Greatest Directors of Hindi Art Cinemaby PurnenduSingh | created - 03 Jun 2014 | updated - 03 Jun 2014 | Public
The Iconic Film-makers of Hindi Art Cinema, in alphabetical order
3. Anand Gandhi
Writer | Ship of Theseus
Born 26th September 1980 in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Anand started writing and directing plays in school at the age of 12. At 19, he wrote a total of hundred episodes of two television soap operas, which went on to become the most popular shows in the history of Indian Television. The same year ...
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 ...
9. Deepa Mehta
Director | Fire
Deepa Mehta is a transnational artist and a screenwriter, director, and producer whose work has been called "courageous", "provocative" and "breathtaking". Her visually lush and emotionally resonating films have played at every major international film festival; receiving numerous awards and ...
Music_department | Slumdog Millionaire
Gulzar is a writer, a lyricist, a director and, at heart, a poet. His films, sensitive, lyrical, and yet successful, were a welcome relief from the violent films that filled the 1970s and 1980s.
Born Sampooran Singh Kalra in Deena, in the Jhelum District in what is now Pakistan, he came to Delhi ...
12. Guru Dutt
Actor | Pyaasa
Considered to be a man ahead of his time, Guru Dutt was one of the greatest icons of commercial Indian cinema. Although he made less than fifty films, they are believed to be the best to come from Bollywood's Golden Age, known both for their ability to reach out to the common man and for their ...
Director | Anand
By no means is he any glamorous director, yet Hrishikesh Mukherjee is one of the most popular and beloved filmmakers in Indian cinema. His magic lay not in the glamor or largeness so often associated with cinema, but in its simplicity and warmth.
He began his career in Bombay, 1951, as an editor and...
14. Kalpana Lajmi
Director | Ek Pal
Kalpana Lajmi was an important figure in Indian feminist filmmaking who unfortunately had to cut short her career as a director after twenty years (1986-2006)to take care of her husband, the Assamese poet, singer and composer Bhupen Hazarika with whom she had partnered in production ..Daughter of ...
17. Ketan Mehta
Director | Mirch Masala
Ketan Mehta is one of the most internationally acknowledged filmmakers from India. He has a received many National and International awards for his well-known films like 'The Rising - Ballad of Mangal Pandey', 'Mirch Masala', 'Maya Memsaab', 'Sardar', 'Holi' and 'Bhavni Bhavai'. Received Best Film ...
19. Kiran Rao
Producer | Dangal
Kiran Rao graduated with an economics major from the Sophia College for Women (Mumbai) in 1995. She also received her Masters at AJK Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
Kiran Rao started her career as an assistant director in 2001. She met actor Aamir ...
26. Mrinal Sen
Director | Khandhar
Sen is one of his nation's most politically active filmakers. After having studied physics at university in Calcutta, Sen worked as a freelance journalist, a salesman of patent medicines and a sound technician in a film studio. In the mid-1940s he joined the Indian People's Theatre Association and ...
28. Nandita Das
Writer | Firaaq
Nandita Das was born on November 7, 1969 in Delhi, India. She is known for her work on Firaaq (2008), Bawandar (2000) and Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). She has been married to Subodh Maskara since January 5, 2010. They have one child. She was previously married to Saumya Sen.
30. Pan Nalin
Writer | Samsara
Pan Nalin is truly an International filmmaker; as a writer and director he is one of the first Indian filmmaker to achieve worldwide critical and commercial triumph with SAMSARA (Miramax).
Pan Nalin recently won Audience Choice Award First-Runner-up for ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (Mongrel International)...
Writer | Madhumati
RSBedi was born in sialkot district. He was mainly known as a prolific writer of stories in Urdu, his most well known work being Ek Chadar maili Si. He entered films as a scenarist and dialogue writer. Briefly became director of jammu and Kashmir Broadcasting Service, directorial debut in 1970 with...
Director | Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai
Saeed Akhtar Mirza was born on June 30, 1943 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980), Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978) and Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989).
35. Ram Gopal Varma
Director | Satya
Ram Gopal Varma was born in Hyderabad, the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He initially was a video store owner before eventually becoming one of India's leading film directors. A film buff during his youth, Varma would watch both American and Indian cinema regularly. As a young...
38. Tapan Sinha
Director | Ek Doctor Ki Maut
Born in 1924. Science graduate from University of Calcutta. Sinha began his film career as a sound engineer in Calcutta's New Theatre in 1946. Four years later, he received an invitation to the London film festival and the opportunity of working at Pinewood Studios. He was in the UK for two years. ...
Director | Do Ankhen Barah Haath
Rajaram has been married twice. His second marriage was to actress Jayashree. Jayashree passed away on the 19th of October, 2004 in Bombay, at the age of 84. Jayashree and Rajaram are survived by their son, Kiran Shantaram, former Sheriff of Bombay, and daughter, Rajashree, well-known former ...
Director | Udaan
Vikramaditya Motwane is a writer, director and producer (unfortunately not always in that order) and a partner in Phantom Films with Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. His directorial debut Udaan (2010) was selected to compete in the 'Un Certain Regard' category at the 2010 Cannes Film ...