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Famous Screenwriters from India

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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 Chopra1

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India

    Deepak Chopra (; Hindi: [d̪iːpək tʃoːpraː]; born October 22, 1946) is an Indian-born American... more on Wikipedia

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  • M. Night Shyamalan2

    BirthplaceMahé, India, India

    Manoj Nelliyattu "M. Night" Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970) is an American filmmaker and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rajnikanth3


    Age: 69

    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950), known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth,... more on Wikipedia
  • Rahul Bose4

    Rahul Bose

    Age: 53

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

    Rahul Bose (born 27 July 1967) is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, social... more on Wikipedia
  • Kamal Haasan5

    BirthplaceParamakudi, India

    Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pawan Kalyan6

    BirthplaceBapatla, India

    Konidela Kalyan Babu, better known by his stage name Pawan Kalyan, is an Indian film actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Satyajit Ray7

    Satyajit Ray

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈʃɔtːodʒit ˈrai̯] (listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)... more on Wikipedia

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    #100 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#54 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

  • Silambarasan8

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Silambarasan "Simbu" Thesingu Rajendar (born 3 February 1983), also credited as S. T. R., is... more on Wikipedia
  • Sreenivasan9

    BirthplaceThalassery, India

    Sreenivasan (born 6 April 1956) is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director and producer... more on Wikipedia
  • Jagathi Sreekumar10


    Sreekumar PK, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, or simply Jagathy, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Karunanidhi11


    Muthuvel Karunanidhi (3 June 1924 – 7 August 2018) was an Indian writer and politician who... more on Wikipedia
  • Aamir Khan12

    Aamir Khan

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan (born 14 March 1965) is an Indian actor, director, filmmaker and... more on Wikipedia
  • Nassar13


    Age: 62

    BirthplaceMelmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, main campus, Kanchipuram district, Eurasia, India

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  • Suhasini Mani Ratnam14

    Suhasini Mani Ratnam

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

    Suhasini Maniratnam (born 15 August 1961) known commonly as Suhasini, is an Indian actress... more on Wikipedia
  • K. Balachander15

    BirthplaceNannilam, India

    Kailasam Balachander (9 July 1930 – 23 December 2014) was an Indian filmmaker and playwright... more on Wikipedia
  • Asit Sen16

    Asit Sen

    Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)

    BirthplaceDhaka, Bangladesh

    Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was a Bengali Indian film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • P. Bharathiraja17

    BirthplaceTheni district, Eurasia, Theni, India, Tamil Nadu

    Bharathiraja (born 17 July 1941) is an Indian film director who works mainly in the Tamil film... more on Wikipedia
  • Nedumudi Venu18

    BirthplaceNedumudi, India

    Kesavan Venugopal Nair (born 22 May 1948), known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is... more on Wikipedia
  • Cochin Haneefa19

    Cochin Haneefa

    Dec. at 59 (1951-2010)

    BirthplaceIndia, Kochi

    Salim Ahmed Ghoush (22 April 1951 – 2 February 2010), better known by his stage name Cochin... more on Wikipedia
  • K. Bhagyaraj20


    Krishnasaamy Bhagyaraj (born 7 January 1953) is an Indian director, actor, screenwriter, music... more on Wikipedia
  • Rabindranath Tagore21

    Rabindranath Tagore

    Dec. at 80 (1861-1941)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Rabindranath Tagore ( (listen); born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shenaz Treasurywala22

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

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  • Jagadish23


    Age: 57

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

    P. V. Jagadish Kumar (born 12 June 1955), popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Javed Akhtar24

    BirthplaceKhairabad, Sitapur, India

    Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan25

    BirthplacePallickal, Kollam, Eurasia, India, Kerala

    Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an Indian film director, script writer, and producer. and is regarded... more on Wikipedia