Top 10 Best Bollywood Directors of All Time

Bollywood is one of the most vibrant film industries of the world. Indian movie stars are popular all over the globe and attract huge number of fans wherever they go. Although actors are the face of Bollywood, the most important man in the industry is the one who sits behind the camera and pull the strings – the director. These are the people who make films possible. Over the years, Indian movie industry has seen many directors who have their names carved in golden letters in the history of the industry. Some of them have been unmatched icons. Here are ten such directors.

10. V. Shantaram


V. Shantaram is among the best noted directors of the Hindi movie industry. In a career spanning over nearly six decades, he directed fifty one movies. His work includes huge evergreen hits such as Amrit Manthan, Do Ankhen Barah Haath, Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani and Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. In 1922, two years after his passing, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan. His movie, Amar Bhoopali was the winner of the Grand Prize in the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

 9. Ramesh Sippy


Ramesh Sippy brought out a number of hits. His work includes Shaan, Andaz, Seeta aur Geeta, Saagar, Shakti and the biggest ever movie of Indian industry, Sholay. Movies are probably in his genes because his father, G.P. Sippy was a famous producer.

 8. Shyam Benegal


Shyam Benegal is extremely talented and his movies are very unique. He has won a number of awards of the years and specializes in making offbeat movies. Some of his best movies are Ankur, Junoon, Zubeida, Well Done Abba!, Welcome to Sajjanpur and Kalyug. He is a wonderful storyteller and his movies are the proof of his distinct creative talent.

 7. Subhash Ghai


Subhash Ghai is known for the grandiose and magnificence which he brings into his movies. His movies such as Karz, Hero, Saudagar, Ram Lakhan, Meri Jung, Kalicharan, Karma, Khalnayak and Pardes are counted among the evergreen movies of Indian cinema. He has also done excellent work as a producer, the most among works being Taal. Be it as a director or a producer, Subhash Ghai is a natural.

6. Yash Chopra


Yash Chopra is a veteran in the film industry, having spent most of his life on sets directing some of the biggest hits in Bollywood history such as Deewar, Chandni, Silsila, Kabhi Kabhi, Trishul, Waqt and more recently, Veer Zaara. His movies are known for their excellent sound tracks and grandeur, be it in terms of the plot or screenplay. In the genre of romantic cinemas, Yash Chopra is the King of Bollywood. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2005.

 5. Bimal Roy


Bimal Roy has made India proud in many ways. Besides winning National Film Awards twice and Filmfare Award eleven times, Bimal Roy has taken Indian cinema to the international arena and has won awards in Cannes Film Festival for Do Bigha Zamin. Bimal Roy is acclaimed for portrayal of real to life characters and his excellent sense for creating magnificent settings for his movies. His acclaimed movies include Madhumati, Parineeta, Bandini, Do Bigha Zamin, Sujata and Biraj Bahu. Evergreen Devdas is also his creation. Hrishikesh Mukharjee, who is the best Bollywood director of all times, is Bimal Roy’s protégée.

 4. Raj Kapoor


Raj Kapoor is the ultimate showman of the Indian industry and remains so ever after over two decades of his death. He had an excellent sense of making movies and was one of the most powerful personalities in the movie industry. He is known for his quote “The show must go on”. He followed his own words until his last days. His talent was in milking the best out of everybody, be it the technicians, the actors, music directors or the stuntman. The list of movies directed by him includes Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mera Naam Joker, Prem Rog, Bobby and Shree 420.

 3. Shakti Samanta


Shakti Samanta has been a very successful director with movies like Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, Howrah Bridge, Amar Prem, Kati Patang, An Evening in Paris, Aradhana, Amanush and Anuraag. He has won numerous awards over the years. In 1957, he founded Shakti Films and was also a talented producer.

 2. Guru Dutt


Guru Dutt is one of the most precious gems in the Indian movie industry. He earned a lot of acclaim as an actor and then shifted behind the camera. Although he died very young, at just 39 years of age, he managed to create a golden place for himself in the history of Indian films. Best films directed by him include Pyaasa, Baazi, CID, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvi Ka Chand, Mr. and Mrs. 55 and Jaal.

 1. Hrishikesh Mukherjee


Hrishikesh Mukherjee is the diamond of Indian movies. His movies were simple and stripped of glamour but what came across the screen were profoundly influential movies which made audience laugh, cry and think. Some of his best movies are also the best movies of Bollywood. His works include Anand, Golmaal, Chupke Chupke, Abhimaan, Guddi, Namak Haraam, Mili and Bawarchi. Hrishikesh Mukherjee is undoubtedly the most talented talents of Indian films.


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