Famous Indian Screenwriters

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Satyajit Ray
(Indian filmmaker)
Satyajit Ray
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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. 

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Rajinikanth
(Indian Actor Who Works Predominantly in Tamil Cinema)
Rajinikanth
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Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth had humble beginnings and had even worked as a coolie and a bus conductor in his younger days. Starting his career with minor plays, he had phenomenal success in Tamil movies and grew up to be one of India’s greatest superstars, earning the nickname Thalaiva.

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S. S. Rajamouli
(Film director)
S. S. Rajamouli
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Birthdate: October 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raichur,Karnataka, India

S. S. Rajamouli is an Indian film director best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. Rajamouli is credited with directing one of the most successful and popular Indian films of all time, Baahubali. In 2016, S. S. Rajamouli was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri Award for his contribution to Indian cinema.

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Kader Khan
(Former actor who appeared in over 300 Bollywood films, prolific screenwriter for Bollywood films in the period 1970s to 1999 and wrote dialogues for 200 films)
Kader Khan
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Birthdate: October 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pishin, Pakistan
Died: December 31, 2018

Kader Khan was an Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film director. After starting his career as a professor of civil engineering, Kader Khan went on to become a prolific screenwriter for Hindi movies and ended up writing dialogues for 200 movies as well. In 2019, he was honored posthumously with the Padma Shri.

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Anurag Kashyap
(Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Film editor)
Anurag Kashyap
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Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Anurag Kashyap is an Indian filmmaker, writer, editor, and actor. Best known for his contribution to the Hindi film industry, Kashyap has been credited with directing critically acclaimed films like Raman Raghav 2.0 and Gangs of Wasseypur. He is also credited with co-founding Good Bad Films. Over the years, Anurag Kashyap has received several prestigious awards like Filmfare Awards.

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Mani Ratnam
(Film producer, Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Mani Ratnam
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Birthdate: June 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Six-time National Award-winning Indian director Mani Ratnam was born to a film distributor father and left his consulting job to enter films in his younger days. Known for iconic films such as Roja, Bombay, and Guru, he specializes in topics related to socio-political issues and terrorism. He has also won a Padma Shri.

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Salim Khan
(Actor)
Salim Khan
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Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India
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Mahesh Bhatt
(Indian Film Director Best Known for His Films: 'Arth; 'Saaransh' and 'Daddy')
Mahesh Bhatt
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Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

Mahesh Bhatt is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter best known for his contribution to the Hindi film industry. Widely regarded as one of the most popular film directors in India, Bhatt has received critical acclaim for many of his films like Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Tamanna. Mahesh Bhatt is also credited with mentoring many actors like Anupam Kher.

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Rajkumar Hirani
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Rajkumar Hirani
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Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Known for his cult films such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., 3 Idiots, and PK, Rajkumar Hirani showed a keen interest in theater and film editing in his early days. He also tried his luck in directing ad films and appeared in an iconic Fevicol ad. He has also won 11 Filmfare Awards.  

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(Film director, Film producer, Music director, Television producer, Composer, Screenwriter)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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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.

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Javed Akhtar
(Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films)
Javed Akhtar
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Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Born into a family of Urdu poets from Gwalior, renowned Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar had initially been a screenwriter, along with Salim Khan, for films such as Sholay and Deewaar. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Gulzar
(Lyricist)
Gulzar
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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.

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Pankaj Kapur
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Birthdate: May 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Mahesh Manjrekar
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Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India
 15 
Dadasaheb Phalke
(Father of Indian Cinema)
Dadasaheb Phalke
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Birthdate: April 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tryambakeshwar, Bombay Presidency
Died: February 16, 1944
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Konkona Sen Sharma
(One of the Leading Indian Actress of Contemporary Parallel Cinema)
Konkona Sen Sharma
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Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

The daughter of legendary actor-director Aparna Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma is a two-time National Award-winning actor. She has impressed audiences with her performances in films such as Mr. and Mrs. Iyer and Wake Up Sid and has also delivered an award-winning directorial venture, A Death in the Gunj.

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Rakesh Roshan
(Producer)
Rakesh Roshan
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Birthdate: September 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India
A.R. Murugadoss
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Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Attur, Tamil Nadu, India
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Girish Karnad
(Linguist, Author, Film director, Actor, Translator, Screenwriter)
Girish Karnad
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Birthdate: May 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Matheran, Maharashtra, India

Actor, film director and playwright, Girish Karnad was also a Rhodes Scholar with a Masters degree in philosophy, political science and economics. A prolific writer, he authored scores of plays in Kannada, which were later translated into other languages. Also an eminent actor, film director and screenwriter, he was conferred with numerous awards including the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

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Aftab Shivdasani
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Birthdate: June 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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Ashutosh Gowariker
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Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
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Sohail Khan
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Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Rakshit Shetty
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Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Udupi, Karnataka, India
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Suhasini Mani Ratnam
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Birthdate: August 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
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Honey Irani
(Actor, Writer, Screenwriter)
Honey Irani
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Birthdate: August 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
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Birthdate: September 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
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Zoya Akhtar
(Director)
Zoya Akhtar
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Birthdate: October 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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Manoj Kumar
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Birthdate: July 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbottabad, Pakistan
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K. Balachander
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
K. Balachander
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Birthdate: July 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nannilam, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 23, 2014
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K. Bhagyaraj
(Film director, Actor)
K. Bhagyaraj
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Birthdate: January 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vellankoil, Erode, Madras State, India
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Rajpal Yadav
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Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Satish Kaushik
(Director)
Satish Kaushik
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Birthdate: April 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mohindergarh, Patiala and East Punjab States Union, India
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Rohini
(Actress)
Rohini
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Birthdate: December 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: thummapala, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Subhash Ghai
(Director)
Subhash Ghai
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Birthdate: January 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagpur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
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Prakash Jha
(Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter)
Prakash Jha
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Birthdate: February 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bettiah, Bihar, India
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Ali Abbas Zafar
(Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Ali Abbas Zafar
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Birthdate: January 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dehradun, India
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Neeraj Pandey
(Film director A Wednesday!, which was largely praised by critics and which later became a recipient of many accolades)
Neeraj Pandey
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Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkatta, West Bengal, India
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Saurabh Shukla
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Birthdate: March 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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V. Shantaram
(Film director, Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film actor)
V. Shantaram
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Birthdate: November 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Died: October 30, 1990
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Tanikella Bharani
(Indian Actor, Screenwriter, and Director Who has Worked in More than 750 Films)
Tanikella Bharani
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Birthdate: July 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Telangana, Hyderabad, India
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Jugal Hansraj
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Birthdate: July 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai
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Sriram Raghavan
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Sriram Raghavan
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Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Neeraj Vora
(Director)
Neeraj Vora
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Birthdate: January 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhuj, Gujarat, India
Died: December 14, 2017
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Vikram Bhatt
(Director)
Vikram Bhatt
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Birthdate: January 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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Aparna Sen
(Filmmaker)
Aparna Sen
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Birthdate: October 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India [now India]
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P. Bharathiraja
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
P. Bharathiraja
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Birthdate: July 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
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Sooraj Barjatya
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)
Sooraj Barjatya
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Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Vishal Bhardwaj
(Director, Screenwriter)
Vishal Bhardwaj
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Birthdate: August 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor)
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
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Birthdate: September 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 27, 2006
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Mukul Dev
(Actor)
Mukul Dev
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Birthdate: November 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India