Since its first introduction as an entertainment medium in India, Cinema has always been in the hearts of every Indian and with the recent hike in the popularity of Bollywood films, Indian cinema has crossed the boundaries of the country and won millions of hearts overseas.
So who’s responsible for this huge success of Indian cinema? Well besides the producers, casts, crews, script writers, choreographers and music directors, it’s the men behind the camera, the anchor of the film, the directors. Since the beginning of the journey of Indian cinema, as of now the Bollywood industry has seen some of the finest of directors over the past few decades and they have really made their mark with their creation. However, it would not be fair to rank them according to their success or talent, as they all have claimed their distinctive place and yet we are laden by the task of choosing the top 10 finest directors that Indian cinema has been fortunate enough to have. So let’s take closer look at the top 10 greatest directors of Bollywood.
10. Karan Johar
Karan Johar- who is not familiar with this name in the industry? Being the son of Late Jash Johar was not enough for this young man, so he made his own mark in the industry by giving Indian cinema some of the greatest blockbusters, which has given the present Indian cinema a new direction. It is a well known fact that before shifting to directions, Karan Johar debuted as an actor in the all time greatest hit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995 and then made his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota he in 1998, which in turn was a huge hit and still rules the heart of the fans of Bollywood cinema. Films like Kuch Kuch Hota He, Kabhi Khusi Kabhi Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, My Name is Khan and many others have secured him the 10th place in this top ten list and not only that in the hearts of millions of movie buffs all across the globe. A director, an actor, a producer, an anchor Karan Johar is a man of many shades, and his iconic creations will always be there to amuse movie buffs.
9. Ram Gopal Verma
Known as RGV to his fans, this particular director has always been regarded as someone who is known for making slightly different films, with his own touch in it. He is also known to have taken Horror cinema to a great height, as far as commercial success is concerned. However, he was an outsider when he first began filmmaking as he did not have any conventional degree in film making neither he belonged to the industry, he was just a video store owner. Later he made his debut in the Telegu film industry and started his journey as a film maker. He made his mark with his first film Shiva and then the journey of blockbusters continued with Rangeela, Satya, Kaun, Bhut, Sarkar, Company and the list is endless. However, in recent time he made quite a few mistakes as well by making some of the worst films Indian Cinema has ever seen. No matter what, RGV is still, considered one of the most talented filmmakers and will be remembered for making some excellent films.
8. Rakesh Roshan
the son of late Roshan ,the brother of great music director of Rajesh Roshan and the proud father of Hrittik Roshan, the great producer, director Rakesh Roshan is one of the leading directors that Indian Film Industry has as of today. A man of many talents, he debuted as an actors in the 70’s and acted in more than 70 films before he turned to direction and then set up his production company and under the banner of his company gave birth to several box office hits such Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishan Kanhaiya, Kran Arjun, Koila and many others. He launched his son Hrittik Roshan with the blockbuster hit Kaho Na Pyaar He, in 2000 and the film claimed its place in the Limca Book of Records for winning maximum number of awards that year. He then continued the journey of giving box office hits like Koi Mil Gaya and Krish, with his son in the main lead. Likewise many more successful films are expected out of this great producer- director in the coming years.
7. Prakash Jha
Prakash Jha, a native of Bihar who left his unique mark in the Bollywood film Industry. He is one of the finest directors that Bollywood has today and known for making films on some of the most sensitive issues and yet turning them into commercial hits. He loves making political dramas and has won 8 National awards for films like Gangajal, Rajniti, Apaharan and others. He is one such independent filmmaker who will always be regarded for his offbeat films, which are slightly different from the main frame Hindi cinema.
6. Vidhu Vinod Chopra
The man behind the successful box office hits like, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 idiots, Parinita and Khamosh, made his debut with Murder at Monkey Hill in 1977. Vidhu Vinod Chopra is known for taking serious issues and presents them in a comical way, which he did with Munna Bhai series and 3 Idiots. His scripts of Munna Bhai have been one of the most original scripts ever and as a writer, producer and director he has won many awards over the years.
5. Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai, known as the show man of Bollywood is well known for making some of the grand films, which will always be in the hearts of Bollywood fans. Films like Ram Lakhan, Karz, Hero, Khalnayak and Pardesh has certainly given him a substantial place as a Bollywood film maker. He is also known as a producer, director, and screenplay writer as well and the owner of his company Mukta Arts Private Limited. One interesting fact about this veteran director is that he simply loves appearing in his films in a guest role.
4. Ashutosh Gowariker
Ashutosh Gowarikar is considered amongst some of the elite directors of Bollywood who began his career as an actors and model. He has acted in a few films and television series and also known for making grand historical films like Lagaan, which has been nominated for Oscars and Jodhaa Akbar. The director has won many Film Fare wards and National awards for his excellent creations.
3. Yash Chopra
A veteran film director and producer, Yash Chopra is one of the oldest film makers in the Bollywood industry today. He is the founder of Yash raj films and under his banner he gave birth to many box office hits including, Silsila, Lamhe, Deewar, Dil To Pagal Hai, Chandni and Veer-Zaara. The man himself is respected and regarded for his contributions in the advancement for Bollywood film industry.
2. Raj Kapoor
The son of the great Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of Late Shammi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor is one of the finest of actors and directors that Indian cinema had seen in the golden era of Bollywood. He began his career as an actor and then tried his luck with production and direction and due to his extraordinary skills in film making, he soon climbed up the ladder to join some of veteran film makers of all times. Some of his greatest films include, Barsaat, Shree 420, Awaara, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Mera Naam Joker. This legendary director is no more, but his films will always be the reminder of the golden era of Indian films.
1. Guru Dutt
A man known to make exceptional films, Guru Dutt was a man a man who had taken Indian Cinema far ahead of its time. Although he has made less than 50 films in the course of his film career, each and every film of his bore the mark of excellence and creativity. Take the artistic, lyrical or the ability to reach to the hearts of the common mass, the films of Guru Dutt has so far come forth as some of the best films that can be expected from the golden era of Bollywood.