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List of notable or famous screenwriters from India, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in India and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from India is included when available.

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This historic screenwriters from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from India?" These prominent screenwriters of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian screenwriters.

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Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 70 Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, who has been described by the New York ...more

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M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 47 Manoj Shyamalan, known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian and American screenwriter, film director, producer and occasional actor known for making movies with contemporary ...more

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Rajnikanth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 67 Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. Rajinikanth struggled as an impoverished child. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport ...more

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Rahul Bose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 50 Rahul Bose is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, social activist, and rugby player. Bose has appeared in Bengali films such as Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Kalpurush, Anuranan, Antaheen, Laptop ...more

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Kamal Haasan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 63 Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.

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Pawan Kalyan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 46 Pawan Kalyan is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, writer, and politician. His film works are predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is the younger brother of actor ...more

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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 71 (1921-1992) Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more

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Silambarasan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 32 Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar is an Indian Film Actor, Director, Producer, StoryWriter, ScreenWriter, DialogWriter, Playback Singer, Lyricist, Dancer and Model of the Tamil Film Industry. He ...more

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Sreenivasan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 61 Sreenivasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has written for over 50 films and has acted in over 200 films. Sreenivasan ...more

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Jagathi Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 64 Sreekumar Achary, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, is an Indian film actor know for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has starred in more than 1,500 films in a career spanning ...more

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Karunanidhi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 93 Muthuvel Karunanidhi is an Indian politician who has served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on five separate occasions. He is the head of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a Dravidian political ...more

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Aamir Khan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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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Nassar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 57 Nassar is an Indian film actor, director and producer, who mainly works in the South Indian film industry.

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Suhasini Mani Ratnam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 56 Suhasini Charuhasan is an Indian film actress known for her works in South Indian Cinema. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe for which she won the Tamil Nadu ...more

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K. Balachander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 87 Kailasam Balachander was an Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct ...more

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Asit Sen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 79 (1922-2001) Asit Sen was an Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked both in Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka now in modern day Bangladesh when it was part of East ...more

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P. Bharathiraja is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 76 P. Bharathiraja is a South Indian filmmaker who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Bharathiraja displayed a story-teller's potential from an early age. He is known for his realistic and ...more

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Nedumudi Venu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 69 K. Venu Gopal, known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is a veteran Malayalam film actor from Kerala, India. He has also written screenplays and has directed one film.

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Cochin Haneefa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 59 (1951-2010) Salim Ahmed Ghoush, better known by his stage name Cochin Haneefa, was an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter. He started his career in the 1970s mainly portraying villainous roles, ...more

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K. Bhagyaraj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 65 K. Bhagyaraj is a Tamil film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He has also written and directed Telugu, Hindi films and TV serials. He won a Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mundhanai ...more

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 80 (1861-1941) Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in ...more

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Shenaz Treasurywala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 36 Shenaz Treasury is an Indian model, travel writer and actress.

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Jagadish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 59 P. V. Jagadish Kumar, popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor and screenwriter best known for his comic performances in Malayalam cinema. He became popular through performances in ...more

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Javed Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 73 Javed Akhtar is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo ...more

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 76 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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V. Shantaram is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 89 (1901-1990) Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, referred to as V. Shantaram, was an Indian filmmaker, film producer and actor. He is most known for his films like Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani, Amar Bhoopali, Jhanak ...more

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Upendra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 49 Upendra is an Indian actor, director, producer, screenwriter, lyricist and singer. He stars primarily in Kannada films and is well known in Sandalwood and Tollywood. He started his career under ...more

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Kishore Kumar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 58 (1929-1987) Kishore Kumar was an Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter. He is in general considered one of the most successful & ...more

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Farhan Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 43 Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer, lyricist and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up ...more

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Sachin Bhowmick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 81 (1930-2011) Sachin Bhowmick was an Indian Hindi film writer and director. Writing was his main work and he wrote stories or screenplays for over 94 films. He was also a regular contributor to Ultorath, a ...more

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Dasari Narayana Rao is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 73 Dasari Narayana Rao, is an Indian film director known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, and few Bollywood films. He has directed about 150 films, produced 53 films and worked in more ...more

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Mahesh Manjrekar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 59 Mahesh Manjrekar is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Hrishikesh Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 84 (1922-2006) Hrishikesh Mukherjee was a famous Indian film director known for a number of films, including Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Anand, Abhimaan, Guddi, Gol Maal, Aashirwad, Bawarchi, Kissi Se Na ...more

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Lal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 59 Paul Michael, better known by his stage name Lal, is an Indian film director, actor, script writer, producer, and film distributor widely known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He is best known ...more

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Ram Gopal Varma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 55 Ram Gopal Varma, also known as RGV or Ramu is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, known for his maverick works in Telugu cinema and Bollywood. Varma has directed, written and ...more

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Himesh Reshammiya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 44 Himesh Reshammiya is an Indian music director, singer, film actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, film writer and distributor.

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Mani Ratnam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 61 Gopala Ratnam Subramaniam, commonly known as Mani Ratnam, is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema, based out of Chennai. Starting his career ...more

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Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 82 Kader Khan is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer, as well as director. He has appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973 film Daag in which he acted as a ...more

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A. K. Lohithadas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 54 (1955-2009) Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas was an Indian screenwriter, playwright, director, and producer known for his extensive work in Malayalam cinema. Lohithadas was known for his rich, detailed, ...more

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Sridhar Rangayan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 56 Sridhar Rangayan is an Indian filmmaker who has made films with special focus on queer subjects. His queer films, The Pink Mirror and Yours Emotionally, have been considered groundbreaking ...more

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Guru Dutt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 39 (1925-1964) Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, better known as Guru Dutt, was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He made 1950s and 1960s classics such as Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur ...more

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Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 79 Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern ...more

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Rajendra Singh Babu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Rajendra Singh Babu age 65 S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu is a Kannada film maker and producer. He was born and brought up in Mysore. His father late Shankar Singh was one of the great producers in Kannada Film Industry and ...more

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Shomu Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 65 (1943-2008) Shomu Mukherjee was a Bengali Indian director, writer and producer. Born in 1943, he was the fourth son of Sashadhar Mukherjee, the owner of Filmalaya studios, and Sati Rani Devi. His mother was ...more

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M. T. Vasudevan Nair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 84 Madathil Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair, popularly known as MT, is an Indian author, screenplay writer and film director. India Today says that he is a prolific and versatile writer in modern ...more

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Chetan Bhagat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 43 Chetan Bhagat is a well known Indian English writer, known for his bestselling about young urban middle-class Indians. Bhagat is also columnist for newspapers such as The Times of India and ...more

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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 83 Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director. Born in Jhelum District in British India, his family moved to India after partition. ...more

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Bala is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 51 Bala is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema" through his realistic, dark and ...more

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Ekta Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
age 42 Ekta Kapoor is an Indian TV and film producer. She is the Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, her production company. Kapoor is the daughter of actor Jeetendra and ...more

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Bimal Roy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from India
Died at 56 (1909-1965) Bimal Roy was an Indian film director. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films like Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini, making him an ...more