Top 10 Bollywood Directors

by caabdul | created - 29 Jan 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2019: Now showing TOP 25 Directors

After a detailed analysis of all my Indian movies ratings that I have ever rated, I have made this list listing my 10 best directors from Bollywood, throughout any time. My Ranking and analysis points (Bollywood & World wide) for each Director are also mentioned.

Directors with most recent work are given few extra points. LIST WILL BE UPDATED ROUGHLY EVERY MONTH.

SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS: NEW ENTRANCE: Subhash Kapoor, Aanand L. Rai MAJOR RISE: Subhash Kapoor

EXIT: Karan Johar, Aditya Dutt MAJOR FALL: Rohit Shetty

CHECK ALSO; Wordwide Top 25 Directors Worst Bollywood Directors yet Famous

I appreciate for your time to post comments. There may be some directors which are not in the list only because I have not seen much of their work. Conversely there may be directors who don't deserve to be in the list only because I have not yet seen their bad works. If you think some Guru is missing, you may mention some of their best work so that I may consider it for my list. Thanks to all.

1. Rajkumar Hirani

Writer | Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

Rajkumar Hirani was born on November 20, 1962 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and editor, known for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), PK (2014) and 3 Idiots (2009).

RANK = 1 (Wordwide Rank : 1) RATING POINTS = 1083

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) Lage Raho Munnabhi (2006) 3 Idiots (2009) PK (2014)

2. Nitesh Tiwari

Writer | Dangal

Nitesh Tiwari is a writer and director, known for Dangal (2016), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and Chillar Party (2011).

RANK = 2 (Wordwide Rank : 11) RATING POINTS = 951

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Chillar Party (2011) Bhoothnath Returns (2014) Dangal (2016)

3. S.S. Rajamouli

Writer | Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

S.S. Rajamouli is a writer and producer, known for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Eega (2012).

RANK = 3 (Wordwide Rank : 12) RATING POINTS = 949

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Simhadri (2003) Chatrapathi (2005) Yamadonga (2007) Magadheera (2009) Eega (2012) Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

4. Aditya Chopra

Producer | Veer-Zaara

The elder son of veteran filmmaker, Yash Chopra & Pamela Chopra, Aditya was born in the year 1971. Since childhood, he was an ardent film buff.His film career started off as an assistant to his father in 'Chandni' (Chandni - 1989), 'Lamhe' (Moments - 1991) and 'Darr' (Fear - 1993)

At the age of 23, ...

RANK = 4 (Wordwide Rank : 16) RATING POINTS= 942

[BASED ON FOLLOWING TITLES] Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) Befikre (2016)

5. Sriram Raghavan

Writer | Andhadhun

Sriram Raghavan is a writer and director, known for Andhadhun (2018), Badlapur (2015) and Ek Hasina Thi (2004).

RANK = 5 (Wordwide Rank : 35) RATING POINTS = 903

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Ek Hasina Thi (2004) Johnny Gaddaar (2007) Agent Vinod (2012) Badlapur (2015)

6. Priyadarshan

Director | Kanchivaram

Priyadarshan was born as Priyadarshan Nair. He is a director and writer, known for Kanchivaram (2008), Hera Pheri (2000) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). He is married to Lizy. They have two children.

RANK = 6 (Wordwide Rank : 42) RATING POINTS = 898

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Hera Pheri (2000) Hungama (2003) Hulchul (2004) Garam Masala (2005) Malamaal Weekly (2006) Chup Chup Ke (2006) Bhagam Bhag (2006) Dhol (2007) Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) Billu (2009) De Dana Dan (2009) Khatta Meetha (2010) Rangrez (2013) Geethanjali (2013) Sila Samayangalil (2016) Oppam (2016)

7. A.R. Murugadoss

Writer | Ghajini

A.R. Murugadoss is a writer and director, known for Ghajini (2008), Thuppakki (2012) and Ghajini (2005).

RANK = 7 (Wordwide Rank : 51) RATING POINTS= 888

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Dheena (2001) Ghajini (2008) Holiday (2014) Akira (2016)

8. Vikram Bhatt

Director | Raaz

Vikram Bhatt was born on January 27, 1969 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and director, known for Raaz (2002), 1920 (2008) and Mr. X (2015).

RANK = 8 (Wordwide Rank : 62) RATING POINTS= 872

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Ghulam (1998) Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) Deewane Huye Paagal (2005) Haunted - 3D (2011)

RANK = 9 (Wordwide Rank : 68) RATING POINTS= 870

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] The Stoneman Murders (2009) Rahasya (2015)

10. Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla

Director | Humraaz

Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla is a director and producer, known for Humraaz (2002), Machine (2017) and Soldier (1998).

RANK = 10 (Wordwide Rank : 70) RATING POINTS= 869

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Khiladi (1992) Baazigar (1993) Ajnabee (2001) Humraaz (2002) Aitraaz (2004) Taarzan: The Wonder Car (2004) 36 China Town (2006) Race (2008) Race 2 (2013)

RANK = 11 (Wordwide Rank : 72) RATING POINTS= 867

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Ab Tak Chhappan (2004) Chak De! India (2007) Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

12. Subhash Ghai

Writer | Pardes

Ram Lakhan (1989), Khal Nayak (1993), Hero (1983), Karz (1980), these are some grand films made by a grandiose director. Since 1976, Subhash has been directing films. But recently where has the fanfare and the fire has gone from Mukta arts main director? Subhash started in 1976 with the film ...

RANK = 12 (Wordwide Rank : 77) RATING POINTS = 862

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Pardes (1997) Taal (1999) Yuvvraaj (2008)

13. Indra Kumar

Director | Dhamaal

Indra Kumar is a director and producer, known for Dhamaal (2007), Pyare Mohan (2006) and Raja (1995).

RANK = 13 (Wordwide Rank : 86) RATING POINTS= 857

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Dil (1990) Ishq (1997) Mann (1999) Masti (2004) Dhamaal (2007)

14. Neeraj Pandey

Writer | A Wednesday

Neeraj Pandey (born 17 December 1973) is an acclaimed Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. In his first movie A Wednesday, his work was largely praised by audiences as well as the critics. A Wednesday also won many awards in different categories. His second film Special 26 (2013) was ...

RANK = 14 (Wordwide Rank : 89) RATING POINTS= 856

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] A Wednesday (2008) Special 26 (2013) Baby (2015) M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2017)

15. Umesh Shukla

Director | 102 Not Out

Umesh Shukla is a writer and director, known for 102 Not Out (2018).

RANK = 15 (Wordwide Rank : 101) RATING POINTS= 846

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Dhoondte Reh Jaoge (2009) OMG: Oh My God! (2012)

16. Ken Ghosh

Director | Chance Pe Dance

Ken Ghosh is a director and writer, known for Chance Pe Dance (2010), Ishq Vishk (2003) and Fida (2004).

RANK = 16 (Wordwide Rank : 102) RATING POINTS= 843

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Ishq Vishk (2003) Fida (2004) Chance Pe Dance (2010)

17. Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Producer | Holiday

Vipul Amrutlal Shah is a producer and director, known for Holiday (2014), Aankhen (2002) and Namastey London (2007). He is married to Shefali Shah. They have two children.

RANK = 17 (Wordwide Rank : 107) RATING POINTS= 837

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Aankhen (2002) Namastey London (2007) London Dreams (2009)

18. Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer | Andaz Apna Apna

Rajkumar Santoshi is a writer and director, known for Andaz Apna Apna (1994), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and China Gate (1998). He is married to Manila Santoshi. They have two children.

RANK = 18 (Wordwide Rank : 109) RATING POINTS= 834

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Ghayal (1990) Andaz Apna Apna (1994) Ghatak: Lethal (1996) Lajja (2001) The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) Khakee (2004) Family: Ties of Blood (2006) Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013)

19. Maneesh Sharma

Director | Band Baaja Baaraat

Maneesh Sharma is an assistant director and producer, known for Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Fan (2016) and Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).

RANK = 19 (Wordwide Rank : 112) RATING POINTS= 832

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl (2011)

20. Rohit Shetty

Director | Chennai Express

Rohit Shetty was born on March 14, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is an actor and director, known for Chennai Express (2013), Golmaal Again (2017) and Dilwale (2015). He has been married to Maya Rohit Shetty since May 27, 2005.

RANK = 20 (Wordwide Rank : 119) RATING POINTS = 826

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006) Sunday (2008) Golmaal Returns (2008) Golmaal 3 (2010) Singham (2011) Chennai Express (2013)

21. Shyam Benegal

Director | Trikal (Past, Present, Future)

Shyam Benegal was born on December 14, 1934 in Tirumalagiri, Hyderabad State, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985), Ankur: The Seedling (1974) and Junoon (1979).

RANK = 21 (Wordwide Rank : 120) RATING POINTS= 826

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Zubeidaa (2001) Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)

22. Anurag Kashyap

Producer | Gangs of Wasseypur

Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film ...

RANK = 22 (Wordwide Rank : 123) RATING POINTS= 826

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Black Friday (2004) No Smoking (2007) Gulaal (2009) DevD (2009) That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) Ugly (2013) Lust stories (2018)

23. Subhash Kapoor

Writer | Jolly LLB

Subhash Kapoor is a writer and actor, known for Jolly LLB (2013), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Say Salaam India: 'Let's Bring the Cup Home' (2007).

RANK = 23 (Wordwide Rank : 127) RATING POINTS= 819

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010) Jolly LLB (2013)

24. Prakash Jha

Director | Gangaajal

Prakash Jha was born on February 27, 1952 in Patna, Bihar, India. He is a director and producer, known for Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005) and Mrityudand: The Death Sentence (1997).

RANK = 24 (Wordwide Rank : 130) RATING POINTS= 817

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Gangaajal (2003) Raajneeti (2010) Satyagraha (2013) Jai Gangaajal (2016)

25. Aanand L. Rai

Director | Raanjhanaa

Aanand L. Rai is a Hindi film director and producer known for romantic-comedy movies Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Raanjhanaa (2013), Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015) and Zero (2018). Rai started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series. Eventually he made his ...

RANK = 25 (Wordwide Rank : 134) RATING POINTS= 814

[BASED ON FOLLOWING MOVIES] Tanu Weds Manu (2011) Raanjhanaa (2013) Zero (2018)



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