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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.
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A. B. Raj is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. B. Raj age 94
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
Dec. 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 58
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 36
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
Dec. 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 45
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 86
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 91
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 54
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 35
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 87
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 45
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 42
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 32
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
Dec. 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