Greatest Directors of Hindi Art Cinema

by PurnenduSingh | created - 03 Jun 2014 | updated - 03 Jun 2014 | Public

The Iconic Film-makers of Hindi Art Cinema, in alphabetical order

2. Amol Palekar

Director | Bangarwadi

Amol Palekar was born on November 24, 1944 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is an actor and director, known for The Village Had No Walls (1995), Kairee (1999) and Gol Maal (1979).

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 ...

4. 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 ...

6. Basu Chatterjee

Director | Sara Akash

Basu Chatterjee was born on January 10, 1930 in Ajmer, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Sara Akash (1969), Rajnigandha (1974) and Swami (1977).

7. Bimal Roy

Director | Bandini

Grandfather of actress, writer Anwesha Bhattacharya ( Basu's daughter).

8. Chetan Anand

Director | Kudrat

Chetan Anand was born on January 3, 1921 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He was a director and writer, known for Kudrat (1981), Haqeeqat (1964) and Neecha Nagar (1946). He died on July 10, 1997 in Delhi, India.

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 ...

10. Govind Nihalani

Cinematographer | Aakrosh

Cinematographs all his films himself.

11. Gulzar

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 ...

13. Hrishikesh Mukherjee

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 ...

15. Kamal Swaroop

Director | Om Dar-B-Dar

Kamal Swaroop is a director and writer, known for Om Dar-B-Dar (1988), Rangbhoomi (2013) and The Battle of Banaras (2015).

16. Kantilal Rathod

Director | Kanku

Father of director David Rathod.

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 ...

18. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Writer | Shehar Aur Sapna

In 1969, he gave a newcomer by the name of Amitabh Bachchan a break for his new movie Saat Hindustani (1969).

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 ...

20. Kishore Sahu

Actor | Mayurpankh

Kishore Sahu was born on November 22, 1915 in Raigarh, Madhya Pradesh, India. He was an actor and director, known for Mayurpankh (1954), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) and Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan (1967). He died on August 22, 1980 in Bangkok, Thailand.

21. Kumar Shahani

Director | Maya Darpan

Kumar Shahani was born on December 7, 1940 in Larkana, British India. He is a director and writer, known for Maya Darpan (1972), Kasba (1991) and Khayal Gatha (1989).

22. M.S. Sathyu

Director | Sookha

M.S. Sathyu was born on July 3, 1930 in Mysore, Karnataka, India as Mysore Shrivinas Sathyu. He is a director and art director, known for Sookha (1983), Garm Hava (1974) and The Famine (1980).

23. Mahesh Bhatt

Producer | Raaz

Mahesh Bhatt was born on September 20, 1948 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a producer and director, known for Raaz (2002), Saaransh (1984) and Arth (1982). He is married to Soni Razdan.

24. Mani Kaul

Director | Duvidha

Mani Kaul was born on December 25, 1944 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. He was a director and writer, known for Duvidha (1973), Naukar Ki Kameez (1999) and Uski Roti (1970). He died on July 6, 2011 in New Delhi, India.

25. Manish Jha

Director | Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women

Manish Jha was born on May 3, 1978 in Bihar, India. He is a director and writer, known for Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003), A Very Very Silent Film (2002) and Anwar (2007).

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 ...

27. Nagesh Kukunoor

Director | Dhanak

Nagesh Kukunoor is a director and writer, known for Rainbow (2015), Iqbal (2005) and Three Walls (2003).

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.

29. Onir

Producer | I Am

Onir is a producer and director, known for I Am (2010), Night (2017) and My Brother... Nikhil (2005).

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)...

31. 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).

32. Rajinder Singh Bedi

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...

33. Saeed Akhtar Mirza

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).

34. Santosh Sivan

Cinematographer | Asoka

Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer and director, known for Ashoka the Great (2001), The Terrorist (1998) and Halo (1996).

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...

36. 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).

37. Sudhir Mishra

Director | Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

Sudhir Mishra is a director and writer, known for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003), Dharavi (1992) and Calcutta Mail (2003).

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. ...

39. Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre

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 ...

40. Vikramaditya Motwane

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 ...



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