Famous Film Directors from Pakistan

List of famous film directors from Pakistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Pakistan 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 Pakistani directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Pakistan 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 Pakistani directors?" and "Which directors are from Pakistan?"

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

    A.J. Kardar

    Dec. at 75 (1926-2002)
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Films Directed: Qasam Us Waqt Ki, The Day Shall Dawn, The Day Shall Dawn
    A.J. Kardar was a film director, a film producer and a screenwriter.
  • Abdur Rashid Kardar
    Dec. at 85 (1904-1989)
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Films Directed: Shahjehan, Yasmin, Deewana, Baap Re Baap, Dastan
    Abdur Rashid Kardar (1904–1989), often abbreviated as A.R. Kardar, was an actor and film director/film producer. He is credited as establishing the film industry in the Bhati Gate locality of Lahore, ...more
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Films Directed: A Music Fairy
    Ahmad Haseeb is a film director and producer. Haseeb won the Best Documentary award at Kara Film Festival in 2007 for A Music Fairy, a short subject about pop icon Nazia Hassan. Haseeb also directed ...more
  • Ajab Gul (Pashto: عجب گل) is a Pakistani actor turned film director, producer and music director who has mostly worked in Pashto films. As well as working in Pakistani cinema he has worked in ...more
  • Alison De Vere
    Dec. at 73 (1927-2001)
    • Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan, Eurasia, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Films Directed: The Black Dog, Mr Pascal, The Angel and the Soldier Boy
    Alison De Vere was a film director, screenwriter and animator.
  • I. S. Johar
    Dec. at 63 (1920-1984)
    • Birthplace: Talagang, Pakistan
    • Nationality: India
    • Films Directed: Nasbandi, Jai Bangladesh, 5 Rifles, Johar-Mehmood in Goa, Johar in Kashmir
    Inder Sen Johar (16 February 1920 – 10 March 1984), better known as I. S. Johar, was an Indian actor, writer, producer and director.