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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

Birthplace: Alappuzha, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Adima 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 ...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)

Birthplace: Chittoor district, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Pachhai Vilakku, Padhi Bhakti, Rakhi, Sadhu Aur Shaitaan, Raja Rani, + more

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 ...more
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A. K. Sajan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. K. Sajan

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Stop Violence, Lanka, Asuravithu

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 ...more
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A. Karunakaran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 58

Birthplace: Kerala, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Ullasamga Utsahamga, Tholi Prema, Vasu, Krishnarjuna, Yuvakudu, + more

A. Karunakaran (born 25 December 1971) 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

Birthplace: Nellore, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Khaidi, Pokiri Raja, Goonda, Neram Nadi Kadu, Sivudu Sivudu Sivudu, + more

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 ...more
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A. L. Vijay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 36

Birthplace: India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Gods 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 ...more
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A. M. Rathnam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. M. Rathnam

Birthplace: Nellore, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Peddarikam

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 ...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)

Birthplace: India, Mannargudi

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Thiruvilayadal, Rajaraja Cholan, Thirumal Perumai, Thillaanaa Mohanambal, Saraswati Sabatham, + more

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.
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A. R. Murugadoss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 45

Birthplace: India, Kallakurichi

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Ghajini, Ghajini, Dheena, 7th Sense, Thuppakki Hindi Remake, + more

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 ...more
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A. Veerappan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
A. Veerappan Age: 86

Birthplace: Tiruchirappalli, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Zameen Aasmaan

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

Birthplace: India, Thoothukudi

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Durai, Petrol, Vaadaa, Vathiyar, Aai, + more

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).
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A. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 91

Birthplace: Kozhikode, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Nadhi, Naam Pirandha Mann, Murappennu, Asuravithu, Agaani, + more

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 ...more
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Aamir Bashir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from India

Birthplace: Kashmir, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Autumn

Aamir Bashir (आमिर बशीर) 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

Birthplace: India, Mumbai

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Like 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 listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from India

Birthplace: India, Surat

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Khiladi, Players, Agneekaal, Race 2, Humraaz, + more

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

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Soldier, Daraar, Baazigar, Ajnabee, + 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 ...more
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Abbas Tyrewala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 35

Birthplace: India, Mumbai

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Jaane 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
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Abdul Majid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abdul Majid Age: 87

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Chameli Memsaab

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

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Hello Goodbye, Thank You For Now

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

Birthplace: India, Obra

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Dabangg

Abhinav Singh Kashyap is an Indian film director and screenwriter.
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Abhinay Deo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abhinay Deo

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Game, Delhi Belly

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
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Abhishek Chaubey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 42

Birthplace: Faizabad, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Dedh 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 ...more
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Abhishek Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Age: 44

Birthplace: India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Aryan, 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 ...more
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Abhishek Pathak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from India
Abhishek Pathak Age: 32

Birthplace: Punjab, India, India

Nationality: India

Films Directed: A 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 ...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)

Nationality: India

Films Directed: Zamane 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 ...more