Top 10 directors of all time Indian Cinema


Indian directors have become popular for their films as they are talented and have contributed well to the betterment of society. Their films are much liked.

Popular directors of the Indian cinema have contributed well. They are indeed well known Indian film directors, the best film directors in the world.

1. Satyajit Ray


Writer | Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921, to Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature

2. Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Director | Anand

Although not a glamorous director, Hrishikesh Mukherjee was popular. He was known for his simplicity and warmth.

He began his career in Bombay, 1951, as an editor.

3. Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt

Actor | Pyaasa

Being much ahead of his time, Guru Dutt was a great icon of commercial Indian cinema. He reached out to the common man. He was one of the famous Indian film directors, the best film directors in the world.

4. Bimal Roy


Bimal RoyDirector | Bandini

Grandfather of actress, writer Anwesha Bhattacharya ( Basu’s daughter).
He much acclaimed Indian film director during the 1950-60s, and known for his realistic and socialistic films such as Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini.

5. Mehboob Khan

Mehboob Khan


Director | Mother India

Mehboob Khan was born on September 9, 1907, in Bilimora, Baroda, Bombay Presidency, British India. As a director and producer, he is known for Mother India (1957), Son of India (1962) and Aan (1952). He died on May 28, 1964, in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Hi, one among many Indian film directors, the best film directors in the world.

6. Ritwik Ghatak

Ritwik Ghatak


Director | Meghe Dhaka Tara

Ritwik Ghatak was born on November 4, 1925, in Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India. As a director and writer, he is famous for The Cloud-Capped Star (1960), Madhumati (1958) and Reason, Debate and a Story (1974). He was married to Surama Ghatak. Along with prominent contemporary Bengali filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, his cinema is primarily remembered for its meticulous depiction of social reality. Although their roles were often adversarial, they were ardent admirers of each other’s work, and in doing so, the three directors charted the independent trajectory of parallel cinema, as a counterpoint to the mainstream fare of Hindi cinema in India.

7. Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

Director | Do Ankhen Barah Haath

Rajaram married twice. His second wife was actress Jayashree who passed away on the 19th of October, 2004 in Bombay, at the age of 84. Jayashree and Rajaram are survived by their son, Kiran Shantaram, former Sheriff of Bombay, and daughter, Rajashree also a well-known actress.
Mostly known by the name V. Shantaram, he is popular for his films like Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Amar Bhoopali (1951), Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Duniya Na Mane (1937) and Pinjra (1972). He was praised by Chaplin for his Marathi film Manoos. Chaplin reportedly liked the film very much.

8. Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor

Producer | Prem Rog

Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. He worked in studios of the 1940s and at 24 years of age produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948), with his new company, RK Films.

9. Shakti Samanta

Shakti Samanta

Director | Aradhana

Shakti Samanta was born on January 13, 1926, in Burdwan, West Bengal, British India. He was a director and producer, known for Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1972) and Amanush (1975). He died on April 9, 2009, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
He is popular for films such as Howrah Bridge, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, Kati Patang and Amar Prem.

10. Basu Chatterjee

Basu Chatterjee

Director | Sara Akash

Basu Chatterjee was born on January 10, 1930, in Ajmer, British India. He happens to be a director cum writer, known for Sara Akash (1969), Rajnigandha (1974) and Swami (1977).
These popular Indian film directors, the best film directors in the world have achieved a lot in their respective careers.

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