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Famous Film Directors from India

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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.
  • A. B. Raj

    Age: 96

    BirthplaceAlappuzha, Eurasia, Alappuzha district, India, Kerala


    Films DirectedAdima Changala, Agnisaram, Neethi

    Antony Basker Raj (born 21 April 1925), also known as A. B. Raj, is an Indian director of Malayalam movies. Since 1951 to 1960, he directed ten Singalese movies followed by directing 65 Malayalam...  more
  • A. Bhimsingh

    Dec. at 53 (1924-1978)

    BirthplaceSouth India, Eurasia, Chittoor district, Chittoor, India


    Films DirectedPachhai Vilakku, Padhi Bhakti, Rakhi, Sadhu Aur Shaitaan, Raja Rani

    A. Bhimsingh or Bhim Singh (1924–1978) was an Indian filmmaker, producer, editor, and writer who worked predominantly in the Tamil film industry. Apart from Tamil, he made films in other languages...  more
  • A. K. Sajan

    A. K. Sajan is an Indian Malayalam screenwriter and film director who is best known for his directorial debut Stop Violence (2002). The movie had debutant Prithviraj Sukumaran and Chandra Lakshman in...  more
  • BirthplaceEurasia, India, Kerala


    Films DirectedUllasamga Utsahamga, Tholi Prema, Vasu, Krishnarjuna, Yuvakudu

    A. Karunakaran (born 25 December 1971) is a Telugu film director....  more
  • BirthplaceSouth India, Eurasia, India, Andhra Pradesh


    Films DirectedKhaidi, Pokiri Raja, Goonda, Neram Nadi Kadu, Sivudu Sivudu Sivudu

    Kodandarami Reddy (born July 1, 1950) is an Indian film director best known for his works in Telugu cinema. His association with Chiranjeevi created blockbusters in multiple genres such as Nyayam...  more
  • NationalityIndia

    Films DirectedGods Own Child, Poi Solla Porom, Kireedam, Thaandavam, Madharasapattinam

    Vijay, is a film director who works in the Tamil film industry. A disciple of ace director Suraaj, he debuted as director with films such as Kireedam and the critically acclaimed Madrasapattinam....  more
  • A. M. Rathnam

    A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer from Andhra Pradesh, known for his works in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production...  more
  • NationalityIndia

    Films DirectedThiruvilayadal, Rajaraja Cholan, Thirumal Perumai, Thillaanaa Mohanambal, Saraswati Sabatham

    Akkamappettai Paramasivan Nagarajan (24 February 1928) – 5 April 1977 was an Indian film director, producer, actor and writer who set a trend in film making in Tamil cinema in 1960s and 1970s....  more
  • BirthplaceKallakurichi, Eurasia, India, Viluppuram district, Tamil Nadu


    Films DirectedGhajini, Ghajini, Dheena, 7th Sense, Thuppakki Hindi Remake

    Murugadoss Arunasalam, commonly known by his stage name AR Murugadoss, is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter who predominantly works in the Tamil Film Industry. He is best known for...  more
  • A. Veerappan

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Tamil Nadu, Tiruchirappalli


    Films DirectedZameen Aasmaan

    A. Veerappan is a film producer and film director....
  • A. Venkatesh is a Indian film director and actor working in Tamil cinema. Beginning his career as a assistant, he directs his first film Mahaprabhu (1996). ...  more
  • A. Vincent

    Age: 93

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Kozhikode, Kerala


    Films DirectedNadhi, Naam Pirandha Mann, Murappennu, Asuravithu, Agaani

    Aloysius Vincent (14 June 1928 – 25 February 2015) was an Indian cinematographer and director of Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. From the mid-1960s on, he directed some 30 movies including...  more
  • Aamir Bashir (आमिर बशीर) is an Indian actor and film director....  more
  • Aamir Khan

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceMaharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai


    Films DirectedLike Stars on Earth

    Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan (born 14 March 1965) is an Indian actor, director, filmmaker and television talk-show host. Through his career spanning over thirty years in Hindi films, Khan has...  more

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  • Abbas Burmawalla is a film director, producer and screenwriter....  more
  • Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are brothers known for directing stylish suspense, action and romantic thrillers in Bollywood with dark-lighted themes. Their films mostly have all the characters with...  more
  • BirthplaceMaharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai


    Films DirectedJaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Jhootha Hi Sahi

    Abbas Tyrewala is an Indian film screenwriter and director. After making his mark as a screenwriter and dialogue writer in early 2000s, with award-winning films like Maqbool (2003), Munnabhai...  more
  • Abdul Majid

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceKolkata, Kolkata district, West Bengal, Eurasia, East India


    Films DirectedChameli Memsaab

    Abdul Majid is a film director....
  • Abhimanyu Ray

    Abhimanyu Ray is a casting director....
  • BirthplaceObra, Eurasia, Uttar Pradesh, India, Sonbhadra district


    Films DirectedDabangg

    Abhinav Singh Kashyap is an Indian film director and screenwriter....  more
  • Abhinay Deo

    Abhinay Deo is an Indian film director and screenwriter known for his works in bollywood, television, and advertising. He made his mainstream directorial debut through Game and followed it with ...  more
  • BirthplaceFaizabad, Eurasia, Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh, India


    Films DirectedDedh Ishqiya, Ishqiya

    Abhishek, a renowned Indian filmmaker, recently co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed dacoit action film, Sonchiriya, an RSVP production. He began his career as an associate director and...  more
  • BirthplaceEurasia, India, Asia


    Films DirectedAryan, Rock On!! 2, Kai Po Che!, Rock On!!

    Abhishek Kapoor (born 6 August 1971) is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He started his career as an actor in Uff! Yeh Mohabbat in 1996, opposite Twinkle Khanna, directed by Vipin Handa....  more
  • Abhishek Pathak

    Age: 34

    BirthplacePunjab, India, Eurasia, India


    Films DirectedA Drop

    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 films & tries to...
  • Abrar Alvi

    Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)


    Films DirectedZamane Se Poocho, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

    Abrar Alvi (Hindi: अबरार अल्वी; Urdu: ابرار علوی‎; 1 July 1927 – 18 November 2009) was an Indian film writer, director and actor. Most of his notable work was done in the 1950s and 1960s with Guru...  more