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 S. S. Rajamouli

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: October 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raichur,Karnataka, India

 2 Mahesh Bhatt

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India
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 3 Raj Kapoor

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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: December 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: June 2, 1988

 4 Satyajit Ray

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Famous As: Indian filmmaker
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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. 

 5 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
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Known for epic romantic and historic drama films such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, and Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian director recognized for his signature opulent sets and star-studded cast. The five-time National Film Award winner also has a Padma Shri in his kitty.

 6 M Night Shyamalan

S. S. Rajamouli.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mahé, Puducherry, India

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.  

 7 N. T. Rama Rao

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nimmakuru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: January 18, 1996
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 8 Kader Khan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter,
Birthdate: October 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: December 31, 2018

 9 Rajkumar Hirani

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: November 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagpur, Maharastra, India

 10 Yash Chopra

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Artist
Birthdate: September 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: October 21, 2012

 11 Priyadarshan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: January 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

 12 Anurag Kashyap

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 13 Ajay Devgn

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 14 Sajid Nadiadwala

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Famous As: film producer
Birthdate: March 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Born into a family of film producers and theater owners in Bombay, Bollywood producer and director Sajid Nadiadwala is the man behind films such as Judwaa, Housefull, and the National Award-winning Chhichhore. He made headlines in 1993, when his then-wife, actor Divya Bharti, fell from their fifth-floor apartment and died.

 15 Savitri

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chirravuru, Guntur district, Madras Presidency
Died: December 26, 1981

 16 Gemini Ganesan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: March 22, 2005

 17 Dev Anand

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India [now Gurdaspur, Punjab, India]
Died: December 3, 2011

 18 Mani Ratnam

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Famous As: Film producer, Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

 19 Konkona Sen Sharma

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 20 Dadasaheb Phalke

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Famous As: Father of Indian Cinema
Birthdate: April 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tryambakeshwar, Bombay Presidency
Died: February 16, 1944

 21 A.R. Murugadoss

S. S. Rajamouli
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Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Attur, Tamil Nadu, India

 22 Mahesh Manjrekar

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

 23 Farhan Akhtar

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, singer, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 24 Aditya Chopra

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 25 Ram Gopal Varma

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 26 Ashutosh Gowariker

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

 27 Aamir Khan

S. S. Rajamouli.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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.

 28 Karan Johar

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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

 29 Neena Gupta

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: India

 30 Mira Nair

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rourkela

 31 Asha Parekh

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

 32 Rohit Shetty

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 33 Gulzar

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Famous As: Lyricist
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

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.

 34 Shekhar Kapur

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Accountant, Blogger, Film producer, Model
Birthdate: December 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lahore

 35 Prakash Jha

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bettiah, Bihar, India

 36 Ekta Kapoor

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

 37 Farah Khan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

 38 Nasir Hussain

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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: November 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhopal, India
Died: March 13, 2002

 39 Pankaj Kapur

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India

 40 Dinesh D'Souza

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Conservationists
Birthdate: April 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Born to Goan Christians in Bombay, Dinesh D'Souza later moved to the U.S. for higher studies. The Indian-American right-wing filmmaker and writer is known for his anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America. Convicted of illegal campaign contribution, he was later pardoned by Trump. He was also associated with an adultery scandal.

 41 Amjad Khan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film actor, director
Birthdate: November 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Died: July 27, 1992

 42 Tusshar Kapoor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 43 Guru Dutt

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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer
Birthdate: July 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: October 10, 1964

 44 Jim Sarbh

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 45 Feroz Khan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India
Died: April 27, 2009

 46 Amol Palekar

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

 47 Selvaraghavan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai

 48 Mehmood

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: July 23, 2004

 49 Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: September 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

 50 Rakesh Roshan

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India