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List of famous film directors from India, listed alphabetically with photos when available. India has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Indian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of India and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Indian directors?" and "Which directors are from India?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of India in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Indian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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A. B. Raj is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. B. Raj age 93 A. B. Raj is an Indian director of Malayalam movies. Since 1951 to 1960, he directed ten Singalese movies followed by directing 65 Malayalam movies from 1963 till 1984. He has also directed two ...more

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A. Bhimsingh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Died at 54 (1924-1978) A. Bhimsingh or Bhim Singh was a film maker, producer, editor and writer from the Tamil Film Industry. He has directed films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi languages. He was born on 15 ...more

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A. K. Sajan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. K. Sajan A. K. Sajan is a Malayalam screenwriter and director who is best known for his directorial debut Stop Violence. The movie had debutant Prithviraj Sukumaran and Chandra Lakshman in the lead ...more

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A. Karunakaran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 57 A. Karunakaran is a Telugu film director.

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A. Kodandarami Reddy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 65 Kodandarami Reddy is an Indian film director best known for his works in Telugu cinema. His association with Chiranjeevi created blockbusters like Khaidi, Abhilasha, Pasivadi Pranam, Athaku ...more

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A. L. Vijay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 35 A. L Vijay is an Indian film director of the Tamil film industry. A disciple of Priyadarshan, he matured as director with films like Kireedam and critically acclaimed Madrasapattinam. Vijay ...more

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A. M. Rathnam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. M. Rathnam A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer from Andhra Pradesh, who predominantly works in Telugu and Tamil Cinema. Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production ...more

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A. P. Nagarajan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Died at 49 (1928-1977) Akkamappettai Paramasivan Nagarajan was a veteran Tamil and Telugu film director, producer, actor and writer who set a trend in film making in Tamil cinema in 1960s and 1970s.

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A. R. Murugadoss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 44 Murugadoss, commonly known with his stage name initials as AR Murugadoss, is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.

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A. Veerappan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. Veerappan age 85 A. Veerappan is a film producer and film director.

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A. Venkatesh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. Venkatesh is a Tamil film director born in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.

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A. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 90 Ajayan Vincent is a cinematographer.

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Aamir Bashir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Aamir Bashir is an Indian actor and film director.

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Aamir Khan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 53 Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, director, producer and television presenter. Through his successful career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and ...more

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Abbas Burmawalla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abbas Burmawalla is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Abbas Mustan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing Bollywood films in the thriller and action genres. They have frequently cast Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, ...more

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Abbas Tyrewala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 34 Abbas Tyrewala is an Indian film storywriter, screenwriter, dialogue writer and director. After making his mark as a screenwriter and dialogue writer in early 2000s, with award winning films ...more

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Abdul Majid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abdul Majid age 86 Abdul Majid is a film director.

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Abhimanyu Ray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abhimanyu Ray Abhimanyu Ray is a casting director.

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Abhinav Kashyap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 44 Abhinav Singh Kashyap is an Indian film director and screenwriter. His directorial debut film, Dabangg is currently the fifth biggest grossing Bollywood film in history.

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Abhinay Deo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abhinay Deo Abhinav Deo is a film director.

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Abhishek Chaubey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 41 Abhishek Chaubey is an Indian film director, writer and screenwriter. He directed the 2010 film, Ishqiya.

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Abhishek Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 44 Abhishek Kapoor is an Indian film actor, writer and director. He started his career as an actor in Uff! Yeh Mohabbat in 1996, opposite Twinkle Khanna, directed by Vipin Handa, and after two more ...more

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Abhishek Pathak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abhishek Pathak age 31 Born on 1st July 1987 in Punjab, Abhishek Pathak started his film carrier at the age of 17, the first film being "Omkara" as Executive Producer. He believes in making films and only ...more

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Abrar Alvi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Died at 82 (1927-2009) Abrar Alvi was an Indian film writer, director and actor. Most of his notable works are from the 1950s, 1960s done with Guru Dutt. He wrote some of the most respected works of Indian cinema, ...more

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Aditya Bhattacharya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 53 Aditya Bhattacharya is an Indian film director and screenwriter, most known for his feature film, Raakh starring Aamir Khan and Pankaj Kapur and which garnered three National Film Awards. He is ...more

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Aditya Chopra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 47 Aditya Chopra is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and distributor. His work as a director includes Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. He is also ...more

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Aditya Raj Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 62 Adtiya Raj Kapoor is the son of Shammi Kapoor.

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 77 Moutatthu Gopalakrishnan Unnithan, commonly known as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, is an Indian film director, script writer, and producer. Adoor Gopalakrishnan had a major role in revolutionizing ...more

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Adurthi Subba Rao is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Died at 63 (1912-1975) Adurthi Subba Rao, was an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. Rao is widely regarded as the intellectual ...more

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Agni Shridhar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Agni Shridhar Agni Shridhar is an Kannada former gangster, writer, critic and artist. He founded Karunada Sene. Later he founded the weekly Kannada newspaper and turned a professional writer, Agni. He has ...more

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Ahmed Jamal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Ahmed Jamal age 68 Ahmed Jamal is a film producer and director.

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Ahmed Khan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Ahmed Khan is an Indian choreographer, producer, actor, director and writer. Khan began as a child actor playing small roles in films like Raakh. He played an orphan boy in his debut film, Mr. ...more

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Aishwarya R. Dhanush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 36 Aishwarya R. Dhanush is a film director and classical dancer.

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Ajay Devgan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 49 Ajay Devgn also known as Ajay Devgan is an Indian film actor, director, and producer. He is widely considered as one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema. Devgn has won numerous awards in his ...more

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Jiiva is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 34 Jiiva, also written Jeeva, is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil films. Son of film producer R. B. Choudry, he started his career as a child actor in his father's films in ...more

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Ajay Monga is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 50 Ajay Monga is an Indian scriptwriter and film director. He has written films like Corporate which starred Bipasha Basu and Kay Kay Menon and Fashion both directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. He has ...more

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Ajay Sastry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 44 Ajay Sastry is a Director/Writer who directed his maiden film called ' Nenu Meeku Telusa ' starring Manchu Manoj, Sneha Ullal and Riya Sen. His journey started with a short film called ...more

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Ajayan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Ajayan Ajayan, also known as Thoppil Ajayan, is a Malayalam film director who is noted for his only feature film Perumthachan. The film received positive reviews from critics worldwide. For this film, ...more

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Ajith Kumar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 47 Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor working predominantly in Tamil cinema. He has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards, all for films which showcased him in multiple roles. In addition to his ...more

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Ajoy Biswas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Ajoy Biswas Ajoy Biswas is a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Akbar Kham is an actor.

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Akkineni Kutumba Rao is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Akkineni Kutumba Rao Akkineni Kutumba Rao is an Indian filmmaker in Tollywood, known for his work in Telugu Parallel Cinema.

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Ali Abbas Zafar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Ali Abbas Zafar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, art director, He is well known for directing Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

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Ali Kazimi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 57 Ali Kazimi is an Indian-born Canadian film-maker and writer.

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Allan Amin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Allan Amin Allan Amin is an action director in India's Bollywood, Tollywood and Mollywood film industries. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Action in 2001, 2004 and 2006 for Mission Kashmir, ...more

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Aluri Chakrapani is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Died at 67 (1908-1975) Aluri Chakrapani or Aluri Venkata Subbarao was an Indian film multilingual writer, producer and director known for his works in predominantly in Telugu cinema & he won 2 Filmfare Awards for ...more

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Amal Neerad is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
age 43 Amal Neerad is an Indian cinematographer, film director, and producer. He graduated from the Satyajit Ray Film And Television Institute of India, Kolkata and went on to film and direct several ...more

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Amar Choudhury is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Amar Choudhury Amar Choudhury Bengali: অমর চৌধুরী was a Bengali film actor, director, editor and writer. He directed Jamai Shashthi in 1931 produced by Madan Theatre Limited, credited as the first Bengali ...more

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Amar Mullick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Amar Mullick Died at 73 (1899-1972) Amar Mullick was an actor, a film director and screenwriter.