director. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Luck By Chance are some of her works.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a contemporary Indian film director best known for Rang De Basanti
and Delhi 6.
: He is known for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies A Wednesday and Special 26.
: His film Masaan received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.