Famous Indian Screenwriters

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 1 Kader Khan

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

 2 S. S. Rajamouli

S. S. Rajamouli.
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: October 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raichur,Karnataka, India
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 3 Mani Ratnam

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

 4 Rajkumar Hirani

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

 5 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
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 6 Satyajit Ray

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. 

 7 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
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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 8 Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad
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Famous As: Linguist, Author, Film director, Actor, Translator, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Matheran, Maharashtra, India

 9 A.R. Murugadoss

A.R. Murugadoss
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Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Attur, Tamil Nadu, India

 10 Mahesh Manjrekar

Mahesh Manjrekar
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

 11 Salim Khan

Salim Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India

 12 Honey Irani

Honey Irani
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 13 Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

 14 Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar
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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

 15 Dadasaheb Phalke

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

 16 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sri Gurusar Modia, Rajasthan, India

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is an Indian social group leader best known as the head of a group named Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS). Prior to his rape conviction in 2017, Ram Rahim was a famous religious leader, music composer, actor, singer, songwriter, writer, and director. In 2015, he was named among the 100 most powerful Indians by The Indian Express.

 17 Konkona Sen Sharma

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

 18 Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Politician, Writer, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
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.

 19 Ashutosh Gowariker

Ashutosh Gowariker
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

 20 Gulzar

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.

 21 M Night Shyamalan

M Night Shyamalan.
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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.  

 22 Prakash Jha

Prakash Jha
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Famous As: Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bettiah, Bihar, India

 23 Pankaj Kapur

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

 24 Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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

 25 Rakshit Shetty

Rakshit Shetty
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Udupi, Karnataka, India

 26 Sriram Raghavan

Sriram Raghavan
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 27 Aftab Shivdasani

Aftab Shivdasani
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 28 Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

 29 Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 30 K. Balachander

K. Balachander
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nannilam, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 23, 2014

 31 Suhasini Mani Ratnam

Suhasini Mani Ratnam
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India

 32 Sohail Khan

Sohail Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 33 V. Shantaram

V. Shantaram
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Died: October 30, 1990

 34 Sooraj Barjatya

Sooraj Barjatya
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 35 Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 36 Rohini

Rohini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: thummapala, Andhra Pradesh, India

 37 Balraj Sahni

Balraj Sahni
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India [now Punjab, Pakistan]
Died: April 13, 1973

 38 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 39 M. T. Vasudevan Nair

M. T. Vasudevan Nair
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Famous As: Author, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palakkad, Kerala, India

 40 Saurabh Shukla

Saurabh Shukla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 41 Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 42 Satish Kaushik

Satish Kaushik
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mohindergarh, Patiala and East Punjab States Union, India

 43 Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hrishikesh Mukherjee
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor
Birthdate: September 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 27, 2006

 44 Deepti Naval

Deepti Naval
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

 45 Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 46 Subhash Ghai

Subhash Ghai
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagpur, Central Provinces and Berar, British India

 47 Nandita Das

Nandita Das
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 48 Anita Desai

Anita Desai
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mussoorie, India

 49 P. Bharathiraja

P. Bharathiraja
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Theni, Tamil Nadu, India

 50 Basu Chatterjee

Basu Chatterjee
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ajmer, India
Died: June 4, 2020