Famous Indian Directors

Find out more about the greatest Indian Directors, including Sooraj Barjatya, Aditya Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rohit Shetty and Ram Gopal Varma

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 1 M Night Shyamalan

M Night Shyamalan
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, American

M Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker who is known for making original films with twist endings and supernatural plots. Born in India to a doctor couple, he moved to USA with his parents when he was a baby. He was expected to pursue medicine like his parents, but he chose a different path and became a filmmaker, finding success in his chosen profession.  

 2 Karan Johar

Karan Johar
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
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 3 Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 4 N. T. Rama Rao

N. T. Rama Rao
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 18, 1996

 5 Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 6 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 26, 1981

 7 Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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 8 Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 9 Gemini Ganesan

Gemini Ganesan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 22, 2005

 10 Aditya Chopra

Aditya Chopra
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 11 Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 12 Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza
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Famous As: Conservationists
Birthdate: April 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian, American

 13 Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

Considered one of India’s most influential and best actors of all time, Aamir Khan is known for his interesting choice of films, which are well-crafted, entertaining and commercially successful. They mostly have a social message and are appreciated both by critics and the people. Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal are some of his acclaimed films.

 14 Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 15 Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam
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Famous As: Film producer, Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 16 Farah Khan

Farah Khan
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 17 Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Music director, Television producer, Composer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 18 Dhanush

Dhanush
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 19 Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 20 Ajay Devgan

Ajay Devgan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 21 Rajiv Kapoor

Rajiv Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 22 Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray
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Famous As: Indian filmmaker
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 23, 1992

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray. 

 23 Gautham Menon

Gautham Menon
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: February 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 24 Pankaj Kapur

Pankaj Kapur
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 25 Dev Anand

Dev Anand
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani
Died: December 3, 2011

 26 Sohail Khan

Sohail Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 27 Tusshar Kapoor

Tusshar Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 28 Jim Sarbh

Jim Sarbh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 29 Yash Chopra

Yash Chopra
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Artist
Birthdate: September 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani
Died: October 21, 2012

 30 Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: November 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 31 Priyadarshan

Priyadarshan
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: January 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 32 Remo D'Souza

Remo D'Souza
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 33 Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 34 David Dhawan

David Dhawan
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: August 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 35 Atlee Kumar

Atlee Kumar
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 36 Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 37 A.R. Murugadoss

A.R. Murugadoss
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Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 38 Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 39 Gulzar

Gulzar
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Famous As: Lyricist
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

 40 Aruna Irani

Aruna Irani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 41 Selvaraghavan

Selvaraghavan
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 42 Uday Chopra

Uday Chopra
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 43 Kabir Khan

Kabir Khan
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Famous As: author, film director, screenwriter
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Nationality: Indian

 44 Sanjay Khan

Sanjay Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 45 Kunal Kapoor

Kunal Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 46 Amjad Khan

Amjad Khan
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Famous As: Film actor, director
Birthdate: November 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 27, 1992

 47 Puri Jagannadh

Puri Jagannadh
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 48 Trivikram Srinivas

Trivikram Srinivas
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Famous As: writer, screenwriter, film director, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 49 Sanjana Kapoor

Sanjana Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 50 Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian