Famous Indian Screenwriters

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 1 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. 

 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

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.

 3 Kader Khan

Kader Khan
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Famous As: 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
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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 4 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

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.

 5 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

 6 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

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.

 7 Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt
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Famous As: Director
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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 8 Prithviraj Kapoor

Prithviraj Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samundri, Punjab, British India
Died: May 29, 1972

Padma Bhushan- and Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning legendary actor and filmmaker Prithviraj Kapoor is known to be one of the pioneers of Hindi cinema. The patriarch of the Kapoor family of Bollywood, he also established Prithvi Theatres and later played the iconic role of Akbar in Mughal-e-Azam. He was also a Rajya Sabha MP.

 9 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.

 10 Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
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.  

 11 Pankaj Kapur

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

 12 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.

 13 Mahesh Manjrekar

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

 14 Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar
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Famous As: Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films
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.

 15 Honey Irani

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

 16 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

 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

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.

 18 Rakesh Roshan

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

 19 A.R. Murugadoss

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

 20 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

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.

 21 Aftab Shivdasani

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

 22 Ashutosh Gowariker

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

 23 Sohail Khan

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

 24 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

 25 Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbottabad, Pakistan

 26 Rajpal Yadav

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

 27 Rakshit Shetty

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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 Zoya Akhtar

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

 31 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

 32 K. Bhagyaraj

K. Bhagyaraj
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Famous As: Film director, Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vellankoil, Erode, Madras State, India

 33 Rohini

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

 34 Saurabh Shukla

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 Neeraj Pandey

Neeraj Pandey
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Famous As: Film director A Wednesday!, which was largely praised by critics and which later became a recipient of many accolades
Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkatta, West Bengal, India

 39 Nandita Das

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

Born to painter Jatin Das and author Varsha Das, Nandita Das was initially associated with NGOs. She later proved herself to be a fine actor and director. She has impressed audiences with her socially relevant films such as Fire and Bawandar and has also spearheaded the Dark is Beautiful campaign.

 40 Jugal Hansraj

Jugal Hansraj
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai

 41 Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj
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Famous As: Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India

 42 Nandana Sen

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

Nandana Sen is an Indian actress, children's rights activist, children's author, and screenwriter. Apart from appearing in Indian films, Nandana Sen has also appeared in Italian, Canadian, and American films. She has also been playing an important role in fighting against the crisis of child trafficking. She has also written six children's books, including The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly.

 43 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

 44 Neeraj Vora

Neeraj Vora
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhuj, Gujarat, India
Died: December 14, 2017

 45 Shankar Nag

Shankar Nag
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Udupi, Karnataka, India
Died: September 30, 1990

 46 Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: October 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India [now India]

 47 Vikram Bhatt

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

 48 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

 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 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

Known as MT to his fans, M. T. Vasudevan Nair is a legendary figure of Malayali literature. He gained popularity with works such as Naalukettu and Asuravithu, which mostly reflected the social and cultural aspects of his home state, Kerala. He is also a National Award-winning screenplay writer.